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CIIAPTER M.
THE WOli) OF A PRINCE.
The apartmeits assigned to me in
virtue of my oflice lay in the wing of a
the Louvre looking toward the old 0
chapels of St. TJ'hoias, St. Nicalse and
the Quliize Vitigts. A balcony jutted 1
olit from my wilow, and sitting there I
One could see below the strange mass
ol' gray ntini brown buildings that
cluig like wasps' nests to the walls
of the palace, to be matched only in
soualor iby the high and tottering
ltuses, crowhing and jostling each
other oil the oploposite side of the nar
row sh reet. Hlere projecting gallery t
aid overhaiig turret formed an ar
cvile, ieatoith wIIhlch the grass thrust
its slender sworl blaides between the
trean 1 ad sliplpery stoles of the pave
nient, :ind it was cool and dark as a
ceilar, even oil the hottest days in
stlO lliletr.
It was to this rel'ugo I had escaped
frotn the stilling throig of the court.
\\-hei I.er.:e had stepped forward to I
aectiet the emissador's wager, I felt I
as if a 14ad1 was removed from my I
lo-:rt. H1e ioiked so calm and con- I
liel-i:t that I was sure he had perform- I
ed his task Am. the prince had quit- 1
1, 1 'ais l : 1d that Chantonnay's I
sehene weoul iniseairry. Yet, never- I
ti-i'ss, I olon:.: to bie alone, and, tak
II- lay ejoleeortuity, which caine easily
eoeh, I hin sliplped away to my bal- I
ce)1y. lireo 1en o'aJy the cool evening
b ir-7,e Vq011'11ii lit 1 ifls across the Seine I
Sliere t4e thiink al1d to arguie myself 1
0t1 eelf my 1'tolly or imidiess, call it what
you1 wIll.I
I'".ineneii s:tt on tlie llustrade and
he .. e a nie. The creature had an in- i
telli2 Ii- niin't. huian. lie under
loI voice :0 olI gisture perfectly, and 1
h1:1i iight hila to do thIngs that were I
1y o-ible. There as lie sat,
rvely sur vyiig me w Ith un winking
he0:14k e ve's, it sueteild to me that ho
wVn : ing lily itIost thoughts and
was showin: a silent. syinpatily for til
b1y ill in still as a stIone, indulging nid
ii-r lin gan1ob1l nor antie, n1or even
teouchilig til' lit he iceaip of lilts that Ilay
on a icimt er lee-jolt blini.
So 411:1hally gra:lve was the little beast
f 1n:1 he ii la-tod ILI' inl spite of. my
solf, anii. ri-ing, I appoachid lim, say
elt, ljili' olracete! Can you nlow
shIw ]li it iy uti of inl. troubles?"
Fn'er :illh\VT li Vr't.l closer to me,
1iie we'! t woleokldw inito the yard
hl-eat . w\ -r :tIv I lilltt l oorway itd
,Wito the l le St. T|1 11111-1s de LOuivre.
Thle edeeerwy :i the yard were used
:as :1 j:s:lge lIit 111 fron the street bys'
the oe est':Illts Of thIie p lace, and it
was eelinaily opien until close upon 10
lit ni'ht in sunune110r. Aln archer~i was on
guarid Itir', and1t his tall figure caught
lily t'ye as hie paced backward andl~ for
ward't at is post. I stood for a minute
or' sto waitching himi, wh'len I heard a
stepl biehoind me and my name called
(lit. I turnied and14 saw Lorgnac.
"I knocked twi'ce," he said, "but you
(11d 1not anslwerI, so I camne in, as I
guessed you would be cloud gathering
hieret."
"There is some wino in the flask
there," I answered, pointing to a little
table where a flaigon of D'Arbois stood,
but he shook his head and took a place
'beside meW, runniing his hand gently
over' Pompijon's fur.
"*W'ell," I said, "has Chiantonnay paid
youli?"
"Not yet," lie laughed, "but he will
.onhght."
"So the prince has gone?"
"Yes. I found hoim in the houso and
told him how things were. All that
iwas needed was a horse, and I gave
him mninet."
"'ou wvill be hard put to for your
eqipmenll'lt if' thiere 11s war, and I fane,
the ltetce was broken today."
"Oh, M. (de Chantonnay's pistoles
will priovideC that!"
"1leiln! IHut you are quick in coming
baick after seeling the prince off'!"
"I dhid 1not see him off. Tie quiet, lit
tle beast i" And he put Pompon on one
side.
"Not see himii off?"
"No. I was on duty and could not.
ie gave me his word that he would
start ini an0 hour1, andi~ by this there
shoul lie a eouple of leagues between
him andl Paris."
"Who is to laursuo? And they will
be fleet hoooofs thait will overtake Car
touc(hle."
''1uii if ho' is lnot gone('?"'
"'I iiniossile! Ilie knoows the risk.''
"''iThen," I slld, ''11tinilg remaulus, old]
f'rlial, bout thle warls fori you and may
hl(earls fori lmle. I shoul hike to see1'
ie mi~ol o answe1111r, and14 we both
leane too oge'ther ov.er* the hlullstrade l
am110 lookiled udown' inlto thoe yalrd1. It washi
dus1k now1, and1( the archller appearedh
e --to ispnad
w1oen O(1 servait' eicao 11 throgand
our sentinel ilevled a~ kiss from each
re no let them nutter'jlast 1 t
te palace, leaving him gazing wist- E
Lilly after them.
