had leaped from the moving
train dragging his guard after him.
CHAPTER II. THE ESCAPE
BYRNE had no time to pick any particular spot to jump for. When he did
jump he might have been directly over a picket fence, or a bottomless
pit--he did not know. Nor did he care.
As it happened he was over neither. The platform chanced to be passing
across a culvert at the instant. Beneath the culvert was a slimy pool.
Into this the two men plunged, alighting unharmed.
Byrne was the first to regain his feet. He dragged the deputy sheriff to
his knees, and before that frightened and astonished officer of the law
could gather his wits together he had been relieved of his revolver and
found himself looking into its cold and business-like muzzle.
Then Billy Byrne waded ashore, prodding the deputy sheriff in the ribs
with cold steel, and warning him to silence. Above the pool stood a
little wood, thick with tangled wildwood. Into this Byrne forced his
When they had come deep enough into the concealment of the foliage to
make discovery from the outside improbable Byrne halted.
"Now say yer prayers," he commanded. "I'm a-going to croak yeh."
The deputy sheriff looked up at him in wild-eyed terror.
"My God!" he cried. "I ain't done nothin' to you, Byrne. Haven't I
always been your friend? What've I ever done to you? For God's sake
Byrne you ain't goin' to murder me, are you? They'll get you, sure."
Billy Byrne let a rather unpleasant smile curl his lips.
"No," he said, "youse ain't done nothin' to me; but you stand for the
law, damn it, and I'm going to croak everything I meet that stands for
the law. They wanted to send me up for life--me, an innocent man. Your
kind done it--the cops. You ain't no cop; but you're just as rotten. Now
say yer prayers."
He leveled the revolver at his victim's head. The deputy sheriff slumped
to his knees and tried to embrace Billy Byrne's legs as he pleaded for
"Cut it out, you poor boob," admonished Billy. "You've gotta die and if
you was half a man you'd wanna die like one."
The deputy sheriff slipped to the ground. His terror had overcome him,
leaving him in happy unconsciousness. Byrne stood looking down upon the
man for a moment. His wrist was chained to that of the other, and the
pull of the deputy's body was irritating.
Byrne stooped and placed the muzzle of the revolver back of the man's
ear. "Justice!" he muttered, scornfully, and his finger tightened upon
"You are too late, Djor Kantos," she cried in mock anger.Page 28
Her eyes remained fixed upon the dense shadows below the tree, her ears strained through the silence of the night.Page 30
He who had discovered her squatted there looking hungrily up at her.Page 39
His face gave no indication of what was passing in that strange head.Page 52
That day and for many days thereafter she was taken from the tower, through the enclosure and out into the fields.Page 55
What was to come she could only guess.Page 62
Hidden by concealing shrubbery he crawled to a.Page 65
Here, doubtless, she had landed in hope of obtaining food and water since, without a propellor, she could not hope to reach her native city, or any other friendly port, other than by the merest caprice of Fate.Page 75
Do as I bid.Page 87
He found himself in a narrow street that paralleled the wall.Page 93
"Hurry, Ghek!" she admonished him.Page 101
This rough stone was not the marble of her father's halls.Page 108
With upraised finger he pointed at Ghek.Page 114
O-Tar himself might have played for you had you not angered him, but now you will be played for.Page 125
"Fetch Turan, the slave!" When Turan had been brought into the chamber he was placed a little to Tara's left and a step nearer the throne.Page 128
"They will slay her," said Ghek to Turan, and the panthan, torn between loyalty to this strange creature who had offered its life for him, and love of the woman, hesitated but a moment, then he swept Tara from her feet and lifting her in his arms leaped up the steps that led to the throne of Manator.Page 160
But a few feet separated him from Tara and her captor, yet he was helpless to aid her.Page 176
Then U-Thor was to return and take food to you and the Princess of Helium.Page 180
In the palace about him seethed, all unknown to Gahan, a vast unrest.Page 195
He saw the warriors approaching the dais, where he now stood with drawn sword and with one arm about Tara of Helium.