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A Princess Of Mars By Conan Doyle
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A PRINCESS OF MARS
WITH MY BACK AGAINST A GOLDEN THRONE.
FOR DEJAH THORIS.
FOUGHT ONCE AGAIN
Frontispiece (Page 298)
A PRINCESS OF MARS
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
TARZAN OF THE APES, THE RETURN OF TARZAN. THE BEASTS OF TARZAN, ETC.
NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP
United States of America
1917 Copyrighted in Great Britain . C McClurg 1917 & Co.Copyright A. Published October.
mi JACK .
dark. words relative to this remarkable personality will be of interest. stand- [vii] . or he would sit for an hour at a time entertaining my old grandmother with stories of his strange. I athletic man whom I called He seemed always to be laughing. just prior to the opening of the civil was then a child of but five years. yet I well remember the tall. smooth-faced. wild life in all parts of the world. first recollection of Captain Carter is of in the few months he spent at my father's home Virginia. and he en tered into the sports of the children with the same hearty good fellowship he displayed toward those pastimes in which the men and women of his own age indulged. all We the loved him.FOREWORD To the Reader of you in this Work: manu few I believe that a In submitting Captain Carter's strange script to book form. a splendid specimen of He was manhood. Uncle Jack. My war. and our slaves fairly worshipped ground he trod.
happy fellow we had known of old. the same genial. filled with His manners were perfect. and say that the tumble that killed him would be from the back of a horse yet unfoaled. but he would only laugh. the his face set in a look When of wistful longing and hope[ vm] i . I have often heard my father caution him against his wild recklessness. war broke out he left us. His features were regular and clear cut. his hair black and closely cropped.FOREWORD ing a good two inches over six feet. with the carriage of the trained fighting man. nor had he changed in any other outward way. and I was much surprised to note that he had not aged apparently a moment. was a marvel and delight even in that country of mag nificent horsemen. and a typical his courtliness was that of southern gentleman of the highest type. and loyal character. He was. nor did I see him again for some fifteen or sixteen years. but when he thought himself alone I have seen him sit for hours gazing off into space. when others were with him. reflecting a strong fire and initiative. broad of shoulder and narrow of hip. especially after hounds. When he returned it was without warning. His horsemanship. while his eyes were of a steel gray.
in the winter of 1885. He me at this time that if anything should happen him he wished me to take charge of his estate. and at night he would sit thus looking up into the heavens. and during one of ing.FOREWORD misery. at what I did not know until I read his manuscript years afterward. where I visited He him once a year on the occasions of my trips to the New York market my father and I owning and operating a string of general stores throughout Virginia at that time. less He told us that he had been prospecting and mining in Arizona part of the time since the war. where he purchased a little place on the Hudson. telling me I would find his will there and some personal instruo [he] . Captain Carter had a small but beautiful cottage. and he gave me a key to a compartment in the safe which stood in his study. I observed he was much occupied in writ j presume now. in fact he would remained with us for about a year and then went to New York. As to the details of his life during these years he not talk was very of them at all. and that he had been very successful was evidenced by the unlimited amount of money with which he was supplied. situated on a bluff overlooking the river. reticent. upon told to this manuscript. I my last visits.
I from him asking me to come had always been his favorite I fcmong the younger generation of Carters and so hastened to comply with his demand. 1886. although I never had understood that he was in the strict sense of the term a religious though in appeal. Several months after I had returned home from I think.FOREWORD tions which he had me pledge myself fidelity. I received 9 telegram to him at once. I arrived at the little station. but I hurried out to his place as quickly as . about a mile from 4. the Captain ifter daylight that had been found dead shortly very morning by the watchman this attached to an adjoining property. For some reason news did not surprise me. his grounds. my last visit. asked the livery man to drive me out to Captain Carter's he replied that if I was a friend of the Captain's he had some very bad news and when I for me . I man. to carry out with absolute After I had retired for the night I have seen him from my window standing in the moonlight on the brink of the bluff overlooking the Hudson with his arms stretched out to the heavens as thought at the time that he was praying. the first of March. on the morning of March 1886.
They were was able. together with the local police chief and several townspeople. stretched full length in the snow with the arms the finding of the body.FOREWORD possible. assembled in his little study. in which he had told me I would find my instruc tions. in part peculiar indeed. The watchman related the few details connected with had been he when came warm upon it. and when he showed me the spot it flashed I upon me that it was the identical one where had seen him on those other night*. It lay. found the watchman who had discovered him. I opened the safe and withdrew the contents of the drawer heart failure. and that he be laid in an coffin within a tomb which he previously had . he said. so that I could take charge of the body and of I his affairs. arms raised There were no marks of violence on the body. which he said still outstretched above the head toward the edge of the bluff. but I last detail as faith have followed them to each fully as I He open directed that I remove his body to Virginia without embalming. and wrth the aid of a local physician the coroner's jury quickly reached a decision of death from Left alone in the study. with his in supplication to the skies.
when which the principal instructions was to become mine. was The instructions impressed me that I must personally see that this upon was car if ried out just as he directed. as well ventilated. and unread. A body strange feature about the tomb. where his still lies. Yours very sincerely. equipped huge gold-plated spring lock which that the massive door is can be opened only from the inside. is with a single. EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS. even in secrecy necessary. His property was left in such a way that I was His to receive the entire income for twenty-five years. I later learned. . nor was I to divulge retain sealed contents until twenty-one years after his death.FOREWORD had constructed and which. to this further I related manuscript was to found its it. just as I for eleven years.
.128 139 155 170 188 XIV A XV XVIII Me Her Story XVI We XVII A Plan Escape Costly Recapture in Chained Warhoon 202 XIX Battling in the Arena 210 .. . .... .. .. .. ... XX XXI In the Atmosphere Factory An Air Scout for Zodanga XXTI I Find Dejah XXIII Lost in the Sky XXIV Tars Tarkas Finds a Friend . A With Dejah Thoris Prisoner with Power Love-Making on Mars Duel to the Death Sola Tells .....219 235 252 270 281 XXV XXVI The Looting of Zodanga Through Carnage to Joy Joy to 294 303 XXVII From XXVIII At Death 314 the Arizona Cave 32^ .. ... . 46 54 62 72 IX X XI XII XIII Learn the Language Champion and Chief I 82 89 106 118 .. ..CONTENTS CHAPTER I PACT On the Arizona Hills 1 II The Escape III My I Dead Advent on Mars of the 14 22 35 IV A Prisoner V VI VII VIII My Watch Dog A Fight That Won Friends Elude Child-Raising on Mars A Fair Captive from the Sky .
that I because of this terror of death. but I cannot tell because I men. how old I do not know. And because of this conviction I have determined to write down the story of the interesting periods of cannot explain the phenomena I can only set down here in the words life my and of . but yet have the same horror of it is as you who have never died. appear today as I did forty years and more ago. I have never aged as other So far as I can recollect I have always been a man.A PRINCESS OF MARS CHAPTER I ON THE ARIZONA HILLS AM a very old man I Possibly I . and I believe. I . my death. am a hundred. possibly more. and yet I feel that I cannot go on living forever. that some day I shall die the real death from which there is no resurrec tion. a man of about thirty. am it still alive . nor do I remember any childhood. so convinced of am my mortality. I I do not know why who have died twice and I I should fear death.
mysteries to you. but no longer mysteries to me. I have never told this story. penniless. fighting. and so I do not purpose being pilloried by the public. and th" knowledge which I can set down in this chronicle will aid in an earlier understanding of the mysteries of our sister planet. I I am better known as Captain Jack Carter of Virginia. nor shall mortal man see this manuscript until after I have passed over for eternity. the pulpit. which had vanished with the hopes of the South. Masterless. I determined . At \ the close of the Civil War found myself assessed of several hundred thousand dollars (Confederate) and a captain's commission in the cavalry arm of an army which no longer existed the servant of a . I know that the average human mind will not believe what it cannot grasp. and the press. Possibly the suggestions which I gained upon Mars.A PRINCESS OF MARS of an ordinary soldier of fortune a chronicle of the strange events that befell that my during the ten years dead body lay undiscovered in an Arizona me cave. and with my only state of livelihood. and held up as a colossal liar when I am but telling the simple truths which some day science will substantiate. My name is John Carter. gone.
As Powell was determined that the trip. 1866. I spent nearly a We were extremely fortunate. who was that . purchase the necessary machinery and return with a sufficient force of men properly to work the mine. Powell of Richmond. as well as with the mechanical requirements of mining it we would be best for him to make I was agreed that was to hold down its our claim against the remote possibility of being jumped by some wandering prospector. Powell and I packed his provisions on two of our burros. year prospecting in company with another Confederate officer. after many hardships and privations. Captain James K. and started down  . stated we had uncovered over a million dollars worth in a trifle of ore *' over three months. for late in the winter of 1865. in the As our equipment was crude extreme we decided that one of us must return to civilization.ON THE ARIZONA HILLS to work my way to the southwest and attempt to retrieve my fallen fortunes in a search for gold. On March 3. a mining engineer by education. and bidding me good-bye he mounted his horse. Powell. we located the most remarkable gold-bearing quartz vein that our wildest dreams had ever pictured. It familiar with the country.
The morning nearly I all of Powell's departure was. the to assure myself. but the more I tried to convince myself that all was well with am Powell. Some half hour later I happened to glance casually across the valley and to note three little dots in was much surprised about the same place I his had I last seen my friend and two pack animals. the extreme. could see him and his little pack animals picking their way down and all the mountainside toward the valley. like Arizona mornings. across which led the first stage of his journey.A PRINCESS OF MARS the mountainside toward the valley. therefore. Since less I was able we had entered careless in the territory we had not seen a hostile Indian. not given to needless worrying. and were wont to ridicule the stories we had heard of the great numbers of these vicious marauders that were sup-  . become and we had. and that the dots I had seen on his trail were antelope or wild horses. clear and beautiful. during the morning I would catch occasional glimpses of them as they topped a hog back or came out upon a level plateau. My last sight of Powell was about three in the afternoon as he entered the shadows of the range on the opposite side of the valley.
and when I should catch up with m . galloping. I As soon I discovered the point those of Powell. until.ON THE ARIZONA HILLS posed to haunt the trails. Powell. I was forced to await the rising of the moon. like some nervous old housewife. further. but I too had lived and fought for years among the Sioux in the North. Finally I could endure the suspense no longer. and I given an opportunity to speculate on the question of the wisdom of my chase. I knew. Possibly I had con jured up impossible dangers. and against a I knew of that his chances were small party cunning trailing Apaches. followed rapidly until. three of them. and. urged my where the going permitted. as I reached comparatively level ground mount into a canter and continued this. darkness shutting down. was well armed and. I my two Colt revolvers and a strapped two belts of cartridges about the me and catching my trail saddle horse. started down taken by Powell in the morning. taking their toll in lives and torture of every white party which fell into their merciless clutches. close upon dusk. where other tracks joined They were the tracks of unshod and the ponies had been ponies. an experienced Indian fighter. arming myself with carbine.
and However. it at a brisk trot until. and in some places camp. About nine bright for o'clock the moon was sufficiently I me to proceed on my way and had no difficulty in following the trail at a fast walk. in whose service my sword has been red many a time. wherever it may lead. I reached the water hole where Powell had I expected to came upon the spot unex no signs pectedly. has always been a kind of fetich with me am throughout my life. with of having been recently occupied as a camp. the following of a sense of duty. finding entirely deserted. which may account for the honors bestowed upon me by three republics and the decorations and friendships of an old and powerful emperor and several lesser kings. so I  . not prone to sensitiveness. was positive now that the were Apaches and that they wished to capture Powell alive for the fiendish pleasure of the torture. continued after Powell with only a brief stop at the hole for water. and always trailers at the same I rate of speed as his. about mid night.A PRINCESS OF MARS Powell would get a good laugh for I my pains. I was interested to note that the tracks of the pursuing horsemen. for such I was they must now convinced be.
however. I instantly speed up the I urged my horse to his topmost narrow and difficult mountain trail. I knew and that Powell would need me now if ever. open plateau near the summit of the pass. had forged ahead for perhaps a mile or more without hearing further sounds. The little stretch of level land was white with Indian tepees. when the trail suddenly debouched onto a small. I hoping against hope that would catch up with the red rascals before they attacked him. and I easily could have turned back into the dark recesses of the gorge and made my escape with perfect safety.THE ARIZONA HILLS urged my horse onward at a most dangerous pace. Further speculation was suddenly cut short by the faint report of two shots far ahead of me. overhanging gorge just before entering suddenly upon this table land. tion Their atten was so wholly riveted to this point of interest that they did not notice me. this The fact. I had passed through a narrow. that thought did not occur to me until the following day removes any possible right . and the sight which met my eyes filled me with consternation and dismay. and there were probably half a thousand red warriors clustered around some object near the center of the camp.
convinced by sudden surprise that not less than a regiment of regulars was upon them. I cannot recall a single one where any alternative step to that I took occurred to me until many hours later. of course. but within an instant from the moment the scene broke upon my view I had whipped out my revolvers and was charging down upon shooting rapidly. that is However have never regretted that cowardice may not optional with me. I could not have pursued better tactics. because. in all of the hundreds of instances that my voluntary acts have placed me face to face with death. arrows. My sub mind is evidently so constituted that I am consciously forced into the path of duty without recourse to tiresome mental processes. turned and for their bows. positive that Powell was the center of attraction. army of warriors. do not believe that I am made of the stuff which constitutes heroes. and whooping at the top of my the entire Single handed. I was. and fled in rifles. for the red men. but whether I In this instance I thought or acted first I do not know. be. every direction The view which their hurried routing disclosed  .A PRINCESS OF MARS to a claim to heroism to which the narration of this episode I might possibly otherwise entitle me. lungs.
ON THE ARIZONA HILLS apprehension and with rage. body from mutilation at the hands of the Apaches as quickly as I would have saved the man himself from death. so. filled me with his body fairly bristling with the hostile arrows of That he was already dead I could not but be convinced. rifle balls. and was pursued with imprecations. I tinue across the plateau. The fact that it is difficult to aim anything but imprecations accurately by moonlight. and that I was a rather rapidly moving target saved various deadly projectiles of the me from the enemy and per mitted me to reach the shadows of the surround-  . The Indians had by this time discovered that I I was alone and arrows. that they were upset by the sudden and unexpected manner of my advent. putting spurs to my poor made a dash for the opening to the pass which I could distinguish on the far side of the table land. Under the clear rays of the Arizona moon lay Powell. I reached down from the and grasping his cartridge belt drew him I up across the withers of glance convinced my mount. and yet I would have saved his the braves. A backward way to con me that to return by the had come would be more hazardous than beast. Riding close to him saddle.
I knew the Indians would soon discover that trail they were on the wrong and that the search  .A PRINCESS OF MARS ing peaks before an orderly pursuit could be organized. to the right of which my horse had borne me and body of Powell. knew then that they had passed to the left of the jagged rock formation at the edge of the plateau. I drew rein on a little level promontory over looking the trail below and to my left. life to the valley this and to safety. My horse was I traveling practically unguided as knew it that I had probably exact location of the trail knowledge of the to the pass than he. My trail pursuing savages suddenly grow fainter and fainter far off to knowledge that came when I heard the first I was on the wrong yells of the my I left. and saw the the party of pursuing savages disappearing around the point of a neighboring peak. however. and less thus led to happened that he entered a defile which the summit of the range and not to the pass I which had hoped would carry me It is probable. that to and the remarkable experiences and adventures which befell me during the follow fact I owe my ing ten years.
with the customary lack of dawn which is a startling characteristic of Arizona. . working aver him con tinuously for the better part of an hour in the face of the fact that I knew him to be dead.ON THE ARIZONA HILLS foi me would be renewed in the right direction as soon as they located my tracks. The trail was level and quite broad and led upward and in the general direction I wished to go. I forced lips. and on my te was an equal and nearly perpendicular drop the bottom of a rocky ravine. for several hundred feet on left what seemed to be an excellent trail The cliff arose my right. I had gone but a short distance further when opened up around the face of a high cliff. but the most painstaking examination failed to reveal the faintest spark of life. Dismounting. water from my canteen between his dead bathed his face and rubbed his hands. I laid Powell upon the ground. and. and at this opening the trail ended. it had become daylight almost without It warning. was now morning. I had followed this trail for perhaps a hundred yards when a sharp turn to the right brought me The opening was to the mouth of a large cave. about four feet in height and three to four feet wide.
man in every respect a polished southern gentle man a staunch and true friend and it was with a a . comparatively safe in my present location as I knew that one man could defend the trail to the ( cave against an army. at some remote period.A PRINCESS OF MARS I was very fond of Powell. . Leaving Powell's body where it lay on the ledge I I crept into the cave to reconnoiter. but I that this would never do. been in The back of the shadow that I could not distinguish whether there were openings into other apartments or not. possibly a hundred feet in eter diam and thirty or forty feet in height. over long me which of my and strenuous and the reaction from the I felt excitement of the fight and the pursuit. as it knew would mean  . I soon became so drowsy that resist the I could scarcely strong desire to throw myself on the floor of the cave for a few moments' rest. feeling of the deepest grief that I finally gave up my crude endeavors at resuscitation. found a large chamber. and many other evidences that cave was so lost in dense the cave had. smooth and well-worn habited. As I was continuing my examination I com menced to feel a pleasant drowsiness creeping I attributed to the fatigue ride. a floor. he was thoroughly .
With an effort I started toward the opening of the cave only to reel drunkenly against a side wall. who might be upon me at any moment.ON THE ARIZONA HILLS certain death at the hands of my red friends. slip prone upon the floor. and from there .
my of delicious dreaminess overcame muscles relaxed. first unable to It move was then. but as a muscle as though turned to stone. for the time. I lay facing the opening of the cave and where I could see the short stretch of trail which lay between the cave and the turn of the cliff around  . There also came to my slight the cave. and I could had been overcome by some only assume that poisonous gas. I was now thoroughly awake. the sound of approaching horses reached my to discover that to attempted to spring to my feet but was horrified my muscles refused to respond my will. and I was on the point of giving away to my desire to sleep when ears. but why I should retain my mental nostrils a faintly I faculties and yet be unable to move I could not fathom. pungent odor.CHAPTER II A I SENSE me. that I noticed a It was extremely vapor filling tenuous and only noticeable against the opening which led to daylight.
his eyes bulging and his jaw dropped. I me if the had not long to wait before a stealthy sound apprised me of their nearness. And then another savage face appeared. judged the Indians were along the little ledge which led to my living tomb. and then a warface bonneted.which the horses trail led. and a third and fourth and fiftht craning their necks over the shoulders of their fellows whom they could not pass upon the narrow ledge. I remember that I hoped they would make short work of me as I did not particularly relish the thought of the creeping stealthily upon me innumerable things they might do to spirit prompted them. merely The fellow. The and I noise of the approaching had ceased. Each face was the picture of awe and fear. nor did I learn until ten years later. instead of stood and stared. That there were still other braves behind those who regarded me was apparent from  . but for what reason I did not know. paint-streaked was thrust cau tiously around the shoulder of the diff x and savage eyes looked into mine. falling full upon me through the approaching. That he could see me in the dim light of the cave I was sure for the early morning sun was opening.
and. frightened them was not sufficient as it The sound which had repeated. with one's back toward and unknown danger from the very horrible sound of which the ferocious Apache warriors turn in wild stampede. through say at that time the sensations I endured during the next few minutes were fear.A PRINCESS OF MARS the fact that the leaders passed back whispered word to those behind them. panic stricken. then for cowardice is To some may God help the coward. but start it had been was to me speculating on the possible horror which lurked in the shadows at tive my back. Fear is a rela term and so I can only measure I my in feelings previous by what had experienced I and of those have danger by passed positions but I can without shame that if since. as a flock of sheep would . be held paralyzed. and then all was still once more. turned and fled So frantic were their efforts to escape behind me from the unseen thing that one of the braves was hurled head long from the cliff to the rocks below. as reached the ears of the Indians. Their wild cries echoed in the canyon for a short time. of a surety its own punishment. distinct Suddenly a low but issued moaning sound from the it recesses of the cave behind me. they in terror.
suddenly. early morning. I could but vaguely conjecture the cause of my paralysis. The shock to my already overstrained nervous system was terrible  . and a faint startled ears. and my only hope lay in that it might pass contemplation of suddenly as it had fallen upon me. and of I was with my mysterious unknown companion and the dead body which lay just within my range of vision upon the ledge where I had placed it in the my friend. From silence. Late in the afternoon my horse. which had been off as standing with started slowly dragging rein before the cave. rustling as of dead leaves. down the trail. seems to me the a word in fearsome predicaments for man who had ever been used to fighting for his life with all the energy of a powerful physique. then until possibly midnight all was the silence of the dead.THE ESCAPE OF THE DEAD madly last flee from a pack of wolves. Several times I thought I heard faint sounds some body moving cautiously. evidently in search left alone of food and water. then. but eventually even these ceased. the awful moan of the morning broke upon my and there came again from the black shadows the sound of a moving thing. and I was left to the behind as of me my position without interruption.
My I first thought was. as I could 'feel my heart pounding against my ribs from the exer tion of my efforts to release myself from the . of the nerves. is this then death! Have But indeed passed over forever into that other life! I could not well believe this. a sharp click as of the snapping steel wire. not mus cular. there was a momentary feeling of nausea. And then of a something gave. for there I lay clothed.A PRINCESS OF MARS and with a superhuman effort I strove to break my awful bonds. I looked first at my lifeless clay there upon the floor of the cave and then down at myself in utter bewilderment. for I could not little finger. of the will. of the mind. It was an effort in the extreme. move even so much as my but none the less mighty for all that. and I stood with my back against foe. The transition had been so sudden and so unex pected that it left me for a moment forgetful of aught else than my strange metamorphosis. and yet here I stood but naked as at the minute of my birth. with the eyes staring toward the open ledge and the hands resting limply upon the ground. and there before all me lay my own body had been these hours. the wall of the cave facing my unknown as it And lying then the moonlight flooded the cave.
and the ancient experiment of pinching revealed the fact that was anything other than a wraith. My revolvers were strapped to my lifeless body which. my distorted upon me. My breath was coming in quick. left my horse had wan dered off I was without means of defense. I had no desire to face the unseen thing which menaced me. Pausing upon  . I suddenly recalled to my imme diate surroundings by a repetition of the weird Again was I moan from unarmed the depths of the cave. Naked and as I was. The crisp. I could not bring myself to touch. cold sweat stood out from every pore of my body. short gasps. fresh mountain air outside the cave acted as an immediate tonic and I felt new life and new courage coursing through me. to lie in flight My only alternative seemed and my decision rustling was crystallized by a recurrence of the sound from the thing which in the darkness of the cave and to imagination. for some unfathomable reason. and as strapped to my saddle. My carbine was in its boot.THE ESCAPE OF THE DEAD anaesthesis which had held me. Unable longer to resist the temptation to escape this horrible place I leaped quickly through the opening into the starlight of a clear Arizona night. to be creeping stealthily now seemed.
stretching far vista of rocky gorge. yet noth ing had molested me. but first I lifted had caused my head to fill night air my lungs with the pure. and my better judgment. cacti-studded moonlight into a miracle of soft splendor wrought by the and wondrous enchantment. and the grotesque details of the beautiful cacti yet form a picture at once enchanting and inspiring. As I did so I saw below me the beautiful flat. invigorating of the mountains. arroyo. the strange lights and shadows upon hog back and stiff.A PRINCESS OF MARS the brink of the ledge I upbraided myself for what now seemed sion. Few western wonders are more inspiring than the beauties of an Arizona moonlit land scape. when permitted the direction of clear and logical reasoning. as though one were catching for the first time a glimpse of some dead and forgotten  . convinced me that the noises I had heard must have resulted from purely natural and harmless causes. probably the conformation of the cave was such that a slight breeze the sounds I heard. I decided to investigate. and level. the silvered mountains in the distance. wholly unwarranted apprehen I reasoned with myself that I had lain to me helpless for many hours within the cave.
and me. I turned my gaze from the landscape to the heavens where the I As myriad attention stars formed a gorgeous and fitting canopy for the wonders of the earthly scene. I felt a spell As I gazed upon of overpowering fascination it was for of Mars. it. instant of extreme cold and utter darkness. the fighting held it the had man. to lure me to to draw me attracts a particle of iron. My star it was quickly riveted by a large red close to the distant horizon.THE ESCAPE OF THE DEAD world. longing was beyond the power of opposi tion. stretched out my arms My toward the god of my vocation and felt myself drawn with the suddenness of thought through the There was an immensity of space. trackless  . I closed my eyes. the god war. always power of irresistible enchantment. night it As I gazed at it on that far-gone as the lodestone seemed to call across the unthinkable void. so different is it from the aspect of any other spot upon our earth. stood thus meditating.
and  . circular basin. You do not question I. not once did fulness. question either my sanity or my wake- I was not asleep. the sun was shining full upon me and the heat of it was rather intense upon my naked body. that I my inner consciousness told me as plainly was upon Mars as your conscious mind tells you that you are upon Earth. seemed to be lying in a deep. yet no greater than would have been true under similar conditions on an Arizona desert. the fact.CHAPTER III MY ADVENT ON MARS OPENED my eyes I landscape. I I knew upon a strange and weird that I was on Mars. I along the outer verge of which the irregularities of low It hills. moss-like vegetation which stretched around I me in all directions for interminable miles. Here and there were slight outcroppings of quartz- bearing rock which glistened in the sunlight. could distinguish was midday. neither did I found myself lying prone upon a bed of yel lowish. no need for pinching here.
appeared a low. ON MARS left. carried of about three yards. played the mischief with me in attempting for the first time to cope with the lesser gravitation and lower air pressure on Mars. . easily manner. of hops my attempts to walk resulted in a variety whkh took me clear of the ground a couple of feet at each step and landed me sprawling and upon my face or back at the end of each second or third hop.MY a little ADVENT. Springing to my feet I received my first me surprise. and no other vegetation than to my the moss was in evidence. My muscles. perfectly attuned accustomed to the force of gravity on Earth. walled enclosure about four feet in height. I alighted softly upon the ground. with out appreciable shock or jar. however. No water. as the muscular exer tion which carried me played strange antics Instead of progressing in a sane and dignified and safely upon Earth with me upon Mars. found that I must learn to walk all over again. Now commenced a air to the height Martian series of evolutions which even then seemed I ludicrous in the extreme. perhaps a hundred yards. and as little I was somewhat Martian thirsty I determined to do a exploring. which on Earth would have into the brought me standing upright. for the effort.
with little scrawny light bodies. perfectly round and snowy white. two legs and two arms. but as the wall was but about four feet high I cautiously gained my feet and peered over the top upon the strangest sight it had ever been given me to see. The eggs were nearly uniform in size being about two and one-half feet in diameter. encircling wall of the en There appeared to be no doors or windows upon the side nearest me. to explore the low was the only evidence of habitation and so first I hit upon the unique plan of and in a reverting to ing. and beneath this The were several hundred large eggs.A PRINCESS OF MARS I structure which in sight. Five or six had already hatched and the gro tesque caricatures which sat blinking in the sun were enough to cause me to doubt my sanity. or. They seemed mostly head. principles in locomotion. closure. was determined. however. creep I did fairly well at this few moments had reached the low. long necks and six legs. roof of the enclosure was of solid glass about four or five inches in thickness. as I afterward learned. with an inter mediary pair of limbs which could be used at will either as arms or legs. Their eyes were set at the  .
thus permitting this queer animal to look in any direction. These add a most ferocious appearance to an otherwise fearsome and terrible countenance. ears. this color is deepens to an olive green and darker in the male than in the female. slightly above the eyes cup-shaped inch closer were small. the heads of the adults are not so out of proportion to their bodies as in the case of the young. Further. as I their bodies. The eyeball itself latter is very white. which were together. as the lower tusks curve upward to sharp points which end about where  . mid way between their mouths and There was no hair on adults. which were In the of a very light yellowish-green color. The and ears. The iris of the eyes is blood red. without the necessity of turning the head. antennae. slits in Their noses were but longitudinal the center of their faces. while the pupil is dark. or in two directions at once. was to learn quite soon. as are the teeth. protruding not these more than an on young specimens. as in Albinos.MY ADVENT ON MARS extreme sides of their heads a center and protruded in such a trifle above the that they manner could be directed either forward or back and also independently of each other.
which covers practically the entire surface of Mars with the exception of the frozen areas at the poles and the scattered cultivated districts. but of the snowiest and most gleaming of their tusks stand out in a Against the dark background of their olive skins most striking manner. over the soft and soundless moss. for I was given but time to speculate on the wonders I had seen that the eggs were in the process of hatching. The china. but their intentions were far more sinister. their shells I failed to note the approach of a score my new of full-grown Martians from behind me. Coming. Had not the its of the leader of the party swung from fastenings beside his saddle in such a way as to  . they might have captured me easily. as they did. whiteness of the teeth not that of ivory. and as I stood watching the hideous little monsters break from discovery. a singularly for Most of of these details little I noted later.'A PRINCESS OF MARS human beings is the eyes of earthly are located. making these weapons present midable appearance. It was the rat tling of the accoutermcnts of the foremost warrior which warned me. On rifle such a little thing my life hung that I often marvel that I escaped so easily.
while the hands of his his his two right arms held immense spear low at the side of his mount.MY ADVENT ON MARS strike against the butt of his great metal shod spear I should have snuffed out without ever ing that death was near me. not ten breast. was fully fifteen feet in height would have weighed some four- He sat his mount as we sit a horse. and which held straight out behind while running. such I The man himself. tipped v/ith ing metal. from my and there upon me. know sound But the little caused feet me to turn. and held low at replica of the little devils I gleam the side of a mounted had been watching. a gaping  . it larger at the tip than at the root. hundred pounds. a broad flat tail. But how puny and harmless they now looked beside this huge and terrific incarnation of hate of vengeance and of death. two left arms were outstretched laterally to of any description for help preserve his balance. for may call and. grasping the animal's barrel with his lower limbs. was the point of that huge spear. And his mount! It How can earthly words de scribe it! towered ten feet at the shoulder. the thing he rode having neither bridle or reins guidance. had four legs on either side. on earth. him. a spear forty feet long.
formed on Mars. and. characteristic feature of the fauna of Mars. similar in later. with a multiplicity of legs. in common is a The highest type of man and one other animal.'A PRINCESS OF MARS split its mouth which head from its snout to its long. it was entirely devoid of hair. the only mammal nails. as I learned bearing individual characteristics peculiar to themselves. made but one terrible and swift impression on me as I turned to meet it. and its legs shaded from the slate of its shoulders and hips to a vivid yellow at the feet. This picture. I which have described at length. and that was to  . The feet themselves were heavily padded and nailless. massive neck'. Unarmed and naked nature manifested tion of as I was. alone have welland there are absolutely no hoofed existing animals in existence there. the first law of itself in the only possible solu my immediate problem. Behind this first charging demon trailed nine teen others. but. Its belly was white. Like its master. all respects. or rather materialized nightmare. but was of a dark slate color and exceeding smooth and glossy. precisely as no two of us are identical although we are all cast in a similar mold. which fact had also contributed to the noiselessness of their approach.
the thing which weighed most in my favor was my exhibition of hurdling. their bones  . as them I upon me with was to learn later. gesticulating and pointing toward me. evidently satisfying themselves that had not They were and conversing together in low tones. and molested their young. Some were surveying me I alighted with expressions which I afterward discovered the others were I marked extreme astonishment. While the Martians are immense. must have caused less ferocity. but. for it carried me fully thirty feet into the air and landed me a hundred feet from my pursuers and on the opposite side of the enclosure. My effort was crowned with a less success appalled me no than it seemed to surprise the Martian warriors.MY ADVENT ON MARS get out of the vicinity of the point of the charging Consequently I gave a very earthly and at the same time superhuman leap to reach the top spear. had not harmed the little Mar and that to look I was unarmed. and turning saw my enemies lined up along the further wall. of the Martian incubator. for such I had deter which mined it must be. Their discovery that I tians. upon the soft moss easily and with out mishap.
for some reason. future and to note more I closely the appearance of the warriors.  . The weapon which caused me to decide against an attempt at escape by flight was what was evidently a rifle of some description. The result is that they are infinitely less agile and less powerful. and I doubt that were one of them suddenly to be transported to Earth he could lift his own weight from the ground. in fact. in proportion to their weight. they were pe culiarly efficient in handling. for people in could not disassociate these other warriors who. I noted that each was armed with several other weapons in addition to the huge spear which I have described. and which I felt. my mind from those only the day before.A PRINCESS OF MARS are very large and they are muscled only in pro portion to the gravitation which they must over come. I am convinced that he could not do so. had been pursuing me. than an Earth man. My it feat then was as marvelous upon Mars as would have been upon Earth. and from desiring to annihilate me they suddenly looked upon me as a wonderful discovery to be captured and exhibited my unexpected agility had given me me to formulate plans for the immediate permitted respite among The their fellows.
radium projectiles they use. and some tele pathic force must have warned me against an This is quite far attempt to escape in broad daylight from under the muzzles of twenty of these death-dealing machines. they are deadly in the extreme and at ranges which would be unthinkable on Earth. effective radius The theoretic of this rifle is three hundred miles. and entirely unknown to us denizens of Earth. enough to imbue me with great respect for the Martian firearm. and with the which small caliber. is The metal of the barrel an alloy composed principally of aluminum and steel which they have learned to temper to a hardness far exceeding that of the The weight of steel with which we are familiar. explosive. turned and rode away in the direction from which they had come. and the great length of the barrel. after conversing for a short time. leaving one of their number . these rifles is comparatively little. The Martians.MY ADVENT ON MARS These rifles were of a white metal stocked with wood. which I learned later was a very light and intensely hard growth much prized on Mars. but the best they can do in actual service when equipped with their wireless finders and sighters is but a trifle over two hundred miles.
A PRINCESS OF MARS alone by the enclosure. He was tke one whose spear had so nearly transfixed me. but in a needless to say. and was evidently the leader of the band. as I had guessed that he was making overtures of peace. When they had covered perhaps two hundred yards they halted. When he was within about fifty feet of me he unclasped an enormous metal armlet. resonant voice. as I had noted that they seemed had come to a his spear to have moved to their present position tion. addressed language. except for the ornaments strapped upon his head. limbs. pricking up his antennae-like ears and cocking strange looking eyes still further toward me. and holding it toward me in the open palm of his hand. stand. entirely unarmed and as naked as I.  . As the silence became painful I concluded to little hazard a conversation on my own part. and came around the end of the incubator toward me. I could not under He his then stopped as though waiting for my reply. at his direc When his force halt he dis mounted. me it is in a clear. threw down and small arms. and breast. and turn ing their mounts toward us sat watching the rior war by the enclosure.
clasping it about my arm above the elbow. Of for course I might have been a babbling brook all speech carried to him. were checked by a signal from Evidently he feared that were I to be really run. I advanced and took the armlet from his open palm. He exchanged a few words with his men.  . His wide mouth spread into an answering smile. on Mars Placing my hand over my heart I bowed low to the Martian I and explained to him that while did not understand his language. but he understood the action with which I imme the intelligence diately followed my my words. so why not. but frightened again I might jump entirely out of the landscape. and locking one of his inter mediary arms in mine we turned and walked back toward his mount. Stretching my hand toward him. At the same time he motioned his followers to advance. They started toward us on a wild him.MY ADFENT ON MARS The throwing down of his weapons and the with drawing of his troop before his advance toward me would have signified a peaceful mission ! any where on Earth. smiled at him and stood waiting. his actions spoke for the peace and friendship that at the present moment were most dear to my heart. then.
where I hung on as best I lifted me up could by the belts and straps which held the Martian's weapons and ornaments.motioned to me that I would his ride behind one of them. and then mounted fellow designated own animal. The entire cavalcade then turned and galloped away toward the range of hills in the distance. 1341 . reached down two or The three hands and behind him on the glossy back of his mount.
we gained the foot of the moun and after traversing a narrow gorge came to an open valley. in the bottom of which my encounter with the Martians had taken place. Toward the center of the city was a large plaza. but only to the edge of the table land. I beheld an enor it mous Toward this we galloped. In a short time tains. nearing the edge of one of Mars' long dead seas. where it ended abruptly in a flight of broad steps. and while not greatly decayed had the appearance of not having been tenanted for years. '  . at the far extremity of which was a low tableland upon which city. Upon closer observation I saw as we passed them that the buildings were deserted. We were. as I was later to learn.CHAPTER IV A PRISONER WE had gone perhaps ten miles when the rise ground began to very rapidly. entering by what appeared to be a ruined roadway leading out from the city. possibly for ages.
than the women. . they go voluntarily upon pilgrimage living down the river Iss. I saw no is signs of extreme age among them. The children were light in color. at about the age of one thousand their last strange years. from the age of maturity. The adult females ranged in height from ten to twelve feet. and their fingers and toes bore the rudiments of nails. even lighter all looked precisely alike to me. about nor there any appreciable difference in their appearance forty. which leads no Martian knows whither and from whose  . all With naked. instances curving nearly to Their bodies were smaller and lighter in color. until. except that much larger in proportion to their height.A PRINCESS OF MARS immediately surrounding it were camped some nine or ten hundred creatures of the same breed as my cap tors. which were entirely lacking among the males. except that some were taller than others older. for such I and upon this and in the buildings now considered them despite the I suave manner in which had been trapped. little the exception of their ornaments were were The women varied in appearance but their tusks from the men. and I presumed. in some their high-set ears.
not for the various means leading to violent Owing to the waning resources of the it planet became necessary to counteract the increasing longevity which their remarkable skill in therapeutics and surgery produced. as is evidenced by their dangerous sports and the almost continual warfare between^ the various communities. expectancy of a Martian after the age of maturity is about three hundred years.A PRISONER bosom no Martian has ever ing upon its returned. The other nine hun dred and seventy-nine die violent deaths in duels in hunting in aviation and in war.comes during the age of childhood. and so evidently human life has come to be considered but lightly on Mars. but nothing  . dark waters. or would be allowed to live did he return after once embark cold. life The average but would be nearer the one-thousand it mark were death. There are other and natural causes tending toward a diminution of population. but perhaps by far the greatest death loss . when vast numbers of the little Martians fall victims to the great white apes of Mars. Only about one Martian in a thousand dies of sickness or disease. and possibly about twenty take the voluntary pilgrimage.
