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8YNOPSIS-OF FRWKDING CHAP-
fIIAPTKI I. Rudolf Rassendyll. one
of whose ancestors was the natural son
of oik; of the Blphhergs. the ruling
nous in tli kingdom of Huritania, de
termines to v'iwit that onmtry. - -
'HA1TKR II Kudolf. has the red
hair and florid complexion of the. Klph
Ijergs, while his uwn - fcunity - ftre l:uk.
On his Journey towftfti Wri-lsnn, the
capital of Itiiritaiiiu. tiiitlolt" rules in
the same train with a beautiful woman.
Antoinette ile Mauhan, who is inucli
iiiiiniri'il by a friend of Kudolfs, at
present domiciled In l'nris. The cor
onation of the kintr of Huritania is
near at hand, ami Kudolf. therefore, in
stead of Koin direct to Strelsau. stops
ut a small place nearby, where the duke,
"Black Michael." brother of the kintt,
bus his ensile.
t.'ilAI'TKK III. Tn the woods next
day. Kudolf meets Colonel Hapt ami
Fritz vou Tarli nheim, both in the serv
ice of the kiiiK of Kiiritania. They
comniciu on Kndidf's marvelous resem
blance to the kliiK. whom Kudolf later
meets, and by whom he is entertained
in a hunting lodvre. There the kins,
after drinkiuK a bottle of liquor sent
by his brother. Kluck Michael, is stupe
lied. CHAITKH IV. The next morning.
the day set for the coronation the kintc
is still unconscious. Fritz and Sapt
think that ISLick Michael Is responsi
ble for the kind's condition and that if
the monarch does not appear at the
coronation his brother will seize the
reins of government. They therefore
decide to make Kudolf shave and ac
company them to strelsau in the Ktlise
of the kinir. The kmir is left in tin
hunting lodge in charge of a man who
is known to be discreet.
t ' 1 1 A I 'T K K V. Kudolf is crowned
kinir of Kiiritania.
t'HAITKIi VI. Rudolf, f?at.t and
Fritz ride hurriedly back to the liunl
injjr Iodide to K' t tiie real kins?. There
they I i 1 1 I Josef, who had been left to
Kuard hint, murdered, and the kins
rHAl'TFR VII. The TVinccss Flavin
of the royal blood sends to inquire af
ter the health of Kudolf, whom she
supposes to be the km
CIIAl'TKK VIII. Kudolf has an in
terview with Princess Via via, whom he
finds very fascinating. Tlie populace
is pleased at the attention he shows
Iter, for she is exceedingly popular.
t'HAI'TKK IX. An attempt is made
to decoy Kudolf to his death. With
the aid of an iron tea table, with which
he routs his assailants, he contrives
jiis escape. The real kins is believed
to be in a stone room in the castle of
Mack Michael, who will kill him as
soon as he shall have got rid of Ru
dolf. CIIAITER X Rudolf, at a hall giv
en in honor of Princess Flavia, is about
to propose to her when he is interrupt
ed bv Sapt. who has been listening.
CliAlTKK XI. Princess Flavia re
ceives an anonymous letter (really
from Antoinette de Mauban) warninsj
her against Klaek Michael. P.lack Mi
chael is thought to have tired of Ai
toinette and to desire to marry Flavia.
Kudolf and his friends set off ostensi
bly on-a boar hunt in Zenda, but in
reality to attack P.lack Michael's pal
ace in Zenda in the hope of rescuing
CHAPTER XII. Near Plack Mi
chaels castle Kudolf receives a visit
from threw of Michael's adherents. l-att-engran.
Krafstein and Rupert Ileiit
zau. Kudolf lays a plot to get Johann.
one of Michael's dependents, to trans
fer his allegiance to him.
