Were he sure the king was alone it might be
accomplished. Should he enter now or wait until the Princess Emma
had been brought to the king?
With the question came the answer--a bold and daring scheme. His
fingers sought the lock. Very gently, he unlatched it and pushed
outward upon the panel. Suddenly the great doorway gave beneath his
touch. It opened a crack letting a flood of light into his dark cell
that almost blinded him.
For a moment he could see nothing, and then out of the glaring blur
grew the figure of a man sitting at a table--with his back toward
It was the king, and he was alone. Noiselessly Barney Custer
entered the apartment, closing the panel after him. At his back now
was the great oil painting of the Blentz princess that had hid the
secret entrance to the room. He crossed the thick rugs until he
stood behind the king. Then he clapped one hand over the mouth of
the monarch of Lutha and threw the other arm about his neck.
"Make the slightest outcry and I shall kill you," he whispered in
the ear of the terrified man.
Across the room Barney saw a revolver lying upon a small table. He
raised the king to his feet and, turning his back toward the weapon
dragged him across the apartment until the table was within easy
reach. Then he snatched up the revolver and swung the king around
into a chair facing him, the muzzle of the gun pressed against his
"Silence," he whispered.
The king, white and trembling, gasped as his eyes fell upon the face
of the American.
"You?" His voice was barely audible.
"Take off your clothes--every stitch of them--and if any one asks
for admittance, deny them. Quick, now," as the king hesitated. "My
life is forfeited unless I can escape. If I am apprehended I shall
see that you pay for my recapture with your life--if any one enters
this room without my sanction they will enter it to find a dead king
upon the floor; do you understand?"
The king made no reply other than to commence divesting himself of
his clothing. Barney followed his example, but not before he had
crossed to the door that opened into the main corridor and shot the
bolt upon the inside. When both men had removed their clothing
Barney pointed to the little pile of soiled peasant garb that he had
"Put those on," he commanded.
The king hesitated, drawing back in disgust. Barney paused,
half-way into the royal union suit, and leveled the
of the mighty forest in which I lay.Page 16
Their eyes are very close set, but do not protrude as do those of the green men of Mars; their ears are high set, but more laterally located than are the green men's, while their snouts and teeth are much like those of our African gorilla.Page 22
"Do you tell me, John Carter, that you know not where you be?" "That I am upon Barsoom is all that I can guess, and but for you and the great white apes I.Page 30
Instantly he drew his long-sword, and thus evenly armed we set to in earnest for one of the closest battles I ever have fought.Page 39
There were in all ten red Martians, men and women, and when we had briefly explained our plan they decided to join forces with us, though it was evident that it was with some considerable misgivings that they thus tempted fate by opposing an ancient.Page 68
" Again her eyes dropped to the floor, and a faint colour suffused her cheek.Page 71
The girl had not once spoken since we had been brought to the deck.Page 105
" He seemed satisfied with this reply.Page 115
We must have been out of it for some seconds before I realised that we had accomplished the impossible.Page 118
Lower and lower sagged the bow until it became necessary to stop the engine to prevent our flight terminating in a swift dive to the ground.Page 121
"It is work that requires stealth and strategy, not force.Page 134
Then he attempted to do the same with mine.Page 138
No word left they of their intentions, but it is always thus with those who go upon the voluntary pilgrimage from which none returns.Page 139
One does not call John Carter "coward" and "liar" thus lightly, and Zat Arras should have known it.Page 142
They cared not where I had been.Page 163
He told me that he had lain unconscious for a time--how long he did not know.Page 177
" "You mean that she will be killed merely to thwart me?" I asked.Page 184
"As the days passed, and moon after moon went by without bringing even the faintest rumour of you, I resigned myself to my fate.Page 189
Together for a year they will meditate within the Temple of the Sun, but ere the year is quite gone there will be no more food for them.