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UNDERa YOON AxND MoIASTEIY.
OR two days Lorry lived through
intermittent stages of delight
and despondency. His recovery
from the effects of the blow
administered by Dannox was naturally
rapid, his strong young constitution
coming to the rescue bravely. He saw
much of the princess, more of the
Countess Dagmar, and made the ac
quaintance of many lords and ladies
for whom he cared but little except
when they chose to talk of their girlish
ruler. The atmosphere of the castle
was laden with a depression that could
not be overcome by a? assimilated
The princess could not hide the trou
ble that had sprung up in her eyes.
Her laugh, her gay conversation, her
rare composure and ge-itle hauteur
were powerless to drive away the
haunted, worried gleam in those ex
pressive e -s of blue. Lorry had it on
his tongue's end a dozen times during
the next day or so after the count's
narrative to question her about the
condition of affairs as they appeared
The Countess Dagmar, when not
monopolized by the very progressive or
aggressive Anguish, unfolded to Lorry
certain pages in the personal history of
the princess, and he, of course, en
ouraged her confidential humor, al
though there was nothing encouraging
in it for him.
Down by the great fountain, while
the soldiers were on parade, the fair
but volatile countess unfolded to Lorry
a story that wrenched his heart so
savagely that anger, resentment, help
lessness and love oozed forth and en
veloped him in a multitude of emotions
that would not disperse.
"She will not mind my telling you,
because she considers you the very
best of men, Mr. Lorry," said the count
ess, who had learned her English un
der the Princess Tetive's tutor.
It seems, according to the very truth
ful account given by the lady, that the
princess had it in her power to save
Graustark from disgrace and practical
destruction. The Prince of Axphain's
son, Lorenz, was deeply enamored of
her, infatuated by her marvelous beau
ty and accomplishments. He had per
suaded his father to consider a matri
monial alliance with her to be one of
great value to Axphain. The old
prince, therefore, some months before
the arrival of the Americans in Grau
stark sent to the princess a substitute
ultimatum, couched in terms so polite
and conciliatory that there could be no
mistaking his sincerity. He agreed to
give Graustark a aew lease of life, as
t were, by extending the fifteen years
r, in other words, to grant the con
:uered an additional ten years in
which to pay off the obligations im
posed by the treaty. He furthermore
ffered a considerable reduction in the
ate of interest for the next ten years.
But he had a condition attached to this
ood and gracious proposition--the mar
iage of Graustark's sovereign. His
mbassador set forth the advantages
f such an alliance, and departed with
a message that the matter should have
ost serious consideration.
The old prince's. proposition was a
low to the princess, who was placed
n a trying position. By sacrificing
erself she could save her country, but
n so doing her life was to be plunged
Into interminable darkness. She did
ot love nor did she respect Lorenz,
who was not favorably supplied with
The proposition was laid before the
abinet and the nobility by the princess
"Cannot thc loan be extendcd a few
herself, who said that she would be
guided by any decision they might
reach. The counselors to a man re
fused to sacrifice their girlish ruler, and
the people vociferously ratified the res
olution. But the princess would not al
low them to send an answer to Ax
phain until she could see a way clear
to save her people in some other man
nei. An embassy was sent to the Prince
of Dawsbergen. His domain touched
Graustark on the south, and he ruled
a wild, turbulent class of mountaineers
and herdsmen. This emibassy sought
to secure an indorsemient of thle loan
from Prince Gabriel sumlicient to meet
the comi1ng crisis. Gabriel, himself
smitten by the charms of the princess,
at once offered himself in marriage,
agreeing to advance, in case she ac
cepted him, 20.000,000 gavvos at a rath
er high rate of interest for fifteen years.
His love for her was so great that he
would pawn the eutire principality for
an answer that would make him the
happiest man on earth. Now, the trou
bled princess abhorred Gabriel. Of the
two, Lorenz was much to be preferred.
Gabriel flew into a rage upon the re
ceIpt of this rebuff and openly avowed
his intention to make her suffer. His
Infatuation became a mania, and up to
the very day on which the countess
told the story he persisted in his ap
peals to the rness. in person he had
gone to her to plead his guilt on his
knees, grovelin;; at her feet. Ie went
so far as to exclaim madly In the pres
ence of the alarmed but relentless ob
ject of his love that hie would win her
or turn the whole earth into evthing
So it was that the Princess of Grau
stark, erstwhile Miss G uggensilocker,
was being dragged through the most
unhappy affairs that ever beset a soy
erein. Wthina moth _he ws -
transforming multitudes of her beloved
and loving people into subjects of the
hated Axphain or to sell herself, body
and soul, to a loathsome bidder in the
guise of a suitor, and, with all this con
fronting her. she had come to the real
ization of a truth so sad and distract
ing that it was breaking her tortured
heart. She was in love, but with no
royal prince: Of this, however, the
countess knew nothing, so Lorry had
one great secret to cherish alone.
