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TUB BNTMIt fllQNAJ 8NTMIK, TKXAS, FRIDAY, FED. 18, 1911.
gnimininininmuiiiiiiiimmimnmiis j A Pnncess of Mars By Edjar Rice Burroughs Author of E Tarzan of the Apes Illustrations by Irwin Myers Hiiitiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiimiiuiii Ooprmtt. wa). a, a HoCioni on.) SYNOPSIS. rf)Rnwonn.-Th author trlta of his niininiiiriri wllli the hero of one of the most remarkable advrnturca ever record ed. From a mnuacr;t left ty M frlenJ hi baa vividly art out the mrii(( Sp renntniri which brought tuKrlher a brave Vtrglola ranlleman and a I'rlium o Mara. CIIArTFR I.-ln the ArUona hll's. Jom Carter, mining1 pronncrtor and ei-t"onfd. erale aoldler, Serin from a war party of Aparhea. take refute In a lave tha atmnnphere of wlilrh haa a reniarkaMo flerl on him. Vleidinn to IU n.lluen'-e. he alalia Into unconneinuanta. hla laj tkoughta rentcred on the glow froia Ike planet Mara Only ahont one Mnrtlan In a thou sand dies of sickness or rilavae, ami possibly about twenty take the volun tary pilgrimage. The other nine htm. dred and aeventynlne die violent death In duel. In hunting. In aviation and In war; but r""hnp by far the greatest death loss comes 'luring the are of childhood, when vast ntimhera of the little Martian full victim to the great white ape of Mar. A we neared the r.'.ar.a and my presence was discovered we were Im taedlately surrounded by hundred, of the creatures, who seemed unilnn I ydtirk me from my sent behind the guard. A word from the loader of the party Milled their clamor, ami we pro ceeded at a trot acrns the plnra to the entrance of at magnificent an ed;ne na mortal eye hs rotod upon. Tli bnitdlng was low. but cnvired an enormous area. It wa constructed of gleaming white marble Inlaid with gold and brilliant utotion which spar kled and aclntlllated In the sunlight. There m no stairway, but n senile Incline to the flrwt floor of tha building opened Into an enormous chamber en circled by galleries. On the floor of this rha'ider. which was dotted with highly carved wooden desks and chair, were aernbled abent forty or fifty male Marfan round the tips of n rostrum. On the platform proper squatted an enor mous warrior heavily leaded with metal ornament, cay colored frathen and beantlfully wrought leail.rr trip pings Ingeniously set with prcclou atones. What struck nie as most remarket. 'e about thla assemblage anil the hall In j which they were congregated a the fact that the creatures were entirety ntit of proportion to the desk" chair. 1 and other furnishings thesr being of a siae adapted to human beings su h as I. whereas the grout bulks of the Martians could sctirrely have pee7cd Into the chairs n.r was there r"o;e beneath the desks f.r their leii;: lei-. Kvldrntlv. then, there were i.il.i r den! sen on Mars Minn the wild :it;d gr tesfiie creatures 'ntci wins,. !in n'-; I had fallen. Our party had halted ."! the en trance to the building, nnd nf it frern the leader I had boon lowered to the ground Again lucklrg l.ls arm In mine, we had proee.ed.-d in' the aodlenee chamber. There were few forinnlltlea observed In npproai hlhg tb Martian eMeftnln. My eapior merely strode up to the msinitn. the others moklng way for Mm us he ad vanced. Tlie chieftain rose to hi, feet and ut'ered the nntne of i.-y es mri who. In turn, halted and repeated the name of the ruler followed by Mi title. My captor, whoso name was Tr Tarkaa. evidently explained briefly .tie Incidents connected with his expedi tion. Including my rupture, and when he had concluded the ehii-ftiiln ad dressed nie at some length. I replied In our good eld English tongue merely to convince him that neither of us could undors'aiid the other; but I noticed that when I smiled slightly on concluding he did likewise. Thla fact and the similar occurrence during my first talk with Tars Tarkas convinced me that we hud at least something In common ; the ability to amlle, therefore Ut laugh; denoting a sense of humor. Hut I was to learn that the Martian amlle Is merely per functory and that the Mnrili.n langh la a thing to cauae at roup men to blanch with horror. The