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door to her. The slave returned presently and re
ported that Hanum Rhasneh was awake, and
Takshan Pasha passed through the loot that con
nected the two houses. As he walked through the
corridors, the slaves veiled themselves at his ap
proach, and did not try t.> let him see their charms.
They had all given up hope of becoming Hanum
Bffendi by marriage with their master, and hence
were becomingly modest.
Takshan Pasha did not even notice their lack of
coquetry, but went on and entered the room of his
child. When lie saw how wan and miserable she
I. Miked by the morning light, his plan to keep her in
ignorance of the postponement ot her marriage flew
to the winds.
"My beloved arid adored one, breeze of the night,
and sunshine "i the day.V he said, "if my words
can bring any comfort to thee, may comfort be with
thee! My sweetest child, I cannot tell you why I
am in haste to dispose ••! you in marriage; I cannot
(■pen a man's heart to a woman's ears; but so much
i may say: that, for weighty reasons of mine, the
world shall be told that you are about to become
the wile of Haleb Bey. although the marriage itself
shall be deferred for sometime — indeed, until you
choose to accept it."
Rhasneh put her head '<v. her father's breast an 1
cried out the relief in her heart at this opening of a
new horizoni where before there had seemed only
the blackest gloom. "Father," she said at length,
rauring her head, "since 1 am again dear to you,
will you n<>t give me a little more of your confidence,
and tell me why you wish this arrangement?*'
" No. my child; for "he who shall place confidence
i:i the bosom of a woman deserves destruction.'
But if there is anything that my little daughter
has to say, I may listen to it."
Th<- eves of the girl again grew dim at this re
buff. She knew thai all men did not think of
• men in this way. arid it grieved her, as it grieves
many a child, to "find her parent so backward.
There was silence alter this. Rhasneh wished to
ask her father why he had taken . lay her l«».ks,
yet her pride held her Kick. Takshah Pasha lin
gered ■ii in Rhasneh's rbom-^— longer, perhaps, than
a tern Turk, who recognized the evil of pam
pering womankind, would have deemed wise. And
this unwisdom was presently proved when Rhasneh
plucked up courage to ask:
"My lord father, must I marry Haleb Bey some
"Whom would you like to marry, if not him?"
he asked playfully; for what could she know of
c ther men f
["he girl's heart beat so hard that it seemed to
her to till the room wub. its noise. She hung her head
'.'Some one else," she murmured, so low that her
father had to bend his own head to catch the words.
"Rhasneh!" he cried, his voice trembling, "do
you mean to say that there is a man, a man 1 know
not of, a man. perchance, whom you saw among
the Greeks, in their immodest manner, who has
neither your faith nor your habits?"
The intense contempt in the tone of Takshan
Pasha lashed her to defiance, '' Yes, there is a man —
not of your faith or habits," with the words she
almost repudiated the religion of her father; "but
1 have not met him among the Greeks, nor have i
spoken with him! Vet do I love him, and would
wed none but him."
"Then by the Prophet's mantle, thou wretched
child, thy marriage to Haleb Bey shall be cele
brated — " he hesitated to fix the exact date; for
even in hi wrath a wave of love for his wayward
daughter swept over him, and he would not com
mit himself to a definite date, which bis pride would
force him to adhere to.
Bui Rhasneh did not notice his hesitation Her
eyes flamed. She ■•■ ipped her fingers in her father's
face. "Takshan Pasha, 1 defy you!" she cried.
' Haleb Bey may hold my cold corpse in his anus;
lut my warm body — never!"
