their like duplicated?
There were two men and four females in the party and their ornaments
denoted them as members of different hordes, a fact which tended to
puzzle me infinitely, since the various hordes of green men of Barsoom
are eternally at deadly war with one another, and never, except on that
single historic instance when the great Tars Tarkas of Thark gathered a
hundred and fifty thousand green warriors from several hordes to march
upon the doomed city of Zodanga to rescue Dejah Thoris, Princess of
Helium, from the clutches of Than Kosis, had I seen green Martians of
different hordes associated in other than mortal combat.
But now they stood back to back, facing, in wide-eyed amazement, the
very evidently hostile demonstrations of a common enemy.
Both men and women were armed with long-swords and daggers, but no
firearms were in evidence, else it had been short shrift for the
gruesome plant men of Barsoom.
Presently the leader of the plant men charged the little party, and his
method of attack was as remarkable as it was effective, and by its very
strangeness was the more potent, since in the science of the green
warriors there was no defence for this singular manner of attack, the
like of which it soon was evident to me they were as unfamiliar with as
they were with the monstrosities which confronted them.
The plant man charged to within a dozen feet of the party and then,
with a bound, rose as though to pass directly above their heads. His
powerful tail was raised high to one side, and as he passed close above
them he brought it down in one terrific sweep that crushed a green
warrior's skull as though it had been an eggshell.
The balance of the frightful herd was now circling rapidly and with
bewildering speed about the little knot of victims. Their prodigious
bounds and the shrill, screeching purr of their uncanny mouths were
well calculated to confuse and terrorize their prey, so that as two of
them leaped simultaneously from either side, the mighty sweep of those
awful tails met with no resistance and two more green Martians went
down to an ignoble death.
There were now but one warrior and two females left, and it seemed that
it could be but a matter of seconds ere these, also, lay dead upon the
But as two more of the plant men charged, the warrior, who was now
prepared by the experiences of the past few minutes, swung his mighty
long-sword aloft and met the hurtling bulk with a
It is your fault--I want you to release me from it.Page 8
At the edge of the sea the creature paused and looked back at me.Page 14
" We both had to smile at the use of my royal title, yet I was indeed still "Emperor of Pellucidar," and some day I meant to rebuild what the vile act of the treacherous Hooja had torn down.Page 15
Now that we were ready to set out again we decided to follow a different route on the chance that it might lead us into more familiar territory.Page 17
First we made a permanent camp part way up the slopes where there was good water.Page 21
Somewhere near by lay the mouth of a treacherous fissure, and far down at its icy bottom lay all that was mortal of my old friend, Abner Perry.Page 28
The moment her progress was checked she promptly capsized.Page 32
Crossed sabers marked the spot where the first great naval engagement of a world had taken place.Page 37
Once there I did not need much of an imagination to picture what my fate would be.Page 39
A great Sagoth came and spoke some words of command to those who watched over me.Page 45
It was at about this time that I sighted a number of the half-naked warriors of the human race of Pellucidar.Page 87
When they discovered Dian and me they exchanged a few words, and one of them continued toward Juag while the other turned upon us.Page 89
" She hated to promise to desert me, nor would she; only shaking her head and making no move to descend.Page 91
I thought of my promise to Dian--the awful abyss was behind me--a big devil with a huge bludgeon in front of me.Page 107
No one else in all the history of Pellucidar has ever built so many boats as they told me Hooja was building.Page 113
From their gestures and weapons I took them to be a most ferocious race.Page 124
I called Perry and passed the glasses to him.Page 126
Pursuant to it, I at once despatched fifty lidi to the fleet with orders to fetch fifty cannon to Sari.Page 130
So we had to open up on the brave fellows with all our guns; but it didn't.Page 133
I am sure that it will not be long before they will have them broken to harness and saddle.