if anything I can say to you will alter your determination for the
reason that if all the brains in this crowd were collected in one
individual he still wouldn't have enough with which to weigh the most
obvious evidence intelligently, but I shall present the evidence, and
you can tell some intelligent people about it tomorrow.
"In the first place it is impossible that I murdered Abigail Prim, and
in the second place my companion is not The Oskaloosa Kid and was not
with Mr. Paynter last night. The reason I could not have murdered Miss
Prim is because Miss Prim is not dead. These jewels were not stolen from
Miss Prim, she took them herself from her own home. This boy whom you
are about to hang is not a boy at all--it is Miss Prim, herself. I
guessed her secret a few minutes ago and was convinced when she cried
that the jewels and money were her own. I don't know why she wishes to
conceal her identity; but I can't stand by and see her lynched without
trying to save her."
The crowd scoffed in incredulity. "There are some women here," said
Bridge. "Turn her over to them. They'll tell you, at least that she is
not a man."
Some voices were raised in protest, saying that it was a ruse to escape,
while others urged that the women take the youth. Jeb Case stepped
toward the subject of dispute. "I'll settle it durned quick," he
announced and reached forth to seize the slim figure. With a sudden
wrench Bridge tore himself loose from his captors and leaped toward the
farmer, his right flew straight out from the shoulder and Jeb Case went
down with a broken jaw. Almost simultaneously a car sped around a curve
from the north and stopped suddenly in rear of the mob. Two men leaped
out and shouldered their way through. One was the detective, Burton; the
other was Jonas Prim.
"Where are they?" cried the latter. "God help you if you've killed
either of them, for one of them must know what became of Abigail."
He pushed his way up until he faced the prisoners. The Oskaloosa Kid
gave him a single look of surprise and then sprang toward him with
"Oh, daddy, daddy!" she cried, "don't let them kill him."
The crowd melted away from the immediate vicinity of the prisoners. None
seemed anxious to appear in the forefront as a possible leader of a
mob that had so nearly lynched the only daughter of Jonas Prim. Burton
slipped the noose from about the
The fastest flier of the Heliumetic Navy could not quickly enough have carried me far from this hideous creature.Page 11
soundless approach, so that I was upon them with my great long-sword and four of them lay dead ere they knew that I was among them.Page 14
horde at his heels.Page 16
My former experiences upon Mars had familiarized me thoroughly with them and their methods, and I may say that of all the fearsome and terrible, weird and grotesque inhabitants of that strange world, it is the white apes that come nearest to familiarizing me with the sensation of fear.Page 21
Once we thought we discerned a gilded minaret gleaming in the sun amidst the waving tops of far-distant trees, but we soon abandoned the idea in the belief that it was but an hallucination born of our great desire to discover the haunts of civilized men in this beautiful, yet forbidding, spot.Page 22
As we stood for a moment in silence gazing about the room a slight noise behind caused me to turn quickly, when, to my astonishment, I saw the door close with a sharp click as though by an unseen hand.Page 30
I had not long to wait, for presently the golden surface commenced to move rapidly.Page 94
There were ten of them--splendid beauties from the proud courts of mighty Jeddaks and from the temples of the Holy Therns.Page 96
His leaps and bounds were little short of those which my earthly muscles had produced to create such awe and respect on the part of the green Martians into whose hands I had fallen on that long-gone day that had seen my first advent upon Mars.Page 102
As the waters of the planet dried and the seas receded, all other resources dwindled until life upon the planet became a constant battle for survival.Page 104
we debated the wisdom of sinking the craft before leaving her, but finally decided that it would add nothing to our chances for escape.Page 129
We could hear the sounds of conversation coming.Page 132
Toward noon of the following day we halted to rest our mounts and ourselves.Page 136
" With these words the noble fellow unbuckled his scabbard and flung his sword upon the ground before me.Page 143
1 zode 10 zodes .Page 160
No, it cannot be, though I thank you for the offer.Page 161
But it meant everything to me and to Carthoris.Page 162
I must open my eyes to find his throat, grasp it, and strike one mighty final blow all at the same instant.Page 163
"A great fleet of battleships south-south-east, my Prince," he cried.