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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1910.
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T" CHAPTER X. Bandca, : a TteUr tin.
Bmum enamored or a ffotoen Deraea
rtwiger who wa prospecting' asd stti dy
ing; henna la the vionicy c htr hero Hi
central .aala. and repeal! to Mm the le-
cation of a jrUoe of robiea hepsae that
the rtfugur would knre hr la return for
her- 9oloan. Ttiary war followed to
"the mt by be lrTa relatfrrea, .who
locked u the entrance, and drew off
: 1e water supply, leawinf tbe couple to
dfe. Baraka's cousin Saad. her betrothed,
.attempted to climb down a oilff overtook
'Intr the mln; but the traveler hot htm.
'The Btrang-er, revived from a water ccmrd
Saad carried, due hi a way out of the
tunnel, and departed, desertlnr tbe 8"rl
and carrying- a bagr of rubles. Barak a
gathered all tbe geros aha could carry.
:" aad started la pursuit.
Thera was good copy for the- news
papers en both sides of the Atlantic
In the news that the famous lyric so
prano, Margarita da Cordova, whose
'real name was Miss Margaret Donne,
was engaged to Mons. Konstantin
JLogothetl, a Greek financier of large
fortune established In Paris, and al-
. most as well known to art collectors
s to needy governments, would-be
promoters, and mothers of marriage-
- able daughters.
- Tbe engagement was made known
during the height of tbe London sea
son, not long fter they had both been
at a week-end party at Craythew,
Lord Creedmore's place fn Derbyshire,
where they had apparently come to a
. final understanding after knowing
each other more than two years. Mar
garet was engaged to sing at Corcnt
Garden that summer, and the first
- mention of the match was coupled
with the Information that she intended
to cancel all her engagements and
never appear in public again. The re
sult was that the next time she came
down the stage to sing the Waltz
Song .In "Romeo and Juliet" she re
ieeived a tremendous ovation before
I she opened her handsome lips, and
'.another when she had finished the
"air; and she spent one of the happiest
evenings she remembered.
Though she was at heart a nice
English girl, net much over 24 years
; of age, the orphan daughter of an Ox
ford don who had married an Ameri
can, she had developed, or fallen, to
, the point at which very popular and
successful artists cannot live at all
without applause, and are not happy
unless they receive a certain amount
of adulation. Even the envy they ex
cite in their rivals Is delicious, if not
almost necessary to them.
Margaret's real nature had not been
changed by a success that had been
altogether phenomenal and had prob
ably not been approached by any
-soprano since Mine. Bonanni; but a
second nature bad grown upon it and
threatened to hide it from all but
those who knew her very well indeed.
The Inward "Margaret was honest and
brave, rather sensitive, and still gener
ous; the outward woman, the prima
donna whom most people saw, was
self-possessed to a fault, imperious
when contradicted, and coolly ruthless
when her artistic fame was at stake.
TSe two natures did not agree well
together, apd made her wretched when
they quarreled, but Logothetl, who
was going to take her for better, for
worse, professed to like them both,
and was the only man she had ever
known who did. That was one reason
why she was going to marry him, aft
er having refused him about a dozen
She had loved another man as much
as she was capable of loving, and at
one time he had loved her, but a mis
understanding and her devotion to her
art had temporarily separated them;
and later, when she had almost told
him that she would have him If he
asked her, he had answered her quite
frankly that she was no longer the
girl he had cared for, and he had sud
denly disappeared from her life alto
gether. So Logothetl, brilliant, very
rich, gifted, gay, and rather exotic in
appearance and manner, but tenaci
ous as a bloodhound, had won the
prize after a struggle that had lasted
two years. She had accepted him
without much enthusiasm at the last,
and without any great show of feel
ing. "Let's try it," she had said, and he
had been more than satisfied.
After a time, therefore, they told
therr friends that they were going to
The onty woman with whom the
great singer was at all intimate was
the Countess Leven. Lord Creedmore's
daughter, generally called "Lady
Maud." whose husband had been in
the diplomacy, and, after vainly try
ing to divorce her, had been killed in
St. Petersburg by a bomb meant for
a minister. The explosion had been
so terrific that the dead man's identity
had only been established by means
of his pocket-book, which somehow es
caped destruction. So Lady Maud
was a childless widow of eight-and-twenty.
