I knew that it was quite possible that he had
discovered treachery upon the part of Prince Peter. In which case he
might have escaped in disguise. I really wasn't sure that you were
not he until you spoke."
Barney stooped and removed the bandoleer of cartridges from the
fallen trooper, as well as his revolver and carbine. Then he took
the girl's hand and together they turned into the wood. Behind them
came the sound of pursuit. They heard the loud words of Maenck as he
ordered his three remaining men into the wood on foot. As he
advanced, Barney looked to the magazine of his carbine and the
cylinder of his revolver.
"Why were they pursuing you?" he asked.
"They were taking me to Blentz to force me to wed Leopold," she
replied. "They told me that my father's life depended upon my
consenting; but I should not have done so. The honor of my house is
more precious than the life of any of its members. I escaped them a
few miles back, and they were following to overtake me."
A noise behind them caused Barney to turn. One of the troopers had
come into view. He carried his carbine in his hands and at sight of
the man with the fugitive girl he raised it to his shoulder; but as
the American turned toward him his eyes went wide and his jaw
Instantly Barney knew that the fellow had noted his resemblance to
the king. Barney's body was concealed from the view of the other by
a bush which grew between them, so the man saw only the face of the
American. The fellow turned and shouted to Maenck: "The king is with
"Nonsense," came the reply from farther back in the wood. "If there
is a man with her and he will not surrender, shoot him." At the
words Barney and the girl turned once more to their flight. From
behind came the command to halt--"Halt! or I fire." Just ahead
Barney saw the river.
They were sure to be taken there if he was unable to gain the time
necessary to make good a crossing. Upon the opposite side was a
continuation of the wood. Behind them the leading trooper was
crashing through the underbrush in renewed pursuit. He came in sight
of them again, just as they reached the river bank. Once more his
carbine was leveled. Barney pushed the girl to her knees behind a
bush. Then he wheeled and fired, so quickly that the man with the
already leveled gun had no time to anticipate his act.
"Nothing, Thuvia, that is true; yet I could have sworn you loved me.Page 6
As there had been no formality in his coming there was no need of formality in his going.Page 11
Racing toward the south another flier sped toward Helium.Page 12
Their round of duty nearly done, they had little thought beyond the coming of those who were to relieve them.Page 13
Above him raced the long, light passenger fliers, plying, each in its proper plane, between the numerous landing-stages for internal passenger traffic.Page 15
Presently it left the thronged district behind to enter a section of small shops, where it stopped before the entrance to one which bore the sign of a dealer in foreign silks.Page 18
The breaking of the sudden dawn found him still asleep.Page 29
But where were the rider and his prisoner? The Prince of Helium shuddered as he thought upon the probability of the fate that had overtaken them.Page 32
Here a great platform had been erected whereon Carthoris could see squatting a huge green warrior, surrounded by others of his kind.Page 40
"I never have heard of these places, nor did I know that there dwelt upon Barsoom a race of thy strange colour.Page 50
"I have learned to like you, red man," he said; "but do not forget that Tario is still my jeddak, and that Tario has commanded that you remain here.Page 51
"Come nearer," he said, and, as she approached: "Whose creature are you? Who has dared materialize his imaginings of woman? It is contrary to the customs and the royal edicts of Lothar.Page 52
" Thuvia shrank back.Page 55
"Praised be our first ancestor!" he murmured.Page 56
By the time they reached the arras behind which he had disappeared, they found a heavy stone door blocking their further progress.Page 66
No gory heaps of tortured dead defaced the beauty of the scarlet sward.Page 93
Turjun put himself in the path of Vas Kor that he might not be overlooked.Page 96
When would they come? Would Astok do the deed with his own hands? She doubted that he had the courage for it.Page 104
The bowmen pursued them.Page 108
) Mors Kajak.