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copyrigt, 1901, by Herbert 8. Sto
Berrowag admitted to the pollee that
he had stood guard at the door while
Gabriel entered the prince's room and
killed him as he slept. He described
the cunning, deliberate effort to turn
suspicion to the American by leaving
The other Dawsbergen nobles, with
the exception of two who had gone to
the capital of their country with the
news of the catastrophe, remained
close to the hotel. One of them con
fessed that but little sympathy would
be felt at home for Gabriel, who was
hated by his subjects. Already there
was talk among them of Prince Dan
tan, his yonnger brother, as his sue
cessor to the throne. The young prince
was a favorite with the people.
Bolaroz was pleased with the out
come of the sensational accusation and
the consequent- removal of complica
tions which had in reality been un
pleasant to him.
One feature of the scene in the
throneroom was not discussed, al
though it was uppermost in the minds
of all. The positive stand taken by the
princess and her open avowal of love
for the dashing American were never
to be forgotten. The serious wrinkles
on the brow of Hlalfout and the far
away expression that came frequently
to his eyes revealed the nature of his
thoughts. The greatest piroblem of
them ill was still to be solved.
As they left the room he droiped be
hind and walked out beside Lorry,
rather timidly detaining hi until the
others were some distaiice ahead.
"You were closeted with the )rincess
this inorinig. Mlr. Lorry, and lerhaps
you cana give ine (ie in formation I de
sire. Sh1e has vulled a lueeting of the
uinisters anld leadlog nien of tie coun
try for oionrrow 111orning. Do you
know why she has issued this rather
itztusmasln call? She did not. offer any ex
Phlinmaltion to inle."
"I aii only at liberty to say, your ex
cellency, that it concerns the welfaire
of (raustark," answered the other art
or a nomnent's thought. They walked
on in silence for somne distance.
"I am her uncle, sir, but I love her as
I would love iy own child. MAy life has
been given to her front tl)e day that
her init her, m1y sister, died. You will
grant nic the right to ask you a plain
question. Have you told her that you
love her?" The count's face was drawn
"I have, sir. I loved her before I
knew she wa.s a princess. As her pro
toetor it was to you hat I would have
told tlie stoi-y oh' mily uniifortlnate love
lonlgago, but myl ar trest and escape
preventtedl. 31y love has not been will
Ingly ('landeistine, atnd it has beetn in
spite of her mtost righteous objections.
.We have both seent thle futility ofi love,
however' stronmg an td pur ie it tmay 1)e. I
have hoped, your exc\Lellency, anmd al
"She hans confessed her love to you
privately ?" asked IIaIfonit.
"'Againust her will, againsat her1 Juldg
"Then the worst hats come to pass,"
groaned thle old ('ounlt. N(lete spoke
for SOntC time. They were tinar time
foot or the staiircamse whieni laifont
paused0( and1 graspedh Lorrty's armt.
Steadily thley lookedl into each1 other's
"I aidmiire you lmre thlan any man
I have ever known," stid the count
huskily. "You are thle sol of honor.
of couriage, of malintess. Bunt you can
not become the huosbanld of a pinitcess
of Grautstairk! I tteed tnot t('ll you that.
however. Yout surely must utnder
"I do understand," said Lor'ry diz
Lily. "I att tnot ai pritnce, as you are'
saying over antd over aiginh to your
self. Ini my) 1land( you w'ill fltnd the
poor tman e'limig to the hihest plin
nacle side by side withI thIt richl mtan.
The womnan I love Is a prinlcess. Until
deathl detstroysx this power to lov'e and11
to hope0 111mus t say to y'ou that I shall
not cnlsidert the l 'r'icess Yetivye he
yon ,1 y reacit. Fra nkly, I cannot,
T[he cout heiar hunIlt thrioutgh, un.i
the sadness05 in his eye's.
"There aire Sonle obstacles that bravl~
try an ld Iperseveralm-e'i clhlti ov(imo
my ft'ienid," hle said slowly, "One 01'
them is late."