CIIAPTKK XIII. Kupcrt llentzau.
who, with the rest of Plack Miuhael's
advisers, of course knows wtiere the
real king is .pays another visit to Ku
dolf ami audaciously wounds him. Jo
hann has swallowed Rudolf's bait and
reveals many of the secrets of the real
king's place of concealment and condi
tion. C1IAPTF.R XIV. Rudolf and his
friends make an unsuccessful attempt
to rescue the king. They are forced
to admire the debonair bravery and
coolness of voiing Kupcrt llentzau.
CIIAPTKK XV. Kudolf receives a
letter from Antoinette tie Mauban ask
ing him to rescue her "from this den
I a IS I Iiail riililen publicly in Zen
la anil had talked with Ru
SS5n1 pert lleutzau. of course all
P'f.v-! pretense of illness wan at un
end. 1 marked the effect ou the garri
son of Zenda. They ceased to be wen
abroad, and auy of my men who went
near the castle reported that the ut
most vigilance prevailed there. Touch
ed ns I was by Mme. de Mauhnu'H ap
peal, I seemed as powerless to ln'friend
her as I had proved to help the king.
Michael bade me deliance, and, al
though he, too, had been seen outside
the walls, with more disregard for ap
pearances than ho had hitherto shown,
he did not take the trouble to send any
excuse for his failure to wait on the
Time ran on in inactivity when every
moment was pressing, for not only
was I faced with the new dnnger
wliH-h the stir about my own disap
pearance brought on me, but great
murmurs had arisen in Strelsau nt my
continued absence from the city. They
had been greater but for the knowl
edge that Flavia was with me, and
for this reason I suffered her to stay,
though I hated to have her where dan
ger was and though every day of our
present sweet intercourse strained my
endurance almost to breaking. As a
final blow nothing would content my
advisers. Strnkencz nnd the chancellor,
who came out from Strelsau to make
an urgeut representation to mo. save
that I should appoint a day for the
public solemnization of my betrothal
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the marriage itself.' And this. "With
Flavia sitting by me, I was forced to;
do, setting n date a -fortnight ahead
and apiointing the cathedral in Strel
sau as ihe place. And this formal act.
being published far nnd wide, caused
great joy throughout the kingdom and
was the talk of all tongues, so that I
reckoned there were but two men who
chafed at it I mean Black Michael
and myself and but one who did not
know of it that one the man whose
name I lwre. the k'mg of Ruritania.
In truth, 1 heard something of the
way the news was received in the cas
tle, for after an interval of three days
the man Johann, greedy for more mon
ey, though fearful for his life, again
found means to visit us. lie had been
waiting on the duke when the tidings
came. Rinck Michael's face bad grown
blacker still, nnd ho had sworn sav
agely. Nor was he better pleased when
Rupert took oath that I meant to do as
1 said and, turning to Mine, de Mau
ban, wished Iter joy on a rival gone.
Michael's hand stole toward his sword.
naid Johann. but not a bit did Rupert
care, for he rallied the duke on hav
ing made a bettor king than had reign
ed for years past la Ruritania. "And,"
said he, with a meaning bow to his ex
asperated master, "the devil sends
the princess a liner man than heaven
had marked out for her. By my soul, Le
do-s!" Then Michael harshly bade him
hold his tongue and leave them, but
Rupert must needs first kiss niadamo's
band, which he did as though he loved
her. while Michael glared at him.
This was the lighter side of tlv fel
low's news, but more serious came be
hind, and it was plain that if time
pressed at Tarlenheini it pressed nono
the less liercely at Zenda. For the king
was very sick. Johann had seen him,
and he was wasted and hardly able t-3
move. "There could be no thought of
taking another for him now." So alarm
ed were they that they had sent for a
physician from Strelsau. and the physi
cian, having been introduced into the
king's cell, had come forth pale and
trembling and urgently prayed the
duke to let him go back and meddle no
more in the affair. Rut the duke would
not, and held him there a prisoner, tell
ing him his life was safe if the kiug
lived while the duke desired and died
when the duke desired not otherwise.
