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making extensiv? repairs abou1 the place, ind you
proving to be a rious obsta le. I ?cannot grant y?
request. It will ?grieve me? iwrmously it' I am compel
?Ice you ??ni; bul I !? ir
"Smoke me out!"
"Perhaps with sulphur," 1 went ?on resolutely.
ii said t?. 1h- verv effective."
"Surely you will no1 do anything so hornd!
"i Inly as a last resort. First, we shall storm the e
wing. Failing in that, we shall rely on smoke. V
will admit that you have no right t?. poa? h on my p
"None whatever." she said rather plaintively.
??Then you ihould ?be willing to vacate my prerras
??r <?r nereis where I ?begantosho? irresoluteness
"?or explain yourself."
"Will you give me three day? in which t?> think
over?" she asked after a long ?pause.
"No, I'll give you until : ?morrow afternoon at 61
when I shall expect y?ou t?? receive me in ?per on."
"Thai ?s quite im?po ?We. It I ihould write you
nice, agreeable letter, explaining a - much as I CS
won't you !?<? satisfied?"
"I prefer t?> have it oui by word <?f mouth."
S!:?- teemed t" be considering.' "I will .?.me t?. tl
window tomorrow night at this time and and let yi
know," she -?aid relui tantly.
"Very well," said I. "Well lei it rest till then."
"Aim, by the ?way, I have something more t?> a^k
you, I-. it ?quite n?ecessary to h.?ve all tfi pounding at
h.mini, ring ?going on in tne ? ? (tie? The ?noise i^ ?irea
ful. I duti't ask ii ??il my own ?account, bul for tl
lial.v. You see, sh?-'^ quite ill with a fever, Mr. Smai
Perhaps you've ?heard ?her crying."
'?'I ii?' baby!" I muttered.
"It is nothing reriotis, of course. The d?.?t??r w,
hen- today, and ?he rea ? lured me
"A d<ivt?.r here ?today!" I ?gasped.
She laughed unce ?mote. "Will you please put i t?
t" tin- n? .i ,(- for a ?lav' Of I WO?" she a -k.-?l very prcttil
"< 'ertainly," -.,,?,1 i. t,,.. surprised t<> say an) thing el
"I ?? then- anything <?!??
"Nothing, thank you," she replied. Th-en, "Goo
night, Mr. Smart. YOU are wrv g.1."
? oblong aperture di appeared with a sharp did
and 1 found myself staring at the blank, phinxlil
: ?ng up my pad, my pip?', and my pencil, an
ng .?11 ??!' my cricri hed idea- oui there in the cru
? . ?never to ?be recovered, I cramblc?! ihroug
the window, painfully craping my knee in passing
? : ? in time to es? ipe the deluge.
CHAPTER IV. I Become an Ancestor
r"Pi\ i 'l;. t?? tin- promi e he had cxti -1? ! from me,
' ii I ?.(T my workmen the ?next morning. The
:?:.'? ??ht ami early, ?considerably augmented b
"??? -iii who came t?. share the benefil ?.!' my it:
Hi -.ii ! it' I live f. In- at!
??i cxperien not "me ?half-hou
on? I ? ? t ii ng to theii.? ?
... .... ? . . poor ai
In the ci i ? ? ? : ill
" i ?Hi tied
tlctnai. " ? ' I 11 ? . '- ? :
the lay I insisted
ng of l
I ? ? I
... - nt to 1
t it 1 ? re i
. t one from !
... . In great tre|
H k I was in the balcony,
.... j. ( good
? ? S'othii l?l
I I i .? ?
' ' .
I ? ?
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I?an<! i " ? ? .
?n't i ... I she,
My gran? 11 tifi
try i mou ni
"I have dischatrged her as cook," I said triumphantly
"A neu one will be here by the end of the week.'
"Oh," -lie aid plaintively, "how glad I am! She i
an a*;.'" ?ou.k. I don't like tocomplain, Mr. Smart
but really it is getting so that I can't eat anything she
sends up. I have thought it over, Mr. Smart. ' -he went
on in a busine dike nuntu-r. "and I believe ?we shall get
al??ng much Letter it' we stay apart."
I was ??> stunned by preceding admisnons that I
could only gasp, "1'" :?'"'' mean to say you've been sub?
sisting all this time on my food?'
"Oh, ?l.'ar me, ii"! How >???? you thmk that of me?
1.' fmerely tfoolcs the food I buy. ?She keep-, a di**->
tin t and leparate accounl of everything, potir thing.
