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OF MARS Oopjrlfbt, A. O. McClttrg sad Oompsa? CHAPTER Xll—Continued. —lo— la always sufficient reserve of the ninth ray stored In the great building to maintain the present Mar tian atmosphere for a thousand years, and the only fear, aa my new friend told me. was that some accident might befall the pumping apparatus. Before I retired for the night ha promised to give me a letter to a near by agricultural officer who would help am on my way to Zodanga, which he •aid was the nearest Martian city. “But be sure that you do not let them know you are bound for Helium, as thev are at war with that country. Ify assistant and I are of no country we belong to all Baraoom and this tal isman which we wear protects us In all lands, even among the green men— though we do not tree: ourselves to their nands If we can avoid It" he added. “And so good-night, my friend," he continued, “may you have a long and restful sleep—yes, a long sleep." And though he smiled pleasantly I caw In his thoughts the wish that he had never admitted me, and then a pic ture of hltn standing over me In the Bight; 7 and the swift thrust of s long dagger and the half-formed words. “I an. w rry, but It la for the best good of Barroom." Wluf was I to do? How could I es cape through these mighty walls? Easily could I kill him now that I was warned, bnt once he was dead I could no more escape, and with the stop ping of the machinery of the great plant I should die with all the other Inhabitants of the planet—all. even Dejah Thorls were she not already dead. Cautiously I opened the door of my apartment and, followed by Woola, •ought the Inner of the great doors. A wild scheme had come to me; I would attempt to force the great locks by the nine thought waves I had read In my host's mind. Creeping stealthily through corridor after corridor and down winding run ways which turned hither and thither I Anally reached the great hall In which I had broken my long fast that morning. I was on the point of stepping bold ly out Into the room when a slight noise behind me warned ms back Into the shadows of a recess In the corri dor. Dragging Wools after me I crouched low In the darkness. Presently the old man passed close by me, and as he entered the dimly lighted chamber which I had been •bout to pass through I saw that he held e long thin dagger In his hand and chat he was sharpening It upon a stone. In his mind was the decision to Inspect the radium putnps. which would take about thirty minutes, and then return to my bedchamber and fin ish me. Aa he passed through the great hall «nd disappeared down the runway which led to the pumproom, I stole stealthily from my hiding place and crossed to the great door, the Inner of the three which stood between me and liberty. Concentrating my mind upon the massive lock I hurled the nine thought waves against It In breath loss expectancy I waited, when finally the great door moved softly toward me and slid quietly to one side. One after the other the remaining mighty portals opened at my command and Woola and I stepped forth Into the darkness, free, but little better off than we had been before, other than that we had full stomachs. Hastening away from the shadows of the formidable pile I made for the Erst crossroad. Intending to strike the central turnpike as quickly as pos sible. This I reached about morning and entering the first enclosure I came to I searched for some evidence of a habitation. Hiere were low rambling buildings of concrete barred with heavy Impass able doors, and no amount of ham mering und hallooing brought any re sponse. Weary and exhausted from sleeplessness I threw myself upon the ground commanding Woola to stand guard. Some time later I was awakened by his frightful growltnga and opened my eyes to see three red Martians stand ing a short distance from us and cov ering me with their rifles. “I am unarmed and no enemy," I hastened to explain. “I have been a prisoner among the green men and am on my way to Zodanga. All I ask la Coed and rest for myself and my cakrt and the proper directions for reaching my destination." They lowered their rifles and ad vanced pleasantly toward me, piecing their right hands upon my left shoul der, after the manner of their custom of salute, and asking me many ques tions shout myself and my wander toga. They then took me to the house of one of them which was only a short distance away. They were the personification of cordiality and hospitality and I spent several days with them, resting and recuperating from my long and ardu ous experiences. When I was ready to depart they furnished me with a email domestic br& thaet. sreh as Is need for saddle purposes by all red Martians. The animal is about the size of a horse and quite gentle, bnt in color and shape an exact replica of his huge and fierce cousin of the wilds. The brothers had supplied me with a reddish oil with which I anointed my entire body and one of them cut my hair, which had grown quite long, in the prevailing fashion of the time, square at the back and banged In front, so that I could have passed any where upon Barsoom as a full-fledged red Martian. My metal and orna ments were also renewed In the style of a Zodangan gentleman, attached to the house of Ptor, which was the fam