to the scrap-heap at the shaft's base.
With her fell a shower of her own tiny fliers, for each of them
had come in violent collision with the solid shaft.
I noticed that the wrecked fliers scraped down the shaft's side,
and that their fall was not as rapid as might have been expected;
and then suddenly the secret of the shaft burst upon me, and with
it an explanation of the cause that prevented a flier that passed
too far across the ice-barrier ever returning.
The shaft was a mighty magnet, and when once a vessel came within
the radius of its powerful attraction for the aluminum steel that
enters so largely into the construction of all Barsoomian craft,
no power on earth could prevent such an end as we had just witnessed.
I afterward learned that the shaft rests directly over the magnetic
pole of Mars, but whether this adds in any way to its incalculable
power of attraction I do not know. I am a fighting man, not a
Here, at last, was an explanation of the long absence of Tardos Mors
and Mors Kajak. These valiant and intrepid warriors had dared the
mysteries and dangers of the frozen north to search for Carthoris,
whose long absence had bowed in grief the head of his beautiful
mother, Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium.
The moment that the last of the fliers came to rest at the base of
the shaft the black-bearded, yellow warriors swarmed over the mass
of wreckage upon which they lay, making prisoners of those who were
uninjured and occasionally despatching with a sword-thrust one of
the wounded who seemed prone to resent their taunts and insults.
A few of the uninjured red men battled bravely against their cruel
foes, but for the most part they seemed too overwhelmed by the
horror of the catastrophe that had befallen them to do more than
submit supinely to the golden chains with which they were manacled.
When the last of the prisoners had been confined, the party
returned to the city, at the gate of which we met a pack of fierce,
gold-collared apts, each of which marched between two warriors,
who held them with strong chains of the same metal as their collars.
Just beyond the gate the attendants loosened the whole terrible
herd, and as they bounded off toward the grim, black shaft I did
not need to ask to know their mission. Had there not been those
within the cruel city of Kadabra who needed succor far worse than
the poor unfortunate dead and dying out there in
He had run across the Channel for a brief visit with his old friend, but the news of the Russian's escape had already cast a shadow upon his outing, so that though he had but just arrived he was already contemplating an immediate return to London.Page 3
But be sure to come alone, and under no circumstances notify Scotland Yard, for I know you well and shall be watching for you.Page 8
listen, furtively trying each latch.Page 13
" Behind him the hairy thing whose evil eyes had been watching him as a cat watches a mouse was creeping stealthily toward him.Page 19
He had noted during the brief incursion he had made into the forest that a short distance up-stream from his tree there was a much-used watering place, where, from the trampled mud of either bank, it was evident beasts of all sorts and in great numbers came to drink.Page 26
The horrible practices that would form a part of his life-training would alone be sufficient to bar him forever from association with those of his own race and station in life.Page 33
"Who are you?" he asked.Page 37
At other times in single file, first one and then the other in advance.Page 40
They swarmed about Tarzan's craft; but when they saw the nature of the enemy all but one turned and paddled swiftly up-river.Page 41
Then he lost consciousness.Page 74
When he had stated his decision to the chief he was rather surprised.Page 83
The witch doctor came and built a little fire before the infant, upon which he boiled some strange concoction in a small earthen pot, making weird passes above it and mumbling strange, monotonous chants.Page 84
The flame disclosed to Jane Clayton's horrified gaze that the baby was quite dead.Page 88
The girl struggled and fought to free herself, while the two sailors stood by, laughing at the rare treat.Page 93
At sight of it she recalled the rifle and ammunition that the man had thrust upon her at the last moment.Page 103
a large reward they could be induced to carry her to the nearest civilized port.Page 109
Only he knew which might be foe and which friend of their lost master.Page 110
There was, too, the chance that the Kincaid might be sighted by some passing ship, and as she was well stocked with provisions and water--the men had assured her of this fact--and as the season of storm was well over, she had every reason to hope for the eventual success of her plan.Page 126
"You might have overlooked some trifling thing that won't be of no use to you in the jungle, but that'll come in mighty handy to a poor sailorman in London.Page 142
What were they to do? Tarzan's broad chest rose and fell to the force of his pent emotions.