he knew what I was about I was firmly seated astride his glossy
back. A moment later Tars Tarkas had caught and mounted another, and
then between us we herded three or four more toward the great gates.
Tars Tarkas rode ahead and, leaning down to the latch, threw the
barriers open, while I held the loose thoats from breaking back to the
herd. Then together we rode through into the avenue with our stolen
mounts and, without waiting to close the gates, hurried off toward the
southern boundary of the city.
Thus far our escape had been little short of marvellous, nor did our
good fortune desert us, for we passed the outer purlieus of the dead
city and came to our camp without hearing even the faintest sound of
Here a low whistle, the prearranged signal, apprised the balance of our
party that I was returning, and we were met by the three with every
manifestation of enthusiastic rejoicing.
But little time was wasted in narration of our adventure. Tars Tarkas
and Carthoris exchanged the dignified and formal greetings common upon
Barsoom, but I could tell intuitively that the Thark loved my boy and
that Carthoris reciprocated his affection.
Xodar and the green Jeddak were formally presented to each other. Then
Thuvia was lifted to the least fractious thoat, Xodar and Carthoris
mounted two others, and we set out at a rapid pace toward the east. At
the far extremity of the city we circled toward the north, and under
the glorious rays of the two moons we sped noiselessly across the dead
sea bottom, away from the Warhoons and the First Born, but to what new
dangers and adventures we knew not.
Toward noon of the following day we halted to rest our mounts and
ourselves. The beasts we hobbled, that they might move slowly about
cropping the ochre moss-like vegetation which constitutes both food and
drink for them on the march. Thuvia volunteered to remain on watch
while the balance of the party slept for an hour.
It seemed to me that I had but closed my eyes when I felt her hand upon
my shoulder and heard her soft voice warning me of a new danger.
"Arise, O Prince," she whispered. "There be that behind us which has
the appearance of a great body of pursuers."
The girl stood pointing in the direction from whence we had come, and
as I arose and looked, I, too, thought that I could detect a thin dark
line on the far horizon. I awoke the
" With an oath, Anthony Harding sprang forward to protect his daughter; but the butt of Ward's pistol brought him unconscious to the deck.Page 53
It was evident that he intended making a futile attempt to utilize it as a means of escape after the Halfmoon struck, for he was attaching ropes to it and dragging it toward the port side of the ship, away from the shore.Page 65
Here he found a fair-sized space about a clear and plentiful spring of cold water.Page 72
Billy's mother, always foul-mouthed and quarrelsome, had been a veritable demon when drunk, and drunk she had been whenever she could, by hook or crook, raise the price of whiskey.Page 74
They got us separated, and when we seen Theriere and Byrne kilt we jest natch'rally beat it.Page 82
There must be something wrong with our trailing, for it's as certain as fate itself that Japs are not head-hunters.Page 91
" The mucker halted, and turned his head in the direction of the Frenchman, who had raised himself to one elbow and was firing at the advancing enemy.Page 113
After what seemed an eternity she floundered out upon the mainland, and when she reached the top of the bank she saw to.Page 114
"I love you Billy," she answered, "for what you ARE.Page 119
Two were buried in his chest and one in his abdomen.Page 134
And Billy Byrne knew it now.Page 180
The woman, at a word from her lord and master, followed them, and at his further dictation brought them frijoles and tortillas.Page 191
Now Billy Byrne was more than passing well acquainted with many of the fundamental principles of sudden brawls.Page 197
He was a tall, wiry man whose education had been acquired principally in the cow camps of Texas, where, among other things one does NOT learn to love nor trust a greaser.Page 198
I want to stop in and have a talk with Grayson.Page 207
The bar and bolts were easily shot from their seats from the inside, and Billy saw to it.Page 230
"Follow me," and turned at a rapid run toward the south edge of the town.Page 240
Closer and closer to the fringe of willows along the river she came, until, at their very edge, there broke upon her already taut nerves the hideous and uncanny scream of a wildcat.Page 260
It was midafternoon when the sound of distant rifle fire came faintly to the ears of the two men from somewhere far below them.Page 275
"North," replied Billy, "after some of Funston's men on the border.