Ideaa of humor among the green men of Mara are widely at variance with our coneepflona of Incltanta ta merriment. The death agonies of a fellow being are. to these strange crea ture, provocative of the wildest hilar Hy. while their t hief form of common eat amusement la to Inflict death oa their prisoners of war In various In genious and horrible waya. The asHombled warriors nnd chief tnlns examined me closely, feeling my muscles and texture of my Un. The principal chieftain then evidently alg nlfletl a dealre to see me perform, and. motlrtnlng me to follow, he started with Tar Tarkas for the open plan. Now. I had made no attempt to walk, alnce my first signal fnllure. ex cept while tightly grasping and flitting about among the deski and chairs like soma monstrous grasshopper. After bruising myself severely, much ta the amusement of the Martlaaa. I again had recourse to creeping, but thU did rot roll them and I waa rglly Jerked to wj fet tJ a twerlnr fel r.S - low w'ho hnT laughni moKt ht-urtlly tit my misfortunes. As he hanged mo. down npon my feet his face wns bent close to ml no and I did the only thing a gentleman might do under the circumstance c.f hrutalltv. hoorlshncis nnd tuck of con sideration fur n htranger'a rights; 1 swung my fl.-t Miunrely to his Jaw nnd he went down llVe n felled ox. As he suiil; to the flisi.r I wheeled nmittid with my hack toward the nearest desk, expecting to be o eru helmed by the veli'.'oatue of Ills fellows, but deter mined to give tl.eni as good a battle as r tm tii:i'i ti.-il odd would penult be fore I gave up l.iy life. My fears wire groundless:, however, as the other Martians-, nt first (struck dun h w ith wonderment, finally broke Into wild peals of laughter nnd up pluuse. did not recognize the ap plause rin such, but later, when 1 had become ncipinlnted with their custom'. I learned that I hail won what they seldom accord, n manifestation of ap probation. The fellow whom I had struck lay where he had fallen, tmr did any of hla mates approach hlr.i. Tnrs Tnrkns ad vanced toward nie, holding out one of hl.t arms, and we thus proceeded to the pliir.a with , ut further tulfdmp. I did not. of course, know the reason for which we had ton.e to the open, but I was not long In being enlightened. They first repeated the word "sak" a Dumber of times, and then Tars Tar kaa made several Jumps, repeating the same word before euch letip; then, turnlns to me, lie said. "Sak !" I saw hat they were after, and gathering, myself together 1 "Kakked" with such marvelous success that I cleared a giM hundred nnd fifty foot; nor did I this time hjo n, v equilibrium, but landed siuaro'y upon my feet without falling. I then returned by easy Jumps of twenty-f.vo or thirty feet to the little group of warr rs. My exhibition lad bei n wltnesied by aexeral butid.iil lc-o r Martian, and they Pained!. tvt broke Into de mands for i reiie; :t i.m. i'. n 1 was r l SJ In Rftpcroe to Her Call I Obtained My First S.fci't cf New Mart. an j Wcnder." j both Imr.rv aii-l thli sty, and Ignored the -eieated . I , , 1 . . .1 1 . 1 - lo "-ilk." Mini j ...cli liioe l!n w c ! 11. sole I lilot io:ieil :. 1.', 1 , 11 i 1 1 1 ..: ': :i:lil-o. my loiiiii' li Tal s '.'".irka niel ' he . 'aiof ei'liai:geil a few wot !, anl tin- former, calling to a young fe: : lo a'lioiig the til roll gae her some In 1 tuitions and nn tloned tne lo : u ni : any her. I grasped her prot'.iod a7 and to gether we cr"- d ihe plur.a toward n li.rge buililing 011 l e far side. My fair eon. anion was about e'gtit feet tall, bavin. Just arrived at uiu turlty, but not yet to her full height She was of a light olive green color, with a smooth. g!oy hide. Her name, as I aftonvHP' leaned, was Si 'a find die belonged to U.e retinue of T.trs Tarkas. S!:e (oiniucted tne to n -titi-clou chti.::ber : one of III" buildings fronting on (he r'tia. and which, 'mm this litter of !! litid furs iiiii tlio fiotir, I took to be the slcepinc 'l'':ir ter of several of 'be nalltes. Sola innt lotted me to be fnir-d upon a pile of silks near tne center tf the room, and, turning, made u piv.il.ar hissing sound, as t!tnug!i slgi stltu to same one In un