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:bPWrght, 1901, by ilcrbcrt S. S
S,,anely as his greedy eyes careen
Ug the last line. There was no
gttre, but in every word he saw
ace, felt'the touch of her dear
1, heard her timid heart. beating for
-for him alone. Rapture thrilled
n from head to foot, the delirious
Lt Pture of love. He could not sp,eak,
,O OVerpowering was the joy, the sur
P' se, the awakening.
bebyl Whispered Quinnox, his face
r t . with pleasure, his finger quiver
t, c as he pointed commandiugly to
Ad the letter.
ey what!" asked Lorry dully.
The last linel"
He hastily reread the last line and
-,en 'deliberately held the precious mis
Saive over the lamp until it ignited. He
S.'Would- have given all he possessed to
have preserved it. But the last line
commanded, "Burn this at once and in
the Presence of the bearer."
"There!" he said regretfully as he
crumpled the charred remnants be
' tween his fingers and turned to the si
"Her crime goes up in smoke," mut
terea Dangloss sententiously.
"Vhe princess commits no crime," re
tott'I Quinnoz angrily, "when shl
rusts'four honest men."
?"Where is she?" whispered the pris
oe with thrumming ears.
Where all good women shotild be a
9 o'clock-in bed," replied Danglos
shortly. "But will you obey her com
."fh e, 7"
laid Lorry, b,
t)kiy my sove
0'Ad e %
BWt can Lri t,
Without necessitating explanalIIons an
oasnible complications? 1 wIll not obe,
it it is likely to place her in an enba
- "rassing position."
"She understands perfectly what sh
is doing, sir. In the flest place, she ha
had my adylca," said )angloss, lh
good old betrayer of an olli"ial Irust.
"You advised her to coinialnd yoi
to allow me to escape?"
"Site commanded first. and 1ibn 1 ad
Vised her how to cuccnnannd you. Ax
phain may declare w a r a t housaid
times over, but you wNill be safe. That's
all ,we-I miean, all he wants."
"But I catinot desert. 11y friend. IIow
ls he to kndw where I've gone? Will
not vengeance fall on him instead t"
"He shall know everything when the
proper time comes. And now will you
' " be ready at the hour uientioted? Yot,
have but to follow the inst rutc ions- I
should say, the cotnltauds - of the w
"And be free! Tell her that wor
ship her for th.is. Tell hmert . tever
drop of- blood in my ha .y belongs to
her. She of1'ers mue fr'e ,,oni1, but tmakles
er.slavo for lif . Yes I shall be
red.fI do nto .(~ see yo again, good
friends, r.membe -that I love y'ou be
cause youIOVe )her and biecause shte
loves you 'nol11 h to intrutst a miost
dangerous steg t to your. keeping, the
rmmisslon of an act that may mean
he' doyvnfall of your nation." Hie
P.h 'ok hands -ith thema fervently.
- t cummot Je that, sir. it may cost
i!v a of tree of her subjects, but
aman: av~o yourself can inv'olve thme
pdog or e crown. They may kIll
atte crumol(t force us to betray
h. 'i are you w iI be as loyal to
the good g i w. ; o won a crown not
S upon hem' t. -art," nnMd - gloss ear
~fr'~' "/have u3s. Id n:. "ntle
Auld but throw ,m;. 1 e.'
e~st see her befoi
Without telling heo.t
3>heartl" he added passiv --
,~,, , "oli must obey the cm .
*pliefltly;on your word of lho.. -e
ttaftsacItionl ends now," said gu
,"Tlhis escape means, then, that I a.
notto see her again," he saId, his voice
Sfhoking with emotion.
.' "er Instructions are that you mare to
4' go tienlght, at once," said Dangloss, and(
*,tie blacy. eyed soldier nodded confir
4 ~' 'The prisoned paced the floor of his
~ ~ e~fn his mind a jumble of confillting
oIirs. His clinched hands, twitch
*~4\~ 4A Ig lya'eahd halt closed eyes betrayed
'the battle that was inflicting him with
i ts caru&ge, suddenly he darted to the
"Thrien I refuse to obey!i Tell her that
shall beat her feet before another
'bight bea bossed- Say to her that I re
fuse to go from Graustark until I have
seen her axhd talked with her. You,
Quinnor, go to her now and tell her
this, and gg to her also that there is
so~mething phe must hear from my own
lips. Then IWill leave Graustark, and
R\Ot till then, even though death be the
alternativg' Jh3o two men stared at
bha in aaujihient and consternation.
