looking about for some means of escape. His eyes fell upon the stairway
leading to the second floor.
"Quick!" he whispered. "Up the stairs! You go first; I'll follow."
The Kid needed no second invitation. With a bound he was half way up
the rickety staircase; but a glance ahead at the darkness above gave
him pause while he waited for Bridge to catch up with him. Coming more
slowly with his burden the man followed the boy, while from below the
clanking of the chain warned them that the THING was already at the top
of the cellar stairs.
"Flash the lamp down there," directed Bridge. "Let's have a look at it,
whatever it is."
With trembling hands The Oskaloosa Kid directed the lens over the
edge of the swaying and rotting bannister. His finger slipped from the
lighting button plunging them all into darkness. In his frantic effort
to find the button and relight the lamp the worst occurred--he fumbled
the button and the lamp slipped through his fingers, falling over the
bannister to the floor below. Instantly the sound of the dragging chain
ceased; but the silence was even more horrible than the noise which had
For a long minute the two at the head of the stairs stood in tense
silence listening for a repetition of the gruesome sounds from below.
The youth was frankly terrified; he made no effort to conceal the fact;
but pressed close to his companion, again clutching his arm tightly.
Bridge could feel the trembling of the slight figure, the spasmodic
gripping of the slender fingers and hear the quick, short, irregular
breathing. A sudden impulse to throw a protecting arm about the boy
seized him--an impulse which he could not quite fathom, and one to which
he could not respond because of the body of the girl he carried.
He bent toward the youth. "There are matches in my coat pocket," he
whispered, "--the same pocket in which you found the flash lamp. Strike
one and we'll look for a room here where we can lay the girl."
The boy fumbled gropingly in search of the matches. It was evident to
the man that it was only with the greatest exertion of will power that
he controlled his muscles at all; but at last he succeeded in finding
and striking one. At the flare of the light there was a sound from
below--a scratching sound and the creaking of boards as beneath a heavy
body; then came the clanking of the chain once more, and the bannister
against which they leaned shook as though
Her brown eyes peered searchingly into the face of the man.Page 10
He had turned toward the bank now, and a couple of steps carried them to the low sward that fringed the little brooklet.Page 19
"Would you murder him in cold blood?" "He shall not murder him at all, your highness," said Lieutenant Butzow quietly.Page 28
There is a bare chance that we may succeed in rescuing her, but a very bare one, indeed.Page 35
He shrank from the thought of leaving Blentz without knowing positively that Joseph had made good the escape of himself and the princess, but he finally argued.Page 49
Barney saw that the machine had been lifted from where it had fallen across the horse of the Princess von der Tann, for the animal's decaying carcass now lay entirely clear of it; but why this should have been done, or by whom, the young man could not imagine.Page 66
" "It must take place before noon of the fifth day of November, or not until a year later," said Prince Ludwig.Page 69
Leaping to his feet the man waved his napkin above his head.Page 119
Stooping, he entered the ill-smelling circular conduit, groping his way slowly along.Page 122
The men broke ranks and sought their blankets within the shed, tired from their lonely vigil upon sentry duty.Page 129
"The old fox must have heard," he mused as he mounted his horse and turned his face toward Tann and the Old Forest.Page 131
You may tell your general that my only regret is that I have not with me tonight the necessary force to pass through his lines to my king--another time I shall not be so handicapped," and Ludwig, Prince von der Tann, wheeled his mount and spurred away in the direction of Lustadt, at his heels an extremely angry and revengeful staff.Page 134
"It would be an excellent lesson for her.Page 162
He placed the helmet upon his head and buckled the sword-belt about his waist, then he faced the king, behind whom was a cheval glass.Page 167
A soldier stepped from the sentry box and challenged them.Page 176
The crowd surged about him in its anxiety to read what the placard bore, and then, between the cheering and yelling, those in the front passed back to the crowd the tidings that filled them with so great rejoicing.Page 188
Leopold ran to the window, leaning far out.Page 200
" Emma von der Tann smiled.Page 204
At the first cross street he turned up the side of the cathedral.Page 212
of Lutha, and was sent to the front in command of the army corps that guarded the northern frontier of the little kingdom.