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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 1911.
T HOP SIS OF PRECEBIKO CHAPTERS.
Ostaa Trra!L tnnlir, b
2ffatpha of a mysterious eountry toyoa4
th c "-'" rang. Thy ar eurlad
tor an avalanch Into tfcta tnystwrlona
wastry. VTustapha la kniod. mad TarrmU
fa nanciirtd br Centals O-ltyan.
(VHrtn mitm tit kmc of Di uassulaaS.
who is at war with Pilno a Daria, who
KUln oatitux O Ryia end VerraU. Var-
xmS OMti the srincm. who la beautiful.
Prompted by CRyin, Verrall claims to
Ts the xDetd Kniret or tn butw hut,
who la to aid In prlnoees and find a great
treasure. VerraU discover aa enemy la
IClIUnar arlaofiers la a custom In Drns-
tilinrl Varrall Is aeeapted aa the knight.
Vase ptota to defeat him la a lane tour
ssjnaat. Pro seen la nd'a people have pro
Teased n farther thaa the time t tb4
arraa baHeaa Vases- Bart Sre
VarraU bar handkerchief aa a token. Ver
TaD unhorses the eount and wins. The
kmc" foreaa attack. Carta's army, led
by Vasea, drives tn usri tore xo
varraa auapeota vaaoa aa
TmO, plcasd by Delia's mKfrae,
esiuts lavdr Abtrtda. B sad aha plead
wttb Daria tor to ttve of ui 1uaia.
Varran tootmswe Daria by displaying tba
Xarta disgrace VemTl. hot
Jasar. bar confidant, arranges a
iiuisllm Varrall bees her pardon.
Th prtneesa tails Mm he will b tn
greet pern IX aba save the prisoners and
Insists tba ba mak bar a publlo apology.
Wan aa gnard befor bar door b la at
Varna kSba th
that tba tot la
th two hours th eamp
was struck. The count and
I mt as the forces were
-about 4o more.
"Lbave anlyvJust beard of your Ta
tars . Bir " Verrall. I congratulate
I tzuEBxed. nna.
Ta It by your-advice that we more
the camp,-tonight T he asked.
"No. I. had1 no Idea such a move
in ast was contemplated. Ton would
havw'had a freer band, count, had yon
not brought ber highness upon this
"I Biade a- mistake. be answered.
A crave one, count. Too must bare
a care that It does not lead yon to de
struction. "Ton speak In riddles. Sir Verrall."
"Not such deep ones but that you
can read them," I answered. "Indeed,
It Is a warning that I give rather than
a riddle X ask. Tour friends may be
msny, Ootrat Vasca, but you have
many enemies too."
"One stands before me, he said
"It is well to know how we stand
toward each other. Count Vasca. I
always watch my enemies."
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-And I always crush mine. Sir Ver
rall. sooner or later. Ton may yet re
gret that you have avowed yourself
"I come but recently from Yadasara.
count. X heard enough to make me
glad that I am not your friend."
"Ton choose a coward's time to
tpsftkonr.lasalts--. time when It Is
Impossible -for me to-ptmisa you--
The time, wdeome, count. .
It shal come? he hissed.
He turned from me and disappeared
la the darkness.
X was as far as erer- from discover
ing bow t matured the count's plans
were. I Judged that the hurried mov
ing of the camp did not suit his
schemes altogether, but that it would
have the .effect of frustrating them I
doubted. He would not have ventured
upon such treachery had he not every
prospect of success, and my hopes
grew weaker as the main body and
the right wing moved forward. If they
were all traitors what hope was there?
Sir Walen thoroughly trusted the left
wing, and I was more Inclined to think
that he did so Justly when I saw -the
pleasure of the men at the fact that
the princess was to ride among them.
It was a dlfflcuirtnrght march. Un
der ordinary circumstances it would
have been a foolish one. The woods
were thick and the paths through
them narrow. The men were forced
In places to straggle snd push forward
In twos and threes. We Instructed the
men that in case of attack they were
to fall back and surround the princess.
Her protection was to be their especial
care. This arranged. Sir Walen took
tommanl keeping as close to the main
frdy as possible, while Jasar and I
r -n ww us n ii -.r
rode on either side of the princes.
Jasar was mounted on a strong ani
mal, and X saw a sword hilt peep from
under his cloak.
The stumbling of laser's horse star
"Heard you anything besides the
tramping of our men. Sir Verrall?" he
"To our right. Listen!"
I pulled up my horse. So did TOaria
I could hear the steady tramp of
our own men around us, but there was
another sound away to our right, a
faint echoing tramp.
"An echo, I think." -
And then, aa tf to contradiction, there
came a clear sound, the Jingle of har
ness, faint, bnt clear, as when In a'
company of horsemen 'sereral of the
animals throw their heads up at the
same time- and shake their bridles.
wTluittnnet be an echo."
