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Eutered April 23, 1903 tit.Pickens. 1. 0." se eeooud lass matter, under act of Cougress of Mwrch 8, 1879.
VOL . * AIA,7 1001 MLIA, TBURSDAY, FE-UY .co
Two of the% (
THESE ARE BRIGHT F)
By GEORGE BARR MCUTCHEON.
Author of "Graustark"
Copytrght, 1901, by Dodd. Mead and Cmipan
like. Yo' iaf is ready. MIss~~Bv'ly."
Beverly splashed the water with u
reasonable ferocity foil a few minutc
-trying to enjoy a diversion that hr
not failed her until this morning.
"Aunt Fanny." she announced aft
looking darkly through her windo
Into the mountains above, "If yc
can't brush my halr-ouch!-any easi
than this I'll have some bne else
it. that's all. You're a regular o
"Po' IWI" honey." was all the cox
-placent bear said in reply, without's
tering hr methods In the least.
"Well" said Beveriy threateningi
with a shake ot'fier head. "be careft
that's all. Have you heard the newsI
"Wha' news, I lses Bev'lyr'
"W're going back to Washin'ton."
"Thnnk de Lawd! When?"
"I don't know. I've just this instai
-made up my mnild. I think we'll sta
--let's see, this 18 the Oth of Augue
-snt it? Well, look and see if y<
don't know, stupidl The 10th? 19
goodness! Where has the time gon
.anyway? Well, we'll start some tIn
;betwveen the 11th and the 12th."
"Of dis ,mionf, M'fas Bev'1y?"
"No. Secptembor. I wanit you
look up i time tablQi for me today. 1T
must ad b bout the trains."
"Dey' f on'y one leavin' hesh daily, a
hit goo at 0 In do mo'nin'. One tra
* a day! JAIn' dat sean'Ious?"
"I'm I ure. Aunt Fanny, it is th<
busIness, not ourst" sakd Beverly *
"P'raps dey mought be runnin'
e'xcuhslon roun' 'bout Septombeh, Mi
Bev'ly," speculated Aunt Fanny Co
solngly. "Dey gen'ly has 'em in Se
"You 01(1 goose," crled Beverly
spite of herself.
"Amn' yo' habin' er good tir
"No. I am not."
"Fo' de Ian' sake. Ahm would
- s'picioned hit to' a minnit. It's
.. gayest place Ah mas' eveh saw-'ee
Wash'ton an' Lex'ton an' VIcksbu'g.'
"Well; you don't know everythling
.said B~everly crossly. "I wish you
take tbat red feather out of my h1
i ''Shmall Ahm frow hit away, MI
"We-lt, no. You needn't do tha
said Beverly. "Put It on my dressi
table. I'll attend to it."
"Wha's beeomie o' do gemman 'at 1
GaiI0Eit nace2. Ait ain wm k
)lftestants in our
\CED YOUNG AMERICANS.
- fo' two-three (lnys."
"I'm sure I don't know. He's proba
by asleep. That class of people never
'lose sleep over anything."
"'E's or pow'ful good lookin' pus.
son," suggested Aunt Fanny. Beverly's
"Oh, do you think so?" she said, quite
Indifferently. "What are you doing
*ith that hat?"'
"Takin' out do feathch-Jes' as"
"Well, leave it alone. Don't disturb
my things, Aunt Fanny. How many
times must I tell you"
"Good Lawd!" was all that Aunt
Fanny could say. -
"Don't forget about the time tables,"
n- said Beverly as sue sallied forth for
's, her walk In the park.
Id In tho afternoon she went driving
witl Princess Yotivo and the young
r Duke of Mizrox, upon whose innocent
W and sufficiently troubled head she was
u heaping secret abuse because of the
lr news he brought. Later Count Mar
1o lanx appeared at the eastle for his first
Id lesson in poker. le looked so sure of
himself that Beverly hated him to the
" point o'Z desperation. At the same-thno
* she was eager to learn how matters
stood *1t1 Balde. The count's threat
e still hung over her head, veiled by its
ridiculous shadow of mercy. She knew
him well enough by this time to feel
convinced that Baldos would have to
accodnt for his temerity sooner or
later. It was like the cat and the help
i less mouse.
t "It's too hot," she protested, when he
announced himself ready for the game.
u~ "Nobody plays poker when it's 02 In
Y 'the shade."
e, "lut, your highness," complained the:
e count, "war may break out any day. I
cannot concede delay."
"I think there's a game called 'shoot
*ing craps,' " suggested she serenely.
"It seenis to 'me it would' be paf'tles.
