For years he had roved the world in search of adventure and excitement.
Just why he had left America and his high place in the navy he never
had divulged; nor why it was that for seven years he had not set his
foot upon ground which lay beneath the authority of Uncle Sam.
Sing Lee who stood just without the trap door through which he was
about to pass Professor Maxon's evening meal to him could not be blamed
for overhearing the conversation, though it may have been culpable in
him in making no effort to divulge his presence, and possibly equally
unpraiseworthy, as well as lacking in romance, to attribute the
doctor's avowal to his knowledge of the heavy chest.
As Professor Maxon eyed the man before replying to his abrupt request,
von Horn noted a strange and sudden light in the older man's eyes--a
something which he never before had seen there and which caused an
uncomfortable sensation to creep over him--a manner of bristling that
was akin either to fear or horror, von Horn could not tell which.
Then the professor arose from his seat and came very close to the
younger man, until his face was only a few inches from von Horn's.
"Doctor," he whispered in a strange, tense voice, "you are mad. You do
not know what you ask. Virginia is not for such as you. Tell me that
she does not know of your feelings toward her. Tell me that she does
not reciprocate your love. Tell me the truth, man." Professor Maxon
seized von Horn roughly by both shoulders, his glittering eyes glaring
terribly into the other's.
"I have never spoken to her of love, Professor," replied von Horn
quietly, "nor do I know what her sentiments toward me may be. Nor do I
understand, sir, what objections you may have to me--I am of a very old
and noble family." His tone was haughty but respectful.
Professor Maxon released his hold upon his assistant, breathing a sigh
"I am glad," he said, "that it has gone no further, for it must not be.
I have other, nobler aspirations for my daughter. She must wed a
perfect man--none such now exists. It remains for me to bring forth
the ideal mate for her--nor is the time far distant. A few more weeks
and we shall see such a being as I have long dreamed." Again the queer
light flickered for a moment in the once kindly and jovial eyes of the
Von Horn was
" "You do, your majesty," replied the girl.Page 23
"If he wishes peace," said Barney, "let him apologize to the princess.Page 30
" "But she is not on the floor above us, sire; she is upon the same floor as we are," insisted the old man, hesitating.Page 34
"I love you, Leopold, forever," whispered the girl, and then as Joseph's Herculean tugging seemed likely to drag them both from the narrow sill, Barney lifted the girl upward with one hand while he clung to the window frame with the other.Page 36
that even if they had been retaken, he could serve her best by hastening to her father and fetching the only succor that might prevail against the strength of Blentz--armed men in sufficient force to storm the ancient fortress.Page 43
I never should have been in this business at all, but here I be, and as there ain't nobody that can do a better job of the kind than me, or do it so painlessly, why I just got to do it myself, and that's all there is to it.Page 45
" "You have killed a dangerous wild beast, Rudolph," said Barney, "and both God and your fellow man will thank and reward you.Page 56
Be of good heart.Page 62
That Peter would long want for an excuse to break and humble his ancient enemy she did not believe; but this was not the only cause for the sorrow that overwhelmed her.Page 63
"Here is not treason, but Leopold of Lutha come to claim his crown which he inherited from his father.Page 108
There was a single chance--a sort of forlorn hope--and that was to risk fate and make a dash beneath the sentry's nose for the opposite alley mouth.Page 109
" The girl hesitated for a while, evidently in thought.Page 116
Opposite them, at a few paces, stood the firing squad, their gun butts resting upon the ground.Page 141
Barney pretended to be fussing with some refractory piece of controlling mechanism beneath the cowl--apparently he did not see the officer.Page 166
So he changed it.Page 171
Inform the Serbian minister that I desire his presence at the palace immediately.Page 174
Each knew that Austria would not withdraw her army from Lutha.Page 178
He had been very happy for two days.Page 201
DEAREST EMMA: The king died of his wounds just before midnight.Page 214
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