onslaught, and in that
instant the green warrior rose to the occasion and, springing to my
side, laid to the right and left of him as I had never seen but one
other warrior do, with great circling strokes that formed a figure
eight about him and that never stopped until none stood living to
oppose him, his keen blade passing through flesh and bone and metal as
though each had been alike thin air.
As we bent to the slaughter, far above us rose that shrill, weird cry
which I had heard once before, and which had called the herd to the
attack upon their victims. Again and again it rose, but we were too
much engaged with the fierce and powerful creatures about us to attempt
to search out even with our eyes the author of the horrid notes.
Great tails lashed in frenzied anger about us, razor-like talons cut
our limbs and bodies, and a green and sticky syrup, such as oozes from
a crushed caterpillar, smeared us from head to foot, for every cut and
thrust of our longswords brought spurts of this stuff upon us from the
severed arteries of the plant men, through which it courses in its
sluggish viscidity in lieu of blood.
Once I felt the great weight of one of the monsters upon my back and as
keen talons sank into my flesh I experienced the frightful sensation of
moist lips sucking the lifeblood from the wounds to which the claws
I was very much engaged with a ferocious fellow who was endeavouring to
reach my throat from in front, while two more, one on either side, were
lashing viciously at me with their tails.
The green warrior was much put to it to hold his own, and I felt that
the unequal struggle could last but a moment longer when the huge
fellow discovered my plight, and tearing himself from those that
surrounded him, he raked the assailant from my back with a single sweep
of his blade, and thus relieved I had little difficulty with the others.
Once together, we stood almost back to back against the great boulder,
and thus the creatures were prevented from soaring above us to deliver
their deadly blows, and as we were easily their match while they
remained upon the ground, we were making great headway in dispatching
what remained of them when our attention was again attracted by the
shrill wail of the caller above our heads.
This time I glanced up, and far above us upon a little natural balcony
on the face of the
"With your permission, I shall go at once and dispatch troops to search the forest for Leopold.Page 21
Did she not admit it to you, Butzow?" "When she thought his majesty dead she admitted it," replied Butzow.Page 41
"It would seem to me that there would be many opportunities for you to get away undetected.Page 71
Barney was the first to see the animals and the man.Page 75
The guns upon the single fort that, overlooking the broad valley, guarded the entire southern exposure of the city were.Page 84
For three weeks I have labored and risked death a hundred times to place the legitimate heir to the crown of Lutha upon his throne.Page 86
"Do not kill me, and I will go away where none will ever know that I live.Page 90
Following the coronation the king was closeted in his private audience chamber in the palace with Prince Ludwig.Page 96
I know it is, and I hate to think of it," replied Barney; "but why in the world do you have to play bridge if you don't want to?" "I promised Margaret that I'd go.Page 103
"Already I have half convinced him that the old man aspires to the throne.Page 130
Leopold almost smiled as he thought of the chagrin with which Prince Ludwig would receive the news that he had gone to Blentz as the guest of Peter.Page 137
Behind her, Maenck and the balance of.Page 145
He did not dare approach or question any human being.Page 154
" The girl lowered the firearm.Page 157
The king trembled.Page 160
It was not there, but his quest revealed the fact that the well at this point was much larger than he had imagined--it broadened into a small chamber.Page 181
"Perhaps Lieutenant Butzow might find a way," suggested the officer.Page 183
"I forgot to return it.Page 188
I shall give you until tomorrow morning to make a full explanation of the truth and to form some plan whereby you may utilize once more whatever influence you had over Leopold to the end that he grant to myself and my associates his royal assurance that our lives and property will be safe in Lutha.Page 210
He has died as he had lived--futilely.