as judges. There
was Kulan Tith, Jeddak of Kaol, whom we had but just left within
his own palace a few days since; there was Thuvan Dihn, Jeddak of
Ptarth--how came he to Helium as soon as we?
There was Tars Tarkas, Jeddak of Thark, and Xodar, Jeddak of the
First Born; there was Talu, Jeddak of Jeddaks of the North, whom
I could have sworn was still in his ice-bound hothouse city beyond
the northern barrier, and among them sat Tardos Mors and Mors Kajak,
with enough lesser jeds and jeddaks to make up the thirty-one who
must sit in judgment upon their fellow-man.
A right royal tribunal indeed, and such a one, I warrant, as never
before sat together during all the history of ancient Mars.
As I entered, silence fell upon the great concourse of people that
packed the auditorium. Then Tardos Mors arose.
"John Carter," he said in his deep, martial voice, "take your place
upon the Pedestal of Truth, for you are to be tried by a fair and
impartial tribunal of your fellow-men."
With level eye and high-held head I did as he bade, and as I glanced
about that circle of faces that a moment before I could have sworn
contained the best friends I had upon Barsoom, I saw no single
friendly glance--only stern, uncompromising judges, there to do
A clerk rose and from a great book read a long list of the more
notable deeds that I had thought to my credit, covering a long period
of twenty-two years since first I had stepped the ocher sea bottom
beside the incubator of the Tharks. With the others he read of
all that I had done within the circle of the Otz Mountains where
the Holy Therns and the First Born had held sway.
It is the way upon Barsoom to recite a man's virtues with his sins
when he is come to trial, and so I was not surprised that all that
was to my credit should be read there to my judges--who knew it
all by heart--even down to the present moment. When the reading
had ceased Tardos Mors arose.
"Most righteous judges," he exclaimed, "you have heard recited all
that is known of John Carter, Prince of Helium--the good with the
bad. What is your judgment?"
Then Tars Tarkas came slowly to his feet, unfolding all his mighty,
towering height until he loomed, a green-bronze statue, far above
us all. He turned a baleful eye upon me--he, Tars Tarkas, with whom
I had fought through countless battles; whom I loved
Probably he had ulterior designs upon her lord and master or upon the fruits of their hunting.Page 51
And there were also the great apes--the friends of his father and of Akut.Page 53
a thorn tree--only a few feet beyond him.Page 70
Korak turned toward the child.Page 88
"You have defeated him who would have been king.Page 91
Nature must accomplish the rest unaided or Korak must die.Page 96
How close he came to a detection on several occasions The Killer well knew from the restless whining of several of them.Page 97
There was a good twelve inches of space between the broad back of the black and the frame of the doorway.Page 109
His lips were parted, and his breath came quickly, pantingly.Page 112
She drew back with a savage little growl.Page 140
He fascinated her, and when he drew closer to her after a short silence and took her hand she thrilled as one might thrill beneath the touch of a deity--a thrill of exaltation not unmixed with fear.Page 153
At the bungalow Bwana had met the returning adventurers on the verandah.Page 155
It would have been better had they inflicted this lesser sorrow, and saved the child the misery that was to follow because of her ignorance.Page 201
The abductor wounded me and I drifted down river in a canoe--I was on my way back to his camp when your men seized me.Page 202
his entire willingness to pay.Page 203
Finally one commenced to chew at one of.Page 213
So sudden and impetuous was their dash for escape that it carried them half-way across the village before the surprised inhabitants were aware of what was happening.Page 219
" Quickly the man cut the bonds that held Korak, and as the youth leaped to his feet and threw his arms about his father, the older man turned toward Meriem.Page 222
Once I thought that I loved him.Page 224
General Jacot took one look at Meriem, then he turned toward Lord Greystoke.