myself with the unfamiliar weapon of the
At first I had a time of it dodging their villainous hook-swords,
but after a minute or two I had succeeded in wresting a second
straight sword from one of the racks along the wall, and thereafter,
using it to parry the hooks of my antagonists, I felt more evenly
The three of them were on me at once, and but for a lucky circumstance
my end might have come quickly. The foremost guardsman made
a vicious lunge for my side with his hook after the three of them
had backed me against the wall, but as I sidestepped and raised my
arm his weapon but grazed my side, passing into a rack of javelins,
where it became entangled.
Before he could release it I had run him through, and then, falling
back upon the tactics that have saved me a hundred times in tight
pinches, I rushed the two remaining warriors, forcing them back
with a perfect torrent of cuts and thrusts, weaving my sword in
and out about their guards until I had the fear of death upon them.
Then one of them commenced calling for help, but it was too late
to save them.
They were as putty in my hands now, and I backed them about the
armory as I would until I had them where I wanted them--within reach
of the swords of the shackled slaves. In an instant both lay dead
upon the floor. But their cries had not been entirely fruitless,
for now I heard answering shouts and the footfalls of many men
running and the clank of accouterments and the commands of officers.
"The door! Quick, John Carter, bar the door!" cried Tardos Mors.
Already the guard was in sight, charging across the open court that
was visible through the doorway.
A dozen seconds would bring them into the tower. A single leap
carried me to the heavy portal. With a resounding bang I slammed
"The bar!" shouted Tardos Mors.
I tried to slip the huge fastening into place, but it defied my
"Raise it a little to release the catch," cried one of the red men.
I could hear the yellow warriors leaping along the flagging just
beyond the door. I raised the bar and shot it to the right just
as the foremost of the guardsmen threw himself against the opposite
side of the massive panels.
The barrier held--I had been in time, but by the fraction of a
Now I turned my attention to the prisoners. To
the stranger told his rescuers a pitiful tale of privation, hardships, and torture, extending over a period of ten years.Page 6
Upon the dock and all through the journey to London the Russian had his hands full with Ajax.Page 14
As his eyes fell upon the.Page 20
She was obdurate, and at last the lad appeared to acquiesce in his mother's decision that the ape must be returned to Africa and the boy to school, from which he had been absent on vacation.Page 28
And they must have money! Again he approached the corpse.Page 48
Behind he could hear the savages advancing with shouts and cries.Page 56
And Malbihn's shout and shot had set the others going.Page 86
Meriem liked it.Page 117
At sight of the white warrior who came upon them from down wind the herd halted in response to the warning cry of the sentinel that had discovered him.Page 127
Meriem at first insisted upon setting forth herself in search of Korak, but Bwana prevailed upon her to wait.Page 159
She stooped and picked up the envelope.Page 160
He trembled and shook like a leaf.Page 161
In her he had just seen a sweet and lovely flower of refinement and civilization, and he shuddered as he recalled the fate that he himself had planned for her--to be the mate of an ape-man, his mate, in the savage jungle.Page 169
He wanted to wait for "Hanson" and Meriem.Page 172
He had lost her.Page 188
So she might as well grant his request and hope that he had spoken fairly, and would deal fairly.Page 200
Why had they not dispatched him where they had found him? He was some penniless beggar of a trader who had wandered from his own district and became lost.Page 205
He recalled the young Englishman he had left on the river trail and who had disappeared before he returned.Page 209
He wheeled and shuffled back a dozen paces, then he turned, lifted his trunk and gave voice to a mighty roaring, trumpet-call of anger, lowered his head and charged like a huge battering ram of flesh and bone and muscle straight for the mighty barrier.Page 222
At first it was only fascination for a type that was new to me--then it was respect for a brave man who had the moral courage to admit a sin and the physical courage to face death to right the wrong he had committed.