Her father, when he had no
prospect of ever succeeding to the
title, had been a successful barrister,
and then a hard-working member of
parliament, and he had been from boy
hood the close friend of Margaret's
father. Hence the intimacy that grew
up quickly between the two women
when they at last met, though they
had not known each other as children,
because the lawyer had lived In town
and his friend In Oxford.
"So you're going to try It, my
dear!" said Lady Maud, when she
heard the news.
She had a sweet low voice, and
when she spoke now it was a little
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sad: for she had "tried It," and It had
failed miserably. But she knew that
the trial had not been a fair one; the
only man she had ever cared for had
been killed In South Africa, and as
she had not even the excuse of having
been engaged to him. she had married
with indifference the first handsome
man with a good name and a fair for
tune who offered himself. He chanced
to be a Russian diplomatist, and he
turned out a spendthrift and an un
faithful husband. She was too kind
hearted to be glad that he had been
blown to atoms by dynamite, but she
was much too natural not to enjoy the
liberty restored to her by his destruc
tion; and she had not the leaat inten
tion of ever "trying It" again.
"You 'don't sound very enthusiastic,"
laughed Margaret, who had no mis
givings to speak of, and was generally
a cheerful person. "If you don't en
courage me I may not go on."
"There are two kinds of ruined gam
blers." answered Lady Maud; "there
are those that still like to watch other
people play, and those who cannot
bear the sight of a roulette table. I'm
one of the second kind, but I'll come
to the wedding all the same, and
cheer like mad, if you ask me."
"That's nice of you. I really think I
mean to marry him, and I wish you
would help me with my wedding gown,
dear. It would be dreadful if I looked
like Juliet, or Elsa, or Lucia! Every
body would laugh, especially as Kon
stantin is rather of the Romeo type,
with, his almond-shaped eyes and his
little black mustache! I suppose he
really Is, isn't he?"
"Perhaps Just a little. But he ia
a very handsome fellow."
Lady Maud's lips Quivered, bt Mar
garet did not see.
"Oh. I know!" she cried, laughing
and shaking her head. "Tou once
called him 'exotic, and he ts but Fm
awfully fond of him all the same.
Isn't that enough to marry on when
there's everything else? You really
will help me with my gown, won't
you? You're such an angel!"
"Oh, yes, I'll do anything you like.
Are you going to have a regular
knock-down-and-drag-oot smash at St.
George's? The usual thing?"
Lady Maud did not despise slang,
but she made it sound like music.
"No," answered Margaret, rather re
gretfully. "We cannot possibly be
married till the season's quite over, or
perhaps In tbe autumn, and then there
will be nobody here. Tm not sure
when I shall feel like it! Besides.
Konstantin hates that sort of thing."
"Do you mean to say that you would
like a show wedding in Hanover
Square?" inquired Lady Maud.
"I've never done anything in a
church," said the prima donna, rather
enigmatically, but as If she would
" 'Anything in a church " repeated
her friend, vaguely thoughtful, and
with the slightest possible interroga
tion. "That's a funny way of looking
Margaret was a little ashamed of
what she had said so naturally.
"I think Konstantin would like to
have it in a ohapel-of-ease in the Old
Kent Road!" she said, laughing. "He
sometimes talks of being married in
tweeds and driving off in a hansom!
Then he suggests going to Constan
tinople and getting It done by the
patriarch, who is his uncle. Really,
that would be rather smart, wouldn't
"Distinctly," assented Lady Maud.
"But if you do that, I'm afraid I can
not help you with the wedding gown.
I don't know anything about tbe dress
of a Fanariote bride."
"Konstantin says they dress very
well," Margaret said. "But of course
it is out of the question to do any
thing so ridiculous. It will end in the
chapel-of-ease, I'm sure. He always
has his own way. That's probably
why I'm going to marry him. Just be
cause he insists on It. I don't see any
other very convincing reason."
Lady Maud could not think of any
thing to say in answer to this; but
as she really liked the singer she
thought It was a pity.
