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BEVERLY OF
GRAVSTARK
By GEORGE BARR WCUTCHEON,
Author of Grauask"
Copn/rNahet, d dopanuy
tibbed east. The common mnan, no
matter how valiant, had no place in
such affairs as these. Her pride was
suffering. She was as a queen among
the noblest of the realm. As the wife
of Baldos she would live in another
world-on the outskirts of this one of
splendor and arrogance. A stubborn,
defiant little frown appeared on her
brow as she pictured herself in her
mind's eye standing afar off with "the
man" IMikdos, looking at the opulence
she could not reach. IHer Impetuous,
rebellious little heart was thumping
bitterly as she considered this single
phase of the life to come. She was
ready to cry out against the injustice
of it nil. The little frown was por
tentous of deep laid designs. She
would break down this cruel barrier
that kept Bialdos from the fields over
which prejudice alone held sway. Her
love for him and Tier determination to
be his wife were not in the least dulled
by these reflections.
The doors to the great banquet hall
were thrown open at last, and In the
disorder that followed she wondered
who was to lead her to the feasting.
The Duke of Mlzrox claimed the Prin
cess Candace.
"I am to have the honor," said some
one at her side, and the volcQ was the
one she least expected to hear utter
the words. The speaker was the man
who deserved the place beside Yetive,
Prince Dantan himself.
Bewildered, her heart palpitating
with various emotions, she took his
arm and allowed herself to be drawn
wonderingly through thet :.masive
doors. As they entered 'follawed by
the brilliant company, the superb or
chestra that Bevely had so often en
joyed began to play the stirring
"Hands Across the Sen." The musi
clanis themselves seemed to have
caught the universal feeling of joy and
mirth that was in the air and played
as if inspired, their leader bowing low
to the young American girl as she
passed. It was his affectionate tribute
to her. Prince Dantan, to her amaze
ment, led her up the entire length of
the banquet hall to the head of the
royal table, gorgeous with the plate of
a hundred Graustark rulers, placing
her on his left and next to the slightly
raised royal chairs. Candace was on
his right, the picture of happiness.
Beverly felt dizzy, weak. She looked
helplessly at Prince Dantan. His smile
was puzzling. As if in a daze she saw
Grenfall Lorry with the Countess
Yvonne standing exactly opposite to
21er, lie, wvith (lie others, awaiting the
1tpearanice of the prbicess and the one
who twis to sit beside her.
The music ceased, there was a hush
over the room, and then Yetlve came
forward, magniflcent in her royal
robes, smiling and happy. A tall man
in the uniform of an exalted army ofill
cer stood heside1 hter, gold braid and be
jeweled thiings across lisa breast. Bev
erhy turnied deathly white, her figure
stiffened andio then relaxed.
It was Balosl
She never knew how she dropped in
to the cbair the sevant heold for her.
She only knew thait hi!s dark eyes were
smilin-'r at her w.ihi l'we and mischief
iii thi ~r tiepthls. Th'lero was am vague,
uncerta in soimud of' ebattering: some
one was tal kinig (ageriy to her. but she
heard hiin not. There was a standing
toast to thme Prince of Dawsbergen.
Then (lie nuidaelous ghost of Ealdos
was p~roposhig a ringing response to
the Princess Yetive; the orchestra was
playing the Graustark and Dawsbergen
nationial hymns. But it was all as a
dream to her. At last she heard Can
dace calling to her, her face wreathed
in smiles. Scores of eyes seemed to be
looking at her, and all of them were
full ed amiusement.
'Nx;:. say that a girl can't keep a
iee-ri ." camie to her ears from the radi
ma .siter of Dantan. Ravone, at her
.C(d. 51)0ke to her, and she turned -to
lEn dizzily.
"Yiou first knewy me as Ravone, Miss
Calhoun," he was saying genially.
"Then It became necessary, by royal
colmnmnd, for me to be Primice Dantan.
May I have the honor of introducing
myself in the proper person? I am
Christobal of Rapp-Thorburg, and I
shall be no other than he hereafter,
The friendship that binds me to Prince
Dantan, at last in his proper place be
side the Princess of Graustark, is to be
strengthenied into a dearer relationship
before many days have passed."
