gettin' out of the little bedroom in back there except through this
room. The windows are too small fer a big man to get through. I'll tell
you what, we'll lock him up in there an' then you won't hev to worry
none an' neither will we. You can jest spread out them Navajos there and
go to sleep right plump ag'in the door, an' there won't nobody hev to
relieve you all night."
"Sure," said Eddie, "leave it to me--I'll watch the slicker."
Satisfied that their prisoner was safe for the night the Villistas and
Grayson departed, after seeing him safely locked in the back room.
At the mention by the foreman of his guard's names--Eddie and
Shorter--Billy had studied the face of the young American cowpuncher,
for the two names had aroused within his memory a tantalizing suggestion
that they should be very familiar. Yet he could connect them in no way
with anyone he had known in the past and he was quite sure that he never
before had set eyes upon this man.
Sitting in the dark with nothing to occupy him Billy let his mind dwell
upon the identity of his jailer, until, as may have happened to you,
nothing in the whole world seemed equally as important as the solution
of the mystery. Even his impending fate faded into nothingness by
comparison with the momentous question as to where he had heard the name
Eddie Shorter before.
As he sat puzzling his brain over the inconsequential matter something
stirred upon the floor close to his feet, and presently he jerked back a
booted foot that a rat had commenced to gnaw upon.
"Helluva place to stick a guy," mused Billy, "in wit a bunch o'
man-eatin' rats. Hey!" and he turned his face toward the door. "You,
Eddie! Come here!"
Eddie approached the door and listened.
"Wot do you want?" he asked. "None o' your funny business, you know. I'm
from Shawnee, Kansas, I am, an' they don't come no slicker from nowhere
on earth. You can't fool me."
Shawnee, Kansas! Eddie Shorter! The whole puzzle was cleared in Billy's
mind in an instant.
"So you're Eddie Shorter of Shawnee, Kansas, are you?" called Billy.
"Well I know your maw, Eddie, an' ef I had such a maw as you got I
wouldn't be down here wastin' my time workin' alongside a lot of Dagos;
but that ain't what I started out to say, which was that I want a
light in here. The damned rats are tryin' to chaw off me kicks an' when
they're done wit them they'll climb up
" Within the castle they were met by a number of servants and soldiers.Page 23
"Your majesty need entertain no apprehension.Page 25
When Barney and his escort reached the apartments that had been occupied by the king of Lutha before his escape, Butzow and the soldiers left him in company with Dr.Page 30
"Joseph, who do you think I am?" asked Barney.Page 62
He had raised it above the head of the prince regent, and was repeating the solemn words which precede the placing of the golden circlet upon the man's brow.Page 84
It was true that the old man had carried out his instructions relative to the placing of the machine guns; but they might be used as well against him, where they stood, as for him.Page 89
As the eyes of the multitude fell upon the man in the coronation robes there were cries of: "The king! Impostor!" and "Von der Tann's puppet!" "Denounce him!" whispered one of Peter's henchmen in his master's ear.Page 95
"If I've learned the ingratitude of kings here in Lutha, I have found something that more than compensates me--the friendship of a brave man.Page 98
In that time neither of us has returned to Lutha nor in any way conspired against the king.Page 105
Gingerly he felt them over, seeking the coat.Page 107
He continued to stand motionless, watching the Austrian soldier.Page 126
He looked up at the American.Page 140
Halfway between Tafelberg and the crossroad into which he purposed turning to the west toward Tann there is an S-curve where the bases of two small hills meet.Page 147
I knew that it was quite possible that he had discovered treachery upon the part of Prince Peter.Page 148
He was in midstream now and the water had risen to his waist.Page 153
"If you could only go a little faster, Mr.Page 165
"You came, then," she said, "to a realization of the enormity of your ingratitude?" The man shrugged.Page 169
Since she had entered his apartments at Blentz he had been in every way a different man from the Leopold she had known of old.Page 211
Their reply was unanimous.Page 214
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