Paul Origgs, the veteran man of
letters, smiled rather sadly when she
met him shopping in New Bond street,
and told him of Margaret's engage
ment. He said that most great sing
ers married because the only way to
the divorce court led up the steps
of the altar. Though he knew the
world he was not a cynic, and Lady
Maud herself wondered how long it
would be before Logothetl and his
"But they are not married yet,"
Griggs added, looking at her with the
quietly ready expression of a man
who is willing that his indifferent
words should be taken to have a spe
cial meaning if the person to whom
he has spoken chooses, or is able, to
understand them as they may be un
derstood, but who is quite safe from
being suspected of suggesUng any
thing if there Is no answering word
Lady Maud returned his look, but
her handsome face grew rather cold.
"Do you know of any reason why
the marriage should not take place?"
she inquired after a moment.
"If I don't give any reason, am I
ever afterwards to hold my peace?"
asked Griggs, with a faint smile on
his weather-beaten face. "Are you
publishing the bans? or are we think
ing of the same thing?"
"I suppose we are. Good-morning."
She nodded gravely and passed on,
gathering up her black skirt a litUe,
for there had been a shower. He stood
still a moment before the shop win
dow and looked after her. gravely ad
miring her figure and her walk, as he
might have admired a' very valuable
thoroughbred. She was wearing
mourning for her .husband, not be
cauae any one would have blamed her
if she had not done so, considering
bow he bad treated her, but out of
Griggs also looked after her as she
went away because he felt that she
was not quite pleased with, him for
having suggested that he and she had
both been thinking cf the same thing.
The thought concerned a third per
son, and one who rarely allowed him
self to be overlooked; no less a man.
la fact, than Mr. Rufus Van Torp, th
American potentate of the gresj
Nickel Trust, who was Lady Maud's
most intimate friend, and who had
long desired to make the prima donna
his wife. He had bought a place ad
Joining Lord Creedmore's, and there
had lately been a good deal of quite
groundless gossip about him and Lady
Maud, which had very nearly become
a scandal. The truth was that they
were the beBt friends in the world,
and nothing more; the millionaire had
for some time been interested in an
unusual sort of charity which almost
filled the lonely woman's life, and he
had given considerable sums of money
to help It. During the months preced
ing the beginning of this tale, he had
also been the object of one of those
dastardly attacks to which very rich
and important financiers are more ex
posed than other men. and he had
actually been accused of having done
away with his partner's daughter, who
had come to her end mysteriously dur
ing a panic In a New York theater.
But his Innocence had been proved in
the clearest manner, and he had re
turned to the United States to look
after the interests of the Trust.
When Griggs heard the news of
Margaret's engagement to Logothetl,
he immediately began to wonder how
Mr. Van Torp would receive the intel
ligence; and If it had not already oc
curred to Lady Maud that the million
aire might make a final effort to rout
his rival and marry the prima donna
himself, the old author's observaUon
suggested such a possibility. Van
Torp was a man who had fought up to
success and fortune with HtUe regard
for the obstacles he found In his way;
he had worked as a cowboy In his
early youth, and was apt to look on
his adversaries and rivals in life eith
er as refractory cattle or as danger
ous wild beasts; and though he had
some of the old-fashioned ranchero's
sense of fair play in a fight, he had
much of the reckless daring and ruth
less savagery that characterize the
fast-di6appearing western desperado.
Logothetl, on the other hand, was
In many respects a true oriental, su
premely astute and superlatively calm,
but Imbued, at heart, with a truly
eastern contempt for any law that
chanced to oppose his wish.
Both men had practically inexhaust
ible resources at their command, and
both were determined to marry the
prima donna. It occurred to Paul
Griggs that a real struggle between
such a pair of adversaries would be
worth watching. There was unlimited
money on both sides, and equal cour
age and determination. The Greek was
the more cunning of the two, by great
odds,' and had now the considerable
advantage of having been accepted by
the lady; but the American was far
more regardless of consequences to
himself or to others In the pursuit of
what be wanted, and. short of com
mitting a crime, would put at least as
broad an interpretation on the law.
