adorned, was a lesser thern, though from his harness I gleaned that
he had reached the Ninth Cycle, which is but one below that of the
As I stood for a moment looking at the gruesome havoc Woola had
wrought, there recurred to me the memory of that other occasion
upon which I had masqueraded in the wig, diadem, and harness of
Sator Throg, the Holy Thern whom Thuvia of Ptarth had slain, and now
it occurred to me that it might prove of worth to utilize Lakor's
trappings for the same purpose.
A moment later I had torn his yellow wig from his bald pate and
transferred it and the circlet, as well as all his harness, to my
Woola did not approve of the metamorphosis. He sniffed at me and
growled ominously, but when I spoke to him and patted his huge head
he at length became reconciled to the change, and at my command
trotted off along the corridor in the direction we had been going
when our progress had been interrupted by the therns.
We moved cautiously now, warned by the fragment of conversation
I had overheard. I kept abreast of Woola that we might have the
benefit of all our eyes for what might appear suddenly ahead to
menace us, and well it was that we were forewarned.
At the bottom of a flight of narrow steps the corridor turned sharply
back upon itself, immediately making another turn in the original
direction, so that at that point it formed a perfect letter S,
the top leg of which debouched suddenly into a large chamber, illy
lighted, and the floor of which was completely covered by venomous
snakes and loathsome reptiles.
To have attempted to cross that floor would have been to court
instant death, and for a moment I was almost completely discouraged.
Then it occurred to me that Thurid and Matai Shang with their party
must have crossed it, and so there was a way.
Had it not been for the fortunate accident by which I overheard
even so small a portion of the therns' conversation we should
have blundered at least a step or two into that wriggling mass of
destruction, and a single step would have been all-sufficient to
have sealed our doom.
These were the only reptiles I had ever seen upon Barsoom, but I
knew from their similarity to the fossilized remains of supposedly
extinct species I had seen in the museums of Helium that they
comprised many of the known prehistoric reptilian genera, as well
as others undiscovered.
A more hideous aggregation of monsters
Keeping well to the far side of the clearing, Rudolph led Barney around the group of men and safely into the wood below them.Page 55
"How am I to know that you will not drag me back to the terrors of that awful castle, and to the poisonous potions of the new physician Peter has employed to assassinate me? I can trust none.Page 67
Have three good horses.Page 71
Barney reined in nearer the low wall.Page 82
I am getting old.Page 83
If not then he stands convicted of treason, and we shall know how to conduct ourselves.Page 101
As he stood talking with the foreman a dust-covered automobile pulled into the garage.Page 103
"We owed you much before, count," said Peter.Page 117
He ran his fingers along the fingers of the dead.Page 133
"You do not know.Page 149
Here they hid until darkness settled, for Barney had determined to enter the place after dark and hire horses.Page 163
He crossed to the table where the king had been sitting when he surprised him, motioning the ragged ruler to follow and be seated.Page 171
Your highness"--and he turned toward the Princess Emma--"must be greatly fatigued.Page 179
Already, through his glasses, he could see indications that the enemy was concentrating a larger force at this point to repulse the vicious assaults of the Luthanians.Page 188
An unmistakable lessening of the darkness in the east had just announced the proximity of day, when the king heard a clatter of horses' hoofs upon the road before the castle.Page 189
Ach, Gott! How Leopold of Lutha hated him, and yet, in the hands of this American lay not only his throne but his very life as well.Page 197
The eye in the dark followed him.Page 199
We are free now to go and come, since the king's soldiers have been withdrawn.Page 212
of Lutha, and was sent to the front in command of the army corps that guarded the northern frontier of the little kingdom.Page 213
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