is closer to the throne than his. He
knew it, and this knowledge was the real basis of his hatred of
As the old chancellor ceased speaking he drew his sword and raised
it on high above his head.
"The king is dead," he said. "Long live the king!"
KING OF LUTHA
Barney Custer, of Beatrice, had no desire to be king of Lutha. He
lost no time in saying so. All that he wanted of Lutha was the girl
he had found there, as his father before him had found the girl of
his choice. Von der Tann pleaded with him.
"Twice have I fought under you, sire," he urged. "Twice, and only
twice since the old king died, have I felt that the future of Lutha
was safe in the hands of her ruler, and both these times it was you
who sat upon the throne. Do not desert us now. Let me live to see
Lutha once more happy, with a true Rubinroth upon the throne and my
daughter at his side."
Butzow added his pleas to those of the old chancellor. The American
"Let us leave it to the representatives of the people and to the
house of nobles," he suggested.
The chancellor of Lutha explained the situation to both houses.
Their reply was unanimous. He carried it to the American, who
awaited the decision of Lutha in the royal apartments of the palace.
With him was the Princess Emma von der Tann.
"The people of Lutha will have no other king, sire," said the old
Barney turned toward the girl.
"There is no other way, my lord king," she said with grave dignity.
"With her blood your mother bequeathed you a duty which you may not
shirk. It is not for you or for me to choose. God chose for you when
you were born."
Barney Custer took her hand in his and raised it to his lips.
"Let the King of Lutha," he said, "be the first to salute Lutha's
And so Barney Custer, of Beatrice, was crowned King of Lutha, and
Emma became his queen. Maenck died of his wound on the floor of the
little room in the east transept of the cathedral of Lustadt beside
the body of the king he had slain. Prince Peter of Blentz was tried
by the highest court of Lutha on the charge of treason; he was found
guilty and hanged. Von Coblich committed suicide on the eve of his
arrest. Lieutenant Otto Butzow was ennobled and given the
confiscated estates of the Blentz prince. He became a general in the
It was evident then that he expected opposition, but the girl was too loyal to let von Horn know if she felt other than in harmony with the proposal, and too proud to evince by surprise the fact that she was not wholly conversant with its every detail.Page 10
The ubiquitous Sing was on hand during the interview, but from his expressionless face none might guess what was passing through the tortuous channels of his Oriental mind.Page 14
When von Horn had finished, he cautioned him against divulging to Virginia anything that took.Page 16
"Doctor," he whispered in a strange, tense voice, "you are mad.Page 28
Possibly he was a new arrival--his presence unguessed even by her father.Page 30
"This way," cried Sing presently, and started off once more into the brush, but this time in a northwesterly direction, toward camp.Page 38
"Bududreen," said von Horn, when the two had reached a safe distance from the enclosures, "there is no need of mincing matters--something must be done at once.Page 39
Can it be possible that, after all, his brain is defective? It would be terrible.Page 47
found Professor Maxon lying in a pool of his own blood, a great gash in his forehead.Page 49
If you will not come away from the island with me voluntarily I consider it my duty to take you away by force.Page 52
His only motive for returning lay in his desire to prevent Virginia Maxon falling into the hands of the Dyaks, or, failing that, rescuing her from their clutches.Page 62
The storm had ceased and as the daylight brought the surroundings to view Number Thirteen became aware that he was not alone in the campong.Page 76
There remained but a handful of brown warriors in one end of the boat when the advantage of utilizing their knowledge of the river and of navigation occurred to Number Thirteen.Page 82
It was fully an hour thereafter that doubts began to enter Bulan's head, and as the day dragged on he came to realize that he and his weird pack were alone and lost in the heart of a strange and tangled web of tropical jungle.Page 84
Like a flash she dove once more and, turning, struck out rapidly straight back beneath the oncoming boat.Page 92
They stood fully as high as the brown Dyak warriors, but their bodies were naked except for the growth of reddish hair which covered them, shading to black upon the face and hands.Page 95
Of course it was possible that they might have made their way over land to this point, but it seemed scarcely credible--and then, how could they have come into possession of Virginia Maxon, whom every report except this last agreed was still in the hands of Ninaka and Barunda.Page 97
But the wrinkled old Chinaman was made of different metal, and had started forward to assist Bulan when a heavy hand suddenly fell upon his shoulder.Page 106
Now Ninaka, after murdering Barunda, set off through the jungle toward the river which leads to Gunung Tebor, and Barunda's uncle followed him with what few men he had with him; but he sent us down river to try and find you, master, and beg of you to come with many men and overtake Ninaka and punish him.Page 123
Oh, Bulan, my Bulan, what a cruel fate that permitted us to find one another only to die together!" 16 SING SPEAKS For a week Professor Maxon with von Horn and Sing sought for Virginia.