And, persuaded by the physician, they
had allowed Mme. tie Manban to visit
the king and give him such attendance
$s his state needed and as only a wom
an can give. Yet his life bung in the
balance, and I was yet strong and
whole and free. Wherefore great gloom
reigned at Zenda. and, save when they
quarreled, to which they were very
prone, they hardly spoke. Rut the
deeper the depression of the rest,
young Rupert went about Satan's work
with it smile in his eye and a song on
his lip, and laughed "tit to burst" (said
Johann) because the duke always set
Detchard to guard the kiug when Mme.
de Mauban was in the cell which pre
caution was, indeed, not unwise in my
careful brotlier. Thus Johann told bis
tale and seized his crowns. Yet he be
sought us to allow him to stay with us
in Tarleuheim, and not venture his
head again in the lion's den, but we
had need of hint there, and, although I
refused to constrain him, I prevailed on
him by increased rewards to go back
and to carry tidings to Mme. de Mau
ban that I was working for her and
that, if she could, she should speak one
word of comfort to the king, for, while
suspense is bad for the sick, yet de
spair Is worse still, and It might be
that the king lay dying of mere hope
lessness, for I could learn of no defi
nite disease that afflicted him.
"And how do they guard the king
now';' 1 asked, remembering that two
of the Six were dead and Max Holf
"Detchard and Rersonin watch by
night. Rupert llentzau and Gautet by
day. sir," he answered.
"Only two at a timer
"Aye. sir, but the others rest In a
room just abive and are within sound
of a cry or a whistle."
"A room just above? I didn't kuow
of that. Is there any communication
I'd ween it and the room where they
"No, sir. You must go down a few
stairs and through the door by the
drawbridge, and so to where tlte king
"And that door is locked?"
"Only the four lords have keys, sir,
I drew nearer to him.
"And have they keys of the grat
ing?" I asked in a low whisper.
"I think, sir, only Detchard and Ru
"Where does the duke lodge?"
"In the chateau ou the first floor.
His apartments are on the right as
you go toward the drawbridge."
"And Mme. de Mauban?"
"Just opposite ou the left. But her
door Is locked after she has entered."
"To keep her InT"
"And the duke, I suppose, has the
"Yes. And the drawbridge Is drawn
back at night, and- of that, too, the
duke holds the key. so that it cannot
be run across the moat without appli
cation to him."
"And where do you sleep?"
"In the entrance hall of the chateau,
with five servants."
"They have pikes, sir, but no fire
arms. The duke -will not trust them
Then at last I took the matter boldly
In my hands. ' I had failed once at
Jacob's ladder; I should fall again
there. 1 must make the attack from
the other side.
"I have promised you twenty thou
sand crowns," said I. "You shall have
fifty thousand if you will do what 1
ask of you tomorrow night. But. first,
do those servants know who your pris
"No, sir. They believe him to be
some private enemy of the duke's."
"And they would not doubt that I
am the king?"
"How should they?" he asked.
"Look to this, then. Tomorrow at 2
in the morning exactly fling open the
front; door of the chateau. Don't fail
by ai instant."
"Shall you be there, sir?"
"Ask no questions. Do what I tell
you. Say the hall is close or what you
will. That is all I ask of you."
"And may I escape by the door, sir,
when I have opened it?"
"Yes, quick as your legs will carry
you. One thing more. Carry this note
to madame oh, it's in French; you
can't read it and charge Iter, for the
sake of r.ll our lives, not to fail in what
The man was trembling, but I had to
trust to what he had of courage and to
what he had of honesty. I dared not
wait, for I feared that the king would
When the fellow was gone, I called
Sapt and Fritz to me and unfolded the
plan that I had formed. Sapt shook
his hfad over it.
"Why can't you wait?" he asked.
"The king may die."
"Michael will be forced to act before
"Then," said I. "the king may live.
"Well, nnd if he does?"
"For a fortnight?" I asked simply.
And Sapt bit his mustache.
Suddenly Fritz von Tarlenhelm laid
his hand on my shoulder.
