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A Princess of Mars

They filled a little sack at my side with Zodangan money. The medium of exchange upon
Mars is not dissimilar from our own except that the coins are oval. Paper money is issued
by individuals as they require it and redeemed twice yearly. If a man issues more than he
can redeem, the government pays his creditors in full and the debtor works out the
amount upon the farms or in mines, which are all owned by the government. This suits
everybody except the debtor as it has been a difficult thing to obtain sufficient voluntary
labor to work the great isolated farm lands of Mars, stretching as they do like narrow
ribbons from pole to pole, through wild stretches peopled by wild animals and wilder
men.
When I mentioned my inability to repay them for their kindness to me they assured me
that I would have ample opportunity if I lived long upon Barsoom, and bidding me
farewell they watched me until I was out of sight upon the broad white turnpike.
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