You are a brave panthan and a mighty one, but
you cannot overcome a city singlehanded."
She smiled up into his face and her hand still lay upon his arm. He
felt the thrill of hot blood coursing through his veins. He could have
seized her in his arms and crushed her to him. There was only Ghek the
kaldane there, but there was something stronger within him that
restrained his hand. Who may define it--that inherent chivalry that
renders certain men the natural protectors of women?
From their vantage point they saw a body of armed warriors ride forth
from the gate, and winding along a well-beaten road pass from sight
about the foot of the hill from which they watched. The men were red,
like themselves, and they rode the small saddle thoats of the red race.
Their trappings were barbaric and magnificent, and in their head-dress
were many feathers as had been the custom of ancients. They were armed
with swords and long spears and they rode almost naked, their bodies
being painted in ochre and blue and white. There were, perhaps, a score
of them in the party and as they galloped away on their tireless mounts
they presented a picture at once savage and beautiful.
"They have the appearance of splendid warriors," said Turan. "I have a
great mind to walk boldly into their city and seek service."
Tara shook her head. "Wait," she admonished. "What would I do without
you, and if you were captured how could you collect your reward?"
"I should escape," he said. "At any rate I shall try it," and he
started to rise.
"You shall not," said the girl, her tone all authority.
The man looked at her quickly--questioningly.
"You have entered my service," she said, a trifle haughtily.
"You have entered my service for hire and you shall do as I bid you."
Turan sank down beside her again with a half smile upon his lips. "It
is yours to command, Princess," he said.
The day passed. Ghek, tiring of the sunlight, had deserted his rykor
and crawled down a hole he had discovered close by. Tara and Turan
reclined beneath the scant shade of a small tree. They watched the
people coming and going through the gate. The party of horsemen did not
return. A small herd of zitidars was driven into the city during the
day, and once a caravan of broad-wheeled carts drawn by these huge
animals wound out of the distant horizon and came down to the city. It,
too, passed from their sight within the gateway. Then darkness came and
They were in part peculiar indeed, but I have followed them to each last detail as faithfully as I was able.Page 4
As our equipment was crude in the extreme we decided that one of us must return to civilization, purchase the necessary machinery and return with a sufficient force of men properly to work the mine.Page 10
That there were still other braves behind those who regarded me was apparent from the fact that the leaders passed back whispered word to those behind them.Page 12
I decided to investigate, but first I lifted my head to fill my lungs with the pure, invigorating night air of the mountains.Page 15
The ears, which were slightly above the eyes and closer together, were small, cup-shaped antennae, protruding not more than an inch on these young specimens.Page 36
What surprised Sola most in me was that while I could catch telepathic messages easily from others, and often when they were not intended for me, no one could read a jot from my mind under any circumstances.Page 48
What was passing in their minds no man may know, but that they were moved I truly believe, and if one man high among them had been strong enough to rise above custom, that moment would have marked a new and mighty era for Mars.Page 51
Until we reach the headquarters of Tal Hajus it is the will of Lorquas Ptomel that you be accorded the respect your acts have earned you.Page 63
In the height of battle as well as upon the march I know that my thoats will obey my every command, and therefore my fighting efficiency is enhanced, and I am a.Page 66
" Had I known the significance of those words "my chieftain," as applied by a red Martian woman to a man, I should have had the surprise of my life, but I did not know at that time, nor for many months thereafter.Page 77
We made a most imposing and awe-inspiring spectacle as we strung out across the yellow landscape; the two hundred and fifty ornate and brightly colored chariots, preceded by an advance guard of some two hundred mounted warriors and chieftains riding five abreast and one hundred yards apart, and followed by a like number in the same formation, with a score or more of flankers on either side; the fifty extra mastodons, or heavy draught animals, known as zitidars, and the five or six hundred extra thoats of the warriors running loose within the hollow square formed by the surrounding warriors.Page 87
We might hide among the great trees for a time, but the chances are small indeed for escape.Page 88
They were quieter now, owing to the absence of man, but as they scented me they became more restless and their hideous noise increased.Page 94
Unseen we reached a rear window and with the straps and leather of my trappings I lowered, first Sola and then Dejah Thoris to the ground below.Page 98
CHAPTER XVIII CHAINED IN WARHOON It must have been several hours before I regained consciousness and I well.Page 112
Concentrating my mind upon the massive lock I hurled the nine thought waves against it.Page 133
the sides and bottoms of their craft for various purposes of repair, and by means of which landing parties are lowered to the ground from the battleships.Page 139
I shall put it to you briefly.Page 151
CHAPTER XXVII FROM JOY TO DEATH For ten days the hordes of Thark and their wild allies were feasted and entertained, and, then, loaded with costly presents and escorted by ten thousand soldiers of Helium commanded by Mors Kajak, they started on the return journey to their own lands.Page 155
Helium, and it was with difficulty that I breathed at all.