pursuing machine came into view he slipped
over the edge of the road to slink into the underbrush far down
toward the bottom of the ravine.
When Barney pushed the girl from the running board she fell heavily
to the road, rolling over several times, but in an instant she
scrambled to her feet, hardly the worse for the tumble other than a
Quickly she ran to the edge of the embankment, a look of immense
relief coming to her soft, brown eyes as she saw her rescuer
scrambling up the precipitous side of the ravine toward her.
"You are not killed?" she cried in German. "It is a miracle!"
"Not even bruised," reassured Barney. "But you? You must have had
a nasty fall."
"I am not hurt at all," she replied. "But for you I should be lying
dead, or terribly maimed down there at the bottom of that awful
ravine at this very moment. It's awful." She drew her shoulders
upward in a little shudder of horror. "But how did you escape? Even
now I can scarce believe it possible."
"I'm quite sure I don't know how I did escape," said Barney,
clambering over the rim of the road to her side. "That I had nothing
to do with it I am positive. It was just luck. I simply dropped out
onto that bush down there."
They were standing side by side, now peering down into the ravine
where the car was visible, bottom side up against a tree, near the
base of the declivity. The horse's head could be seen protruding
from beneath the wreckage.
"I'd better go down and put him out of his misery," said Barney, "if
he is not already dead."
"I think he is quite dead," said the girl. "I have not seen him
Just then a little puff of smoke arose from the machine, followed by
a tongue of yellow flame. Barney had already started toward the
"Please don't go," begged the girl. "I am sure that he is quite
dead, and it wouldn't be safe for you down there now. The gasoline
tank may explode any minute."
"Yes, he is dead all right," he said, "but all my belongings are
down there. My guns, six-shooters and all my ammunition. And," he
added ruefully, "I've heard so much about the brigands that infest
The girl laughed.
"Those stories are really exaggerated," she said. "I was born in
Lutha, and except for a few months each year have always lived here,
and though I ride much I have never seen a brigand.
"You shall be my princess!" he cried.Page 6
He had come alone in a small flier, sure of the same welcome that always awaited him at Ptarth.Page 11
Upon a pad beside him was the outline of a key, and here he noted the results of his measurements.Page 13
Among the flowers upon the scarlet sward which lies about the buildings children were already playing, and comely women laughing and chatting with their neighbours as they culled gorgeous blossoms for the vases within doors.Page 15
The crowds were enormous to-day, for Carthoris, Prince of Helium, was to be the principal bidder.Page 20
"Last night you wore the trappings of a Dusarian," she said.Page 21
" "There was no other way," replied the other.Page 30
For the most part the giant trees shut off his view to any but the most limited distances.Page 40
, into their Earthly equivalent, as being more easily understood by Earth readers.Page 51
When she had finished Tario was sitting upon the edge of his couch, his feet upon the floor.Page 59
Slowly and with dignity the mighty beast advanced into the room.Page 60
"Would you see Lothar in all her glory?" Carthoris and Thuvia nodded their assent, more out of courtesy than because they fully grasped the import of his mutterings.Page 62
One could almost have sworn the man believed these creatures of his strange hypnotic power to be real flesh and blood.Page 72
Carthoris saw her flush of mortification, and in an instant regretted his words.Page 75
"These creatures are born man-eaters.Page 78
To fight, to kill, to die with cold steel buried in their vitals! Ah, that to them was Nirvana.Page 85
He had never loved another.Page 91
And they were to kill her! His muscular fingers clenched until the nails bit into the palms.Page 92
"Issus! I cannot do it! When she turns those eyes upon me my heart becomes water.Page 102
At any moment the repulsive ray tanks might be pierced.