if you were found with me? Why, they may
even take me for an emperor or a mikado--who knows? And then look at
all the trouble we'd be in."
Which was Barney's way of humoring a maniac.
"And they might even shave off your beautiful beard."
Which was the girl's way.
"Do you think that you would like me better in the green wastebasket
hat with the red roses?" asked Barney.
A very sad look came into the girl's eyes. It was pitiful to think
that this big, handsome young man, for whose return to the throne
all Lutha had prayed for ten long years, was only a silly half-wit.
What might he not have accomplished for his people had this terrible
misfortune not overtaken him! In every other way he seemed fitted to
be the savior of his country. If she could but make him remember!
"Your majesty," she said, "do you not recall the time that your
father came upon a state visit to my father's castle? You were a
little boy then. He brought you with him. I was a little girl, and
we played together. You would not let me call you 'highness,' but
insisted that I should always call you Leopold. When I forgot you
would accuse me of lese-majeste, and sentence me to--to punishment."
"What was the punishment?" asked Barney, noticing her hesitation and
wishing to encourage her in the pretty turn her dementia had taken.
Again the girl hesitated; she hated to say it, but if it would help
to recall the past to that poor, dimmed mind, it was her duty.
"Every time I called you 'highness' you made me give you a--a kiss,"
she almost whispered.
"I hope," said Barney, "that you will be guilty of lese-majeste
"We were little children then, your majesty," the girl reminded him.
Had he thought her of sound mind Mr. Custer might have taken
advantage of his royal prerogatives on the spot, for the girl's lips
were most tempting; but when he remembered the poor, weak mind,
tears almost came to his eyes, and there sprang to his heart a great
desire to protect and guard this unfortunate child.
"And when I was Crown Prince what were you, way back there in the
beautiful days of our childhood?" asked Barney.
"Why, I was what I still am, your majesty," replied the girl.
"Princess Emma von der Tann."
So the poor child, besides thinking him a king, thought herself a
princess! She certainly was mad. Well, he would humor her.
"Then I should call you 'your highness,' shouldn't I?" he asked.
"You always called me
" "But John, if it were only you and I," she sobbed, "we could endure it I know; but--" "Yes, dear," he answered, gently, "I have been thinking of that, also; but we must face it, as we must face whatever comes, bravely and with the utmost confidence in our ability to cope with circumstances whatever they may be.Page 15
"John," she whispered, "look! What is it, a man?" As Clayton turned his eyes in the direction she indicated, he saw silhouetted dimly against the shadows beyond, a great figure standing upright upon the ridge.Page 28
He attempted to obviate this by plastering himself from head to foot with mud, but this dried and fell off.Page 58
As Kulonga continued his journey Tarzan closed on him until he traveled almost over the black's head.Page 78
"You have seen again to-day that Tarzan of the Apes is the greatest among you," he said.Page 85
"You've murdered our officers and robbed us.Page 86
The revolver exploded harmlessly in the air, and the seaman crumpled up with a scream of pain and terror.Page 91
Yes, that was more than likely.Page 126
Three miles were covered before Tarzan overtook them, and then Terkoz, seeing that further flight was futile, dropped to the ground in a small open glade, that he might turn and fight for his prize or be free to escape unhampered if he saw that the pursuer was more than a match for him.Page 135
As before, she was appraised of his presence by a soft sound behind her, and turned to see him coming across the turf with a great armful of branches.Page 140
But again the timidity of the wild thing in the face of human habitation swept over Tarzan of the Apes.Page 143
A cry went up within the palisade.Page 149
It was a determined and angry company--a punitive expedition as well as one of relief.Page 164
It was not the roaring and growling of the big beasts that affected me so much as it was the stealthy noises--the ones that you heard suddenly close by and then listened vainly for a repetition of--the unaccountable sounds as of a great body moving almost noiselessly, and the knowledge that you didn't KNOW how close it was, or whether it were creeping closer after you ceased to hear it? It was those noises--and the eyes.Page 165
"That's right.Page 171
"No writings in the cabin that might have told something of the lives of its original inmates?" "I have read everything that was in the cabin with the exception of one book which I know now to be written in.Page 172
D'Arnot read aloud.Page 181
The policeman looked up in astonishment.Page 189
if it were but the same man who had borne her so swiftly through the tangled verdure on that other day! but that was impossible! Yet who else in all the world was there with the strength and agility to do what this man was now doing? She stole a sudden glance at the face close to hers, and then she gave a little frightened gasp.Page 191
answer," he said.