''Let us go and make the attempt,'
"I mean you to go don't be afraid,'
'Aye. but do you stay here and take
care of the priucess?"
A gleam came into old Sapt's eye.
"We should have Michael one way
or the other then." he chuckled, "where
as if you go and are killed with the
king what will become of those of us
who are left?"
"They will serve Queen Flavia," said
"and I would to God I could be one
A pause followed. Old Sapt broke It
t-y saying sadly, yet with an unmeant
drollery that set Fritz and me laugh
ing: "Why didn't old Rudolf III. marry
your great-grandmother, was it?"
"Come." said I; "it is the king wo
are thinking about."
"It is true." said Fritz.
"Moriyivcr." I went on. "I have been
an impostor for the profit of another,
but I will not be one for mv own, and
If the king Is not alive and on his
throne before the day of betrothal
comes I will tell the truth, come what
"You shall go, lad." said Sapt.
Here is the plan I had made: A
strong party under Sapt's command
was to steal up to the door of the
chateau. If discovered prematurely.
they were to kill anyone who found
them with their swords, for I wanted
no noise of tiring. If all went well,
they would be nt the door when Jo
hann opened it. They were to rush in
and secure the servants if their mere
presence and the use of the king's
name were not enough. At the same
moment and on this hinged the plan
a woman's cry was to Hug out loud
nnd shrill from Antoinette de Mau
ban's chamber. Again and again she
was to cry: "Help, help! Michael,
help!" and then to utter the name of
young Rupert llentzau. Then, as we
hoped, Michael, in fury, would rush
out of his apartments opposite and
fall alive into the hands of Sapt. Still
the cries would go on. My men would
let down the drawbridge, and it would
be strange if Rupert, hearing his name
thus taken In vain, did not descend
from where he slept and seek to cross.
De Gautet might or might not come
with him. That must be left to
And when Rupert set his foot on the
drawbridge? There was my part, for
I was minded for another swim in the
moat; and, lest I should grow weary,
I had resolved to take with me a small
wooden ladder on which I could rest
my arms In the water and my feet
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Rupert llentzau watched, but Detch
ard. For though Detchard was a cool
man, relentless and no coward, Im had
neither the dash nor the recklessness
of Rupert. Moreover, he, if any one
of them, really loved Black Michael,
aud it might be that he would leave
Bersonin to guard the king and rush
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our enemy might be the Letter lulled to
security I gave orders that our resi
dence should be brilliantly lighted
from top to bottom, as though we were
engaged in revelry, and should so be
kept all night, with music playing and
people moving to and fro. Srrakencz
would be there, and he was to conceal
our departure, if he couid, from Fla
via. And if we came not again by the
morning he was to' march, openly and
in force, to the castle and demand the
person of the king. If Black Michael
were not there, as I did not think he
would be, the marshal would take Fla
via with him, as swiftly as he could,
to Strelsau and there proclaim Black
Michael's treachery and the probable
death of the king and rally all that
there was honest and true round the
banner of the princess. And, to say
truth, this was what I thought most
likely to happen.
For I had great doubts whether ei
ther the king or Black Michael or I had
more than a day to live. .Well, if Black
Michael died, and if I, the play actor,
slew Rupert llentzau with my own
hand and then died myself, it might
be that fate would deal as lightly with
Ruritania as could be hoped, notwith
standing that it demanded the life of
the king and to her dealing thus with
me I was in uo temper to make objec
tion. It was late when we rose from con
ference, and I betook me to the prin
cess apartments. She was pensive
that evening, yet when I left her she
flung her arms about me and grew for
an instant bashfully radiant as she
slipped a ring on my finger. I was
wearing the king's ring, but I had also
on my little finger a plain band of gold
engraved with the motto of our fam
ily. "Nil Quae Feci." , This I took off
"Wear that ring even thowjh yon wear
another when you arc tjuecn."
and put on her finger and signed to her
to let me go. And she, understanding.
stood away and watched me with
"Wear that ring even though you
wear another when you are queen,'
"Whatever else I wear, this I will
wear till I die and after," said she as
she kissed the ring.
