Close in she came, for the sea was calm and the water deep, and when
Billy was sure that those on board saw him and his frantic waving, he
hurried, stumbling and falling, down the steep face of the cliff to the
tiny beach at its foot.
Already a boat had been lowered and was putting in for land. Billy waded
out to the end of the short shelving beach and waited.
The sight that met the eyes of the rescuers was one that filled them
with awe, for they saw before them a huge, giant of a white man,
half-naked except for a few tattered rags, who wore the long sword of an
ancient samurai at his side, a modern revolver at his hip, and bore in
his brawny hand the heavy war spear of a head-hunter. Long black hair,
and a huge beard covered the man's head and face, but clean gray eyes
shone from out of the tangle, and a broad grin welcomed them.
"Oh, you white men!" shouted the mucker. "You certainly do look good to
Six months later a big, smooth-faced giant in ill-fitting sea togs
strolled up Sixth Avenue. It was Billy Byrne--broke, but happy; Grand
Avenue was less than a thousand miles away!
"Gee!" he murmured; "but it's good to be home again!"
There were places in New York where Billy would find acquaintances.
One in particular he recalled--a little, third-floor gymnasium not far
distant from the Battery. Thither he turned his steps now. As he entered
the stuffy room in which two big fellows, stripped to the waist, were
sparring, a stout, low-browed man sitting in a back-tilted chair
against one wall looked up inquiringly. Billy crossed over to him, with
"Howdy, Professor!" he said.
"Yeh got me, kid," replied Professor Cassidy, taking the proffered hand.
"I was up here with Larry Hilmore and the Goose Island Kid a year or so
ago--my name's Byrne," exclaimed Billy.
"Sure," said the professor; "I gotcha now. You're de guy 'at Larry was a
tellin' me about. He said you'd be a great heavy if you'd leave de booze
Billy smiled and nodded.
"You don't look much like a booze fighter now," remarked Cassidy.
"And I ain't," said the mucker. "I've been on the wagon for most a year,
and I'm never comin' down."
"That's right, kid," said the professor; "but wots the good word? Wot
you doin' in little ol' Noo York?"
"Lookin' for a job," said Billy.
"Strip!" commanded Professor Cassidy. "I'm lookin' for sparrin' partners
for a gink dat's goin' to clean up de Big Smoke--if he'll ever
That I was indeed upon Mars I now had no doubt, for here were members of the wild hordes that people the dead sea bottoms and deserted cities of that dying planet.Page 12
"Come," cried Tars Tarkas, "we must make for the cliffs.Page 21
It seemed more.Page 41
Without a sound he sank to the earth, dead.Page 49
Suddenly a great cry arose from the roofs of the temples; a cry of alarm and warning that, taken up from point to point, ran off to the east and to the west, from temple, court, and rampart, until it sounded as a dim echo in the distance.Page 56
Gradually his contortions became spasmodic, lessening by degrees until they ceased entirely.Page 66
For my part I was wondering as to the fate of Tars Tarkas and the girl, Thuvia.Page 67
"I am going to a worse fate than that," she said, with a little shudder.Page 69
You will see what no other than the First Born and their slaves know the existence of--the subterranean entrance to the Holy Land, to the real heaven of Barsoom.Page 70
It is there that we are bound.Page 86
"I mean that I thought her the most repulsive and vilely hideous creature my eyes ever had rested upon.Page 92
"What is the object of this assembly?" I asked him.Page 108
In the.Page 126
As I started to renew my slow retreat I heard the noise repeated behind me, and then before I could turn I heard it again at my left.Page 130
" We waited to hear no more.Page 140
Kantos Kan was sombre in contemplation of the further calamity that might fall upon Helium should Zat Arrras attempt to follow the age-old precedent that allotted a terrible death to fugitives from the Valley Dor.Page 146
believed, and that you let me serve you and save you from the false hereafter of Dor and Issus as I saved you from the real death that other day.Page 163
Carthoris must have had a companion whom I had not seen.Page 189
"Issus, Goddess of Death, and of Life Eternal," he cried, "arise in the might of thy righteous wrath and with one single wave of thy omnipotent hand strike dead thy blasphemers! Let not one escape.Page 190
" "Follow me, John Carter," replied.