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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, FRIDAY. MAY 19, 1911.
HAD put everything upon the
hazard of a die, and. kneeling,
I awaited the result. There
was absolute silence It seem
ed to me for a long time end I could
feel that the chamber was charged
with an atmosphere of expectancy. At
such a moment one tskes la many
thing at a glance. Count Vasca was
furious. I saw a curious smile wrin
kle the corners of Jasars month, and.
although I did not understand lu
meaning, there was in It something
which encouraged me. I was con
scious that Lady Aldrida stepped tacit
from me, a movement that Indeed sug
gested fear at my rashness.
I saw the princess start, and then j
the color dyed her cheeks deeply, but ;
there was no encouragement In her :
face. For one moment It seemed as
If she remembered the giving of the J
handkerchief, but the next she was j
stern, resolute, and I might bare been !
some poor devil craving mercy for my-
self. Her eyes flashed dangerously, J
her month tightened hard and unfor
glvlngly, her bosom rose and fell in
quick movement, telling of a passion
ate anger which she held in check.
She looked superb, but less a woman
than I had ever peen her look. Just
'then she would have inspired fear, but
hardly love, I think. My sudden ac
tion seemed to have put the key of the
situation into my hand for the mo
ment, but her dignity and aelf posses
sion snatched it from me. Then she
spoke clearly, calmly.
'A token must be given to make it
of any worth. This handkerchief, as
we remember, was merely forgotten
when, as a stranger among ns, we
gave you a word of sympathy. Ilad
we known the use you intended to put
It to we should have sent a servant to
reclaim It Never has any subject re-
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rervea a token of ours. You forget
yourself. Sir Verrall, and in future we
shall know how to treat you. It were
well to absent yourself from our pres-
' ence until we have forgotten the in-
j Then, turning to one of her women,
j she commanded her to take the hand-
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as the princess passed from the room
followed by her attendants.
Not until the curtains had fallen be
hind her did I rise from my knee. It
was not homage which kept me there.
I wanted a moment to think. I be
lieved myself something of a martyr
for the cause of humanity. I had
done the wretched prisoners no good,
it I had made the attempt, and since
It bad failed I should have more ene
mies Li Drussenland than I had ever
Jasar had gone. Vasca was leaving
the apartment hurriedly, and ' those
standing near me drew back as J cross
ed the room.
At the entrance Lady Aldrida stop
"We attempted the Impossible, Sir
Verrall. I warned you that I was in
no great favor with her highness."
"We have done what we could," I
answered. "Take heed to yourself,
Lady Aldrida. It Is 111 policy to sym
pathize with a fallen and disgraced
"That man Is my"
"Is a fooL my lady," I Interrupted,
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She dropped me a low courtesy, and
I went quickly through tho other
rooms, neither being spoken to nor
speaking to any.
As I was leaving the palace, how
ever, a band was laid upon my shoul
der, and I turned to face a friend, a
knight who had ever taken part with
me against my enemies.
"Sir Verrall, let me come with yon."
"I warn you I am poor company to
night," I answered.
"Two swords are better than one
when the night is dark and the attack
sudden and from behind."
"Why should you fear attack to
night?" "The town is full of drunken sol
diers, and a fallen man is food for
any assassin's dagger. The murderer
may be thanked for getting rid of so
turbulent a subject or thinks he may."
I laughed at bis somber foreboding,
but I was not 111 pleased to have his
company. His presence may have pro
tected me, I do not know,! but I reach
ed my quarters in safety. "
O'Ryan was not there. I guessed
that the attractions. of the town had
proved too much for him tonight, and
I was not sorry to be alone. I crossed
the room and looked out'upon the mar
ket place. The sounds' of merrymak
ing run to riot rose up to me. The
dawn would bring the qbanting priests,
the flashing swords andtthe stakes with
their ghastly burdens. . What could I
do more to prevent the butchery?
Nothing absolutely nothing. I had
played my trump card and lost.
Not only had I not helped the pris
oners, but I had put my own life in
Jeopardy. I had no mercy to hope for
from the princess, and I could not ex
pect the priests to raise a finger in
my protection now that I. bad attempt
ed to wreck one of their (dearest laws.
Should I go to the priests and, playing
upon their superstition, command them
to save their prisoners? Should I
steal out, mount my horse, ride to
Yadasara and proffer my services to
lead the king's troops to victory against
their enemies? Should I go back to
the palace and attempt to speak again
with the princess? And then, I regret
to say, I wondered If the lives of these
prisoners were worth the sacrifice I
had made for them, whether I should
not have been .wiser to take O'Ryan's
advice and look after my own skin.
Presently I realized that the town
had gruwu quieter. Listening for
O'Ryan. I beard something else
stealthy footsteps coming along the
corridor. Under the circumstances it
was not strange that I should think
of treachery. I drew my sword noise
lessly and waited. There was a quick
knock at my door.
"Who comes at so late aa hour? I
said, throwing the door open and ready
to defend myself.
"Welcome you all yonr friends so.
It was Jasar, and be smiled as be
pointed to my drawn sword.
"I expected a foe."
"And perhaps with reason, he said.
"Stm, i corns as a friend and secretly.
