neither of these two will ever find the means to harm me."
"Let us hope not, monsieur," said De Coude; "but yet it will do no harm
to be on the alert, and to know that you have made at least one enemy
today who never forgets and never forgives, and in whose malignant
brain there are always hatching new atrocities to perpetrate upon those
who have thwarted or offended him. To say that Nikolas Rokoff is a
devil would be to place a wanton affront upon his satanic majesty."
That night as Tarzan entered his cabin he found a folded note upon the
floor that had evidently been pushed beneath the door. He opened it
Doubtless you did not realize the gravity of your offense, or you would
not have done the thing you did today. I am willing to believe that
you acted in ignorance and without any intention to offend a stranger.
For this reason I shall gladly permit you to offer an apology, and on
receiving your assurances that you will not again interfere in affairs
that do not concern you, I shall drop the matter.
Otherwise--but I am sure that you will see the wisdom of adopting the
course I suggest.
Tarzan permitted a grim smile to play about his lips for a moment, then
he promptly dropped the matter from his mind, and went to bed.
In a nearby cabin the Countess de Coude was speaking to her husband.
"Why so grave, my dear Raoul?" she asked. "You have been as glum as
could be all evening. What worries you?"
"Olga, Nikolas is on board. Did you know it?"
"Nikolas!" she exclaimed. "But it is impossible, Raoul. It cannot be.
Nikolas is under arrest in Germany."
"So I thought myself until I saw him today--him and that other arch
scoundrel, Paulvitch. Olga, I cannot endure his persecution much
longer. No, not even for you. Sooner or later I shall turn him over
' He entered the vault.Page 4
Why not? What guide had I through the trackless waste of interplanetary space? What assurance that I might not as well be hurtled to some far-distant star of another solar system, as to Mars? I lay upon a close-cropped sward of red grasslike vegetation, and about me stretched a grove of strange and beautiful trees, covered with huge and gorgeous blossoms and filled with brilliant, voiceless birds.Page 12
CHAPTER II A FOREST BATTLE Tars Tarkas and I found no time for an exchange of experiences as we stood there before the great boulder surrounded by the corpses of our grotesque assailants, for from all directions down the broad valley was streaming a perfect torrent of terrifying creatures in response to the weird call of the strange figure far above us.Page 13
Tars Tarkas was approaching me rapidly, and still more rapidly came the awful.Page 15
The plant man was well muscled, heavy, and powerful but my earthly sinews and greater agility, in conjunction with the deathly strangle hold I had upon him, would have given me, I think, an eventual victory had we had time to discuss the merits of our relative prowess uninterrupted.Page 18
" "As you will, my friend," I replied; "but quickly now, head first, while I cover your retreat.Page 20
Tars Tarkas went in advance and as I reached the first of the horizontal bars I drew the ladder up after me and, handing it to him, he carried it a hundred feet further aloft, where he wedged it safely between one of the bars and the side of the shaft.Page 29
Chained with them were a number of fierce beasts, such as had been turned upon us, and others equally as ferocious.Page 36
"I am of another world.Page 44
"None could go a stone's throw without detection.Page 67
Can you tell me why you foster the cruel deception?" "All life on Barsoom," she said, "is created solely for the support of the race of therns.Page 80
On either side of her thin, hawk-like nose her eyes burned from the depths of horribly sunken sockets.Page 97
I could see messengers running swiftly through the audience, and as they passed the nobles there unsheathed their swords and sprang into the arena.Page 102
The things which the Stygian darkness hid from my objective eye could not have been half so wonderful as the pictures which my imagination wrought as it conjured to life again the ancient peoples of this dying world and set them once more to the labours, the intrigues, the mysteries and the cruelties which they had practised to make their last stand against the swarming hordes of the dead sea bottoms that had driven them step by step to the uttermost pinnacle of the world where they were now intrenched behind an impenetrable barrier of superstition.Page 112
Below us we could see the men leaping.Page 143
used Martian measurements of time, distance, weight, and the like I have translated them into as nearly their equivalent in earthly values as is possible.Page 151
The Princess's guard fought nobly to the end, but they were soon overcome and slain.Page 169
"There must be several thousands and they are bearing down directly upon us.Page 172
And as thern after thern went down beneath my blade, I could almost feel that we should win success in the end, even from apparent failure.Page 183
I knew positively that I could never endure to retrace my path now to the point from which I had felt the waters close above my head.