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The Way of an Eagle   By: (1881-1939)

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[Illustration: Drawn by John Cassel. "Where am I?" she gasped. "What what have you done with me?"]

The Way of an Eagle

By E.M. DELL

1911

CONTENTS

PART I

CHAPTER

I. THE TRUST

II. A SOLDIER'S DAUGHTER

III. THE VICTIM OF TREACHERY

IV. DESOLATION

V. THE DEVIL IN THE WILDERNESS

VI. WHEN STRONG MEN FAIL

VII. THE COMING OF AN ARMY

PART II

VIII. COMRADES

IX. THE SCHOOL OF SORROW

X. THE EAGLE SWOOPS

XI. THE FIRST FLIGHT

XII. THE MESSAGE

XIII. THE VOICE OF A FRIEND

XIV. THE POISON OF ADDERS

XV. THE SUMMONS

XVI. THE ORDEAL

PART III

XVII. An Old Friend

XVIII. The Explanation

XIX. A Hero Worshipper

XX. News from the East

XXI. A Harbour of Refuge

XXII. An Old Story

XXIII. The Sleep Called Death

XXIV. The Creed of a Fighter

XXV. A Scented Letter

XXVI. The Eternal Flame

XXVII. The Eagle Caged

XXVIII. The Lion's Skin

XXIX. Old Friends Meet

XXX. An Offer of Friendship

XXXI. The Eagle Hovers

PART IV

XXXII. The Face in the Storm

XXXIII. The Lifting of the Mask

XXXIV. At the Gate of Death

XXXV. The Armistice

XXXVI. The Eagle Strikes

XXXVII. THE PENALTY FOR SENTIMENT

XXXVIII. THE WATCHER OF THE CLIFF

XXXIX. BY SINGLE COMBAT

XL. THE WOMAN'S CHOICE

XLI. THE EAGLE'S PREY

XLII. THE HARDEST FIGHT OF ALL

XLIII. REQUIESCAT

XLIV. LOVE'S PRISONER

PART V

XLV. THE VISION

XLVI. THE HEART OF A MAN

XLVII. IN THE NAME OF FRIENDSHIP

XLVIII. THE HEALING OF THE BREACH

XLIX. THE LOWERING OF THE FLAG

L. EREBUS

LI. THE BIRD OF PARADISE

LII. A WOMAN'S OFFERING

LIII. THE LAST SKIRMISH

LIV. SURRENDER

LV. OMNIA VINCIT AMOR

LVI. THE EAGLE SOARS

"There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:

The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid."

Proverbs xxx, 18 19.

THE WAY OF AN EAGLE

PART I

CHAPTER I

THE TRUST

The long clatter of an irregular volley of musketry rattled warningly from the naked mountain ridges; over a great grey shoulder of rock the sun sank in a splendid opal glow; from very near at hand came the clatter of tin cups and the sound of a subdued British laugh. And in the room of the Brigadier General a man lifted his head from his hands and stared upwards with unseeing, fixed eyes.

There was an impotent, crushed look about him as of one nearing the end of his strength. The lips under the heavy grey moustache moved a little as though they formed soundless words. He drew his breath once or twice sharply through his teeth. Finally, with a curious groping movement he reached out and struck a small hand gong on the table in front of him.

The door slid open instantly and an Indian soldier stood in the opening. The Brigadier stared full at him for several seconds as if he saw nothing, his lips still moving secretly, silently. Then suddenly, with a stiff gesture, he spoke.

"Ask the major sahib and the two captain sahibs to come to me here."

The Indian saluted and vanished like a swift moving shadow.

The Brigadier sank back into his chair, his head drooped forward, his hands clenched. There was tragedy, hopeless and absolute, in every line of him.

There came the careless clatter of spurred heels and loosely slung swords in the passage outside of the half closed door, the sound of a stumble, a short ejaculation, and again a smothered laugh.

"Confound you Grange! Why can't you keep your feet to yourself, you ungainly Triton, and give us poor minnows a chance?"

The Brigadier sat upright with a jerk. It was growing rapidly dark.

"Come in, all of you," he said. "I have something to say. As well to shut the door, Ratcliffe, though it is not a council of war."

"There being nothing left to discuss, sir," returned the voice that had laughed... Continue reading book >>




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