"Nom d'un gaillard I" said Lorguac, t
but the duty there is not so dull."
"Hushl' I answered. "Here comes o
nother." [
In effect as I spoke another figure, I
rrapped in a 14f.t cloak, ran down the C
alace steps awl tripped across the 1
nrd. We could not of course see prop. 1
rly, but there was a grace about her v
ioveuenlts that struck us both. h
"She Is pretty, I wager," I said. a
"Lucky arcelie!" exclaimed Lorgnac, I
Aid at the moment our sentinel ad- t
anced for his toll, but the newcomer t
brank back from hin and kept him t
ff.
"Ah, ma petite," said the archer, "I I
ave not seei you beforel Where D
nye you dpIp0)l)ed froim? Onie kiss,
nd Perdects de 'onthlieu will die for I
oil." t
Ile made a motion of his arim toward (
(r; but, recovering herself, she slipped
imibly aside, saying, with a laugh:
"liavard, I may ask you to die for S
le som1e (1day without hope of reward."
ld ini mioment she had flashed
hrough the op1en gate all was gone. I
tut I knew-the voice was enough for t
ie--and, looking at Lorgnac, I saw his
yes blazing, and even through the
usk I could see the Ivory pallor on his
ace.
"My God!" I exclaimed. "Are we
But Lorgnac caught me by the arm.
Fool! There is no time to waste. flyC
lenven, prince of the blood though le
ie, if lie 1ha1s lied to me he dies!" Sny
ng this, lie faIrly d ragged me from the
malcony. I staid him for a moment
o snitch III) mily rnpler ind fling aside
ny wNoodel Sword, and then we two
mrii'rie'd down the winding Stalir, past
lie servants' quarters al out into the
aIrd.
Thle archer- saluted uts ats we enme
11).
"WhIch way did-did mademoiselle
'o?" asked t.orgiae, his voice strange
Lld husky.
"I know not. Ionsieur-she vanished
ike a spirit."
"Try your house," I suggested, pluck
nlg im by11h the sleeve. "Lose no time
lere." An(] as I uttered these, words I
:nw I'omupon beside le and drove himl
mek with ia cuirse. But for once the
tie disobeyed, and thero was 110 h1elp
'or it; I had to let him follow as best I
2ould.
We dashed up the narrow Rue St.
rhomas - fortunately there were not
nany people about-and just where the
Atreet opened out Into the Rue St. Ho.
iore we caught a glimpse of the grace
.nil figure hesitating at a crossing. Shei
md lifted her' dress slightly, and
biough to complete her disguise she
awms wearing the flat soled Spanish
nuh-s not all their hideousness could
!oeeal the perfect arch of her foot.
'or a moment she hesitated, as I have
mil, giving us time to gain well upon
tier, and then, drawing her hood closer
together, she ran across the road and
tieaded toward the labyrinth of streets
iround the Halles.
"Put not your trust in princes." I
iaid bitterly, but Lorgnac made no an
iwer, maintaining a grim silence.
We kept on tile pavemlent opp~osite to
her, never losing sight of her for an
Instant, although the streets were
crowded here, and the uncertain lighlt
made our task far from easy, but wve
had too mucil at stake to fail.
When sihe reached the p)arvls of St.
Eustache, silo crossed it slowly toward
tile p)ortal of the still unfinished church,
though the first stone had been laid at
the time when I was born. As sh~e ap
proachled the archway a man stepped
forward from the shladow, and they
met with outstretched hands. So they
Btood for a moment, talking earnestly
together, and we hlalted, too, and
watched them with beatinlg hearts.
"It is lhe," I whispered. "He hlas
broken his word."
But still Lorgnac did( nIot speak,
though I could hear Is labored bren th.
And as we watched a man11 came over
tile flagged square, walkinlg Idly and1(
carelessly towaird thleml, hxuminxuug as
lie did( so the sonlg calledl the "Three
Cavaliers."
"D 'Araimon!"' exclaimed Lorgnne. "It
is all over* now~ unless we canx shut htis
mouth."
On his words, however, the t Ivo
moved off armi inl arml swiftly together
and( wvere lost ini the un~leensing crowdl
thaft was pouring from the Hailles. I
was for rusing aifter theml ait onco,
but Lorgnae hxeld mc biy the arml.
''Stay!I" he sa id. "'You must deal
with D)'Aramlonl. Stop him11 at all haz
rirds., I look aifter the others. Meet
m11 at my house." And with these
words 110 left 1m1 ab~ruptly, crossing the
pavenment ratpily3 and~ mixing with the
wrowd.
I waited not a moment mlyself. I
lid not even answer Lorgnne, but
pressed forward (on tile trnek of the
11)y and( Overtook D)'Aramlon in the lRue
Siontor'guell. Ie was walkin~g slow
y, lookin~g carefully about hximi, as if
ic had missed his prey, anld was hlend
ng toward the lq~uietonne-thte next
uring to the right wvould bring 1111m
:o the Tire lBoudin. But, as I snid(, lie
)esitatedl and(, ttandling oil tiptoes,
Cept trying to look over the heads of
he crowdl.
