rush of increasing momentum as the machine gained headway by leaps
The bullets were ripping the air all about him. Just ahead the
second outpost stood directly in the center of the road. There were
three soldiers and they were taking deliberate aim, as carefully as
though upon the rifle range. It seemed to Barney that they couldn't
miss him. He swerved the car suddenly from one side of the road to
the other. At the rate that it was going the move was fraught with
but little less danger than the supine facing of the leveled guns
The three rifles spoke almost simultaneously. The glass of the
windshield shattered in Barney's face. There was a hole in the
left-hand front fender that had not been there before.
"Rotten shooting," commented Barney Custer, of Beatrice.
The soldiers still stood in the center of the road firing at the
swaying car as, lurching from side to side, it bore down upon them.
Barney sounded the raucous military horn; but the soldiers seemed
unconscious of their danger--they still stood there pumping lead
toward the onrushing Juggernaut. At the last instant they attempted
to rush from its path; but they were too late.
At over sixty miles an hour the huge, gray monster bore down upon
them. One of them fell beneath the wheels--the two others were
thrown high in air as the bumper struck them. The body of the man
who had fallen beneath the wheels threw the car half way across the
road--only iron nerve and strong arms held it from the ditch upon
the opposite side.
Barney Custer had never been nearer death than at that moment--not
even when he faced the firing squad before the factory wall in
Burgova. He had done that without a tremor--he had heard the bullets
of the outpost whistling about his head a moment before, with a
smile upon his lips--he had faced the leveled rifles of the three he
had ridden down and he had not quailed. But now, his machine in the
center of the road again, he shook like a leaf, still in the grip of
the sickening nausea of that awful moment when the mighty, insensate
monster beneath him had reeled drunkenly in its mad flight, swerving
toward the ditch and destruction.
For a few minutes he held to his rapid pace before he looked around,
and then it was to see two cars climbing into the road from the
encampment in the field and heading toward him in pursuit. Barney
grinned. Once more he was master of his nerves. They'd have a merry
Beneath them torn fragments scudded toward the northwest.Page 37
The girl was given but brief opportunity for further observation of the pitiful creatures in the enclosure as her captor, after having directed the others to return to the fields, led her toward the tower, which they entered, passing into an apartment about ten feet wide and twenty long, in one end of which was a stairway leading to an upper level and in the other an opening to a similar stairway leading downward.Page 48
For a long time he was silent, just looking at her through those awful eyes.Page 56
" He pointed toward the rykor.Page 61
They uproot and demolish giant trees, and in the same gust they transport frail infants for miles and deposit them unharmed in their wake.Page 74
" "How did you know it was I?" she asked, her puzzled brows scanning his face as though she sought to recall from past memories some scene in which he figured.Page 82
Already it was showing the effects of privation.Page 93
"And what do you before the gates of Manator?" "We are from far countries," replied the girl, "and we are lost and starving.Page 104
Its eyes are small and close-set, and almost hidden in deep, fleshy apertures.Page 111
"Lay not your hand upon the person of a princess of Helium, beast!" she warned.Page 122
It seemed that no one walked within the palace other than a few slaves.Page 126
his foolish heart urged but a single explanation--that she refused to recognize him lest she be involved in his difficulties.Page 141
"I am accounted so," replied Turan.Page 149
of him when he had been locked in the room beneath the palace by I-Gos, the taxidermist, and so he did not seek to enlighten her as to his identity.Page 164
After Tasor had gone Tara turned to Gahan and approaching laid a hand upon his arm.Page 166
" O-Tar had risen and was angrily emphasizing his words with heavy blows upon the table, dealt with a golden goblet.Page 167
"O, Tara of Helium," he cried.Page 178
taught me that there be finer and nobler things than perfect mentality uninfluenced by the unreasoning tuitions of the heart.Page 181
" "They said that treason?" O-Tar almost shouted.Page 200
"After leading Val Dor and Floran to Tara's disabled flier which they repaired, he accompanied them to Gathol from where a message was sent to me in Helium.