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crATER XXVI. 0
TiE GUESSING OF ANGUISH.
ETI startling assertion created a
fresh sensation. Sensations had
come so thick and so fast, how
ever, that they seemed compo- b
nent parts of one grand, bewildering
climax. The new actor in the drama U
held the center of the stage undisputed.
"Harry!" cried Lorry.
"Prince Gabriel, why do you shake
like a leaf? Is it because you know
what I am going to say?" exclaimed
Anguish, pointing his finger accusingly
at the astonished Prince of Dawsber
Gabriel's lips parted, but nothing
more than a *gasp. escaped them. In
.voluntarily his efes sought the door, P
then the windows, the peculiar, uncon- 0
trollable look of the hunted coming in- 2
to them. Bolaroz allowed his gaze to
leap instantly to that pallid face, and
every eye in the room followed. Yetive
was standing again, her face glowing. r
"An accomplice has confessed all. I
have the word of the man who saw
the crime committed. I charge Prince
Gabriel with the murder of his high- h
ness Prince Lorenz."
. With a groan Gabriel threw his I p
bands to his heart and tottered for- c
ward, glaring at the merciless face of
"Confessed! Betrayed!" he faltered.
Then he whirled like a maniac upon
his little coterie of followers. "Vile |
traitor!" he shrieked. "I will drink
your heart's blood!"
With a howl he leaped toward one
of the men, a dark faced nobleman i
named Berrowag. The latter evaded
him and rushed toward the door, cry
"It is a lie, a lie! Ie has tricked c
you! I did not confess!" c
The prince was seized by his friends,
struggling and cursing. A peculiar
smile lit up the face of Harry Anguish.
"I repeat, he is the assassin !' t
Gabriel broka from the detaining ti
hands and, drawing a revolver, rushed
for the door.
"Out of the way! I will not be taken
Allode met him at the curtains and
grasped dm in his powerful arms, 0
Baron Dangloss and others tearing the U
lodc met hm at thze cwrtains and 0
grasped hImt in his powCerftd a'rms. w
weapon from his hand. The utmost '
confusion reigned--women screaming, ~
men shouting-and above all could be Q
heard the howls of the accused prince.
"Let me go! Curse you! Curse you! P
I will not surrender! Let me kill that
traitor! Let me at him!" Berrowag b
had been seized by willing hands, and
the two men glared at each other, one
crazy with rage, the other shrinking "
Dangloss and Allode ball carried, g:
half dragged the prince forward. As
he neared Bolaroz and the princess he s1
collapsed and became a trembling, ti
moaning suppliant f~or mercy. An
guish's accusation had struck home. h:
"Prince Bolaroz, I trust you will not as
object if the Princess Yetive substi
tutes the true assassin for the man
named in your promise to Graustark," ec
said Anguish dramatically. Bolaroz,
as if coming from a dream, turned and e
knelt before the throne.
"Most adorable Yetive," he said, "I c(
sue for pardon. I bow low and lay my
open heart before the truest woman in ed
the world." He kissed the black lace
hem of her gown and arose. "I am
your friend and ally. Axphain and gl
Graustark will live no more with hatred
in their hearts. From you I have
learned a lesson in justice and con- it
Prince Gabriel was raving like a et
madman as the officers hurried him e;
and Berrowag from the room. A shout m
went up from those assembled. Its th
echo, reaching the halls, then the gar- t
dens, was finally taken up by the wait- 'w
ing masses beyond the gates. The news tl
flew like wildfire. Rejoicing such as h(
had never been known shook Edel- 1c
weiss until the monks on thze mountain iri
looked down In wonder. .c
After the dazed and happy throng d<
about the throne had heaped its ex- d<1
pressions of love and devotion upon rpi
the radiant princess a single figure knelt
in subjection just as she was prepar- m
ing to depart. It was the Duke of Mlz- s
"Your royal highness. Mizrox Is ready i
to pay his forfeit. My life is yours," el
he said calmly. She did not compre- t
hend until her uncle reminded her ofb
the oath Mizros had taken the morn- r
ing after the murder.