luljotnlnc rjotn. In response to her call I obtained tuv fln.t Right f a new Martian woml-r. It waddled In on lt ten short les. and snuntted down before the plrl like an obedient puppy. The thin? i about the sire of n Sbetlnnd nony. lutt Its head bore . slight rcseu.ljlnnee to thav of a fr.'rf. except that the Jaws were equipped with threw rows of long, sharp tusks. CHAPTER III. A Fight That Won Friends. Sola slurd Into the brute's lct.ert looking eyes, muttered n word or two of command, po'.tited o tne, atiu" lof fbe chamber. The benst. after s'. vev ing tne Intently for a moment, crossed the room to the only exit which led in tho street nnd lay down full let.gth across the threshold. This was my first experience with a Martlsu watch dng. but It v.as destined not to be my Inst, for this fellow guarded m carefully during tha ttmt I remained a captive among thet. green men, twice saving my life, ani never voluntarily being tway from tne a moment. Sola rclurnedbearinf botb (o?l ind WW drink. These she plneed on the floor beside me, and nentlng herself a abort ways off regarded me Intently. The food consisted of about a pound of some solid stibstanee of the crrtsisf. ency of cheese nnd almost tasteless, while the liquid was apparently milk from some anlninl It came, m I Inter discovered, not from nn animal, ri there Is only one mammal on Mars, and Unit one very rare Indeed, bnt from a large plant which prow prn. tlcnlty without water, but seems to dlstili Its plentiful supp'y c.f r.illk from the products of the soil, the moisture of the nir, and the rnys of the sun. A single plunt of this species will give eight or t"n (piarts c.f milk per day. After I had eaten I was grentlv in vigorated, but fe'dlng the need of rest I stretched out upon the silks and was soon asleep. I must have slept sev eral hours, as It was dark when I nwoke, and I was very cold. I noticed that someone had thrown n fur over me, but It had become partially dis lodged and In the darkness I could not see to replace It. Suddenly a hand renctied out and pulled the fur over me, shortly afterward adding another to tny covering. I presumed that my wnt'hful giinrd Ian was Sola, nor was I wrong. Tl.ll girl alone, anion? nil tho grpon Mar tians with whom I cnnie In contact, disclosed characteristics of aympnthj, kindliness and affection; her ministra tions to my bodily wants were unfail ing, und her solicitous care saved tne from much suffering and many hard ships. As I was to learn, the Martlnn nights are extremely cold, and as there li practically no twilight or dawn, tb changes In temperature are sudden and most uncomfortable, as are the transitions from brilliant daylight to darkness. The nights are either brllll-1 antly Illuminated or very dark, for' If neither of the two moons of Man happen to be In the sky almost total darkness results, since the lack of at mospliero, or. rather, the very thin atmosphere, fails to diffuse the star light to any great extent; on the otlu-f hand, if both of the moons are In th heaven at night th surface of the ground Is brightly Illuminated. After Sola had replenished my cov. j erings I again slept, nor did I awaken ontll daylight. The other oecupanis tf the room, five in number, were all f mules and they were still sleeping, piled high with a motley arrny ot silks and far. Across the threshold; lay stretched the sleepless guardian brute. Just as I bad last seen him on the preceding day; apparently he ha I not moved a muscle; his eyes were fairly glued upon me, and I fell to wondering Jnt what might befall tne should I end'-avor to escape. 1 have ever bi'ti prone to seek ad Mure and to Investigate nnd experi ment where wiser null would have left wel. enough iilotie. It therefore now occurred to me that the surest way of lenrnlt r the exact attitude of this beast toward nie would be tu attempt to leave tbe room. Slowly and carefully, therefore. I gained my feet, only to see that niv watcher did the same; cautious' v I advanced toward him. tind'.ng that It moving with a shuflllng gait I could retain tny balance as well as inaite rea sonably rapid progress. As I neared the brute i.e hacked cautiously away fr.it.. .it-, and when I had reai hed the I -1 1 I" eved to one s, tu let me j v-v e t! en fell in holi'pd n e and followed :.b.c;t t.