drawing his dagger and making an incision
in the carcass a foot above the root of the sting, from which he
presently drew forth two sacs, each of which held fully a gallon
of the deadly liquid.
"Thus we maintain our supply, though were it not for certain commercial
uses to which the virus is put, it would scarcely be necessary to
add to our present store, since the sith is almost extinct.
"Only occasionally do we now run upon one. Of old, however, Kaol
was overrun with the frightful monsters that often came in herds
of twenty or thirty, darting down from above into our cities and
carrying away women, children, and even warriors."
As he spoke I had been wondering just how much I might safely tell
this man of the mission which brought me to his land, but his next
words anticipated the broaching of the subject on my part, and
rendered me thankful that I had not spoken too soon.
"And now as to yourself, John Carter," he said, "I shall not ask
your business here, nor do I wish to hear it. I have eyes and ears
and ordinary intelligence, and yesterday morning I saw the party
that came to the city of Kaol from the north in a small flier. But
one thing I ask of you, and that is: the word of John Carter that
he contemplates no overt act against either the nation of Kaol or
"You may have my word as to that, Torkar Bar," I replied.
"My way leads along the Kaolian road, away from the city of Kaol,"
he continued. "I have seen no one--John Carter least of all. Nor
have you seen Torkar Bar, nor ever heard of him. You understand?"
"Perfectly," I replied.
He laid his hand upon my shoulder.
"This road leads directly into the city of Kaol," he said. "I wish
you fortune," and vaulting to the back of his thoat he trotted away
without even a backward glance.
It was after dark when Woola and I spied through the mighty forest
the great wall which surrounds the city of Kaol.
We had traversed the entire way without mishap or adventure, and
though the few we had met had eyed the great calot wonderingly,
none had pierced the red pigment with which I had smoothly smeared
every square inch of my body.
But to traverse the surrounding country, and to enter the guarded
city of Kulan Tith, Jeddak of Kaol, were two very different things.
No man enters a Martian city without giving a very
We were thrown to the decks, bruised and stunned, and then above the ship, carrying with it fragments of steel and wood and dismembered human bodies, rose a column of water hundreds of feet into the air.Page 12
As I arose, I cast a single glance at my opponent.Page 16
If you wish, I will take you there, and I can promise that you will be treated well.Page 18
" It was my turn now to shake a doleful head.Page 20
I was glad that it was he, for I had considerable confidence in his loyalty, and so it was with a feeling of security that I went below and lay down.Page 29
I was standing on the edge of the conning-tower, when a heavy palm suddenly struck me between the shoulders and hurled me forward into space.Page 30
All I can particularly recall is that I laughed, though neither from a spirit of bravado nor from hysteria.Page 31
"Tell me!" Bradley replied.Page 34
As close in as we dared cruise, we found fathomless depths, and always the same undented coastline of bald cliffs.Page 41
I shouted down to those below that I saw daylight ahead, and a great shout of thanksgiving reverberated through the ship.Page 42
We were moving slowly up the river as the creature bore down upon us with distended jaws.Page 43
Then I went into the tower and ordered full speed ahead, hoping to distance the fearsome things; but it was useless.Page 54
It consisted of upward of five hundred individuals representing several species closely allied to man.Page 58
Miss La Rue was very quiet, though she replied graciously enough to whatever I had to say that required reply.Page 63
Plesser said they had been attacked by wild men and had exhausted a great deal of ammunition.Page 66
"A shell!" he cried.Page 69
Lys gave a little cry of joy and started toward me, but Tsa grasped her arm and dragged her back.Page 72
dead! He had been a good man, but the personal loss was not what affected me.Page 87
That night the clouds broke, and the moon shone down upon our little ledge; and there, hand in hand, we turned our faces toward heaven and plighted our troth beneath the eyes of God.