accredited to be one of the
shrewdest swindlers and adventurers in America! But come, we may as
well return to the cutter--my men will carry the chest."
"No!" exclaimed Professor Maxon with a vehemence the other could not
understand. "Let them bury it again where it lies. It and what it
contains have been the cause of sufficient misery and suffering and
crime. Let it lie where it is in the heart of savage Borneo, and pray
to God that no man ever finds it, and that I shall forget forever that
which is in it."
On the morning of the third day following the death of von Horn the New
Mexico steamed away from the coast of Borneo. Upon her deck, looking
back toward the verdure clad hills, stood Virginia and Bulan.
"Thank heaven," exclaimed the girl fervently, "that we are leaving it
behind us forever."
"Amen," replied Bulan, "but yet, had it not been for Borneo I might
never have found you."
"We should have met elsewhere then, Bulan," said the girl in a low
voice, "for we were made for one another. No power on earth could have
kept us apart. In your true guise you would have found me--I am sure
"It is maddening, Virginia," said the man, "to be constantly straining
every resource of my memory in futile endeavor to catch and hold one
fleeting clue to my past. Why, dear, do you realize that I may have
been a fugitive from justice, as was von Horn, a vile criminal perhaps.
It is awful, Virginia, to contemplate the horrible possibilities of my
"No, Bulan, you could never have been a criminal," replied the loyal
girl, "but there is one possibility that has been haunting me
constantly. It frightens me just to think of it--it is," and the girl
lowered her voice as though she feared to say the thing she dreaded
most, "it is that you may have loved another--that--that you may even
Bulan was about to laugh away any such fears when the gravity and
importance of the possibility impressed him quite as fully as it had
Virginia. He saw that it was not at all unlikely that he was already a
married man; and he saw too what the girl now acknowledged, that they
might never wed until the mystery of his past had been cleared away.
"There is something that gives weight to my fear," continued Virginia,
"something that I had almost forgotten in the rush and excitement of
events during the past few days.
But I had reckoned without a just appreciation either of the cunning of my immediate antagonist or the swiftness with which his fellows were covering the distance which had separated them from me.Page 25
" I could not help but laugh at his grim humour, and he joined in with me in one of those rare laughs of real enjoyment which was one of the attributes of this fierce Tharkian chief which marked him from the others of his kind.Page 30
Instantly my own eyes sought the mirror upon Tars Tarkas' back and in another second I was closely watching the section of the wall which had been disgorging its savage terrors upon us.Page 38
We know that the valley is not sacred; we know that the Holy Therns are not holy; that.Page 39
"Indeed would I give my life a thousand times if I could but save a single soul from the awful life that I have led in this cruel place.Page 45
"What is the hour?" I asked.Page 66
Even if they succeeded in eluding pursuit they must eventually fall into the hands of either red men or green, and as fugitives from the Valley Dor they could look for but little else than a swift and terrible death.Page 78
Emaciated arms and legs attached to a torso which seemed to be mostly distorted abdomen completed the "holy vision of her radiant beauty.Page 84
Well, I would make the best of it, and, rising, I swept aside the brooding despair that had been endeavouring to claim me.Page 93
Here the horrid creature squatted, surrounded by a hundred slave maidens sparkling in jewelled trappings.Page 122
It was amid such sounds that I had first courted the incomparable Dejah Thoris in the age-old marble halls of the dead city of Korad.Page 130
" We waited to hear no more.Page 163
' "Finally, Xodar, who is a fiend for subtle craftiness, evolved a plan whereby we might.Page 172
A signal legible to every sailor of all the fleets engaged in that fierce struggle was strung aloft upon the flagship.Page 175
for all the vessels to reach their previously appointed stations, then with the flagship I dropped quickly into the black depths, while one by one the other vessels followed me in quick succession.Page 180
Thereafter not a man was lost of all the hundreds that remained to pass from the main corridor to the branch.Page 181
A thousand times I berated myself for being drawn.Page 189
We await thy will.Page 192
It was Thuvia's.