The Herald. (Haileyville, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 9, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 2, 1921 Page: 4 of 8
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THE HAILEYVILLE HERALD.
a Pi •incerj'
Edgar Kice Burroughs
Tarzarv OfTfie Apes
low It hut 1 was too *venk.
"After It." I cried to my companion,
"Mini If you reach the puuiproom turn
loriw 'ill the cm tons It Is 'he onU
chance Barsoom has to exist touior-
From where I lay I opened the sec-
ond door, und then the third, and as I
saw the hope of Barsoom crawling
weakly on hands and knees through
the lust doorway 1 sank unconscious
upon the ground.
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In the distance we saw the bright-
white llglit of an approaching airship,
but we attached no special significance
to so common a sight Like a bolt of
lightning It raced toward Helium until
its very speed bespoke the,anusnial.
Flashing the signals wldcli pro*
claimed It a dispatch hearer for the
Jeddak, It circled Impatiently awaiting
the tardy patrol boat which must con-
voy It to the palace docks.
Ten minutes after It touched at the
palace a message called me tn the !
council chamber, which I found tilling
with the members of that body.
On the raised platform of the throne '
was Tardos Mors, pacing back -i id
forth with tense-drawn face. When
all were In their seats he turned to-
"This morning," he said, "word
reached the several governments of
Barsoom that the keeper of the atmos-
phere plant had made no wireless re-
port for two days, nor had almost
ceaseless calls upon him from a score
of capitals elicited a sign of response. !
All day a thousand cruisers have been
searching for him until, Just now, one
of them returns bearing his dead body, |
■which was found In the pits beneath
his house horribly mutilated by some 1
"I do not need to tell you what this '
means to Barsoom. It would take j
months to penetrate those mighty j
walls, In fact the work has already i
commenced, and there would be little
to fear were the engine of the pumping
plant to. run as It should and as they
nil have for hundreds of years; but the
worst, we fear, has happened. The
instruments show a rapidly decreasing
air pressure on all parts of Barsoom— '
the engine has stopped.
"My gentlemen," he concluded, "we
lave at best three days to live." j
There was absolute silence for sev-
eral minutes, and then a young noble
arose, and with his drawn sword held
.Ugh above his head addressed Tardos j
"The men of Helium have prided
themselves that they have ever shown
Barsoom bow a nation of red men [
should live, now is our opportunity to
show them how they should die. Let j
us go about our duties as though a
thousand useful years still lay before
The chamber rang with applause
and as there was nothing better to do !
than to allay the fears of the people
by our example we went our ways I
wUh smiles upon our faces and sorrow !
gnawing at our hearts.
When I returned to my palace I I
found that the rumor already hail i
reached Dejali Thoris, so I told her
all that I had heard.
"We have been very happy, John
Carter." she aid, "and I thank what-
ever fate overtakes us that it permits
us to die together."
The neTct two days brought no no-
ticeable change in the supply of air,
but on the morning of the third day
breathing became difficult at 'lie high-
er altitudes of the roof tops. The ave- j
noes and plazas of Helium were tilled
with people. All business had ceased, j
For the most part the people looked
bravely Into the face of their unalter-
able doom. Here and there, however, \
men and women gave way to quiet j
Toward the middle of the day many
of the weaker commenced to succumb
and within an hour the people of Bar- 1
soom were sinking b- thousands Into
the unconsciousness which precedes
death by asphyxiation.
Dejah Thoris ami I with the other ^
members of the royal family had col- j
leeted in a sunken garden within an
Inner courtyard of the palace. The ;
little incubator had been brought from
the roof of our palace at request of I
Dejah Thoris and she sat gazing long-
ingly upon the unknown little life that
now she would never know.
As It was becoming perceptibly dif-
ficult to breathe Tardus Mora arose. |
"Let us bid each other farewell. The
days of the greatness of Bursoom are .
over. Tomorrow's sun will look down '
upon a dead world which through all
eternity must go swinging through the
heavens peopled not even by mem-
ories. It is the end."
He stooped and kissed the women
of his family, and laid his strong hand
upon the shoulders of the men.
As I turned sadly from him my eyes
fell upon Dejah Thoris. Her head was
drooping upon her breast, to all ap-
I tea ranees she was lifeless. With a cry
1 sprang to her and raised her In my
Her eyes opened and looked into
"lvlss me, John Carter," she mur-
mured. "I love you! I love you! It Is
cruel that we must be torn apart who
were Just starting upon a life of love
As I pressed her dear lips to mint
the old feeling of unconquerable pow-
er and authority rose In me. The light-
ing blood of Virginia sprang to lift in
"It shall tiot he, t.iy princess," 1
cried. "There is, there must be some
way, and John Carter, who has fought
his way through a strange world lor
love of you, will find It."
