The Lad and the Lion

Chapter Twenty-Five

Edgar Rice Burroughs

MAGAZINES from civilization seep into many far corners of the world. One such, an illustrated weekly of international renown, found its way into the douar of an Arab sheik. The son-in-law of Ali-Es-Hadji was reading therein an account of the strange happenings in a far-off kingdom. He read of the assassination of King Ferdinand and Hilda de Groot, and he examined with interest their pictures and pictures of the palace and the palace gardens. There was a full page picture of General Count Sarnya, the new Dictator. There was also a picture of an elderly, scholarly looking man, named Andresy, who had been shot with many others by order of Sarnya, because they had attempted to launch a counter-revolution.

One day General Count Sarnya received a cablegram.

It was from Sidi Bel Abbes. All it said was, “Congratulations! You have my sympathy,” and it was signed,



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