A word from the leader of the party stilled their clamor. which was dotted with highly carved wooden desks and chairs.r A PRINCESS OF MARS contributes so greatly to this end as the fact that no male or female Martian is ever voluntarily without a weapon of destruction. but covered an enormous was constructed of gleaming white marble inlaid with gold and brilliant stones which sparkled and scintillated in the sunlight. were assembled about forty or fifty mjle Martians around the steps of a rostrum. The area. On the platform proper squatted an enormous warrior heavily  . The main entrance was some hundred feet in width and projected from the building proper to form a huge canopy above the entrance hall. As we neared the plaza and my presence was discovered we were immediately surrounded by hundreds of the creatures pluck who seemed anxious to me from my seat behind my guard. There. but a gentle chamber encircled by galleries. and we proceeded at a trot across the plaza to the entrance of as magnificent an edifice as mortal eye has rested upon. incline to the first floor of the building opened into an enormous On the floor of this chamber. was no stairway. building It was low.
there were other denizens on Mars than the wild and grotesque creatures into whose hands I had fallen. From his shoul ders depended a short cape of white fur lined with brilliant scarlet silk. chairs. Again locking his had we proceeded into the audience There were few formalities observed Martian chieftain. Evidently. these being of I. and other adapted to furnishings. chamber. a size human beings such as whereas the great bulks of the Martians could scarcely have squeezed into the chairs. then. What struck me as most remarkable about this assemblage and the hall in which they were con gregated was the fact that the creatures were entirely out of proportion to the desks. but the evidences of extreme antiquity all which showed around me indicated that these buildings might have belonged to some long extinct and forgotten race in the dim antiquity of Mars. arm in mine.'A PRISONER loaded with metal ornaments. gay-colored feathers and beautifully wrought leather trappings ingen iously set with precious stones. Our party had halted at the entrance to the building. and at a sign from the leader I had been lowered to the ground. in approaching the My captor . nor was there room beneath the desks for their long legs.
and when he had concluded the chieftain addressed me at some length. halted name of my escort and repeated the name of title. and ability as a a man of great statesman and warrior. had peaceful shots. The chieftain rose to his feet and uttered the who. he did likewise. this ceremony and the words they uttered meant nothing to me. or missions been otherwise they would have exchanged their introduction with have fought out their various some other of weapons. This and  .A PRINCESS OF MARS merely strode up to the rostrum. the others mak ing way for him as he advanced. but I noticed that when I smiled slightly fact. they would have their silently exchanged ornaments. our good old English tongue merely to convince him that neither of us could understand I replied in the other. virtually whose name was Tars Tarkas. including my capture. on concluding. and therefore unable to exchange names. was the vice-chieftain of the community. Had the men been strangers. My captor. but later I came to know that this was the customary greeting between green Martians. in turn. He evidently explained briefly the incidents con- f nected with his expedition. the ruler followed by his At the time.
except while tightly grasp ing Tars Tarkas' arm.the similar occurrence during my first talk with at least Tars Tarkas. But I was merely perfunctory. is to inflict death in various ingenious and The assembled ined warriors and chieftains exam me closely. while their chief form of commonest amusement on their prisoners of war horrible ways. Now. The death agonies of & fellow being are. there fore to laugh. the ability to smile. pro vocative of the wildest hilarity. The ideas of humor among the green men of Mars are widely at variance with our conceptions of incitants to merriment. to these strange creatures. and that the Martian laugh is a to learn that the Martian smile is thing to cause strong men to blanch in horror. and so now I went skip ping and flitting about among the desks and chairs like some monstrous grasshopper. denoting a sense of humor. After bruis- . feeling my muscles and the tex ture of my skin. I had made no attempt to walk. convinced me that we had something in common. motioning me to follow. and. The principal chieftain then evidently signified a desire to see me perform. since my first signal failure. he started with Tars Tarkas for the open plaza.
I much again had to the amusement of recourse to creeping. a manifestation of approba tion.A PRINCESS OF MARS ing myself severely. As he sunk to the floor I wheeled around with my back toward the nearest desk. first as the other Martians. however. expecting to be overwhelmed by the vengeance of his fellows. feet his face As he banged me down upon my was bent close to mine and I did the only thing a gentleman might do under the circumstances of brutality. when I with their customs. such. but later. The fellow whom I had struck lay where he had  . the Martians. I but this did not to suit my feet by a at was roughly jerked towering fellow who had laughed them and most heartily my misfortunes. My fears were groundless. but determined to give them as good a battle as the unequal odds would permit before I gave up my life. boorishness. finally broke into wild peals of laughter and I did not recognize the applause as applause. had become acquainted learned that I had won what I they seldom accord. I swung to his jaw and he went my fist squarely down like a felled ox. and lack of consideration for a stranger's rights. at struck dumb with wonder ment.
I I. repeating the same word before each leap. repeated the word "sak" a number of and then Tars Tarkas made several jumps. lose such marvelous success that fifty feet. which the chieftain then ordered me to make. he said. then. and they immediately broke into demands for a repetition. holding out fallen. good hundred and nor did upon my my equilibrium.A PRISONER nor did any of his mates approach him. and determined on the tct my only method of salvation was demand the consideration from these creature? which they evidently would not voluntarily accord. but I was both hungry and spot that thirsty. but I They times. I therefore ignored the repeated commands W  . "sak!" I saw what they were after. of plaza without further mishap. My exhibition lesser hundred had been witnessed by several Martians. one of his arms. and gathering myself togethef 1 "sakked" with cleared a this time. but landed squarely feet without falling. Tars Tarkas advanced toward me. first was not long in being enlightened. course. and we thus proceeded to the I did not. I then returned by littlf easy jumps of twenty-five or thirty feet to the group of warriors. turning to me. know the reason for which we had come to the open.
was spacious chamber in one of the buildings fronting on the plaza. The room was large well lighted by a number of windows and was beautifully decorated with mural paintings and mosaics. She was of a light olive-green color.  . as I after ward learned. and motioned me to My fair companion was about eight feet tall. Her name. retinue and she belonged to the of Tars Tarkas. glossy hide." and each time they were to made I motioned my mouth and rubbed my stomach. gave her some instructions accompany her. but upon all there seemed to rest that indefinable touch of the finger of antiquity which convinced me that the archi tects and builders of these wondrous creations In had nothing common with the crude half-brutes which now occupied them. calling to a young female among the throng. from the litter of silks and furs upon the floor.A PRINCESS OF MARS "sak. Tars Tarkas and the chief exchanged a few words. and which. but not yet to her full height. having just arrived at maturity. I grasped her proffered arm and together we crossed the plaza toward a large building on the far side. and the former. with a smooth. Sh conducted me to a Sola. I took to be the sleeping quarters of several of the natives.
squatted waddled in on its ten short legs. In response to obtained my first sight of a new Martian in It wonder. turning. as though signaling made to some one call I her an adjoining room. l4Sl . a peculiar hissing sound. and down before the girl like an The thing was about the size of a puppy. and.. except that the jaws were equipped with three rows of long. pony.A PRISONER Sola motioned silks me to be seated upon a pile of near the center of the room. but its obedient Shetland head bore a slight resemblance to that of a frog. sharp tusks.
. but my fears were groundless. and down length across the threshold. and left the chamber. for this fellow guarded me carefully during the time I remained a captive twice saving among these green men . and never voluntarily being away from me a moment. after surveying me full room lay to the only exit whrch led to the moment. I pointed to me. but ity stared into the brute's wicked-looking muttered a word or two of command. my life. could not wonder what this ferocious-looking monstros might do when left alone in such close prox imity to such a relatively tender morsel of meat. This was my it first experience with a Martian to be watch dog. as the intently for a beast. rare and wonderful beauty: mountains. rivers.CHAPTER V I ELUDE MY WATCH DOG SOLA eyes. While Sola was away I took occasion to examine more minutely the room in which I found myself The mural painting depicted scenes of captive. crossed the street. but was destined not my last.
/ ELUDE MY WATCH DOG ^_ __________ meadow.__-______ lake. as I later from an animal. Sola returned bearing both food and drink. gardens scenes winding which might have portrayed earthly views but for the different colorings of the vegetation. so perfect the technique. as there is only one mammal on Mars and that one very rare discovered. not indeed. and flowers. The food consisted tasteless. either guess at by which I could of the likeness these other and perhaps brute. These she placed on the floor beside me. roadways. and I learned in a short It time to prize very highly. yet nowhere was there a representation of a living animal. taste. came. but seems to  . ocean. of about a pound of some solid substance of the consistency of cheese and almost while the liquid was apparently milk It from some animal. The work had evidently been wrought by a master hand. and seat ing herself a short ways off regarded me intently. human or extinct denizens of Mars. though slightly it was not unpleasant to the acid. fancy to run riot in wild conjecture on the possible explanation of the I While was allowing my strange anomalies which I had so far met with on Mars. so subtle the atmosphere. sun-kissed trees sx^. but tically from a large pknt which grows prac distill its without water.
soil. and affection . nor was I wrong. shortly afterwards adding another to my covering. but had become in the darkness I could not see to Suddenly a hand reached out and pulled the fur over me. the Martian nights are is extremely cold. I must have I eral hours. and as there practically no twilight or dawn. This girl alone. After I had eaten I was greatly invigorated. and was very cold. I noticed that it someone had thrown partially dis a fur over me. the moisture of the and the rays of the sun. her ministrations to were unfailing. lodged and replace it. among all the I green Martians with whom I came in contact. and her solicitous care my bodily wants saved me from much suffering As I was to and many hardships. presumed that my watchful guardian was Sola. kindliness. single plant of this species will give eight or ten quarts of milk per day. disclosed characteristics of sympathy. but A feeling the need of rest I stretched out silks upon the slept sev I and was soon it asleep. The  . the changes in temperature are sudden and most uncomfortable. learn. as are the tran sitions from brilliant daylight to darkness.A PRINCESS OF MARS ful supply of milk from the products of the air. as was dark when awoke.
while the fur is but more than fourteen thousand miles away. so that she through the sky like three times each night. against the nearly one-quarter million miles which separate us from our moon. both of the moons are in the heavens at night the surface of is the ground brightly illuminated. rather. - may be seen hurtling some huge meteor two or all her phases The further moon revolves about Mars in some scene thing over thirty and one-quarter hours. And it is well that nature has so graciously and abundantly lighted the Martian night. or. Both of Mars' moons are vastly nearer her than is our moon five to Earth. the nearer moon being but about ther thousand miles little distant. on the other hand. for if neither of the to be in the sky almost total darkness results. since the lack of atmosphere. fails to diffuse the starlight to any if great extent. for the green men of  ./ ELUDE MY WATCH DOG two moons of Mars happen nights are either brilliantly illumined or very dark. and with her sister satellite makes a nocturnal Martian one of splendid and weird grandeur. The and nearer moon of Mars makes a complete revolu tion around the planet in a little over seven one-half hours. revealing during each transit of the heavens. the very thin atmosphere.
A PRINCESS OF MARS Mars. and they were sleeping. being a nomadic race without high intel lectual development. were females. depending principally oil upon torches. but as the natural oil which in it requires can only be obtained by mining one of several widely separated and remote localities it is seldom used by these creatures whose only thought is for today. me should I endeavor have ever been prone to seek adventure and to investigate and experiment where wiser men I . and a peculiar lamp which generates a gas and burns without a wick. Across the threshold lay stretched the sleepless guardian brute. upon me. all five in still number. apparently he had not eyes were fairly glued moved a muscle. have but crude means for artificial lighting. and won dering just what might befall to escape. a kind of candle. piled high with a motley array of silks and furs. After Sola had replenished my coverings I again slept. just as I had last seen him on the preceding day. The other occupants of the room. This last device produces an intensely brilliant far-reaching white light. nor did I awaken until daylight. I fell to his. and whose hatred for manual labor has kept them in a semi-barbaric state for countless ages.
Thinking to have some amusement at . Furthermore. I could see from the shortness of his legs that the brute him self was no jumper and probably no runner. city Evidently his mission was to protect me only. cautiously I my watcher did the same. and when I had reached the open he moved to one side to let me pass. that the surest It therefore now occurred to me way of learn ing the exact attitude of this beast toward me felt would be to attempt to leave the room. advanced toward him.would have left well enough alone. finding that shuffling gait I could retain by moving with a ress. uttering strange sounds and baring his ugly and ferocious tusks. He then I fell in As behind me and followed about ten paces the deserted in my rear as I made my way along street. my balance as well as make reasonably rapid prog neared the brute he backed cautiously away from me. therefore. I gained only to see that my feet. Slowly and carefully. his expense. but when we reached the edge of the he suddenly sprang before me. fairly secure in I should he pursue ing. for I my belief that I me once I was could escape him outside the build had begun to take great pride in my ability as a jumper. I thought.
and gazed down at the baffled animal beneath me. alighting far beyond him and away from the city. for scarcely My . and I was able to reach the city quite a bit ahead of him. Grasping the sill I pulled myself up to a sitting posture without looking into the building. and as the protector of the tian Mar man. This maneuver gave me a considerable course. but this is the fleetest animal on Mars. his charge and so met advantage. and as he came tearing after me 1 I jumped for a window about thirty feet from 'he ground in the face of one of the buildings over- looking the valley. I had thought his short legs had he been coursing with greyhounds the latter wou!4 have appeared as though asleep on a door mat. loyalty.'A PRINCESS OF MARS I rushed toward him. As I was to learn. I quickly saw that I I would have difficulty in escaping the fangs of the beast on a straightaway by doubling in my tracks and leaping over him as he was almost upon me. and when almost upon him sprang into the air. and ferocity is used in hunting. however. exultation was short lived. in war. a bar to swiftness. He wheeled instantly and charged me with the most appalling speed I had ever beheld. and owing to its intelligence.
white and hairless except for an enormous shock of bristly hair upon its head.1 ELUDE MY WATCH DOG gained a secure seat upon the sill than a huge hand grasped me by the neck from behind I had I and dragged me violently into the room. Here was thrown upon my back. . and beheld standing over me a colossal ape-like creature.
The cudgel was swinging in the arc which ended upon my upturned face when a bolt of myriad*  . bearing a mighty stone cudgel with which evidently intended to brain me. while their snouts and teeth were strikingly like those of our African gorilla. which was evidently its mate. it The creatures were about ten or fifteen feet tall. VI THE huge earthly men than it which more nearly resembled our it did the Martians I had jabbered and gesticulated at seen. Alto in gether they were not unlovely when viewed comparison with the green Martians.CHAPTER thing. while some answering creature behind me. like the green Martians. midway between their upper and lower limbs. standing erect. soon came toward us. held me pinioned to the ground with one foot. This other. but more laterally located than those of the Martians. their ears were high set. Their eyes were close together and non-protruding. and had. an intermediary set of arms or legs.
My beast had an advantage in his first hold. backed by muscles far transcending those of the Martian throat of men I had seen. Back and forth upon the floor they rolled. but terrific mate closed death struggle with my preserver. guardian and slowly were choking and bending back his head and neck upon his body. which was nothing less than my faithful watch-thing. call so hideous a creature As as it is quickly as possible I gained my feet and backing against the wall I witnessed such a battle vouchsafed few beings to see. hav ing sunk his mighty fangs far into the breast of is his adversary. where I momentarily expected the former to fall limp at the end of a broken neck. agility. had locked the my out his life. which was held in the vise-like grip of the powerful jaws. and blind ferocity of these two creatures approached by nothing known to earthly man. In accomplishing this the ape was tearing away the entire front of its breast. I cannot bring myself to a dog. neither one emit-  . The strength. upon the breast of my With a shriek of fear the ape which held its me leaped in a through the open window.legged horror hurled full itself through the doorway executioner. but the great arms and paws of the ape.
I am ever willing to stand and fight when the odds are not too overwhelmingly against me. Scarcely had the blow descended when I was confronted with a recovered from new danger. its shock of terror. which had fallen to the the battle. ting a That he was weakening perceptibly was evident. crushing though it had been an egg shell. whose struggles were growing momentarily less. in the extremity of his rage. but so also was the ape. had returned to the scene of the encounter by . I him. floor at the it it commencement of all with full the power of my and swinging earthly arms I crashed his skull as upon the head of the ape. but in this instance I perceived neither glory nor profit  . lifeless fellow stretched and frothing filled at the I mouth. with dire forebodings. Presently I saw the great eyes of my beast bulging completely from their sockets and blood flowing from its nostrils. Suddenly I came to myself and. with that strange instinct which seems ever to prompt me to my duty.A PRINCESS OF MARS sound of fear or pain. me. I seized the cudgel. first The ape's mate.the interior way of glimpsed him just before he reached the doorway and the sight of of the building. must confess. now roaring as upon the he perceived his floor.
A FIGHT THAT
relatively puny strength against the and brutal ferocity of this enraged denizen of an unknown world; in fact, the only
outcome of such an encounter, so far as be concerned, seemed sudden death.
was standing near the window and
that once in the street I might gain the plaza and
safety before the creature could overtake
a chance for safety in flight, against
almost certain death should I remain and fight
It is true I
held the cudgel, but what could I do
against his four great arms ?
blow, for I
break one of them with
would attempt to he could reach out and annihilate cudgel,
figured that he
the others before I could recover for a second
my eyes alighting on the form of my erstwhile guardian threw all thoughts of flight to
the four winds.
of the chamber, his great eyes fastened upon me in what seemed a pitiful appeal for protection.
I could not withstand that look,
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second thought, have deserted my rescuer without giving as good an account of myself in his behalf
Without more ado,
too close upon
therefore, I turned to meet
the charge of the infuriated bull ape.
He was now
for the cudgel to prove of any
effective assistance, so I
as I could at his advancing bulk.
below the knees, eliciting a howl of pain and rage, and so throwing him off his balance that he
with arms wide stretched to
Again, as on the preceding day,
to earthly tactics,
upon the point of
smashing left to the
his chin I followed
of his stomach.
for, as I lightly side-stepped, after
delivering the second blow, he reeled and
the floor doubled
up with pain and gasping for
Leaping over his prostrate body, I seized the cudgel and finished the monster before he
could regain his feet.
blow a low laugh rang out behind me, and, turning, I beheld Tars Tarkas, Sola, and three or four warriors standing in the
I delivered the
doorway of the chamber.
As my 
I was, for the second time, the recipient of their
zealously guarded applause.
absence had been noted by Sola on her
awakening, and she had quickly informed Tars Tarkas, who had set out immediately with a hand
of warriors to search for me.
approached the limits of the city they had wit nessed the actions of the bull ape as he bolted
into the building, frothing with rage.
They had followed immediately behind him,
barely possible that his actions might
prove a clew to
whereabouts, and had wit
short but decisive battle with him. This
encounter, together with
on the previous day and
jumping placed me upon a high pinnacle in their
Evidently devoid of
the finer senti
ments of friendship,
worship physical prowess and bravery, and
too good for the object of their adora
long as he maintains his position by repeated examples of his skill, strength, and cour
who had accompanied the searching party of her own volition, was the only one of the Mar
whose face had not been twisted
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as I batded for
She, on the contrary,
was sober with apparent solicitude and, as soon as I had finished the monster, rushed to me and carefully examined my body for possible wounds or injuries. Satisfying herself that I had come off
unscathed she smiled quietly, and, taking my hand, started toward the door of the chamber.
Tars Tarkas and the other warriors had entered
brute which had saved
and were standing over the now rapidly reviving my life, and whose life I,
to be deep in
argument, and finally one of them addressed me, but remembering my ignorance of his language turned back to Tars Tarkas, who, with a word
gave some command to the fellow and turned to follow us from the room.
There seemed something menacing in their atti tude toward my beast, and I hesitated to leave
had learned the outcome.
did so, for the warrior drew an evil-looking pistol from its holster and was on the point of putting
an end to the creature when
struck up his arm.
sprang forward and
bullet striking the
casing of the
window exploded, blowing
completely through the wood and masonry. I then knelt down beside the fearsome looking
A FIGHT THAT
and raising it to its feet motioned for it to follow me. The looks of surprise which my actions
from the Martians were ludicrous; they could not understand, except in a feeble and child
way, such attributes as gratitude and compas The warrior whose gun I had struck up sion.
looked inquiringly at Tars Tarkas, but the latter signed that I be left to my own devices, and so
returned to the plaza with
lowing close at heel, and Sola grasping by the arm.
two friends on Mars; a young woman who watched over me with motherly solic itude, and a dumb brute which, as I later came to
poor ugly carcass more love, more gratitude than could have been
in the entire five million
rove the deserted
green Martians and dead sea bottoms
was an exact
replica of the
and an index of
meal of the preceding day practically every meal which fol
lowed while I was with the green men of Mars, Sola escorted me to the plaza, where I found the
community engaged in watching or helping the harnessing of huge mastodonian animals to
great three-wheeled chariots .
There were about
fifty of these vehicles, each drawn by a single animal, any one of which, from their appearance, might easily have drawn the
two hundred and
and gorgeously decorated. In each was seated a female Martian loaded with ornaments
of metal, with jewels and silks and furs, and upon the back of each of the beasts which drew the
was perched a young Martian driver. Like animals upon which the warriors were
mounted, the heavier draft animals wore neither
nor bridle, but were guided entirely by epathic means.
wonderfully developed in
Martians, and accounts largely for the simplicity of their language and the relatively few spoken
words exchanged even
the universal language of Mars, through the
medium of which
the higher and lower animals of
world of paradoxes are able to communicate to a greater or less extent, depending upon the intellectual sphere of the species and the develop
ment of the
the cavalcade took up the line of
an empty chariot and we proceeded with the procession toward the point by which I had entered the city the day
the head of the caravan rode
brought up the rear, while twenty-five or thirty
outriders flanked us on either side.
men, women, and chil Every one but myself were heavily armed, and at the tail of dren
each chariot trotted a Martian hound,
beast following closely behind ours; in fact, the
faithful creature never left
the entire ten years I spent on
by the way. The incubator. dismounted and enormous chieftain. was the terminal point of our journey this day. Lorquas Ptomel. I had by this time of walking under mastered the intricacies Mar tian conditions. we reached the level expanse of we were soon within sight of our it On reaching the chariots were parked with military precision on the four sides of the enclos ure. and half a score of warriors. and down dead sea bot tom which I had traversed on my journey from the incubator to the plaza. was. calling to Sola. subject of their con jed being his title. for her to send me to Tars Tarkas signed him. into the through the hills. I was soon appraised of the versation.  . as it proved. I could see Tars Tarkas explaining something to the principal chieftain. as the entire cavalcade broke into a mad gallop as soon as sea bottom. headed by the and including Tars Tarkas and several other lesser chiefs. as. mand I and quickly responding to his com advanced to the side of the incubator where the warriors stood.A PRINCESS OF MARS led out across the little valley before the city. whose name. advanced toward it. Jed. as nearly translate it as I can into English. goal. and.
and turning to his war riors gave a few words of command relative to the incubator. I grunted something at me. They paid no further attention to to remain close in me and I was thus permitted and watch their operations. which consisted break ing an opening in the wall of the incubator large enough to permit of the exit of the young Martians. They ranged in height from three to about the four feet. and were moving restlessly enclosure as though searching for food. leaping entirely over the parked chariots on the far side of the incubator. and. the incu bator being fairly alive with the hideous little all devils." saw that he wanted me to repeat my performance of yesterday for the edification of Lorquas Ptomel. both male and female.  . formed two chariots solid walls leading out and quite away into the plain beyond. "sak.CHILD-RAISING As that I ON MARS me reached their side a glance showed but a very few eggs had hatched. As I returned. On either side of this opening the women and through the the younger Martians. as I must confess that my prowess gave me no responded quickly. Lorquas Ptomel little satisfaction. Tars Tarkas I pointed over the incubator and said. As I came to a halt before him.
Coming from eggs in which they have lain for five years. green Martians consists solely in teaching them to talk. The work of rearing young. was over. I saw it could be dignified by such a name. and to use the weapons of warfare with which they are loaded down from the very first year of their lives. where they were captured one at a time by the women and older children the last in . into the world perfectly developed except Entirely turn. they step forth in size. in would have difficulty in pointing out the  . the period of incubation. being permitted to run the length of the aisle. and so on until all the fellows had left the enclosure and been appro priated by some youth or female. her opposite in the line cap little turing the second. while those who hands of the young men were later turned that the ceremony. As the women fell caught the young they into the fell out of line and returned to their respective chariots. full wild as deer. if over to some of the women. the line capturing the first little one to reach the end of the gauntlet. who.A PRINCESS OF MARS Between these walls the little Martians scampered. and seeking out Sola I found her in our chariot with a hideous little creature held tightly in her arms. unknown to their own mothers.
But this counts for little filial among love us. until less than a year before she became the mother of another woman's offspring.CHILD-RAISING ON MARS and their edu fathers with any degree of accuracy. Their foster mothers may not even have had an egg in the incubator. is the green Martians. do not mean that the adult Martians are unnecessarily or intentionally cruel to the young. that they are only suffered to live until they can demonstrate by their physique and ferocity that they are fit to live. as was the case with Sola. as parental and as unknown to them as it is common among which has been I believe this horrible system is carried on for ages the direct cause of the loss of all the finer feelings and higher humanitarian among these poor creatures. they are the common children of the community. From birth they know no father or mother love. cation devolves upon the females who chance to capture them as they leave the incubator.  . they know not the meaning of the word home they are taught instincts . who had not commenced to lay. Should they prove deformed or defective in any way they are promptly shot. nor do they see a tear shed for a single one of the many I cruel hardships they pass through from earliest infancy.
The hatching which we had witnessed today was a fairly representative event of its kind. By careful selection they rear only the hardiest specimens of each species. and specific gravity tests are hidden in the recesses of some subterranean vault where the temperature is too low for incubation.A PRINCESS OF MARS but theirs is a hard and pitiless struggle for exist ence upon a dying planet. At the end of five years about five hun dred almost perfect eggs have been chosen from the thousands brought forth. and all but about one hundred of the most perfect are destroyed out of each yearly supply. all but about one per cent of the eggs hatching in two days. Each adult Mar tian female brings forth about thirteen eggs each year. These are then placed in the almost air-tight incubators to be hatched by the sun's rays after a period of another five years. weight. the natural resources of which have dwindled to a point where the support of each additional life means an added tax upon it is the community into which thrown. If the remaining eggs ever batched we  . Every year these eggs are carefully examined by a council of twenty chieftains. and with almost super natural foresight they regulate the birth rate to merely offset the loss by death. and those which meet the size.
the southwest corner of this district. almost to an hour. is little or no likelihood of their being discovered by other tribes. we had before us a tre-  . and bounded on the east and west by two Their headquarters lay in large fertile tracts. They were not wanted. near the cross ing of two of the so-called Martian canals. They roamed an enormous tract of arid and semi-arid land between forty and eighty degrees south lati tude. As their the incubator had been placed far north of own territory in a supposedly uninhabited and unfrequented area. was later to wit ness the results of the discovery of an alien incu bator. and thus upset the system which has maintained for ages and which permits the adult Martians to figure the proper time for return to the incubators. as their offspring might and transmit the tendency to prolonged incubation. The incubators are built in remote fastnesses. The community with of which the green Martians whom my lot was cast formed a part was composed of some thirty thousand souls. The result of such a where there catastrophe would mean no children in the I commu nity for another five years.CHILD-RAISING knew nothing inherit ON MARS little of the fate of the Martians.
as she was com pelled to care for the young Martian as well as for me. they had been to the subterranean vaults in which the eggs were kept and had transported them to the incubator. and would be visited yearly by the council of twenty % chieftains. of course. The vaults which hid the eggs until they were miles ready for the incubator were located many south of the incubator. On lowing our return early in the all the warriors had ridden morning and had not returned just before darkness fell. but neither one of us required much atten Sola's duties tion. Sola took upon herself to train us together. As I later learned. would not be visited again during that period. which they had then walled up for another five years. and as we were both about equally advanced it in Martian education.  . in all probability.A PRINCESS OF MARS mendous journey. concerning which I. city I After our return to the dead passed sev the day fol forth until eral days in comparative idleness. knew nothing. and. Why they did not arrange to build their vaults and incubators nearer like home has always been a mystery to me. and which. unsolved and unsolvable by earthly reasoning and customs. many other Martian mysteries. were now doubled.
at least I did. he learned quickly. extremely simple. Likewise. any circumstances. as I have said. and we had considerable amuse ment. over the keen rivalry played. but it gave undoubted advantage over the Martians. this vexed me. is we dis The Martian language. no one could read a jot from my mind under others. What I surprised Sola most in me was that while could catch telepathic messages easily from and often when they were not intended for me. later I At first it. ON MARS prize consisted in a male about four feet very strong and physically perfect. and in a week I could make all my thing that wants known and understand nearly every was said to me. I developed my telepathic powers so that I shortly could sense practically everything that went on around me. was very glad of as me an . under Sola's tutelage.CHILD-RAISING Her tall. also.
painted. bat scarcely had the Head of the procession debouched into the JL we set forth open ground before the city than orders were given for an immediate and hasty return. long. Sola and I had entered a building upon the front of the <nty. in fact. low. in less than three minutes. the entire caval cade of chariots. and. A huge craft. I mounted and there to an window out over I upper floor and peered from the the valley and the hills beyond saw the cause of their sudden scurry . the green Martians melted like mist into the spacious doorways of the near-by buildings. wish ing to see what had caused the sudden retreat. mastodons and mounted warriors was nowhere to be seen. ing to cover. the same one in which I had had my encounter with the apes. and gray swung slowly over the crest of the nearest .CHAPTER yill A FAIR CAPTIVE FROM THE SKY third day after the incubator ceremony toward home. until. As though trained for years in this particular evolu tion.
swinging low above it the ground. and bringing her guns into play returned our fire. Following another. and another.A FAIR CAPTIFE FROM THE SKY hill. Instantly the scene changed as foremost vessel by magic. Each carried a strange banner swung from stem to stern above the upper works. but in any event they received a rude reception. at the same time moving parallel to our front for a short distance and then turning back with the evi dent intention of completing a great circle which would bring her up to position once more opposite our firing line . the other vessels followed in her  . I could see figures crowding the forward decks and upper works of the air craft. Whether they had discovered us or simply were looking at the deserted city I could not say. sailed slowly and majestically toward us. the swung broadside toward us. for suddenly and without warning the green Martian warriors fired a terrific volley little from the windows of the buildings valley across which the great ships facing the were so peacefully advancing. and twenty of them. until came another. and upon the prow of each was painted some odd device that gleamed in the sunlight and showed plainly even at the distance at whicfi we were from the vessels.
a finding proportion of them.A PRINCESS OF MARS wake. each one opening upon us as she swung into Our own fire never diminished. always the best marksmen. and it seamed as though a little figure on one of the craft dropped at the It explosion of each bullet. The fire from the vessels was most ineffectual. and I position. if twenty-five per cent of our shots went had never been given me to see such deadly accuracy of aim. For example. as I afterward learned. while the banners and upper works dissolved irresistible in spurts of flame as the projectiles of our warriors mowed thrpugh them. another detail attends to the smaller guns in the the gunners . while certain other quotas concentrate their attention upon the  . doubt wild. owing. same way. aim of our warriors. seems that each green warrior has certain objective points for his fire under relatively iden It tical circumstances of warfare. direct their fire entirely upon the wireless and sighting apparatus of the big guns of an attacking naval force. to the unexpected which caught the ship's crews entirely unprepared and the sighting apparatus of the guns unprotected from the deadly suddenness of the first volley. others pick off still others the officers .
it Instantly the warriors ceased firing.A FAIR CAPTIFE FROM THE SKY other members of the crew. the ships managed to dip crests of the outlying hills until only one barely moving craft was in sight received the brunt of our entirely visible fire This had and seemed to be figure unmanned. had ceased entirely and all their energies seemed focused upon escape. One by below the one. and. she could not even control herself sufficiently to escape. and upon the steering gear and propellers. as not a moving was upon her decks. Our warriors then rushed up to the roofs of the buildings whkh we occupied and followed the retreating armada with a con tinuous fusillade of deadly fire. however. Slowly she swung from her course. far inflict from being in a position to harm upon us. for was quite apparent that the vessel was entirely helpless. Twenty minutes after the fleet first volley the great swung trailing off in the direction from which Several of the craft were it had first appeared. circling back toward us in an erratic and pitiful manner. and seemed but barely under Their fire the control of their depleted crews. but it was evident that  . upon the upper works. As she neared the city the warriors rushed out to upon the plain meet her. limping perceptibly.
As the craft neared the building. the Martian warriors swarmed upon her from the windows. although could not creatures they might be. fast. and in a few moments they had thrown out grappling hooks and the big boat was being hauled to ground by their fellows below. and just before she struck. I After making her [761 . followed by all but some hundred of the warriors who had been ordered back to the roofs to cover the possibility of a return of the fleet. make out what manner of Not a sign of life was manifest upon her as she drifted slowly with the light breeze in a southeasterly direction. It soon became evident that she would strike the face of the buildings about a mile south of our position.A PRINCESS OF MARS she still was too high for them to hope to reach Eer decks. From my vantage I point in the window I could see the bodies of her crew strewn about. and with their great spears eased the shock of the collision. they swarmed the sides searched and the vessel from stem to stern. dismount and enter the build ing she seemed destined to touch. or of reinforcements. and as I watched the progress of the chase I saw a number of war riors gallop ahead. She was drifting some fifty feet above the ground.
jewels. including many casks of water. balcony I could see that it walked erect upon two legs and surmised that it was some new and strange Martian monstrosity with which and from my I had not as yet become acquainted. After the riors last load had been removed the war made lines fast to the craft and towed her far out into the valley in a southwesterly direction. among them. which consisted in arms. during which time a number of the chariots were requisi tioned to transport the loot. This operation required several hours. silks. e>i- and presently a party of them appeared from below dragging a little figure dently for signs of life. The than half as tall as creature was considerably less the green Martian warriors. furs. ammunition. strangely carved stone vessels. the first I had seen since my advent upon Mars.  . as the emptying of the contents of various carboys upon the dead bodies of the sailors and over the decks and works of the vessel.A FAIR CAPTIVE FROM THE SKY could see them examining the dead sailors. A few of them then boarded her and were in busily engaged what appeared. They removed their prisoner to the ground and then commenced a systematic rifling of the vessel. from my distant posi tion. and a quantity of solid foods and liquids.
lightened by the removal of the air. drifting unguided and unmanned through the lonely wastes of the Martian heavens.A PRINCESS OF MARS This operation concluded. As a faint spurt of flame rose from the point side where the missile struck he swung over the and was quickly upon the ground. Much depressed. sliding down the guy ropes to the ground. until finally she was lost in the dim vistas of the distance. typifying the life story of these strange and ferocious creatures into whose unfriendly hands fate had carried it. Ascend ing to the roof of the building I watched her for hours. and. a derelict of death and destruction. they hastily clam bered over her sides. to me. waiting an instant to note the outcome of his act. rising higher and higher as the flames ate away her wooden parts and diminished the weight upon her.  . The sight was awe-inspiring in the extreme as one contemplated this mighty float ing funeral pyre. Scarcely had he alighted than the guy ropes were simultaneously released. The last warrior to leave the deck turned and threw something back upon the vessel. and the great warship. Slowly she drifted to the southeast. unaccountably so. flames. soared majestically into the her decks and upper works a mass of roaring loot.
