life, from his birth in Beatrice to his coming to Lutha upon
pleasure. He showed Herr Kramer his watch with his monogram upon it,
his seal ring, and inside the pocket of his coat the label of his
tailor, with his own name written beneath it and the date that the
garment had been ordered.
When he had completed his narrative the old man shook his head.
"I cannot understand it," he said; "and yet I am almost forced to
believe that you are not the king."
"Direct me to the sanatorium," suggested Barney, "and if it be
within the range of possibility I shall learn whether the man who
lies there is Leopold or another, and if he be the king I shall
serve him as loyally as you would have served me. Together we may
assist him to gain the safety of Tann and the protection of old
"If you are not the king," said Kramer suspiciously, "why should you
be so interested in aiding Leopold? You may even be an enemy. How
can I know?"
"You cannot know, my good friend," replied Barney. "But had I been
an enemy, how much more easily might I have encompassed my designs,
whatever they might have been, had I encouraged you to believe that
I was king. The fact that I did not, must assure you that I have no
ulterior designs against Leopold."
This line of reasoning proved quite convincing to the old
shopkeeper, and at last he consented to lead Barney to the
sanatorium. Together they traversed the quiet village streets to the
outskirts of the town, where in large, park-like grounds the
well-known sanatorium of Tafelberg is situated in quiet
surroundings. It is an institution for the treatment of nervous
diseases to which patients are brought from all parts of Europe, and
is doubtless Lutha's principal claim upon the attention of the outer
As the two crossed the gardens which lay between the gate and the
main entrance and mounted the broad steps leading to the veranda an
old servant opened the door, and recognizing Herr Kramer, nodded
pleasantly to him.
"Your patient seems much brighter this morning, Herr Kramer," he
said, "and has been asking to be allowed to sit up."
"He is still here, then?" questioned the shopkeeper with a sigh that
might have indicated either relief or resignation.
"Why, certainly. You did not expect that he had entirely recovered
overnight, did you?"
"No," replied Herr Kramer, "not exactly. In fact, I did not know
what I should expect."
As the two passed him on their way to the room in which
Instead I stopped close to the opposite wall beneath an overhanging mass of rock that cast a dense shadow beneath it.Page 27
"Kaor!" I said in true Martian greeting, and the warriors arose and saluted me.Page 32
Through several inner chambers he raced until he came to a spiral runway.Page 33
Here I sought for the secret of its lock, but all to no avail.Page 35
He was not ten paces from me, facing in the opposite direction; and what cruel freak of fate should have caused him to turn about just as my eyes topped the roof's edge I may not even guess.Page 38
I knew that they were among those of the outer world who still clung tenaciously to the discredited religion of the Holy Therns, and that Matai Shang would find a ready welcome and safe refuge among them; while John Carter could look for nothing better than an ignoble death at their hands.Page 42
Woola, finding his enemy inert and lifeless, released his hold at my command and wriggled from beneath the body that had covered him, and together we faced the warrior looking down upon us.Page 49
"I have summoned you to receive the grateful thanks of the people of Kaol, for had it not been for your heroic bravery in daring fate to warn us of the ambuscade we must surely have fallen into the well-laid trap.Page 54
He--" "He lies!" I cried.Page 63
Thuvan Dihn saw it, too, and it carried the same message of hope to us both.Page 67
He rubbed his cheek against mine in a final caress, and a moment later was speeding through the Carrion Caves toward the outer world.Page 70
With their sharp hooks the combatants attempted to take hold of an adversary, but like lightning the cupshaped shield would spring before the darting weapon and into its hollow the hook would plunge.Page 74
He who wears one of its mates will experience the same feeling; it is caused by an electrical action that takes place the moment two of these gems cut from the same mother stone come within the radius of each other's power.Page 75
The chance guess that they were bound upon an orluk hunt proved correct, and Talu had said that the chances were ten to one that such would be the mission of any party leaving Kadabra by the pass through which we entered the valley, since that way leads directly to the vast plains frequented by this elephantine beast of prey.Page 76
They moved leisurely, as though there were no need for haste--nor was there, as I was presently to learn.Page 94
It was evidently hastily formed--an afterthought.Page 100
It leads to the watchtower upon the south wall.Page 103
At last a link parted beneath my efforts, and a moment later Tardos Mors was free, though a few inches of trailing chain still dangled from his ankle.Page 104
Here another bloody battle was waged with the force of yellow men who charged into the armory as we fell back from the doorway.Page 129
Nor did any of us who had been upon that expedition of indescribable danger and glory lack for plaudits.