feet in the audience, and raising his hand
on high, cried: "Justice! Justice! Justice!" It was Kantos Kan, and
as all eyes turned toward him he leaped past the Zodangan soldiery and
sprang upon the platform.
"What manner of justice be this?" he cried to Zat Arrras. "The
defendant has not been heard, nor has he had an opportunity to call
others in his behalf. In the name of the people of Helium I demand
fair and impartial treatment for the Prince of Helium."
A great cry arose from the audience then: "Justice! Justice!
Justice!" and Zat Arrras dared not deny them.
"Speak, then," he snarled, turning to me; "but blaspheme not against
the things that are sacred upon Barsoom."
"Men of Helium," I cried, turning to the spectators, and speaking over
the heads of my judges, "how can John Carter expect justice from the
men of Zodanga? He cannot nor does he ask it. It is to the men of
Helium that he states his case; nor does he appeal for mercy to any.
It is not in his own cause that he speaks now--it is in thine. In the
cause of your wives and daughters, and of wives and daughters yet
unborn. It is to save them from the unthinkably atrocious indignities
that I have seen heaped upon the fair women of Barsoom in the place men
call the Temple of Issus. It is to save them from the sucking embrace
of the plant men, from the fangs of the great white apes of Dor, from
the cruel lust of the Holy Therns, from all that the cold, dead Iss
carries them to from homes of love and life and happiness.
"Sits there no man here who does not know the history of John Carter.
How he came among you from another world and rose from a prisoner among
the green men, through torture and persecution, to a place high among
the highest of Barsoom. Nor ever did you know John Carter to lie in
his own behalf, or to say aught that might harm the people of Barsoom,
or to speak lightly of the strange religion which he respected without
"There be no man here, or elsewhere upon Barsoom to-day who does not
owe his life directly to a single act of mine, in which I sacrificed
myself and the happiness of my Princess that you might live. And so,
men of Helium, I think that I have the right to demand that I be heard,
that I be
hold and repeatedly the long knife plunged rapidly into his side.Page 21
He cursed himself for a fool that he had ever embarked upon such a mission.Page 26
"Then turn and go in peace," replied Mugambi.Page 30
There was something missing.Page 34
The woman was about to plunge her knife into my heart when the lion interrupted the fiendish ritual.Page 36
Had his eyes been closed he could not have known but that two giant apes were bridling for combat.Page 37
Tarzan was indeed an ape again.Page 39
He had never understood the transformation that had been wrought in Tarzan by the blow upon his head, other than to attribute it to a form of amnesia.Page 42
Werper and Tarzan sat devouring some pieces of meat they had brought from their last camp.Page 46
But at last he had come within sight of the palisade behind which were his fierce companions.Page 47
"It is the only way, now.Page 53
They took definite shape and form, adjusting themselves nicely to the various incidents of his life with which they had been intimately connected.Page 67
"Tantor is coming," he said.Page 79
The horse, with a shrill neigh of terror, shrank sideways almost upon the Belgian, the lion dragged the helpless Arab from his saddle, and the horse leaped back into the trail and fled away.Page 89
There are so many things to distract one's attention along the way.Page 91
Above him poised the savage brute that was today bent upon the destruction of a human life--the same creature who a few months before, had occupied his seat in the House of Lords at London, a respected and distinguished member of that august body.Page 94
"My liberty," replied Werper.Page 103
No quarter was asked or given by either the ferocious Abyssinians or the murderous cut-throats of Achmet Zek.Page 114
His belly already partially filled, he might watch with indifference the departure of the girl; yet could she afford to chance so improbable a contingency? She doubted it.Page 132
a little farther into the forest, halted beneath a large tree with spreading branches, buckled a cartridge belt and revolver about her waist, and assisted her to clamber into the lower branches.