know of the exchange."
"Again you are too fast," answered Barney. "There is another
"You must promise upon your royal honor that Ludwig, Prince von der
Tann, remain chancellor of Lutha during your life or his."
"Very well," assented the king. "I promise," and again he half rose
from his cot.
"Hold on a minute," admonished the American; "there is yet one more
condition of which I have not made mention."
"What, another?" exclaimed Leopold testily. "How much do you want
for returning to me what you have stolen?"
"So far I have asked for nothing for myself," replied Barney. "Now
I am coming to that part of the agreement. The Princess Emma von der
Tann is betrothed to you. She does not love you. She has honored me
with her affection, but she will not wed until she has been formally
released from her promise to wed Leopold of Lutha. The king must
sign such a release and also a sanction of her marriage to Barney
Custer, of Beatrice. Do you understand what I want?"
The king went livid. He came to his feet beside the cot. For the
moment, his wound was forgotten. He tottered toward the impostor.
"You scoundrel!" he screamed. "You scoundrel! You have stolen my
identity and my throne and now you wish to steal the woman who loves
"Don't get excited, Leo," warned the American, "and don't talk so
loud. The Princess doesn't love you, and you know it as well as I.
She will never marry you. If you want your dinky throne back you'll
have to do as I desire; that is, sign the release and the sanction.
"Now let's don't have any heroics about it. You have the
proposition. Now I am going to sleep. In the meantime you may think
it over. If the papers are not ready when it comes time for us to
leave, and from the way I feel now I rather think I shall be ready
to mount a horse by morning, I shall ride back to Lustadt as king of
Lutha, and I shall marry her highness into the bargain, and you may
"How the devil you will earn a living with that king job taken away
from you I don't know. You're a long way from New York, and in the
present state of carnage in Europe I rather doubt that there are
many headwaiters jobs open this side of the American metropolis, and
I can't for the moment think of anything else at which you would
shine--with all due respect
" "I am telling you the truth, my friend," I replied.Page 9
The reaction left me in a state of collapse, and I lost consciousness.Page 13
And then the brute did that which froze us both anew with horror.Page 17
Again I was the center of a wildly chattering horde.Page 22
The men were heavily bearded, tall and muscular; the women, smaller and more gracefully molded, with great masses of raven hair caught into loose knots upon their heads.Page 33
I suggested telepathy, but he said no, that it was not telepathy since they could only communicate when in each others' presence, nor could they talk with the Sagoths or the other inhabitants of Pellucidar by the same method they used to converse with one another.Page 44
One would have thought that an entire herd of thags was loose behind them, rather than a single blinded, dying beast; but such is the effect of panic upon a crowd.Page 49
And then there came to me a sudden realization of the predicament in which I had placed myself.Page 54
Come," and he led me across the clearing and about the end to a pile of loose rock which lay against the foot of the wall.Page 59
It was a difficult thing to attempt to figure out by earthly standards--this matter of elapsed time--but when I set myself to it I began to realize that I might have been submerged a second or a month or not at all.Page 60
A little effort proved sufficient to dislodge enough of these stones to permit me to crawl through into the clearing, and a moment later I had scurried across the intervening space to the dense jungle beyond.Page 63
down to the beach, for the scene was very beautiful.Page 69
But I was mistaken.Page 70
To my surprise the distance was but short from the beach where I had again met Ja.Page 79
However it seemed likely that it would carry me once more safely through the crowded passages and chambers of the upper levels, and so I set out with Perry and Ghak--the stench of the illy cured pelts fairly choking me.Page 85
The old man was exhausted.Page 105
"And you have caused me all this anguish for nothing!" "I have suffered even more," she answered simply, "for I thought that you did not love me, and I was helpless.Page 106
After a time we decided to set out for Sari, as I was anxious to see Perry, and to know that all was right with him.Page 115
So good-bye again.Page 116
Constantly my eyes scanned the blinding waste of sand for the rocky cairn beneath which I was to find the wires leading to Pellucidar--but always was I unsuccessful.