GabrIel" cried Beverly, frowning
"Alas," sighed the princess, "he
basn't an army, and besides he Is find
ing it extremely difficult to keep from
being annihilated himself. The army
bas gone over to PrInce Gabriel."
"Poob!" scoffed Miss Calhoun, who
was thinking of the enormous armies
the United States can produce at a
day's notice. "'What good Is a ridlcu
lous little army like his anyway? A
battalion from Fort Thomas could
beat it to"
"Don't boast, dear," interrupted Ye
tive, with a wan smile. ."Dawsbergen
tag a standing army of 10,000 excel
lent soldiers. With the war reserves
she has twice the available force I can
"But your men are so brave!" cried
Beverly, who had heard their praises
"True-God bless themi-but you for
get that we must attack Gabriel in his
own territory. To recapture him
means a perilous expedition' Into the
moitains of Dawsbergen, and I am
sorely afraid. Oh, dear, I hope he'll
"And go back to JeH for life?'' cried
Miss Calhoun. "'It's a.- good deal to
expect of bin, dear. I fancy it's much
bet ter fun kieking up a rumpus on the
outside than it Is kicking one's toes off
argainst an obdurate stone wall from
the Inside. You can't blame hin for
fighting a bit."
"No, I suppose not," agreed the prin
cens Iniserably. "Gren Is actually hap
py over the miserable affair, Beverly.
Il1- is ful of entlmusiasi.i and positively
achiingr to be it Grauistark-right in the
tlhiek of it all. To hear bin talk one'
.would think that 'rince Galrieli hs
no show at all. 1He kept me u1p till .1
o'lock this morning telling ie that
awshergeni didn't know wlat kind of
a stig it wa s golig ip against. I lutve
a va.' ie idea what he mveanis by 1h1:1t.
IHis nunealr did not leave much ro0-n
for douabt. lie also sah that we would
jolt.- Da wsherPo'n off the 11m1p. It
souds enicouraginag at least, does'It
"It soui(ds 41vry Itiily flr you to :ty
those higl's." adiltled Peverly. 'ven
though lthey co. o eml secoluniie tad. You
were 114)1 1it ou for slang.''
Why, 1'm siro tiey re all gool
Eniiglish words," re noist raIl ed Yetive.
"N; hy r mrly tlkngDn'
yOu, knowd, wodethat the aee do
fight until both sides have talked them
selves ouit of breath? We shall have
six months of talk and a week or two
of fight, just as they always (10 now
"Oh, you Americans have such a
comaforta ble way of looking at things,"
crligd the prtintcess. "D~on't you ever
5Iee te seriotus side of life?''
"My dher, the Amerlean alway3s lets
the other fellow see the serious side of
lire," Haidi Beverly.
*ont wouldn't he so optimlel if a
countiry mutch bigger and more power
fuil thtan America happented to lbe the
"It (lid sound frightfully boastftul,
didni't li? it's the wtay' we've beeni
brought up,) I reckon-even we south
crners, who know what it is to lie
whipped. The idea of a girl like mue
talking abouit war and troue and all
that! . It's absurd, isn't it'?"
"Nev-erthieless, I wish I could see
things tharouigh those (dear gray eyes of
yours. Oh,, how I'd like to have you
with me throuigh all the months that
are to come. Yott would be such a help
topme. such ai '10. Nothimr would seem
1hor of "Graustark" -
yreMS. 1904. by Dodd.
Mead and GompaY
so hard if you were there to make me
see things through your brave Ameri
can eyes. The princess put her arms
about Beverly's, neck and drew her
"But Mr. Lorry possesses an excel
lent pair of American eyes," protested
Miss Beverly, loyally and very happily.
"I know, dear, but they are a man's
eyes. Somehow there is a difference,
you know. I wouldn't dare cry when
he was looking, but I could boohoo-all
day if you were there to comfort :ne.
He thinks I am very brave, and rm
not," she confessed dismally.
