felt around upon
the ground beside him searching for some missile, and at last his
fingers touched a stone and closed upon it. Raising it above his
antagonist's head the Hon. Morison drove home a terrific blow.
Instantly the black relaxed--stunned. Twice more Baynes struck him.
Then he leaped to his feet and ran for the goat skin tent from which he
had heard the voice of Meriem in distress.
But before him was another. Naked but for his leopard skin and his
loin cloth, Korak, The Killer, slunk into the shadows at the back of
Ali ben Kadin's tent. The half-caste had just dragged Meriem into the
rear chamber as Korak's sharp knife slit a six foot opening in the tent
wall, and Korak, tall and mighty, sprang through upon the astonished
visions of the inmates.
Meriem saw and recognized him the instant that he entered the
apartment. Her heart leaped in pride and joy at the sight of the noble
figure for which it had hungered for so long.
"Korak!" she cried.
"Meriem!" He uttered the single word as he hurled himself upon the
astonished Ali ben Kadin. The three Negresses leaped from their
sleeping mats, screaming. Meriem tried to prevent them from escaping;
but before she could succeed the terrified blacks had darted through
the hole in the tent wall made by Korak's knife, and were gone
screaming through the village.
The Killer's fingers closed once upon the throat of the hideous Ali.
Once his knife plunged into the putrid heart--and Ali ben Kadin lay
dead upon the floor of his tent. Korak turned toward Meriem and at the
same moment a bloody and disheveled apparition leaped into the
"Morison!" cried the girl.
Korak turned and looked at the new comer. He had been about to take
Meriem in his arms, forgetful of all that might have transpired since
last he had seen her. Then the coming of the young Englishman recalled
the scene he had witnessed in the little clearing, and a wave of misery
swept over the ape man.
Already from without came the sounds of the alarm that the three
Negresses had started. Men were running toward the tent of Ali ben
Kadin. There was no time to be lost.
"Quick!" cried Korak, turning toward Baynes, who had scarce yet
realized whether he was facing a friend or foe. "Take her to the
palisade, following the rear of the tents. Here is my rope. With it
you can scale the wall and make your escape."
"But you, Korak?"
The sight of tree tops waving beneath him was all that was visible.Page 12
If she could but make him remember! "Your majesty," she said, "do you not recall the time that your father came upon a state visit to my father's castle? You were a little boy then.Page 23
"Your majesty need entertain no apprehension.Page 41
Nothing would please him more than killing me, and he would have done it long since but for two things.Page 46
They dared not light a fire for warmth or cooking, and their light was so miserable that, but for the boy's pitiful terror at the thought of being recaptured by the bandits, Barney would long since have made a break for Lustadt, depending upon their arms and ammunition to carry them safely through were they discovered by their enemies.Page 53
" Barney nodded, and the shopkeeper of Tafelberg withdrew and closed the door behind him.Page 77
"We are going to lead it," and the pseudo-king of Lutha wheeled his mount as though to indicate that the time for talking was past.Page 80
" "He is not Leopold," said one of the officers who had accompanied the prince from Peter's camp.Page 90
Among the clan of Von der Tann a young girl with wide eyes was bending forward that she might have a better look at the face of the king.Page 104
may still entertain of our fealty.Page 113
"Ah, you have him!" cried the newcomer in evident satisfaction.Page 114
Likely indeed that he would ever forget his, Barney's, face, though he had seen it but once without the red beard that had so added to Barney's likeness to the king.Page 116
The close presence of death made life seem very desirable.Page 124
Two officers jumped out and ran up the steps.Page 134
We shall take immediate steps to fetch the Princess Emma to Blentz," and the Austrian rose and backed from the apartment lest the king change his mind.Page 158
Alone, Barney looked about the room.Page 185
"I might well believe from your actions that you are Leopold," he said; "for, by Heaven, you do not act as I have always imagined the American would act in the face of danger.Page 189
He saw the little squad of soldiers before him.Page 200
Custer, who was, of course, unarmed.Page 213
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