Bridge admitted; "but what's the use? Let's
forget it. Oh, say, is this the horse I let you take the night you
robbed the bank?"
"Yes," said Billy; "same little pony, an' a mighty well-behaved one,
"It's hers," said Bridge.
"An' she wants it back?"
"She didn't say so; but I'd like to get it to her some way," said
"You ride it back when you go," suggested Billy.
"But I can't go back," said Bridge; "it was Grayson, the foreman, who
made it so hot for me I had to leave. He tried to arrest me and send me
"What for?" asked Billy.
"He didn't like me, and wanted to get rid of me." Bridge wouldn't say
that his relations with Billy had brought him into trouble.
"Oh, well, I'll take it back myself then, and at the same time I'll tell
Penelope what a regular fellow you are, and punch in the foreman's face
for good luck."
"No, you mustn't go there. They know you now. It was some of El Orobo's
men you shot up day before yesterday when you took their steers from
them. They recognized the pony, and one of them had seen you in Cuivaca
the night of the robbery. They would be sure to get you, Billy."
Shortly the two came in touch with the retreating Pesitistas who were
riding slowly toward their mountain camp. Their pursuers had long since
given up the chase, fearing that they might be being lured into the
midst of a greatly superior force, and had returned to Cuivaca.
It was nearly morning when Bridge and Billy threw themselves down upon
the latter's blankets, fagged.
"Well, well," murmured Billy Byrne; "li'l ol' Bridgie's found his
Penelope," and fell asleep.
CHAPTER XIII. BARBARA AGAIN
CAPTAIN BILLY BYRNE rode out of the hills the following afternoon upon a
pinto pony that showed the whites of its eyes in a wicked rim about the
iris and kept its ears perpetually flattened backward.
At the end of a lariat trailed the Brazos pony, for Billy, laughing
aside Bridge's pleas, was on his way to El Orobo Rancho to return the
stolen horse to its fair owner.
At the moment of departure Pesita had asked Billy to ride by way of
Jose's to instruct the old Indian that he should bear word to one
Esteban that Pesita required his presence.
It is a long ride from the retreat of the Pesitistas to Jose's squalid
hut, especially if one be leading an extra horse, and so it was that
darkness had fallen long before Billy arrived in sight of Jose's.
Dismounting some distance
"Regent or King, he is ruler of Lutha nevertheless, and he would take away my commission were I to tell him that I had found a Von der Tann in company with the king and had permitted her to escape.Page 43
And see that you don't come nosing round either, or I'll slit that soft throat for you.Page 50
From a back room the shopkeeper presently emerged, and when he saw who it was that stood before him his eyes went wide in consternation.Page 56
Finally he became quite excited about the prospects, and at last Barney obtained a willing promise from him that he would consent to being placed upon his throne and would go to Lustadt at any time that Barney should come for him with a force from the retainers of Prince Ludwig von der Tann.Page 64
"Crown Leopold, king of Lutha!" A mad roar of acclaim greeted this demand, and again from all parts of the cathedral rose the same wild cry.Page 68
"Kings usually do.Page 86
Instead all depended upon the very boldness and rashness of their attack, and so as they came through into the courtyard the two dashed headlong for the building.Page 89
From their brazen bugles sounded another loud fanfare, and then they separated, two upon each side of the aisle, and between them marched three men.Page 94
"Failing to rob me of my crown," he cried in a trembling voice, "you now seek to rob me of my betrothed! Go to your father at once, and as for you--you shall learn what it means for you thus to meddle in the affairs of kings.Page 123
He turned back into the alley and at last found a crooked passageway between buildings that he hoped might lead him to a spot where there was no sentry, and from which he could find his way out of the village toward the south.Page 134
Only within the past fortnight had she returned to Lutha.Page 149
I am not sorry--I cannot be; but I only wish that it had been Captain Maenck.Page 153
"They are only trying to frighten us into surrendering--that shot was much too high to have been aimed at us--they are.Page 155
His borrowed car was a good one, in good condition.Page 157
"A volley now might arouse the garrison in the town and be misconstrued.Page 158
She will be escorted to her apartment at once.Page 159
However, it would do no harm to examine its mate which resembled it in minutest detail.Page 174
The army of Lutha is mobilized before Lustadt.Page 178
Gott! How he had changed.Page 186
There was the chance that the American, flushed with success and power, might elect to hold the crown he had seized.