"As fate is niot gzovernted' by law 01'
customl, I hlavet thei biest r'eason in the
ori to hope)," said( LOrrly, yet n101
01ri'eo the reahn!"' fervetly cried
tihe counit, andit Lorry' wastl strulck by tile
' fact thait lie repiea ted, w~ord for- wvord,
thle w'islhiappomn ha ultteredi some
.AaW.-te n. safe. aure. Jto oplatee
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eagerly to thlil
ing half an hour early, but glad of the
chance afforded for reflection and soli
tude. Voices came up from below, as
they did on that night five weeks ago#
iringing the laughter and song of hap.
py hearts. Music swelled through the
park from the band gallery; from afar
Dff came the sounds of revelry. The
people of Edelweiss were rejoicing
Dver the unexpected deliverance from
it fate so certain that the escape seem
Dd barely short of miraculous.
Every sound, every rustle of the wind
through the plants that were scattered
Dver the balcony caused him to look
toward the door through which she
imust come to him.
At last she appeared, and he hasten
d to meet her. As he took her hands
In his she said softly, dreamily, looking
ver his shoulder toward the moen
taln's crest, "The same fair moon," and
'miled into his eyes.
"The same fair maid and the same
[nan," lie added. "I believe the band Is
playiig the same air-upon my soul I
"Yes, the same air, 'La Paloma.' It Is
my lullaby. Come, let us walk. I can
3ot sit quietly now. Talk to me. Let
ue listen and be happy."
Slowly they paced the wide balcony,
Lhrough the moonlight and the shad
Liws. her hand resting on his arm, his
elasping it gently. Lorry talked but
little. she not at all, and yet they un
lerstood each other.
"Why are you so quiet?" he asked at
last. stopping near the rall.
"I cannot tell you why. It seems to
me that I an afraid of you," she an
swered. a shy quaver in her voice.
"A fraid of me? I don't understand."
"Nor do 1. You are not as you were
before this morning. You are differ
"Theyj we uery, happy," 8al~d LdTry.
ent- --yes, you mtake me feel that I am
weak I and htelpless and1( tiat Iyou can
say to mec 'Comxe' and 'Go' and I must
obey. Isni't it odd that I. who have
nev'er known sub m issi ventess, shcoul d so
suiddeinly fitiInd yself' tyraninized?" she
askied, smiling faintly.
"Shall I tell you why you are afraid
of me? '" he aisked.
"You will say it Js because I am for
getting to be a princess."
"No: it is because you no longer look
upon mue asn you did( In other days. Yes
terday you were the prIinicess and look
ed down upon01 t'he impiossible suitor; to.
Lay you find that you have given your
self to him and that you do not regard
the barrier as insurmountable. You are
zfraid of me because I am no longer a
[dream, but a reality. Am I not right,
She look'ed out over the hazy, moonlit
"Yesterday I might have disputed all
you say; today I can deny nothing."
Leaning upon the' railing, they fell
Into a silent study of' the parade ground
and( its strollers. TIheir thoughts were
aot of the walkers iand chatterers, nor
>f the mausic, nor of the night. They
were of the duay to ('otme.
"'I shall never forget how you said
B3e(nuse I lovp hinm,' this morning,
4wetteart," saId Lorry, bletralying his
reflections. "You (dfed tho whole
worldl in those fouri wordis. They wvere
/orth (lying for."
"Ilow couldl I help it? You maust not
'9rgetL that you had just leap~ed into
he ion's den defenselesns because yeou
ovett me. Could i den'Iy you then9.
Until that moment I had1( been the
pr'in'ess adamant. In a secoind's tune
youi swept away ever'y safeguard, ev
ery battlemient, and I surrendered as
only a womianl enn. But it really sound
ed shocklug, didn't it? So theatrical!"
"D~on't look so distressed abouit, it,
4aYou couldn't help it, remnem
ber," he said approviiglh.
"Ach,-4 dread toiorrow's ordeal!"
shO said, ind lie felt the arm that
touched his own tremble. "What will
they say? A What will they do?"
"Tomorrow will tell. It ieans a
great deal to both of us. If they will
not submlit, %%ha~t then?"
