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GEORGE BARR McCUTCHEON
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that night, he was
lt. All night long he
uglit. Her face was
Her voice tilled his
ever ceasing, but It
g music thnt Invites
card the clock strlko
to 8, when he urose,
ted with himself. He
other, but In several"
ruing be caught hlm
to prevent the utter
ghnrp rejoinder to her
ly queries. Twice she
> repeat questions, his
r away that he heard
rds thnt another worn
say, twenty-four hours
|'s were red, and there
loop to the lids. His
iwling nnd bis voice
ut warmth. His face
veil, Grenfull," his
- anxiously into his
has done you up. Now,
good, long rest and re
needs n rest so much
be end of his vacation,
ell, work will be rest
to the office this morn
reo days' work before
11 prove to you that I
tentlon, ho went to in*
luously inclined to work,
fed him warmly and a
over business affairs
Lorry's annoyance nnd
found himself frequent
Ser? important cases
End In a dny or two they
court with a damage
vban ordinary couse
senlor could not re
icntlon over the return
tlve nephew at such an
He had felt himself
ft> the case alone. The en
lung and vigorous mind
?>r the Coming bottle In
together, the elder ea
ltlal, the other respect
Lmiuded. In the after
went over the enso and
h for authorities and
determined to be con
of his Inclination to be
i the day he petulantly
5 books, curtly Informed
! uncle that he was not
,Hd left the office. Until
in inyed billiards atro
)lub; at dinner his moth
|>rov*Ml him for flagrant
1 tiier dinner he smoked
o sail! If he could but
nother found him in the
ilng diligently through
the encyclopedia that
G's. When she asked
(ooklng for, ho laughed
mi confusion Informed
trying to find the name
fportnnt city In Indiana,
ing at the books In the
wns startled by hearing
c.vclamntlon t\nd then
I can make it!"
mntter, (iren, dear?"
ulatcd, bringing himself
rt "I forgot?er?yes,
ft have time to catch the
. Will you kindly have
this muss of books and
off, you see, to New
ay only, mother?back
you know?ahem! Good
oodbyl" lie had kissed
"? hall before she fair
what he was talking
he ran after him, galn
1 i time to see him pass
eet door, his hat on the
ft, his overcoat fluttering
shoved his arms Into
["he door slammed, nnd
i ready to pull out when
station, and It wns only
thnt ho caught the last
ing, but happy. Just
irs before she had left
d It wns right bore thnt
1 nnd said she would
ome to Edelweiss. Ho
e to secure n berth in
was fortunately able
taking the train. Gren
ep feeling both disnp
Isgustcd ? disappointed
buiisslon to sentiment,
e of the mnn who oc
t&ctlon. A man who
l doubt bns no patience
wretch who can sleep
Ibrenkfnst In New York
[to the steamship com
nsked the time of sal!
sor Wilhelm. On being
be ship wns to cast off
lr, he straightway cab
ins soon bowling along
ly wnterwny. Directly
pght, rigid nnd startled
inoro n wakened to tho
(s absurd action. Again
ifntunted head that ho
the veriest schoolboy
to a steamship pier in
^hlng n tinal and at best
fllmpse of a young wo
[ppealcd to bis sensitive
lovesick boy could bo
?Ii a display of imbccll
-a man of the world!
chasing down to the
see that girl Is enough
shamed of yourself for
orry," he apostrophized,
inn any lovesick fool
of doing. I am blush
Mind. The idiocy, the
he thing! And suppose
me staring at her out
lor? What would she
'H not go another foot!
ted and self conscious
ashamed of the trip
. Just as he was tag
in the effort to open It
rdor the driver to take
>e hotel a sly tempter
thing in bis ear. His
hi, and he listened:
down to the pier and
??enger list Just to see
booked oftfsfet TP?t
would Uo perfectly proper and sensi
ble, mid; besides, It will bo a satisfac
tion to know tliut slie gets off all right.
Certainly! There's nothing foolish In
that. ? * * Especially ns I ain right on
the way there. ? * * And as I have
como so for * * * there's no sense in
going back without seeing whether
she has scoured passage. * * * I ran
And out in a minute and then go homo.
? ? ? There won't he anything wrong
In that. And then I may get a glimpse
of her before the ship leaves the pier.
