hun. I ought to of known
better. The other is that I didn't kill Schneider. I wasn't near his
place that night--an' that's straight."
"I'm glad you told me both," said Bridge. "I think we'll understand each
other better after this--we're each runnin' away from something. We'll
run together, eh?" and he extended his hand. "In flannel shirt from
earth's clean dirt, here, pal, is my calloused hand!" he quoted,
Billy took the other's hand. He noticed that Bridge hadn't said what HE
was running away from. Billy wondered; but asked no questions.
South they went after they had left the city behind, out into the sweet
and silent darkness of the country. During the night they crossed the
line into Kansas, and morning found them in a beautiful, hilly country
to which all thoughts of cities, crime, and police seemed so utterly
foreign that Billy could scarce believe that only a few hours before a
Chicago detective had been less than a hundred feet from him.
The new sun burst upon them as they topped a grassy hill. The
dew-bespangled blades scintillated beneath the gorgeous rays which would
presently sweep them away again into the nothingness from which they had
Bridge halted and stretched himself. He threw his head back and let the
warm sun beat down upon his bronzed face.
There's sunshine in the heart of me,
My blood sings in the breeze;
The mountains are a part of me,
I'm fellow to the trees.
My golden youth I'm squandering,
Sun-libertine am I,
Until the day I die.
And then he stood for minutes drinking in deep breaths of the pure,
sweet air of the new day. Beside him, a head taller, savagely strong,
stood Billy Byrne, his broad shoulders squared, his great chest
expanding as he inhaled.
"It's great, ain't it?" he said, at last. "I never knew the country was
like this, an' I don't know that I ever would have known it if it hadn't
been for those poet guys you're always spouting.
"I always had an idea they was sissy fellows," he went on; "but a guy
can't be a sissy an' think the thoughts they musta thought to write
stuff that sends the blood chasin' through a feller like he'd had a
drink on an empty stomach.
"I used to think everybody was a sissy who wasn't a tough guy. I was a
tough guy all right, an' I was mighty proud of it. I ain't any more an'
haven't been for a long time; but
"You forget yourself, and the customs of Barsoom, Astok," she said.Page 6
A moment later he had entered the palace, and was gone from the girl's sight.Page 9
It was late in the morning of the next day that a giant serving man in the harness of the house of a great Ptarth noble passed out into the city from the palace gates.Page 12
Then he emerged upon the aerial dock, entered an elevator, and was borne quickly to the street below, where he was soon engulfed by the early morning throng of workers hastening to their daily duties.Page 20
She knew, too, that many of them were used now by the nomadic tribes of green men, but that among them all was no city that the red men did not shun, for without exception they stood amidst vast, waterless tracts, unsuited for the continued sustenance of the dominant race of Martians.Page 30
With outstretched tail and foaming jaws it charged straight as an arrow, for the body of the thoat and the mighty creature of destruction that stood with forepaws upon the slate-grey side, waiting to defend its meat.Page 31
The encircling camp of green warriors lay about five hundred yards from the city's walls.Page 37
The thing is uncanny.Page 38
They growled a little as they neared the man, but a few sharp words of command put them in their places.Page 40
"I never have heard of these places, nor did I know that there dwelt upon Barsoom a race of thy strange colour.Page 46
"We picture many of our own defenders killed that the Torquasians may not guess that there are really no flesh and blood creatures opposing them.Page 52
His gaze seemed to bore straight through her to some hidden spring of sentiment within her.Page 53
"Not Jav, nor any other soft-skinned Lotharian," she replied; "but a real man, a real warrior--Carthoris of Helium!" Again the man laughed at her.Page 60
"Even now I see great throngs lining the avenue, hastening to and fro in the round of their duties.Page 67
He realized, of course, that the trick which had laid suspicion upon him would greatly delay the discovery of the truth, but little did he guess to what vast proportions had the results of the villainy of Astok of Dusar already grown.Page 69
And the poor creatures who remain, the Tarios and Javs of Lothar, are even worse than their ancient forbears.Page 76
A volley of arrows met them half-way, sending a dozen rolling lifeless to the ground.Page 80
In the intervals they wear no insignia, their war-worn harness and grim weapons being sufficient to attest their calling.Page 86
He would wait until he had returned from his little journey of deception--maybe there might be some other way then.Page 92
She was to die! And he helpless to avert the tragedy.