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the CastleBurhild. Its countess was
a distant relative of Duke Hecklen
burg. His daughter Constance had
been there on a visit for a month. As
the secretary entered the spacious
grounds he removed his cap to bow
low to the object of his visit the
Lady Constance. She occupied a rus
tic seat in a nest of rare greenery. A
handsome royal looking young man
,was by her side. Werther's eyes
widened and he whistled low to him
self. "Mercy spare complication of a
new suitor for the Lady Constance!"
he uttered fervently and entered the
castle to meet the chaperone of Con
stance, the countess.
To her Werther imparted his orders
as to the speedy return of Lady Con
stance to her native realm. The kind
ly yet tactful eyes of the old lady
sparkled as she said:
"Unheard of, impossible! Why this
urgency? Lady Constance has yet to
spend a month with my sister in Wo
gran. So you will inform my illus
"He will rebel," pronounced the
secretary. "There are hints of strife,
of warfare "
"Then no place is safer for Con
, stance than Wdgran," asserted the
So it was settled and Werther de
parted. He wondered as to the iden
tity of the young cavalier at the rus
tic bench. Upon his return to Heck
Ienburg his master stormed and rag
ed, as he always did when his will was
crossed. However, when Werther im
parted his defi from Bolstein the Duke
shot out Jrom his incensed mind ev
erything about war war war!
"Then there was a fine commotion
the bugle call of the train bands,
the clang of firearms, the hauling out
of rusted old cannon. For the first
time in a century and a half the rival
principalities took on a martial as
The object of all this was Wogran
and the rival claimants moved toward
. that district so soon as their -forces
were organized. It took two weeks to
.get in full trim. There was a fortress
at Wogran. It had been held by a
neutral governor and it was in a
measure the key city to the little
On a certain morning from the
west appeared outside the walls of
Wogran the forces of Hecklenburg.
Almost simultaneously on the east
approach the thousands of Bolstein
came into view. There was a broad
causeway running across a stretch of
marsh land. It was guarded' by the
cannons of the citadel.
The rival forces deployed on either
side of the causeway. A conflict would
be precipitated should either army at
tempt to march upon this causeway.
While the dukes each in his own camp
was holding a consultation as to the
propriety of a forward movement,
there appeared from the castle a her
ald, trumpet-armed. He advanced
down the causeway until within chal
lenging distance of the two camps.
"The Grand Duke of Hecklenburg,
etc., etc.," and here followed a, long
list of titles, and "the Grand Duke of
Bolstein, etc., etc.," and the latter
swelled up pompously as his list ex
ceeded in length that of his rival were
askedto a consultation in the gover
nor's rqom at the citadel.
Bolstein, has disdainful nose high
in the air, Hecklenburg refusing to
even look at his bitter enemy, with
tehir retinue the two dukes reached
the governor's great reception hall.
To their surprise not that functionary
but young Leopold greeted them, ar
rayed in official robes and smiling
"Mon son!" shouted the astonished
"Ha! a trick, a plot, a trap!" roared
the Duke Hecklenburg. "Already in
violence of law and equity he has
gobbled up Wogran!"
"By inheritance and sharing con
trol and ownership mutually with
my wife " began Leopold smoothly.
"Your wife?" gasped he of Bolstein.
"She is. here," and Leopold draw
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