"Oh, I'm an awful coward," explain
ed Beverly consolingly. "I think you
are the bravest girl in all the world,"
she added. "Don't you--remember what
you did at"- and then she recalled the
stories that had come from Graustark
ahead of the bridal party twp years be
fore. Yetive was finally obliged to
)lace her hand on the enthusiastic
"Peace" she cried, blushing. "You
make me feel like a-a-what is It you
call her, a dime novel beroinel"
"A yellow back girl? Neveri" ex
claimed Beverly severely.
Visitors of importance In administra
tion circles came at this moment, and
the princess could not refuse to see
them. Beverly'Calhoun reluctantly de
parted, but not until after giving a
promise to acconiany the Lorrys to
the railway station.
The truniks had gone to be checked,
nild the ioulseolll was quieter than it
had ieen in aiy days. There was an
air. of' dIepression ab lout ite place that
hind~ its inception In the room upstairs
wheIe soIeri faedCL 11alkins served din.;
n1r' forIi a not overtaikative young
"It will 1e all right, deare.t." said
Lorry, diviilliug his wife's thought Is as
she sat stariig rather soberly straight
he fa her. ".Just aK soon as we
--vi to 1-:delweiss the whiole. affair wl
look so simple that we can lat!gh at
the fears of toiay. You see, we are a
lon'. waly oft' just now."
"I am only afraid of what imay hap
lIen bi.'ore wec get there, (reln." sie
said iiply. eI leanieq over and kiss
ed hier liliri, sililing lit the emiphasis
she miconseiously placed on the pro
Ueverly Calhoun was anniiounced ,ast
beforecorfee w'as served and a mo
elit lter was iII the ro0111. 1he stolp
ped Just inside the door, clicked her
little heels together and gravely brought
her halId .to "salute." 110e eyes were
spaki'Ii ng aniid her His trembled with
"1 think I canii rep~ort to you' ia Ed'el
weiss nlext mouth, general," she ahi
nIounIced, with soldielly dignily.-' II,er'
hearer'01S stared0 at the paicturesq5(uC'e-e
c'rit, and Ilaikins so far1 forgot him
self' as to dr'op Mr. Lorry's lump of'
suguar upon01 the table lnsteadl of into
"Explain yourself, ser'geant!" 11inal1ly
fell from Lorriy's lias. Th'le eyes of'
the pinllcess were bieginining to take on
a r'apturous glow.
"May I hav'e a1 cupj of corfee, Iplease,
sir? i've been so ex('itedl I couldn't
eat aI mIoutiihfuliat home." She grace
fully slid 11uto the (chair1 IIalkilus of
fered and broke into an ecstatic giggle
that would1( have. resulited in a court
mar'tial had( she been1 serving any
coilmader' butt Lovec.
With ai len~teous1 supply of southern
idiloms she succeeded In making them11
under01stand that the mnfjor had prom
ised to let 1her visit frienids in the lega
tioni at St. P'eter'sburig inI April, a mfonith
or so alter the departure or the Lorrys.
"ie wanted to know w~here J'd rath
er spend1( tihe sipri v g-W~ashin'ton or
Lexiu'ton-and I tolId himn St. Peters
burg. We had a terr'ifle discussion,
an~d nieltther of us ate ai spee'k at din
ner'. Mamma said it would be all right
for me to go to St. Petersburg if Autit
JosephlIle was shill of a muind to go too.
You see, aunlitle was s(11Care ailmiost out
of her' hoots wheni'i she heard there was
pr1ospec't or warll inl Grlaustar1k, just as
though a tinmy little wmr like that could
sla, hundreds of t hiousambis of' m iles
handit-"anid then'i 1 just made(1 11untie
say she'dl go to St. P'eterlsbiurg ini April,
a wh'lole mionthi sooner' than she expect
ed to go in the first pla('e, and"
"You dear, dearl 1tev'erlyl" cried Ye
tive, rushliug joyously aroundl~ the table
to clasp her' in 11er armIfs.
"And St. Petersbur~lg rl'ly isn't a
hundred thousand miles~ from Edel
wveiss!l" cr'iedl Jeverly gayly.
