worry about that
after they come--at present I see no indication that they have any
idea of over-exerting themselves to obey their jeddak's summons."
Jav shook his head mournfully.
"You do not understand," he said. "The guards have already
come--and gone. They have done their work and we are lost. Look
to the various exits."
Carthoris and Thuvia turned their eyes in the direction of the
several doorways which pierced the walls of the great chamber.
Each was tightly closed by huge stone doors.
"Well?" asked Carthoris.
"We are to die the death," whispered Jav faintly.
Further than that he would not say. He just sat upon the edge of
the jeddak's couch and waited.
Carthoris moved to Thuvia's side, and, standing there with naked
sword, he let his brave eyes roam ceaselessly about the great
chamber, that no foe might spring upon them unseen.
For what seemed hours no sound broke the silence of their living
tomb. No sign gave their executioners of the time or manner of
their death. The suspense was terrible. Even Carthoris of Helium
began to feel the terrible strain upon his nerves. If he could
but know how and whence the hand of death was to strike, he could
meet it unafraid, but to suffer longer the hideous tension of this
blighting ignorance of the plans of their assassins was telling
upon him grievously.
Thuvia of Ptarth drew quite close to him. She felt safer with the
feel of his arm against hers, and with the contact of her the man
took a new grip upon himself. With his old-time smile he turned
"It would seem that they are trying to frighten us to death," he
said, laughing; "and, shame be upon me that I should confess it,
I think they were close to accomplishing their designs upon me."
She was about to make some reply when a fearful shriek broke from
the lips of the Lotharian.
"The end is coming!" he cried. "The end is coming! The floor!
The floor! Oh, Komal, be merciful!"
Thuvia and Carthoris did not need to look at the floor to be aware
of the strange movement that was taking place.
Slowly the marble flagging was sinking in all directions toward
the centre. At first the movement, being gradual, was scarce
noticeable; but presently the angle of the floor became such that
one might stand easily only by bending one knee considerably.
Jav was shrieking still, and clawing at the royal couch that had
already commenced to slide toward the centre of the room, where
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"I won't miss again.Page 41
"It gives you an advantage that would be wanting should he suspect the truth, so that now you are always in a position to be warned in plenty of time against any ulterior suggestion he may make.Page 42
I cannot abide treachery.Page 59
"We all's wid Billy," announced Blanco.Page 62
All were thoroughly tired and exhausted, so that darkness had scarce fallen ere the entire camp seemed wrapped in slumber.Page 75
The big Negro ran to Divine's side and snatched the terror-stricken man's revolver from his belt.Page 87
Barbara Harding devoted her energies to thrusting and cutting at those who tried to press past the mucker, that they might.Page 90
It was a strange, weird picture that the oddly contrasted party presented as they raced across the clearing of this forgotten isle toward a jungle as primitive as when "the evening and the morning were the third day.Page 118
Within the smaller, rear room Byrne heard the subdued hum of whispered conversation just as he was about to open the door.Page 123
Byrne dragged himself toward the trail that led to the spring where poor Theriere had died.Page 139
Occasionally she varied the monotony by drawing out her chewing gum to wondrous lengths, holding one end between a thumb and finger and the other between her teeth.Page 158
For days no thought of pursuit or capture had arisen to perplex him.Page 187
" Miguel had pricked up his ears at the sound of the word ESCORT.Page 193
I think I'll stick around with him for a while yet.Page 197
Pesita had openly sworn to rid Mexico of the gringo--to kill on sight every American who fell into his hands.Page 220
She had been ready to doubt him herself only an hour or so ago; but that was before he had been accused.Page 251
Grayson was not there.Page 256
and then he remounted and rode on down into the valley, leading Rozales' horse behind him.Page 279
"Which is what they will be singing about me one of these days," he commented.