legs, and now and then one would go
upon all fours like Bolgani, the gorilla. They were indeed fifty
frightful men, Waziri."
When Tarzan had related his adventures and told them of the yellow
metal he had found, not one demurred when he outlined a plan to return
by night and bring away what they could carry of the vast treasure; and
so it was that as dusk fell across the desolate valley of Opar fifty
ebon warriors trailed at a smart trot over the dry and dusty ground
toward the giant bowlder that loomed before the city.
If it had seemed a difficult task to descend the face of the bowlder,
Tarzan soon found that it would be next to impossible to get his fifty
warriors to the summit. Finally the feat was accomplished by dint of
herculean efforts upon the part of the ape-man. Ten spears were
fastened end to end, and with one end of this remarkable chain attached
to his waist, Tarzan at last succeeded in reaching the summit.
Once there, he drew up one of his blacks, and in this way the entire
party was finally landed in safety upon the bowlder's top. Immediately
Tarzan led them to the treasure chamber, where to each was allotted a
load of two ingots, for each about eighty pounds.
By midnight the entire party stood once more at the foot of the
bowlder, but with their heavy loads it was mid-forenoon ere they
reached the summit of the cliffs. From there on the homeward journey
was slow, as these proud fighting men were unaccustomed to the duties
of porters. But they bore their burdens uncomplainingly, and at the
end of thirty days entered their own country.
Here, instead of continuing on toward the northwest and their village,
Tarzan guided them almost directly west, until on the morning of the
thirty-third day he bade them break camp and return to their own
village, leaving the gold where they had stacked it the previous night.
"And you, Waziri?" they asked.
"I shall remain here for a few days, my children," he replied. "Now
hasten back to thy wives and children."
When they had gone Tarzan gathered up two of the ingots and, springing
into a tree, ran lightly above the tangled and impenetrable mass of
undergrowth for a couple of hundred yards, to emerge suddenly upon a
circular clearing about which the giants of the jungle forest towered
like a guardian host. In the center of this natural amphitheater, was
a little flat-topped mound of hard earth.
Hundreds of times
" "The bath is ready, Tara of Helium," the girl responded, her eyes still twinkling with merriment, for she well knew that in the heart of her mistress was no anger that could displace the love of the princess for her slave.Page 13
"Remember, John Carter, that you are not dealing with an Earth child, whose span of life would be more than half completed before a daughter of Barsoom reached actual maturity.Page 15
This is but a general outline of the game, briefly stated.Page 23
The valley appeared to be in a high state of cultivation.Page 45
You see we are all exactly alike.Page 47
Barsoom, the moons, the sun, the stars, were created for a single purpose.Page 48
" The girl marvelled at the effect her voice had upon the creature.Page 58
The girl was still slightly under the spell of the creature's influence--she had not regained full and independent domination of her powers.Page 69
" If he valued his life! It was a truth that Ghek had but just learned.Page 82
They were without food or water and suffered accordingly.Page 114
We play it often at home.Page 117
Now they could see across roofs and avenues to The Gate of Enemies, through which troops were marching into the city.Page 131
Here he was reinforced by the little army that had marched with him into Manator.Page 139
His eyes travelled to the great, painted warrior on the thoat and as they ran over the splendid trappings and the serviceable arms a new light came into the pain-dulled eyes of the panthan.Page 143
" "Good!" exclaimed the keeper, "and now in what game would you enter?" "I would play for the Heliumetic princess, Tara," replied Turan.Page 150
A Chief may, and often does, play almost an entire game without leaving his own square, where, mounted upon a thoat, he may overlook the entire field and direct each move, nor may he be reproached for lack of courage should he elect thus to play the game since, by the rules, were he to be slain or so badly wounded as to be compelled to withdraw, a game that might otherwise have been won by the science of his play and the prowess of his men would be drawn.Page 155
Would the fight never end? Would the game be called a draw after all? What ailed the Black Chief? Tara wished that she might answer at least the last of these questions for she was sure that Turan the panthan, as she knew him, while fighting brilliantly, was not giving of himself all that he might.Page 169
There could, then, be but one choice and acting upon it Gahan quietly opened the door again, stepped through into the adjoining chamber, Tara's hand in his, and closed the door behind them.Page 177
"Why," he asked, when he had finished it, "did you search for Tara through the spiral runway where we nearly met?" "Tasor told me where you were to be found, and as I have explored the greater part of the palace by means of the ulsio runways and the darker and less frequented passages I knew precisely where you were and how to reach you.Page 202