Aral with uiy words there crept
above the threshold of my conscious
mind a series of nine long forgotten
Rounds. Like a flash of lightning In
the darkness their full purport dawned
upon me—the key to the three great
doors of the atmosphere plant!
Turning suddenly toward Tardos
Mors as I still clasped my dying love
to my breast I cried:
"A flyer, Jeddak ! Quick! Order
your swiftest flyer to the palace top.
I can save Barsoom yet."
He did not wait to question, but In
an Instant a guard was racing to the
nearest dock and though the air was
thin and almost gone at the rooftop
they managed to launch the fastest
one-man, alrscout machine that the
skill of Barsoom had ever produced.
Kissing Dejah Thoris a dozen times
and commanding Wool a, who would
have followed me, to remain and guard
her, I bounded with my old agility and
strength to the high ramparts of the
palace, and In another moment I was
headed toward the goal of the hopes
of all Barsoom.
I had to fly low to get sufficient air
to breathe, but I took a straight course
across nn old sen bottom and so had to
rise on'v a few feet above the ground.
I traveled with awful velocity, for
my errand was a race against time
with death. The face of Dejah Thoris
hung always before me. As I turned
for a last loolc as I left the palace par-
den I had seen her stagger and sink
upon the ground beside the little incu-
bator. That she had dropped Into the
Inst comn which would end in death,
if the air supply remained unreplen-
lshed, I well knew, and so, throwing
caution to the winds, I flung over-
board everything but the engine and
compass, 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.
An hour before dark the great walls
of the atmosphere plant loomed sud-
denly before me, anil with a sickening
thud I plunged to the ground before
the small door which was withholding
the spark of life from the inhabitants
of an entire planet.
Beside the door a great crew of men
had been laboring to pierce the wall,
but they had scarcely scratched the
flintlike surface, and now most of
them lay in the last sleep from which
not even air would awaken them.
Conditions seemed much worse here
than at Helium, and it was with diffi-
culty that I breathed at all. There
were a few men still conscious, and to
one of these I spoke.
"If 1 can open these doors Is there a
man who can start the engines?" 1
"I can," he replied, "If you open
quickly. I can last but a few momenta
more. But It Is useless, they are both
dead and no one else upon Barsoom
knew the secret of these awful locks.
For three days men crazed with fear
have surged about this portal in vain
attempts to solve Its mystery."
I had no time to talk. I was becom-
ing very weak and It was with diffi-
culty that I controlled my mind at all.
But with a final effort, as I sank
weakly to my knees I hurled the nine
thought waves at that awful thing be-
fore me. 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.
Slowly^the mighty door receded be-
fore us, I attempted to rise und fol-
At the Arizona Cave.
It was dark when I opened my eves
again. Strange, stltT garments were
upon my body; garments that cracked
and powdered away from me as I rose
to a sitting posture.
I felt myself over from head to foot
and from bead to foot 1 was clothed,
though when I fell unconscious at the
I Sank Unconscious Upon the Circurid.
little doorway 1 had been naked. Be-
fore me was a small patch of moonlit
sky which showed through a ragged
As my hands passed over my Imfly
they came in contact with pockets and
In one of these a small parcel of
i matches w rapped In rilled paper. One
I of Ihese matches 1 struck, and its dim
\ flame lighted up what appeared to l.e
a huge cave, toward tiie hack of which
I discovered a strange, still lignro
j huddled over a tiny bench. As I ap-
proached it I saw that it was the dead
I and mummifli.l remains of a little old
v-oman with t.-wc b!;' i: hair, and the.
thing it leaned over was a small char-j
coal bun,! upon which rested u
round copper vessel 1 < ntullilug a
small iiminilly of greenish powder.
I'ehllid her depending from the roof
upon rawhide tl.me.'s and stretching
entliv 'y inTo«s ti.** i a\e. was a low of j
buna n skeletons From the thong;
will.-!, held tie-in sMet< lied another to
tl.e •bail hand «.f the little old woman;
in I touched the cord ihe skeletons
-■ cog lo ti e motion with a noise as of
the rustling of dry leaves.
It wi«* a most .v..te-iiue and horrid 1
nil,baa unit I hastened out into the
fresh air: glad to escape from so grue-
some a place.
Th" sifht that laet my eyes ns I
stepped oat upon a small ledge which
rim before tl.e entrance of the cave
tilled me iviih ennslerna'lon.
A new heaven and a new landscape
met IIIJ pu?e The Ml\efed mountains
m tl.e rll<tan''e ihe iilaio>t stationary
mi on I nn'/iiig In the si.v. ihe cacti*
studded \alley l.elow me were not of
Mars. I could scarce believe lay eyes,
hut the truth slowly forced itself lli'on
cm*--I was looking upon Ai /ona from
the same ledge from wh.ch leu years
hi fore I had gazed villi longing ilpo.
