bpyNht, 1901, by Herbert S. S
' 1"b&p af'ed, with the subtlest dou
r Ole meaning.
hy should you wound me?" she
pa1iIvely. "You have no right
teat;*e thr'one I occupy as a sub.
r! tWtt f Pranks ad indignities. I did
'. t belihve yoi could be,-forgetul."
'There was a proud and >itiful resent.
ment in her voice that brought him to
- ,ig 0 nses at o4ce. He had defiled her
n- W In AhfOne and humiliation he
"I am a toot, an ingratei You have
eisen too gentie with me. For this
4 CWp;li0 t. of .mine I cannot ask
- pardon, Rfiat:we4 be beneath you to
Waut i;. I he hurt "you, and I can
ameier atbne I forgot how sacred is
your thrwe: Let me depart in dis.
R9 ,. 4 erect as It to forsake
a4 stained, but she,
.way4 ey 4 oobidte reversal of feel
f, , i T adl4(j to thed his
1"1t. 7 1 throne, after all. I
Sd $1' as well al the sin, with
70u. 0i down again,, I beg of you.
or a eh I would rule beside a
( ' a king, but who is
" ,csn be no harm,
IM sUbe the wiser for this
d lrture froei ioyal cus
qeM hildren anyhow, mere
lee Atnation of- delight he re,
-'W itaosition beside her. His
- r,pee t rniotro
b4 h o
tospe. "We are children
itr e," he mu~rmured, this
btgtte thIe. tool!
Shola.igowqd her hand to lie limply in
tis, erhead sinking to the back of the
ebaftk Wile her hand was near his
feverish lips, cool and white and trust
thg, he 'gqhecked the upward progress.
Slowly he raised his eyes to study her
*face, finding'that hers were closed, the
semblance of a smile touching her lips
as if they were in a happy dream.
'.ibe lipai The lipsi The lips! The
madness of love rushed into his heart;
~&le expectant 'hand was forgotten; his
every hope and every desire measured
1tself against his discretion as he look
.d mupon4 the tempting face. Could he
Riss; those lips but once his life would
With a start she opened her eyes,
doubtless at the command of the mas
terful ones above. The eyes of blue
mat. the eyes of gray in a short, sharp
struggle, and the blue wvent dlown in
surrendert. HIis lips triumphed slowly,
dVamibg-etbser and closer as If restrain
ed' and impelled by the same emotion
"Open your eyes, darling," lie wis
UWred, and she obeyed. Then their lips
meet-her first kiss of love!
2 Se trembled from head to root, per
'fot1y powerless beneath the spell.
Agathi he kissed a p)rinlcess on her
Brone. At this second1 kiss her eyen
#le. widb, with terror, and she sprang
rifliistsidie, standing before him like
9t~b6ireft of! reason.
Oh, my Godi WVhat have you dlone?t"
b- wailed. He staggered to his feet,
;say with joy.
-".Ha!" cried a grutf voice from the
oborway, and the guilty ones whirled
to look upon the witness to their b)liss
nu. crime. Inside the curtains, with
C earbine leveled at the head of tihe
rAerican, stood Allode, the guard, lia
4, . 4tee-distorted with~ rage. The pincess
seaied and leapedl between L.orr'y
and the threatening carbine.
-"Allodet" she criedl in frantle terror.
T(o angeily cried1 out somei(thling in hia
native tongueo anid she bieathlessly,
"4 hiploringly replied. Lorry (d( idnt uni
derstanid their words, but he knew tha
sneO,had saved him from death at the
- Mu~d' of her loyal, erring guard. Al
JWa lowered his gun, b)owed low and
Erned hi's back upon the throne.
"de-be wtould bave killed you," she
~1I tre'mulously, her face the picture
~'t~4~ ~fcombined agony and relief. She re
~negibered the blighting kisses and
j s.etae averted1 disaster.
kgis .:...gll tdI you say to him ?" he
llnot tell you I" she
was: to-'aas to
""t5why ?" lie persist
"I-ach, to save you, stupid!"
"H1ow did you explain the-the"- He
"I told him that I had not been-that
I had not been"
"That I had not been-offended!" she
gasped, - standing 'stiff and straight,
with eyes glued upon the obedient
"You were not?" he rapturously cried.
"I said it only to save your life!" she
crie4 turning filercely upon him. "I
shall never forgive you-never! You
tmust go-you must leave here at once!
