both if we
establish pleasant relations from the beginning. What do you say?"
"I shall not be at Blentz long," she replied, not even looking in
Maenck's direction, "though while I am it shall be as a prisoner and
not as a guest. It is incredible that one could believe me willing
to pose as the guest of a traitor, even were he less impossible than
the notorious and infamous Captain Maenck."
Maenck smiled. He was one of those who rather pride themselves upon
the possession of racy reputations. He walked across the room to a
bell cord which he pulled. Then he turned toward the girl again.
"I have given you an opportunity," he said, "to lighten the burdens
of your captivity. I hoped that you would be sensible and accept my
advances of friendship voluntarily," and he emphasized the word
He shrugged his shoulders.
A servant had entered the apartment in response to Maenck's summons.
"Show the Princess von der Tann to her apartments," he commanded
with a sinister tone.
The man, who was in the livery of Peter of Blentz, bowed, and with a
deferential sign to the girl led the way from the room. Emma von der
Tann followed her guide up a winding stairway which spiraled within
a tower at the end of a long passage. On the second floor of the
castle the servant led her to a large and beautifully furnished
suite of three rooms--a bedroom, dressing-room and boudoir. After
showing her the rooms that were to be hers the servant left her
As soon as he had gone the Princess von der Tann took another turn
through the suite, looking to the doors and windows to ascertain how
securely she might barricade herself against unwelcome visitors.
She found that the three rooms lay in an angle of the old,
moss-covered castle wall.
The bedroom and dressing-room were connected by a doorway, and each
in turn had another door opening into the boudoir. The only
connection with the corridor without was through a single doorway
from the boudoir. This door was equipped with a massive bolt, which,
when she had shot it, gave her a feeling of immense relief and
security. The windows were all too high above the court on one side
and the moat upon the other to cause her the slightest apprehension
of danger from the outside.
The girl found the boudoir not only beautiful, but extremely
comfortable and cozy. A huge log-fire blazed upon the hearth, and,
though it was summer, its warmth was most welcome, for the night was
chill. Across the room from the fireplace
" "You had better apologize, captain," counseled Butzow, "for if the king should command me to do so I should have to compel you to," and the lieutenant half drew his sword once more.Page 36
that even if they had been retaken, he could serve her best by hastening to her father and fetching the only succor that might prevail against the strength of Blentz--armed men in sufficient force to storm the ancient fortress.Page 45
"There is no time to be lost.Page 52
He showed Herr Kramer his watch with his monogram upon it, his seal ring, and inside the pocket of his coat the label of his tailor, with his own name written beneath it and the date that the garment had been ordered.Page 57
"The prince has ridden to Lustadt with a large retinue," he said, "to attend the coronation of Peter of Blentz tomorrow.Page 107
As Barney fled from the courtyard he heard the rattle of hasty footsteps upon the rickety stairway of the inn.Page 111
Aside from this there were no windows in the room.Page 114
Send for Peter of Blentz! Barney wondered just what kind of a sensation it was to stand facing a firing squad.Page 134
He was mumbling to himself as though unconscious of the presence of the others.Page 138
An occasional backward glance revealed to her horrified eyes the rapid approach of her enemies.Page 142
Barney sounded the raucous military horn; but the soldiers seemed unconscious of their danger--they still stood there pumping lead toward the onrushing Juggernaut.Page 143
He had filled the cooling system at the inn where he had eaten.Page 150
" For a moment he was silent, thinking.Page 152
Their combined din might have aroused the dead.Page 160
Barney had traversed some distance in the darkness along the forgotten corridor when the sound of voices came to him from beyond the wall at his right.Page 175
The Austrian's eyes went wider, not only at the words, but at the tone of voice.Page 197
Gingerly the man placed one foot upon the floor.Page 198
"While you are saddling up I shall arrange with some of the Blentz servants for his burial--now hurry!" The corporal marched his troopers from the guardroom toward the stables.Page 207
But there were no armed retainers left at Blentz.Page 211
" Butzow added his pleas to those of the old chancellor.