*ilas she chosen the course she will
ursue?" asked Lorry as the countess
concluded her story. His face was
"She cannot decide. We have wept
together over this dreadful, this horri
ble thing. You do not know what it
means to all of us, Mr. Lorry. We
love her, and there is not one in our
land who would sacrifice her to save
this territory. As for Gabriel, Gran
stark would kill her before she should
go to him. Still she cannot let herself
sacrifice those northern subjects when
by a single act she can save them. You
see, the princess has not forgotten
that her father brought this war upon
the people, and she feels it her duty to
pay the penalty of his error, whatever
"Is there no other to whom she can
turn-no other course" asked Lorry.
"There is none who would assist us,
bankrupt as we are. There is a ques
tion I want to ask, Mr. Lorry. Please
look at ine. Do not stare at the foun
tain all the time. Why have you come
to Edelweiss?" She asked the ques
tion so boldly that his startled embar
rassment was an unspoken confession.
He calmed himself and hesitated long
before answering, weighing his reply.
She sat close beside him, her clear
gray eyes reading him like a book.
"I came to see a Miss Guggenslock
er," he answered at last.
"For what purpose? There must
have been an urgent cause to bring
you so far. You are not an American
"I had intended to ask her to be my
wife," ha said, knowing that secrecy
was useless and seeing a faint hope.
"You did not find Miss Guggenslock
"No; I have not found her."
"And are you going home disappoint
ed, Mr. Lorry, because she is not
"I leave the answer to your tender
There was a long pause.
"May I ask when you expect to leave
Graustark?" she asked somewhat tim
- "Why do you wish to know?" he
asked in turn.
"Because I know how hopeless your
quest has been. You have found Miss
Guggenslocker, but she is held behind
a wall so strong and impregnable that
you catnnot reach her with the question
you came to ask. You have come to
that wall, and now you must turn back.
I have asked how soon?"
"Not until your princess bids pne take
up my load and go. You see, my lady,
I love to sit beneath the shadow of the
wall you describe. It will require a
royal edict to compel me to abandon
"You cannot expect the princess to
drive you from her country, you who
have done so much for her. You must
go, Mr. Lorry, without her bidding."
"Yes, for your presence oatside that
wall may make the imprisonment all
the more unendurable for the one your
love cannot reach. Do you understand
"Has the one behind the wall in
structed you to say this to me?" he
"She has not. I do not know her
heart, but I am a woman and have a
woman's foresight. If you wish to be
kind and good to her, go."
"I cannot:" he exclaimed, his pent
feelings bursting forth. "I cannot go:"'
"You will not be so selfish and so
cruel as to increase the horror of the
wreck that is sure to come," she said,
"You know, countess, of the life sav
ing crews who draw from the wrecks
of ships lives that were hopelessly lost.
There is to0 be a wreck here. Is there
to be a life saver? When the night is
darkest, the sea wildest, when hope is
gone, is not that the time when rescue
is most precious? Tell me, you who
know all there is of-this approaching
"I cannot command you to leave
Edeiweiss. I can only tell you that
you will have something to answer for
if you stay," said the countess.
I"Will you help me If I show to you
that I can reach the wreck and save
the one who clings to it despairingly?"
he asked, smiling, suddenly calm and
"Willingly, for I love the one who is
going down in the sea. I have spoken
to you seriously, though, and I trust
you will iot misunderstand me. i like,
you, and I like Mr. Anguish. You could
stay here forever so far as I am con
Hie thought long and intently over
what she had said as he smoked his ci
gar on the great balcony that night
Hie saw in one moment the vast chasm
between the man and the princess; in
the next lhe laughed at the puny space.
Down oni the promenade he could see
Ithe figures of men and women stroll
ing in the moonlight. To his ears came
the occasionial laugh of a man. the sil
ver gugl of a woman. 'The royal
mlitairy banud was piring in the stand
ner the edge of' thec gre~at circle. There
were- gayety, comforit. charm and seu
r "y bout everythinu that came to his
eyes and ears. Whe're was she? I~e
hd seen h'er in the afternoon andi had
talked wih her, had walked with her.
