that father is dead?" she asked, a look of terror coming
to her eyes.
"Not that--we hope," replied Norris. "He has been taken prisoner by
these half-breed devils on the island. I doubt if they have killed
him--we were going to his rescue when we ourselves were captured. He and
Mr. Mallory were taken three days ago."
"Mallory!" shouted Billy Byrne, who had entirely recovered from the blow
that had merely served to stun him for a moment. "Is Mallory alive?"
"He was yesterday," replied Norris; "these fellows from whom you so
bravely rescued us told us that much."
"Thank God!" whispered Billy Byrne.
"What made you think he was dead?" inquired the officer, looking closely
at Byrne as though trying to place him.
Another man might have attempted to evade the question but the new
Billy Byrne was no coward in any department of his moral or physical
"Because I thought that I had killed him," he replied, "the day that we
took the Lotus."
Captain Norris looked at the speaker in undisguised horror.
"You!" he cried. "You were one of those damned cut-throats! You the man
that nearly killed poor Mr. Mallory! Miss Harding, has he offered you
"Don't judge him rashly, Captain Norris," said the girl. "But for him
I should have been dead and worse than dead long since. Some day I will
tell you of his heroism and his chivalry, and don't forget, Captain,
that he has just saved you and Mr. Foster from captivity and probable
"That's right," exclaimed the officer, "and I want to thank him; but I
don't understand about Mallory."
"Never mind about him now," said Billy Byrne. "If he's alive that's
all that counts--I haven't got his blood on my hands. Go on with your
"Well, after that gang of pirates left us," continued the captain, "we
rigged an extra wireless that they didn't know we had, and it wasn't
long before we raised the warship Alaska. Her commander put a crew on
board the Lotus with machinists and everything necessary to patch her
up--coaled and provisioned her and then lay by while we got her in
running order. It didn't take near as long as you would have imagined.
Then we set out in company with the warship to search for the
'Clarinda,' as your Captain Simms called her. We got on her track
through a pirate junk just north of Luzon--he said he'd heard from the
natives of a little out-of-the-way island near Formosa that a brigantine
had been wrecked there in the recent typhoon, and his description of the
vessel led us to believe that
Six hundred and eighty-seven Martian days must come and go before the cell's door would again come opposite the tunnel's end where last I had seen my ever-beautiful Dejah Thoris.Page 3
Twice he turned his head back toward the forest, after the manner of one who is upon an evil errand, though he must have felt quite safe from pursuit.Page 15
"I know not whom you may be, with the white skin of a thern and the black hair of a red man; but were it only Thurid whose safety were at stake you might pass, and welcome, in so far as we be concerned.Page 20
Had it not been for the fortunate accident by which I overheard even so small a portion of the therns' conversation we should have blundered at least a step or two into that wriggling mass of destruction, and a single step would have been all-sufficient to have sealed our doom.Page 23
Hastily I dumped the contents of my pocket-pouch upon the ground before me.Page 32
"I have no quarrel with you, nor do I crave your life.Page 44
"I wish you fortune," and vaulting to the back of his thoat he trotted away without even a backward glance.Page 50
I thought that I saw Thurid's eyes widen a bit during the narrative, and several times I surprised him gazing intently into my face through narrowed lids.Page 51
These brutes are huge mastodonian animals that tower to an immense height even beside the giant green men and their giant thoats; but when compared to the relatively small red man and his breed of thoats they assume Brobdingnagian proportions that are truly appalling.Page 57
"It is not a lie.Page 65
The last word that came from them was that they sought Carthoris, my own brave son, beyond the ice-barrier.Page 66
It was with evident reluctance that the great beast turned to leave me in compliance with my command, and ere he had gone I could not resist the inclination to throw my arms about his great.Page 74
That very evening we came within sight of the walled and glass-roofed city of Kadabra.Page 79
At last, determining that all must be but idle speculation until after we had had a chance to explore the city and attempt to put into execution the plan Talu had suggested, we bade each other good night and turned to sleep.Page 85
My brave companion had followed me into the garden as.Page 89
One of them carried a long rope in his hands, which he commenced to make ready as we approached.Page 90
When we reached the edge of the pit I saw that it was very deep, and presently I realized I was soon to judge just how far it extended below the surface of the court, for he who held the rope passed it about my body in such a way that it could be released from above at any time; and then, as all the warriors grasped it, he pushed me forward, and I fell into the yawning abyss.Page 91
assail me.Page 100
" Before we had reached the spot from which the five corridors diverge my Marentinian friend had managed to drop to the rear of the little column with me, and when we came in sight of the branching ways he whispered: "Run up the first upon the right.Page 123
Her engine would not start.