-n pace in my rear as I n t.'V tnv v;' ah'lig the ,!,--.ered str. of. l'. idi at'.y hi ni;lon was to pro tect nie only, I thought, but when we re;, ile, I the ei'g.- of tbe cliy he sud delltlv !!: tig before me. uttering strange s. u- N mid baring hi nglv nnd for." u tusk. Thinking to have some am" 1 t o"t at his expense. I rushed toward Mm and when almost upon hi;.: sj,:-!i ieto the nir, alight ing far l.evi.nd Mm and avvny from ti e city. lie e. I 1 . V ! Instantly nod cbar-.-Ci! : ' mof ..praiiii'- speed I ! !.! I ' - t;.on.-l ' !!. ! : . greyhounds the latter would have ap peared as though asleep on a door mat. As I was to learn, this I the fleetest animal on Mars and. owing to its intelligence, loyalty and ferocity. Is used In tuntlng. In w;:r and as the protector of the Mh ' -i man. I quickly :,. ' .1 I would have dif ficulty In . ii. the fangs of the beast on u iiaightway coiirw?. and so 1 met his charge by doubling In my tracks and leaping over him as he was almost upon me. This maneuver gave me a considerable advautnge and I was able to reach the city quite a bit ahead of him. and as he came tearing after me I jumped for a window about thirty feet from the ground In the face of one of the buildings overlooking the valley. Graspiug the sill I pulled myself up to a sitting posture without looking Into the building, and gared down ai the baffled animal beneath me. Mj exultation was short-lived, however for scarcely had I gained a secure seal upou the sill than a huge hand grasped me by the neck from behind and dragged nie violently Into the room Here I was thrown upon my back, and beheld standing over me a colossal ape-like creature, white and halrles except for an enormous shock of bristly hair upo " The thing, which more Tiesrly re sembled our earthly men fHart It did tbe Martians I had seen, held ui pinioned to the ground with one hug foot, while It Jabbered and gestu-u luted at some answering creature be hind me. This other, which waa el ilently Its mate, soon came toward us bearing a mighty atone cudg.fl will, which It evidently Intended to bran me. The creatures were about ten 01 OfLf?! feet tall, standing erect and hud, like the green Martians, an Inn . mediary set of arms or legs, mhlwnv between their upper and lower limbs Their eyes were close together ami non-protruding; their ears were high set, but more Interallr located than those of the Martians, while theli snouts and teeth were strikingly llkt those of our African gorilla. The cudgel was swinging In the nn which ended upon my upturned fuce when a holt of myriad legged horror hurled lfelf through the doorway full upon tho breast of my executioner (J 'frrj "The Thing, Which More Nearly Re embled Our Earthly Men Than It Did the Martians I Had Seen, Held Me Pinioned to the Ground With a Huge Foot." Clth a shriek of fear the ape which held me leaped through the open win dow, but its mate closed In a terrific death struggle with my preserver, which was nothing less than my faith ful watch-thing; I cannot bring myself to call so hideous a creature a dog. As quickly as possible I gained my feet and backing against the wall I witnessed such a battle as It Is vouch safed few beings to see. My beast had an advantage In his first hold, having sunk his mighty fangs far Into the breast of hla adversary ; but the gTeat arms and paws of the upe, back ed by muscles far transcending those of the Martian men I had seen, bad locked the throat of my guardian ami slowly were choking out his life, and bending back hla head and neck upon Ida body, where I momentarily ex pected the former to fall limp ut the end of a broken neck. Hack ti rid forth upon the Hour they rolled, neither one emitting u sound of fear or pall). Present ly I saw the great eyea of my heist bulging com pletely from their sockets und blond (lowing from Its nostrils. That he was weakening perceptibly was evi dent, but so also wus (he ape, whose struggles were growing momentarily less. 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