You need not be
Barney Custer looked up at her quickly, and then he grinned. His
only fear had been that he would not meet brigands, for Mr. Bernard
Custer, Jr., was young and the spirit of Romance and Adventure
breathed strong within him.
"Why do you smile?" asked the girl.
"At our dilemma," evaded Barney. "Have you paused to consider our
The girl smiled, too.
"It is most unconventional," she said. "On foot and alone in the
mountains, far from home, and we do not even know each other's
"Pardon me," cried Barney, bowing low. "Permit me to introduce
myself. I am," and then to the spirits of Romance and Adventure was
added a third, the spirit of Deviltry, "I am the mad king of Lutha."
OVER THE PRECIPICE
The effect of his words upon the girl were quite different from what
he had expected. An American girl would have laughed, knowing that
he but joked. This girl did not laugh. Instead her face went white,
and she clutched her bosom with her two hands. Her brown eyes peered
searchingly into the face of the man.
"Leopold!" she cried in a suppressed voice. "Oh, your majesty,
thank God that you are free--and sane!"
Before he could prevent it the girl had seized his hand and pressed
it to her lips.
Here was a pretty muddle! Barney Custer swore at himself inwardly
for a boorish fool. What in the world had ever prompted him to speak
those ridiculous words! And now how was he to unsay them without
mortifying this beautiful girl who had just kissed his hand?
She would never forgive that--he was sure of it.
There was but one thing to do, however, and that was to make a clean
breast of it. Somehow, he managed to stumble through his explanation
of what had prompted him, and when he had finished he saw that the
girl was smiling indulgently at him.
"It shall be Mr. Bernard Custer if you wish it so," she said; "but
your majesty need fear nothing from Emma von der Tann. Your secret
is as safe with me as with yourself, as the name of Von der Tann
must assure you."
She looked to see the expression of relief and pleasure that her
father's name should have brought to the face of Leopold of Lutha,
but when he gave no indication that he had ever before heard the
name she sighed and looked puzzled.
"Perhaps," she thought, "he doubts me. Or can it be possible that,
after all, his poor mind is gone?"
"I wish," said Barney in a tone
THE RETURN OF THE MUCKER: Sequel to THE MUCKER.Page 1
He had no opportunity to realize his new dream for several years; but when he was about seventeen a neighbor's son surprised his little world by suddenly developing from an unknown teamster into a locally famous light-weight.Page 36
"I guess I'll need dis gat in my business purty soon," he remarked.Page 56
As she watched him occasionally now she noted for the first time the leonine contour of his head, and she was surprised to note that his features were regular and fine, and then she recalled Billy Mallory and the cowardly kick that she had seen delivered in the face of the unconscious Theriere--with a little shudder of.Page 69
It was easy to tip dem off to hike out wid de squab, and de first chanct you get you'll hike after dem, while we hold de bag.Page 88
take him from behind.Page 92
"Wait!" replied the girl.Page 107
certain more or less obvious irregularities of grammar and pronunciation that are particularly distasteful to people of refinement, and which are easy to guard against if one be careful.Page 118
For a moment he listened thus and then his heart gave a throb of exultation, and he could have shouted aloud in thanksgiving--the men were conversing in English! Quietly Byrne pushed open the door far enough to admit his body.Page 123
would be in the way.Page 131
Cassidy saw it and almost smiled.Page 179
I had about twenty years of the other and only one of hers, and twenty to one is a long shot--more apt to lose than win.Page 186
Who, indeed, could blame you who had fought well and risked your men and yourself in the performance of your sacred duty? Rozales, should such a thing occur what could I do in token of my great pleasure other than make you a colonel?" "I shall defend them with my life, my general," cried Rozales, bowing low.Page 194
To Billy Byrne, then, Pesita was a real general, and Billy, himself, a bona fide captain.Page 208
As Billy rose and threw the heavy burden across a shoulder he heard a challenge from without, and then a parley.Page 234
That at home they might have looked with disgust upon this same man did not alter their attitude here, that no American should take sides against his own people.Page 235
As he sat puzzling his brain over the inconsequential matter something stirred upon the floor close to his feet, and presently he jerked back a booted foot that a rat had commenced to gnaw upon.Page 243
Whose she took she did not know, nor care, but that the saddle was enormously heavy she was perfectly aware long before she had dragged it halfway to where Brazos stood.Page 244
Gingerly she turned it, keeping a furtive eye upon the sleeping guard, and the muzzle of his own revolver leveled menacingly upon him.Page 254
" "Si, senor," agreed Rozales; "I, too, find it so.