,~"on will notescape?" gasped Quin.
S 'will niot.be 4A-agged away without
6 5Ig her." lie answvered resolutely,
t i9wng hituselt.on tihe bed.
I ft.iounIded younIg ass0!" growled
hesoldIer's teeth graited.A
e~ '~~ Rt~e(g anid his visItors were
it14i ~ get bearing to hunmi thme
l)ioor of devo(tionI that
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RR McCUTCHEON T
He looked at his hands and saw the
black stains from the charred letter,
last evidence of the crime against the
state. A tender light came to his eyes.
a great lump struggled to his throat,
and he kissed the sooty spots, murmur
ing her name again and again. how
lonely he was! how cold and cheer
less his cagel For the first time he
began to appreciate the real serious
ness of his position. Up to this time
he had regarded it optimistically, con
fident of vindication and acquittal.
He grew cold and shuddered instinc
tively as he realized that his position
was so critical that the princess had
deemed it necessary to resort to strate
mnsf loolctg into thc iuz
l' of a revolver.
in order to s:tve himl fron
uom. Starting to his feet, I
- loor-, nervousness8 li t uig
'all to te'i ror. llc lloutndledl
:itnd cried aloud. (Ih. i1 le t
could hui ,, .ing back those kindly nea
Exhiatustedl, torn by confilic"tIng emno
tionis, hi; at. last droli)d to Ili .. ,tI
511(1 binded his f'a6i- in his Ir ne'arly
muadi Withl the au(ten s; tutlt ()I (t.
Spai1r. ile recallied he ( e'a lette(r, th. Ie
tem(Irr, hlping I hil(l tlh t hadl beent
strtc h'itl f ti li' lif iii ftroi the
dleptlhs into irit he was siing. She
haitN il th.-he (t conl:lse Ihe wnuls
platinl- th:11t hi. d:mge tr wVasxere
she -old nut ('tulre lil't uutil shei |
) v im to be saftely ,usiie lite
Ioundlls of (iranstarl;. iiis lilfe wts
dear to le, atil sit' wuthitl 11reiserv it
1.y d tishoo....ing lier I.rust. Tn"t.. ste
hadi tiloldeil lher itlai of esenipts, tlis
joiniteilly, guiltily, hlelssly.
only to) senid htim aw:ay withloutt grnt
lng oine itontn-nt ol'iiy ini hier preente.
After all, wvith death staint.; im in
te face, thte lrticaltitIly coniv itedilin n
dleter of ai priine, lie kntew lie (outld nti
have gone wit hou. see'ing her. lie had
been ungrateful perhapsl~, buit the mues
saget lie hiad senlt to her1 wa;s fr-om hiis
heatrt, anad somtethIing to1ld himi that it
w~ouild give her p)leatsutre.
A key turn'ied suddely3 in thle lock
and his heart bounded with the lhopet
that it might be sonme one with her- su
renider in response to his ultimatum.
He sat up)righit and rubbed his swollen
eyes. The door swunig 0open, and a
tall prison guard p)eered ini upon him,
a shar-p eyed, low brewed fellow in
raincoat and 1101met. His lanterni's
single unkind eye was turned nmnac
ingly toward the bed.
"What do you want?" demanded the
'ad of answering, the guard pro
* unlock the second or grated
,)ing inside1 the cell a mhomenit
-.Smuotherlng an exclamalltioni,
L. ry jerked out his watch and thien
ang to -his feet, intensely excited.
twas just 12 o'clock, and lie rmemn
bered now thatt she had1( stid a guarmd
would come to him at that hour-. Was
this the man? Was the plant to be car
The two meni stood st.ainig at eaicit
other- for a momenit or two, one in the
agony of doubt and suspenise, the other
quizzl(cally. A smile Ilitted over the
face of the guard, IIe calmly advanced
to the table, putting down htis lantern.
