might find in him a very ugly obstacle to the
fruition of their plans.
With Von der Tann actively opposed to them, the value of having the
king upon their side would be greatly minimized. The people and the
army had every confidence in the old chancellor. Even if he opposed
the king there was reason to believe that they might still side with
"What is to be done?" asked Zellerndorf. "Is there no way either to
win or force Von der Tann to acquiescence?"
"I think we can accomplish it," said Prince Peter, after a moment of
thought. "Let us see Leopold. His mind has been prepared to receive
almost gratefully any insinuations against the loyalty of Von der
Tann. With proper evidence the king may easily be persuaded to order
the chancellor's arrest--possibly his execution as well."
So they saw the king, only to meet a stubborn refusal upon the part
of Leopold to accede to their suggestions. He still was madly in
love with Von der Tann's daughter, and he knew that a blow delivered
at her father would only tend to increase her bitterness toward him.
The conspirators were nonplussed.
They had looked for a comparatively easy road to the consummation of
their desires. What in the world could be the cause of the king's
stubborn desire to protect the man they knew he feared, hated, and
mistrusted with all the energy of his suspicious nature? It was the
king himself who answered their unspoken question.
"I cannot believe in the disloyalty of Prince Ludwig," he said, "nor
could I, even if I desired it, take such drastic steps as you
suggest. Some day the Princess Emma, his daughter, will be my
Count Zellerndorf was the first to grasp the possibilities that lay
in the suggestion the king's words carried.
"Your majesty," he cried, "there is a way to unite all factions in
Lutha. It would be better to insure the loyalty of Von der Tann
through bonds of kinship than to antagonize him. Marry the Princess
Emma at once.
"Wait, your majesty," he added, as Leopold raised an objecting hand.
"I am well informed as to the strange obstinacy of the princess, but
for the welfare of the state--yes, for the sake of your very throne,
sire--you should exert your royal prerogatives and command the
Princess Emma to carry out the terms of your betrothal."
"What do you mean, Zellerndorf?" asked the king.
"I mean, sire, that we should bring the princess here and compel her
to marry you."
Leopold shook his head. "You do not know her," he said. "You do not
No sense of fear influenced her decision, for fear is seldom known to the children of Mars.Page 6
A dozen officers of the court with several body servants were grouped behind the jeddak and his guest, eager listeners to the conversation--so eager on the part of one of the servants that he was twice rebuked by a noble for his forwardness in pushing himself ahead of his betters to view the intricate mechanism of the wonderful "controlling destination compass," as the thing was called.Page 21
"It is wondrous work to get them both here at all, and even if we do not succeed in luring him to the ground, we shall have accomplished much.Page 32
Here seemed to be the principal force of the attacking horde.Page 34
in repulsing this adventurous red man, just as Hortan Gur was about to leap from it to the back of his thoat.Page 36
" Carthoris was hurt by the girl's tone, as much as by the doubt as to his integrity which her words implied.Page 42
"And those who marched out upon the hordes to-day?" whispered Carthoris.Page 47
" "But," exclaimed Carthoris, "this is not real food--it was not here an instant since, and real food does not materialize out of thin air.Page 51
Tell me, woman, from whose brain have you sprung? Jav's? No, do not deny it.Page 55
He would not materialize his sustenance.Page 57
"You do not understand," he said.Page 71
Nor could she account for it while her mind still tried to convince her heart that the Prince of Helium had been instrumental in her abduction from her father's court.Page 75
"Our case looks rather hopeless," replied Carthoris ruefully.Page 89
Here Carthoris slept, and Kar Komak, too, with the other recruits, under guard of the regular Dusarian warriors that manned the craft.Page 90
Presently the fellow discovered the oncoming craft, and sounded the low alarm which brought the balance of the watch and an officer from their sleeping silks and furs upon the deck near by.Page 93
" The panthan's fingers dropped from the dagger's hilt.Page 96
Once more he sighted the top of the cage that held Astok and Vas Kor.Page 98
Then the Heliumite and the girl saw the Dusarian prince run swiftly to the opposite side of the chamber, touch something in the wall that sent a great panel swinging inward, and disappear into the black vault beyond.Page 103
"Who is it," he cried, "that offers his life in the service of Kulan Tith? Never was wrought a nobler deed of self-sacrifice upon Barsoom!" The green horde was scrambling over the Thuria's side as there broke from the bow the device of Carthoris, Prince of Helium, in reply to the query of the jeddak of Kaol.Page 105
"I am no fool, to be blind to the love that lies between you.