and peace in the blessed Valley of Dor is a rank and
wicked deception. We know that the valley is not sacred; we know that
the Holy Therns are not holy; that they are a race of cruel and
heartless mortals, knowing no more of the real life to come than we do.
"Not only is it our right to bend every effort to escape--it is a
solemn duty from which we should not shrink even though we know that we
should be reviled and tortured by our own peoples when we returned to
"Only thus may we carry the truth to those without, and though the
likelihood of our narrative being given credence is, I grant you,
remote, so wedded are mortals to their stupid infatuation for
impossible superstitions, we should be craven cowards indeed were we to
shirk the plain duty which confronts us.
"Again there is a chance that with the weight of the testimony of
several of us the truth of our statements may be accepted, and at least
a compromise effected which will result in the dispatching of an
expedition of investigation to this hideous mockery of heaven."
Both the girl and the green warrior stood silent in thought for some
moments. The former it was who eventually broke the silence.
"Never had I considered the matter in that light before," she said.
"Indeed would I give my life a thousand times if I could but save a
single soul from the awful life that I have led in this cruel place.
Yes, you are right, and I will go with you as far as we can go; but I
doubt that we ever shall escape."
I turned an inquiring glance toward the Thark.
"To the gates of Issus, or to the bottom of Korus," spoke the green
warrior; "to the snows to the north or to the snows to the south, Tars
Tarkas follows where John Carter leads. I have spoken."
"Come, then," I cried, "we must make the start, for we could not be
further from escape than we now are in the heart of this mountain and
within the four walls of this chamber of death."
"Come, then," said the girl, "but do not flatter yourself that you can
find no worse place than this within the territory of the therns."
So saying she swung the secret panel that separated us from the
apartment in which I had found her, and we stepped through once more
into the presence of the other prisoners.
There were in all ten red Martians, men and women, and
Nor was the fistful of currency in the other hand to be sneezed at.Page 7
extended toward him.Page 12
Prim's choice, had he been the sole surviving male in the Universe, would have still been as far from Abigail's choice as though he had been an inhabitant of one of Orion's most distant planets.Page 13
was to be announced.Page 22
In a little open space to the right of the road a flash of lightning revealed the outlines of a building a hundred yards from the rickety and decaying fence which bordered the Squibbs' farm and separated it from the road.Page 27
An instant later it was shot--just as the sound of the dragging chain ceased outside.Page 28
Here we are, and we've to make the best of it.Page 33
Instantly a chorus of protests arose, the girl and The Oskaloosa Kid being most insistent.Page 40
Near the bottom Bridge came to a questioning halt.Page 44
"He wrote for us of the open road," he replied quickly.Page 55
" Burton asked a number of questions in an effort to fix the identity of some of the gang, warned Jeb to telephone him at Jonas Prim's if he saw anything further of the strangers, and then retraced his steps toward the car.Page 58
No sooner had he departed than Willie Case disappeared, nor did he answer at noon to the repeated ringing of the big, farm dinner bell.Page 59
" "Put 'em up!" snapped Burton, and when the four grimy fists had been elevated he signalled to his companions to search the two men.Page 70
They closed behind him.Page 73
" "I couldn't do it," mused Bridge.Page 75
Willie's method of eating was in itself a sermon on efficiency--there was no lost motion--no waste of time.Page 78
"So you sees," went on Columbus Blackie, "we got a chanct to get both the dame and The Kid.Page 80
Be that as it may Beppo chanced at that moment to glance toward the doorway.Page 92
" His eyes travelled to the slim figure sitting so straight in the rear seat of Jonas Prim's car.Page 94
It was midnight when the Prims and their guests arose from the table.