Sho must not see me, of course. Nev
er! She'd laugh at me. How I'd hate
to se? her laughing at mei" Then,
sinking back again with a smile of
justification on his face, he muttered:
"Wo won't turn back; we'll go right
ahead. We'll he a kind of a fool, but
not so foolish as to allow her to see us
and rccogni/.e us ns one."
Before long they arrived at the
wharf, and he hurried to the office
near by. The clerk permitted him to
look over the list. First ho ran
through the first class passengers and
was surprised to flml that there was
no such name as Guggenslocker In the
list Then he went over the second
class, but still uo Guggenslocker.
"Hasn't Mr. Guggenslocker taken
passage?" ho demanded, unwilling to
bellevo his eyes.
"Not on the Kaiser Wilhelm, sir."
"Then, by George, they'll miss tho
boat!" Lorry exclaimed. "Maybe they'll
be hero In a few minutes."
"They can't get anything but steer
age now, sir. Everything else Is gone."
"Are you sure they haven't taken
passageV" asked tho bewildered Lorry
"You can sec for yourself," answered
the young man curtly.
Lorry was again in n perspiration,
this time the result of n vague, grow
ing suspicion that had forced itself In
to his mind. Gradually he came to
the conclusion that she had fooled him,
had lied to bun. She did not Intend
to sail on the Wilhelm at nil. It was
all very clear to him now?that strange
uess In her manner, those odd occasion
al smiles. Whnt was she?an adven
turess? That sweet faced girl a nttle
ordinary coquette, n liar? He turned
cold with the thought.
The clanging of hells broke upou his
ears, and he knew that the great ship
was about to depart. Mechanically,
disconsolately, he walked out and paced
the broad, crowded wharf. All was
excitement. There were the rush of
people, the shouts, the cheers, the puff
ing of tugs, the churning Of water, and
tho Kaiser Wilhelm was o(T on its long
voyage. Half henrtcdly, miserably
and In a dazed condition he found a
place in the front row along tho rail.
There were tears in his eyes, tears of
anger, shame and mortification. She
had ployed with him!
Gloomily his disappointed eyes swept
along tho rail of the big steamer, half
bitorested In spile of themselves. Twice
they passed n certalh point on the for
ward deck, unconscious of a force that
was attracting them in that direction.
The third time he allowed them to set
tle for an Instant on the group of faces
and figures and then stray off to other
parts of tho ship. Some strange power
drew them again to the forward deck,
and this time he was startled into an
Intent stnrc. Could he believe those
eyes? Surely that was her figure at
tho rail?there between the two young
women who, were waving their hand
kerchiefs so frantically. Ills heart be
gan to Jump up and down, wildly,
doubUngly, impatiently. Why could
not that face be turned toward the
wharf ns the others were? There was
the bluo coat, but not the blue cap; a
jaunty sailor hat snt where tho never
to be forgotten cap had perched. The
change was sligfi\, but it was sufficient
to throw him into tho most feverish
state of uncertainty. An insane desire
to shout a command to this strange
young woman came over him.
The ship wns slowly opening a gap
between herself and the wharf, and he
knew that In a few moments recogni
tion would be impossible. Just ns he
was losing hope and was ready to groau
with despair tho face beneath the sail
or hat was turned squarely in his di
rection. A glnzo obscured bis eyes; a
numbness attacked his braiu. It was
A pair of big glasses was leveled at
hlin for a second and then lowered. He
plainly saw the smile on her face and
the fluttering cambric in her hand. He
waved his hat and then his handker
chief, obtaining from her vigorous and
unrestrained signs of approbation. Her
face was wreathed in smiles ns she
leaned far over the rail, tho picture of
Maklug sure that her uncle and aunt
were not visible, he boldly placed bis
fingers to his lips and wafted a kiss
out over the water.
'Now she'll crush me!" ho cried to
himself, regretting the rash act and
praying that she had not observed it.
Her handkcrcl'lcf censed llutterlng in
on instant, and, with sinking heart, he
realized that she had observed. There
was a moment of indecision on the
part of tho fair one going out to sea,
and then the little finger tips of both
hands went to her lips and his kiss
came back to him.
Whllo ho was still waving bis hand
kerchief, debating savagely and Joy
He boldly plqcul hi* finger* to hi* Up$
and wafted a HU$.
wMf the wtodtf?? of the act, she be
cainO n part of tbo distant color scheme.
