heads cut off," cried Red Sanders. "We
found the bunch that got Miller, Swenson, and the girl. They'd killed
'em all and was eatin' of 'em when we jumps 'em. Before we knew wot had
happened about a thousand more of the devils came runnin' up. They
got us separated, and when we seen Theriere and Byrne kilt we jest
natch'rally beat it. Gawd, but it was orful."
"Do you think they will follow you?" asked Divine.
At the suggestion every head turned toward the trail down which the
two panic-stricken men had just come. At the same moment a hoarse shout
arose from the cove below and the five looked down to see a scene of
wild activity upon the beach. The defection of Theriere's party had
been discovered, as well as the absence of the girl and the theft of the
Skipper Simms was dancing about like a madman. His bellowed oaths rolled
up the cliffs like thunder. Presently Ward caught a glimpse of the men
at the top of the cliff above him.
"There they are!" he cried.
Skipper Simms looked up.
"The swabs!" he shrieked. "A-stealin' of our grub, an' abductin' of that
there pore girl. The swabs! Lemme to 'em, I say; jest lemme to 'em."
"We'd all better go to 'em," said Ward. "We've got a fight on here sure.
Gather up some rocks, men, an' come along. Skipper, you're too fat to do
any fightin' on that there hillside, so you better stay here an' let
one o' the men take your gun," for Ward knew so well the mettle of his
superior that he much preferred his absence to his presence in the face
of real fighting, and with the gun in the hands of a braver man it would
be vastly more effective.
Ward himself was no lover of a fight, but he saw now that starvation
might stare them in the face with their food gone, and everything be
lost with the loss of the girl. For food and money a much more cowardly
man than Bender Ward would fight to the death.
Up the face of the cliff they hurried, expecting momentarily to be
either challenged or fired upon by those above them. Divine and his
party looked down with mixed emotions upon those who were ascending in
so threatening a manner. They found themselves truly between the devil
and the deep sea.
Ward and his men were halfway up the cliff, yet Divine had made no move
to repel them. He glanced timorously toward the dark forest behind from
which he momentarily expected to see
' He entered the vault.Page 17
" We still were fighting furiously as we talked in broken sentences, punctured with vicious cuts and thrusts at our swarming enemy.Page 29
What I saw was the quick movement of a section of the wall behind me.Page 35
Then Tars Tarkas said: "I heard the fighting beyond the partition through which you passed, but I did not fear for you, John Carter, until I heard the report of a revolver shot.Page 44
"Then if the Father of Therns puts credence in his story, another hour will see the galleries and chambers, the courts and gardens, filled with searchers.Page 48
Yet it is possible that we may meet a thern even yet.Page 50
I had thought the green Martians the most ferocious warriors in the universe, but the awful abandon with which the black pirates threw themselves upon their foes transcended everything I ever before had seen.Page 57
Then they were on me.Page 61
"If you are not of Thuria, then where?" she asked.Page 63
They are a lower order still.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 85
It is sacrilege even to dream of breaking her commands.Page 93
" "Your father must have been a mighty warrior!" I said.Page 97
"Remain and protect them until I return," I commanded.Page 114
To me there always seems a way to gain the opposite side of an obstacle.Page 120
"And I ever return to Helium, Thuvia," I said, "you shall go with me, but as an honoured equal, and not as a slave.Page 128
The two outside started to stroll slowly in the direction of the spiral runway which led to.Page 130
"There is something amiss here," cried one.Page 146
If the people did not hear Zat Arrras' charge, they certainly did hear the verdict of the tribunal.Page 175
We had decided to stake all on the chance that we would be able to reach the temple by the subterranean way and so we left no guard of vessels at the shaft's mouth.