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of Mars CopyrigKV> AC.McClurg and Company CHAPTER XV—Continued. —l2 Helium Ilea a thousand miles south* west of Zodauga. and with my com* pass Intact I should have made the trip, barring accidents. In between tour and fire hours. As It turned out, however, morning found me speeding over a vast expanse of dead sea bot tom after nearly six hours of continu ous flight at high speed. ▲bout noon I passed low over a preat dead city of ancient Mara, and •a I skimmed out across the plain 1 earns full upon several thousand green warriors engaged In a terrific battle. Scarcely had I seen them than a vol ley of shoto eras directed at me. and with the almost unfailing accuracy of their aim my little craft was Instantly a ruined wreck, sinking erratically to the ground. I fell almost directly In the center ef the fierce combat among warriors who had not seen my approach, so busily were they engaged In life and death struggles. As my machine sank among them I realised that It was fight or die. with good changes of dying U> any event, and so I struck the ground with drawn longsword ready to de fend myself as I could. I fell beside a Huge monster who was engaged with three antagonists, and as I glanced at his fierce face, filled with the light of battle, I recognized Tars Tarkas the Thark. He did not see me. as I was a trifle behind him, and Just then the three warriors opposing him, and whom 1 recognized as Warhoons, charged simultaneously. The mighty fellow made quick work of one of them, but In stepping back for an other thrust he fell over a dead body behind him and was down and at the mercy of his foes In an Instant Quick as lightning they were upon him, and Tars Tarkas would have been gathered to his fathers In short order had I not sprung before his prostrate form and engaged his adversaries. I had ac counted for one of them when the mighty Thark regained his feet and quickly settled the other. He gave me one look, and a slight smile touched his grim Ups as, touch ing my shoulder, he said: “I would scarcely recognise you. John Carter, *but there Is no other upon Bareoora who would have done what you have for me. I think I have learned that there Is such a thing as friendship, my friend.** He said no more, nor was there op portunity. for the Warhoons were dos ing In about us, and together we fisught, shoulder to shoulder. dnHng all that long, hot afternoon, until the tide of battle turned and the remnant of the fierce Warhoon horde fell back upon their thoats, and fled Into the gathering darkness. On our return to the city after the battle we had gone directly to Tars Tarkas* quarters, where I was left alone while the chieftain attended the customary council which Immediately follows an engagement. As I was awaiting the return of the greet warrior I heard something move In an adjoining apartment, and as I glanced up there rushed suddenly upon me a huge and hideous creature which bore me backward upon the pile of ailks and furs upon which I had been reclining. It was Woo la —faithful, lov ing Woola. He had found his way j hack to Thark and. as Tars Tarkas * later told me. had gone Immediately to | my former quarters where he had ' taken up his pathetic and seemingly hopeless watch for my return. “Tal Hajus knows that you are here. John Carter.” said Tars Tarkas. on his return from the jeddak's quarters; “Sackoja saw and recognized you as we were returning. Tal Hajus has or dered me to bring you before him to night. I have ten thoats, John Car ter; yon may take your choice from among them, and I will accompany yqu to the nearest waterway that leads to Helium. Come, we must start.** “And when you return. Tars Tar kas?** I asked. “The wild calots. possibly, or worse." he replied. “Unless I should chance to have the opportunity I have mo long waited of battling with Tal Hajas." “We will stay. Tars Tarkas. and see Shi Hajus tonight. Tou shall not sac rifice yourself, and it may be that to night yon can have the choice you Walt “ While we were eating I repeated to Tars Tarkas the story which Sola had fold me that night upon the sea bottom flaring the march to TTiark. He said but little, but the great muscles of his face worked In passion and In agony at recollection of the iiorrors which had been heaped upon the only thing be had ever loved In all his cold, cruel, terrible existence. He no longer demurred when I sug gested