however, that Akut kept the boy from rushing into the
midst of the dancing anthropoids--an act that would have meant the
instant extermination of them both, since the hysterical frenzy into
which the great apes work themselves during the performance of their
strange rites is of such a nature that even the most ferocious of the
carnivora give them a wide berth at such times.
As the moon declined slowly toward the lofty, foliaged horizon of the
amphitheater the booming of the drum decreased and lessened were the
exertions of the dancers, until, at last, the final note was struck and
the huge beasts turned to fall upon the feast they had dragged hither
for the orgy.
From what he had seen and heard Akut was able to explain to Korak that
the rites proclaimed the choosing of a new king, and he pointed out to
the boy the massive figure of the shaggy monarch, come into his
kingship, no doubt, as many human rulers have come into theirs--by the
murder of his predecessor.
When the apes had filled their bellies and many of them had sought the
bases of the trees to curl up in sleep Akut plucked Korak by the arm.
"Come," he whispered. "Come slowly. Follow me. Do as Akut does."
Then he advanced slowly through the trees until he stood upon a bough
overhanging one side of the amphitheater. Here he stood in silence for
a moment. Then he uttered a low growl. Instantly a score of apes
leaped to their feet. Their savage little eyes sped quickly around the
periphery of the clearing. The king ape was the first to see the two
figures upon the branch. He gave voice to an ominous growl. Then he
took a few lumbering steps in the direction of the intruders. His hair
was bristling. His legs were stiff, imparting a halting, jerky motion
to his gait. Behind him pressed a number of bulls.
He stopped just a little before he came beneath the two--just far
enough to be beyond their spring. Wary king! Here he stood rocking
himself to and fro upon his short legs, baring his fangs in hideous
grinnings, rumbling out an ever increasing volume of growls, which were
slowly but steadily increasing to the proportions of roars. Akut knew
that he was planning an attack upon them. The old ape did not wish to
fight. He had come with the boy to cast his lot with the tribe.
"I am Akut," he
His property was left in such a way that I was to receive the entire income for twenty-five years, when the principal was to become mine.Page 6
I was positive now that the trailers were Apaches and that they wished to capture Powell alive for the fiendish pleasure of the torture, so I urged my horse onward at a most dangerous pace, hoping against hope that I would catch up with the red rascals before they attacked him.Page 17
to meet it.Page 20
The other nine hundred and seventy-nine die violent deaths in duels, in hunting, in aviation and in war; but perhaps by far the greatest death loss comes during the age of childhood, when vast numbers of the little Martians fall victims to the great white apes of Mars.Page 31
There seemed something menacing in their attitude toward my beast, and I hesitated to leave until I had learned the outcome.Page 39
A few of them then boarded her and were busily engaged in what appeared, from my distant position, as the emptying of the contents of various carboys upon the dead bodies of the sailors and over the decks and works of the vessel.Page 43
In our day we have progressed to a point where such sentiments mark weakness and atavism.Page 47
When it was necessary to move from one spot to another she either jerked her roughly, or pushed her headlong before her.Page 53
I had no particular desire to kill Lorquas Ptomel, and less to be a jed among the Tharks.Page 54
You speak my language, and yet I heard you tell Tars Tarkas that you had but learned it recently.Page 60
"I understand," he continued, "that you have given up your woman to the red prisoner.Page 64
Your other warriors would find it to the advantage of themselves as well as of the community to adopt my methods in this respect.Page 67
The chill of the Martian night was upon us, and removing my silks I threw them across the shoulders of Dejah Thoris.Page 95
All the following day we rode, and when, late in the afternoon we had sighted no distant trees, the mark of the great waterways throughout all Barsoom, the terrible truth flashed upon us--we were lost.Page 100
of the jeddak, and as he pushed me roughly before the ruler he exclaimed in a loud and menacing voice.Page 119
I had traversed perhaps two hundred miles in a little less than an hour when I descried far below me a party of three green warriors racing madly toward a small figure on foot which seemed to be trying to reach the confines of one of the walled fields.Page 123
"It requires but the word of Than Kosis to bring peace.Page 125
My reply was a quick thrust which left me but three antagonists and I can assure you that they were worthy of my metal.Page 134
Kantos Kan had shown me a trick of gearing, which is known only to the navy of Helium, that greatly increased the speed of our machines, so that I felt sure I could distance my pursuers if I could dodge their projectiles for a few moments.Page 143
The object of the ceremony was clear to me; in another moment Dejah Thoris would be joined forever to the Prince of Zodanga.