I w'alked past him rapidly, brushing
Rignintst him as 1 (11( so, and( tulrned
with an apology that biroke into an ox
slamnation of surIprisedl recognlitionl.
"Y'our 1)ard(on, monlsieuiri H einl! (anl
[ believe my eyes? Is it you, D)'Ara
non?2"
"Yes--yes," he staimmeredi uneasily.
'I have bunsinless, M. le Brusquet. An
>ther (lay." And he0 wouIild have has
ened oin, lbut I stood in h1is path, say'
nig insolently:
"At the Cabarets? Well, so hlavo I.
Jome~ an~d drik aind tell me how the
iir of Paris has become healthy for
Hie grew redl at liy words; but, to (10
uim Justice, lhe kept hisa templer, though
to said colly enough:
"Monsieur, I have said I have busi
tess!"
Bunt I laughed and cut in upon his
pet'ch, .
"And so have I. Everybody's busi
Less Is a Jester's business. Come anid
rink I"
Hie thloughlt I was in miiy cups and i1
till preserved his coolness.
"Not no0W. Au revoir, au revoiri" I
'nd h1e pressed on. But I stucek like a I
y to him, buzzing in his ear.
"'Te11 me," I sna lo-assyu -.. .
o bo on ~your feet again. ~DoedWth
panIsh enbassador pay well?"
He stopped short, with a curse, an
tirned on me, shaking with anger.
"Begone, fooll" he shouted, his han
n the hilt of his ponlard. But I silli
ed back nimbly. my drawn rapki
ointed at him, and in a moient
rowd had gathered around us. II
ras no coward and would certainly In
ave shrunk from an affair, but now
ias absolutely necessary for hin I
ave his hands free. He glance
round hilm and then imado a milstak<
le attenipted to dash across the ron
D the other side and'escape me. U
he instant I had raised the cry "Sto
lief I" and the crowd was on tils heel
You all know the good people of P
3 and how hard it would go with
ian behind whom the cry "Stop thief
vas raised. It fared so with D'Arj
1on. The spy liad barely got acroe
lie Tliquetonie when lie was surroum
d by a shrIeking. howling 1oh), and
nob, too, of the artisans and worke
f the Ilalles. iHe drew ils sword Jii
wept it round him, but they only gan
vay to forii in closer behind hhi
nd now stones and other missiles b
'1n1 to fly aind the( rattles of thle watt
o be heard. I Cught ote gliipse <
YAranion. Ile had backed ip again:
he wall n14,nr1. a stiet i11inmp. 111- chv(
v[s cut and bleeding. aid his dre:
orn an1,i soiled. lie wais trying 1
hout explaintions, but he imight i
veil have Shouted to awaken the den
"Stop thief! Stop thie!" was sirbia
A and howled aroundl him, and thet
one one brouglht him down with
)low froni a staff, amid he fell beneal
t struggling henp of mnen .
I had io pity for the villain. lie wi
me of the worst of hIs class anid d
ierved death it the lamppost. On ti
Vlole, he got otT easily enough, thiou
1o was marked for life, and it w1
nany a long day ere the "captain'
Itibs lost their soreness.
Ile wns disposed of, at any rate.
caving him to the tender mercles
he erowd and of the watch, who hi
iuiri-led upt), I went rapidly on townl
he liue 'Tire Bloudin, where Lorgmn
louse stood. It was but it short W:
!rom the Tlquetonine, and on reachli
the entrance to the street I halted for
notment, as if to examIne the dlsph
U the wiidow of a pastry cook's shi:
ilthough m1y eyes were fixed fliywhe
Jut on his tartlets and cakes. T1
1n0o1 was out now, full and clear, a:
Its light fell like a broad silver ribb<
between the two rows of dark and 1
lent houses that raised their gray ni
mottled walls on either side of t
street. There were but few passel
by, but it seemed to mae that there w
!in unwonted crowd near the door
the house wvhere Lorgnac lived, whil
I could mnaie out vaguely, for it f
ribout a third of the way down t
street.
I took i1 stelp Into the road and sto
ped ' - to get a better view, when
rteli .. hinig plucking at my clon
lookled down. it was Pompon, who
very exIstence I hadt(] forgotten, and I
gat at my feet, gazing wistfully up
my face, with eyes that told me I
was weared.
"Con, Poimpon." I said, and in a n
ment lie was on my shoulder, where I
mat tight as a feather. I gave anoth
look down the road an(l at the gro
near Lorgnne's house, and I was ci
tamu I caught the gleanm of a ('ulra:
This auiguredl ill, but it was no timie
drawv back, and1(, inging a (lheery' eatt
I stepped( forward amid, coing bold
up tp the door (If the house, found1( ni
self stopped by Crequy of theo arci
guard.
"D~nbie!" I exclim ted.''"I have 'oi
to see my goIssijp, L~oignac. 'What de(
all this nmin?"
"'I kiiow no0 more than you, Le Iliri
(uiet. If you wanit to see Lorginae, y
will finid himi oin the oppiosite side'
the road with two of my men. Inut
1s as5 sulky as5 a hear1."
"What! Havi~e y'ou arres'i'ted him?7"
"Yes."
"Then what are you doing her'e?"
