matter with her? Was she losing all control of herself
to be frightened like a little child by ghostly noises?
She tried to return to her reading, but for the life of her she
could not keep her eyes off the silent, painted woman who stared and
stared and stared in cold, threatening silence upon this ancient
enemy of her house.
Presently the girl's eyes went wide in horror. She could feel the
scalp upon her head contract with fright. Her terror-filled gaze was
frozen upon that awful figure that loomed so large and sinister
above her, for the thing had moved! She had seen it with her own
eyes. There could be no mistake--no hallucination of overwrought
nerves about it. The Blentz Princess was moving slowly toward her!
Like one in a trance the girl rose from her chair, her eyes glued
upon the awful apparition that seemed creeping upon her. Slowly she
withdrew toward the opposite side of the chamber. As the painting
moved more quickly the truth flashed upon her--it was mounted on a
The crack of the door widened and beyond it the girl saw dimly, eyes
fastened upon her. With difficulty she restrained a shriek. The
portal swung wide and a man in uniform stepped into the room.
It was Maenck.
Emma von der Tann gazed in unveiled abhorrence upon the leering face
of the governor of Blentz.
"What means this intrusion?" cried the girl.
"What would you have here?"
"You," replied Maenck.
The girl crimsoned.
Maenck regarded her sneeringly.
"You coward!" she cried. "Leave my apartments at once. Not even
Peter of Blentz would countenance such abhorrent treatment of a
"You do not know Peter, my dear," responded Maenck. "But you need not
fear. You shall be my wife. Peter has promised me a baronetcy for
the capture of Leopold, and before I am done I shall be made a
prince, of that you may rest assured, so you see I am not so bad a
match after all."
He crossed over toward her and would have laid a rough hand upon her
The girl sprang away from him, running to the opposite side of the
library table at which she had been reading. Maenck started to
pursue her, when she seized a heavy, copper bowl that stood upon the
table and hurled it full in his face. The missile struck him a
glancing blow, but the edge laid open the flesh of one cheek almost
to the jaw bone.
With a cry of pain and rage Captain Ernst Maenck leaped across the
table full upon the young girl. With vicious, murderous fingers he
Yet there was none of the sycophant or fawner in Billings; ordinarily I do not wax enthusiastic about.Page 6
Chapter 2 I'll never forget my first impressions of Caspak as I circled in, high over the surrounding cliffs.Page 11
My duty lay clear before me; I must follow it while life remained to me, and so I set forth toward the north.Page 25
I doubt if we made ten miles in the entire three days.Page 27
by no means as much to be feared as the huge beasts that roamed the surface of the earth.Page 36
meaning of the new caress, for she leaned forward in the dark and pressed her own lips to my forehead.Page 38
I could feel her press closer to me, and one hand stroked my arm in a weak caress; but she didn't say anything, nor were words necessary.Page 43
He looked puzzled and finally gave it up.Page 50
"The third night I took refuge in a large cave in the cliffs at the edge of my own country; upon the following day I would cross over into the Kro-lu country, where I felt that I should be reasonably safe from the Wieroo, though menaced by countless other dangers.Page 52
"Day was breaking; soon the carnivora would stalk forth for their first kill; I was armed only with my knife.Page 55
The Kro-lu stood silent and statuesque, watching the proceedings.Page 59
Then he told something of my story, and Al-tan asked me many questions of the land from which I came.Page 73
"Remove your strange apparel," said Chal-az, "and I will fit you out as a true Galu.Page 79
For two days I searched fruitlessly back and forth from the inland sea almost to the barrier cliffs for some trace of Ajor, and always I trended northward; but I saw no sign of any human being, not even the band of Galu warriors under Du-seen; and then I commenced to have misgivings.Page 82
Clothes, to a man accustomed to wearing clothes, impart a.Page 84
The entire party was fully a mile away from me, and they were crossing my path at right angles, Ajor a few hundred yards in advance of those who followed her.Page 85
He had run into one of those numerous springs which cover Caspak.Page 87
What could it mean? To me it meant but one thing, and that was that Hollis and Short and the others had scaled the cliffs and made their way north to the Galu country upon the opposite side of the island in time to save Ajor and me from almost certain death.Page 88
Into these holes the iron rods brought as a part of our equipment and for just this purpose were inserted, extending about a foot beyond the face of the rock, across these two rods a plank was laid, and then the next shift, mounting to the new level, bored two more holes five feet above the new platform, and so on.Page 90
" He looked at me in surprise.