protect their ruler!"
Mo-sar commanded a goodly following and these quickly surrounded him
and Bu-lot, but there were many knives against them and now Ja-don
pressed forward through those who confronted the pretender.
"Take them both!" he shouted. "The warriors of Pal-ul-don will choose
their own king after the assassin of Ko-tan has paid the penalty of his
Directed now by a leader whom they both respected and admired those who
had been loyal to Ko-tan rushed forward upon the faction that had
surrounded Mo-sar. Fierce and terrible was the fighting, devoid,
apparently, of all else than the ferocious lust to kill and while it
was at its height Mo-sar and Bu-lot slipped unnoticed from the banquet
To that part of the palace assigned to them during their visit to A-lur
they hastened. Here were their servants and the lesser warriors of
their party who had not been bidden to the feast of Ko-tan. These were
directed quickly to gather together their belongings for immediate
departure. When all was ready, and it did not take long, since the
warriors of Pal-ul-don require but little impedimenta on the march,
they moved toward the palace gate.
Suddenly Mo-sar approached his son. "The princess," he whispered. "We
must not leave the city without her--she is half the battle for the
Bu-lot, now entirely sober, demurred. He had had enough of fighting and
of risk. "Let us get out of A-lur quickly," he urged, "or we shall have
the whole city upon us. She would not come without a struggle and that
would delay us too long."
"There is plenty of time," insisted Mo-sar. "They are still fighting in
the pal-e-don-so. It will be long before they miss us and, with Ko-tan
dead, long before any will think to look to the safety of the princess.
Our time is now--it was made for us by Jad-ben-Otho. Come!"
Reluctantly Bu-lot followed his father, who first instructed the
warriors to await them just inside the gateway of the palace. Rapidly
the two approached the quarters of the princess. Within the
entrance-way only a handful of warriors were on guard. The eunuchs had
"There is fighting in the pal-e-don-so," Mo-sar announced in feigned
excitement as they entered the presence of the guards. "The king
desires you to come at once and has sent us to guard the apartments of
the princess. Make haste!" he commanded as the men hesitated.
The warriors knew him and that on the morrow the princess was to be
betrothed to Bu-lot, his son. If there was trouble what more natural
than that Mo-sar and Bu-lot should be intrusted with
In accordance with the commands of the Regent I deliver his august person into your safe keeping, Captain Maenck.Page 26
That only tends to corroborate the contention of Prince Peter that your majesty is not--er, just sane, and so, incompetent to rule Lutha.Page 43
But, as I says, there ain't no great rush.Page 47
He would have fallen had not the American thrown a strong arm about him.Page 52
It is an institution for the treatment of nervous diseases to which patients are brought from all parts of Europe, and is doubtless Lutha's principal claim upon the attention of the outer world.Page 59
" "To see Peter of Blentz rob Leopold of a crown," said the American in a disgusted tone.Page 65
Barney saw from the corner of his eye the sea of faces upturned toward him.Page 99
" His excuse was to come sooner than he imagined.Page 100
This time there was no doubt.Page 106
All that he was sure of was that there had been no other place to go than this little room.Page 109
" "Why do you wish to reach Serbia?" asked the girl suspiciously.Page 125
"Has General Kampf passed in this morning?" he asked blithely.Page 133
"Let us see Leopold.Page 143
Gradually he nursed her up and up to greater speed.Page 146
He has been at Blentz and.Page 164
" Barney Custer looked straight into the girl's face for a long moment.Page 170
He was demanding an accounting from Leopold, the man; not from Leopold, the king.Page 176
Nearly everyone spoke of the great war and of the peril which menaced Lutha.Page 208
Where the road dipped into the ravine and down through the village to the valley the rider drew his restless mount into a walk; but, once in the valley, he let him out.Page 212
of Lutha, and was sent to the front in command of the army corps that guarded the northern frontier of the little kingdom.