,larly good for warriors. You could be
shootingssopnething all the time."
n e went 'away in a decidedly Irasei
rble frame of mind. She did not know
it, but Balos was soon afterward set
to work In the garrison stables, a mnost
aloathsome occupation, in addition to his
duties as a guard by nIght.
.After mature deliberation Beverly set:
.- herself to the task of writing home to*
her father. It was her supreme in
ntentioun to convince himi that she would
be off for the States In an amazingly
e hort thue. The major upon receiving
'~ the latter three weeks later found noth
Ing in It to warrant the belief that she
was over coming home, Hie did ob
Ic erve, however, that she had bu1t little
pt use~ for the army of Graustaurk and
, f* men Yetive retained as her private
,'- uard. For th~e life 'ol her Beverly
t ould not have told why she disap
tproved of the guard4 in general or in
:)arteular, but she was congeious of
:ho fact after the lttef wau posted
that she had said many thgs that
"'might have been left tmwvttten. - B
ag sides, it was not Blades' fatalt that she
could not sleep. It was distinctly
isher own.- He.a nothing o do w.th
"ih bot father wiff be glad to lie
that I aiu coming home." she said
Yetive after the letter was gone.
"Oh, Ddverl3, dear. I hate to hear <
yoUr goine," cried the- rriess. -Wib
did-you tell him .you'd' start?"
"Why-oh--er--let me' iee, whet i
I shy? Dash pm, s 3r. Aivnft,
would say. I don't.. beliere- I gave
date. It seems to ine I MUi soL
"You don't know hbow rellertd I am
exclaimed Yotive r'n tulrous.r. and Be
erly was In high dudgeon iet-nse
the implied. reflection. "I infiere yo
are In a tiLT with Baldos." we r nY1
"Goodness! How foolish yoU' en-n. I
at times. Yetive!" was what Beverl
gave back to her highness the Pt-iircee
Late in the evening couriers cain 1
fron the Dawsbergen frontier with rc
ports which created considerable. eq
citeteut in castle and army circle.
Prince Gabriel himself had been see
in the northern part of his donain. -ne
Collpallied by a large detaihment 0
picked soldiers. Lorry set out thn
very night for tho frontier. happy 11
the belief that something worth whil
was about to occur. General Marlan;
Issued orders for the Edelweiss arm;
(-orps to mass beyQnd the southeri
gates of the city the next mornin;
Commands Were also Rent to the out
lyIng garrisons. There was to he
genieral moveient -of troops before th
end of the week. Graustark was no
to. 1) eaught napping.
Long -after the departure of Lorr'
aind Angulah the prlineois sat on th
balcony with Beverly and the Count
ess Dagmar. They did not talk mnuchi
The mission of these ventuIesom
yeng American husbands was full o
dianger. Something inI the air had toh
their wives that the first blows of wa
were to be struck before they looke,
again upon the-imen they loved. -
"-1 think. we 'hnve ben betrayed b;
sone one," said Dagmar after an a!
most interminable silence. Ier Corn
pnnfon did not reply. "The courier
say that afl)iel 'knows where we atr
weakest at the front and tiint -he know
car every movement. Yetive, there 1
a spy hgre after all."
"'And that spy has access to the ver
heart of'our deliberations." added Bei
erly pointedly. "I say this in behalf c
the man whom you evidently suspeci
comtess. lie could not know the$
" do not say that he does know
miee Calhoun, but-it Is not beyond ron
son. that he may be the go-between. thi
meana of transferripg inforation fron
the main traitor to the messengers wh
rrwait outside our walls."
"Oh. I don't believe it!" cried Beverl:
"I wonder it these things would hav
happened if Baldos had never come t
Edatwetss," mused the princess. Ai
though by common impulse, both o0
the Graustark women placed thel
lims about Beverly.
"It~s because we have so much 1
stake, Beverly, dear," whispered Dag
mar. ."Forgive me If I have hur
-f course Beverly sobbced a little it
the effort to convince them that she dk
not cre whom they accused if h
proved to be the right man in the end
They left her alone on the balcony
For an hour -after inldnigbt she sm
there and dreamed. Every 0110 wuaj
ready to turn nyainst Baldos. Evol
shte had been'- harsh toward him, foi
had she not seen him relegated to thi
most obnoxious of duties #fter prois
ing him a far different life? And nov
whlat was he thinking of her? ils de
seent from favor had -followed uppi
the diaelosures which made plain t<
ene.4 .,tle identlt' Qf the other. N<
do$'kwee -atfd'buting his degrada
tion in p sense to the fact that she n<
longer relished his services, having
POeen N r'omange* little Ideal shattere(
by his firm nesertions. Of course shi
knew that G2eneral Marlans was alone
instrumental ift asslgtuing him to thi
unpleasant duty he now observed, bul
how was Baldos to know that she waa
not the real power behind the Iror
A light drizzlo began to tall, cold ani
disagreeablo. There were no stars, ne
mtoon. The ground below was blael
with shadows, but shtimmering in spots
touched by the feeble park lamps. ShI
retreated through her window, deter
mied to go to bed, Herw rebellion
braIn, however, refused to' banish hitn
from her thoulghtg; She wondered 1:
ho were patrollahg the castle gr~ountds i
tile rain in all that lonely darknesu
Seiz~ed by7 a sudden inspiration sit
threw a gossamer about her, graspec
an umbrella and ventured out upon thb
h~alcony once more. Guiltily she search
ed the night through the fine, drIitini
rain. Her ears listened eagerly to
the tread which was so well known t
At Iast fe stroje bemr a lamp'not
f y Ie ooCed 1t1t. bitt of eour.se
cou.not see her.aganste dark wall.
