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  • Edgar Rice Burroughs

    A strange feature about the tomb, where his body still lies, is that the massive door is equipped with a single, huge gold-plated spring lock which can be opened only from the inside.

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  • Yours very sincerely,

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs.

  • CHAPTER I

  • ON THE ARIZONA HILLS

  • John Carter

    I am a very old man; how old I do not know.

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  • Possibly I am a hundred, possibly more; but I cannot tell because I have never aged as other men, nor do I remember any childhood.

  • So far as I can recollect I have always been a man, a man of about thirty.

  • John Carter

    I appear today as I did forty years and more ago, and yet I feel that I cannot go on living forever; that some day I shall die the real death from which there is no resurrection.

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  • I do not know why I should fear death, I who have died twice and am still alive; but yet I have the same horror of it as you who have never died, and it is because of this terror of death, I believe, that I am so convinced of my mortality.

  • And because of this conviction I have determined to write down the story of the interesting periods of my life and of my death.

  • John Carter

    I cannot explain the phenomena; I can only set down here in the words of an ordinary soldier of fortune a chronicle of the strange events that befell me during the ten years that my dead body lay undiscovered in an Arizona cave.

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  • I have never told this story, nor shall mortal man see this manuscript until after I have passed over for eternity.

  • I know that the average human mind will not believe what it cannot grasp, and so I do not purpose being pilloried by the public, the pulpit, and the press, and held up as a colossal liar when I am but telling the simple truths which some day science will substantiate.

  • John Carter

    Possibly the suggestions which I gained upon Mars, and the knowledge which I can set down in this chronicle, will aid in an earlier understanding of the mysteries of our sister planet; mysteries to you, but no longer mysteries to me.

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  • My name is John Carter; I am better known as Captain Jack Carter of Virginia.

  • At the close of the Civil War I found myself possessed of several hundred thousand dollars (Confederate) and a captain's commission in the cavalry arm of an army which no longer existed; the servant of a state which had vanished with the hopes of the South.

  • John Carter

    Masterless, penniless, and with my only means of livelihood, fighting, gone, I determined to work my way to the southwest and attempt to retrieve my fallen fortunes in a search for gold.

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  • I spent nearly a year prospecting in company with another Confederate officer, Captain James K. Powell of Richmond.

  • We were extremely fortunate, for late in the winter of 1865, after many hardships and privations, we located the most remarkable gold-bearing quartz vein that our wildest dreams had ever pictured.