Burying iny head In my arms I
turned, broken. and sorrowful, down
the trail trolll li e cave.
Above me shone ihe red eye of Mars
holding her awful secret, forty-eight
million miles away.
IMrl the Martian retmh the pump
room? I>hl ihe vitalizing uir reach
tlte pie of that distant planet la
time lo save them? Was my Dejali
Thoris alive, or did her beautiful body
He cold in ilea III beside the tlli.V golden
incubator in the sunken garden of the
Inner courtyard of the palace of Tar-
dus Mors, the Jeddak of Helium?
For ten years I have walled and
prayed for an answer lo my questions.
For ten years I ha e waited and
prayed to be taken buck ;o the world
Of my lost love. I would rather lit'
dead beside her there than live on
earth all those millions of terrible
miles from her.
The old mine, which I found un-
touched, has made me fabulously
wealthy; but what inre I for wealth!
As 1 sit here tonight In my little
study overlooking the litnlsun. Just
twenty years have elapsed since 1 first
opened my eyes upon Mars.
I can see her shining In the sky
l.,.'ough the little window by my desk,
and tonight she seems calling to me
again as she lias tint called before
since that long dead night, and i think
I cut) see. across that awful abyss of
space, u beautiful black-haired woman
standing in ihe garden of a palace, and
at her side is a little boy who puts his
arm around her as she points into the
ky toward Ihe planet Kurt It. while at
their feel Is a huge and hideous cren
tare with a heart of gold.
timi tliev are waiting for
' (THE END 1
A mall car aits, led to the Ura&a
.Pacific train No 9 was broken iald
jeome time after it left Cheyenne for
tfce West the othc-.- night and eight
poucht3 were stolen. Postofflco
authorities iiv-nit. ic£istercd mail vus
+ + +
Franklin K l.ana, secretary of the
Intel lor under President Wilson, is
cead at a hospital in Rochester.
Minn Death wa; due to an attack
of an?ii.a pectoris. The body was
taken to < bin go to he cremated.
"# + +
The Chicago Building Trades Coun-
cil . ud the Building Construction Em-
il .vers' Association the other day
| t> ul.nut t ; arbitration the
.• u ■■ di-' Ute that ha- caused a lock-
et in the Lu.ld.u3 tiades since May
: Th arbitration committee met at
Oil' L .
+ + +
I i c'urin that the situation in Mingo
I'oi iny is a smoldering volcano" wlt'i
jan eruption ail the more imminent
- I i . au ,e of expected demonstrations
I on the fi. -t anniversary of the battle
!if Matew.in, Mingo County authorities
have ag <in asked Governor Morgan
for federal Hoops.
•1 + -t-
Indications are that members of
'he grain exchanges will have to be-
stir then;- Iv.s continuously and to
i great*r extent Man ever before
from new on They are up against
u tougher proposition in the way of
o position from the farmers' associa-
| tion than they have ever dreamed of.
The Dublin custom house la in
ruins ana all the incst important d«^
uments of the government relating tc
Ireland, together with papers and n c
i ords. the value of which cannot L>«
estimated, have been destroyed. This
Dublin castle officially announces, It
tLe work of Sinn Fein torces.
+ + +
Mauy persons are reported to have
been killed in an outbreak iu Alexai*
dria, Egypt, where natives attacked
Europeans, says a Reuters dispatch
from that city. British troops havi
^rr,,•'1<, and taken charge of the tow*
'' ' ih'.i-en by
he Allois flub to pul Bartlesville lu
he race to.- the piize iu Ihe Better
.Niles contest lo 1 ■ held at Oklahoma
Illy. The club wlil arrange to bring
tp the ten points on which ciiies will
What is expected to be ihe bo3t
"Iks clubioont in the southwest is
low under const, uctlon at Altus. A
argc woman's roo.u is being added
md will be furnished with the best
urniture obtainable. A smoking and
lilliard room and dance pavilion ars
Si:,.I'. .01 time, adi'l.ucli to their athactivene
and they are
Serving tiYngs that are crispy-coid in
so ' nuch :ivore appetizing, too.
Besides, t,acre's the ana.ter of proper sanitation -a very vital and important one.
The old-til ne method of lowering the butter in the well, or storing things away in a damp, musty oel
lai used to seii it a',"right, but no>v .were very Klad to know melt unsanitary methods are are part of the
i „|,| t;av.a for no housewife., in this modern day and age, can afford to be without a sanitary, time-saving
I labor-saving Refrigerator.
There a:e|nan> dependable .nukes of Refrireiators on the rr.aiket, but we be.ieve there are none wh.ch
ian excel either frifii the standpoint of quality or piice, the Claiie. iiehigeiator lor which we aie a
I ■ ents.
Cl.i.o in and let us demonstrate its exceptional qualities.
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