disappeared as did the
Both men looked at me in amazement. "We still have the compass and the
sun," said Olson. "They may be after getting the compass some night;
but they's too many of us around in the daytime fer 'em to get the sun."
It was then that one of the men stuck his head up through the hatchway
and seeing me, asked permission to come on deck and get a breath of
fresh air. I recognized him as Benson, the man who, Wilson had said,
reported having seen Lys with von Schoenvorts two nights before. I
motioned him on deck and then called him to one side, asking if he had
seen anything out of the way or unusual during his trick on watch the
night before. The fellow scratched his head a moment and said, "No,"
and then as though it was an afterthought, he told me that he had seen
the girl in the crew's room about midnight talking with the German
commander, but as there hadn't seemed to him to be any harm in that, he
hadn't said anything about it. Telling him never to fail to report to
me anything in the slightest out of the ordinary routine of the ship, I
Several of the other men now asked permission to come on deck, and soon
all but those actually engaged in some necessary duty were standing
around smoking and talking, all in the best of spirits. I took
advantage of the absence of the men upon the deck to go below for my
breakfast, which the cook was already preparing upon the electric
stove. Lys, followed by Nobs, appeared as I entered the centrale. She
met me with a pleasant "Good morning!" which I am afraid I replied to
in a tone that was rather constrained and surly.
"Will you breakfast with me?" I suddenly asked the girl, determined to
commence a probe of my own along the lines which duty demanded.
She nodded a sweet acceptance of my invitation, and together we sat
down at the little table of the officers' mess.
"You slept well last night?" I asked.
"All night," she replied. "I am a splendid sleeper."
Her manner was so straightforward and honest that I could not bring
myself to believe in her duplicity; yet--Thinking to surprise her into
a betrayal of her guilt, I blurted out: "The chronometer and sextant
were both destroyed last night; there is a traitor among us." But she
never turned a hair by way
Her dark eyes looked angrily into those of the man.Page 7
His eyes were narrowed to slits.Page 9
For a long time the two were closeted together, and when at last the giant serving man emerged from the inner office his expression was cast in a smile of sinister satisfaction.Page 10
Its crew of a half-dozen red.Page 20
Why, then, should they be bringing her to such a place? There was but a single answer.Page 24
Now the two remaining Dusarians rushed simultaneously upon the Heliumite.Page 26
Carthoris had followed the creature for but a few minutes when it disappeared as suddenly and mysteriously as though dissolved into thin air.Page 28
With a hideous scream of pain and rage, the wounded banth hurtled, clawing, past him.Page 30
Occasionally he caught glimpses of the towering hills that bounded the valley upon every side, and though they stood out clear beneath the light of the two moons, he knew that they were far off, and that the extent of the valley was immense.Page 33
Thar Ban and another by the side of the rostrum had been the first to note the coming of Carthoris, and it was with them he battled for possession of the red girl, while the others hastened to meet the host advancing from the beleaguered city.Page 38
"You may return your sword," she said.Page 40
Where may these cities lie, of which you speak? From our loftiest tower we have never seen another city than Lothar.Page 42
"There are no soldiers in Lothar," he said.Page 45
"I can almost believe that you have told us the truth and that you are really from another part of Barsoom, or from another world.Page 65
CHAPTER X KAR KOMAK, THE BOWMAN As Carthoris moved through the forest toward the distant cliffs with Thuvia's hand still tight pressed in his, he wondered a little at the girl's continued silence, yet the contact of her cool palm against his was so pleasant that he feared to break the spell of her new-found reliance in him by speaking.Page 81
"It is well," exclaimed the young man, "that you chanced to come hither, for here you will find the means of obtaining service in short order.Page 94
From the far north another force was moving south across the barrier cliffs--the new navy of Talu, Jeddak of Okar, coming in response to the call from the warlord.Page 98
"What means this treason?" he cried.Page 106
(See THE GODS OF MARS.Page 107