Class the door and make it fast and
let ns speak low. Tour servant has
"Aad xefa not tonight. He was found
brawling la t&e streets aad -ras ar
rested." I thought soldierx were prtrfiesed
to brawl totagtrt." I said.
"Torn ZBeaa that satj Jay serrant vaa
He Towed and wairhed me wlta a
aonSa upon Us face, even as ie had
watx&ed mo as I pfcaded to the pria-
-Bx Vasca" orders, doubtless?"
'"Ah. fur 4 Sew raoiiwsita with hint
ta settle our scare now and tiac all
fiw!" I aa3a imvtsQesSj
Wtect exa 704 xpeot? X. fallen
man is evxx a atejonmj atone which
crfhers me te rise te Trigbpr laror."
"Fallen, you say? It 3s toe xaah an
werftnn. Falling, peehqps. but Ttot
faHra, YnflB Btr TVarraH .einiijfiettiJy
fclls ieH carry eaoe jntin wlfh htna.
"Brave -words an Idle boast I should
have said -had another -nuared them,
lint Btr "VsrxnH Zhas tprocred liirnsetf as
gnud mm "his -wards. Tell me, ta all
men as 700 -axe la the land 700 come
"I am .hut a jmor specimen of ;my
I stopped, remembering how I bad
come to Drussenland as the long ex
"We must talk of that another time,
be answered, with a smile. "Nowwe
have other matters in hand. Youiare
right. Sir Verrall. You have not fallen
yet, but there are those . who think
"You mean" I began.
"Mark you. Sir Verrall, you were
"To plead for those wretched pris
oners?" "Jfo. For that I honor you. It was
the action of a true knight. The law
is a disgrace. I quarrel , not with
your pleading, but with the j manner of
"It was the only way." t
"There you are in error, be an
swered. "First you should have come
alone. To associate Lady Aldrida
with the request was to court failure.
Then you should not have asked for
an Immediate answer. Her highness
cannot make and break laws at her
pleasure. Your Importunity made her
"Made her doubt my loyalty,". I said
bitterly. "Had a man so accused me
I would have cut out his lying
"You gave the challenge. Sir Ver
rall, and since none dared to answer
it you had the advantage. But you
did not use it. You turned to sneer
at the princess. Think you any. wom
an can bear that?"
"My knowledge of. women is limit
ed." "True, I have found It so. You
should learn to read women, Sir Ver
rall, and then you would know how to
use your advantage. The princess,
after all, Is a woman."
I looked at him, trying to discover a
deep meaning in his words, but Jasar s
face was not easy to read.
"I used the weapons to my hand," I
"And used them badly your last
weapon worst of all. It was bravely
done, but it was madness Just then."
"I am no courtier where the lives of
men are at stake."
"When you should be the courtier!
most. Yet you do yourself an In jus-1
tlce. I marked you play the courtier
well enough to the Lady Aldrida, and
the princess saw It also. I can read
on the Lady Aldrlda's face what the
man who whispers to her talks of. I
saw well that you talked of love."
"And if I did?"
"Was it wise, think you, to produce
the princess' token when you had
proved how lightly you esteemed It?"
This was an argument I could not
find a ready answer to without show
ing this priest, of whose friendship I
had no guarantee, that I thought more
of the princess than I cared to ac
knowledge. "She denied the gift," be went on.
"She could truly do so, for I saw the
manner In which it -was given. Yon
could expect nothing else but her an
ger . and the banishment she pro
nounced." I have fought and lost, as many
another man has done before me."
"You have not lost yet. Sir Verrall.
I was tonight sent to the priests by
her highness. The sacrifice of tho
prisoners is delayed for the present."
"Thank heavenr I exxJalmed.
So far you have succeeded. It s
possible nay, probable that the prin
cess win send for yon. Be humble;
It win serve yon best. Of my coming
here you must not speak."
' "I thank yoo tor coming."
"For the present the prisoners are
safe. Ton may save them altogether,
but 3a doing so you axast be content
to put yourself in danger. I know not
aow aer Mgrmess wH2 treat yoo,
wtiPfhfr she -win forgive yon or ne
bat. of this 7 warn yon if yoa savo
tie piistaiers the vrfts -win be your
eneraSea. Utey are powerful - mora
powerful even than Ooux Tasca do
yon trarra. I know yen to fc fearless;
I.beHev yon to be true. But nark
well bow Jim go after sunset. And
one more thing, Sir TerraJl make not
erne enemies. A foe la stei or even
in joSestb 70Des may "be met and con
quered, trot a woman -gfc has weap
ons that a man is ill fitted to guard
.against I seek no confidences I only
-advise. JBeware of the Lady jUddd.
There 3 a -Whole armory of danger in
tmrt Yair -woman."
"Ton wrong her. I flare swear that
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She had stood by me. I could do no
less than protect her.
' "I have given my advice," he said
calmly. "It Is for you to use it or not,
as you will. Good night. When I am
gone make fast the door again. For
you danger lurks in every shadow.
At some other time we will talk of
that country of yours. It should be a
good land whose knhjhts are fearless
and true and yet gentle as you are.
Sir Verrall a good land, indeed."
(To bo Continued.)
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