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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY. MARCH 10, 1907.
Copyrighted. 1894. 189S. by
sinoi'sis or riiKf i:dig CHAP
TERS. rilAI'TKR I Itud.ilf Rassendyll. one
of whose ancestors was tin- natural son
of oni- of . tliii Klphijerns. the rilling
house In the kingdom of itiiritanlu, de
termines to visit that roiintrv.
fllAI'TKR II. RiiJolf tins the red
liiiir and florid l on'iilt x ion of the llili
l.erns, while his own family are dark.
On his joyrnev toward Strcl.-vni. the
cipilal of Kurit.-inia. Ktnlolt' rides in
tiie same train witli a beautiful woman.
Antoinette ie M.iiilian. wlm is much
tidmired ly a friend of Rudolf's, at
present doinieiled in l'aris. The cor
onation of tin. kintf of Uurllani.i is
near at hand, and ntidolf. therefore, in
stead of tcoinu- direct io Strelsau. stops
at a sin. til il; ni ai hv. when- t lie duke,
"Hlaek Michael." hrolher of liie kins,
lias his e.isl le.
'JIAl"li:i: III In the woods next
day. Kndolf meets Colon. 1 Sapt and
I'rita von Tarlenlieim, hot n ia the s-rv-ice
.f the kinK of Kiirit.ini. i. They
cointii-ni on Kniloll's iiiarvlieis ri sem-
hlance to llii- kinr-r. wii.nn Rudolf later
meets, and hy whom he is entertained
In a hunting 1 de. There the kitiij.
titter lirinkir.i? a dottle of liii!or sent
hv his hrotlier. U'.ack iicliael, is sliine-
t 'I I A PTKK IV. The next inornln?.
the day set for the coronation the kini?
is still unconscious. I'ritz am! Sapl
think that Clack Michael is resnensi
hle for the kitm's cindiiion and that if
the monarch do. s not appear at the
conoiat Ion his hrolher will
reins of government. They
di-cide to make Cutlolf shav
i-oinpany Ihem to Sti'.-lsau in
of the kintr. The kint? is I
hnnlmic lodire in charge td' a
is known to lie dNcrcet.
fllAI'TKU V. Cudolf is
s. iy.e the
c and ac
It ill the
klin of C iritani.i.
CIIAI'TI'.K V I Cinlolf. S.ipt nnd
Kritz ride lnirriedly ha' U to the hnnt-
illK lo.lye to eel tile real k i II if. Tll.te
they lind Josef, who- had he n left to
unaid him. murdered, and the kiiuv
ClIAPTKi: VII The Princess Klavi i
of ihe royal hlood sends to inouire af
ter the health of Uudidf, whom she
faipposes to he the kiujf.
fllAl'TKU VIII. Cudolf has an in
terview with Princess I'lavia. whom he
l'mils vcrv fasei, latino. 'I'he popitlaci.
is phased at the attention he shows
her. f ir she is xceediimly popular.
t 'I I A I'TKC IX. --An attempt is made
to .1. y Cudolf to hU death. Willi
the aid of an iron p a table, with which
he ruits liis e sa i ia n' s. he contrives
his escape. The real kinir is lieli.ved
to he in a stone room in the castle of
Clack .Michael, who will kill him as
M.nn as he shall have Rot lid of Cu
dolf. fllAPTr.lt X Cudolf. nt n hall ;,'iv
en in honor of Princess I'lavia. is about
to propose to her when he is interrupt
ed tv Sapt. who has been listening.
'I I A I'TKC XI. Princess I'l.n ia re
ceives an a iiotiymous hat. r t really
from Antoinette de Ma'.ibani varniec
her against Clack .Michael. Clack .Mi
chael is llioimat to have tired of Ai
toinelle and to desire to marry I'lavia.
Cudolf ami his friends set off ostensi
bly "ii a hoar hunt in Z' i d i. but in
reality to attack Clack Michael's pal
ace in eiida in the hope of rescuing
CIIAITKC XII Near Clack Mi
chael's castle Cudolf receives a visit
from Ihr I' Michael's adherents. I .a u -
cnm.in. Krafstein and Cupel". Ibtit
y.au. Cudolf lays a plot to i;ct .lohann.
one of .Michael's dependents, to trans
fer his allegiance to him.
