By GEORGE BARR WCUTCHEON,
Author of "Graustark"
CopYright, 1904, by Dodd. Alead and Company
en along,~ i
luncheon at an Inn halfway up the
slope. Quinnox regaled Beverly with
stories in which Grenfall Lorry was
.the b--'o and Yetive the heroine. He
told her of the days when Lorry, a fu
r1tive ~his bead,
ns::,ation " of
ihi b ro.md to the
Pt -,t, iaonastery
l b ' . $ 'I 'ts hunted
high and low for him. The narrator
dwelt glowingly upon the trip from the
monastery to the city walls'one dark
night when Lorry came down to sur
render himself In order to shield the
woman he loved, and Quinnox himself
piloted him through the underground
passage Into the very heart of the cas
tle. Then came the exciting scene in
which Lorry presented himself as a
prisoner, with the denouement that
saved the princess and won for the
gallant American the desire of his
"What a brave fellow he was!" cried
Beverly, . who never tired of hearing
the romantic story.
"Ah, he was wonderful, Miss Cal
houn. I fought him to keep him from
surrendering. He 4eat me, and I was
virtually his prisoner when we appear
ed before the tribunal."
"It's no wonder she loved him and
"He deserved the best that life e6uld
give, Miss Calhoun."
"You had better not call me Miss
Calhoun, Colonel Quinnox," said she,
looking back apprehensively. "I am a
highness once in awhile, don't you
"I implore your highness' pardon,"
said he gayly.
The riders ahead had come to a
standstill and were pointing off Into
the pass to their right. They were
eight or ten miles from the city gates
and more than halfway up the winding
road that ended at the monastery gates,
Beverly and Quinnox came up with
them and found all eyes centered on a
small company of men encamped in the
rocky defile a hundred yards from the
It needed but a glance to tell her
who corliprised the unusual company
The very raggedness of their garments
the-unforgettable disregard for conse
quences, the impudeni ease with whict
they faced poverty and wealth alike
belonged to but one. set of men-the
vagabond5 of the Hawk and Raven
Reverly went a shade' whiter. Her in
terest in everything else flagged, and
she was lost in bewilderment. What
freak of' fortune had sent tlee mei
+ha1- rmwie Into this danger
were im nm as sI hAero
geneous garments had become so fa
millar to her in another. day. The tal
leader with the red fea ther, the rak
ish hat and the black patch alone wat
missing from the picture.
"It's the strangest looking crew I'v4
ever seen," aid Anguish. "They 1ool1
"Or gypsies," suggested Yetive. "Wh<
are they. Colonel Quinnox? What. ar
they doing ftere ?"
Quinnox was surveying the vaga
bends with a Qritical, suspieious eye.
"They are -not robbers or they would
be off like rabbits," he said reflective
Ii'. "Your highness, there are many
riving bands in the hills, but K confels
tliat these men are unlike any I have
tard about. With your permission, ,1
11l ride down and question them.":
"Do, Quinnox. I am most curIous."
Beverly sat very still and tense. She
ilas afraid to look at Baidos, who rode
-''. p as Quinnox started into the narrow
defile, calling to the escort to follow.
The keen eyes of the guatrd caught the
situation at once. Miss Calhoun shot
a quick glance at him as he rode up be
side her. His face was impassive, but
she could see his hand clinch the bridle
rein, and there was an air of restraint
in his whole hea11ring.
"Remember your promise," he whis
pered hoarsely. "No harm must come
to themi." Thieun he was off into the de
file. Anguish was not to be left be
hind. Hie follov.dL, and then Beverly,
more venturesom~ and vastly more in
terested thani U'- others, rode reck
lessly after. Qu' tox was questioning
the laconic lit' 1e when she drew
rein. The vaga' .' mis seemed to evince
but little inter" i in the proceedings.
They stood awe in disdainful aloof
ness. No signt ' recognition passed
between them ' i3aldos.
In brok~en, sen tences Ravono
exp~lained to t' .nel that they were
a party of act itheir way to Edel
weiss, but thai they lhad been advised
- .b* berth. Nowv
-it of ahard
-, w -lIe produced
uinnox examined and approved( muel
to Beverly's secret amazement. Th
princess and the colonel oxchang(
glances and afterward a few wordi
in subdued tones. Yetive looked fur
tively at Beverly and then at Baldos
as if to inquire whether these met
were the goat hunters she had come t
know by word of mouth. The tw<
faces were hopelessly noncommittal.
