A Princess Of Mars

  • Foreword

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs

    To the Reader of this Work:

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  • In submitting Captain Carter's strange manuscript to you in book form, I believe that a few words relative to this remarkable personality will be of interest.

  • My first recollection of Captain Carter is of the few months he spent at my father's home in Virginia, just prior to the opening of the civil war.

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs

    I was then a child of but five years, yet I well remember the tall, dark, smooth-faced, athletic man whom I called Uncle Jack.

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  • He seemed always to be laughing; and he entered into the sports of the children with the same hearty good fellowship he displayed toward those pastimes in which the men and women of his own age indulged; or he would sit for an hour at a time entertaining my old grandmother with stories of his strange, wild life in all parts of the world.

  • We all loved him, and our slaves fairly worshipped the ground he trod.

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs

    He was a splendid specimen of manhood, standing a good two inches over six feet, broad of shoulder and narrow of hip, with the carriage of the trained fighting man.

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  • His features were regular and clear cut, his hair black and closely cropped, while his eyes were of a steel gray, reflecting a strong and loyal character, filled with fire and initiative.

  • His manners were perfect, and his courtliness was that of a typical southern gentleman of the highest type.

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    His horsemanship, especially after hounds, was a marvel and delight even in that country of magnificent horsemen.

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  • I have often heard my father caution him against his wild recklessness, but he would only laugh, and say that the tumble that killed him would be from the back of a horse yet unfoaled.

  • When the war broke out he left us, nor did I see him again for some fifteen or sixteen years.

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    When he returned it was without warning, and I was much surprised to note that he had not aged apparently a moment, nor had he changed in any other outward way.

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  • He was, when others were with him, the same genial, happy fellow we had known of old, but when he thought himself alone I have seen him sit for hours gazing off into space, his face set in a look of wistful longing and hopeless misery;

  • and at night he would sit thus looking up into the heavens, at what I did not know until I read his manuscript years afterward.

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs

    He told us that he had been prospecting and mining in Arizona part of the time since the war;

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  • and that he had been very successful was evidenced by the unlimited amount of money with which he was supplied.

  • As to the details of his life during these years he was very reticent, in fact he would not talk of them at all.

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    He remained with us for about a year and then went to New York, where he purchased a little place on the Hudson, where I visited him once a year on the occasions of my trips to the New York market--my father and I owning and operating a string of general stores throughout Virginia at that time.

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