By GEC'CE DARm ITCUTCIIEO,.
Author of "Grafstark"
reing called in at the end to hear an
ppftove of the manifesto prepared b;
-the Prince of Dtwshergen. The nex
jnorninig the word went forth that
-great banquet was to be given in th
.castle that night for Prince Daintai
ximI the approiiching nobk-men. Th4
VrEce expected to dopart alnost im
mediately tbereafter to reaunio th
'throne in Serros.
..%Baldos was wandering through th
park early in the morning. Ills dutlei
rested lightly upon his houlders, bui
be was restless and dissatlstled. Th4
longing In his heart urged huim to turr
1i eyes ever and anon toward the bal
couy and then to the obstinate looking
castle doors. Tho unifori of a Grau
.stark guard still graced hiti splendlk
figure. At last a graceful form ws
seen coming from the castle townst
the cedars. She walked bravely, bul
-almlssly. That was plain to be seen
it was evident that she was and waw
not looking for some one. Baldos oly
served with a thrill of delight that s
certain red feather stood up defiantly
from the band ofi her sailor hat. lie
liked the way her dark blue walking
skirt swished In harmony with hei
lithe, firm strides.
She was quite near beforo ho advanc
ed from his place among the trees. le
did not expect ier to exhibit surprise
or confusion, and he was not disap.
pointed. She was as cool as a brisk
spring morning. le (1141 not offer his
hand, but, with a fine smile of con.
tentment, bowed low and with mock
"I report for duty, your highness,"
he said. She caught the ring of gind.
ness iII his voice.
"Then I comilIiail youl to shake hainds
with me," sit? saidI brightly. "You have
been awaiy, I helleve' with a dellcious
"Yes, for a century or more, I'ni
sure." Constraint fNil upon them sud
d e n ly . T h e * a i ht(-% 1 1 ) .1 . :1 1 f o rl . d eI, ( -
IIte uind'erstatadlh1,.1 and boh ereco
(hlu'ered by its fimportaic. For the tirst
time iI his lit le kLcw hl e ;eml
of dillidencue. It I'am o.t-r' ai he
looked helpl'!y* hil) the eear. gray,
earnest e1yes. "I love you for wering
that red feather," he said simp!y.
"And I vl you for wtearing it."
she nsweed, :erVolv1 "Of t anld thrill
lng. He cuiight his breatl joyously.
"Beverly," as he hueat over her, "you
afre my very !!oe, Iny"
"Don't, l'S'1" ie w!:ered, draw.
iug ii'Itwy, witl an elmba asal glan
about the Imr k. Th1;e w . leople to
be seen on all X!'Is, bu:t h'e had forgot.
ten themll. II thought only oi the girl
Iho ruled his he'irt. Seing the pain
in his face, she, hastly, e% blushig.
IF, sald, "It Is so Pl)'ihc. dear."
Ie straihtened himself with soldier
ly -preelslon0', lust hs voice txrembled as
lhe tried to speak ('ahlv in dlothinee to
his eyes, "Tho'ri is the grotto-see! It
Is Aeclusion itself. WIll you come with
m~eW. I iust~ tell youi eli that Is in mn
lhear't. it will burst if I do not."
Slowly they'~ maude their' way. to the
fairy~ grotto deep in the thicet of
trees. It was Yctive's favorite dream
lug phace. Ilark und cool nnd nmusleaj
wIth the ripingi~ of waters, it was an
ideal retreait. She dropped upon the
rustle bench that stood aga~nst the
muOSs Covered wall of bowlders. Witti
the gnatle reserve of a tua who re
ver'es as5 well as loves, Baldoes stoodl
eibov'e her. He waited. and she under,
stood-. [low unlike most impatleni
lovers lhe was!
"Yo~u may slt beside me," she said,
with a wistfuil smnit, of acknowledg
ment. As he flung himself 'into the
seat his hand eagerly sought her's, le
courtly reserve gone to the wilnds.
"Bleverly, dearest oneo, yotu never car
know how much I love you," he whis
Peried into her ear. "It Ia a deathism
love, unlconqinerab[e, unalterable, it ii
in my blood to lov'e forever. Listen tC
mue, dear on3.. I comze of a race whiosi
lov'e is hot and endun'ltg. My peopli
from time immeomorlal have loved am
410 other pieolplo have loved. They havt
hilled and slaughtered for the saki
<Of the glorious passion. Love is tb4
TeligIon of may people, You must, yOll
shall helieve me when I say3 that I wil
love you better than my L'ouI so Ion~
as that souil exists, I loved you thl
.day I met you. It has boon worshi'
lalnc .that time."
Tils pastsion carried her resistlessl
n~"ay as the groat waves sweep thm
deck of a ship at sea. She was out I
the ocean of love, far fr~um alt ola
that was dear to her, far from all ha:
boirs save the mysterious one to whic
ais 'passion was Diloting her through
strm of emotion.
