Issus? Search the temple for her,
but let no man harm her but John Carter. Carthoris, where are the
apartments of Issus?"
"This way," cried the boy, and, without waiting to know that I had
heard him, he dashed off at breakneck speed, further into the bowels of
the temple. As fast as he went, however, I was still beside him,
urging him on to greater speed.
At last we came to a great carved door, and through this Carthoris
dashed, a foot ahead of me. Within, we came upon such a scene as I had
witnessed within the temple once before--the throne of Issus, with the
reclining slaves, and about it the ranks of soldiery.
We did not even give the men a chance to draw, so quickly were we upon
them. With a single cut I struck down two in the front rank. And then
by the mere weight and momentum of my body, I rushed completely through
the two remaining ranks and sprang upon the dais beside the carved
The repulsive creature, squatting there in terror, attempted to escape
me and leap into a trap behind her. But this time I was not to be
outwitted by any such petty subterfuge. Before she had half arisen I
had grasped her by the arm, and then, as I saw the guard starting to
make a concerted rush upon me from all sides, I whipped out my dagger
and, holding it close to that vile breast, ordered them to halt.
"Back!" I cried to them. "Back! The first black foot that is planted
upon this platform sends my dagger into Issus' heart."
For an instant they hesitated. Then an officer ordered them back,
while from the outer corridor there swept into the throne room at the
heels of my little party of survivors a full thousand red men under
Kantos Kan, Hor Vastus, and Xodar.
"Where is Dejah Thoris?" I cried to the thing within my hands.
For a moment her eyes roved wildly about the scene beneath her. I
think that it took a moment for the true condition to make any
impression upon her--she could not at first realize that the temple had
fallen before the assault of men of the outer world. When she did,
there must have come, too, a terrible realization of what it meant to
her--the loss of power--humiliation--the exposure of the fraud and
imposture which she had for so long played upon her own people.
There was just one thing needed to complete
The deck was tilting to an.Page 9
"They seem bent on our destruction," she said, "and it looks like the same boat that sunk us yesterday.Page 13
There were ten of us left, not including the girl.Page 15
We hoisted the Union Jack and remained on deck, asking Bradley to go below and assign to each member of the crew his duty, placing one Englishman with a pistol beside each German.Page 17
"I think I've found out who's doin' the mischief," he whispered, and nodded his head toward the girl's room.Page 24
It fell about this way.Page 29
We were sailing due west.Page 32
We reckoned, or rather guessed, that.Page 39
"I would, Olson," I replied.Page 42
At this exhibition of titanic strength I think we all simultaneously stepped backward, and Bradley drew his revolver and fired.Page 50
The first thing we did was to taste the water of the little stream--which, to our delight, we found sweet, pure and cold.Page 63
They returned to the oil-well the same day, while we continued with the multitudinous duties of camp life.Page 66
Von Schoenvorts had succeeded in refining the oil! The cur had broken his every pledge and was leaving us there to our fates.Page 68
Cautiously I approached the flank of the cliffs, where they terminated in an abrupt escarpment as though some all powerful hand had broken off a great section of rock and set it upon the surface of the earth.Page 69
He was talking loudly and gesticulating wildly.Page 70
left a series of frightful screams and shrieks, bellowings, roars and growls.Page 72
I had laid aside my ammunition-belt and rifle, though both were close beside me; but my pistol I kept in my lap beneath my hand.Page 80
"Ata," explained So-ta, when I questioned her as to the purpose of this matutinal rite; but that was later.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 85
From rock to rock, chamoislike, I leaped downward toward the valley, in pursuit of Lys and her hideous abductor.