"Obeying ordlers, 1113 lord of fol
and if you will take my13 ad1vice y'ou wV
go hoime, for"-amni lie droppled I
v'oic--"thie kinig and1( the Cardiah w
ho here in a few iiilinutes. We ha
caged sonie biirdls withIn.''
"Alh, wvell, that Ia their affair.I
dIrol) a consoling jest in Lorgnac's e
and be off. Au revoir."
"Au revolr."
In a few steps I was across the ro:
and1( beside Lorgnnec. ie wasll stanldi
looking the picturIe of (dejection, t
tween two stalwa rt archers.
"Oh, ho, mon ami!"' I e'xcilimed as
embraced himt. '"So y'ou have enigagi
pilots foir the chinttelet."
The archers laughed at this referen
to them, but Lorgnnec seizedl hIs chian
and( whispered qilckly' in 11y3 enr
"The horse is in thle stable 1beh11
lBnrou's shop. There is a chanee I
the window." And lhe s1lped1 a k
into my13 hand.
"Never fear," I aniswered1 10oud1
"You shall be free tonight. I shall s
mly gossip Ilen, andl we shall fini
that D)'Arbois of nine blefore tomc
row morning. Adieu, then, until v
meet againi!"
And, wvavinig 1113 hianid to Crequy',
turnIed1 hack and1( walked1 off att a rap
Ince, Pomipon once more followving
113 heels,
CITAPTERt IV.
Hiow POMIPON SAVED A QUEEN.
There are times when thiougiht nat
uction have to move together'1 Il,
Ighitninig, w~hien, if there is bu11t
licker of halt or hesitation, the re'su
a (disaister, and ifC ever suclh a moinoem
nd coimo to me it had arrivedl now.
I thaink God that, notwvithistanmd in
lie tumiult In liy heart, I kept 11y lien
lenr and my13 ner've stendy in, (t
~rlis before mie. It is true I heIld
~rent card(. No one susp~ected1 mle, Cy
~ept, plerhiaps, D'Aramon, anid hie wu
ilietedl. Not the most suspieious 03
VOld~ turni 01n Lo Blrusquet, the king
ester, as being in ally way Involve
n a court intrigue, and1( I was sat
rom hindrance on that score. 1Eve
3requiy, aund lie was 110 fool, had Ii
lie pass5 with a ,Jest.
I could niot help chuckling a little t
iiyseif at this, as, picking Pomnli ni
crossedi the~ r'oad to the oppiosite shhi
vherei' the shadl~owsV lay d1ark on tIh
allvemen.'t. One look bhindii~ mie- th
rchmers wvere stIll lat Lorgnac's dooir
nid then I put my3self to the rum'.
ewv stepls brought mel to a narrow 111d
treet that went off at an nnlo f..o,
the road, heading back to the cross- eI
roads where Barou's slop lay, close to bi
Lorguac's house. Immediately behind W
the shop was Cartoucle'e stable, and at
from the stable there was at chance, a ti
r bare chance, to free lny birds. I knew
athe way perfectly, for I had used it as ci
a short cut a hundred times on Iny
visits to Lorgln when he lay ill iII tI
it the spring of a tertian ague. It was t(
0 necessary to be careful, however, how
d one stepped iI this nameless alley, for b
the seine of ages covered the cobble- t(
stones beneath the feet, and there was
no footpath. Indeed, so narrow was o
the passage that by stretching onle's
arms out It was possible to touch the t
houses on either hand. '3
I made all the haste ! eould and at i
last reached Barou's si... Barou him- 8
. self was closing for the night as I cane f
s up, and I caught a glimpso of his lean
. figure, hesitating at the door in the I
a hope perhaps that I might prove a cus
.a tonmer. I passed quickly on, taking no ']
( notice of hiu. Ie peered after me for
.Q a moment, and then his door shut with a
a bang, and the old nan went in like a B
L. spider disappointed of his ily. I
h Two steps iore, and I was at the I
stable. If Lorgnac's ready wit had not t
thought of the key, all would have been I
k lost; but, as it was, the key was In my ]
hand. In another moment I had open
ed the door and stepped lin, shutting it
carefully behind tme. A lantern, swing
ing to a chain attached to a crosshean,
was burning brightly in the stable, ant
in the stall before tile was a magnll
a cent gray horse with a lofty crest and
! -rIghit, full eyes that looked dow" upon
ie like two stars. It was Cartoucho,
s 1and he was already saddled, though the
. glrths hung loosely arontd him. l1e
l knew ine, for we were, old frIends, an11(1,
h11 tossing his head up and down, began to
strIke at the flooring with his fore foot
Said whlinny. I atted his sleek neck
and looked around. Near lie was somni
'o stable gear. To the right there was a
loft and above that a 1111111 window,
kt which wais open. for the niight Was
warm. A ladder led to the loft, and up
this I cliihed, Pompon at my heels,
fand. passing through the window,
found myself on the roof of Barou's
a store. On either hand the gables, with
their lly shaped fnilis, hlid mo froim
view, and I was, in short, on the back
r) bone of the'roof. About 20 feet from
me rose the back of Lorgnac's house,
1( high and narrow. Froni a window in
)i the second story there wias a bright
)I- light, and I caught a glimpse of a
id shadow on the wall. I crept up be
e neath the wIndow and looked. It was
.- impossible to reach it, and I dare not
raise my voice. Every moment was
of precious, and with a groan I glanced
Al about for someni means of ascent, and as
I did so Polpoi began to clamlbr up
1 the grooved brick waterway, which ter
minated on a narrow ledge of orna
mental stonework running round the
P house. Above this ledge, however, a
gargoyle in the shape of a griflin's head
k leered down at me.
