less than a week--that is, it was made as safe as
it ever would be, though regardless of how long she might occupy it she
would keep on adding touches and refinements here and there.
Her daily life was filled with her house building and her hunting, to
which was added an occasional spice of excitement contributed by roving
lions. To the woodcraft that she had learned from Tarzan, that master
of the art, was added a considerable store of practical experience
derived from her own past adventures in the jungle and the long months
with Obergatz, nor was any day now lacking in some added store of
useful knowledge. To these facts was attributable her apparent immunity
from harm, since they told her when JA was approaching before he crept
close enough for a successful charge and, too, they kept her close to
those never-failing havens of retreat--the trees.
The nights, filled with their weird noises, were lonely and depressing.
Only her ability to sleep quickly and soundly made them endurable. The
first night that she spent in her completed house behind barred windows
and barricaded door was one of almost undiluted peace and happiness.
The night noises seemed far removed and impersonal and the soughing of
the wind in the trees was gently soothing. Before, it had carried a
mournful note and was sinister in that it might hide the approach of
some real danger. That night she slept indeed.
She went further afield now in search of food. So far nothing but
rodents had fallen to her spear--her ambition was an antelope, since
beside the flesh it would give her, and the gut for her bow, the hide
would prove invaluable during the colder weather that she knew would
accompany the rainy season. She had caught glimpses of these wary
animals and was sure that they always crossed the stream at a certain
spot above her camp. It was to this place that she went to hunt them.
With the stealth and cunning of a panther she crept through the forest,
circling about to get up wind from the ford, pausing often to look and
listen for aught that might menace her--herself the personification of
a hunted deer. Now she moved silently down upon the chosen spot. What
luck! A beautiful buck stood drinking in the stream. The woman wormed
her way closer. Now she lay upon her belly behind a small bush within
throwing distance of the quarry. She must rise to her full height and
throw her spear almost in the same instant and she must throw it with
Then a cunning look came into his eyes.Page 15
"Leave me with my dead king.Page 45
" "I am glad that I killed him, though," went on the boy, "for he would have killed you, my king, had I not done so.Page 64
"Crown Leopold, king of Lutha!" A mad roar of acclaim greeted this demand, and again from all parts of the cathedral rose the same wild cry.Page 77
Five minutes later the enemy were delighted to note that the fire upon their concealed battery had suddenly ceased.Page 81
With a grim smile Prince Ludwig von der Tann mounted his horse and rode toward the fort.Page 87
"The safest thing to do is to put him where he at least cannot come back to threaten us, and having done so upon the orders of Peter, let the king's blood be upon Peter's head.Page 116
"Aim!" the pieces leaped to.Page 119
He could not leap upward from the slimy, concave bottom the distance he had dropped.Page 137
The officer had come to the conclusion that his prisoner was resigned to her fate and that, after all, the fate of being forced to be queen did not appear so dark to her.Page 145
What the peasant woman thought when she discovered the empty line the following morning Barney could only guess, but he was morally certain that her grief was more than tempered by the gold piece he had wrapped in a bit of cloth torn from the soldier's coat he had worn, which he pinned on the line where the shirt and pants had been.Page 147
Instantly Barney knew that the fellow had noted his resemblance to the king.Page 159
One may forget much in two years; but that he was at work upon the right panel Barney was positive.Page 167
The chains creaked and the windlass groaned as the heavy planking sank to place across the moat.Page 173
Very well, Barney Custer, of Beatrice, would be Leopold for a few days, since the real Leopold had proven himself incompetent to meet the emergency.Page 188
" New hope burst aflame in the breast of the condemned man.Page 208
When Barney reached the river his hopes sank.Page 209
Both were wounded in the courtyard in the fight that took place there.Page 211
All that he wanted of Lutha was the girl he had found there, as his father before him had found the girl of his choice.Page 214
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