I1E night came fine and clear.
had prayed for dirty weather,
such as had favored my pre
vious voyage in the moat, but
was this time against me
Still, I reckoned that by keeping close
under the wall and In the shadow
could escape detection from the win
dows of the chateau that looked out
on the scene of my efforts. If they
searched the moat, Indeed, my scheme
must fail, but I did not think they
would. They had made Jacob's ladder
secure against attack. Johann had
himself helped to fix It closely to the
masonry on the' underside so that It
could not now be moved from below
any more than from above. An as
sault with explosives or a long batter
ing with picks alone could displace It
aud the noise Involved In either of
these operatioivs put them out of the
question. What harm, then, could a
man do in the moat? I trusted that
Black Michael, putting this query to
himself, would answer confidently,
"None," while even If Johann meant
treachery he did not know my scheme
and would doubtless expect to see me
at the head of my friends before the
front entrance to the chateau. There,
I said to Sapt, was the real danger,
"And there," I added, "you shall be.
Doesn't that content you?"
But it did not. Dearly would he have
liked to come with me had I not utter
ly refused - to take him. One ma
might escape notice. To double the
party more than doubled the risk, and
when he ventured to hint once again
that my life was too valuable I. know
ing the secret thought he clung to,
sternly bade him-, be silent, assuring
him that, unless tie kin? lived through
the night I would not live through It
cither. : .
At 12 o'elook Sapt's command left the
chateau of Tarlenhelm and struck off
to the right, riding by unfrequented
roads and avoiding the town' of Zen
da. If all went well, they would be In
front of Zenda by about a quarter to 2.
Leaving their horses half a mile off,
they were to steal up to the entrance
and hold themselves In readiness for
the opening of the door. If the door
were not opened by 2 they were to
send Fritz von Tarlenhelm round to
the other side of the r astle. I would i
meet him there If I were alive, and :
we would consult whether to storm the
castle or not. If I were not there,
they were to return with all speed to
Tarlenheim, rouse the marshal and
march in force on Zenda, for If not
there I should be dead, and I knew
that the king would not be alive five
minutes after I had ceased to breathe.
I must now leave Sapt and his
friends and relate how I myself pro
ceeded on this eventful night. I went
out on the good horse which had car
ried me on the night of the coronation
back from the shooting lodge to Strel
sau. I carried a revolver In the saddle
and my sword. I was covered with a
large cloak, and under this I wore a
warm, tight fitting woolen jersey, a
pair of knickerbockers, thick stockings
nd light canvas shoes. I had rubbed
myself thoroughly with oil. and I car
ried a large flask of whisky. The
night was warm, but I might probably
be Immersed a long while, and it was
necessary to take every precaution
ngalnst cold, for cold not only saps a
man's courage if he has to die, but
Impairs his energy if others have to
die nnd finally gives him rheumatics if
It be God's will that he lives. Also I
tied round my body a length of thin
but stout cord, and I did not forget my
ladder. I, starting after Sapt, took a
shorter route, skirting the town to the
left, and found myself in the outskirts
of the forest nt about half past 12.
. I tied my horse up in a thick clump
of trees, leaving the revolver In its
pocket in the saddle It would be no
use to me and. ladder in hand, made
my way to the edge of the moat. Here
unwound my rope from about my
waist, bound it securely round the
trunk of a tree on the bank and let
myself down. The castle clock struck
a quarter to 1 ns I felt the water under
me and began to swim round the keep,
pushing the ladder before me and hug
ging the castle wall. Thus voyaging.
