after I had examined the damage I found it a much
graver matter than I had anticipated. Not only was the forced angle at
which we were compelled to maintain the bow in order to keep a
horizontal course greatly impeding our speed, but at the rate that we
were losing our repulsive rays from the forward tanks it was but a
question of an hour or more when we would be floating stern up and
We had slightly reduced our speed with the dawning of a sense of
security, but now I took the helm once more and pulled the noble little
engine wide open, so that again we raced north at terrific velocity.
In the meantime Carthoris and Xodar with tools in hand were puttering
with the great rent in the bow in a hopeless endeavour to stem the tide
of escaping rays.
It was still dark when we passed the northern boundary of the ice cap
and the area of clouds. Below us lay a typical Martian landscape.
Rolling ochre sea bottom of long dead seas, low surrounding hills, with
here and there the grim and silent cities of the dead past; great piles
of mighty architecture tenanted only by age-old memories of a once
powerful race, and by the great white apes of Barsoom.
It was becoming more and more difficult to maintain our little vessel
in a horizontal position. Lower and lower sagged the bow until it
became necessary to stop the engine to prevent our flight terminating
in a swift dive to the ground.
As the sun rose and the light of a new day swept away the darkness of
night our craft gave a final spasmodic plunge, turned half upon her
side, and then with deck tilting at a sickening angle swung in a slow
circle, her bow dropping further below her stern each moment.
To hand-rail and stanchion we clung, and finally as we saw the end
approaching, snapped the buckles of our harness to the rings at her
sides. In another moment the deck reared at an angle of ninety degrees
and we hung in our leather with feet dangling a thousand yards above
I was swinging quite close to the controlling devices, so I reached out
to the lever that directed the rays of repulsion. The boat responded
to the touch, and very gently we began to sink toward the ground.
It was fully half an hour before we touched. Directly north of us rose
a rather lofty range of hills, toward which we decided to make
I knew her to a rivet.Page 6
What I lack of being a ladies' man, Nobs certainly makes up for as a ladies' dog.Page 10
I wish, though, that we had gone bankrupt, my father and I, before ever we turned out that Frankenstein of a thing.Page 12
I reached far over to seize her hand.Page 13
A single glance at the vessel's deck assured me that the battle was over and that we had been victorious, for I saw our survivors holding a handful of the enemy at pistol points while one by one the rest of the crew was coming out of the craft's interior and lining up on deck with the other prisoners.Page 14
Immediately I went on deck to investigate, and Bradley came with me.Page 16
Bradley was at my side.Page 18
"Say nothing of this to anyone," I ordered.Page 30
I tried to decide what I should do after I was washed away.Page 35
It was a long slim blade he offered--one that I could carry between my teeth--and so I accepted it gladly.Page 44
It had been weeks, now, since we had tasted it, and the sight of the reptiles gave me an idea--that a steak or two from one of them might not be bad eating.Page 52
We were about a quarter of a mile from the rest of our party, and in full sight of them as they lay in the tall grass watching us.Page 55
On the shore a little north of where we lay there were the corpses of twenty of the wild creatures who had attacked Bradley and his party in our absence, and the rest of whom we had met and scattered a few minutes later.Page 56
Bradley, von Schoenvorts and I, with Miss La Rue's help, staked out the various buildings and the outer wall.Page 59
Lys spent a great deal of time talking to him and trying to draw him out; but for a long while she was unsuccessful.Page 64
I went to my own room, and there I sat by the light of one of the crude candles we had made from the tallow of the beasts we had killed, and lived over the events of the evening.Page 79
Then I made him promise not to hurt the she again, upon pain of worse punishment.Page 81
On the sixth day I came to the cliffs of the Sto-lu, and my heart beat fast as I approached them, for here was Lys.Page 82
"They have remained longer," I thought; but when I was quite close to the base of the cliffs, I saw that which dashed my hopes and my happiness to earth.Page 83
I built crude ladders; I wedged sticks in narrow fissures; I chopped toe-holds and finger-holds with my long knife; but at last I scaled them.