We could not be happier that Olivia Palermo decided to step out right smack in the middle of the week, offering us outfit inspiration for Thursday, Friday, and weekend brunch.
Presently it swung full upon us and-stopped. The tension in our nerves was near the breaking point, and I doubt if any of us breathed for the few moments he held us covered by his glass; and then he lowered it and we could see him shout a command to the warriors who had passed from our sight behind the ridge. He did not wait for them to join him, however, instead he wheeled his thoat and came tearing madly in our direction ..
But now the sounds inside had ceased, and a thin circle of bright metal showed between the top and the body of the cylinder. Air was either entering or escaping at the rim with a thin, sizzling sound. They listened, rapped on the scaly burnt metal with a stick, and, meeting with no response, they both concluded the man or men inside must be insensitive or dead. Of course the two were quite unable to do anything.
Henderson went into the railway station at once, in order to telegraph the news to London. The newspaper articles had prepared men's minds for the reception of the idea. I found a little crowd of perhaps twenty people surrounding the huge hole in which the cylinder lay.
GREGG THE BUTCHER AND HIS LITTLE BOY
I think they realized that nothing was to be done for the present, and had gone away to breakfast at Henderson's house. There were four or five boys sitting on the edge of the Pit, with their feet dangling, and amusing themselves-until I stopped them-by
throwing stones at the giant mass. After I had spoken to them about it, they began playing "touch" in and out of the group of bystanders. Among these were a couple of cyclists, a gardener jobbing I sometimes, a girl carrying a baby, Gregg the butcher and his little boy, and two or three loafers and golf caddies who were accustomed to hang about the railway station. There was very little talking. Few of the common people in England had anything but the vaguest astronomical ideas in those days. Most of them were staring quietly at the big table like the end of the cylinder, which was still Ogilvy and Henderson had left it.
I fancy the popular expectation of a heap of charred corpses was disappointed at this inanimate bulk. Some went away while I was there, and other people came. I clambered into the pit and fancied I heard the faint movement under my feet.
[blockquote author = "DALAI LAMA" pull = "normal"] Our prime purpose in this life is to
help others. And if you can not help them,
at least do not hurt them. [/ blockquote]
It was only when I got so close to it that the strangeness of this object was at all evident to me. At the first glance it was really no more exciting than an overturned carriage or blown tree across the road. Not so much so, indeed. It looked like a rusty gas float. It required a certain amount of scientific education to perceive that the gray scale of the Thing was in the common oxide, that the yellowish-white metal that gleamed in the crack between the lid and the cylinder had an unfamiliar hue.
WELCOME TO NEW YORK
"He pays reg'lar," was the rejoinder. "But come, it's getting dreadful late, you had better be turning flukes-it's a nice bed; Sal and me slept in that bed was the night we were spliced. There's plenty of room for two kick about in that bed; it's an almighty big bed that Why, we should give it up, Salt used to put our Sam and little Johnny in the foot of it. But I got the dreaming and sprawling about one night, and somehow, Sam got pitched on the floor, and came near breaking his arm. Arter that, Sal said it would not do. Come along here, I'll give you a glimpse of the way. But I stood irresolute; when looking at a clock in the corner, I have exclaimed "I vum it's Sunday-you will not see that harpooneer to-night; he's come to anchor somewhere-come along then; DO eat; WILL NOT ye eat? "
Never in my life had I been so surprised, but the habit of military discipline is strong within me, and I dropped my little machine lightly to the ground and advanced on foot as I had seen the others. As I halted before the officer, I addressed myself in an audible voice to the entire assemblage of troops and spectators.
"In recognition, John Carter," he said, "of your remarkable courage and skill in defending the person of the cousin of the jeddak Than Kosis and, singlehanded, vanquishing three green warriors, it is the pleasure of our jeddak to confer on you the mark of his esteem. "
Than Kosis 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 miraculous, 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 appointed to padwar the Guards and will be quartered in my palace hereafter. "
I thanked him, and at his direction joined the members of his staff. After the ceremony I returned my machine to its quarters on the roof of the barracks of the air-scout squadron, and with an orderly from the palace to guide I reported to the officer in charge of the palace.