we heard the
shot." Then, arising, he removed his cap, saying in a very low
voice: "The king is dead. Long live the king!"
AN ANGRY KING
The soldiers stood behind their officer. None of them had ever seen
Leopold of Lutha--he had been but a name to them--they cared nothing
for him; but in the presence of death they were awed by the majesty
of the king they had never known.
The hands of Emma von der Tann were chafing the wrists of the man
whose head rested in her lap.
"Leopold!" she whispered. "Leopold, come back! Mad king you may
have been, but still you were king of Lutha--my father's king--my
The girl nearly cried out in shocked astonishment as she saw the
eyes of the dead king open. But Emma von der Tann was quick-witted.
She knew for what purpose the soldiers from the palace were scouring
Had she not thought the king dead she would have cut out her tongue
rather than reveal his identity to these soldiers of his great
enemy. Now she saw that Leopold lived, and she must undo the harm
she had innocently wrought. She bent lower over Barney's face,
trying to hide it from the soldiers.
"Go away, please!" she called to them. "Leave me with my dead king.
You are Peter's men. You do not care for Leopold, living or dead. Go
back to your new king and tell him that this poor young man can
never more stand between him and the throne."
The officer hesitated.
"We shall have to take the king's body with us, your highness," he
The officer evidently becoming suspicious, came closer, and as he
did so Barney Custer sat up.
"Go away!" cried the girl, for she saw that the king was attempting
to speak. "My father's people will carry Leopold of Lutha in state
to the capital of his kingdom."
"What's all this row about?" he asked. "Can't you let a dead king
alone if the young lady asks you to? What kind of a short sport are
you, anyway? Run along, now, and tie yourself outside."
The officer smiled, a trifle maliciously perhaps.
"Ah," he said, "I am very glad indeed that you are not dead, your
Barney Custer turned his incredulous eyes upon the lieutenant.
"Et tu, Brute?" he cried in anguished accents, letting his head fall
back into the girl's lap. He found it very comfortable there indeed.
The officer smiled and shook his head. Then he tapped his forehead
"I did not know," he said to the girl, "that he was so
His door was unceremoniously thrown open, and there appeared one of those strange apparitions which is the envy and despair of the small-town youth--a naturally good-looking young fellow, the sartorial arts of whose tailor had elevated his waist-line to his arm-pits, dragged down his shoulders, and caved in his front until he had the appearance of being badly dished from chin to knees.Page 2
If I lay off the track work I believe I can make up enough so that baseball will not interfere with my graduation.Page 7
Having reached this decision, and following his habitual custom, he permitted no grass to grow beneath his feet.Page 13
"Whew!" thought Jimmy.Page 22
A boy entered the room.Page 29
was his own and that he had done a foolish thing in giving up his position because of a girl he did not know and probably never would.Page 30
He was so hungry that it actually hurt, and he was weak from physical fatigue and from disappointment and worry.Page 52
Whenever Harold isn't going to be up for dinner or for the evening you're always relieved.Page 56
I've been real lonesome ever since," she admitted frankly.Page 58
"But from what you tell me I imagine that all a man needs is a front and plenty of punch.Page 59
"It wouldn't be right.Page 68
THE EFFICIENCY EXPERT.Page 75
"I wonder what's eating him," thought Miss Hudson to herself.Page 79
"Very well," she replied; "I shall tell father when he returns to this room just what I know of you.Page 80
During the conversation that ensued Jimmy discovered that Bince had been using every argument at his command to induce Compton to let him go, as well as getting rid of the certified public accountants.Page 87
"Very well," assented Compton, "but we'll preserve this bit of evidence in case we may need it later," and he handed the slip of paper to Edith Hudson.Page 92
She told the lawyer.Page 105
The girl that he had put upon a pedestal to worship from afar, the girl to whom he had given an idealistic love, he saw now in another light.Page 108
"You know the defendant, James Torrance?" "Yes.