prisoner and his past services to Helium and
Barsoom, grant a respite of one year, or until the return of Mors
Kajak, or Tardos Mors to Helium. Disperse quietly to your houses. Go."
No one moved. Instead, they stood in tense silence with their eyes
fastened upon me, as though waiting for a signal to attack.
"Clear the temple," commanded Zat Arrras, in a low tone to one of his
Fearing the result of an attempt to carry out this order by force, I
stepped to the edge of the platform and, pointing toward the main
entrance, bid them pass out. As one man they turned at my request and
filed, silent and threatening, past the soldiers of Zat Arrras, Jed of
Zodanga, who stood scowling in impotent rage.
Kantos Kan with the others who had sworn allegiance to me still stood
upon the Throne of Righteousness with me.
"Come," said Kantos Kan to me, "we will escort you to your palace, my
Prince. Come, Carthoris and Xodar. Come, Tars Tarkas." And with a
haughty sneer for Zat Arrras upon his handsome lips, he turned and
strode to the throne steps and up the Aisle of Hope. We four and the
hundred loyal ones followed behind him, nor was a hand raised to stay
us, though glowering eyes followed our triumphal march through the
In the avenues we found a press of people, but they opened a pathway
for us, and many were the swords that were flung at my feet as I passed
through the city of Helium toward my palace upon the outskirts. Here
my old slaves fell upon their knees and kissed my hands as I greeted
them. They cared not where I had been. It was enough that I had
returned to them.
"Ah, master," cried one, "if our divine Princess were but here this
would be a day indeed."
Tears came to my eyes, so that I was forced to turn away that I might
hide my emotions. Carthoris wept openly as the slaves pressed about
him with expressions of affection, and words of sorrow for our common
loss. It was now that Tars Tarkas for the first time learned that his
daughter, Sola, had accompanied Dejah Thoris upon the last long
pilgrimage. I had not had the heart to tell him what Kantos Kan had
told me. With the stoicism of the green Martian he showed no sign of
suffering, yet I knew that his grief was as poignant as my own.
"He is a dangerous maniac, and we must make this fact plain to the people--this and a thorough description of him.Page 2
Even in self-protection we would not kill him, we of the mountains who remember him as a boy and loved his father and his grandfather, before him.Page 19
"We will forget the whole occurrence, lieutenant," replied Butzow, "if you will promise not to harm his majesty, or offer him or the Princess von der Tann further humiliation.Page 20
An officer escorted them to the great hall, and presently a dark visaged captain of cavalry entered and approached them.Page 40
" The giant, Yellow Franz, had come quite close to Barney and was inspecting him with an expression of considerable interest.Page 61
All the nobles of Lutha were gathered there with their wives, their children, and their retainers.Page 65
The temptation was great, and then he recalled the boy, lying dead for his king in the desolate mountains, and the pathetic light in the eyes of the sorrowful man at Tafelberg, and the great trust and confidence in the heart of the woman who had shown that she loved him.Page 85
"Cut out the 'sire,' old man," shouted Barney Custer of Beatrice.Page 110
Barney had turned toward her as she struck the match, obtaining an excellent view of her features.Page 119
A few more steps would be all that he could take in this direction without drowning.Page 127
I am.Page 135
At first she thought nothing of it, turning her horse's head to the righthand side of the road to pass the party, all of whom were in uniform; but as she did so one of the men reined directly in her path.Page 145
In his peasant dress he now felt safer to approach a farmhouse and inquire his way to Tann, for he had come a sufficient distance from the spot where he had stolen his new clothes to hope that they would not be recognized or that the news of their theft had not preceded him.Page 154
I doubt if they wish to harm your highness, but they certainly would fire to hit in self-defense.Page 162
"Hurry!" admonished the American, drawing the silk half-hose of the ruler of Lutha over his foot.Page 164
It is not difficult to live a part, but often it is difficult to act one.Page 177
The advanced trenches that they had abandoned to the Austrians they took again at the point of the bayonet.Page 197
The eye at the crack beside the gilded frame pressed closer to the aperture.Page 205
Directly opposite him upon the wall was a dark-toned photogravure of a hunting scene.Page 206
There was an old shooting jacket, several pairs of trousers and breeches, and a hunting coat.