wear clothes that had been fitted to Barney; and it was part
of his plan to have everything in readiness for the substitution
which was to take place the morning of the coronation.
Then there were foreign dignitaries, and the heads of numerous
domestic and civic delegations to be given audience. Old Von der
Tann stood close behind Barney prompting him upon the royal duties
that had fallen so suddenly upon his shoulders, and none thought it
strange that he was unfamiliar with the craft of kingship, for was
it not common knowledge that he had been kept a close prisoner in
Blentz since boyhood, nor been given any coaching for the duties
Peter of Blentz never intended he should perform?
After it was all over Prince Ludwig's grim and leathery face relaxed
into a smile of satisfaction.
"None who witnessed the conduct of your first audience, sire," he
said, "could for a moment doubt your royal lineage--if ever a man
was born to kingship, your majesty, it be you."
Barney smiled, a bit ruefully, however, for in his mind's eye he saw
a future moment when the proud old Prince von der Tann would know
the truth of the imposture that had been played upon him, and the
young man foresaw that he would have a rather unpleasant half-hour.
At a little distance from them Barney saw Emma von der Tann
surrounded by a group of officials and palace officers. Since he had
come to Lustadt that day he had had no word with her, and now he
crossed toward her, amused as the throng parted to form an aisle for
him, the men saluting and the women curtsying low.
He took both of the girl's hands in his, and, drawing one through
his arm, took advantage of the prerogatives of kingship to lead her
away from the throng of courtiers.
"I thought that I should never be done with all the tiresome
business which seems to devolve upon kings," he said, laughing. "All
the while that I should have been bending my royal intellect to
matters of state, I was wondering just how a king might find a way
to see the woman he loves without interruptions from the horde that
dogs his footsteps."
"You seem to have found a way, Leopold," she whispered, pressing his
arm close to her. "Kings usually do."
"It is not because I am a king that I found a way, Emma," he
replied. "It is because I am an American."
She looked up at him with an expression of pleading in her eyes.
"Why do you persist?" she cried. "You
One of the lifeboats, frightfully overcrowded, swung at a dangerous angle from its davits.Page 5
"The beasts!" she went on after a moment.Page 9
Our momentum had carried us a little beyond the enemy craft, but we were turning now on the arc of a circle that would bring us alongside her.Page 19
" Her manner was so straightforward and honest that I could not bring myself to believe in her duplicity; yet--Thinking to surprise her into a betrayal of her guilt, I blurted out: "The chronometer and sextant were both destroyed last night; there is a traitor among us.Page 23
I gave the master of the Balmen a receipt for what we took, together with an affidavit signed by Bradley, Olson, and myself, stating briefly how we had come into possession of the U-33 and the urgency of our need for what we took.Page 25
The girl was coming almost at a run--she was at my side immediately.Page 26
Von Schoenvorts was the worst--he was fairly frenzied with rage and chagrin, and he came charging for me like a mad bull, and as he came he discharged his pistol.Page 30
In an instant I had turned the last corner of life's highway and was looking God Almighty in the face--the U-33 was being slowly submerged! It would be difficult, even impossible, to set down in writing my sensations at that moment.Page 32
She made no reply--only turned and walked very rapidly toward her room.Page 38
"It can't come from the ocean; so it must come from the land.Page 43
I think we were all more or less shaken by the frightfulness of the tragedy--until Olson remarked that the balance of power now rested where it belonged.Page 44
I could readily understand how it might have been that Caprona had been invaded in the past by venturesome navigators without word of it ever reaching the outside world, for I can assure you that only by submarine could man pass up that great sluggish river, alive.Page 45
By the time we had cleared away the blood and refuse in the tower, the cook had juicy steaks and a steaming broth upon the electric stove, and the aroma arising from P.Page 59
Lys spent a great deal of time talking to him and trying to draw him out; but for a long while she was unsuccessful.Page 61
I had to smile as I read Bradley's report.Page 76
Of course I did not take in all these details upon the instant of my capture, for I was busy with other matters.Page 77
"I tell you," I said angrily, "that I am from another country, far from Caspak, far beyond the high cliffs.Page 79
teeming with life.Page 85
a beast crumpled in its tracks! From my ledge to the base of the cliff is a matter of several thousand feet of dangerous climbing; yet I venture to say that the first ape from whose loins my line has descended never could have equaled the speed with which I literally dropped down the face of that rugged escarpment.Page 86
They had been driven from their former caves by another tribe which had slain many and carried off quite half the females, and the new cliffs to which they had flown had proven far higher and more precipitous, so that she had become, through necessity, a most practiced climber.