The blao figure faded and blended Into
the general tono and could no longer
bo distinguished. 8be w^'gonc, but
sbo bad tossed bltn a kU. from lips
that be should always sec.
Uppermost in his bewildered mind
wus tho question, Why Is she not in
the passenger list? Acting on a Bud*
den impulse, he again sought out tho
clerk in charge and made a most thor
ough inspection. There was no Gug
genslocker nmung the names. As a last
resort he asked:
"They could not have sailed under
an assumed name, could they?"
"I can't say as to that. Whcro aro
But the young man shook hlB bead
slowly, Lorry's shaking in unconscious
' "Are you sure that you saw tho
young lady on board?"
"Well, rather!" exclulmcd Lorry em
"1 wus going to say there are a lot
of Italinn and German singers on the
ship, and you might hnvo been mistak
en. But since you are so positive it
seems very strange that your friends
are not on tho list."
So Lorry went away discouraged and
with n vnguo fear that sho might bavo
been a prlmn donnn whoso real name
was Guggcuslocker, but whoso stage
name was something more euphonlods.
He instantly put away the thought
and the fear. She was certainly not an
opera singer?Impossible! He drove
back to bis hotel and made prepara
tions for his return to Washington.
Glauciug casually over tbo register, he
came to tho namo that had been haunt
ing him?Guggcuslocker! There were
tho names, "Caspar Guggenslocker and
four, Graustark." Without hesitation
he began to question the clerk.
"They sailed on the Kaiser Wilhelm
today." Raid that worthy. "That's all
I know about them. They came yes
terday and left today."
Mr. Grenfall Lorry returned to Wash
ington as in a dream?a fairy dream.
The nir of mystery that had grown
from the first was now an Impenetra
ble wall, the top of which bis curios
ity could not scale. Even his fancy,
his imagination, served him not. There
was but one point on which he was
satisfied?he was In love. His own con
dition was no mystery.
Through tho long hot summer be
worked and worried and wondered.
He must know all about herl But
Tho early months of autumn found
him pale and tired and indifferent alike
to work and play. lie found no pleas
ure in the society that had known him
as a Hon. The doctor told him ho was
approaching nervous prostration. His
mother's anxious eyes could no longer
be denied, so ho realized grimly that
there was but one course left open to
him. He suggested It to the doctor, to
his mother and to his uncle, nud they
agreed with him. It involved Europe.
Having fully decided again to cross
the sea, his spirits revived. He became
more cheerful, took an interest In tilings
that were going on, and by the time the
Kaiser Wilhelm sailed in September
was the picture of health and life.
Ho wob off for Edelweiss ? to the
strange Miss Guggenslocker who had
thrown him a kiss from the deck that
TWO weeks later Grenfall Lorry
was landed and enjoying tho
sensations, the delights, of that
wonderful world called by tho
unme of Farls. The second day after
bis arrival ho met a Harvard man of
bis time on tho street. Harry Anguish
had been a pseudo art student for two
years. When at college, ho was a hall
fellow well met, a leader In athletics
and in matters upon which, faculties
frown. He and Lorry were warm
friends, although utterly unlike in tem
perament. To know either of theso
men was to like him. Between the two
one found all that was admirable and
interesting In man. The faults and vir
tues of each were along such different
lines thut they balanced perfectly when
lumped upon the scale of personal esti
mation. Their unexpected meeting in
Paris was an exhilarating pleasure to
both, and for the next week or so they
were Inseparable. Together they sip
ped absinth at tho cafes and strolled
into tho theaters, tho opera, tho dauco
halls and tho homes of some of An
guish's friends, French and American.
Lorry did not speak to his friend of
Graustark until nearly two weeks aft
er his arrival In the city. He had dis
cussed with himself the advisability of
revealing his plans to Anguish, fearing
the lntter's ridicule with all the cow
ardice of n man who knows that scoff
ing is In a large measure Justifiable.
Growing impatient to begin the search
for tho unheard of country, its capital
ami at least one of its Inhabitants, ho
was at lust compelled to inform An
guish to n certain extent of his plans
for tho future. He began by telling
him of his Intention to take a run ovor
toward Vienna, Budnpesth and some
of tho eastern cities, expecting to be
gone a couple of months. To bis sur
prise nud consternation, Anguish en
thusiastically volunteered to take the
trip with him, having had tho same
project In view for nearly a year.
