Whether they had discovered us or simply were looking at the deserted city I could not say, but in any event they received a rude reception, for suddenly and without warning the green Martian warriors fired a terrific volley from the windows of the buildings facing the little valley across which the great ships were so peacefully advancing.
It had never been given me to see such deadly accuracy of aim, and it seemed as though a little figure on one of the craft dropped at the explosion of each bullet, while the banners and upper works dissolved in spurts of flame as the irresistible projectiles of our warriors mowed through them.
Between two of the principal chiefs rode a young warrior who had distinguished himself in the battle.
There the poor mother of the youthful warrior who had returned home in triumph but to die, gave full vent to the anguish of a mother's heart.
About the walled city the red man saw a huge encampment of the green warriors
of the dead sea-bottoms, and as he let his eyes rove carefully over the city he realized that here was no deserted metropolis of a dead past.
suddenly demanded the youthful warrior
, a look of startling fierceness gleaming, at the same instant, athwart his dark visage.
When he pointed to their weapons the warriors
hastened to fetch spear, shield, arrows, and a bow.
She grappled then towards him, she seized the warrior
in her foul claws.
And so presently he came within sight of the black warriors
of Mbonga, the chief.
Luud saw Ghek following the strange warrior
into the chamber.
Mugambi saw them coming, and, calling those of his warriors
who remained, ran for the bungalow and the last stand.
As it touched Tarzan spoke a few low words to Sheeta and Akut, so that before the attacking warriors
could draw away there sprang upon them with a blood-freezing scream a huge panther, and into the other end of their canoe clambered a great ape.
Heyward profited by the first opportunity to gaze in his face, secretly apprehensive he might find the features of another acquaintance; but they proved to be those of a stranger, and, what was still more inexplicable, of one who bore all the distinctive marks of a Huron warrior
Half a dozen great leaps brought me to the spot, and another instant saw me again in my stride in quick pursuit of the hideous monsters that were rapidly gaining on the fleeing warrior
, but this time I grasped a mighty long-sword in my hand and in my heart was the old blood lust of the fighting man, and a red mist swam before my eyes and I felt my lips respond to my heart in the old smile that has ever marked me in the midst of the joy of battle.
Then, as he found that all his enchantments were likely to be dispelled and his victims every one set free, he suddenly ran to the little door that opened upon the balcony and gave the shrill whistle that summoned his warriors