Then lie drew off his raincoat and hel
met and placed in the other's hiand a
gray envelope. Lorry reeled and wold
have fallen but for the wvall against
which he staggered. A note from her
was in his hand. HIe tore open the jp
velope amnd drew forth thte letter. As
he read he grew stranigely calm~ and1
contented. A blissful repose rushed in'
to supplant thie racking unrest of a mo
mont before. The shadow's fled and
life's light was burning brightly once
more. She had written:
I entreat you to follow instructions and
go tonight. You may you will not leave
Graustark until you have seen me. How
rash you are to refuse liberty and life for
such a trifiet But why, I ask, am I of
fering you this chance to escape? Is it
because I do not hope to see you again?
Is it not enough that I am begging, im
ploring you'to go? I can say no more.
lie folded the brIef note, written in
' agitatlin, ttnd, after kissing it, prioceed
ed to place it in his pocket. determined
to keep it to the last hiour- of his life.
.l Git einig upi at a souind from thte guardl,
hie fotmnd himself looking into the mnus
zie of a reVov(er. A deep scowl over
ed to tr"l : i :( 1 il(('tn i- Ithe h 11
T'11L u a1is :no ttll. in t l,Ing o mr du g lt-.
Lorry reluctantly held the note over
the flane and saw it crumble away as
hattd its predecessor. There was to be
no proof of her com.plicity left behind.
IIM knew It would be folly to offer a
bribe to the loyal guard.
After this very signifleanit aet the
inuard's face cleared, and lie deposite(,
his big revolver on the table. Stepping
to the cell's entrance, he listcned in
tently, then softly closed the heavy ironl
iloors. Without a word he begai to
strip off his uniforni, Lorry watching
biti as if fascinated. The fellow look
L'd up impatiently and motioned for
him to be quick, taking it for granted
that the prisoner understood his part of
tle transaction. Awakened by thi5
sharp reminder, Lorry nervously began
to remiove his own clothes. In five mi
utes his garments were scattered over
the floor and he was attired in the uni
form of a guard. Not a word had been
spoken. The prisoner was the guard,
the guarl a prisoner.
"Are you not afritd this will cost you
your life?" asked Lorry, first in Eng
lish, then in German. The guard mere
ly shook his head, indicating that he
could not understand.
He quickly turned to the bed, seized
t sheet and tore it into strips, impa
lently thrusting them into the oth-):'s
lands. The first letter had foretold all
his, and the prisoner knew what was
xpected of him. le therefore secure
y bound the guard's legs and arms.
wVith a grim smile the captive nodded
its head toward the revolver, the lan
:ern and the keys. Ills obliging prison
r secured them, as well as his own
)ersonal effects, and was ready to de
art. According to instructions, he
vas to go forth, locking the doors be
And him, leaving the man to be dis
2overed the next morning by. surprised
eepers. It struck himi that there was
lomnething absurd In this part of the
ilan. How was this guard to explain
ls position with absolutely no sign of
i struggle to bear him out? It was
lia-rdly plausible that a big, strong fel
low coul(d lie so easily overpowered
ingie hatndedl. There was somiething-I
ivretchedly Iicongruous about the-but
there came a startling and effective
'1d to all criticismn.
The guard, houtnd as he was. sullden
y turnt;( d a:t( Iungedi headforemiiost
g:inst the sharp bedpost. Hiis head,
t.ruck wvith at thtud, and1 he toilld, I,h
loor as it fdead. ttteriti _ tt t x l a
1(on ofi honor, Lo 1ian to his side.
ld was gusli it' i oil- rg-ish
eross his.a d. anl he was alreatly
nit( nse us. "ikenedl by the bravo
aer3/.. lie picked the muanmi i i and
',ced hili onl the beld. A hasty exami
n:ttionilprov"edl 1h:0 it wv:I- nu Int;re(
htan i seiIp wattnv d InIl that <l''z was
loo reiluote to be I'eared. The r u:: i-d
Itau ldone his p:art nobly, m;lit it wa:s
tow the t risont-r's iiurn ito mita r(:(
Int(ly :tned a1s tinllinthingly; . t.rrry to
('ave the bioor f'elliw ii whwil:(t seeinel
ii inilaitna 1i1;i11inner,. Ie. str(<le into the
. rrti<lulr. (los(vl :1I14 Ioem-k"Il ( he do rs
Itl:i ity andl bi ::tn the (I .-eiiI of the
;iairs. Ile had bein instru('te(l to nit.
tube:;i:tlil.:ly", ais thre slimlhlest (ho rft
iervonsiU'ss woil resumlt in diseovery-v.
