entered and saluted. His
face was grave, and I thought he was even a trifle paler than usual.
"Well?" I asked.
He drew the back of his forefinger nervously across his brow in a
gesture that was habitual with him in moments of mental stress.
"The gravitation-screen generators, sir," he said. "Number one went to
the bad about an hour and a half ago. We have been working upon it
steadily since; but I have to report, sir, that it is beyond repair."
"Number two will keep us supplied," I answered. "In the meantime we
will send a wireless for relief."
"But that is the trouble, sir," he went on. "Number two has stopped.
I knew it would come, sir. I made a report on these generators three
years ago. I advised then that they both be scrapped. Their principle
is entirely wrong. They're done for." And, with a grim smile, "I
shall at least have the satisfaction of knowing my report was accurate."
"Have we sufficient reserve screen to permit us to make land, or, at
least, meet our relief halfway?" I asked.
"No, sir," he replied gravely; "we are sinking now."
"Have you anything further to report?" I asked.
"No, sir," he said.
"Very good," I replied; and, as I dismissed him, I rang for my wireless
operator. When he appeared, I gave him a message to the secretary of
the navy, to whom all vessels in service on thirty and one hundred
seventy-five report direct. I explained our predicament, and stated
that with what screening force remained I should continue in the air,
making as rapid headway toward St. Johns as possible, and that when we
were forced to take to the water I should continue in the same
The accident occurred directly over 30d and about 52d N. The surface
wind was blowing a tempest from the west. To attempt to ride out such
a storm upon the surface seemed suicidal, for the Coldwater was not
designed for surface navigation except under fair weather conditions.
Submerged, or in the air, she was tractable enough in any sort of
weather when under control; but without her screen generators she was
almost helpless, since she could not fly, and, if submerged, could not
rise to the surface.
All these defects have been remedied in later models; but the knowledge
did not help us any that day aboard the slowly settling Coldwater, with
an angry sea roaring beneath, a tempest raging out of the west, and 30d
only a few knots astern.
As they disappeared within the structure Astok shrugged his shoulders, and with a murmured oath crossed the gardens toward another wing of the building where he and his retinue were housed.Page 12
"Good!" exclaimed the latter.Page 17
With a word of farewell he touched the button which controlled the repulsive rays, and as the flier rose lightly into the air, the engine purred in answer to the touch of his finger upon a second button, the propellers whirred as his hand drew back the speed lever, and Carthoris, Prince of Helium, was off into the gorgeous Martian night beneath the hurtling moons and the million stars.Page 26
He sprang forward at.Page 33
Carthoris sought both to defend Thuvia of Ptarth and reach the side of the hideous Hortan Gur that he might avenge the blow the creature had struck the girl.Page 35
"After we arrived at Aaanthor they wore the metal of the Prince of Helium.Page 36
The girl noted it, and the little smile that touched his lips, so that it became her turn to be hurt.Page 38
"Your father once asked me that same question in the galleries of the Golden Cliffs within the Otz Mountains, beneath the temples of the therns.Page 46
"Those that accompanied the archers in pursuit of the Torquasians were unreal.Page 47
" "Ah, pardon me," exclaimed Jav.Page 49
"That day we threw our first bowmen against them.Page 54
Carthoris was by her side now.Page 55
"You have killed Tario! I see his blood upon the floor--real blood--real death.Page 56
"Die!" and then he turned toward the exit at his back.Page 60
"No longer need I fear Tario--he has done his worst, and failed.Page 66
"Where is she? Answer me, man, or I complete the work that another has so well begun.Page 77
Then a fellow directly in his path turned restlessly upon his sleeping silks and furs.Page 79
but at last he managed to get close enough to one of them to touch the beast.Page 80
The high wall surrounding the fields served as a protection against surprise by raiding green hordes, as well as keeping the savage banths and other carnivora from the domestic animals and the human beings upon the farms.Page 108
Within the courtroom of Helium.