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only thought of my father, shot by
the Russian government, and of my
duty to avenge him. The Russian
government had not the least suspi
cion of my activities.
"I went to the garrison town of
Krujevatz, and there, posing as a
Russian countess, engaged in hos
pital work. I had no difficulty in
3$ scraping acquaintance with Col. Rep
ovitch, whom it was my mission to
fascinate. We became friends. Be
fore I had wormed out of him the
secret and he trusted me implicitly
and believed me to be a countrywom
an of his I realized that I loved him
as he loved me. I had never loved
before. I had been too hard, too sel
fish and too much engrossed in my
"I spent a terrible hour when I
found myself face to face with my
destiny. At last, summoning all my
pride to my assistance, I won. I
thought of my martyred father and
and of the hundred thousand ru
bles then waiting for me in the pock
et o'f the military spy Count N .
"I knew where Col. Repovitch "kept
his keys. I took them, opened his
safe and extracted the model of the
.gun. CoL Repovitch was on duty for
-a week in a distant town. When he
came back the model reposed safely
in his safe again and the hundred
thousand rubles were in my pocket.
"The news soon leaked out. Col.
Repovitch was placed on trial. Even
then nobody suspected me, except
the colonel. He knew and he would
not betray me. Instead, he simply
sent me a message, by a trusted or
derly, to leave the country.
"I went to Vienna, where I learned
hp had heen condemned to death as
)M a spy and was to be shot as soon as
the czar connrmea tne sentence.
Why did I place my head within the
lion's jaws again?
'Twent back to Serbia because I
loved him, and I felt that this treach
ery, which had taken a man's life
,away, had awakened something that
had slumbered within me against my ,
knowledge. I went back to confess
but first I must see Colonel Repo
vitch. "T reached Krujevatz you know
how these journeys can be arranged
even in time of war. The colonel had
not been put to death, but the czar's
order was- expected houdyr By
means of my influence for he had
not denounced me I managed to se
cure an Interview with him in his
"When he saw me his face seemed
to light up. In that hour of imminent
death the husk of the man had fallen
away, revealing only the goodness of
the spirit He took my hands In his
and bade me sit down.
" 'Tell me how you came to do it,'
he said, as if he had been a father
speaking to a child.
"I burst into tears. Something
hard in me melted also, and I con
fessed everything. I told him of my
father's occupation and his death;
how I had come to take up the work
of espionage; there was nothing that
I did' net reveal. When I had ended
speaking he said, gently:
,rtAt least my death will not have
been in vain if I have saved Russia
the services of one of her enemies'
most trusted agents.'
"Then he spoke solemnly, because
the time was very short and the war
den was growing impatient
"I told you that I loved you, Vera,'
he said. "I had no suspicion of your
occupation. When I discovered that
you had forced the safe I felt that
death would have been preferable to
the knowledge of the dishonor of the
one woman whom I had loved and"
believed in. You took away my faith.
Can you give It back to me?"
" 'Yes, I would if it wereposslble,'
I answered, weeping.
" 'It is possible, Vera,' he answer
ed. " 'How?' I asked.
" 'By telling me that you did love
me and were not playing a part said
"I fell upon my knees and told him