"He swore on his life that you killed a
Lorenz," she said, turning to Lorry. b
"I was wrong, but I am willing to tl
pay the penalty. My love for Lorenzb
was greater than my discretion. That.s
Is my only excuse, but it Is one you o1
should not accept," said Mizrox, as be
coolly as if announcing the time of day. at
Lorry looked first at him and then at Y
the princess, bewildered and uncertain.
"I have no ill will against you, my tl
lord duke. Release him from his bond,
"Gladly, since you refuse to hold him
'tohis oath" she said.
I iam under an eternal obligation to,
you, sir, for your leniency, and I shall
ever revere the princess who pardons
so graciously the gravest error."
Yetive begged Bolaroz to continue to!
make the court his home while in Grau
stark, and the old prince responded st
with the declaration that he would re
main long enough to sign and approve tl
th new covnant at 1eat-Rfefore sten. a'
3y... + .tl
led expression as he caught the swift
mmunication in their eyes. After all,
ie was a princess. jI
She passed from the room beside a
lalfont, proud and happy in the vic- 1i
ry over despair, glorying in the ex- ti
osure of her heart to the world, her d:
lood tingling and dancing with the d
)ys of anticipation. Lorry and An- nr
uish, the wonder and admiration of d:
11. were given a short but convincing f.
vee in the hallway. Lords and la- gi
is praised and lauded them, over- b;
belning them wjth the homage that t.
mes to the- bra -c. But Gaspon ut- n
red one wish that struck Lorry's b
arm, leaping heart like a piece of ice.
"Would to God that you were a a:
rince of the realm," said the minister p:
finance, a look of regret and long- 1a
ig in his eyes. That wish of Gaspon's hi
nt Lorry away with the sharp steel t(
f desolation torturing intensely as it e
rove deeper and deeper the reawak- w
ed pangs of uncertainty. There still a
mained the fatal distance between h4
Im and the object of his heart's de- si
ie accompanied Captain Quinnox to tI
is quarters, where he made himself T
resentable before starting for the en- b
.anted apartment in the far end of
e castle. Love and fear combined to a
le him strength; from his eyes fled .
ie hopeless look, from his brain the bi
ubt, from his blood the chill. of
"Quinnox, give me your hand; don't n
Lind the blood! You have been my ti
tend, and you have served her al- r
tost to te death. I injured and si
ould have killed you in that cell, but tc
was not in anger. Will you be my b
lend in all that is to follow?" hi
"She has said that she loves you,"
id the captain, returning the hand rc
asp. "I am at your service as well tc
A few moments later Lorry was in W
r presence. What was said or done
tiring the half hour that passed be
-een his entrance and the moment
iat brought them side by side from
ie room need not be told. That the
:erview had had its serious side was
ain. The troubled, anxious eyes of
ie girl and the rebellious, dogged air
the man told of a conflict now only B
"I will never give you up," he said
they came from the door. A wist- b1
il gleam flickered In her eyes, but she
d not respond in words.
Near the head of the stairway an ani
ated group of persons lingered. Har
Anguish was in the center, and the
Duntess Dagmar was directly in front B
him, looking up with sparkling eyes hi
d parted lips. The Count and Count
s Halfont, Gaspon, the Baron Dan- k
oss, the Duke of Mizrox, with other 'L
dies and gentlemen, were being en- s
tained by the gay spirited stranger. b]
Here he comes," cried the latter as
caught sight of the approaching g
I am delighted to see you, IHarry. n
u were the friend In need, old man," el
d Lorry, wringing the other's hand. g,
etive gave him her hand, her blue b
s overflowing. hi
Mr. Anguish had just begun to tell w
how ho-how he"- began Dagmar. to
t paused helplessly, looking to him ce
"Go ahead, countess. It isn't very
egant, but it's the way I said It. How cc
'got next' to Gabriel Is what she tl
ants to say. Perhaps your highness ti
ould like to know all about the affair p]
at ended so tragically. It's very
aickly told," said Anguish. ti
I am deeply interested," said the ti
incess eagerly. o
Well, in the first place, it was all a pl
ifi" said he coolly. f
A what?" demanded Dagmar. tc
"Bluff," responded Harry briefly. o:
~meric.n patois, dear countess." a,
In what respect?" asked Lorry, be- tc
ning ':o understand. tl
In all respects. I didn't have the ti
ihtest sign of proof against the fes
re prince." -hi
"Do I understand you to say that you rf
ive no evidence against Gabriel?" O1
ked Halfont, dumfounded.