that we go before. Tal Hajus, eoly saying that be would like to speak is Sarkoja first. At nls request I ac companied bias to her quarters. “Sarfcola." aaM Thru Tarfcaa. "fatty by Edgar Rice Burroughs . Author of Warzan Of Hie Apes Jb Illustration# by i IRWIN MYERS I years ago you were Instrumental In bringing about the torture and death of a woman named Gozava* I have Just discovered that the warrior who loved that woman has learned of your part In the transaction. He may qot kill you, Sarkoja. It Is not our custom, but there Is nothing to prevent him tying one end of a strap about your neck and the other end to a wild thoat, merely to test your fitness to survive and help perpetuate our race. Having beard that he would do this on the morrow, I thought it only right to warn you. for I am a Just man. The river Iss is but a short pilgrimage, BarkoJa. Come, John Carter.** The next morning Sarkoja was gone, nor was she ever seen after. In silence we hastened to the Jed* dak's palace, where we were Immedi ately admitted to his presence; In fact, be could scarcely wait to see me and was standing erect upon his platform glowering it the entrance as I came In. **Btrap him to that pillar,** he shrieked. “We shall see who It Is dares strike the mighty Tal Hajus. Heat the Irons; with mr own hands I shall burn the eyes from his head that he may not pollute my person with his vile gaze.** “Chieftains of Thark," I cried, turn ing to the assembled council and Ig noring Tal Hajus, “I have been a chief among you, and today I have fought for Thark shoulder to shoulder with her greatest warrior. You owe me, at least, a hearing. I have won that much today. You claim to be Just people— ** “Silence,** roared Tal Hajus. “Gag the creature and bind him as I com mand." “Justice, Tal Hajus,” exclaimed Lor quas Ptomel. "Who are you to set aside the customs of ages among the Tharksr “Yes, Justice!” echoed a dozen voices, and so, while Tal Hajus fumed and frothed, I continued. “You are a brave people and you love bravery, but where was your mighty Jeddak during the fighting to day? I did not see him In the thick of battle; he was not there. He rends defenseless women and little children In his lair, but how recently has one of you seen him fight with men? Why, even I, a midget beside him, felled him with a single blow of my fist. Is It of such that the Tharks fashion their- Jeddaks? There stands beside me now n great Thark, a mighty warrior and a noble man. Chieftains, how sounds. Tars Tarkas. Jeddak of TharkT* A roar of deep-toned applause greet ed this suggestion. “It but remains for this council to command, and Tal Hajus must prove his fitness to rule. Were he a brave man he would Invite Tars Tarkas to combat, for he does not love him, but H HNt tf>« Irens; With My Own Hand* I Shall Bum the Eyes From Hla Head.** Tal Hajus la afraid; Tal Hajus. your Jeddak. la a coward. With my bare hands I could kill him, and he knows It" After I ceased there was tense si lence. as all ayes were riveted upon Tal Hajus. He did not speak or move, hot the blotchy green of his coun tenance turned livid, and the froth froze upon his lips. Tal Hajus," said Lorquaa Ptomel in a cold, hard voice, “never In my long life have I seen a Jeddak of the Tharks so humiliated. There could be but one answer to this arraignment Wa wait it" And still Tal Hajus stood as though petrified. "Chieftains." continued Lorquaa mnavENNE WELLS RECORD ptomel, “shall the Jeddak, Tal Hajus, prove his fitness to rale over Tars Tar kasf There were twenty chieftains about the rostrum, and twenty swords flashed high In assent. There was no alternative. That de cree was final, and so Tnl Hajus drew bis longsword and advanced to meet Tars Tarkas. The combat was soon over. and. witn bis foot upon the neck of the dead monster. Tars Tarkas became Jeddak among the Tharks. His first act was to make me a full fledged chieftain with the rank I had won by my combats the first few weeks of my captivity among them. Seeing the favorable disposition of the warriors toward Tars Tarkas, as well as toward me, I grasped the op portunity to enlist them In my cause against Zodanga. I told Tars Tarkas the story of my adventures, and in a few words had explained to him the thought I had In mind. “John Carter has made a proposal." he said, addressing the council, “which meets with my sanction. I shall put It to you briefly. Dejah Thorls. the princess of Helium, who