in not having sunk the submarine to
make good the lie that I must tell.
"His orders were to return immediately to the temple landing," I
Torith took a half step toward the entrance to the pool as though to
corroborate my story. For that instant everything hung in the balance,
for had he done so and found the empty submarine still lying at her
wharf the whole weak fabric of my concoction would have tumbled about
our heads; but evidently he decided the message must be genuine, nor
indeed was there any good reason to doubt it since it would scarce have
seemed credible to him that two slaves would voluntarily have given
themselves into custody in any such manner as this. It was the very
boldness of the plan which rendered it successful.
"Were you connected with the rising of the slaves?" asked Torith. "We
have just had meagre reports of some such event."
"All were involved," I replied. "But it amounted to little. The
guards quickly overcame and killed the majority of us."
He seemed satisfied with this reply. "Take them to Shador," he
ordered, turning to one of his subordinates. We entered a small boat
lying beside the island, and in a few minutes were disembarking upon
Shador. Here we were returned to our respective cells; I with Xodar,
the boy by himself; and behind locked doors we were again prisoners of
the First Born.
A BREAK FOR LIBERTY
Xodar listened in incredulous astonishment to my narration of the
events which had transpired within the arena at the rites of Issus. He
could scarce conceive, even though he had already professed his doubt
as to the deity of Issus, that one could threaten her with sword in
hand and not be blasted into a thousand fragments by the mere fury of
her divine wrath.
"It is the final proof," he said, at last. "No more is needed to
completely shatter the last remnant of my superstitious belief in the
divinity of Issus. She is only a wicked old woman, wielding a mighty
power for evil through machinations that have kept her own people and
all Barsoom in religious ignorance for ages."
"She is still all-powerful here, however," I replied. "So it behooves
us to leave at the first moment that appears at all propitious."
"I hope that you may find a propitious moment," he said, with a laugh,
"for it is certain that in all my life I have never seen one in which a
prisoner of the First Born might
, President and General Manager," and this is what he read: Dear Jim You have graduated--I didn't think you would--with honors in football, baseball, prize-fighting, and five thousand dollars in debt.Page 6
Jimmy had many friends in Chicago with whom, upon the occasion of numerous previous visits to the Western metropolis, he had spent many hilarious and expensive hours, but now he had come upon the serious business of life, and there moved within him a strong determination to win financial success without recourse to the influence of rich and powerful acquaintances.Page 9
"There will be plenty of time," he thought, "for amusement after I have gotten a good grasp of my new duties.Page 28
" "Oh!" said Harriet.Page 34
" "Oh, well," replied Bince irritably, "I just wanted him to get away for his own sake.Page 37
" She looked at him quizzically for a moment, as she had looked at him often since he had gone to work for Feinheimer.Page 42
" Steve Murray laughed uproariously.Page 47
At first it had been rather humiliating to Jimmy to take the drubbings he did at the hands of Young Brophy in the presence of the audience which usually filled the small gymnasium where the fighter was training.Page 61
As he was reading them Mr.Page 62
Some of your points are not entirely clear to me, as there are many modern methods that I have not, I am sorry to say, investigated sufficiently.Page 65
They were the things that got me the job all right, but I honestly feel just as though I had stolen something.Page 77
Elizabeth Compton's arched brows raised slightly and involuntarily she breathed a low ejaculation, "Efficiency expert!" Simultaneously there flashed through the minds of both in rapid succession a series of recollections of their previous meetings.Page 78
"You have managed to deceive him into believing that you are what you claim to be.Page 92
At ten o'clock that night a figure moved silently through the dark shadows of an alleyway.Page 99
" "Bless you, Lizard," cried the girl.Page 111
Holden and Jimmy's attorney were the first to congratulate him, and the former insisted that he come home with him to dinner.Page 114
She smiled tremulously.