I ,Mi sure you wiU no! Und anything wrong with your
bills, Mr. Smart. Bui did you hear what I ?aid a m??
ment ago? I prefer to lei matters stand just as they
..re. why should wi discommtxle each other? We are
tly satisfied as we ?"
"This is most extraordinary, Madam!"
?1 | quite agree with yoa Who would have
dreamed of your buying the place and coming here t?>
up ? everything?"
I r -solved to be firm with her. "Much as I regret it.
Madam, I am compelled to ask you to evacuate; to get
out. in fact. This sorl of thing can't k" on. "
She was alenl for to long thai I e**perienced a ?slow
growth of t'lmpim? ti'.n. Just as I was ..n the point of
slightly re. eding from my position, she ?gave me another
??Don'1 you think it would be awfully eonvenietit if
v?.u had a telephone pul in, Mr. Smart*" she said. "It
is n? h a nuisance to send Max <>r Rudolph over to
ti.wn on errand-., when a tfHephone in y?ur name, of
com e would be ?o much more atisfactory."
"Madam!" I t ried, and got no farther.
"'I he doctor ?am?' thi. evening, an?! it really wasn't
necc ary. ?Don'1 you tee von ?could have telephoned
for me and saved him the trip?"
It ?vas 'lu.? t?. th.- nr-osl stupendous exertion of self
restraint "ii my part that I -ai'l. "Well, I'll !..? jiggered!"
in tead "t" something a little less stilted. "Madam," I
exploded, "will you be ?good enough t?> listen to me?
I am ii??t t?. I??' iriiled with. Tomorrow morning I shall
? liter tile ?M t WJllg Of till ? lilliMillJ" il" I ll.lVe t., kilo? k
??own all the doors on the place. t)o you under I ind,
"I do hope, Mr. Smart, you can arrange to break in
aboul five o'clock. It will afford me a great deal of
pi? . ire '?? give you e tea. Ma;.' I expect you at
tiv ? ? r r
II??:? ? almiu ? perated me. "I don't beli ve a
word you iy about a ick baby or a doctor! Tomorrow
you will fin?! >'"?? f, ' ind baggage, sitting at the
I ??"?.m of thi ? hill,
"Wail "Are you really, truly in earnest?*
"Mo ?I emph iti? ally!"
"Then I I iurrender," he aid very ?lowly and
.. I v . ' 11?> ob ervo.
? ? "' I ? ried enthusi ti? ally.
"I in ?.ne ' on lit ion,' "'. groe in
1. ? to let i tay on h? re for a month or two.
I' Mr. Smart."
"I ' ill '?. I judge of that, Ma lam," I retort !
"By the way," I wen! on, knitting
? ! ? ' ir ' tie?
? ? . . ?
"They hall lie I 1 i torn? im >n i ?rning,
Mi ??. ' id Ik '?'?.. "( ioodnight."
itl ?..]'. and I v.a
T DASHED ff to the 1 nd houted
?* for Britton, <?i
tit i ? -n..-.
i ? ? ....... ?onable
I and gru? bling.
'.* with a. '
... -. ...
"Do rve the lad
porai ? ? 1 ? ' ' ?'! n talking
" Y' . I/- in llerr,\
1 I .' enough I
. ? two?!
Helowere?! n?l fumble?!
[I ? . ? ...,:. ... . . | ?,
? harp littl rning 1 t (?retel, who in?
tantl .... vier asking Go?J
to liear witness i thing
, . ; ... ....
? nfernally sel
... ?; . . mmitted
.. , ?? ..
long tii ng first at the flooi
" ? he 11
ng i tl twinkle in i But Conra?!
? ? ?-...' ? led, in a I ; '
plain ??'. ??'.?? rrow. !. : noth
mg, .?/..>? Herr. AI ? ? ! ,
"We I faithful .' R
"Ar ? till i - ? | .
- ; ??: '.;? ?? a \'. . //.?
re the I you ?>M i
. . . .
, . . ?
"Pomve! Forgive!" Conrad groaned, "I havedoM
?mly what was iK'st."
"Produce the keys!"
"Hut n??t tonight, not tonight!" he pleaded "Sh-?
will he very angry. AihCott! She will drive in Ml
she will shame ns all! Ackl and the v.l.'. i ,, w?'title
an?l s<? unhappy and to? s?j kin?l to all of us! J | _9_,
n??t ?1 cannot!"
