an engine broke down, and they drifted for two
days while temporary repairs were being made. Then a squall struck
them unaware, that carried overboard nearly everything above deck that
was portable. Later two of the seamen fell to fighting in the
forecastle, with the result that one of them was badly wounded with a
knife, and the other had to be put in irons. Then, to cap the climax,
the mate fell overboard at night, and was drowned before help could
reach him. The yacht cruised about the spot for ten hours, but no sign
of the man was seen after he disappeared from the deck into the sea.
Every member of the crew and guests was gloomy and depressed after
these series of misfortunes. All were apprehensive of worse to come,
and this was especially true of the seamen who recalled all sorts of
terrible omens and warnings that had occurred during the early part of
the voyage, and which they could now clearly translate into the
precursors of some grim and terrible tragedy to come.
Nor did the croakers have long to wait. The second night after the
drowning of the mate the little yacht was suddenly wracked from stem to
stern. About one o'clock in the morning there was a terrific impact
that threw the slumbering guests and crew from berth and bunk. A
mighty shudder ran through the frail craft; she lay far over to
starboard; the engines stopped. For a moment she hung there with her
decks at an angle of forty-five degrees--then, with a sullen, rending
sound, she slipped back into the sea and righted.
Instantly the men rushed upon deck, followed closely by the women.
Though the night was cloudy, there was little wind or sea, nor was it
so dark but that just off the port bow a black mass could be discerned
floating low in the water.
"A derelict," was the terse explanation of the officer of the watch.
Presently the engineer hurried on deck in search of the captain.
"That patch we put on the cylinder head's blown out, sir," he reported,
"and she's makin' water fast for'ard on the port bow."
An instant later a seaman rushed up from below.
"My Gawd!" he cried. "Her whole bleedin' bottom's ripped out. She
can't float twenty minutes."
"Shut up!" roared Tennington. "Ladies, go below and get some of your
things together. It may not be so bad as that, but we may have to take
to the boats. It will be safer
He told us that he had been prospecting and mining in Arizona part of the time since the war; and that he had been very successful was evidenced by the unlimited amount of money with which he was supplied.Page 3
Their discovery that I had not harmed the little Martians, and that I was unarmed, must have caused them to look upon me with less ferocity; but, as I was to learn later, the thing which weighed most in my favor was my exhibition of hurdling.Page 19
Upon closer observation I saw as we passed them that the buildings were deserted, and while not greatly decayed had the appearance.Page 31
CHAPTER VII CHILD-RAISING ON MARS After a breakfast, which was an exact replica of the meal of the preceding day and an index of practically every meal which followed while I was with the green men of Mars, Sola escorted me to the plaza, where I found.Page 33
They ranged in height from three to four feet, and were moving restlessly about the enclosure as though searching for food.Page 40
Close at my heel, in his now accustomed place, followed Woola, the hound, and as I emerged upon the street Sola rushed up to me as though I had been the object of some search on her part.Page 60
His demeanor toward me was unchanged, and he greeted me as though we had not just parted a few moments before.Page 70
"Were you to give me your word that neither you nor Dejah Thoris would attempt to escape until after we have safely reached the court of Tal Hajus you might have the key and throw the chains into the river Iss.Page 74
I must admit that he was a magnificent swordsman, and had it not been for my greater endurance and the remarkable agility the lesser gravitation of Mars lent me I might not have been able to put up the creditable fight I did against him.Page 78
It is a sad fate, since I must live my life amongst them, and I often wish that I were a true green Martian woman, without love and without hope; but I have known love and so I am lost.Page 81
In the confusion of the plaza she mixed me with the other children, whose guardians during the journey were now free to relinquish their responsibility.Page 97
failed to discover us.Page 109
He wore but a single article of clothing or adornment, a small collar of gold from which depended upon his chest a great ornament as large as a dinner plate set solid with huge diamonds, except for the exact center which was occupied by a strange stone, an inch in diameter, that scintillated nine different and distinct rays; the seven colors of our earthly prism and two beautiful rays which, to me, were new and nameless.Page 124
Slipping quietly through this opening I discovered a maze of winding corridors, branching and turning in every direction.Page 126
But there was no one to tell you what I could not, that upon Barsoom there are two kinds of women in the cities of the red men.Page 130
Leaping from roof to roof, I soon reached an open window in the building where I hoped to find the Heliumite, and in another moment I stood in the room before him.Page 143
As his father rolled dead upon the floor the new jeddak tore himself.Page 155
"After it," I cried to my companion, "and if you reach the pump room turn loose all the pumps.Page 156
Above me shone the red eye of Mars holding her awful secret, forty-eight million miles away.