we, be fit to command us."
"But what be the duties?" said he whom they called Peter the Hermit.
"To follow Norman of Torn where he may lead, to protect the poor and the
weak, to lay down your lives in defence of woman, and to prey upon rich
Englishmen and harass the King of England."
The last two clauses of these articles of faith appealed to the ruffians
so strongly that they would have subscribed to anything, even daily
mass, and a bath, had that been necessary to admit them to the service
of Norman of Torn.
"Aye, aye!" they cried. "We be your men, indeed."
"Wait," said Norman of Torn, "there is more. You are to obey my every
command on pain of instant death, and one-half of all your gains are to
be mine. On my side, I will clothe and feed you, furnish you with mounts
and armor and weapons and a roof to sleep under, and fight for and with
you with a sword arm which you know to be no mean protector. Are you
"That we are," and "Long live Norman of Torn," and "Here's to the chief
of the Torns" signified the ready assent of the burly cut-throats.
"Then swear it as ye kiss the hilt of my sword and this token," pursued
Norman of Torn catching up a crucifix from the priest's table.
With these formalities was born the Clan Torn, which grew in a few years
to number a thousand men, and which defied a king's army and helped to
make Simon de Montfort virtual ruler of England.
Almost immediately commenced that series of outlaw acts upon neighboring
barons, and chance members of the gentry who happened to be caught in
the open by the outlaws, that filled the coffers of Norman of Torn with
many pieces of gold and silver, and placed a price upon his head ere he
had scarce turned eighteen.
That he had no fear of or desire to avoid responsibility for his acts,
he grimly evidenced by marking with a dagger's point upon the foreheads
of those who fell before his own sword the initials NT.
As his following and wealth increased, he rebuilt and enlarged the grim
Castle of Torn, and again dammed the little stream which had furnished
the moat with water in bygone days.
Through all the length and breadth of the country that witnessed
his activities, his very name was worshipped by poor and lowly and
oppressed. The money he took from the King's tax gatherers, he returned
to the miserable peasants of the district, and once when
Once again he crossed the lawn, taking advantage of the several trees and shrubs which dotted it, scaled the low stone wall at the side and was in the concealing shadows of the unlighted side street which bounds the Prim estate upon the south.Page 14
Impossible!" Jonas Prim was a man of action.Page 27
"Brace up, son," Bridge admonished him.Page 29
"My friend and I chanced to be near when you fell from the car--" with that innate refinement which always belied his vocation and his rags Bridge chose not to embarrass the girl by a too intimate knowledge of the thing which had befallen her, preferring to leave to her own volition the making of any explanation she saw fit, or of none--"and we carried you in here out of the storm.Page 31
I can't bear to tell you my name--you will know it soon enough--but please find some way to let my father know all that I have told you--I swear that it is the truth--by the memory of my dead mother, I swear it!" Bridge laid a hand upon the girl's shoulder.Page 35
If one of them is The Oskaloosa Kid then there must be two men called that.Page 37
It was during a period of thoughtful silence when the night was darkest just before the dawn and the rain had settled to a dismal drizzle unrelieved by lightning or by thunder that the five occupants of the room were suddenly startled by a strange pattering sound from the floor below.Page 39
Oh, wouldn't he wait until daylight? See! the dawn was even then commencing to break.Page 49
are eating these.Page 52
"Well," said Jim, "I gotta be on my way.Page 59
" The two men walked in opposite directions along the road, and when Burton saw them turn in and start to climb the fence he vaulted over the panel directly opposite the car.Page 75
As he glanced fearfully at the former, silhouetted against the white of the table cloth, he flushed scarlet, assured as he was that the waitress who had just turned away toward the kitchen with his order was convulsed with laughter and that every other eye in the establishment was glued upon him.Page 79
Columbus Blackie found his hands full with The Oskaloosa Kid.Page 80
Again Beppo shot past the man while the latter, now shrieking for help, raced madly in a new direction.Page 81
Another came running toward them.Page 87
" "How about the robbery of Miss Prim's room and the murder of Old Man Baggs?" asked Burton.Page 94
" "I couldn't have told you a few hours ago," said Bridge.Page 95
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