never would have deserted her. With her means of protection gone, Lys
was now at the mercy of the hatchet-man; nor was it many hours before
he had caught her at the base of the cliff and seized her; but as he
bore her triumphantly aloft toward his cave, she had managed to break
loose and escape him.
"For three days he has pursued me," she said, "through this horrible
world. How I have passed through in safety I cannot guess, nor how I
have always managed to outdistance him; yet I have done it, until just
as you discovered me. Fate was kind to us, Bowen."
I nodded my head in assent and crushed her to me. And then we talked
and planned as I cooked antelope-steaks over my fire, and we came to
the conclusion that there was no hope of rescue, that she and I were
doomed to live and die upon Caprona. Well, it might be worse! I would
rather live here always with Lys than to live elsewhere without her;
and she, dear girl, says the same of me; but I am afraid of this life
for her. It is a hard, fierce, dangerous life, and I shall pray always
that we shall be rescued from it--for her sake.
That night the clouds broke, and the moon shone down upon our little
ledge; and there, hand in hand, we turned our faces toward heaven and
plighted our troth beneath the eyes of God. No human agency could have
married us more sacredly than we are wed. We are man and wife, and we
are content. If God wills it, we shall live out our lives here. If He
wills otherwise, then this manuscript which I shall now consign to the
inscrutable forces of the sea shall fall into friendly hands. However,
we are each without hope. And so we say good-bye in this, our last
message to the world beyond the barrier cliffs.
(Signed) Bowen J. Tyler, Jr. Lys La R. Tyler.
When the war broke out he left us, nor did I see him again for some fifteen or sixteen years.Page 3
The adult females ranged in height from ten to twelve feet.Page 23
My fair companion was about eight feet tall, having just arrived at maturity, but not yet.Page 30
As they had approached the limits of the city they had witnessed the actions of the bull ape as he bolted into the building, frothing with rage.Page 31
I then knelt down beside the fearsome-looking thing, and raising it to its feet motioned for it to follow me.Page 36
A huge craft, long, low, and gray-painted, swung slowly over the crest of the nearest hill.Page 37
Several of the craft.Page 51
evinced by the other who had brought me my original equipment, and now for the first time I realized that my blow, on the occasion of my first battle in the audience chamber had resulted in the death of my adversary.Page 54
" "In the name of my first ancestor, then," she continued, "where may you be from? You are like unto my people, and yet so unlike.Page 57
They were the early progenitors of her race, but had mixed with the other great race of early Martians, who were very dark, almost black, and also with the reddish yellow race which had flourished at the same time.Page 65
You have noticed that their bullets explode when they strike an object? Well, the opaque, outer coating is broken by the impact, exposing a glass cylinder, almost solid, in the forward end of which is a minute particle of radium powder.Page 69
I believed that from the bottom of my heart, from the depth of my soul on that night in Korad as I sat cross-legged upon my silks while the nearer moon of Barsoom raced through the western sky toward the horizon, and lighted up the gold and marble, and jeweled mosaics of my world-old chamber, and I believe it today as I sit at my desk in the little study overlooking the Hudson.Page 74
I must admit that he was a magnificent swordsman, and had it not been for my greater endurance and the remarkable agility the lesser gravitation of Mars lent me I might not have been able to put up the creditable fight I did against him.Page 85
The warriors occupied the buildings with the chieftains to whose retinues they belonged; or, if they preferred, sought shelter among any of the thousands of untenanted buildings in their own quarter of town; each community being assigned a certain section of the city.Page 86
" She looked at me long and earnestly and I thought that she was softening toward me.Page 95
" I did not answer, but instead reached to my side and pressed the little fingers of her I loved where they clung to me for support, and then, in unbroken silence, we sped over the yellow, moonlit moss; each of us occupied with his own thoughts.Page 134
I could gain.Page 135
CHAPTER XXIV TARS TARKAS FINDS A FRIEND About noon I passed low over a great dead city of ancient Mars, and as I skimmed out across the plain beyond I came full upon several thousand green warriors engaged in a terrific battle.Page 145
She had sunk into one of the golden thrones, and as I turned to her she greeted me with a wan smile.