"What then, what then ?" she mur
Across the parade, coming from the
direction of the fountain, Harry An
guIsh and Dagmuar were slowly walk
Ing. They were very close together,
and his head was bent until it almost
touched hers. As they drew nearer
the dreamy watchers on the balcony
"They are vetry happy," said Lorry,
knowing that she was also watching
'They are so sure of each other,"
she eplied sadly.
THE MAID OF GRAUSTARK.
XPECTANCY, concern, the
dread of uncertainty marked
the countenances of Grau
stark's ministers and her chief
nien as they sat in the council cham
ber on the day following, awaiting the
appearance of their princess, at whoso
call they were unexpectedly assem
All realized an emergency. Not one
in that assembly but had heard the
vivid, soulful sentence from the throne.
Not one but wished in secret as Gaspon
and Halfont had wished in open
When the princess entered with the
prime ninister they narrowly *gnned
the tce so dear to them. After the
greetings she requested them to draw
chairs about the great table. Seating
herself in her atcustomed seat, she
gazed over the circle of anxious faces
and realized, more than at any time in
her young life, that she was frail and
weak beyond all comparlson. How
small she was to rule over those strong,
wise men of hers. How feeble the
hand that held the scepter!
"My lords." she said, summoling all
her strength of mind and heart, "I am
gratified to find you so ready to respond
to the call of your whlnsi'al sovereign.
Yesterday you caie with hearts bowed
Clown and in deepest woe. Today I as
iemble you here that I may ask your
adVice conicerling the events of that
strange day. Ilolroz will do as le has
protniised. We are to lave the exten
stonl papers this afterinooni. aid Grau
star k may ireathe again the strong,
deep Ibreatl of hope. You well remei
he'r Ity att-it ide Ont yesterday. If on
yuter'day I would not let iny kingdom
stld bmetweent me an1d Iy love, I can.
n1ot do so today.'. I !ave called you here
to tell you. my Jort~C. that I have prom
ise'd to bec'ioeit. tle wife of the timan
who would hal;ve giveni is life for von
anmd for me -that I love as a womia,
niot as a1 princevss." .
The silenice of dlealt stole Into the
roolit. Every iman1 eyes were glued
tipol t he white 'fuce of tihe princess,
nd nOne ('1otul break the spell. Not a
word wvas utteted for mtany seconds.
Then old Caspyr's tenise .msles re
hxedl and io arms dropped liinllv
frotm thelir crossed posit in on his
"AIy child,1 lmy -chlild '' lhe eried life.
lessly. "You catnnot (do thIs thl'ng!'
."'Rut. the peole ' ciedQ Ga~tspon, his
(eyes glemiin g. ''You cannuot net1 against
the wIll of the p~eople. O ur laws, natui
tial and othlm~z'ise, rtos4cribe( tihe very3
act y'ou nave in mlid. Themc Ammerieani
cannlot g0o on our' thrmotne. No man,
unless lie be of royal blood, cant share
It with you.. If you inarry him, the
laws of out' hand-you know them well
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"Knowing that, my lords, I have
COine to ask you to revise our laws.
My-throne will not be disgracod by the
man I would have share it with me."
She spoke as calmly as If she were
inaking the most trivial request instead
of asking her ininisters to overthrow
and undo the laws and custonvs of ages
and of dynastleW.
"The law of nature cannot be chang
ed," muttered Caspar as if to himself.
"In the event that the custonmcannot
be changed I shall be compelled to re
linquish my right to occupy the throne
and to depart froin among you. It
would break my heart. my ,lords. to re.
sort to this monstrous sacriflee, but I
love one man first, my crown and my
people after him."
"You would not leave us-you would
not thrmv aside as despised the crown
your ancestors wore for centuries?"
The others were staring with opern
mouths and Icy hearts.
"Yes, as nuch as it would grieve me,
I would do all this," she answered
firmly, not daring to look at her uncle.
Eer heart ached to turn to him with a
prayer for forgiveness, but there could
be no faltering now.