"Not a particle," tl
"But you said his confederate had yi
nfesse," protested Dangloss. si
I didn't know that he had a confed- n
ate, and I wasn't sure that he was tr
ilty of the crime," boasted Anguish, k
aplacently enjoying the stupefaction. u
"Then why did you say so?" demand- p:
IDangloss, excited beyond measure.
"Oh, I just guessed at It!" ci
"God save us!" gasped Baron Dan- o;
oss, chief of police. el
"Guessed at it ?" cried Mizrox. e
"That's it. It was a bold stroke, but
won. Now, I'll tell you this much: I
was morally certain that Gabriel kill- bi
Ithe prince. There was no way on h
Lrth to prove it, however, and I'll ad- g:
it it was intuition or something of q
at sort which convinced me. He had lc
ied to abduct the princess, and he a:
s madly jealous of Lorenz. Al
ough he knew there was to be a duel, k
was not certain that Lorenz would te
se, so he adopted a clever plan to get t<
t f two rivals by killing. one and le
isting suspicion on the other. These pl
c~uctins I made soon after the miur- j
r, but, of course, could secure no SI
'~arly this morning at the hotel I hi
Lade up my mind to denounce him li
addenly if I had the chance, risking w
i~lure, but hoping for such an exhibi
on as that which you saw. It wasp
ear to me that he had an accomplice
stand guard while he did the stab- e
ing, but I did not dIrcam It was Ber
wag. Lorry's sensational appear- g
ce, when I believed him to be far g
way from here, disturbed me greatly, f~
at it made it all the more necessary p
t I should take the risk w~th Ga- s
riel. As I watched him I became ab- e'
)lutely convinced of his guilt. The
aly way to accuse him was to do it
ldly and thoroughly; so I rang in the h1
comice and the witness features.
ou all know how the 'bluff' worked." ni
"And you had no more proof than- o
its?" asked Dangloss weakly. hi
g from the throne Yetive' called in st
w tones to Lorry, a pretty ilush muan
ag r cheek:
"WI'! you come to me 'in half an s:
Fo my reward?" he asked eagerly. p
A!' she cried softly, reprovingly. ni
ount Hlalfont's face took on a trou- T
That's all." laughed the''delighted d
Dangloss sta:red at him for a moment,
e a threw up his hands and walged .i
:upened admiration or utter-aisoeiuer
: one knew. The others covered An
uish with compliments, and he was
tore th.n ever the hero of the day.
uch confidence paralyzed the people.
he only one who was not overcome
ith astonishment was his country
"You did it well," he said in an un
rtone to Anguish-"devilish well!"
"You might at least say I did it to
ic queen's taste," growled Anguish
"Well, then, you did," laughed Lorry.
oN THE nALCONY AGAIN.
HTREE persons in the royal cas
tie of Graustark, worn by the
dread and anxiety of weeks,
fatigued by the sleepless nights
ist past, slumbered through the long
7ternoon with the motionless, death
ke sleep of the utterly fagged. Ye
ve in her darkened bedchamber
-eamed with smiling lips of a tall sol
er and a throne on which cobwebs
ultiplied. Grenfall Lorry saw in his
-eams a slim soldier with troubled
ce and averted, timid eyes, standing
ard over him with a brave, stiff
ick and chin painfully uplifted. Cap
.in Quinnox dreamed not, for his mind
as tranquil in the assurance that he
d been forgiven by the princess.
While Lorry slept in the room set
iart for him Anguish roamed the
Lrk with a happy faced, slender young
dy into whose ears he poured the
story of a certain afrection, from the
nder beginning to the distracting
id, and she smiled and trembled
ith delight, closing not her ears
;ainst the sound of his voice nor her
mart to the love that craved admis
n. They were not dreaming.
After dinner that evening Lorry led
e princess out into the moonlit night.
e November breezes were soft and
LImy and the shadows deep.