I'HACTKIt XIII Cupert ll.'iitzau
who. with the revt of Clack Mi'
ail isci s.
dolf and ;
ol course k
is .pays a no
ither lslt to
ecl'. ls of the
iltaeut and c
rexeals many ot
k inn's place of i
ItrlT would h.'ive surprised the
I A I jrooil people of Uuritaniit to
? '4,,,,rt' t''t foresoint; talk.
'"--''J lor, according to the ottnial
reports. I had suffered a rievoiis and
dangerous lmrt fr mi an accidental
spear thrust received in the course of
my sport. I caused the hulletins to he
of a very serious character and created
"Teat puhlie excitement, wherehy three
things occurred-first. I gravely offend
ed the medical faculty of Strelsau hy
refusing to summon to my bedside any
of them save a yoiins man. a friend of
Fritz's, whom we could trust: second
ly. 1 received word from Marsh:'.! Stra-
kencz that my orders seemed to have
no more weijrht than his and that the
I'rincess Flavia was leaving for Tar
Ipiiheim under his mi willing: escort
(news whereat I strove not he jrlad
and proud), and. thirdly, my hrothpr.
the I Mike of Strelsau. altlioui:h too
well Informed to believe the account
of the origin of my sickness, was yot
persuaded hy the reports and hy my
seemins Inactivity that I was in truth
Incapable of action and that my life
was in some danirer. This I learned,
from tin man .lohann. whom I was
compelled to trust and send back to
Zenda, where, by the way, Kupcrt
llent.aii hail him soundly tlo;;j:ed for
daring to smirch the morals of Zenda
by staying out all nijrht. This, from
Rupert, .lohann deeply resented, and
the duke's approval of it did more to
bind the keeper to my side than all
On Flavin's arrival I cannot dwell.
Her Joy at finding mo up and well in
stead of on my back and fighting with
death make a picture that even now
dances before my eyes till they grow
too tlimto see it, and her reproaches
that I had not trusted even her must
excuse the means I took to cpiiet them.
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In trtitli, "to have her with mo once
more w.'ts like n taste of heaven to a
damned soul, the sweeter for the inev
itable doom that was to follow, and I
rejoiced !n being able to waste two
w'.iole days with tier. Anil when I had
wasted two days the Puke of Strelsau
ill-!':!!!!!'!! a hunting party.
Tlie stroke was near now. fur S.tpt
nnd I after anxious consultations had
resolved that we Tnnst risk a Mow, our
resolution lo;:ig clinched by .Tohanu's
news that the kin?: grew peaked, pale
and ill ami that his health was lre;:k
v.'.ts down tinder his rig rous confine
ment. Now. it man. Tie he kuii; or no
1: in-' mav as well die swiftly and its
b. -comes a gentleman, frohi Indict or
thrust. ts rot his 1 to out in a cohar.
That thosight made prompf action ad
visable i:i the interests of the king.
From my own point of view it grew
more and mole necessary, for Sti'a-keiii-z
urged on me the need of a
snood v liinvrinire. and mv own inellnn-
"tions seconded hint with such terriMt
insistence that I feared for my resolu
tion. I do llt believe that I sh ".M
liave doi:: ihe deed I dreained .if. but
I might have cure to liight. and my
t!i':ht w uld have ruined the cause.
It is pe.'h.-ip as strange a thins as
ha-, eve:- bc:i in Ihe hivt.iry of it co;::i
trv that t!ic kind's broth'-r ami 1'ie
Uii'.u's i"rsonat:ir in a time of profound
outward jieace m-ar a placid, un;!;s
tuvb.'d country t v.vn. ui'.dor si'inMaia'o
of amity, should wa're a desperate war
for the person and life of the king.
Yet sc.. h was the st nr-'-ile that beyaii
now between Zenda ai'.l Tarlcuheini.
