speak again when his
eyes wandered to the face of the American. Instantly his own went
white and then scarlet. The eyes of Peter of Blentz followed those
of the king, widening in astonishment as they rested upon the
features of Barney Custer.
"You told me he was dead," shouted the king. "What is the meaning
of this, Captain Maenck?"
Maenck looked at his male prisoner and staggered back as though
struck between the eyes.
"Mein Gott," he exclaimed, "the impostor!"
"You told me he was dead," repeated the king accusingly.
"As God is my judge, your majesty," cried Peter of Blentz, "this man
was shot by an Austrian firing squad in Burgova over a week ago."
"Sire," exclaimed Maenck, "this is the first sight I have had of the
prisoners except in the darkness of the night; until this instant I
had not the remotest suspicion of his identity. He told me that he
was a servant of the house of Von der Tann."
"I told you the truth, then," interjected Barney.
"Silence, you ingrate!" cried the king.
"Ingrate?" repeated Barney. "You have the effrontery to call me an
ingrate? You miserable puppy."
A silence, menacing in its intensity, fell upon the little
assemblage. The king trembled. His rage choked him. The others
looked as though they scarce could believe the testimony of their
own ears. All there, with the possible exception of the king, knew
that he deserved even more degrading appellations; but they were
Europeans, and to Europeans a king is a king--that they can never
forget. It had been the inherent suggestion of kingship that had
bent the knee of the Princess Emma before the man she despised.
But to the American a king was only what he made himself. In this
instance he was not even a man in the estimation of Barney Custer.
Maenck took a step toward the prisoner--a menacing step, for his
hand had gone to his sword. Barney met him with a level look from
between narrowed lids. Maenck hesitated, for he was a great coward.
Peter of Blentz spoke:
"Sire," he said, "the fellow knows that he is already as good as
dead, and so in his bravado he dares affront you. He has been
convicted of spying by the Austrians. He is still a spy. It is
unnecessary to repeat the formality of a trial."
Leopold at last found his voice, though it trembled and broke as he
"Carry out the sentence of the Austrian court in the morning," he
said. "A volley now might arouse the garrison in the town and be
Maenck ordered Barney escorted from
My name is David Innes.Page 7
Now it was that we began to hang upon those readings in almost breathless anxiety.Page 12
I turned to Perry to suggest that it might be wise to seek other surroundings--the idea had evidently occurred to Perry previously, for he was already a hundred paces away, and with each second his prodigious bounds increased the distance.Page 14
The sloth-like creature was herbivorous, and to feed that mighty carcass entire trees must be stripped of their foliage.Page 19
Equally to every part of this inner world it diffuses its perpetual noonday light and torrid heat.Page 36
"Here they are the dominant race--we are the 'monsters'--the lower orders.Page 41
Here she squatted, a most repulsive and uninteresting queen; though doubtless quite as well assured of her beauty and divine right to rule as the proudest monarch of the outer world.Page 56
slid noiselessly into the water.Page 59
I was about to congratulate myself upon the miracle which had saved me for the moment, when the memory of the hypnotic powers of the Mahars filled me with apprehension lest they be practicing their uncanny art upon me to the end that I merely imagined that I was alone in the temple.Page 61
I must have come out upon the opposite side of the island from that at which Ja and I had entered it, for the mainland was nowhere in sight.Page 72
It heeded the story which the Sagoths told of my return to Phutra, watching the gorilla-men's lips and fingers during the recital.Page 73
" "Your end in the arena would be similar to what was intended for them," he explained, "though of course the same kinds of animals might not be employed.Page 85
We cannot travel as rapidly as you two, and there is no reason why all should be lost because of that.Page 88
Evidently he had seen enough of me for the moment.Page 95
Hissing like the escape valve of a steam engine, the mighty creature fell turning and twisting into the sea below, my arrow buried completely in its carcass.Page 97
At our right lay a dense forest, but to the left the country was open and clear to the plateau's farther verge.Page 105
I wept, and I have not done that before since my mother died," and now I saw that there was the moisture of tears about her eyes.Page 106
Once they had been armed with swords, and bows and arrows, and trained in their use we were confident that they could overcome any tribe that seemed disinclined to join the great army of federated states with which we were planning to march upon the Mahars.Page 109
The old man was quite overcome at sight of me for he had long since given me up as dead.Page 112
There were a number of Mahars among our prisoners, and so fearful were our own people of them that they would not approach them unless completely covered from the sight of the reptiles by a piece of skin.