Suddenly Baldos' horse reared anm
began to plunge as If in terror, so tha
the rider kept his seat only by meant
of adept horsemanship. Ravone leape
forward adid at the risk of injurn
clutched the plunging steed by the bit
Together they partially subdued tho
anumal and Baldos swung to the grouu
at Ravone's side. Miss Calhoun's hors<
in the meantime had caught the fever
He pranced off to the roadside befor<
she could get him under control.
She was thus in a position to observ<
the two men on the ground. Shielde
from view by the body of the -horsi
they were able to put the fialshin
touches to the trick Baldos had cleverl
worked. Beverly distinctly saw thi
guard and the beggar exchagge bits o
paper, with glances that meant mor<
than the words they were unable t4
Baldos pressed into Ravone's hand i
note of some bulk and received in ex
change a mere slip of paper. The pa
pern disappeared as if by magic, an
the guard wap remounting his horse be
fore he saw that the act bad been de
tected. The expression of pain and de
spair in Beverly's face sent a cold chil
over him from head to foot.
She turned sick with apprehension
Her faith had received a stunning blow
Mutely she watched the vagabondi
withdraw in peace, free to go when
they pleased. The excursionists turn
ed to the main road. Baldos fell bacd
to his accustomed place, his implorini
look wasted. She was strangely, in
explicably depressed for the rest of the
S HE was torn by conflicting emc
tions. That the two friend
had surreptitiously exchangei
messages, doubtless by an at
rangement perfected since he had eti
tered the service-possibly within th
week-could not be disputed. Whe:
and how had they planned the acc
dental meeting? What had been the]
method of communication? And, abov
all, what were the contents of the met
sages exchanged? Were they of
purely personal nature or did they con
prehend Injury to the principality c
Graustark? Beverly could not, in i
heart, feel that Baldos was doing an:
thing inimical to the country he serve<
and yet her duty and loyalty to Yetix
made it imperative that the trausai
tion should be reported at once.
word to Quinnox and Ravone would I
seized and searched for the mysterloi
paper. This. however,, looked utter:
unreasonable, for the vagabonds we]
armed and in force, while Yetive wi
-accompanied by' but three men wI
could he depended upon. Baldos, ui
der the ebnditions.- wasg:not to be reel
oned upon for support. On the oth
hand, if he meant no harm, it would I
cruel, even fatal, to expose'him to th
charge of duplicity. And while a
.turned these' troublesome tilfrnativa
over ,in''her mind the opport,unify1
det Was lost. Itav-on6 ind his me
wer gone, and the 'hirm,' if 'any evu
'intended, was done.
* From time to tube she glanc&I b~ac
-.'at the guard. His face 'was imperturl
-able, even sphinx-like in its steadines
:She declded, to hold him personally..A
account. At the earliest available m
mnent she wVould demand an exrAanm
tion of his conduct,. tgreatening 'ilm
necessary. If hie proved obdurate thei
was but one course's loft open to he
She would deliver him up~ to ine jul
tice lie land outraged. Hom' after hou
wvent by, and Beverlyi suffdred mor
than she could, have told. Tfhe dan
age was done,'and the* chance to unid
It was slipping farther and farther ou
of her grasp. She began to look uin
herself as the vilest of tritors. Ther
was no silver among the clouds thyi
marred her thoughts that afternoon.
It was late In thme day when the part;
Teturned, to,,the eastle tired out. Bev
erly was the only one who had no long
bng to seek repose after the fatiguini
trip. Her minil was full'of unrest;.I
was -necessary..to question Baldos a
once. There could be no peace for he
until she learned the truth from him
The strain became so great that at las
she 'sent word for.blim to n.ttend her 1I
the park. H~e was to' accompany the
men wvho carried the sedan chair, i'
wvhich she had lenned to sit with a de
iightful feeling of being ini the 'cight
In a far corner~of the groumndl. nov
gray in the early dusk, Reverly hadi
the hearers to set dowvn her chair an
leave her In quiet for a few minutes
The two mnen withdrew to a res;pectfu:
distance, whereupon she called Italdo;
to her side. Hecr face wvas iunshed witl
"Yop must tells nie the truth abou
that transactIon tiith Itarone," shb
said, cbing stra~ihto the Ipoiut.
"I was expecting this, yoxur highness,
said he quietly. Tho shadows of nighi
Iwere. failing, but she could distinguisi
the look of anxiety in his dark eyes'.
"Well?" she Insisted impatiently.
I"You saw the notes exchanged??'
"Yes, yes. and [command you to
mo wuat they contalpNi.
-mdnt daring thing I"
"Your highness, I cannot tell you
what PAssed between us. It would be
treacherous," he said firiuly. Beverly
gaspod in sheer aiazoment.
