by which the avenues are lighted. The lower the tiers
of chambers, the darker. Most of the corridors are entirely unlighted.
The Mahars can see quite well in semidarkness.
Down to the main floor we encountered many Mahars, Sagoths, and slaves;
but no attention was paid to us as we had become a part of the domestic
life of the building. There was but a single entrance leading from the
place into the avenue and this was well guarded by Sagoths--this
doorway alone were we forbidden to pass. It is true that we were not
supposed to enter the deeper corridors and apartments except on special
occasions when we were instructed to do so; but as we were considered a
lower order without intelligence there was little reason to fear that
we could accomplish any harm by so doing, and so we were not hindered
as we entered the corridor which led below.
Wrapped in a skin I carried three swords, and the two bows, and the
arrows which Perry and I had fashioned. As many slaves bore
skin-wrapped burdens to and fro my load attracted no comment. Where I
left Ghak and Perry there were no other creatures in sight, and so I
withdrew one sword from the package, and leaving the balance of the
weapons with Perry, started on alone toward the lower levels.
Having come to the apartment in which the three Mahars slept I entered
silently on tiptoe, forgetting that the creatures were without the
sense of hearing. With a quick thrust through the heart I disposed of
the first but my second thrust was not so fortunate, so that before I
could kill the next of my victims it had hurled itself against the
third, who sprang quickly up, facing me with wide-distended jaws. But
fighting is not the occupation which the race of Mahars loves, and when
the thing saw that I already had dispatched two of its companions, and
that my sword was red with their blood, it made a dash to escape me.
But I was too quick for it, and so, half hopping, half flying, it
scurried down another corridor with me close upon its heels.
Its escape meant the utter ruin of our plan, and in all probability my
instant death. This thought lent wings to my feet; but even at my best
I could do no more than hold my own with the leaping thing before me.
Of a sudden it turned into an apartment on the right of the corridor,
and an instant
more remarkable than was his first manuscript which I gave to an unbelieving world a short time since and through which we followed the fighting Virginian across dead sea bottoms under the moons of Mars.Page 9
But as.Page 10
The other, however, dealt a single blow with his cruel tail that laid both of the females crushed corpses upon the ground.Page 12
"It will be a great death," I said to my companion.Page 40
He wore in addition to his leathern trappings and jewelled ornaments a great circlet of gold about his brow in the exact centre of which was set an immense stone, the exact counterpart of that which I had seen upon the breast of the little old man at the atmosphere plant nearly twenty years before.Page 66
As our escort left us they barred the door behind them.Page 69
"What blasphemy is this, dog of a pirate?" she cried.Page 72
"Here is the harbour of the navy of the First Born," said a voice behind us, and turning we saw Xodar watching us with an amused smile on his lips.Page 90
The pace of the sentries, Xodar said, was very slow, requiring nearly ten minutes to make a single round.Page 110
They had taken scarce a dozen steps when I too dropped to the ground and followed them leisurely toward the shore.Page 111
The second sword I withdrew noiselessly, but the third clanked in its scabbard with a frightful din.Page 117
They loved you also, and fairly worship your memory as the saviour of Barsoom.Page 120
While I was quite familiar with the Martian custom which allows female slaves to Martian men, whose high and chivalrous honour is always ample protection for every woman in his household, yet I had never myself chosen other than men as my body servants.Page 123
" The warrior addressed arose and, beckoning to a fellow squatting near, the three turned and left the apartment.Page 140
Among the officers of the _Xavarian_ I thought I could discern division into factions ere we had reached Helium.Page 154
Until then Tardos Mors is Jeddak of Helium, and Zat Arrras is his representative.Page 156
He stepped directly to the panel, touched the concealed button, and as the door swung open he stood aside while his companions entered with me.Page 161
"What has become of Parthak?" I asked, but the fellow would not answer, and as soon as he had deposited my food, turned and retraced his steps to the world above.Page 162
There was a muttered exclamation, and then a step as he came to my side.Page 168
Hereafter I would keep my grief to myself, and so I said nothing to any other of the fact that we were too late.