to learn the whereabouts of the old woman and the child,
thy sister and her son you tell me they be, who you are so anxious to
hide away in old Til's garret. So it be well for you, my Lord, to pay
old Til well and add a few guilders for the peace of her tongue if you
would that your prisoner find peace in old Til's house."
"Fetch me the bundle, hag," replied De Vac, "and you shall have gold
against a final settlement; more even than we bargained for if all goes
well and thou holdest thy vile tongue."
But the old woman's threats had already caused De Vac a feeling of
uneasiness, which would have been reflected to an exaggerated degree in
the old woman had she known the determination her words had caused in
the mind of the old master of fence.
His venture was far too serious, and the results of exposure too
fraught with danger, to permit of his taking any chances with a disloyal
fellow-conspirator. True, he had not even hinted at the enormity of the
plot in which he was involving the old woman, but, as she had said, his
stern commands for secrecy had told enough to arouse her suspicions, and
with them her curiosity and cupidity. So it was that old Til might well
have quailed in her tattered sandals had she but even vaguely guessed
the thoughts which passed in De Vac's mind; but the extra gold pieces
he dropped into her withered palm as she delivered the bundle to him,
together with the promise of more, quite effectually won her loyalty and
her silence for the time being.
Slipping the key into the pocket of his tunic and covering the bundle
with his long surcoat, De Vac stepped out into the darkness of the alley
and hastened toward the dock.
Beneath the planks he found a skiff which he had moored there earlier
in the evening, and underneath one of the thwarts he hid the bundle.
Then, casting off, he rowed slowly up the Thames until, below the palace
walls, he moored near to the little postern gate which let into the
lower end of the garden.
Hiding the skiff as best he could in some tangled bushes which grew to
the water's edge, set there by order of the King to add to the beauty of
the aspect from the river side, De Vac crept warily to the postern and,
unchallenged, entered and sought his apartments in the palace.
The next day, he returned the original key to Brus, telling the
But to such sights and sounds as these the five men had become callous.Page 7
It was as though he understood the nervous reaction that had compelled the other's act.Page 20
He heard them moving about in the darkness for a moment, and several times he saw their large luminous eyes glowing in the dark.Page 24
"Do you belong to Fosh-bal-soj?" asked the other.Page 26
Of course it could make nothing of the strange characters; but it evidently accepted them as proof that Bradley possessed knowledge of a written language of his own, for following the Englishman's entry it made a few characters of its own.Page 30
One edge of the door was formed of a straight, round pole about two inches in diameter that protruded at top and bottom, the projections setting in round holes in both lintel and sill forming the axis upon which the door swung.Page 36
Almost immediately after he had taken his bearings Bradley commenced working with his bonds.Page 41
"He said there was a way out, that he had discovered it but was too weak to use his knowledge.Page 43
For all these eons the Wieroos might have been collecting human skulls from their enemies and their own dead--enough to have built an entire city of them.Page 44
Behind him lay almost certainly the horrid fate of An-Tak; before him nothing worse than a comparatively painless death by drowning.Page 60
She told him that the Wieroos seldom frequented these lower passages, as the air here was too chill for them; but occasionally they came, and as they could see quite as well by night as by day, they would be sure to discover Bradley and the girl.Page 67
Among other plans Bradley had thought of constructing a covered raft upon which they might drift to the mainland; but as such a contrivance would necessarily be of considerable weight, it must be built in the water of the sea, since they could not hope to move it even a short distance overland.Page 68
The girl always went with him, standing at his side and watching the stern expression on his face with just a tinge of sadness on her own.Page 72
"Now we are far from my country.Page 75
"Drop them or I'll put a bullet through the back of von Schoenvorts' head.Page 76
There was no feinting, no retiring and no parrying that was not also an attack.Page 78
Often the vessel was brought to a stop, and always there were anxious eyes scanning the shore for an answering signal.Page 79
He felt the soft cheek against his bare arm; and he felt something else there too--hot drops of moisture that ran down to his very finger-tips and splashed, but each one wrung from a woman's heart.Page 82
" "You don't know my jailer," replied Billings, "or you'd not be so sure.Page 84
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