Se A sidden thought struck ine,. and I
to seized the ape vre lie could go farther.
lit Back I raii, with the i(uick, stealthy
footsteps of a cat, and d11oppel dlown
,into tie stabIle one inore. I Iasi 113 anld
0- wi th shaking hanis, I exanineld the
Ie stale gear, thirowinig one t hi ig a fteri
er ano~thier aside, auml at last I found wht
SI sought--a slutr'e hllter'. Ohl~, those5
1-seconids wh len I furibd t t1(11here ini tihe
is. stable! T1hey were as hourms. I snaitch'
toed up the halteor withi an exelanuit ion
iof J0oy and in less time than I take to
1'tell this wasi onice more1 beneath t he
Swidow. Ihere it was l'oimpon's turn,
CFand I thlanked 111y stars again and
again for the inionithis I had spent in
0teaching the ape to do ahuost anmythinzg
es I wished. I kntotte on (le end1( of the hld
teir into a nloose and, givring it to Poin
2s- pon plaeed lin whiere lie had elimbed
)u to at first and, with a little wave of'
hie Withlout a miomiet's bestitat ion lhe
climbed to tihe ledge. I wa tchied the
smnall black fIgure lookin1 g (down onl ie
with little, twinkling eyes, the halte r,
held by3 thle noose, ini his hands1. I
y' inade-a nliot Ion of 11iy haind toward thell
ilgar'goy'h#, but the nye' only3 jihihered(,i
15and the cold sweatt burst ov'er' 11n, for' I
i w uas sure I lhear I'lul the (distance0 the
eC sounid (if 11121ny hiorses~ trin1lg. Tioo
late! Aftter all tis! It conl not b111le!
'1Againi a111d aga-in I tried to innke the
iape undlerstanid, but lie (ither' coulhl
riot or wiould not. lin despa ir I at last
se'IZed thme 'nd( (if the hailtei' near rua
id and looped it round~~ iy3 owni nec'k. And14
g, imagIne 2113 utiter' disgust--'oponihS did(
0 the same14 and hohh1 ed 1up and1( down'i 0n
hIs hind1( legs! One miiight havue latughied
I if the issue( ait stake wasi not1 so ser2iouis.
'd I took the loop1 off' 2iny nec'k. I'omplon '
agn iii foilhowed my3 cxampi tle', n1ial thenI
e it may13 have been G od's meev-hie suid
ee denly' untderistood and slIppned 41 ovri
thle garmgoy3le.
1( "Th'lank God!"' And I had tiIghtenied
'y the 1noose ini 21 Jiomen't, gi vinig the( ape
by 1n0 thnie to1 (change is im 21 i an21r' l ren 'e
it. Ini those day13s I was ltithe nitl aigie
3' as at cat, andif lhand( 4 ver' hanid I swarm
e 0(1 up th1e 10114, at last gainuinig the1 lir~
ii ow foothl 1 of( (t tih' ledge. 'The win
r- dew wras ait least six feet from nI and1' 11t4
(0 I lul to ('ross thIs siin'' t're 1 n'a, 4
to it.
lobinmg (In tol thei billwor'k, I slip
td 114( t he nio~sl fi'om tihe gillin's 1hen.~1 f
1223 inil'us way to' the wun'~'hilow. tihe a
as5 mtlehI siupport ais 1 ('(ub14 fromli liin, I
cr'22(ks he(t s':.a .'. 1. biekl(is, wh're 111 e
a hnd11 done11. 24y blood1 rani ('41l t till very
hbut tholse' ':hom22 I was2 str'iing 1t1 savie. V
g Andl y'e'. I hoseC who'(se horsesl' I lMi 0
(1 h1eard' -l heardl 2 heml aigalau 11ow1 ('(l' I
(11and distjiet. I wais not1 a momen2'It tloo
.looked in ial till indmow. It was a
h~Ii'ge P4ooln2. 11141alih', my13 qjlui.n wlfl
enI bacitk. show Iing thle 11211. ean p ult c
full oft t(nts. ('onde stoo by14 1 her,
speaking ('arnellstly3, pl1end1 ig as if for
t is life, allal it' ever' there wans love in C
a man's face it shaono on his. Oh, It
was a iinad thinig to tIo, but she was a e
child, not1 18, and ho but fivo and twen
ty,
So earnestly were they talgnlg that
they dh1i not henr me,. though I stood(1
ho(ihlly ait the windolw, and~ it was only"
When 1 ' hiad Sprung lightly Into the
room that they became aware of ray
presence. ; Mary rose to her feet with a b
y, riidb or I'nids went'up tWher race,
it Condo sprang at me without a
ord. I seized lils wrists like a vise
id said in a voice cracked with emo
"You are betrayedl There is only one
ince-come with me!"
Tle fool struggled still, and, prince of
io blood though he was, I cursed him
his face.
"Will you lose all? Hark!" And the
lure of a trumpet from the street came
us with diseordant echoes.
lie understood now, but hils presence
t ind had left hilm.