"Let us leave the park to Dagmar
id her hero, to the soldiers and the
usicians," said Yetive. "There is a
oad portico here, with the tenderest
memories. Do you remember a
ght like this a month or more ago
e moon, the sentinel and some sor
ws? I would again stand where we
ood on that night and again look up
the moon and the solemn sentinel,
it not as we saw them then, with
artacke and evasion."
"The balcony, then, without the old
strictions," Lorry agreed. "I want
see tat dark 'old monastery again
id to tell you how I looked from its
fty windows through the chill of
ind and the chill of life into the fair
t Eden that was ever denied man."
.In an hour, then, I will meet you
"I must correct you. In an hour you
ill find me there."
She left him, retiring with her aunt
id the Countess Dagmar. Lorry re
ained in the hall with Halfont, Prince
laroz, Migrox and Anguish. The
nversation ran once more into the
er recurring topic of the day, Ga
el's' confession. The Prince of
awsbergen was confined in the tower
ith his confederate, Berrowag. Re
rts from Dangloss late in the after
on conveyed the intelligence that the
-soner had fallen into melancholia.
errowag admitted to the police that
i had stood guard at the door while
abriel entered the prince's room and
led him as he slept. He described
Le cunning, deliberate effort to turn
spicion to the American by leaving
The other Dawsbergen nobles, with
L exception of two who had gone to
L capital of their country with the
aws of the catastrophe, remained
ose to the hotel. One of them con
ssed that but little sympathy would
felt at home for Gabriel, wh~o was
ited by his subjects. Alr-eady there
as talk among them of Prince Dan
.n, his younger brother, as his sue
~ssor to the throne. The young prince
as a favorite with the people.
Bolaroz was pleased :with the out
ime of the sensational accusation and
e consequent removal of complica
ons which had In reality been un
easant to him.1
One feature of the scene in the
roneroom was not discussed, al
ough it was uppermost in the minds
all. The positive stand taken by the
incess and her open avowal of love1
r the dashing American were never
be forgotten. The serious wrinkles
the brow of Halfont and the far
vay expression that came frequently
Shis eyes revealed the nature of his I
Loughts. The greatest problem of
tem all was still to be solved.
As they left the room he dropped be
id and walked out beside Lorry, I
tther timidly detaining him until the
bers were some distance ahead.
"You were closeted with the princessc
us morning, Mr. Lorry, and perhaps1
>u can give me the information I de
re. She has called a meeting of the
inisters and leading men of the coun
y for tomorrow morning. Do you
rw why she has Issued this rather1
ausual call? She did not offer any ex
anation to me."
"I am only at liberty to say, your ex
~llency, that It concerns the welfare 1
Graustrlr," answered the other aft- I
a moment's thought They walked 1
i in silence for some distance.
"I am her uncle, sir, but I love her as I
would love my own child. My life has
sen given to her from the day that
r mother, my sister, died. You will
e'ant me the right to ask you a plain
estion. Have you told her that you
ye her?" The count's face was drawn 1
"I have, sir. I loved her before I
ew she was a princess. As her pro-t
etor it was to you that I would have
41d the story of my unfortunate love
ng ago, but my arrest and escape
ovented. My love has not been will
gly clandestine, and It has been in
site of her most righteous objections.
Ee have both seen the futility of love,
wever strong and pure it may be. I.
ive hoped, your excellency, and al
"She has confessed, her love to you
-ivately?" asked Halfont.
"Against her will, against her judg
"Then the worst has comne to pass,"
roaned the old count Neither spoke
>r some time. They were near the
>ot of the staircase when Halfonut
tused and grasped Lorry's arm.
teadily they looked Into each other's
I admire you more than any man
have ever known," said the count
Iskily. "You are the soul of honor,
courage, of manliness. But you can
> become the husband' of a princess
Graustark: I need notitell you that,
>ever. You surely must under- 1
I do understand," said Lorry dis
ly. "I am not a prince, as you are I
mying over and over again to 'your
If. In my land you will find the
>r man climbing to the highest pin
tle side by side with the rich man. ]
be woman I -love Is a princess. Until I
ath destroys this power to love and
hope I must say to you'that I shall
>t consider the Princess 1Yetive be
The count heard him tnrougn, U
onscious admiration mingling wit
the sadness in his eyes.
