as he passed them. The Gatholian, practiced in the art of combating
a mounted warrior from the ground, sought to reach the left side of the
fellow's thoat a little to the rider's rear, the only position in which
he would have any advantage over his antagonist, or rather the position
that would most greatly reduce the advantage of the mounted man, and,
similarly, the Manatorian strove to thwart his design. And so the
guardsman wheeled and turned his vicious, angry mount while Gahan
leaped in and out in an effort to reach the coveted vantage point, but
always seeking some other opening in his foe's defense.
And while they jockeyed for position a rider swept swiftly past them.
As he passed behind Gahan the latter heard a cry of alarm.
"Turan, they have me!" came to his ears in the voice of Tara of Helium.
A quick glance across his shoulder showed him the galloping thoatman in
the act of dragging Tara to the withers of the beast, and then, with
the fury of a demon, Gahan of Gathol leaped for his own man, dragged
him from his mount and as he fell smote his head from his shoulders
with a single cut of his keen sword. Scarce had the body touched the
pavement when the Gatholian was upon the back of the dead warrior's
mount, and galloping swiftly down the avenue after the diminishing
figures of Tara and her abductor, the sounds of the fight waning in the
distance as he pursued his quarry along the avenue that passes the
palace of O-Tar and leads to The Gate of Enemies.
Gahan's mount, carrying but a single rider, gained upon that of the
Manatorian, so that as they neared the palace Gahan was scarce a
hundred yards behind, and now, to his consternation, he saw the fellow
turn into the great entrance-way. For a moment only was he halted by
the guards and then he disappeared within. Gahan was almost upon him
then, but evidently he had warned the guards, for they leaped out to
intercept the Gatholian. But no! the fellow could not have known that
he was pursued, since he had not seen Gahan seize a mount, nor would he
have thought that pursuit would come so soon. If he had passed then, so
could Gahan pass, for did he not wear the trappings of a Manatorian?
The Gatholian thought quickly, and stopping his thoat called to the
guardsmen to let him pass, "In the name of O-Tar!" They hesitated a
"Aside!" cried Gahan. "Must the jeddak's messenger parley for the
Tearing it open I read: 'Meet me to-morrow hotel Raleigh Richmond.Page 17
At length he yielded, for it seemed the only way in which either of us might be saved from the ever-increasing numbers of our assailants, who were still swarming upon us from all directions across the broad valley.Page 39
I have spoken.Page 59
The man had now regained full possession of his faculties, and was regarding us intently from where he lay bound upon the deck.Page 60
It was comparatively warm and there was plenty of air for our starved lungs, so I was not surprised to see the black open his eyes, and a moment later the girl also.Page 64
Some time before I had reduced our speed, for we had left the Valley Dor many miles astern, and I felt comparatively safe.Page 68
Also should I devote my life to the extermination of the hideous plant men and their horrible companions, the great white apes.Page 82
For a moment there was tense silence, then Thurid, with a roar of rage sprang for my throat; just as Xodar had upon the deck of the cruiser.Page 92
"Are we to fight for the edification of the First Born, or is it something worse than that?" "It is a part of the monthly rites of Issus," he replied, "in which black men wash the sins from their souls in the blood of men from the outer world.Page 112
We cast away before the sound of the first gun had died, and another second saw us rising swiftly from the surface of the sea.Page 133
Thuvia and I were in the rear, for our beast was lagging more and more.Page 136
"Ah, my Prince," he continued, as though no thought had interrupted his greeting, "that you are back is sufficient, and let Hor Vastus' sword have the high honour of being first at thy feet.Page 144
Zat Arras himself sat in the golden chair of the presiding magistrate.Page 155
Tars Tarkas was to get into communication with Thark and learn the sentiments of his people toward his return from Dor.Page 160
I had won my point.Page 164
"It took me but a short time to locate the plans of the pits of Helium among the official papers.Page 165
we had laid nearly a year ago had been carried out.Page 175
The battle was short and hot, but there could have been but one outcome, for the First Born in the carelessness of fancied security had left but a handful of ancient and obsolete hulks to guard their mighty harbour.Page 179
Long ere the last of the column could hope to reach the upper pits which lay above the danger point I was convinced that the waters would surge after us in overwhelming volume, and that fully half the expedition would be snuffed out.Page 189
the reality of the picture she was seeing, and that was added by the highest noble of her realm--the high priest of her religion--the prime minister of her government.