you rather than
serve in the court of an ingrate."
"Well, you are an obstinate Dutchman, after all," replied the
American with a smile, placing his hand affectionately upon the
shoulder of his comrade.
There was a clatter of horses' hoofs upon the gravel of the road
The two men put spurs to their mounts, and Barney Custer galloped
across the northern boundary of Lutha just ahead of a troop of
Luthanian cavalry, as had his father thirty years before; but a
royal princess had accompanied the father--only a soldier
accompanied the son.
BARNEY RETURNS TO LUTHA
"What's the matter, Vic?" asked Barney Custer of his sister. "You
"I am peeved," replied the girl, smiling. "I am terribly peeved. I
don't want to play bridge this afternoon. I want to go motoring with
Lieutenant Butzow. This is his last day with us."
"Yes. I know it is, and I hate to think of it," replied Barney;
"but why in the world do you have to play bridge if you don't want
"I promised Margaret that I'd go. They're short one, and she's
coming after me in her car."
"Where are you going to play--at the champion lady bridge player's
on Fourth Street?" asked Barney, grinning.
His sister answered with a nod and a smile. "Where you brought down
the wrath of the lady champion upon your head the other night when
you were letting your mind wander across to Lutha and the Old
Forest, instead of paying attention to the game," she added.
"Well, cheer up, Vic," cried her brother. "Bert'll probably set
fire to the car, the way he did to their first one, and then you
won't have to go."
"Oh, yes, I would; Margaret would send him after me in that
awful-looking, unwashed Ford runabout of his," answered the girl.
"And then you WOULD go," said Barney.
"You bet I would," laughed Victoria. "I'd go in a wheelbarrow with
But she didn't have to; and after she had driven off with her chum,
Barney and Butzow strolled down through the little city of Beatrice
to the corn mill in which the former was interested.
"I'm mighty sorry that you have to leave us, Butzow," said Barney's
partner. "It's bad enough to lose you, but I'm afraid it will mean
the loss of Barney, too. He's been hunting for some excuse to get
back to Lutha, and with you there and a war in sight I'm afraid
nothing can hold him."
"I don't know but that it may be just as well for my friends here
that I leave,"
For a while he had sought a better position by applying during the noon hour to such places as gave an address close enough to the department store in which he worked to permit him to make the attempt during the forty-five-minute period he was allowed for his lunch.Page 30
He stopped a moment and looked into the window at the catsup bottles and sad-looking pies which the proprietor apparently seemed to think formed an artistic and attractive window display.Page 33
"That fellow may be a thief," he soliloquized, "but whatever he is he's white.Page 34
"You certainly have been playing in rotten luck, but when it does change--oh, baby!" As the five men entered one of the cardrooms several of the inevitable spectators drew away from the other games and approached their table, for it was a matter of club gossip that these five played for the largest stakes of any coterie among the habitues of the card-room.Page 39
"Don't you get to liking him too much," he said.Page 40
shoppers and those other thousands who always seize upon the slightest pretext for a celebration.Page 44
"It was wonderfully brave of you," she said.Page 58
"I don't know," she replied, "but you know what a woman's intuition is.Page 65
"You'll make good, I know, and then it won't make any difference about the letters.Page 70
I quite agree with him.Page 78
All these things passed through her mind in the brief instant of the introduction and her acknowledgment of it.Page 79
" "Will you tell him," asked Jimmy, "that you went to the training quarters of a prize-fighter, or that you dined unescorted at Feinheimer's at night and were an object of the insulting attentions of such a notorious character as Steve Murray?" The girl flushed.Page 81
"I preferred that the C.Page 86
Whatever Murray did was no business of his.Page 89
As I told you, it will all be fixed from de inside.Page 91
" CHAPTER XXIV.Page 92
That evening Harold Bince met Murray at Feinheimer's, and still later the Lizard received word that Murray wanted to see him.Page 98
demanded the lieutenant.Page 114
She smiled tremulously.