We rode or again and. overtaking a
knight. X told him to hurry forward
and tell Sir Walen that I believed the
enemy were marching with us through
the woods. Presently the knight X
had sent forward returned. Sir Wa
len had Instructed the men to go slow
ly and to keep well together, and he
wanted me to make sure that X bad
plenty of men behind me to repulse:
any attack which might be made In
the rear. Leartag the prtneesa In
J tsar's charge, I rode-baek and got -the
rear portion of the left wing close up.
With an effort I spoke gayly to the
men, and I was convinced now that
they were to be trusted. Then I re
joined Daria and Jasar.
"It would be well to send-forward to
the ronnt and call a halt," I said. "We
are approaching- open country, and we
cannot tell what awaits us there."
"Act as yon think best," Daria an-,
I sent forward to Vasca. The troops
halted Immediately, and a few min
utes afterward Vasca himself Joined
"A perilous Journey, your highness,
but well accomplished," he said. "Aft-
"it shall COSOE."
er a short halt shall we move for
ward and camp in the open? Our van
guard is now at the edge of the
"The open country may bring us in
eight of the enemy. Sir Vasca," she
"Your highness will remember that
It was not my wish to advance to
night. I. too, think it probable that
the enemy are before us."
"They have been marching with us
all night, count." I said. "Their move
ments were so well timed with ours
that they must bsve been watching
"That is unlikely. Still. If it is so.
we are prepared to meet them, I
"Quite prepared." I answered. "True
men have no fear even if numbers are
I left him with Daria. Jasar keeping
watch upon him. and Joined Walen.
"Is the trap set for us, think you?"
"I do cot know. We may have got
out of it in time."
"At last you believe in the trap,
"I cannot understand such villainy,
he answered. "Yet"
"Yet you believe it exists?"
"Why. yes, VerralL Unwillingly I
am bound to admit that I believe it."
"Pick me a dozen men." I said. 1
am going to ride forward and see what
la In store for us."
With my liitle company I went
through the woods, keeping well away
from the main body, but being careful
not to go far enough to fall in with
the enemy, who had kept pace with us
through the nibt. In the gray dawn
the enemy were taking up their posi
tion, ready to attack us as soon aa we
were In .toe open.
We went slowly and silently back.
Life has an added charm when death
stands near. The day had dawned,
and. like myself, I doubt not that many
of my companions wondered if tbey
would see the close of it. Was there
any way of insuring safety even for
some of ns? There was one way which
held a prospect of success. I bad
thought of It before, but had pat IS
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aside as unpractlcable and dangerous,
yet now It seemed worthy of consider
ation. Why not make Count Vasca a
prisoner? It could be done quickly
and quietly if he were still with the
princess. Should he cry out there were
many ways of silencing him. It seem
ed to me that it would be a small crime
to silence so great a scoundrel for
ever. It was dangerous and would
bring matters to a head suddenly.
Daria might not agree to this seem
ing piece of treachery, so I determined
to make blm a prisoner first and ex
plain to her afterward- '
I put spurs into my horse, but I was
too late. Vasca had left.
A messenger was dispatched atonce
Safety seemed to lie in Vasca's cap
ture, and here was my opportunity. I
drew Walen aside for a moment.
"lie must not return," I said.
"Is that the princess order?"
"No. Make him a prisoner first, ask
her permission afterward. It is no
time to be courteous."
"It may be a false move." he said
"Possibly, but it may be salvation,"
I answered, ""layers for high stakes.
Sir Walen. have to risk much."
Put again my plan failed. The count
excused himself from coming. The
enemy was moving in the open, be
said, and be could not leave bis com
mand. Are our troops moviDg?" asked
"They were about to do so, your
highness," the messenger answered.
"Go to the count and command him
not to move until he bs our instruc
tions. A guard for us, gentlemen.
Sir Walen. move the left wing slowly
forward, but not out of the wood.
Keep in touch with the main body."
She mounted her horse lightly, Jasar
holding her stirrup. "Sir Verrall, gen
tlemen, follow us. We will fight this
battle our way, not in Count Vasca's."
She would have inspired any man
with courage. She put a better spirit
"Have a care, dear one," I whisper
ed as I rode beside her.
"Have a ready sword to defend me
tf necessary," she answered.
We rode up to the count even as the
messenger was delivering his message.
"We sent for you, count," she said
"Pardon, your highness, but I could
"We sent for you," she repeated.
"Have you yet to learn the virtue of
"Your highness. I"
"Disobedience Is the mark of a rebel.
Count Vasta. Look to it or we shaU i
be in danger of misjudging you. Do
you only now discover that the en
emy are before us? You hare a poor
knowledge of this campaign, it seems.
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The main body win advance at once
Into the open. The woods sweep round
to right and left in a semicircle. The
enemy are hidden there awaiting us.
