said. "We are
short-handed upon the Thuria, so quickly did we depart."
The panthan's fingers dropped from the dagger's hilt. His quick
mind had grasped here a chance for succouring Thuvia of Ptarth.
He might be chosen as one to accompany the assassins, and once he
had learned where the captive lay he could dispatch Astok and Vas
Kor as well as now. To kill them before he knew where Thuvia was
hid was simply to leave her to death at the hands of others; for
sooner or later Nutus would learn her whereabouts, and Nutus, Jeddak
of Dusar, could not afford to let her live.
Turjun put himself in the path of Vas Kor that he might not be
overlooked. The noble aroused the men sleeping upon the deck, but
always before him the strange panthan whom he had recruited that
same day found means for keeping himself to the fore.
Vas Kor turned to his lieutenant, giving instruction for the bringing
of the Kalksus to Dusar, and the gathering up of the recruits; then
he signed to two warriors who stood close behind the padwar.
"You two accompany us to the Thuria," he said, "and put yourselves
at the disposal of her dwar."
It was dark upon the deck of the Kalksus, so Vas Kor had not a good
look at the faces of the two he chose; but that was of no moment,
for they were but common warriors to assist with the ordinary duties
upon a flier, and to fight if need be.
One of the two was Kar Komak, the bowman. The other was not
The Heliumite was mad with disappointment. He snatched his dagger
from his harness; but already Astok had left the deck of the Kalksus,
and he knew that before he could overtake him, should he dispatch
Vas Kor, he would be killed by the Dusarian warriors, who now were
thick upon the deck. With either one of the two alive Thuvia was
in as great danger as though both lived--it must be both!
As Vas Kor descended to the ground Carthoris boldly followed him,
nor did any attempt to halt him, thinking, doubtless, that he was
one of the party.
After him came Kar Komak and the Dusarian warrior who had been
detailed to duty upon the Thuria. Carthoris walked close to the
left side of the latter. Now they came to the dense shadow under
the side of the Thuria. It was very dark there, so that they had
to grope for the ladder.
Kar Komak preceded the
"Shouldn't have fired, Sinclair," he said; "can't waste ammunition.Page 9
The following day Tippet walked as one in a trance.Page 13
The rest they had seen.Page 15
"Where is Lieutenant Bradley?" asked Sinclair.Page 18
Bradley was a brave man, yet so keen was the feeling of revulsion engendered by the sight and sound of that grim, uncanny shape that he distinctly felt the gooseflesh rise over the surface of his body, and it was with difficulty that he refrained from following an instinctive urge to fire upon the nocturnal intruder.Page 21
As he sat gazing at them, one of the two awoke, separated his wings to release his arms that had been folded across his breast, placed his hands upon the floor, dropped his feet and stood erect.Page 34
His pistol was wrenched from its holster and he was securely pinioned down by the weight of numbers.Page 42
In the center of the wall close to the top, an area about three feet square gave forth a hollow sound when he rapped upon it.Page 44
On he went, passing beneath other arches at varying distances, and always in utter darkness.Page 46
To and fro flew Wieroos, going to and from the temple.Page 49
The girl's side was toward Bradley, and her face averted, for she was watching the Wieroo, who was now advancing slowly toward her, talking as he came.Page 52
There are many such here.Page 56
For an instant the thing hesitated, and then it grumbled "Yes.Page 57
" "Then I alone should have died," she replied.Page 60
"I'll not give them the satisfaction," he growled.Page 61
They had advanced a considerable distance when there sounded faintly from far ahead the muffled roar.Page 64
" "No," she cried.Page 72
When the creatures had gone, the girl turned toward Bradley.Page 73
The hatches were closed--no one could be seen or heard.Page 77
"You struck me," shrieked Plesser.