I came to my old friend, Jacob's lad
der, and felt the ledge of masonry
under me. I crouched down In the
shadow of the great pipe I tried to
stir it. but it was quite immovable
aud waited. I remember that my pre
dominant feeling wns neither anxiety
for the king nor longing for Flavia,
but an intense desire to smoke, and
this craving, of course, I could not
The drawbridge was still In its place.:
sa Its airy, light framework above
me, some ten yards, to my right, as I
crouched with my back ngalnst the
wall of the king's cell. .1 made out. a
window two- yards my side of it and
nearly on the same level. That, If ;
Johann spoke true, must belong to the
duke's apartments, and on the other
side. In about the same Telative posi
tion, must'be Mm'e.'de'Mauban's win
dow. Women are careless, forgetful
creatures. I prayed that she ' might
not forget that she was to be the vic
tim of a brutal nttenrpt at 2 o'clock
precisely. -I wns rather amused nt the
part I had assigned to my young friend
Rupert llentzau, but- I- owed him a
stroke, for, even as I sat, my shoulder
ached where he. had,, with an audacity
that seemed half to hide his treach
ery, struck, at. nie. in sign t or an my
friends on the terrace at Tarlenhelm.
Suddenly the duke's window grew
bright The shutters were not closed,
and the interior became partially, visi
ble to me as I cautiously raised myself
till I stood on tiptoe. ' Thus placed, my
range, of sight embraced a yard or
more inside the window, 'while the ra
dius of light did not reach me. The
window was flung open, and some one
looked out. I- marked Antoinette de
Maubnn's graceful fignre, and, though
her face was in shadow, the fine outline
of her-head was revealed against the
light behind. . I longed to cry softly,
"Remember!" but I dared not. and hap
pily, for. a moment later, a man came
up and stood by her. He tried to put
his arm round her waist, but with n
swift motion she sprang away and
leaned against the shutter, her profile
toward me. I made out who the new
comer was. It was young Rupert A
low laugh from him made me sure, as
ho leaned forward, ' stretching out his
hand toward her.
"Gently, gently!" I murmured.
"You're too soon, my boy!"
nis head was close to hers. I sup
pose he whispered to her, for I saw her
point to the moat, and I heard her say
in slow and distinct tones:
"I had rather throw myself out of
He came close up to the window and
"It looks cold," said he. "Come, An
toinette, are you serious?"
She made no answer, so far as I
heard, end he, smiting his hand petu
lantly on the window sill, went on in
the voice of some spoiled child:
"Hang - Black Michael! Isn't the
princess enough for blm? Is be to
have everything? What the devil do
you see in Black Michael?
"If I told him what you say" she
!"Well, tell him," said) Rupert care
lessly. And, catching her off her
guard, he sprang forward and kissed
her, laughing, and crying, "There's
something to tell him!"
If I had kept my revolver with me
I should have been very sorely tempt
ed. Being, spared .the temptation, I
merely added this new score to bis ac
count. ...... ..... .
"Though,." faith,", said Rupert, ;if s
little he cares. He's mad about the
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princess, you know. He talks of noth
ing but cutting the play actor's throat."
Didn't he, indeed?
"Aud if I do it for him. what do you
think he's promised me?"
The unhappy woman raised her
hands above her head, in prayer or in
"But I detest waiting." said Rupert,
and. I saw that he was about to lay
his hand ou her again when there was
a noise of a door iu the room opening,
nnd a harsh voice cried:
"What are yon doing here, sir?"
Rupert turnrtl his' back to the win
dow, bowed low and said in his loud,
"Apologizing for your absence, sir.
Could I leave the lady aloue?"
The newcomer must be Black Mi
chael. I saw him directly as he ad
vanced toward the window. He caught
young Rupert by the arm.
"The moat would hold more than the
kiug," said he. with a significant ges
ture. "Docs your highness threaten me?"
"A threat is more warning than most
men get from roe."
"Yet," observed Rupert. "Rudolf Ras-
sendyll has been much threatened and
"Am I in fault because my servants
bungle?" ashed Michael scornfully.
"Your highness has run no risk Of
bungling," tmeered Rupert.
