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. THE AKGUS, THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 1909;
of the Play - of
the Same Name
Copyright. 1909. by American
With n hasty glance about the gar
den to make sure lie was not. observed,
the refugee approached Von Groller
hagen and Daniel and spread out his
hands. As he stepped forward there,
was a movement of the window cur
tains in the easement above tlie il'.or
way, to the hotii. and he turned : but.
whatever had caused it, the movement
had ceased and there was nothing ap
parent. "The Italian journals c;:'l me a brig
and," said the Kus:i:n. a:id in this
they aivc inspired by tic itu;;iia:i lega
tion at Home. I am known as Ivan
hoff . Ivauoviuh, and I have spent
nine years i:i Siberia, nine years of
hell. It is 10 years a 20 sii.ee I was
condemned in St. I'ctcr.shurg, and you.
who kouw lioihh!.; til the horrors of
Russian prisons, cannot understand
what I have suffered,' my friends. I
was a professor of languages, a trans
lator in the brroau of the miuister of
finance, and I was trusted."
For a, moment lie paused and press
'ed his scarred hands to his lined fore
head, then sighed and went on:
"1 was also a member of tnj Blue
Fifty, a. Constitutionalist, ami as sueu
WHS nlilo ti flu ;l littlo fur lhi much
the cause, the same, my friend" he
turned to Tike "for which your for
bears suffered and fought the cause
of liberty. 1 could do but; little. t!iou;h
I tried. At last I transferred the
funds of the government to iue Socie
ty of the Blue Fifty. It va a small
thing. It was for the cause not one
ruble for myself. I swear it!"
Von Grollerhagen started back, with
a gesture of repulsion, and Ivanoviteh
held out his hands.
"Not one ruble for myself!" he rc
. peated. "It was for Russia's sake, not
lie paused and went on wearily:
"But I committed the great Russian
crime. I was caught, and through
treachery. There was an i:.:glishiaan
who lived iu Petersburg. ie had con
tracts with the government. I thought
he was my friend my ltest friend. I
had married Iu my student days iu
Paris. Ah, it is the old story!" he cried
bitterly. "I knew the F.nglishman ad
mired my wife, but I trusted her, and
I trusted him, and he made my house
his home. So muuy have done that
thin;-. I had 50.000 rubles in my desk
th. funds 1 had transferred to be
deliver d to my society. One day the
police ..nie to search, and they found
only nif not my wife, not my English
frle; d. T! the 50mjo rubles. I went to
Sibe..u. ,uw I search for those two."
He, leaned against the automobile
and pressed his hands over his face,
while Pike and Von Grollerhagen
glanced at each other sorrowfully. Fi
nally the latter asked:
"It was they who sent the police?"
And Ivanoviteh replied vigorously:
"After they had taken the money
and were beyond the frontier them
selves. That is all I have against
For a moment the hunted look left
his eyes, and into them came the rav
enous gleam of the hunting, starving
wolf. His lingers ch.-pod and unclasp
ed themselves si-s..modically. aud
there was a set h.t.,. about his jaws
that spoke ill for the guilty pair should
they ever meet this man the man
acles off his hands.
I'he lawyer shuddered sV.htly as he
..axed at him, and he laughed a short,
"Looks to me as if that would be
about enough to have against them,"
he said. Von Grollerhagen stood comb
ing his wirv beard with strong fingers
and eviin:.y studying the caEe. At
last lie spoke.
"Then by- your own confession you
are an embezzler and a revolutionist,"
he said, and at Ivanovitch's start of
floor of this wing.' You're' his "chauf
feur" ' "I was about to suggest It,"; Inter
rupted Von Grollerhagen, in his turn,
with some grininess of manner. "I
have a room that can , well be spared
for Professor Ivanoviteh.'
"How .can I ever thank' you ? God
upon the subject of bis son's merlta"-
be began, but Pike cut him short.
"I won't talk with you about Mm,"
he said. "I don't want to hurt your1
Ilawcastle glared at him and was
about to reply when Mariano entered
with a letter on a tray, which he hand-
Til C Season's C r az e Fascinating, Amusing, Entertaining
bless you both!" said the Russian, go- J ed to the lawyer, who regarded it curl
ing toward them with outstretched ously. There was a growing menace In
"Huh! Don't- waste time talking
about it." said Iikev "I shouldn't be
surprised If you were hungry."
He took the refugee by. the arm and
steered him in the direction of the ho-
the earl's attitude, and as bis anger
grew his suavity grew with it
"There Is another matter to which I
want to call your .attention," he went
on, and Tike answered him at once.
I'll talk about anything else with
teL and as the three entered the wide I you," he replied and looked up to see
"Xot ore ruble for myr.clf. I tnvcaritl
abject misery and contrition Pike step
ped forward and laid his hand on the
"The man's down," he said geutly.
"You wouldn't go back on him now?"
He waited an instant aud then chuc
kled grimly in a thin, humorous way.
