For an hour or more we watched our pursuer
surging out nearer and nearer from amongst the squalls that sometimes hid her altogether.
The main body of his pursuers
were a considerable distance behind; several of the fastest runners were scattered in the advance; while a swift-footed warrior, armed with a spear, was not more than a hundred yards behind him.
Unconsciously I had ceased paddling as the serpent rose to engage my pursuer
, so now the skiff still drifted close beside the two.
The buck was now within fifty yards of his pursuers
, cutting the water gallantly, and snorting at each breath with terror and his exertions, while the canoe seemed to dance over the waves as it rose and fell with the undulations made by its own motion.
urged every effort in the chase; the Commandant three times changed his horse, but all in vain.
I felt more than a touch of exultation too, at having distanced my pursuers
. It was not in me then to go out and drown myself yet.
"Can we but reach the enclosure a little ahead of our pursuers
we have naught to fear from any evil power within this accursed valley."
Gradually I left my pursuers
further and further behind, and I was just congratulating myself on my lucky escape, when a well-directed shot from the cruiser exploded at the prow of my little craft.
But his pursuers
forestalling him, he doubled back across the cabin, passed over the galley, and gained the deck by means of the steerage- scuttle.
One wretched breathless child, panting with exhaustion; terror in his looks; agaony in his eyes; large drops of perspiration streaming down his face; strains every nerve to make head upon his pursuers
; and as they follow on his track, and gain upon him every instant, they hail his decreasing strength with joy.
Our relentless pursuers
were now close to us, so close that it seemed that it would be an utter impossibility for the Jeddak of Thark to reach the forest in advance of them, nor was there any considerable will in the efforts that Tars Tarkas made, for the green men of Barsoom do not relish flight, nor ever before had I seen one fleeing from death in whatsoever form it might have confronted him.
It must be as evident to you as it is to me that you cannot save us, for though you succeeded in dragging us from the path of our pursuers
, even your great strength and endurance could never take one of us across the desert waste which lies between here and the nearest fertile country."
At last the wind rose to a fair gale, and we simply raced away from our pursuers
as if they were standing still.
Once we met four young elephants, and an old one that played with them, lifting them up with her trunk; they grew enraged on a sudden, and ran upon us: we had no way of securing ourselves but by flight, which, however, would have been fruitless, had not our pursuers
been stopped by a deep ditch.
were after him at once, like two dogs chasing a hare.