it all would have meant, before he
let her see that he had seen it.
"I've been back several months," he said presently, in answer to her
question; "but I got sense enough to stay where I belong. Gee! Wouldn't
I look great comin' up here buttin' in, wit youse bunch of highlifes?"
Billy slapped his thigh resoundingly and laughed in stentorian tones
that caused the eyebrows of the sensitive Smith on the floor above to
elevate in shocked horror.
"Den dere was de mills. I couldn't break away from me work, could I, to
chase a bunch of skirts?"
Barbara felt a qualm of keen disappointment that Billy had fallen again
into the old dialect that she had all but eradicated during those days
upon distant "Manhattan Island."
"I wouldn't o' come up atal," he went on, "if I hadn't o' read in de
poiper how youse an' Mallory had busted. I t'ought I'd breeze in an' see
wot de trouble was."
His eyes had been averted, mostly, as he talked. Now he swung suddenly
"He's on de square, ain't he?" he demanded.
"Yes," said Barbara. She was not quite sure whether to feel offended, or
not. But the memory of Billy's antecedents came to his rescue. Of course
he didn't know that it was such terribly bad form to broach such a
subject to her, she thought.
"Well, then," continued the mucker, "wot's up? Mallory's de guy fer
youse. Youse loved him or youse wouldn't have got engaged to him."
The statement was almost an interrogation.
Barbara nodded affirmatively.
"You see, Billy," she started, "I have always known Mr. Mallory, and
always thought that I loved him until--until--" There was no answering
light in Billy's eyes--no encouragement for the words that were on
her lips. She halted lamely. "Then," she went on presently, "we became
engaged after we reached New York. We all thought you dead," she
"Do you think as much of him now as you did when you promised to marry
him?" he asked, ignoring her reference to himself and all that it
"What is at the bottom of this row?" persisted Billy. He had fallen back
into the decent pronunciation that Barbara had taught him, but neither
noticed the change. For a moment he had forgotten that he was playing a
part. Then he recollected.
"Nothing much," replied the girl. "I couldn't rid myself of the feeling
that they had murdered you, by leaving you back there alone and wounded.
I began to think 'coward' every time I saw Mr. Mallory. I couldn't marry
him, feeling that way toward him, and, Billy,
I am not the king.Page 34
Barney looked anxiously aloft.Page 41
" "Your majesty does not know him," whispered the youth, shuddering.Page 67
For an hour or two the American was busy with tailors whom he had ordered sent to the palace to measure him for the numerous garments of a royal wardrobe, for he knew the king to be near enough his own size that he might easily.Page 76
During his brief intercourse with the man he thought king he had quite forgotten that there had been any question as to the young man's sanity, for he had given no indication of possessing aught but a well-balanced mind.Page 83
It was eleven o'clock.Page 88
"He means that the impostor has stolen the body of the king that Coblich and Maenck had discovered and were bringing to Lustadt.Page 105
Now he took a step toward the doorway and--kicked a shoe that lay in his path.Page 115
There was no bravado in the act.Page 132
He was told nothing of the attempt of his chancellor to see him, nor did he know that a messenger from Prince von der Tann was being held a prisoner in the camp of the Austrians in the village.Page 136
Her horse was fleet; with a short start he could easily outdistance these heavier cavalry animals and as a last resort she could--she must--find some way to end her life, rather than to be dragged to the altar beside Leopold of Lutha.Page 139
VII BARNEY TO THE RESCUE As Barney Custer raced along the Austrian highroad toward the frontier and Lutha, his spirits rose to a pitch of buoyancy to which they had been strangers for the past several days.Page 163
"Enter!" said the American.Page 165
" "I give you my word, your highness, that I know positively that if I leave Blentz tonight Prince Peter will not have Mr.Page 184
If he gives me such a paper, Emma, will you marry me?" Perhaps there never had been a stranger proposal than this; but to neither did it seem strange.Page 186
The king was utterly disheartened before this word reached him.Page 198
The king raised his fingers to the vizor of his helmet in acknowledgment of their salute.Page 200
The box resembled a crude coffin.Page 201
The princess sat down before the carved bit of furniture.Page 208
Prince Ludwig ran to the king's side and, kneeling there, raised.