plain American it might have been described as announcing to Leopold
precisely "where he got off." But Barney did not have the
opportunity to read it, since that ultimatum was never delivered.
Barney took the wind all out of it by his first words. "Your
excellency may wonder why it is that we have summoned you at such an
early hour," he said.
General Petko inclined his head in deferential acknowledgment of the
truth of the inference.
"It is because we have learned from our chancellor," continued the
American, "that Serbia has mobilized an entire army corps upon the
Luthanian frontier. Am I correctly informed?"
General Petko squared his shoulders and bowed in assent. At the same
time he reached into his breast-pocket for the ultimatum.
"Good!" exclaimed Barney, and then he leaned close to the ear of the
Serbian. "How long will it take to move that army corps to Lustadt?"
General Petko gasped and returned the ultimatum to his pocket.
"Sire!" he cried, his face lighting with incredulity. "You mean--"
"I mean," said the American, "that if Serbia will loan Lutha an army
corps until the Austrians have evacuated Luthanian territory, Lutha
will loan Serbia an army corps until such time as peace is declared
between Serbia and Austria. Other than this neither government will
incur any obligations to the other.
"We may not need your help, but it will do us no harm to have them
well on the way toward Lustadt as quickly as possible. Count
Zellerndorf will be here in a few minutes. We shall, through him,
give Austria twenty-four hours to withdraw all her troops beyond our
frontiers. The army of Lutha is mobilized before Lustadt. It is not
a large army, but with the help of Serbia it should be able to drive
the Austrians from the country, provided they do not leave of their
General Petko smiled. So did the American and the chancellor. Each
knew that Austria would not withdraw her army from Lutha.
"With your majesty's permission I will withdraw," said the Serbian,
"and transmit Lutha's proposition to my government; but I may say
that your majesty need have no apprehension but that a Serbian army
corps will be crossing into Lutha before noon today."
"And now, Prince Ludwig," said the American after the Serbian had
bowed himself out of the apartment, "I suggest that you take
immediate steps to entrench a strong force north of Lustadt along
the road to Blentz."
Von der Tann smiled as he replied. "It is already done, sire," he
"But I passed in along the road this
He loved his trim craft, the pride of her class in the little navy of Gathol.Page 25
trifle too far away for her to see them distinctly in the waning light of the dying day, but she knew that they were too large, they were out of proportion to the perfectly proportioned bodies, and they were oblate in form.Page 36
At once the body sprang lightly erect.Page 47
Barsoom, the moons, the sun, the stars, were created for a single purpose.Page 49
Members of the red race fell into the hands of our ancestors from time to time.Page 62
Without his sleeping silks and furs he spent a far from comfortable night, and it was with feelings of unmixed relief that he saw the sudden dawn burst upon him.Page 81
Gently they drifted beneath the hurtling moons above the mad shadows of a Martian night.Page 84
"I go forthwith," he continued, "to wrest food and drink from the ancients.Page 99
Suddenly she realized that she missed him for himself more than for his sword.Page 112
As Tara's eyes ran quickly over the interior her attention was.Page 114
O-Tar himself might have played for you had you not angered him, but now you will be played for.Page 157
In the first onslaught life blood was spilled upon both sides.Page 159
" Instantly warriors were dispatched to search for the Gatholian and warn the inmates of the palace to do likewise.Page 164
After Tasor had gone Tara turned to Gahan and approaching laid a hand upon his arm.Page 165
As the two conversed in the ill-lit chamber, the dim bulbs of which were encrusted with the accumulated dust of centuries, a bent and withered figure traversed slowly the gloomy corridors without, his weak and watery eyes peering through thick lenses at the signs of passage written upon the dusty floor.Page 168
From what Tasor had told him he guessed correctly that they would be coming to this portion of the palace but for a single purpose--to search for Tara and himself--and it behooved him therefore to seek immediate means for eluding them.Page 183
"We shall see whether O-Tar visits the chamber of O-Mai.Page 191
Thankful was O-Tar that he had gone alone to that chamber of fright, for now no one could deny the tale that he should tell.Page 196
An exclamation of surprise and dismay broke from the lips of the warriors of O-Tar.Page 197
The fate of your jeddak lies in your own hands.