'"I have longed so to bold y79l in rr
arms, Beverly. Even when you were
princess and I lay in the hospital
Ganlook my fevered arms hungerN
for you. There never has been a in
ment that my heart has not been reac
-g et in geach of yours. You ha
glorified me, dearest, by the promise
you made a week. ago. I know that
you will not renounce that precious
pledge. It is in your eyes now-the
eyes I shall %Vorship to the end of eter
nity. Tell me, though, with your own
Ilis, your own voice, that you will be
my wife, mine to hold forever."
For answer she placed her arms
about his .neck and buried her face
ngainst his shoulder. There were tears
in her gray eyes and there was a sob
in her throat. Ile hejd her close to his
breast for an eternity. It seemed to
both, neither giving voice to the song
their hearts-were singing. There was
no other world than the fairy grotto.
"9weetheart, I am asking you to
make a great sneriflee," he said at last,
his voice hoarse but tender. She look
ed ap into his face serenely. "Can
you give upthe joys, the wealth, the
coamforts of that -home across - the -sea
ts shase a lowly cottage with me and
my love? Wait, dear-do not speak
until I am through. You must think of
wthat your friqnds wiji any. The levq
a"d life I offer you now will not be
like that which you always have
known. It will be pVerty and ths I
dregs, not riches and wine. It will
But she placed her hand upon his
lips, shaking her head emphatically. I
The pioture he was painting was the.
same one that she had studied for days
and days. Its very abadow was fa
mnillar to her, its overy unwholesome
eorner was as plain as day.
"'The rest of the world may think
what it likes, Pnul," she said. "It will
ake no difference to me1. I have
likened fron my dream. My dream
Prince Is gone, and I find that it's the
real man that I love. What wuld you
have me do? Give you up becase you
'are poor? Or would you havo me go
up the ladder of fame and prosperilty
Will y"1, I humble but adoring htur
den? I know you, dear. You will not
always be poor. They may say whIt
they like. I have thought long and
well, Leeaue I am not a fool. It is
the Amerkai girl who marries the
title1 foreigner without love thit is a
fri. Mirrying a poor man it to serl
ons A buainess to be handled by fols.
I have written to my father. tellinig hi
that I amiia gling to marry you." she nin
ieamnonnod. He gasped with imbelef.
'"You have, alraady'?" le erled.
"Of c .My m1mid has befmn mado
u1 for more thiani a week. I told it to
Aunt Fnnny last n!ght."
'he aminost died,- that's o:l." said:
unblushingly. "I was afrald to '
the news to fathor. He might stop r.Ce
if he knew It in time. A letter was
"Youl deir, dear little serifice," he
cried tenderly. "I will give aill my life
to amake you happy."
"I aim a soldimr's daughlIer. an, I '-:m
be a saklirs iie. I have trl l::a;'w
to give you up, Paul but. I IAmidn't.
You are love's soldier, and it Ia a-a
relief to surrender anid have it over
They fell to dlseusling plans for the
future. It all went smoothly anl a!rily
until he nasked her when he should g) t)
NWashington to clim hlier a hlis w .
She gave him a startled, pimled look.
"To Washin'ton?" she - mriimrd,
turning very cold and wenk. "You
yol Won't have to go to Washin'ton,
dear. i'll stay here."
"My dear Thover'ly, I can aiTor'd thme
trip)," he laughed. "I am not anm abso
lute pauper. Besides~, It is righat and
just that your father should give youi
to me. It is the en'stoim of our land."
She w~'as nervous amnd uncerta:in.
"But-but, Paul, there are many
things to think of," she faltered.
"You mean that your father would
"Well-e-he nmight bo umnr'easona
ble," she stammered. "And thon thlere
are my brothers, Keith and Dan. They
are foolishly Interested in me. Dan
thinks no one is good enough for me.
So (dees Keith. And father, too, for
that matter-and mother. You see, it's
not just as if you were a grand and
wealthy nobleman. They may not um
der'stand. We are southerners, you
know. Some ol them have peculiar
"Don't distros. yourself so much.
dearest." he sufd, wvith a Itmgh.
"ThLough I see ,your positien efearly
nnd it Is not nn enviable one.~"
"We can go to Washiin'to'n just tna
soon as we are etrmried," she-compro.'
mired. "Vsthier baai a gretat deal of in
tluence~ over there. With bls helpi be-.
hind you you ifi soon bie a powver in'.
the United"- Blut lila heary laum
chec.kedl her eager plhotting. "it's mothi
1ing to liaugh at. Paul," shte said.
"1 heg your pardon a thommaind times.
II w ias tinlklng af the disappoIntment I
m rust give' you now. I cannot live in
here. I am not borna for the strife of
your land. They have soilers enough
a mnd better than I. It Is in the turbun
lent .'ast thmat wve shall live-you iand
1.I" Tear's czae Iuto her eyes.
"Anm I not to--to go back to Wash
in'ton?~" She tried to smile.
a"When Prince Dantan sayo we may,
"Oh. he is my friend." she cried ini
great rellef..- "1 cnan get ainy favor I
aask of him. Oh, Paul, Paul, I know
Sthat any folks will think I'm an awful
tool, but I can't help It. I shall let yn'a
-know that ! intend to be a blissful one',
Ho kissed bet' time and Algain oul
there In the dark, 'soft rght of the faira
"Before we can be married. dearest
I have a Journey of some importaic
to take." he announc:,ed as they Aros4
to leave the bower behind.
