of such an act, which would cut down the only man who could
lead the way to Dejah Thoris' prison before the long Martian year
had swung its interminable circle.
If he should lead Matai Shang to that hallowed spot, then, too,
should he lead John Carter, Prince of Helium.
With silent paddle I swung slowly into the wake of the larger craft.
UNDER THE MOUNTAINS
As we advanced up the river which winds beneath the Golden Cliffs
out of the bowels of the Mountains of Otz to mingle its dark waters
with the grim and mysterious Iss the faint glow which had appeared
before us grew gradually into an all-enveloping radiance.
The river widened until it presented the aspect of a large lake
whose vaulted dome, lighted by glowing phosphorescent rock, was
splashed with the vivid rays of the diamond, the sapphire, the ruby,
and the countless, nameless jewels of Barsoom which lay incrusted
in the virgin gold which forms the major portion of these magnificent
Beyond the lighted chamber of the lake was darkness--what lay behind
the darkness I could not even guess.
To have followed the thern boat across the gleaming water would
have been to invite instant detection, and so, though I was loath
to permit Thurid to pass even for an instant beyond my sight, I
was forced to wait in the shadows until the other boat had passed
from my sight at the far extremity of the lake.
Then I paddled out upon the brilliant surface in the direction they
When, after what seemed an eternity, I reached the shadows at the
upper end of the lake I found that the river issued from a low
aperture, to pass beneath which it was necessary that I compel
Woola to lie flat in the boat, and I, myself, must need bend double
before the low roof cleared my head.
Immediately the roof rose again upon the other side, but no longer was
the way brilliantly lighted. Instead only a feeble glow emanated
from small and scattered patches of phosphorescent rock in wall
Directly before me the river ran into this smaller chamber through
three separate arched openings.
Thurid and the therns were nowhere to be seen--into which of the
dark holes had they disappeared? There was no means by which I
might know, and so I chose the center opening as being as likely
to lead me in the right direction as another.
Here the way was through utter darkness. The stream was narrow--so
narrow that in the blackness I was constantly bumping first one
rock wall and then another
Carthoris backed slowly away.Page 15
One by one the masters mounted the rostrum beside the slave block upon which stood their chattels.Page 17
A smile crossed his lips.Page 23
Carthoris' flier had not touched the ground before he had sprung from its deck to race after the swift thoat, whose eight long legs were sending it down the avenue at the rate of an express train; but the.Page 28
With a hideous scream of pain and rage, the wounded banth hurtled, clawing, past him.Page 30
Carthoris half choked as the dire possibilities which the thing suggested presented themselves to his imagination.Page 32
that somewhere he would obtain sight of Thuvia of Ptarth, for even now he could not believe that she was dead.Page 35
You believe me?" "But the warriors who stole me from the garden!" she exclaimed.Page 41
They followed the new-comers with their eyes; but spoke no word to them.Page 53
As she spoke the single word there was a quick move of her right hand; Tario, releasing her, staggered back, both hands pressed to his side.Page 63
"Remain here with Jav," she had heard him say, "while I go to search for the passage through the cliffs.Page 68
Now that he has succeeded in accomplishing my permanent materialization, he will be unbearable, and he will go on until he has filled Lothar.Page 72
How long he lay there senseless he could not guess; but when he opened his eyes again he was alone, except for the bodies of the dead green men and Dusarians, and the carcass of a great banth that lay half across his own.Page 77
Instantly Carthoris struck, but not before a savage grunt escaped the other's lips.Page 80
"And who are you?" asked Hal Vas.Page 88
"And blessed be yours, Turjun," replied Vas Kor.Page 95
"You are my only friend among a nation of enemies.Page 98
But he fought not like a man at bay.Page 100
None in the navy of his sire possessed a swifter flier; no other craft so well armoured or so well armed.Page 102
Carthoris, who by this time had returned from the cabin, smiled sadly.