rose above the rain, the light rose, fell,
swerved to the right and to the left.
"Someone must be in a hurry," commented Bridge.
"I suppose it is James, anxious to find you and explain his absence,"
suggested The Oskaloosa Kid. They both laughed.
"Gad!" cried Bridge, as the car topped the hill and plunged downward
toward them, "I'd hate to ride behind that fellow on a night like this,
and over a dirt road at that!"
As the car swung onto the straight road before the house a flash of
lightning revealed dimly the outlines of a rapidly moving touring car
with lowered top. Just as the machine came opposite the Squibbs' gate a
woman's scream mingled with the report of a pistol from the tonneau
and the watchers upon the verandah saw a dark bulk hurled from the
car, which sped on with undiminished speed, climbed the hill beyond and
disappeared from view.
Bridge started on a run toward the gateway, followed by the frightened
Kid. In the ditch beside the road they found in a dishevelled heap the
body of a young woman. The man lifted the still form in his arms. The
youth wondered at the great strength of the slight figure. "Let me help
you carry her," he volunteered; but Bridge needed no assistance. "Run
ahead and open the door for me," he said, as he bore his burden toward
Forgetful, in the excitement of the moment, of his terror of the horror
ridden ruin, The Oskaloosa Kid hastened ahead, mounted the few steps to
the verandah, crossed it and pushed open the sagging door. Behind him
came Bridge as the youth entered the dark interior. A half dozen
steps he took when his foot struck against a soft and yielding mass.
Stumbling, he tried to regain his equilibrium only to drop full upon the
thing beneath him. One open palm, extended to ease his fall, fell upon
the upturned features of a cold and clammy face. With a shriek of horror
The Kid leaped to his feet and shrank, trembling, back.
"What is it? What's the matter?" cried Bridge, with whom The Kid had
collided in his precipitate retreat.
"O-o-o!" groaned The Kid, shuddering. "It's dead! It's dead!"
"What's dead?" demanded Bridge.
"There's a dead man on the floor, right ahead of us," moaned The Kid.
"You'll find a flash lamp in the right hand pocket of my coat," directed
Bridge. "Take it and make a light."
With trembling fingers the Kid did as he was bid, and when after much
fumbling he found the button a slim shaft of white
Issus, Goddess of Life Eternal X.Page 8
As I topped a great boulder I saw the herd of plant men surrounding a little group of perhaps five or six green men and women of Barsoom.Page 11
I was very much engaged with a ferocious fellow who was endeavouring to reach my throat from in front, while two more, one on either side, were lashing viciously at me with their tails.Page 27
In their veins flows lifeblood that may be let as easily as ours, and the fact that they remain invisible to us is the best proof to my mind that they are mortal; nor overly courageous mortals at that.Page 33
It was several seconds before the sounds upon the opposite side of the partition jolted my slowly returning faculties into a realization of their probable import, and then of a sudden I grasped the fact that they were caused by Tars Tarkas in what was evidently a desperate struggle with wild beasts or savage men.Page 65
The officers were conspicuous through the wondrous magnificence of their resplendent trappings.Page 69
"You crossed this ice field last night in the long chase that you led us.Page 73
signalled us to follow him and with a half-dozen officers and men we left the battleship and approached a large oval structure a couple of hundred yards from the shore.Page 94
Slaves wash them, slaves dress them, slaves feed them.Page 97
doomed maids.Page 106
"It will soon be night," said Xodar.Page 108
I gave him time to return to his quarters, as Xodar said he probably would do, then I sprang to the grated window and surveyed the nearby waters.Page 113
The alternative was filled with risk--in fact it was all risk, with but a slender chance of success.Page 123
My only path lay through the upper floors, and to gain these it was necessary to scale the face of the wall.Page 145
It is to save them from the sucking embrace of the plant men, from the fangs of the great white apes of Dor, from the cruel lust of the Holy Therns, from all that the cold, dead Iss carries them to from homes of love and life and happiness.Page 168
In so far as I knew she might be already dead, for I did not know the exact date on which she first viewed Issus.Page 171
He read the thing and handed it to me.Page 184
"As the days passed, and moon after moon went by without bringing even the faintest rumour of you, I resigned myself to my fate.Page 185
"It must have been he whose men you have heard battling within the precincts of the temple.Page 187
There were also a dagger and several metal ornaments strewn about as though torn from their wearer in a struggle.