V'lie;i I el ik hack on the time I seem
1 1 myself t i have boon half mad. Sapt
h.:s fold in" that I suffered n interfer
ence and listced to no remonstrances,
and if cvi r a kia .' of r.mitaaia ruled
lik ' a despot I was in those days the
man. Look where I would, I saw no!.h
k:t: that made life sweet to me. and I
took my life in my ha:id and carried
it carelessly, as a man danirl' s an old
idovo. At first
me. to keep me
not to exoose n
saw how I wa
they strove to sruaril
safe, to persuade me
yself, hut when they
5 set there trrew up
icthor thev luiw the
anion'' the:n. wl
truth or not. it feeling that
the issue and that I must
he left to
play my game with Michael my own
Late next niirht 1 rose from table,
where I'lavia had sat by me. and con
ducted her to the door of her apart
ments. There I kissed her hand ami
bad" her si p sound and wake to hap
py days. Then I changed my clothe.
and went out. Sapt and Fritz were
waiting for me with three men and ihe
horses, over his saddle Sapt carried
a long coil of rope, ::nd both wen
heavily armed. 1 had with me n
short stout cudgel and a long knife.
Making it circuit, we avoided the town
and in an hour found ourselves slowly
mounting the hill that led to the cas
tle of en. la. The night was dark and
very turiny. gnst.s of Mind and spit-t
of rain catii-'ht us as wo breasted the
incline, and the great trees moaned
and sighed. When we came to a thick
clump about a (piarter of a mile from
the castle we bade our three friends
hide there with the horses. Sapt had
a whistle, and they could rejoin us In
a few moments if danger came, but up
till now we had met no one. I hoped
that Michael was still off his guard,
believing me to be safe in hod. How
ever that nmriit ne. we gained tne up
of the hill without accident and found
ourselves on the edge of the moat
where it sweeps under the road, sep
arating the old castle from it. A tree
stood on the ed.ro of the bank, and
Sapt silently and diligently set to
make fast the rope. I stripped off my
boots, took a pull at a tlask of brandy,
loosened the knife in its slfeath r.nd
took the cudgel between my teeth.
Then I shook hands with my friends,
not beetling a hist look of entreaty
from Frits, and laid hold uf the rope.
I was going to have a look at Jacob's
Cently 1 lowered myself into the wa
ter. Though tlie ni-ht were wild, t lit1
day had been warm and bright and
the water was not cold. I struck out
and began to swim round the groat
walla which frowned above me. I
could see only three yards ahead. I
had then good hopes of not nemg seen
as I crept along close under the damp
moss grown masonry. i here were
lights from the new part of the castle
on the other side, ami now and again
I heard laughter and merry shouts. 1
fancied I recognized young Rupert
Iletitzau's ringing tones and pictured
him flushed with wine.
Recalling my thoughts to the busi
ness in hand, I rested a moment. If
.Tohann's description were 7'.ght, I must
bt near the window now. Very slowly
I moved, and out of the darkness ahead
loomed a shape. It was the pipe, curv
iug from the window to the water.
About two feet of its surface was (lis
plaved. It was as big round as two
men. I was about to approach it when
I saw something else, and my heart
stood still. The nose of a boat protrud
ed beyond the pipe on the other side,
and, listening intently, I heard a slight
shuffle, as of a man shifting his posi
tion. Who was the man who guarded
Michael's invention? Was he nwake or
was he asleep? I felt If my knife were
ready and troJ water. As I did so I
found bottom tinder my feet. The foun
dations of the cistle extended some
Gftoea inches, making a ledge, and I
stood on it, out of water from my arm
pits upward. Then I crouched and
peered through the darkness under the
pipe, where, curving, it left a space.
There was a man in the boat. A rifle
lay by him. I saw the gleam of the
barrel. Here was the sentinel! He sat
very still. I listened. He breathed
heavily, regularly, monotonously. Fy
heaven, he slept! Kneeling on the
Rhelf, 1 drew forward under the pipe
till my face was within two feet of his.
He was a big man. I saw. It was Max
Ilolf, the brother of .lohann. My hand
Ptole to iry belt, and I drew out my
knife. Of all the deeds of my life I
love the least to think of this, and
whether it was the act of a man or a
traitor I will not ask. I said to myself.
