while it is there in the keeping of my
Martian Princess, I doubt that I shall ever again leave the dying world
that is my life.
'I have come now because my affection for you prompted me to see you
once more before you pass over for ever into that other life that I
shall never know, and which though I have died thrice and shall die
again to-night, as you know death, I am as unable to fathom as are you.
'Even the wise and mysterious therns of Barsoom, that ancient cult
which for countless ages has been credited with holding the secret of
life and death in their impregnable fastnesses upon the hither slopes
of the Mountains of Otz, are as ignorant as we. I have proved it,
though I near lost my life in the doing of it; but you shall read it
all in the notes I have been making during the last three months that I
have been back upon Earth.'
He patted a swelling portfolio that lay on the table at his elbow.
'I know that you are interested and that you believe, and I know that
the world, too, is interested, though they will not believe for many
years; yes, for many ages, since they cannot understand. Earth men
have not yet progressed to a point where they can comprehend the things
that I have written in those notes.
'Give them what you wish of it, what you think will not harm them, but
do not feel aggrieved if they laugh at you.'
That night I walked down to the cemetery with him. At the door of his
vault he turned and pressed my hand.
'Good-bye, nephew,' he said. 'I may never see you again, for I doubt
that I can ever bring myself to leave my wife and boy while they live,
and the span of life upon Barsoom is often more than a thousand years.'
He entered the vault. The great door swung slowly to. The ponderous
bolts grated into place. The lock clicked. I have never seen Captain
John Carter, of Virginia, since.
But here is the story of his return to Mars on that other occasion, as
I have gleaned it from the great mass of notes which he left for me
upon the table of his room in the hotel at Richmond.
There is much which I have left out; much which I have not dared to
tell; but you will find the story of his second search for Dejah
Thoris, Princess of Helium, even
Jonas Prim loved his daughter.Page 15
The Oakdale fathers, however, had not been so keen about Reginald.Page 16
But later in the day when word came from a nearby town that Reginald had been seen in a strange touring car with two unknown men and a girl, the gossips commenced to wag their heads.Page 19
How do you know this here bird ain't The Oskaloosa Kid, eh?" "I have heard both these men speak," replied the girl; "their voices were not those of any men I have known.Page 39
Oh, wouldn't he wait until daylight? See! the dawn was even then commencing to break.Page 46
At least we didn't see what we heard; but we saw a dead man on the floor when we went in and this morning he was gone.Page 47
to stare at him.Page 48
Case after him.Page 51
What's the news?" "Plenty! Plenty!" exclaimed the carrier.Page 56
He was already convinced that HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE would help him not at all, and with the natural suspicion of ignorance he feared to divulge his knowledge to the city detective for fear that the latter would find the means to cheat him out of the princely reward offered by the Oakdale village board.Page 57
" Burton reassured the boy with a smile and a nod, and then as he neared Jeb he asked him if a young man had been at his place that morning asking for food.Page 60
The thing wrapped in an old quilt lay silently waiting for the making of its last bed.Page 64
You tell me the truth, all the truth, and I will tell you the truth.Page 67
A dozen times he had been arraigned upon suspicion; but as many times had he been released with a clean bill of morals until of late Bridge had become almost immune from arrest.Page 79
"And don't talk to anyone," Burton again cautioned him.Page 88
The Kid confessed to clear his pal who was only slightly injured in the smash-up.Page 93
He comes of one of the finest families of Virginia and one of the wealthiest.Page 94
" "I couldn't have told you a few hours ago," said Bridge.