soon had the work completed, and the two stepped out upon the roof, to
all intent and purpose genuine Wieroos. Besides his pistol Bradley
carried the sword of the slain Wieroo prophet, while the girl was armed
with the small blade of the red Wieroo.
Side by side they walked slowly across the roofs toward the north edge
of the city. Wieroos flapped above them and several times they passed
others walking or sitting upon the roofs. From the temple still rose
the sounds of commotion, now pierced by occasional shrill screams.
"The murderers are abroad," whispered the girl. "Thus will another
become the tongue of Luata. It is well for us, since it keeps them too
busy to give the time for searching for us. They think that we cannot
escape the city, and they know that we cannot leave the island--and so
Bradley shook his head. "If there is any way, we will find it," he
"There is no way," replied the girl.
Bradley made no response, and in silence they continued until the outer
edge of roofs was visible before them. "We are almost there," he
The girl felt for his fingers and pressed them. He could feel hers
trembling as he returned the pressure, nor did he relinquish her hand;
and thus they came to the edge of the last roof.
Here they halted and looked about them. To be seen attempting to
descend to the ground below would be to betray the fact that they were
not Wieroos. Bradley wished that their wings were attached to their
bodies by sinew and muscle rather than by ropes of fiber. A Wieroo was
flapping far overhead. Two more stood near a door a few yards distant.
Standing between these and one of the outer pedestals that supported
one of the numerous skulls Bradley made one end of a piece of rope fast
about the pedestal and dropped the other end to the ground outside the
city. Then they waited.
It was an hour before the coast was entirely clear and then a moment
came when no Wieroo was in sight. "Now!" whispered Bradley; and the
girl grasped the rope and slid over the edge of the roof into the
darkness below. A moment later Bradley felt two quick pulls upon the
rope and immediately followed to the girl's side.
Across a narrow clearing they made their way and into a wood beyond.
All night they walked, following the river upward toward its source,
Swift as I was I was none too soon, for the green warrior had been overtaken ere he had made half the distance to the forest, and now he stood with his back to a boulder, while the herd, temporarily balked, hissed and screeched about him.Page 15
At length, however, we reached the shadows of the forest, while right behind us sprang the swiftest of our pursuers--a giant plant man with claws outreaching to fasten his bloodsucking mouths upon us.Page 23
"There was but one conclusion to reach when all efforts to locate you had failed, and that, that you had taken the long, last pilgrimage down the mysterious River Iss, to await in the Valley Dor upon the shores of the Lost Sea of Korus the beautiful Dejah Thoris, your princess.Page 38
"And come it will--you cannot escape.Page 58
Pivoting on my left toe, I swung a terrific right to his jaw, and, like a felled ox, he dropped in his tracks.Page 59
She could not comprehend.Page 77
"The Temple of Issus," she whispered, half to herself.Page 87
the radiant beauty of Issus nearly a year since.Page 88
"I will guarantee to scale the wall and take you with me, if you will help with your knowledge of the customs here to appoint the best time for.Page 98
The others all had fallen, and I was like to have gone down too from a nasty long-sword cut had not a hand.Page 102
While it was devoid of important incidents yet it was filled for me with a strange charm of excitement and adventure which I think must have hinged principally on the unguessable antiquity of these long-forgotten corridors.Page 103
As we advanced the light increased until presently we emerged into well-lighted passageways.Page 109
"Come," I said at length, "now is as good a time as any.Page 110
The lure of the swords within the guard-house was strong upon me, and I hesitated a moment, half inclined to risk the attempt to take the few we needed.Page 117
Do you know what thing it was that convinced me more than all the others?" "What, my boy?" I asked.Page 146
A sullen murmur rose louder and louder about the packed coliseum, and then Kantos Kan, who had not left the platform since first he had taken his place near me, raised his hand for silence.Page 175
And such proved to be the case.Page 181
Having satisfied my sense of duty, I turned and ran rapidly back to the corridor through which my men had passed.Page 188
" For an instant they hesitated.Page 193
" Of what happened after that I have only a confused recollection.