remained each facing an opposite end of the apartment no
further attacks were made upon us, so it was quite clear to me that the
partitions were in some way pierced that our actions might be observed
At length a plan of action occurred to me, and backing quite close to
Tars Tarkas I unfolded my scheme in a low whisper, keeping my eyes
still glued upon my end of the room.
The great Thark grunted his assent to my proposition when I had done,
and in accordance with my plan commenced backing toward the wall which
I faced while I advanced slowly ahead of him.
When we had reached a point some ten feet from the secret doorway I
halted my companion, and cautioning him to remain absolutely motionless
until I gave the prearranged signal I quickly turned my back to the
door through which I could almost feel the burning and baleful eyes of
our would be executioner.
Instantly my own eyes sought the mirror upon Tars Tarkas' back and in
another second I was closely watching the section of the wall which had
been disgorging its savage terrors upon us.
I had not long to wait, for presently the golden surface commenced to
move rapidly. Scarcely had it started than I gave the signal to Tars
Tarkas, simultaneously springing for the receding half of the pivoting
door. In like manner the Thark wheeled and leaped for the opening
being made by the inswinging section.
A single bound carried me completely through into the adjoining room
and brought me face to face with the fellow whose cruel face I had seen
before. He was about my own height and well muscled and in every
outward detail moulded precisely as are Earth men.
At his side hung a long-sword, a short-sword, a dagger, and one of the
destructive radium revolvers that are common upon Mars.
The fact that I was armed only with a long-sword, and so according to
the laws and ethics of battle everywhere upon Barsoom should only have
been met with a similar or lesser weapon, seemed to have no effect upon
the moral sense of my enemy, for he whipped out his revolver ere I
scarce had touched the floor by his side, but an uppercut from my
long-sword sent it flying from his grasp before he could discharge it.
Instantly he drew his long-sword, and thus evenly armed we set to in
earnest for one of the closest battles I ever have fought.
The fellow was a marvellous swordsman and evidently in practice, while
I had not
Some papers which his hand brushed within the safe he pushed aside as though preadvised of their inutility to one of his calling.Page 4
With courage radiating from every pore he strode toward the stack.Page 13
"I should just like to know who left them open.Page 18
For an hour he continued walking rapidly along the winding country road.Page 24
His eyes were wide and, even in death, terror filled, his features were distorted with fear and horror.Page 27
"Brace up, son," Bridge admonished him.Page 30
"O, God!" she moaned.Page 33
Bridge seized the boy's arm and wrenched the weapon from him.Page 42
" Immediately all eyes turned upon the flushing youth.Page 55
Instantly Willie dropped his irksome labor and slouched lazily toward the machine, the occupants of which were descending and heading for the Case front door.Page 61
And as they stood thus the silence was shattered by a loud and human sneeze from the thicket not fifty feet from where they stood.Page 77
Instantly Willie Case was transformed again into the shrewd and death defying sleuth.Page 79
When you see it coming get into the middle of the road and wave your hands to stop us.Page 82
Beppo fell forward without a sound and then rolled over on his side.Page 86
Both of them were drunk.Page 88
"You've nothing on us.Page 96
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