point of the prospector was ABOVE us. Slowly it dawned on me that
since passing through the ice strata it had been above. We had turned
in the ice and sped upward toward the earth's crust. Thank God! We
I put my nose to the intake pipe through which samples were to have
been taken during the passage of the prospector through the earth, and
my fondest hopes were realized--a flood of fresh air was pouring into
the iron cabin. The reaction left me in a state of collapse, and I
A STRANGE WORLD
I was unconscious little more than an instant, for as I lunged forward
from the crossbeam to which I had been clinging, and fell with a crash
to the floor of the cabin, the shock brought me to myself.
My first concern was with Perry. I was horrified at the thought that
upon the very threshold of salvation he might be dead. Tearing open
his shirt I placed my ear to his breast. I could have cried with
relief--his heart was beating quite regularly.
At the water tank I wetted my handkerchief, slapping it smartly across
his forehead and face several times. In a moment I was rewarded by the
raising of his lids. For a time he lay wide-eyed and quite
uncomprehending. Then his scattered wits slowly foregathered, and he
sat up sniffing the air with an expression of wonderment upon his face.
"Why, David," he cried at last, "it's air, as sure as I live. Why--why
what does it mean? Where in the world are we? What has happened?"
"It means that we're back at the surface all right, Perry," I cried;
"but where, I don't know. I haven't opened her up yet. Been too busy
reviving you. Lord, man, but you had a close squeak!"
"You say we're back at the surface, David? How can that be? How long
have I been unconscious?"
"Not long. We turned in the ice stratum. Don't you recall the sudden
whirling of our seats? After that the drill was above you instead of
below. We didn't notice it at the time; but I recall it now."
"You mean to say that we turned back in the ice stratum, David? That
is not possible. The prospector cannot turn unless its nose is
deflected from the outside--by some external force or resistance--the
steering wheel within would have moved in response. The steering wheel
"But at Kadabra!" he exclaimed.Page 8
For an instant he bore all his weight upon the foot that covered the key, then he stepped back and with an exclamation as of pleasure that he had found it, stooped, recovered it, and returned it to the Heliumite.Page 10
She saw it circle lower above the palace until she was positive that it but hovered in preparation for a landing.Page 11
A smile played upon his lips as he completed his task and turned to one who waited at the opposite side of the table.Page 13
The district in which he had landed was residential--a district of merchants of the more prosperous sort.Page 23
The sudden light of the rising sun fell upon it.Page 24
The red warrior whom he had put to flight turned in the entrance to the palace, and, seeing Carthoris' intent, snatched a rifle from those that he and his fellows had left leaning against the wall as they had rushed out with drawn swords to prevent the theft of their prisoner.Page 25
A splinter from the projectile had damaged one of the control levers beyond the possibility of repair outside a machine shop; but after considerable tinkering, Carthoris was able to propel his wounded flier at low speed, a rate which could not approach the rapid gait of the thoat, whose eight long, powerful legs carried it over the ochre vegetation of the dead sea-bottom at terrific speed.Page 37
"But how about the wounded nearer the city? Have they carried them within?" Both turned their eyes toward the field between them and the walled city, where the fighting had been most furious.Page 41
Their attitude was more of fearful suspicion than antagonism.Page 43
They tell strange tales of cities far beyond Lothar.Page 49
They rushed upon our walls, and standing upon the shoulders of others they built human approaches to the wall tops, and were on the very point of surging in upon us and overwhelming us.Page 52
What the cause of it she did not guess; but somehow the man before her began to assume a new relationship within her heart.Page 62
Carthoris and Thuvia had difficulty in reconciling the reality of it all with their knowledge of the truth.Page 63
"Remain here with Jav," she had heard him say, "while I go to search for the passage through the cliffs.Page 66
All was peace.Page 78
The fellow stooped and his hand came in contact with the cleft skull.Page 79
Carthoris also discarded the metal from his harness, or such of it as might serve to identify him as a Heliumite, or of royal blood, for he did not know to what nation belonged this waterway, and upon Mars it is always well to assume every man and nation your enemy until you have learned the contrary.Page 84
But when he appeared in the great audience chamber before the cruel-lipped man who was his sire, he found his courage oozing, and he dared not speak of the princess hid within his palace.Page 102
"I am going to try to take the survivors aboard," he continued.