"My God!" lie cried. "What can I do
) save you?" And lie turned to Mary.
'o give Ilm his due, he thought but of
er, and lie rushed to her side, whero
lie stood staring at us, with a white
ace and large, frightened eyes.
The door of tihe rooim was open. As
ran to it I heard a battering below.
11"'is the king!" I cried. "Quick!
7o the window!"
Ills senses were coming back to hin,
id lie half dragged and half carried
lary to the window. I closed and
ucked the heavy oaken door and, ttirn
ng, saw Conde handling the rope I had
hrown on the floor at mny entrance. I1e
ad grasped at the chance of escape.
lut I would take no risk of faillure. I
vas by his side in a nomnent and
natelied the halter from his hands.
"Put out tile lightj," I said, and as lie
lid so I ran ia noose round the pillar of
lhe balustrade Iero5S the wiIdow an(1
Iropped the rope oitsile. Then, turn
11g to Conde, I said, "Descend and hold
lie rope taiut below." The words were
earee out of 311y miouth when we heard
lie dull report of an arileblIs.
"They have blown in the lock!
hit lie leeded no bidding. lIe wa1s'
lot good ait climning, but somehow heL.
Iamliged it, and I relt the rope tigliten.
[Ie was safe below.
"'iaudemiolselle," I said, turning to
\Inry. I pretended not to know hier-,
)ut sheit shrank biack.
"I cannot! I ennnot! Let them
'oie!" And hrl words1 were followed
y3' a erash, nt hoarse shout anl the
11( of m:iay feet. Thenai I did whitt
have never done t1o wom4an befoie (x
ifter. 'T'he sirengtir-of ten poss::sed
Ile. I took leri inlmy arms liko a chl1d1
and, holding her rotind the waist n\ .;h
one hand, began the descent. j(!
seemeitd to recoVer haerIeif as I g('t taut
of the window and clung oin tI :i
rope as vell as I, Olsv I had noev.
coeded. U1tit -we complveti tdihe dn:
as We hieard theni haiinialering . t w
door, aui a voice --it was tle kin:";
alled out:
"4An arcinlehus, il an rluebus!"
Along the waterwvay t)n the roof -f
the store we 3ranll lke lur'es, Pon11 ,il
lea1ding, ftatI we had juist gained the
stable and I had pmt it (Ihe light whenl
we lieard th1e, door if lt roo from
Which we(! had es1nedi bling forced in.
They wvoil see the rop', I knIewI', and
we were still not s: l'. I whispered
haistily to cl'11e11:
"akI'ie tihe horse and ride for your
life! Go by the 'orte St. Ilonore."
lie wAs hitulself 3gaini, for the Bour.
b)ons neverl had tie poltroon fever.
Ile driew 1114 giarths, betnit diown and(
kissed Mlar's 1hand4 and14 3. ounted Iin
the stale. .\s I hldlt thle door open
for him14 he turned to mit, sainig:
"Monasleur, I 9wear1t"
hlut theit anIlgei- laze.d witin mei
at the man11 whlo could r'isk a wonn'ais
fair famie as lie had d1onot-nt the ai:
who had birokena his word to his frk'r I.
"'Iide!" I snld. ''Waste nio time in
vows. 'Tis only3 ai pr1ince who thinks'
lie (enn1 breark is wordt without d1is.
hiior~i."' A341i olowinlg myl wior'ds enine
yells aitd shoui~ts fromi thle w indowl'
yhey4?3 hnd1 foundl tile ropel.
(Conde made14 no0 an~swerQ, biut bent is
head( an ld gave (Car1touchle the spurh, n1113
we hleaird him i lat t'er tdowna the street,
and( I enu ighit Alar's hand1(, antd we ran
ouit together. 1 took heri niorthward,
throtughi p~aissge aind alley 3, until I felt
tier falteri, anl d thenr I stopped, for she
wvats breathlless aind almiost fainting.
Hlut we wvere saife. No one would r'ee
alfuize a 4juee'n ini the slight, gray clad
flgur' that clun lg to a jester's aram as
the two, f'olltiwedl by a smai~ll brown
ipe, picked their wary alonag the niar
row pavemnenit of the Rue St. Sauveur.
[t was then thiat she spoke for the
llrst timeit, andt as she (lid so she with.
:rew her handiit from my airmi.
"Is--is he safe, do y'ou think, mon
!deur'l"
"Monrselggneur ia by now free of the
Porte St. llonore," I replied, still giv
lug 110 sign that I knew her, but tihe
.oks more att ractive than housework
or a woianan, but it is also eve'iniore
xhausting. 'rhe work is oftena donie
mader highi pressure, 1and( thle brightness
f the eyes ad the
lushedt cheeks of
he attentive clerk
udlicate nervous-"'
ess rather thana
caith. If this is
rue unditer amost .'" 1
avorabile coandi- ,'" FV
Loas, what shalnl be
Rid of those who ' \ ~
7 (diseases, anid w~hio
nidure headache,4,
b~ackache, anid - -
ther pains dlay4
fter da~y?
