disregarded--the American is to be shot tomorrow. I have just
escaped from Blentz. Peter is furious. He realizes that whether the
Austrians win or lose, his standing with the king is gone forever.
"In a fit of rage he has ordered that Mr. Custer be sacrificed to
his desire for revenge, in the hope that it will insure for him the
favor of the Austrians. Something must be done at once if he is to
For a moment the girl swayed as though about to fall. The young
officer stepped quickly to support her, but before he reached her
side she had regained complete mastery of herself. From the street
without there rose the blare of trumpets and the cheering of the
Through senses numb with the cold of anguish the meaning of the
tumult slowly filtered to her brain--the king had come. He was
returning from the battlefield, covered with honors and flushed with
glory--the man who was to be her husband; but there was no rejoicing
in the heart of the Princess Emma.
Instead, there was a dull ache and impotent rebellion at the
injustice of the thing--that Leopold should be reaping these great
rewards, while he who had made it possible for him to be a king at
all was to die on the morrow because of what he had done to place
the Rubinroth upon his throne.
"Perhaps Lieutenant Butzow might find a way," suggested the officer.
"He or your father; they are both fond of Mr. Custer."
"Yes," said the girl dully, "see Lieutenant Butzow--he would do the
The officer bowed and hastened from the apartment in search of
Butzow. The girl approached the window and stood there for a long
time, looking out at the surging multitude that pressed around the
palace gates, filling Margaretha Street with a solid mass of happy
They cheered the king, the chancellor, the army; but most often they
cheered the king. From a despised monarch Leopold had risen in a
single bound to the position of a national idol.
Repeatedly he was called to the balcony over the grand entrance that
the people might feast their eyes on him. The princess wondered how
long it was before she herself would be forced to offer her
congratulations and, perchance, suffer his caresses. She shivered
and cringed at the thought, and then there came a knock upon the
door, and in answer to her permission it opened, and the king stood
upon the threshold alone.
At a glance the man took in the pain and sorrow mirrored upon the
girl's face. He stepped quickly across the room
What worries you?" "Olga, Nikolas is on board.Page 8
He had stopped, and now he deliberately raised it to Tarzan's breast and pulled the trigger.Page 10
It is a silly world, an idiotic world, and Tarzan of the Apes was a fool to renounce the freedom and the happiness of his jungle to come into it.Page 19
Because it was very quiet and very dark it reminded him more of his beloved African jungle than did the.Page 20
Others picked up chairs, while the fellow with the bludgeon raised it high above his head in a mighty swing that would have crushed Tarzan's head had it ever descended upon it.Page 24
It was in answer to an appeal from a fellow being that I hastened to that room where the assassins lay in wait for me.Page 59
" "And you come to the DOUAR of my father you shall see him," said the girl.Page 93
"I am disappointed, but I shall let my trip to England wait a month; then we can go back together.Page 102
"I have looked upon you always as.Page 108
to be prepared.Page 114
He hoped that he should find warriors there, for he knew not how long a quest he should have to make were the village deserted.Page 115
For three days he continued his quest, until he had come to a part of the jungle in which he never before had been.Page 147
The 1875 piece was a hair thinner than the other coins, but neither Clayton nor Spider could have detected it without the aid of a micrometer.Page 158
Chapter 20 La For a moment Tarzan thought that by some strange freak of fate a miracle had saved him, but when he realized the ease with which the girl had, single-handed, beaten off twenty gorilla-like males, and an instant later, as he saw them again take up their dance about him while she addressed them in a singsong monotone, which bore every evidence of rote, he came to the conclusion that it was all but a part of the ceremony of which he was the central figure.Page 175
Then she went out, and, closing the door, locked it behind her.Page 181
He could not see the features of either.Page 183
All that I wish is that we may both understand once and for all that I can never marry you--that such a marriage would be wicked.Page 199
With a light bound he had disappeared into the passage leading to the pits below, and when his pursuers came more cautiously after they found the chamber empty, they but laughed and jabbered to one another, for they knew that there was no exit from the pits other than the one through which he had entered.Page 204
For weeks they had been searching for him, they told him.Page 210
"There are a thousand that I left behind," he explained, "for every one that I brought away, and when these are spent I may wish to return for more.