us were we apprehended;
however many more might come from the temples and gardens of Issus
would not in any way decrease our chances.
We were now in a quandary as to how to pass the guards who patrolled
the island about the pool. At last I hit upon a plan.
"What is the name or title of the officer in charge of these guards?" I
asked the boy.
"A fellow named Torith was on duty when we entered this morning," he
"Good. And what is the name of the commander of the submarine?"
I found a dispatch blank in the cabin and wrote the following order:
"Dator Torith: Return these two slaves at once to Shador.
"That will be the simpler way to return," I said, smiling, as I handed
the forged order to the boy. "Come, we shall see now how well it
"But our swords!" he exclaimed. "What shall we say to explain them?"
"Since we cannot explain them we shall have to leave them behind us," I
"Is it not the extreme of rashness to thus put ourselves again,
unarmed, in the power of the First Born?"
"It is the only way," I answered. "You may trust me to find a way out
of the prison of Shador, and I think, once out, that we shall find no
great difficulty in arming ourselves once more in a country which
abounds so plentifully in armed men."
"As you say," he replied with a smile and shrug. "I could not follow
another leader who inspired greater confidence than you. Come, let us
put your ruse to the test."
Boldly we emerged from the hatchway of the craft, leaving our swords
behind us, and strode to the main exit which led to the sentry's post
and the office of the Dator of the guard.
At sight of us the members of the guard sprang forward in surprise, and
with levelled rifles halted us. I held out the message to one of them.
He took it and seeing to whom it was addressed turned and handed it to
Torith who was emerging from his office to learn the cause of the
The black read the order, and for a moment eyed us with evident
"Where is Dator Yersted?" he asked, and my heart sank within me, as I
cursed myself for a stupid fool in not having sunk the submarine to
make good the lie that I must tell.
"His orders were to return immediately to the temple landing," I
Torith took a half step toward the entrance
"Quick now, my man, and make your escape with the Princess von der Tann.Page 40
The look of the thing was all too familiar.Page 41
" "How much does your father owe him?" "Five hundred marks, your majesty," replied Rudolph.Page 53
He let his gaze follow the two as they moved on up the corridor until they turned in at the door of the room they sought, then he followed them, entering an apartment next to that in which Herr Kramer's patient lay.Page 54
I feel that I owe you full reparation for the injuries you received, though it is beyond me how you happened to be found under the machine.Page 56
Herr Kramer will watch over you, but as none here guesses your true identity you are safer here than anywhere else in Lutha.Page 58
The American was sunk in unhappy meditation as his weary little mount plodded slowly along the dusty road.Page 66
"In the meantime the Prince Regent must continue to rule.Page 79
"He said, your majesty," replied Von der Tann, "that he is confident you are not the king, and that these men he has sent with me knew the king well at Blentz.Page 103
"It was with greater difficulty, however, my dear Peter, that I convinced him that you, Von Coblich, and Captain Maenck were his most loyal friends.Page 118
Presently to his chagrin his foot touched the metal cover of a manhole; there was a resultant rattling that smote upon Barney's ears and nerves with all the hideous clatter of a boiler shop.Page 125
He glanced toward the door.Page 126
Cars were passing up and down in both directions, usually at high speed.Page 144
None of them could possibly have gained a sufficiently good look at his features to recognize them again.Page 150
The horses were coming at a walk and with them were several men on foot.Page 169
A troop of horse was just emerging from the north gate.Page 188
The long night wore its weary way to dawn at last.Page 205
The American's eyes were glued with horror upon the reflection that he saw there--an old man swinging a huge ax down upon his head.Page 208
Turning his horse back along the trail he had come, he retraced his way until he reached a narrow bridle path that led toward the southwest.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.