"She said she was not ready to marry anyone yet," replied Professor
Porter, "and that we could go and live upon the farm in northern
Wisconsin which her mother left her.
"It is a little more than self-supporting. The tenants have always
made a living from it, and been able to send Jane a trifle beside, each
year. She is planning on our going up there the first of the week.
Philander and Mr. Clayton have already gone to get things in readiness
"Clayton has gone there?" exclaimed Canler, visibly chagrined. "Why
was I not told? I would gladly have gone and seen that every comfort
"Jane feels that we are already too much in your debt, Mr. Canler,"
said Professor Porter.
Canler was about to reply, when the sound of footsteps came from the
hall without, and Jane entered the room.
"Oh, I beg your pardon!" she exclaimed, pausing on the threshold. "I
thought you were alone, papa."
"It is only I, Jane," said Canler, who had risen, "won't you come in
and join the family group? We were just speaking of you."
"Thank you," said Jane, entering and taking the chair Canler placed for
her. "I only wanted to tell papa that Tobey is coming down from the
college tomorrow to pack his books. I want you to be sure, papa, to
indicate all that you can do without until fall. Please don't carry
this entire library to Wisconsin, as you would have carried it to
Africa, if I had not put my foot down."
"Was Tobey here?" asked Professor Porter.
"Yes, I just left him. He and Esmeralda are exchanging religious
experiences on the back porch now."
"Tut, tut, I must see him at once!" cried the professor. "Excuse me
just a moment, children," and the old man hastened from the room.
As soon as he was out of earshot Canler turned to Jane.
"See here, Jane," he said bluntly. "How long is this thing going on
like this? You haven't refused to marry me, but you haven't promised
either. I want to get the license tomorrow, so that we can be married
quietly before you leave for Wisconsin. I don't care for any fuss or
feathers, and I'm sure you don't either."
The girl turned cold, but she held her head bravely.
"Your father wishes it, you know," added Canler.
"Yes, I know."
She spoke scarcely above a whisper.
"Do you realize that you are buying me, Mr. Canler?" she said finally,
and in a cold, level
As I raised my long-sword to deal the creature its death thrust it halted in its charge and, as my sword cut harmlessly through the empty air, the great tail of the thing swept with the power of a grizzly's arm across the sward and carried me bodily from my feet to the ground.Page 17
But even the two best swords in a world of fighters can avail not for ever against overwhelming numbers of fierce and savage brutes that know not what defeat means until cold steel teaches their hearts no longer to beat, and so, step by step, we were forced back.Page 23
"You know that it was left for a man from another world, for yourself, John Carter, to teach this cruel Thark what friendship is; and you, I thought, also roamed the care-free Valley Dor.Page 27
Think you, Tars Tarkas, that John Carter will fly at the first shriek of a cowardly foe who dare not come out into the open and face a good blade?" I had spoken in a loud voice that there might be no question that our would-be terrorizers should hear me, for I was tiring of this nerve-racking fiasco.Page 28
I noticed during the period of this new persecution that the beasts appeared only when our backs were turned; we never saw one really materialize from thin air, nor did I for an instant sufficiently lose my excellent reasoning faculties to be once deluded into the belief that the beasts came into the room other than through some concealed and well-contrived doorway.Page 29
As I turned to meet my new foe it was with a heart considerably lightened.Page 41
" As I stooped to the dead man to do her bidding I noted that not a hair grew upon his head, which was quite as bald as an egg.Page 50
I had an excellent opportunity to examine them, as the strife occasionally brought now one and now another close to where I stood.Page 53
We had been discovered.Page 69
You will witness something very interesting, and as you never shall return to the outer world it will do no harm to permit you to see it.Page 70
We had now reached the southernmost extremity of the great ice barrier.Page 86
" As I finished I raised Xodar to his feet and released him.Page 118
We had slightly reduced our speed with the dawning of a sense of security, but now I took the helm once more and pulled the noble little engine wide open, so that again we raced north at terrific velocity.Page 144
This placed us facing the judges and the audience.Page 152
When I reached it I found to my delight that it belonged to Helium.Page 171
They were being pursued by another hostile fleet.Page 180
"They have fired the pits ahead.Page 181
That our principal movements were known to the First Born I could not have doubted, in view of the attack of the fleet upon us the day before, nor could the stopping of the pumps of Omean at the psychological moment have been due to chance, nor the starting of a chemical combustion within the one corridor through which we were advancing upon the Temple of Issus been due to aught than well-calculated design.Page 184
The portal swung slowly in, and before it could be slammed against me I sprang into the chamber beyond.Page 186
As I struck the first blow I cried aloud, "For Helium!" And then I rained cut after cut upon the surprised warriors, while the reds without took heart at the sound of my voice, and with shouts of "John Carter! John Carter!" redoubled their efforts so effectually that before the blacks could recover from their temporary demoralization their ranks were broken and the red men had burst into the chamber.