years had passed since his body had been found upon the bluff
before his cottage overlooking the Hudson, and oft-times during these
long years I had wondered if John Carter were really dead, or if he
again roamed the dead sea bottoms of that dying planet; if he had
returned to Barsoom to find that he had opened the frowning portals of
the mighty atmosphere plant in time to save the countless millions who
were dying of asphyxiation on that far-gone day that had seen him
hurtled ruthlessly through forty-eight million miles of space back to
Earth once more. I had wondered if he had found his black-haired
Princess and the slender son he had dreamed was with her in the royal
gardens of Tardos Mors, awaiting his return.
Or, had he found that he had been too late, and thus gone back to a
living death upon a dead world? Or was he really dead after all, never
to return either to his mother Earth or his beloved Mars?
Thus was I lost in useless speculation one sultry August evening when
old Ben, my body servant, handed me a telegram. Tearing it open I read:
'Meet me to-morrow hotel Raleigh Richmond.
Early the next morning I took the first train for Richmond and within
two hours was being ushered into the room occupied by John Carter.
As I entered he rose to greet me, his old-time cordial smile of welcome
lighting his handsome face. Apparently he had not aged a minute, but
was still the straight, clean-limbed fighting-man of thirty. His keen
grey eyes were undimmed, and the only lines upon his face were the
lines of iron character and determination that always had been there
since first I remembered him, nearly thirty-five years before.
'Well, nephew,' he greeted me, 'do you feel as though you were seeing a
ghost, or suffering from the effects of too many of Uncle Ben's juleps?'
'Juleps, I reckon,' I replied, 'for I certainly feel mighty good; but
maybe it's just the sight of you again that affects me. You have been
back to Mars? Tell me. And Dejah Thoris? You found her well and
'Yes, I have been to Barsoom again, and--but it's a long story, too
long to tell in the limited time I have before I must return. I have
learned the secret, nephew, and I may traverse the trackless void at my
will, coming and going between the countless planets as I list; but my
heart is always in Barsoom, and
What ships from beyond they have warned only the secret archives of government show; but, a naval officer myself, I have gathered from the traditions of the service that it has been fully two hundred years since smoke or sail has been sighted east of 30d or west of 175d.Page 4
His face was grave, and I thought he was even a trifle paler than usual.Page 5
I was on the bridge, and as we dropped from the brilliant sunlight into the dense vapor of clouds and on down through them to the wild, dark storm strata beneath, it seemed that my spirits dropped with the falling ship, and the buoyancy of hope ran low in sympathy.Page 21
Delcarte wanted to fetch the tiger's skin, but I had to deny him permission, since we had no means to properly cure it.Page 25
He never heard the word ship before, and did not know its meaning.Page 26
London they had never heard of, and they assured me that I would find no human beings upon the mainland.Page 28
from the stuffed, unnatural specimens preserved to us in our museums.Page 30
him, and as he struggled to rise, clawing viciously at me, I put a bullet in his spine.Page 31
I watched them as they approached the tree.Page 34
He points out that it is quite beyond the pale of human instinct to desert little children as my theory suggests the ancient English must have done.Page 37
I fought as best I could for my liberty and for hers, but the weight of numbers was too great, though I had the satisfaction at least of giving them a good fight.Page 46
I could not leave her, of course, but what in the world I was to do, cumbered with the care of a young woman, and a queen at that, I was at a loss to know.Page 47
"Never," she replied, "for, in the first place, they would know that we would not dare go there, and in the second they themselves would not dare.Page 50
One lion fell in his tracks, another stumbled to my very feet, and then I leaped within and slammed the portal to.Page 51
am military governor of Lon .Page 52
The room in which we were imprisoned overlooked the river, and I determined to attempt to escape in this direction.Page 65
I almost shook poor Thirty-six in my efforts to revive him.Page 73
They live in the poorer districts of the cities, in.Page 76
Gondar, talking with the inhabitants, and exploring the city of black men.Page 86
We marched for many days--so many that I lost count of them--and at last we came to another city--a Chinese city this time--which stands upon the site of ancient Moscow.