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.
He had scarcely entered the wood when he heard the sound of the
searchers at the moat, and saw the rays of their lanterns flitting
hither and thither as they moved back and forth along the bank.
Then the young man turned his face from the castle and set forth
across the unfamiliar country in the direction of the Old Forest and
the castle Von der Tann.
The memory of the warm lips that had so recently been pressed to his
urged him on in the service of the wondrous girl who had come so
suddenly into his life, bringing to him the realization of a love
that he knew must alter, for happiness or for sorrow, all the
balance of his existence, even unto death.
He dreaded the day of reckoning when, at last, she must learn that
he was no king. He did not have the temerity to hope that her
courage would be equal to the great sacrifice which the
acknowledgment of her love for one not of noble blood must entail;
but he could not believe that she would cease to love him when she
learned the truth.
So the future looked black and cheerless to Barney Custer as he
trudged along the rocky, moonlit way. The only bright spot was the
realization that for a while at least he might be serving the one
woman in all the world.
All the balance of the long night the young man traversed valley and
mountain, holding due south in the direction he supposed the Old
Forest to lie. He passed many a little farm tucked away in the
hollow of a hillside, and quaint hamlets, and now and then the ruins
of an ancient feudal stronghold, but no great forest of black oaks
loomed before him to apprise him of the nearness of his goal, nor
did he dare to ask the correct route at any of the homes he passed.
His fatal likeness to the description of the mad king of Lutha
warned him from intercourse with the men of Lutha until he might
know which were friends and which enemies of the hapless monarch.
Dawn found him still upon his way, but with the determination fully
crystallized to hail the first man he met and ask the way to Tann.
He still avoided the main traveled roads, but from time to time he
I had superintended her construction.Page 7
But it was of no avail; as I sat watching her, the moonlight marking out the graceful curves of her slender young body, I saw her shiver.Page 8
They told the girl to take off her wet clothes and throw them outside the door that they might be dried, and then to slip into.Page 9
In a moment I was up on deck to see an enemy submarine about two hundred yards off our port bow.Page 10
I could scarce repress a cheer.Page 12
I fell heavily upon him, but was upon my feet in the instant.Page 21
For six more days after the storm lessened we still had fairly rough weather; nor did the sun once show himself during all that time.Page 24
After that it had been comparatively simple to stand at the foot of the ladder and arrest each individual as he descended.Page 28
"If you will note the boat's course a half-hour after Benson goes on duty," she said, "you will know what I mean, and you will.Page 29
Up this I scrambled, as fast as I could go; but Benson had the cover tight before I reached it.Page 45
It gave one a feeling of newness that was almost embarrassing, although it didn't seem to embarrass our appetites.Page 48
To land, it would be necessary to run the U-33 close in to the shore, at least as close as we could, for even these waters were infested, though, not so thickly, by savage reptiles.Page 58
"And what difference does it make, anyway, what you like and what you don't like? You are here for but an instant, and you mustn't take yourself too seriously.Page 64
We learned to know one another better in those two brief hours than we had in all the months that had intervened since we had been thrown together.Page 69
He was talking loudly and gesticulating wildly.Page 71
Rough and narrow ledges formed by nature gave access to the upper caves.Page 79
I leaped between them while he was still kicking her, and obtaining a quick hold upon him, dragged him screaming with pain from the cave.Page 83
The wind is off-shore; the tide is running out; perhaps it will be carried into one of those numerous ocean-currents which sweep perpetually from pole to pole and from continent to continent, to be deposited at last upon some inhabited shore.Page 84
I raised my rifle to my shoulder and took careful aim.Page 85
Kho closed and sought my jugular with his teeth.