Do you hear? I cannot have you near
me now; I cannot see you again. What
have I given you the right to say of
"Stop! It is as sacred as"
"Yes, yes; I understand! I trust you,
but you must go! Find some excuse
to give your friend and go today! Go
nowi" she cried Intensely, first putting
her hands to her temples, then to her
Without waiting to hear his remon
strance, it indeed pe had jho ppwer to
utter one, she glided swiftly toward
the curtains, allowing him to follow at
lin will. Dazed and crushed at the
sudden end to everything; he dragged
his footsteps after. At the door she
spoke in low, imperative tones to the
motionless Allode, who dropped to his
knees and muttered a reverential re
sponse. As Lorry passed beneath the
hand that held the curtain aside be
glanced at the face of the man who
had been witness to their weakness.
Iel was looking straight ahead, and
from his expression it could not,4have
been detected that he knew there was
a man on earth save himself. In the
hall she turned to him, her face cold
"I have faithful guards about me.
now. Allode has said he did not A'ee
you in the throneroom. He Wt;i die
before he will say otherwe," she
said, her lips trembling wu shame.
"By your comnggGT'f
"By my 'est., I do,not command
'y% to lie."
ide by side they passed down the
quiet hall, silent, thoughtful, the strain
of death upon their hearts.
''L shall obey the only command you
have given, then. This day I leave the
castle. You will let me come again-to
see you? There can be no harm"-.
"No! You must leave " Graustark at
once!" she interrupted, the tones low.
"I refuse to gol I shall remain In
lIDdeiweiss, near you, just so long as 1
feel that I may be of service to you."
"1 cannot drive you out as I would a
thief," she suid pointedly.
At the top of' the broad staircase he
held out his hand and miurmured:
"Goodby, your highness."
"Goodby," she said simply, placing '
her hand in his after a moment's hesi- I
tation. Then she left hiul.
An hour later the twvo Americans,
one strangely subdued, the other curl- 1
ouis, excited and imp)atient, stood be
for'e thec castle waiting for the carriage. I
Count H-alfont was with them, begging
themi to remain, as he could see no rca- (
son for tho sudd(en leavetaking. Lorry
assurledX him that they had trespassed
long enough on the court's hospiality
and that he would feel mucla more comn
fortable at the hotel. Anguish looked
narr-owly at his friend's race, but said
niothi.ug. iIe was beginning to under
"Let us walk to the gates. Trhe count
will oblige us by instructing the coach
man to follow," said Lorry, cager to be I
"Allow me to join you in tihe walk,
gentlmen.'' said Count Caspara, immne
diately instructing a lackey to send the
carriage after them. lie and Lorry
walked on together, Anguish lingering
behind, hav~ing caught sight of the I
Countess Dagmar-. That charming and
ulnconventionaal pi0ce of' nobility
prompitly rollowed the pimelu iniister's
examnpie and1( escorled the remaining.
guest to the gate.
lear down the walk Lorrmy turned fori
a last glance at tihe castle fromn which1
iov'e hadu baishelid him. Yetive wats
staningui on thec balcony, looking not at
the monasteryv, but at thei e'xlle.
She r'emnainedl there lo:g after tile<
ca rrla ge had passe(d her- ga tes bea rIng
thle Amnericans swif'tly over theO white
Castle avenue, and thiere were tears in
ARYAnguIsh wats a discreet,
forbearilng fellowv. I Ie d1idl not
II demand( a full explanat11ion of
haris fred.'There was~ enough
tha t in co;nectilon withi thir de'partur-e
thuere was~ so1methinug thait wold not
admil11 of discussioni e~ven by comnthlen
tinaI friends. IIe shlrewvdly formnedi his
ownl c-onclusions and held his peaee.
Nor did( he betray surpr)lise whe~n L.or
1,y llnformed( him1 ini answer to a (<110s
tion: thalt lhe intendedi to r-emain in
NdelwveIss for somte time, addinlg thlat
lhe ,old( not expect hlim to (10 likewise
if lie p)referred to return to Paris. liut
M\r. AnguIsh p)referr-ed to remiain In
Eidelweiss. IIad not the Countess D)ag
marl toldl him she would1 always he
hlappiy to see hIm at the castle, and1( had1
ho any reason to reniounce its walls?
Aund. so it was thtat they tarried to
Lar1ry Ioitored nimlesslv. moodily.
about the town, spending gloomy days
and wretched nights. 1Xe reasoned
that it were wisdom to fly, but a force
stronger than reeson held him in Edel
weiss. IIe ventured several times to
the castle wall, but turned back reso-'
lutely. There was hope ilnhis breaat
that she might send for him. There
was it least the possibi}ity of seeing
tier should sle ride through the streets.
