this was attended to before he went further with his labors. It were
well to have one's retreat assured at the earliest possible moment. A
single bolt Billy left in place that he might not be surprised by an
intruder; but first he had tested it and discovered that it could be
drawn with ease.
These matters satisfactorily attended to Billy assaulted the combination
knob of the safe with the metal bit which he had inserted in the brace
before lowering it into the bank.
The work was hard and progressed slowly. It was necessary to withdraw
the bit often and lubricate it with a piece of soap which Billy had
brought along in his pocket for the purpose; but eventually a hole was
bored through into the tumblers of the combination lock.
From without Billy could hear the footsteps of the sentry pacing back
and forth within fifty feet of him, all unconscious that the bank he was
guarding was being looted almost beneath his eyes. Once a corporal came
with another soldier and relieved the sentry. After that Billy heard the
footfalls no longer, for the new sentry was barefoot.
The boring finished, Billy drew a bit of wire from an inside pocket and
inserted it in the hole. Then, working the wire with accustomed fingers,
he turned the combination knob this way and that, feeling with the bit
of wire until the tumblers should all be in line.
This, too, was slow work; but it was infinitely less liable to attract
attention than any other method of safe cracking with which Billy was
It was long past midnight when Captain Byrne was rewarded with
success--the tumblers clicked into position, the handle of the safe door
turned and the bolts slipped back.
To swing open the door and transfer the contents of the safe to the two
sacks was the work of but a few minutes. As Billy rose and threw the
heavy burden across a shoulder he heard a challenge from without, and
then a parley. Immediately after the sound of footsteps ascending the
stairway to the rooming-house came plainly to his ears, and then he had
slipped the last bolt upon the rear door and was out in the yard beyond.
Now Bridge, sleeping the sleep of utter exhaustion that the boom of a
cannon might not have disturbed, did that inexplicable thing which every
one of us has done a hundred times in our lives. He awakened, with a
start, out of a sound sleep, though no disturbing noise had reached his
Something impelled him to sit up in bed, and
"Nor shall anyone else.Page 11
Every officer and man aboard was tense with nervous excitement as we awaited the result of the reading.Page 25
There we found a thousand people, perhaps, dwelling in rude shelters, and living upon the fruits of the chase and such.Page 26
Owing to their bloody duels, they are always numerically inferior to the women, so there is shelter for them all.Page 29
Like a bolt he bore down upon me, but, fortunately for me, I did not lose my head.Page 32
The expression of apprehension deepened.Page 35
When I tried to explain, describing mighty buildings of stone and brick, broad avenues, parks, palaces, and countless people, she but shook her head sadly.Page 37
" I did not perfectly understand what she meant, and was about to ask her when a heavy body leaped upon me from behind, and great arms encircled my neck.Page 38
They wore, in fact, every indication of a most primitive people--a race which had not yet risen to the heights of agriculture or even the possession of domestic animals.Page 39
If Wettin lived you would be well treated, but Buckingham has taken me now, and is king.Page 40
I wondered what had become of Delcarte and Taylor and Snider.Page 42
The pangs of hunger and thirst disappeared.Page 59
Notwithstanding the fact that they had all assured him to the contrary, he still could not believe that we would not kill him.Page 60
And I wished then, as I had before, and as I did to a much greater extent later, that fate had not decreed that he should have chanced to be a member of the launch's party upon that memorable day when last we quitted the Coldwater.Page 62
It was my intention.Page 68
"I see no one in it.Page 70
He was a colonel, I was to learn later, and to him I owe the very humane treatment that was accorded me while I remained his prisoner.Page 82
clubbed his rifle and felled him with a single mighty blow.Page 84
"I love you--I have loved you always!" she said, and then she buried her face upon my shoulder and sobbed.Page 86
It is only a small frontier city, but it is well built and well kept.