"Treacherous? Good heavui, sirl To
whom do you owe allegiance-to me or
to Ravone and that band of tramps?"
she cried, with eyes afire.
"To both, your highness," he an
swered so fairly that she was for the
mon nt abashed. "I am loyal to you
loyalto the heart's core-and yet I am
loyal to that unhappy band of tramps,
as you choose to call them. They are
my friends. You are only my sover
"And you won't tell me what passed
between you" she said,' angered by
this epigrammatic remark.
"I cannot and be true to myself."
"Oh, you are a glorious soldier!" she
exclaimed, with fierce sarcasm in her
voice. "You speak of being true! I
surprise you in the very act of"
"Stay, your highnessl'" he said cold
ly. "You are about to call me a spy
and a traitor. Spare me, I implore you,
that humiliation. I have sworn to serve
you faithfully and loyally. I have not
deceived you, and I shall not. Paul
Baldos has wronged no man, no wom
an. What passed between Rtavone and
myself concerns us only. It had noth
ing to do with the affairs of Grau
"Of course you would say that. You
wouldn't be fool enough to tell the
truth," cried she hotly. "I am the
fool! I have trusted you, and if any
thing goes wrong I alone am to blame
for exposing poor Graustark to danger.
Oh. why didn't I cry out this after
"I knew you would not," he said,
with cool unconcern.
9 "Insolencel What do you mean by
- that?" she cried in confusion.
"In your heart you knew I was doing
no wrong. You shielded me then, as
yoi have shielded me from the begin
"I don't see why I sit here and let
; you talk to me like that," she said, feel
ing the symptoms of collapse. "You
1 have not been fair with me, Baldos.
You are laughing at we now and call
I lng me a witless little fool. You-you
did something today that shakes my
faith to the very bottom. I never can
r trust you again. Good heaven, I hate
e to confess to--to every one that you are
1. not honest."
a "Your highness!" he implored, com
k- Ing close to the chair and bending over
her. "Before God I am honest with
r you. Believe me when I say that I
r- have done nothing to injure Graustark.
1, 1 cannot tell you what It was that
e passed between Ravone and me, but I
2- swear on my soul that I have not been
A disloyal to n:., oath. Won't you trust
>c me? Won't you believe?" His breath
is was fanning her ear, his voice was
ly eager. She could feel the Intensity of
re his eyes.
is "Oh, I don't--don't know what to say
10 to you," she murmured. "1 have been
so wrought up with fear and disap
- pointment. You'll adiit that it was
!r very suspicious, won't.yoii?" she cried,
oe almost pleadingly.
Is "Yes, yes." he answered. His hand
e touched her arm. perhaps unconscious
s iy. .Jhe threw back her head to ggve
0 .hm',a look of. rdbuke. Their .eyes niet,
A nd after.a moment both wvdre full'of
pleading. Her lips parted, but the
kwordy would not come. .She was aifter
war'd more'than- thankful for tis, be
voice to- almazIng things that gudel
0rushed to her head. sdel
"I want to believe you," she wis
f pered softly.
e~ "Yout must-you do' I would give
r. you my life. You have -it -.now. ft..Is
-In your keeping and with if my' honlor.
r Trust me, I bheeelr yofl. I'h ave trust
e ed you."
-,"I brought you here'- she began4 de
o fending him involuntarily. "But; TBal
t dos, you forget that I am the prin
a cess!" She drewv away in sudden shy
e ne.4s, her cheeks re6sy ohce more, her
t eyes filling with the most distressIngly
unreasonable tears. He did not move
i for what seemed hours to her. She
heard the sharp catch of his breath
and felt the repressIon that was mae
E. tering some tinwelcome emotion In him.
T['O DE CONTINUBD)
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t "The other day I was in a village
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3 deavorig to make a saile of jewelry
I when a fer'mer eritored.
- "'Give me,' said the farmer, 'a half
-lpound of tobaccoi, three bars of soap,
five yards of blue baby ribbou and a
pair of g~od ~udpe-n'ders.'
e "'he articles were brought forth, in
I spectedl, ap~proved and wrapped( up.
.They came to 95 cents.
I "'Yes," said the farmer, '05's right.
B But there's the discount. You adlver
a tish a 5 per cent discount, don't you?'
"'We (do, sir,' said tire clerk, 'bult
t only on piirchases of $1 or over.'
e "On the counter lay a basket of p)ock
et combs marked at 5 cents apiece.
' 'Well, I'll just take one of these,'
t said the farmer. 'That'll make us
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