A FAIR CAPTIVE FROM THE SKY I slowly descended to the street. The scene I had witnessed seemed to mark the defeat and annihi lation of the forces of a kindred people. and a mighty hope surged through me that the fleet would return and demand a reckoning from the green warriors who had so ruthlessly and wantonly attacked it. but somewhere in the inner most recesses of my soul I felt a strange yearning toward these unknown foemen. the hound. nor could I free myself from it. As Sola and I entered the plaza a sight met my  . in his now accustomed I place. the to me as though homeward march having been ghrea up for that day. I could not fathom the seeming hallucination. nor. followed Woola. though unfriendly. and so we remained at the deserted city until the danger seemed passed. and as the street Sola rushed emerged up upon I had been the object of some search on her part. rather than the routing by our green warriors of a horde of similar. Close at my heel. The cavalcade was returning to the plaza. owing to the fear of a return attack by the air craft Lorquas Ptomel was too astute an old warrior to be caught of chariots upon the open plains with a caravan and children. in fact. was it recommenced for more than a week. creatures.
caught loosely into a strange yet becoming coiffure. against which the crimson glow of her cheeks and the ruby of her beautifully molded lips shone with a strangely enhancing effect. And the sight which met my eyes was that of a slender. exultation. similar in every detail to the earthly see women of my past life. save for her highly wrought ornaments she was entirely [So] . for of Martians I just as we neared the throng caught a glimpse of the prisoner craft from the dragged battle who was into a near-by building being roughly by a couple of green Martian females. Her face was oval and beautiful in the extreme. and yet most dominant was a subtle sense of relief and happiness. Her skin was of a light reddish copper color. waving hair. She did not me at first. indeed. girlish figure. but just as she was disappearing through the portal of the building which was to be her prison she turned. and depression. her every feature was finely chiseled and exquisite. She was as destitute of clothes as the green Martians who accompanied her. fear. and her eyes met mine. her eyes large and lustrous and her head surmounted by a mass of coal black.A PRINCESS OF MARS eyes which filled my whole being with a great surge of mingled hope.
of course. mingled with loathing and contempt.A FAIR CAPTIVE FROM THE SKY naked. faded into one of utter dejection. nor could any apparel have enhanced the beauty of her perfect and symmetrical figure. As her gaze rested on me her eyes opened wide in astonishment. I intuitively felt that she had made an appeal for succor and protection which me unfortunate ignorance had prevented from answering. 'And then she was dragged my out of edifice. my sight into the depths of the deserted . and she made a little sign with her free hand. other. understand. Just a moment we gazed upon each and then the look of hope and renewed courage which had glorified her face as she dis covered me. and ignorant as I was of Martian customs. I realized I had not answered her signal. a sign which I did not.
and with the Mar spent several hours each day prac- . Sola. enough only to suffice for my daily needs. and full These he presented to me with a few unintelligible words. for as yet I had little of the Martian tongue. A warrior ap proached bearing the arms. ornaments. and a bear accouterments of his kind. with the aid of several of the other women. remodeled the trappings to fit my lesser proportions. who had witnessed encounter and I was surprised to note a strange expression usually expressionless upon her her countenance. Later. this AS I came back . As I reached the doorway of our building a surprise strange awaited me. From then on Sola instructed me in the mys I teries of the various tian young weapons. What thoughts were learned but I did not know.CHAPTER I IX LEARN THE LANGUAGE to myself I glanced at Sola. and after they completed the work I went about garbed in all the panoply of war. ing at once respectful and menacing./A.
a They make the laws new law for each emergency. but the punishment rs for ignoring a custom treatment by a jury of the culprit's peers. and I . The men are trained in the higher branches of the art of war. and I progressed in a very satisfactory manner. the fire arms in fact every .* r^r . They are unfettered istration of justice. The training of myself solely and the young Martians was conducted by the women. but my great familiarity similar earthly weapons made me an unusually apt pupil. as they are needed. They make the powder. who not only attend to the education of the young in the arts of individual defense and offense./ LEARN THE LANGUAGE I ticing upon the plaza. the cartridges. but are also the artisans who produce every manufactured article wrought by the green Martians. by precedent in the admin Customs have been handed a matter for individual down by ages of repetition. in strategy and the maneuvering of large bodies of troops. thing of value produced by the females. all was not yet proficient with with the weapons. and when the necessity arises fight with even greater intelligence and ferocity than the men.. In time of actual warfare they form a part of the is reserves.
or at least could make themselves understood by a common language.A PRINCESS OF MARS may say that justice seldom misses fire. I could not but note the unnecessary harshness brutality with different and which her guards treated her. and the respect ful attitude of the few green Martians who took the trouble to notice I me at all. and within a few more I nearly days I had mastered the Martian tongue ciently well to enable suffi me to carry on a passable conversation and to fully understand practically all that I heard. and then only to catch a fleeting glimpse of her as she conducted to I was being the great audience chamber where first had had my meeting with Lorquas Ptomel.  . so from the almost maternal kindliness which Sola manifested toward me. and this convinced me that they spoke. With this added incentive drove Sola distracted by my importunities to hasten on my education. I did not see the prisoner again for several days first subsequent to our encounter. a In one respect at least the Martians are . had observed on the two occasions when I had seen her that the prisoner exchanged words with her guards. but seems rather to rule in inverse ratio to the ascendency of law. happy people they have no lawyers.
it After they had retired for the night was customary for the adults to carry on a desultory conversation for a short time before lapsing into sleep. [$] . although any remarks myself. and now that I could understand their language I I was always a keen listener. never proffered On the night following the prisoner's visit to fell the audience chamber the conversation finally upon this subject. myself. and it was toward her the questioners turned. one of the older women who shared our domicile. judging things by mundane standards as I still did. had been present at the audience as one of the captive's guards. That it denoted all jealousy I could not say. I felt it safer to affect indifference in the matter until I learned more surely Sola's attitude toward the object of my solicitude. and Woola the hound. Sarkoja. beside Sola and her youth ful ward. and yet. and I was all ears on the instant. as I could not but recall the strange first expression I had noted upon her face after my encounter with the prisoner./ LEARN THE LANGUAGE time our sleeping quarters were occupied At this by three or four females and a couple of the recently hatched young. I had feared to question Sola relative to the beau tiful captive.
" asked one of the women. nor would she should we see nothing "I  . In our day such sentiments will we have progressed to a point where mark weakness and atavism. that you were not born a mil at this evidence of lion years ago. " It is sad. and exhibit her last agonies at the great games before Tal Hajus." retorted Sola." snapped Sarkoja. Sola. intend holding her for ransom?" " to They have decided to carry her with us back Thark. She has never harmed us. "will wr enjoy the death throes of the red one? or does Lorquas Ptomel. as I doubt that he would care to entrust such as you with the grave responsibilities of maternity. It not be well for you to permit Tars Tarkas to learn that you hold such degenerate sentiments." replied Sarkoja. I had hoped that they would hold her for ransom. Jed. and the peoples were as soft as the stuff they sailed upon. "when all the hollows of the land were filled with water.A PRINCESS OF MARS "When." Sarkoja and the other women grunted angrily weakness on the part of Sola." wrong with my expression of " interest in this red woman. "What manner of her going out?" is very small and very beau tiful. will be the " She inquired Sola.
and even in our own com with all their fellows. munities the individuals fight amongst themselves. They live at peace except when duty calls upon make while them to we are at peace with war. have fallen into her hands. none. few words of general reprimand." This wild outbreak on the part of Sola so greatly surprised and shocked the other women. they all lapsed into silence and were soon asleep. the dark and ancient Iss which carries us to an unknown./ LEARN 'THE LANGUAGE It is only the us. Say what you please to ^Tars Tarkas. and also to convince me that I had been extremely  . forever warring among our own kind as well as upon the red men. men of her kind who war upon and I have ever thought that their attitude toward us is but the reflection of ours toward them. but at rible existence ! least no more frightful is and ter Fortunate indeed he who meets an early death. awful period of blood we break the shell until we bosom of the river of mystery. that. One thing the episode had accomplished was to assure after a me of Sola's friendliness toward the poor girl. he can mete out no worse fate to his end in me we than a continuation of the horrible existence are forced to lead in this life. it is shed from the time gladly embrace the one continual. Oh.
to men of Mars. and how.'A PRINCESS OF MARS fortunate in falling into her hands rather than those of some of the other females. but I to take was more than willing fashioned after my chances among people my own mold rather than to remain longer among the hideous and bloodthirsty green But where to go. was as much of a puzzle me as the age old search for the spring of eternal life has been to earthly men since the begin ning of time. my confidence and openly ask her this resolution strong silks and with upon slept me I turned among my and furs and the dreamless and refreshing sleep of Mars. I knew was that she was fond of me.  . I decided that at the first opportunity I would take Sola into to aid me. provided of course that such a thing was within the range of possibilities. I did not even know that there were any better conditions to escape to. and now that I had discovered confi that she hated cruelty and barbarity I dent that I could depend upon her to aid me and the girl captive to escape.
however. as Sola had informed me that so long as I did not attempt to leave the city I was free to go and come as I pleased. "preferably dead. she said. She had warned me. Con siderable freedom was allowed me. was peopled by the great white apes day's adventure. against city. that he would bring His me back into the in city dead or alive should I persist opposing him. like all venturing forth unarmed. On this morning I had chosen a new street to explore when suddenly I found myself at the  . of my second In advising me that I must not leave the boun daries of the city Sola would prevent this she warned me most urgently not to arouse fierce had explained that Woola anyway should I attempt it.CHAPTER X CHAMPION AND CHIEF E ARLY the next morning I was astir. nature was such. and his nature by ignoring his warnings should I venture too close to the forbidden territory." she added. as this deserted other metropolises of an ancient Martian civilization.
and so I decided upon an appeal to a that I like instinct in this great brute. nor did he bare his great tusks or utter his fearful guttural warnings.  . man or beast. ship and companionship of my had devel oped considerable affection for Woola and Sola. stock longed to explore the country before me. me that this would prove an excellent opportunity to test the qualities of I Woola. like the pioneer from which I sprang.A PRINCESS OF MARS limits of the city. His expression was pleading rather than Denied the friend kind. for the normal earthly man must have some outlet for his natural affections. was convinced that the brute loved affection in me. than I had seen more evidences of him in any other Martian animal. was sure that gratitude for the acts that had twice saved his life would more than outweigh and I his loyalty to the duty imposed upon him by cruel and loveless masters. and. sure would not be disappointed. Before me were low hills I pierceA by narrow and inviting ravines. I ferocious. to view what the land hills scape beyond the encircling might disclose from the summits which shut out It also occurred to my view. approached the boundary line Woola ran anxiously before me. and thrust his body against As I my legs.
the morning Powell had left camp when his horse. as I would have talked among the lower animals. had precipitately and unex since the pectedly bucked him frijoles. off headforemost into a pot of  . long unused. I could not resist the ludicrous- ness of the spectacle. His response to to any other friend my manifestation of affection was remarkable to a degree. rolling me upon the ground by his great weight. baring the entire expanse of his upper rows of tusks and wrinkling his snout were almost hidden by the folds of flesh. jumped up and sprang upon me. first. then wriggling and squirming around me like a playful puppy presenting its back for the petting it craves.CHAMPION AND CHIEF I sat his in had never petted nor fondled him. until his great eyes He lowed threw himself upon his back and fairly wal at my feet. he stretched his great mouth to its full width. but now I upon the ground and putting my arms around heavy neck I stroked and coaxed him. talking my newly acquired Martian tongue as I would have to my hound at home. and holding my sides I rocked which had in fact. If you have ever seen a collie smile you may have some idea of Woola's facial distortion. back and forth passed in the first laughter my lips in many days.
Numerous brilliantly colored and strangely formed wild flowers dotted the ravines and from the summit of the first hill I saw still other rising. hills stretching off toward the north. his antics ceased and he crawled pitifully toward me. talked to him for a few minutes. until lost in moun tains of quite respectable dimensions. to follow me. Quieting myself. and arising started for the between us. and I his only and undisputed master. and then in an authoritative tone commanded him hills. death. minutes. and then I remem bered what laughter signified on suffering. to My walk to I the hills occupied but a few interest found nothing of particular reward me. upon whom Tars Tarkas  . I rubbed the poor old fellow's head and back. that There was no further question of authority Woola was my devoted slave from moment and hence. and one range above another. Mars torture. My morning's walk had been large with impor tance to me for it had resulted in a perfect under standing with Woola. poking his ugly head far into my lap. though I afterward found that only a few peaks on all Mars exceed four thousand feet in height.My laughter frightened Woola. the suggestion of magnitude was merely relative.
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my safe keeping.
now knew that while
theoretically a prisoner I
I hastened to regain the city limits before the
could be discovered by his
never again to leave the limits of
stamping grounds until I was ready to venture forth for good and all, as it would certainly result
in a curtailment of
liberties^ as well as the
probable death of Woola, were
to be dis
regaining the plaza I had
of the captive
She was standing with her
approached she gave me one haughty glance and turned her back full upon me.
chamber, and as
was so womanly, so earthly womanly,
heart with a feeling of companionship
know that some one else on Mars beside myself had human instincts of a civilized order, even
though the manifestation of them was so painful and mortifying.
Martian woman desired to show
or contempt she would, in all likelihood, have done it with a sword thrust or a movement
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of her trigger finger; but as their sentiments are
mostly atrophied it would have required a serious injury to have aroused such passions in them.
exception; I never
her perform a cruel or uncouth
fail in uni
and good nature. She was indeed, her fellow Martian had said of her, an atavism
a dear and precious reversion to a former type
of loved and loving ancestor.
Seeing that the prisoner seemed the center of
view the proceedings. I had not long to wait for presently Lorquas Ptomel and his retinue of chieftains approached the build
attraction I halted to
ing and, signing the guards to follow with the
prisoner, entered the audience chamber.
ing that I was a somewhat favored character, and
also convinced that the warriors did not
proficiency in their language, as I
with Sola to keep this a secret on the grounds that I did not wish to be forced to talk with the men
had perfectly mastered the Martian tongue,
an attempt to enter the chamber and listen to the proceedings.
upon the steps of the ros trum, while below them stood the prisoner and her two guards. I saw that one of the women
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was Sarkoja, and thus understood how she had
been present at the hearing of the preceding day, the results of which she had reported to the occu
pants of our dormitory last night. Her attitude toward the captive was most harsh and brutal.
When she held her,
she sunk her rudimentary nails
or twisted her arm in
a most painful manner. When it was necessary to move from one spot to another she either jerked
her roughly, or pushed her headlong b'efore her. She seemed to be venting upon this poor defense less creature all the hatred, cruelty, ferocity, and
her nine hundred years, backed by unguessable ages of fierce and brutal ancestors.
less cruel because she
entirely indifferent; if
the prisoner "had been
her alone* and fortunately she was at night, she would have received no harsh treatment, nor,
by the same token would she have received any
As Lorquas Ptomel
the prisoner they
raised his eyes to address
me and he turned to Tars
Tarkas with a word, and gesture of rmpatience. Tars Tarkas made some reply which I could not
which caused Lorquas Ptomel to smile : after which they paid no further attention to me
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asked Lorquas Ptomel,
addressing the prisoner.
"Dejah Thoris, daughter of Mors Kajak
the nature of your expedition?" He con
"It was a purely
research party sent
father's father, the
to rechart the air currents,
Jeddak of Helium, and to take atmospheric
density tests," replied the fair prisoner, in a low,
well modulated voice.
were unprepared for battle," she con as we were on a peaceful mission, as our
banners and the colors of our craft denoted.
work we were doing was
as in ours, for you
full well that
your interests were it not
for our labors and the fruits of our
operations there would not be enough air or water
to support a single
we have maintained
the air and water supply at
practically the same point without an appreciable
and we have done
this in the face
and ignorant interference of you green men.
you not learn to live in amity with your fellows, must you ever go on
the ages to your final extinction but
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above the plane of the dumb brutes that serve you A people without written language, without art,
without homes, without love
the victims of eons
of the horrible community idea. Owning every thing in common, even to your women and chil
dren, has resulted in your owning nothing in
common. You hate each other as you hate
come back to the
back to the ways of our light of kind
and fellowship. The way is open to you, you will find the hands of the red men stretched out to aid you. Together we may do still more
The grand our dying planet. and of the mightiest of the red daughter greatest
jeddaks has asked you.
Will you come?"
Lorquas Ptomel and the warriors sat looking silently and intently at the young woman for sev
she had ceased
What was passing
know, but that they were moved I truly believe, and if one man high among them had been strong enough to rise above custom, that moment would
have marked a new and mighty era for Mars. I saw Tars Tarkas rise to speak, and on his
was such an expression as
had never seen
upon the countenance of a green Martian warrior.
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bespoke an inward and mighty battle with self, with heredity, with age-old custom, and as he
a look almost of
benignity, of kindliness,
momentarily lighted up
to have fallen
just then a
were never spoken, as
young warrior, evidently sensing the trend of thought among the older men, leaped down from
the steps of the rostrum, and striking the frail
captive a powerful blow across the face, which
upon her the assembled form and toward turning prostrate
felled her to the floor, placed his foot
instant I thought
Tars Tarkas would
him dead, nor did the aspect of Lorquas Ptomel augur any too favorably for the brute,
passed, their old selves reasserted
and they smiled.
however that they did not laugh aloud, for
the brute's act constituted a side-splitting witticism
according to the ethics which rule green Martian
have taken moments to write down a
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signify that I ^remained inactive
for any such
length of time.
I think I
must have sensed some
thing of what was coming, for I realize
as for a spring as I
saw the blow
aimed at her
beautiful, upturned, pleading face,
and ere the hand descended
was halfway across
laugh rang out but once, when I was upon him. The brute was twelve feet in height and armed to the teeth, but I believe
that I could have accounted for the whole
ful in the terrific intensity
the face as he turned
warning cry and then as he drew his shortsword I drew mine and sprang up again, upon his
hooking one leg over the butt of his pistol and grasping one of his huge tusks with my left hand while I delivered blow after blow upon his
could not use his short-sword to advantage
because I was too close to him, nor could he draw
which he attempted to do in direct oppo to Martian custom which says that you may
not fight a fellow warrior in private combat with
any other than the weapon with which you are attacked. In fact he could do nothing but make a
A wild and 'PRINCESS OF MARS attempt to dislodge me. What is strange manner of man are you.  . while your color is little darker than that of the white ape? Tell me. was soon successful as her injuries amounted to little more than an ordinary nosebleed. though your form that of my race. are you human. 'Again no Martian interfered with me. said : "Why did you it? You who first refused me even ! friendly recognition in the hour of kill my peril And now you risk your life and one of your that you companions for my sake. and when she could speak she placed her hand upon my arm and looking up into my eyes. and tear ing a piece of silk from my cape I endeavored to I staunch the flow of blood from her nostrils. and it was but the matter of a moment or two lifeless. With all his immense bulk he was little if any stronger than futile I. in IWhen I had regained my feet I raised her my arms and bore her to one of the benches at the side of the room." I replied. I cannot understand. staring eyes. consort with the green men. Dejah Thoris had raised herself upon one elbow and was watching the battle with wide. before he sank. or are you more than human?" M " too long to It is a strange tale. bleeding and to the floor.
" aware that my regalia was that were interrupted at this juncture by the approach of one of the warriors." permit. and one which I so much credibility of myself that I fear to hope that others will believe it. Dejah Thoris. and I read in the menacing yet respectful attitude of the warrior who had same brought me these trophies of the kill the demeanor brought as that evinced original me my by the other who had equipment. accouterments and ornaments. and I claim Virginia. one of the United States of America Earth. arms and the regalia of a Tharkian chieftain? What is your name? Where your country?" name but "Yes. and. I too am a prisoner. then.CHAMPION AND CHIEF attempt to tell you now. I saw that the body of my dead antag onist had been stripped. why I am permitted to I wear arms do not know. my is John Carter. bearing arms. your protector and your "Then you those too are a prisoner? But why. so far as our captors will servant. as my home I . that I am your friend. and in a flash one of her questions was answered and a puzzle cleared ' We up for me. nor was of a chieftain. and now for ["I] . Suffice it. for the doubt the present.
has caused me to call her the planet of paradoxes. I had won my spurs. had turned dead warrior's chattels I had noticed that Tars Tarkas and sev eral others had pushed forward toward us. which always marks Martian dealings. I was a Martian chieftain. John Tars Tarkas. among other things. and which." f 102] .A PRINCESS OF MARS the first time I realized that first my blow. so to speak. and the eyes of the former rested upon me in a most quizzical manner. the trappings and the position of the man I killed. yourself. Finally he addressed me : speak the tongue of Barsoom quite readily for one who was deaf and dumb to us a "You few short days ago. "in that you furnished me with an instructress of remarkable ability. and this I learned later was the cause of to receive the my great free dom and my As I toleration in the audience chamber. I have to thanK "You. are responsible." I replied. Sola for my learning. In truth. Where did you learn Carter?" it. I was accorded the honors due a con queror. and in the crude justice. reason for the whole attitude displayed toward me was now apparent. on the occa sion of my battle in the audience chamber had resulted in the death of The my adversary.
" and his face bespoke possibilities that were not we like to pleasant to dwell upon. I am done. "But one tinued. would have killed me. 11 No. in well. be con sidered by Tal Hajus as worthy of his service you may be taken into the community and become a Until we reach the head full-fledged Tharkian. smiling. "but your other respects needs considerable you know what your unprecedented temerity would have cost you had you failed to kill either of the two chieftains whose metal you Do now wear?" to "I presume that that one whom I had failed kill." . but you must not forget that every chief who ranks you is responsible for your safe delivery to our mighty and most fero cious ruler. remarkable valor. You will be treated by us as a Tharkian chieftain.CHAMPION AND CHIEF "She has done education polish. ferocity. thing can save you now. save them for other purposes. you are wrong. recognition of your and prowess." he con in "Should you. quarters of Tal Hajus it is the will of Lorquas Ptomel that you be accorded the respect your acts have earned you." I answered." he answered. Only in the last extremity of self-defense would a Martian warrior kill a prisoner .
I understand that you belittle all sentiments of generosity and kindliness. but Ordinarily I I am had guessed at the keynote which would strike an answering chord in the breasts of the green Martians." I answered.  . but I do not. nor was I wrong. nor ever before had I descended to bombast." not given to long speeches. and their attitude toward me thereafter was still further respectful. your ways are ways. let the individual Barsoomians with whom I must deal either respect rights as a stranger my among you. who ever consequences ever would offer her injury or insult in the future must figure on making a full accounting to me. and I can only act in the future as am have Hi the past. for my harangue evi dently deeply impressed them. I "As my not of Barsoom. Tars Tarkas. Of one thiny let us be sure.A PRINCESS OF MARS "I hear you know not I you. and I can convince your most doughty warrior that these characteristics are not incompatible with an ability to fight. or take what may befall. but if not. m accordance with the If you will leave dictates of my conscience and guided by the standards of mine own people. will me alone I go in peace. whatever may be your ultimate inten tions toward this unfortunate young woman.
I would assume the responsibilities of one.. followed by the faithful Woola. gentleman of Virginia.CH'AMPION 'AND CHIEF Tars Tarkas himself seemed pleased with my reply. They did not molest us. her feet I turned with her toward the ignoring her hovering guardian harpies as well as the inquiring glances of the chieftains. and John Carter. Jed among the Tharks of Barsoom. Dejah Thoris. Was I not now a chieftain also ! Well. and so Dejah Thoris. Jeddak of Thark. but his only comment was more or less enigmatical "And I think I know Tal Hajus. passed through utter silence from the audience chamber of Lorquas Ptomel. . Princess of Helium. then." I now turned my attention to and assisting her to exit.
for. later. The poor child shrank against AS me and I felt her two little hands fold tightly over my arm. So Sarkoja merely gave us an ugly look and departed to hatch up deviltries against us. men. and I further warned Sarkoja that any more of her cruel attentions bestowed upon Dejah Thoris would result in Sarkoja's sudden and painful demise. I informed them that Sola would attend the cap tive hereafter. as I learned men do not kill women upon Mars. I soon found Sola and explained to her that wished her to guard Dejah Thoris as she had guarded me. nor women. that I wished her to find other I quarters where they would not be molested hi"  . My threat was unfortunate and resulted in more harm than good to Dejah Thoris.CHAPTER XI WITH DEJAH THORIS we reached the open the two female guards -/JLwho had been detailed to watch over Dejah Thoris hurried up and made as though to assume custody of her once more. Waving the women away.
WITH DEJAH THORIS Sarkoja. who. John Carter. and thus win first place." must do your bidding. " You are a great chieftain now. The man whose metal you carry was young. or should he attack you. chieftains in You this second to Lorquas are eleventh. I I laughed. but you may win honor that only by the will of the entire coun cil that Lorquas Ptomel meet you in combat. " if I should Lorquas Ptomel?" I first. but she said. John Carter." "And asked. and among accompanied Sola and Dejah Thoris in a search for new quarters. you may kill him in self- You would be defense. though indeed I am glad to do it under any circumstances. there are but ten is community who rank you kill in prowess." subject. Sola glanced at the accouterments which were carried in my hand and slung across my shoulder. which we found in a build-  . and I finally informed her that I myself would take up my quarters among the men. and had by his promotions and kills won his way close to the rank of Tars Tarkas. Ptomel only. I "and he was a great warrior. as you know. had no less particular desire to kill to be a jed I Lorquas Ptomel. and changed the the Tharks.
wrought by a people long extinct. a fair-skinned. for Dejah Thoris and Sola. on the other hand. The men few wore arms. and of a portrayed many human figures in the compositions. Dejah Thoris clasped her hands with an exclamation of rapture as she gazed upon these magnificent works of art. unlike the frescoes in the other buildings I had examined. The part. They were clad ornamented in graceful. These were of people lighter color than like myself. I then dis-  . and their luxuriant hair was of a beautiful golden and reddish bronze. We floor decided to use this room. appar ently did not see them. were beardless and only a scenes depicted for the most fair-haired people at play. much with! Dejah Thoris. more former habita We also found in this building real sleeping apartments with ancient beds of highly wrought metal swinging from enormous gold chains depend ing from the marble ceilings.A PRINCESS OF MARS ing nearer the audience chamber and of far pretentious architecture than our tion. flowing robes. on the second and overlooking the plaza. and another room adjoining and in the rear for the cooking and supplies. The decoration of the walls was most elaborate. highly metal and jewels. while Sola. and.
You speak In the " my language. though their written in the valley Dor. soomians speak the same tongue from the ice-clad south to the ice-clad north. "there is no escape for either of us unless we go together. and ask your pardon for the cruel thoughts she has harbored against would your prisoner escape unless it was to follow you you these past few days?" "You are right." " I heard your challenge to the creature you call Tars Tarkas. "where may you be from? You are like unto my people. then. telling her that I would guard Dejah Thoris until her return. is there supposed to be a different language spokeni . then. Only where the river Iss empties into the lost sea of Korus." I answered. and yet so unlike. but what I cannot fathom is your statement that you are not of Barsoom. I think I name of my first ancestor. languages differ. that you and yet I heard you it tell Tars Tarkas All Bar- had but learned recently. and crave your protection." she continued. As Sola departed Dejah Thoris turned to with a faint smile. " me And whereto.WITH DEJAH THORIS patched Sola to bring the bedding and such food and utensils as she might need. and understand your posi tion among these people. should you leave her.
weird light. or whatever it was. " I with a strange. but in my own Virginia a gentleman does not lie to save himself. I have never seen the mysterious Iss. and her little hands. the lost sea of still Korus is lost. except in the legends of our ancestors. her beautiful face upturned. there is no record of river Iss. that I feared the results which was very It was not would follow a general belief that I had returned from the Bar soomian heaven or hell. Why was it. and her wonderful eyes opening up [no] . Do I you believe me?" then it And struck me suddenly that anxious that she should believe me. so far as I am concerned. filled me it is not Her eyes were were pressed against me as though to wring a denial from my very reached up upon my breast. heart.A PRINCESS OF MARS and. returned ! Do not tell me that you have thus upon the tell They would kill you horribly anywhere surface of Barsoom if that were true. her voice was pleading. Dejah Thoris. "I do not know your customs. I am not of Dor. then I I Why should I care what she thought? looked down at her. Barsoomian returning up the from the shores of Korus in the valley a of Dor.
wave of feeling seemed to stir her. John Garter. Where is this Virginia. she whis pered: "I believe you. for I do not know. and since my presence has permitted Dejah Thoris I She gazed at questioningly. hut here am." I answered. beautiful face turned * heard before of Virginia but on Barsoom no man lies. John Carter?" she asked.WITH DEJAH THORIS the very depth of her soul. "I am of another world. if he does not wish to speak the truth he is . I do not know what a gentleman' is. cannot tell How I came here I I you. she drew away from me with a sigh. nor have I ever earnest. nor could I hope that she I would do so however much craved her confidence and respect. "the great planet Earth. and as my eyes met hers I knew why. which revolves about our com mon sun and next within the orbit of your Barsoom. I would much rather not have fld . long and it That was difficult to believe my statement I well knew." me with troubled eyes. and I shuddered. beautiful than as it fell from those perfect lips on that far gone day. which we know as Mars. your country. and with her similar A up to mine. and it seemed that this fair name of my fair land had never sounded more silent. me to serve am glad that I am here.
you are not of the Barsoom of today. feminine logic. her I certainly could pick no it flaws in As a matter of fact was about the only kind of logic that could be brought to bear fell into a general con upon my problem. earthly. when my heart tells me that I believe because I wish to believe It " ! was good it. yet different why should I trouble my poor head with such a problem. We versation then. said: "I shall have to believe even though I can readily perceive that I cannot understand. logic. and cried out "Why and every school boy on Barsoom knows the geography. rising. Finally she smiled. the customs of my people and able knowledge of events on When : I questioned her closely on this seeming familiarity with earthly things she laughed. and much own. as well as the history of your planet fully as well as of his Can we not see every call thing which takes place upon Earth. She was curious to learn of displayed a remark earth. and if it satisfied good. but no man could look into the depth of those eyes and refuse her slightest behest. asking and answering tions many ques on each side. concerning the fauna flora. and. you but are like us. as you  .A PRINCESS OF MARS her anything of my antecedents.
then. I must confess. " why is it that you do not recog nize me as identical with the inhabitants of that planet?" She smiled again as one might in bored indul gence of a questioning child. "nearly every planet and star having atmospheric condi tions at all approaching those of Bapsoom. and. "If. further.which permit them to throw upon a screen a perfect image of what is transpiring stars. almost without ["3] . is it not hanging there in the heavens in plain sight?" This as baffled my statements me." I asked. "Because. when photo graphed and enlarged. objects no greater than a blade of grass may be distinctly recognized. I afterward. shows forms of animal life me. you are so familiar with earthly things.WITH DEJAH THORIS it. . John Carter. saw many of these pic tures. for ages. almost identical with yo& and Earth men." she replied. as well as the instruments which produced them. and I told She then explained in general the instru ments her people had used and been perfecting her so. in Helium. fully as much had confounded her. any planet and upon many of the upon These pictures are so perfect in detail that.
of course. when found by the Tharkian warriors. would have to share the quarters with them.A PRINCESS OF MARS cover their bodies with strange. were entirely undisfigured and unadorned. strange of mundane dwellers. and seemed much surprised when we answered in the negative. and their heads with hideous contraptions the purpose of which we have exception. explaining that my body there lay garments fully clothed in all the. un sightly pieces of cloth. been unable to conceive. she where our quarters were Sarkoja descending. . seemed that had mounted the approach to the upper floors located. you wore no ornaments is a strong proof of your un-Barsoomian origin. had met We decided that she must have been eavesdropping." I then narrated the details of my departure from the Earth. while fact that "The the absence of grotesque coverings might cause a doubt as to your earthliness. while you. to her. At this point Sola returned with our meager belongings and her young Martian protege. Sola asked us if we had had It a visitor during^ as she her absence. but as we could recall nothing of importance that had passed between us we dismissed the matter as of little consequence . who.
Ages of close relationship and intermarrying had resulted in the race of red men. as well as fitted with the green men. of which Dejah Thoris was a fair and beautiful daughter. During the ages of hardships and incessant war ring between their own various races. Dejah Thoris and I then fell to examining the architecture and decorations of the beautiful chambers of the building we were occupying. under new conditions of against the wild hordes of green men. the early progenitors of her race. told She people had presumably flourished over a hundred thousand years before. but early had mixed with the other great race of Mar who were same very dark. few and always and to defend them life. selves. and before they had themselves to the changed conditions. and also with the reddish yellow race which had flourished at the time.. almost black. that these me They were tians. much of the . tians These three great divisions of the higher Mar had been forced into a mighty alliance as the drying up of the Martian seas had compelled them to seek the comparatively diminishing fertile areas.WITH DEJAH THORIS merely promising ourselves to be warned to the utmost caution in the future.
but during the vicissi tudes of those trying centuries of readjustment to new conditions. while the pass through the hHls to the old sea bottom to the city's gates. natural harbor. she explained. had been the channel through which the shipping passed up The shores of the ancient seas were dotted with  . Dejah Thoris related many kindly people. entirely.'A PRINCESS OF MARS many of the arts of the fair- high civilization and haired Martians had become lost. land locked by magnificent hills. beneath the countless intervening ages. The little valley on the west front of the city. It had been built upon a beautiful. but practically and literature were lost. records. not only did their advancement all and production cease their archives. was all that remained of the harbor. interesting facts and legends concerning this lost race of noble and She said that the city in which we were camping was supposed to have been a center of commerce and culture known as Korad. but the red race of today has reached a point where it feels that it has made up in new discoveries and in a more practical civilization for all that lies irretrievably buried with the ancient Barsoomians. These ancient Martians had been a highly cul tivated and literary race.
guard. and lesser ones. I I and commanding Woola to remain on hastened to the audience chamber. We were brought back to a realization of our present con by a messenger bearing a summons from Lorquas Ptomel directing me to appear before him forthwith. . We had been so engrossed in exploration of the building and in our conversation that in the it was late afternoon before we realized it. in diminishing num bers. where found Lorquas Ptomel and Tars Tarkas seated upon the rostrum. Bidding Dejah Thoris and Sola ditions farewell. as the people had found it necessary to follow the receding waters until neces had forced upon them their ultimate the so-called Martian canals.WITH DEJAH THORIS just such cities. were to be found converging toward the center of the oceans. sity salvation.
CHAPTER XII A PRISONER WITH POWER S I entered and saluted. if proved. from to her own admission. "Your position is a peculiar one." he con " tinued you are a prisoner and yet you give com . Be that as it may. you are not one of us you owe us no allegiance. you are a midget and yet you can kill a mighty warrior with one blow of your fist. Lorquas Ptomel sig- naled me to advance. Either one of these accu grounds for your execution.  . . half believes you are returned from the valley of Dor. you are an alien and yet you are a Tharkian chieftain. yet during that time you have by your prowess won a high position among us. and. a prisoner who. but we are a just people and you shall have a trial on our return to Thark. : hideous eyes upon me. addressed me thus " You have been with us a few days. mands which must be obeyed. fixing his great. sufficient would be Hajus so commands. if Tal sations. And now you are reported have been plotting to escape with another prisoner of another race.