?Poopendvke's commonsense ?ame in ?very handily at
this critical juin tun-. He ?"tinseled m?- to let ?;.-, r'na^
ter rest until the next m??rning. when, it v.., r? asonable
to expect, the lady herself would explain everything
?Before they finished they had convinced n ?? that I w_j
i meek, futile suppliant and not the ma ter of ,t feudal
stronghold. ?Somehow I was made :?, fee] that ?f i
didn't behave myself I st<?"<! in ?con id? Dgerei
?being turned <.ff the place.
However, we forced something out of & hi ii? k befoa
his Stalwart suns earn?' tramping up ttv ? , ttwtnm
him. The old man (BV? us a touch of m : le history
concerningSchl?oss Rothhoef?en and il ?power.
ABOUT the middle of the nineteenth century the
** last of the oldtime Hanns earn?- to th? i nd of his
f??ur score years and ten, and was ?laid in ??'. rta__\
pomp and glee by the people ?of the towi ?;ie
river. His tw?. daughters had marri?-! Au tri in ii'.hle
neu, an?l neither of them ?produced a n endant
The estate, already in a state of fil u well aj
physical disintegration, fell into the han : ? '.\?.m(*n,
an?l went fr?.m ha?l to w-.rse s?, raptdl) I tig ?befan
the last Quarter of ?the century **? fait ??un the
?castle and the reduced ?holdings slippe I ?? ,?r, the
Rothhocfcns altogether and into the contr ' I ?'?father
of th?- ?Count from whom I ?purchased th? property,
The Count's father was a distiller of greal Ith in his
day, and a man of action. Unfortunat? ' lied be?
fore he had the ?han??- t?. carry out hi pn in 00?
nection with the rehabilitation of Schlot? Ro? fen,
even then ;i deserted, ram
t?>uri-.ts and a Mecca for antique and pi i .'?-rs.
The new Count, my immediate pre I? not
long in ?dissipating th fortun? left by his I i r. He
had run through the hulk of his patrimony b\ ' ? time
he was twenty-five, and was pretty much : n ^
th?- ?heel when be married m the hope of recou] ng his
T WAS aroused from my belated sleep by tl ?und
*? of mighty catai ind the tr?-a?l of untie?
elephants. Too late I realized that the t? were
upon me. Too late I remembered thai th? ton
room ?had ?been left uni? ke I. '1 ! e hui It
nine were huddled oui ?de my in the
monotonous drivel of the guide, who had I, oosh>
trating voi<*e and no1 the faintest notion ol i ?n?.?-.
I listened in dismay :. ?. :
by something more than fury, leap
prepared for a la h a<*ro i the room I loor,
On the third stride I whirled and made
the bed, cuttling bene th the i ? ?-?-ii
and accuracy of a ? rawfi h. Just in tii ; for the
heavy dcx>r swung ' the
shrill, explanatory voia ??? ?proj I v ? my
?' ? ?? ; :?*?'? loser, pieise," lid tl ?? n
with the ? ap. " room ? ? u| i i riei
by the masters of Schlo Rothhoefen. It i '-.:??.
See the gi t baroi ' It 1 ? lept
in for more than two nun In ! year . ? - Barom
refused to in ' htd
?been n its sheets at t! - ;j>e
I :' :::
false. This roon nted. 01 of
the bed. TI i f the rarest sill
for three hundred years, coming fi i in the
? It'.1.?."?. N'ow we ??:" ? pied
by all of the great Baroi ip to
A re olute i eh Ider spol ?????? ;..<?
"If you ; . ' ' But ???no
- I : ... . ?
"Please do not handle the 1
II fall 1 ? -
'. '? rd no i ? for tl Ina
... upon i ed
n led tl
tretching ?out h? t? ? i pro?
? ? .?.'???. I ? It
-, ., ?
Aft ? rd I was told that 11
....... . ? . ? .
iped death in t! .'alai nity
that ; ?'.'???'? ? ? ;
i six-y? - : ?
CHAPTER V. I Meet the Foe-and Fall
nril K post tl ?? gran
?? ? v. ft!
' ?'?????? ? - . gels 1 of
nts, engaged by my fri I I
letter from the latter ii rinj hen i old
? ? ? : ? .? th?
from tlrafts, leaky rool ?
I letter 1 the H t_f
ing them 1 11 tl ' r::;g
hatelaii f the east It had ped
into tl " ? I fi ? ? ? ?
ling ??f it I. ten
lenioi ilmlv announce?! thai ;