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Told by the Death's Head A Romantic Tale   By: (1825-1904)

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[Illustration: "Stay, Constable, I want to see what you put into that fire pot open it"]

TOLD BY THE DEATH'S HEAD

A ROMANTIC TALE BY MAURUS JÓKAI

TRANSLATED BY S. E. BOGGS

Translator of Prof. Haeckel's "India and Ceylon," Maurus Jokai's "The Nameless Castle," etc.

ILLUSTRATED

THE SAALFIELD PUBLISHING COMPANY CHICAGO AKRON, OHIO NEW YORK 1908

COPYRIGHT, 1902, BY THE SAALFIELD PUBLISHING COMPANY

MADE BY THE WERNER COMPANY AKRON, OHIO

PREFACE.

In Part II, Vol. 2, of the Rhenish Antiquarius , I once came across a skull that is said see page 612 to swing, enclosed in a metal casket, from an iron bar in the foundry of Ehrenbreitstein fortress. Distinction of this order does not fall to an ordinary mortal. Yon empty shell of human wisdom once bore the burden of no less than twenty one mortal sins the seven originalia trebled. Each crime is noted. The criminal confessed to the entire three times seven, and yet the death sentence was not passed upon him because of the twenty one crimes. His fate was decided by the transgression of a military regulation.

What if this skull could speak? What if it could defend itself? relate, with all the grim humor of one on the rack, the many pranks played the mad follies committed, from the banks of the Weichsel to the delta of the Ganges!

If my highly esteemed readers will promise to give me their credulous attention, I will relate what was told to me by the death's head.

THE AUTHOR.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE 1

PART I

I THE "FIRE POT." 5 II THE TRIAL. 17

PART II

I WITH THE ROBBERS THE PRSJAKA CAVES. 25 II THE BERDICZOV MONASTERY. 85

PART III IN THE SERVICE OF THE DUKE.

I MALACHI. 101 II PERSIDA. 114

PART IV WITH THE TEMPLARS.

I IN THE HOLLOW TREE. 138

PART V THE HOMICIDE.

I ON BOARD MYNHEER'S SHIP. 173 II THE MOO CALF. 179

PART VI

I THE FORGERY. ONE CIPHER. 204 II THE LEGACY. 207

PART VII

I PEACEFUL REPOSE. 215

PART VIII IN BENGAL.

I BEGUM SUMRO. 232 II IDOL WORSHIP. 242 III MAIMUNA, AND DANESH. 249

PART IX ON THE HIGH SEAS.

I THE PIRATES. 267

PART X UXORICIDE.

I THE SECUNDOGENITUR. 279 II THE QUICKSANDS. 289

PART XI IN SATAN'S REALM.

I THE SATYRS. 300 II WITCH SABBATH. 311

PART XII THE BREAD OF SHAME.

I THE MAGIC THALER. 323 II THE HUSBAND OF THE WIFE OF ANOTHER MAN. 329

PART XIII THE EXCHANGE OF BODIES.

I THE QUACK DOCTOR. 335

PART XIV

I THE WHITE DOVE 347

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

By Charles Hope Provost

"Stay, Constable, I want to see what you put into that fire pot open it" Frontispiece

"I took my lamp, descended to the crypt" 167

"I could read in her radiant countenance how overjoyed she was to be with me again; and I was enraptured to clasp her once more in my arms" 252

"Thus I managed to propel my body slowly, painfully toward the stable earth" 296

PART I.

CHAPTER I.

THE "FIRE POT."

The hero of our romantic narrative, or better, narratives, was a constable... Continue reading book >>




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