in conversation with von Schoenvorts late at night upon
two separate occasions--after each of which some great damage was found
done us in the morning. I didn't want to doubt you; but I carried all
the responsibility of the lives of these men, of the safety of the
ship, of your life and mine. I had to watch you, and I had to put you
on your guard against a repetition of your madness."
She was looking at me now with those great eyes of hers, very wide and
"Who told you that I spoke with Baron von Schoenvorts at night, or any
other time?" she asked.
"I cannot tell you, Lys," I replied, "but it came to me from two
"Then two men have lied," she asserted without heat. "I have not
spoken to Baron von Schoenvorts other than in your presence when first
we came aboard the U-33. And please, when you address me, remember
that to others than my intimates I am Miss La Rue."
Did you ever get slapped in the face when you least expected it? No?
Well, then you do not know how I felt at that moment. I could feel the
hot, red flush surging up my neck, across my cheeks, over my ears,
clear to my scalp. And it made me love her all the more; it made me
swear inwardly a thousand solemn oaths that I would win her.
 Late in July, 1916, an item in the shipping news mentioned a
Swedish sailing vessel, Balmen, Rio de Janeiro to Barcelona, sunk by a
German raider sometime in June. A single survivor in an open boat was
picked up off the Cape Verde Islands, in a dying condition. He expired
without giving any details.
For several days things went along in about the same course. I took our
position every morning with my crude sextant; but the results were
always most unsatisfactory. They always showed a considerable westing
when I knew that we had been sailing due north. I blamed my crude
instrument, and kept on. Then one afternoon the girl came to me.
"Pardon me," she said, "but were I you, I should watch this man
Benson--especially when he is in charge." I asked her what she meant,
thinking I could see the influence of von Schoenvorts raising a
suspicion against one of my most trusted men.
"If you will note the boat's course a half-hour after Benson goes on
duty," she said, "you will know what I mean, and you will
A half mile further on a straw stack loomed large within a fenced enclosure.Page 12
He was a prosaic old bachelor who had amassed a fortune by the simple means of inheriting three farms upon which an industrial city subsequently had been built.Page 16
Find Abigail Prim, whispered some, and the mystery will be solved.Page 18
And Nature drew upon her sinister forces to add to the fear which the youth already felt.Page 31
For a while each was occupied with his own thoughts; which were presently disturbed by the sound of footsteps upon the floor below--the muffled scraping of many feet followed a moment later by an exclamation and an oath, the words coming distinctly through the loose and splintered flooring.Page 38
"Wait until you know that it is a human voice that screams through this horrible place.Page 39
"We're a nice aggregation of mollycoddles--five of us sitting half frozen up here with a stove on the floor below, and just because we heard a noise which we couldn't explain and hadn't the nerve to investigate.Page 42
which pans of milk had doubtless stood to cool in a long gone, happier day.Page 43
Bridge shook his head.Page 48
"Yew gotta return them pails!" shouted Mrs.Page 50
"Where are you going?" cried The Oskaloosa Kid.Page 51
"Come, let's go on.Page 56
Even as he stood there thinking the great detective and his companions were entering the automobile to drive away.Page 63
The eyes of the girl widened in surprise and fear as she learned that three watchers lay concealed at the verge of the clearing.Page 78
" "You spit a mout'ful then," said Columbus Blackie.Page 82
At Payson he stopped long enough at the town jail to arrange for the reception of the two prisoners, to notify the coroner of the death of Columbus Blackie and the whereabouts of his body and to place Dirty Eddie in the hospital.Page 84
They took his watch, jewelry, and a large roll of bills.Page 93
"There were two other girls with us, both very pretty," replied Abigail, "and he was as courteous and kindly to them as a man could be to a woman.