had told them that when he had reached the scene of the
conflict in company with the gardener he had found them and another
lying upon the sward.
Their companion, he said, was quite dead.
"That must have been Stein," said Butzow. "And the others had
escaped with the king!"
"The king?" cried the interne.
"Yes, the king, man--Leopold of Lutha. Did you not know that he who
has lain here for three weeks was the king?" replied Butzow.
The interne accompanied them to the gate and beyond, but everywhere
was silence. The king was gone.
ON THE BATTLEFIELD
All that night and the following day Barney Custer and his aide rode
in search of the missing king.
They came to Blentz, and there Butzow rode boldly into the great
court, admitted by virtue of the fact that the guard upon the gate
knew him only as an officer of the royal guard whom they believed
still loyal to Peter of Blentz.
The lieutenant learned that the king was not there, nor had he been
since his escape. He also learned that Peter was abroad in the
lowland recruiting followers to aid him forcibly to regain the crown
The lieutenant did not wait to hear more, but, hurrying from the
castle, rode to Barney where the latter had remained in hiding in
the wood below the moat--the same wood through which he had stumbled
a few weeks previously after his escape from the stagnant waters of
"The king is not here," said Butzow to him, as soon as the former
reached his side. "Peter is recruiting an army to aid him in seizing
the palace at Lustadt, and king or no king, we must ride for the
capital in time to check that move. Thank God," he added, "that we
shall have a king to place upon the throne of Lutha at noon tomorrow
in spite of all that Peter can do."
"What do you mean?" asked Barney. "Have you any clue to the
whereabouts of Leopold?"
"I saw the man at Tafelberg whom you say is king," replied Butzow.
"I saw him tremble and whimper in the face of danger. I saw him run
when he might have seized something, even a stone, and fought at the
sides of the men who were come to rescue him. And I saw you there
"The truth and the falsity of this whole strange business is beyond
me, but this I know: if you are not the king today I pray God that
the other may not find his way to Lustadt before noon tomorrow, for
He didn't need to be told what caused my excitement, for the instant he was awake he, too, heard the long-hoped for click, and with a whoop of delight pounced upon the instrument.Page 7
What thoughts were passing through the convolutions of her reptilian brain? I do not know.Page 12
They started toward us once more, though I could see that they were terrified probably as much by the noise of the guns as by their effects.Page 15
By use of the pedometers we had retraced our way to the prospector with ease and accuracy.Page 35
lay upon the same water then the shore-line must bend far back toward the southwest of Greenwich--an assumption which, by the way, we found later to be true.Page 42
I thanked fate that I had not left her upon the sands of the Sahara--or put a bullet in her, as I had been tempted to do.Page 48
to all travel across the face of savage Pellucidar.Page 51
All this we learned from one of our own warriors who.Page 58
He stretched himself, lowered his head, and lapped water from the drinking-shell at his side, turned and looked at me, and then hobbled off toward the cliffs.Page 60
Almost simultaneously the hyaenodon pulled down the remaining enemy, crushing his skull with a single bite of those fearsome jaws.Page 61
Perry argues that wild dogs were first domesticated for hunting purposes; but I do not agree with him.Page 63
He had stopped in his tracks as one turned to stone.Page 79
that on which dwelt the tribe of Gr-gr-gr.Page 80
At last I reached the top, and very glad I was, too.Page 101
It was something else, too, as I realized while the monstrous beast neared me.Page 103
With the two beasts trotting after us, we returned to where we had left Juag.Page 107
Where had they come from? Juag was first to hazard a guess.Page 113
When they came a bit closer my eyes fairly popped from my head at what I saw, for in the eye of the leading felucca stood a man with a sea-glass leveled upon us.Page 124
There the three of us arranged a code of laws that would permit the brute-folk and the human beings of the island to live in peace and harmony.Page 127
Next he inserted a long fuse.