sought without attracting attention.
Swinging to the ground he tied the pony to one of the supporting
columns of the porch-roof and a moment later had stepped within the
From a back room the shopkeeper presently emerged, and when he saw
who it was that stood before him his eyes went wide in
"In the name of all the saints, your majesty," cried the old fellow,
"what has happened? How comes it that you are out of the hospital,
and travel-stained as though from a long, hard ride? I cannot
understand it, sire."
"Hospital?" queried the young man. "What do you mean, my good
fellow? I have been in no hospital."
"You were there only last evening when I inquired after you of the
doctor," insisted the shopkeeper, "nor did any there yet suspect
your true identity."
"Last evening I was hiding far up in the mountains from Yellow
Franz's band of cutthroats," replied Barney. "Tell me what manner of
riddle you are propounding."
Then a sudden light of understanding flashed through Barney's mind.
"Man!" he exclaimed. "Tell me--you have found the true king? He is
at a hospital in Tafelberg?"
"Yes, your majesty, I have found the true king, and it is so that he
was at the Tafelberg sanatorium last evening. It was beside the
remnants of your wrecked automobile that two of the men of Tafelberg
"One leg was pinioned beneath the machine which was on fire when
they discovered you. They brought you to my shop, which is the first
on the road into town, and not guessing your true identity they took
my word for it that you were an old acquaintance of mine and without
more ado turned you over to my care."
Barney scratched his head in puzzled bewilderment. He began to
doubt if he were in truth himself, or, after all, Leopold of Lutha.
As no one but himself could, by the wildest stretch of imagination,
have been in such a position, he was almost forced to the conclusion
that all that had passed since the instant that his car shot over
the edge of the road into the ravine had been but the hallucinations
of a fever-excited brain, and that for the past three weeks he had
been lying in a hospital cot instead of experiencing the strange and
inexplicable adventures that he had believed to have befallen him.
But yet the more he thought of it the more ridiculous such a
conclusion appeared, for it did not in the least explain the pony
tethered without, which he plainly could see from where he stood
It was about six bells of the forenoon watch that Johnson returned to the bridge after an absence of some thirty minutes.Page 9
that Lieutenant Jefferson Turck had taken his ship across thirty, every man aboard would know that the first officer had committed a crime that was punishable by both degradation and death.Page 12
The work upon the engines had progressed to such an extent that within a few hours we might expect to be able to proceed under our own power westward in the direction of Pan-American waters.Page 19
As we came in sight of it we saw Delcarte a hundred yards inland from the launch, leaning over something which lay upon the ground.Page 20
Straight as a torpedo it rushed for Delcarte, and, as Taylor and I stumbled on through the tall grass toward our unfortunate comrade, we saw the tiger rear upon him and crush him to the earth.Page 28
The elephant raised his trunk, and, trumpeting loudly, lumbered off through the wood, crushing down small trees and trampling bushes in his mad flight.Page 37
The lions have had no offering for a long time, and Buckingham would seize upon the first stranger as a gift to them.Page 40
Here they threw me upon the ground, binding my ankles together and trussing them up to my wrists behind.Page 41
"I am Victory's sister.Page 42
" The thought was horrible, not solely because of the hideous fate to which I was condemned, but from the contemplation it engendered of the sad decadence of a once enlightened race.Page 45
He lashed his tail against his sides now, instead of simply twitching its tip, and his low moan became a thunderous roar.Page 48
They were littered with dust and broken stone and plaster, but, otherwise, so perfect was their preservation I could hardly believe that two centuries had rolled by since human eyes were last set upon them.Page 53
With the lions still padding back and forth beyond the closed door, Victory and I crossed the room to one of the windows.Page 56
It was evident that her lungs were pierced.Page 63
Splendid trees reared their stately tops where splendid cathedrals once had reared their domes, and sweet wild flowers blossomed in simple serenity in soil that once was drenched with human blood.Page 67
I fell to wondering what charm Victory had found in such a man as Snider, and why I insisted upon finding excuses for her and trying to defend her indefensible act.Page 68
The beast had attacked the girl, and she had defended her honor.Page 73
"I am a Christian," I said.Page 77
From the south they brought rugs and ornaments and jewels; from the west, slaves; for the commanding officers of the western frontier posts had naught else to bring.Page 80
I tried to follow, that I might be near her against some opportunity to speak with her or assist in her escape.