but she shook her head.
The lioness was overhauling us rapidly. She was swimming silently, her
chin just touching the water, but blood was streaming from between her
lips. It was evident that her lungs were pierced.
She was almost upon me. I saw that in a moment she would take me under
her forepaws, or seize me in those great jaws. I felt that my time had
come, but I meant to die fighting. And so I turned, and, treading
water, raised my rifle above my head and awaited her.
Victory, animated by a bravery no less ferocious than that of the dumb
beast assailing us, swam straight for me. It all happened so swiftly
that I cannot recall the details of the kaleidoscopic action which
ensued. I knew that I rose high out of the water, and, with clubbed
rifle, dealt the animal a terrific blow upon the skull, that I saw
Victory, her long blade flashing in her hand, close, striking, upon the
beast, that a great paw fell upon her shoulder, and that I was swept
beneath the surface of the water like a straw before the prow of a
Still clinging to my rifle, I rose again, to see the lioness struggling
in her death throes but an arm's length from me. Scarcely had I risen
than the beast turned upon her side, struggled frantically for an
instant, and then sank.
Victory was nowhere in sight. Alone, I floated upon the bosom of the
Thames. In that brief instant I believe that I suffered more mental
anguish than I have crowded into all the balance of my life before or
since. A few hours before, I had been wishing that I might be rid of
her, and now that she was gone I would have given my life to have her
Wearily I turned to swim about the spot where she had disappeared,
hoping that she might rise once at least, and I would be given the
opportunity to save her, and, as I turned, the water boiled before my
face and her head shot up before me. I was on the point of striking
out to seize her, when a happy smile illumined her features.
"You are not dead!" she cried. "I have been searching the bottom for
you. I was sure that the blow she gave you must have disabled you,"
and she glanced about for the lioness.
"She has gone?" she asked.
"Dead," I replied.
"The blow you struck her with the
The nobles looked at him in astonishment, and one of them grasped the fellow none too gently by the shoulder to push him back to his proper place.Page 14
Gay farewells and parting admonitions mingled with the whirring of motors and the subdued noises of the city.Page 41
"Ah!" exclaimed Thuvia.Page 53
"If you will not be my queen," he said, "you shall be my slave.Page 55
Of that I am glad.Page 56
"Unless the woman--" But he got no further.Page 64
I eat, I sleep"--he paused, casting a meaning look upon the girl--"I love!" Thuvia could not mistake the palpable meaning of his words and expression.Page 65
the Lotharian.Page 66
The prince bent low to note if any spark of life remained, and as he did so the lids raised and dull, suffering eyes looked up into his.Page 67
He realized, of course, that the trick which had laid suspicion upon him would greatly delay the discovery of the truth, but little did he guess to what vast proportions had the results of the villainy of Astok of Dusar already grown.Page 71
He regretted now that he had not thought to give Kar Komak one of his swords; but it was too late to attempt it, for should he wait for the Lotharian to overtake him or return to meet him, the Torquasians would reach Thuvia of Ptarth before he could do so.Page 75
They slew Komal, god of Lothar.Page 79
With difficulty Carthoris urged the two beasts to the gate, where, leaning down, he raised the latch.Page 80
In times of war such panthans.Page 82
Men only need she fear, but she must take this and many other chances before she could hope to reach her father's court again.Page 83
Aaanthor lies in fifty south latitude, and forty east of Horz, the deserted seat of ancient Barsoomian culture and learning, while Dusar lies fifteen degrees north of the equator and twenty degrees east from Horz.Page 85
Nutus was apparently oblivious to his son's all-too-patent terror at his suggestion.Page 91
"And you wish me to go with you while you fetch her to Dusar," Vas Kor was saying.Page 92
"Issus! I cannot do it! When she turns those eyes upon me my heart becomes water.Page 106
Prince of Dusar.