of himself in the service of Tara of
Helium the following day.
It was already morning when he awoke, and rising he paid for his
lodgings, sought a place to eat, and a short time later was on his way
toward The Towers of Jetan, which he had no difficulty in finding owing
to the great crowds that were winding along the avenues toward the
games. The new keeper of The Towers who had succeeded E-Med was too
busy to scrutinize entries closely, for in addition to the many
volunteer players there were scores of slaves and prisoners being
forced into the games by their owners or the government. The name of
each must be recorded as well as the position he was to play and the
game or games in which he was to be entered, and then there were the
substitutes for each that was entered in more than a single game--one
for each additional game that an individual was entered for, that no
succeeding game might be delayed by the death or disablement of a
"Your name?" asked a clerk as Turan presented himself.
"U-Kal," replied the panthan.
The keeper, who was standing beside the clerk, looked at Turan. "You
have come a great way to play at jetan," he said. "It is seldom that
the men of Manataj attend other than the decennial games. Tell me of
O-Zar! Will he attend next year? Ah, but he was a noble fighter. If you
be half the swordsman, U-Kal, the fame of Manataj will increase this
day. But tell me, what of O-Zar?"
"He is well," replied Turan, glibly, "and he sent greetings to his
friends in Manator."
"Good!" exclaimed the keeper, "and now in what game would you enter?"
"I would play for the Heliumetic princess, Tara," replied Turan.
"But man, she is to be the stake of a game for slaves and criminals,"
cried the keeper. "You would not volunteer for such a game!"
"But I would," replied Turan. "I saw her when she was brought into the
city and even then I vowed to possess her."
"But you will have to share her with the survivors even if your color
wins," objected the other.
"They may be brought to reason," insisted Turan.
"And you will chance incurring the wrath of O-Tar, who has no love for
this savage barbarian," explained the keeper.
"And I win her O-Tar will be rid of her," said Turan.
The keeper of The Towers of Jetan shook his head. "You are rash," he
said. "I would that I might dissuade the friend of my friend O-Zar from
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It was likewise remarked that Reginald, the two strange men and the GIRL had been first noticed after the time of arrival of the Oakdale train! What more was needed? Absolutely nothing more.Page 18
Recollection of the screaming man sinking to the earthen floor of the hay barn haunted him.Page 21
If you haven't, you still needn't fear me, for I won't peach on you.Page 28
Lie down here on this bed and try to sleep.Page 31
I can't go back and stand the disgrace and see him suffer, as he will suffer, for I was all he had--his only child.Page 35
"It's him all right," said Dopey Charlie.Page 40
Bridge smiled as he looked at the clear eyes, the oval face, and the fine, sensitive mouth and thought of the youth's claim to the crime battered sobriquet of The Oskaloosa Kid.Page 49
" The youth and the girl forced wan smiles; but neither spoke.Page 57
Then he turned and cast one awful look at Willie--a look large with menace.Page 59
" "Put 'em up!" snapped Burton, and when the four grimy fists had been elevated he signalled to his companions to search the two men.Page 65
"Well," said the man, "let's take one another at face value for a while, without digging too deep into the past; and now for our plans.Page 66
As the others planned they rather neglected Willie and when they came to assisting Giova in lowering her father into the grave and covering him over with earth they quite forgot Willie entirely.Page 67
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Finally he obtained his connection, which was with Jonas Prim's bank where detective Burton was making his headquarters.Page 82
He then telephoned Jonas Prim that his daughter was safe and would be returned to him in less than an hour.Page 88
I'm going to Payson," and dashed from the house.Page 91
Burton slipped the noose from about the.Page 92
"I want Father to know you and to know how you have cared for me.Page 97
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