yourselves with crowbars and axes, an' see that that son of a
sea cook don't get out on deck again alive. Hold him there 'til I get a
couple of guns. Then we'll get him, damn him!"
Skipper Simms hastened below while two of the men were carrying Theriere
to his cabin and Mr. Ward was fetching the brandy. A moment later
Barbara Harding saw the skipper return to the upper deck with a rifle
and two revolvers. The sailors whom he had detailed to keep Byrne below
were gathered about the hatchway leading to the forecastle. Some of them
were exchanging profane and pleasant badinage with the prisoner.
"Yeh better come up an' get killed easy-like;" one called down to the
mucker. "We're apt to muss yeh all up down there in the dark with these
here axes and crowbars, an' then wen we send yeh home yer pore maw won't
know her little boy at all."
"Yeh come on down here, an' try mussin' me up," yelled back Billy Byrne.
"I can lick de whole gang wit one han' tied behin' me--see?"
"De skipper's gorn to get his barkers, Billy," cried Bony Sawyer. "Yeh
better come up an' stan' trial if he gives yeh the chanct."
"Stan' nothin'," sneered Billy. "Swell chanct I'd have wit him an'
Squint Eye holdin' court over me. Not on yer life, Bony. I'm here, an'
here I stays till I croaks, but yeh better believe me, I'm goin' to
croak a few before I goes, so if any of you ginks are me frien's yeh
better keep outen here so's yeh won't get hurted. An' anudder ting I'm
goin' to do afore I cashes in--I'm goin' to put a few of dem ginks in
de cabin wise to where dey stands wit one anudder. If I don't start
something before I goes out me name's not Billy Byrne."
At this juncture Skipper Simms appeared with the three weapons he had
gone to his cabin to fetch. He handed one to Bony Sawyer, another to Red
Sanders and a third to a man by the name of Wison.
"Now, my men," said Skipper Simms, "we will go below and bring Byrne up.
Bring him alive if you can--but bring him."
No one made a move to enter the forecastle.
"Go on now, move quickly," commanded Skipper Simms sharply.
"Thought he said 'we'," remarked one of the sailors.
Skipper Simms, livid with rage, turned to search out the offender from
the several men behind him.
"Who was that?" he roared. "Show me the blitherin' swab. Jes' show him
Come, De Fulm! Come, Leybourn!" and the King left the apartment followed by his gentlemen, all of whom had drawn away from the Earl of Leicester when it became apparent that the royal displeasure was strong against him.Page 12
CHAPTER IV As De Vac drew his sword from the heart of the Lady Maud, he winced, for, merciless though he was, he had shrunk from this cruel task.Page 23
" But in practice, there were many accidents, and then one or both of them would nurse a punctured skin for a few days.Page 26
I was in attendance on his majesty some weeks since when he was going down the Thames upon the royal barge.Page 33
But Norman of Torn saw red when he fought and the red lured him ever on into the thickest of the fray.Page 52
"Priest," he said, "thy ways with my son are, as you know, not to my liking.Page 58
Now they were half way up the ridge's side.Page 66
" And with a vile oath he grasped the girl roughly by the arm, and dragged her toward the little doorway at the side of the room.Page 70
"Ware! Sir Knight," cried the girl, as she saw the three knaves rushing to the aid of their master.Page 73
Occasionally it would clear away from the burning castle for an instant to show the black walls pierced by their hundreds of embrasures, each lit up by the red of the raging fire within.Page 75
" "You are right, sir," said the Earl, "you have our gratitude and our thanks for the service you have rendered the house of Montfort, and ever during our lives you may command our favors.Page 84
"I am honored," said the priest, rising.Page 85
" "Right he is," spoke up Lady Mary, "Norman of Torn accorded my mother, my sister, and myself the utmost respect; though I cannot say as much for his treatment of my father," she added, half smiling.Page 89
Wheeling their horses toward one another, the two combatants, who were some ninety feet apart, charged at full tilt.Page 91
And well it was for Norman of Torn that this brave girl was there that day, for even as she reached his side, the sword point of one of the soldiers was at his throat for the coup de grace.Page 92
"Rather let us say that it be so late in the day, and the way so beset with dangers that the Earl of Buckingham could not bring himself to expose the beautiful daughter of his old friend to the perils of the road, and so--" "Let us have an end to such foolishness," cried the girl.Page 93
He was vaguely troubled by it, yet why he could scarcely have told, himself.Page 113
"I am tired, Father," said the outlaw as he threw himself upon his accustomed bench.Page 114
" "Religion, my son, be a bootless subject for argument between friends," replied the priest, "and further, there be that nearer my heart just now which I would ask thee.Page 120
"The true object lies here," said De Montfort, pointing to the open hearth upon which lay the charred remains of many papers and documents.