he lunged past me planted a terrific right on the side of his
The big fellow spun around like a top, his knees gave beneath him and
he crumpled to the ground at my feet.
The blacks gazed in astonishment, first at the still form of the proud
Dator lying there in the ruby dust of the pathway, then at me as though
they could not believe that such a thing could be.
"You asked me to bind Thurid," I cried; "behold!" And then I stooped
beside the prostrate form, tore the harness from it, and bound the
fellow's arms and legs securely.
"As you have done to Xodar, now do you likewise to Thurid. Take him
before Issus, bound in his own harness, that she may see with her own
eyes that there be one among you now who is greater than the First
"Who are you?" whispered the woman who had first suggested that I
attempt to bind Thurid.
"I am a citizen of two worlds; Captain John Carter of Virginia, Prince
of the House of Tardos Mors, Jeddak of Helium. Take this man to your
goddess, as I have said, and tell her, too, that as I have done to
Xodar and Thurid, so also can I do to the mightiest of her Dators.
With naked hands, with long-sword or with short-sword, I challenge the
flower of her fighting-men to combat."
"Come," said the officer who was guarding me back to Shador; "my orders
are imperative; there is to be no delay. Xodar, come you also."
There was little of disrespect in the tone that the man used in
addressing either Xodar or myself. It was evident that he felt less
contempt for the former Dator since he had witnessed the ease with
which I disposed of the powerful Thurid.
That his respect for me was greater than it should have been for a
slave was quite apparent from the fact that during the balance of the
return journey he walked or stood always behind me, a drawn short-sword
in his hand.
The return to the Sea of Omean was uneventful. We dropped down the
awful shaft in the same car that had brought us to the surface. There
we entered the submarine, taking the long dive to the tunnel far
beneath the upper world. Then through the tunnel and up again to the
pool from which we had had our first introduction to the wonderful
passageway from Omean to the Temple of Issus.
From the island of the submarine we were transported on a
As I had watched the noble fight which the great warrior had put up against such enormous odds my heart had swelled in admiration for him, and acting as I am wont to do, more upon impulse than after mature deliberation, I instantly sprang from my sheltering rock and bounded quickly toward the bodies of the dead green Martians, a well-defined plan of action already formed.Page 14
The face of the entire cliff was, as later inspection conclusively proved, so shot with veins and patches of solid gold as to quite present the appearance of a solid wall of that precious metal except where it was broken by outcroppings of ruby, emerald, and diamond boulders--a faint and alluring indication of the vast and unguessable riches which lay deeply buried behind the magnificent surface.Page 16
They stand fifteen feet in height and walk erect upon their hind feet.Page 17
But even the two best swords in a world of fighters can avail not for ever against overwhelming numbers of fierce and savage brutes that know not what defeat means until cold steel teaches their hearts no longer to beat, and so, step by step, we were forced back.Page 30
He was about my own height and well muscled and in every outward detail moulded precisely as are Earth men.Page 35
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.Page 53
I knew though that my ruse had worked and that temporarily at least Thuvia and Tars Tarkas were safe, and the means of escape was theirs.Page 69
"What blasphemy is this, dog of a pirate?" she cried.Page 82
They were reviling and cursing him.Page 99
All who charged the throne are dead but you and this youth.Page 102
As the waters of the planet dried and the seas receded, all other resources dwindled until life upon the planet became a constant battle for survival.Page 106
The collision had retarded our progress and now a hundred swift scouts were close upon us.Page 125
It was much slower work returning, however, than it had been coming, for now the darkness was as utter as the silence.Page 132
Xodar and the green Jeddak were formally presented to each other.Page 136
Could you know the customs and the character of red Martians you would appreciate the depth of meaning that that simple act conveyed to me and to all about us who witnessed it.Page 146
When I am done let the men of Zodanga have their will with me.Page 151
Later she was bound and placed in the compartment with Dejah Thoris and myself.Page 163
The brief instant in which I had seen and recognized Carthoris before the chain fell must have been ample to check the force of the blow.Page 166
Together we rushed to the balcony in time to see a dozen members of my palace guard disappear in the shadows of some distant shrubbery as in pursuit of one who fled.