of the view with the crack of a rifle and the death
of one of those beautiful creatures before us. But it had to be
done--we must eat. I left the work to Delcarte, however, and in a
moment we had two antelope and the landscape to ourselves.
After eating, we boarded the launch and continued up the river. For
two days we passed through a primeval wilderness. In the afternoon of
the second day we landed upon the west bank of the river, and, leaving
Snider and Thirty-six to guard Victory and the launch, Delcarte,
Taylor, and I set out after game.
We tramped away from the river for upwards of an hour before
discovering anything, and then only a small red deer, which Taylor
brought down with a neat shot of two hundred yards. It was getting too
late to proceed farther, so we rigged a sling, and the two men carried
the deer back toward the launch while I walked a hundred yards ahead,
in the hope of bagging something further for our larder.
We had covered about half the distance to the river, when I suddenly
came face to face with a man. He was as primitive and uncouth in
appearance as the Grabritins--a shaggy, unkempt savage, clothed in a
shirt of skin cured with the head on, the latter surmounting his own
head to form a bonnet, and giving to him a most fearful and ferocious
The fellow was armed with a long spear and a club, the latter dangling
down his back from a leathern thong about his neck. His feet were
incased in hide sandals.
At sight of me, he halted for an instant, then turned and dove into the
forest, and, though I called reassuringly to him in English he did not
return nor did I again see him.
The sight of the wild man raised my hopes once more that elsewhere we
might find men in a higher state of civilization--it was the society of
civilized man that I craved--and so, with a lighter heart, I continued
on toward the river and the launch.
I was still some distance ahead of Delcarte and Taylor, when I came in
sight of the Rhine again. But I came to the water's edge before I
noticed that anything was amiss with the party we had left there a few
My first intimation of disaster was the absence of the launch from its
former moorings. And then, a moment later--I discovered the body of a
man lying upon the bank.
He laid one hand upon his heart, the other upon the.Page 14
To them there is no sweeter music than this.Page 21
"Have her in readiness upon the plaza--else he will never land.Page 23
It came from behind the screening shelter of the ersite shaft.Page 34
And so it came, what with the ferocity of the banths and the numbers of the bowmen, that at last the Torquasians fell back, until presently the platform upon which stood Carthoris and Thuvia lay directly in the centre of the fight.Page 39
All was quiet--brooding, ominous quiet.Page 41
"Ah!" exclaimed Thuvia.Page 50
Then she must be among men, and if this be so I intend to be near where I may defend her if the need arises.Page 55
"Traitor! Assassin!" he screamed, and then: "Kadar! Kadar!" which is the Barsoomian for guard.Page 60
"Where are the people of the palace--the jeddak's retinue?" asked Carthoris.Page 63
Officers clanked hither and thither issuing commands and seeing to it that they were properly carried out.Page 75
Afterward came these and dragged me hither.Page 81
But his flight was of short duration.Page 89
Toward midnight Vas Kor returned to the vessel from his son's house, repairing at once to his cabin.Page 90
"I would know her in the blackness of the pits among ten thousand other craft.Page 91
With that knowledge any man could wrest from the Jeddak of Dusar whatever he listed.Page 93
The other was not Carthoris.Page 96
"He is silenced," said Kar Komak.Page 101
"The craft may even be of Dusar--she shows no insignia.Page 102
He was about to snatch from the jaws of death the man who stood between himself and the woman he loved.