across the Serbian frontier."
The American shook his head.
"I got the king into this mess and I must get him out," he said.
"He may deserve to be shot, but it is up to me to prevent it, if I
can. And there is your father to consider. If Butzow rides to Blentz
and rescues the king, it may be difficult to get him back to Lustadt
without the truth of his identity and mine becoming known. With me
there, the change can be effected easily, and not even Butzow need
know what has happened.
"If the people should guess that it was not Leopold who won the
battle of Lustadt there might be the devil to pay, and your father
would go down along with the throne. No, I must stay until Leopold
is safe in Lustadt. But there is a hope for us. I may be able to
wrest from Leopold his sanction of our marriage. I shall not
hesitate to use threats to get it, and I rather imagine that he will
be in such a terror-stricken condition that he will assent to any
terms for his release from Blentz. If he gives me such a paper,
Emma, will you marry me?"
Perhaps there never had been a stranger proposal than this; but to
neither did it seem strange. For two years each had known the love
of the other. The girl's betrothal to the king had prevented an
avowal of their love while Barney posed in his own identity. Now
they merely accepted the conditions that had existed for two years
as though a matter of fact which had been often discussed between
"Of course I'll marry you," said the princess. "Why in the world
would I want you to take me to America otherwise?"
As Barney Custer took her in his arms he was happier than he had
ever before been in all his life, and so, too, was the Princess Emma
von der Tann.
LEOPOLD WAITS FOR DAWN
After the American had shoved him through the secret doorway into
the tower room of the castle of Blentz, Leopold had stood for
several minutes waiting for the next command from his captor.
Presently, hearing no sound other than that of his own breathing,
the king ventured to speak. He asked the American what he purposed
doing with him next.
There was no reply. For another minute the king listened intently;
then he raised his hands and removed the bandage from his eyes. He
looked about him. The room was vacant except for himself. He
recognized it as the one in which
At the same time the chauffeur attempted to start his machine, but it was evident that something had gone wrong, as though the gears refused to mesh, and the delay caused by this, while he pushed the lever into reverse and backed the car a few inches before again attempting to go ahead, gave the nurse time to reach the side of the taxicab.Page 9
His small, blue, close-set eyes never met hers squarely.Page 13
It is the immutable law of evolution.Page 17
I am king.Page 30
the panther, though doubtless some subconscious suggestion, superinduced by this primary reason and aided and abetted by the habit of the past few days, did much to compel the beast to tolerate treatment at his hands that would have sent it at the throat of any other creature.Page 46
They were not much relieved at sight of an almost naked white man; but when Tarzan had reassured them in quiet tones, protesting his friendship for them, they opened the barrier a trifle farther and admitted him.Page 55
He would have wagered his soul that no power on earth could have tempted that great coward to face the unknown menace of the hut.Page 59
Then he turned toward Jane Clayton.Page 66
For half an hour they pranced and yelled their courage to the sticking-point, and again essayed a charge.Page 68
He had seen them all, and this fellow had not been there.Page 70
He tak your vife and kid.Page 89
Quickly her eyes ran round the interior of the tent, taking in every detail of its equipment and contents.Page 106
For a few minutes Tarzan rested in the tree that had proved the means of his salvation.Page 110
With her two prisoners still beneath the coercing influence of her rifle, she ordered them upon deck with the intention of again imprisoning them in the forecastle; but at length she permitted herself to be influenced by their promises of loyalty and the arguments which they.Page 111
put forth that they could be of service to her, and permitted them to remain above.Page 123
"I've come to help you," explained Paulvitch.Page 124
"Unless," he said, "you can make it worth my while to let you go before the Englishman finds you here.Page 125
There also was a little battery of two dry cells.Page 131
Finally the men shirked their work, going off into the jungle by twos to explore and to hunt.Page 132
One day Kai Shang spoke secretly with Momulla the Maori, pouring into the brown ear of his.