Harding's life, she thought--before the knots gave to her efforts; but
at last the rope fell to the floor and Billy Byrne was free.
He started to speak, to thank her, and, perhaps, to scold her for the
rash thing she had undertaken for him; but she silenced him again, and
with a whispered, "Come!" turned toward the door.
As she opened it a crack to reconnoiter she kept the revolver pointed
straight ahead of her into the adjoining room. Eddie, however, still
slept on in peaceful ignorance of the trick which was being played upon
Now the two started forward for the door which opened from the office
upon the porch, and as they did so Barbara turned again toward Billy
to caution him to silence for his spurs had tinkled as he moved. For a
moment their eyes were not upon Eddie Shorter and Fate had it that at
that very moment Eddie awoke and opened his own eyes.
The sight that met them was so astonishing that for a second the Kansan
could not move. He saw Barbara Harding, a revolver in her hand,
aiding the outlaw to escape, and in the instant that surprise kept him
motionless Eddie saw, too, another picture--the picture of a motherly
woman in a little farmhouse back in Kansas, and Eddie realized that this
man, this outlaw, had been the means of arousing within him a desire and
a determination to return again to those loving arms. Too, the man had
saved his mother from injury, and possible death.
Eddie shut his eyes quickly and thought hard and fast. Miss Barbara
had always been kind to him. In his boyish heart he had loved her,
hopelessly of course, in a boyish way. She wanted the outlaw to escape.
Eddie realized that he would do anything that Miss Barbara wanted, even
if he had to risk his life at it.
The girl and the man were at the door. She pushed him through ahead of
her while she kept the revolver leveled upon Eddie, then she passed out
after him and closed the door, while Eddie Shorter kept his eyes tightly
closed and prayed to his God that Billy Byrne might get safely away.
Outside and in the rear of the office building Barbara pressed the
revolver upon Billy.
"You will need it," she said. "There is Brazos--take him. God bless and
guard you, Billy!" and she was gone.
Billy swallowed bard. He wanted to run after her and take her in his
arms; but he recalled Bridge, and with a sigh turned toward the patient
Thus always, solely at the command of their own hearts, did the warriors of Helium greet Dejah Thoris, whose deathless beauty had more than once brought them to bloody warfare with other nations of Barsoom.Page 6
The Warlord left them and the two seated themselves upon an ersite bench beneath a spreading sorapus tree.Page 15
At this hour of the day it was her custom to ride one of those small thoats that are the saddle animals of the red Martians, but the sight of the billowing clouds lured her to a new adventure.Page 24
Their beautiful bodies seemed identical with those of the headless creatures among which they moved, but the newcomers were not headless.Page 26
It would be more than three and a half hours before she shot above the opposite horizon to hurtle, swift and low, across the face of the dying planet.Page 31
of the headless things that the towers and the walls hid.Page 69
He was a male counterpart of the prisoner whose sweet voice had undermined the cold, calculating reason of the kaldane.Page 70
"Here, now, red man, thou must fight, if ever," whispered Ghek.Page 81
Only this single one and when it died there could not be another.Page 82
"Perhaps there is something to be said for their system," Turan admitted.Page 96
They passed then through a.Page 131
"You did not guess," she asked, "that it was my lips alone and not my heart that denied you? O-Tar had ordered that I die, more because I was a companion of Ghek.Page 139
It would be wiser to seek the streets of Manator where he might hope to learn first if she had been recaptured and, if not, then he could return to the pits and pursue the hunt for her.Page 143
"They may be brought to reason," insisted Turan.Page 149
At Tara's left was the Black Chief, Gahan of Gathol; directly in front of her the Princess' Panthan, Floran of Gathol; and at her right the Princess' Odwar, Val Dor of Helium.Page 156
Before this gate the party halted while O-Tar looked down upon them from above.Page 174
But at last his search of O-Mai's chambers ended in a small closet in the floor of which was the opening to a spiral runway leading straight down into Stygian darkness.Page 182
They will have nothing of your gifts or honors.Page 196
"You need not fear," I-Gos assured them.Page 197
They cry aloud for the Princess of Helium and swear to leave Manator a blazing funeral pyre consuming the bodies of all our people.