here before, nor
ever have I cared to do so."
"Come," suggested Thuvia, "let us explore. There must be a way
Together the three approached the doorway through which Komal had
entered the apartment that was to have witnessed their deaths.
Beyond was a low-roofed lair, with a small door at the far end.
This, to their delight, opened to the lifting of an ordinary latch,
letting them into a circular arena, surrounded by tiers of seats.
"Here is where Komal is fed in public," explained Jav. "Had Tario
dared it would have been here that our fates had been sealed; but
he feared too much thy keen blade, red man, and so he hurled us
all downward to the pit. I did not know how closely connected were
the two chambers. Now we may easily reach the avenues and the city
gates. Only the bowmen may dispute the right of way, and, knowing
their secret, I doubt that they have power to harm us."
Another door led to a flight of steps that rose from the arena
level upward through the seats to an exit at the back of the hall.
Beyond this was a straight, broad corridor, running directly through
the palace to the gardens at the side.
No one appeared to question them as they advanced, mighty Komal
pacing by the girl's side.
"Where are the people of the palace--the jeddak's retinue?" asked
Carthoris. "Even in the city streets as we came through I scarce
saw sign of a human being, yet all about are evidences of a mighty
"Poor Lothar," he said. "It is indeed a city of ghosts. There are
scarce a thousand of us left, who once were numbered in the millions.
Our great city is peopled by the creatures of our own imaginings.
For our own needs we do not take the trouble to materialize these
peoples of our brain, yet they are apparent to us.
"Even now I see great throngs lining the avenue, hastening to and
fro in the round of their duties. I see women and children laughing
on the balconies--these we are forbidden to materialize; but yet
I see them--they are here. . . . But why not?" he mused. "No
longer need I fear Tario--he has done his worst, and failed. Why
"Stay, friends," he continued. "Would you see Lothar in all her
Carthoris and Thuvia nodded their assent, more out of courtesy than
because they fully grasped the import of his mutterings.
Jav gazed at them penetratingly for an
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" Within the castle they were met by a number of servants and soldiers.Page 46
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Barney had placed an arm about the boy to support him, for the paroxysms always left him very weak.Page 53
The face that turned toward them as they entered was covered by a full, reddish-brown beard, and the eyes that looked up at them in troubled surprise were gray.Page 63
They awaited a leader.Page 74
"I saw him tremble and whimper in the face of danger.Page 93
The manner of his going had been an affront to the king, and the young ruler had gone red with anger.Page 98
"I don't dare think," replied Butzow, "because of the fear of what this may mean to you and Miss Victoria if it was not lightning that destroyed the mill.Page 102
time during his trip from Beatrice to do considerable thinking, and had found it rather difficult to determine just what to do should he have overtaken Maenck in the United States.Page 107
Glancing up, he saw the heads of three men peering from the window of the room he had just quitted.Page 139
Once more he must save the king who had shown such scant gratitude upon another occasion.Page 151
Barney tried to loosen the catch with the blade of his pocket knife, but it wouldn't unfasten.Page 153
"I believe we are going to make it," whispered the girl, her voice tense with excitement.Page 173
Once the old chancellor suspected the truth as to his identity he would be the first to denounce him.Page 187
"Until you returned to Lutha he considered the Austrians his best friends.Page 194
If you do as I say you shall have your throne back again.Page 196
In the morning we have long rides ahead of us.Page 199
They had been talking as I opened the door, but after that they ceased--the king falling asleep at once--the American feigning slumber.Page 207
Barney nodded to him.