Your mission is to draw them from
their hiding place." Then, turning to
a knight with us, she went on: "Qo
to the right wing and command them
to advance through the woods and at
tack the enemy in the rear on that
side. There are half hearted warriors
among us. We shall know how to
deal with rebels. For Drussenland and
for your princess, forward I"
I half expected the count to refuse.
but he did not do so. Either he was
uncertain of himself or the plans for
success were so complete that the
manner of attack was of little impor
tance. He gave a quick word of command,
and as the troops moved we rode back
and with the left wing set out to at
tack the enemy on that side.
There was a distant shout, and a
flight of arrows fell among them.
"If a stray shaft should find a weak
spot In Vasca's harness, all might be
well yet," I said to Walen. '
"He is not likely to run much risk,"
"You are convinced now, then?"
"Yes, Verrall. It will go hard with
us, I think, but at least we'll make
history today. We shall have the en
emy and the traitors before us, and
we'll fight as we fought at the bridge.
Traitors are mostly cowards, and they
shall pay a dear reckoning."
Horsemen came from the woods on
either side, and the battle In the open
The princess halted.
"Those men fight like fiends," she
said. "The treachery is not so deeply
rooted as you supposed. Sir Verrall."
"A few men's lives are nothing to
those who conceived the treachery,"
"The greater the confusion yonder
the more safety for us," I said to Wa
len. "Our turn will come. We have only
to wait," he answered.
With him I arranged what knights
were to keep with the princess.
"She will want you with her, he
"When the time comes I ride side by
side with you," I answered.
"I am glad," he returned.
We had not long to wait. From the
woods opposite a large body of horse
men came slowly. I expected to sea
them -charge Into the thick of the
fight, but Instead tbey suddenly made
a wide sweep and came toward us.
"ur "er "Kul " arrows
among ueu, ana men we cnargea.
Powerful as the enemy berore ns
were, they could not withstand our
charge. We cut into them, sweeping
them back In confusion. The same
spirit was in ns alL No quarter was
asked for nor given, and many a rider,
friend and foe, lay with limbs out
stretched, his day's work and his life's
work over. We turned . and swept
back again to the foot of the rising
ground on which Daria stood with the
company especially reserved to defend
ber. They greeted us with a cheer.
and we shouted answer. It sounded
like a cry of victory.
They were driven back upon the
main body. Sir VerralL The face of
the battle is changing."
Walen pointed with his sword. The
fight which had begun fiercely was
lessening. Our true enemies and our
traitor friends were beginning to un
derstand one another,
"We have shown them the men they
have to reckon with." I answered.
Some show of fighting was still main
tained In front of ns. and oar archers
sent quick flights of arrows Into the
mass. ' They were all' enemies there,
though they would not have us think
so yet. Then a mass of horsemen came
toward ns at a band gallop.
"Does Vasca lead them?" Tasked.
"I cannot see him," Walen answer
fed. "You must live until later In the
day to pay your debt to him."
"I shall live to do It, I answered as
we charged again.
I felt that I spoke the truth.
It was a fiercer struggle than the
first. Twice I was nearly thrown from
my saddle, once, for a few moments,
losing all consciousness of my sur
roundings and striking madly about
me as a man might do in a nightmare.
It was fortunate for me that my horse
kept his legs. It was Walen's voice
that brought me back to consciousness.
"Not too far, VerralL They are sur
Mechanically almost I swung my
horse round, and we began to fight our
wsy back. Walen's warning opened
my eyes to the danger, and the press
of the enemy, who bad closed In be
hind . us as we bad fought our way
through the mass In front, told me that
they had outmaneuvered us. Even
now we were too late. There was a
triumphant shout as another body of
horsemen went by our struggling mass
and rode straight for the rising ground.
What could that little company ao
against such an overpowering enemy?
"For the princess!" I shouted, rising
in my stirrups and swinging my sword j
with the renewed strength despair !
gave me. "Back to the princess, ev- j
ery one of us! We'll leave our bodies i
there, not here."
"For the princess!" some one shout
ed, and we dashed forward.
It was no small body of horsemen
that turned to prevent us cutting our
way to our comrades, but at least fire
"For the princess!" we cried.
"For the king!" they shouted an-
And from many it was a lying shout.
This was only the beginning of their
treason. They were beat on being as
false to the king presently as they bad
already been to the princess.
Side by side Walen and I went,
inch by Inch fighting our way toward
the rising ground, encouraging each
other, helpl&g each other. How our
companions fared I know not. Walen
and I seemed to be alone in the midst
of enemies. Still we went on step by
step. There seemed no power strong
enough to stop us. Success seemed
certain when suddenly I was alone. A
rush of horsemen parted us, and I saw
my comrade carried away from me.
hard beset. Still the fight was not lost
I shouted to him, and be heard me. I
saw the horsemen nearest to him go
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