"Ah, my Prince," he continued, as though no thought had interrupted his
greeting, "that you are back is sufficient, and let Hor Vastus' sword
have the high honour of being first at thy feet." With these words the
noble fellow unbuckled his scabbard and flung his sword upon the ground
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. The thing was equivalent to saying,
"My sword, my body, my life, my soul are yours to do with as you wish.
Until death and after death I look to you alone for authority for my
every act. Be you right or wrong, your word shall be my only truth.
Whoso raises his hand against you must answer to my sword."
It is the oath of fealty that men occasionally pay to a Jeddak whose
high character and chivalrous acts have inspired the enthusiastic love
of his followers. Never had I known this high tribute paid to a lesser
mortal. There was but one response possible. I stooped and lifted the
sword from the ground, raised the hilt to my lips, and then, stepping
to Hor Vastus, I buckled the weapon upon him with my own hands.
"Hor Vastus," I said, placing my hand upon his shoulder, "you know best
the promptings of your own heart. That I shall need your sword I have
little doubt, but accept from John Carter upon his sacred honour the
assurance that he will never call upon you to draw this sword other
than in the cause of truth, justice, and righteousness."
"That I knew, my Prince," he replied, "ere ever I threw my beloved
blade at thy feet."
As we spoke other fliers came and went between the ground and the
battleship, and presently a larger boat was launched from above, one
capable of carrying a dozen persons, perhaps, and dropped lightly near
us. As she touched, an officer sprang from her deck to the ground,
and, advancing to Hor Vastus, saluted.
"Kantos Kan desires that this party whom we have rescued be brought
immediately to the deck of the Xavarian," he said.
As we approached the little craft I looked about for the members of my
party and for the first time noticed that Thuvia was not among them.
Questioning elicited the fact that none had seen her since Carthoris
had sent her thoat galloping madly toward the hills, in the hope of
Though the door leading from the verandah into the reception hall swung wide to the balmy airs of late Spring the prowler passed this blatant invitation to the hospitality of the House of Prim.Page 11
He did not raise his hand and strike a sudden, haphazard blow.Page 23
A half dozen steps he took when his foot struck against a soft and yielding mass.Page 24
His fingers, clenched in the rigidity of death, clutched wisps of dark brown hair.Page 25
It was evident to the man that it was only with the greatest exertion of will power that he controlled his muscles at all; but at last he succeeded in finding and striking one.Page 27
"It's the thing that murdered the man down stairs--it's the thing that murdered the Squibbs--right here in this room.Page 28
" "I had imagined," said Bridge, "from what I had heard of him that it would be a rather difficult thing to frighten The Oskaloosa Kid--you have, you know, rather a reputation for fearlessness.Page 29
" "We are at the old Squibbs place," replied the man.Page 34
While he had known that the two were of The Sky Pilot's band he had not been sure of the identity of either; but now it was borne in upon him that at least one of them was the last person on earth he cared to be cooped up in a small, unlighted room with, and a moment later when one of the two rolled a 'smoke' and lighted it he saw in the flare of the flame the features of both Dopey Charlie and The General.Page 36
The girl, the boy, and Bridge waited as patiently as they could for the coming of the dawn, talking of the events of the night and planning against the future.Page 39
Bridge saw in the gradually lighting sky the near approach of full daylight; so he contented himself with making the girl and the youth walk briskly to and fro in the hope that stimulated circulation might at least partially overcome the menace of the damp clothing and.Page 47
"But that's nothing," bragged The Kid.Page 50
" As the three.Page 52
Bridge ran quickly into the kitchen and through to the front room.Page 55
" Burton asked a number of questions in an effort to fix the identity of some of the gang, warned Jeb to telephone him at Jonas Prim's if he saw anything further of the strangers, and then retraced his steps toward the car.Page 63
" "Come, come, now, my dear," urged Bridge, "be calm.Page 85
bowed head ascended the steps, guided and assisted by the detective.Page 89
"You beast!" cried Bridge.Page 96
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he ain't 98 7 1 Squibbs place Squibbs' place 98 8 2 you aint you ain't 107 4 3 wont tell won't tell 113 3 5 its measles it's measles 113 3 6 cough aint cough ain't 113 3 6 its 'it,' it's 'it,' 113 4 1 I aint I ain't 114 2 6 Squibb's place Squibbs' place 114 2 13 simply wont simply won't 116 6 3 few minutes few minutes' 116 7 5 Squibb's farm Squibbs' farm 121 4 she wont she won't .