believed, and that you let me serve you and save you from the
false hereafter of Dor and Issus as I saved you from the real death
that other day.
"It is to you of Helium that I speak now. When I am done let the men
of Zodanga have their will with me. Zat Arrras has taken my sword from
me, so the men of Zodanga no longer fear me. Will you listen?"
"Speak, John Carter, Prince of Helium," cried a great noble from the
audience, and the multitude echoed his permission, until the building
rocked with the noise of their demonstration.
Zat Arrras knew better than to interfere with such a sentiment as was
expressed that day in the Temple of Reward, and so for two hours I
talked with the people of Helium.
But when I had finished, Zat Arrras arose and, turning to the judges,
said in a low tone: "My nobles, you have heard John Carter's plea;
every opportunity has been given him to prove his innocence if he be
not guilty; but instead he has but utilized the time in further
blasphemy. What, gentlemen, is your verdict?"
"Death to the blasphemer!" cried one, springing to his feet, and in an
instant the entire thirty-one judges were on their feet with upraised
swords in token of the unanimity of their verdict.
If the people did not hear Zat Arrras' charge, they certainly did hear
the verdict of the tribunal. A sullen murmur rose louder and louder
about the packed coliseum, and then Kantos Kan, who had not left the
platform since first he had taken his place near me, raised his hand
for silence. When he could be heard he spoke to the people in a cool
and level voice.
"You have heard the fate that the men of Zodanga would mete to Helium's
noblest hero. It may be the duty of the men of Helium to accept the
verdict as final. Let each man act according to his own heart. Here
is the answer of Kantos Kan, head of the navy of Helium, to Zat Arrras
and his judges," and with that he unbuckled his scabbard and threw his
sword at my feet.
In an instant soldiers and citizens, officers and nobles were crowding
past the soldiers of Zodanga and forcing their way to the Throne of
Righteousness. A hundred men surged up on the platform, and a hundred
blades rattled and clanked to the floor at my feet. Zat Arrras and his
officers were furious, but they were
For a time he did not realize how close he had been to death or that he had been saved by the chance location of the automatic pistol in his breast pocket--the very pistol he had taken from the dressing table.Page 18
Presently a great rain drop was blown against the youth's face; the vividness of the lightning had increased; the rumbling of the thunder had grown to the proportions of a titanic bombardment; but he dared not pause to seek shelter.Page 19
There was only the road to the right, then, after all.Page 29
Further discussion of the young woman was discouraged by a repetition of the clanking of the chain without.Page 37
Thus, as the night dragged its slow course, the three came to trust each other more entirely and to speculate upon the strange train of circumstances which had brought them thus remarkably together--the thief, the murderer's accomplice, and the vagabond.Page 38
" "Wait!" begged the girl.Page 41
At the foot of the stairway leading to the second floor lay the flash lamp that the boy had dropped the night before.Page 45
He went up a mile or more, and on the way down he reached his hand inside the kitchen door and brought it forth enveloping the barrel of a shot gun.Page 46
"There are three of us and we're awful hungry.Page 47
" Case Jr.Page 51
"Reggie Paynter was murdered last night, too; right on the pike south of town.Page 61
Like a tigress charging those who stalked her she leaped swiftly across the clearing toward the point from which the disturbance had come.Page 67
"You have done nothing.Page 71
There were two men, two young women and a huge brown bear.Page 75
Never had Willie Case spent so frightful a half hour as that within the brilliant interior of The Elite Restaurant.Page 81
There are some over by the mill.Page 84
"Well," said the guard, with a shrug of his shoulders, "it's up to you guys.Page 89
There was some talk of taking them to the scene of Paynter's supposed murder; but wiser heads counselled against it lest the sheriff come with a posse of deputies and spoil their fun.Page 94
At last Bridge stole a few minutes alone with Abigail, or, to be more strictly a truthful historian, Abigail outgeneraled the others of the company and drew Bridge out upon the veranda.Page 100
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