Pedestal of Truth beside the Throne of Righteousness in the Temple
of Reward, from the very spot where I had stood a year before when
Zat Arras pronounced the sentence of death upon me.
As I spoke I stepped forward and laid my hand upon the shoulder of
Carthoris where he stood in the front rank of the circle of nobles
As one, the nobles and the people lifted their voices in a long
cheer of approbation. Ten thousand swords sprang on high from as
many scabbards, and the glorious fighting men of ancient Helium
hailed Carthoris Jeddak of Helium.
His tenure of office was to be for life or until his great-grandfather,
or grandfather, should return. Having thus satisfactorily arranged
this important duty for Helium, I started the following day for
the Valley Dor that I might remain close to the Temple of the Sun
until the fateful day that should see the opening of the prison
cell where my lost love lay buried.
Hor Vastus and Kantos Kan, with my other noble lieutenants, I left
with Carthoris at Helium, that he might have the benefit of their
wisdom, bravery, and loyalty in the performance of the arduous
duties which had devolved upon him. Only Woola, my Martian hound,
At my heels tonight the faithful beast moved softly in my tracks.
As large as a Shetland pony, with hideous head and frightful fangs,
he was indeed an awesome spectacle, as he crept after me on his
ten short, muscular legs; but to me he was the embodiment of love
The figure ahead was that of the black dator of the First Born,
Thurid, whose undying enmity I had earned that time I laid him low
with my bare hands in the courtyard of the Temple of Issus, and
bound him with his own harness before the noble men and women who
had but a moment before been extolling his prowess.
Like many of his fellows, he had apparently accepted the new order
of things with good grace, and had sworn fealty to Xodar, his new
ruler; but I knew that he hated me, and I was sure that in his heart
he envied and hated Xodar, so I had kept a watch upon his comings
and goings, to the end that of late I had become convinced that he
was occupied with some manner of intrigue.
Several times I had observed him leaving the walled city of the
First Born after dark, taking his way out into the cruel and horrible
Valley Dor, where no honest business could
My promotion was rapid, for my family seems to inherit naval lore.Page 8
For twenty minutes the Coldwater bucked the great seas with her three engines.Page 14
It was the seat of a very powerful kingdom that flourished over two hundred years ago.Page 24
At my gesture and words they ceased their shouting and came to a halt a few paces from us.Page 26
" The males fight for the favor of the females.Page 29
A lion reigned, undisturbed, within a few miles of the seat of one of the greatest governments the world has ever known, his domain a howling wilderness, where yesterday fell the shadows of the largest city in the world.Page 30
This time I was pitted against men--the spear told me that all too plainly--but so long as they didn't take me unawares or from behind I had little fear of them.Page 31
There were about thirty men in the party and one woman--a girl whose hands seemed to be bound behind her and who was being pulled along by two of the men.Page 34
Professor Cortoran, since my return to Pan-America, has suggested another theory which is not entirely without claim to serious consideration.Page 37
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Did you give my message to the queen? Will she come? Where is she?" The child's sobs increased, and she flung herself upon the dirt floor of the hut, apparently overcome by grief.Page 43
There was naught else she could do, and so she crawled away into the Stygian blackness behind me.Page 47
Well-worn pathways, molded by padded paws, led through the cavernous windows or doorways of a few of the ruins we passed, and once we saw the savage face of a great, black-maned lion scowling down upon us from a shattered stone balcony.Page 51
" Nearer the end I picked out the following: "I promised his maj .Page 53
The creature was making a frightful racket now, leaping back and forth from the floor at the broad window ledge, tearing at the masonry with his claws in vain attempts to reach me.Page 58
Had the report come from down-river, I should have instantly thought that one of my own men had fired.Page 65
The thought was almost like a physical blow in the face--it stunned me.Page 66
And then rage came to my relief--rage against the vile traitor who had deserted three of his fellow countrymen in so frightful a position.Page 80
"I like your spirit, for the breaking of it will add to my pleasure in you, and never fear but that it shall be broken--this very night.Page 87
" "When did it end?" I asked him.