In truth, that the red simar which occupied the wonted place was his no longer, was still more strikingly obvious from the isolation which seemed, as we have observed, more appropriate to a phantom than a living creature -- from the corridors deserted by courtiers, and courts crowded with guards -- from that spirit of bitter ridicule, which, arising from the streets below, penetrated through the very casements of the room, which resounded with the murmurs of a whole city leagued against the minister; as well as from the distant and incessant sounds of guns firing -- let off, happily, without other end or aim, except to show to the guards, the Swiss troops and the military who surrounded the Palais Royal
, that the people were possessed of arms.
Here were also seated the officers of the royal
palace and of Ozma's army.
The reader cannot but call to mind the visit which the royal
family and court of the Sandwich Islands was, in late years, induced to make to the court of St.
"Thou wouldst say, Mopo, that if these princes die never canst thou or any other man give them the royal
"Why, yes; but request him, if you please, that my visit be announced to his royal
highness as soon as possible."
Grant us grace and royal
protection, and we will forsake the greenwood and follow the King."
"We will now hold a military drill by my picked Bodyguard of Royal
We march to conquer the Emerald City -- to dethrone the Scarecrow King -- to acquire thousands of gorgeous gems -- to rifle the royal
treasury -- and to obtain power over our former oppressors!"
But still their hearts beat high during Sir Francis M 's address, which certainly was the finest oratorical success that the Royal
Geographical Society of London had yet achieved.
Just behind the royal
standard-bearers came the Princess Ozma in her royal
chariot, which was of gold encrusted with emeralds and diamonds set in exquisite designs.
Did he not have enough to think about to keep the gardens so that his royal
master and mistress might find pleasure in the shaded walks, the well-kept sward, and the gorgeous beds of foliage plants and blooming flowers which he set with such wondrous precision in the formal garden?
Her shapely, sandalled foot tapped impatiently upon the jewel-strewn walk that wound beneath the stately sorapus trees across the scarlet sward of the royal
gardens of Thuvan Dihn, Jeddak of Ptarth, as a dark-haired, red-skinned warrior bent low toward her, whispering heated words close to her ear.