"The Princess Candaee ceases to be
his sister," volunteered fte Duke of
Misrov. "She Is and long has been his
adhlanced wife."
Enlchanted and confused over all tbat
hadt occurred In the last few moments,
Bheverly murmured her heartfelt con
gratulations to the joyous couple, The
orchestra had again esed playing.
All eyes turned to Baldos--the real
Princo Dantan-who, glaas in band,
rose to his feep .
.and awaber.
"I have won your love by the fafyst
mcans."
gen are entering a new era. I pledge
you my honor that never again shall
the slightest misunderstanding exist
between them. They shall go forth to
their glorious destiny as one people.
Your gracious ruler has seen fit to be
stow her hand and affections upon an
Americain gentleman, - 'your esteemed
prince consort. We allt know how loy
ally the people have approved her
choice. There is one 'Present, a trusted
friend of your beautiful princess and
Lovingly called in your hearts Beverly
of Graustark. Whose example more
worthy for ine to follow than that of
the Princess Yetlve? With whonm could
I better share my throne and pleaso
you more than with your beloved Amern
can protege? I ask you to drink a toast
to my betrothed, Beverly Calhoun, the.
future Princess of Dawsbergen."
Every glass was raised and the toast
drunk amid ringing cheers. The mill
tary band crashed out the air so dear
to all Americans. especially to south
ern hearts. Beverly was too overcome
to rpeak.
"You all"- she exclaimed.
There was a tremendous commotion
in the gallery. People were standing
in their seats half frightened and
amused, their attention attracted by
the unusual scene. A portly negress.
totally unconscious of the sensation
she was causing, her feet keeping time
to the lively strains of music, was
frantically waving a red and yellow
bandanna handkerchief. It was Aunt
Fanny, and in a voice that could be
heard all over the banquet hall she
shouted: "Good Lawd, honey, et der
ain't playin' 'Away Down South In
Dixier Hooray! Hoorayr
0 * 0 0 0 0 0
Hours later Beverly was running.
confused and humbled, through the
halls to her room, when a swifter one
than she cane up and checked her
fight.
"Beverly!" cried an eager voice. She
slackened her pace and glanced over
her shoulder. The smiling, triumphant
face of Baldos met her gase. The up
per hall was aMnost clear of peoplo.
She was strangely fightened,, distress
ingly diffident. I1er door was not fa'r
away, and she would hanve reached it
in an instanit later had he not kald a
restraining, compelling hand upon her
arm. Then she turned to face im, her'
lips parted in pirotest. "Do:a't look at
me in that way !" he cied lnplorlagxly.
"Come, dearest, come withi me. We
can 1be alone in the nook at the 01nd or
the hall. Heavens, I am thme happiest
being iu all time world. It has turned
enit as5 I have p~rayed it should."
She allowed him to lead her to the
darkened nook. In her soul she was
wondering why her tongue was so pow
erless, There were a hundred things
she wanted to say to him, but now that
the moment had come she was voice
loss. She only could look helplessly at
1im. Joy seemed to he paralyzed with
in her. "It was as if she slept and
could not be awakened. As she sank
upon the cushion be dropped to his
knee before her, his hand clasping
hers with a fervor that thrilled her
with life. As he spoke her pulses
quickened and thme blood began to race
furiously.
"I have won your love. Beverly, by
the fairest means. There has never
been an hour in which I have not been
struggling for this glorious end. You
gave yourself to me when you knew I
could be nothing more tihan the hum
blest soldier. It was the sacrintce of
love. You will forgive my presumption
-my very imience, dear one-when I
tell you that my soul is the forfeit I
pay. It is yours through all eternity.
I love you. I can give you the riches
of the world as well as the wealth of
the heart. The vagabond dies; your
poor* humble follower gives way to the
supplicating prince. You would have
lived in a cot as the guardsman's wife.
You will take the royal palace in
stead."
