search of Til, whom he now thoroughly mistrusted and feared. The
words of De Montfort, which he had overheard at the dock, convinced him
that here was one more obstacle to the fulfillment of his revenge which
must be removed as had the Lady Maud; but in this instance there was
neither youth nor beauty to plead the cause of the intended victim, or
to cause the grim executioner a pang of remorse.
When he found the old hag, she was already dressed to go upon the
street, in fact he intercepted her at the very door of the building.
Still clad as he was in the mantle and wimple of an old woman, Til
did not, at first, recognize him, and when he spoke, she burst into
a nervous, cackling laugh, as one caught in the perpetration of some
questionable act, nor did her manner escape the shrewd notice of the
wily master of fence.
"Whither, old hag?" he asked.
"To visit Mag Tunk at the alley's end, by the river, My Lord," she
replied, with more respect than she had been wont to accord him.
"Then, I will accompany you part way, my friend, and, perchance, you can
give me a hand with some packages I left behind me in the skiff I have
And so the two walked together through the dark alley to the end of the
rickety, dismantled dock; the one thinking of the vast reward the King
would lavish upon her for the information she felt sure she alone could
give; the other feeling beneath his mantle for the hilt of a long dagger
which nestled there.
As they reached the water's edge, De Vac was walking with his right
shoulder behind his companion's left, in his hand was gripped the keen
blade and, as the woman halted on the dock, the point that hovered just
below her left shoulder-blade plunged, soundless, into her heart at the
same instant that De Vac's left hand swung up and grasped her throat in
a grip of steel.
There was no sound, barely a struggle of the convulsively stiffening old
muscles, and then, with a push from De Vac, the body lunged forward into
the Thames, where a dull splash marked the end of the last hope that
Prince Richard might be rescued from the clutches of his Nemesis.
For three years following the disappearance of Prince Richard, a bent
old woman lived in the heart of London within a stone's throw of the
King's palace. In a small back room she lived, high up in the attic of
I have in view three plans for scaling the cliffs, and the means for carrying out each is in the hold.Page 9
And what effect it might have upon the future of the balance of the rescuing expedition I could not even guess.Page 18
Well, we knew each other's names now, and that was some satisfaction.Page 41
We now had but to pass through the balance of the Band-lu territory and that of the Kro-lu to be within the confines of her own land; but that meant traversing thirty-five miles of hostile country filled with every imaginable terror, and possibly many beyond the powers of imagination.Page 43
He was so close that I did not need to raise it to my shoulder, having but to pull the trigger to send him into Kingdom Come whenever I chose; but yet I hesitated.Page 45
I then asked what I should have done had I not wished to accept his friendship.Page 48
Only among the Galus are such, and then but infrequently.Page 50
There was no escape.Page 52
From then on, you know the story of my adventures, and from the first, I would endure them all again because they led me to you!" It was very nice of her to say that, and I appreciated it.Page 53
In the afternoon we should separate, To-mar and So-al going directly to the Kro-lu village, while Ajor and I made a detour to avoid a conflict with the archers.Page 58
He has been chief ever since, before I came up from the Band-lu, and I can see no change in him in all those years.Page 67
I had almost reached the doorway leading from the council-hall when Al-tan rose and called after me.Page 68
As I entered the doorway, I called her name aloud.Page 70
I was not in love now--the very thought was preposterous.Page 71
"In here! It is my hut, and they will not search it.Page 72
She made her way out over the top of the palisade, armed with only her knife.Page 79
Never have I enjoyed a meal so heartily.Page 83
Neither was running so fast or furiously as when last I had seen them.Page 87
Tyler and Hollis and Short and all the rest of us Americans nearly worked our jaws loose on the march back to the village, and for days afterward we kept it up.