first opportunity to return Miss Harding to
civilization unharmed and without the payment of a penny to anyone. The
reason for my change of heart is my own affair. In all probability
you wouldn't believe the sincerity or honesty of my motives should
I disclose them. I am only telling you these things because you have
accused me of double dealing, and I do not want the man who saved my
life at the risk of his own to have the slightest grounds to doubt my
honesty with him. I've been a fairly bad egg, Byrne, for a great many
years; but, by George! I'm not entirely rotten yet."
Byrne was silent for a few moments. He, too, had recently come to the
conclusion that possibly he was not entirely rotten either, and had in
a vague and half-formed sort of way wished for the opportunity to
demonstrate the fact, so he was willing to concede to another that which
he craved for himself.
"Yeh listen all right, cul," he said at last; "an' I'm willin' to take
yeh at yer own say-so until I learn different."
"Thanks," said Theriere tersely. "Now we can work together in the search
for Miss Harding; but where, in the name of all that's holy, are we to
"Why, where we seen her last, of course," replied the mucker. "Right
here on top of dese bluffs."
"Then we can't do anything until daylight," said the Frenchman.
"Not a ting, and at daylight we'll most likely have a scrap on our hands
from below," and the mucker jerked his thumb in the direction of the
"I think," said Theriere, "that we had better spend an hour arming
ourselves with sticks and stones. We've a mighty good position up here.
One that we can defend splendidly from an assault from below, and if we
are prepared for them we can stave 'em off for a while if we need the
time to search about up here for clews to Miss Harding's whereabouts."
And so the party set to work to cut stout bludgeons from the trees about
them, and pile loose fragments of rock in handy places near the cliff
top. Theriere even went so far as to throw up a low breastwork across
the top of the trail up which the enemy must climb to reach the summit
of the cliff. When they had completed their preparations three men could
have held the place against ten times their own number.
Then they lay down to sleep, leaving Blanco and Divine on guard, for it
had been decided that these two,
"By the breast of Issus, thou shalt, nor shall any other come between Astok, Prince of Dusar, and his heart's desire.Page 3
That night he took formal leave of Thuvan Dihn, and though no mention was made of the happening within the garden, it was plain to see through the cold mask of the jeddak's courtesy that only the customs of royal hospitality restrained him from voicing the contempt he felt for the Prince of Dusar.Page 6
"No danger.Page 18
He gazed about in bewildered astonishment.Page 27
Cautiously, with drawn long-sword, Carthoris crept around the corner of the rock.Page 30
With slightly lightened heart he started out to explore the valley, but scarce a dozen steps had he taken when the glistening of a jewelled bauble lying on the sward caught his eye.Page 31
The encircling camp of green warriors lay about five hundred yards from the city's walls.Page 34
Instead of remaining to battle with the red man, Hortan Gur promised him his attention after he had disposed of the presumptuous citizens of the walled city, and, leaping astride his thoat, galloped off to meet the rapidly advancing bowmen.Page 38
our own images.Page 39
Nowhere upon any of them was the sign of mortal wound, nor even slightest scratch or abrasion.Page 44
"Who are you," he asked, "who knows not the etiquette of the court of the last of jeddaks?" "I am Carthoris, Prince of Helium," replied the Heliumite.Page 62
" The suggestion seemed to hearten the Lotharian, and in another moment the three stood behind solid ranks of huge bowmen who hurled taunts and menaces at the advancing company emerging from the walled city.Page 69
"Wherever men lived upon Barsoom there was the name of Kar Komak known and respected.Page 76
" "You are right," said Carthoris.Page 80
At present I am Dwar of the Road for this district.Page 83
All about them the green warriors surged in an attempt to wrest her from the red.Page 85
And then it had been that he had legally wed one of his slaves that he might have a son to stand among the jeds when Nutus died and a new jeddak was chosen.Page 97
"As you will," said Vas Kor, feeling the point of his blade with his left thumb.Page 98
The panthan's sword clashed against that of the noble, and in the first encounter Vas Kor knew that he faced a master swordsman.Page 107
High Priest of religious cult.