Logothetl had always lived in a highly
civilized society, even In Constanti
nople, for it is the greatest mistake
to imagine that the upper classes of
Greeks, in Greece or Turkey, are at
all deficient in cultivation. Van Torp,
on the contrary, had run away from
civilization when a half-educated boy,
he had grown to manhood In a com
munity of men who had little respect
for anything and feared nothing at
all, and he had won success in a field
where those who compete for it buy
It at any price, from a lie to a life.
Lady Maude was thinking of these
things as she disappeared from Griggs'
sight, for she was a little afraid that
she had made trouble. Ten days had
passed since she had last written to
Rufus Van Torp, and she had told
him, amongst other things, that Mme.
de Cordova and Logothetl were en
gaged to be married, adding that it
seemed to her one of the most ill-assorted
matches of the season, and that
her friend the singer was sure to be
miserable herself and to make her
busband perfecUy wretched, though
he was a very good sort In his way
and she liked him. There had been
no reason why she should not write
the news to Mr. Van Torp, even
though It was not public property yet,
for he was her Intimate friend, and
she knew him to be a9 reticent as all
doctors ought to be and as some so
licitors' clerks are. She had asked
him not to tell any one till he beard
of the engagement from some one
He had not spoken of It, but some
thing else had happened. He had
cabled to Lady Maud that he was com
ing back. to England by the next
steamer. He often came out and went
back suddenly two or three times at
short Intervals, and then stayed away
for many months, but Lady Maud
thought there could not be much
doubt as to his reason for coming
now. She knew well enough that he
had tried to persuade the prima donna
to marry him during the previous win
ter, and that if his passion for her
had not shown itself much of late, this
was due to other causes, chiefly to the
persecution of which he had rid him
self JuBt before he went to America,
but to some extent also to the fact
that Margaret had not seemed in
clined to accept any one else.
Lady Maud, who knew the man bet
ter than he knew himself. Inwardly
compared him to a volcano, quiescent
Just now, so far as Margaret was con
cerned, but ready to break out at any
moment with unexpected and destruc
Margaret herself, who had known
Logothetl for years, and had seen
him In his most dangerous moods as
well as in his best moments, would
have thought a similar comparison
with an elemental force quite as truly
descriptive of bim. if It had occurred
to her. The enterprising Greek had
really attempted to carry her off by
force on the night of the final re
hearsal before her first appearance on
the stage, and had only been thwarted
because a royal rival had caused him
to be locked up, as If by mistake. In
order to carry her off himself; ia
which he also had failed meat ridicu
lously, thanks to the young singer's
friend, the celebrated Mme. Bonanni.
That was a very amusing story. But
on another occasion Margaret had
found herself shut up with her ori
ental adorer, in a. rcnJrtmiwhich.
ne coma not escape, and he had quite
lost his head; and If she had not been
the woman she was, she would have
fared ill. After that he had behaved
more like an ordinary human being,
and she had alloweu the natural at
traction he had for her to draw her
gradually to a promise of marriage;
and now she talked to Lady Maud
about her gown, bnt she still put off
naming a day for the wedding, in spits
of Logotheti's growing Impatience.
This was the situation when the
London season broke up and Mr. Van
Torp landed at Southampton from an
ocean greyhound that had covered the
distance from New York In 5 days 13
hours and 37 minutes, which will
doubtless seem very slow traveling If
any one takes tbe trouble to read this
tale 20 years hence, though the pas
sengers were pleased because it was
not much under the record time for
steamers coming east.
Five hours after he landed Van
Torp entered Lady Maud's drawing
room In the little house in Charles
stfeet, Berkeley Square, where she
had lived with the departed Leven
from the time when he had been at
tached to the Russian embassy till he
had last gone away. She was giving
It up now, and it was already half dis
mantled. It was to see Van Torp that
she was In town in the middle of
August, instead of with her father at
Craythew or with friends in Scotland.
London was as hot as it could be,
which means that a New Yorker would
have found it chilly and an Italian de
lightfully cool; but the Londoners
were sweltering when Van Torp ar
rived, and were talking of the oppres
sive atmosphere and the smell of the
pavement, not at all realizing how
blessed they were.
(To be Continued.)
(Cqntlnuel from Pagre Nine.)
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