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THE D IVA'S RUBY
By F. MARION CRAWFORD
Synopsis of Preceding Chapters
BARAKA, .< Tartar pirl. became enamoured i I a golden
bearded stranger who was prospecting and studying
herbs in the vicinity of her home in Central Asia, and re
vealed to him the location of .i mine of rubies, a secret sup
posed to have been known only t< the men of the two lead
ing families of the district, hoping that the Stranger would
Jove her in return for her disclosure. They were followed
to the cave by the girl's relatives, who blocked Up the en
trance, and drew ■>'( the water supply, leaving the couple
to die. Baraka'! cousin Saad, her betrothed, attempted
to climb down a cliff overlooking the mine; but the trav
eler shot him. The stranger, revived from a water gourd
Saad carried, ilug his way out of ':■<■ tunnel, and departed,
deserting the girl and carrying .i baj; of rubies. Baraka
gathered .ill the gems she could carry, and started in pus
Margaret Donne (Margarita da Cordova), a famous
prima donna, became engaged in London to Konstantin
Logotheti, .i wealthy Greek financier. Her intimate friend
was Countess Li vi ii. known as Lady Maud, whose husband
had been killed by a bomb in St. ' Petersburg; and Lady
Maud's most intimate friend was Rufus Van Torp, an
American, who had been -a cowboy in early life, but had
become one of the richest men in the world. Van Torp
was in love with Margaret) and rushed to London as soon
as he heard of her engagement. lie offered Lady Maud
live million dollars for her pet charity if she would aid him
in winning the singer from Logotheti.
Baraka approached Logotheti at Versailles with rubies
Van Torn bought a yacht and sent it to Venice. Ii • ■ was
visited by Baraka, who gave him a ruby after the American
had told her of having seen in the united States a man
answering the description of the man she loved.
The American followed Margaret to the Bayreuth "Par
Count Kralinsky. a Russian, arrived at Bayreuth. Van
Tor], believed him to be the one Baraka was pursuing.
Baraka was arrested in London on the charge of stealing
from Pinney. a jeweler, the ruby she had sold to Logotheti.
Two strangers were the thieves Lady Maud believed that
Logotheti' associations with Baraka were open to sus
picion, and so informed Margaret
Van Torp believed that Kralinsky was the cowboy he
had known in his young manhood.
Log theti secured Baraka's release, and then, with her
.is his guest, went to sea on his yacht Erinna.
BAI>Y MAUD found Van Torp waiting
for her at the Bayreuth station.
"You don't mean t<> say you've
come rij,'ht through?" he inquired,
looking .it her with admiration a<
E grasped her hand. " You're as
sh as jiaint ! "
"That's rather a dangerous thing
say to a woman nowadays,"
she answered in hei rippling voice.
" But mine won't come off. How
is Margaret?" Her tone changed as she asked the
"She snowed me your letter about Logo," an
swered her friend without heeding the question, and
watching her face i<> see if she was surprised.
She got into the carriage he had brought, and he
stood by the door waiting for the porter who was
petting her luggage. She had no maid with her.
"I'm glad you have told me," she answered,
"though I wish she had not. You probably think
that when 1 wrote that letter I remembered what
you said to me in London about me mone)
for my poor women."
"No," s.iid Van Torp thoughtfully, "I don't
believe I do think so. It was like me to make the
■ ffer. Maud. It was like the sort of man I've been,
and you have know n me. Bui it wouldn't have been
like you to accept it It wasn't exactly low down of
me to say what 1 did; but it's so precious like low
dov n thai I wouldn't say it again, and I suppo < I'm
sorrj That's all."
ilis rou^'h hand was on the side of the little i pen
carriage She touched it lightly with her gloved
•:.■■ and withdrew them instantly . for theportei
coming with her not very voluminous luggage.
Thank you," she said quickly. "I undersi I
ant] 1 understand now."
!'!:«. y drove slowly up tlu Bahnhofstrasse
C !. here." said Van Torp "I've almost pei
•^ suaded them all to run down to Venice, and 1
v : to know why you won't come too?"
Venice? ' Lad) Maud was surprised. "It's a;
i• ■ . I ophel now, and. full of mosquitoes. Why in
orld do you wish to take them there'"
"Well," answered the American, taking plenty <>f
• over the monosyllable, " I didn't exactly mean
to sta\ t! ere more than a few minutes I've boughi
a prett} nice yachi since I saw you, and she's there,
eating her head off, and I thought you mighi all
come along with me on her and go home that way,
or somew here
"I had n.. idea YOU had a va. ht ' " l.adv Maud
smiled "What it is to have the Bank oi England
in youi pocke! ' W here did you get her. and what is
ht i name ? I love \a<hi ■' "
Van Torp explained. "I forget what she was
■ I. II ■■,::.. rawford.