I should be glad." he continued. we do not wish to fight between ourselves. who is also our bitterest enemy. may you be killed by in personal us without orders from Tal Hajus. for such custom of the Tharks. and either demonstrate if " my right to command. delivery of the red girl to greatest importance. John Carter. is " we have no quarrel with Tars Tarkas together rule supreme the greatest of the lesser com I . combat us. The is safe Tal Hajus in a of the Not thousand years is have the Tharks made such a capture. I have spoken. in self-defense.A PRISONER WITH POWER " But. must warn you that we only await one of these two excuses for ridding As a matter of justice I ourselves of so great a responsibility. and so if you were dead. The red girl told us that we were without the . you run off with the red girl it is I who shall have to account to Tal Hajus. or the metal from my dead the carcass will go to a better man. men. should you attack one of or were you apprehended in an attempt to " escape. however. it is I who shall have to face Tars Tarkas. she the granddaughter of the greatest of the red jeddaks. Under two munities among the green conditions only. In his fierce guttural tones.
this monster was the all exaggerated personification of cruelty. Cold. was impressed upon me. So I this I was the beginning of Sarkoja's persecution knew that none other could be responsible for Ptomel so quickly. calculating. in so far as Dejah Thoris was concerned. the absolute necessity for escape. cunning. ferocity. Tars Tarkas. my audience with Lorquas Ptomel only served to center my every faculty on this subject. this report which had reached the ears of Lorquas and now tions of our conversation I recalled those por which had touched upon escape and upon my origin. Sarkoja was at this time Tars Tarkas' oldest and most trusted female.A PRINCESS OF MARS softer sentiments of humanity. for no warrior had the confidence of Lorquas Ptomel to such an extent as did his ablest lieutenant. for I was convinced that some horrible fate awaited her at the headquarters of Tal Hajus." the audience chamber. he was. instead of putting thoughts of pos sible escape from my mind. more than before. but we are a just and truthful Turning. However. race. I left You may go.  . Now. As such she was a mighty power behind the throne. the ages of and brutality from which he had descended. As described by Sola.
we save friendly bullets for ourselves at the last as did those brave frontier moment. and together  . " I before. seemed best that I quartered either by myself or among the other warriors.- a slave to that brute passion which the waning demands for procreation upon their dying planet has almost stilled in the Martian breast." I replied. John Carter?" he " It have selected none. The thought that the fall into the clutches divine Dejah Thoris might Far better that of such an abysmal atavism started the cold sweat upon me. His I As demeanor toward me was unchanged. in marked contrast to most of his fellows." " Come with me. I am the customs of the Tharks. and I tunity to ask was awaiting an oppor your advice." and I not yet familiar with all " smiled. As you know. "Where are your quarters.A PRISONER WITH POWER also. and he greeted me as though we had not just parted a few moments asked. wandered about the plaza lost in my gloomy forebodings Tars Tarkas approached me on his way from the audience chamber. lost land. women of my fall who took their own lives rather than into the hands of the Indian braves." he directed.
but assured him that I could get along very nicely without assistance except in the matter of preparing food. it is your own affair. and in please. but the third floor and the floors above are vacant. . I suggested that they might also bring some of the sleeping silks and furs which belonged to me as  ." he given continued." he said. fully occupied by warriors." I thanked him. you may take your choice of these. which he said would be necessary. but you can fight well enough to do about as you and so. "that you have to the red prisoner.A PRINCESS OF MARS we moved I off across the plaza to a building which was glad to see adjoined that occupied by Sola and her charges. your ways are not our ways. "I understand. as you have said. and so he promised to send women to me for this purpose and also for the manufacture of the care of my arms and my ammunition. if you wish to give your woman to a captive.accordance with our customs you may select any or all the females from the retinues of the chief tains whose metal you now wear. up your woman Well. " My quarters are on the first floor of this build "and the second floor also is ing. but as a chieftain you should have those to serve you.
and it flashed upon me that I could rig up some means of communication whereby she might signal me in case she needed either my services or my protection. as usual. dressing rooms. Left alone. I ascended the winding corridor to the upper floors in search of suitable quarters. apartments. for the nights were cold and I had none of my own. in and other sleeping and all some ten rooms on this The windows enormous square of the back rooms overlooked an court. Adjoining my sleeping apartment were baths.A PRISONER WITH POWER spoils of combat. which formed the center of the made by the buildings which faced the four contiguous streets. and departed. promised to do so. The beauties of the other buildings were repeated in this. living floor. moss-like vegetation which blankets entirely While the court was  . I finally chose a front room on the third floor. and. and which was now given over to the quartering of the various animals belonging to the warriors occupying the adjoining buildings. overgrown with the yellow. whose apartment was on the second floor of the adjoining building. because this brought me nearer to Dejah Thoris. I was soon lost in a tour of investigation He and discovery.
and ignorance. furs. but from vague legends of their descendants. cooking utensils. including considerable loot from the air craft. jewels. and pergola-like contraptions bore witness to the beauty which the court must have presented in bygone times. the straight and handsome men all happy frolicking children It was difficult to sunlight. realize that they had gone. yet numer ous fountains. the of darkness. silks. My several thoughts were cut short by the advent of young females bearing loads of weapons. statuary. laughing people whom stern and unalterable cosmic laws had driven not only from their homes. happiness and peace.A PRINCESS OF MARS practically the entire surface of Mars. all except the One could easily picture the gorgeous foliage filled this of the luxuriant Martian vegetation which once scene with life and color. had been the property of the two chieftains I had it slain. it seemed. when graced by the fair-haired. benches. and now. down through ages . had become . All this. until their hereditary instincts of culture and humanitarianism had risen ascendant once more in the final com posite race which now is dominant upon Mars. and casks of food and drink. cruelty. the graceful figures of the beautiful women. by the customs of the Tharks.
At my direction they placed the stuff in one of the back rooms. nor their wives. todian. nor their servants. nor may he accumulate more of these than are required for his actual needs. All property in among the green the community. formed the retinues of the two chieftains. They were not their families. and so unlike anything known to us that it is most difficult to describe. ornaments and sleep except the personal weapons. it seemed. On the second trip they were accompanied by ten or fifteen constituted the balance of other women and youths. These alone ing is Martians owned common by can one claim undisputed right to. as in matters of instruction. His women are in no sense wives. who. which they advised me my goods. and The surplus he holds merely as cus it is passed on to the younger members children of a man's retinue of the community as necessity demands. furs of silks and the individuals. . only to return with a second load. and then departed. discipline. sustenance.A PRISONER WITH POWER mine. The women and may be likened to a military unit for which he is responsible in various ways. the relationship was peculiar. and the exigen cies of their continual roamings and their unending strife with other communities and with the red Martians.
as is often the case with theories. The council of chieftains of each community control the matter as surely as the owner of a breed Kentucky racing stud directs the scientific ing of his stock for the improvement of the whole. green Martians are absolutely with the exception of such degenerates as Tal Hajus. Their mating and is directed without reference to natural selection. I made the best of it and directed them to find quarters on the upper floors. In theory it may sound well. meaning with a matter of this earthly community interest solely. leaving the third floor to me. existence. whether I would or not. loveless. It is true that the is shown in the cold. . but the results of ages of this unnatural practice. Finding that I must assume responsibility for these creatures. but better far a finer balance of human characteristics even at the expense of a slight and occasional loss of chastity. and their gloomy. creatures. coupled with the community interest in the offspring being held paramount to cruel that of the mother. mirthless virtuous.A PRINCESS OF MARS The green Martians in i use no word corresponding word.One of the girls I charged with the duties of my . both men and women.
nor did \ I care to.A PRISONER WITH POWER simple cuisine. Thereafter I saw little of them. and directed the others to take up the various activities which had formerly con stituted their vocations.  .
abandoning the until they could feel homeward march reasonably assured that the would not return. During our period of inactivity. Tars Tarkas had instructed me in many of the customs and arts of war familiar to the Tharks. The method was not at all complicated. dangerous and vicious as their masters. the community remained within the city for several days. including lessons in riding and guiding the great beasts which bore the These creatures. for to be caught on the open plains with a cavalcade of chariots and chil dren was far from the desire of even so warlike a people as the green Martians. . but when once subdued are sufficiently thoats.CHAPTER XIII LOVE-MAKING ON MARS F OLLOWING ships the battle with the air ships. are as tractable for the purposes of the green Martians. which are known as warriors. and in a short could handle them quite as well as the native warriors. Two time I of these animals had fallen to me from the warriors whose metal I wore.
and they showed fight this treatment was continued until the brutes either were subdued. I was ever a good hand with animals. if necessary. and by inclination. by degrees. My Woola determined me to attempt the experiment of kindness in my treat ment of them that they my could not unseat me. tho-ats. though upon torn and mangled body was gathered up in accordance by his women and burned experience with with Thar- kian custom. confidence in Then. I was always kind and humane in my dealings with the lower Orders. First I taught jty and mastery.LOVE-MAKING ON MARS If the thoats did not respond with sufficient celerity to the telepathic instructions of their riders they were dealt a terrific blow between the ears with if the butt of a pistol. I won their much the same manner as I had adopted countless times with my many mundane mounts. I could take a human life. if not. In the latter case it became a life and death struggle between the man and the beast. his pistol If the former were quick enough with live to ride again.  . and even rapped them sharply between the ears to impress upon them my author. or had unseated their riders. as well as because it brought more lasting and satisfactory results. his he might some other beast.
as In the height of battle as well upon the march I know that my thoats will obey my every command. In the course of a few days my thoats were the wonder of the follow entire community. Tars Tarkas. ing efficiency is enhanced. the softer sentiments have their value. "You see. even to a warrior. and therefore my fight-. They would me like dogs. Your other warriors would find to the advantage of themselves as well as of the community to adopt my methods in this respect. and I am a better war rior for the reason that I am it a kind master. Only a few days since . "By kindness.A PRINCESS OF MARS with far less compunction than that of a poor. unreasoning. you bewitched them? asked Tars Tarkas one afternoon. irresponsible brute." I replied. when he had seen me run How have my arm far between the great jaws of one of my thoats which had wedged a piece of stone between two of his teeth while feeding upon the moss-like vegetation within our court yard. rubbing their great snouts awkward evidence of affection. against my body and respond to my every command with an alacrity in and docility which caused the Martian warriors to ascribe to " me the possession of some earthly " power unknown on Mars.
yourself. so I explained as carefully as I could the method of and training I had adopted with it my later he had me repeat before Lor- quas Ptomel and the assembled warriors. they might elect to unseat and rend their riders. told me that these great brutes. by the uncertainty of their tempers. with a massive anklet of gold from as a sign of his appreciation of my service to the horde. On the seventh day following the battle with the air craft we again took up the march toward Thark." " Show me how you accomplish these results. and before I left the com munity of Lorquas Ptomel I had the satisfaction of observing a regiment of as tractable and docile mounts as one might care to see. During the days just preceding our departure . since. all probability of another attack being deemed remote by Lorquas Ptomel. was Tars Tarkas' only And entire beasts. often were the means of turning victory into defeat. at a crucial moment." rejoinder. That moment marked the beginning of a new existence for the poor thoats.LOVE-MAKING ON MARS you. The effect on the precision and celerity of the military move ments was so remarkable that Lorquas Ptomel presented his me own leg.
whose ferocity I was only too well acquainted with. However. since Woola accompanied them on all sions. but for I liked some reason Thoris. or investigating the I buildings in the near vicinity of the Plaza. walking upon the streets with Sola. I return to her quarters on some and trusted Sola. as well as in the training of my thoats. their excur and as Sola little was well armed. The few times I had visited her quarters she had been absent. telling Sola that I would take the responsibility for Dejah Thoris' safe keeping. had warned them against venturing far from the plaza for fear of the great white apes. On the evening before our departure I saw them approaching along one of the great avenues which lead into the plaza from the east. There seemed bonds of mutual interest between us as powerful as though we had been born under the same roof rather than upon . I advanced to meet them. and directed her to trivial errand. I desired to be alone with Dejah who represented to me all that I had left behind upon Earth in agreeable and congenial companionship. as I had been kept very busy by Tars Tarkas with my les sons in the art of Martian warfare.A PRINCESS OF MARS I had seen but little of Dejah Thoris. there was com paratively cause for fear.
"notwithstanding the proud claim of the "Sarkoja is a liar of the first Tharks to absolute verity. "and that I would now see no " more of you than of any of the other warriors." she said. A 7 his heart. "for whenever you have been duty one of the older women of Tars Tarkas' retinue has always arranged to trump up off some excuse have had to get Sola and me out of sight. as the saying is upon Barsoom." she continued." I replied. That she shared I my on sentiments in this respect was positive. and in the pits me down .LOVE-MAKING ON MARS different planets. They below the buildings helping them mix their awful radium powder. Sarkoja told Sola that you had become a true Thark. " I knew that even though you became a member of the community you would not cease to be my * friend warrior may change his metal. but not . "I think they have been trying to keep us apart." magnitude. for my approach the look of pitiful hopelessness left her sweet countenance to be replaced by a smile of joyful welcome. hurtling through space some forty-eight million miles apart." Dejah Thoris laughed. as she placed her in true little right hand upon my left shoulder red Martian salute.
As a rule. as exposure to sunlight always results in an explo sion. however. while the will morning following the battle be filled at sunrise with the sharp detonations of exploding missiles fired the preceding night. broken by the impact. You know that these have to be manufactured by artificial light. strikes it powder explodes with a violence which If you ever witness a nothing can withstand. In Captain Carter's manuscript it is mentioned always by the name used in the written language of Helium and is spelled in hieroglyphics which it 1 would be difficult and useless to reproduce. even though diffused. I was more concerned by the immediate problem of their treatment of her. You have is noticed that their bullets explode when they strike outer coating an object? Well. the opaque. almost solid. in the which is a minute particle of radium powder." While I was much explanation of this Dejah Thoris' wonderful adjunct to Martian interested in warfare.A PRINCESS OF MARS make their terrible projectiles. The moment this the sunlight. That they were keeping her away from me was not a matter 1 have used (he word radium in describing this powder because in the light of recent discoveries on Earth I believe it to be a mixture of which radium is the base. non-exploding projectiles are l used at night. night battle you will note the absence of these explosions. exposing a forward end of glass cylinder.  .
many months thereafter. Dejah Thoris?" I asked. my chieftain. "Have they ever subjected you to cruelty and ignominy. since it. who do not even know their own mothers. At heart they hate their horrid fates. Let us pity them. are jealous of me. feeling the hot blood of my fighting ancestors leap in my veins as I awaited her reply. my pride. nor man. the significance of those words as I applied by a red Martian my should have had the surprise but I did not know at that time. "Only answered. much to learn upon Barsoom." woman of to a life. and so wreak their poor spite on me who stand for everything they have not." she "Nothing that can harm me outside little ways. that I trace my ancestry straight back without a break to the builder of the first great waterway. but that they should subject her to dangerous and arduous labor filled me with rage. for even though afford we die at their hands we can them pity.LOVE-MAKING ON MARS for surprise. and they. and for all they most crave and never can attain. They know that I am the daughter of ten thousand jeddaks. for Yes. I still had  . in John Carter." we are greater than they and they know Had I known "my chieftain.
presume it is the better part of wisdom that to our fate with as good grace as pos hope. nevertheless. without anger. with an odd little laugh. happy." she soliloquized in conclusion. if we live but I may not tell you. pink. my princess. has the temerity to even so much as frown on you. laughing moods. joking with me on my prowess as a Thark warrior as co-ntrasted with my soft " I heart and natural kindliness.A PRINCESS OF MARS " I we bow sible. and gazed upon me "What stumbling a child! little A great warrior and yet a child.  . have listened . in sore "Some day you shall know. she shook her head and cried: words. presume that should you accidentally wound an enemy you would take him home and nurse him back to health." Dejah Thoris caught her breath at my last with dilated eyes and quickening breath. and then. or violet. that be present the next time that any Martian. son of Tardos Mors. John Carter. red. And I. the daughter of Mors Kajak. I Dejah Thoris. Then she broke out again into one of her gay. but I may green. have done now?" I asked. which brought roguish dimples to the cor ners of her mouth." I "What perplexity." she laughed.
she was a Martian. for every dead foeman means so much more to who live. with her tenderness and still womanly to a sweetness. it  . remember that I and that all I smiled. in very hopeless ness. as likely you learn. "it it is enough that you and that I have listened. so.LOVE-MAKING ON MARS "That answered." to me." have said she exclaimed. and Martian the only good enemy is a dead enemy. what we do on Earth. is precisely "At least This made her laugh it. and Barsoom another twelve listened It times. all She could not understand for. but the was Greek more her to explain the more positive begged became her I denials of my request. enough I shall be ere the further moon has circled John Carter." again. and. "No. I desisted. I was very curious to know what I had said or done to cause her so much perturbation a moment divide between those before and so I continued to importune her to enlighten me. if I And when be dead. and with Earth looking down upon us out of her luminous green eye." I among civilized men. Day had now given away to night and as we wandered along the great avenue lighted by the two moons of Barsoom.
and I knew that I had loved her since the first moment that my eyes had met hers that I first time in the plaza of the dead city of Korad. we walked the surface of a dying world. The touch of is my arm upon her naked shoulder had spoken to me in words I could not mistake. The As my arm rested for an instant upon her I felt a thrill pass through every fiber of my being such as contact with no other mortal had even produced. slightly toward me. nor did she speak. yet ever new. of the Martian night was upon us. I loved Dejah Thoris. and it seemed to me arm that she I had leaned sure. And so. and I. and removing my silks I threw them across the shoulders of Dejah Thoris. . was content that chill it should be so. but of that was not Only I knew that as my rested there across her shoulders longer than the act of adjusting the silk required she did not draw away.A PRINCESS OF MARS seemed that we were alone at least. in silence. but in the breast of one of us at least had been born that which ever oldest. in the universe.
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CHAPTER XIV A DUEL TO THE DEATH M Y impulse was to tell her of my love. John Carter. in all probability she oHd not return. her position would be even more unbearable than now. "I am happy here. Dejah Thoris?" I Possibly you would rather return to Sola and your quarters." "No. "Why asked. a  . " are you so quiet. and the thought that she might feel that I was her decision was the final taking advantage of her helplessness. I do not know why it is that I should always be happy and contented when you. and protect her in my poor way against the thousands of hereditary ene mies she must face upon our arrival at Thark. to influence argument which sealed my lips. Should I be so indiscreet. I could not chance causing her additional pain or sorrow by declaring a love which. and then I thought of the helplessness of first her position wherein I alone could lighten the burdens of her captivity." she murmured.
"And "Yes. in when she had explained the word she used. except his mother. "The man " of Barsoom. are with me. and. have parents and brothers and sisters?" "And a lover?" silent." "Do people kiss. I shall soon my father's court and feel his strong arms about me and my mother's tears and kisses on my cheek. with you. Dejah Thoris. thoughtful tone. brothers.A PRINCESS OF MARS stranger. she moved with the carriage of the  ." "Parents." she finally ventured. and then I my tongue had been cut from for she turned even as and drawing my silks them out to me. yet at such times it seems that I am safe and that. yes. and without my mouth. and ceased. and the woman he has fought for and won. caught myself from her shoulder she held a word. does not ask personal questions of women. She was nor could I venture to repeat the question." you. answer to my inquiry as to its meaning." she " lovers. added in a low." "But wished I have fought I " I started. and sisters. then. upon Barsoom?" I return to asked. and with head held high.
Yes. I did not attempt to follow her.A DUEL TO THE DEATH queen she was toward the plaza and the doorway of her quarters. other y than to see that she reached the building in safety. in spite of a half-desire for love and a constant search for my had remained for me to fall furiously and hopelessly in love with a creature from another world. whose hatched from an egg. and though I was suffering the greatest misery I had ever . a woman whose hopes. [A. in spite of beautfful women and ideal. but. So this was love I had escaped ! it for all the years I had roamed the five continents and their encircling seas. directing Woola to accompany her. wrong might vary as greatly from mine as did those of the green Martians. I sat for hours cross-legged. and might cover a thousand years. whose pleasures. yet not identical with mine. but I was in love. and cross-tempered. woman who was whose span of life whose people had strange customs and ideas. of a species similar possibly. it urging opportunity. upon my silks meditating upon the queer freaks chance plays upon us poor devils of mortals. I standards of virtue and of right and was a fool. I turned dis consolately and entered my own house.
The morning dawned clear of our departure hot. and jeweled mosaics of my world-old chamber. all To all me. weeks when the snow melts sought out Dejah Thoris in the throng of departing chariots. that was virtuous and beautiful and noble and good. are lovers wherever love Such is love. Dejah Thoris was that was perfect. Twenty years have intervened. and cheek. I could see the red blood mount to her the foolish inconsistency of love I I With held my peace when might have plead ignorance . as Thark 1 and do all Martian morn- ings except for the six at the poles. and I believe at it today as I sit my desk in the little study overlooking the Hud son. but she turned her shoulder to I me. from the depth of my soul on that night in Korad as I sat cross-legged upon my silks while the nearer moon of Barsoom raced through the western sky toward the horizon. I believed that from the bottom of my heart. and for ten I have lived upon her mem for ory. and such known. for ten of them I lived and fought for Dejah Thoris and her people.A PRINCESS OF MARS known I would not have had it otherwise for is all the riches of Barsoom. and lighted up the gold and marble.
" she answered. as they my lover's eyes. to seemed to whom I vehemently objected to the unnecessary humiliations and cruelties." he answered. a half con ciliation. effected. me have it. You _have shown yourself a mighty fighter. turning to "Sarkoja thought it best. that were being heaped upon Dejah Thoris. We know that you will not go with out her. and so I glanced into her chariot and rearranged her silks and furs. turned without further word and sought out Tars Tarkas. Examining the manacles I saw that they fastened Let with a massive spring lock. My duty dictated that I must see that she was comfortable. "if ever you and Dejah Thoris escape the Tharks it will be upon this journey.A DUEL TO THE DEATH of the nature of oT it. " Where is the key. her face betokening her disapproval of the procedure. does this mean?" I cried. "What Sola. and we do not wish to manacle you. I "John Carter. my offense." she answered." "Sarkoja wears I John Carter. Sola ? it. and so have or at least the gravity at worst. In doing so I noted with horror that she was heavily chained by one ankle to the side of the vehicle. so we  .
I feel for you. Tars Tarkas." and knew that saw the strength of his reasoning at a flash." "Friendship?" he thing." I said. "There is no such I shall John Carter. you may do for me in return for the friendship that. buf that night  ." I replied. I must confess. He spoke.A PRINCESS OF MARS hold you both ensure security. and I myself will take the custody of the key. Tars Tarkas. smiling. direct that Sarkoja cease to annoy the girl. "This much. u looked at me long and earnestly before he Were you to give me your word that neither you nor Dejah Thoris would attempt to escape until after we have safely reached the court of Tal Hajus you might have the key and throw the chains into the river Iss. and said no more. but I asked that the Sarkoja and that she be directed to leave the prisoner alone in future. I in the easiest I way that will yet have spoken." "Unless you wish me to assume the respon sibility." "It were better that you held the key. He smiled. replied. but have your will. it were futile to appeal from his key be taken from decision.
saw her deep in conver sation with a warrior named Zad. he could win a second name only with the metal of some chief kill among his tain. in some of the warriors addressed me Dotar Sojat.A DUEL TO THE DEATH as we were making camp With I saw him unfasten and coldness there Dejah Thoris' fetters himself. and the black. powerful brute. whom I had slain in fair fight . or man with one name. how she hated me cut it ! It bristled from her so palpably that one might almost have with a sword. a combination of the surnames of the two warrior chieftains whose metal I had taken. a big. venomous look she accorded me was the sweetest balm I had felt for I As many hours. It was this custom which entitled me as to the names of fact. either of the chieftains I had killed. but one who had never made a later I A few moments own chieftains. Lord. Could it be a vestige of some human instinct come back from an ancient forbear to haunt ! him with the horror of his people's ways was approaching Dejah Thoris' chariot I passed Sarkoja. in other wo'rds. or. all his cruel ferocity was an undercurrent of something in Tars Tarkas which he seemed ever battling to subdue. and so was still an o mad. hulking.
"She says you have angered her. I paid day had good reason to recall the circumstances.A PRINCESS OF MARS As Sarkoja glances in talked with Zad he cast occasional my direction. In my extremity I did what most other lovers would have done mate. I sought word from her through an it inti In this instance in was Sola whom I inter another part of camp. and that is she will say. "Why will she not speak tome?" Sola stemed puzzled herself. as though such strange actions on the part of two humans were quite beyond her. and though I spoke her name she neither replied. . but the next I which she was capable of going to wreak her horrid vengeance on me. except that she is the daughter of a jed and the granddaughter of a jeddak and she all . Dejah Thoris would have none of me again on this evening. while she seemed to be urging him very strongly to some little action. cepted "What is the matter with Dejah Thoris?" I blurted out at her. nor conceded by so flutter much as the of an eyelid that she realized my existence. and at the same time gain a slight insight into the depths of Sarkoja's hatred and the lengths to it attention to at the time. poor child. as indeed they were.
or who something of the kind equally foolish. ters in Virginia There was a family of Car claimed close relationship with me. in this respect so earthly. It made me home like for it sounded very much "not fit to polish her shoes." And then commenced a train I of thought quite new to me. Sola ? " " A little animal about as big as my hand. finally asking. I what my people at home were had not seen them for years. but I could not help laughing at the strange figure of speech. so homely and sick. I was supposed to be a great uncle. which women keep to play with. for ings were those of a boy. and to be a great uncle always I could pass anywhere for twenty-five to thirty years of seemed the height of incongruity. began to wonder doing.A DUEL TO THE DEATH has been humiliated by a creature who could not polish the teeth of her grandmother's sorak." ex the red Martian plained Sola. my thoughts and feel little There were two kiddies in the Carter family whom I had loved and . I thought. Not cat I fit to polish the teeth of her grandmother's in the consideration I must rank pretty low of Dejah Thoris. " What might a sorak be." I pondered over this report for some time. age.
and now my heart turned toward from the cold and unfriendly peoples I had been thrown amongst. so low in fact that I was not to polish the teeth of her grandmother's and then rescue. broke camp the next day at an early hour and marched with only a single halt until just before dark. includ across the vdvety car enclosure. We our right Lorquas Ptomel directed Tars Tarkas to gate it.A PRINCESS OF MARS who had thought there was no one on Earth like Uncle Jack. Two incidents broke the tediousness of the march. my saving sense of humor came to my and furs and laughing I turned into my silks and slept upon the moon-haunted ground the sleep of a tired and healthy fighting man. as I 'skies stood there under the moonlit of Barsoom. and we raced little peting of moss to the  . By nature a wanderer. About noon we espied far to what was evidently an incubator. ing myself. and investi The latter took a dozen warriors. was a low even cat. longed for them as I had never longed for any mortals before. fit For did not even Dejah Thoris despise me-! I creature. and I but the great hall of the Carters had always stood for all that the word did mean it to me. I could see them just as plainly. I had never known the true meaning of the word home.
The work The warriors at the incubator was short indeed. crawling in. eggs had just been placed green Martian eggs.A DUEL TO THE DEATH It was indeed an incubator. they would grow during the five-year period of incubation until they obtained the size of those I had seen all CH9] . " They cannot be a day's march ahead of us. During the ride I took occasion to ask Tars Tarkas if these Warhoons whose eggs we had destroyed were a smaller people than his Tharks." he exclaimed. He explained that the there but. dashed back to join the cavalcade. tore open the entrance and a couple of them." I added. like . finally announcing of that it belonged to the green the cement men Warhoon and where it that was scarcely dry had been walled up. " I noticed that their eggs were so much smaller than those I saw hatching in your incubator. but the eggs were very small in comparison with those I had seen hatching in ours at the time of my arrival on Mars. the light of battle leaping to his fierce face. Tars Tarkas dismounted and examined the inclosure minutely. soon demolished all the eggs Then remounting we with their short-swords.
for. large as they were. This was indeed an interesting piece of informa tion. when Zad approached me. but he stood waiting . in fact. was engaged changing my riding cloths from one of my thoats to the work between them.A PRINCESS OF MARS hatching on the day of my arrival on Barsoom. could bring forth such enormous eggs as I had seen the four-foot infants emerging from. and was during in this halt that the second of the day's interesting I episodes occurred. Shortly after the incident of the Warhoon it eggs we halted to rest the animals. and without a word other. was so wild with anger that I could scarcely refrain from drawing my pistol and shooting him down for the brute he was . the new-laid egg is but little it larger than an ordinary goose egg. As a matter of fact. for I divided the day's struck my animal a terrific blow with his long- sword. for it had always seemed remarkable to me that the green Martian women. I did not need a manual of green Martian eti quette to I know what reply to make. and as does not commence to grow until subjected to the light little difficulty in of the sun the chieftains have trans porting several hundreds of them at one time from the storage vaults to the incubators.
Zad first attempted to rush me down as a bull might a wolf. knew he prided himself upon I wished. my hatchet. but I could not obtain an opening to deliver an effective thrust. . therefore I could have used my short-sword. only to receive a nick from my sword upon his arm or back. my and dagger.A DUEL TO THE DEATH with drawn long-sword. always permissible. and to his choice of my only choice was draw my own and meet him weapons or a This latter alternative is in fair fight with lesser one. Then he changed and with extreme his tactics. The fight that followed was a long one and delayed the resumption of the march for an hour. but I was much too quick for him. and each time I side-stepped his rushes he would go lunging past me. but I could not use fire arms or a . and he fighting warily dexterity. I chose the I same weapon he had drawn because his ability with all. it. or my fists had been entirely within my rights. if I and his worsted him at to do it with own weapon. The entire community surrounded us. leaving a clear space about one hundred feet in diameter for our battle.ipear while he held only his longsword. He was soon streaming blood from a half dozen minor wounds. I wished.
realizing that I. as a sharp pain in shoulder attested. but in the sweep of my glance as I sought to again locate my adversary. he was close in tiring more than evidently decided to and end the battle in a final blaze of glory for himself. fight I did We like circled for some time without doing much in the sunlight. was only left my partially successful. the long. for the purpose evidently of wit- . There. I must admit that he was a magnificent swordsman. needle- swords flashing and ringing out the stillness as they crashed together with effective parry. just as he rushed me a blinding flash of light struck full in my eyes. straight.A PRINCESS OF MARS tried to do by science what he was unable to do by brute strength. Finally Zad. so that I could not see his approach and could only leap blindly to one side in an effort to escape the mighty blade that I it seemed I could already feel in my vitals. and had it not been for greater endurance and the remarkable agility the lesser gravitation of Mars lent me I might not my have been able to put up the creditable against him. upon Dejah Thoris' chariot stood three figures. a sight met for the my astonished gaze which paid the temporary blindness me well wound had caused me. damage on upon each either side.
Then at that crucial knew what had blinded me moment of the fight. our . Another life thing I saw. as my mind for the from my antagonist. her face livid with hatred and baffled rage. and how a Sarkoja had found way to kill me with* out herself delivering the final thrust.nessing the encounter above the heads of the There were Dejah Thoris. and then Sola. for it took fraction of an instant entirely for. My enemy had recovered from it his thrust and was making extremely interesting for me. too. so I  . something which flashed in the I sunlight as it spun to the ground. and Sarkoja. As I looked. sprang between them last I the saw was the great knife descending upon her shielding breast. tiny mirror Dejah Thoris struck the from her hand. and as my fleeting glance swept over them a little tableau was presented which intervening Tharks. will stand graven in my memory to the day of my death. Dejah Thoris turned upon Sarkoja with the fury of a young tigress and struck some thing from her upraised hand. whipped out her dagger and aimed a terrific blow at Dejah Thoris. dear and faithful Sola. which almost lost my for me then and there. Sola. Sarkoja.
We rushed each other furiously time after time.A PRINCESS OF MARS reluctantly gave my attention to the work in hand. . I would not die alone if I could pre I felt the steel tear into my chest. but my mind was not upon the battle.* i- went black before me. deter mined that vent it. and I felt my knees giving beneath me. feeling the sharp point of his sword breast in a thrust I could neither parry nor at my escape. I threw myself upon him with outstretched sword and with all the weight of my body. my head whirled in ness. all di*. 'til suddenly.
CHAPTER XV w my my I SOLA TELLS ME HER STORY HEN consciousness returned. Removing the blade from my body I also regained my own. and disgusted. buried to the hilt in the green breast of Zad. and there I found it. sick. and turning my back upon his ugly carcass. toward the chariots which bore belongings. but cared not for Bleeding and weak I reached my women. entering near the center of coming out below the shoulder. full senses I As I regained found his weapon piercing my left breast. who lay stone dead upon the ochre moss of the ancient sea bottom. and. as I soon learned.  . I moved. sore. I was down but a moment. my it. inflicting a painful but not dangerous wound. I sprang quickly to my feet searching for my sword. who. but only through the flesh and muscles which cover my ribs. As had lunged I had turned so that his sword merely chest and passed beneath the muscles. retinue and my applause A I murmur of Martian greeted me.
from As I soon as they were through with me I hastened to the chariot of Dejah Thoris. She did not notice my pres I As ence. indicating Dejah Thoris by an inclination of my head. wonderful woman a chance and death must take loss of a back seat. "Is she injured?" I asked of Sola. dressed my applying healing and remedial agents which make only the most instan taneous of death blows fatal. Give a Martian wounds. this thrust which. . nor did she hear me speaking with Sola. whose dagger it seemed found my had struck the edge of one of Sola's metal breast deflected. They soon had me patched up weakness from so that. who was standing a short distance from the vehicle. had inflicted but i approached I found Dejah Thoris lying prone upon her silks and furs. where poor Sola with her chest swathed in bandages. undoubtedly would have put me flat on my back for days. except for little blood and a sore ness around the wound. I suffered no great dis tress under earthly treat ment. but apparently little the worse for her encounter with Sarkoja. her lithe form wracked with sobs. ornaments and.A PRINCESS OF MARS accustomed to such the happenings. thus slight flesh wound.
SOLA TELLS "No. child. smil ing." said Sola. Sola. a strange sight upon Barsoom. ^interpret them. you dead. years ago before they killed her." first was my "Your mother! " I exclaimed. The mother. the other was Sarkoja." dead. or indeed over any who held but the highest claim upon her are a proud race. one wept from sorrow. but I am sure the granddaughter of ten thou sand jeddaks would never grieve like this over the death of one she considered beneath her. "but. other than Dejah Thoris. but they are affections. "I think you wrong her. when they dragged her from me today. "she thinks that you are "And that her grandmother's cat may now have no one to polish its teeth?" I queried. and you must have though she mourns hurt or wronged her grievously that she will not admit your existence living." ME HER STORY she answered. John Carter. as are all Barsoomians. "Tears are ishe continued. "I do not understand either her ways or yours. you could not have known your mother."  ." for "and I so it is difficult me to ' have seen but two people weep in all my life. They just. the other from baffled rage.
