of the royal ring of the kings of Lutha upon the third
finger of your left hand," replied Barney.
The king started up upon his elbow, his eyes wild with apprehension.
"It is not so," he cried. "It is a lie! I am not the king."
"Hush!" admonished Barney. "You have nothing to fear from me.
There are good friends and loyal subjects in plenty to serve and
protect your majesty, and place you upon the throne that has been
stolen from you. I have sworn to serve you. The old shopkeeper, Herr
Kramer, who brought me here, is an honest, loyal old soul. He would
die for you, your majesty. Trust us. Let us help you. Tomorrow,
Kramer tells me, Peter of Blentz is to have himself crowned as king
in the cathedral at Lustadt.
"Will you sit supinely by and see another rob you of your kingdom,
and then continue to rob and throttle your subjects as he has been
doing for the past ten years? No, you will not. Even if you do not
want the crown, you were born to the duties and obligations it
entails, and for the sake of your people you must assume them now."
"How am I to know that you are not another of the creatures of that
fiend of Blentz?" cried the king. "How am I to know that you will
not drag me back to the terrors of that awful castle, and to the
poisonous potions of the new physician Peter has employed to
assassinate me? I can trust none.
"Go away and leave me. I do not want to be king. I wish only to go
away as far from Lutha as I can get and pass the balance of my life
in peace and security. Peter may have the crown. He is welcome to
it, for all of me. All I ask is my life and my liberty."
Barney saw that while the king was evidently of sound mind, his was
not one of those iron characters and courageous hearts that would
willingly fight to the death for his own rights and the rights and
happiness of his people. Perhaps the long years of bitter
disappointment and misery, the tedious hours of imprisonment, and
the constant haunting fears for his life had reduced him to this
Whatever the cause, Barney Custer was determined to overcome the
man's aversion to assuming the duties which were rightly his, for in
his memory were the words of Emma von der Tann, in which she had
made plain to him
There was nothing fair, nor decent, nor scientific about their methods.Page 35
And then she spoke again.Page 49
Then, of a sudden, the second officer of the Halfmoon straightened to his full height.Page 51
Fer half a cent I'd soak youse a wallop to de solar plexus dat would put youse to sleep fer de long count, you--you--" but here words failed Billy.Page 57
The swirling waters engulfed her.Page 65
Now they presented a comparatively quick and easy approach to the destination of the mutineers, but so narrow a one as soon to convince Theriere that it was not feasible for him to move back and forth along the flank of his column.Page 77
The man went to his knees, lifting supplicating hands to the mate.Page 92
"Wait!" replied the girl.Page 95
"Ain't dat boob croaked yet?" he growled.Page 105
the truth flashed upon him.Page 109
"I'd give my life to bring him back again, for your sake.Page 123
Some wild fruit partially satisfied him for the moment, and he commenced the laborious task of retracing his steps toward "Manhattan Island.Page 132
There were interviews with him.Page 165
No one in Kansas City had seen two men that night answering the descriptions Flannagan had been able to give--at least no one whom Flannagan could unearth.Page 167
The shotgun stood almost within the man's reach--a step and it was in his hands.Page 175
Then I'll pull my freight.Page 196
Villa has considerable funds in bank there, and this stranger can learn what I want to know about the size of the detachment holding the town, and the habits of the garrison.Page 210
For an instant he stood motionless, then he called aloud for the guard, and turned toward the bank door.Page 266
Then the erstwhile bookkeeper ransacked the bunkhouse for arms and ammunition.Page 274
"Run for cover!" Billy and the Clark brothers leaped to their saddles and spurred toward the point where Bridge sat pumping lead into the advancing enemy.