sprang upon the platform.
"What manner of justice be this?" he cried to Zat Arras. "The
defendant has not been heard, nor has he had an opportunity to call
others in his behalf. In the name of the people of Helium I demand
fair and impartial treatment for the Prince of Helium."
A great cry arose from the audience then: "Justice! Justice!
Justice!" and Zat Arras dared not deny them.
"Speak, then," he snarled, turning to me; "but blaspheme not against
the things that are sacred upon Barsoom."
"Men of Helium," I cried, turning to the spectators, and speaking over
the heads of my judges, "how can John Carter expect justice from the
men of Zodanga? He cannot nor does he ask it. It is to the men of
Helium that he states his case; nor does he appeal for mercy to any.
It is not in his own cause that he speaks now--it is in thine. In the
cause of your wives and daughters, and of wives and daughters yet
unborn. It is to save them from the unthinkably atrocious indignities
that I have seen heaped upon the fair women of Barsoom in the place men
call the Temple of Issus. It is to save them from the sucking embrace
of the plant men, from the fangs of the great white apes of Dor, from
the cruel lust of the Holy Therns, from all that the cold, dead Iss
carries them to from homes of love and life and happiness.
"Sits there no man here who does not know the history of John Carter.
How he came among you from another world and rose from a prisoner among
the green men, through torture and persecution, to a place high among
the highest of Barsoom. Nor ever did you know John Carter to lie in
his own behalf, or to say aught that might harm the people of Barsoom,
or to speak lightly of the strange religion which he respected without
"There be no man here, or elsewhere upon Barsoom to-day who does not
owe his life directly to a single act of mine, in which I sacrificed
myself and the happiness of my Princess that you might live. And so,
men of Helium, I think that I have the right to demand that I be heard,
that I be believed, and that you let me serve you and save you from the
false hereafter of Dor and Issus as I saved you from the real death
that other day.
"It is to you
"And now as to your natural question as to what brings me to Earth again and in this, to earthly eyes, strange habiliment.Page 17
Tara of Helium's first sensation was one of surprise--that she had failed to have her own way.Page 26
In this latter she met with almost immediate success, for the very third tree beneath which she halted.Page 27
Occasionally she returned to the stream to drink, but each time moderately.Page 28
Almost immediately it was answered from the opposite side of the valley, behind her, and then from the distance to the right of her, and twice upon her left.Page 30
What prey found they in this little valley? There must be something that they were accustomed to find here that they should be drawn in so great numbers.Page 51
Then, I am sure, I shall become nice and fat.Page 58
She was almost through into the adjoining chamber when she felt a heavy hand close upon her ankle.Page 83
It was Turan's plan which finally prevailed.Page 95
As they approached the center of the city the girl saw that even the roofs bore companies of these idle watchers, harnessed and bejeweled as for some gala-day of laughter and music, but no laughter broke from those silent lips, nor any music from the strings of the instruments that many of them held in jeweled fingers.Page 97
As they halted at the foot of the marble steps, the proud gaze of Tara of Helium rested upon the enthroned figure of the man above her.Page 123
The girl was conducted to the foot of the aisle and halted before the jeddak, who looked down upon her from his high throne with scowling brows and fierce, cruel eyes.Page 127
Easily might I have eluded your warriors and escaped your pits; but I remained in the hope that I might help these two foolish creatures who have not the brains to escape without help.Page 138
other opening in the stone walls, but his search revealed a heterogeneous collection of odds and ends of arms and apparel, of harness and ornaments and insignia, and sleeping silks and furs in great quantities.Page 147
Thus was marked the opening of The Jeddak's Games, the most important of the year and second only to the Grand Decennial Games.Page 158
Gahan was almost upon him then, but evidently he had warned the guards, for they leaped out to intercept the Gatholian.Page 171
With one accord, chieftains and warriors, they turned and bolted for the doorway; a narrow doorway, where they jammed, fighting and screaming in an effort to escape.Page 186
"If word of O-Tar's death reached the quarters of the women the Princess Tara would be lost.Page 187
Here are his most trusted slaves and warriors, yet even so, thick among them are countless spies, so that no man knows which be which.Page 201
Of course the outcome of the game indicates to whom the main stake belongs; but they also put a price.