"Resides, you've made yourself one of
his confederates, doc," he finished.
As he spoke Von Grollerhagen
glauced at him quickly, and his eyes
took 011 a tinge of surprise.
"Upon my soul, but 1 have, my
friend!" Then he laughed outright.
"Ah, from the first sight of you in the
hotel at N'ppoli I h.w that you were a
Daniel looked at him and grinned in
"What you doing, doc running for
congress?" he asked, and the German
joined hlin in the humor of the situa
tion and then turned gravely to the
Russian. . .
"I fear the carabinierl did not depart
"Suspicion!" echoed Ivanoviteh bit
terly. "They will watch every exit
from the hotel and grounds. What can
I do until dark?" Pike interruuted
him quickly and motioning to the
"Why doc, lie's got the lower
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door th6 curtains abev the entrance
were agitated violently aud the head
of Lady Creech popped out of the case
ment with the suddenness of a Punch,
From the keen look on her face one
might have Imagined that had it not
been for her deafness she might have
heard every word of the conversation
that had gone on Lelow her. As it was,
after gazing anxiously in the direction
of the road she withdrew her head
sharply and within a miuute came out
of the door of the hotel just in time to
encounter Horace and Mine, de Cham-
pigny coming in from the grove. She
approached them at once.
Have you seen my brother?" she
demanded excitedly. "Where Is Lord
Horace looked at her with surprise.
"On the other side of the garden,
Lady Creech," he answered, "down
there on the terrace," and watched,
with some amusement, the speedy ef
forts of the grim old lady as she hur
ried off. The amusement however,
rapidly gave place to a more interest
ing pastime, for. summoning all his
callow courage, he set himself vigor:
ously to hint at a possible union be
tween himself and the noble countess. ,
It was evident from the first word
that the lady was prepared, for him
and that, while she Intended to offer
him every bit of encouragement lu her
power, she would not be satisfied with
anything short of a definite proposal
and more likely before witnesses if
He made his initial move with some
gayety. She returned his banter with
a mock seriousness aud in answer to
his challenge on her somber mood re
"But I cannot believe you are al
ways serious, my friend."
"Try me," he demanded eagerly,
"Set me some task to prove how seri
ous I am." She smiled at him.
"Gladly," she said. "Complete this
odious settlement. Overcome the re
sistance of this had man who so trou
bles your sweet sister."
Horace took her hand and murmur
"You promise me that when it Is set
tled I may speak to you"
"Yes. You may speak to me when
you please." And at the words he
kissed her hand rapturously.
In the meantime the suddenly reju
vena ted Lady Creech had found her
brother-in-law and Bad imparted to
him words of the utmost importance.
She had temporarily forgotten her
deafness, or else the agitation that pos
sessed her had removed It, for she wa3
bordering upon "a state of mind."
She walked him back to the hotel
when she found him aud talked con
tiuuoiisly all the way, and as she
talked his excitement grew to' match
her own. As they approached the gar
den Lady Creech said to him:
"I couldn't hear distinctly for they
mumbled their words, but upon my
soul. Ilawcastle, even if I couldn't
hear well, I saw enough."
Lady Creech aud Ilawcastle
entered the garden, where
Horace was still holding the
hand of the fair countess, they
encountered Almeric. who was stroll
ing in 'aimlessly from the direction of
the village. Ilawcastle beckoned to
Anything unusual down there?" he
asked, pointing to the village.
"Itawther! Carablnieri still hunting
that bandit chap," said his hopeful son
"Don't mvmble your words!" snapped
the old lady, and Horace and inadame
turned sharply aud coufusedly. Al
meric made a gesture of impatience
and, putting his head close to his re
spected aunt's ear, shouted:
"Hunting a bally bandit!" at which
the old woman screamed sharp:y.
Ilawcnstle took him by the shoulder.
"Wn.it do they say about him?" he
"That he is still In the neighbor
hood," replied his heir, with a languid
"What did I tell you?" asked Lady
Creech triumphantly. And 'the earl
made a gesture of Impatience.
"Almeric, find your betrothed and
bring her here." he said. And the
young man trotted off slowly. Horace
came slowly forward.
"What's the row, eir?" he asked, ar
the earl EinllwL,
Ethel coming down the steps. 1 She
came forward to the earl and said:
"You wished me'to come here?"
"I wish to tell you that I see light
breaking through the clouds. Have an
other talk, with our friend here, and.
believe me, all will be well."
With a bow he left the garden, and
Ethel stood staring after him. Pike
looked up quickly from the letter he
was reading and crossed over to her.
I'm glad you've come," he said.
I've got something here I want to
read to you. When I got your letter at
home I wrote to Jim Cooley, our .vice
consul in London, to look up those
Ilawcastle folks and write me here
how they stand."
"You did that!" she cried in anger.
"You had the audacity to pry into, the
affairs of the Earl of Ilawcastle!"