was our pris oner, Is now held by the Jeddak of Zo danga. whose son she must wed to save her country from devastation at the hands of the Zodangan forces. “John Carter suggests that we res cue her and return her to Helium. The loot of Zodanga would be magnificent, 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 else and frequency of our hatch ings, and thus become unquestionably supreme among the green men of all Barsoora. What say you?" It was a chance to fight, an oppor tunity to loot, and they rose to the bait as a speckled trout to a fly. In three days we were on the march toward Zodanga, one hundred thou sand strong, as Tars Tarkas had been able to enlist the services of three smaller hordes on the promise of the great loot of Zodanga. We traveled entirely by night, timing our marches so that we camped dur ing the day at deserted cities where, even to the beasts, we were all kept Indoors during the daylight hours. On the march Tars Tarkas. through his remarkable ability and statesmanahlp, enlisted fifty thousand more warriors from various hordes, so that, ten days after we set out we halted at midnight outside the great walled city of Zo danga. one hundred and fifty thousand strong. The task of obtaining entry to the city devolved upon me. I took twenty dismounted warriors and approached one of the small gates that pierced the walls at short Intervals. Placing three of my warriors with their faces to the wall and arms locked. I commanded two more to mount to their shoulders, and a sixth I ordered to climb upon the shoulders of the upper two. The head of the top most warrior towered over forty feet from the ground. In this way, with ten warriors, I built a series of three steps from the ground to the shoulders of the topmost man. Then starting from a short dis tance behind them I ran swiftly up from one tier to the next and with a final bound from the broad shoulders of the highest I clutched the top of the great wall and quietly drew myself to Its broad expanse. After me I dragged six lengths of leather from an equal number of my warriors. These lengths we had previously fastened together, and passing one end to the topmost warrior I lowered the other end cau tiously over the opposite side of the wall toward the avenue below. No one was In sight, so. lowering myself to the end of my leather strap. I dropped the remaining thirty feet to the pave ment below. I had learned from Kantos Kan the secret of opening these gates, and In another moment my twenty great fight ing men stood within the doomed city of Zodanga. I found to my delight that I had en tered at the lower boundary of the enormous palace grounds. Dispatching one of my men to Tars Tarkas for a detail of fifty Tharks. with word of my Intentions. I ordered ten warriors to capture and open one of the great gates while with the nine remaining I took the other. We were to do our work quietly, no shots were to be fired and no general advance made until I had reached the pala<*e with my fifty Tharks. Our plans worked to perfec tion. The two sentries we met were dispatched to their fathers upon the banks of the lost sea of Koras, and the guards at both gates followed them In silence. CHAPTER XVI. Tbs Looting of Zodanga. As the great gate where I stood swung open my fifty Tharks. headed by Tars Tarkas himself, rode in upon their mighty tboats. T led them to the palace walls, which I negotiated easily without assistance. Once in side, however, the gate gave me con siderable trouble, but I finally was re warded by seeing It swing upon its huge hinges, and soon my fierce es cort was riding across the gardens of the Jeddak of Zodanga. As we approached the palace I could see through the great windows of the first floor Into the brilliantly Illuminat ed audience chamber of Than Kosls. The immense ball was crowded with nobles and their women, as though some Important function was In progress. At one end of the chamber, upon massive golden thrones encrusted with dia monds. sat Than Kosls and his con sort, surrounded by officers and digni taries of state. Before them stretched a broad aisle lined on either side with soldiery, and ss I looked there entered this stale at Jhe far and at tbs ban. the head of a procession which advanced to the foot of the throne. First there marched four officers the Jeddah s guard bearing a huge sai var on which reposed, upon a cushion of scarlet silk, a great golden chain with