ily name of my benefactors. CHAPTER XIII. An Air Scout for Zodanga. As I proceeded on my Journey to ward Zodanga many strange and In teresting sights arrested my attention, and at the several farmhouses where I stopped I learned a number of new and instructive things concerning the methods and manners of Barsoom. The water which supplies the farms of Mars is collected in Immense under ground reservoirs at either pole from the melting Ice caps, and pumped through long conduits to the various populated centers. Instead of flooding the surface of the fields, and thus wasting Immense quantities of water by evaporation, the precious liquid Is carried underground through a vast network of small pipes directly to the roots of the vegetation. The crops upon Blare are always uniform, for there are no droughts, no rains, no high winds, and no Insects, or destroy ing birds. On this trip I tasted the first meat I had eaten since leaving Earth — large. Juicy steaks and chops from the well-fed domestic animals of the farms. Also I enjoyed luscious fruits and vegetables, but not a single ar ticle of food which was exactly simi lar to anything on Earth. At a second stop I met some highly cultivated people of the noble class and while In conversation we chanced to speak of Helium. One of the older men had been there on a diplomatic mission several years before and spoke with regret of the conditions which seemed destined ever to keep these two countries at war. •‘Helium,** he said, “rightly boasts the most beautiful women of Barsoom. and of all her treasures the wondrous daughter of Mors Kajak, Dejah Thorls, is the most exquisite flower. “Why,” he added, “the people really worship the ground she walks upon and since her loss on that 111-starred expedition all Helium has been draped In mourning. “That our ruler should have at tacked the disabled fleet as It was re turning to Helium was but another of his awful blunders which I fear will sooner or later compel Zodanga to ele vate a wiser man to his place. “Even now, though our victorious armies are surrounding Helium, the people of Zodanga are voicing their displeasure, for the war Is not a popu lar one. since it Is not based on right or Justice. Our forces took advantage of the absence of the principal fleet of Helium on their search for the prin cess, and we have been able easily to reduce the city to a sorry plight.” “And what, think you. may have been the fate of the princess, Dejah Thorls?” I asked as casually as pos sible. “She is dead.” he answered. “This much was learned from a green war rior recently captured by our forces in the south. She escaped from the hordes of Thark with a strange crea ture of another world, only to fall Into the hands of the Warhoons. Their thoats were found wandering upon the sea bottom and evidences of a bloody conflict were discovered near-by.” While this Information was In no way reassuring, neither was It at all conclusive proof of the death of Dejah Thorls, and so I determined to make every effort possible to reach Helium as quickly as I could and carry to Tardos Mors such news of his grand daughter's possible whereabouts as lay In my power. Ten days after leaving the three Ptor brothers I arrived at Zodanga. From the moment that I had come In contact with the red Inhabitants of Mara 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 domesti cated by the red men. Were one to stroll down Broadway with a Numi dlan lion at his heels the effect would be somewhat similar to that which I should have produced had I entered Zodanga with Woola. As 1 would willingly have offered my life In the service of her In search of whom I was about to challenge the unknown dangers of this, to me, mys terious city, I could not permit even Woola’s Ufe to threaten the success of my venture, much less his momen tary happiness, for I doubted not he soon would forget me. And so I bade the poor beast an affectionate fare well, promising him, however, that If I came through my adventure In safe ty that In some way I should find the means to search him out. nwwYBMNE WELLS RECORD He seemed to understand me fully, and when I pointed back In the di rection of Thnrk he turned sorrow fully away, nor could I bear to watch him go; but resolutely set my face toward Zodanga and with a touch of heartsickness approached ber frown ing walls. The letter I bore gained me Imme diate entrance to the vast, walled city. The Ptor brothers had given me ex plicit directions for reaching the point of the city where I could And living accommodations and be near the offices of the government agents to whom they had given me letters. My way led to the central square or plaza, which Is a characteristic of all Mar tian cities. As I was crossing the great square lost In wonder and admiration of the magnificent architecture and the gor geous scarlet vegetation which carpet ed the broad lawns I discovered a red Martian walking briskly toward me from one of the avenues. He paid not the slightest attention to me. bat as he came abreast I recognized him, and turning I placed my hand upon his shoulder, calling out. “Kaor, Kantos Kan!" Like lightning he wheeled and be fore I could so much as lower my band the point of his longsword was at my breast. “Who are you?” he growled, and then as a backward leap carried me