stood back of the Squibbs' summer kitchen Fate, in the
guise of a rural free delivery carrier and a Ford, passed by the front
gate. A mile beyond he stopped at the Case mail box where Jeb and
his son Willie were, as usual, waiting his coming, for the rural free
delivery man often carries more news than is contained in his mail
"Mornin' Jeb," he called, as he swerved his light car from the road and
drew up in front of the Case gate.
"Mornin', Jim!" returned Mr. Case. "Nice rain we had last night. What's
"Plenty! Plenty!" exclaimed the carrier. "Lived here nigh onto forty
year, man an' boy, an' never seen such work before in all my life."
"How's that?" questioned the farmer, scenting something interesting.
"Ol' man Baggs's murdered last night," announced the carrier, watching
eagerly for the effect of his announcement.
"Gosh!" gasped Willie Case. "Was he shot?" It was almost a scream.
"I dunno," replied Jim. "He's up to the horspital now, an' the doc says
he haint one chance in a thousand."
"Gosh!" exclaimed Mr. Case.
"But thet ain't all," continued Jim. "Reggie Paynter was murdered last
night, too; right on the pike south of town. They threw his corpse outen
"By gol!" cried Jeb Case; "I hearn them devils go by last night 'bout
midnight er after. 'T woke me up. They must o' ben goin' sixty mile an
hour. Er say," he stopped to scratch his head. "Mebby it was tramps.
They must a ben a score on 'em round here yesterday and las' night an'
agin this mornin'. I never seed so dum many bums in my life."
"An' thet ain't all," went on the carrier, ignoring the other's comments.
"Oakdale's all tore up. Abbie Prim's disappeared and Jonas Prim's house
was robbed jest about the same time Ol' man Baggs 'uz murdered, er most
murdered--chances is he's dead by this time anyhow. Doc said he hadn't
"Gosh!" It was a pater-filius duet.
"But thet ain't all," gloated Jim. "Two of the persons in the car with
Reggie Paynter were recognized, an' who do you think one of 'em was, eh?
Why one of 'em was Abbie Prim an' tother was a slick crook from Toledo
er Noo York that's called The Oskaloosie Kid. By gum, I'll bet they get
'em in no time. Why already Jonas Prim's got a regular dee-dectiff down
from Chicago, an' the board o' select-men's offered a re-ward o' fifty
dollars fer the arrest an' conviction of the perpetrators of these
"Gosh!" cried Willie Case. "I know--";
The officer stooped closer.Page 17
Barney wheeled toward the officer.Page 19
You should keep your head better when you are angry.Page 31
Barney hastened to a window overlooking the moat.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 41
"Aren't you rather young to be starting in the bandit business, Rudolph?" asked Barney, who had taken a fancy to the youth.Page 44
" "The chances are that you will be if you do," said Barney, "so wouldn't you rather take one hundred and fifty thousand marks and let me make my escape?" Yellow Franz looked at the speaker a moment through narrowed lids.Page 49
It was a tough and dangerous struggle to the road above, but at last by dint of strenuous efforts on the part of the sturdy little beast the two finally scrambled over the edge of the road and stood once more upon level footing.Page 51
I know from sad experience the hardships and burdens that the thing entails.Page 59
"Well met, your majesty," he cried saluting.Page 65
"In these circumstances there should be.Page 88
"He means that the impostor has stolen the body of the king that Coblich and Maenck had discovered and were bringing to Lustadt.Page 96
" "I am peeved," replied the girl, smiling.Page 102
No newspaper correspondents could be permitted nearer the front than Burgova.Page 110
The dim light of the tallow dip showed Barney that he was in a narrow hall from which several doors opened into different rooms.Page 114
There was a chance that the man might not recall his face, but a very slight chance.Page 135
der Tann has suffered a slight stroke.Page 168
" Would it pass them out as it had passed Maenck in? Barney scarcely breathed as he awaited the result of his experiment.Page 189
The cold douche returned Leopold to a consciousness of the nearness of his impending fate.Page 200
Then he crept noiselessly through the castle's corridors and up the spiral stairway in the north tower.