upon a rug, smoking. The Sheik was standing.
The Sheik and Ali ben Kadin had had the same father, but Ali ben
Kadin's mother had been a slave--a West Coast Negress. Ali ben Kadin
was old and hideous and almost black. His nose and part of one cheek
were eaten away by disease. He looked up and grinned as Meriem entered.
The Sheik jerked his thumb toward Ali ben Kadin and addressed Meriem.
"I am getting old," he said, "I shall not live much longer. Therefore
I have given you to Ali ben Kadin, my brother."
That was all. Ali ben Kadin rose and came toward her. Meriem shrank
back, horrified. The man seized her wrist.
"Come!" he commanded, and dragged her from The Sheik's tent and to his
After they had gone The Sheik chuckled. "When I send her north in a
few months," he soliloquized, "they will know the reward for slaying
the son of the sister of Amor ben Khatour."
And in Ali ben Kadin's tent Meriem pleaded and threatened, but all to
no avail. The hideous old halfcaste spoke soft words at first, but
when Meriem loosed upon him the vials of her horror and loathing he
became enraged, and rushing upon her seized her in his arms. Twice she
tore away from him, and in one of the intervals during which she
managed to elude him she heard Baynes' voice humming the tune that she
knew was meant for her ears. At her reply Ali ben Kadin rushed upon
her once again. This time he dragged her back into the rear apartment
of his tent where three Negresses looked up in stolid indifference to
the tragedy being enacted before them.
As the Hon. Morison saw his way blocked by the huge frame of the giant
black his disappointment and rage filled him with a bestial fury that
transformed him into a savage beast. With an oath he leaped upon the
man before him, the momentum of his body hurling the black to the
ground. There they fought, the black to draw his knife, the white to
choke the life from the black.
Baynes' fingers shut off the cry for help that the other would have
been glad to voice; but presently the Negro succeeded in drawing his
weapon and an instant later Baynes felt the sharp steel in his
shoulder. Again and again the weapon fell. The white man removed one
hand from its choking grip upon the black throat. He
Under the clear rays of the Arizona moon lay Powell, his body fairly bristling with the hostile arrows of the braves.Page 16
Behind this first charging demon trailed nineteen others, similar in all respects, but, as I learned later, bearing individual characteristics peculiar to themselves; precisely as no two of us are identical although we are all cast in a similar mold.Page 39
They removed their prisoner to the ground and then commenced a systematic rifling of the vessel.Page 46
Numerous brilliantly colored and strangely formed wild flowers dotted the ravines and from the summit of the first hill I saw still other hills stretching off toward the north, and rising, one range above another, until lost in mountains of quite respectable dimensions; though I afterward found that only a few peaks on all Mars exceed four thousand feet in height; the suggestion of magnitude was merely relative.Page 47
When she held her, she sunk her rudimentary nails into the poor girl's flesh, or twisted her arm in a most painful manner.Page 51
Until we reach the headquarters of Tal Hajus it is the will of Lorquas Ptomel that you be accorded the respect your acts have earned you.Page 55
Finally she smiled, and, rising, said: "I shall have to believe even though I cannot understand.Page 78
"My mother was rather small, in fact too small to be allowed the responsibilities of maternity, as our chieftains breed principally for size.Page 96
Dejah Thoris and I were thrown clear of him and fell upon the soft moss with scarcely a jar; but the poor beast was in a pitiable condition, not even being able to rise, although relieved of our weight.Page 97
Evidently he was a chieftain, for in certain marching formations among the green men a chieftain brings up the extreme rear of the column.Page 103
He said that he knew the place well because the defile through which the Warhoon warriors had passed when they discovered us was the only one ever used by them when marching to the south.Page 106
Kantos Kan perceived my coup and stepping quickly to my side he placed his foot upon my neck and withdrawing his sword from my body gave me the final death blow through the neck which is supposed to sever the jugular vein, but in this instance the cold blade slipped harmlessly into the sand of the arena.Page 112
" They lowered their rifles and advanced pleasantly toward me placing their right hands upon my left shoulder, after the manner of their custom of salute, and asking me many questions about myself and my wanderings.Page 118
Kantos Kan led me to one of these gorgeous eating places where we were served entirely by mechanical apparatus.Page 120
The impact sufficient to have torn through inches of solid steel, hurled the fellow's headless body into the air over the head of his thoat, where it fell sprawling upon the moss.Page 121
One of the staff called the attention of Than Kosis to the presence of my companion above them and the ruler motioned for him to descend.Page 134
If successful he was then to follow me.Page 143
In an instant we were engaged, and I found no mean antagonist.Page 149
The Zodangans numbered nearly a million fighting men, gathered from pole to pole, wherever stretched their ribbon-like waterways, while pitted against them were less than a hundred thousand green warriors.Page 154
Like a flash of lightning in the darkness their full purport dawned upon me--the key to the three great doors of the atmosphere plant! Turning suddenly toward Tardos Mors as I still clasped my dying love to my breast I cried.