"It Is war, and the king's life is at
stake." And I raised myself from be
neath the pipe and stood up by the
boat, which lay moored by the ledge.
Holding my breath, 1 marked the spot
and raised my arm. The great fellow
stirred. He opened his eyes wide,
wider. He gasped in terror at my face
and clutched at his ririe. 1 struck home.
And I heard the chorus of a love song
from the opposite bauk.
Leaving him where he lay, a hud
dled mass. I turned to "Jacob's Lad
der." My time was short. This fel
low's turn of watching might be over
directly, and relief would come. Lean
ing over the pipe. I examined it from
the point it left the water to the top
most extremity, where it passed, or
seemed to pass, through the masonry
of the wall. There was no break in
it, no ihiuk. Invpping on my knees,
I tested the under side. And my
breath went (('.lick and fast, for on this
lower side, where the pipe should have
clung close to the masonry, there was
t gleam of light. That light must
come from the cell of the king! I set
my shoulder itgajnst the pipe and ex
erted my strength. The chink widen
ed a very, very little, and hastily I
desisted. I had done enough to show
that the pipe was not lixed in the
masonry !.t the lower side.
Then I heard a voice a harsh, grat
"Well. sire, if you have had enough
oi my society l will leave voti to re
pose, but I must fasten the little orna
It was Hetchard. I caught the Fng
lish accent in a moment.
"Have you anything to ask. sire, be
fore we part':"
The king's voice followed. It was
his. though it was faint and hollow.
different from the ineirv tones I had
heard in the glades of the forest.
"Fray my brother," said the king, "to
kill me. 1 si i n dying by ino? es h .re."
"The duke dies not desire your
death, sue -yet." sneered Hetchard.
"When he does, behold your path to
The king answered:
"So be it. And now. If your orders
allow it, pray leave me."
"May you dream of paradise, said
The light disappeared. I heard the
bolts of the door run home. And then
I heard the sobs of the king. He was
alone, its he thought. Who dares mock
I did not venture to speak to him.
The risk of some exclamation escaping
him in surprise was too great. I dared
do nothing that night, and my task
now was to jret myself .away in safety
and to carry off the carcass of the
dead nin. To leave him there would
tell too much. Casting loose the boat.
I gt in. The wind was blowing n
gale now. and there was little danger
of oars being heard. I rowed swiftly
round to where my friends waited. I
hat! ju -t reached the spot when a lend
whistle sounded over the moat be
"Hello. Max!" I heard shouted.
I hailed Sapt in a low tone. The
rope came down. I tied it round the
corpse and then went up it myself.
"Whistle you. too," I whispered, "for
our men and haul in the line. No talk
They hauled up the body. Just as It
reached tlie road three men on horse
back swept round from the front of
the castle. We saw them: but, being
on foot, we escaped their notice. Bnt
we heard our men coming up with a
"The devil, but it's dark!" cried a
It was young Rupert. A moment
later shots rang out. Our people had
met them. I started forward at a run.
Sapt and Fritz following me.
"Thrust, thrust!" cried Rupert again.
and a loud groan following told that
he himself was not behindhand.
"I'-m done. Rupert!" cried n voice.
"They're three to one. Save yourself."
I ran on. holding my cudgel in my
hand. Suddenly a horse came toward
me. A man was on it, leaning over the
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I sprang to the horse's head. It was
"At hist!" I cried.
For we seemed to have him. lie had
only his sword In his hand. My men
were hot upon him. Sapt and r ritz
were running up. I had outstripped
them, but if they got close enough to
fire he must die or surrender.
"At last!" I cried.
"It's the play actor!" cried he. slash
ing nt my cudgel, lie cut it clean in
two. and. judging discretion better
than death, I ducked my head and
(I blush to telli senmpered for my
life. The devil was In Rupert Hent
zau. for he put spnrr. to his horse, and
I, turning to look, saw him ride full
gallop to the edge of the moat and
leap in. while the shots of oar party
fell thick round him like hail. With
one gleam of moonlight we should
have riddled him with balls, but in the
darkness he won to the corner of the
castle and vanished from our sight.
