of the shadows beside him, and with the report of the revolver a
heavy fist caught the trooper on the side of the chin, crumpling him
to the ground as if he were dead.
The blow had been in time to deflect the muzzle of the firearm, and
the bullet whistled harmlessly past the lieutenant.
"Your majesty!" exclaimed Butzow excitedly. "Go back. He might have
Barney leaped to the other's side and grasping him by the shoulders
wheeled him about so that he faced the gate.
"There, Butzow," he cried, "there is your king, and from the looks
of it he never needed a loyal subject more than he does this moment.
Come!" Without waiting to see if the other followed him, Barney
Custer leaped through the gate full in the faces of the astonished
trio that was dragging Leopold of Lutha from his sanctuary.
At sight of the American the king gave a muffled cry of relief, and
then Barney was upon those who held him. A stinging uppercut lifted
Coblich clear of the ground to drop him, dazed and bewildered, at
the foot of the monarch he had outraged. Maenck drew a revolver only
to have it struck from his hand by the sword of Butzow, who had
followed closely upon the American's heels.
Barney, seizing the king by the arm, started on a run for the
gateway. In his wake came Butzow with a drawn sword beating back
Stein, who was armed with a cavalry saber, and Maenck who had now
drawn his own sword.
The American saw that the two were pressing Butzow much too closely
for safety and that Coblich had now recovered from the effects of
the blow and was in pursuit, drawing his saber as he ran. Barney
thrust the king behind him and turned to face the enemy, at Butzow's
The three men rushed upon the two who stood between them and their
prey. The moonlight was now full in the faces of Butzow and the
American. For the first time Maenck and the others saw who it was
that had interrupted them.
"The impostor!" cried the governor of Blentz. "The false king!"
Imbued with temporary courage by the knowledge that his side had the
advantage of superior numbers he launched himself full upon the
American. To his surprise he met a sword-arm that none might have
expected in an American, for Barney Custer had been a pupil of the
redoubtable Colonel Monstery, who was, as Barney was wont to say,
"one of the thanwhomest of fencing masters."
Quickly Maenck fell back to give place to Stein,
rank, at some court that is yet loyal to thy ancient faith, for I cannot return to the Valley Dor or elsewhere within the power of the Prince of Helium; but even that I do not demand--it shall be as your own desire in the matter directs.Page 15
"My quarrel is with him, not with you.Page 16
And so I gripped my long-sword the tighter as I replied to Lakor.Page 17
With a gesture I silenced him, and together we drew aside into another corridor a few paces farther on.Page 26
A moment later they had disappeared into a stone corridor beyond the labyrinth of glass.Page 32
When at last the sharp steel found the heart of one of them the other turned to flee, and, guessing that his steps would lead him along the way taken by those I sought, I let him keep ever far enough ahead to think that he was safely escaping my sword.Page 42
dropped quickly toward me, and before I could escape had grasped my shoulder between its powerful jaws.Page 53
The Holy Thern nodded his head.Page 56
"Many there were who had seen or known my daughter, and from therns who had been close to Matai Shang I learned of the indignities that he personally heaped upon her; and I was glad when I came here to find that Matai Shang was also your guest, for I should have sought him out had it taken a lifetime.Page 58
If these be Thuvia of Ptarth and Dejah Thoris of Helium I did not know it--I have seen neither.Page 76
Instantly a hundred tiny fliers rose from her deck, like a swarm of huge dragon flies; but scarcely were they clear of the battleship than the nose of each turned toward the shaft, and they, too, rushed on at frightful speed toward the same now seemingly inevitable end that menaced the larger vessel.Page 78
IN DURANCE The public houses of Barsoom, I have found, vary but little.Page 84
At his right stood Matai Shang, and behind them a score of guardsmen.Page 94
After first torturing me with starvation he had caused this fierce beast to be lowered into my prison to finish the work that the jeddak's hellish imagination had conceived.Page 96
"Double the figure," he said.Page 97
" "Tonight, or tomorrow, then, you may expect the signal," said Thurid, rising to go.Page 105
Eagerly I pressed forward against the glass wall of the observatory, scarce daring to credit the testimony of my own eyes.Page 115
Now were the tables turned, and it was the men of Helium who seemed doomed to be ground between two millstones.Page 125
" With level eye and high-held head I did as he bade, and as I glanced about that circle of faces that a moment before I could have sworn contained the best friends I had upon Barsoom, I saw no single friendly glance--only stern, uncompromising judges, there to do their duty.