fifty feet from his sword he dropped the point to the ground and exclaimed, laughing, “I do not need a better reply. There Is but one man upon all Barsoom who can bounce about like a rubber ball. By the mother of the further moon, John Carter, how came you here, and hare you become a Dar seen that you can change your col or at will? “You gave me a bad half minute, my friend,” he continued, after I had briefly outlined my adventures since parting with him In the arena at Warhoon. “Were my name and city known to the Zodangans I would short ly be sitting on the banks of the lost sea of Korus with my revered and departed ancestors. lam here in the Interests of the Tardoe Mors, Jeddak of Helium, to discover the where abouts of Dejah Thorls, our princess. Sab Than, prince of Zodanga, has ber hidden In the city and has fallen madly In love with her. “I have been here three days, but I have not yet found where Dejah Thorls la Imprisoned. Today I Join the Zodangan navy as an air scout and I hope In this way to win the confidence of Sab Than, the prince, who Is commander of this division of the navy, and thus learn the where ubouts of Dejah Thorls. 1, am glad that you are here, John Carter, for I know your loyalty to my princess and two of ua working together should be able to accomplish much.” The plaza was now commencing to fill with people going and coming upon the dally activities of their du- A* I Rom Abov* th« City I Circled Savaral Tlmu aa I Had »«n Kantoa Kan Do. ties. The shops were opening end the cafes Blllng with early morning patrons Kantos Kan led me to one of these gorgeous eating places where we were screed entirely by mechani cal apparatus After onr meal, Kantos Kan took me with him to the headquarters of the air-scout squadron and Introduc ing me to hla superior asked that I he enrolled as a member of the corps In accordance with custom an exam ination was necessary, bnt Kantos told me to hare no fear on this score, as he would attend to that part of the matter. He accomplished this by tak ing my order for examination to the examining officer and repreasnt- Ing himself M John Carter. By EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS Author of Tanan of the Apes "Tills ruse will lie discovered later, he cheerfully explained, “"hen they check up my weights, measurements, and other personal Identification datu. hut It will be several months before this Is done and our mission should he accomplished or have failed loug before that time.” The next few days were spent by Kantos Kan In teaching me the In tricacies of flying and of repairing the dainty little contrivances which the Martians use for this purpose. The fourth day after my arrival at Zodanga I made my llyst flight, and as a result of It I won a promotion which Included quarters In the palace of Than Kosls. As I rose above the city I circled several times, as I had seen Kantos Kan do. and then throwing ray engine Into top speed I raced at terrific ve locity toward the south, following one of the great waterways which enter Zodanga from that direction. I had traversed perhaps two hun dred miles In a little less than an hour when I descried far below me a par ty of three green warriors racing mad ly toward a small figure on foot which seemed to be trying to reach the con fines of one of the walled fields. Dropping my machine rapidly to ward them, and circling to the rear of the warriors, I soon saw that the object of their pursuit was a red Mar tian wearing the metal of the scout squadron to which I was attached. A short distance away lay his tiny flier, surrounded by the tools with which he had evidently been occupied In repairing some damage when sur prised by the green warriors. They were now almost upon him; their flying mounts charging down on the relatively puny figure at terrific speed, while the warriors leaned low to the right, with their great metal shod spears. Each seemed striving to be the first to Impale the poor Zo dangan and In another moment his fate would have been sealed had It not been for my timely arrival. Driving my fleet air craft at high speed directly behind the warriors I soon overtook them and without di minishing my speed I rammed the prow of my little flier between the shoulders of the nearest The Impact, sufficient to have torn through Inches of solid steel, hurled the fellow’s head less body Into the air over the head of hit thoat where It fell sprawling upon the moss. The mounts of the other two warriors turned squealing In terror, and bolted In opposite di rections. Reducing my speed I circled and came to the ground at the feet of the astonished Zodangan. He was warm In his thanks for my timely aid and promised that my day’s work would bring the reward It merited, for it was none other than a cousin of the Jeddak of Zodanga whose life I had saved. Hastening to his damaged machine we were bending every effort to fin ish the needed repairs and had almost completed them when we saw the two green monsters returning at top speed from opposite sides of us. When they had approached within a hun dred yards their thoata again became unmanageable and absolutely refused to advance further toward the air craft which had frightened them. The warriors finally dismounted and hobbling their animals advanced to ward us on foot with drawn long swords. 