her block?" he whispered in an
awed voice. Something strange rose in the mucker's breast at the thought
he had just voiced. He did not attempt to analyze the sensation; but it
was far from joy at the suggestion that the woman he so hated had met a
horrible and disgusting death at the hands of savages.
"I'm afraid not, Byrne," said Theriere, in a voice that none there would
have recognized as that of the harsh and masterful second officer of the
"Yer afraid not!" echoed Billy Byrne, in amazement.
"For her sake I hope that they did," said Theriere; "for such as she it
would have been a far less horrible fate than the one I fear they have
reserved her for."
"You mean--" queried Byrne, and then he stopped, for the realization of
just what Theriere did mean swept over him quite suddenly.
There was no particular reason why Billy Byrne should have felt toward
women the finer sentiments which are so cherished a possession of those
men who have been gently born and raised, even after they have learned
that all women are not as was the feminine ideal of their boyhood.
Billy's mother, always foul-mouthed and quarrelsome, had been a
veritable demon when drunk, and drunk she had been whenever she
could, by hook or crook, raise the price of whiskey. Never, to Billy's
recollection, had she spoken a word of endearment to him; and so
terribly had she abused him that even while he was yet a little boy,
scarce out of babyhood, he had learned to view her with a hatred as
deep-rooted as is the affection of most little children for their
When he had come to man's estate he had defended himself from the
woman's brutal assaults as he would have defended himself from another
man--when she had struck, Billy had struck back; the only thing to
his credit being that he never had struck her except in self-defense.
Chastity in woman was to him a thing to joke of--he did not believe
that it existed; for he judged other women by the one he knew best--his
mother. And as he hated her, so he hated them all. He had doubly hated
Barbara Harding since she not only was a woman, but a woman of the class
And so it was strange and inexplicable that the suggestion of the girl's
probable fate should have affected Billy Byrne as it did. He did not
stop to reason about it at all--he simply knew that he felt a mad and
unreasoning rage against the creatures that had
Here and there they were broken with streaks and patches of dusky red, green, and occasional areas of white quartz.Page 16
Their eyes are very close set, but do not protrude as do those of the green men of Mars; their ears are high set, but more laterally located than are the green men's, while their snouts and teeth are much like those of our African gorilla.Page 25
"There is naught that we can do but take things as they come, and at least have the satisfaction of knowing that whoever slays us eventually will have far greater numbers of their own dead to count than they will get in return.Page 33
"Save thy sword, O Mighty Warrior, for thou shalt need it.Page 55
The pirate's hissing, "Die, cursed thern," was half choked in his windpipe by.Page 61
"Xodar, Dator of the First Born of Barsoom, is accustomed to give commands, not to receive them," replied the black pirate.Page 73
The cabin in which we found ourselves extended entirely across the ship, having port-holes on either side below the water line.Page 79
Without a word he turned and we followed the officer once again to the closed doors before the audience chamber of Issus, Goddess of Life Eternal.Page 107
I had heard it at the same.Page 117
"So long as we were rising at a stiff angle it was.Page 128
It came from a torch in the hand of one of a party of four green warriors, who were coming rapidly down the corridor toward me.Page 133
Then her arms slipped from about my waist and she was gone.Page 146
But when I had finished, Zat Arrras arose and, turning to the judges, said in a low tone: "My nobles, you have heard John Carter's plea; every opportunity has been given him to prove his innocence if he be not guilty; but instead he has but utilized the time in further blasphemy.Page 152
In fact, the keel of the vessel must have been grazing the surface of the ground at the time.Page 153
"For that length of time at least they will be comparatively safe," he said, "and we will at least know where to look for them.Page 160
My heart fairly bounded for joy.Page 162
Now I heard him halt before me.Page 173
"Yield and you shall have quarter.Page 179
Something must be done at once or they would rush forward upon their fellows in a mad stampede that would result in trampling down hundreds beneath the flood and eventually.Page 187
Then it was that we interpreted his command.