I had seen that the eggs were in the process of hatching, and as I stood watching the hideous little monsters break from their shells I failed to note the approach of a score of full-grown Martians from behind me.
Their discovery that I had not harmed the little Martians, and that I was unarmed, must have caused them to look upon me with less ferocity; but, as I was to learn later, the thing which weighed most in my favor was my exhibition of hurdling.
While the Martians are immense, their bones are very large and they are muscled only in proportion to the gravitation which they must overcome.
The Martians, after conversing for a short time, turned and rode away in the direction from which they had come, leaving one of their number alone by the enclosure.
Springing to my feet I received my first Martian surprise, for the effort, which on Earth would have brought me standing upright, carried me into the Martian air to the height of about three yards.
Consequently I gave a very earthly and at the same time superhuman leap to reach the top of the Martian incubator, for such I had determined it must be.
He told me that during the night the Martians had been surrounded by troops, and that guns were expected.
My neighbour was of opinion that the troops would be able to capture or to destroy the Martians during the day.
I talked with these soldiers for a time; I told them of my sight of the Martians on the previous evening.
It was only about five, however, that a field gun reached Chobham for use against the first body of Martians.
John Carter's Martian name, from the surnames of the first two warrior chieftains he killed.
A little pet animal among the red Martian women, about the size of a cat.