The Boy Girl
O\K afternoon, several days later, UVir «as
sitting, in a »cry dejected frame >>\ mind
on one of the benches along the water
front. He had exhausted all the means he could
think of for finding either Chrysanthy -r the Tv
girl — the memory of whose face, instead of gr
dimmer with the passing days, haunted hin
i tore insistently. He had been again to the Blakes
I >■: aid, and Annie, quite against her better judg
ment, had made cautious, though fruitless, inquiries
Weir had even published in three oi
newspapers a carefully worded advertisement
tended to catch Chrysanthy's eyes; i>m nothing
had come of this, except that the Government. a£
ways on the lookout for signs of conspiracy, h.ui or
dered the suspension of all three newspapers, ir
was a suspicious Government, and if a ruler was
killed, even in far off America, the cause of his death
never permitted to U* published as anything
except indigestion, or some simple, natural malady,
lest it put vicious ideas into the minds of the d:~
contented Under su< h a Government, newspapers
are not likely t<> become the important institutions
that they are in America; and Weir was able
to indemnify the proprietors <>t the three that had
suffered through him at less expense than it would
have cost him to keep his name out of a society
weekly at home.
His duties at the Legation \\Vi r neglected w-e-
SUNDAY MAGAZINE FOR JANUARY 27. 1907
fully. Wh< not at the 3)
the Bospoi -'v at
the ! ■■ ' T -
t >re him. There appe irt
to d > except to wait t'>r
r . be re i :•■ '• ■ " : ;e Turkish m uden.
Fi m his un
being struck full
He pi ! '. ■ iked r its ■•.tier with
■ .:i such i". lacit
"1 !'.■ .;>e
at me,' Weir ■v 1 in ri
I rid ki
never it 1 will
Weir picke i
it ■ knees. " Why did j
Xeny. .1/ : .- ■ b
\ ''i ire English, 1 ■■• ■ •■• ' Weir -: 1. to
Xeny laughe 1. "I
s v 1
Bui I am I. Weir
urged, ai epttng ntineni
I Ai iii>.
' I naked ab ":• !1
1! >■.'. 1 . you call your Iki 1
know — VAmeriaue?" She clap]
I -hi!! name my next child
I shall have another daughter very soon I
lay is n Thursd i\ . an 1 1 shall be i
old, ana shall have .. new daughter 1
make maman m\ e ' : .
I. and n 1 pi
Her Father Smoked
H s Narghile and
is a newly born baby, and I call her mv daughter "
I nope your family are all well and prosperous."
t V <; I thank you very much. But I have not
told you why 1 struck v.m with mv ball— I did
throw it on you."
'"Oh yes, tell me all about that."
"You are Stephen Weir." 'the child said, to
his amazement, "and I am Xenv, the bo girl.
Now we know each other."
Weir bowed ceremoniously.
"You may kiss my hand." Xeny went on, "and
pretend that we are grown up."
V. eir kissed the tiny ringers.
"Now, Mr Weir."' Xeny went on. with a sigh
or content "I have some very important thing to
tell you. I have a message for you. Hut first, you
are not to tell ntantan; and then." she looked up at
him anxiously, " you must tell no one else. Oh. but
here comes Miss Katy, and I must go."
"I will give you ten dolts," said Weir tensely , "if
you will tell me now."
The child was instantly on her feet. She clasped
her little hands together and looked fiercely it him.
•"Monsieur," she said, a Mavrocortha: > v never
bribed — not for ten dolls."'
At the wo* 1 "dolls," her fierceness rel *xc i visibly;
bat Miss Katy was already at hand, an i grasped
Xenv by the arm.
"If you run away from ma again." tee governess
threatened, "you shall not play with v-.-ir iol'.s fora
whole day." and she dragged her small charge aivav.
But Weir was already on bour i a strife
moving train of though:.' "A 31avr r:hato!'"
And she looked like a miniature Chrysasthv, if one
could imagine Chrysar.thy in a pongee ballot suit
with white shoes and long carls. From srh >m could
this message t>e that no one must k: x about?
From her missing sister perhaps, or even from the
Turkish girl! At last there w^s some eh to foDarcr,
only apparently not to follow too preci] ' itely or it
would be lost.
The Explanation or the Rubber Bill
TO explain the last ch.tpter we sfc J! »ye to go
back to the time when Takshan P »ha wen:
from his daughter's room ir. .-.n_ - :' .'reaten
ing that her marriage to Haleb Bey - ' i take
place in the near future.
