so that as one turned his
glance in any direction the forest had the appearance at a little
distance of a vast, high-ceiled chamber.
All these evidences of careful and systematic cultivation convinced me
that I had been fortunate enough to make my entry into Mars on this
second occasion through the domain of a civilized people and that when
I should find them I would be accorded the courtesy and protection that
my rank as a Prince of the house of Tardos Mors entitled me to.
The trees of the forest attracted my deep admiration as I proceeded
toward the sea. Their great stems, some of them fully a hundred feet
in diameter, attested their prodigious height, which I could only guess
at, since at no point could I penetrate their dense foliage above me to
more than sixty or eighty feet.
As far aloft as I could see the stems and branches and twigs were as
smooth and as highly polished as the newest of American-made pianos.
The wood of some of the trees was as black as ebony, while their
nearest neighbours might perhaps gleam in the subdued light of the
forest as clear and white as the finest china, or, again, they were
azure, scarlet, yellow, or deepest purple.
And in the same way was the foliage as gay and variegated as the stems,
while the blooms that clustered thick upon them may not be described in
any earthly tongue, and indeed might challenge the language of the gods.
As I neared the confines of the forest I beheld before me and between
the grove and the open sea, a broad expanse of meadow land, and as I
was about to emerge from the shadows of the trees a sight met my eyes
that banished all romantic and poetic reflection upon the beauties of
the strange landscape.
To my left the sea extended as far as the eye could reach, before me
only a vague, dim line indicated its further shore, while at my right a
mighty river, broad, placid, and majestic, flowed between scarlet banks
to empty into the quiet sea before me.
At a little distance up the river rose mighty perpendicular bluffs,
from the very base of which the great river seemed to rise.
But it was not these inspiring and magnificent evidences of Nature's
grandeur that took my immediate attention from the beauties of the
forest. It was the sight of a score of figures moving slowly about the
meadow near the bank of the mighty river.
Odd, grotesque shapes they were; unlike anything that I had
I saw one shell burst in a group of women and children, and then I turned my head and covered my eyes.Page 5
The vision smiled wanly.Page 11
The sole aim of each of us was to hurl one of the opposing force into the sea.Page 16
You can't land anywhere else in these waters.Page 20
Benson volunteered.Page 28
Chapter 4 For several days things went along in about the same course.Page 29
When I had left the conning-tower little more than a half-hour since, the sea had been breaking over the port bow, and it seemed to me quite improbable that in so short a time an equally heavy sea could be deluging us from the opposite side of the ship--winds may change quickly, but not a long, heavy sea.Page 33
He was in the tower and watching the compass, to which he called my attention.Page 36
There was nothing about the beach to suggest a wrecked mariner.Page 38
This, he said, would account for its heat; but even as he spoke a bush, covered thickly with leaves and flowers, bubbled to the surface and floated off astern.Page 40
I was the eyes of the whole company, and I did my best not to fail them.Page 50
To my surprise he agreed that this was fair and told me that they would accept my conditions and that I could depend upon their loyalty to the common cause.Page 53
The thing was dead when your bullets struck it; but it did not know it for several seconds--possibly a minute.Page 60
He says that there are many Galus north of us, and that as soon as he becomes one he will go and live with them.Page 70
It was the night-life of this jungle world coming into its own--the huge, carnivorous nocturnal beasts which make the nights of Caspak hideous.Page 72
Lys' head had drooped to my breast, and my arm was still about her.Page 76
It was the fact that this silent grave gave evidence that Bradley had come this far upon his expedition and that he too probably was lost, for it was not our intention that he should be long gone.Page 80
it is locked in the bosom of the Sphinx.Page 82
Strewn along the ground were a score of mute and horrible suggestions of what had taken place during my absence--bones picked clean of flesh, the bones of manlike creatures, the bones of many of the tribe of Sto-lu; nor in any cave was there sign of life.Page 86
For a time Nobs had been all the protection she required; but one day he disappeared--nor has she seen him since.