have fought had I been in their stead, with the determination
to take as many of my enemies with me when I died as lay within
the power of my sword arm.
It was a glorious battle, but the end seemed inevitable, when
presently from down the corridor behind the red men came a great
body of reenforcing yellow warriors.
Now were the tables turned, and it was the men of Helium who seemed
doomed to be ground between two millstones. All were compelled to
turn to meet this new assault by a greatly superior force, so that
to me was left the remnants of the yellow men within the throneroom.
They kept me busy, too; so busy that I began to wonder if indeed
I should ever be done with them. Slowly they pressed me back into
the room, and when they had all passed in after me, one of them
closed and bolted the door, effectually barring the way against
the men of Kantos Kan.
It was a clever move, for it put me at the mercy of a dozen men
within a chamber from which assistance was locked out, and it gave
the red men in the corridor beyond no avenue of escape should their
new antagonists press them too closely.
But I have faced heavier odds myself than were pitted against me
that day, and I knew that Kantos Kan had battled his way from a
hundred more dangerous traps than that in which he now was. So it
was with no feelings of despair that I turned my attention to the
business of the moment.
Constantly my thoughts reverted to Dejah Thoris, and I longed for
the moment when, the fighting done, I could fold her in my arms,
and hear once more the words of love which had been denied me for
so many years.
During the fighting in the chamber I had not even a single chance
to so much as steal a glance at her where she stood behind me beside
the throne of the dead ruler. I wondered why she no longer urged
me on with the strains of the martial hymn of Helium; but I did not
need more than the knowledge that I was battling for her to bring
out the best that is in me.
It would be wearisome to narrate the details of that bloody struggle;
of how we fought from the doorway, the full length of the room to
the very foot of the throne before the last of my antagonists fell
with my blade piercing his heart.
As though his cry was but a signal to the others, the entire great pack hurled themselves among the fighters.Page 56
Unutterable relief instantly filled them as if.Page 57
Sparks flew as steel smote steel, and then there.Page 66
Suddenly I looked toward Phaidor.Page 79
Without a word he turned and we followed the officer once again to the closed doors before the audience chamber of Issus, Goddess of Life Eternal.Page 83
There we entered the submarine, taking the long dive to the tunnel far beneath the upper world.Page 101
There we may live for a time, and who knows what may transpire to aid us to escape?" He had spoken all in a low whisper, evidently fearing spying ears even here, and so I answered him in the same subdued tone.Page 104
"You may trust me to find a way out of the prison of Shador, and I think, once out, that we shall find no great difficulty in arming ourselves once more in a country which abounds so plentifully in armed men.Page 112
I felt the wind of his bullet as it whizzed past my ear, and at the same instant I saw him crumple to the ground.Page 121
"And I," said Xodar.Page 122
The buildings upon the south side of this square did not appear to be inhabited, as I could see no lights, and so I decided to gain the inner courtyard through one of them.Page 133
Then we turned our faces once more toward the north and took our flight again at the highest speed of our slowest beast.Page 143
As is the custom upon Barsoom there were thirty-one, supposedly selected by lot from men of the noble class, for nobles were on trial.Page 146
"You have heard the fate that the men of Zodanga would mete to Helium's noblest hero.Page 155
So quickly had they worked and to such good purpose, that I was utterly beyond the power to resist them by the time I was fully awake.Page 157
"It will not be long, John Carter," he said, "that your opinions will be of interest even to yourself, so make the best of them while you can.Page 160
No, it cannot be, though I thank you for the offer.Page 171
" Presently I saw the ten battleships that had been ordered to hold the shaft of Omean.Page 174
With great caution we approached the shaft, under cover of darkness.Page 188
With a single cut I struck down two in the front rank.