trappings?" I asked.
"It was simple--for Gahan of Gathol," replied The Warlord. "With the
assistance of I-Gos he crept into The Hall of Chiefs before the
ceremony, while the throne room and Hall of Chiefs were vacated to
receive the bride. He came from the pits through the corridor that
opened behind the arras at the rear of the throne, and passing into The
Hall of Chiefs took his place upon the back of a riderless thoat, whose
warrior was in I-Gos' repair room. When O-Tar entered and came near him
Gahan fell upon him and struck him with the butt of a heavy spear. He
thought that he had killed him and was surprised when O-Tar appeared to
"And Ghek? What became of Ghek?" I insisted.
"After leading Val Dor and Floran to Tara's disabled flier which they
repaired, he accompanied them to Gathol from where a message was sent
to me in Helium. He then led a large party including A-Kor and U-Thor
from the roof, where our ships landed them, down a spiral runway into
the palace and guided them to the throne room. We took him back to
Helium with us, where he still lives, with his single rykor which we
found all but starved to death in the pits of Manator. But come! No
more questions now."
I accompanied him to the east arcade where the red dawn was glowing
beyond the arches.
"Good-bye!" he said.
"I can scarce believe that it is really you," I exclaimed. "Tomorrow I
will be sure that I have dreamed all this."
He laughed and drawing his sword scratched a rude cross upon the
concrete of one of the arches.
"If you are in doubt tomorrow," he said, "come and see if you dreamed
A moment later he was gone.
JETAN, OR MARTIAN CHESS
For those who care for such things, and would like to try the game, I
give the rules of Jetan as they were given me by John Carter. By
writing the names and moves of the various pieces on bits of paper and
pasting them on ordinary checkermen the game may be played quite as
well as with the ornate pieces used upon Mars.
THE BOARD: Square board consisting of one hundred alternate black and
THE PIECES: In order, as they stand upon the board in the first row,
from left to right of each player.
Warrior: 2 feathers; 2 spaces straight in any direction or combination.
Padwar: 2 feathers; 2 spaces diagonal in any direction or combination.
Dwar: 3 feathers; 3 spaces straight in any direction or combination.
Flier: 3 bladed propellor;
I wondered what this particular Mahar might think now.Page 17
With a horrid roar the beast charged me.Page 25
Repeated experiments with it determined me that in searching for a high explosive, Perry had stumbled upon a fire-extinguisher that would have made his fortune for him back in our own world.Page 29
Nor was I mistaken.Page 36
I noticed, and not without misgivings, that the leader of the Sagoths eyed me with an expression that betokened partial recognition.Page 40
Slowly the beast turned and moved toward the girl.Page 41
"Why should she wish to have my life spared?" He shrugged his shoulders and then repeated my question to the Mahar spokesman.Page 42
He had often told me that there was every reason to believe from their writings, which he had learned to read while we were incarcerated in Phutra, that they were a just race, and that in certain branches of science and arts they were quite well advanced, especially in genetics and metaphysics, engineering and architecture.Page 66
A feeling of loneliness overwhelmed me.Page 74
Along the very edge of the cliff-top stood a thin line of mighty males--the best rope-throwers of the tribe.Page 76
The hunters upon whom Hooja's men had fallen had brought back the meat of a great thag.Page 82
"But when Hooja heard what we had planned he was very angry, and ordered that I die.Page 89
How Juag ever had hit it I could not guess.Page 102
Then the female wheeled toward Dian.Page 109
I thought it never would gain any momentum.Page 110
Juag was so tickled that he forgot all about his hunger and thirst.Page 114
Juag and Dian looked at me as if I had gone suddenly mad.Page 120
efforts to be among the first of those to kneel before me and kiss my hand.Page 126
At a thousand yards.Page 131
I gave them their freedom, and returned their weapons to them after they had sworn loyalty to me and friendship and peace with Ja, and I made the old fellow, who had had the good sense to surrender, king of Luana, for both the old chief and his only son had died in the battle.