numbers of their own dead to count than they will
get in return. White ape or plant man, green Barsoomian or red man,
whosoever it shall be that takes the last toll from us will know that
it is costly in lives to wipe out John Carter, Prince of the House of
Tardos Mors, and Tars Tarkas, Jeddak of Thark, at the same time."
I could not help but laugh at his grim humour, and he joined in with me
in one of those rare laughs of real enjoyment which was one of the
attributes of this fierce Tharkian chief which marked him from the
others of his kind.
"But about yourself, John Carter," he cried at last. "If you have not
been here all these years where indeed have you been, and how is it
that I find you here to-day?"
"I have been back to Earth," I replied. "For ten long Earth years I
have been praying and hoping for the day that would carry me once more
to this grim old planet of yours, for which, with all its cruel and
terrible customs, I feel a bond of sympathy and love even greater than
for the world that gave me birth.
"For ten years have I been enduring a living death of uncertainty and
doubt as to whether Dejah Thoris lived, and now that for the first time
in all these years my prayers have been answered and my doubt relieved
I find myself, through a cruel whim of fate, hurled into the one tiny
spot of all Barsoom from which there is apparently no escape, and if
there were, at a price which would put out for ever the last flickering
hope which I may cling to of seeing my princess again in this life--and
you have seen to-day with what pitiful futility man yearns toward a
"Only a bare half-hour before I saw you battling with the plant men I
was standing in the moonlight upon the banks of a broad river that taps
the eastern shore of Earth's most blessed land. I have answered you,
my friend. Do you believe?"
"I believe," replied Tars Tarkas, "though I cannot understand."
As we talked I had been searching the interior of the chamber with my
eyes. It was, perhaps, two hundred feet in length and half as broad,
with what appeared to be a doorway in the centre of the wall directly
opposite that through which we had entered.
The apartment was hewn from the material of the cliff, showing mostly
dull gold in
There was no evidence of a struggle.Page 26
" "Reassuring cuss," thought Bradley as he turned and left the building.Page 27
sanctuary for him, since the stern laws of the Wieroos forbade altercations within such walls.Page 30
the chest for the body of the Wieroo, Bradley turned to seek another means of concealing the evidence of his crime.Page 32
"How long has it been here with you?" "It came through the doorway just ahead of you," Bradley answered for the girl.Page 35
The thing then tied a piece of fiber rope to one of Bradley's ankles and rolled him over the edge of the opening.Page 45
In the dim light Bradley saw that it was a dead Wieroo from which the wings and head had been removed.Page 46
To and fro flew Wieroos, going to and from the temple.Page 53
He felt rather all in, himself, more so than.Page 56
For an instant the thing hesitated, and then it grumbled "Yes.Page 58
An instant later he stood waist deep in water beside the girl.Page 62
The first he came to was ajar, letting a faint light into the well.Page 63
To find the pistol was a matter of but a moment's search on the part of Bradley's companion; and then, at the Englishman's signal, she followed him to the yellow door.Page 66
On the fourth, Bradley stated that he was going to scale the bluffs and learn what lay beyond.Page 72
To have passed near either of them might have been to have brought about our heads hundreds of the creatures from whom we could not possibly have escaped.Page 74
" The girl pressed close to him, her face very white.Page 78
, and Miss La Rue had been missing even longer than he and that no faintest trace of them had been discovered.Page 79
"The Galu country! The Galu country! It is my country that I never thought to see again.Page 83
" As they steamed down the inland sea past the island of Oo-oh, the stories of their adventures were retold, and Bradley learned that Bowen Tyler and his bride had left the Galu country but a fortnight before and that there was every reason to believe that the Toreador might still be lying in the Pacific not far off the subterranean mouth of the river which emitted Caprona's heated waters into the ocean.Page 84
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