"There are some obstacles that bra'
ry and perseverance cannot overcomi
ny friend," he said slowly. "One C
:hem is fate."
"As fate is not governed by law c
:ustom, I have the best reason in tb
vorld to hope," said Lorry, yet mo
"I - *uld indeed, sir, that you wer
L princ of the realm!" fervently crie
he count, and Lorry was struck by th
act that he repeated, word for wor<
he wish Gaspon had uttered som
By this time they were joined by th
>thers. whereupon Grenfall hurrie
eagerly to the balcony, conscious of b
ng half an hour early, but glad of th
hanco afforded for reflection and sol
-de. Voices came up from below, x
:hey did on that night five weeks agi
)ringing the laughter and song of hal
y hearts. Music swelled through th
)ark from the bond gallery; from aft
ff came the sounds of revelry. Tb
-eople of Edelweiss were rejoicin
>ver the unexpected deliverance froi
L fate so certain that the escape seen
-d barely short of miraculous.
Every sound, every rustle of the win
hrough the plants that were scattere
>ver the balcony caused him to loo
oward the door through which st
nust come to him.
At last she appeared, and he hastei
d to meet her. As he took her hand
n his she said softly, dreamily, lookin
>ver his shoulder toward the moui
ain's crest, "The same fair moon," an
imiled into his eyes.
"The same fair maid and the sam
nan," he added. "I believe the band J
laying the same air-upon my soul
"Yes, the same air, 'La Paloma.' It .
ny iallaby. Come, let us walk. I cai
iot sit quietly now. Talk to me. -IA
ne listen and be happy."
Slowly they paced the wide balcon:
rough the moonlight and the shai
)ws, her hand resting on his arm, h
lasoing it gently. Lorry talked bt
ittle, she not at all, and yet they ur
lerstood each other.
"Why are you so quiet?" he asked v
ast, stopping near the rail.
"I cannot tell you why. It seems t
ne that I am afraid of you," she ax
swered, a shy quaver in her voice.
"Afraid of me? I don't understand.
"Nor do I. You are not as you wer
efore this morning. You are diffe
"They are very happy/," said Lorry.
int-yes, you make me feel that I ar
;eak and helpless and that you ca:
ay to me 'Come' and 'Go' and I mus
bey. Isn't it odd that I, who hay
ever known submissiveness, should s
~uddenly find myself tyrannized?" sh
tsked, smiling faintly.
"Shall I tell you why you are afral
'f me?" he asked.
"You will say it is because I am fo]
,etting to be a princess."
"No; it is because you no longer lood
ipon me as you did in other days. Yei
erday you were the princess and booll
d down upon the impossible suitor; tC
Lay you find that you have given youa
elf to him and that you do not regara
he barrier as insurmountable. You ar
fraid of me because I am no longer
Iream, but a reality. Amn I not righi
She looked out over the hazy, moonli
"Yesterday I might have disputed al
rou say; today I can deny nothing."
Ledning' upon the railing, they fel
nto a silent study of the parade grouni
nd its strollers. Their thoughts wer<
ot of the- walkers and chatterers, no
f the music, nor of the night. The
vere of the day to come.
"I shall never forget how you sai<
Because I love him,' this morning
weetheart," said Lorry, betraying hi
'efections. "You defied the wholl
vorld in those four words. They wer<
rorth dying for."
"How could I help it? You must no
orget that you had just leaped int
he lion's den defenseless because yo1
oved me. Could I deny you then
Intil that moment I had been th
rincess adamant. In a second's tim<
ou swept away every safeguard, et
ry battlement, and I surrendered a
uly a woman can. But it really sound
shocking. didn't it? So theatrical!
"Don't look so distressed about il
Lear. You couldn't help it, remen
oer," he said approvingly.
"Ach, I dread tomorrow's ordeal!
he said, -and he felt the arm thi
ouched his own tremble. "What wil
hey say? What will they do?"
"Tomorrow will tell..- It means
r.eat deal to both of us. If they wil
Lot submit, wvhat then?"
"What then, what then?" she mur
Across the parade, coming from th
Lirection of the fountain, IHarry Ari
uish and Dagmnar were slowly walb
ag. They were very close togethei
.nd his head was bent until It almos
ouched hers. As they drew neare
he dreamy watchers on the balcon;
"They are very happy," said Lorry
:nowing that she was also watchin,
"They are so sure of each other;
he replied sadly.
