and at sight of Barney's face gave
an exclamation of astonishment. The officer was Butzow.
"Well met, your majesty," he cried saluting. "We are riding to the
coronation. We shall be just in time."
"To see Peter of Blentz rob Leopold of a crown," said the American
in a disgusted tone.
"To see Leopold of Lutha come into his own, your majesty. Long live
the king!" cried the officer.
Barney thought the man either poking fun at him because he was not
the king, or, thinking he was Leopold, taking a mean advantage of
his helplessness to bait him. Yet this last suspicion seemed unfair
to Butzow, who at Blentz had given ample evidence that he was a
gentleman, and of far different caliber from Maenck and the others
who served Peter.
If he could but convince the man that he was no king and thus gain
his liberty long enough to reach Prince Ludwig's ear, his mission
would have been served in so far as it lay in his power to serve it.
For some minutes Barney expended his best eloquence and logic upon
the cavalry officer in an effort to convince him that he was not
The king had given the American his great ring to safeguard for him
until it should be less dangerous for Leopold to wear it, and for
fear that at the last moment someone within the sanatorium might
recognize it and bear word to Peter of the king's whereabouts.
Barney had worn it turned in upon the third finger of his left hand,
and now he slipped it surreptitiously into his breeches pocket lest
Butzow should see it and by it be convinced that Barney was indeed
"Never mind who you are," cried Butzow, thinking to humor the king's
strange obsession. "You look enough like Leopold to be his twin, and
you must help us save Lutha from Peter of Blentz."
The American showed in his expression the surprise he felt at these
words from an officer of the prince regent.
"You wonder at my change of heart?" asked Butzow.
"How can I do otherwise?"
"I cannot blame you," said the officer. "Yet I think that when you
know the truth you will see that I have done only that which I
believed to be the duty of a patriotic officer and a true
They had rejoined the troop by this time, and the entire company was
once more headed toward Lustadt. Butzow had commanded one of the
troopers to exchange horses with Barney, bringing the jaded animal
into the city slowly, and now freshly mounted the American was
I stood rigid, spellbound, watching the white wake of the torpedo.Page 6
Constantly we scanned the horizon for signs of smoke, venturing guesses as to our chances of rescue; but darkness settled, and the black night enveloped us without ever the sight of a speck upon the waters.Page 7
"We must grin and bear it," she replied after a moment.Page 10
I saw the helmsman lunge forward upon the wheel, pulling the helm around so that the tug sheered off quickly from her course, and I recall realizing that all our efforts were to be in vain, because of all the men aboard, Fate had decreed.Page 16
"There is only one place you can go," von Schoenvorts sent word to me, "and that is Kiel.Page 18
" If the man had come in and struck me suddenly in the face, I could have been no more surprised.Page 19
The fellow scratched his head a moment and said, "No," and then as though it was an afterthought, he told me that he had seen the girl in the crew's room about midnight talking with the German commander, but as there hadn't seemed to him to be any harm in that, he hadn't said anything about it.Page 23
Six of us of the loyal crew had come on deck either to serve the gun or board the Swede during our set-to with her; and now, one by one, we descended the ladder into the centrale.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 31
She felt the submergence of the boat and came out of her room to investigate.Page 33
"Peru!" snorted Olson.Page 43
Shrieking and screaming, the German was dragged from the deck, and the moment the reptile was clear of the boat, it dived beneath the surface of the water with its terrified prey.Page 59
I see in reading over the last few pages that I neglected to state that Lys finally discovered that the.Page 60
I sent out one party last week under Bradley.Page 64
She told me that she had loved me from the first, and that she never had loved von Schoenvorts, their engagement having been arranged by her aunt for social reasons.Page 65
To say that I was distracted with terror would be to put it mildly.Page 75
On the sixth day I came to the cliffs of the Sto-lu, and my heart beat fast as I approached them, for here was Lys.Page 83
It is the abode of some mighty winged creature of the Triassic--or rather it was.Page 87
"For three days he has pursued me," she said, "through this horrible world.