No sick womana
Irould neglect the
leans of cure for a
roaananly diseases
ifered in Doctor
ierce's Favorite t
P'rescriptionr. It
agualates the peri
is, dries enafeebi-3
ig drauins, heals
ail ammrattion and
leerationr, and(
ares femaale weakness. It maakcs weak
Omaean stronig and sick woaiica well,
"A heart ovecrflowinig witha gratItude, as well h
a sense'c of dutty, targes tane to wa ite to you nnid
11 you of aluy wontderfual recovery," salys Miss
>rinine C. IHook, Oriangehurg, Orangebuarg co., 31
m1th Ciarolina. "nly the uise of D)r. P'ierce's t
ivorite Prescription I nan enatirel y a new beinug
>mipared with the poor tniserable su fferer who
rote you fouir mloniths ago. I retuanrkc to uily Ia
irents alnmost every day that it seemts alamott
lanmpossibility for mtedlicitne to do n person so It
uch good. Duarinag thec whole summiaer I could
arcet keep up3 to walk aboutt thte haousae, aid
ster y Iwalked four tailtes naid felt better e4
r~tm t i exercise. I now weigha 1r poundca, d
lane wast a comuplicated case of feale disease
its w1orst form."
Doctor Pierce's Pleasant Pellete curs 51
Maunnan.
Aegelable Preparation rorAs
similating liteFood and~legt ta
tig theStomachs and Bowels of
Promotes Digestion.CheerfuF
ness and Rest.Contains neither
OilumMorphine nor}fineral.
OT-NARCOTIc.
Adx..IrIm
lionou Slaa - 1 .1
nsi nd c.s s FaL
lMive .Jeed -
A perfeci Riemedy f'or Constipa
lion, Sour Slomach,lDiar'rhoca
Worms,Convulsions ,Feverish
ness and Loss OF SLJEEP.
FacSimile Signature ol'
NEW yOIRK.
EXACT COPY OF WRAPPER.
fee vis brokell now, ain she went on:
"Oh, it was full'! It wvas madness!
Why ever did I coine?"
"We will get boe(k safely, tlaik
God!" I isaid, but a great fear wIs iII
my hoart lest the king should send to
ord(I. 11he 1.ouvre gates to bet shut, and14
I hutrriedl her fil throutsh the mnoonlit
str*.'ts. We went down the Itue Croix
des P'etit Cha111i0s, pm..-il behlind the
1111 :18111 of Ihe Louvre nil at last
enme to the gate b!elow tle rhdilig
!chool. Once lAt that we were safe
indeed, for iy little key wodi opwn
the terrace wicket, and then al would
be well.
"Take mny arni," I said. "Iook as
much like a Servanlt voluinni of tle pal.
n~e its your11 highness cann."
She did .0 without a word. As wo
cnie to tile gate tle sentry loolked it
u1s naii 'rrowly. I Stopped an1(d nddressed
"My friend," I said, "it is not yet 10,
Is it'?"
"No, M. L~e lIrusquect." Itut is eyes~
were4 ont 1113 'oinatiillont, whIose hood
wats draw wiWell over her fne(e.
ilmie for thle king's suppi1er. Come,
lii Igl(11io Il."
I felt htetr shrink at t he word, but shei
played her pa Itbrav ehy nlaal trPipped' byI~
my)3 stle 11s we 1lsseud tile gate. Wet
were~t riot it momenit too sooni, lotr ts we'
turneitd the $11rubbi eries a1 horseinnn i
to I lhe stentry. It was8 Crequyi .
"hins aniy one gonle this wavy?"
Wte stoppeSd it theit shadtowv of th11e
trees antd l istened. We dare not) slir,
for 'It wvould mnn crossing ni i niumi
paltch or mnoonlighlt, where, for certin ,
we wc uld heo sen.
-"Yes, mtons'leur -Le IBrusquet, his
ape and a girl-shle looked ptretty.'"
"And y'ou dId nt stoj themiit?"
"MonsIeur, tile gates are' free untii
10, and, besIdes, Le Brusquet hats an
evil sword, and he called her Inl.
gnonne."I
"Hali, ha, hal" Andl Crequy 's m1erryV
laugh rang out, whIle miy compnionili (1
stamflped her foot.
"Three very good reasons, but t he
first is the best. Unrtkee! Close thet
gates ait once. Let nonte pass it or ouit."
And then Crequy, turnin;; huis horse's
head, rode off at a canter.
As ho did so I drew the Inference
romi his act.
"The king is not back yet, your hIgh
neoss. We arle safec."
Then we crossed tihe gardlen in si
lence until we canme to the little wicket
leading to tile lad~is' terrace. I openedO~
it wlih my3 key, and whlent we had gone
noi the steits anid reaichied the itiatformui
Or ine terirace shet stoppei~d, and w
faced eachi ot her.
I shall1 never foriget t hat inight wher;'
we two stood theret atloini, thei qtuiet
mooni looking downt 0n us, the sil ver
light, thit shadolt)wy tre'tes antd the scet'1
breeze.
I saw my13 (lcquee's e'yte siitng ulpon
ane, an id I knelt itt her feet.
''"Your' hi ghness8 w'ill tor'giv meii- 11y3
rreediom of sipechl i anil atl I havye dione.
[hut thetrte wais jam othei' way1, and youg
ire saiife now.''
81he thriew~ her hitood imiik and( loiokt'd
lown upon melt wih her' glorious eyes'i~,
mfd thlen, stritehi ng onut hier' ha nd, risi
d 1me4 to iiiy fet't.