Their conversation hasd been bright, but
of the commonplace king.. She had
said nothing to indiente that she re
membered the hour spent beside his
couch a day or so before; he laid ut
tered none of tile words that struggled
to rush from his lips-the cluestions, the
pleadings, the vows. Where was she
now? Not in that gay crowd below,
for he had scanned ev-ery tigure with
the hawk's eye; closeted again, no
doubt, with her ministers, wearymng
her tired brain, her brave heart into
fatgue without rest.
Iher court still trembled with the ex
ctemenft of the daring attempt of the
abductors and their swift punishment.
Functionaries tioecked to Edelweiss to
inquire after the welfare of the pri
est- pitch: Tlere -weri* thiories mnua
merable as :o the identity of the arch
conspirator. Baron Dangloss was at
sea completely. He cursed himself
and everybody else for the hasty and
ill timed execution of the hirelings. It
was quite *evident that the buzzing
wonder and intense feeling of the peo
ple had for the moment driven out all
thought of the coming day of judg
ment and its bitter atonement for all
Graustark. Today the castle was full
of the nobility, drawn to its walls by
the news ttat had startled them be
yond all exiression. The police were
at work, the military trembled with
rage, the people clamored for the ap
prehension (.f the man who had been
the instigator of this audacity. The
general belief was that some brigand
chief from the south had planned the
great theft for the purpose of securing
a fabulous ransom. Grenfall Lorry
had an astonishing theory in his mind,
and the more he thought it over the
more firmly it was imbedded.
The warm, blue coils from the cigar
wafted away into the night, carrying
with them a myriad of tangled thoughts
--of her, of Axphain, of the abductor,
of himself, of everything. A light step
on the stone floor of the shadowy bal
cony attracted his attention. He turn
ed his head and saw the Princess Ye
tive. She was walking slowly toward
the balustrade, not aware of his pres
ence. There was no covering for the
dark hair, no wrap about the white
shouliders. She wore an exquisite gown
of white, shimmering v:ith the reflec
tions from the moon that scaled the
mountain top. She stood at the balus
trade, her hands clasping a bouquet of
red roses, her chin lifted, her eyes gaz
ing toward the mountain's crest, the
prettiest picture he had ever seen. The
strange dizziness of love overpowered
him. How long he reveled in the glory
of the picture he knew not, for it was
as if he looked from a dream. At last
he saw her look down upon the roses,
lift them slowly and drop them over
the rail. They fell to the ground be
low. He thought he understood-the
gift of a prince despised.
They were not twenty feet apart. He
advanced to her side, his hat In one
hand, his stick-the one that felled the
Viennese-trembling In the other.
"I did not know you were here," she
exclaimed in half frightened amaze
ment. "I left my ladies inside."
He was standing besid6 her, looking
down into the eyes.
"And I am richer because of your ig
norance," he said softly. "I have seen
a picture that shall never leave my
memory-never! Its beauty enthralled,
enraptured. Then I saw the drama of
the roses. Ah, your highness, the
crown is not always a mask."
"The roses were-were of no conse
quence," she faltered.
"I have heard how you stand be
tween two suitors and that wretched
treaty. My heart has ached to tell you
how I pity you."
"It is not pity I need, but courage.
Pity will not aid. me in my duty, Mr.
Lorry. It stands plainly before me,
this duty, but I have not the courage
to take it up and place It about my
"You do not, cannot love this Lo
renz?" he asked.
"Love him!" she cried. "Ach, I for
get! You do not know him. Yet I
shall doubtless be his wife." There
was an eternity of despair in that low,
"You shall not! I swear you shall
"Oh,-he is a prince! I must accept
the offer that means salvation to Grau
stark. Why do you make it harder
with torture which you think Is kind
ness? Listen to me. Next week I am
to give my answer. He will be here
in this castle. My father brought this
calamity upon Graustark; I must lift
It from the people. What has my hap
piness to do with It?"
Her sudden strength silenced him,
crushed him ,with the real awakening
of helplessness. He- stood beside her,
looking up at the cold monastery,
strangely conmcious that she was gaz
ing toward th-3 same dizzy height
"It looks so peaceful up there," she
said at last
"But so cold and cheerless," he add
ed drearily. There was another long
silence in which two hearts communed
through the medium of that faraway
sentinel. "They have not discovered a
clew to the chief abductor, have they?"
he asked in cEn effort to return to his
"Baron Dangioss believes he has a
clew-a meager and unsatisfactory one,
he admits-and today sent officers to.
Ganlook to inrestigate the actions of a
strange man who was there last week,
a man who styvled himself the Count of
Arabazon and who chaimed to be of Vi
enna. 'Some Austrians had been hunt
ings stags and bears in the north, how
ever, and it is possible he is one of
them." She spoke slowly, her eyes still
bent on the homne of the monks.
