reason why I should need an escort.
I know my way throughout all Chihuahua as well as Pesita or any of
his cutthroats. I have come and gone all my life without an escort.
Of course your friend is different. It might be well for him to have
company to El Orobo. Maybe it is all right; but wait until we learn who
commands the escort. I know Pesita well. I know his methods. If Rozales
rides out with us tomorrow morning you may say good-bye to your friend
forever, for you will never see him in Rio, or elsewhere. He and I will
be dead before ten o'clock."
"What makes you think that, bo?" demanded Billy.
"I do not think, senor," replied Miguel; "I know."
"Well," said Billy, "we'll wait and see."
"If it is Rozales, say nothing," said Miguel. "It will do no good; but
we may then be on the watch, and if possible you might find the means
to obtain a couple of revolvers for us. In which case--" he shrugged and
permitted a faint smile to flex his lips.
As they talked a soldier came and announced that they were no longer
prisoners--they were to have the freedom of the camp; "but," he
concluded, "the general requests that you do not pass beyond the limits
of the camp. There are many desperadoes in the hills and he fears for
your safety, now that you are his guests."
The man spoke Spanish, so that it was necessary that Bridge interpret
his words for the benefit of Billy, who had understood only part of what
"Ask him," said Byrne, "if that stuff goes for me, too."
"He says no," replied Bridge after questioning the soldier, "that
the captain is now one of them, and may go and come as do the other
officers. Such are Pesita's orders."
Billy arose. The messenger had returned to his post at headquarters. The
guard had withdrawn, leaving the three men alone.
"So long, old man," said Billy. "If I'm goin' to be of any help to you
and Mig the less I'm seen with you the better. I'll blow over and mix
with the Dago bunch, an' practice sittin' on my heels. It seems to be
the right dope down here, an' I got to learn all I can about bein' a
greaser seein' that I've turned one."
"Good-bye Billy, remember Rio," said Bridge.
"And the revolvers, senor," added Miguel.
"You bet," replied Billy, and strolled off in the direction of the
little circle of cigarette smokers.
As he approached them Rozales looked up and smiled. Then, rising,
But it was not these inspiring and magnificent evidences of Nature's grandeur that took my immediate attention from the beauties of the forest.Page 8
Their speed and method of locomotion were both remarkable, springing as they did in great leaps of twenty or thirty feet, much after the manner of a kangaroo.Page 13
Perhaps a thousand feet from me the river broke, as it seemed, directly from the base of the cliffs, and as there seemed not the remotest chance for escape in that direction I turned my attention again toward the forest.Page 40
Wherever we go should we escape we shall find that word of our coming has preceded us, and death awaits us before we may pollute the air with our blasphemies.Page 48
I have brought you thus far.Page 54
That others would press to the support of those who faced me I knew, so even as I fought I kept my wits at work, searching for an avenue of escape.Page 55
The vessel was slowly rising and now the anchor was beyond the blacks who faced me and several feet above their heads.Page 70
Xodar had left us to attend to some.Page 76
In long stretches they move at a sickening speed, especially on the upward trip, since the small force of gravity inherent to Mars results in very little opposition to the powerful force above.Page 78
Slowly, very slowly she turned, as though drawn by some invisible yet irresistible force.Page 86
"Xodar," I said, "let us be friends.Page 87
"I had reached the area of eternal ice when my port propeller jammed, and I dropped to the ground to make repairs.Page 98
And those who could find no other weapons used their strong fingers and their gleaming teeth.Page 131
Now we must steal our thoats and be well away to the north before these fellows discover how we have tricked them.Page 144
And know you further by witness of thine own eyes that see him here now upon the Pedestal of Truth that he has indeed returned from these sacred precincts in the face of our ancient customs, and in violation of the sanctity of our ancient religion.Page 151
Only Dejah Thoris and I were spared.Page 158
In one hand he bore a light, in the other a receptacle containing a gruel-like mixture--the common prison fare of Barsoom.Page 159
All I ask is that you wear it, that I may know that my wish has been realized.Page 165
we had laid nearly a year ago had been carried out.Page 176
"It will not be for long, John Carter," he replied.