"It's much less than that," saId Lor
ry, smiling. "Bu~it you surely don't
expect to COmeI to Edelweiss if we are
fightig. We couldn't think of letting
you do that, you Rnow. Your mother
"Aly'mother wasnt fi'lld of it much
bigger wat than yg Cian ever hope
to be!" erikd evderig, sentflly. "You
Cll't stop if I clioosge to visIt Grau
"Dobh your fath know that you
contenilIte sucli a t.l" itsked Lorry,
returning her hal jiiavsp and look!ntu
doubtfully into th# swilRumitig blu
eyes of his wife.
"No, ho doesn't," admitted Beverly a
"He could stojl you, you know," ho
Suggested. Yetive was discreetly si
"But he won't know anythiiig about
it," cried Beverly triumphantly.
"I could tell ih, you know," saild
"No, you couldn't do anything so
mean as that," announced Beverly.
"You're not that sort."
PONDEROUS coach lumbered
slowly, almost painfully, along
the narrow road that skirted
the base of a mountain. It was
drawn by four horses, and upon the
seat sat two rough, unkempt Russians,
one holding the reins, the other lying
back in a lazy doze. The month was
June, and all the world seemed soft
and sweet and joyous. To the right
flowed a turbulent mountain stream,
boiling savagely with the alien waters
of the flood season. Ahead of the
creaking coach rode four horsemen,
all heavily armed; another quartette
followed some distance in the rear.
At the side of the coach an officer. of
the Russian nounted police was rid
ing easily, jangling his accoutermentd
with a vigor that disheartened at least
one occupant of the vehicle. The win
dows of the coach doors were lowered,
permitting the fresh mountain air to
caress fondly the face of the young
woman who tried to find comfort in
one of the broad seats. Since early
morn she had struggled with the hard
ships of that seat, and the late after
noon found her very much out of pa
tIence. The opposlite seat was-the rest
Ing place of a substantial colored wo
man and a stupendous pile of bags and
boxes. The boxes were continually
toppling over, and the bags were for.
evel/ getting under the feet of the once
glacid servant, whose face, quite luck
ily, wvats nucih too black to reflect the
niger she witas able otherwise, through
years of pfalctice, to conceal. .
"Illow indci farther have we to go,
lieutenant?" asked the girl on the rear
stat plaintively, even huinbly. The
ian was very deliberate with his
English. le had been reconinenled
to her as tile best linguis t in the serv
ice at 0i4lovitch, an1d he had a repu
tution to suishlini.
"It another hour is but yet," he inani
aged to infortu her, with a conliident
"Oh, dear," she sighed, "a whole hour
"We soon be dar, Miss Bev'ly. Jes'
yo' mak' up yo' milu' to res' easy-like,
ai' w "- itt tile faithiul ol colore I
wOIInl it's :lic h'e wis lost In the wrath
ful exclhaation that accompanied ati
other dislodgmeut of bags and boxes.
The wheels of the coach had dropped
sudtlenly into a deep rut. Aunt Fan
ny's growIs were searcely more potent
than poor MIlss Beverly's moans.
"It Is getting worse and worse," ex
claimed Aunt Fanny's mistress petu
lantly. "I'm black and blue front head
to foot, aren't you, Aunt Fanny?"
"Ah' caln' say as to de blue, Miss
Bev'ly. Hlit's a mos' monstrous had
road, sho 'nough. Stay up ldar, will
yo'??" she concluded, jamming it bag
into an upper corner.
Miss Calhoun, tourist extraordinary,
again consulted the linguist In the sad
dle. She knew at the outset that the
quest would be hopeless, but she could
think of no better way to pass the next
hour than to extract a mite of Inforia
tion from the officer.
"Now for a good old chat," she saId.
beaming a smile upon the grizzled Rus
sian. "Is there a decent hotel in the
village?" she asked.
