told me that he would telegraph his emperor at once, and the result
was that we were presently commanded to repair to Peking and present
ourselves before the ruler.
We made the journey in a comfortable railway carriage, through a
country which, as we traveled farther toward the east, showed
increasing evidence of prosperity and wealth.
At the imperial court we were received with great kindness, the emperor
being most inquisitive about the state of modern Pan-America. He told
me that while he personally deplored the existence of the strict
regulations which had raised a barrier between the east and the west,
he had felt, as had his predecessors, that recognition of the wishes of
the great Pan-American federation would be most conducive to the
continued peace of the world.
His empire includes all of Asia, and the islands of the Pacific as far
east as 175dW. The empire of Japan no longer exists, having been
conquered and absorbed by China over a hundred years ago. The
Philippines are well administered, and constitute one of the most
progressive colonies of the Chinese empire.
The emperor told me that the building of this great empire and the
spreading of enlightenment among its diversified and savage peoples had
required all the best efforts of nearly two hundred years. Upon his
accession to the throne he had found the labor well nigh perfected and
had turned his attention to the reclamation of Europe.
His ambition is to wrest it from the hands of the blacks, and then to
attempt the work of elevating its fallen peoples to the high estate
from which the Great War precipitated them.
I asked him who was victorious in that war, and he shook his head sadly
as he replied:
"Pan-America, perhaps, and China, with the blacks of Abyssinia," he
said. "Those who did not fight were the only ones to reap any of the
rewards that are supposed to belong to victory. The combatants reaped
naught but annihilation. You have seen--better than any man you must
realize that there was no victory for any nation embroiled in that
"When did it end?" I asked him.
Again he shook his head. "It has not ended yet. There has never been
a formal peace declared in Europe. After a while there were none left
to make peace, and the rude tribes which sprang from the survivors
continued to fight among themselves because they knew no better
condition of society. War razed the works of man--war and pestilence
razed man. God give that there shall never
Then I paddled out upon the brilliant surface in the direction they had taken.Page 18
"Can it be that we have distanced them already?" said Lakor.Page 27
Darkness was just falling as we came in sight of the seemingly impregnable walls of this mountain stronghold, and lest we be seen I drew back with Woola behind a jutting granite promontory, into a clump of the hardy, purple scrub that thrives upon the barren sides of Otz.Page 31
Matai Shang shrank back.Page 37
I was now near enough to my quarry to have used my bow gun; but, though I could see that Dejah Thoris was not on deck, I feared to fire upon the craft which bore her.Page 41
hope to escape the lightning-like movements or hide from those myriad facet eyes which covered three-fourths of the hideous head, permitting the creature to see in all directions at one and the same time.Page 47
In a moment I was in the very center of as fierce and bloody a battle as I had ever passed through.Page 53
As I entered the brilliantly lighted apartment, filled with the nobles of Kaol and the officers of the visiting jeddak, all eyes were turned upon me.Page 54
"You stand already self-condemned.Page 59
after my own heart, and that night saw the beginning of a friendship which has grown until it is second only to that which obtains between Tars Tarkas, the green Jeddak of Thark, and myself.Page 61
Thuvan Dihn and Kulan Tith had offered me the entire resources of two nations--millions of fighting men were at my disposal; but my flier could hold but one other than myself and Woola.Page 71
How may I aid you? My palace is at your disposal, if you wish to honor me by coming to Marentina.Page 75
We have hastened after you to pray that you allow us to accompany you.Page 76
"Will they never cease their fatal curiosity?" "Let us hope not," answered one of the warriors, "for then what should we do for slaves and sport?" "True; but what stupid beasts they are to continue to come to a region from whence none of them ever has returned.Page 108
With scarce more than a glance toward him I leaped for the great switch; but, quick as I was, that wiry old fellow was there before me.Page 112
That alone was enough to inspire me to victory over even greater odds, and I verily believe that I should have bested the entire roomful of yellow warriors that day in the nuptial chamber of the palace at Kadabra had not interruption come to my aid.Page 117
Part of the way was black as sin, but for the most it was fairly well lighted.Page 118
that I knew I could not endure the bitter cold, almost naked as I was, and that I would perish before ever I could overtake Thurid and Dejah Thoris.Page 123
I have many sins to expiate, and though I be deathless, life is all too short for the atonement.Page 128
"Henceforth," he said, as the work was completed, "the fleets of the red men and the black are free to come and go across the ice-barrier as over their own lands.