before a magnificent building
on the plaza opposite the royal grounds and the palace.
Here we walked boldly in past the armed guard at the door, to be
met by a red slave within who asked our wishes.
"Tell Sorav, your master, that two warriors from Illall wish to
take service in the palace guard," I said.
Sorav, Talu had told us, was the commander of the forces of the
palace, and as men from the further cities of Okar--and especially
Illall--were less likely to be tainted with the germ of intrigue
which had for years infected the household of Salensus Oll, he was
sure that we would be welcomed and few questions asked us.
He had primed us with such general information as he thought would
be necessary for us to pass muster before Sorav, after which we would
have to undergo a further examination before Salensus Oll that he
might determine our physical fitness and our ability as warriors.
The little experience we had had with the strange hooked sword of
the yellow man and his cuplike shield made it seem rather unlikely
that either of us could pass this final test, but there was the
chance that we might be quartered in the palace of Salensus Oll
for several days after being accepted by Sorav before the Jeddak
of Jeddaks would find time to put us to the final test.
After a wait of several minutes in an ante-chamber we were summoned
into the private office of Sorav, where we were courteously greeted
by this ferocious-appearing, black-bearded officer. He asked us
our names and stations in our own city, and having received replies
that were evidently satisfactory to him, he put certain questions
to us that Talu had foreseen and prepared us for.
The interview could not have lasted over ten minutes when Sorav
summoned an aid whom he instructed to record us properly, and then
escort us to the quarters in the palace which are set aside for
aspirants to membership in the palace guard.
The aid took us to his own office first, where he measured and
weighed and photographed us simultaneously with a machine ingeniously
devised for that purpose, five copies being instantly reproduced in
five different offices of the government, two of which are located
in other cities miles distant. Then he led us through the palace
grounds to the main guardroom of the palace, there turning us over
to the officer in charge.
This individual again questioned us briefly, and finally despatched
a soldier to guide us to our quarters. These we found located upon
the second floor of
"I hope," said Barney, "that you will be guilty of lese-majeste often.Page 20
He was looking at Barney with evident curiosity.Page 23
of that sharp point.Page 27
" "It has slipped your majesty's mind," said the old man sadly; "but you and my young mistress were betrothed many years ago while you were yet but children.Page 48
The wounding of the youth had delayed them just enough to preclude their making this temporary refuge in safety.Page 51
the shop, nor did it satisfactorily account for the blotch of blood upon his shoulder from a wound so fresh that the stain still was damp; nor for the sword which Joseph had buckled about his waist within Blentz's forbidding walls; nor for the arms and ammunition he had taken from the dead brigands--all of which he had before him as tangible evidence of the rationality of the past few weeks.Page 72
He might have killed you.Page 74
The lieutenant did not wait to hear more, but, hurrying from the castle, rode to Barney where the latter had remained in hiding in the wood below the moat--the same wood through which he had stumbled a few weeks previously after his escape from the stagnant waters of the moat.Page 77
Immediately he did what Barney had expected that he would--turned the fire of his artillery toward the southwest, directly away from the point from which the American and the crack squadron were advancing.Page 79
I will admit that we are at a loss, your majesty, to know where lies the truth and where the falsity in this matter.Page 93
"He has risked his life a dozen times for your majesty," said the lieutenant.Page 98
" "Why should Leopold seek to harm me now?" asked Barney.Page 105
The door swung.Page 139
Almost at the same instant a man, unkempt and disheveled, sprang from behind a tree and with a single blow stretched the trooper unconscious upon the ground.Page 146
He heard a voice urging the animal forward--pleading, threatening.Page 150
"People who build driveways into their grounds usually.Page 154
Two more shots were fired by the remaining horsemen and answered by the girl in the automobile, and then the car topped the hill, shot into high, and with renewed speed forged into the last quarter-mile of heavy going toward the good road ahead; but now the grade was slightly downward and all the advantage was upon the side of the fugitives.Page 166
"Now get a--" He had been about to say: "Now get a move on you," when it occurred to him that this was not precisely the sort of language that kings were supposed to use to their inferiors.Page 187
It is to learn how you accomplished it that I am here.Page 213
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