"I tink I'll poun' my ear fer a few. You
kin keep yer lamps peeled fer de Chinks, an' de first fony noise youse
hears, w'y be sure to wake me up," and with that he rolled over upon the
grass, asleep almost on the instant.
The girl, to while away the time, explored their rock-bound haven. She
found that it had but a single means of ingress, the narrow pass through
which the brook found outlet. Beyond the entrance she did not venture,
but through it she saw, beneath, a wooded slope, and twice deer passed
quite close to her, stopping at the brook to drink.
It was an ideal spot, one whose beauties appealed to her even under the
harrowing conditions which had forced her to seek its precarious safety.
In another land and with companions of her own kind she could well
imagine the joy of a fortnight spent in such a sylvan paradise.
The thought aroused another--how long would the mucker remain a safe
companion? She seemed to be continually falling from the frying pan into
the fire. So far she had not been burned, but with returning strength,
and the knowledge of their utter isolation could she expect this brutal
thug to place any check upon his natural desires?
Why there were few men of her own station in life with whom she would
have felt safe to spend a fortnight alone upon a savage, uncivilized
island! She glanced at the man where he lay stretched in deep slumber.
What a huge fellow he was! How helpless would she be were he to turn
against her! Yet his very size; yes, and the brutality she feared, were
her only salvation against every other danger than he himself. The man
was physically a natural protector, for he was able to cope with odds
and dangers to which an ordinary man would long since have succumbed. So
she found that she was both safer and less safe because the mucker was
As she pondered the question her eyes roved toward the slope beyond the
opening to the amphitheater. With a start she came to her feet, shading
her eyes with her hand and peering intently at something that she
could have sworn moved among the trees far below. No, she could not be
mistaken--it was the figure of a man.
Swiftly she ran to Byrne, shaking him roughly by the shoulder.
"Someone is coming," she cried, in response to his sleepy query.
CHAPTER XIV. THE MUCKER SEES A NEW LIGHT
TOGETHER the girl and the mucker approached the entrance to the
[Frontispiece: The cold hollow eye of a revolver sought the center of my forehead.Page 43
It seemed that in any event the outcome of our plight must end in death.Page 52
Panic reigned in an instant.Page 63
"The pure strain of the blood of this first black man has remained untainted by admixture with other creatures in the race of which I am a member; but from the sixteen-legged worm, the first ape and renegade black man has sprung every other form of animal life upon Barsoom.Page 76
"Come," he said, and we followed him through the hatchway which had been opened by one of the seamen.Page 103
Come with what men you have and those that you can gather on the way.Page 106
I think that we will make a trio difficult to overcome, and if my friend Tars Tarkas, Jeddak of Thark, were but one of us we could fight our way from one end of Barsoom to the other even though the whole world were pitted against us.Page 114
" "Hold tight!" I screamed in reply.Page 115
The boy laughed too and said something which I could not catch for the whistling of the wind of our awful speed.Page 118
We had slightly reduced our speed with the dawning of a sense of security, but now I took the helm once more and pulled the noble little engine wide open, so that again we raced north at terrific velocity.Page 129
Together we threaded the long hall and reached.Page 132
Toward noon of the following day we halted to rest our mounts and ourselves.Page 136
"Ah, my Prince," he continued, as though no thought had interrupted his greeting, "that you are back is sufficient, and let Hor Vastus' sword have the high honour of being first at thy feet.Page 146
Zat Arras has taken my sword from me, so the men of Zodanga no longer fear me.Page 155
empire until we should be ready to assemble it for the dash upon Omean.Page 159
"In the guard-room of my palace are many fine trappings.Page 164
"And here I am, just in time to be nearly killed by you," he ended, laughing.Page 165
" "How is it, Tars Tarkas," I asked, "that the men of Thark take not the accustomed action against one who returns from the bosom of Iss?" "They sent a council of fifty chieftains to talk with me here," replied the Thark.Page 173
It was Helium against the field now, and the fight had settled to countless individual duels.Page 176
"It will not be for long, John Carter," he replied.