"I ask you, my lords, to acknowledge
the marriage of your ruler to Grenfall
rlorry. I am to be his w4fe, but I en
treat you to grant me happiness with.
)ut making me endure the misery that
will come to me if I desert my father's
throne and the people who have wor
ihiped me and to whom I am bound by
i tie that cannot be broken. I do not
plead so much for the right to rule as I
:o for the one who may rule after I
im gone. I want my own to follow me
)n the throne of Graustark."
Then followed a long, animated dis
!ussion, growing brighter and more
iopeful as the speakers' willing hearts
varnied to the proposition. Lorry was
t favorite, but he could not be their
rince. Hereditary law prohibited.
d!any times the princess and her wise
nen met and overcame obstacles, huge
it first, minimized in the end, all be
uause they loved her and she loved
hem. Tihe departure from tradition
try Custom, as suggested by the prin
:ess, coupled with the threat to abdi
:ite, was It he weIghtiest yet the most
lelicate questlont that had ever conic
)0fore the iler' men of Graustark.
lor the first time in the history of the
VOUtry a wotnan wis sovereign: for
he first tine there had been no direct
nale heir to the throne. With the
.eath of old Priice Gailook the mas
2nlinie side of tile illutrliious family
3mded. No .inatter whom his daighter
took for a husband, the line was bro
ken. Why niot the bold, progressive.
rich A meri-a i? n rgued some. Count.
L'aspar lield out un1til all were again4'
hint, giving way fitially in a burst of
Jirattor-y wli ch ('n itdd ill te' a and solb.,;
aIIi vlt icl made the sense of' tle gath
The Princess Yetive vrn the day, so
rr-as her owtn position w coilerned,
.iut there was l.orry to Ie kiisidered.
"Mr. Lorry kiowvs tlat I cailled you
:oget her in consmltatioii. but he does
lot know that I wvould have given i)
ny crown for him1. I datred not te'll
'ini that. IHI knowvs oinly that I wavxs
o ask your advice on the question of'
mnarrige. :my t~ Ihat a lone. I fear lie
viii ohbieet to the pIn awe have agreedi
mIin." sihe went' on. "H~e is sensitive,
11nd it is possible he will not like the
(len of p~x utng. our unarriage to the
>Opimr vote of the people0."
"I insist, however, that the. people be
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"Goin' back, I see," said Sitzky, the,
guard, soe months later, addressing
a very busy young man who was hur
rying down the platform of the Edel
weiss railway station toward the spe
cial train which was puffing impatient
"Hello, Sitzky! Is it you? I'm glad
to see you again. Yes, we are going
back to the -land of the stars and
stripes." The speaker was Mr. An
"You'll have fine company 's fer &is
Vienna too. D' you ever see such ,a
celebration's dey're havin' here today?
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ested in de little visit her roya Magti..
ness is goin' to pay to Vienna.t( Dum.
med if de whole city, soldiers - n' all,
ain't down here to see 'er off. L ok at
de crowdl By glory, I don't b'liele we
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"Slightly," answered Anguish, smtil
Ing. He was wktching a trim figure in
a tailor made gkvn as it approached,
drawing apart fro) the throng. It was
Mrs. Harry Van EVigh Anguish.
"Say. you must It some ,ice wid
dese people. But a' jest like an
American, dough," t little guard
went on. "De princR married an
American, an' dey say lhe'roin' to put
de crown away where di ths won'.t
git at It an' take her over live in
Washington fer six months. it a
"That's right, Sitzky. She's
back with us, and then we're coming
back with her."
"Why don't lie keep 'er over dere
when lie gits her dere? What's de use
-what's do use?"
"Well. she's still the Princess or
Graustirc, -you know, Sitzky. She
can't live always in America."
"Got'to he here to hold her Job, eh?"
"Inelegnt, but correct. Now, look
sharp! Where do we find our-ah
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or, as the car whAirle1d through the H4u.
garian phInm, Yetivye, loolking from her
wind~ow, said hi thait extiiite English
wleh~ was her ver'y owna:.
"Ah, the worl'd, the dear world! I
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