"What Ha- Happened?"
Margaret Cried. "Are You HI?"
called," be said in conclusion; "bui 1 changed hei
name It's Lancashire Lass now
1 Ik- dt'.ir old mare you rode thai night! How
nice oi you! It's a horse's name, of coarse but that
■ r matter I'm so glad ; hose il I
never forget how you looked whei
.'k in your evening clothes, with no hat "
I don't kn<«w how 1 looked." said Van T< •;
gravely; "but I know quite well how I fell
ii a hurry. Now, what I wani you to decid<
awaj is whether youil come, provided tl ■
'"'" I don'l suppose you and 1 could p
.i t • -txii. 1 in the yacht by ours< 1
And I don'l suppose returned Lad} Maud
mimi< king him never s«> little, " thai n tht\ ' .'v-> ulc
not to come, you w ill have time for a loi
'"Now that's not fair." objected •'::> Amei
I didn't intend x<> put it in thai -.\.t\ Anyhow,
■ ,'.\ you come ii tbej >]<•■ That's the |
Really, it depends a little on who they'
are !><> you mean onb Mars ;'<' and that i i
friend <-t hers Mrs Patmore isn*l she? I nevei
mci h> ■
'Rushmore," >.v.l Van forp, correcting hrr
It's the same thing," said Lad) Maud vagueh
foi he was trying to make up ht-r mind quw I
You don't know her," replied her friei I Ih.it
|h( reason wh) you say it's the same thing Vth
:nv is the same as Mrs Ki. t;::i.>r«- "
Well, I'll tell you whethei 11! e< hei 1 ec
Margaret kid Lady Maud
The> reached the hotel, and Van Torp weni 06
1 romptl] leaving Margarei th 1..i.1\ Maud
A x i;"i:r iater the two young women wen to
get hei in Margaret's room, while Potts waa
unpacking for Lady Maud in tU- room rh.it had been
secured for ht-r in spit.- oi all •-.>:: ol dimcuhiei
"Are you going on Mr Van forp's yacht? ' asked
Lad) Maud suddenly. \h- spoke to me about :t
on the way from the station. and aske.i me o r«"r«\
in case you accept
' 1 <!cn't know. Will you j;o. if I ,»,» : "
Lad Maud did i i( 't answer ..: ©nee
that she knew how matters ha.l gone 1,:
■■••-'■ Torp .luring the last few -la 1 tV*
she sincerely wish*.! to help him. now thai she hail
made up her mind as to Logotheti' s real - 1 ■ ■
Nevertheless, her love ot fair play ma«!< ' ' :tt '
that the Greek ought to be ..!!.'uo! .. ■ ■<• :>
i ■ i
" Yes," she said ut last. "" 11! go. o:>. one ■■■■••'.> -
At least; it's not a condition, my dear, it's ■ »>' ■*
■■•■• 1 hate to make one. !»•■: ■ - :hin»
c too awl
Margaret shook her" head, but looked yer\ ~iYe
"l feel as if I were getting int*> a bad scrap. c
- ml, " and shall ■ ■.
vice . Tell me what ; ha.l better <!«• "
"I must tell you something ci.-c first ..- .i vpti
timtation of my letter; for all s«-rt ot things ha;;tr.e>«
She told Margaret all that has been alrea.lv oar
rated, concerning the news that Baraka had l>>f* a
set at large on Logotbeti's sworn statement that the
ruby was not his. and that he hail seen i: in '"*;
possession in Paris; and she told how she ha.l tried
to find him at his lodgings, and ha.l failed, ami how
strangely the leathervfaced secretary's answers ha«
struck her, and how ..he ha.l seen Baraka- vlwts
and stick in 1.. -.■■■.■ hall; ami finally she -aid
she had taken it into her head that Logotheti hod
pint* d away the Tartar i;iri on his yacht, which,
•■• everyone in town ha.l known through the P*^*** 1
was at Cowes and in commission; t\>r Legotheti. vn
his evidenced had explained his absence from the
PpUce court by the foci that he had been vfi in the
. rut ii.. for two days, out ot reach ot news.
Margaret's face grew darker as she listened; ii l ' r
she knew Lai Maud too well to doubt that every