the continent? All
gone--only I remain. I promised his majesty, and when he returns he
will find that I was true to my trust, for I shall be awaiting him.
God save the King!"
That was all. This brave and forever nameless officer died nobly at
his post--true to his country and his king. It was the Death, no
doubt, that took him.
Some of the entries had been dated. From the few legible letters and
figures which remained I judge the end came some time in August, 1937,
but of that I am not at all certain.
The diary has cleared up at least one mystery that had puzzled me not a
little, and now I am surprised that I had not guessed its solution
myself--the presence of African and Asiatic beasts in England.
Acclimated by years of confinement in the zoological gardens, they were
fitted to resume in England the wild existence for which nature had
intended them, and once free, had evidently bred prolifically, in
marked contrast to the captive exotics of twentieth century
Pan-America, which had gradually become fewer until extinction occurred
some time during the twenty-first century.
The palace, if such it was, lay not far from the banks of the Thames.
The room in which we were imprisoned overlooked the river, and I
determined to attempt to escape in this direction.
To descend through the palace was out of the question, but outside we
could discover no lions. The stems of the ivy which clambered upward
past the window of the room were as large around as my arm. I knew
that they would support our weight, and as we could gain nothing by
remaining longer in the palace, I decided to descend by way of the ivy
and follow along down the river in the direction of the launch.
Naturally I was much handicapped by the presence of the girl. But I
could not abandon her, though I had no idea what I should do with her
after rejoining my companions. That she would prove a burden and an
embarrassment I was certain, but she had made it equally plain to me
that she would never return to her people to mate with Buckingham.
I owed my life to her, and, all other considerations aside, that was
sufficient demand upon my gratitude and my honor to necessitate my
suffering every inconvenience in her service. Too, she was queen of
England. But, by far the most potent argument in her favor, she was a
woman in distress--and a young and very
"I hope, sir," he said, "that you will give me one more chance--that you will let me go on as I have in the past as far as baseball is concerned, with the understanding that if at the end of each month between now and commencement I do not show satisfactory improvement I shall not be permitted to play on the team.Page 6
you reason to at least have hopes of rejoicing before I come home again.Page 15
"I didn't come here to make sash, doors and blinds.Page 17
I already have applications from a dozen or more fellows, half of whom have had experience, and one in particular, whom I have about decided to employ, held a similar position with another life-insurance company.Page 25
Your father is not an old man in years, but he has placed a constant surtax on his nervous system for the last twenty-five.Page 31
" "Sure, it's me," replied the Lizard.Page 35
" "Well, I can't carry it forever," said the first speaker.Page 40
It was a noisy, joyous crowd whose spirit, harmonizing with the bright lights and the gay shop windows, infected all who came within its influence.Page 41
" "Or he may have some.Page 43
"She isn't your sort.Page 47
It was all very, very simple; but how easily public opinion might be changed should one of the sparring partners really make a good stand against Brophy in the presence of members of the newspaper fraternity! "I see," said Jimmy, running his fingers through his hair.Page 60
I suppose he is planning on cutting pay.Page 76
"Yes," he said, "there is something beside Torrance's interference in the shop.Page 100
She could have had absolutely nothing to do with it.Page 102
" The Lizard was thinking fast.Page 104
"Believe me," muttered the Lizard, "that was the toughest job I ever pulled off and all I gets is two pieces of paper, but I don't know but what they're worth it.Page 106
Never for an instant was he at rest.Page 108
"You haven't got much use for him, have you?" continued the attorney.Page 111
"Dear little girl," he said, "you are not going to die.