A PRINCESS OF MARS " But I did. If she me I but await her command." Sola mounted the chariot. Sola. or heavy five draught animals. and I hastened to my waiting thoat and galloped to my station beside Tars Tar- kas at the rear of the column." sure to tell Dejah Thoris I am shall not force myself I " promised." she added. known as zitidars. with a score or more of flankers on either side. John Carter. made a most imposing and awe-inspiring spectacle as we strung out across the yellow land scape. And my father also. Be I alive and well. the We two hundred and fifty ornate and brightly colored chariots. the fifty extra mastodons. preceded by an advance guard of some two hundred mounted warriors and chieftains riding five abreast and one hundred yards apart. . which was swinging into its place in line. And now the signal has been given to resume the march. you must go. and I will tell you that of which I have never spoken in all my life before. "If you would like to hear the strange and unBarsoomian story come to the chariot tonight. and the  .. you do not let would speak with upon her. and be sure that her know I saw her tears." " I will come tonight. and followed by a like number in the same formation.
or The green Mar in converse but little. and then usually monosyllables. rose up again behind us. jewels of the gorgeous ornaments of the men and women. tians zitidar. We might indeed all have been the wraiths of the departed dead upon the dead sea of that dying planet for the sound or sign  . except when the stillness was broken in utter silence. and so we moved some huge phan tasmagoria. We traversed a trackless waste of moss which. low and like the faint rumbling of distant thunder. The enormous broad tires of the chariots and the padded feet of the animals brought forth no sound from the moss-covered sea bottom. and thoats. duplicated in the trappings of the zitidars and interspersed with the flashing colors of magnificent silks and furs and feathers. leaving no sign that we had passed. bending to the pressure of broad tire or padded foot. lent a barbaric splendor to the caravan which would have turned an East Indian potentate green with envy.SOLA TELLS or six ME HER STORY hundred extra thoats of the warriors running loose within the hollow square formed by the sur The gleaming metal and rounding warriors. like by the guttural growling of a goaded the squealing of fighting thoats.
camped that night at the foot of the hills we had been approaching for two days and which marked the southern boundary of this particular sea. and which. he me. as moss which covers Barsoom. "  . Our animals had been two days without drink. whom I found working by the light of a torch some of Tars Tarkas' trappings.A PRINCESS OF MARS we made in passing. nor had they had water for nearly two months. they require but little and can live almost indefinitely upon the but. She looked upon up at my approach. We Tars Tarkas explained to me. her face lighting with pleasure and with welcome. It was the animals first march of a large body of men and I had ever wit no spoor. not since shortly after leaving Thark. and even then the absence of high winds renders it almost undistricts noticeable. Mine own people do not I . holds in its told tiny stems sufficient moisture to meet the limited demands of the animals. am glad you came. for nessed which raised no dust and there is left no dust upon Mars except in the cultivated during the winter months. After partaking of my evening meal of cheeselike food and vegetable milk I sought out Sola." she said " Dejah Thoris sleeps and I am lonely.
for am I not the my mother? "And there among it the hills she met a young roamed not warrior. as our chieftains breed principally for size. she roamed the deserted avenues of Thark alone. since I must them. "I promised the story of to tell you my story. sad fate. " My mother was rather small. known love and so I am lost. From what I have learned and the ways of your people I am sure that the tale will not seem strange to you. in fact too small to be allowed the responsibilities of maternity. and I often wish that amongst were a true green my life but I have Martian woman. without love and without hope. and caring little for their society. but among green Martians it has no parallel within the memory of the oldest living Thark. John Carter. She was also less cold and cruel than most green Martian often women.SOLA TELLS ME HER am live I STORY care for me. nor do our legends hold many similar tales. thinking thoughts and wishing wishes which I believe I alone among Tharkian women today may child of understand. whose duty zitidars was to guard the feeding and thoats and see that they  . I It is a too unlike them. or went and sat the near-by among the wild flowers that deck hills. or rather of you my parents.
their ambitions and their hopes. and. discovered both would have paid the penalty in the great arena before Tal Hajus and the assembled hordes. love less lives they and then she waited for the storm of denunciation to break from his cold. She trusted him felt and told him of the awful repugnance she must ever lead. for the cruelties of their kind. no longer by chance. She dared not come oftener. "The egg from which I came was hidden beneath a great glass vessel upon the highest and most inaccessible of the partially ruined towers of ancient Thark. for the hideous. was of the retinue of the great Tal Hajus. They spoke came to things as interest a gradually. as they only of such of Tharks. "They years. their likes. but community at first meet more often. for  . my mother. as was now quite evident to both. hard lips. while her lover was a simple war Had their wearing only his own metal. they talked about themselves. it Once each year my mother it visited for the five long years lay there in the process of incubation. but instead he took her in his arms and kissed her. defection from the traditions of the Tharks been rior.A PRINCESS OF MARS beyond the hills. kept their love a secret for six long She.
that of wresting the metal from Tal Hajus in five short years. as ruler of the Tharks. to away upon make war upon the natives there is their furs. "It was a wild dream. His love for my mother had never life diminished. in so far as it could come in time to save his loved ones. should the truth become known. as well by the might of his power. for such and despoil them of the manner of the green Barsoomian. and he soon stood high in the councils of Thark. protect the child which otherwise would be quickly dispatched as. and when he returned all had been over for three for about a . and thus. be free to claim her as his own. But one day the chance was lost forever. but his advance was rapid. was gone for four years. and shortly before the . "He year after his departure. period my father gained great distinction as a warrior and had taken the metal from several chieftains.SOLA TELLS in the ME HER STORY During this mighty guilt of her conscience she feared that her every move was watched. and his one ambition in was to reach a point where he might wrest the metal from Tal Hajus himself. he does not labor for what he can wrest in battle from others. for he was ordered a long expedition to the ice-clad south.
to to the quarters of mix me with the other young assigned Tal Hajus. the egg had hatched. visiting me and lavishing upon me the love the com munity life would have robbed us both of. or . impress have told to you up to ing upon the necessity for absolute secrecy and the great caution I must exercise after she had placed me with the other young Tharks to permit I no one to guess that in the presence was further advanced in education than they. "And then a light flashed out ness of the tower chamber.A PRINCESS OF MARS time for the return of an expedition which had gone forth to fetch the fruits of a community incu bator. upon the return of the expedition from the incubator. and one night she told me the this point. my knowledge me of of close to her my parentage and then drawing she whispered in my ear the name upon the dark my father. and thus escape the would surely follow discovery of her sin against the ancient traditions of the green men. nor by any sign to divulge of others my affection for her. " She taught me rapidly the language and cus fate which toms of story I my me kind. Thereafter my mother continued to keep nightly me in the old tower. baleful eyes fixed in a frenzy  . She hoped. and there stood Sarkoja. her gleaming.
. That she had heard the entire story was apparent. This was apparent from her repeated demands upon my mother to disclose the name of her partner in sin.SOLA TELLS ME HER STORY . and while she was gone my mother. but no amount of abuse or threats could wring this from her. of loathing and contempt upon my mother. The torrent of hatred and abuse she poured out upon her turned my young heart cold in terror. and to save me from needless tor thing she ture she lied. had suspected something wrong from my mother's long nightly absences from her quarters accounted for her presence there on that fateful night. but on whose face she wished to look once more before she died. and that she . in the direction which led to the far south. Sarkoja hastened away to Tal Hajus to report her discovery. nor did she know. out toward the man whose protection she might not claim. the silks and furs of her night coverings. descended to the streets? and ran wildly away toward the outskirts of the city. for she told Sarkoja that she alone "One knew nor would she even tell her child. had not heard. the whispered name of my father. wrapping me in final "With imprecations. so that I< was scarcely noticeable.
but the returning caravan bearing the young Tharks. the pass by which caravans from either north or south or east or west would enter the city. from city's "As we neared the the direction of the only pass through the hills which led to the gates. The sounds we heard were the squealing of thoats and the grumbling of zitidars. place saw that the expedition and from her hiding was not that of my father. breaking its " formation and thronging the thoroughfare from wall to wall. Retreating into the shadows of a doorway she awaited the coming of the cavalcade which shortly entered the avenue. with the occasional clank of arms which announced the approach of a body of warriors. My mother shrank further back into the friendly shadows. The thought uppermost in her mind was that it was my father returned from his expedition. As the head of the procession passed us the lesser moon swung dear lit of the overhanging roofs and up the scene with all the brilliancy of her won drous light. and as a great chariot swung close to our hiding place . but the cunning of the Thark held her from headlong and precipitate flight to greet him.A PRINCESS OF MARS southern extremity a sound came to us from across the mossy flat. Instantly her plan was formed.
" I learned afterwards that she told them that she had killed their hands. She knew. was brought to bear upon her to wring from her lips the name of my father. straining " frenzy of love. and every effort. Sarkoja alone disbelieved her. We were herded together into a great room. *' day we were parceled out among the retinues of I never saw my mother after that night. whose guar dians during the journey were now free to relin quish their responsibility. crouching low in the shadow of the high side. me to save me from a like fate at and that she had thrown my body to the white apes. nor was it likely we would ever look upon each other's face again. what I did not. women who and the next had not accompanied the the chieftains. including the most horrible and shameful torture. She was imprisoned by Tal Hajus. dying at last amidst the laugh ter of Tal Hajus and his chieftains during some awful torture she was undergoing. but she remained steadfast and loyal. and  .SOLA TELLS ME HER STORY she slipped stealthily in upon the trailing tail board. fed by expedition. In the confusion of the plaza she mixed me with the other children. that never again to her in a me bosom after that night would she hold me to her breast.
" she replied. cruel. the identity of my father. as I am that we sit here upon the edge of a world-old ocean while sensible people sleep. he with us now?'* 'Yes. John Carter. Sola. "When ent as learned the story of he returned from his expedition and my mother's fate I was pres . at all events. I am sure.A PRINCESS OF MARS I feel to this day that she suspects my true origin. "but he does not for what I am. Tal Hajus told him but never by the quiver of a muscle did he betray the slightest emotion. From that moment I on he was the crudest of the awaiting the day his ambition." father. for am as sure that he but waits the opportunity to wreak a terrible ven geance. is "And your I asked. I alone know my father's name. at the present. and that his great love is as strong in his breast as when it first transfigured him nearly forty years ago. only he did not laugh as Tal Hajus gleefully described her death struggles. and only I and Tal Hajus and Sarkoja know  . and am when he feel I and win the goal of the carcass of Tal Hajus shall beneath his foot. but does not date expose me. nor does he know me know who betrayed my mother to Tal Hajus. because she also guesses.
she wrapped the gloomy thoughts of her terrible past. I truth I seems best to you. Presently she spoke. and I poor creatures in pity for the whom the heartless." We in few moments. I know Carter. When the time comes. I trust you because know that you are not cursed with the terrible if it trait of absolute and unswerving truthfulness. if a lie would save others from sorrow father's My name is Tars Tarkas. n  . man walked the dead bosom of Barsoom you are one. place any restrictions or conditions upon your tongue. "John cold. to senseless customs of their race had doomed loveless lives of cruelty and of hate. if ever a real and because the knowledge may some day help you or him or Dejah Thoris that I can trust you.SOLA TELLS that it ME HER STORY brought was she who carried the sat silent for a tale that death and torture upon her he loved. lie like that you could one of your own Virginia gentlemen or suffering. speak the or myself. am going to tell you the name of my nor father.
the famous Martian waterways. locating the cultivated one of the numerous. so- When we approached these points a warrior would be sent far ahead with a powerful field glass. and if no great body of red Martian troops was in sight we would advance as close as possible without chance of being seen and then camp until dark. so that we were just leaving the confines of the high-walled fields when the sun broke out upon us. and. We were twenty days upon the crossing two sea bottoms and passing through or around a number of ruined cities.CHAPTER XVI WE PLAN J_ ESCAPE i remainder of our journey to Thark was uneventful. Twice we crossed road. canals. or called by our earthly astronomers. creep silently and stealthily across to the arid /lands upon the other side. mostly smaller than Korad.  . and the other consumed the entire night. It required five hours to make one of these crossings without a single halt. broad highways which cross these areas at regular inter vals. when we would slowly approach tract.
to see but
in the darkness, as
except as the nearer moon, in her
wild and ceaseless hurtling through the Barsoomian
patches of the landscape
time to time, disclosing walled
rambling buildings, presenting ance of earthly farms. There were
methodically arranged, and some of them were
of enormous height; there were animals in some
of the enclosures, and they announced their pres
ence by terrified squealings and snortings as they
scented our queer, wild beasts and wilder
Only once did I perceive a human being, and was at the intersection of our crossroad with
the wide, white turnpike which cuts each cultivated
feliow must have been sleeping beside the road,
came abreast of him, he raised upon one elbow and after a single glance at the approach
for, as I
ing caravan leaped shrieking to his feet and fled
dcsv/n the road, scaling a
near-by wall with
the agility of a scared cat. The Tharks paid him not the slightest attention they were not out upon the warpath, and the only sign that I had that they
had seen him was
a quickening of the pace of the
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caravan as we hastened toward the bordering des ert which marked our entrance into the realm of
have speech with Dejah Thoris, as she sent no word to me that I would be welcome
at her chariot, and
foolish pride kept
making any advances.
man's way with
verily believe that a
women is in inverse ratio to his prowess among men. The weakling and the saphead have often great
sex, while the fighting
can face a thou
hiding in the
sand real dangers unafraid, shadows like some frightened
Just thirty days after
entered the ancient city
advent upon Barsoom of Thark, from whose
long forgotten people this horde of green men have stolen even their name. The hordes of Thark
and are divided
into twenty-five communities.
jed and lesser chieftains, but
under the rule of Tal Hajus, Jeddak of Thark. Five communities make their headquarters at the
of Thark, and the balance are scattered
the district claimed by Tal Hajus.
our entry into the great central plaza
early in the afternoon.
There were no
for the returned
chanced to be
spoke the names
they came in
of warriors or
direct contact, in the formal greeting of their kind,
was discovered that they brought two captives a greater interest was aroused, and Dejah Thoris and I were the centers of inquiring groups.
We were soon assigned to new quarters,
selves to the
balance of the day was devoted to settling our
changed conditions. My home now was upon an avenue leading into the plaza from the south, the main artery down which we had
marched from the gates of the city. I was at the far end of the square and had an entire building
The same grandeur
so noticeable a characteristic of
in evidence here, only, if that
have been suitable for housing the greatest of
earthly emperors, but to these queer creatures
nothing about a building appealed to them but
and the enormity of
chambers; the larger
and so Tal Hajus occupied what must have been an enormous public
the building, the
building, the largest in the city, but entirely unfitted
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reserved for Lorquas Ptomel, the next for the jed
of a lesser rank, and so on to the bottom of the The warriors occupied the build list of five jeds.
ing* with the chieftains to whose retinues they
belonged; or, if they preferred, sought shelter among any of the thousands of untenanted build
each community being assigned a certain section of the city. The selection of building had to be made in accordance
ings in their
quarter of town
with these divisions, except in so far as the jeds
were concerned, they
occupying edifices which
fronted upon the plaza.
rather- seen that
had been done,
hastened out with the intention of
locating Sola and her chafes, as I
upon having speech with Dejah Thoris and trying to impress on her the necessity of our at least
patching up a truce until I could find some way of aiding her to escape. I searched in vain until the
upper rim of the great red sun was just disappear ing behind the horizon and then I spied the ugly head of Woola peering from a second-story win
the opposite side of the very street where
I was quarttoVtvi but nearer the plaza.
Without waiting for
a further invitation I bolted
up the winding runway which led to the second floor, and entering a great chamber at the front
of the building was greeted by the frenzied Woola, who threw his great carcass upon me, nearly hurl
to the floor; the
glad to see
that I thought he
poor old fellow was so would devour
three rows of tusks in his hobgoblin smile.
Quieting him with a
word of command and a
Dejah Thoris, and then, her name. There was an
looked hurriedly through the approach
gloom for a
not seeing her, I called
answering murmur from the far corner of the apartment, and with a couple of quick strides I was standing beside her where she crouched among
the furs and silks
upon an ancient carved wooden waited she rose to her full height and
me straight in the eye said "What would Dotar Sojat, Thark,
Thoris his captive ?
do not know how
was furtherest from
to hurt or offend you,
Have none of me if it is your you must aid me in effecting you* 
such a thing be possible,
you are safe
once more at your father's court you may do with me as you please, but from now on until that day
am your master, and you must obey and aid me." She looked at me long and earnestly and I
thought that she was softening toward me. "I understand your words, Dotar Sojat," she replied, "but you I do not understand. You are a
queer mixture of child and man, of brute and noble. I only wish that I might read your heart."
"Look down at your feet, Dejah Thoris; it lies there now where it has lain since that other night
Korad, and where
will ever lie beating alone
for you until death
She took a
toward me, her beautiful
in a strange,
"What do you mean, John Carter?" she whis " pered. "What are you saying to me? " I am saying what I had promised myself that
would not say
to you, at least until
you were no
longer a captive
men what from
toward me for the past twenty days
to you; I
had thought never to say
Dejah Thoris, that
to serve you, to fight far you,
to die for you.
Only one thing
ask of you in return, and that is sign, either of condemnation or
you are safe among your own people, and that whatever senti ments you harbor toward me they be not influenced
of approbation of
or colored by gratitude; whatever
serve you will be prompted solely from selfish
pleasure to serve
you than not."
respect your wishes, John Carter, understand the motives which prompt
accept your service no
to your authority;
more willingly your word shall be
have twice wronged you
ask your forgiveness." Further conversation of a personal nature was
prevented by the entrance of Sola, who was much agitated and wholly unlike her usual calm and
horrible Sarkoja has been before Tal " Hajus," she cried, and from what I heard upon
the plaza there
hope for either of you."
"What do they say?" inquired DejahThoris.
be thrown to the wild calots
soon as the hordes [dogs] have assembled for the yearly games."
in the great arena as
Sola we might go without you. and your fate can be no worse among them than it must ever be here. but you hate as and loathe the customs of your people much as we do. us. Come with us. half to herself. I connived to aid know thought you had that even that fear would not tempt you but we want you with ple to interfere in our escape. of sympathy." murmured Sola. "you are a Thark. Say that you will. fate would be terrible if they us. Will you not accompany us in one supreme I effort to escape? am sure that Dejah Thoris can offer you a home and protection among her people. your nature craves and which must always be can promise you but the love and affection denied you by the customs of your own race. "Yes. but your . and not only a home with us.A PRINCESS OF MARS ' Sola." The fifty but great waterway which leads to Helium is miles to the south. amongst peo who know the meaning of love. "come with Sola. and of gratitude. Sola. you will be better off among I the red men of Helium than you are here. we want you to come a to a land of sunshine and happiness." us. "a swift thoat might it is make it in three hours. and then to Helium five hundred miles. tell me " that you will." I said.  ." cried Dejah Thoris.
SHE DREW UPON THE MARBLE FLOOR THE FIRST MAP OF THE BARSOOMIAN TERRITORY I HAD EVER SEEN. Page 17& .
The lines. pointed out a waterway far to the north of us which also seemed to lead to Helium. There were other cities but she said she feared to enter all many of them. closer. after studying the map moonlight which now flooded the room. but the chances are small indeed for escape.WE PLAN ESCAPE districts. and they would take toll of life at every step . . carefully in the I Finally. you do not know them. would follow us to the very gates of Helium. and taking a great diamond from her hair she drew upon the marble floor the first " map of Barsoomian territory I had ever seen. as they were not friendly toward Helium. the circles. Dejah "Is no other Thoris?" Yes. most of the way through thinly settled They would know and they would follow us." she replied. to the northwest of us she cities. she said. and one far pointed out as Helium. were waterways. "Can you not draw me a rough map of the country we must traverse. It was crisscrossed in every direction with long sometimes running parallel and sometimes converging toward some great circle." there way we might reach Helium?" I asked. straight lines. We They might hide among the great trees for a time.
each of us carrying sufficient food and drink to last us for two days. as was of the first floor. "but it is two hundred miles north of us." I answered. should leave in Thark this same night just as quickly. as I could find and saddle my thoats. where our animals were moving restlessly about. leaving them to gather what food. I slipped quietly to the rear and entered the courtyard. fact. where I would over take them with the thoats as quickly as possible. it is one of the waterways we crossed on the trip to Thark. and furs we were to need. their habit." "They would never is suspect that we would " try for that distant waterway. I directed Sola to proceed with Dejah Thoris along one of the less frequented avenues to the southern boundary of the city. and that why I think that it is the best route for our escape. then. silks.A PRINCESS OF MARS " Does not I this pierce your grandfather's terri tory?" asked. since the animals could not be urged too rapidly for so long a dis tance." Sola agreed with me." she answered. I Sola was to ride one and Dejah Thoris and the other. before settling down for the night. "Yes. and it was decided that we .  .
Thus I moved silently to the great gates which opened upon the I street at the back of the court. because their increasing noisiness might warn the near-by warriors that something was amiss. owing to the absence of man. It was risky business. and as softly to neared the exit I called my two animals. Having no desire to awaken this. their nasty tem pers upon such a night as where so much depended upon secrecy and dispatch. I hugged the shadows of the buildings. How I thanked the kind providence which had given me the fore-  .In the shadows of the buildings and out beneath the radiance of the Martian moons moved the great herd of thoats and zitidars. or for at all no cause it some great bull thoat might take upon himself to lead a charge upon me. ready at an instant's warning to leap into the safety of a near-by door or window. They were quieter now. but as they scented me they became more restless and their hideous noise increased. this enter first. and also because for the slightest cause. ing a paddock of thoats alone and at night. the latter grunt ing their low gutturals and the former occasionally emitting the sharp squeal which denotes the almost habitual state of rage in which these creatures passed their existence.
to breathe freely.A PRINCESS OF MARS sight to win the love and confidence of these wild dumb brutes. rubbing their muzzles against my body and nosing for the bits of food it was always my practice to reward them with. I reached the appointed meeting place safely. but with I my as was not so sure for myself. They came quite close to me. but not until we were within sight of the plain beyond the city did I commence Dejah Thoris and Sola. I was sure that Sola and Dejah Thoris would find no difficulty in reaching our great thoats it rendezvous undetected. in fact there was no place for them to go within any but a long ride. Opening the gates I closed the portals I ordered the two great beasts to pass out. was quite unusual for warriors to leave the city after dark. but instead walked quietly in the shadows of the buildings toward an unfrequented avenue which lead toward the point I had arranged to meet With the noiselessness of disembodied spirits we moved stealthily along the deserted streets. . and then slipping quietly after them I behind me. did not saddle or mount the animals there. for presently from the far side of the court I saw two huge bulks forcing their way toward me through the surging mountains of flesh.
but as Dejah Thoris and Sola were not there I
animals into the entrance hall of one of
the large buildings.
of the same household
Presuming that one of the may have
speak to Sola, and so delayed their departure, I did not feel any undue apprehension until nearly an hour had passed without a sign of
them, and by the time another half hour had
crawled away I was becoming filled with grave Then there broke upon the stillness of anxiety.
the night the sound of an approaching party,
which, from the noise, I
tives creeping stealthily
could be no fugi
party was near me, and from the black shadows of my entrance way I perceived a score of mounted
warriors, who, in passing, dropped a dozen
heart clean into the top of
just without the city,
have arranged to meet them " I heard no more, and so
they had passed on; but
had been discovered, and the chances for escape from now on to the fearful end would be small
tected to the quarters of
Dejah Thoris and learn what fate had overtaken her, but how: to do it
A PRINCESS OF MARS
with these great monstrous thoats upon
that the city probably
was aroused by the escape was a problem of no
Suddenly an idea occurred to me, and acting
of the construction of the build
ings of these ancient
with a hollow
court within the center of each square, I groped
my way blindly through the
the great thoats after me.
dark chambers, calling
negotiating some of the doorways, but
buildings fronting the city's principal exposures
designed upon a magnificent
were able to wriggle through without sticking fast and thus we finally made the inner court where I
found, as I had expected, the usual carpet of
moss-like vegetation which would prove their food
until I could return
That they would be as quiet and contented here as elsewhere I was confident, nor was
there but the remotest possibility that they would
be discovered, as the green
men had no
enter these outlying buildings, which
were frequented by the only thing, I believe, which the great caused them the sensation of fear
white apes of Barsoom.
within the rear
the saddle trappings, I hid
doorway of the building through which we had entered the court, and, turning the
made my way
court to the rear of the buildings
ther side, and thence to ing in the
upon the fur the avenue beyond. Wait
doorway of the building until I was assured 'that no one was approaching, I hurried
across to the opposite side and through the
beyond; thus, crossing through court after court with only the slight chance of detection which the necessary crossing of
the avenues entailed, I
made my way
in safety to
the courtyard in the rear of
Here, of course,
found the beasts of the war
quartered in the adjacent buildings, and
the warriors themselves I might expect to meet
entered; but, fortunately for me, I
another and safer method of reaching the upper story where Dejah Thoris should be found, and,
first determining as nearly as possible which of the buildings she occupied, for I had never observed them before from the court side, I took
relatively great strength
agility and sprang upward until I grasped the sill of a second-story window which I thought to be
A PRINCESS OF MARS
in the rear
of her apartment.
front of the building,
reached the doorway of her room was aware by voices that it was occupied.
I did not rush headlong
but listened without
to assure myself that
was Dejah Thoris and that venture within. It was well indeed
that I took this precaution, for the conversation
low gutturals of men, and the words which finally came to me proved a most
speaker was a chieftain and he was giving orders to four of his warriors.
he returns to this chamber," he was
as he surely will
finds she does
not meet him at the
edge, you four are to
It will require
spring upon him and disarm him.
the combined strength of
of you to do
reports they bring back
from Korad are
you have him fast bound bear him to the vaults beneath the jeddak's quarters and chain
him securely where he may be found when Tal Hajus wishes him. Allow him to speak with none,
nor permit any other to enter this apartment before he comes. There will be no danger of the girl
safe in the arms
ef Tal Hajus, and
her ancestors have pity upon her, for Tal Hajus will have none the great Sarkoja has done a noble night's work. I go, and
when he comes, I com the cold bosom of Iss."
the speaker ceased he turned to leave the
^-apartment by the door where I was stand ing, but I needed to wait no longer; I had heard
soul with dread, and stealing
away had come.
I returned to the courtyard
My plan of action was
and crossing the square and the
bordering avenue upon the opposite side I soon stood within the courtyard of Tal Hajus. The brilliantly lighted apartments of the first
to seek, and advancing
peered within. I soon discovered approach was not to be the easy thing I
had hoped, for the rear rooms bordering the court were filled with warriors and women. I then
glanced up at the stories above, discovering that
and so decided
entrance to the building from that
was the work of but a moment for me
windows above, and soon
to reach the
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myself within the sheltering shadows of the unlighted third floor.
noiselessly to the
apartments beyond I discovered a light ahead of me. Reaching what appeared to be a doorway I discovered that it was but an opening
upon an immense inner chamber which towered from the first floor, two stories below me, to the
dome-like roof of the building, high above
floor of this great circular hall
thronged with chieftains, warriors and women, and at one end was a great raised platform upon
which squatted the most hideous beast I had ever put my eyes upon. He had all the cold, hard,
cruel, terrible features
of the green warriors, but
accentuated and debased by the animal passions to which he had given himself over for many years.
There was not a mark of dignity or pride upon his bestial countenance, while his enormous bulk
out upon the platform where he
squatted like some huge devil
his six limbs
accentuating the similarity in a horrible and star
But the sight that froze me with apprehension was that of Dejah Thoris and Sola standing there
She was indeed the proud daughter of a thousand jeddaks. she was the mightiest among them and I verily believe that they Presently Tal Hajus made a sign that the left chamber be cleared. the riors war and the women melted away into the shadows of the surrounding chambers. so frail beside the towering war riors around her. into insignificance. and Dejah Thoris and Sola stood alone before the jeddak of the Tharks. Slowly the chieftains. I had hesitated before depart saw him standing in the shadows of a mighty chieftain alone hilt column. so small. every inch of her dear. and even at the distance I was from them I could read the scorn and disgust upon her face as she let her haughty glance rest without sign of fear upon him.A PRINCESS OF MARS before him. but I figure. and the fiendish leer of him as he his great protruding eyes gloat let upon the lines of her beautiful She was speaking. high held. but in her majesty dwarfing them figure felt it. One ing. his fingers nervously toying with the  . precious little body. nor could I make out the low grumbling of his reply. could not hear what she said. She stood before her erect head there him. and that the prisoners be alone before him.
A COSTLY RECAPTURE of his great-sword and his cruel eyes bent in implac able hatred upon Tal Hajus. and could I have spoken a word into his ear at that moment the reign of but finally Tal Hajus would have been over. Tal Hajus arose. had but " As I reached the floor Tal Hajus was speaking. and I could read his thoughts as they were an open book for the undisguised loathing upon his face. hurried to the winding run way which near led to the floors below. half fearing. in the be long drawn out. not know ing that he left his own daughter and I. It was Tars Tarkas. he also strode from the room. but a thousand times rather would I watch that beautiful face writhe . forty years ago. had stood before this beast. at the mercy of the creature he most loathed. He was thinking of that other woman who. No one was to intercept me. Princess of Helium. and I reached the main floor the of the chamber unobserved. I might wring a mighty ransom from your people would I but return you to them unharmed. that promise you: ten days of pleasure were all too short to show the love I harbor for your race. The agony of torture I it shall . half antici pating his intentions. taking my station in shadow of the same column that Tars Tarkas just deserted.
Tomorrow thou art Tal Hajus' the torture will commence. and. that he may grovel upon the ground in the agony of his sorrow. come ! sprang down from the platform and grasped her roughly by the arm. and so. I could not rob him of that sweet moment for which he had lived and hoped all these long. Jeddak of Helium. tonight " . weary years. In the same deathly silence grasped Dejah  . and word of that . I swung my good right fist full upon the to point of his jaw. sharp and gleaming was in my right . they shudder in the shadows of the night as their fathers tell them of the awful vengeance of the green power and might and hate and cruelty of Tal Hajus. with my rage.A PRINCESS OF MARS terrors of your death shall all haunt the slumbers of the red will men through the ages to come. Without a sound he slipped I the floor as one dead. with all my hatred. men of the too shall go forth to Tardos Mors. I could have plunged realized that I it into his putrid heart before he arm all to strike I was upon him but as I raised my thought of Tars Tarkas. hand . but scarcely had he touched her than I He leaped between them. But before the torture you shall be mine for one short hour. instead. your grandfather. My short-sword.
and placing the trap the build pings upon them we hastened through ing to the avenue beyond. Sola upon one beast. for two hundred dangerous and weary miles. No word was spoken I until we had left the city for behind.A COSTLY RECAPTURE Thoris by the hand. Unseen we reached a rear win dow and pings I with the straps and leather of first my trap lowered. and motioning to Sola to fol low we sped noiselessly from the chamber and to the floor above. but could hear the quiet sobbing of  . we turned to the northeast and struck out upon the mossy waste across which. finally came upon my thoats in the court distant I yard where had left them. Dropping lightly after them I drew them rapidly around the court in the buildings. we rode from the city of Thark through the hills to the south. I shadows of the and thus we returned recently followed over the same course had so from the We boundary of the city. and Dejah Thoris behind me upon the other. lay another main artery leading to Helium. Instead of circling back around the city to the northwest and toward the nearest waterway which lay so short a distance from us. Sola and then Dejah Thoris to the ground below. Mounting.
though Helium will never know. the debt of Helium be a mighty one. for you have saved the last of our line from worse than death. my chieftain. We must therefore urged our tell beasts to a speed that on them sorely before first we could hope to sight the ending of the night and rests." " she continued.A PRINCESS OF MARS Dejah Thoris as she clung to me with her dear head resting against my shoulder. greater than she can every pay you. but instead reached to little my side and pressed the they clung to me fingers of her I loved where for support. moonlit moss. Our earlier plans had been so sadly upset that we now found ourselves without food or drink. the debt is no less. in un broken silence. " If we make will it. We rode all all the following day the second night with only a few short On  . we sped over the yellow. and with all our unpassed danger my heart was singing as gaily as though we were already entering the gates of Helium. and I alone was armed. stage of our journey. For my part I could not be other than joyful had I tried." I did not answer. each of us occupied with his own thoughts. and should we not make it. with Dejah Thoris' warm body pressed close to mine. and then.
At any rate no waterway was in sight. nor did it seem possible with the sun to guide us by day and the moons and stars Barsoom. These we decided to attempt to reach in the hope that from some ridge we might fell discern the missing waterway. we I lay down and slept.A COSTLY RECAPTURE both we and our animals were completely fagged. Night upon us before we reached our goal. but which way it was difficult to say. almost fainting from weariness and weakness. late in the afternoon we had daylight. and. taking up the journey once more before All the following day we rode. the faithful brute had fol lowed us across that trackless waste to share our . and when. Far ahead of us and a trifle to the right we could distinguish the outlines of low mountains. sighted no distant trees. and opening my blessed old eyes with a start I beheld my Woola snuggling close to me. and the entire party was almost ready to drop from hunger. thirst and fatigue. the we were lost. and so we lay down upon the moss and slept for some five or six hours. the mark of the great terrible waterways throughout truth flashed all upon us Evidently we had circled. was awakened early in the huge body pressing close to morning by some mine. by night.
although relieved of our weight. which I flung down we left the poor fellow to his fate. not even being able to rise. and so I decided not to kill him. Sola and I walked. about his neck pressed my it. and was decided that we push on at once in an effort hills. although We we had since not attempted to force them out of a walk about noon of the preceding day. clear Dejah Thoris and of him and fell upon the I were thrown soft moss with scarcely a jar. but the poor beast was in a pitiable condition. the rest when fell. him alone there to die of hunger and Relieving him of his beside him. Shortly after this it Dejah Thoris and Sola awakened. whatever I it might be. trappings. Suddenly he lurched wildly to one side and pitched violently to the ground. Putting my arms his. as I had thought it cruel to leave thirst. as was my first intention. to gain the had gone scarcely a mile when I noticed that my thoat was commencing to stumble and stagger in a most pitiful manner. together with would doubtless revive him.  . Sola told it me that the coolness of the night.A PRINCESS OF MARS fate. cheek close to nor am I ashamed to that I did nor of the tears that came my eyes as I thought of his love for me. and pushed on with the one thoat as best we could.
had they been in view for any great length of time. much against her will. I commanded the animal to lie three then did the same. since. As what proved to be the last war-  . presenting down and we as small an object as possible for fear of attract ing the attention of the warriors toward us. before they were lost to view behind a friendly ridge. and there. In this way we had progressed to within about a mile of the hills we were endeavoring to reach when Dejah Thoris. from her point of vantage upon the thoat. Quickly lifting Dejah Thoris from the thoat. They doubtless were been sent out to Thark warriors who had capture us. to us a most providential ridge. which would take them away from us. just for an instant. and we breathed a great sigh of relief that they were traveling in the opposite direction. Sola and I both looked in the direction she indicated. they scarcely could have failed to discover us. cried out that she saw a great party of mounted men filing down from a pass in the hills several miles away. We could see them as they filed out of the pass.A COSTLY RECAPTURE making Dejah Thoris ride. plainly discernible. warriors. were several hundred mounted They seemed to be headed in a south westerly direction.
There was but one must take rifle slight chance and that we quickly.A PRINCESS OF MARS rior came into view from the pass. to our consternation. As his glass swung toward us our hearts certain stopped in our breasts. upon us and stopped. for in marching formations among the green men a chieftain brings up at the extreme rear of the column. Raising my strange Martian to my shoulder I sighted and touched the button which controlled the trigger. however. he halted and. and sweat start from every pore Presently it I could feel the cold in my body. The tension on our nerves was near the breaking swung full any of us breathed for the few moments he held us covered by his glass and then he lowered it and we could see him shout a point. and doubt command them to the warriors who had our sight behind the ridge.  . threw his small but powerful fieldglass to his eye all directions. I if . and scanned the sea bottom in Evidently he was a chieftain. there was a sharp explosion as the missile reached its goal. instead he wheeled and came tearing madly in our direction. Springing to my feet I urged the thoat to rise. and the charging his flying chieftain pitched backward from mount. his thoat He passed from did not wait for to join him.
as arms and placed her upon the thoat behind Sola. "Good-bye. I might and even temporary hiding place. throw ing her dear arms about my neck. though they died there of hunger and thirst it would be better so than that they fell into the hands of gullies they knew that in the ravines and find a the Tharks.  . my in princess." She sprang quickly from the thoat and. I lifted resort. Helium have escaped from I tried to worse plights than this. "we may meet I lied. I I whispered. and. and I can better escape them alone than could the three of us together." yet." and smile as "What. "are you not coming with "How may I. Dejah Thoris? off Some one must hold these fellows for a while. Forcing my two revolvers upon them as a slight means of protection. who had already mounted Dejah Thoris at in my my command. as a last an escape for themselves from the horrid death which recapture would surely mean.A COSTLY RECAPTURE and directed Sola to take a Dejah Thorls with her effort to reach the upon him and make mighty hills before the green warriors were upon us. turned to Sola." us?" she cried.
gladly would I give up my life a thousand times could I only hear them once again. I and then. commanding the latter in peremptory tones to hold her there by force. view. for soon the entire party. numbering came charging into some thousand men. My respite was short lived however. but I could not then give even a second to the rapture of her sweet embrace. I picked her up bodily and tossed her to her seat behind Sola again. Ah.  . and pressing my lips to hers for the first time. and I kept up a continuous stream of fire until I saw all of the warriors who had been first to return from behind the ridge either dead or scurrying to cover. racing madly toward me. I beheld the green warriors mounting the ridge and looking for their chieftain. I had an even hundred rounds magazine of my rifle. saw them borne away.'A PRINCESS OF MARS saying with quiet dignity: "Fly. and then me. Turning. but scarcely had they discovered me than lying flat I upon my belly in the in the commenced firing. Sola! Dejah Thoris remains to die with the man she loves." Those words are engraved upon my heart. Dejah Thoris struggling to the last to free herself from Sola's grasp. and another hundred in the belt at my back. In a moment they saw him. slapping the thoat upon the flank. moss.