"Your highness, I have a theory, a
bold and perho ps a criminal theory, but
you will allow me to tell you why I am
possessed of it. I am aware that there
is a Prince Gabriel. It is my opinion
that no Viennese is guilty, nor are the
brigands to be accused of this master
piece in crime. Have you thought how
ar a man may go to obtai'a his heart's
She looked at him instantly, her eyes
wide with growing comprehension, the
solution to the mystery darting into her
mind like a flash.
"You mean"- - she began, stopping as
if afraid to voice the suspicion..
"That Prince Gabriel is the man
who bought your guards and hired
Geddos and Ostromn to carry you to the
place where he could own you, whether
you would or no," said Lorry.
"But he could never have forced me
to marry him, and I should sooner or
He knw tat.. ol enuc i
"Idt aonot-ppreciate my estimate
of that gentleman."
"What is to become of me?" she al
most sobbed in an anguish of fear. "I
see now-I see plainly! It was Gabriel,
and he would have done as you say."
A shudder ran through her figure, and
he tenderly whispered in her ear:
"The danger is past. He can do no
more, your highness. Were I positive
that he is the man-and I believe he Is
-I would hunt him down this night"
Her eyes closed happily under his
gaze, her hand dropped timidly from
his arm, and a sweet sense of security
filled her soul.
"I am not afraid," she murmured.
"Because I am here?" he asked, bend
"Because God can bless with the
same hand that punishes," she answer
ed enigmatically, lifting her lashes
again and looking into his eyes with a
love at last unmasked. "He gives me
a man to love and denies me happiness.
He makes of me a woman, but he does
not unmake me a princess. Through
you he thwarts a villain-; through you
he crushes the innocent. -More than
ever, I thank you for coming into my
life. You, and you alone, guided by the
God who loves and despises me, saved
me from Gabriel."
"I only ask"- he began eagerly, but
"You should not ask anything, for I
have said I cannot pay. I owe to you
all I have, but cannot pay the debt."
"I shall not again forget," be mur
"Tomorrow, if you like, I will take
you over the castle and let you see the
squalor in which I exist-my throne
room, my chapel, my banquet hall, my
ballroom, my conservatory, my sepul
cher. You may say it is wealth, but I
shall call it poverty," she said.
"Tomorrow, if you will be so kind."
"Perhaps I may be poorer after I
have saved Graustark," she said.
"I would to God I could save you
from that?" he said.
"I would to God you could," she said.
Her manner changed suddenly. She
laughed gayly, turning a light face to
his. "I hear your friend's laugh out
there in the darkness. It is delightful
THE EPISODE OF THE THEONEROOM.
" HIS is the throneroom. Allode!"
The Princess Yetive paused
before two massive doors. It
was the next afternoon, and
she had already shown him the palace
of a queen, the hovel of a pauper!
Through the afternoon not one word
other than those which might have
passed between good friends escaped
the lips of either. He was all inter
est, she all graciousness. Allode, the
sturdy guard, swung open the doors,
drew the curtain and stood aside for
them to pass. Into the quiet hall she
led him, a princess in a gown of gray,
a courtier in tweeds. Inside the doors
"And I thought you were Miss Gug
genslocker," he said. She laughed with
the glee of a child who has charmed
and delighted through surprise.
"Am I not a feeble mite to sit on
that throne and rule all that comes
within its reach?" She directed his
attention to the throne at the opposite
end of the hall. "From its seat I calm
ly instruct gray haired statesmen,
weigh their wisdom and pass upon iti
as if I were Demosthenes, challenge
the evils that may drive monarchs
mad and wonder if my crown Is on
"Let me be ambassador from the
United States and kneel at the throne,
"I could not engage in a jest with the
crown my ancestors wore, Mr. Lorry.
It is sacred, thou thoughtless Amer
Lean. Come, we will draw rearer that
you may see the beauty of the workd
manship in that great old chair."
They stood at the base of the low,
velveted stage on which stood the chair,
with its high back, its massive arms.
and legs a-shimmer in the light from
the lofty windows. It was of gold, in
laid with precious stone'J-diamonds,
rubies, emeralds, sapphires and other
wondrous jewels-a relic of ancient
"I never sit in the center. Always at
one side or the other, usually leaning'
my elbow on the arm. You see, the
discussions are generally so long and
dreary that I become fatigued. One
time-I am ashamed to confess it-I
went to sleep on the throne. That was
long ago. I manage to keep awake
very well of late. Do you like my
"And to think that it is yours!''
