He saw her flush slightly as his eyes met hers.
"Can your highness ever forgive me?" he asked.
"Forgive you!" she cried in astonishment. "For what, your
"For thinking you insane, and for getting you into this horrible
predicament," he replied. "But especially for thinking you insane."
"Did you think me mad?" she asked in wide-eyed astonishment.
"When you insisted that I was a king, yes," he replied. "But now I
begin to believe that it must be I who am mad, after all, or else I
bear a remarkable resemblance to Leopold of Lutha."
"You do, your majesty," replied the girl.
Barney saw it was useless to attempt to convince them and so he
decided to give up for the time.
"Have me king, if you will," he said, "but please do not call me
'your majesty' any more. It gets on my nerves."
"Your will is law--Leopold," replied the girl, hesitating prettily
before the familiar name, "but do not forget your part of the
He smiled at her. A princess wasn't half so terrible after all.
"And your will shall be my law, Emma," he said.
It was almost dark when they came to Blentz. The castle lay far up
on the side of a steep hill above the town. It was an ancient pile,
but had been maintained in an excellent state of repair. As Barney
Custer looked up at the grim towers and mighty, buttressed walls his
heart sank. It had taken the mad king ten years to make his escape
from that gloomy and forbidding pile!
"Poor child," he murmured, thinking of the girl.
Before the barbican the party was halted by the guard. An officer
with a lantern stepped out upon the lowered portcullis. The
lieutenant who had captured them rode forward to meet him.
"A detachment of the Royal Horse Guards escorting His Majesty the
King, who is returning to Blentz," he said in reply to the officer's
"The king!" exclaimed the officer. "You have found him?" and he
advanced with raised lantern searching for the monarch.
"At last," whispered Barney to the girl at his side, "I shall be
vindicated. This man, at least, who is stationed at Blentz must
know his king by sight."
The officer came quite close, holding his lantern until the
rays fell full in Barney's face. He scrutinized the young man
for a moment. There was neither humility nor respect in his
manner, so that the American was sure that the fellow had
discovered the imposture.
From the bottom of his heart he hoped so. Then the officer
He must chance a throw.Page 10
Instead, from the safe concealment of his tree, Tarzan saw little groups seated about tiny fires discussing the events of the day, and in the darker corners of the village he descried isolated couples talking and laughing together, and always one of each couple was a young man and the other a young woman.Page 11
Until exhaustion overcame him he fought frantically for his freedom; but all for naught.Page 33
For fifteen feet the two fell, Tarzan's teeth buried in the jugular of his opponent, when a stout branch stopped their descent.Page 50
It was Teeka to the rescue.Page 73
Numa roared and stepped slowly forward.Page 83
Ten fat goats? Where would his mother get ten fat goats, or thin ones, either, for that matter, to buy back just a poor little boy? Mbonga would never let her have them, and Tibo knew that his father never had owned more than three goats at the same time in all his life.Page 105
To Tarzan and the apes of Kerchak it was as obvious as a cement sidewalk.Page 121
agility he clambered back to the crotch from which he had toppled.Page 122
In times of loneliness and trouble it had long been his custom to seek there the quiet and restfulness which he could find nowhere else.Page 123
Then he commenced to wonder if some of these strange creatures which he met in his sleep might not slay him, for at such times Tarzan of the Apes seemed to be a different Tarzan, sluggish, helpless and timid--wishing to flee his enemies as fled Bara, the deer, most fearful of creatures.Page 124
There was a more or less lifelike illustration of Bolgani in colors and in a cage, with many remarkable looking Tarmangani standing against a rail and peering curiously at the snarling brute.Page 128
Still farther south there moved through the forest a sinister figure--a huge bull ape, maddened by solitude and defeat.Page 130
Teeka was not fearful.Page 135
And so Taug felt sorrow as any other father might feel sorrow at the loss of a little child.Page 137
That had been years before when Kulonga, the son of Mbonga, the chief, had slain Kala.Page 153
Tomorrow he would be forgotten.Page 160
" "He changed himself from a lion to a man, and back again into a lion," whispered another.Page 168
They thought of many things which Tarzan had done--things which apes did not do and could not understand.Page 172
They knew he was different.