"The deuce take him!" grinned Sapt.
"It's a pity," said I. "that he's a vil
lain. Whom have we got?"
We had Lauengram and Krafstein.
They lay stiff and dead, and. conceal
ment being no longer possible, wo
flung them, with Max. into the moat
and, drawing together in a compact
body, rode off down the hill. And in
our midst went the bodies of four gal
lant genthmen. Tints we traveled
home, heavy at heart for the death of
"it'.s the iilny i.for.'" viivd lie.
our friends, sore uneasy concerning
tlie king and cut t the quick that
young Rupert had played yet another
winning hand with us.
For my own part I was vexed and
angry that I had killed no man in
open tight, but only stabbed a knave in
his sleep. And I did not love to hear
Rupert call me a play actor.
FRITAMA U not in Flight nd
or the quarrel between Kuke
Michael and myself could not
have gone on, with the re
markable incidents which marked it,
without more puhlie notice being di-
ted t it. lniels were frequent
among all the upper classes, and pri-
ite quarrels between great nieu kept
the old habit of spreading to their
friends and dependent. Nevertheless,
after the affray which I have just re
lated such reports began to circulate
that I felt it necessary to be on my
The death of tlie gentlemen involved
could not be hidden from their rela
tives. I issued a stern order declaring
that dueling had attained unprecodent-
d license (the chancellor drew up the
document for me. and very well be did
it), and forbidding it save in the
gravest cases. I sent a public and
stately apology to Mhhael, and he re
turned a deferential aud courteous re
ply to me, for our one point of union
was and it underlay all our differ
ences and induced an unwilling Har
mony between our actions that we
could neither of us afford to throw our
cards on the table, lie, as well as I,
was a "play actor," and, hating one
another, we combined to dupe public
opinion. Unfortunately, however, tlie
necessity for concealment involved the
necessity of delay. The king might
die in his prison or even be spirited
off somewhere else. It could not be
helped. For a little while 1 was com
pelled to observe a truce, and my only
consolation was that I'lavia most
warmly approved of my edict against
dueling, and when 1 expressed delight
at having won her favor prayed me, if
her fa vol- were any motive to me, to
prohibit the practice altogether.
Wait till we are married," said I,
Not the least peculiar result of the
truce and of the secrecy which dictated
it was that the town of Zenda became
in the daytime I would not have trust
ed far to its protection by night a sort
of neutral zone, where both parties
could safely go, and I, riding down one
day with Flavia and Sapt, had an en
counter with an acquaintance which
presented a ludicrous side, but was at
the same time embarrassing. As I rode
along I met a dignified looking person
driving in a two horsed carriage. He
stopped his horses, got out and ap
proached me, bowing low. I re-gnized
the head of the Strelsau police.
"Your majesty's ordinance as to du
eling is receiving our best attention,"
he assured me.
If the best attention involved his
presence In Zenda, I resolved at once
to dispense with it.
"Is that what brings you to Zenda,
prefect.' I asked.
"Why, no, sire. I am here because I
desired to oblige the British ambassa
"What's the British ambassador do
ing dans cette galere?" said I care
lessly. "A young countryman of his, sire a
man of some position is missing. His
friends have not heard from him for
two moDj;hs, and, there is reason to be
. l di'rt'
neve that he was last seen in Zenda."
Flavin wtis paying little attention. I
dared not look at Sapt
"A friend of his in Taris. n certain
M. Featherly, has given us information
which makes it possible that he came
here, and the officials of the railway
recollect his name on some luggage."
"What was his name?"
"Rassendyll. sire," he answered, and
I saw that the name meant nothing to
him. But. glancing at Flavia, he low
ered his voice as he went on: "It Is
thought that he may have followed a
lady here. Has your majesty heard of
a certain Mine, de Mauban?"
"Why, yes." said I, my eye involun
tarily traveling toward the castle.
"She arrived in Ruritania about the
same time as this Rassendyll."
I caught the prefect's glance. He
was regarding me with Inquiry writ
large on his face.
