the base of the cliff ahead of us, which the receding tide was
gradually exposing to our view. They all looked, and all saw what I
had seen--the top of a dark opening in the rock, through which water
was pouring out into the sea. "It's the subterranean channel of an
inland river," I cried. "It flows through a land covered with
vegetation--and therefore a land upon which the sun shines. No
subterranean caverns produce any order of plant life even remotely
resembling what we have seen disgorged by this river. Beyond those
cliffs lie fertile lands and fresh water--perhaps, game!"
"Yis, sir," said Olson, "behoind the cliffs! Ye spoke a true word,
Bradley laughed--a rather sorry laugh, though. "You might as well call
our attention to the fact, sir," he said, "that science has indicated
that there is fresh water and vegetation on Mars."
"Not at all," I rejoined. "A U-boat isn't constructed to navigate
space, but it is designed to travel below the surface of the water."
"You'd be after sailin' into that blank pocket?" asked Olson.
"I would, Olson," I replied. "We haven't one chance for life in a
hundred thousand if we don't find food and water upon Caprona. This
water coming out of the cliff is not salt; but neither is it fit to
drink, though each of us has drunk. It is fair to assume that inland
the river is fed by pure streams, that there are fruits and herbs and
game. Shall we lie out here and die of thirst and starvation with a
land of plenty possibly only a few hundred yards away? We have the
means for navigating a subterranean river. Are we too cowardly to
utilize this means?"
"Be afther goin' to it," said Olson.
"I'm willing to see it through," agreed Bradley.
"Then under the bottom, wi' the best o' luck an' give 'em hell!" cried
a young fellow who had been in the trenches.
"To the diving-stations!" I commanded, and in less than a minute the
deck was deserted, the conning-tower covers had slammed to and the U-33
was submerging--possibly for the last time. I know that I had this
feeling, and I think that most of the others did.
As we went down, I sat in the tower with the searchlight projecting its
seemingly feeble rays ahead. We submerged very slowly and without
headway more than sufficient to keep her nose in the right direction,
and as we went down, I saw outlined ahead of us
Slaves appeared upon every housetop with gorgeous silks and costly furs, laying them in the sun for airing.Page 14
Below him he looked to see the teeming metropolis of Ptarth.Page 19
A single glance showed him the truth, or at least a part of it--the steel projection that communicated the movement of the pointer upon the dial to the heart of the mechanism beneath had been severed.Page 29
The harness was still upon the body of the huge Martian mount, and Carthoris could not doubt but that this was the very animal upon which the green warrior had borne away Thuvia of Ptarth.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 31
To Carthoris' surprise the fire was not returned, but presently the last of the city's inhabitants had sought shelter from the weird marksmanship of the green men, and no further sign of life was visible beyond the wall.Page 39
the Holy Therns, and the great creatures fawned upon instead of devouring me, I ever have had the same strange power over them.Page 41
countless ages, though periodically they renew their attempts to destroy us.Page 60
But why not?" he mused.Page 64
" "Then where is he?" taunted.Page 65
As his eyes rested upon her, he was struck by her strangely ethereal appearance.Page 73
Then they overpowered him and took his weapons away; but only nine of the twelve warriors who had crossed the plaza returned with their prize.Page 76
A volley of arrows met them half-way, sending a dozen rolling lifeless to the ground.Page 95
Hurriedly the prince and Vas Kor disembarked and entered the drop that would carry them to the lower levels of the palace.Page 99
Instead Astok was racing madly through a long corridor to reach the door of the tower-room before Carthoris and Thuvia left the apartment.Page 102
Carthoris, who by this time had returned from the cabin, smiled sadly.Page 104
Close upon their heels raced the fleet bowmen of a bygone day, and forging steadily ahead among them Carthoris and Thuvia could see the mighty figure of Kar Komak, brandishing aloft the Torquasian short-sword with which he was armed, as he urged his creatures after the retreating enemy.Page 108
Otz Mountains.Page 109