from its location evidently led directly up to the village. "We
ain't far from 'em now, an' if they get us they'll get us about here."
As though to punctuate his speech with the final period a rifle cracked
above them. Eddie jumped spasmodically and clutched his breast.
"I'm hit," he said, quite unemotionally.
Billy Byrne's revolver had answered the shot from above them, the bullet
striking where Billy had seen a puff of smoke following the rifle shot.
Then Billy turned toward Eddie.
"Hit bad?" he asked.
"Yep, I guess so," said Eddie. "What'll we do? Hide up here, or ride
back after the others?"
Another shot rang out above them, although Billy had been watching for
a target at which to shoot again--a target which he had been positive he
would get when the man rose to fire again. And Billy did see the fellow
at last--a few paces from where he had first fired; but not until the
other had dropped Eddie's horse beneath him. Byrne fired again, and this
time he had the satisfaction of seeing a brown body rise, struggle a
moment, and then roll over once upon the grass before it came to rest.
"I reckon we'll stay here," said Billy, looking ruefully at Eddie's
Eddie rose and as he did so he staggered and grew very white. Billy
dismounted and ran forward, putting an arm about him. Another shot came
from above and Billy Byrne's pony grunted and collapsed.
"Hell!" exclaimed Byrne. "We gotta get out of this," and lifting his
wounded comrade in his arms he ran for the shelter of the bluff from the
summit of which the snipers had fired upon them. Close in, hugging the
face of the perpendicular wall of tumbled rock and earth, they were
out of range of the Indians; but Billy did not stop when he had reached
temporary safety. Farther up toward the direction in which lay the
village, and halfway up the side of the bluff Billy saw what he took to
be excellent shelter. Here the face of the bluff was less steep and
upon it lay a number of large bowlders, while others protruded from the
ground about them.
Toward these Billy made his way. The wounded man across his shoulder
was suffering indescribable agonies; but he bit his lip and stifled the
cries that each step his comrade took seemed to wrench from him, lest he
attract the enemy to their position.
Above them all was silence, yet Billy knew that alert, red foemen were
creeping to the edge of the bluff in search of their prey.
"It will be a great death," I said to my companion.Page 16
I think that the cause of this feeling which these apes engender within me is due to their remarkable resemblance in form to our Earth men, which gives them a human appearance that is most uncanny when coupled with their enormous size.Page 19
If we could but reach it we might still hope to make the shelter of the cliff caves.Page 24
" His tone was cold and ironical; its bitterness but reflecting the terrible disappointment he had suffered.Page 48
I questioned Thuvia, asking her what enemies the therns could fear in.Page 49
"The black pirates of Barsoom, O Prince," said Thuvia.Page 63
For countless ages they lived their long lives within their hard shells, hopping and skipping about the broad planet; falling into rivers, lakes, and seas, to be still further spread about the surface of the new world.Page 68
Should they ever guess that you entertained such frightful thoughts, should we chance to regain the temples of the therns, they would mete out a frightful death to you.Page 81
"I do not understand," she said, and turning walked slowly in the direction of the door through which Issus and her retinue had passed.Page 104
"Where is Dator Yersted?" he asked, and my heart sank within me, as I cursed myself for a stupid fool in not having sunk the submarine to make good the lie that I must tell.Page 108
Upon the battleship alone was there a watch.Page 134
Dismounted warriors were trampled underfoot in the stampede which followed.Page 141
The majority of the troops would doubtless follow the lead of their officers, and I knew that many of the highest and most powerful men of both land and air forces would cleave to John Carter in the face of god, man, or devil.Page 142
We were lodged in a room upon the south side of the temple, overlooking the Avenue of Ancestors down which we could see the full length to the Gate of Jeddaks, five miles away.Page 147
"Soldiers of Helium, let no prisoner leave the Throne of Righteousness.Page 157
So, by refusing to accede to his request, it was quite probable that not only would I not prevent him from becoming Jeddak of Helium, but that I would be the means of sealing Dejah Thoris' fate--of consigning her, through my refusal, to the horrors of the arena of Issus.Page 173
"You are my prisoner, Zat Arras," I cried.Page 176
"Very many," he assented.Page 188
I think that it took a moment for the true condition to make any impression upon her--she could not at first realize that the temple had fallen before the assault of men of the outer world.Page 191
But in the meantime what horrible things would go on within that chamber! "Xodar!" I cried.