said the other, "I don't."
"Neither do I," said Bince. "I know his plans even better than you.
This shop has short hours and good pay, but if we don't get rid of him
it will have the longest hours and lowest pay of any shop in the city."
"Well?" questioned Krovac.
"I think," said Bince, "that there ought to be some way to prevent this
man doing any further harm here."
He looked straight into Krovac's eyes.
"There is," muttered the latter.
"It would be worth something of course," suggested Bince. "How much?"
"Oh, I should think it ought to be worth a hundred dollars," replied
Krovac thought for a moment.
"I think I can arrange it," he said, "but I would have to have fifty
"I cannot give it to you here," said Bince, "but if I should happen to
pass through the shop this afternoon you might find an envelope on the
floor beside your machine after I have gone."
The following evening as Jimmy alighted from the Indiana Avenue car at
Eighteenth Street, two men left the car behind him. He did not notice
them, although, as he made his way toward his boarding-house, he heard
footsteps directly in his rear, and suddenly noting that they were
approaching him rapidly, he involuntarily cast a glance behind him just
as one of the men raised an arm to strike at him with what appeared to
be a short piece of pipe.
Jimmy dodged the blow and then both men sprang for him. The first one
Jimmy caught on the point of the chin with a blow that put its recipient
out of the fight before he got into it, and then his companion, who was
the larger, succeeded in closing with the efficiency expert.
Inadvertently, however, he caught Jimmy about the neck, leaving both his
intended victim's arms free with the result that the latter was able to
seize his antagonist low down about the body, and then pressing him
close to him and hurling himself suddenly forward, he threw the fellow
backward upon the cement sidewalk with his own body on top. With a
resounding whack the attacker's head came in contact with the concrete,
his arms relaxed their hold upon Jimmy's neck, and as the latter arose
he saw both his assailants, temporarily at least, out of the fighting.
Jimmy glanced hastily in both directions. There was no one in sight.
His boardinghouse was but a few steps away, and two minutes later he was
safe in his room.
"A year ago," he thought to himself, smiling, "my first thought
"Aside from seeing you, which is my principal reason for being here, and satisfying myself that I can transport inanimate things from Mars to Earth, and therefore animate things if I so desire, I have no purpose.Page 6
The Warlord left them and the two seated themselves upon an ersite bench beneath a spreading sorapus tree.Page 16
At last the girl succeeded in righting the flier, perilously close to the ground.Page 23
In all respects it seemed identical in construction with those further out in the valley--a high, plastered wall of massive construction surrounding a similarly constructed tower, upon whose gray surface was painted in vivid colors a strange device.Page 26
She had but just set.Page 35
"She was captured in Luud's fields--she will go to Luud.Page 43
Close to the base of the walls were numerous smaller apertures, circular in shape, but larger than those of similar aspect that she had noted elsewhere.Page 47
For this purpose were we created, that there might not perish from the planet Nature's divinest creation--the perfect brain.Page 54
She guessed why he had sent for her and she knew that she must find the means for self-destruction before the night was over; but still she clung to hope and to life.Page 80
You, Ghek, are an example of the egotism of which I spoke.Page 90
He threw his weight against the wooden panel; but the thick skeel of which it was constructed would have withstood a battering ram.Page 102
Even now she flushed as she recalled his daring words.Page 103
They approached him rapidly and worked quickly.Page 112
Let us open the door and drag him out--maybe we shall find a place to hide him.Page 119
But yet she watched, fascinated by the martial scene, and now she noted again the groups of silent figures upon the balconies.Page 128
You must make the best of your opportunity while you may.Page 142
There you will find many places devoted to the lodging of strangers.Page 154
Time and again each scored.Page 191
To the banquet hall he went, knowing that his chiefs awaited him there and as he entered they arose and upon the faces of many were incredulity and amaze, for they had not thought to see O-Tar the jeddak again after what the spies had told them of the horrid sounds issuing from the chamber of O-Mai.Page 199
* * * * * His story finished, John Carter rose from the chair opposite me, stretching his giant frame like some great forest-bred lion.