we had laid nearly a year ago
had been carried out.
"It has taken much longer than we had expected," replied Kantos Kan.
"The fact that we were compelled to maintain utter secrecy has
handicapped us terribly. Zat Arras' spies are everywhere. Yet, to the
best of my knowledge, no word of our real plans has reached the
"To-night there lies about the great docks at Hastor a fleet of a
thousand of the mightiest battleships that ever sailed above Barsoom,
and each equipped to navigate the air of Omean and the waters of Omean
itself. Upon each battleship there are five ten-man cruisers, and ten
five-man scouts, and a hundred one-man scouts; in all, one hundred and
sixteen thousand craft fitted with both air and water propellers.
"At Thark lie the transports for the green warriors of Tars Tarkas,
nine hundred large troopships, and with them their convoys. Seven days
ago all was in readiness, but we waited in the hope that by so doing
your rescue might be encompassed in time for you to command the
expedition. It is well we waited, my Prince."
"How is it, Tars Tarkas," I asked, "that the men of Thark take not the
accustomed action against one who returns from the bosom of Iss?"
"They sent a council of fifty chieftains to talk with me here," replied
the Thark. "We are a just people, and when I had told them the entire
story they were as one man in agreeing that their action toward me
would be guided by the action of Helium toward John Carter. In the
meantime, at their request, I was to resume my throne as Jeddak of
Thark, that I might negotiate with neighboring hordes for warriors to
compose the land forces of the expedition. I have done that which I
agreed. Two hundred and fifty thousand fighting men, gathered from the
ice cap at the north to the ice cap at the south, and representing a
thousand different communities, from a hundred wild and warlike hordes,
fill the great city of Thark to-night. They are ready to sail for the
Land of the First Born when I give the word and fight there until I bid
them stop. All they ask is the loot they take and transportation to
their own territories when the fighting and the looting are over. I am
"And thou, Hor Vastus," I asked, "what has been thy success?"
"A million veteran fighting-men from Helium's thin waterways man the
battleships, the transports, and the convoys,"
A few scraggly, yellow-white locks had supplanted the thick, dark hair that had covered his head.Page 54
The trail, which marked the passage of a good-sized company, pointed north at right angles to the course the boy and the ape were taking toward the coast.Page 66
They were moving slowly down wind, and warily because the advantage was with whatever beast might chance to be hunting ahead of them, where their scent-spoor was being borne by the light breeze.Page 96
It was then that Korak slid silently from the tree that had hidden him and dropped lightly to the ground within the enclosure.Page 98
"Korak! My Korak!" came an answering cry, subdued by fear of alarming her captors, and half stifled by a sob of joyful welcome.Page 113
Is it not so?" Meriem thought that it was so; but she did not like the idea of not starting immediately back to meet Korak.Page 114
Could he have known that years had elapsed since she had used it until she was taken by the Swedes he would not have wondered that she had half forgotten it.Page 125
Chapter 16 To Meriem, in her new home, the days passed quickly.Page 138
The man's thoughts were rather jumbled.Page 164
To you or me the possibility of locating the Hon.Page 166
" "They have not marched here at all," said Meriem.Page 173
And then from hating "Hanson" he came to look upon himself with hate and loathing--to see himself and his perfidious act in all their contemptible hideousness.Page 174
The fellow was terrified.Page 176
Where had it been taken? How had it come into the possession of this man? Why had it been reproduced in a newspaper? What was the story that the faded type told of it? Meriem was.Page 191
His mind and his soul had been purged by.Page 203
But worse was yet to come.Page 204
With an oath, the Hon.Page 209
The man screamed and fled, and then the bull elephant was among them tossing Negroes and Arabs to right and left as he tore through the flames he feared to the side of the comrade he loved.Page 224
" Then he turned to Meriem.Page 225
said General Armand Jacot.