- I is this room that gives me the
right to be hailed with 'Long live the
princess!' Not with campaign, yells
and 'Hurrah for Yetive!' How does
that sound? 'Hurrah for Yetive!' " She
was laughing merrily.
"Don't say it! It sounds sacrilegious,
"For over three years-since I was
eighteen-I have been supreme in that
chair. During the years of my reign
prior to that time I sat there with my
Uncle Caspar standing beside me. How
often I begged him to sit down with
me! There was so much room, and he
certainly must have grown tired of
standing. One time I e: (I because he
frowned at me when I pa ~ssted in the
presence of a great assemblage of no
bles from Dawsbergen. It seems that
it was a most important audience that
I was granting, but I thought more of
my uncle's tired old legs. I remember
saying through my sobs of mortifica
tion that I would have him beheaded.
You are to guess whether that startling
threat created consternation or mirth."
"What a whimsical little princess
you must have been, weeping and pout
ing and going to sleep!" he laughed.
"And how sedate and wise you have
"Thank you. Hlow very nice you
are. I have felt all along that some
one would discern my effort to be dig
nified and sedate. They say I am wise
and good and gracious, but that is to
be expected. They said that of sover
eigns as fac back as the deluge, I've
heard. Would you really like to see
me in that old chair?" she asked.
"Ah, you are still a woman," he said,
smiling at her pretty vanity. "Noth
ing could impress me more pleasantly."
She stepped carelessly and impulsive-1
ly upon the royal platform, leaned
against the arm of the throne, and with
the charming blush of consciousness
turned to him with the Quickness of a
guilty conscience, eager to hear his
praise, but feni rful lest he secretly con
demned her conceit. IHis eyes .were
burning with the admiration that
knows no defining, and his breath
cae quick and sharp through parted
lips. He involuntarily placed a foot
upon the bottom step, as if to spring
to her side.
"You must not come up here!" she
cried, shrinking back, her hands er
tended in fluttering remonstrance. "I
cannot permit that at all!"
"I beg your pardon," he cried. "That
is all the humble plebeian can say.
That I may be more completely under
this fairy spell, pray cast about your
self the robe of rank and take up the
scepte. Pe,.ha I may fall upon my
"And hurt your head all over again,"
she said, laughing nervously. She hes
itated for a moment, a perplexed frown
crossing her brow. Then she jerked a
rich robe from the back of the throne
and placed it about her shoulders as
only a woman can. Taking up the
scepter, she stood before the great
chair and, with a smile on her lips,
held it above his head, saying softly:
"Graustark welcomes the American
He sank to his knee before the real
princess, kissed the hem of her robe
and arose with face pallid. The chasm
was now endless in its immensity. The
princess gingerly seited herself on the
throne, placed her elbow on the broad
arm, her white chin in her hand, and
tranquilly surveyed the voiceless Amer
"You have not said 'Thank you,'"
she said finally, her eyes wavering be
neath his steady gaze.
"I am only thinking how easy it
would be to cross the gulf that lies be
tween us. With two movements of my.
body I can place it before you, with a
third I can be sitting at your side. It
is not so difficult after all," he said,
hungrily eying the broad chair.
"No man, unless -a prince, ever sat
upon this throne," she said.
"You have called me a prince."
"Oh, I jested," she cried quickly, com
prehending his intention. "I forbid
Her command came too late, for he
was beside her on the throne of Grau
stark! She sat perfectly rigid for a
moment, intense fear in her eyes.
"Do you know what you have done?"
she whispered miserably.
"Usurped the throne," he replied, as
suming an ease and complacence he did
not feel. Truly he was guilty of un
"You have desecrated-desecrated!
Do you hear?" she went on, paying no
attention to his remark.
"Peccavi. Ah, your highness, I de
light in my sin! For once I am a pow
er. I speak from the throne. You
will not have me abdicate in the zenith
of my glory? Be kind, most gracious
one. Besides, did you not once cry be
cause your uncle refused to sit with
you? Had he been the possessor of a
dangerous wound, as I am, and had he
found himself so weak that he could
stand no longer, I am sure he would
have done as I have-sat down in pref
erence to falling limp at your feet You
do not know how badly I am wound
ed," he pleaded, with the subtlest ou
"Why should you wound me?" she
asked plaintively. "You have no right
to treat the throne I occupy as a sub
ject for pranks and indignities. I did
not believe you could be so-forgetful."
rhere was a proud and pitiful resent
ment in her voice that brought him to
is senses at once. He had defiled her
throne. In shame and humiliation he
"I am a fool, an ingrate! You have
been too gentle with me. For this
[espicable act of mine I cannot ask
pardon, and it would be beneath you to
grant it I have hurt you, and I can
never atone. I forgot how sacred is
your throne. Let me depart in dis
grace." He stood erect as if to forsake
the throne he had stained, but she,
swayed by a complete reversai of feel
ing, timidly, pleadingly touched his
"Stay! It is my throne, after all. I
shall divide It, as well as the sin, with
you. Sit down again, I beg of you.
