not noticeable, but now that I
am trying to keep a horizontal course it is different. The wound in
her bow has opened one of her forward ray tanks."
It was true, and after I had examined the damage I found it a much
graver matter than I had anticipated. Not only was the forced angle at
which we were compelled to maintain the bow in order to keep a
horizontal course greatly impeding our speed, but at the rate that we
were losing our repulsive rays from the forward tanks it was but a
question of an hour or more when we would be floating stern up and
We had slightly reduced our speed with the dawning of a sense of
security, but now I took the helm once more and pulled the noble little
engine wide open, so that again we raced north at terrific velocity.
In the meantime Carthoris and Xodar with tools in hand were puttering
with the great rent in the bow in a hopeless endeavour to stem the tide
of escaping rays.
It was still dark when we passed the northern boundary of the ice cap
and the area of clouds. Below us lay a typical Martian landscape.
Rolling ochre sea bottom of long dead seas, low surrounding hills, with
here and there the grim and silent cities of the dead past; great piles
of mighty architecture tenanted only by age-old memories of a once
powerful race, and by the great white apes of Barsoom.
It was becoming more and more difficult to maintain our little vessel
in a horizontal position. Lower and lower sagged the bow until it
became necessary to stop the engine to prevent our flight terminating
in a swift dive to the ground.
As the sun rose and the light of a new day swept away the darkness of
night our craft gave a final spasmodic plunge, turned half upon her
side, and then with deck tilting at a sickening angle swung in a slow
circle, her bow dropping further below her stern each moment.
To hand-rail and stanchion we clung, and finally as we saw the end
approaching, snapped the buckles of our harness to the rings at her
sides. In another moment the deck reared at an angle of ninety degrees
and we hung in our leather with feet dangling a thousand yards above
I was swinging quite close to the controlling devices, so I reached out
to the lever that directed the rays of repulsion. The boat responded
to the touch, and very gently we
"She belongs to me," cried the other.Page 43
Then the two rose as one and approached the girl.Page 45
He is larger and more gorgeously marked; but otherwise he and I are identical, and why not? Did not Luud produce the egg from which I hatched?" "What?" queried the girl; "I do not understand you.Page 46
" "Are all of you the children of Luud?" she asked.Page 48
How and from what form had they evolved? She asked Ghek.Page 62
That the storm was over he was convinced, but he chafed at the inactivity the low visibility put upon him, nor did conditions better materially before night fell, so that he was forced to await the new day at the very spot at which the tempest had deposited him.Page 74
"Who is there but knows of the loss of the Princess Tara of Helium?" he replied.Page 76
CHAPTER IX ADRIFT OVER STRANGE REGIONS Presently Ghek pushed aside a door that opened from the stairway, and before them Tara saw the moonlight flooding the walled court where the headless rykors lay beside their feeding-troughs.Page 79
Nature must have contrasts; she must have shadows as well as highlights; sorrow with happiness; both wrong and right; and sin as well as virtue.Page 82
Ghek had temporarily abandoned his rykor after enlisting Turan's assistance in lashing it safely to the deck.Page 86
Here they waited in utter silence, nor had they long to wait before Turan the panthan came cautiously along the base of the wall.Page 110
Then he replaced the key in the burrow and squatting on the table beside his headless body, directed its hands toward the food.Page 111
"Wait!" said the girl in low, even tone.Page 118
The loyalty of a Martian to his jeddak is almost an instinct, and second not even to the instinct of self-preservation at that.Page 144
Your place will be assigned you by an officer there, and there you will remain with your pieces until the second game is called.Page 148
The Orange Chief had not yet entered the field, but his men were all in place.Page 164
" "You mean," he asked, "that the ears of a Princess must not listen to words of love from a panthan?" "It is not that, Turan," she replied; "but rather that I may not in honor listen to words of love from another than him to whom I am betrothed--a fellow countryman, Djor Kantos.Page 166
" O-Tar had risen and was angrily emphasizing his words with heavy blows upon the table, dealt with a golden goblet.Page 186
I would make amends.Page 187
"There," he said, "lies the Princess of Helium, and quite safe she will be until the time of the ceremony.