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The Doomsman   By: (1861-1945)

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A number of typographical errors found in the original text have been corrected in this version. A list of these errors is provided at the end of the book.

THE DOOMSMAN

BY

VAN TASSEL SUTPHEN

AUTHOR OF "THE CARDINAL'S ROSE" "THE GATES OF CHANCE" ETC.

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK AND LONDON HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS MCMVI

Copyright, 1905, 1906, by The Metropolitan Magazine Company.

Copyright, 1906, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved.

Published June, 1906.

[Illustration: "CONSTANS AND NIGHT WERE DOWN." See p. 28]

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I. THE VERMILION FEATHER 1

II. THE NIGHT OF THE TERROR 14

III. THE NEW WORLD 19

IV. THE MAN ON HORSEBACK 25

V. THE RAT'S HOLE 32

VI. TROY TOWN 41

VII. THE BREAD OF AFFLICTION 50

VIII. IN THE SHADOW OF DOOM 58

IX. THE KEYS OF POWER 67

X. THE MESSAGE 83

XI. THE SISTERS 93

XII. THE HEDGE OF ARROWS 106

XIII. GODS IN EXILE 120

XIV. ARCADIA HOUSE 136

XV. A MAN AND A MAID 150

XVI. AS IN A LOOKING GLASS 162

XVII. THE AWAKENING 173

XVIII. A PROPHET OF EVIL 181

XIX. IN QUINTON EDGE'S GARDEN 188

XX. THE SILVER WHISTLE BLOWS 199

XXI. OXENFORD'S DAUGHTER 209

XXII. YET THREE DAYS 223

XXIII. THE RED LIGHT IN THE NORTH 231

XXIV. THE EVE OF THE THIRD DAY 238

XXV. ENTR'ACTE 242

XXVI. THE SONG OF THE SWORD 250

XXVII. DOOMSDAY 266

XXVIII. IN THE FULNESS OF TIME 274

XXIX. DEATH AND LIFE 281

XXX. THE STAR IN THE EAST 290

ILLUSTRATIONS

"CONSTANS AND NIGHT WERE DOWN" Frontispiece

"OUT LEAPED QUINTON EDGE'S SWORD" Facing p. 48

"CONSTANS LOOKED ABOUT HIM IN WONDERMENT" " 64

"THE BLOWS RAINED DOWN UPON HIS FACE" " 76

"THEY PARTED WITHOUT FURTHER SPEAKING" " 90

"AN INSTANT LATER THE BOWSTRING TWANGED" " 118

"SHE STOOD MUTE AND WIDE EYED BEFORE HIM" " 156

"OF DOOM SHALL WE REQUIRE IT" " 220

THE DOOMSMAN

I

THE VERMILION FEATHER

A beach of yellow sand and a stranded log upon which sat a boy looking steadfastly out upon the shining waters.

It was a delicious morning in early May, and the sun was at his back, its warm rays falling upon him with affectionate caress. But the lad was plainly oblivious of his immediate surroundings; in spirit he had followed the leading of his eyes a league or more to the westward, where a mass of indefinable shadow bulked hugely upon the horizon line. Indefinable, in that it was neither forest nor mountain nor yet an atmospheric illusion produced by the presence of watery vapor. It did not change in density as does the true cloud; for all of its mistiness of outline there was an impression of solidity about its deeper shadows, something that the wind could not lift nor the light pierce. A mystery, and the boy devoured it with his eyes, his head bent forward and his shoulders held tensely.

The place was a rocky point of land jutting forth into a reef strewn tideway. The forest came down close to the strip of beach, but there was comparatively little underwood, and the grass, growing up to the very roots of the trees, gave to the glade an appearance almost parklike. There was no house in sight, not even the thin, blue curl of a smoking hearth to proclaim the neighborhood of man. Yet the sign of human handicraft was not wholly wanting; through the tree trunks, at perhaps a hundred yards away, appeared the line of a timber stockade enormous palisades, composed of twelve foot ash and hickory poles, set in a double row and bound together by lengths of copper wire... Continue reading book >>




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