For a brief spell I would rule beside a
man 'who is fit to be a king, but who is
a desecrator. There can be no harm,
and no one shall be the wiser for this
sentmental departure from royal cus
tom. We are children anyhow, mere
With an exclamation of delight he re
sumed his position beside her. His
"A Rodc!" she cricd in frantic terror
band trembled as he took up hers to
arry It to his lips. "We are children
3layng with fire," he murmured, this
ngrate, this fool!
She allowed her hand to lie limply in
is, her head sinking to the back of the
hair. When her hand was near his
leverish lips, cool and white and trust
ng, he checked the upward progress.
lowly he raised his eyes to study her
race, finding that hers were closed, the
semblance of a smile t'ouching her lips
is if they were in a happy dream.
The lips! The lips! The lips! The
madness of love rushed into his heart;
the expectant hand was forgotten; his
every hope and every desire measured
tself against his discretion as he look
d upon the tempting face. Could he
dss those lips but once his life would
With a start she opened her eyes,
oubtless at the command of the mas
erful ones above. The eyes of blue
et the eyes of gray in a short, sharp
struggle, and the blue went down In
surrender. is lips triumphed slowly,
1awing closer and closer as if restrain
d and Impelled by the same emotion
"Open your eyes, darling," he whis
ered, and she obeyed. Then their lips
net-her first kiss of love!
She trembled from head to foot, per
ectly powerless beneath the spell.
Again he kissed a princess on her
throne. At this second kiss her eyes
rew wide with terror, and she sprang
~rom his side, standing before him like
yne bereft of reason.
"Oh, my God! What have you done?"
she wailed. He staggered to his feet,
lizzy with joy.
"Ha!" cried a gruff voice from the
loorway, and the guilty ones whirled
o look upon the witness to their bliss
Eul crime. Inside the curtains, with
carbine leveled at the head of the
A~terican, stood Aliode, the guard, his
ace distorted with rage. -The princessI
screamed and leaped between Lorry
rnd the Threatening carbine.
"Allode!" she cried in frantic terror.
He angrily crIed out something in his
ative tongue and she breathlessly,
mploringly replied. Lorry did not un
erstand their words, but he knew that
she had saved him from death at thel
jannr of haren1a -arring. annrit~ -
lode lowered his gun, bowed low and
turned his back upon the throne.
"He-he would have killed you," she
said tremulously, her face the picture
of combined agony and relief. She re
membered the blighting kisses and
then the averted disaster.
"You-what did you say to him?" he
"I-I-oh, I will not tell you!" she
"I beg of you!"
"I told him that he was to-was to
put down his gun."
"I know that, but why?" he persist
"I-ach. to save you, stupid!"
"How did you explain the-the"- He
"I told him that I had not been-that
I had not been"
"That I had not been-offended!" she
gasped, standing stiff and straight,
with eyes glued upon the obedient
"You were not?" he rapturously cried.
"I said it only to save your life!" she
cried, turning fiercely upon him. "I
shall never forgive you-never! You
must go-you must leave here at once!
Do you hear? I cannot have you near
me now; I cannot see you again. What
have I given you the right to say of
"Stop! It is as sacred as"
"Yes, yes; I understand! I trust you,
but you must go! Find some excuse
to give your friend and go today! Go
now!" she cried intensely, first putting
her hands to her temples, then to her
Without waiting to hear his remon
strance, if indeed he had the power to
utter one, she glided swiftly toward
the curtains, allowing him to follow at
his will. Dazed and crushed at the
sudden end to everything, he dragged
his footsteps after. At the door she
spoke in low, imperative tones to the
motionless Allode, who dropped to his
knees and muttered a reverential re
sponse. As Lorry passed beneath the
hand that held the curtain aside he
glanced at the face of the man who
had been witness to their weakness.
He was looking straight ahead, and
from his expression it could not have
been detected that he knew there was
a man on earth save himself. In the
hall she turned to him, her face cold
"I have faithful -guards about me
now. Allode has said he did not see
you in the throneroom. He will die
before he will say otherwise," she
said, her lips trembling with shame.
