their marvellous beauty.
But if their bodies are divine, their hearts, apparently, are quite the
reverse. Never did I witness such a malign lust for blood as these
demons of the outer air evinced in their mad battle with the therns.
All about us in the garden lay their sinister craft, which the therns
for some reason, then unaccountable to me, made no effort to injure.
Now and again a black warrior would rush from a nearby temple bearing
a young woman in his arms. Straight for his flier he would leap while
those of his comrades who fought near by would rush to cover his escape.
The therns on their side would hasten to rescue the girl, and in an
instant the two would be swallowed in the vortex of a maelstrom of
yelling devils, hacking and hewing at one another, like fiends
But always, it seemed, were the black pirates of Barsoom victorious,
and the girl, brought miraculously unharmed through the conflict, borne
away into the outer darkness upon the deck of a swift flier.
Fighting similar to that which surrounded us could be heard in both
directions as far as sound carried, and Thuvia told me that the attacks
of the black pirates were usually made simultaneously along the entire
ribbon-like domain of the therns, which circles the Valley Dor on the
outer slopes of the Mountains of Otz.
As the fighting receded from our position for a moment, Thuvia turned
toward me with a question.
"Do you understand now, O Prince," she said, "why a million warriors
guard the domains of the Holy Therns by day and by night?"
"The scene you are witnessing now is but a repetition of what I have
seen enacted a score of times during the fifteen years I have been a
prisoner here. From time immemorial the black pirates of Barsoom have
preyed upon the Holy Therns.
"Yet they never carry their expeditions to a point, as one might
readily believe it was in their power to do, where the extermination of
the race of therns is threatened. It is as though they but utilized
the race as playthings, with which they satisfy their ferocious lust
for fighting; and from whom they collect toll in arms and ammunition
and in prisoners."
"Why don't they jump in and destroy these fliers?" I asked. "That
would soon put a stop to the attacks, or at least the blacks would
scarce be so bold. Why, see how perfectly unguarded they leave their
craft, as though they were lying safe in their own hangars at
With scarcely a parting glance I turned my eyes again toward Mars, lifted my hands toward his lurid rays, and waited.Page 5
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.Page 16
What it has taken minutes to write occurred in but a few seconds, but during that time Tars Tarkas had seen my plight and had dropped from the lower branches, which he had reached with such infinite labour, and as I flung the last of my immediate antagonists from me the great Thark leaped to my side, and again we fought, back to.Page 18
Torn and bleeding from many cruel wounds, I lay panting upon the ground within the hollow.Page 20
But so far as I might know it was as good for our purpose as another, and so I returned to the tree for Tars Tarkas.Page 32
I could feel myself growing weaker and weaker, until at length objects commenced to blur before my eyes and I staggered and blundered about more asleep than awake, and then it was that he worked his pretty little coup that came near to losing me my life.Page 46
"Instead of tearing me to pieces, as Sator Throg had desired, they fawned at my feet.Page 54
The fighting smile that has brought consternation to a thousand foemen touched my lips.Page 56
Huddled close to the base of a rapid fire gun was a young white girl, securely bound.Page 58
A low, silvery laugh rang out behind me.Page 78
You may never hope to return to the outer world.Page 124
That they had gone down and not up I was sure from my knowledge of these ancient buildings and the methods of the Warhoons.Page 127
That they were of goodly proportions I guessed from the fact that the eyes were on a level with my own.Page 132
"There be that behind us which has the appearance of a great body of pursuers.Page 137
To-day he commanded all Helium's great terrors of the skies, and I was a Prince of the House of Tardos Mors, Jeddak of Helium.Page 154
As he was commander-in-chief of the navy, it would be a simple matter for him to order the vessels there as they could be handled, and thereafter keep the remodelled fleet in remote parts of the.Page 155
But even now I was to be disappointed.Page 156
Down through the passageways to the pits we went.Page 181
There was naught to do other than seek a new avenue of escape.Page 189
As a terrier shakes a rat I shook Issus, Goddess of Life Eternal.