as a brother.
I could have wept had I not been so mad with rage that I almost
whipped my sword out and had at them all upon the spot.
"Judges," he said, "there can be but one verdict. No longer may
John Carter be Prince of Helium"--he paused--"but instead let him
be Jeddak of Jeddaks, Warlord of Barsoom!"
As the thirty-one judges sprang to their feet with drawn and
upraised swords in unanimous concurrence in the verdict, the storm
broke throughout the length and breadth and height of that mighty
building until I thought the roof would fall from the thunder of
the mad shouting.
Now, at last, I saw the grim humor of the method they had adopted
to do me this great honor, but that there was any hoax in the reality
of the title they had conferred upon me was readily disproved by
the sincerity of the congratulations that were heaped upon me by
the judges first and then the nobles.
Presently fifty of the mightiest nobles of the greatest courts of
Mars marched down the broad Aisle of Hope bearing a splendid car
upon their shoulders, and as the people saw who sat within, the
cheers that had rung out for me paled into insignificance beside
those which thundered through the vast edifice now, for she whom
the nobles carried was Dejah Thoris, beloved Princess of Helium.
Straight to the Throne of Righteousness they bore her, and there
Tardos Mors assisted her from the car, leading her forward to my
"Let a world's most beautiful woman share the honor of her husband,"
Before them all I drew my wife close to me and kissed her upon the lips.
Stooping low the youth passed along the verandah to a window of the darkened library--a French window which swung open without noise to his light touch.Page 2
A profound sigh of relief escaped the beardless lips; for that laugh assured the youth that, after all, the noise of the fallen candlestick had not alarmed the household.Page 19
There was only the road to the right, then, after all.Page 21
The flash of lightning had revealed, upon the contrary, a slender boy with smooth skin, an oval face, and large dark eyes.Page 26
" The man was puzzled.Page 35
"He's a thief--he said he was--look in his pockets--they're crammed wid swag, an' he's a gun-man, too, or he wouldn't be packin' a gat.Page 39
"You've caught cold," said Bridge, his tone almost self-reproachful, as though he were entirely responsible for the boy's condition.Page 41
If there is to be any hunting I prefer to be hunter rather than hunted.Page 42
I regret that James is not here to attend me; but since he is not you and I will have to carry some of this stuff upstairs," and together they returned to the floor above, their arms laden with pieces of the dilapidated milk rack.Page 56
What do you know?" "I seen the murderer this mornin'," Willie was gasping with excitement and elation.Page 60
And as the three watched her other eyes watched them and the digging girl--wide, awestruck eyes, filled with a great terror, yet now and again half closing in the shrewd expression of cunning that is a hall mark of crafty ignorance.Page 61
From her ears depended ornaments fashioned from gold coins.Page 62
The boy cowered.Page 70
They closed behind him.Page 73
Now if it was a girl I could understand it.Page 74
Was he thinking of the nocturnal raid he so recently had made upon the boudoir of Miss Abigail Prim? Was he pondering the fact that his pockets bulged to the stolen belongings of that young lady? But whatever was passing in his mind he permitted none of it to pass his lips.Page 76
Old trees grew in the parkway at his side.Page 83
A guard came to the grating of the cell door.Page 93
"You are right," he said.Page 94
On the morrow she would return to Payson and no one there the wiser; but first she had Burton send to the jail for Giova, who was being held as a witness, and Giova promised to come and work for the Pennings.