a collar and padlock at each end. Then came more dignitaries, and th officers of the pnlace and of the army, and finally two figures entirely mur fled in scarlet silk, so that not a * ea ’ ture of either was discernible. These two stopped at the foot of the throne, facing Than Kosls. When the balance of the procession had and as sumed their stations Than Kosls ad dressed the couple standing before him. I could not hear his words, but presently two officers advanced an removed the scarlet robe from one_ of the figures. I saw that Kautos Kan had failed In his mission, for It was Sab Than, prince of Zodnnga. who stood revealed before me. Than Kosls now took a set of the ornaments from one of the salvers and placed one of the collars of gold about his son’s neck, springing the padlock fast. After a few more words ad dressed to San Than he turned to the other figure, from which the officers row removed the enshrouding silks, disclosing to my now comprehending view Dojah Thorla, princess of Heli um. As the ornaments were adjusted up on her beautiful figure and her collar of gold swung open In the hands of Than Kosls I raised my longsword above my head and, with the heavy With My Back Against a Golden Throne I Fought Once Again for Dejah Thoria. hilt, I shattered the glass of the great window and sprang into the midst of the astonished assemblage. With a bound I was on the steps of the plat* form beside Than Kosis, and ns he stood riveted with surprise. I brought tny longsword down upon the golden chain that would have bound Dejah Thorls to another. In an instant all was confusion; a thousand drawn swords menaced me from every quarter, and Sab Than sprang upon me with a Jeweled dagger he had drawn from his nuptial orna ments. I could have killed him as eas ily as I might a fly. but the age-old custom of Barsoom stayed my hand, and. grasping his wrist as the dagger flew toward my heart. I held him as though in a vise and with my long sword pointed to the far end of the hall. “Zodanga has fallen." I cried. "Look !’* All eyes turned In the direction 1 had indicated, and there, forging through the portals of the entrance way rode Tars Tarkas and his fifty warriors on their great thoats. A cry of alarm and amazement broke from the assemblage, but no word of fear, and in a moment the soldiers and nobles of Zodanga were hurling themselves upon the advancing Tharks. Thrusting Sab Than headlong from the platform. I drew Dejah Thorls to my side. Behind the throne was a nar row doorway and in this Than Kosis now stood facing rue. with drawn longsword. In an instant we were en gaged, and I found no mean antago nist. As we circled upon the broad plat form I saw Sab Than rushing up the steps to aid his father, but as he raised his hand to strike. Dejah Thoris sprang before him and then my sword found the spot that made Sab Than jeddak of Zodanga. As his father rolled dead upon the floor the new jeddak tore himself free from Dejah Thoris* grasp and again we faced each other. He was soon Joined by a quar tet of officers and. with my back against a golden throne. I fought once again for Dejah Thoris. Calling to her to get behind me I worked my way toward the little door way back of the throne, but the offi cers realized my intentions and three of them sprang in behind me and blocked my chances for gaining a po sition where I could have defended Dejab Thoris against an army of swordsmen. The Tharks were having their hands full in the center of the room, and I began to realize that nothing short of a miracle could save Dejah Thorls and myself, when I saw Tars Tarkas surg ing through the crowd of pigmies that swarmed abont him. With one swing of hit mighty longsword he laid a doteo rowan at his feet and so be hewed a pathwa» Defore Blrn «“ tU “ another moment he Wood upon the platform beside me. dealing death and destruction right and left. The bravery of the Zodangan* wai aweinspiring; not one attempted to escape, and when the fighting ceased It was because only Tharks remained alive in the great hall, other than De- Jnh Thorls and myself. Sab Than lay dead beside his f» ther, and the corpses of the flower of Zodangan nobility and chivalry cov ered the floor of the bloody shambles. My first thought when the battle was over was for Kantos Kan. and leaving Dejah Thorls In charge of Tars Tarkas I took a dozen warriors and hastened to the dungeons beneath tha palace. The jailers had all