Wili the helet Well lowni over his
'vont noisily, niatde his Way totIlu- next
bomr below. Thlere werei' prisonersI' on
his Iloor, while lie lid boeen ilu Ii ntly
eCeimntii of the floor' ab)ove. Stra.ighIt
itha lie went, tishingi hiis laniter'n
101r' andti theire, Paissinug dowvn anioth er
sta irway andil inIto the imini corrithor.
h.ere lie met a guarid who laid jusat
ome1 inl from the outsidle. Thle miani ad
tiressedl hinm in the language of thet
rounmtr'y, andit his heart almost stoppled
beatling. H[ow wa's he to answer? Mumt
bhing somiethinmg almost inaudible, lie
hurried on to the groundl floor, tremblinig
with fear lest the man01 should call to
11111 to hlalt. iIe w;as relieved to finid,
in thie end, thiat his lprogress was not
to lie imp)edecd. lin anlotlier momenit he
wits boldly ulockinig the (loor' that letd
to the visitor's' hall. Th'len came the
dioor to the war'den's office. Ilere lie
fouiid thlree sleepy guar'ds, nomie of
whoml paid1 any a'tteiition to himn as he
passed thrmough and1( eniteredi Captain
D)angloss' pr'ivate room1. The gruiff 01(d
capltain sat at a de(sk witing. The l's
(raping man11 half pauIsed( as if to spea'hk
to himi. A sharp cough from tihe cap1
taini and( a signiflennt jerk of thle hiead
told 1him1 thalt there must lie no dhebay,
no0 wvords. Opening the (1oor1 lie steppied
out 1110to astormii 5o flerce and( wviId that
lie shuddered appilrehen'sively.
"'A lftting night !" lie mluttcredl as he
plunigedl iito the drivIng main, foi'cing
his way narioss thle courtyard towaird
the malin ga te. 'The little light in tihe
gatekeeper's winidow wasi his guide.
so, blinided by thie torren'its, blown by
the winds, lie soon foundm( himuself' be
fore (lie final barrier'. P'eerlng iroughi
the wvindowV, lhe saw the keeper dlozing
li his chiair. By (lie light froni withinu
lie selected from the bunch of keys he
cam-ied one thant hlad a white string
knotted in its ring. This was the key
that was to open the big gate In case
no one challenged him. In aniy other
case lhe was to give thie countersign,
"Dangloss," and trust fortune to pask
him through without qulestion.
Luck was with him, and, finding the
great lock, he softly iniserted and turn
ed tile key. The wind blew the heavy
gate ope,n violently, and it required all
of Is strength 'to keep it from bangIng
against the wall beyond, Thle m'ost dif
ficult task that -ho had encountered
grew from his efforts to close the gate
against the blast, iIe was about to
give up in despair when a hand was
laid on his shoulder and some one
hissed in his startled ear:
"ShI Not a wordi"
Ils legs almost went from under is
1)0dy3, so great w~as the shock and the
fear. Two r.trong hianids joIned l.
own in ite effor't to pull1 the door0 into
plositlin, and he knewv at 4!one thai~t they
be'longed to the manm who w"as to mueel
FOLGER, T 1ORNLE
l o",ti'e torner at the right of the
) \'vz wall. He undoubtedly had tired
of the delay and, feeling secure in the
harkness of the storm, had come to
mteet his charge, the escaping prisoner.
l'heir untited efforts blrought. about (1he
(lesired resilt, and tog;ether hiey loft
the prison behind. striking out again st
he stoln in all its fury.
"You are late," called the stran..'r iu
"Not too I:ite. am I?' he tri-d ac
-lutching the other's arrn.
