Waz-don, for in this area lay the neutral territory that was
uninhabited by either. Thus he would travel northwest until opposite
the Kor-ul-JA where he planned to stop to pay his respects to Om-at and
give the gund word of Pan-at-lee, and a plan Tarzan had for insuring
her safe return to her people. It was upon the third day of their
journey and they had almost reached the river that passes through A-lur
when Jane suddenly clutched Tarzan's arm and pointed ahead toward the
edge of a forest that they were approaching. Beneath the shadows of the
trees loomed a great bulk that the ape-man instantly recognized.
"What is it?" whispered Jane.
"A GRYF," replied the ape-man, "and we have met him in the worst place
that we could possibly have found. There is not a large tree within a
quarter of a mile, other than those among which he stands. Come, we
shall have to go back, Jane; I cannot risk it with you along. The best
we can do is to pray that he does not discover us."
"And if he does?"
"Then I shall have to risk it."
"The chance that I can subdue him as I subdued one of his fellows,"
replied Tarzan. "I told you--you recall?"
"Yes, but I did not picture so huge a creature. Why, John, he is as big
as a battleship."
The ape-man laughed. "Not quite, though I'll admit he looks quite as
formidable as one when he charges."
They were moving away slowly so as not to attract the attention of the
"I believe we're going to make it," whispered the woman, her voice
tense with suppressed excitement. A low rumble rolled like distant
thunder from the wood. Tarzan shook his head.
"'The big show is about to commence in the main tent,'" he quoted,
grinning. He caught the woman suddenly to his breast and kissed her.
"One can never tell, Jane," he said. "We'll do our best--that is all we
can do. Give me your spear, and--don't run. The only hope we have lies
in that little brain more than in us. If I can control it--well, let
The beast had emerged from the forest and was looking about through his
weak eyes, evidently in search of them. Tarzan raised his voice in the
weird notes of the Tor-o-don's cry, "Whee-oo! Whee-oo! Whee-oo!" For a
moment the great beast stood motionless, his attention riveted by the
call. The ape-man advanced straight toward him, Jane Clayton at his
elbow. "Whee-oo!" he cried again peremptorily. A low rumble rolled
from the GRYF's
My heart could never be with the race that had heaped indignities upon my princess and my son.Page 10
as the river wound hither and thither along its flinty bed.Page 11
I could scarce restrain a shout of elation as this silent, insensate messenger floated past me, on toward the Iss and Korus, for it told me that journeying Martians were above me on that very stream.Page 12
A third time it struck, gently as it had before, but the contact resulted in a different sound--the sound of wood scraping upon wood.Page 14
" "Indeed, it is silly," replied Lakor.Page 23
Hastily I dumped the contents of my pocket-pouch upon the ground before me.Page 27
Why the apparent ease with which I seemingly deceived them did not rouse my suspicions I know not, unless it was that my mind was still so full of that fleeting glimpse of my beloved princess that there was room in it for naught else.Page 33
When he thrust, however, I was not there, for I had fought with therns before; and while none had ever resorted to precisely that same expedient, I knew them to be the least honorable and most treacherous fighters upon Mars, and so was ever on the alert for some new and devilish subterfuge when I was engaged with one of their race.Page 47
A dozen green warriors had succeeded in reaching a point between me and the gate, but they had but little idea who it was they had elected to detain.Page 49
"My presence in the land of Kaol is partly due to accident, my flier being wrecked upon the southern fringe of your great forest.Page 52
Careful search of the room revealed nothing to explain either the identity or business of the person who had thus secretly sought me in the dead of night.Page 62
Fierce, fur-bearing creatures attacked us by daylight and by dark.Page 80
Here we walked boldly in past the armed guard at the door, to be met by a red slave within who asked our wishes.Page 84
I could not stand idly by, O Jeddak, and see this thing done within the very palace grounds, and yet feel that I was fit to serve and guard your royal person.Page 87
A jeddak does not wed a married woman, nor will Salensus Oll thus violate the bonds of matrimony.Page 89
" I did not hear her reply, for it was then that a blow upon my head brought unconsciousness, and when I recovered my senses only a handful of guardsmen remained in the audience chamber with me.Page 106
At times they would pause long enough to drag back the impeding corpses, and then fresh warriors.Page 116
Now I realized the cause of the rage that had been writ so large upon the features of Matai Shang and the cruel pleasure that I had seen upon the face of Phaidor.Page 119
I had come to within a quarter of a mile of them when Matai Shang espied me.Page 130
"Most righteous judges," he exclaimed, "you have heard recited all that is known of John Carter, Prince of Helium--the good with the bad.