Anguish, on the other hand, visited the
castle daily. He spent hours with the
pretty countess. undismayed by the
noble moths that fluttered about her
flame, and he was ever persistent,
light hearted and gay. He brought to
Lorry's ears all that he could learn of
the princess. Several times he had
seen her and had spoken with her. She
inquired ensually after the health of
his friend, but nothing more. From
the countess he ascertained that her
highness was sleeping soundly, eating
heartily and apparently enjoying the
best of spirits, information decidedly
irritating to the one who received it
They had been at the hotel for over a
week when one afternoon Anguish
rushed into the room out of breath and
ycarcely able to control his excitement.
"What's up?" cried Lorry. "Has the
sguntess sacked you?"
"Not on your coinl But something is
ap, and I am its discoverer. You m.
nember what you said about suspect
ng Prince Gabriel of being the chief
ascal in the abduction job? Well, my
moy, I an now willing to stake my life
hot he is the man." The news bearer
mat down on . the edge..of the bed and
irew the first long breath he had had
a a long time.
. "Why do you think so?" demanded
be other, all interest.
"'fHard him talking just now. I
ildn't know who the fellow was at
lrst, but he was talking to some
trange looking soldiers as I passed.
Ls soon as I heard his voice I knew be
raso Michael. There Isn't any question
Lbout it, Lorry. I am positive. 1to did
tot observe me, but I supppe' by this
ine he has learned that.Mis little job
was frustrated !y tw9kmericans who
ieard the. plot--no the castle gates.
le has nerve to h,ye re, hasn't he'?"
"If he is gull yes. Still he may feel
ecurs becs he is a powerful -prince
fld able tg resent any accusation with
show of force. Where is he now?"
"I,l$ft him there. Come on. We'll go
'vn, and you can see for yourself."
They hurried to the corridor, which
was swarming with men in strange
iniforms. There were a few Grau
tark offleers, but the majority of the
suzzing conversationalists were dressed
n a rich gray uniform.
"Who are these strangers?" asked
"Oh. I forgot to tell you. Prince Lo
enz is also here,. and these gray fel
ows are a part of his retinue. Lorenz
%as gone on to the castle. What's the
natter?" Lorry had turned pale and
was reaching for the wall with un
"He has come for his answer," be
maid slowly, painfully.
"That's right. I hadn't thought of
hat. I hope she turns him down. But
here's Gn briel over yonder. See those
brer- tellown in blue? The middle one
, the prince."
Near the door leading to the piazza
tood several men, gray and blue. The
aan designated as Gabriel was in the
enter, talking gayly. and somewhat
auldly, pullftng at a' cigarette between
entences.' lie was hiot tail, but he
raq strongly and comp)actly built. His
air' and ('roppied beard were as black
a coail, his eyes wide, black and lined.
t wOs ai p)leasure worn face, and Lorry
huddered ats lhe thought of the prin
ess in the p'ower' of this evil looking
rrete'h. Tlhey leisurely made their
ray to a spot near the talkers. There
ntas no miistakinig the v'oice. Prince
at1:riel and M ichamel were onec andi the
an'o beyonds a ll dioubht. Bunt how to
ro(V' it to I the sattisfacttioni of otheris?
~kepics ud i(hIt ft'L ( ollowv any3 attempt
a'ocla im the pr'inc'e gulty because
is voice souttied like that or the chief
on-Ir huato:r. In a mant ter wher'te whole
z.'ns were c'oncerneId the gratvest
mtnoaace wvouldi be attached to the
r'eiation of a ruler. Satisfyinug thenm
*el':e as11 to thle Idenit ity of that pe
uilihtr1 r'ohe, the friends passed through
0 th'' pliazz.'Ai
"Whatm 's to be done'?'' askod Anguish,
"U. miust go to Haron Ih)lugloss, tell
11m or Outr posillve' d!i:ov'ery, and
"Ad her' r'oyal h iighness of(S~ 01our Ise.''
"'M.4 I sutppos~e so."' said I.orry, flick
lg I he ashes f'roma his Ngar with a
uig'r that was nuow~ stealy, lie was5
w'ig thle iprinIcess againii.
'Thiey hiur'ried to the loweri and1 were
'hief' of ptoll'e. l.orriy had, sip'm maty
lhurs withI l>angloss ofI late, and they
had hecome fr'iendis. ii is l'im oldi face
blanebied p)'Ierepily~ as h lwardi~ the
IlSI't'lous of thie yoiung t0nen.. I i( shook
his he:' l5)ddsa iingly'.
