temperatute indefinitely, it would
supersede, dynamite in the field.
This bottle had been filled
with this substance and tightly
fastened By the most careful
eomputations it had been proved
beyond doubt that the very slow
infiltration of natural heat would
bring about the required explo
sion'at exactly moon on the third
day the hour of the royal pic
pic "So careful had been the prep
arations, that this allowed a mar
gin of error of less than a quarter
of an hour. And the "czar ban
queted in the gardens every day
between 11 :30 an.d 1.
-"The bottle was sent by pri-
vate messenger to Copenhagen
and placed in Strogoff s hands.
And he was in" possession of it
and had placed it in the czar's
hamper while I watched him like
an unsuspecting dolt and never
dreamed of his purpose.
"Shortly before 11 the royal
party entered the gardens and
made their way to the elm. The
cooks were busy with their work
near by, myself among them;
and there was Strogoff, polish
ing the plates and cutlery, and
the fatal bottle itself, and fifty
paces away the czar and his fam
ily, chatting and. joking together.
"'Give' me the hamper I
shouted for 'none but myself
could approach the, party. He
raised it; suddenly I remembered
that the salt was missing, and
ran back for it I had gone twen
ty feet when a terrific roar shook
the very walls of the palace. I
escaped by, a miracle. Strogpff
and the hamper were "blown Htex
ally into fragments."
"But you said the mechanism
was accurately time," remarked
Boutcheff's friend. "At what
time did the explosion occur
'Precisely at 11," Boutcheff an
swered. "You see, my friend,
when they sent the bottle from
St. Petersburg they had. not Re
membered that it would gain one
hour in time in transit. As you
know, noon at St Petersburg is
only 11 o'clock in Copenhagen."
The maid and man they bill and
Beneath the shert'ririg tree;
Which proves the season some
To bring spring. lethargy.
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