his sovereign's displeasure.
Some fifty years before, the young emperor, Menelek XIV, was ambitious.
He knew that a great world lay across the waters far to the north of
his capital. Once he had crossed the desert and looked out upon the
blue sea that was the northern boundary of his dominions.
There lay another world to conquer. Menelek busied himself with the
building of a great fleet, though his people were not a maritime race.
His army crossed into Europe. It met with little resistance, and for
fifty years his soldiers had been pushing his boundaries farther and
farther toward the north.
"The yellow men from the east and north are contesting our rights here
now," said the colonel, "but we shall win--we shall conquer the world,
carrying Christianity to all the benighted heathen of Europe, and Asia
"You are a Christian people?" I asked.
He looked at me in surprise, nodding his head affirmatively.
"I am a Christian," I said. "My people are the most powerful on earth."
He smiled, and shook his head indulgently, as a father to a child who
sets up his childish judgment against that of his elders.
Then I set out to prove my point. I told him of our cities, of our
army, of our great navy. He came right back at me asking for figures,
and when he was done I had to admit that only in our navy were we
Menelek XIV is the undisputed ruler of all the continent of Africa, of
all of ancient Europe except the British Isles, Scandinavia, and
eastern Russia, and has large possessions and prosperous colonies in
what once were Arabia and Turkey in Asia.
He has a standing army of ten million men, and his people possess
slaves--white slaves--to the number of ten or fifteen million.
Colonel Belik was much surprised, however, upon his part to learn of
the great nation which lay across the ocean, and when he found that I
was a naval officer, he was inclined to accord me even greater
consideration than formerly. It was difficult for him to believe my
assertion that there were but few blacks in my country, and that these
occupied a lower social plane than the whites.
Just the reverse is true in Colonel Belik's land. He considered whites
inferior beings, creatures of a lower order, and assuring me that even
the few white freemen of Abyssinia were never accorded anything
approximating a position of social equality with the blacks. They live
in the poorer districts of the cities, in
In the girdle was a long dagger of beautiful workmanship.Page 7
"I would rather hear thy money talk than thou, for though it come accursed and tainted from thy rogue hand, yet it speaks with the same sweet and commanding voice as it were fresh from the coffers of the holy church.Page 15
There were no stairs from the upper floor to the garret above, this ascent being made by means of a wooden ladder which De Vac pulled up after him, closing and securing the aperture, through which he climbed with his burden, by means of a heavy trapdoor equipped with thick bars.Page 17
"You will be the greatest swordsman in the world when you are twenty, my son," she was wont to say, "and then you shall go out and kill many Englishmen.Page 20
There was a cruel smile upon his lips as he leaned toward the prostrate form.Page 44
" "Right you are, sir," exclaimed the girl.Page 50
"Though methinks ye merit chiding for the grievous poor courtesy with which thou didst treat the great Bishop of Norwich the past week.Page 51
He had an adventure with several knights from the castle of Peter of Colfax, from whom he rescued a damsel whom I suspect from the trappings of her palfrey to be of the house of Montfort.Page 54
You be rich and brave and handsome.Page 61
A single cresset lighted the chamber, while the flickering light from a small wood fire upon one of the two great hearths seemed rather to accentuate the dim shadows of the place.Page 63
I do not love you, nor ever can I.Page 97
Nor had he a thought of any other sentiment toward her than that of friend and protector.Page 108
Five minutes after he had cantered down the road from camp, Spizo the Spaniard, sneaking his horse unseen into the surrounding forest, mounted and spurred rapidly after him.Page 122
It is true that Henry had stationed an outpost upon the summit of the hill in advance of Lewes, but so lax was discipline in his army that the soldiers, growing tired of the duty, had abandoned the post toward morning, and returned to town, leaving but a single man on watch.Page 135
"Here," he said, "My Lord," and turning left them.Page 136
Where had she heard that voice! There were tones in it that haunted her.Page 140
What meanest thou by uttering such lies, and to my very face?" "They be no lies, Simon de Montfort.Page 142
" "Thou lov'st this low-born cut-throat, Bertrade," cried Henry.Page 143
Now was the young man forcing his older foeman more and more upon the defensive.Page 148
"They be sorry jokes, Sire," he said.