to carry me into the very corridor they might choose to enter.
The sensation of moving rapidly through these dark passages was far
from reassuring. I knew not at what moment I might plunge headlong
into some terrible pit or meet with some of the ghoulish creatures that
inhabit these lower worlds beneath the dead cities of dying Mars.
There filtered to me a faint radiance from the torch of the men
behind--just enough to permit me to trace the direction of the winding
passageways directly before me, and so keep me from dashing myself
against the walls at the turns.
Presently I came to a place where five corridors diverged from a common
point. I had hastened along one of them for some little distance when
suddenly the faint light of the torch disappeared from behind me. I
paused to listen for sounds of the party behind me, but the silence was
as utter as the silence of the tomb.
Quickly I realized that the warriors had taken one of the other
corridors with their prisoner, and so I hastened back with a feeling of
considerable relief to take up a much safer and more desirable position
behind them. It was much slower work returning, however, than it had
been coming, for now the darkness was as utter as the silence.
It was necessary to feel every foot of the way back with my hand
against the side wall, that I might not pass the spot where the five
roads radiated. After what seemed an eternity to me, I reached the
place and recognized it by groping across the entrances to the several
corridors until I had counted five of them. In not one, however,
showed the faintest sign of light.
I listened intently, but the naked feet of the green men sent back no
guiding echoes, though presently I thought I detected the clank of side
arms in the far distance of the middle corridor. Up this, then, I
hastened, searching for the light, and stopping to listen occasionally
for a repetition of the sound; but soon I was forced to admit that I
must have been following a blind lead, as only darkness and silence
rewarded my efforts.
Again I retraced my steps toward the parting of the ways, when to my
surprise I came upon the entrance to three diverging corridors, any one
of which I might have traversed in my hasty dash after the false clue I
had been following. Here was a pretty fix, indeed! Once back at the
if you were found with me? Why, they may even take me for an emperor or a mikado--who knows? And then look at all the trouble we'd be in.Page 25
a full length oil of a former Blentz princess looked down in arrogance upon the unwilling occupant of the room.Page 27
"What Princess Emma?" "Princess von der Tann," replied Barney.Page 35
" Two of the soldiers crossed the room toward the casement.Page 43
And see that you don't come nosing round either, or I'll slit that soft throat for you.Page 57
"To demonstrate to the people," continued the officer, "that Prince Ludwig and Peter are good friends, the great Von der Tann will attend the coronation, but that he takes little stock in the sincerity of the Prince of Blentz would be apparent could the latter have a peep beneath the cloaks and look into the loyal hearts of the men of Tann who rode down to Lustadt today.Page 69
When Peter of Blentz had escaped from the cathedral he had hastily mounted with a handful of his followers and hurried out of Lustadt along the road toward his formidable fortress at Blentz.Page 79
Could they locate these.Page 84
Suddenly the truth flashed upon him.Page 89
"Let's have done with treason, and place upon the throne of Lutha one whom we know to be both a Luthanian and sane.Page 104
His papers were practically worthless even inside the lines.Page 106
Upon the roof of.Page 110
Presently her footfalls died out as she descended to the lower floors.Page 146
A moment later the second rider came to a stop at the same point at which the first had reined in.Page 156
Maenck learned that he had retired to his apartments a few minutes earlier in company with Prince Peter of Blentz and Von Coblich.Page 161
His fingers sought the lock.Page 167
" "No," interposed the American.Page 175
A few hours will complete the link across the road.Page 201
The note was short and to the point, and was signed only with initials.Page 213
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