1 advanced to meet the larg er, telling the Zodangan to do the best he could with the other. Finish ing my man with almost no effort, as had now from much pract'ce be come habitual with me, I hastened to return to my new acquaintance whom I found Indeed In desperate straits. He was wounded and down with the huge foot of his antagonist upon his throat and the great longsword raised to deal the final thrust With a bound I cleared the fifty feet Inter vening between us, and with out stretched point drove my sword com pletely through the body of the green warrior. His sword fell, harmless, to the ground and he sank limply upon the prostrate form of the Zodangan. Quickly completing the repairs we rose together into the still, cloudless Martian sky, and at great speed and without further mishap returned to Zodanga. As we neared the city we discov ered a mighty concourse of civilians and troops assembled upon the plain before the dty. My companion sig naled that I Mow down, and running his machine close beetde mine sug gested that we approach and watch the ceremony, which, he said, was for the purpose of conferring honors on Individual officers and men for bravery and other distinguished service. He then unfurled a little en sign which denoted that his craft bore a member of the royal family of Zo danga, and together we made our way through the maze of low-lying air vessels until we hung directly over the Jeddak of Zodanga and his staff. One of the staff called the attention of Than Kosls to the presence of my companion above them and the ruler motioned for him to descend. I could not hear their conversation and pres- enttr It ceased end »tt as the last body ot troops h#d Into position before their <™P e cor. A member of the staff advanced toward the troops, and calling the name of 0 soldier commanded b.m to advance. The officer then recited the nature the heroic act which had won th approval of the Jeddak, and the lat ter advanced and placed a ™ e * a ' nnment upon the left arm of the lucky ‘"'Ten men had been so decorated when the aid called out. “John Carter, air scout. Never In my life had I been so stir prised, but the habit of military dls eipline Is strong within me, and I dropped my little machine lightly to the ground and advanced on foot as I had seen the others do. As I halted before the officer, he addressed me In a voice oudible to the entire as semblage of troops and spectators. "In recognition, John Carter, he said, “of your remarkable courage and skill In defending the person of the As We Neared the City We Dlscov. ered a Mighty Concourse of Civilians and Troops Assembled Upon the Plains Before the City. cousin of the Jeddak Than Koala and, single-handed, vanquishing three green warriors, It la the pleasure of our Jed dak to confer on you the mark of hla esteem." Than Kosla then advanced toward me and placing an ornament upon me, said: "My cousin has narrated the details of your wonderful achievement, which seems little short of miracu lous, and If you can so well defend a cousin of the Jeddak how much better could you defend the person of the Jeddak himself. You are therefore ap pointed a padwar of the Guard and will be quartered In my palace here after." I thanked him, and with an order ly from the palace to guide me I re ported to the officer In charge of the palace. CHAPTER XIV. I Find Dejah. The major-domo to whom I reported had been given Instructions to station me near the person of the Jeddak, who, In time of war. Is always In great danger of assassination, as the rule that all Is fair In war seems to con stitute the entire ethics of Martian conflict He therefore escorted me Immedi ately to the apartment In which Than Kosls then was. The ruler was en gaged In conversation with his son, Sab Than, and several courtiers of his household, and did not perceive my entrance. The walls of the apartment were completely hung with splendid tapes tries. My guide drew aside one of the tapestries, disclosing a passage which encircled the room, between the hangings and the walls of the cham ber. Within this passage I was to remain, he said, so long as Than Kosls was In the apartment When he left I was to follow. My only duty was to guard the ruler and keep out ol sight as much as possible. I would be relieved after a period of four hours. The major-domo then left me. Scarcely had I gained my post than the tapestry at the opposite end of the chamber separated and four sol diers of the Guard entered, surround ing a female figure. As they approach ed Than Kosls the soldiers fell ts either side and there standing before the Jeddak and not ten feet from me, her beautiful face radiant with smiles, was Dejah Thorls. Sab Than, prince of Zodanga, ad vanced to meet her, and hand In they approached cloaa to the Jeddak, Than Kosls looked up In surprise, and rising, saluted her. **To what strange freak do I owe this visit from the princess of Help um, who, two days ago, with ran consideration for my pride, assured me that she would prefer Tal Hajaa the green Thark, to my sonr fro m ooimirpBD.) Viewpoint It takes the eyes of the rich to sol the blessings of poverty.—Boston Transcript Trample on a man’s good Intentions and he will consign you to the that la paved with them. 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