"A Journey? Where?"
"To Vienna. I have an account t<
Mttle with a man who has just taker
lip his residenre there." His hanc
went to his sword hilt, and his dart
eyes gleamed with the tire she loved
"Count Marianx WWd I have postpone
busliess to attend to, dearest. .IIvf
no fdhr for we. My sword Is honest
and 'I shall bring it back to you my
She shuddered and knew that 11
vould be ashe eld.
M I Duke of Matz and his ass
clatesrahi Edelweiss~ in thc
afternoon. Their attendant
and servants ciuried luggagt
bearing the princely etest of Daws,
bergen and meant for Prince Dantax
and his sister Candneo. In the part o
Lbo easti st apart for the velstors at
Important coneuitation was held be,
6ind eose4 doers. There Dantan mae
6le CoUntVyWoU and pormtted them t<
1enew the pledfe et fealty that had
been shattered by the overpowering
influence of his umd h1lf brother
What took place at this seeret meet
lg the outside workl never knew
Only the happy result was made
known. Prince Dantan was to resumc
lie reign over Dawsbergen as if 11
mever had been Interrupted.
The eastle, brilliant from bottom tc
lOp, filled with musie and laughter,
experienced a riot of hWpinese suet
as It had not known in years. ThI
war clouds had lifted, the sunshine oi
contentmnent wasi brealme-in through1 tfi
darkness, and tbere was rtejoicm; It
bo hearts of all. Br.ht al g!orlon:
were the colors tutt m:.de rp the har
1m101y of Jee. Men0 and womeu 01
high degree enime to th.e hilitorIe oi
walls gnrbd in the ritcheo of royalti
and nobiility. To Devery Ctlh4un 1
was the mo.4t enchatin.; si.;ht shL hat
ever loohed upon. From th' galr!ee
she -a-ted down Into the h40.-4 .liter
Lug witlh the wealth of Grausta:'k ai.
was conselousM of a straino "olin:: 0:
zlorilleation. She felt th.i t sh.' l i
part In this jui'.ee. WV' I'eane ':it
dloeconded the' grand st:ireise ami
mii.;1It-id wN11ih the reple'oer crowd.
S'Ie ws tie :enter of a. rav'on
Dressed ia a. :n1pi'. e!a- 1!!iim: %wi
of hhwek vNivet. withou.t an orni:men'nt
hier whil- raadaohe~ lmn
InI the0 w Fft Vl-lht 17'-0m flte 4:3nd110.
hewa0 an I-ht;eenture ta he 1
li:'edvi by :'n nd w- :1w:h'k. Twl #
st-i wart Ar-wrivanisI f-lt .tller hlab
bNo:l -.th pri e ns they sawt- the e
in.Cnw.her -on)-fant comnio:~
in the.se d... V. w.. Conae1d 1 ithl Ale
"You i are thI pre'tl:l.:t t!wI, it :t!
this wold." she' k tat!cl wh--',a'er
Into BIyerr'.4 . ' Niy broth(er tey
rIy v ias on trawor1e1n no01 hId 1
h ; tr .-at biu pa t hli . .: tn I
thron to!rflle tit iinihn:t. T -.-re
nl:::: awt sI mh" di~uS, 0T|:e hn:-.
lend*p~in' o to thin.' rt m vn
B:'vhriy wasntaned. te tb:al se:
rte or~ to th tl .i:alo ineh splen
(or. Itd mia the~ fene.us over poe
Ings pleb.o of' thel~.r east nota
cine Dantnnly jonheyVl th!1mg jp: a
befo' mwdit tI t. Hey ar:'.d hn' wI~d
irepl to olttele of whivoch naevo
"thyand A<end~iq ee fote.1 the loen
Hwed rch I~Fail )mill'ary tn o Itag
come to ne p~ettwen th all quiov
camr peviyg'. The nelw go to au
ope tas we gotoy arneu hore wh
c"ou mn:'at hme.ber. nrt msai
mo repl trobe o kowRaond's alin~
"hat Amercanroael not laughed len
ded hbpiy e Ih ot cgretine It ha
asknghe to tax~s wher memcary iurop
efrt to recaoll the fcrs no th
moprel trube, riy knoiand we ti
la, or faeurope" hen sauhed. A
firstr atbInot wth Hawk and Car
"Tknhe totawereaaod hern ti
effot. to owal ther faef nottee
appaes. the raitio streouzern
'eantre faceos thmon the hasm
fers atin thenneof thawk had Re4
"Temy iwer miabnd sic the M
galleresnd failte ro seebhimeS
Does woneraniin htare oud?"p
"n't forget taon Baedos Ish onl
ed," ocn he i uerdy.ta a e
"Hpems is ahouter mideierthe. i
cant when wsisooednow fro thtse
ofalendos.ant faved to erm th
case wonderang all ele woun aper
in court costume.
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