I sprang up. all was black. and then a glance showing me that Dejah Thoris and Sola had disappeared among the hills. If ever Martians it had an exhibition of jumping. I reeled beneath their blows which fell upon me in perfect torrents my in . went sprawling upon the moss. sword head swam. As I looked up they were upon me. their atten They raced I wildly after me until. and down. finally. my foot struck a projecting piece of quartz.A COSTLY RECAPTURE I fired until my rifle was empty and they were almost upon me. it was soon over. but while it led them away from Dejah Thoris it did not distract tion from endeavoring to capture me. was granted those astonished warriors on that day long years ago. and although I drew my longan attempt to sell my life as dearly as possible. opposite to and started away in the direction that taken by Sola and her charge. throwing down my useless gun. and I went down beneath them to oblivion.  .
scarred about the face and chest. a pile of sleeping silks and was lying among furs in the corner of a small room in which were several green warriors. O. I saw that ornaments and metal were not of that horde. Strapped on either breast were human skulls and depending from these a number of dried human hands." replied the one so addressed." 'Tis well. and with He one broken tusk and a missing ear. saying. ris ing and approaching my " couch. As I opened my eyes she turned to one of the warriors. terribly was a huge fellow. "He will " live. and bending over me was an ancient and ugly female.CHAPTER XVIII CHAINED IN WARHOON must have been several hours before feeling of surprise which cwept over I re ITgained consciousness and I well remember the me as I realized that I I was not dead. he should render rare sport for the great games. for his upon him. Jed." And now as my eyes fell he was no Thark.  .
was immediately taken before the who proved Warhoon. Just before dark troops shortly night. was strapped securely to as wild and unman ageable a thoat as I had ever seen. My cised their therapeutic powers.CHAINED IN WARHOON games of which I had heard so much while among the Tharks con to the great His reference vinced me that I had but jumped from purgatory into gehenna. we rode forth at a furious pace wounds gave me but little pain. so wonderfully and rapidly had the applications and injections of the female exer in pursuit of the column. during which she assured him that I was now fully fit to travel. I we reached the main body of after they had made camp for the leader. to be the jeddak of the hordes of Like the jed who had brought me. and. and so deftly had she bound and plastered the injuries. with a mounted warrior on beast either side to prevent the from bolting. he was fright fully scarred. After a few more words with the female. the jed ordered that we mount and ride after the I main column. and also decorated with the breast plate of human skulls and dried dead hands which seemed to mark all the greater warriors among  .
if at all. was the object of the fierce jealous hatred of his old lieutenant. Bar Comas." sees "He fit. young ruler. " By the dead hands at my throat but he shall die. the jed who had captured me. " If at all ? " roared Dak Kova. The jeddak. maudlin weakness on your part shall save him. and as he pushed me roughly before the ruler he exclaimed in a loud and menacing voice. would that Warhoon were ruled by a real jeddak rather than by a water-hearted weak ling No from whom even old Dak Kova " could tear the metal with his bare hands 1  . as well as to indicate their awful ferocity. Bar Comas. u I have brought a strange creature wearing the metal of a Thark whom it is my pleasure to have battle with a wild thoat at the great games. and I could not but note the almost studied efforts which the latter made to affront his superior.A PRINCESS OF MARS the Warhoons. Dak Kova. O. entirely omitted the usual formal saluta He tion as we entered the presence of the jeddak. will die as Bar Comas. who was compara and tively young." replied the with em phasis and dignity. your jeddak. which greatly transcends even that of the Tharks.
I at the throat of his never before had seen two green Martian warriors battle with nature's weapons and the exhibition of animal ferocity which ensued was as fearful a thing as the tion could picture. his expression one of haughty. fearless contempt and hate. most disordered imagina at each others' eyes They tore hands and with their gleaming tusks repeatedly slashed and gored until both were cut fairly to ribbons from head to foot.CHAINED IN WARHOON Bar Comas eyed the defiant and insubordinate chieftain for an instant. and hurling himself at the body of his adversary he buried his single mighty tusk in Bar Comas' groin and with a last powerful full effort jeddak wide open the ripped the young length of his body. their and ears with Bar Comas had much the as he It better of the battle intelligent. was stronger. and then without drawing a weapon and without uttering a word he hurled himself defamer. away from a It was the one little opening that Dak Kova needed. quicker and more soon seemed that the encounter was done sav ing only the final death thrust slipped in breaking when Bar Comas clinch. Victor and vanquished rolled limp  . the great tusk finally wedging in the bones of Bar Comas' jaw.
remained. body of warriors. until after the great games. turned back toward Warhoon. amid wild and The injuries to Dak Kova had it march so greatly that the expedition. are a smaller horde than the Tharks but They much more ferocious. Bar Comas was stone dead. and only the most herculean efforts on the part of Dak Kova's females saved him from the fate he deserved.A PRINCESS OF MARS and lifeless upon the moss. which delayed the was decided to give up was a raid upon a small Thark community and the entire in retaliation for the destruc tion of the incubator. Three days the later he walked without assistance to body of Bar Comas which. a huge mass of torn and bloody flesh. and placing his upon the neck of his erstwhile ruler he assumed the title of Jeddak of Warhoon. My introduction to these cruel and blood thirsty people was but an index to the scenes I witnessed almost daily while with them. Not a day passed but that some  . foot The dead removed jeddak's hands and head were his to be added to the ornaments of conqueror. had not been moved from where it fell. ten thousand in number. by custom. and then his women cremated what terrible laughter.
No sound reached me from the world 'above and no word would my jailer vouchsafe when my food was brought to me. crawling the terrors of that inky blackness has been a wonder with to me The place was filled creeping. upon this single  . We three days march and I was immediately cast into a arid walls.CHAINED IN WARHOON members of met the various Warhoon communities I have seen as high as duels within a single day. and in the darkness I occasionally caught glimpses of gleaming. or weeks. fiery eyes. all It my life and that was the most horrible experience of my mind did not give way to ever since. fixed in horrible intentness upon me. mortal eight reached the city of Warhoon after some in deadly combat. dungeon and heavily chained to the floor Food was brought me at intervals but owing to the utter darkness of the place I do not know whether I lay there days. although first bombarded him with questions. I lay cold. things. or months. Finally all I at the hatred and maniacal loathing for these awful creatures who had who placed me in this horrible place was centered by my tottering reason me represented to emissary the entire horde of Warhoons. sinuous bodies passed over me when down.
As about I was groping to remove the chain from up into the my victim's neck I glanced dark ness to see six pairs of gleaming eyes fixed. I heard him approaching and gathering a little slack of the great chain which held me in my hand I waited his coming. No longer was I a jibbering idiot. with the cunning of a madman. all my strength upon his to the floor. which dangled a number of keys. crouching like some beast of prey. reasoning man with the means of escape within my very hands. but a sane. The touch of my fingers on these keys brought back my reason with the suddenness of thought. Laughing and chattering fast like the idiot I was becoming fingers feeling upon for his dead I fell his prostrate form my came in contact Presently they with a small chain at the end of throat. I backed into the far corner of my cell when next breast.A PRINCESS OF MARS I had noticed dim torch to that he always advanced with where he could place the food within my reach and as he stooped to place it upon the floor his head was about on a level with my his So. Without a sound he slipped stone dead. As he stooped to place my food upon the ground I swung the chain above my head and crashed the links with skull. unwink-  .
and stealthily on came the awful eyes until they reached the dead body feet.? . Slowly they approached and slowly I shrank back from the awful horror of them. palms out. at my Then slowly they retreated but this time with a strange grating sound and finally they disappeared in some black and distant recess of my dungeon.ing. 1209. before me. upon me. into Back my corner I crouched holding my hands.
Then the truth flashed on eyes me. but not again did I allow reason to be submerged by the horror of my my position. as they had been waiting for days. By the dim torch light I saw that he was a red Martian and guards I could scarcely await the departure of his  .CHAPTER XIX BATTLING IN THE ARENA composure and finally essayed again to attempt to remove the keys from the dead body of my former jailer. for weeks. but new messenger appeared and my incarcera went on as before. then a tion For two days no food was brought me. But as I regained SLOWLY my my I reached out into the darkness to locate it I found to horror that it was gone. for months. through all this awful eternity of my imprison ment to drag my dead carcass to their feast. Shortly after this episode another prisoner was brought in and chained near me. the owners of those gleaming had dragged my prize away from me to be in their devoured neighboring lair.
My fellow prisoner was Kantos Kan." " I a friend of the red men of am of Helium. Carter. but I do not regall your name." And it then I told him my story as I have written here." he " said. kaor." he assured me.BATTLING IN THE ARENA to address him. had fallen into the hands of the Tharks at the fin] . "Dejah Thoris and Sola entered the five hills not miles from a great waterway and are now probably quite safe. Mar "Who ness ? are you who speaks out of the dark " he answered. omitting only any reference to excited my love for Dejah Thoris. I called out tian word of greeting. a padwar He had (lieutenant) in the navy of Helium. he knew the place well because the He defile said that through which the Warhoon warriors had passed when they discovered us was the only one ever used by them when marching to the south. He was much by the news of Helium's princess and seemed quite positive that she and Sola could easily have reached a point of safety from where they left me. "John Helium. As their retreating footsteps died softly the away in the distance. been a member of the ill-fated expedition which.
but while passing near the city of Zodanga. had been dispatched to search for Dejah Thoris. his vessel had reached Helium with about ten sur vivors of the original officers crew of seven hundred and men.A PRINCESS OF MARS time of Dejah Thoris' capture. and he briefly related the events which followed the defeat of the battleships. three of the Zodangan war ships but finally escaped during the darkness of a moonless night. Badly injured and only partially manned they had limped slowly toward Helium. Thirty days after the capture of Dejah Thoris. green Martian communities had been off the face of Barsoom by the avenging but no trace of Dejah Thoris had been  . and from these vessels two thousand smaller craft had been kept out continuously in futile search for the missing princess. Two wiped fleets. they had been attacked by a great body of war vessels and all but the craft to which Kantos Kan belonged were either destroyed or His vessel was chased for days by captured. or about the time of our coming to Thark. Immediately seven great fleets. the capital of Helium's hereditary enemies among the red men of Barsoom. each of one hundred mighty war ships.
which instead of having been built upon the surface of the ground was excavated below the surface. Kan and During the period of our incarceration Kantos I became well acquainted. Kantos Kan had been detailed to one of the small one man fliers and had had the misfortune to be discovered their city.BATTLING IN THE ARENA found. and formed a \wrrn personal friendship. were conducted early one morning to an enormous amphitheater. before we were dragged forth A from our dungeon for the great games. For two days and nights he had explored their quarters and their dungeons in search of his beloved princess only to fall into the hands of a party of Warhoons as he was about to leave. few days only elapsed. debris so that It We had it partially filled with how large had originally been . Alone boundary and on foot won my greatest respect he had landed at the city's had penetrated to the buildings surrounding the plaza. however. by the Warhoons while exploring The bravery and daring of the man and admiration. after assuring himself that Dejah Thoris was not a captive there. and only within the past few days had they extended their quest to the south. They had been searching among the northern hordes.
The arena was immense but extremely uneven 1 and unkempt. and women of other hordes. squealing Kantos Kan explained to me that at the end of the day one of these prisoners and the others would lie would gain freedom dead about the arena. In its present condition it held the entire twenty thousand Warhoons of the assembled hordes. I mad zitidars. of the day The winners in the various contests would be pitted against each other remained alive. The din of their roaring. were confined together in In the others were wild calots. building Around it the Warhoons had piled stone from -some of the ruined edifices city to of the ancient captives prevent the animals and the from escaping into the audience. the victor in the until only two last encounter ["4] . thoats. Kantos Kan and one of the cages. and at each end had been constructed cages to hold them came to until their turns meet some horrible death upon the arena. green warriors.A PRINCESS OF MARS was difficult to say. growling and was deafening and the formidable appearance of any one of them was enough to make the stoutest heart feel grave forebodings. and many strange and ferocious wild beasts of Barsoom which I had never before seen.
with his jeds and chieftains. Each was given upon them. or wild dogs were loosed As the brutes.BATTLING IN THE ARENA being set free. a dagger and then. and so on throughout the ten days of the games. sat at the center of one side of the arena upon a large raised At a signal from Dak Kova the doors of two cages were thrown open and a dozen green Mar tian females were driven to the center of the arena. snarling and growling over the bodies of their prey. zitidar Next a mad was loosed among the . platform. a pack of twelve calots. at the far end. whether animal or man. I saw three victorious calots. Shortly after we had been caged fill the amphi theater began to and within an hour every available part of the seating space was occupied. rushed upon the almost defenseless women I turned my might not see the horrid sight. as Kantos it Kan told me was over. The fol lowing morning the cages would be filled with a new consignment of victims. The yells and laughter of the green horde bore witness head that I to the excellent quality of the sport and when I turned back to the arena. growling and foaming. Dak Kova. The women had given a good account of themselves.
my adversary in it as well. and so long. had little hope that he could best adver sary who had mowed down all before him during the day.A PRINCESS OF MARS remaining dogs. hot. his giant especially I when pitted against the green warriors. but occasionally by the smallest of margins. Kantos Kan. Finally there were but three of us green warrior of some far northern horde. left. proved Time and time again I won the applause of the bloodthirsty multitude. cries that I and toward the end there were taken from the arena and be the hordes of be made a member of a great Warhoon. The fellow towered nearly sixteen feet in height. but as I was armed with a long- sword and always outclassed agility and generally in strength but child's play to me. while Kantos Kan was some inches under As they advanced to meet one another six feet I saw for the first time a trick of Martian swords- . and myself. Kantos Kan had fought several times during the day and like myself had always proven vic torious. it went throughout the During the day I was pitted against first men and then beasts. horrible day. The other two were to battle and then I to fight the conqueror for the liberty final which was accorded the winner.
BATTLING IN THE ARENA manship which centered Kantos Kan's every hope of victory and life on one cast of the dice. in to fight each other and so they rage as neither of us placed a fatal Just as I saw the sudden coming of dark I whispered to Kantos Kan to thrust his sword between my left arm and my body. as he came to within about twenty feet of the huge fellow he threw his sword arm far behind him over his shoulder and with a mighty sweep hurled his weapon point foremost at the green warrior. It flew true as devil's an arrow and piercing the poor heart laid him dead upon the arena. for. Kantos Kan perceived my coup and stepping quickly to my side he placed his foot upon my neck and withdrawing his sword from my body gave me is the final death blow through the neck wmch supposed to sever the jugular vein. sword As he did so I staggered back clasping the tightly with my arm and thus fell to the ground with his weapon apparently protruding from my chest. The horde evidently guessed that we to prolong the battle until nearly had no hearts howled thrust. but  . I Kantos Kan and other but as to were now pitted against each to the encounter I we approached him whispered dark in the hope that we might find some means of escape.
east of the city. I When the amphitheater had cleared crept and as the great excavation lay far from the plaza and in an untenanted por tion of the great dead city I had little trouble in stealthily to the top reaching the hills beyond. and so he left me. . In the darkness which in this instance the cold had now fallen none could I tell but that he had whispered to him to go and claim his freedom and then look for me in the hills really finished me.blade slipped harmlessly into the sand of the arena.
CHAPTER XX IN THE ATMOSPHERE FACTORY I FOR but in two days waited there for Kantos Kan. strange. as he did not come I started off on foot point a northwesterly direction toward a where he had told me lay the nearest waterway. -newly acquired tele pathic power warned me in ample time. so that I in long-sword my them. Several times was attacked by wild had ever I beasts. My only food consisted of vegetable milk from the plants which gave so bounteously of this price less fluid. uncouth monstrosities that leaped upon me in the dark. Through two long weeks I wandered. knew . Usually my strange. but once I hand that to grasp my be might ready for was down with vicious fangs at my jugular and a hairy face pressed close to mine before I that I was even threatened. stumbling through the nights guided only by the stars and hiding during the days behind some protruding rock or among I the occasional hills I traversed.
My hands were at its throat before the fangs had a chance to bury themselves in my neck. tearing and rend me ing one another in a frightful manner. and inch by inch the burning eyes and gleaming tusks of my antagonist crept toward me. [ 220] . nearer moon. and slowly I forced the hairy face from me and closed windpipe. but that legged I it of thing was upon me I did not was large and heavy and manycould feel. but it was soon over and my preserver: stood with lowered would have head above the throat of the dead thing which killed me. vise-like. The the scene. Slowly my arms gave to the unequal struggle. the beast exerting every effort to reach me with those awful fangs. hurtling suddenly above horizon and lighting up the Barsoomian showed me that my preserver was Woola. my fingers.A PRINCESS OF MARS What manner know. The two rolled growling upon the moss. until. I realized that all was over. and I straining to maintain my grip and choke the life from it as I kept it from my throat. And then a living mass of destruction sprang from the surrounding darkness full that held upon the creature pinioned to the ground. upon its Without sound we lay there. as the hairy face touched mine again.
When Woola had finished his meal I again took up my flesh and I weary and seemingly endless wandering of the elusive waterway. could account for his absence from her. was glad of his was at a loss to know. Only her death I felt sure. was in but little better plight but I could not bring myself to eat the uncooked had no means of making a fire. as he turned from greedily to my caress and commenced devour the dead carcass at my feet I realized that the starved. so faithful I knew him brilliant to be to my saw and commands.IN THE ATMOSPHERE FACTORY but from whence he had come. poor fellow was more than half myself. or I how found me. About noon dragged myself wearily to the portals of a huge building which covered perhaps four square miles and towered two hundred feet in the air. At daybreak of the fifteenth day of I in quest my I search was overjoyed to see the high trees that denoted the object of my search. It showed no aperture in the mighty walls other than the  . By the light of the now moons I that he was but a shadow of his former self. That I companionship at seeing it is needless to say. I. but my pleasure as to the him was tempered by anxiety reason of his leaving Dejah Thoris.
unless a small round hole in the wall near the door was for that purpose. narrow corridor of concrete.A PRINCESS OF MARS tiny door at which life I sank exhausted. exposing a short. red. explained that I had escaped from the War- hoons and was dying of starvation and exhaustion. similar in every respect  . "You wear the metal of a green warrior and are followed by a calot. nor was there it. where from. yet you are of the figure of a red man. In the name of humanity open to recede before it to us." I replied. Presently the door commenced me until it had sunk into the wall fifty feet. It was of about the bigness of a lead pencil and thinking that it might be in the nature of a speaking tube I put it my mouth to and was about to it call into it when a voice issued from asking me whom I might be. In color you are neither green nor In the name of the ninth day. what manner of creature are you?" "I am a friend of the red men of Barsoom and I am starving. any sign of about bell I could find no my presence known or other method of making to the inmates of the place. then stopped and slid easily to the left. and the nature of I my errand. at the further end of which was another door.
" said its the voice. equally I can tell that by the conformation of your brain and the strange location of your internal organs and the shape and size of your heart. "bat you it is are evidently speaking the truth. it yet immediately we passed door slid gently into place behind us its and receded rapidly to aside I original position in the front wall of the build ing.  . fully twenty feet. "Your statements are most remarkable." " Can you see through me ? " I exclaimed. A voice me to satisfy I my hunger and to feed my was thus engaged my invisible host put me through a severe and searching crossand while examination. behind it and fitted their lower ends into apertures countersunk in the A and second and a third door receded before first. No the one was first in sight. on concluding questioning. directed calot. and evident that you are not of Barsoom. me slipped to one side as the before I reached a large inner chamber where I found food and drink set out upon a great stone table. As the door had slipped had noted it its great thickness.IN THE ATMOSPHERE FACTORY to the one I had just passed. great ceiling cylinders of steel had dropped from the floor. and as its reached place once more after closing behind us.
were new and cannot describe them any more than I you could describe red to a blind man. for the Martians have such I perfect control of their mental machinery that they  . nameless. ability to sense his mental operations. The old man sat and talked with me for hours. I and the strangest part of our intercourse was that could read his every thought while he could not fathom an I iota from did not apprise my mind him of my unless I spoke. only know that they were beautiful in the extreme. I can see all but your thoughts. I to me.A PRINCESS OF MARS " Yes. except for the exact center which a strange stone. He wore but a single of clothing or adornment. an inch in diam that scintillated nine different and distinct rays. a small collar of gold from which depended upon his chest a great ornament as large as a dinner plate set solid with article was occupied by eter. huge diamonds." door opened at the far side of the chamber and a strange. dried up. little mummy of a a Then man came toward me. the seven colors of our earthly prism and two beautiful rays which. and were you a Barsoomian I could read those. and thus I learned a great deal which proved of immense value to me later and which my would never have known had he suspected strange power.
electric vibrations are incorporated with to the five pitnit is and the result is then pumped 'cipal air centers of the planet where.IN THE ATMOSPHERE FACTORY are able to direct their thoughts with absolute precision. The secret of the entire process hinges on the use of the ninth ray. or rather certain proportions of refined it. threequarters of which is used for reservoirs in which the ninth ray b stored. was that some accident might befall the pumping apparatus. as my new friend told me. contact with the ether of space transforms it into atmosphere. The building in which I found myself contained the machinery which produces that artificial atmos phere which sustains life on Mars. my host's separated from the other rays of the sun by means of finely adjusted instruments This ray is placed upon the roof of the huge building. and the only fear. one of the beautiful scintillations which I had noted emanating from the great stone in diadem.  . There is always sufficient reserve of the ninth ray stored in the great building to maintain the present Martian atmosphere for a thousand years. as re leased. This product is then treated electrically.
One curious fact I discovered as I watched his  . which. Half a Martian year. He over twenty-four and one-half has one assistant who divides the watch with him. each of these plant.A PRINCESS OF MARS He led me to an inner chamber where I beheld a battery of twenty radium pumps any one of all which was equal to the task of furnishing with the Mars eight atmosphere compound. about three hundred and forty-four of our days. only fear they entertain of attack is from the green Martians or some demented red man. isolated Erery red Martian is taught during earliest childhood the principles of the manufacture of atmosphere. built as thick. For or a little Earth hours. even the roof being guarded from assault by air craft by a glass covering five feet thick. is it is with walls a hundred and fifty feet absolutely unassailable. he told me. hundred years. he had watched these pumps which are used alternately a day each at a stretch. men spend alone in this huge. but only two at one time ever hold the secret of ingress to the great building. The Barsoomians realize that the very existence of every form of life on Mars is dependent upon as all the uninterrupted working of this plant.
Page 224 .THE OLD MAN SAT AND TALKED WITH ME FOR HOURS.
and I read sus picion and fear in his looks and thoughts.IN THE ATMOSPHERE FACTORY thoughts was that the outer doors are manipulated The locks are so finely by telepathic means. " But be sure that you do not let them know you are bound for Helium as they are at war with that country. though as though he feared that he his words were still fair. My assistant and I are of no we belong to all Barsoom and this talis man which we wear protects us in all lands. From then on his manner toward me changed had been surprised into divulging his great secret. doors are released by the action that the adjusted of a certain combination of thought waves. which he said.  . To experiment with surprise my new-found toy him into revealing this in a casual thought to combination and I so I asked him manner how he had managed to unlock the massive doors for me from quick as the inner chambers of the building. but as quickly faded as he answered that this was a secret he must not divulge. even country. was the nearest Martian city. a flash there leaped to his As mind nine Martian sounds. Before give I retired for the night he promised to me a letter to a near-by agricultural officer who would help me on my way to Zodanga.
" he friend. I What was him now that I I to do? How could I escape kill through these mighty walls? Easily could I was warned. " the green men ourselves to their hands though we do not trust if we can avoid it. and then a picture of him standing over me in the night. a long my and "may you have long sleep. but it is for the best good of Barsoom." he smiled pleasantly I saw in his thoughts the wish that he had never admitted me.A PRINCESS OF MARS among added. am sorry. restful sleep yes. my but the thought of Dejah Thoris drove from my mind all desire to kill my mistaken host. and with the stopping of the other inhabitants of the planet all. but once he was dead could no more escape. a And so good-night. which little seemed strange me in my knowledge of thought transference. And though and the swift thrust of a long dagger and " I the half formed words." As he him closed the door of my chamber to behind his thoughts were cut off from me as was the sight of him. the others I did not give the snap of For Snger. the machinery of the great plant I should die with all even Dejah Thoris were she not already dead.  ." he continued.
ridor and Creeping stealthily through corridor after cor down winding runways which turned I hither and thither I finally reached the great hall in which had broken I seen Nowhere had my long fast that morning. As he passed through the great hall and disap peared down the runway which led to the pump . my host. and as he entered the dimly lighted chamber which Presently the old I man had been about to pass through I saw that he held a long thin dagger in his hand and that he was sharpening it upon a stone. I would attempt to force the great locks by the nine thought waves I had read in my host's mind. Dragging Woola after me I crouched low in the darkness. passed close by me. sought the inner of the great doors. In his mind was the decision to inspect the radium pumps. A wild scheme had come to me. I was on the point of stepping boldly out into the room when a slight noise behind me warned me back into the shadows of a recess in the cor ridor. finish and then return my bed chamber and me. which would take about to thirty minutes.IN THE ATMOSPHERE FACTORY Cautiously I openecl the door of my apartment and. followed by Woola. nor did I know where he kept himself by night.
I Concentrating my mind upon the massive lock hurled the nine thought waves against it. This first entering the for reached about morning and enclosure I came to I searched habitation. and no amount of hammering and hallooing brought any response. intend ing to strike the central turnpike as quickly as possible. but little better off than full we had been stomachs. when finally the great door moved softly toward to one side. I stole stealthily from my hiding place and crossed to the great door. me and slid quietly One after the other the remaining mighty portals opened at my command and Woola and I stepped forth into the darkness. Some time later I was awakened by growlings and opened my eyes to see three red  . before.A PRINCESS OF MARS room. the inner of the three which stood between me and liberty. some evidences of a There were low rambling buildings of concrete barred with heavy impassable doors. In breathless expectancy I waited. other than that we had Hastening away from the shadows of the for midable pile I made I for the first crossroad. free. Weary and exhausted from sleepless ness I threw myself upon the ground commanding his frightful Woola to stand guard.
the house proper standing among a grove of enormous trees. All I ask explain. The buildings I had been hammering at in the early morning were occupied only by stock and farm produce. and." and advanced pleas antly toward me placing their right hands upon my left shoulder." I hastened to have been a prisoner among the green men and am on my way to Zodanga. like all red-Mar tian homes. after the manner of their custom They lowered their rifles of salute. They then took me to the house of one of them which was only a short distance away. and was operated by a tiny radium engine in the entrance hall of the buflding. the red Martians simply run them up also out of harm's way during the  night. and asking me many questions about myself and my wanderings. am unarmed and no enemy. had been raised at night some forty from the ground on a large round metal shaft which slid up or down within a sleeve or fifty feet ground. sunk in the Instead of bothering with bolts and bars for their dwellings. is food and rest for myself and proper directions for reaching my calot and the my destination.IN THE ATMOSPHERE FACTORY Martians standing a short distance from us and covering **I me " I with their rifles. They .
either in the army or the navy. "The chances are small that your tale will be believed until after you have proven your trust worthiness and won friends among the higher nobles of the court. and When they had heard my story I omitted all reference to Dejah Thoris and the old man of the atmosphere plant they advised me to color my body to more nearly resemble their own race and then attempt to find employment in Zodanga. prisoners of war. They were hospitality the personification of cordiality and I spent several days with them. These brothers. delinquent debtors and confirmed bachelors who were which too poor to pay the high celibate tax all red-Martian governments impose. ( occupied three similar houses on this farm. resting and recuperating from my long and arduous experiences. as we are a warlike  . The labor was performed by convicts. They work themselves. being government officers in charge. with did no their wives and children.A PRINCESS OF MARS have private means for lowering or raising them if they wish to go away from the ground without and leave them. This you can most easily do through military service.
" explained one of them." people on Barsoom. My metal and ornaments were also of a Zodangan gentleman. more than he can redeem." When I was ready to depart they furnished nie is with a small domestic bull thoat. The about the size of a horse and quite gentle. The medium of exchange upon Mars is not dissimilar from our own except that the coins family are oval. as they require Paper money is issued by individuals If it and redeemed twice yearly. such as for saddle purposes by all used red Martians. but in color and shape an exact replica of his huge animal is and fierce cousin of the wilds. They filled a little sack at my side with Zodangan money. in the prevailing fashion of the time. attached to the house of Ptor. a issues man  . square at the back and banged in front. and save our richest favors for the fighting man. the govern ment pays his creditors in full and the debtor works out the amount upon the farms or in mines. which was the in the style renewed name of my benefactors. my entire body and one of them cut my which had grown quite long. The oil brothers had supplied I me with a reddish with which anointed hair. so that I could have passed anywhere upon Barsoom as a full-fledged red Martian.
and bidding me farewell they watched me until I was out of sight upon the broad white turnpike. When I mentioned my me inability to repay them for their kindness to they assured me that I would have ample opportunity if I lived long upon Barsoom. stretching as they do like narrow ribbons from pole to pole. t*34l .A PRINCESS OF MARS ' which are suits all owned by the government. through wild stretches peopled by wild animals and wilder men. it This everybody except the debtor as has been a difficult thing to obtain sufficient voluntary labor to work the great isolated farm lands of Mars.
the precious liquid is carried underground through a vast network of small pipes directly to the roots of the vegetation. The crops upon Marf  . tive things and at the several I stopped I learned a number of new and instruc concerning the methods and manners supplies the farms of of Barsoom. and pumped either side of these conduits. tricts. The water which collected in Mars either pole immense underground reservoirs at from the melting ice caps. into tracts of about the same each tract being under the supervision officers. lie through long conduits to the various populated centers. fields. Along and extending their entire length.CHAPTER XXI AN AIR SCOUT FOR ZODANGA A is s S I proceeded on my journey toward Zodanga farm houses where many strange and interesting sights arrested my attention. of one or more government Instead of flooding the surface of the and thus wasting immense quantities of water by evap oration. the cultivated dis These are divided size.
but not a single article of food which was exactly sim- Also JL I ilar to anything on Earth. juicy steaks from the well fed domestic animals of the farms.A PRINCESS OF MARS are always uniform. or destroying birds. On this trip I tasted the first meat I had eaten and chops since leaving Earth large." he added. enjoyed luscious fruits and vegetables. and of her treasures the wondrous daughter of Mors Kajak. characterless nothingness by comparison. met some highly cultivated noble class and while in conversation One of the older men had been tions there on a diplomatic mission several years before and spoke with regret of the condi which seemed destined ever to keep these two "rightly boasts the most all countries at war. At a second stop I people of the we chanced to speak of Helium. women of Barsoom. Dejah Thoris. no high winds. "Why. and no insects. for there are no droughts. no rains. Every plant and flower and vegetable and animal has been so re6ned by ages of careful. "the people really worship the ground she walks upon and since her loss on  . is the most exquisite flower." he beautiful said. scientific cultivation and breeding that the like of them on Earth dwindled into pale. "Helium. gray.
will fall It is said she within the next few passages of the further moon. the people of voicing their displeasure.AN draped " in AIR SCOUT FOR all ZODANGA Helium has been that ill-starred expedition That our fleet mourning. world. Their thoats were found wandering upon the  . since tice. "This much was learned from a green warrior recently captured by our forces She escaped from the hordes of Thark with a strange creature of another in the south. " She is dead. though our victorious armies are surrounding Helium. think you." he answered. only to fall into the hands of the Warhoons. and so we have been able easily to reduce the city to a sorry plight." "And what. "Even now. it is not based on right or jus Our forces took advantage of the absence fleet of the principal of Hefium on their search for the princess. Dejah Thoris?" asked as casually as possible. may have been I the fate of the princess. ruler should have attacked the dis as it abled was returning to Helium was but another of his awful blunders which I fear will sooner or later compel Zodanga to elevate a wiser man to his place. for the Zodanga are war is not a popular one.
after leaving the three Ptor brothers my Ten days I arrived at Zodanga. From the moment that I had come in contact with the red inhabitants of Mars I had noticed that Woola drew a great amount of unwelcome attention to me. since the huge brute belonged to a species which is never domesticated by the red men. but then. and so proof of the determined to make every news of as lay in his effort possible to reach Helium as quickly as I could and carry to Tardos Mors such granddaughter's possible whereabouts power. we Had  .A PRINCESS OF MARS bottom and evidences of a bloody discovered near-by. very thought of parting with the faithful fellow caused me so great regret and genuine sor row that I put it off until just before we arrived at the city's The gates . finally. Were one to stroll down Broadway with the effect I a Numidian I lion at his heels would be somewhat similar to that which should have produced had entered Zodanga with Woola. neither was at all conclusive I death of Dejah Thoris." conflict were While this information was in no it way reassur ing. it became impera tive that my own nothing further than safety or pleasure been at stake no arguseparate.
to mysterious life to city. resembled huge rookeries. for I doubted not he soon would forget me. The residences. promising him. unknown dangers of this. raised high upon their metal columns. and when I pointed back in the direction of sorrowfully away.ment could have prevailed upon me to turn the one creature upon Barsoom that had never failed in a demonstration of affection and loyalty. And so I bade the poor less his an affectionate farewell. however. frowning walls. life in but as I would willingly have offered my the service of her in search of to challenge the whom I was about me. The still letter I bore from them gained me imme It diate entrance to the vast. nor could Thark he turned bear to watch him go. but resolutely set my face toward Zodanga and with a touch of heartsickness approached her. He seemed to understand me I fully. much momentary happiness. that if I came through my adventure in beast safety that in some way I should find the means to search him out. walled city. I could not permit even Woola's threaten the success of my venture. was very early in the morning and the streets were practically deserted. while the uprights themselves presented  .
since thievery practically is unknown upon Barsoom. by the principal public build and shops. Assassina all tion the ever present fear of this reason alone their Barsoomians. The shops as a rule were not raised from the ground nor were is their doors bolted or barred. the jeds.A PRINCESS OF MARS the appearance of steel tree trunks. nobility of The and other members of the royalty and Zodanga. raised and for homes are high above the ground at night. cafes. as well as ings. architecture As I was crossing the great square lost in wonder and admiration of the magnificent and the gorgeous scarlet vegetation which carpeted the broad lawns I discovered a red Martian walk ing briskly toward me from  one of the avenues. or in times of danger. which cities. had given me Martian My way led to is the central all square or plaza. but as . He paid not the slightest attention to me. a characteristic of is plaza of Zodanga covers a square mile and bounded by the palaces of the jeddak. The Ptor brothers had given me explicit direc tions for reaching the point of the city where I could find living accommodations and be near the offices of the government agents to whom they letters.
and turning I his shoulder. prince of Zodanga. how came you here. Sab Than. calling out : my hand upon "Kaor. whereabouts of Dejah Thoris. Jeddak of Helium. By the mother of the further moon. KantosKan!" Like lightning he wheeled and before I could much as lower my hand sword was at my breast. my friend. John Carter. War- "Were my name and I known to the Zodangans would shortly be sitting on the banks of the lost sea of Korus with my revered departed ancestors. and then fifty feet as- a backward leap carried me from his sword he dropped the point to the ground and exclaimed. there is but one man upon a rubber Barsoom who can bounce about Kke ball. has her hidden in the . laughing.AN placed AIR SCOUT FOR I ZODANGA he came abreast recognized him. so the point of his long- "Who are you?" he growled. " I do not need a better all reply. I am here in the interests of to discover the Tardos Mors." after I had briefly outlined my adven him in the arena at city a bad half minute tures since parting with hoorv. and have you become a Darseen that you can change your color at will ? " You gave me he continued. oair princess.
His father. who I commander of this division of the navy. but Tardos Mors will not accede to the demands and has sent word that he and his people would rather look upon the dead face of their princess than see her wed to any than her own choice. but his people love him the more for it and his strength in Helium greater today than ever. has made her voluntary marriage to his son the price of peace between our countries. and thus learn the whereabouts of Dejah Thoris. His reply was the deadliest affront he could have put upon Than is Kosis and the Zodangans. Than Kosis. John Carter. Jeddak of Zodanga. " I have been here three days. and that personally he would prefer being engulfed in the ashes of a lost and burning Helium to joining the metal of his house with that of Than Kosis.A PRINCESS OF MARS rity and has fallen madly in love with her." continued Kantos Kan. for I know your loyalty to my princess and two of us working together should be able to accomplish much. the prince. "but I have not yet found where Dejah Thoris is imprisoned." The plaza was now commencing  to fill with . am glad that you are here. air scout Today I I join the in this Zodangan to navy as an and hope way win is the confidence of Sab Than.
"  . weights.--11 AIR SCOUT FOR H ' ZODANGA . Kantos Kan led me to one of these gorgeous eating places where we were served ratus.AN . Illl . "This ruse will be discovered later. Kantos Kan took me with him to the headquarters of the air-scout squadron and introducing me to his superior asked that I be of the corps.1 'I " II. but it will be several months before this is done and our mission should be accomplished or have failed long before that time.Mil I ^Q people going and coming upon the daily activities of their duties. enrolled as a member but Kantos Kan had told me to have no fear on this score as he would attend to that part of the matter. when they check up my measurements. and other personal identification data. In accord ance with custom an examination was necessary. He accomplished this by taking my order for examination to the examining officer and repre senting himself as John Carter. After our meal. it No by mechanical appa hand touched the food from the time entirely its entered the building in raw state until it emerged hot and delicious upon the tables before the guests. The shops were opening and the cafes filling with early morning patrons. in response to the touching of tiny buttons to indicate their desires." he cheer " fully explained.
