suffering--the crown that
has now placed the sentence of death upon me."
"Why not let him go?" suggested the trooper, who up to this time had
not spoken. "If we don't kill him, we can't be hanged for his
"Don't be too sure of that," exclaimed Maenck. "If he goes away and
never returns, what proof can we offer that we did not kill him,
should we be charged with the crime? And if we let him go, and later
he returns and gains his throne, he will see that we are hanged
anyway for treason.
"The safest thing to do is to put him where he at least cannot come
back to threaten us, and having done so upon the orders of Peter,
let the king's blood be upon Peter's head. I, at least, shall obey
my master, and let you two bear witness that I did the thing with my
own hand." So saying he drew his sword and crossed toward the king.
But Captain Ernst Maenck never reached his sovereign.
As the terrified shriek of the sorry monarch rang through the
interior of the desolate ruin another sound mingled with it,
half-drowning the piercing wail of terror.
It was the sharp crack of a revolver, and even as it spoke Maenck
lunged awkwardly forward, stumbled, and collapsed at Leopold's feet.
With a moan the king shrank back from the grisly thing that touched
his boot, and then two men were in the center of the room, and
things were happening with a rapidity that was bewildering.
About all that he could afterward recall with any distinctness was
the terrified face of Coblich, as he rushed past him toward a door
in the opposite side of the room, and the horrid leer upon the face
of the dead trooper, who foolishly, had made a move to draw his
Within the cathedral at Lustadt excitement was at fever heat. It
lacked but two minutes of noon, and as yet no king had come to claim
the crown. Rumors were running riot through the close-packed
One man had heard the king's chamberlain report to Prince von der
Tann that the master of ceremonies had found the king's apartments
vacant when he had gone to urge the monarch to hasten his
preparations for the coronation.
Another had seen Butzow and two strangers galloping north through
the city. A third told of a little old man who had come to the king
with an urgent message.
Peter of Blentz and Prince Ludwig were talking in whispers at the
foot of the chancel steps. Peter ascended the steps and
We are to be congratulated, Jonas, upon settling our daughter so advantageously both in the matter of family and wealth.Page 4
The burglar tore the inside of one trousers' leg and the back of his coat in his haste to pass through the barbed wire fence onto the open road.Page 5
"Wheredju blow from?" inquired another.Page 14
Samuel Benham.Page 15
But what place has an obituary in a truthful tale of adventure and mystery! Reginald Paynter was dead.Page 17
With a grunt that might have been either disgust or relief he stumbled to his feet and joined in the pursuit.Page 20
Yes, there is a deserted house a little less than a mile from here; but you wouldn't want to stop there at night.Page 26
In the.Page 32
went down again just before you regained consciousness.Page 43
"I'll bet the little beggar never was away from his.Page 44
' Who's going to rustle the grub?" The girl looked at The Oskaloosa Kid.Page 54
The man turned a quizzical glance at each of them and smiled, though a bit ruefully.Page 56
He thought of going at once to the Squibbs' house and placing the desperate criminals under arrest; but as fear throttled the idea in its infancy he cast about for some other plan.Page 59
Put your hands up!" "We--.Page 64
Even Giova who love Beppo is afraid Beppo.Page 69
Here he learned that Burton had not returned; but finally gave his message reluctantly to Jonas Prim after exacting a promise from that gentleman that he would be personally responsible for the payment of the reward.Page 79
"All right, keep quiet and wait for me," cautioned Burton.Page 86
"Gail," he said, "before we get home I wish you'd tell me why you did this thing.Page 99
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