"By your command?"
"By my request. - do not command
my men to lie."
Side by side they passed down the
quiet hall,-silent, thoughtful, the strain
of death upon their hearts.
"I shall obey the only command you
have given, then. This day I leave the
castle. You will-let me come again-to
see you? There can be no harm"
"No! You must leave Graustark at
once!" she interrupted, the tones low.
"I refuse to go! I shall remain in
Edelweiss, near you, just so long as I
feel that I may be of service to you."
"I cannot drive you out as I would a
thief," she said pointedly.
At the top of the broad staircase he
held out his hand and murmured:
"Goodhy, your highness."
"Goodby," she said simply, placing
her hand in his after a moment's hesi
tation. Then she left him.
An hour later the two Americans,
one strangely subdued, the other curi
ous, excited and impatient, stood be
fore the castle waiting for the carriage.
Count-Halfont was with them, begging
them to remain, as he could see no rea
son for the sudden leavetaking. Lorry
assured him that they had trespassed
long enough on the court's hospitality
and that he would feel much more com
fortable at the hotel. Anguish looked
narrodwly at his friend's face, but said
nothing. He was beginning to under
"Let us walk to the gates. The count
will oblige us by instructing the coach
man to follow," said Lorry, eager to be
"Allow me to join you~ in the walk,
gentlemen," said Count Caspar, imme
diately instructing a lackey to send the
carriage after them. He and Lorry
walked on together, Anguish lingering
behind, having caught sight 'of the
Countess Dagmar. That charming and
unconventional piece of nobility
promptly followed the prime minister's
example and escorted the remaining
guest to the gate.
Far down the walk Lorry turned for
a last glance at the castle from which
love had banished him. Yetive was
standing on the balcony, looking not at
the monastery, but at the exile.
She remained there long after the
carriage had passed her gates bearing
the Americans swiftly over the white
Castle avenue, and there were tears in
[TO BE CONTINUTED.]
Copper Came Fromn Cyprus.
The word copper is generally admit
ted to be deprived from Cyprus, as it
was from that Island that the ancient
Romans nrst procured their supplies.
In those remote days Cyprus and
Rhodes were the great copper districts,
and even In our own day new discov
ries of copper ore, especially the beau
tiful blue and green ores, from which
the metal Is so much more easily ob
taned than from the copper pyrites
and other sulphureted ores of Corn
wall, are made nearly every year in
the islands of the Mediterranean.
"I suppose." said Mrs. Oldcastle,
"that you have arranged to attend the
"Oh, yes," replied her hostess. "Jo
siah says there's nothin' like grand
opera to show real culture, so he's
bought a box for every night, and
we're goin' to take Daisy's German
teacher with us to explain what they're
A Natural Conclusion.
Teacher-Tommy Brown, tell me the
shape of the earth.
Teacher-How do you know?
Tommy Brown-You told me.
Teacher-Well, how do you suppose
Tommy Brown-Oh, I s'pose some
body told you.
Sure to win.
"You have had some experience with
the fair sex," said the inexperienced
youth who had been jilted. "How is
the best way to get arounda girl?"
"With your arms," tersely replied
the old timer.-Chlcago News.
Faelding-I thought you didn't object
to a man who talked shop?
Quiggler-But that fellow is an un
Striking resemblance has been point
ed out between the remarkable ancient
ruins at Zimbabwe, in Rhodesia, and
ntnnuitis in Cornwall, Englnd.
INSPIRED BY A SKELETON
The Story of How Chopin Composed
His Funeral March.
Late one summer's afternoon, said
Ziem, Chopin and I sat talking in my
studio. In one corner of the room stood
a piano and in another the complete
skeleton of a man with a large white
cloth thrown, ghostlike, about it. I
noticed that now and again Chopin's
gaze would wander, and from my
knowledge of the man I knew that his
thoughts were far away from me and"
his surroundings. More than that- -
knew that he was composing.
Presently he rose from his seat with
out a word, walked overdo the skele
ton and removed the clfi. He th'e'n
carried it to the piano and, seating
himself, took the hideous object upon
ais knees-a strange picture of life and
Then, drawing the white cloth round
himself and the skeleton, he laidthie
latter's fingers over his own andb
gan to play. There was no hesitatien
in the slow, measured flow of sound
which he and the skeleton conjured
up. As the music swelled In a louder
strain I closed my eyes, for there was
something weird in that picture of man
and skeleton seated at the piano, with
the shadows of evening deepening
around them and the ever swelling and
ever softening music filling the air
with mystery. And I knew I was 1s
tening to a composition which would -
The music ceased, and when I looked
up the piano chair was empty, and on
the floor lay Chopin's unconscious
form, and beside him, smashed- all to
pieces, was the skeleton Irzed so
much. The great composer had -swoon'
d, but his march was found.-New -
A TRICK WITH CARDS.
ne of the Curious CombinatiOns
-That May Be Effected.
