have with the surly, bearded Russian.
After dinner that evening Tarzan strolled forward, where he remained
until after dark, in conversation with the second officer, and when
that gentleman's duties called him elsewhere Tarzan lolled lazily by
the rail watching the play of the moonlight upon the gently rolling
waters. He was half hidden by a davit, so that two men who approached
along the deck did not see him, and as they passed Tarzan caught enough
of their conversation to cause him to fall in behind them, to follow
and learn what deviltry they were up to. He had recognized the voice
as that of Rokoff, and had seen that his companion was Paulvitch.
Tarzan had overheard but a few words: "And if she screams you may
choke her until--" But those had been enough to arouse the spirit of
adventure within him, and so he kept the two men in sight as they
walked, briskly now, along the deck. To the smoking-room he followed
them, but they merely halted at the doorway long enough, apparently, to
assure themselves that one whose whereabouts they wished to establish
Then they proceeded directly to the first-class cabins upon the
promenade deck. Here Tarzan found greater difficulty in escaping
detection, but he managed to do so successfully. As they halted before
one of the polished hardwood doors, Tarzan slipped into the shadow of a
passageway not a dozen feet from them.
To their knock a woman's voice asked in French: "Who is it?"
"It is I, Olga--Nikolas," was the answer, in Rokoff's now familiar
guttural. "May I come in?"
"Why do you not cease persecuting me, Nikolas?" came the voice of the
woman from beyond the thin panel. "I have never harmed you."
"Come, come, Olga," urged the man, in propitiary tones; "I but ask a
half dozen words with you. I shall not harm you, nor shall I enter
your cabin; but I cannot shout my message through the door."
Tarzan heard the catch click as it was released from the inside. He
stepped out from his hiding-place far enough to see what transpired
when the door was opened, for he could not but recall the sinister
words he had heard a few moments before upon the deck, "And if she
screams you may choke her."
Rokoff was standing directly in front of the door. Paulvitch had
flattened himself against the paneled wall of the corridor beyond. The
door opened. Rokoff half entered the room, and stood with his back
"I know that you would not be such a fool; but whom, then, have we to thank?" "The walls have ears, prince," replied Coblich, "and we have not always been as careful as we should in discussing the matter.Page 24
The girl found the boudoir not only beautiful, but extremely comfortable and cozy.Page 37
They thought it strange that a soldier of Lutha should not know his own way about his native land, and so judged that his question was but a blind to deceive them.Page 46
When, after nearly three weeks of suffering and privation, it became clear that the boy's lungs were affected, the American decided to take matters into his own hands and attempt to reach Lustadt and a good doctor; but before he had an opportunity to put his plan into execution the entire matter was removed from his jurisdiction.Page 62
A glance at the old.Page 94
my fault that I shall always love you.Page 106
"Quick!" he cried; "there's someone in our room.Page 108
"S-s-t!" replied Barney.Page 112
A key entered the lock of the door from the opposite side and turned.Page 113
" A moment later he and his escort had dropped through the broken skylight to the floor beside them.Page 117
He ran his fingers along the fingers of the dead.Page 119
Above him he heard the soldiers pass the open manhole.Page 148
The girl had just said that the honor of her house was more precious than the life of any of its members.Page 155
When I tell them the trouble you have caused us--well, God help you.Page 159
Barney examined it more carefully.Page 175
"It will mean war!" "It is what Austria has been looking for," snapped the American, "and what people look for they usually get, especially if they chance to be looking for trouble.Page 184
There was no reply.Page 185
"Wouldn't you rather have us send the king to you?" they asked.Page 196
Everyone had been deceived.Page 205
Why not again?.