It was telling the duke that he shirk
ed danger as plain as ever I have
heard a man told. Black Michael had
self control. I d;ire say he scowled It
was a great regret to ine tint I could
not see their faces better but his
voice was even and calm as he an
: "Enough, enough! We mustn't quar
rel, Rupert. Are Detchard and Berso
nin at their posts?"
"They are, sir."
"I need you no more."
"Xay. I'm not oppressed with fa
tigue," said Rupert
Tray, sir, leave us," said Michael
more impatiently. "In ten minute the
drawbridge will be drawn back, and I
presume you have ho wish to swim to
! Rupert's figure disappeared. I heard
the door opea and shut again. Ml
obael and Antoinette de Mauban were
left together. To my chagrin, the duke
laid his hand on the window nnd closed
it. He stood talking to Antoinette for
a moment or two. She shook her head,
and he turned Impatiently away. She
left the window. The door sounded
again, and Black Michael closed the
"De Gautet, De Gautet, man !" sound
ed from the drawbridge. "Unless you
want a bath before- your bed, come
'It was Rupert's voice, coming from
the end of the drawbridge. A moment
later he nnd De Gautet stepped out on
the bridge. Rupert's arm was through
De Gautet's, and in the middle of the
bridge he detained his companion and
leaned over. I dropped beside the Bhel
ter of Jacob's ladder.
tTben Master Rupert had a little
sport. He took from pe Gautet a bot
tie which he carried And put it to his
"Hardly a drop!" he cried discontent
eflly nnd flung it in the moat.
'It fetl, as I judged from the sound
nnd the circles on the water, within a
! yard of the pipe. And Rupert, taking
for coughs, colds, croup and whooping
our u is revolver, began to sluot at It,
The first two shots missed the bottle,
but hit the pipe.. The third shattered
the bottle. I hoped that the young
ruffian would be content, but he emp
tied the other barrels at the pipe, aud
one. skimming over the pipe, whistled
through my hair as I crouched on the
Other side. ;. -
"Ware bridge!", a voice cried., to my. ,
relief. - ,-: . . .,
Rupert and De Gautet cried, "A mo
ment!" and ran across. The bridge
was drawn back, and all became still.
The clock struck a quarter. past J. I
rose and stretched myself and yawned.
I think some tan minutes had passed
whn I ; heard,' a slight noise to toy
right I peered QYLT.'lh&pfjje.aiui saw-:,
a dark figure standing In the gateway
that led to the bridge. -It was a man.
By the careless, graceful poise J guess
ed It to be Rupert again. He held a
sword In bis hand, and he stood mo
tionless for a minute or two. Wild
thoughts ran through me. On .what
mischief was the young fiend bent
now? Then he laughed low to him
self; then he turned his face to the
wall, took a step In my direction and,
to my surprise, began to climb down
the wall. In an instant I saw that
there must be lit ops in the wall; It waa
plain. They were cut into or affixed
to the wall at Intervals of about eight
een Inches. Rupert set his foot ou the
lower one, then he placed his sword
between his teeth, turned round and
noiselessly let himself down into the
water. Had it been a matter of my
life only I would have swam to meet
him. Dearly would I have loved to
fight It out W'lth him then nnd there
with steel on a fine night and none to
come between us. But there was tb
king. I restrained myself, but I could
not bridle my swift breathing, and I
watched him with the Intensest eager
ness. He swam leisurely and quietly across.
There were more footsteps up .on the
other side, and he climbed them. When
he set foot in the gateway, standing on
the drawn back bridge, he felt In his
pocket and took something out. . I
heard him unlock the door. I could
hear no noise of its closing behind him.
ne vanished from my sight. ,
Abandoning my ladder I saw I did
not need it now I swam to the' side
of the bridge and climbed halfway up
the steps. There I hung, with my
sword in my hand, listening eagerly.
The duke's room was shuttered and
dark. There was a light in the win
dow on the opposite side of the bridge.
Not a sound broke the silence till half
past 1 chimed from the great clock In
the tower of the chateau.
There were other plots than mine
afoot in the castle that night. -
(To be Continued.)
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