in one end of the rope and
made it fast about her body below her arms, leaving a sufficient
length terminating in a small loop to permit her to support herself
more comfortably with one foot within the noose. Then he stepped to
the outer sill, and reaching down assisted her to his side.
Far below them the moonlight played upon the sluggish waters of the
moat. In the distance twinkled the lights of the village of Blentz.
From the courtyard and the palace came faintly the sound of voices,
and the movement of men. A horse whinnied from the stables.
Barney turned his eyes upward. He could see the head and shoulders
of Joseph leaning from the window of the chamber directly above
"Hoist away, Joseph!" whispered the American, and to the girl: "Be
brave. Shut your eyes and trust to Joseph and--and--"
"And my king," finished the girl for him.
His arm was about her shoulders, supporting her upon the narrow
sill. His cheek so close to hers that once he felt the soft velvet
of it brush his own. Involuntarily his arm tightened about the
"My princess!" he murmured, and as he turned his face toward hers
their lips almost touched.
Joseph was pulling upon the rope from above. They could feel it
tighten beneath the girl's arms. Impulsively Barney Custer drew the
sweet lips closer to his own. There was no resistance.
"I love you," he whispered. The words were smothered as their lips
Joseph, above, wondered at the great weight of the Princess Emma von
"I love you, Leopold, forever," whispered the girl, and then as
Joseph's Herculean tugging seemed likely to drag them both from the
narrow sill, Barney lifted the girl upward with one hand while he
clung to the window frame with the other. The distance to the sill
above was short, and a moment later Joseph had grasped the
princess's hand and was helping her over the ledge into the room
At the same instant there came a sudden commotion from the interior
of the room in the window of which Barney still stood waiting for
Joseph to remove the rope from about the princess and lower it for
him. Barney heard the heavy feet of men, the clank of arms, and
muttered oaths as the searchers stumbled against the furniture.
Presently one of them found the switch and instantly the room was
flooded with light, which revealed to the American a dozen Luthanian
troopers headed by the murderous Maenck.
Barney looked anxiously aloft. Would Joseph never lower that rope!
Within the room the
Ward trailed behind in a neat, blue serge sack suit, carrying both bags.Page 14
had once held a commission in the French Navy, from which he doubtless had been kicked--in disgrace.Page 16
He was the personification of affability, for was he not monopolizing the society of a very beautiful, and very wealthy young lady? The day's outing had two significant results.Page 58
We're ashore now, remember, and there is no more ship for you to command, so were I you I'd be mighty careful how I talked to my betters.Page 66
At the belts of two of her captors dangled grisly trophies of the hunt.Page 74
Presently Ward caught a glimpse of the men at the top of the cliff above him.Page 88
With the sound of the shot a samurai sank to the floor, dead, and the others,.Page 106
"It's too late fer me ever to belong, now," he said ruefully.Page 120
" "They haven't got us yet," said Billy.Page 123
It took him a long time to reach it, but at last he was successful.Page 151
" For several minutes the two ate in silence, passing the tin can back and forth, and slicing--hacking would be more nearly correct--pieces of meat from the half-roasted fowl.Page 156
"It's all right but the last line," said Billy, candidly.Page 163
better English than another, or has read more and remembers it, only makes him a better man in that particular respect.Page 199
a combination of admiration for the agility and courage of the men and pity for the horse the tones of a pleasant masculine voice broke in upon her thoughts.Page 236
" Eddie backed across the office to a table where stood a small lamp.Page 239
He got my horse, an' when he found it was me, he made me take your pony an' make my get-away, fer he knew Villa's men would croak me sure if they caught me.Page 245
Eddie shut his eyes quickly and thought hard and fast.Page 267
The Clark brothers and their cousin, a man by the name of Mason, who were the sole inhabitants of the ranch counseled a long rest--two hours at least, for the border was still ten miles away and speed at the last moment might be their sole means of salvation.Page 276
" In the faint light of dawn they saw a column of horsemen deploy suddenly into a long, thin line which galloped forward over the flat earth, coming toward them like a huge, relentless engine of destruction.