"M1. deC Ihesmett," she sid, '"God hats let
ne know todny3 wha1!t ai true genttlemaln
R. K'erep theseitt ini memilory3 of Mary'3 of'
icotland."
With thies(e woi'ds she de('tntched tile
wo red r'ost' shie worte at the nec'k of
er dr'ess nI l4 pied t hem it miy hands,
nid its I hiiwed'i low andc in silence to
ocel Vthe shieii$14 turned anid ran til the
tiriwaty itiiu initto the palnce, slIppintg
'Oml 1my3 sight like a ghost,
* * *\ * * * .
Late thatt nuigift as I sat it my cham-.
er, tinikilng aid sitart1ing att tile roses I
ad pinH'ted in ai vnse on the table before
ie, I heard't a stel) outside 11y3 door and
itn a knock. I knew who it was,
"Enter!" I Cr'ied, and1 Lorgnac camnoC
I.lls fntee wa heaming, his eyes
.ughing. Hie shoo0k me by the hand
idi, tlinging imsel f into a chair, pour
I hiimself tmnt a cup of D'Arbols and -
rained it at a dratft.
"See hier'e!" he said as he plhaced a J
nail hag on the table. "A thousand r
stoles inte 1 And I ow... 0
;ASIORIA
For Infants and Child&'en.
"he Kind You have
Always Bought
Bears the
Signature
of
* In
Use
For Over
Thirty Years
CASTORIA
714C CCNTAUIV COMPANY- NCW Y043K CITY.
3334414'V 3431 433 iii' l .4I 1 1i 1(I t i ilt-3
1n ne till- on th 11 table In fll to
flaughing :1g:0in.
"C(( 1' li e 3ab. "l i ll 114' y'ur sloj
ry."
I fil111111 111, 343iini g 4unly% . tilwl u -
tionI I 11, I I ro)IS. :11141 w ' ll 11:31 414 h: i 1
hel. went to ll( . lille b1 ox Nu r11 I 'n4-1.
1)(11 lay wearid 1 1141 23 asloeel. Illi l4oo4ke
It t1i1 al l l- a1 il cl:3 a li-em s ly .131d 3333t
tere-::
3oi h ill i a ve ('4)ll:11' i Lf bl. .011ll1
iiI, 1*401 you II:3 vt silve'l 3 3llie4l."
T11 i- i ': 'k. Ill- we 'polo for
11w hili' a lv 'ifi n:lly li3)Ls. (I e4
hearts w ' ll f11 i n thing whih. l I
dlill 1) l 1:;rc to 33 :Iljo k 40f 'v434 n Ili 4111v
11 4h11 e r.
At h:Ist Ilw ro4SI. to go). .\S he st,.orl at
go I . i'34 1 44~3 \ 13 '1.41 211 .
the4 do1 wi,3* h'il in 3 32!''<41 i Iht he3 hes2
'ru3 inet. T mI ir-n3 :3 N: f 1r i ite
for ( -'."II i w
"' lin '" I said3. "he t' e t of13 3 \'an3
eebs Is w:3.te4 pa3lwr3. (.443d blk 21334
I wai1ted in331i1 his foot3Vt4ps h,:3i1 died
away3,. ]li' was3 wearin3g2 his willow
bra'3vely 23314 Iike,3 a genl(2nan3. Then3 I
wen3t bacik toi loo4k 23at ii the <0ne ' e.
liiut sIx 411~ Iays a ter Colle'had 1 a112t
taIcked I I)onn3 1and33 stor4n'd Lens JandS 3(
the klug had( 14'C2 dcired war agains8t
Our Spaing Lines 01f
,Shoes..
Are now being opened Lip,
and we find them pr'ettier
and b)e.tter than. we had even
hoped for.
We et the~m direct frorn
the world's best manubictur
er's.
1f yOli will favo: us with
a look~ we can certainly please
you.
Some ver'y desir able win
ter Shoes still going at y eat
ty reduced prices.
Pride & Patton
Greenville, S. C
THE YOUJNGBLOOD
LUMBER COMP.A NY
AUTGUJSTA. GA.
Deuie A Ni n Woilms, No:'rrn A 3'2l-s-rA 8. 1',
D~oorsa, Sash, lIIi 3Ma nud 513ull14er's
Hardw'I Iare'.
Pl.OIltNG, S!DI1NG. CI'11LING; AN1)
IN GEOlIGIA 1'INIk.
All CorrespondenI3(ce given3 promp1t ait
NgESS COLC.
m~gSCHOOL*' ShORTHAND
VIONINY TO IMA~
t )n farmilr g landr'. E3asy p4aymnet 3. N o
inissi39Aons (chargeid. IHorrow4)r pa2,a a33C
1ual eost of pe0rfectinug loan2. Inl eree' 7 po0
04n1. up,) acco3rdting to) senr3iti.
J NO B. PA 1,M im .A.0'(),
)IIN!POXIT1IONS!! ' NI 3)uy2.3I(I.
*Rantee4 of posit I 4o3 na aked by $utm( 4' 4rses
neOxe~ ce. I'nter3 anly 313334' 3'talo4h/ir fron,
ddtress, CO'.3' MBIIA IJUB1NESS8 COLLI RO E
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