left to Join the fighters in the throne room, so we searched the labyrinthine prison with out opposition. I called Kantos Kan’s name aloud in each new corridor und compartment, and finally I was rewarded by hearing n faint response. Guided by the sound, we soon found him helpless In a dark recess. He was overjoyed at seeing me and to know the meaning of the fight, faint echoes of which had reached his pris on cell. He told me that the air pa trol had captured him before ha reached the high tower of the palace so that he had not even aeen Sab Than. The sounds of heavy firing, mingled with shouts and cries, came to us from the city’s streets, and Tars Tarkas hastened away to direct the fighting without. Kantos Kan accompanied him to act as guide, the green warrior* commencing a thorough search of tha palace for other Zodangana and for loot, and Dejah Thorls and I were left alone. She had sunk Into one of the golden thrones, and as I turned to her ahe greeted me with a wan smile. “Was there ever such a man!” she exclaimed. "Alone, a stranger, hunt ed. threatened, persecuted, you have 1 done In a few short months what In all the past ages of Barsoom no man has ever done: joined together the wild hordes of the sea bottoms and I brought them to fight as allies of a red j Martian people." “The answer Is easy, Dejah Thorls," I replied, smiling. "It was not I who did it, it was love, love for Dejah Thoris, a power that would work i greater miracles thau this you have : seen. I hnve done many strange things In my life, many things that wiser men would not have dared, but never In my wildest fancies have 1 dreamed of winning a Dejah Thorls for myself—for never had I dreamed that In all the universe dwelt such a woman as' the princess of Helium. That you are a princess does not abash me. but that you are you is enough to make me doubt my sanity as I ask you, my prim-ess. to he mine." “He does not need to he abashed who so well knew the answer to hla plea before the plea were made,” she replied, rising and placing her dear hands upon mv shoulders, and so I took her in my arms and kissed her. And thus In the midst of a city of wild conflict, filled with the nlnrms of war: with death and destruction reap ing their terrible harvest around her, did Dejah Thoris. princess of Helium, true daughter of Mars, the god of war, promise herself In marriage to John Carter, Gentleman of Virginia. Some time later Tars Tarkas and Kantos Kan returned to report that Zodanga had been completely reduced. Her forces were entirely destroyed or captured, and no further resistance was to be expected from within. Sev eral battleships had escaped, but there were thousands of war and merchant vessels under guard of Thark war riors. The lesser hordes had commenced looting and quarreling among them selves. so It was decided that we col lect what warriors we could, man as many vessels as possible with Zodan gan prisoners and make for Helium without further loss of time. Five hours later we sailed from the roofs of the dock buildings with a fleet of two hundred and fifty battleships, carrying nearly one hundred thousand green warriors, followed by a fleet of transports with our thoats. In the middle of the afternoon we sighted the scarlet and yellow towers of Helium, and a short time later a great fleet of Zodangan battleship* rose from the camps of the besieger* without the city and advanced to meet us. The banners of Helium had been strung from stem to stern of each of our mighty craft, hut the Zodangan* did not need this sign to realize that we were enemies, for our green Mar tian warriors had opened fire upon them almost as they left the ground. With their uncanny marksmanship they raked the oncoming fleet with vol ley after volley. The twin cities of Helium, perceiv ing that we were friends, sent out hun dreds of vessels to aid us, and then began the first real air battle I had ever witnessed. (TO BE CONTINUED.) Origin of Manitoba. The name Manitoba sprang from tha union of two Indian words, Manlto (the Great Spirit), and Waba (tha "narrows" of the lake). This strait was a sacred place to the Crees and Sanitenrs. who called them "Manlto- Waba.” or the "Great Spirit's Mar rows.” Halloween. The celebration of Halloween dates eomw'? an, ! qui,v - 11 "'»« » holiday combining classic mythology, Druidic beliefs and superstitions of that far away time. 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