You will witness something very
interesting, and as you never shall return to the outer world it will
do no harm to permit you to see it. You will see what no other than
the First Born and their slaves know the existence of--the subterranean
entrance to the Holy Land, to the real heaven of Barsoom.
"It will be an excellent lesson for this daughter of the therns," he
added, "for she shall see the Temple of Issus, and Issus, perchance,
shall embrace her."
Phaidor's head went high.
"What blasphemy is this, dog of a pirate?" she cried. "Issus would
wipe out your entire breed an' you ever came within sight of her
"You have much to learn, thern," replied Xodar, with an ugly smile,
"nor do I envy you the manner in which you will learn it."
As we came on deck I saw to my surprise that the vessel was passing
over a great field of snow and ice. As far as the eye could reach in
any direction naught else was visible.
There could be but one solution to the mystery. We were above the
south polar ice cap. Only at the poles of Mars is there ice or snow
upon the planet. No sign of life appeared below us. Evidently we were
too far south even for the great fur-bearing animals which the Martians
so delight in hunting.
Xodar was at my side as I stood looking out over the ship's rail.
"What course?" I asked him.
"A little west of south," he replied. "You will see the Otz Valley
directly. We shall skirt it for a few hundred miles."
"The Otz Valley!" I exclaimed; "but, man, is not there where lie the
domains of the therns from which I but just escaped?"
"Yes," answered Xodar. "You crossed this ice field last night in the
long chase that you led us. The Otz Valley lies in a mighty depression
at the south pole. It is sunk thousands of feet below the level of the
surrounding country, like a great round bowl. A hundred miles from its
northern boundary rise the Otz Mountains which circle the inner Valley
of Dor, in the exact centre of which lies the Lost Sea of Korus. On
the shore of this sea stands the Golden Temple of Issus in the Land of
the First Born. It is there that we are bound."
As I looked I commenced to realize why it was that in all the ages only
one had escaped
The submarine was withdrawing toward the north, but all the time it was shelling the open boats, three of them, loaded to the gunwales with survivors.Page 6
We were thirsty, hungry, uncomfortable, and cold.Page 18
It was daylight when I awoke.Page 20
I was glad that it was he, for I had considerable confidence in his loyalty, and so it was with a feeling of security that I went below and lay down.Page 23
Turning toward Bradley, who was in the conning-tower, I snapped out: "Gun-service on deck! To the diving stations!" We had no opportunity for drill; but every man had been posted as to his duties, and the German members of the crew understood that it was obedience or death for them, as each was accompanied by a man with a pistol.Page 27
"I want to thank you," I said, "for your bravery and loyalty--you were magnificent.Page 31
After that I felt better.Page 32
The long and the short of it was that we cruised about aimlessly until the sun came out again.Page 44
At sight of me a huge thing charged and climbed to the deck.Page 51
To the west the country was flat and sparsely wooded, and here it was that we saw our first game--a large red deer.Page 53
"A shell from the U-33!" exclaimed von Schoenvorts.Page 61
We even had a hope that we might see and attract the attention of a passing ship.Page 62
Ahm has disappeared.Page 63
Lys came with us, and we took a number of things which von Schoenvorts wanted for the purpose of erecting a crude refinery.Page 64
It was daylight when I awoke.Page 66
From what we knew of von Schoenvorts, we would not have been surprised at anything from him; but the footprints by the spring seemed indisputable evidence that one of Caprona's undeveloped men had borne off the girl I loved.Page 68
they still persisted in lesser numbers.Page 76
As I fell, a warm body fell on top of me, and hands grasped my arms and legs.Page 83
I have fashioned a spear and a bow and arrow, that I may conserve my ammunition, which is running low.Page 87
"For three days he has pursued me," she said, "through this horrible world.