beast had leaped upon our kill--and then the grotesque thing
sank lifeless to the ground.
Olson and von Schoenvorts came up a minute later with their men; then
we all cautiously approached the still form upon the ground. The
creature was quite dead, and an examination resulted in disclosing the
fact that Whitely's bullet had pierced its heart, and mine had severed
the spinal cord.
"But why didn't it die instantly?" I exclaimed.
"Because," said von Schoenvorts in his disagreeable way, "the beast is
so large, and its nervous organization of so low a caliber, that it
took all this time for the intelligence of death to reach and be
impressed upon the minute brain. The thing was dead when your bullets
struck it; but it did not know it for several seconds--possibly a
minute. If I am not mistaken, it is an Allosaurus of the Upper
Jurassic, remains of which have been found in Central Wyoming, in the
suburbs of New York."
An Irishman by the name of Brady grinned. I afterward learned that he
had served three years on the traffic-squad of the Chicago police force.
I had been calling Nobs in the meantime and was about to set out in
search of him, fearing, to tell the truth, to do so lest I find him
mangled and dead among the trees of the acacia grove, when he suddenly
emerged from among the boles, his ears flattened, his tail between his
legs and his body screwed into a suppliant S. He was unharmed except
for minor bruises; but he was the most chastened dog I have ever seen.
We gathered up what was left of the red deer after skinning and
cleaning it, and set out upon our return journey toward the U-boat. On
the way Olson, von Schoenvorts and I discussed the needs of our
immediate future, and we were unanimous in placing foremost the
necessity of a permanent camp on shore. The interior of a U-boat is
about as impossible and uncomfortable an abiding-place as one can well
imagine, and in this warm climate, and in warm water, it was almost
unendurable. So we decided to construct a palisaded camp.
As we strolled slowly back toward the boat, planning and discussing
this, we were suddenly startled by a loud and unmistakable detonation.
"A shell from the U-33!" exclaimed von Schoenvorts.
"What can be after signifyin'?" queried Olson.
"They are in trouble," I answered for all, "and it's up to us to get
back to them. Drop that carcass," I directed the men carrying the
meat, "and follow
As I entered he rose to greet me, his old-time cordial smile of welcome lighting his handsome face.Page 14
Our relentless pursuers were now close to us, so close that it seemed that it would be an utter impossibility for the Jeddak of Thark to reach the forest in advance of them, nor was there any considerable will in the efforts that Tars Tarkas.Page 23
should not even guess that, for the sights I have seen this day are as unlike the things of my beloved Barsoom as I knew it ten long years ago as they are unlike the world of my birth.Page 26
Quickly I walked toward the mournful voice, but it had ceased ere I reached the further wall, and then from the other end of the chamber came another voice, shrill and piercing: "Fools! Fools!" it shrieked.Page 30
In like manner the Thark wheeled and leaped for the opening being made by the inswinging section.Page 66
As I had sat meditating upon the future my eyes had been riveted upon the port-hole which was just level with them as I sat.Page 67
That they never take a man prisoner lends strength to the belief that the fate of the girls they steal is worse than death.Page 87
" "Your father is dead?" I asked.Page 97
It was that face that inspired me to the thing that followed.Page 102
The blacks, the whites, and a race of yellow men.Page 103
Silently we dropped to the deserted deck, and on hands and knees crawled toward the hatchway.Page 110
In accordance with our arrangement they did not wait for me, but walked slowly toward the water, a matter of a hundred yards, directly past the guard-house filled with sleeping soldiers.Page 111
Here I turned to survey the sleeping men.Page 117
" "And by what name has your mother called you, my boy?" I asked.Page 122
It was amid such sounds that I had first courted the incomparable Dejah Thoris in the age-old marble halls of the dead city of Korad.Page 127
"Two of them are of Helium's noblest family.Page 141
Kantos Kan would not talk of our experiences among the therns and the First Born.Page 143
As my eyes met hers she spoke.