my hold and dropped--four feet to a
soft cushion of sand.
The boy followed me.
"Raise me to your shoulders," he said, "and I will replace the trap."
This done he took me by the hand, leading me very slowly, with much
feeling about and frequent halts to assure himself that he did not
stray into wrong passageways.
Presently we commenced the descent of a very steep incline.
"It will not be long," he said, "before we shall have light. At the
lower levels we meet the same stratum of phosphorescent rock that
Never shall I forget that trip through the pits of Issus. While it was
devoid of important incidents yet it was filled for me with a strange
charm of excitement and adventure which I think must have hinged
principally on the unguessable antiquity of these long-forgotten
corridors. The things which the Stygian darkness hid from my objective
eye could not have been half so wonderful as the pictures which my
imagination wrought as it conjured to life again the ancient peoples of
this dying world and set them once more to the labours, the intrigues,
the mysteries and the cruelties which they had practised to make their
last stand against the swarming hordes of the dead sea bottoms that had
driven them step by step to the uttermost pinnacle of the world where
they were now intrenched behind an impenetrable barrier of superstition.
In addition to the green men there had been three principal races upon
Barsoom. The blacks, the whites, and a race of yellow men. 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
The various races had made war upon one another for ages, and the three
higher types had easily bested the green savages of the water places of
the world, but now that the receding seas necessitated constant
abandonment of their fortified cities and forced upon them a more or
less nomadic life in which they became separated into smaller
communities they soon fell prey to the fierce hordes of green men. The
result was a partial amalgamation of the blacks, whites and yellows,
the result of which is shown in the present splendid race of red men.
I had always supposed that all traces of the original races had
disappeared from the face of Mars, yet within the past four days I had
found both whites and blacks in great multitudes. Could it be possible
that in some far-off corner of the planet there
You lookee out, Linee," which was the closest that Sing had ever been able to come to pronouncing Virginia.Page 26
This one was different--very different,--soft and beautiful and white.Page 27
And so he acted as a child acts, in imitation of what it has seen others do.Page 37
" As von Horn spoke the expression on the young man's face became more and more hopeless, and when he had ceased he dropped his head into his open palms, sitting quiet and motionless as a carven statue.Page 43
Perhaps she loved him and would be unhappy were he taken away from her.Page 48
Tomorrow Number Thirteen was to have come to live beneath the same roof with you.Page 59
Virginia Maxon sank to her knees in prayer, for this she thought must surely be the end.Page 60
Hours passed with no other sounds than those of the rapidly waning tempest.Page 66
They could not swim, but all were large and strong, so that they were able to push their way rapidly through the water to the very side of the ship.Page 68
the man upon the deck.Page 73
The creature has been madly infatuated with her ever since the day he took her from Number One, and you have encouraged his infatuation until yesterday.Page 78
And now, when she suddenly found herself in need of protection, here was the same young man turning up in a most miraculous fashion, and at the head of the terrible creatures of the inner campong.Page 88
stern, and what was a Chinaman doing perched there upon the bow? The prahu was nearly opposite him before he recognized Professor Maxon and von Horn as the white men of the little island.Page 93
"We are not human.Page 105
Here was a spot where a single man might defy an army, and Bulan had been quick to see the natural advantages of it.Page 128
You makee One, Two, Thlee--all up to Twelve.Page 132
The warrior sat smoking beside a beached prahu.Page 133
" Bulan was about to laugh away any such fears when the gravity and importance of the possibility impressed him quite as fully as it had Virginia.Page 134
Everything has come back to me now.