of bills. "Here,"
he said, handing the other two tens.
"Naw," said the Lizard, shoving the proffered money away. "I'm no cheap
"Come on--take it," said Jimmy. "I may want a box cracked some day."
"All right," said the Lizard, "if you put it that way, bo."
"I should think," said Jimmy, "that a man of your ability could earn a
living by less precarious methods."
"You would think so," replied the Lizard. "I've tried two or three
times to go straight. Wore out my shoes looking for a job. Never landed
anything that paid me more than ten bucks per, and worked nine or ten
hours a day, and half the time I couldn't get that."
"I suppose the police hounded you all the time, too," suggested Jimmy.
"Naw," said the Lizard; "dat's all bunk. De fellows that couldn't even
float down a sewer straight pull dat. Once in a while dey get it in for
some guy, but dey're glad enough to leave us alone if we leave dem
alone. I worked four hours to-day, maybe six before I get through, and
I'll stand a chance of makin' all the way from fifty dollars to five
thousand. Suppose I was drivin' a milk-wagon, gettin' up at t'ree
o'clock in the mornin' and workin' like hell--how much would I get out
of dat? Expectin' every minute some one was goin' tuh fire me. Nuthin'
doin'--dey can't nobody fire me now. I'm my own boss."
"Well," said Jimmy, "your logic sounds all right, but it all depends
upon the viewpoint. But I'll tell you: you've offered me your services;
I'll offer you mine. Whenever you want a job, look me up. I'm going to
be general manager of a big concern here, and you'll find me in the next
issue of the telephone directory." He handed the Lizard his card.
"Tanks," said the latter. "If you don't want a box cracked any sooner
than I want a job, the chances are we will never meet again. So-long,"
and he was gone as noiselessly as he had come.
Jimmy breakfasted at nine the next morning, and as he waited for his
bacon and eggs he searched the Situations Wanted columns of the morning
paper until his eye finally alighted upon that for which he sought--the
ad that was to infuse into the business life of the great city a new and
potent force. Before his breakfast was served Jimmy had read the few
lines over a dozen times, and with each succeeding reading he was more
and more pleased with the
" Her voice was level--frigid.Page 3
" Without another glance in the direction of Astok she turned, and taking Carthoris' proffered hand, moved slowly toward the massive marble pile that housed the ruler of Ptarth and his glittering court.Page 4
" "And how might I know it, Carthoris?" she asked innocently.Page 5
form; so how could you alone have been blind to it?" "Do the maids of Helium pay court to their men?" asked Thuvia.Page 7
The instrument itself is below deck, geared both to the steering apparatus and the control levers.Page 20
She spoke to the warrior squatting before the control board.Page 30
With outstretched tail and foaming jaws it charged straight as an arrow, for the body of the thoat and the mighty creature of destruction that stood with forepaws upon the slate-grey side, waiting to defend its meat.Page 41
He wondered if all the fighting men had sallied forth in one supreme effort to rout the foe, leaving the city all unguarded.Page 45
"We of the red race are all soldiers, but we have no bowmen to defend us, such as yours.Page 48
"Komal is the essence," he whispered.Page 50
He fears that I may some day usurp his power.Page 52
She looked up into his face.Page 63
" She had dropped back in surprise and disappointment, for she knew that there was no reason why she should not have accompanied him.Page 65
Yet still he drew her toward him, until both were suddenly startled by a hideous growl that rumbled from the dark wood close behind them.Page 71
With savage warriors of the hordes of Torquas charging toward her from one direction, and no less implacable enemies, in the form of the creatures of Astok, Prince of Dusar, bearing down upon her from another, while only a banth, a red warrior, and an unarmed bowman were near to defend her, her plight was quite hopeless and her cause already lost ere ever it was contested.Page 82
Men only need she fear, but she must take this and many other chances before she could hope to reach her father's court again.Page 88
Where before had he seen that giant figure, that taciturn countenance, and the livid sword-cut from temple to mouth? "Vas Kor," repeated Carthoris mentally.Page 90
The cruiser-transport lay without lights, and, resting as she was upon the ground, must have been entirely invisible to the oncoming flier, which all presently recognized as a small craft.Page 92
Astok was speaking.Page 109
Jeddak of Okar.