"No, but we int!u. t hasten.'
"(a:pt:iti (Quii:aaox. is it you-ll?"
"IlIave a Caro! The storm h as e,;I .
and :ln hear names," caulion ld (0
oth'Ie. As rapidly :as possibleo th'."y.
na(le t.heir wh:ay (Ilong the la ck str'.feI"
lmI)s t ariver w ith it shlet (if wIates
1 iry h:.1 lost hili, h i n1:16
IloL wh'ither'' he wen'!t, I1rusting. toi) ('
tmida:nce ofl h!is:tugig opa
'i'h(ere st''eto e oan to m thI l r1
journey, antd he was gLrow ing weaki bo
"l w ftiarudoed. Y eele t1.
"I :u n not at l iber,ty to any."'
"'Ain I to see her biefore tgo ''
"Tj*hat Is somiethlin g I cannot a:swer.
iIr. hIy ins tueUi,is areJ to pilel' yo
ti the earriage "Oand ride beside t.)e
| To lS CO'NTINUED.]1
CEIITAIN (CUItE' FOR ACIJING; FElET
AHI en~ 'soot- 'ase, a powdler, en resT'ired(,Ah=
ug,Sweating, Swollen feet. Saunole sen. t a't. .;
has Sainple of hFoor- I.:As,: SANIrAInr C'oin I'Ai, a
ow inavention . Address. AliCen S. Ohlns.ted ,I.e
To have a happy home g
you should have children.
They are great happy-home =
makers. If a weak woman,
you can be made strong
enough to bear healthy chil..
Sdren, with little pain .or dis-E
comfort to yourself,by taking
ATonic for Women
It will ease all .your pain, reduce
inflam:uatlon, cure leucorrhea, _
-(whites), falling womb, ovarian
trouble disordered menses, back
-ache, kteadache, etc., and make
Schildbirth natural and easy. Try it.
-At all dealers in medicines, in
g$1.00 bottles. -
"DUE TO CARDUI
is my baby gitl, now two weeks
=old,'' wrItes Mrs.-J. Priest, of Web-_
Sster City,, iowa. " She la a fine
healthy b4de and.we are both doing-_
Snicely. I am still taking Cardul,
and would not be without it in
Bears the Yhou YO ave AiwaJ 8aug11
give best results, must be used
y and above all the best ,quality she
hat constitutes best qluality is, firs
, such as ammonia, Potash and Phc
manipulation of these ingredients s
must also have to be in such mec
nd well distributed.
wn that the goods manufactured it
11 the qualities mentioned above
best of fertilizers. We have let
ent planters in the South bearing c
you are now using.
)uld continue so to do, but if you
i changing your brand and comin
ful planters and use these goods.
te roads are good now, the railroa
in worse shape !ater on, so you
before it is too late, as you will
rents at every rallroad station;
ffice for information.
Y & CO., Agents, Picken
and a larg
growing bank acco
if you plant, fertilize and cul
The most important thing is to a
days before seeding, a plant food in
pounds of high grade
per acre on fewer acres. If you fol
cotton will be waist high by the
sive culture'' neighbors are hoci
time. Then too they may I
fertilizer. Insist upop havi
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Olotier aind Tailor,
Happy Greetings to al
I thank you, one and all, for
past and hope by honest prices a
again this year, trade'with
J. R. H A
intelligently and in sufficient
uld be used.
t, the amount of ingredients
sphoric Acid, and next the
o as to forn a well bakanced
hanical condition as to be
I An( C., by the
mnd : doubtedly rank
:ters ' . ne of the most
ut tlA.. . , , ents.
ire not, you should lose no
into the fold with the most
ds very badly congested and
should haul your fertilizers
not have' to pay for them any
:all on them, or write to the
unt awaits you
tivate your crop with system.
pply to your soil, about ten
the shape of 400 to 1000
low this advice, your
:rop the first
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hen it comes. to
ng a new suit a
e most reliable
e hp has ever
with. Of course
think of us,
~h is right.
1ything in Cloth
and HEats can
,ys be had here
Losest prices for
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n .d Customers.
your liberal patronage in the
nd fair dealing that ,you will,