the spoor in the resilient ochre vegetation,
he was suddenly surprised to see a naked man approaching him from
As the fellow drew closer, Carthoris halted to await his coming.
He knew that the man was unarmed, and that he was apparently a
Lotharian, for his skin was white and his hair auburn.
He approached the Heliumite without sign of fear, and when quite
close called out the cheery Barsoomian "kaor" of greeting.
"Who are you?" asked Carthoris.
"I am Kar Komak, odwar of the bowmen," replied the other. "A
strange thing has happened to me. For ages Tario has been bringing
me into existence as he needed the services of the army of his
mind. Of all the bowmen it has been Kar Komak who has been oftenest
"For a long time Tario has been concentrating his mind upon my
permanent materialization. It has been an obsession with him that
some day this thing could be accomplished and the future of Lothar
assured. He asserted that matter was nonexistent except in the
imagination of man--that all was mental, and so he believed that
by persisting in his suggestion he could eventually make of me a
permanent suggestion in the minds of all creatures.
"Yesterday he succeeded, but at such a time! It must have come all
unknown to him, as it came to me without my knowledge, as, with my
horde of yelling bowmen, I pursued the fleeing Torquasians back to
their ochre plains.
"As darkness settled and the time came for us to fade once more
into thin air, I suddenly found myself alone upon the edge of the
great plain which lies yonder at the foot of the low hills.
"My men were gone back to the nothingness from which they had
sprung, but I remained--naked and unarmed.
"At first I could not understand, but at last came a realization of
what had occurred. Tario's long suggestions had at last prevailed,
and Kar Komak had become a reality in the world of men; but my
harness and my weapons had faded away with my fellows, leaving me
naked and unarmed in a hostile country far from Lothar."
"You wish to return to Lothar?" asked Carthoris.
"No!" replied Kar Komak quickly. "I have no love for Tario. Being
a creature of his mind, I know him too well. He is cruel and
tyrannical--a master I have no desire to serve. Now that he has
succeeded in accomplishing my permanent materialization, he will
be unbearable, and he will go on until he has filled Lothar
He looked toward his princess.Page 5
"I am promised to him," she replied.Page 8
When the party had come to the lower levels, and the jeddak had dispersed them by a sign, none noticed that the forward fellow who had drawn so much attention to himself before the Prince of Helium departed, was no longer among the other servants.Page 14
The instant that its entire length was within the black aperture it sprang forward with the speed of a rifle ball.Page 33
From every point rose similar savage cries, until the world seemed to tremble to their reverberations.Page 54
His quick glance had taken in the scene within the room--the still figure of the jeddak sprawled upon the floor--the girl hastening toward a shrouded exit.Page 55
How it happened I know not.Page 60
"It is indeed a city of ghosts.Page 63
Certainly she should have been safer with him than left here alone with the Lotharian.Page 64
I eat, I sleep"--he paused, casting a meaning look upon the girl--"I love!" Thuvia could not mistake the palpable meaning of his words and expression.Page 67
He realized, of course, that the trick which had laid suspicion upon him would greatly delay the discovery of the truth, but little did he guess to what vast proportions had the results of the villainy of Astok of Dusar already grown.Page 73
moving through the deserted city as though no great white apes lurked in the black shadows of the mystery-haunted piles that flanked the broad avenues and the great plaza.Page 74
After half an hour or more of rapid racing through the underground passages that are a distinguishing feature of all Barsoomian cities, modern as well as ancient, his captors suddenly emerged into the moonlight of a courtyard, far from the central plaza.Page 84
"If we had her here--" the elder man suddenly commenced to muse, repeating the phrase again and again.Page 91
The warriors and officers returned to their sleeping silks and furs, and once more the deck was deserted except for the Dusarian warrior and Turjun, the panthan, who stood guard.Page 92
A cunning scheme entered his weak and wicked brain.Page 95
Hurriedly the prince and Vas Kor disembarked and entered the drop that would carry them to the lower levels of the palace.Page 99
He had no stomach to face that uncanny blade.Page 100
Scarce had the Thuria risen from the ways ere a hundred or more fighting men leaped to view upon the landing-stage.Page 109
A Martian hardwood.