this to your lieutenant," he said, "and tell him to hand it to
Prince Peter before dawn tomorrow. Do not fail."
A moment later the three were riding down the winding road toward
Blentz. Barney had no further need of the officer who rode with
them. He would be glad to be rid of him, for he anticipated that the
fellow might find ample opportunity to betray them as they passed
through the Austrian lines, which they must do to reach Lustadt.
He had told the captain that they were going to Tann in order that,
should the man find opportunity to institute pursuit, he might be
thrown off the track. The Austrian sentries were no great distance
ahead when Barney ordered a halt.
"Dismount," he directed the captain, leaping to the ground himself
at the same time. "Put your hands behind your back."
The officer did as he was bid, and Barney bound his wrists securely
with a strap and buckle that he had removed from the cantle of his
saddle as he rode. Then he led him off the road among some weeds and
compelled him to lie down, after which he bound his ankles together
and stuffed a gag in his mouth, securing it in place with a bit of
stick and the chinstrap from the man's helmet. The threat of the
revolver kept Captain Krantzwort silent and obedient throughout the
"Good-bye, captain," whispered Barney, "and let me suggest that you
devote the time until your discovery and release in pondering the
value of winning your king's confidence in the future. Had you
chosen your associates more carefully in the past, this need not
Barney unsaddled the captain's horse and turned him loose, then he
remounted and, with the princess at his side, rode down toward
A NEW KING IN LUTHA
As the two riders approached the edge of the village of Blentz a
sentry barred their way. To his challenge the American replied that
they were "friends from the castle."
"Advance," directed the sentry, "and give the countersign."
Barney rode to the fellow's side, and leaning from the saddle
whispered in his ear the word "Slankamen."
Would it pass them out as it had passed Maenck in? Barney scarcely
breathed as he awaited the result of his experiment. The soldier
brought his rifle to present and directed them to pass. With a sigh
of relief that was almost audible the two rode into the village and
the Austrian lines.
Once within they met with no further obstacle until they reached the
last line of sentries upon the far side of the town. It
" She used the last words on a chance that she might have hit upon the true reason for the contemplated isolation from civilization.Page 7
For some time the girl watched the object until at length it resolved itself into a boat moving head on toward the island.Page 9
And so it was that for a long time they were left to futile conjecture as to the action that had saved them from a bloody encounter with these bloodthirsty sea wolves.Page 18
"And what of these first who are so imperfect?" asked von Horn.Page 25
His virgin mind was filled with wonder at the wealth of new impressions which surged to his brain through every sense.Page 26
Virginia Maxon had been half unconscious from fright when she suddenly saw a white man, clothed in coarse, white, native pajamas, confronting her and the misshapen beast that was bearing her away to what frightful fate she could but conjecture.Page 30
Could it be? There seemed no other explanation.Page 41
While these events were transpiring Number Thirteen was pacing restlessly back and forth the length of the workshop.Page 43
Suddenly he recalled the fact that the man whose life he sought was the father of the beautiful creature he adored.Page 45
In the eyes of the latter shone a strange gleam--it was the wild light of insanity that the sudden nervous shock of the attack had brought to a premature culmination.Page 48
" Von Horn did not relish the insinuation in the accent which the girl put upon the last word.Page 55
Among the age old arts of the celestials none is more strangely inspiring than that of medicine.Page 57
These were by far the most dangerous, for as the power of comparison is the fundamental principle of reasoning, so they were able to compare their lot with that of the few other men they had seen, and with the help of von Horn to partially appreciate the horrible wrong that had been done them.Page 68
The sight of the girl being borne away in the prahu of the Malay rajah to a fate worse than death, had roused in him both keen regret and savage rage, but it was the life of ease that he was losing that concerned him most.Page 76
boat out into the river, jumping aboard himself as its prow cleared the gravelly beach.Page 77
The Malay's boat was now alone, for of the eight prahus that remained of the original fleet it was the only one which had taken this branch of the river, the others having scurried into a smaller southerly arm after the fight upon the island, that they might the more easily escape their hideous foemen.Page 103
"What are we to do?" "Leave the beasts alone, as I told you," replied Bulan.Page 117
"It was the only way," said Bulan.Page 120
"Well?" she said at length.Page 122
And all the night Bulan stood close beside the woman he had learned to love--stood almost naked in the chill night air and the cold rain, lest some savage man or beast creep out of the darkness after her while he slept.