cannot succeed, either one of us, alone. I think you made a fool play
when you hit me today. You know that our understanding was that I was
to be even a little rougher with you than usual, in order to avoid
suspicion being attached to any seeming familiarity between us, should
we be caught conferring together. I had the chance to bawl you out
today, and I thought that you would understand that I was but taking
advantage of the opportunity which it afforded to make it plain to Miss
Harding that there could be nothing other than hatred between us--it
might have come in pretty handy later to have her believe that.
"If I'd had any idea that you really intended hitting me you'd have been
a dead man before your fist reached me, Byrne. You took me entirely
by surprise; but that's all in the past--I'm willing to let bygones be
bygones, and help you out of the pretty pickle you've got yourself into.
Then we can go ahead with our work as though nothing had happened. What
do you say?"
"I didn't know yeh was kiddin," replied the mucker, "or I wouldn't have
hit yeh. Yeh acted like yeh meant it."
"Very well, that part's understood," said Theriere. "Now will you come
out if I can square the thing with the skipper so's you won't get more
than a day or so in irons--he'll have to give you something to save his
own face; but I promise that you'll get your food regularly and that you
won't be beaten up the way you were before when he had you below. If he
won't agree to what I propose I give you my word to tell you so."
"Go ahead," said Billy Byrne; "I don't trust nobody wen I don't have to;
but I'll be dinged if I see any other way out of it."
Theriere returned to the deck and seeking out the skipper drew him to
"I can get him up peaceably if I can assure him that he'll only get a
day or so in the cooler, with full rations and no beatings. I think,
sir, that that will be the easiest way out of it. We cannot spare a
man now--if we want to get the fellow later we can always find some
"Very well, Mr. Theriere," replied the skipper, "I'll leave the matter
entirely in your hands--you can do what you want with the fellow; it's
you as had your face punched."
Theriere returned immediately to the forecastle, from which he presently
Feeding with the herd were many of the little fellows not much larger than those which remained attached to their parents, and from the young of that size the herd graded up to the immense adults.Page 31
gripped the hilt of a sword for ten long years before that morning.Page 34
"There would seem to be no chance by day.Page 51
But always, it seemed, were the black pirates of Barsoom victorious, and the girl, brought miraculously unharmed through the conflict, borne away into the outer darkness upon the deck of a swift flier.Page 71
For a moment the vessel hovered motionless directly above the centre of the gaping void, then slowly she began to settle into the black chasm.Page 76
"Come," he said, and we followed him through the hatchway which had been opened by one of the seamen.Page 95
Snatching up his long-sword, I sprang into the arena.Page 99
All within the arena are dead.Page 117
She thinks ever of you, my father, and all Helium mourns with her and for her.Page 128
I was unharmed except for a slight bruise upon my forehead where it had struck the stone flagging as I fell.Page 139
Where have you been, John Carter?" "I have just come from the Valley Dor and the Land of the First Born, Zat Arrras," I replied.Page 146
When I am done let the men of Zodanga have their will with me.Page 158
At length they halted within a fair-sized chamber.Page 160
"And I went to the palace of the Prince of Helium with any such demand, they would laugh at me and, into the bargain, would more than likely throw me headforemost into the avenue.Page 161
I laid the note open upon the floor.Page 169
Order the transports, surrounded by their convoys, to follow closely in the wake of the battleships until the point of the V has entered the enemies' line, then the V must open outward at the apex, the battleships of each leg engage the enemy fiercely and drive him back to form a lane through his line into which the transports with their convoys must race at top speed that.Page 182
The smoke was thick behind me.Page 188
When she did, there must have come, too, a terrible realization.Page 189
Together for a year they will meditate within the Temple of the Sun, but ere the year is quite gone there will be no more food for them.