After his departure. Rhasneh, r ■>•■ :- " by her
anger from the sta^e of lethargy she b. leen ia
ever since the failure of Tsatsar-a'-h irv ■ ieliver
her letter to Stephen Weir, sprang i . declar
ing that she felt stirled in the house .in i : ;gp for
a walk at once
Tsatsar-ab-hartem pursuaded her t : some*
thing, and then in a short time Rhasne: r. i her
retinue, used to sudden commands, vt ■ ready,
and went forth.
As they pass the Mavr. »corthat> • • Xeny.
her sister Kalliopy, and their governess ■ com
ing out. Rhasneh did not like K.tH:-'- .en at
twelve years of age. she resembled one ■ older
daughters. Madame Valiono, who had i Tied foe
position and wealth, contrary to the inel ition of
her heart, and who had felt more pride :'\- Sorrow
when her cousin had killed himself on her ■ c 1 i - -ng
day. for love of her. This really was no : : reason
for disliking Kalliopy; but it was opei . -' with
Rhasneh, who, on the other hand. ! >ye I Xeny for
her resemblance to Chrysanthy and her ! ther.
"Oh, Xeny, yarroumf" Rhasneh called
Xeny ran up. executed a swift courtesy, : kissed
the veiled maiden.
An inspiration came to Rhasneh " .M:
she said. "I am very sad to-day. for I '*- - e«
ill Will \->u not let me have Xeny • me? I
am going t»> stay only a little while or."
The governess knew Rhasneh. and at* : ■ high
esteem in which Monsieur Mavrocorthat '■ I her
lather, and let the child go with her.
Xeny danced along beside 'Rhasneh. lam >->
glad to t>e with you' " she said, as soon ai ]■' were
out of hearing of the governess and her .-:-:. be
cause now I can talk about my lovely >: hrvs
anthy. They have forbidden me to* say nxae
at me, and lam sad that she is away.'
"I am sad. too." Rhasneh said, spi-aking in
English, in order that none of her sl.iv. might
understand. "Chrysanthy was going to h< rae to
attain something Without which 1 shall be :■ -crable
all my life— and indeed 1 think 1 shall a <i Ev«
"Oh," wailed the little boy girl. ';>er'ia- ChryS"
anthy, my de v ir ChrysantSv, is dead, i ■— ana
then I think 1 shall die myself! "
"No. you must not die yourself." Rhasneh urged
earnestly; "for your sister Cbrysanthy is not dead:
she is beloved by a epod man whom she toves, and
only 1 am left sorrowing alone."
"Do you love a good man. too? " Xer.y
"Yes, and he is lost to me — I cannot
find him Perhaps Haleb Bey knows about
him and has had him tied to big rocks and
thrown into the Bosporus."
Xeny looked out anxiously over; the
water, then suggested hopefully, " Perhaps
he has tied Haleb Bey to '.. r.-ck .>r.i
thrown him in."
"I hope he has." Rhasneh sail lugubri
They ascended a little hill and sat down
on one of the benches. The slaves* being
out of the conversation by reason of their
ignorance of English, were talking and laughing
"But I cannot find out." Rhasneh continued
mournfully. " 1 have no way of sending him a letter,
rot of getting one from him."
"Oh!" Xeny cried, jumping to her feet "' Do you
not desire me to carry letters to your good "i-in
the way I used to for Chrysanthy?" Xony was
eager to assist Rhasneh out of" the slough &
despond in which it seemed to her all matdeta
in love dwelt. ,„
"Oh, you lovely child! Will you indeed do that. •
Rhasneh exclaimed „
"Indeed, it will give me a great pleasure.-
Xeny assented in the polite Enghsh she had beea
"Do you know an Englishman— an American ,
named Mr Weir, tall. and. oh! very handsome a:U
noble looking?". Rhasnoh asked. . .
"With many yellow hairs on its head. >«*■ l
have seen him coming through ..he garden otten.