THE MAID) or GRAUSTAniK.
XPECTANCY, concern, th
1dread of uncertainty markeo
*' the countenances of Grat
stark's ministers and her chie
nen as they sat in the council chamf
>er on the day following, awaiting th
ppearance of their princess, at whos
all they were unexpectedly assen
All realized an emergency. Not on
a that assembly but had heard th
-ivid, soulful sentence from the thron<
fot one but wished in secret as Gaspo:
td Halfont had wished in opel
When the princess entered with th
>rme minister they narrowly scanne
he face so dear to them. After th
.. .a rnae them to dra'
cnairs aDout xne great table. Seating
herself in her accustomed seat, she
gazed over the circle of anxious faces
and realized, more than at any time in
her young life, that she was frail and
weak beyond all comparison. How
small she was to rule over those strong,
rwi4se men of hers. How feeble the
hand that held the scepter!
"My lords," she said, summoning all
her strength of mind and heart, "I am
e gratied to find you so ready to respond
to the call of your whimsical sovereign.
e Yesterday you came with hearts bowed
' down and in deepest woe. Today I as
e semble you here that I may ask your
advice concerning the events of that
e strange day. Bolaroz will do as he has
d promised. We are to have the exten
sion papers tbis afternoon, and Grau
0 stark may breathe again the strong,
- deep breath of hope. You well remem
s ber my attitude on yesterday. If on
' yesterday I would not let my kingdom
- stand between me and my love, I can
e not do so today. I have called you here
r to tell you, my lords, that I have prom
e ised to become the wife of the man
9 who would have given his life for you
n and for me-that I love as a woman,
- not as a princess.'
The silence of death stole into the
d room. Every man's eyes were glued
d upon the white face of the princess,
I and none could break the spell. Not a
e word was uttered for many seconds.
Then old Caspar's tense muscles -re
L- laxed and his arms dropped limply
s from their crossed position on his
"My child, my child!" he cried life
d lessly. "You cannot do this thing!"
"But the people' cried Gaspon, his
e eyes gleaming. "You cannot act against
5 the will of the people. Our laws, natu
I ral and otherwise, proscribe the very
act you have in mind. The American
s cannot go upon our throne. No -nan,
t- unless he -be of royal blood, can share
t it with you. - If you marry him,- the
laws of our land-you know them-well
, -will prohibit us from recognizing the
s "Knowing that, my lords, I have
t come to ask you 'to i'evlse our laws.
My throne will not be disgraced by the
man I would have share it with ne.'
t She spoke as calmly as if she were
making the most trivial request instead
D of asking her ministers to overthrow
and undo the laws and customs of ages
and of dynasties. -
"The law of natur& cainot beiscang
9 ed," muttered Caspar asif tolniselt
"In the event that thd cnsfoin canot
be changed I shall be compelled to re
linquish my right to occupy the throne
and to depart from among you. It
would break my heart, my lords, to re
sort to this monstrous sacrifice, but I
love one man first, my crown and my
people after him."
"You would not leave us-you would
not throw aside as despised the crown
your ancestors wore for centuries?"
The others were staring with open
mouths and icy hearts.
"Yes, as much as it would grieve me,
I would do all this," she answered
firmly, not daring to look at her uncle.
Her heart ached to turn to him with a
prayer for forgiveness, but there could
be no faltering now.
"I ask you, my lords, to acknowledge
the marriage of your ruler to Grenfall
Lorry. I am to be his wife, but I en
treat yoi to grant me happiness with
out making me endure the misery that
will come to me if I desert my father's
thi'one and the people who have wor
shiped me and to whom I am bound by
a~ tie that cannot be broken. I do not
plead so much for the right to rule as I
do for the one who may rule after I
am gone. 'I want my own to follow me
on the throne of. Graustarkw"
SThen followed a long, animated dis
cussion, growing brighter -and more
hopeful as the speakers' willing hearts
warmed to the~ proposition- ~Lorry was
i a favorite, but he could not be their
prince. Hereditary law prohibited.
