no coronation in Lutha until all
doubts are allayed and all may unite in accepting without question
the royal right of the true Leopold to the crown of his father. Let
the coronation wait, then, until another day, and all will be well."
"It must take place before noon of the fifth day of November, or not
until a year later," said Prince Ludwig. "In the meantime the Prince
Regent must continue to rule. For the sake of Lutha the coronation
must take place today, your majesty."
"What is the date?" asked Barney.
"The third, sire."
"Let the coronation wait until the fifth."
"But your majesty," interposed Von der Tann, "all may be lost in two
"It is the king's command," said Barney quietly.
"But Peter of Blentz will rule for these two days, and in that time
with the army at his command there is no telling what he may
accomplish," insisted the old man.
"Peter of Blentz shall not rule Lutha for two days, or two minutes,"
replied Barney. "We shall rule. Lieutenant Butzow, you may place
Prince Peter, Coblich, Maenck, and Stein under arrest. We charge
them with treason against their king, and conspiring to assassinate
their rightful monarch."
Butzow smiled as he turned with his troopers at his back to execute
this most welcome of commissions; but in a moment he was again at
"They have fled, your majesty," he said. "Shall I ride to Blentz
"Let them go," replied the American, and then, with his retinue
about him the new king of Lutha passed down the broad aisle of the
cathedral of Lustadt and took his way to the royal palace between
ranks of saluting soldiery backed by cheering thousands.
THE KING'S GUESTS
Once within the palace Barney sought the seclusion of a small room
off the audience chamber. Here he summoned Butzow.
"Lieutenant," said the American, "for the sake of a woman, a dead
child and an unhappy king I have become dictator of Lutha for
forty-eight hours; but at noon upon the fifth this farce must cease.
Then we must place the true Leopold upon the throne, or a new
dictator must replace me.
"In vain I have tried to convince you that I am not the king, and
today in the cathedral so great was the temptation to take advantage
of the odd train of circumstances that had placed a crown within my
reach that I all but surrendered to it--not for the crown of gold,
Butzow, but for an infinitely more sacred diadem which belongs to
him to whom by right of birth and lineage, belongs the crown of
" "Go on," said Jimmy; "I am not interested," and the boys left him to his "beloved" books.Page 5
Not, however, that I spurn the check, which it was just like you to send without a lot of grumbling and reproaches, even if I do deserve them.Page 12
So-long," and he was gone as noiselessly as he had come.Page 23
We never had a better month in the history of this organization than last month, and yet our profits are not commensurate with the volume of business that we did.Page 37
She usually came to Jimmy's table when it was vacant, and at four o'clock she always ate alone.Page 38
He was momentarily at a loss as to what to say, and as he hesitated the girl's gaze went past him and she exclaimed: "Look who's here!" Jimmy turned to look at the newcomer, and saw the Lizard directly behind him.Page 48
The program, which had consisted in part of shadow boxing and bag punching by Young Brophy, was to terminate with three rounds with Jimmy.Page 62
At the same time I shall be looking for leaks and investigating timekeeping methods, wage-paying systems and planning on efficiency producers.Page 64
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He nursed a perpetual grievance against his employer and his job, and whenever the opportunity presented, and sometimes when it did not present itself, he endeavored to inoculate others with his dissatisfaction.Page 77
"It is," replied Jimmy.Page 84
Jimmy sat looking at the girl's profile as she studied the menu-card.Page 94
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"Put 'em up!" it admonished curtly, and Jimmy turned to see two men standing in the doorway with pistols leveled at him.Page 103
" It was after two o'clock in.Page 106
I have asked you so many times before, however, and you have always refused, that I suppose it is useless now.Page 107
Harold Bince entered the court-room late on Friday morning following the brief ceremony that had made them man and wife.Page 111
" He told her briefly of what had happened.Page 113
" Harriet gave a little cry of shocked surprise.