Orobo Rancho and
its foreman; but the fact that Anthony Harding owned it and that he and
Barbara were there was sufficient effectually to banish all thoughts of
revenge along that line.
"Maybe I can get his goat later," he thought, "when he's away from the
ranch. I don't like that stiff, anyhow. He orter been a harness bull."
It was four o'clock in the morning when Billy dismounted in front of
Jose's hut. He pounded on the door until the man came and opened it.
"Eh!" exclaimed Jose as he saw who his early morning visitor was, "you
got away from them. Fine!" and the old man chuckled. "I send word to
Pesita two, four hours ago that Villistas capture Capitan Byrne and take
him to Cuivaca."
"Thanks," said Billy. "Pesita wants you to send Esteban to him. I didn't
have no chance to tell you last night while them pikers was stickin'
aroun', so I stops now on my way back to the hills."
"I will send Esteban tonight if I can get him; but I do not know.
Esteban is working for the pig, Grayson."
"Wot's he doin' fer Grayson?" asked Billy. "And what was the Grayson
guy doin' up here with you, Jose? Ain't you gettin' pretty thick with
"Jose good friends everybody," and the old man grinned. "Grayson have
a job he want good men for. Jose furnish men. Grayson pay well. Job
got nothin' do Pesita, Villa, Carranza, revolution--just private job.
Grayson want senorita. He pay to get her. That all."
"Oh," said Billy, and yawned. He was not interested in Mr. Grayson's
amours. "Why didn't the poor boob go get her himself?" he inquired
disinterestedly. "He must be a yap to hire a bunch o' guys to go cop off
a siwash girl fer him."
"It is not a siwash girl, Senor Capitan," said Jose. "It is one
beautiful senorita--the daughter of the owner of El Orobo Rancho."
"What?" cried Billy Byrne. "What's that you say?"
"Yes, Senor Capitan, what of it?" inquired Jose. "Grayson he pay me
furnish the men. Esteban he go with his warriors. I get Esteban. They go
tonight take away the senorita; but not for Grayson," and the old fellow
laughed. "I can no help can I? Grayson pay me money get men. I get them.
I no help if they keep girl," and he shrugged.
"They're comin' for her tonight?" cried Billy.
"Si, senor," replied Jose. "Doubtless they already take her."
"Hell!" muttered Billy Byrne, as he swung Brazos about so quickly that
the little pony pivoted upon his hind legs and dashed away
"Tara of Helium, I bring you Gahan, Jed of Gathol," said John Carter, after the simple Barsoomian custom of presentation.Page 10
Presently she turned angrily away.Page 17
Tara of Helium's first sensation was one of surprise--that she had failed to have her own way.Page 36
It raised its hands and adjusted the collar more comfortably, it took the head between its palms and settled it in place and when it moved around it did not wander aimlessly, but instead its steps were firm and to some purpose.Page 40
No one offered her harm and she was now experiencing a feeling of relief almost akin to happiness, when her guide turned suddenly into an opening on the right side of the tunnel and she found herself in a large, well lighted chamber.Page 55
What was to come she could only guess.Page 59
Swinging like a bob upon a mad pendulum he swung far out and back again, turning and twisting three thousand.Page 75
Have your hand upon the control, and if I come far enough ahead of these to reach the dangling cable you can rise at my word and I can clamber to the deck at my leisure; but if one of them emerges first into the enclosure you will know that I shall never come, and you will rise quickly and trust to the Gods of our ancestors to give you a fair breeze in the direction of a more hospitable people.Page 82
Already it was showing the effects of privation.Page 84
" "How do you know they have not these things?" asked the girl.Page 94
Women in brilliant trappings, befeathered warriors, their bodies daubed with paint; artisans, armed but less gaily caparisoned, took their various ways upon the duties of the day.Page 121
The fact that I was the son of a slave relegated me to a position of minor importance in the consideration of O-Tar, yet I am still the son of a jeddak and might sit upon the throne of Manator with as perfect congruity as O-Tar himself.Page 148
Val Dor turned to Gahan.Page 150
There was only one player upon the Black side that might dispute the square with the enemy and that was the Chief's Odwar, who stood upon Gahan's left.Page 158
For a moment only was he halted by the guards and then he disappeared within.Page 163
is little doubt but that he would command you to devote your talents and your prowess to the rescue of the Princess Tara of Helium," he said, meaningly.Page 170
To enter this portion of the palace at all had required all the.Page 186
The guests had all filed through The Hall of Chiefs; the doors at both ends had been closed.Page 200
" He laughed and drawing his sword scratched a rude cross upon the concrete of one of the arches.