wished to; I have been a prisoner."
"A prisoner!" ejaculated Tarzan incredulously.
"A slave would be the better word," she answered. "I was stolen in the
night from my father's DOUAR by a band of marauders. They brought me
here and sold me to the Arab who keeps this cafe. It has been nearly
two years now since I saw the last of mine own people. They are very
far to the south. They never come to Sidi Aissa."
"You would like to return to your people?" asked Tarzan. "Then I shall
promise to see you safely so far as Bou Saada at least. There we can
doubtless arrange with the commandant to send you the rest of the way."
"Oh, m'sieur," she cried, "how can I ever repay you! You cannot really
mean that you will do so much for a poor Ouled-Nail. But my father can
reward you, and he will, for is he not a great sheik? He is Kadour ben
"Kadour ben Saden!" ejaculated Tarzan. "Why, Kadour ben Saden is in
Sidi Aissa this very night. He dined with me but a few hours since."
"My father in Sidi Aissa?" cried the amazed girl. "Allah be praised
then, for I am indeed saved."
"Hssh!" cautioned Abdul. "Listen."
From below came the sound of voices, quite distinguishable upon the
still night air. Tarzan could not understand the words, but Abdul and
the girl translated.
"They have gone now," said the latter. "It is you they want, m'sieur.
One of them said that the stranger who had offered money for your
slaying lay in the house of Akmed din Soulef with a broken wrist, but
that he had offered a still greater reward if some would lay in wait
for you upon the road to Bou Saada and kill you."
"It is he who followed m'sieur about the market today," exclaimed
Abdul. "I saw him again within the cafe--him and another; and the two
went out into the inner court after talking with this girl here. It
was they who attacked and fired upon us, as we came out of the cafe.
Why do they wish to kill you, m'sieur?"
"I do not know," replied Tarzan, and then, after a pause: "Unless--"
But he did not finish, for the thought that had come to his mind, while
it seemed the only reasonable solution of the mystery, appeared at the
same time quite improbable. Presently the men in the street went away.
The courtyard and
into the effort, I cleared the remaining distance between myself and the cliffs in great leaps and bounds that put me at their base in a moment.Page 14
However, there was nothing else to consider than an attempt to scale the trees contiguous to the cliff in an effort to reach the caves above.Page 15
At length, however, we reached the shadows of the forest, while right behind us sprang the swiftest of our pursuers--a giant plant man with claws outreaching to fasten his bloodsucking mouths upon us.Page 38
"Those who die before are supposed to spend the balance of their allotted time in the image of a plant man, and it is for this reason that the plant men are held sacred by the therns, since they believe that each of these hideous creatures was formerly a thern.Page 40
From there she was to lead us to the summit of the cliffs, from where it would require both wondrous wit and mighty fighting to win our way through the very heart of the stronghold of the Holy Therns to the world without.Page 57
At first I took considerably more than I gave, but presently I got beneath one fellow's guard and had the satisfaction of seeing him collapse upon the deck.Page 58
" She looked at me.Page 62
"With the skin of a thern, the black hair of a First Born and the muscles of a dozen Dators it was no disgrace even for Xodar to acknowledge your supremacy.Page 67
She looked up again with a nervous but relieved little laugh.Page 81
"You did not understand the honour that I did you.Page 83
" There was little of disrespect in the tone that the man used in addressing either Xodar or myself.Page 100
"'Tis I, your companion, who has had the honour this day of fighting shoulder to shoulder with the greatest warrior that ever wore metal upon Barsoom.Page 117
" "Those who have known her longest say that she has not changed, unless it be to grow more beautiful--were that possible.Page 123
My gait was reckless, but I felt that Fate had been kind indeed to throw such an opportunity within my grasp, and I could not afford to allow it to elude me now.Page 126
On and on I went, but I could not escape my sinister pursuer.Page 127
Gradually they were closing in upon me--but still that awful stealthy silence! For what seemed hours the eyes approached gradually closer and closer, until I felt that I should go mad for the horror of it.Page 138
I was about to ask Kantos Kan to prosecute a further search for her when a flier from the flagship of the fleet arrived at the Xavarian with an officer bearing a message to Kantos Kan from Arras.Page 150
"Hastily arousing a dozen of her most faithful guards, I explained my fears to them, and as one they enlisted with me to follow our beloved Princess in her wanderings, even to the Sacred Iss and the Valley Dor.Page 173
Grapplers and boarders lined the contiguous rails of each.Page 178
No sooner had Carthoris and the others joined me than we commenced the transportation of our men through the submerged passage to the mouth of the gangways which lead from the submarine pool at the temple end of the watery tunnel to the pits of Issus.