Thuvia and Carthoris suddenly noted a small orifice which grew in
diameter as the floor assumed more closely a funnel-like contour.
Now it became more and more difficult to cling to the dizzy
inclination of the smooth and polished marble.
Carthoris tried to support Thuvia, but himself commenced to slide
and slip toward the ever-enlarging aperture.
Better to cling to the smooth stone he kicked off his sandals
of zitidar hide and with his bare feet braced himself against the
sickening tilt, at the same time throwing his arms supportingly
about the girl.
In her terror her own hands clasped about the man's neck. Her
cheek was close to his. Death, unseen and of unknown form, seemed
close upon them, and because unseen and unknowable infinitely more
"Courage, my princess," he whispered.
She looked up into his face to see smiling lips above hers and
brave eyes, untouched by terror, drinking deeply of her own.
Then the floor sagged and tilted more swiftly. There was a sudden
slipping rush as they were precipitated toward the aperture.
Jav's screams rose weird and horrible in their ears, and then the
three found themselves piled upon the royal couch of Tario, which
had stuck within the aperture at the base of the marble funnel.
For a moment they breathed more freely, but presently they discovered
that the aperture was continuing to enlarge. The couch slipped
downward. Jav shrieked again. There was a sickening sensation as
they felt all let go beneath them, as they fell through darkness
to an unknown death.
THE BATTLE IN THE PLAIN
The distance from the bottom of the funnel to the floor of the
chamber beneath it could not have been great, for all three of the
victims of Tario's wrath alighted unscathed.
Carthoris, still clasping Thuvia tightly to his breast, came to
the ground catlike, upon his feet, breaking the shock for the girl.
Scarce had his feet touched the rough stone flagging of this new
chamber than his sword flashed out ready for instant use. But
though the room was lighted, there was no sign of enemy about.
Carthoris looked toward Jav. The man was pasty white with fear.
"What is to be our fate?" asked the Heliumite. "Tell me, man!
Shake off your terror long enough to tell me, so I may be prepared
to sell my life and that of the Princess of Ptarth as dearly as
"Komal!" whispered Jav. "We are to be devoured by Komal!"
"Your deity?" asked Carthoris.
The Lotharian nodded his head. Then he pointed toward a low doorway
He saw much of his new hero all the following winter.Page 10
Ten days after they brought him up from the hold Billy was limping about the deck of the Halfmoon doing light manual labor.Page 20
When the mucker had explained the possibilities of profit that were to be had by entering the conspiracy aimed at Simms and Ward the two seamen were enthusiastically for it.Page 30
Possibly I could sleep now.Page 47
Even Mr.Page 49
He was still much puzzled to account for the strange idiocy that had prompted him to that act; and two of his fellows had felt the weight of his mighty fist when they had spoken words of rough praise for his heroism--Billy had thought that they were kidding him.Page 82
" "Hush, Byrne," whispered Theriere.Page 103
" "But how are we to get there?" asked the girl, looking fearfully at the turbulent river.Page 104
Theriere's words came back to him: "Good-bye, Byrne; take good care of Miss Harding," and his admission to the Frenchman during that last conversation with the dying man: "--a week ago I guess I was a coward.Page 108
"No, I should be in the way--you can't hunt deer with a gallery, and get any.Page 126
"Yeh got me, kid," replied Professor Cassidy, taking the proffered hand.Page 136
He had thought that it would not be difficult for her to turn back from the vulgar mucker to the polished gentleman.Page 173
Wait! I got a scheme.Page 175
You don't have to duck nothin' for you ain't did nothin'.Page 186
I have heard him speak of it often.Page 191
Spurring after him Billy and Bridge ran their horses over the rough ground at the base of the little hill, and then parallel to the arroyo for a matter of a hundred yards, where.Page 223
"You may go now," she said, her voice like ice.Page 250
Grayson covered as he replied to the request of Harding.Page 268
" "Couldn't we get away after dark?" asked the Easterner.Page 273
"Bridge and I'll bring up the rear.