and so on, with much climbing, until at a
cross street he discovered another pole, down which he ran to the
For a square or two he ran swiftly; then he turned into a little
all-night cafe and in the lavatory removed the evidences of his
over-roof promenade from hands and clothes. When he emerged a few
moments later it was to saunter slowly on toward his apartments.
Not far from them he came to a well-lighted boulevard which it was
necessary to cross. As he stood directly beneath a brilliant arc
light, waiting for a limousine that was approaching to pass him, he
heard his name called in a sweet feminine voice. Looking up, he met
the smiling eyes of Olga de Coude as she leaned forward upon the back
seat of the machine. He bowed very low in response to her friendly
greeting. When he straightened up the machine had borne her away.
"Rokoff and the Countess de Coude both in the same evening," he
soliloquized; "Paris is not so large, after all."
The Countess Explains
"Your Paris is more dangerous than my savage jungles, Paul," concluded
Tarzan, after narrating his adventures to his friend the morning
following his encounter with the apaches and police in the Rue Maule.
"Why did they lure me there? Were they hungry?"
D'Arnot feigned a horrified shudder, but he laughed at the quaint
"It is difficult to rise above the jungle standards and reason by the
light of civilized ways, is it not, my friend?" he queried banteringly.
"Civilized ways, forsooth," scoffed Tarzan. "Jungle standards do not
countenance wanton atrocities. There we kill for food and for
self-preservation, or in the winning of mates and the protection of the
young. Always, you see, in accordance with the dictates of some great
natural law. But here! Faugh, your civilized man is more brutal than
the brutes. He kills wantonly, and, worse than that, he utilizes a
noble sentiment, the brotherhood of man, as a lure to entice his unwary
victim to his doom. It was in answer to an appeal from a fellow being
that I hastened to that room where the assassins lay in wait for me.
"I did not realize, I could not realize for a long time afterward, that
any woman could sink to such moral depravity as that one must have to
call a would-be rescuer to death. But it must have been so--the sight
of Rokoff there and the woman's later repudiation of me to the police
I was interested to note that the tracks of the pursuing horsemen, for such I was now convinced they must be, continued after Powell with only a brief stop at the hole for water; and always at the same rate of speed as his.Page 8
It is probable, however, that to this fact I owe my life and the remarkable experiences and adventures which befell me during the following ten years.Page 25
been wrought by a master hand, so subtle the atmosphere, so perfect the technique; yet nowhere was there a representation of a living animal, either human or brute, by which I could guess at the likeness of these other and perhaps extinct denizens of Mars.Page 28
The strength, agility, and blind ferocity of these two creatures is approached by nothing known to earthly man.Page 33
I was soon appraised of the subject of their conversation, as, calling to Sola, Tars Tarkas signed for her to send me to him.Page 34
was over, and seeking out Sola I found her in our chariot with a hideous little creature held tightly in her arms.Page 38
Their fire had ceased entirely and all their energies seemed focused upon escape.Page 51
The reason for the whole attitude displayed toward me was now apparent; I had won my spurs, so to speak, and in the crude justice, which always marks Martian dealings, and which, among other things, has caused me to call her the planet of paradoxes, I was accorded the honors due a conqueror; the trappings and the position of the man I killed.Page 56
It seemed that as she had mounted the approach to the upper.Page 63
I could take a human life, if necessary, with far less compunction than that of a poor, unreasoning, irresponsible brute.Page 74
We circled for some time without doing much damage on either side; the long, straight, needle-like swords flashing in the sunlight, and ringing out upon the stillness as they crashed together with each effective parry.Page 88
Sola was to ride one and Dejah Thoris and I the other; each of us carrying sufficient food and drink to last us for two days, since the animals could not be urged too rapidly for so long a distance.Page 92
The floor of this great circular hall was thronged with chieftains, warriors and women, and at one end was a great raised platform upon which squatted the most hideous beast I had ever put my eyes upon.Page 95
These we decided to attempt to reach in the hope that from some ridge we might discern the missing waterway.Page 106
What manner of thing was upon me I did not know, but that it was.Page 107
Only her death I felt sure, could account for his absence from her, so faithful I knew him to be to my commands.Page 111
For the others I did not give the snap of my finger, but the thought of Dejah Thoris drove from my mind all desire to kill my mistaken host.Page 112
Some time later I was awakened by his frightful growlings and opened my eyes to see three red Martians standing a short distance from us and covering me with their rifles.Page 154
As I turned for a last look as I left the palace garden I had seen her stagger and sink upon the ground beside the little incubator.Page 155
"I can," he replied, "if you open quickly.