'They were on the edge of the village
before she succeeded lit finding out all
that she could, and it was not a great
Oeal, either. She learned that the town
of Balak was in Axphaln, scarcely a
mile from the Graustark line. There
was an eating and sleeping house on
the main street, and the population of
the place did not exceed 300. -
When Miss Beverly awoke the next
morning, sore and distressed, she look
ed back upon the night with a horror
that sleep had been kind ~enough to In
terrupt only at intervals. The wretched
hostelry lived long in her secret cata
logue of terrors. Her bed was not a
bed; it was a torture. The room, the
table, the-but it was all too odious for
descrIption. Fatigue was her only
friend in that miserable hole. Aunt
Fanny had slept on the floor near her
Anistres' cot, and it was tile good old
Colored woman's grumbling that aidoke
Beverly. The sun was climbing up the
mountains in the east, and there was
an air of general activity about the
Place. Beverly's wat(h told her thatt it
was past 8 o'clock.
"Good gracious'" she exclained.
"It's nearly noon, Aunt Fanny. u
along here and get m1e up. We nmts;
leave this abominable llace in tet lin
utes." She was up and racing abot
"Befo' breakfas''" denianded Auit
"Goodness, A int anny, is that all
you Ibiik about'"
"Well, hone1y. yo'll b~e thjinkjin
moughty .seriouis 'bout Ietkfas' 'long
to'ahds 'I(+benl o'elock. Il ,t li'l ttini
1m13' 0' yourn'll be pow'ful m.11ad 'u'ise
yo' didn' "
"Very well. Atinit Fanny, you can
run alotng and have tile woNmNll litut up
a breakfast for ts., and we'll 'at it on
the road. I postiveoly refurls*e to eat
tinother mutuottlatil in tht awful dilning
roomn. I'll he dIown inl tenl minu11tes."1
Site wvas do~ia it less. Sleep , no
miatter how hatrd earnled, hald re(vived
her Spirits atilly. She prolouncled
lierself ready for anythiig. There was
a whtolesomte disdain Ifor the rigors of
the coiling i1de through the imoltains
in lth way sihe gae order; for the
sZtart. The Itlishi officer mlet her
just outside the entrance to the in.
ie was less English thAln ever, but he
eventually gave her to ujderstand that
he had secured permIssion to escort
her as far as Ganlook, a town in'
Gratimark not inor'e than 'fiteen iulles
fromi Edeiweiss andt at least two days
fromn llilaik. Two competent Axphahi
lan guldes had been retained, and the
party was quite ready to start. He
had been warned of the presence of
briglands in the wild mountainous
passes north of Ganlook. T. 11
slans -could go no farther
look because of a royal .la fra
Edelweiss forbidding the t: v y
proach of arued forces. At 'wiilv
however. he was sure she e.i < it
obtain ain escort of Graust.- .
As the big coach crawl. 'p w.
mountain- road and farther i-i
oppressive solitudes Bever .
drew from the difficult lieut.nett
slderable information cono(i ii.- t i
state of affairs in Graustarl< 4 , :
been eagerly awaiting the it, wh
something definite could bi'ew rui.
Before leaving St. Petersburg early lit
the week she was assured that a state.
of war did not exist. The Princess
Yetive had been in Edelweiss for six
weeks. A formal demand was framed
soon after her return from America re
quiring Dawsbergen to surrender the
person of Prince Gabriel to the authoi'
Ities of Graustark. To this demand
there was no definite response, Daws
bergen insolently requesting time In
which to consider the proposition.
Axphain immediately sent an envoy
to Edelweiss to say that all friendly
relations between the two govern
ments would cease unless Graustark
took vigorous-,steps to recapture the
royal assassin. On one side of the
unhappy principality a strong, over
bearing princess was egging Graustark
on to fight, while on the other side an
equally aggressive people defied Y -
tive to come and take the fugiti
she could. The poor princess, as'
tween two ugly alternatives, and a
struggle seemed Inevitable. At Balak ..
it was learned that Axphain had re
cently sent a final appeal to the gov
ernimeit of Graustark, and it was no
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