"'It inay ib, as y'ou say, 'entle'maen,
butL 1 am afrmaid we ('at do, nothing.
anda on such ev'ish'an' won,mhilt be na(1
ness. 1 am11 of your1 bldief, ho(wev'er.
1'incie Gabriel is thle manl I have'( sus
Pected'(. NOW 1 ami conin II1I'Il.e Bfore
we enn do anmy ti tin auti a gri'e.
mtter it will lbe nec''e'sary3 to conisult
the pr'licess and( her'i tminister's. In
('ase wec conueo to aictuse' thle Prtintce
of Daw "shergemn it muast be afiterI enriiefuli
antd judlieoous thought. There ar'e muany
things to conlslder, genitlemien. IFor my
parmt, I wvould he overjo 'id to seize the
villain and to serve hini as wve did hui
tools, butt my hands are led, you see,
Iwould suggesqt that yo01 go at once
to thle pr1'incess and Count 1I font, tell
themi of your' susp)lious
"Not suspIcions, 1my3 lord-ft ts," in
"Well, then, facts, and ascer' in how
the.y' foo1 ab,Qg~ ~j g upl a 1pr osition
ttimay mll7nean wvar. Mty'-' ,you to
conoc nt once to -fl ...h thi . on
as the 1
will be ir
FOLOER, THORN LE'
a t is possible that they will call for at
consultation with the ministers, nobles I
and high officers. Still, I fear they will
be unwilling to risk much on the rath- I
er flimsy proof you can give. Gabriel 1
Is powerful, and we do not seek a war I
with him. There is another foe for
whom we are quietly whetting our i
swords." The signifcait remark caused
both listeners to prick up their ears,
But he disappointed their curiosity,
and they were left to speculate as to
whom the other foe might be. Did he 1
mean that Graustark was secretly, sly
ly. making ready to resist, treaty or no
It required prolonged urging on the
part of Anguish to persuade Lorry to
accompany him to the castle, but, when
once determined to go before the prin
cess with their tale, he was eager, Im
patient, to cross the distance that lay
between the hotel and the forbidden
grounds. They walked rap.idly down
Castle avenue and were soon at the<
gates. The guard knew them, and they
were admitted without a word. As 1
.they hurried4~ through the park they
saw many strange men in gray, gaudy
uniforms, and it occurred to Lorry
that their visit, no matter how great
its importance, was ill timed. Prince
Lo.renza was holding the center of the
Anguish, with hIs customary Imput
sivene)ss, overruled Lorry's objections.
and th.ey proceei.ded toward the en
trance. The guards of the pincePss sa1
luted p)rofolundiy, while the inilons of'
Lorenz Nta red withI ill bred wonder
upon these two tall ibn from another
wvorld. It 'could be seen-I thatI the easitle
was astIr wvith ex'-itemaent, subtldii
:aud pre'gnant wilth thriving hopes and
fear-s. Th'le nobility of Graustark was
there. The visitors of Axphain were be
At the cast.le dloors the two meni met
their dlrat obstacle, but they had an
ticiptedO( its presce1IC. TIwo gualrds
halted themi peremptorIly.
"We must see her royal highness,''
said Anguish, b)ut the meni could no~t
uinderstandl him. Tfhey stolealIly stood
theIr ground, slhaking their hea ds.
''Let us ind 1111 Zsm onie who can un
derstand us5," adivlsed Lorry, and in a
few mnonments they lpresented them
selves before the guards, accompanied
by a young naoblemnan with whom they
had aiiniltiace. lie suicceededh iu ad
va ncing themi II to lhe reeptiIon hall in
sie the dolsa andi( foundl for the'm a
serv'ant who wouldI carr aT'I message to
the p)rincess- if it were possible' to gain~
her piesenice. Th'le noblemlani .doublted
verVy much-, however, if the mu5issiv
hast ily wriitten by Lorry could find Its
way to he(r, as she had never beena so
OCcup)i(d a1s now.
Lorry in hiis bieif note lpayetd for a
short audience for himself and Mr. An
giuish, requestIng that. ('ouint I Inlfont
he l'wegait. IIe lhiformued her that his
mn .sidit was of' the miost. imiperativye tna
tu l- iit that it related to a dis5cover.y
mui e .concernling thle pinlce wiho had
tried-to maduct her. Ini conclusion lhe
wrote that Baron Dangloss had -1 re
(lulred him to lay certain facts before
her and1( that lie tiad comue with no in
tention to annoy her.