The solar eighth ray would be absorbed by the surface of Barsoom. tapering to sits point at each end. unknown on it is Earth. but the Barsoomian eighth ray. noise less radium engine which propels it. two a feet wide and three inches thick. the ninth ray. it is all light no matter from learned that They have the solar eighth ray which propels the light of the sun to the various planets. which tends to propel light from Mars into space. The medium of buoyancy is contained within the thin metal walls of the body and consists of the eighth Barsoomian ray. and that it is the individual eighth ray of each planet which " reflects. is This ray. or ray of propulsion. The body of the one-man air craft is about sixteen feet long.A PRINCESS OF MARS next few days were spent by Kantos Kan in teaching me the intricacies of flying and of repairing the dainty little The contrivances which the Martians use for this purpose. but the Martians have discovered that an inherent property of what source it emanates." or propels the light thus obtained out into space once more. is constantly streaming out from the planet constituting a force of repulsion  . The driver on top of this plane upon a seat constructed over the small. as it may be termed in view of like its properties.
a tiny satellite that Barsoom to the end of time. hurtling through the heavens ten thousand miles from encircle Mars. by the aid of powerful tele scopes. Her power great that it of repulsion for the planet was so had carried her far into space. which has enabled them to so per ray fect aviation that battle ships far outweighing any thing known upon Earth sail as gracefully and lightly through the thin air of Barsoom as a toy balloon in the heavy atmosphere of Earth. the great battle ship to be built with eighth ray reservoirs was stored with too great a quantity of the rays and she had sailed up from Helium with five hundred officers and men. During the early years of the discovery of ray this many strange accidents occurred before the to Martians learned derful measure and control the won In one instance.AN AIR SCOUT FOR ZODANGA is of gravity which when confined able to lift enor mous weights from It is this the surface of the ground. never to return. where she can be seen today. arrival at will thus I The fourth day after my made my first flight. and as Zodanga it a result of I won a promotion which included quarters of Than Kosis. some nine hundred years before. in the palace T245] . first power they had found.
I soon saw that the object of their pursuit was a red Martian wearing the metal of the scout squadron to which I was attached. had seen Kantos Kan do. A short distance away lay his tiny flier. Each seemed striving to be the in first to impale the his fate poor Zodangan and another moment  . to the rear of the warriors.A PRINCESS OF MARS As as I I rose above the city I circled several times. following one of the great water ways which enter Zodanga from that direction. surrounded by the tools with which he had evidently been occupied in repairing some damage when surprised by the green warriors. with their great metal-shod spears. while the warriors leaned low to the right. a small figure on foot which seemed to be trying to reach the confines of one of the Dropping and circling my machine rapidly toward them. their flying mounts charging down on the relatively puny figure at terrific speed. and then throwing my engine into top speed I raced at terrific velocity toward the south. I had traversed perhaps two hundred miles an hour when I in a little less than descried far below me a party of three green warriors racing madly toward walled fields. They were now almost upon him.
Hastening to his damaged machine we were bending every effort to finish the needed repairs and had almost completed them when we saw the two green monsters return ing at top speed from opposite sides of us. Reducing my speed I circled and came to the ground at the feet of the astonished Zodangan. for it was none other than a cousin of the jeddak of saved.AN AIR SCOUT FOR it ZODANGA not been for would have been sealed had timely arrival. and bolted in opposite directions. my Driving my fleet air craft at behind the warriors without diminishing I high speed directly soon overtook them and my speed I rammed the prow of my little Hier between the shoulders of the sufficient to nearest. The impact have torn through his thoat. He was warm in his thanks for my timely aid and promised that my day's work would bring the reward it merited. When  . The mounts the other two warriors turned squealing in terror. inches of solid steel. hurled the fellow's headless body into the air over the head of where of it fell sprawling upon the moss. Zodanga whose life I had We wasted no time in talk as we knew that the warriors would surely return as soon as they had gained control of their mounts.
telling the Zodangan to do the best he could with the other. however. I hastened to return to my new acquaintance straits. whom I found indeed in desperate He of was wounded and down with upon his throat the huge foot his antagonist and the great long-sword raised to deal the a bound I cleared the us. He would have to pilot his own craft. harmless. Finishing my man with almost no effort. to the ground and he sank limply upon the prostrate form of the Zodangan. A cursory examination of the latter revealed no mortal injuries and after a brief rest he asserted that he felt fit to attempt the return voyage. His sword fell. as had now from much practice become habitual with me. fifty feet final thrust. The warriors finally dismounted and hobbling their animals advanced toward us on foot with drawn long-swords. as  . I advanced to meet the larger. With sword intervening between and with out-stretched point drove my completely through the body of the green warrior.A PRINCESS OF MARS they had approached within a hundred yards their thoats again became unmanageable and absolutely refused to advance further toward the air craft which had frightened them.
purpose of conferring honors on individual officers and men for bravery and other distinguished service. He then unfurled a little ensign which denoted that his craft bore a member of the royal family of Zodanga. and we made our way through low-lying air vessels until we hung together the jeddak of Zodanga and his the maze of over All were directly staff. companion signaled that I slow down. and ban ners and flags of odd and picturesque design. Quickly completing the repairs into the still. which.AIR SCOUT FOR ZODANGA these frail vessels are not intended to convey but a single person. The sky was black with naval vessels and private and public pleasure craft. and their trappings and ornamenta tion bore such a quantity of gorgeously colored  . As we neared the city we discovered a mighty concourse of civilians and troops assembled upon the plain before the city. and running his machine close beside mine suggested that we approach and watch the ceremony. we rose together cloudless Martian sky. flying long streamers of gay-colored silks. My was for the. he said. mounted upon the small domestic bull thoats of the red Martians. and at great speed and without further mishap returned to Zodanga.
dropped my little machine lightly to the ground and advanced on foot as I had seen the  . One of the staff called the attention of Than Kosis to the presence of companion above them and the ruler motioned for him to descend. into posi as the last body of troops tion before their emperor. advanced toward the troops. the jeddak and occasionally glancing up sation at me. but is the habit of military discipline strong within me. and calling the name of a soldier commanded him The officer then recited the nature of the heroic act which had won the approval of the jeddak.'A PRINCESS OF MARS feathers that I could not but be struck with the startling resemblance the concourse bore to a band of the red Indians of my own my Earth. air scout!" in my life had I been so surprised. so decorated Ten men had been called out. when the aid "John Never and I Carter. had wheeled A member of the staff to advance. and the latter advanced and placed a metal ornament upon the left arm of the lucky man. As they waited for the troops to move into posi tion facing the jeddak the two talked earnestly his staff together. I it could not hear their conver and presently ceased and all dismounted.
and if you can so well defend a better could you cousin of the jeddak how much defend the person of the jeddak himself. therefore appointed a will I You are padwar of The Guards and be quartered in my palace hereafter. which seems little short of miraculous. and at his direction joined the members of returned my After the ceremony I machine to its quarters on the roof his staff. and with an orderly from the palace to guide me I reported to the officer in charge of the palace." thanked him. said: " My cousin has narrated the details of your wonderful achievement." Than Kosis then advanced toward me and plac ing an ornament upon me. "of your remarkable courage and skill in defending recognition. he addressed me in a voice audible to the entire assemblage of troops and spectators. As I halted before the officer. single-handed.others do. it war is the pleasure of our jeddak to confer on you the mark of his esteem. John Carter. "In the person of the cousin of the jeddak Than Kosis and." he said. vanquishing three green riors. of the barracks of the air-scout squadron. .
Sab Than. The was engaged in conversation with his son. and several courtiers of his household. The room was lighted by imprisoned rays of sunshine held between the ceiling proper and what appeared to be a ground glass false ceiling a few inches below. My guide drew aside closing a passage one of the tapestries. He ruler therefore escorted in me apartment which Than immediately to the Kosis then was. The walls of the apartment were completely hung with splendid tapestries which hid any win dows or doors which may have pierced them.  . dis which encircled the room. who. and did not perceive my entrance. is always in great danger of assassination. in time of war. as the rule that all is fair in war seems to constitute the entire ethics of THE major-domo whom I reported had Martian conflict.CHAPTER XXII I FIND DEJAH to been given instructions to station me near the person of the jeddak.
Sab Than. he said. her beautiful face radiant with smiles. "To what strange freak do I owe this visit  . Prince of Zodanga. would be relieved after a period of four hours. advanced to meet her. rising. to follow. Scarcely had I at the opposite gained my post than the tapestry end of the chamber separated and four soldiers of a female figure. When was to he left I My only duty guard the ruler and keep out of sight as I much left as possible. and. tapestries The gave the appearance of heavy solidity side. The Guard entered. so long as Than was Kosis was in the apartment. but all were of a strange weaving which from one hiding place I could perceive from my that took place within the room as readily as though there had been no curtain intervening./ FIND DEJAH between the hangings and the walls of the cham ber. The major-domo then me. Within this passage I was to remain. surrounding As they approached Than Kosis and there standing before the jeddak and not ten feet from me. was Dejah the soldiers fell to either side Thoris . saluted her. and hand in hand they approached Kosis looked up close to the jeddak. Than in surprise.
and.A PRINCESS OF MARS from the Princess of Helium. as has your son. iyour promise shall be recorded and a proclamation my " It people issued forthwith. It would look strange indeed to my people and to yours were the Princess of  ." interrupted Dejah Thoris. the green Thark. Prince of Zodanga. but now am. with rare consideration for my pride. cerning her heart." replied Than war to Kosis." " I am glad that you have so decided. Than Kosis. who." were better. "that the proclamation wait the ending of this war. "It is far from my desire to push further against the people of Helium. and beg of you to forget my rash words and to accept the assurance of the Princess of Helium to come that when the time comes she will wed Sab Than. Two days ago I I was not have sure of his love for me. That you Than I Kosis. two days ago. " to my son ? Dejah Thoris only smiled the more and with the roguish dimples playing at the corners of her mouth " she made answer : From the beginning of time upon Barsoom it has been the prerogative of woman to change her mind as she listed and to dissemble in matters con will forgive. assured me that she would prefer Tal Hajus.
" replied Than Kosis. and lips I so recently heard a declara tion of love for me. existence to the son of Although ments and I had heard it. to the ground of reality. and so I deserted my post and hastened through the pas sage behind the tapestries toward the door by which she had left the chamber." I shall at least Dejah Thoris. broken. had lightly forgotten my very and smilingly given herself her people's most hated enemy. after a few words./ FIND DEJAH enemy in Helium to give herself to her country's the midst of hostilities. still Thus was the edifice of followed by her guards. The woman from whose for whom haH I had offered my life. Kosis to bring peace. "how the people of Helium take to peace. at once?" spoke father. and end this unpopular "We shall see. turned and left the apartment. Slipping quietly  . my brief dream of happiness dashed. it with my own ears I could not believe I must search out her apart force her to repeat the cruel truth to me alone before I would be convinced." my happiness." "Cannot the war be ended Sab Than. say the "It requires but the word of Than Say it my word that will hasten strife. offer it to them.
Princess of Helium." " and wish to speak privately with Dejah Thoris. I could not hear the words but I knew that I could not possibly be mistaken in the voice. Moving on a few steps I discovered another end of which lay a door. did not know what he meant.'A PRINCESS OF MARS opening I through this discovered a maze of wind ing corridors. but replied that I was a member of The Guard. am from Than Kosis. I replied. when I heard Apparently they were coming which from the opposite side of the partition against I leaned and presently I made out the tones of Dejah Thoris. branching and direction. turning in every Running rapidly down first one and then another of them I soon became hopelessly lost and was standing panting against a side wall voices near me. asking the nature of " I my business. Walking boldly forward I pushed into the room only to find myself in a small ante chamber in passage-way at the which were the four guards who had accompanied her. One of them instantly arose and accosted me." "And I your order?" asked the fellow. and without wait ing for a reply from him I strode toward the  .
call ing to the others to join him." "The only order I require. The guardsman stepped before me. behind which I could hear Dejah Thoris conversing. Kosis. barring my further progress. Throw down your sword. was a quick thrust which left me but three antagonists and I can assure you that they My reply  . and thus the four drawn weapons." " and not only you not enter the apartments of the Princess of Helium but you shall go back to Than s'hall Kosis under guard to explain this unwarranted temerity. " No one comes from Than Kosis without carry ing an order or the pass word. my friend. tap ping my long-sword or no?" you let me pass own in peace For reply he whipped out stood. to enter hangs at " . you cannot hope to overcome four of us. my will side. " You are not here by the order of Than cried the one who had first addressed me. where I will." he added with a grim smile. with his sword.I FIND DEJAH opposite door of the ante chamber. You must give me one or the other before you may pass." I answered. But my entrance was not to be so easily accom plished. saying.
but I would have will all depopulated reached the side of Barsoom could Thoris in I have my Dejah no other way. with only changed my tactics two opposing me. Sheathing my bloody blade I advanced toward  . emotionless and I knew that she did not recognize me. kill later. Finally a lucky cut brought down a second guardsman and I then. and rushed them down after the fashion of my fighting that had won me many a victory.A PRINCESS OF MARS were worthy of Slowly I my metal. nor did Sola. the clanging of steel on steel producing a veritable bedlam in the room. They had me backed against the wall in no time. fighting for my life. and there she stood noise The throughout the conflict with Sola at her back peer Her face was set and ing over her shoulder. and the last lay dead upon the bloody floor a few moments fighters. The third fell within ten seconds after the second. it They were brave men and noble and been forced to ingly grieved me that I had them. had brought Dejah Thoris to the door of her apartment. worked my way to a corner of the room where ( I could force them to come at me at a time. and thus we fought upward little only one of twenty minutes.
who stood mutely gazing at me without sign of recognition. too late. Dejah Thoris?" I cried. the heart of your chieftain?" As her in a I came close to her she swayed toward me with outstretched hands. Zodangan?" she whispered. a once cherished friend. "Do you not recognize. is is. but as I reached to take my arms she drew back with a shudder and misery. "O my but chieftain that was. and whom I thought dead." I said." do you mean. "That you would not have promised yourself to tfce "What Zodangan prince had you known that I lived?"  ." though. even through paint and strange metal. had you but returned one it is s little hour before now too late." I answered./ FIND DEJAH still my Martian Princess. "Too too late. "It my Princess. dead. in "Another enemy to harass me " my misery?" am a friend. little moan of late. "Who " I are you. ! "No heard for he it before. none other than John Carter." friend of Helium's princess wears that " I have and yet the voice metal. it is not it cannot be no." she replied." she grieved.
John Carter." "I meant them. too monies which follow later are but meaningless formalities. John Carter. and so today I have promised body to another to save my people from the curse of a victorious " Zodangan army. and all " It is Zodanga cannot prevent given. am as good call as married." she whispered  . my princess. You meant them still! then." to claim you. and know words you spoke to me that day as the hordes of Warhooi\ were charging down upon us. They make the fact of marriage no more I certain than does the funeral cortege of a jeddak again place the seal of death upon him. that I would give my you yesterday and today to another? I you." I of your customs here upon Barsoom. The cere late. I have come it. it thought that pits lay buried with your ashes in the my of Warhoon. John Carter. my it is princess. No longer but little my " chieftain. my promise is and on Barsoom that is final. No longer are you may you me your princess. Dejah Thoris. but I do know that I love you.A PRINCESS OF MARS "Think heart to John Carter. and you mean them Say that true." But I am not dead. no other man shall if you meant the last ever claim you as his bride.
/ FIND DEJAH now for I have given "I cannot repeat them myself to another." might have meant the fall of would have given my empire for Then aloud she said: "Do you remember the night when you offended me ? You called me your princess without having asked my hand of me. that upon Barsoom there are two kinds of women in the cities of the they fight for that they may ask them in marriage. my friend. but even then. The one has won a woman he may address her as his prin cess. all others. I see that now. to tell But there was no one you. I possession. but I my Tharkian chief. and then you boasted that you had fought for me. the other kind they fight for also. what I could not. Ah. John Carter. When a man red men. but never ask their hands. if you had only known our ways." she faltered. half to her- "the promise would have been yours long months ago. You did not know. It Helium. and you could have claimed me before self. as I should have done. or in any of the several terms which signify You had fought for me. and I should not have been offended. I did not repulse you. until you made . but had never asked me in marriage." she continued. you see. and so when you " called me your princess. was hurt.
I withdrew from the room. Dejah " You must know that my fault Thoris.A PRINCESS OF MARS doably worse by taunting me with having won me through combat. my prin Sab Than dies. but I was not entirely discouraged. through implicit belief that my petition would be presumptious and unwel come." she cried. nor  ." Disheartened and dejected. and the the 'ory of the brief days among memTharks." cess " Nor that either. I do now. my chieftain that was. may never be yours while Sab Than "You have sealed his death warrant. and by all the Virginian fighting blood that flows in " hopelessly. That. useless. John Carter. What my wife. I ask you to be I failed to do. Dejah Thoris. We are ruled by custom upon Barsoom. nor ever see me again. It is useless. " I may not wed the man who slays my husband. even in self-defense." she hastened to explain. lives." " I do not need ask your forgiveness now. must go now. You must bear the sorrow with me." my I veins you it shall be. That at least we may share in common. It is custom." I cried." is "No. You Good-bye. my friend. it was of ignorance of your Barsoomian customs.
and this I followed downward for several stories until I reached the doorway of a large apartment in which were a number of guardsmen. for the matter of the four dead guardsmen would have to be explained. I was as absolutely lost in the mazes of winding passage As ways I as I had been before I discovered Dejah Thoris' apartments. The walls of this room were hung with transparent tapestries behind which I secreted myself without being apprehended.I FIND DEJAH would until admit that Dejah Thoris was lost to me the ceremony had actually been performed. I knew. I I wandered along the corridors. The conversation of the guardsmen was general. interest in and awakened no entered the relieve the me until an officer room and ordered four of the men to detail who were guarding the Princess of Helium. Now. knew that my only hope lay in escape from the city of Zodanga. Presently I came upon a spiral runway leading to a lower floor. suspicion as I my original post without rest would surely on me so soon was discovered wandering aimlessly through the palace. my troubles would commence in earnest and indeed they were upon  . and as I could never reach a guide.
for it seemed that the squad scarcely left the guardroom before one of again breathlessly. To a red Martian escape by this path would have appeared impos-  . officers. slipping to the near window.A PRINCESS OF MARS me had their all too soon. and slaves ran helter skelter through the corridors and apartments carrying messages and orders. The ground was about thirty feet below. and. servants. courtiers. sought for an avenue of escape. I saw the blessed light of day coming in through a series qf larger windows. in passing through a great hall. The windows opened upon a great balcony which over looked one of the broad avenues of Zodanga. constructed of polished glass about a foot in thickness. moment the entire palace was alive with Guardsmen. number of soldiers came hurrying past my hiding place I fell in behind them and followed through the mazes of the palace until. their four comrades butchered In a people. and at a like distance from the building was a wall fully twenty feet high. and searching for signs of the assassin. This was I grasped my opportunity and slim for as a as it appeared it. Here est I left my guides. crying number burst in that they had found in the ante-chamber.
and scarcely had I settled down it than I heard enter the apartment. Into the capacious bowl-like vase I sprang with ease. My only fell." Jeddak. The beneath group stopped my hiding place and I could plainly overhear their every word. and about ten feet from the within floor." Another man now joined the group. O how had they access to the palace? I could believe that even with the dil igent care of your guardsmen a single enemy might reach the inner chambers. a number of people " It is the work of Heliumites. inside a huge hang ing ornament which swung from the ceiling of the hall. for here comes the royal psychologist. Accordingly I searched for a hiding place and finally found one by accident. with it agility. but said one of the men./ FIND DEJAH my earthly strength and sible. but how a force of six or eight fighting served is men could have done so unob beyond me. seemed already accomplished. "Yes. and. We shall soon know. but to me. said: [2653 . after making his formal greetings to his ruler. how ever. fear was in being detected before darkness for I could not make the leap in broad daylight while the court below and the avenue beyond were crowded with Zodangans.
it is a strange tale I read in the dead minds of your faithful guardsmen. my Jeddak. " What manner It is of weird tale are you bringing me. but by a single opponent. and that his statement was scarcely credited was evidenced by the impa tient exclamation of incredulity lips which escaped the of Than Kosis. Notan?" he " cried." replied the psy " In fact the impressions were strongly chologist.mighty Jeddak. and could not read  . such a man was never seen before in this or any other country my upon Barsoom. she has perfect control. and super Though he wore skill Jeddak. They were felled not by a number of fighting men. the metal of Zodanga." "O He paused to let the full weight of this announce ment impress his hearers. the brain of each of the four guards Their antagonist was a very tall man. wear ing the metal of one of your own guardsmen. "The mind of the Princess of Helium I whom have examined and questioned was I a blank to me. the truth. and his fighting ability was little short of marvelous for he fought fair against the entire four and van quished them by his surpassing human strength and endurance. marked on men.
who " a name upon Barsoom ! ever heard of such Word was soon brought that I was nowhere to be found. he had told them he knew as little. we were ignorant before today. of whose name. either in the palace or at my former quarters in the barracks of the air-scout squadron. man whom is she did not recognize as ever having seen. and that when she looked it. they had found and questioned. iKantos Kan. and as to my past." "Where is this man?" cried Than Kosis. but he knew nothing of my whereabouts. whom I had rescued "Where my erstwhile savior?" first fits from the green warriors.I FIND DEJAH one iota of She said that she witnessed a por tion of the encounter. "but the description him to perfection. there was but one man engaged with the guards a men. John Carter. "By the metal of my ancestor." he went on. And his name too. and I recognized the voice of the cousin of Than Kosis. man Zodanga. since he  . especially as to his fighting ability. Have him brought to me at once. What know you of him." spoke another of the party. cousin? It seemed strange to me now " that I think upon it that there should have been in such a fighting even.
" darkness had fallen They left the hall. Come. "and in the meanwhile we will repair to the apartments of the Princess of Helium and question her in regard to the affair. " The likeness of every person who has " entered or left the palace grounds today has been care and not examined. other than that which was recorded of him at the time he entered." concluded the fellow. " Keep your eyes on this other one." commanded and likely Than one is Kosis. as without.had but recently met me during our captivity among the Warhoons." commented Than Kosis contentedly. and where and let every man who or ground be subjected to we shall sooner or later find the other. air patrol. Notan. "He also is a stranger as not they both hail from Helium. air Quadruple the leaves the city by the closest scrutiny." I Another messenger now entered with word that was still within the palace walls. and. She may know more than she cared to divulge to you. one approaches the likeness of this new padwar fully of the guards. Few were  ." "Then we will have him shortly. I slipped lightly from my hiding place in sight. and hastened to the balcony.
I FIND DEJAH and choosing a moment when none seemed near I sprang quickly to the top of the glass wall and from there grounds. to the avenue beyond the palace 1 269 T .
Leaping from roof to roof. as I judged. at He was alone and showed no surprise coming. My only means of reaching. saying he had expected me much earlier. and eral rightly. Sev men in civilian metal loitered near the front entrance and in the rear were others. unseen. and in another moment I stood in the room before him. my I saw that he knew nothing of the events of  . I soon reached an open windpw in the building where I hoped to find the Heliumite. that the place would be guarded.CHAPTER effort at XXIII LOST IN THE SKY concealment I hastened I WITHOUT the to felt sure I vicinity of our quarters. and after considerable maneu vering I managed to attain the roof of a shop sev eral doors away. where should find Kantos Kan. As I neared the building I became more careful. the upper story where our apartments were situated was through an adjoining building. as my tour of duty must have ended some time since.
" he exclaimed. be done. to Sab Than is filled "It cannot be." me  . is " I can solve the difficulty in so far as Helium I concerned. and repulses promised to Sab Than. her mind to have assented to such an atrocious bargain. John Carter?" he con are a resourceful man. " before he spoke. sible I Why no man in all impos Helium but would pre She must have lost "It fer death to the selling of our loved princess to the ruling house of Zodanga. who do not know how we of ruling house." reasons I answered. only because she is Kantos Kan. Helium love the members of our cannot appreciate the horror with which I contem plate such an unholy alliance." Kantos Kan eyed " " me narrowly he said. and when him he was all excitement. . it ? You love her ! Does she know " "She knows it. had enlightened The news that Dejah I Thoris had promised her hand him with dismay.LOST IN THE SKY the day at the palace. but for personal would prefer that another struck the frees blow that Dejah Thoris. Can you this not think of some way to save Helium from disgrace?" "If I can come within sword's reach of Sab [Than." "What can "You tinued.You.
and grasping me by the shoulder raised his sword on could first high. to the palace through the pinnacle of the highest by chance one day as I wasi passing above the palace on patrol duty.A PRINCESS OF MARS The splendid fellow sprang to his feet. Sab Than shall go out at the for the sake of my hand upon and my word that point of my sword Dejah I shall try my love for Helium. "I only need do to pass these guards and I can " I know a secret entrance it. exclaiming: "And had the choice been left to fitting me I not have chosen a more princess of Barsoom." He raised bent his head in thought a moment. and a face peering from the pinnacle of the high tower of the palace was. John Carter.vork it is required that we investigate any unusual occurrence we may witness. I fell upon it . and for you.  . "You are strongly guarded a quadruple force patrols the sky." he said at last. for Thoris. This very night to reach his quarters in the palace. mate for the is Here your shoulder. I therefore drew near and discovered that the possessor of the peering He was face was none other than Sab Than.. In this tower. then it with an air of confidence. to me." "How?" and I asked. most unusual.
" " Go to the roof of this building. Zodanga were higher than these though several topped it by a few hun some fifteen dred feet the docks of the great battleships of the line standing hundred feet from the  . was with members of the in air-scout squadron. and was known only to him. and wait me there. but ing. building fully in lofty head was an enormous one. Kantos Kan.LOST IN THE SKY slightly put out at being detected and commanded me to keep the matter to myself." to explain Without stopping my plans I retraced my way I to the street and hastened to the barracks. who. "There is usually but one man on duty there at night upon the roof. rearing its a thousand feet into the air. how am Sab Than's quarters in five I to escape from this build " guarded as you say it is?" How well are the machine sheds at the bar racks guarded?" I asked. common The with all Zodanga. But few buildings barracks. can reach the roof of the barracks and get my machine I can be in minutes. filled as it did not dare to enter the building. . explaining that the passage from the tower led directly to his If I apartments. were on the lookout for me.
and one fraught with much danger. I could find and though I encircled the great building no opening through them. and so I essayed the task. real obstacle.ground. It was a long climb up the face of the building. and in the with soldiers I engaged pastimes of their kind. The fact that Barsoomian architecture the feat is extremely ornate made much simpler than I had anticipated. while the freight and passenger stations of the merchant squadrons rose nearly as high. desperate chance. long leather straps of my hung to the sides trappings at the end of which dangled a great hook by which air sailors are and bottoms of their craft for various purposes of  . and that I decided I must take man has lived was for Dejah who would not risk it a thousand deaths for such as she. and no slight. filled The top floor was alight. but there was no other way. Clinging to the wall with I unloosened one of the my feet and one hand. Here met my first The eaves projected nearly twenty feet from the wall to which I clung. could not. therefore. since I found ornamental ledges and projections which fairly formed a perfect ladder for me I all the way to the eaves of the building. There was one Thoris. reach the roof through the building.
might be barely caught upon the very outer verge of the roof. but whether it finally would bear the weight of it my body I did not know. There was a little top of the supporting eaves. friend. and death. and very near a . so that as my body swung out at the end of the strap it would and slip off and launch me to An the pavement a thousand feet below. then. releasing my grasp upon the supporting ornament. Clambering quickly aloft the eaves and I grasped the edge of drew myself I to the surface . the hard pave ments. and a nasty slipping. As gained my feet I was confronted by the sentry on duty.LOST IN THE SKY repair. I swung this hook it cautiously to the roof several times before pulled on it found lodgment. Far below me jerk at the lay the brilliantly lighted streets. then the hook caught and I was safe. and by means of which landing parties are lowered to the ground from the battleships. grating sound which turned me cold with appre hension. gently I to strengthen its hold. I swung out into space at the end of the strap.of the roof above. instant I hesitated. into the muzzle of whose revolver I found myself looking. "I am an air scout. "Who are you and whence came you?" he cried.
at the end of my strap. twenty feet to not coming toward the edge of below. to the sheds. impulse of curiosity. explain yourself. Quick." " I Look you here. I knew it would be morning before he would be discovered.A PRINCESS OF MARS dead one." I replied. just I escaped "But how came you upon the roof. for by the merest chance falling to the avenue below. and skimming over the edge  . turning the roof. sentry. Donning my trappings and weapons I hastened and soon had out both my machine and Kantos Kan's. where. grasped him by his pistol arm and threw him heavily his grasp. or I call the guard. all my weapons. had hung needed a few moments before. The weapon dropped from choked off his and attempted cry for gagged and bound him and then him over the edge of the roof as I myself hung fingers I my assistance. man? No one has landed or come up from the building for the past hour. for as he I leaned to peer over the eaves throat and his to the roof." I answered. I started Making his fast behind mine my engine. hung The fellow. and you came and how close a shave I had shall see how at all. acting on side stepped to my and to his undoing. and I all the time that I could gain.
following with a shot as I paid no atten tion to his hail. He my compass for me. and a voice roared out a command to halt. and bidding each other farewell we rose together and sped in the direction of the pal ace which lay in the route which reach Helium. safely I lost no time in explanations. and later by a swift cruiser carrying a . Kantos Kan dropped quickly into the darkness. while I rose steadily and at terrific speed raced through the Martian sky followed by a dozen of the air-scout craft which had joined the pursuit.LOST IN THE SKY of the roof city far I dove down into the streets of the air patrol. below the plane usually occupied by the In less than a minute I was settling upon the roof of our apartment beside the astonished Kantos Kan. throwing its piercing searchlight full upon my craft. It was decided that I was to make Helium was then while Kantos Kan was set to enter the palace and dispatch Sab Than. but plunged diately into a discussion of our plans for the imme imme try to diate future. a clever fastly fixed device which will remain stead upon any given point on the surface of Barsoom. I must take to As we neared the high tower a patrol shot down from above. to follow little If successful he me.
which is known only to the navy of Helium. I managed to elude their search I I lights most of the time. but ground by these tactics. but I must have been very close to the ground when I started to rise [278J . Kantos Kan had shown me a trick of gearing. now rising and now falling.A PRINCESS OF MARS hundred men and a battery of rapid-fire guns. and with a sickening plunge she hurtled through" the dark night. As I bullets sped through the air the screeching of the around me convinced me that only by a cast. and so was also losing decided to hazard everything on a straight-away course and leave the result to fate and the speed of my machine. miracle could I escape. so that I felt sure I could distance my pursuers if I could dodge their projectiles for a few moments. By twisting and turning my little machine. and I was just con gratulating myself on well-directed shot my lucky escape. but the die was and throwing on full speed I raced a straight course toward Helium. cruiser exploded at the prow of my little downward far I fell The concussion nearly capsized her. Gradually I left my pursuers further and further behind. How before I regained control of the plane I do not know. when a from the craft. that greatly increased the speed of our machines.
LOST IN THE SKY again. and then that a found to my fragment of the projectile had utterly destroyed ometer. as I plainly heard the squealing of animals below me. in between four and five hours. as that alone of all Barsoomian metropolises consists in two immense circular walled cities about seventy- five miles apart and would have been easily dis-  . Helium a thousand miles southwest of Zodanga. Not ible until their lights were no longer discern did I venture to flach I my little lamp upon my consternation compass. evidently in search of me. city Presently a great showed below me. saw that they were land pursuers. my It only guide. finally and ing. however. and with my compass intact I should have made the trip. but it was not Helium. as well as my speed was true I could follow the stars in the general direction of Helium. As it turned out. for Rising again I scanned the heavens my lights making out their far behind me. but without know it ing the exact location of the city or the speed at which I was traveling lies my chances for finding were slim. morning found me speeding over a vast expanse of dead sea bottom after nearly six hours of con tinuous flight at high speed. barring accidents.
marks her sister. one of vivid scarlet rising nearly a mile into the air from the center of one of the cities. west. Believing that I had come too far to the north and tion. while the other. of bright yellow a-nd of the same height. another distinguishing feature is the two immense towers. I turned back in a southeasterly direc passing during the forenoon several other cities. but none resembling the description which Kantos Kan had given me of Helium. t28oj .A PRINCESS OF MARS tinguishable from the altitude at which I was flying. In large addition to the twin-city formation of Helium.
and so I with good chances of dying struck the ground with drawn I could. among warriors who had not seen my I fell approach so busily were they engaged in life and death struggles. As my machine sank among them that in it I realized was fight or die. any event. The men were fighting on foot with long-swords. and came as Iskimmed upon out full several thousand green warriors engaged in a terrific bat tle. and with the almost unfailing accuracy of their aim my little craft was instantly a ruined wreck. Scarcely had I seen them than a volley of shots was directed at me. long-sword ready to defend myself as . almost directly in the center of the fierce combat. while an occasional shot from a sharpshooter on the outskirts of the conflict would bring down a warrior who might for an instant separate himself from the entangled mass. sinking erratically to the ground.CHAPTER XXIV TARS TARKAS FINDS A FRIEND noon I ABOUT of city passed low over a great dead ancient across the plain beyond I Mars.
and as I glanced at his I fell beside a fierce face. md whom I rec The mighty ognized as Warhoons. He gave me one look. nor was there opportunity." He said no more. fellow made quick work of one of them. and a slight smile touched grim lips as. I had accounted for one of them when the mighty Thark regained hU feet and quickly settled the other. and Tars Tarkas at the and would have been gathered to his fathers in short order had I not sprung before his prostrate form and engaged his adversaries. Quick as lightning they were upon him. filled with the light of battle. I think I have learned that there is such a thing as friend ship. and just then the three warrriors opposing him. touching my shoulder. He did not see me. John Carter. "I would scarcely recognize you. I rec ognized Tars Tarkas the Thark. charged simultaneously. he said. and my friend.  . for the Warhoons were closing in about us. but in stepping back for another thrust he fell over a dead body behind him and was down mercy of his foes in an instant. as I was a trifle behind him.A PRINCESS OF MARS huge monster who was engaged with three antagonists. but there is no other mortal upon Barsoom who his would have done what you have for me.
"Tal Hajus knows that you  are here. as Tars Tarkas later told me. our return to the city after the battle we had gone directly to Tars Tarkas' quarters. loving Woola. in that and upon the three thousand dead. shoulder to shoulder. of battle lay Neither side asked or gave field On nor did they attempt to take prisoners. He had found his way back to Thark and. had gone immediately to my former quarters where he had taken up hopeless watch for his pathetic and seemingly my return.TARS TARKAS FINDS A FRIEND together all we fought. It was Woola faithful. and the gathering darkness. Ten thousand men had been engaged titanic struggle. where I was left alone while the chieftain attended the customary council which immediately follows an engagement. hot afternoon. John . and as I glanced up there rushed suddenly upon me a huge and hideous creature which bore me backward upon the pile of silks and furs upon which I had been reclining. quarter. until the tide of bat tle turned and the remnant of the fell fierce Warhoon fled into horde back upon their thoats. As rior I I sat awaiting the return of the green war heard something move in an adjoining apart ment. during that long.
and that if strenuously. Tars Tarkas ? " I asked. we must start. "Sarkoja saw and recognized you as we were returning. and it may be that tonight you can have the chance you wait. should chance to have the opportunity [Tal have so long waited of battling with Hajus. While we were eating I repeated to Tars Tarkas the story which Sola had told me that night upon the sea bottom during the march to Thark. and I will accompany you to Tars ithe nearest waterway that leads to Helium." "We will stay. but he can be a friend as well." " And when you return. thoats. you may take your choice from among them. have ten John Carter. possibly. Tal Hajus has ordered I me to bring you before him tonight." he "Unless I I replied. or worse." said Tars Tarkas. (tonight.A PRINCESS OF MARS Carter. "The wild calots. You shall and see Tal Hajus not sacrifice yourself. fTarkas .  . Tars Tarkas." Tal Hajus often flew into wild fits of passion at the mere thought of the blow I had dealt him. on his return from the jeddak's quarters. saying that He objected ever he laid his hands upon jected to the me I would be sub most horrible tortures. Come. may be a cruel green warrior.
