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The Forest of Swords A Story of Paris and the Marne   By: (1862-1919)

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THE FOREST OF SWORDS

BOOKS BY JOSEPH A. ALTSHELER

THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR SERIES

The Hunters of the Hills The Shadow of the North The Rulers of the Lakes The Masters of the Peaks The Lords of the Wild The Sun of Quebec

THE YOUNG TRAILERS SERIES

The Young Trailers The Free Rangers The Forest Runners The Riflemen of the Ohio The Keepers of the Trail The Scouts of the Valley The Eyes of the Woods The Border Watch

THE TEXAN SERIES

The Texan Star The Texan Triumph The Texan Scouts

THE CIVIL WAR SERIES

The Guns of Bull Run The Star of Gettysburg The Guns of Shiloh The Rock of Chickamauga The Scouts of Stonewall The Shades of the Wilderness The Sword of Antietam The Tree of Appomattox

THE GREAT WEST SERIES

The Lost Hunters The Great Sioux Trail

THE WORLD WAR SERIES

The Guns of Europe The Hosts of the Air The Forest of Swords

BOOKS NOT IN SERIES

Apache Gold A Soldier of Manhattan The Quest of the Four The Sun of Saratoga The Last of the Chiefs A Herald of the West In Circling Camps The Wilderness Road The Last Rebel My Captive The Candidate

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

New York London

[Illustration: "He heard a shock near him and, ... saw a huddled mass of wreckage."]

WORLD WAR SERIES

THE FOREST OF SWORDS

A STORY OF PARIS AND THE MARNE

BY

JOSEPH A. ALTSHELER

AUTHOR OF "THE GUNS OF EUROPE," "THE STAR OF GETTYSBURG," ETC.

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY NEW YORK AND LONDON 1928

COPYRIGHT, 1915, BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

Printed in the United States of America

FOREWORD

"The Forest of Swords," while an independent story, based upon the World War, continues the fortunes of John Scott, Philip Lannes, and their friends who have appeared already in "The Guns of Europe." As was stated in the first volume, the author was in Austria and Germany for a month after the war began, and then went to England. He saw the arrival of the Emperor, Francis Joseph, in Vienna, the first striking event in the gigantic struggle, and witnessed the mobilization of their armies by three great nations.

CONTENTS

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I. IN PARIS 1 II. THE MESSAGE 30 III. IN THE FRENCH CAMP 53 IV. THE INVISIBLE HAND 76 V. SEEN FROM ABOVE 99 VI. IN HOSTILE HANDS 121 VII. THE TWO PRINCES 146 VIII. THE SPORT OF KINGS 167 IX. THE PUZZLING SIGNAL 186 X. OLD FRIENDS 209 XI. THE CONTINUING BATTLE 231 XII. JULIE LANNES 247 XIII. THE MIDDLE AGES 268 XIV. A PROMISE KEPT 291 XV. THE RESCUE 311

THE FOREST OF SWORDS

CHAPTER I

IN PARIS

John Scott and Philip Lannes walked together down a great boulevard of Paris. The young American's heart was filled with grief and anger. The Frenchman felt the same grief, but mingled with it was a fierce, burning passion, so deep and bitter that it took a much stronger word than anger to describe it.

Both had heard that morning the mutter of cannon on the horizon, and they knew the German conquerors were advancing. They were always advancing. Nothing had stopped them. The metal and masonry of the defenses at Li├Ęge had crumbled before their huge guns like china breaking under stone. The giant shells had scooped out the forts at Maubeuge, Maubeuge the untakable, as if they had been mere eggshells, and the mighty Teutonic host came on, almost without a check.

John had read of the German march on Paris, nearly a half century before, how everything had been made complete by the genius of Bismarck and von Moltke, how the ready had sprung upon and crushed the unready, but the present swoop of the imperial eagle seemed far more vast and terrible than the earlier rush could have been... Continue reading book >>




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