city to which they took me was that famous ruin; but
where we may be now I have no idea."
"When the bowmen return we shall doubtless learn all that there is
to know," said Carthoris. "Let us hope that they prove friendly.
What race may they be? Only in the most ancient of our legends
and in the mural paintings of the deserted cities of the dead
sea-bottoms are depicted such a race of auburn-haired, fair-skinned
people. Can it be that we have stumbled upon a surviving city of
the past which all Barsoom believes buried beneath the ages?"
Thuvia was looking toward the forest into which the green men and
the pursuing bowmen had disappeared. From a great distance came
the hideous cries of banths, and an occasional shot.
"It is strange that they do not return," said the girl.
"One would expect to see the wounded limping or being carried back
to the city," replied Carthoris, with a puzzled frown. "But how
about the wounded nearer the city? Have they carried them within?"
Both turned their eyes toward the field between them and the walled
city, where the fighting had been most furious.
There were the banths, still growling about their hideous feast.
Carthoris looked at Thuvia in astonishment. Then he pointed toward
"Where are they?" he whispered. "WHAT HAS BECOME OF THEIR DEAD
THE JEDDAK OF LOTHAR
The girl looked her incredulity.
"They lay in piles," she murmured. "There were thousands of them
but a minute ago."
"And now," continued Carthoris, "there remain but the banths and
the carcasses of the green men."
"They must have sent forth and carried the dead bowmen away while
we were talking," said the girl.
"It is impossible!" replied Carthoris. "Thousands of dead lay
there upon the field but a moment since. It would have required
many hours to have removed them. The thing is uncanny."
"I had hoped," said Thuvia, "that we might find an asylum with
these fair-skinned people. Notwithstanding their valour upon the
field of battle, they did not strike me as a ferocious or warlike
people. I had been about to suggest that we seek entrance to the
city, but now I scarce know if I care to venture among people whose
dead vanish into thin air."
"Let us chance it," replied Carthoris. "We can be no worse off within
their walls than without. Here we may fall prey to the banths or
the no less fierce Torquasians. There, at least, we shall find
beings moulded after
It was near midnight when we repaired to the lofty tower in which Perry had constructed his "iron mole" as he was wont to call the thing.Page 9
I haven't opened her up yet.Page 11
That was all--there was no clear-cut horizontal line marking the dip of the globe below the line of vision.Page 13
Did I say safely lodged? At the time I thought we were quite safe, and so did Perry.Page 18
We have made a magnificent discovery, my boy! We have proved that the earth is hollow.Page 26
Did I say thinly veiled? There is a race of men in New Zealand, or Australia, I have forgotten which, who indicate their preference for the lady of their affections by banging her over the head with a bludgeon.Page 31
I asked Perry what he.Page 41
They beat their great wings up and down, and smote their rocky perches with their mighty tails until the ground shook.Page 50
"Only to keep you from running it through me," I replied.Page 51
"Even the Sagoths of the Mahars fear us.Page 57
The slaves were motionless in terror.Page 74
In the instance which you witnessed the beasts killed each other, but the result was the same--the man and woman were liberated, furnished with weapons, and started on their homeward journey.Page 77
"Come," he said to me, "you are sentenced to the experimental pits for having dared to insult the intelligence of the mighty ones with the ridiculous tale you have had the temerity to unfold to them.Page 78
A hundred times in my boyhood days had I picked locks with a button-hook.Page 79
There is nothing at all remarkable about their architecture.Page 88
Never had I greater need of steady nerves than then--never were my nerves and muscles under better control.Page 92
a great forest clothed them to the foot of the red and yellow and copper green of the towering crags which formed their summit.Page 101
I was too angry, and she evidently didn't care to converse with the lower orders.Page 103
I had taken a hundred steps in absolute silence, and then Dian spoke.Page 105
It seems incredible that you could have reviled me so, and yet have cared for me all the time.