Come. Sarkoja.'*  . Having heard that he would do this on the mor row. only saying that he would like to He speak to Sarkoja first. I thought it only right to warn you. Sarkoja. " forty years ago in instrumental were bringing about the tor you ture and death of a woman named Gozava. but the great muscles of his worked in passion and in agony at recollec in all his cold. The river Iss is but a short pil grimage. it is not is nothing to prevent him tying one end of a strap about your neck and the other end to a wild thoat. has learned of your part in the trans He may not kill you. tion of the horrors which had been heaped upon the only thing he had ever loved cruel. merely to test your >ur custom. but there and help perpetuate our race. " have that just discovered that the warrior who loved woman action.TARS TARKAS FINDS A FRIEND He face said but little. terrible existence. for I fitness to survive am a just man. At his request I accompanied him to her quarters. no longer demurred when I suggested that we go before Tal Hajus. John Carter." said Tars Tarkas. I Sarkoja. and the look of cast venomous hatred she upon me was almost this accidental return to adequate recompense for any future misfortunes Thark might bring me.
and I so." exclaimed Lorquas Who are you to set aside the customs among "Yes. ing. the Tharks. at least. "We who it is dares strike the mighty Tal . Gag the crea ture and bind him as I command. to his pres where we were immediately admitted ence.  . Heat the irons with my own hands I shall burn the eyes from his head that he may not pollute my person with his vile gaze." " justice! echoed a dozen voices.A PRINCESS OF MARS The next morning Sarkoja was gone. he could scarcely wait to see me and was standing erect at the entrance as I upon came his in." Silence. " Tal Hajus. In silence we hastened to the jeddak's palace. "I have been a chief among you. nor was she ever seen after. turning to the assembled council and ignoring Tal Hajus." roared " Ptomel. You claim " " to be just people Tal Hajus." I cried." " Chieftains of Thark." he shrieked. continued. I You owe me. a hear have won that much today. and today I have fought for Thark shouMer to shoulder with her greatest warrior. of ages "Justice. platform glowering "Strap him to that shall see pillar. while Tal Hajus fumed and frothed. Hajus. in fact.
sug It but remains for this council to command. little He rends defenseless women fight and children in his lair. but the blotchy green of his coun tenance turned lips. " You he was not there. with how recently has men? Why.TARS TARKAS FINDS A FRIEND and you love bravery. Is it of such that the Tharks fashion their jeddaks? There stands beside me and a noble sounds. and the froth froze upon his  . Tal and Hajus must prove his fitness to rule. With my knows it. and he silence. as all After I ceased there was tense eyes were riveted upon Tal Hajus. livid. a mighty warrior Chieftains. Were he a brave man he would invite Tars Tarkas to " combat. but Tal Hajus is afraid. bare hands I could kill him. but one of you seen him I. He did not speak or move. even him with a single a midget beside him." Tal Hajus. Tars Tarkas. how dak of Thark?" A roar of deep-toned applause greeted this gestion. for he does not love him. felled blow of my fist. was but where your mighty jeddak during the fight did not see him in the thick of bat I ? ing today are a brave people tle . is a coward. Jed- now man. your jeddak. a great Thark.
as Seeing the favorable disposition of the warriors toward Tars Tarkas. and. the jeddak. Tal Hajus. There could wait be but one answer to this arraignment. His first act was to tain with the rank I first make me a full-fledged chief had won by my combats the few weeks of my captivity among them. alternative." hard voice.'A PRINCESS OF MARS said Lorquas Ptomel in a cold. in "Tal Hajus. The combat was soon over." And still Tal Hajus stood as though pet " shall rified. Tars Tarkas became jeddak among the Tharks." continued Lorquas Ptomel. as well grasped the opportunity to enlist against Zodanga.  . in I them my cause my to adventures. We it. "nev^ my long life have I seen a jeddak of the Tharks so humiliated. and in I Tars Tarkas the story of a few words had explained in him the thought had mind. There was no final. with his foot upon the neck of the dead monster. and twenty swords flashed high in assent. " Chieftains. prove " over Tars Tarkas ? his fitness to rule There were twenty chieftains about the rostrum. I told toward me. That decree was and so Tal Hajus drew his long-sword and advanced to meet Tars Tarkas.
I shall put it to you briefly." he said. "John Carter suggests that we rescue her and return her to Helium. and before another half hour had passed twenty mounted messengers were speeding across dead sea bottoms to call the hordes together for the expedition. they rose to the bait as a speckled trout to a For Tharks they were wildly enthusiastic. What say you?" It was a chance to fight. the Princess of Helium. to save her country whose son she must wed devastation at the hands of the Zodangan forces. is who was our from now held by the jeddak of Zodanga. "which meets with my sanction. The loot of Zodanga would be magnificent.TARS TARKAS FINDS A FRIEND "John Carter has made a proposal. Dejah Thoris. and fly. In three days we were on the march toward Zodanga. addressing the council. and I have often thought that had we an alliance with the people of Helium we could obtain sufficient assurance of sustenance to permit us to increase the size and frequency of our hatch ings. as Tars  . and thus become unquestionably supreme among the green men of all Barsoom. one hundred thousand strong. prisoner. an opportunity to loot.
After me I dragged six lengths of leather from an equal number of my warriors. I dropped the remaining thirty feet to the pavement below. I had learned from Kantos Kan the secret of opening these gates. lowering No one was myself to the end of my leather strap. and passing one end to the topmost warrior I lowered the other end cautiously over the opposite side of the wall toward the avenue below. so. found to my delight that I had entered at the lower boundary of the enormous palace grounds. with ten warriors. and with bound from the broad broad shoulders of the highest clutched the top of the its great wall and quietly drew myself to expanse. The head of the topmost warrior towered over forty feet from the ground. building itself The showed in the distance a blaze  .'* PRINCESS OF MARS to climb upon the shoulders of the upper two. and in another moment my twenty great fighting men stood within the doomed city of I Zodanga. In this way. Then I starting from a short dis tier tance behind them ran swiftly up from one a final I to the next. in sight. I built a series of three steps from the ground to the shoulders of the topmost man. These lengths we had previously fastened together.
with word of my inten ordered ten warriors to capture and open one of the great gates while with the nine remain ing I took the other. Our plans worked to perfection. The two sentries we met were dispatched to their upon the banks of the lost sea of Korus.TARS TARKAS FINDS A FRIEND of glorious light. We were to do our work fired quietly. Dispatching one of my men to Tars Tarkas for a detail of tions. while the balance of the great horde was attacking the barracks of the soldiery. I fifty Tharks. and the guards at both gates followed them in fathers silence. and on the instant I determined to lead a detachment of warriors directly within the palace itself. no shots were to be until I and no general ad vance made had reached the palace with my fifty Tharks. .
The immense hall was crowded with women. to the palace walls. the me considerable trouble. however. as in progress.CHAPTER XXV THE LOOTING OF ZODANGA ASmy them the great gate where I stood fifty swung open I led Tharks. headed by Tars Tarkas himself. At one end of the chamber. but I finally it was rewarded by seeing hinges. gate gave Once inside. and so I came close and peered fact that the city within. As we approached the palace the great liantly I windows of the first floor into the bril illuminated audience chamber of Than nobles Kosis. which I negotiated easily without assistance. to the and palace walls were considered impregnable. I presume. swing upon its huge and soon my fierce escort was riding across could see through the gardens of the jeddak of Zodanga. upon massive golden [294J . rode in upon their mighty thoats. due. and tion their though some important func was There was not a guard in sight without the palace.
but presently  . Directly behind these officers came four others carrying a similar salver which supported the magnificent ornaments of a prince and prin cess of the reigning house of At the foot of the throne these Zodanga. two parties sep arated and halted. the head of a procession which advanced to the foot of the throne. Kosis addressed the couple standing before hear his words. and the officers of the palace and of the army. facing Than Kosis. finally two so that not a feature of either was discern ible. aisle lined surrounded by officers and dig Before them stretched a broad side with soldiery.VHE LOOTING OF ZODANGA thrones encrusted with diamonds. These two stopped at the foot of the throne. Then came more dignitaries. upon a cushion of scarlet a great golden chain with a collar and padlock at each end. figures entirely muffled in scarlet and silk. on either and as I looked there entered this aisle at the far end of the hall. reposed. nitaries of state. facing each other at opposite sides of the aisle. First there dak's marched four officers of the jedGuard bearing a huge salver on which silk. sat Than Kosis and his consort. When the balance of the pro cession had entered and assumed I could not their stations Than him.
headed by Tars Tarkas himself. I led easily without assistance. rode in upon their to the palace walls. due. Once however. which I negotiated inside. but I finally it was rewarded by seeing hinges. and so I came close and peered fact that the city within. and soon swing upon its huge my fierce escort was riding across could see through the gardens of the jeddak of Zodanga. I presume. The immense hall was crowded with nobles women. and tion their was some important func There was not a guard in sight without the palace.CHAPTER XXV THE LOOTING OF ZODANGA ASmy them gate the great gate where fifty I stood swung open Tharks. At one end of the chamber. upon massive golden [294J . mighty thoats. as though in progress. the gave me considerable trouble. to the and palace walls were considered impregnable. As we approached the palace the great liantly I windows of the first floor into the bril illuminated audience chamber of Than Kosis.
officers of the palace and of the army. nitaries of state. on either side with and as I looked there entered this aisle at the far end of the hall. Then came more dignitaries. When the balance of the pro had entered and assumed I could not their stations Than him. two parties sep arated and halted. Kosis addressed the couple standing before hear his words. facing cession Than Kosis. figures entirely muffled in scarlet finally two so that not a feature of either was discern ible.VHE LOOTING OF ZODANGA thrones encrusted with diamonds. Directly behind these officers came four others carrying a similar salver which supported the magnificent ornaments of a prince and prin cess of the reigning house of At the foot of the throne these Zodanga. First there marched four a officers of the jed- dak's Guard bearing huge salver on which silk. facing each other at opposite sides of the aisle. reposed. and the and silk. These two stopped at the foot of the throne. aisle lined surrounded by officers and dig Before them stretched a broad soldiery. the head of a procession which advanced to the foot of the throne. but presently  . sat Than Kosis and his consort. upon a cushion of scarlet a great golden chain with a collar and padlock at each end.
I shattered the glass and. and as he stood riveted with surprise I brought my long-sword  .A PRINCESS OF MARS two officers advanced and removed the figures. It was an impressive and beautiful ceremony. who stood revealed before me. Kan had failed in his mission. The object of the ceremony me. from which the officers silks. but to me it seemed the most fiendish sight I had ever witnessed. I presume. scarlet robe from one of the and I saw that Kantos was Sab Than. hands of Than Kosis I raised my long-sword above my head. and as the ornaments were adjusted upon her beautiful figure and her collar of gold in the swung open hilt. springing the padlock fast. with the heavy of the great window and sprang into the midst of the astonished assem blage. in another moment Dejah Thoris would be joined forever to the Prince of Zodanga. Princess of Helium. a set of the ornaments col Than Kosis now took from one of the salvers and placed one of the lars of gold about his son's neck. disclosing to now removed the enshrouding my now comprehending view was clear to Dejah Thoris. for it Prince of Zodanga. After a few more words addressed to Sab Than he turned to the other figure. With a bound I was on the steps of the platform beside Than Kosis.
cry of alarm and amazement broke from the assemblage. Sab Than Thrusting headlong from the plat form.." I cried. was confusion. I could and grasping my my heart I dagger flew toward held him as though in a vise and with his wrist as the long-sword pointed to the far end of the hall. I drew Dejah Thoris to my side. In an instant we were engaged. with drawn long-sword. have killed him as easily as I might a fly. and there.  . entrance-way rode Tars Tarkas and his riors war A on their great thoats. and Sab Than sprang upon me with a jeweled dagger he had drawn from his nuptial ornaments. but no word of fear. Behind the throne was a narrow doorway and in this Than I Kosis now stood facing me. but the age-old custom of Barsoom stayed my hand. and found no mean antagonist. and in a moment the soldiers and nobles of Zodanga were hurling themselves upon the advancing Tharks.THE LOOTING OF ZODANGA down upon the golden Dejah Thoris In an instant all chain that would have bound to another. a thousana drawn swords menaced me from every quarter. "Look!" forging through the portals of the fifty All eyes turned in the direction I had indicated. "Zodanga has fallen.
when several more rushed to the aid of their new ruler. but the officers realized my intentions. and to avenge the death of the old. I fought once again for Dejah Thoris. As father rolled dead upon the floor the new jed tore himself free dak from Dejah Thoris' grasp. He was soon officers. sprang before him and then spot that his my Dejah Thoris sword found the made Sab Than jeddak of Zodanga.A PRINCESS OF MARS As we circled upon the broad platform I saw Sab Than rushing up the steps to aid his father. but. and three of them sprang in behind me and blocked  . my last chance to win the woman I My blade was swinging with the rapidity of lightning as I sought to parry the thrusts and cuts of my opponents. Kill her I Kill her I" Calling to Dejah Thoris to get behind me I worked my way toward the little doorway back of the throne. Two I had disarmed. I was hard pressed to defend myself and yet not strike down Sab Than and. loved. with him. it is her plot. with my back against a golden throne. and one was down. and again we faced each other. As they advanced there were cries of "The woman! The woman! Strike her down. joined by a quartet of and. as he raised his hand to strike.
and when the fighting ceased it was because only Tharks remained alive in the great hall. of the Zodangans was awe-inspir not one attempted to escape. and so he hewed a in another moment he stood upon the platform beside me.THE LOOTING OF ZODANGA my chances for gaming a position where I could have defended Dejah Thoris against an army of swordsmen. and I began to realize that nothing short of a miracle could save Dejah Thoris and myself. Sab Than lay dead beside his father. dealing death and destruction right and left. other than Dejah Thoris and myself. and leaving Dejah Thoris in took a dozen warriors and hastened to the dungeons beneath the palce. and the corpses of the flower of Zodangan nobility and chivalry covered the floor of the bloody shambles. My first thought when the charge of Tars Tarkas I battle was over was for Kantos Kan. laid a With one swing of his dozen corpses at his pathway before him until mighty long-sword he feet. The bravery ing. The Tharks were having their hands full in the center of the room. when I saw Tars Tarkas surging through the crowd of pigmies that swarmed about him. to join the fighters in tfcrt The jailers had all left  .
He told me that the had captured him before he reached the high tower of the palace. I called Kantos Kan's name aloud in each new corridor and compartment. Guided by the sound.throne room. and act as Tars Tarkas hastened away without. so. in the throne cell and of his chains. at his suggestion I returned to search the bodies on the floor above for keys to open the padlocks of his Fortunately his jailer. firing. the green warriors to direct the fighting Kantos Kan accompanied him to commencing a thorough  . guide. so that he had not even seen Sab Than. in a He was overjoyed at seeing me. among the first I examined I found and soon we had Kantos Kan with u room. and to know the meaning of the fight. The and sounds of heavy cries. we soon found him helpless daYk recess. so we searched the labyrinthine prison without opposition. faint echoes of which had reached air patrol his prison cell. We discovered that to cut it would be futile to attempt away the bars and chains which held him prisoner. and finally I was rewarded by hearing a faint response. came to us from the mingled with shouts city's streets.
" I replied "It was not who did it. it was love. Carter. " turned to her she greeted me with a wan Was there ever such a that it man " I she exclaimed." things in I returned. " I know Barsoom has never before seen yeur be that all like. a power that would work greater miracles than this you have seen." A pretty flush overspread her face and she answered. threatened. She had sunk into one of the golden thrones. for I am free. Ca-n Earth men are as you? in all : Alone. "You may say that now. hunted. persecuted. love for Dejah Thoris." Mar "The answer smiling. too late. is easy.THE LOOTING OF ZODANGA search of the palace for other Zodangans and for loot. and I ere it is again " I have done many strange things that wiser in my life. John may listen. I Dejah Thoris. you have done in a few short months what the past ages of Barsoom no man has ever done to fight as allies of a red joined together the wild hordes of the sea bottoms and brought them tian people." "And more still I have to say. many men would not have dared. I and as smile. and Dejah Thoris and I were left alone. but never my wildest . a stranger.
and so arms and kissed her. with death and destruction reaping their terrible harvest around her. I took her in my And filled thus in the midst of a city of wild conflict. did Dejah Thoris. with the alarms of war." she replied. but that you are you is enough to make me doubt my sanity as I ask you. to be mine. Gentleman of .A PRINCESS OF MARS fancies have I dreamed of winning for never had I for myself a Dejah Thoris dreamed that in all the universe dwelt such a woman as the Princess of Helium. the self in God of War." " He does not need to be abashed who so well knew the answer to his plea before the plea were irade.Virginia. Princess of Helium. promise her marriage to John Carter. true daughter of Mars.  . rising and placing her dear hands upon my shoulders. That you are a princess does not abash me. my princess.
Five hours later we sailed from the roofs of the dock buildings with a fleet of fifty two hundred and one hundred fleet battleships. from Several battle had escaped. of Behind us we left the stricken city in the fierce gretf x and brutal clutches of some forty thousand  . so it was decided that we collect what warriors we could. man as lesser hordes The many vessels as possible with Zodangan prisoners and make for Helium without further loss of time. but there were thousands of war and merchant vessels under guard of Thark ships warriors. had commenced looting and quarreling among themselves. carrying nearly thousand green warrjors. destroyed Her forces were within.CHAPTER XXVI ! THROUGH CARNAGE TO JOY later Tars Tarkas and Kantos SOMETIME Kan returned was to be expected to report that Zodanga had been completely reduced. followed by a transports with our thoats. entirely no further or and resistance captured.
With their uncanny marksmanship they raked the on-coming fleet with volley after volley. The banners of Helium had been strung from stem to stern of each of our mighty craft. perceiving that we were friends. sent out hundreds of vessels to aid twin cities The us. since their batteries were useless the hands of the Tharks who. and advanced to meet us. and fighting amongst themselves. and then began the first real air battle I had were ever witnessed. The vessels carrying our green warriors fleets kept circling above the contending of Helium in and Zodanga. murdering.  . They were looting. In a hundred places they had applied the torch.A PRINCESS OF MARS warriors of the lesser hordes. and columns of dense smoke were rising above the city as though to blot out from the eye of heaven the horrid sights beneath. having no navy. scarlet In the middle of the afternoon we sighted the and yellow towers of Helium. for our green Martian warriors had opened fire upon them almost as they left the ground. but the Zodangans did not need this sign to realize that we were enemies. of Helium. and a short fleet time later a great of Zodangan battleships rose from the camps of the besiegers without the city.
Their smallarm however. the little figures of almost completely burying herself of the ancient sea bottom. the battleships of Helium succeeded in rising above the Zodangans. and with redoubled ferocity they upon the Zodangan fleet.THROUGH CARNAGE TO JOY * i have no fire. the two forces circled at the At other. and the final influ outcome of the engagement was strongly enced. Several others  . pouring broadside after broadside into each Presently a great hole was torn in the hull of one of the immense battle craft from the Zodan- gan camp with . Then. if not wholly determined. by their presence. and in a short time a number of the beleaguering battleships were drifting hopeless wrecks toward the high scarlet tower of greater Helium. her crew plunging. one by one. a lurch she turned completely over. skill in naval gunnery. was most effective. first same alti tude. in the soft loam A fell wild cry of exultation arose from the Hel- iumite squadron. from which they poured upon them from their keel bomb batteries a perfect torrent of exploding bombs. then with sickening velocity she tore after them. turning and twisting toward the ground a thousand feet below. By a pretty maneu ver two of the vessels of Helium gained a posi tion above their adversaries.
One after another the brave fellows.A PRINCESS OF MARS attempted to escape. thus indicating the sur render of the remaining vessels. the result of an ageold custom which demanded that surrender should be signalized by the voluntary plunging to earth of the commander of the vanquished vessel. did the fighting cease. but they were soon surrounded by thousands of tiny individual fliers. and the remaining vessels of risen to moment the conquered Zodangans were headed toward the cities of Helium under prize crews. and above each hung a monster battleship of Helium ready to drop boarding parties upon their decks. leaped from the towering bows of their mighty craft to an awful death. and flagship of Helium's when she was within hailing dis*  . We now signaled the to approach. side to the sur There was an extremely pathetic render of these mighty fliers. Not until the commander of the entire fleet took the fearful plunge. holding their colors high above their heads. Within but little more than an hour from the the victorious Zodangan squadron had meet us from the camp of the besiegers the battle was over. and the useless sacrifice of brave men come navy to an end.
crowding about him. and a Princess of moment later the colors of the Helium broke from a hundred points upon her upper works. who advanced to meet them. When the other vessels of the squadron caught the meaning of the signals flashed them they took up the wild acclaim and unfurled her colors in the gleaming sunlight. but at sight of Kantos Kan. "Lay your hands upon the shoulder of John  . for they were men high in the esteem and service of her grand father. and that we wished to transfer her to the flagship that she might be taken imme tance I called out that diately to the city. As their aston gaze fell upon the hundreds of green warriors. Dejah Thoris and I then advanced. they came shelters. and they had no eyes for other than her.THROUGH CARNAGE TO JOY we had the Princess Dejah Thoris on board. and as she gracefully to and touched our side a dozen ished sprang upon our decks. She received them gracefully. The swung officers flagship bore down upon us. calling each by name. they forward. As in the full import of my announcement bore upon them a great cry arose from the decks of the flagship. and she knew them well. who now came forth from the fighting stopped aghast.
the Tharks are extremely formal. but what seemed them most was that Tharks in had won the aid for the liber of the fierce my campaign ation of Dejah Thoris. "You owe your thanks more to another man I said. forces of the besieging Zodan- gans to account and I would not leave Tars Tarkas until that had been accomplished. Tars Tsrkas." They were very to impress courteous to me and I said many kind and complimentary things. to my sur was he much behind them in ease of bearing or in courtly speech. Though not a garrulous race. turning toward me. but." she said to them. we still had the land for. and their ways lend themselves amazingly to dignified and courtly manners. Thark. meet one of Barsoom's greatest soldiers and statesmen.  . nor." "and here he is." With marked the their same polished courtesy that had manner toward me they extended their greetings to the great prise. as I explained to her. and the relief of Helium. than to me. Dejah Thoris went aboard the flagship. "the man to whom Helium owes her princess as well as her victory today. and was much put out that I would not follow. Jeddak of Thark. the battle was but partly won .A PRINCESS OF MARS Carter.
but there was noth ing else for it. accepted this as the signal to charge.THROUGH CARNAGE TO JOY The commander of attack attack.  . and after darkness J down they withdrew. In the distance lay our fleet of transports. As soon as the last thoat was unloaded Tars Tarkas gave the command to advance. the naval forces of promised to arrange to have the Helium armies of Helium with our land from the city in conjunction and so the in vessels separated and Dejah triumph back to the court of her grandfather. however. beasts was necessary to lower the animals to the ground in slings and this work occupied the re It mainder of the day and half the night. where they had Thoris was borne remained during the stages it battle. About tered their outposts and. Tardos Mors. Jeddak of Helium. With wild. with the thoats of the green warriors. and in three parties we crept upon the Zodangan camp shut from the north. Without landing was to be a difficult matter to unload these upon the open plain. as from the main camp we encoun had been prearranged. Twice we were attacked by parties of Zodangan cavalry but with little loss. the south a mile and the east. and so we put out for a point about ten miles from the city and began the task.
and once more the mighty thoats bore their terrible riders against the ramparts of the enemy. Just at noon line we heard heavy firing all along the between the Zodangans and the cities. but found a well-entrenched battle line confronting us. and we knew then that our much-needed reinforcements had come. At the same moment the battle line of Helium surged over the opposite breastworks of the Zodangans and in another moment they were being crushed as between two millstones. . after time Time I we were repulsed until. a began to fear for the result of the battle. We did not catch them napping. but in vain. where- ever stretched their ribbon-like waterways.A PRINCESS OF MARS ferocious cries and amidst the nasty squealing of battle-enraged thoats we bore down upon the Zodangans. The Zodangans numbered fighting nearly million men. nor could we receive any word from them. Nobly they fought. gathered from pole to pole. toward noon. Again Tars Tarkas ordered the charge. while pitted against them were less than a hundred thou had not sand green warriors. The forces from Helium arrived.
among which were the women and few men whose duties necessitated that they remain within the city less were greeted with an end during the battle. platinum. marched back greater city's gates. My fierce Tharks caused the wildest excitement and enthusiasm. silver. and that they came now as friends and allies filled the red men with rejoicing. Never before had an armed body of green warriors entered the gates of Helium. for even in the face of the ferocious ap pearance of Woola the populace pressed close about me. . round of applause and showered with orna We ments of gold. to Helium. a huge triumphal procession of conquering heroes. The broad avenues were lined with children.THROUGH CARNAGE TO JOY The finally plain before the city became a veritable the prisoners were shambles ere the last Zodangan surrendered. The city had gone mad with joy. and precious jewels. but and we entered the the carnage ceased. and by the loads of ornaments that were fastened upon me and my That my poor services to huge thoat as we passed up the avenues to the palace. Dejah Thoris had become known to the Heliumites was evidenced by the loud crying of my name.
He tall. At the top of the great steps leading up to the main portals of the palace stood the royal party. dismount and accompany them to receive from Tardos Mors an expression of his gratitude for our services. I did not need to be told that he The first was Tardos Mors." returned Tars Tarkas. "That Tardos Mors." "Jeddak of Helium. superbly muscled and with the carriage and bearing of a ruler of men. Jeddak of Helium. together with myself. "may living warrior of Barsoom is a priceless honor. was an almost straight as perfect specimen of manhood." he meet the greatest said. but that he may lay his hand on the shoulder of a friend and ally is a far greater boon. earnestly. and as we reached the lower steps one of their number descended to meet us.A PRINCESS OF MARS As we approached this magnificent pile we were met by a party of officers who greeted us warmly and requested that Tars Tarkas and his jeds with the jeddaks and jeds of his wild allies. member of our party he met was Tars his first Tarkas and words sealed forever the new friendship between the races. " it has remained for a man of another world to teach the green warriors of Barsoom the meaning F3I2] . an arrow.
and without one word of oppoHelium. "that you are granted. affected by the meeting than had dozen times to express his gratitude to me. nor could he think of what she had escaped without deep emotion. as I was to later tried a He learn. He had followed close behind Tardos Mors and seemed even more his father." he said. was remarkable even upon war In common with all Helium he worshiped his daughter. yes. to him we owe the fact that the hordes of Thark can understand you. and yet he had. gladly. the son. most precious jewel in all is sufficient on all Barsoom. Jed of lesser Helium. and to each spoke words of' friendship and appreciation. earnest of my esteem." Tardos Mors then greeted eaich of the green yeddaks and jeds. As he approached me he laid both hands upon my shoulders. my sition. a reputation for ferocity and fearlessness as a fighter that like Barsoom." We were then presented to Mors Kajak. that they can appreciate and reciprocate the sentiments so graciously expressed. . "Welcome. and father of Dejah Thoris. but his voice choked with emotion and he could not speak.THROUGH CARNAGE TO JOY of friendship.
For nine years I served in the councils and fought in the armies of Helium as a prince of the house of Tardos Mors. her father. her as his daughter.CHAPTER XXVII FROM JOY TO DEATH were feasted and entertained. later. Three weeks Mors Kajak and accompanied by Tars Tarkas and Sola. they started on the return journey to their own lands. loaded with costly presents and escorted by ten thousand soldiers of Helium commanded by wild allies FOR ten days the hordes of Thark and their Kajak. then. Sola also accompanied Tars Tarkas. The people seemed never  . returned upon a battleship that had been dispatched to Thark to fetch them in time for the ceremony which made Dejah Thoris and John Carter one. who before all his chieftains had acknowledged his officers. The jed of lesser Helium with a small party of nobles accompanied them all Mors the way to Thark to cement more closely the new bonds of peace and friendship. and.
FROM JOY TO DEATH upon me. the incomparable Dejah Thoris. Flashing the signals which proclaimed patch bearer for the jeddak. was in the city that and not a day passed when Dejah Thoris and I did not little 5tand hand in hand before our shrine plan ning for the future. but significance to so we attached no special common a sight. break. In the distance we saw the bright-white light of an approaching airship. when the delicate shell should Vivid night as in my memory is the picture of the last we sat there talking in low tones of the lives strange romance which had woven our together and of this wonder which was coming to augment our happiness and fulfill our hopes. Like a bolt of its iightning it raced toward Helium until very speed bespoke the unusual. years ten soldiers stantly stood over I For nearly five of the jeddak's Guard had con it. and no day passed that did not bring some new proof of their to tire of heaping honors love for my princess. it it a dis circled impatiently awaiting the tardy patrol boat which must convoy it to the palace docks. . In a golden incubator upon the roof of our palace lay a snow-white egg.
On the raised platform of the throne was Tar- dos Mors. in fact the work has already little commenced." he "word reached the several governments of Barsoom that the keeper of the atmosphere plant had made no wireless report for two days. said. " I do not need to tell you what this means to Barsoom. "The ambassadors of the other nations asked us to take the matter in ant keeper to the plant. but . It would take months to- penetrate those mighty walls. which I found filling with the members of that body. nor had almost ceaseless calls upon him from a score of capitals elicited a sign of response. When all were in their seats he turned toward us. and there would be the engine of the to fear it were pumping plant to run as should and as they all have for hundreds of years. pacing back and forth with tense-drawn face. which was found in the pits beneath his house horribly mutilated by some assassin.A PRINCESS OF MARS Ten minutes after it touched at the palace a message called me to the council chamber. just now one of them returns bearing his dead body. ers hand and hasten the assist All day a thousand cruis have been searching for him until. "This morning.
it have been very happy. of Helium have prided themselves that they have ever shown Barsoom how a nation of red men should live. "we have at best three days to live. we fear. and then a young noble arose. now is our opportunity to "The men show them how they should lay before us. "We " said. and with his drawn sword held high above his head addressed Tardos Mors." he concluded.FROM JOY TO DEATH the worst." all parts of Barsoom "My gentlemen. has happened." she and I thank whatever fate overtakes us chat permits us to die together. Let us go about still our duties as though a thousand useful years applause and as there was nothing better to do than to allay the fears The chamber rang with of the people by our example we went our ways with smiles upon our faces and sorrow gnawing at our hearts." die. told her all that I had heard. When I returned to my palace I found that the so I rumor already had reached Dejah Thoris. John Carter. The instru ments show a rapidly decreasing air pressure on the engine has stopped." There was absolute silence for several minutes." .
had ceased. for he pressed close to Dejah Thoris and to me. however. as the awe of the when we conversed at all. men and women gave the day way to quiet grief. We con versed in low tones. The little incubator had been brought from the over roof of our palace at request of Dejah Thoris and she little life sat gazing longingly upon the unknown that now she would never know. but on the morning of the difficult at third day breathing became the higher altitudes of the roof tops. grim shadow of death crept Even Woola seemed to feel the weight us. bravely into the face For the most part the people looked of their unalterable doom. of the impending calamity. . Toward the middle of weaker commenced to the people of many of the succumb and within an hour sinking by thousands Barsoom were into the unconsciousness which precedes death by asphyxiation.A PRINCESS OF MARS The in the next two days brought no noticeable change supply of air. Here and there. whining pitifully. The avenues and plazas All business of Helium were filled with people. Dejah Thoris and I with the other members of the royal family ha3 collected in a sunken garden within an inner court-yard of the palace.
" There is. to all appearances she was lifeless.was becoming perceptibly breathe Tardos Mors arose. eyes opened and looked into mine. It is the end." I cried. The days of the greatness of Barsoom are over. and laid his strong hand upon the shoulders of the men. love you "I of you be torn apart who were ! I love ! It is cruel that we must life just starting upon a love and happiness. my princess." As me. It shall not be. there must be some way. in I pressed her dear lips to mine the old feel ing of unconquerable power and authority rose in The fighting blood of Virginia sprang to life my " veins." of his family. it As " difficult to Let us bid each other farewell. Her head was drooping upon her I As breast. Tomorrow's sun will look down upon a dead world whicK through all eternity must go swinging through the heavens peopled not even by memories. John Carter. and John Carter. saying. who . With a cry I Her sprang to her and raised her in my arms." she murmured. "Kiss me. He stooped and kissed the women turned sadly from him my eyes fell upon Dejah Thoris.
A PRINCESS OF MARS has fought his way through a strange world for love of you. and in another moment I was headed toward the goal of the hopes of all Barsoom. a guard was racing to the nearest dock and though the air was thin and almost gone at the roof top they managed to launch the fastest one-man. will find it. who would have followed me. but I took a straight course across an old sea  . Jeddak! flier to Quick! Order your swiftest He can save Barsoom yet. I had to fly low to get sufficient air to breathe. air- scout machine that the skill of Barsoom had ever produced. but in an instant the palace top." did not wait to question. "A flier. I bounded with my old and strength to the high ramparts of the palace. Kissing Dejah Thoris a dozen times and com to remain and guard her." And with my words there crept above the thresh. agility manding Woola.old of my conscious mind a series of nine long in the forgotten sounds. Like a flash of lightning purport dawned upon darkness their full me the key to the three great doors of the atmosphere plant 1 Turning suddenly toward Tardos Mors as still I clasped my dying love I to my breast I cried.
and now most of . hour before dark the great walls of the atmosphere plant loomed suddenly before me. I traveled rise only a few feet above with awful velocity for my errand fwas a race against time with death. The face of Dejah Thoris hung always before me. and plunged to the ground before the small door which was withholding the I An with a sickening thud spark of planet. well knew. even to my ornaments. and lying on my belly along the deck with one hand on the steering wheel and the other pushing the speed lever to its last notch I split the thin air of dying Mars with the speed of a meteor. and throwing caution to the winds. if I into the last coma which would end the air supply remained unreplenished.FROM JOY TO DEATH bottom and so had to the ground. life from the inhabitants of an entire Beside the door a great crew of men had been laboring to pierce the wall. so. sink upon the ground That she had dropped in death. As I turned for a last look as I I left the palace garden had seen her stagger and little beside the incubator. but they had scarcely scratched the flint-like surface. I flung overboard everything but the engine and compass.
with a final effort. knees I difficulty that I controlled But.A PRINCESS OF MARS them lay in the last sleep from which not even air would awaken them. as I sank weakly to my hurled the nine thought waves at that awful thing before me. "I can. I was becoming very weak and it was with my mind at all. and to one of these I spoke. Conditions seemed much worse here than at Helium. they are both dead and no one else upon Barthe secret of these awful locks. I attempted to rise and follow it but I was too weak. I can last but a few moments more." he replied. soom knew three days For men crazed with fear have surged its about this portal in vain attempts to solve mystery. The Martian had crawled to my side and with staring eyes fixed on the single panel before us we waited in the silence of death. at all.  . " If I can open these doors " is there a man who can start the engines ? I asked. But it is use less. "if you open quickly. Slowly the mighty door receded before us. and it was with difficulty that I breathed There were a few men still conscious." I had no time to talk.
" I cried to my companion. "and all if you reach the pump room turn loose It is the pumps. morrow! the only chance " I lay I Barsoom has to exist to opened the second door. and as I saw the hope of Bar soom crawling weakly on hands and knees through the last From where doorway I sank unconscious upon the ground. and then the third.  .FROM JOY TO DEATH "After it.
I felt me as I rose to a sitting posture. garments were upon my body. garments that cracked and powdered away from I was dark when stiff ITStrange. myself over from head to foot and from head to foot I was clothed. still figure huddled over a tiny bench.CHAPTER XXVIII AT THE ARIZONA CAVE opened my eyes again. [3^4] . toward the saw that little it was the dead and mummified remains of a the thing it with long black hair. and up what appeared to be a back of which I discovered a strange. Before me was a small patch of moonlit sky which showed through a ragged aperture. parcel of matches wrapped in oiled its One of these matches I struck. As I approached it I dim flame lighted huge cave. little though when I I fell unconscious at the doorway had been naked. As my hands passed over my body they came in contact with pockets and in one of these a small paper. and leaned over was a small charcoal burner old vessel contain woman upon which rested a round copper ing a small quantity of greenish powder.
The upon sight that met my eyes as I stepped out a small ledge filled which ran before the entrance with consternation. glad to escape from so gruesome a place. I could scarce believe truth slowly forced itself my me upon eyes. From the thong which held them stretched another to the dead hand of the little old woman. but the I was look upon Arizona from the same ledge from which ten years before I had gazed with longing upon ing Mars. and stretching entirely across the cave. and sorrowful. It was a most grotesque and horrid tableau I and hastened out into the fresh air. secret. was a row of human skeletons. of the cave me A new heaven and a new landscape met my The silvered mountains in the distance. broken. the almost stationary the cacti-studded moon hanging in the sky. forty-eight million miles  . a noise as of the rustling of dry leaves. valley below me were not of Mars. depending from the roof upon raw hide thongs. gaze. Above me shone her awful the red eye of Mars holding away. down the from the cave. as I touched the cord the skeletons swung to the motion with. Burying my head in my arms trail I turned.AT THE ARIZONA CAFE Behind her.
but what care I for wealth ! As I sit here tonight in my little study over looking the Hudson. or did her beautiful body cold in death beside the tiny golden incubator in the sunken garden of the inner courtyard of the palace of Tardos Mors. I would rather lie dead beside her there than live on Earth terrible miles all those millions of from her. a beautiful black-haired woman standing in the garden of a palace. just twenty years have elapsed since I first I opened my eyes upon Mars. little window by my to and tonight she seems I calling me again as she has not called before since think I that long dead night. can see her shining in the sky through the desk. across that awful abyss of space. has made me fabulously wealthy. which I found untouched. and can see. I waited and prayed to be taken back to the world of my lost love. The old mine. and at is her side a little boy who puts his arm around  .'A PRINCESS OF MARS Did Did the Martian reach the pump room? the vitalizing air reach the people of that dis tant planet in time to save them? Was my Dejah lie Thoris alive. the jeddak of Helium? For ten years answer to my have waited and prayed for an For ten years I have questions.
and something tells me that I shall soon know.AT THE ARIZONA CAFE her as she points into the sky toward the planet Earth. I believe that they are waiting there for me. while at their feet is a huge and hideous creature with a heart of gold. THE END .
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