for Peter of Blentz. "Let's have done with
treason, and place upon the throne of Lutha one whom we know to be
both a Luthanian and sane. Down with the mad king! Down with the
Peter turned to ascend the chancel steps.
Von der Tann still hesitated. Below him upon one side of the aisle
were massed his own retainers. Opposite them were the men of the
Regent, and dividing the two the parallel ranks of Horse Guards
stretched from the chancel down the broad aisle to the great doors.
These were strongly for the impostor, if impostor he was, who had
led them to victory over the men of the Blentz faction.
Von der Tann knew that they would fight to the last ditch for their
hero should he come to claim the crown. Yet how would they fight--to
which side would they cleave, were he to attempt to frustrate the
design of the Regent to seize the throne of Lutha?
Already Peter of Blentz had approached the bishop, who, eager to
propitiate whoever seemed most likely to become king, gave the
signal for the procession that was to mark the solemn bearing of the
crown of Lutha up the aisle to the chancel.
Outside the cathedral there was the sudden blare of trumpets. The
great doors swung violently open, and the entire throng were upon
their feet in an instant as a trooper of the Royal Horse shouted:
"The king! The king! Make way for Leopold of Lutha!"
THE GRATITUDE OF A KING
At the cry silence fell upon the throng. Every head was turned
toward the great doors through which the head of a procession was
just visible. It was a grim looking procession--the head of it, at
There were four khaki-clad trumpeters from the Royal Horse Guards,
the gay and resplendent uniforms which they should have donned today
conspicuous for their absence. From their brazen bugles sounded
another loud fanfare, and then they separated, two upon each side of
the aisle, and between them marched three men.
One was tall, with gray eyes and had a reddish-brown beard. He was
fully clothed in the coronation robes of Leopold. Upon his either
hand walked the others--Lieutenant Butzow and a gray-eyed,
smooth-faced, square-jawed stranger.
Behind them marched the balance of the Royal Horse Guards that were
not already on duty within the cathedral. As the eyes of the
multitude fell upon the man in the coronation robes there were cries
of: "The king! Impostor!" and "Von der Tann's puppet!"
"Denounce him!" whispered one of Peter's henchmen in his master's
The Regent moved closer
" Quickly he threw his right arm about her shoulders and strove to draw her face to his lips.Page 7
His eyes were narrowed to slits.Page 10
She saw it circle lower above the palace until she was positive that it but hovered in preparation for a landing.Page 14
In slow procession the things moved in single file along a grooved track.Page 19
Could the creature of his genius have thus betrayed him? He would not believe it.Page 26
Along the foot of the perpendicular cliff the creature moved, sniffing at the invisible spoor, and now and then emitting the low moan of the hunting banth.Page 38
They growled a little as they neared the man, but a few sharp words of command put them in their places.Page 49
I centred all my mighty intellect upon the bowmen of my own creation--each of us produces and directs as many bowmen as his mentality and imagination is capable of.Page 52
Even now, knowing that you are real, I still half dread that you may be a lie.Page 62
Suddenly an inspiration came to Carthoris.Page 74
Again came silence.Page 78
So now he centred upon the work in hand all that he had ever learned about them from others and from his own experience, for he, too, had ridden and handled them many times.Page 80
"And who are you?" asked Hal Vas.Page 82
Men only need she fear, but she must take this and many other chances before she could hope to reach her father's court again.Page 85
In youth he had tried to find a bride at the courts of several of his powerful neighbours, but their women would have none of him.Page 91
" The jaws of the listener at the ventilator clicked together with a vicious snap.Page 97
She dreamed of his noble face, the quiet dignity of his bearing, the smile that lit his eyes as he conversed with his friends, and the smile that touched his lips as he fought with his enemies--the fighting smile of his Virginian sire.Page 101
About the vessel many figures could be seen swarming.Page 102
Like a wounded bird.Page 103
All that remains to us is to die fighting.