I watched them as they approached
the tree. There were about thirty men in the party and one woman--a
girl whose hands seemed to be bound behind her and who was being pulled
along by two of the men.
They came forward warily, peering cautiously into every bush and
halting often. At the body of the lion, they paused, and I could see
from their gesticulations and the higher pitch of their voices that
they were much excited over my kill.
But presently they resumed their search for me, and as they advanced I
became suddenly aware of the unnecessary brutality with which the
girl's guards were treating her. She stumbled once, not far from my
place of concealment, and after the balance of the party had passed me.
As she did so one of the men at her side jerked her roughly to her feet
and struck her across the mouth with his fist.
Instantly my blood boiled, and forgetting every consideration of
caution, I leaped from my concealment, and, springing to the man's
side, felled him with a blow.
So unexpected had been my act that it found him and his fellow
unprepared; but instantly the latter drew the knife that protruded from
his belt and lunged viciously at me, at the same time giving voice to a
wild cry of alarm.
The girl shrank back at sight of me, her eyes wide in astonishment, and
then my antagonist was upon me. I parried his first blow with my
forearm, at the same time delivering a powerful blow to his jaw that
sent him reeling back; but he was at me again in an instant, though in
the brief interim I had time to draw my revolver.
I saw his companion crawling slowly to his feet, and the others of the
party racing down upon me. There was no time to argue now, other than
with the weapons we wore, and so, as the fellow lunged at me again with
the wicked-looking knife, I covered his heart and pulled the trigger.
Without a sound, he slipped to the earth, and then I turned the weapon
upon the other guard, who was now about to attack me. He, too,
collapsed, and I was alone with the astonished girl.
The balance of the party was some twenty paces from us, but coming
rapidly. I seized her arm and drew her after me behind a nearby tree,
for I had seen that with both their comrades down the others were
preparing to launch their spears.
With the girl safe behind the
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.Page 12
And there before my astonished eyes I beheld the greatest of the green men of Barsoom; their shrewdest statesman, their mightiest general, my great and good friend, Tars Tarkas, Jeddak of Thark.Page 21
As we advanced we found a well-proportioned tunnel cut from the solid cliff.Page 40
He wore in addition to his leathern trappings and jewelled ornaments a great circlet of gold about his brow in the exact centre of which was set an immense stone, the exact counterpart of that which I had seen upon the breast of the little old man at the atmosphere plant nearly twenty years before.Page 46
Many prisoners die here in their chains.Page 67
detected in the act of staring at a lesser creature, I thought.Page 75
"Dog of a blasphemer! Think you that Phaidor, daughter of Matai Shang, supplicates? She commands.Page 78
" "What will be my fate?" I asked.Page 93
nearly a year of the rites of Issus.Page 94
A wave of mad fury surged over me.Page 99
I should have died even then but for that as my sword was tight wedged in the breastbone of a Dator of the First Born.Page 119
our way, since they afforded greater opportunity for concealment from the pursuers we were confident might stumble in this direction.Page 127
Soon I saw that the matter shortly would be taken entirely from my hands, for the eyes at my right were moving slowly nearer me, as were those at my left and those behind and before me.Page 128
I determined to pursue the single pair until I should have at least settled my account with one of the beasts and thus be relieved of the strain of meeting attacks from both directions.Page 139
The other is a friend and companion of the Prince of Helium--that is enough for me to know.Page 142
thing from my mind.Page 149
Suddenly our attention was attracted by the sound of distant shouting, as of many people raising their voices at once, but whether in anger or rejoicing, we could not tell.Page 150
" CHAPTER XVIII SOLA'S STORY Once within the palace, I drew Sola to the dining hall, and, when she had greeted her father after the formal manner of the green men, she told the story of the pilgrimage and capture of Dejah Thoris.Page 166
The black kneeled beside the body and, dipping a corner of the cloth in the thoat oil, rubbed for a moment on the dead face before him.Page 170
Every phase of my plan worked splendidly.