The Mad King

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 154

shooting over our heads purposely. If they
deliberately attempt to pot us later, then go for them, but to do it
now would only draw their fire upon us. I doubt if they wish to harm
your highness, but they certainly would fire to hit in
self-defense."

The girl lowered the firearm. "I am becoming perfectly
bloodthirsty," she said, "but it makes me furious to be hunted like
a wild animal in my native land, and by the command of my king, at
that. And to think that you who placed him upon his throne, you who
have risked your life many times for him, will find no protection at
his hands should you be captured is maddening. Ach, Gott, if I were
a man!"

"I thank God that you are not, your highness," returned Barney
fervently.

Gently she laid her hand upon his where it gripped the steering
wheel.

"No," she said, "I was wrong--I do not need to be a man while there
still be such men as you, my friend; but I would that I were not the
unhappy woman whom Fate had bound to an ingrate king--to a miserable
coward!"

They had reached the grade at last, and the motor was straining to
the Herculean task imposed upon it.

Grinding and grating in second speed the car toiled upward through
the clinging sand. The pace was snail-like. Behind, the horsemen
were gaining rapidly. The labored breathing of their mounts was
audible even above the noise of the motor, so close were they. The
top of the ascent lay but a few yards ahead, and the pursuers were
but a few yards behind.

"Halt!" came from behind, and then a shot. The ping of the bullet
and the scream of the ricochet warned the man and the girl that
those behind them were becoming desperate--the bullet had struck one
of the rear fenders. Without again asking assent the princess turned
and, kneeling upon the cushion of the seat, fired at the nearest
horseman. The horse stumbled and plunged to his knees. Another, just
behind, ran upon him, and the two rolled over together with their
riders. Two more shots were fired by the remaining horsemen and
answered by the girl in the automobile, and then the car topped the
hill, shot into high, and with renewed speed forged into the last
quarter-mile of heavy going toward the good road ahead; but now the
grade was slightly downward and all the advantage was upon the side
of the fugitives.

However, their margin would be but scant when they reached the
highway, for behind them the remaining troopers were

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with The Efficiency Expert

Page 5
I'm not going to hand you a lot of mush, dad, but I want to try to do something that will give.
Page 12
Jimmy breakfasted at nine the next morning, and as he waited for his bacon and eggs he searched the Situations Wanted columns of the morning paper until his eye finally alighted upon that for which he sought--the ad that was to infuse into the business life of the great city a new and potent force.
Page 15
"What the--" he started; and then, "Well, of all the--" Once again he found it impossible to go on.
Page 23
"The same holds true of everybody else.
Page 25
"I am utterly broke.
Page 30
BREAD FROM THE WATERS.
Page 39
He saw her at her post-meridian breakfast--sober and subdued; he saw her later in the evening, in various stages of exhilaration, but at those times she did not come to his table and seldom if ever did he catch her eye.
Page 43
He was a veritable mountain of a man, and now in the throes of a berserker rage he was a formidable opponent.
Page 45
" Jimmy laughed and took off his apron as he walked back to the servants' coat-room.
Page 49
And so it was that at the tap of the gong for the third round it was not Torrance the sparring partner that advanced from his corner, but Jimmy Torrance, champion heavyweight boxer of a certain famous university.
Page 53
XIV.
Page 64
Other things lead up to it.
Page 65
" "And you forged these names?" asked Jimmy, horrified.
Page 66
be afther isshuin' orrders tellin' you janes to kape out uv dacent places?" The girl flushed.
Page 72
As assistant general manager, I feel that it is working injury to the organization, and I hope that before it is too late--that, in fact, immediately, you will discharge Torrance and drop this idea of getting outsiders to come in and install a new accounting system.
Page 81
"If it was not for your father and you I wouldn't have urged the matter at all.
Page 85
" "You're not making any mess of this new job," she said.
Page 90
That night Bince got Murray over the phone.
Page 96
Bince?" asked the lieutenant.
Page 101
"Is that you, Carl?" she asked as a man's voice finally answered the telephone.