"Sapt." said I, "I must speak a word
to the prefect. Will you ride on a few
paces vith the princess?" And I add
ed to the prefect, "Come, sir, what do
He drew close to me, and I bent in
"If he were in love with the lady?"
he whispered. "Nothing has been
heard of him for two months." Ami
this time it was the eye of the prefect
which traveled toward the castle.
"Yes, the lady is there." I said quiet
ly. "Hut I don't suppose Mr. Rassen
dyll is Unit the name" is."
"The duke." he whispered, "does not
like rivals, sire."
"You're right there," said I. with all
sincerity. "Rut surely you hint at a
very grave charge."
He spread his hands out In apology.
I whispered in his car:
"This is a grave matter. Go back to
"Rut. sire, if I have a clew here?"
"flo back to Strelsau." I repeated.
"Tell the ambassador that you have a
clew, but that you must be left alone
for a week or two. Meanwhile I'll
charge myself with looking into the
The ambassador is very pressing.
"You must quiet him. Come, sir;
you see that ir your suspicious are cor
rect It is an affair in which we must
move with caution. We can have no
scandal. Mind you return tonight."
He premised to obey me. and I rode
on to rejoin my companions, a little
easier in my mind. Inquiries after me
must be stopped at all hazards for a
week or two. and this clever official
had come surprisingly near th" truth.
Hi impression might be useful some
day. but if iie acted oa it now it might
mean the worst to the king. Heartily
did I curse Ceorgo Featherly for not
holding his tongue.
"Well." asked Flavia, "have you fin
ished your business?"
"Most satisfactorily." said I. "Come,
shall we turn round? We are almost
trenching on my brother's territory."
Wo were, in fact, at the extreme end
of the towj. just where the bill begins
to mount toward the castle. We cast
our eyes up. admiring the massive
beauty of the old walls, and we saw a
cortege winding slowly down the hill.
On it came.
"Let us go back." said Sapt.
"I should like to stay." said Flavia,
and I reined my horse beside hers.
We could distinguish the approach
ing party now. There came first two
mounted servants in black uniforms,
relieved only by a silver badge. These
were followed by a car drawn by four
horses. On it. under a heavy pall, lay
a cotlin. Behind it rode a man in plain
black clothes, carrying his hat in his
hand. Sapt uncovered, anil we stood
watting. Flavin keeping by me aud
laying her hand on my arm.
"It is one of the gentlemen killed in
the quarrel. I expect," she said.
I beckoned to a groom.
"Ride and ask whom they escort," 1
He rode tip to the servants, and I
saw him pass on to the gentleman who
"It's Rupert of Hentzau," whispered
Rupert it was. and directly arter
ward. waving to the procession to
stand still. Rupert trotted up to me.
He was in a frock coat, tightly but
toned, and trousers. lie wore an as
pect of sadness, aud he bowed with
profound respect. Yet suddenly he
smiled, and I smiled, too, for old
Sapt's hand lay in his left breast pock
et, and Rupert and I both guessed
what lay ia the hand inside the pocket
Your majesty asks whom we es
cort," -said Rupert. "It Is my dear
friend Albert of Lauengram."
Sir," said I, "no one regrets the un
fortunate affair more than I. My ordi
nance, which I mean to have obeyed.
is witness to it."
"Foor fellow!" said Flavia softly.
and I saw Rupert's eyes flash at her
whereat 1 grew red, for if I had my
way Rupert Heutzau should not have
defiled her by so much as a glance,
Yet he did it and dared to let adinira
tion be seen in his look.
"Your majesty's words are gracious."
he said. "I grieve for my friend, yet
sire, others must soon lie as he lies
"It is a thing we all do well to re
member, my lord," I rejoined.
"Even kings, sire," said Rupert in a
moralizing tone, and old bapt swore
softly by my side.
"It is true," said I. "How fares my
brother, my lord?"
"He is better, sire."
"I am rejoiced."
"He hopes soon to leave for Strelsau
when his health is secured."
"He is only convalescent, then?"
"There remain one or two small
troubles," answered the insolent fellow
in the mildest tone In the world.
