more confidence that Barney gave the countersign here, nor was he
surprised that the soldier passed them readily; and now they were
upon the highroad to Lustadt, with nothing more to bar their way.
For hours they rode on in silence. Barney wanted to talk with his
companion, but as king he found nothing to say to her. The girl's
mind was filled with morbid reflections of the past few hours and
dumb terror for the future. She would keep her promise to the king;
but after--life would not be worth the living; why should she live?
She glanced at the man beside her in the light of the coming dawn.
Ah, why was he so like her American in outward appearances only?
Their own mothers could scarce have distinguished them, and yet in
character no two men could have differed more widely. The man turned
"We are almost there," he said. "You must be very tired."
The words reflected a consideration that had never been a
characteristic of Leopold. The girl began to wonder if there might
not possibly be a vein of nobility in the man, after all, that she
had never discovered. Since she had entered his apartments at Blentz
he had been in every way a different man from the Leopold she had
known of old. The boldness of his escape from Blentz supposed a
courage that the king had never given the slightest indication of in
the past. Could it be that he was making a genuine effort to become
a man--to win her respect?
They were approaching Lustadt as the sun rose. A troop of horse was
just emerging from the north gate. As it neared them they saw that
the cavalrymen wore the uniforms of the Royal Horse Guard. At their
head rode a lieutenant. As his eyes fell upon the face of the
princess and her companion, he brought his troopers to a halt, and,
with incredulity plain upon his countenance, advanced to meet them,
his hand raised in salute to the king. It was Butzow.
Now Barney was sure that he would be recognized. For two years he
and the Luthanian officer had been inseparable. Surely Butzow would
penetrate his disguise. He returned his friend's salute, looked him
full in the eyes, and asked where he was riding.
"To Blentz, your majesty," replied Butzow, "to demand an audience.
I bear important word from Prince von der Tann. He has learned the
Austrians are moving an entire army corps into Lutha, together with
siege howitzers. Serbia has demanded that all Austrian troops
I am a lieutenant in the navy--in the great Pan-American navy, the only navy which now exists in all the world.Page 10
I put my hand on his shoulder, and I guess that my voice trembled a trifle as, while reproving him for his act, I made it plain to.Page 17
Here was no sign of war.Page 26
The inhabitants examined our clothing and all our belongings, and asked innumerable questions concerning the strange country from which we had come and the manner of our coming.Page 31
I watched them as they approached the tree.Page 32
Exposure to the sun had browned a smooth and velvety skin to a shade which seemed to enhance rather than mar an altogether lovely picture of youthful femininity.Page 34
Naturally one does not care to believe that the object of his greatest affection is descended from a gibbering idiot and a raving.Page 36
"And where is that, and what?" "It is there," she said, pointing up the river toward the west.Page 43
The two pulled and hauled me through the low doorway and along the trench.Page 47
Contrary to our expectations, we found little indication that lions in any great numbers laired in this part of ancient London.Page 55
Screaming with pain and rage, the creature fairly flew toward us.Page 56
Victory, animated by a bravery no less ferocious than that of the dumb beast assailing us, swam straight for me.Page 58
We could see that the buck was quite dead, and from our hiding place we waited to discover the identity of his slayer when the latter should approach and claim his kill.Page 59
They thought, at first, that I was joking.Page 61
Clothe you in a wolfskin, give you a knife and a spear, and set you down in the woods of Grabritin--of what service would your civilization be to you?" Delcarte and Taylor smiled at her reply, but Thirty-six and Snider laughed uproariously.Page 64
But I came to the water's edge before I noticed that anything was amiss with the party we had left there a few hours before.Page 67
She was nothing to me.Page 68
"I see no one in it.Page 69
Delcarte was just stepping into the launch upon the opposite side of the stream, when, without the least warning, I was violently seized by both arms and about the waist--three or four men were upon me at once; my rifle was snatched from my hands and my revolver from my belt.Page 73
It met with little resistance, and for fifty years his soldiers had been pushing his boundaries farther and farther toward the north.