the clockwork, lay a key, and this Paulvitch
now withdrew and fitted to the winding stem.
Gently he turned the key, muffling the noise of the winding operation
by throwing a couple of articles of clothing over the box. All the
time he listened intently for any sound which might indicate that the
sailor or another were approaching his cabin; but none came to
interrupt his work.
When the winding was completed the Russian set a pointer upon a small
dial at the side of the clockwork, then he replaced the cover upon the
black box, and returned the entire machine to its hiding-place in the
A sinister smile curled the man's bearded lips as he gathered up his
valuables, blew out the lamp, and stepped from his cabin to the side of
the waiting sailor.
"Here are my things," said the Russian; "now let me go."
"I'll first take a look in your pockets," replied the sailor. "You
might have overlooked some trifling thing that won't be of no use to
you in the jungle, but that'll come in mighty handy to a poor sailorman
in London. Ah! just as I feared," he ejaculated an instant later as he
withdrew a roll of bank-notes from Paulvitch's inside coat pocket.
The Russian scowled, muttering an imprecation; but nothing could be
gained by argument, and so he did his best to reconcile himself to his
loss in the knowledge that the sailor would never reach London to enjoy
the fruits of his thievery.
It was with difficulty that Paulvitch restrained a consuming desire to
taunt the man with a suggestion of the fate that would presently
overtake him and the other members of the Kincaid's company; but
fearing to arouse the fellow's suspicions, he crossed the deck and
lowered himself in silence into his canoe.
A minute or two later he was paddling toward the shore to be swallowed
up in the darkness of the jungle night, and the terrors of a hideous
existence from which, could he have had even a slight foreknowledge of
what awaited him in the long years to come, he would have fled to the
certain death of the open sea rather than endure it.
The sailor, having made sure that Paulvitch had departed, returned to
the forecastle, where he hid away his booty and turned into his bunk,
while in the cabin that had belonged to the Russian there ticked on and
on through the silences of the night the little mechanism in the small
black box which held for the unconscious sleepers upon the ill-starred
Kincaid the coming
So great was the love of the people of Helium for the mate of John Carter it amounted practically to worship, as though she were indeed the goddess that she looked.Page 13
"What do you mean?" "Gahan of Gathol has asked permission to woo you.Page 49
" The girl shrank from him.Page 55
It was while she was singing that four warriors came to take her to Luud.Page 62
In one material respect this plain differed from that behind him in that it was dotted with occasional isolated hills.Page 63
Gahan hoped that it would gain its liberty, why he did not know other than at closer range it had every appearance of being a creature of his own race.Page 65
The motor started at a touch and purred sweetly, the buoyancy tanks were well stocked, and the ship answered perfectly to the controls which regulated her altitude.Page 92
In his wake swept his twenty savage warriors, the padded feet of their mounts soundless upon the soft turf.Page 97
This kaldane and a warrior of my own race rescued me.Page 112
" But Tara of Helium made no reply.Page 115
"If a piece be taken it is merely removed from the board--this is a rule of jetan as old almost as the civilization of Barsoom.Page 120
" "And your punishment?" asked Turan.Page 143
"And you will chance incurring the wrath of O-Tar, who has no love for this savage barbarian," explained the keeper.Page 150
There was only one player upon the Black side that might dispute the square with the enemy and that was the Chief's Odwar, who stood upon Gahan's left.Page 153
the Black Chief after her and away from U-Dor; but in that he had failed.Page 157
They were to make their way to The Gate of Enemies and there offer their services to U-Thor, the great Jed of Manatos.Page 174
Feeling with a foot before taking a forward step his descent was necessarily slow, but Gahan was a Barsoomian and so knew the pitfalls that might await the unwary in such dark, forbidden portions of a jeddak's palace.Page 192
His black harness was ornamented with rubies and gold; his face was covered by a grotesque mask of the precious metal in which two enormous rubies were set for eyes, though below them were narrow slits through which the wearer could see.Page 199
as honorably as did O-Tar.Page 202