she whispered, "leave them to me," and pushing me advanced, all
defenceless and unarmed, upon the snarling banths.
When quite close to them she spoke a single Martian word in low but
peremptory tones. Like lightning the great beasts wheeled upon her,
and I looked to see her torn to pieces before I could reach her side,
but instead the creatures slunk to her feet like puppies that expect a
Again she spoke to them, but in tones so low I could not catch the
words, and then she started toward the opposite side of the chamber
with the six mighty monsters trailing at heel. One by one she sent
them through the secret panel into the room beyond, and when the last
had passed from the chamber where we stood in wide-eyed amazement she
turned and smiled at us and then herself passed through, leaving us
For a moment neither of us spoke. Then Tars Tarkas said:
"I heard the fighting beyond the partition through which you passed,
but I did not fear for you, John Carter, until I heard the report of a
revolver shot. I knew that there lived no man upon all Barsoom who
could face you with naked steel and live, but the shot stripped the
last vestige of hope from me, since you I knew to be without firearms.
Tell me of it."
I did as he bade, and then together we sought the secret panel through
which I had just entered the apartment--the one at the opposite end of
the room from that through which the girl had led her savage companions.
To our disappointment the panel eluded our every effort to negotiate
its secret lock. We felt that once beyond it we might look with some
little hope of success for a passage to the outside world.
The fact that the prisoners within were securely chained led us to
believe that surely there must be an avenue of escape from the terrible
creatures which inhabited this unspeakable place.
Again and again we turned from one door to another, from the baffling
golden panel at one end of the chamber to its mate at the
When we had about given up all hope one of the panels turned silently
toward us, and the young woman who had led away the banths stood once
more beside us.
"Who are you?" she asked, "and what your mission, that you have the
temerity to attempt to escape from the Valley Dor and the death you
"I have chosen no death, maiden," I replied.
"Kaor, Thuvia of Ptarth!" he cried.Page 7
Should this enveloping force be interrupted in any direction a delicate instrument immediately apprehends the irregularity, at the same time imparting an impulse to a magnetic device which in turn actuates the steering mechanism, diverting the bow of the flier away from the obstacle until the craft's radio-activity sphere is no longer in contact with the obstruction, then she falls once more into her normal course.Page 19
Beneath the second dial he found the steel pin severed as in the other, but the controlling mechanism had first been set for a point upon the western hemisphere.Page 22
All the world of wide Barsoom contained naught but enemies for the fierce Torquasians.Page 27
As he advanced, the obscurity became impenetrable blackness.Page 29
The ground itself was clothed in brilliant scarlet sward, picked out with innumerable patches of gorgeous wild flowers.Page 36
"The future acts of the Prince of Helium," she said coldly, "must constitute the proof of his past honesty of purpose.Page 42
Within, the avenue leading to the main building was lined on either side by ranks of bowmen.Page 47
Upon such as you now see before you have we existed since the dawn of history.Page 50
" Carthoris suddenly sprang from the table.Page 51
For a time after the departure of Jav and Carthoris the man eyed her intently.Page 58
"Tell me, man! Shake off your terror long enough to tell me, so I may be prepared to sell my life and that of the Princess of Ptarth as dearly as possible.Page 61
Here Jav set in motion the mechanism that rolled the huge, wheel-like gate aside, and a moment later the three, accompanied by the banth, stepped out into the plain before Lothar.Page 65
Then it was that Carthoris turned to speak to the girl at his side.Page 71
Carthoris shouted to the Lotharian, warning him back, for he knew that he could but uselessly sacrifice his life by placing himself, all unarmed, in the path of the cruel and relentless savages.Page 77
Beside each sleeper lay his weapon--these were never far from their owners from childhood to death.Page 78
To fight, to kill, to die with cold steel buried in their vitals! Ah, that to them was Nirvana.Page 85
Slowly Astok withdrew from the presence of his father.Page 88
Here is one you will be glad to meet--a doughty panthan--" He hesitated.Page 107