While they sat In the waiting room
they saw through the glass doors dos
ens of richly attiredl men anid women ini
the hail beyond. They were conversing
aanimatedly, (Graustarkc men and wom
en with dejected faces, Axphainauns
with exiilatLion glowinug in, every'
glance. Lorry's heart sank within him.
It seemed hours before the servant re
turned to bId themi follow hlim. Then
lisa blood leaped mnadly through veins
that had been chilled anad lifeless, Hie
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Iwall anteroom, where he left them. A
ew moments later the door opened
mnd there swept quickly Into the roon
be Countess Dagmar, not the princess
3er face was drawn with the trouble
mud sorrow she was trying so hard to
onceal. Both men were on their feel
n an Instant, advancing to meet her.
"The princess? Is she iI?" demand
"Not Ill, but mad, I fear," answered
he, giving a hand to each. "Mr. Lor
y, she bids me say to you that she
annot see you. She appreciates the
mportance of your mission and thank
'ou for the interest y'ou have taken
tlso she authorizes me to asai von
hat nothing can be de
;arding the businesk
"she refuses to seen,
y, his face whiter thai
"Nay; she begs tha
ler. Her highness Is -, ~~
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lure all that is happ -
iarently calm. anid,>m ,
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"SureIy she must see the urgency o1
luiek action in this matter of ours!
rned Anguish half angrily. "WVe ar<
iot dogs to be kicked out of the castle
se have a rIght to be treated fairly"
"We cannot censure the princess
-larry." said Lorry calmly. "We havt
omeo because we would befrIend her
mid she sees fit to reject our good of
lees. Tihere is but one thing left for u~
0 (do-depart as we cameo."
"But~ I don't like it a lIttle bit,'
~rowled the other.
"If' you onily knew, Mr. Angunish. youl
v6uld not be so harsh and unjust." re
nlotrtedlt( thei lady warmly. TIurnling
o Lorry, she said, "She asked me tc
and1( you thIs, and to bid you retain it
a a token of lher undying esteem."
She handed him ai small, e'xqIullt(
ninilature of the princess framed i
~old lnlaid with rubles. He took It
Iuumbly ii, his fingers, but dared nol
ook at the portrait It contained. Witl1
vhtat might have seemed disrespect hc
Iiroppled the treasure into hIs coal
"T1ell her I shall always retain it as s
okeni of her esteem," lhe said. "And
ow may I ask wvhether she handed my
ote to her uncle, the count?"
The countess blushed in a most uin.
"Not while I was with her," she said
ecov'ering the p,resence of muind sht
pparently had1( lost.
"She decstroyed it, I presume," sahc
te, laughing harshly.
"I saw her place it In her bosom, sir
nd with the right hand," cried th<
~ountess as if' betrayIng a state secret.
"In lhen- You aire telling me tin
ruth?2" cried he, his face lighting uip.
"Now, see her'e, Lorry, don't begin t<
iuestion the c'ounttess' word. I wqn'
stand for that," interposed Ang1
"I should lbe mor'e than base to B
l'alsely that she had done anything
ibsui'd," said the countess indignantr
"Where is she now?" asked Lorr'yi
"Inm her boudoir. T1he ,Prince Lle
Is with her-alone."
"What!" lie cried, jealousy -dartinj
into his exIstence. ie had never knowi
"They are betrothed," said she, wit1
an eff'ort. There was a dead silec
broken by Lorry's deep gron^ni as hi
turned and1 walked blindly to the oppe
site side0 of the room. He stopp)ed iF
front of n'huge painting and stared a
it, -but (lid not see a line or a tint.
-"You don't mean to say she has ac~
copted?'' half whispered Anguish,
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4:40 p mT, No. 87, anily exept Smndy, froLau
Lau renslind initOrmed:liato stat ins.
.00,p m, Ne?;o. 85, daIly except Stnm(dny, from
nurenand internmedilate tltionsi
3:25 p mi, No. 52 dn',y f romn Ch~arlestonj Sumter,
C~oltaubb, N ewberry, Clinton,, Spauiahnrg,
IAugustn, Green wood L auren s, eotc.
"Trains ho. 5'3 and 53 run through between
Charleston without chango.
J. W. Ligon, Agt. Geo. 'r. Bryan Gen. Agt,
GRIEENVILL1E, S. C,.
Ernest WIllIams, 0, Pq,.
R. Mi. Brand, Trat, Man. Augusta
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