of him that he might shield her body
with his own, turned directly out of the village. He did not fire at
first hoping that they might elude detection and thus not draw the fire
of the Indians upon them; but he was doomed to disappointment, and they
had taken scarcely a dozen steps when a rifle spoke above the noise of
human voices and a bullet whizzed past them.
Then Billy replied, and Barbara, too, from just behind his shoulder.
Together they backed away toward the shadow of the trees beyond the
village and as they went they poured shot after shot into the village.
The Indians, but just awakened and still half stupid from sleep, did not
know but that they were attacked by a vastly superior force, and this
fear held them in check for several minutes--long enough for Billy and
Barbara to reach the summit of the bluff from which Billy and Eddie had
first been fired upon.
Here they were hidden from the view of the Indians, and Billy broke
at once into a run, half carrying the girl with a strong arm about her
"If we can reach the foothills," he said, "I think we can dodge 'em, an'
by goin' all night we may reach the river and El Orobo by morning. It's
a long hike, Barbara, but we gotta make it--we gotta, for if daylight
finds us in the Piman country we won't never make it. Anyway," he
concluded optimistically, "it's all down hill."
"We'll make it, Billy," she replied, "if we can get past the sentry."
"What sentry?" asked Billy. "I didn't see no sentry when I come in."
"They keep a sentry way down the trail all night," replied the girl. "In
the daytime he is nearer the village--on the top of this bluff, for from
here he can see the whole valley; but at night they station him farther
away in a narrow part of the trail."
"It's a mighty good thing you tipped me off," said Billy; "for I'd a-run
right into him. I thought they was all behind us now."
After that they went more cautiously, and when they reached the part of
the trail where the sentry might be expected to be found, Barbara warned
Billy of the fact. Like two thieves they crept along in the shadow of
the canyon wall. Inwardly Billy cursed the darkness of the night which
hid from view everything more than a few paces from them; yet it may
have been this very darkness which saved them, since it hid them as
effectually from an
Then it was that Tara of Helium lost her temper.Page 19
"Forgive me if I intrude, John Carter," he said.Page 36
"I am a Moak.Page 39
They consist, usually, of a hemispherical bowl of heavy glass in which is packed a compound containing what, according to John Carter, must be radium.Page 52
It will take me but a minute.Page 58
CHAPTER VII A REPELLENT SIGHT The cruiser Vanator careened through the tempest.Page 62
He saw people working in the fields, but he did not rush down to greet them.Page 92
Now Turan detected a heavy odor in the air.Page 104
Its eyes are small and close-set, and almost hidden in deep, fleshy apertures.Page 110
" I-Zav looked anything but happy as this intelligence was transmitted to him, and he eyed Ghek suspiciously as the dwar and the other warriors turned and left him to his unhappy lot.Page 115
in an open game by slaves and criminals, and you will belong to the side that wins--not to a single warrior, but to all who survive the game.Page 130
Know, then, O-Tar, that you must free A-Kor, the dwar, forthwith or bring him to fair trial before the assembled jeds of Manator.Page 155
In thirty minutes it would be dark.Page 156
Val Dor and Floran, passing quietly ahead of the others, went directly to the gates, where they were hidden from those who occupied the enclosure with O-Tar.Page 159
At the same moment a thoatman, riding at a furious pace, approached the palace and halted his mount at the gate.Page 179
the gag from her mouth and release her hands," he commanded aloud.Page 180
O-Tar was alone in one of the smaller chambers of his personal suite when the major-domo was announced, and after the matter upon which E-Thas had come was disposed of the jeddak signed him to remain.Page 187
" I-Gos crossed to the body of his jeddak, knelt beside it for an instant, and then returned past the couch to Gahan.Page 195
"That O-Tar is a coward and a liar I can prove," continued I-Gos.Page 202
upon the head of each piece, according to its value, and for each piece that a player loses he pays its value to his opponent.