advance. If it
made other sounds they were drowned by the clanking of the links over
the time roughened flooring.
Within the room the five were frozen into utter silence, and beyond the
door an equal quiet prevailed for a long minute; then a great force
made the door creak and a weird scratching sounded high up upon the old
fashioned panelling. Bridge heard a smothered gasp from the boy beside
him, followed instantly by a flash of flame and the crack of a small
caliber automatic; The Oskaloosa Kid had fired through the door.
Bridge seized the boy's arm and wrenched the weapon from him. "Be
careful!" he cried. "You'll hurt someone. You didn't miss the girl much
that time--she's on the bed right in front of the door."
The Oskaloosa Kid pressed closer to the man as though he sought
protection from the unknown menace without. The girl sprang from the
bed and crossed to the opposite side of the room. A flash of lightning
illuminated the chamber for an instant and the roof of the verandah
without. The girl noted the latter and the open window.
"Look!" she cried. "Suppose it went out of another window upon this
porch. It could get us so easily that way!"
"Shut up, you fool!" whispered one of the two newcomers. "It might hear
you." The girl subsided into silence.
There was no sound from the hallway.
"I reckon you croaked IT," suggested the second newcomer, hopefully;
but, as though the THING without had heard and understood, the clanking
of the chain recommenced at once; but now it was retreating along the
hallway, and soon they heard it descending the stairs.
Sighs of relief escaped more than a single pair of lips. "IT didn't hear
me," whispered the girl.
Bridge laughed. "We're a nice lot of babies seeing things at night," he
"If you're so nervy why don't you go down an' see wot it is?" asked one
of the late arrivals.
"I believe I shall," replied Bridge and pulled the bed away from the
Instantly a chorus of protests arose, the girl and The Oskaloosa Kid
being most insistent. What was the use? What good could he accomplish?
It might be nothing; yet on the other hand what had brought death
so horribly to the cold clay on the floor below? At last their pleas
prevailed and Bridge replaced the bed before the door.
For two hours the five sat about the room waiting for daylight. There
could be no sleep for any of them. Occasionally they spoke, usually
advancing and refuting suggestions as to the identity of the
The white skins, the flowing yellow wigs which covered their bald pates, and the gorgeous diadems set in circlets of gold about their heads marked them as Holy Therns.Page 7
The rowers were now quite close to me.Page 14
' Those were his very words, and to think that wise old Matai Shang should listen to such foolishness.Page 20
A moment later I had torn his yellow wig from his bald pate and transferred it and the circlet, as well as all his harness, to my own person.Page 32
The fellow was a clever swordsman--resourceful and extremely tricky.Page 41
To put myself in the path of that poison-laden lance was to court instant death, but it was the only way; and as the thing shot lightning-like toward me I swung my long-sword in a terrific cut that severed the deadly member close to the gorgeously marked body.Page 46
Turning back toward the fateful gate, I ran rapidly along the edge of the clearing, taking the ground in the mighty leaps that had first made me famous upon Barsoom.Page 56
"Thuvan Dihn," he said, and his tone was friendly though sad, "who am I to judge my fellow-man? In my eyes the Father of Therns is still holy, and the religion which he teaches the only true religion, but were I faced by the same problem that has vexed you I doubt not that I should feel and act precisely as you have.Page 61
Farewell!" THROUGH THE CARRION CAVES Straight toward the north, day and night, our destination compass led us after the fleeing flier upon which it had remained set since I first attuned it after leaving the thern fortress.Page 71
As to their fate I know nothing, for I am at war with my uncle, who would crush my power in the principality of Marentina.Page 80
The aid took us to his own office first, where he measured and weighed and photographed us simultaneously with a machine ingeniously devised for that purpose, five copies being instantly reproduced in five different offices of the government, two of which are located in other cities miles distant.Page 82
" Then I saw the black scoundrel go upon his knees beside her, fairly groveling in the dirt, pleading with her.Page 92
At last I found it--a tiny package wrapped in paper, at the end of a strong and slender cord.Page 96
Why, I risk my life by even entertaining you here within the forbidden precincts of my station.Page 97
"Now," he said, "are you quite sure that you know the way to your destination? You must travel quickly to cover the ground to the cave and from thence beyond the Great Power, all within a brief hour, for no more dare I spare you.Page 101
his ruler had put upon his finger.Page 102
A single leap carried me to the heavy portal.Page 108
There sat the old man at his table; but as he saw me he sprang to his feet, drawing his sword.Page 121
Then my head came above the deck and I saw Thurid, dagger in hand, leaping toward me.Page 131
as a brother.