"Express my earnest hope," said
Flavia, "that they may soon cease to
"Your royal highness wish is hum
blr ujy own." said Rupert, with a bold
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1 bowed, and Htrp -rt, b iwinjr lower.
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swiitly. fearum that e.e:i in the pres
ence of the dead and before a lady's
eyes 1 meant mischief.
"You foitaht as a brave man the oth
er nmht. I said. "( .nae, you are
yountr. sir. If you will deliver your
prisoner alive to me you shall come to
lie looked at me with a mocking
smile, but suddenly he rode nearer to
I'm Unarmed." he said, "and our old
S?apt there cauld pick me off In a
"I'm not afraid." said I.
"No. curse you!" L.'atKvrercd. "Look
here. I made you a proposal from the
I'll hear nothing from Uhtck Mich
ael." said I.
''Then hear one from m?." He low
red his voice to a whisper. "Attack
the castle boldly. Let Sapt aud Tarleu
Co on." said I.
Arrange the time with me."
I have such cjufideuce in you. ray
"Tut! I'm talking business now.
Sapt there and Fritz will fall; Ulack
Michael will fall"
151.u k Michael will fall, like the do?
ho I.--; the prisoner, as you call him.
will po by Jacob's ladder all. you
know that? Two men will be left I,
Uuucrt Hentzau, and you, the king of
He paused, and then in a voice that
quivered with oajrerness added:
Isn't that a hand to play? a throne
and yon princess! And for me, say a
competence and your majesty's grati
tude." "tlet out of my reach!" said I. and
yet in a moment I Inaii to lauU for
the very audacity of it.
"Would you turn against your mas
ter?" I asked.
He swore at Michael nnd said to me
in an almost confidential and appar
ently friendly tone:
"He frets in my way, yon know. He's
n jealous brute! - Faith.-1 nearly stuck
a knife into him last night. He came
most cursedly mal apropos."
My temper was well under control
now. I was learning something.
"A lady?" I asked negligently.
"Aye. and a lieauty,"- he nodded.
"But you've seen her."
"Ah! Was it Ht a tea party, when
some of your friends got ou the wrong
side of the table?"
"What cau you expect of fools like
Detchard aud De Gautet? I wish I'd
"And the duke interferes?"
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Well.'T said Rupert meditatively,
"that's hardly a fair way of putting it,
perhaps. I want to Interfere."
"And she prefers the duke?"
"Aye. the silly creature! Ah. well,
you think about my plan," and. with a
low. he pricked his horse and trotted
after the body of his friend.
I went back to Flavia and Fapt. pon
dering on the strangeness of the man.
Wicked men I have known In plenty,
but UuiM-rt Hentzau remains unique in
my experience. And if there be an
other anywhere let him be caught and
hanged out of hand. So say I.
"He's very handsome, isn't lie?" said
Well, of course, she didn't know him
as I did. yet I wsts put out. for 1
thought his bold glances would have
made her angry. Hut my dear Flavia
was a woman, and so she was not
put out. On the contrary, she thought
young Kupcrt was very handsome us,
beyond question, the rutlian was.
"And bow sad he looked at his
friend's death!" said she.
'He'll have better reason to lie sad
at his own," observed Sapt. with H
As for me, I grew sulky. T'nreason
able it was. perhaps, for what lietter
business bad 1 t look at her with hive
than had even Kupcrt? And sulky I
remained til!, as evening fell and we
rode up to Tarlenheim. Sapt having
fallen behind in case any one should be
following us. Flavia. riding close lie
side me, said softly, with a little half
"Unless you smile, Kudolf, I cry.
Why are you angry?"
"It was something that fellow said to
me," said I. but I was smiling as we
reached the doors and dismounted.
There a servant handed me a note.
It was unaddressed.
"Is it for me?" I asked.
"Yes, sire; a boy brought it."
I tore it open:
Johann carries this for m. I warnd
you once. In the name of God and if you
arc a man, rescue me from this den of
murderers! A. DE M.
I handed it to Sapt. but all that the
tough old soul said In reply to this
piteous appeal was:
"Whose fault brought her there?"
Nevertheless, not being faultless my
self, I tRk leave to pity Antoinette de
(To be Continued.)
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