Beverly was herself again. The spell
was gone. Her eyes swam with happi
ness and love. Thme suffering her pride
bad sustained was swept Into a heap
labeled romance, and she was rejoic
Lng,
"I hated you tonight, I thought," she
erledtaking hisfae I-hna-I
trIck on me. It was mean, dear.* I
couldn't help thinking that you had
used me as a plaything, and It-it
ma6e me turious. but it Is diffrent
now. .I see, oh. so pirdnly. And just as
I had resigned myself to the thought
of sPending the rest of my life in a
cottage, away outside the pale of this
glorious life! Oh, it is like a fairy
e4nler"
"Ab, but It was not altogether a
trick, dear oue. There was no assur
Ance that I could regain thi throus
not Until the very last. Without It I
should have been the beggat instead of
the prince. We would have lived in a
hovel, after all. Fortune was with imc.
I deceived you for months, Beverly
My Beverly-but it was for the best.
In defeiise of my honor and dignity,
however, I must tell you that the prin
ceo' has known for many days that I
am Dantan. I told her the truth when
Christobal emie that day vith the'
news. It was all well enough for me
to pass myself off as a vagabond, but
it' would have been umnlpardonable to
fOi3t him upon her as the prince."
"And she has known for ai weekr
cried Beverly in deep chagrin.
"And the wholo court has known."
"I alone was bilud'."
"As blind as the proverb. Thank
God, I iVon your love as a vagabond.
I can treasure it as the richest of my
princely possessions. You have not
said that you will go to my castle with
me, dear."
She leaned forward unsteadily, -and
he took her in his eager arms. Their
lips met, and their eyes closed in the
ecstasy of bliss. After a long time
She lifted her lids, and- he' eyes of
gray looked solemnly into his dark
ones.
"I have much to ask you about, many
explanatiQns to demand, sir," she said
threateningly.
"By the rose that shields my heart,
you shall have the truth," ho laughed
back at her. "I am still your servant.
My enlistment is endless. I shall al
ways servo your highness."
"Your highness!" she murmured re
flectively. Then a joyous smile of
realization broke over her face. "Isn't
it wonderful"
"Do you think your brothers will let
me come to Washington now?" he ask
ed teasingly.
"It does seem diffeient, doesn't it?"
she murmured, with a strange little
smile. "You- will come for me?"
"To the ends of the earth, your high
ness."
THE 'END.
The Nrme In the iat.
In the fifties of the last century there
Iwere two young lawyers, Gould and
Robinson, practicing In the court at
Wiscasset, the shire town of Lincoln
county, Me., who were noted for their
keen wit and ingenuity in examining
witnesses and also for their many se
vere thrusts at each other.
On one occasion, when Robinson had
finished an unusually able argument
for his client, containing some sting
lng allusions to the opposing counsel.
Gould. by, whom he was followed and
who retallated, Robinson was seon to
take a card, write something on it,
which was later found to be the Latin
words caput vacuum (empty head), and
drop it into Goukl's hat on the table.
Gould's curiosity sent him immedi
ately to Investigate. Going to the ta
ble, he took the card from his hat, and,
loud enougha to be board all over the
courtroom. he read. "Onimt vacuum."
TurnIng to the Judge, he said, "Your
honor. I claim the protection of the
court." The jndge replied, "You may
state your casa."
Gould answered: "My case is this,
y-our honor: I see my brother at my
right has plac-ed his name in my hat,
and what can hehis motive if not to
camtshsoclaim amyorpro
The Judge, with lhis face all smiles,
answered, "Mr. Gould, you shall be
protected "-B-loston IHerald.
Use of Rings to Win at Bridge.
Few women of fashion, at least few
I of the bridge players, gpt along now
Iwithout bridge rings, says the New
IYork Press. At first glanice one would
not group such objects among the nec
essaries of lifo, hike automobile veils,
but a shamrp eyed woman hints that the
rings really are aids in winning. S3he
says a clever player will use such a
jewel to'dasie her opponents. An ar
tistie ring certairily hais beeln known to
distract attention from the cards.
There is a story. that a certain invet
crate bridge player makes a point of
changing her rings for every new
evening -'at cards~ so that the other
players will be bound to feel fresh in
terest in her adornments and play just
so much the less skillfully.
Novel Souvenir.
A novelty in the way of a souvenir
and advertIsement has been received
by the Now York Tribune from the
Manitoba Free Press of Winnipeg. It
is in the form of a miniature barrel
filled with flour made from Manitoba
wheat. Accompanying the .attractive
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tory of the flour making industry and
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