"Vhv. I'd 'a' done that if it'd been
the governor of Indiaua himself," he
replied, with surprise. "Besides, Jim
Cooley's 'home folks.' His office used
to be right next door to mine in Ko
korao. I haven't open d the letter yet.
but I haven't much doubt but Jim 'li
have some statements in it that'll show
you I'm right about these people."
How do you know that?" she de
"Because I've had experience enough
"In Kokomo?" she asked scornfully.
"Yes, ma'am," he answered. "There's
just as many kinds of people In Ko-
koino as there is in Pekin. and I didn't
serve a term in the legislature without
learning to pick underhand men at
sight. Now that earl, let alone his I
having a bad eye his ways are too
much on the stripe of T. Cuthbert
Iteutley's to suit me. T. Cuthliert was
a Chicago gentleman. w"ith a fur lined
overcoat, that opened up a bank in our
town, and when he caught the Cana
dian express three months later all he
left in Kokomo was the sign on the
front door1. That was painted on. But
there, here's the letter. Head It for
He handed It to her and watched her
while she broke the seal and then be
gan to read:
Floni- Han Tho on rid ,im nt T7fitVfn!Stlo !!
one of the oldest In the Uins'lom, anJ the
St. Aubyns have distlnRtii.slietl themselves
in tho forefront of English battles from
Alncourt and Crccy to Scb.i.vtopol. The
present holder of the title came Into it by
iccldent. He was a younger son's younger
son and had spent some years in Itussia
in business under another name. Nothing
here in his English record , is seriously
against him. though everything he has Is
mortgaged to the handle.
She finished with a look of triumrh.
"What a terrible indictment!" she
said scornfully. , "So, that was what
you counted on to convince ni of my
mistake? I shall tell ''Lord Ilawcastle
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"Wiiat a tcrrthl5 indictment!" she said.
that you will be willing to take up the
matter of the settlement the moment
his solicitor' arrives." .
rike shook his head sadly.
"No, I wouldn't do that, because
won't take up any settlements with
him or any one else."
'Tlave you after this any objection
to my alliance with Mr. St. Aubyn?"
she inquired, her anger at white heat
'It isn't an alliance with Mr. St
Aubyn ycu're after," he replied calm
ly. "You're after something there
ain't anything to. .If I'd let you bus
"My dear young man." he said, I I what you want you'd flod It as empty
congratulate you that you and your
sister need no longer submit to . an
He was about to say more, but at
that inoment Daniel came down the
steps and walked across the grass to
as the judgment day the morn in;
after You think because I'm a jay
country lawyer I don't understand
W hy , we've got the same thing at
home. There was little Annie Uoff
meyer. Her pa was a carpenter and
the motor. As he passed the group hej doing well, but Auuie could not get
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"Good afternoon, Mr. rike," answer
ed the earl and motioned the others to
Tike merely nodded his head, and
Ilawcnstle came up to him.
the society column four or five times
every Saturday morning, so she gets
her pa to give, her the moey to marry
Artie Seymour, the minister's son, aud
a regular minister's son he was! Al
most broke, Aunie's heart and her pa's.
"It is a pity tliat there should have! too, but he let her.have her way and
been any misunderstanding In the mat
ter of your ward's betrothal," he said,
and Pike smiled grimly.
"Oh, I wouldn't call It a misunder
standing," he said, and the carl went
" "It would 111 become a father to press
went in debt and bought tueth a hou.se
on Main street' That was two years
ago." , ; '
Pike paused momentarily
"Aunie's workiug at the deepo candy
stand now," he resumed, "and Artie's
working at the hotel bur iu front
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drinking up what's left of old man
Uoff meyer' s settlement!"
She Hung away from him in a tem
per aud then wheeled on him in a
And you say you understand you.
who couple the name of a tippling yo
kel with that of a St. Aubyn, whoso
ancestors have fought on every field of
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'But you won't see much of his an
cestors!" complained Tike.
TIe bears their name," she an
swered. . ;
"That's it, aud it's the name you
want. Nobody could look at you and
not know it wasn't him! It's the name!
And I'd let you buy it if it would make
you happy if you didu't have to take
the iH-ople with it. Don't you see
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"I gave Almeric my promise. It was
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pressed with his earnestness. He look
ed at her quietly.
"I'm not going to let you," he re
"Then I'll throw your- interference to
the, winds. I shall marry without your
"Do you think they'd let you?" Tike
asked quickly. For a moment she
stood still, and then came tho sound of
the guitars from over the wall. Tike
went on after a time.
"Sounds kind of foreign ami lone
some." he said. "I'd rather. hear some
thing that sounded more like home
'Sweet Genevieve,' for Instance. You
know It don't you?"
"I used to," she answered, hanging
her head. "It's old fashioned and com
mon, isn't It?' .
."That's why I like it. I piess," he
answered. "I couldn't get you to sing
It for me before I go home, could I?"
She looked at him thoughtfully for a
"I'm afraid not," she answered and
went quickly Into the hotel, leaving
him looking after her curiously.
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