Prim, won't you keep me from being sent back to Payson or to
jail. I have done nothing criminal and I won't run away."
"How about the robbery of Miss Prim's room and the murder of Old Man
Baggs?" asked Burton. "Did they pull both of those off before they
killed Paynter or after?"
"They had nothing to do with either unless they did them after they
threw me out of the car, which must have been long after midnight,"
replied the girl.
"And the rest of the gang, those that were arrested with you," continued
the detective, "how about them? All angels, I suppose."
"There was only Bridge and the boy they called The Oskaloosa Kid, though
he isn't the same one that murdered poor Mr. Paynter, and the Gypsy
girl, Giova, that were with me. The others were tramps who came into
the old mill and attacked us while we were asleep. I don't know who they
were. The girl could have had nothing to do with any of the crimes. We
came upon her this morning burying her father in the woods back of the
Squibbs' place. The man died of epilepsy last night. Bridge and the boy
were taking refuge from the storm at the Squibbs place when I was thrown
from the car. They heard the shot and came to my rescue. I am sure they
had nothing to do with--with--" she hesitated.
"Tell the truth," commanded Burton. "It will go hard with you if you
don't. What made you hesitate? You know something about those two--now
out with it."
"The boy robbed Mr. Prim's home--I saw some of the money and
jewelry--but Bridge was not with him. They just happened to meet by
accident during the storm and came to the Squibbs place together. They
were kind to me, and I hate to tell anything that would get the boy in
trouble. That is the reason I hesitated. He seemed such a nice boy!
It is hard to believe that he is a criminal, and Bridge was always
so considerate. He looks like a tramp; but he talks and acts like a
The telephone bell rang briskly, and a moment later the butler stepped
into the room to say that Mr. Burton was wanted on the wire. He returned
to the living room in two or three minutes.
"That clears up some of it," he said as he entered. "The sheriff just
had a message from the chief at Toledo saying that The Oskaloosa Kid is
dying in a hospital there following an automobile accident. He knew he
The surface wind was blowing a tempest from the west.Page 10
"I do, sir," I replied.Page 11
His face brightened at my words, and he assured me that I would find him as ready to acknowledge my command upon the wrong side of thirty as upon the right, an assurance which I hastened to tell him I did not need.Page 13
I was not long in ascertaining a possible explanation of my depression, for, though we were plainly visible from the bridge of the aero-submarine and to the hundreds of men who swarmed her deck, the ship passed directly above us, not five hundred feet from the water, and sped directly westward.Page 16
According to my observations, we were just off Ram Head, and it was my intention to enter Plymouth Bay and visit Plymouth.Page 22
Our first.Page 24
At the same time I called aloud to them that we were friends, though, from their appearance, there was nothing to indicate that they might understand Pan-American, or ancient English, which are of course practically identical.Page 28
So enthralled was I by the spectacle that I quite forgot myself, and the better to view him, the great lion, I had risen to my feet and stood, not fifty paces from him, in full view.Page 29
Apparently the animal is not built for speed, nor can he maintain it for long.Page 33
It was a half question.Page 39
He came upon Wettin from behind and ran his spear through him.Page 41
I thought that they had either forgotten me, or that it was their intention to leave me here to die of starvation.Page 44
Then I remained passive for a long time, letting the scenes of my lifetime pass.Page 45
The great cat stopped in his tracks.Page 67
"The launch!" cried Delcarte; and, indeed, it was the launch, floating down-river from above us.Page 80
Victory shook her head in a most decided negation.Page 82
He staggered back, dropping Victory to the floor, and then he cried aloud for the guard, and came at me.Page 86
To my delight I found that the officer into whose presence we were conducted spoke Abyssinian fluently.Page 87
War razed the works of man--war and pestilence razed man.Page 88
You know how a fleet was sent across the Atlantic to search for me, how the restrictions against crossing thirty to one hundred seventy-five were removed forever, and how the officers were brought to Peking, arriving upon the very day that Victory and I were married at the imperial court.