to some excellent headwaiters I have
For some time the king remained silent. He was thinking. He
realized that it lay in the power of the American to do precisely
what he had threatened to do. No one would doubt his identity. Even
Peter of Blentz had not recognized the real king despite Leopold's
repeated and hysterical claims.
Lieutenant Butzow, the American's best friend, had no more suspected
the exchange of identities. Von der Tann, too, must have been
deceived. Everyone had been deceived. There was no hope that the
people, who really saw so little of their king, would guess the
deception that was being played upon them. Leopold groaned. Barney
opened his eyes and turned toward him.
"What's the matter?" he asked.
"I will sign the release and the sanction of her highness' marriage
to you," said the king.
"Good!" exclaimed the American. "You will then go at once to
Brosnov as originally planned. I will return to Lustadt and get her
highness, and we will immediately leave Lutha via Brosnov. There you
and I will effect a change of raiment, and you will ride back to
Lustadt with the small guard that accompanies her highness and me to
"Why do you not remain in Lustadt?" asked the king. "You could as
well be married there as elsewhere."
"Because I don't trust your majesty," replied the American. "It must
be done precisely as I say or not at all. Are you agreeable?"
The king assented with a grumpy nod.
"Then get up and write as I dictate," said Barney. Leopold of Lutha
did as he was bid. The result was two short, crisply worded
documents. At the bottom of each was the signature of Leopold of
Lutha. Barney took the two papers and carefully tucked them beneath
"Now let's sleep," he said. "It is getting late and we both need
the rest. In the morning we have long rides ahead of us. Good
The king did not respond. In a short time Barney was fast asleep.
The light still burned.
"THE KING'S WILL IS LAW"
The Blentz princess frowned down upon the king and impostor
impartially from her great gilt frame. It must have been close to
midnight that the painting moved--just a fraction of an inch. Then
it remained motionless for a time. Again it moved. This time it
revealed a narrow crack at its edge. In the crack an eye shone.
One of the sleepers moved. He opened his eyes. Stealthily he
raised himself on his elbow and gazed at the other across the
apartment. He listened intently.
It was not until he was bereft of her that the boy realized how deep had been his attachment for his mother, for as such he looked upon her.Page 16
And when they cut long stakes, sharpened at their upper ends, and set them at intervals upright in the bottom of the pit, his wonderment but increased, nor was it satisfied with the placing of the light cross-poles over the pit, or the careful arrangement of leaves and earth which completely hid from view the work the black men had performed.Page 28
Even the cares of prospective motherhood had not entirely quenched the fires of carefree youth, and Teeka had remained a good-natured playmate even at an age when other shes of the tribe of Kerchak had assumed the sullen dignity of maturity.Page 54
Had he not courted death to save their Gazan from the fangs and talons of Sheeta? Did he not fondle and cuddle the little one with even as great a show of affection as Teeka herself displayed? Their fears were allayed and Tarzan now found himself often in the role of nursemaid to a tiny anthropoid--an avocation which he found by no means irksome, since Gazan was a never-failing fount of surprises and entertainment.Page 58
keep savage that which pounds against my own ribs.Page 76
He felt his blood tingling through his veins as the beaters approached closer and closer to the birds.Page 80
The spoor was a day old and it ran toward the north.Page 86
A shaggy forearm protruded into the chamber.Page 87
"I have no goats.Page 96
Bukawai was jealous of Tarzan, and Bukawai it was who came near proving the undoing of the ape-man.Page 99
Through subterranean chambers, connected by winding passageways, Bukawai staggered with his load.Page 101
He was a beast with a man's brain.Page 117
At last but a single warrior remained true to his ideals--an old fellow whose once wrinkled belly was now as smooth and as tight as the head of a drum.Page 119
Tarzan could see the hungry light in the yellow-green eyes.Page 125
Instead it loomed clear-cut and real as Bolgani himself, the magnificent dark coat glistening with life and health in a bar of sunlight which shot across the cabin through the high window behind the young Lord Greystoke.Page 127
He raised them to his nose and sniffed.Page 136
The community.Page 143
Never before had Tarzan's assailant beheld so strange a creature as this slippery, hairless bull with which he battled.Page 160
Like sheep his fellows followed him, until the lion and his dead remained alone in the village.Page 173
Many of them probably never gave him a thought; but there were those who missed him more than Tarzan imagined.