flashed upon him. He saw that he could not harm her now, or ever, for he
And with the awakening there came to Billy Byrne the withering, numbing
knowledge that his love must forever be a hopeless one--that this girl
of the aristocracy could never be for such as he.
Barbara Harding, still looking questioningly at him, saw the change that
came across his countenance--she saw the swift pain that shot to the
man's eyes, and she wondered. His fingers released their grasp upon her
arm. His hands fell limply to his sides.
"Don't be afraid," he said. "Please don't be afraid o' me. I couldn't
hurt youse if I tried."
A deep sigh of relief broke from the girl's lips--relief and joy; and
she realized that its cause was as much that the man had proved true to
the new estimate she had recently placed upon him as that the danger to
herself had passed.
"Come," said Billy Byrne, "we'd better move in a bit out o' sight o' de
mainland, an' look fer a place to make camp. I reckon we'd orter rest
here for a few days till we git in shape ag'in. I know youse must be
dead beat, an' I sure am, all right, all right."
Together they sought a favorable site for their new home, and it was
as though the horrid specter of a few moments before had never risen to
menace them, for the girl felt that a great burden of apprehension had
been lifted forever from her shoulders, and though a dull ache gnawed
at the mucker's heart, still he was happier than he had ever been
before--happy to be near the woman he loved.
With the long sword of Oda Yorimoto, Billy Byrne cut saplings and bamboo
and the fronds of fan palms, and with long tough grasses bound them
together into the semblance of a rude hut. Barbara gathered leaves and
grasses with which she covered the floor.
"Number One, Riverside Drive," said the mucker, with a grin, when the
work was completed; "an' now I'll go down on de river front an' build de
"Oh, are you from New York?" asked the girl.
"Not on yer life," replied Billy Byrne. "I'm from good ol' Chi; but I
been to Noo York twict wit de Goose Island Kid, an' so I knows all about
it. De roughnecks belongs on de Bowery, so dat's wot we'll call my dump
down by de river. You're a highbrow, so youse gotta live on Riverside
Drive, see?" and the mucker laughed at his little pleasantry.
diameter as the entrance at the foot of the tree, and opened directly upon a large flat limb, the well worn surface of which testified to its long continued use as an avenue for some creature to and from this remarkable shaft.Page 22
At length Tars Tarkas laughed softly, after the manner of his strange kind when in the presence of the horrible or terrifying.Page 48
They do occasionally find it necessary to come here after the sun has set.Page 59
Then she puckered those divine brows of hers, and shook her head.Page 66
It seemed to me that I could not fail to impress upon the intelligent red men of Barsoom the wicked deception that a cruel and senseless superstition had foisted upon them.Page 73
No sooner were all below than a number of commands were given, in accordance with which the hatch was closed and secured, and the vessel commenced to vibrate to the rhythmic purr of its machinery.Page 82
"Here he is now," exclaimed another, and turning in the direction indicated I saw a huge black weighed down with resplendent ornaments and arms advancing with noble and gallant bearing toward us.Page 86
He did not renew the attack upon me, nor did he speak.Page 105
CHAPTER XIII A BREAK FOR LIBERTY Xodar listened in incredulous astonishment to my narration of the events which had transpired within the arena at the rites of Issus.Page 106
It was useless to try to pass over her, for that would have allowed her to force us against the rocky dome above, and we were already too near that as it was.Page 120
I like your friendship better, Thuvia.Page 132
But little time was wasted in narration of our adventure.Page 133
Then her arms slipped from about my waist and she was gone.Page 145
Nor ever did you know John Carter to lie in his own behalf, or to say aught that might harm the people of Barsoom, or to speak lightly of the strange religion which he respected without understanding.Page 156
Down through the passageways to the pits we went.Page 157
" Zat Arras shrugged his shoulders.Page 158
To gain your freedom you have but to request me to advise Zat Arras that you accept the terms of his proposition.Page 186
No man asked quarter or gave it.Page 193
"Let me die here beside my Princess--there is no hope or happiness elsewhere for me.