Of the many curious- things which
nay be done with a pack of fifty-two
ards perhaps the most interesting I
the "spelling out" of an entire suit.
ro do this take the thirteen cards of ,
any suit, place them face up and ar
range them in this, manner: Nine, 6,
ack, 10, 5, 7, 2, king, 8, 1, 4, queen.
When they are thus placed, they Z
race up, with the 9 on top and
queen on the bottom.
Now turn them over so that they are
face down with the queen on top.
the -top card and place it underne
the pack and say "0." Place the e
card underneath the pack in the ..
way and say "N," and the next cag
turn face.up on the table, saying "E',
ne. Leaving "E" face up, placel
aext top card undrnea the pack
mayIng "T;" the next the
sying "W," and the next, lay
n the table, saying O"
;o on through the suit
Remember, when you come to'
Last letter of a' card to lay that e
face up on the table, leaving It theL
When you have laid out the 10 spo
ou continue by spelling out
Of course, after you have laid
lack out you have only two cards
but continue as before and the'u'
will come out, leaving only the kin
your hand, which, of course, yo
o the others, compelling the suit.
Could Not Wait- . .
Some years back there was an old~,
Lustice ofthe peace in Lancaster county~
hose thirsty temperament causediim
: have little patience with the lengthy .
ials it which he occasionally rd.
1. One day there was a suit brought ---~
yefore him in which two young lawyersa
ut lately admitted to the bar were pit
ted against each other. The lte
nindful of thie prestige -which aNeio~
Er either side would mean, were ex--"
imining the witnesses at great lnt
md consuming, it~is true, a great deal ?
>f unnecessary time. Finally th'e testf
nony of the last witness was conclud-~
ad, and-the one attorney began to argue
cis side of the case. Just as ho was4
ariing upt the squire finished the cal,
:ulation he-had been making on a sall1
lece of paper and, getting up from Te
aench, said coolly:
"Young men, you can go right on.
vith your arguments. I'll be back pret
y soon. The judgment is $50"-Phila
Origin of "Budget."
It is difficult to realize that the term
budget," now so often in every one's
mouth, is a term less than 200 years
ld, the earliest mention of the word
ating iio further back than 1733. We
borrowed It from the old French Ian
Iage-bougette, meaning a small bag,
En which In former times it was the
ustom to put the estiates of receipts
and expenditures when presented to
arliament; hence the chancellor of the
schequer, in makiling -his annual state
nent, was formerly said to open his
udget. In time the term passed from
the receptacle to the contents, and,
:uriously, this new signification was
eturned from this countrdo France,
where it was first used In an official
manner in the early part of the nine
eenth century.-London Chronicle.
Seeds and Skins of Smal1 Fruits.
There are many people who cannot
at small fruits on account of .the
eeds and skins, because they prove so
.rritatng to the stomach. In all such
cases the fruit should be thoroughly
ipe; then press it through a small
ire sieve or strain through a thin.
loth; then you get all there is of use
he liquid. Blue and other berries with
:ough skins may be cooked a little to -
start the juice, then strain and get rid
>f seeds and skins. Never put waste . -
to a delicate stomach when possible
o avoid it. Cherry stones and grape
eeds are a menace to health,*and chil
ren should be taught how to neatly
~eject them.-Physical Culture.
Throwing the Dart.
Throwing the dart is a picturesqje
ustom which is observed in Cork, Ie
and. Every third year the chief mag
strate proceeds to the mouth of Cork
tarbor in Cull state. Following im
memorial custom, he throws a dart in
o the sea-a dart with a -head of gold
md a shaft of mahogany-saying, "I
cast this javelin into the sea and de
are that as far around as it falls ex
:end the right and dominion of the
orporation of Cork to and over the
aarbor as well as the rivers, creeks and
ays within the same."
Knew All About It.
Teacher-What is the mening of
Teacher-Give a sentence in which
-he word is used.
-Johnny-When a man sits down on a
>ent pin, he gives a violent parvenu.
Editor-Does it pay to advertise In
my paper? Well, I should say it does.
Look at Smith, the grocer, for instance.
[Ie advertised for a boy last week, and
the very next day Mrs. Smith had