-Many times the princess and- her wise
mnen met and overcame obstacles,'huge
: 'at first, minjied i theendgall .be-I
.cause they loved~ber and she TIovd
.them. The departure from traditten
.ary custom, as suggested by the pmi
.cess, coupled with the threat to abdi
cate, was the weightiest yet the most
delicate question that had ever come
before the chief men of Graustark.
For the first time in the history of the
country a woman was sovereign; for
the first time there had been no direct
male heir to the throne. With the
death of old Prince Ganlook-the mas
culine side of the illustrious family
ended. No matter whom his daughter
took for a husband, the line was bro
ken. Why not the bold, progressive,
rich American? argued some. Count
Caspar held out until all were against
him, giving way finally in a burst of
oratory which ended in tears and sobs
and which made the sense of the gath
The Princess Yetive won the day, so
far as her own position was concerned,
but there was Lorry to be considered
"Mr. Lorry knowvs that I called you
together in consultation, but he does
not know that I would have given up
my crown for him. I dared not tefl
him that. lie knows only that I was
to ask your advice on the question of
marriage, and that alone. I fear he
will object to the plan we have agreed
upon," she went on. "He Is sensit;ive,
;and It Is possible he will not like the
idea of putting our marriage to the
popular vote of the people."
"I insist, however, that the people be
considered in the matter," said Gaspon.
"In three months' time the whole na
tion can say whether It sanctions the
revision of our laws of heredity."
"I have no hesitancy in saying that
Graustark already Idolizes this brave
American," said Halfont warmly. "He
has won her affection. I will vouch
for It that the whole nation will rise
and cry: 'Long live the princess! Long
live the princess! Long live the prince
.. . * * * *
"Goin' back, I see," said Sitzky, the
Sguard, some months later, addressing
a very busy young man who was hur
Srying down the platform of the Edel
weiss railway station toward the spe
cial train which was puffing impatient
"~Hello, Sitzky! Is it you? I'm glad
to see you again. Yes, we are going
back to the land of the stars and
stripes." The speaker was Mr. An
"You'll have fine company 's fer as
SVienna too. D' you ever see such a
Scelebration's dey're havin' here today?
You'd t'ink de whole world was inter
ested in de little visit her royal high
-ness is goin' to pay to Vienna. Dum
Smed if de whole city, soldiers an' all,
Sain't down here to see 'er off. -Look at
- de crowd! By glory, I don't b'lieve we
c'n pull de train out of de station,
S'Quainted wid any of de royal crowd?"
"Slightly," answered Anguish, smil
ing. He was watching a trim figure In
'a tailor made goin as It approached,
1drawing apart from the throng. It was
Mrs. Harry Van Brugh Anguish.
"Say, you must cut some ice wid
Sdese people. But dat's jest like an
American, dough," the little guard
I wen on De mrnsse mnaried an
American, an' dey say le's goin' to pi
de crown away where de moths won
git at It an' take her over to live i
Washington fer six months. Is it
"That's right, Sitzky. She's goin
back with us, and then we'ie comin
back with her."
"Why don't he keep 'er over der
when he gits her dere? What's de us
-what's de use?"
"Well, she's still the Princess c
Graustark, you know, Sitzky. Sh
can't live always in America."
"Got to be here to hold her job, eh?'
"Inelegant, but correct. Now, loo
sharp! Where do we find our-ah!
His wife was with him, and he forgc
The guard turned to watch the pr<
cession-a file of soldiers, a cavair
trooD. carrIages..and then the carriiv
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witn spirited horses and gay accouter
ments. It stopped with a jangle, and a
man and woman descended.
"The princess!" cried Sitzky.
"Long live -the princess!" cried the
crowd. "God save our Yetive!" I
M Sitzky started as if shot, staring at
the tall man who approached withi the
smiling sovereign of Graustark. "Well,"
e he gasped, "what d' you t'ink o' dat?'
The train that was to carry them out
of the east into the west puffed and
e snorted, the bell clanged, the people
cheered, and they were off. Hours lat
er, as the car whirled through the Hun
garian plain, Yetive, looking from her
window, said in that exquisite English
t which was her very own:
"Ah, the world, the dear world! I
am so sorry for queens"'
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