For a lon-, tinie he stood'nmtInless be
Ineaflth' light. She could' tot help see
ng that hie was dejected. tieL nlrilap
lPy. HIs shotAlders -drooped:. and there
a was a general air of listlessnwss about
the figure which had' once beown- so full
-of conruge and of hope. The-post- light
fell directly upon hIs face. ft was
soimber. despondent, strained. IMr wore
the air of a prisgner. iler heart went
out to himl like: a flnsh. 'Tihe dentiilr
i kniglt of the blai,'k patch was nollzo:'e.
In his pl)ace therestood a sulleni - bAve
'4aldos!" she called softly, her v&bre
penetrating the dripping air with t
reItrness of a bell. Ile must have been
longing for the. sound -of -it, for he stnrt
M ed and, looked -engerli- In her direction .
His talk form straightened as he passoR.
h1is band wter his brow. It was but r%
voice froi his dream. he thoughti.
*Are-t you tafraid you'll get wet?" ask;
ed the spile low, sweet v-oice, with the'
suggestion of at laugh behind it.. Witlh
t long strides he crossed the pavemxentt
" and Rtood almost directly beneath her..
"Your hliess!" he exclaimed gen
tly, jo-youi,Y. "What ure you doIng out
"Wondiing, BalIdoo. Wondering:
what youi were thinking Of as You1
vtood under the lanp over there."
"F va thinking of your highness." he
Valfed up softly.
"'No. no"' she protested.
". to, was wondering-wondering
wikrt ybn were dreaming of a you
erpt., for you should be asleep at this
horr, y-mr highness4. Instead of stand
ing out there in the rain."
"Daldos," she called down tremulous
ly. "you don't like this work, do you?"
"It has nothlug but darkness in It- for
r e. I. eveP see the light of your eyes.
I never feel th"
,'S!it You must not talk like that.
st's not proper. and besides some one
may be listening. The -iight has a
thousand ears-or Is it eyes' B314t ls
tenl. Toiorrow you shaill be restored to
your -lid duties.. You surely cannot he.
lieve that I had anything to do with
a the order which comnpels you to work
at this unholy hour."
frI wa afraid you were punlishlinlg me
for my boldness. .\y heart has been
sore-you never can know how sore. I
was dIsgraced. disinissed, forgotten"
S "NI, no; you Were notI You mulst not
sa- that. Go away now, Baldo. You
wi2 ride with ine tomorrow," she cried
nerrously. "Pease go. to soen placeo
whe]'e' you won't get dripping wet.". .:.
"''Fti forget that I am on guard,". le
sai, with a laugh. "But you are a wise
comusetor. Is the raia so pleasant to
"I have an ambrolin," she protested.
"What are yoU doing?" she criod in;
ehn. He was coming hand over hand:
tmp 'tte trells work that inclosed-l the
* "I am coming to a place where i
wo.'t get dripping wet," he called;
softly. There was a dangerous ring ini
-1s voke, and she drew back in, as
"You must not!" she erled desperate..
S. "Th, is imad nes! Go down, slW"'
I "I am happy enough to fly, but'ears
P not. So I do the next best thing--I.
-lImh to you." Ils arm was across; the
stoue ralling by this time. and be - was
p)artin troi ihn extion, not- two
feet fromr w~here' she crouched. .'"Just
one minute of heaven before I Ao, back
to the shadows of earth. I an, happe
agadin. Marianx told mec you- had die
mIssed me. I wonder what he Stoids ini
reser-e for* me. I knew he lied. but it
Is not until now that I rejok-es Come,
you are to shield me from the vain."
.'0li, oh!" she gasped, oven-whielnmoi
bxhiy daring limaelon. "I- should die
ir any one saw you here' Yet she
spasmodically extemled the umbrella
so .tisat it covered him and left her out
Si thLe drizzle.
