the possibilities you suggest. Moslemism
was, is, and always will be, a blight on that scientific progress which
"Bless me! Professor," interjected Mr. Philander, who had turned his
gaze toward the jungle, "there seems to be someone approaching."
Professor Archimedes Q. Porter turned in the direction indicated by the
nearsighted Mr. Philander.
"Tut, tut, Mr. Philander," he chided. "How often must I urge you to
seek that absolute concentration of your mental faculties which alone
may permit you to bring to bear the highest powers of intellectuality
upon the momentous problems which naturally fall to the lot of great
minds? And now I find you guilty of a most flagrant breach of courtesy
in interrupting my learned discourse to call attention to a mere
quadruped of the genus FELIS. As I was saying, Mr.--"
"Heavens, Professor, a lion?" cried Mr. Philander, straining his weak
eyes toward the dim figure outlined against the dark tropical
"Yes, yes, Mr. Philander, if you insist upon employing slang in your
discourse, a 'lion.' But as I was saying--"
"Bless me, Professor," again interrupted Mr. Philander; "permit me to
suggest that doubtless the Moors who were conquered in the fifteenth
century will continue in that most regrettable condition for the time
being at least, even though we postpone discussion of that world
calamity until we may attain the enchanting view of yon FELIS CARNIVORA
which distance proverbially is credited with lending."
In the meantime the lion had approached with quiet dignity to within
ten paces of the two men, where he stood curiously watching them.
The moonlight flooded the beach, and the strange group stood out in
bold relief against the yellow sand.
"Most reprehensible, most reprehensible," exclaimed Professor Porter,
with a faint trace of irritation in his voice. "Never, Mr. Philander,
never before in my life have I known one of these animals to be
permitted to roam at large from its cage. I shall most certainly
report this outrageous breach of ethics to the directors of the
adjacent zoological garden."
"Quite right, Professor," agreed Mr. Philander, "and the sooner it is
done the better. Let us start now."
Seizing the professor by the arm, Mr. Philander set off in the
direction that would put the greatest distance between themselves and
They had proceeded but a short distance when a backward glance revealed
to the horrified gaze of Mr. Philander that the lion was following
them. He tightened his grip upon the protesting professor and
increased his speed.
"As I was saying, Mr. Philander," repeated Professor Porter.
Mr. Philander took another hasty glance rearward.
As one, the nobles and the people lifted their voices in a long cheer of approbation.Page 10
I think he sensed telepathically the recent presence of an enemy, for I had made no effort to impart to him the nature of our quest or the status of those we tracked.Page 14
"He will have Matai Shang leave others elsewhere on some pretext or other, and then at last he will fall upon us with his confederates and slay us all.Page 20
To have attempted to cross that floor would have been to court instant death, and for a moment I was almost completely discouraged.Page 22
Slowly I circled the great shaft, looking for a means of ingress.Page 25
We had proceeded but a few yards along the corridor that had given us entrance to this strange maze when Woola gave mouth to a most frightful roar, at the same time dashing against the clear partition at our left.Page 30
against a full dozen of them.Page 31
Accept and your princess shall be returned to the court of her grandfather, and you shall live in peace and happiness.Page 41
hope to escape the lightning-like movements or hide from those myriad facet eyes which covered three-fourths of the hideous head, permitting the creature to see in all directions at one and the same time.Page 45
The green men were expecting an exodus of a body of red troops from the nearest city gate, and they were lying there in ambush to leap upon them.Page 51
Fortunately, I was well up toward the head of the column, and after the great banquet, which I attended with the officers of the royal guard, I was free to seek repose.Page 53
Up the broad center aisle we marched beneath deadly silence, and at the foot of the thrones we halted.Page 65
It is a horrid avenue to our goal, but it is the only one.Page 66
" "I shall not return and leave you here alone, John Carter," replied Thuvan Dihn.Page 70
I did not know the significance of his act, but judged that it was but a form of expressing his gratitude to me.Page 89
If you be a brave man you will honor the bravery that is his, and you will not kill him.Page 108
That day in the buried chamber beneath the palace of Salensus Oll I learned what swordsmanship meant, and to what heights of sword mastery I could.Page 126
Thuvia's first act was to rush to the side of Dejah Thoris, and I needed no better proof of the love these two bore for each other than the sincerity with which they embraced.Page 128
The victorious warriors who had followed Carthoris joined in the mad demonstration, and amidst the wild confusion and the tumult and the cheering, Dejah Thoris and I passed out into the gorgeous garden of the jeddaks that graces the inner courtyard of the palace of Kadabra.