as he does not plot against the
"Major," he added, turning to the commander of the squadron at his
back, "we are returning to the palace. Your squadron will escort us,
remaining on guard there about the grounds. Prince Ludwig, you will
see that machine guns are placed about the palace and commanding the
approaches to the cathedral."
With a nod to the cavalry major he wheeled his horse and trotted up
the slope toward Lustadt.
With a grim smile Prince Ludwig von der Tann mounted his horse and
rode toward the fort. At his side were several of the nobles of
Lutha. They looked at him in astonishment.
"You are doing his bidding, although you do not know that he is the
true king?" asked one of them.
"Were he an impostor," replied the old man, "he would have insisted
by word of mouth that he is king. But not once has he said that he
is Leopold. Instead, he has proved his kingship by his acts."
A TIMELY INTERVENTION
Nine o'clock found Barney Custer pacing up and down his apartments
in the palace. No clue as to the whereabouts of Coblich, Maenck or
the king had been discovered. One by one his troopers had returned
to Butzow empty-handed, and as much at a loss as to the hiding-place
of their quarry as when they had set out upon their search.
Peter of Blentz and his retainers had entered the city and already
had commenced to gather at the cathedral.
Peter, at the residence of Coblich, had succeeded in gathering about
him many of the older nobility whom he pledged to support him in
case he could prove to them that the man who occupied the royal
palace was not Leopold of Lutha.
They agreed to support him in his regency if he produced proof that
the true Leopold was dead, and Peter of Blentz waited with growing
anxiety the coming of Coblich with word that he had the king in
custody. Peter was staking all on a single daring move which he had
decided to make in his game of intrigue.
As Barney paced within the palace, waiting for word that Leopold had
been found, Peter of Blentz was filled with equal apprehension as
he, too, waited for the same tidings. At last he heard the pound of
hoofs upon the pavement without and a moment later Coblich, his
clothing streaked with dirt, blood caked upon his face from a wound
across the forehead, rushed into the presence of the prince regent.
Peter drew him hurriedly into a small study on the first floor.
"Well?" he whispered,
Fortunately the small boats presented a rather poor target, which, combined with the bad marksmanship of the Germans preserved their occupants from harm; and after a few minutes a blotch of smoke appeared upon the eastern horizon and the U-boat submerged and disappeared.Page 10
I could scarce repress a cheer.Page 11
At the same instant a pair of giant arms encircled me.Page 12
I had perhaps the fraction of a second longer to live when I heard an angry growl behind us mingle with a cry of pain and rage from the giant who carried me.Page 14
Immediately I was put in command, and the first thing I did was to go below with Olson and inspect the craft thoroughly for hidden boches and damaged machinery.Page 20
"The Germans would be crazy to do it, for their lives are as much at stake as ours.Page 24
We cruised for a long time, sinking many vessels, all but one by gunfire, but we did not come across a German raider.Page 27
This left two pistols, which two of my own men were quick to appropriate.Page 28
And it made me love her all the more; it made me swear inwardly a thousand solemn oaths that I would win her.Page 30
I tried to decide what I should do after I was washed away.Page 42
The thing must have been sixteen or eighteen feet in length and closely resembled pictures I had seen of restored plesiosaurs of the lower Jurassic.Page 46
The trees were full of monkeys of all sizes and shades, and once we thought we saw a manlike creature watching us from the depth of the forest.Page 54
There was one among the lot, evidently the leader of them, who bore a close resemblance to the so-called Neanderthal man of La Chapelle-aux-Saints.Page 55
We felt that we had taught these wild ape-men a lesson and that because of it we would be safer in the future--at least safer from them; but we decided not to abate our carefulness one whit, feeling that this new world was filled with terrors still unknown to us; nor were we wrong.Page 56
Bradley, von Schoenvorts and I, with Miss La Rue's help, staked out the various buildings and the outer wall.Page 68
They carried themselves in a more erect position, although their arms were considerably longer than those of the Neanderthal man.Page 70
I seized a brand from the fire and hurled it out into the night, and there came back an answering chorus of savage and rageful protest; but the eyes vanished for a short time.Page 75
My hopes and my imagination ran riot in the few yards I had to cover to reach that lonely grave and stoop that I might read the rude characters scratched upon the simple headstone.Page 82
The sun never shone; the rain scarcely ever ceased falling.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.