"Anid so should I," responded be
softly, "I.sten to me. For hours and
hours I havo been longing for the dear
old hills in which you found' mec. I
wanted to crawl out of Edeiwoiss and
hose myself forever in -the rocks and
crag8. Tonight wheni you saw mueI
I was trying to 'sa'y goodhy to you' for
>(ver. , I was try'Ing to make up miy
ni mid todsr.I could not enduro tha,
Snw orer of tlhiugs. You had cast
a ae of., My friends out there were
eager to ,hayo me with them. In the
city every, one is. ready to call me a:
V spy-oven you, E thought. Life was'
fblack and drer. Now, my princess. It
i . is as bright'as heaven itsolf."
-"You must not talk like this," she
whispiered helplessly. "You are mnak
1 lng me sorry I called .to you," .
3g "I'should have heard you if yotu had
-Only whispered, my rain princess. I
I have no rii,ht' to talk of'love-I atn a
e vagabond, but I have a heart, anid It is
3 a bold one. Perhaps L dream that I aa
bMhda me* m ae ht a
foucfr y0err fa'o-but it Is the' sweetest
of dreams. But for it I should anve
left Edelweiss weeks ago. r shall nev
er awaken from thli dream. You can
not rob me- of the joys. of dreaming."
Under th spell of his passion she,
drew nearer to him as he clung s-trong
ly to the ralr. The roses at her f'broat
came so close' that he could bury 11s
face In them. Her hand touched lis
cheek, and he- lissed its palm again
aid again, his ivet lips stinging her
blood to the tips oC he'-toes.
"Go away, please." she implored
flintly. . "DIon't yo1 sob that you must
not stay here,--now?"
"A rosc, mny prinaess.-one rose to
kiss all through the' long night," ho
"1 abould 4e if any one eaw youaere."
whibpered. She could feel h-i eyes
burning into her heart. Witlb trem
bling, hurried fingers she tore loose a
rose. lie could not seize it with his
hands because of the position he-held,
and she laughed tantalizingly. Then
she' kissed it first and pressed it against
his mouth. is lips and teeth closed
over (he stem, and the rose was his.
'"6bere are thorns," she whispered
evevr so softly. -
"'ltey are the riches of the poor.' he
nurmured, with diffleiulty, but sheun
"Xow, go," she said, drawing reso
lutety away. An instant later his hona
dlsatpeared below 'ke rail. Peering
Over the side, she sal.' his figure' spring
easily to the ground, ah! then came the
rapid. steady tramp ar be went away.
on fils dreary patrol.
"T: couldn't help It," site was whisper
Ing to herself between Joy and ebame.
tilancing Instinctively out towad'the
eillatary lamp, she saw .two men stand,
-lug in its light. One of them waGen
'nmt Marlanx; the other she know to
be the spy that watched Baldowi. Her
.eart sank like lead when she saw.
that the'two were peering inteftly to.
ward the blaeony where she.sto4 and;
where Baldos had clung but a semeni"
HE shrank back with a great
dread in her heart. Marianx,
of all men! Why was he. in the
park at this hour bf the night?
There could be but one answer, and
the veiry thought of it almost suffocat
ed her. TV- was drawing the net with
his own hdnds, ho was spying with his
own eyes. F~or a full minute ,it seemed
to her that her heart would stop beat
lng. How long had he been standing
tier'e? What had ho seen or heard?
involuntarily she peered over tho rail
for a glimpse of Baldos. Hie had gone
out Into the darkness, misating the men~
at the lamp post either by choice or
through pure good fortune. A throb of
thankfulness assailed her heart. She
was not thinking of her position, but
Again phe Crew stealthily away fr'om
the rail, possessed of a ridieulous feel
lng that her form was as plain to the
v'ision as if It were broad daylight. The
tread of a man impelled her to glance
below once more before fleeing to her
room. Marlant was coming toward
the veranda. She fled swiftly, pausing
at the window to lower the friendly
but forgotten umbrella. F~rom below
came the sibilant hiss of a man seek
ing to attract her attention. Once more
she stopped to listen. The "Hist!" was
repeated, and then her own name was
called softly, but imperatively. It was,
beyond the power of woman to keep
from iaughing. It struck her as iv.
sistibly funny that the Iron Count
should be standing out there in the
Irain, signaling to her like a lovesick
Iboy. Once she was inside, however, it
did not seem so amusing. Still, it gave
Iher ab immnense amount of satisfaction
to slam the windows loudly, as i~ in
pure defiance. .Tben she closed 'the
blinds, shutting out the aught cowe
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