slide down the porch pillars."
Bridge laid a strong, warm hand on the small, cold one of his new
"Don't worry, Kid," he said. "I'm for you."
The two other men turned quickly in the direction of the speaker.
"Is de Kid here?" asked Dopey Charlie.
"He is, my degenerate friend," replied Bridge; "and furthermore he's
going to stay here and be perfectly safe. Do you grasp me?"
"Who are you?" asked The General.
"That is a long story," replied Bridge; "but if you chance to recall
Dink and Crumb you may also be able to visualize one Billy Burke and
Billy Byrne and his side partner, Bridge. Yes? Well, I am the side
Before the yeggman could make reply the girl spoke up quickly. "This man
cannot be The Oskaloosa Kid," she said. "It was The Oskaloosa Kid who
threw me from the car."
"How do you know he ain't?" queried The General. "Youse was knocked
out when these guys picks you up. It's so dark in here you couldn't
reco'nize no one. How do you know this here bird ain't The Oskaloosa
"I have heard both these men speak," replied the girl; "their voices
were not those of any men I have known. If one of them is The Oskaloosa
Kid then there must be two men called that. Strike a match and you will
see that you are mistaken."
The General fumbled in an inside pocket for a package of matches
carefully wrapped against possible damage by rain. Presently he struck
one and held the light in the direction of The Kid's face while he and
the girl and Dopey Charlie leaned forward to scrutinize the youth's
"It's him all right," said Dopey Charlie.
"You bet it is," seconded The General.
"Why he's only a boy," ejaculated the girl. "The one who threw me from
the machine was a man."
"Well, this one said he was The Oskaloosa Kid," persisted The General.
"An' he shot me up," growled Dopey Charlie.
"It's too bad he didn't kill you," remarked Bridge pleasantly. "You're
a thief and probably a murderer into the bargain--you tried to kill this
boy just before he shot you."
"Well wot's he?" demanded Dopey Charlie. "He's a thief--he said he
was--look in his pockets--they're crammed wid swag, an' he's a gun-man,
too, or he wouldn't be packin' a gat. I guess he ain't got nothin' on
The darkness hid the scarlet flush which mounted to the boy's cheeks--so
hot that he thought it must surely glow redly through the night. He
waited in dumb misery for Bridge to demand the proof of his guilt.
Foam flecked the beast's neck and shoulders.Page 35
Yes! It had come.Page 36
The memory of the warm lips that had so recently been pressed to his urged him on in the service of the wondrous girl who had come so suddenly into his life, bringing to him the realization of a love that he knew must alter, for happiness or for sorrow, all the balance of his existence, even unto death.Page 38
"I have changed my mind," said the American, "about going to the Old Forest.Page 50
He began to doubt if he were in truth himself, or, after all, Leopold of Lutha.Page 52
" "If you are not the king," said Kramer suspiciously, "why should you be so interested in aiding Leopold? You may even be an enemy.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 66
" "Let the coronation wait until the fifth.Page 79
Troopers were scouring the country about Lustadt as far as Blentz in search of Maenck and Coblich.Page 98
It was as though nature had marshaled all her forces in one mighty, devastating effort.Page 118
How deep was the black chasm beneath he could not even guess.Page 135
Great trees overhang the winding road, casting a twilight shade even at high noon.Page 165
" Barney touched the bell once more, and presently an officer of the Blentz faction answered the summons.Page 185
He had not connected the sentence of the American with himself; but now, quite vividly, he realized what it might mean to him if he failed before dawn to convince someone that he was not the American.Page 191
"They are about to shoot him.Page 194
" Barney Custer eyed the king for a long moment before he spoke again.Page 195
" "Again you are too fast," answered Barney.Page 199
"Just the thing, Maenck!" he cried.Page 201
There is no other way.Page 204
He heard the tones of subdued conversation beyond.