of astonishment and
questioning wonder as Xodar's acts confirmed the suspicion which he had
"A thern!" whispered Tars Tarkas.
"Worse than that, I fear," replied Xodar. "But let us see."
With that he drew his dagger and cut open a locked pouch which had
dangled from the thern's harness, and from it he brought forth a
circlet of gold set with a large gem--it was the mate to that which I
had taken from Sator Throg.
"He was a Holy Thern," said Xodar. "Fortunate indeed it is for us that
he did not escape."
The officer of the guard entered the chamber at this juncture.
"My Prince," he said, "I have to report that this fellow's companion
escaped us. I think that it was with the connivance of one or more of
the men at the gate. I have ordered them all under arrest."
Xodar handed him the thoat oil and cloth.
"With this you may discover the spy among you," he said.
I at once ordered a secret search within the city, for every Martian
noble maintains a secret service of his own.
A half-hour later the officer of the guard came again to report. This
time it was to confirm our worst fears--half the guards at the gate
that night had been therns disguised as red men.
"Come!" I cried. "We must lose no time. On to Hastor at once. Should
the therns attempt to check us at the southern verge of the ice cap it
may result in the wrecking of all our plans and the total destruction
of the expedition."
Ten minutes later we were speeding through the night toward Hastor,
prepared to strike the first blow for the preservation of Dejah Thoris.
THE AIR BATTLE
Two hours after leaving my palace at Helium, or about midnight, Kantos
Kan, Xodar, and I arrived at Hastor. Carthoris, Tars Tarkas, and Hor
Vastus had gone directly to Thark upon another cruiser.
The transports were to get under way immediately and move slowly south.
The fleet of battleships would overtake them on the morning of the
At Hastor we found all in readiness, and so perfectly had Kantos Kan
planned every detail of the campaign that within ten minutes of our
arrival the first of the fleet had soared aloft from its dock, and
thereafter, at the rate of one a second, the great ships floated
gracefully out into the night to form a long, thin line which stretched
for miles toward the south.
It was not until after we had entered the cabin of Kantos Kan
The weak spot in his argument was his inability to suggest a reasonable motive.Page 13
von Horn," she said, "pride has restrained me from asking what was evidently intended that I should not know.Page 17
Von Horn's interest in the marvellous results that had been obtained was little short of the professor's--but he foresaw a very different outcome of it all, and by day never moved without a gun at either hip, and by night both of them were beside him.Page 25
Then lifting Virginia in his arms once more he dived into the impenetrable mazes of the jungle that lined the more open pathway between the beach and camp.Page 26
He wondered what it all meant, for everything was strange and new to him; but when he saw the eyes of the lovely one upon him, and her arms outstretched toward him, though he did not understand the words upon her lips, he knew that she was in distress.Page 39
" "He will never escape," replied von Horn, "his own creatures will see to that.Page 50
Von Horn dashed after her, but so black was the night beneath the overhanging trees, festooned with their dark myriad creepers, that the girl was out of sight in an instant, and upon the soft carpet of the rotting vegetation her light footfalls gave no sound.Page 61
It would not allow me to revel in the coarse brutalities of von Horn--and I am sure that von Horn thinks he has a soul.Page 62
Number Twelve lay closest to him, and stepping to his side he nudged him with the butt of the bull whip he still carried.Page 65
Number Thirteen neither knew nor cared.Page 66
Number Thirteen was the first to pull himself over the vessel's side, and as he did so he saw some half dozen Dyaks preparing to quit her upon the opposite side.Page 68
At last Number Thirteen made out the figures of men about the fire, and as they came still closer he was sure that they were members of the very party he had been pursuing across the broad waters for hours.Page 77
The loss of time resulting from the fight in the prahu and the ensuing peace parley permitted Muda Saffir to put considerable distance between himself and his pursuers.Page 79
All through the remainder of the long night Ninaka pondered the question deeply.Page 93
"I think Number Ten is right," he said at last.Page 112
The muscles stood out upon his giant forearm as he gripped the stock of his bull whip.Page 115
Many of the pieces were large, weighing twenty and thirty pounds, and some even as much as fifty.Page 124
It was on the morning of the seventh day since they had commenced their wandering in search of the long-house that, as she sat watching him, she saw his eyes resting upon her face with a look of recognition.Page 132
The sight that met the eyes of the searchers told all of the story that they needed to know.