There was nothing left for Lorry but
to make a clean breast of it, which ho
did shamefacedly, expecting the laugh
ter and raillery of his light hearted
friend as payment for his confidence.
Instead, however, Anguish, who pos
sessed a livoly and romantic nature,
was charmed by the story and pro
claimed it to be the most delightful ad
venturo that bad ever happened out
side of a story book.
"Tell me all about her," he urged,
his eyes sparkling with boyish enthu
siasm. And Lorry proceeded to give
him a porsonal description of the mys
terious beauty, introducing him in tho
same manner to the distinguished un
do and aunt, adding all those details
which had confounded and upset him
during his own investigations.
"This Is rich!" exclaimed Anguish.
"Beats any novel written, I declare.
Begad, old man, I don't blame you for
hunting down this wonderful bit of
femininity. With a curiosity and an
admiration that had been sharpened
so keenly as yours, I'd go to tho end of
the world myself to have them satis
"I may bo ablo to satisfy but one
curiosity. And maybe not that. But
who knows of Graustark?"
"Dou't glvo up before you'vo tried.
If theso peoplo llvo in such a plnce,
why, it is to bo found, of course. Any
railroad guidebook cau locate this land
of mystery. There are so many infer
nal little kingdoms and principalities
over boro that It Would take a llfotlmo
to get 'em all straightened out in one's
head. Tomorrow morning wo will go
to ono of the big railway stations and
make inquiries. We'll locate Grau
stark, and then we'll go over and pluck
the flower that grows there. AH you
need, my boy, Is a manager. I'll do
the arranging, and your little act will
be the plucking."
"Easier said than done."
"She threw a Ulsa to you, didn't she?"
"Certainly, but, confound It, that was
because she never expected to see me
"Same reason why you threw a kiss
to her. I suppose."
"I know why: 1 wasn't accountable."
"Well, If she did It any moro wit
tingly than you did she Is accountable,
and I'd hunt her up and demand an ex
Lorry laughed nt his apparent fervor,
but was glad that he had confided lu
his energetic countryman. Two beads
were better than one, and he was forc
ed to admit to himself that he rather
liked tlio Idea of company in the under
taking; not that he expected to encoun
ter any particular difficulty, but that
he sa w a si range loneliness ahead;
therefore he welcomed his frlend'B
avowed intention to accompany him to
Edelweiss us a relief instead of on an
noyance. Ulltli late In the ulght they
discussed the coming trip, Anguish
dually startling him with a question
just as he was stretching himself pre
paratory to the walk to his hotel.
"YV'hnt are you going to do with her
after you find her, Gl'CU, old man?"
Grcnfall's brow puckered, and he
brought himself up with a jerk, puz
zled uncertainty expressing itself in his
posture as well as in his face.
"I'll think about that after I havo
found her," he replied.
"Think you'll many her?" persisted
"How do I know'.'" cxclulmcd the wo
man hunter savagely.
"Oh, of course you don't know. How
could you?" apologized Anguish. "May
be she won't have you; maybe she is
married?all sorts of contingencies, you
know. But, if you'll pardon my lnquls
ltlveness, I'd like to ask why" you are
making tills wild goose chase half
around the world?just to, havo another
look at her?"
"You asked me if I thought"? Here
"I take it for granted, theu, that
you'd like to. Well, I'm glad that I've
got something definite on which to base
operations. The one object of our en
deavors from now on is to exchange
Guggensjoeker for Lorry?certainly no
robbery; a charity, I should soy. Good
night; see you In the morning."
Tbc next morning the two friends
took a cab to several railway stations
and inquired about Grnustark and
"She was stringing you, old man,"
said Anguish after they had turned
away from the third station. He spoke
conimlseratlngl}\ as he really felt sor
"No!" exclaimed Lorry. "She told
me tho truth. There is n Graustark,
and she lives there. I'll stake my life
on those eyes of hers."
"Arc you sure she said It was lu Eu
rope?" asked Harry, looking up and
down the street as If ho would not
have been surprised to see her in
Paris. In his heart he believed that
she and her precious relatives had de
ceived old Gren. Perhaps their homo
was in Paris and nowhere else. But
for Lorry's posltlveness he would have
laughed heartily at tho other's simple
credulity or branded him a dolt, the
victim of some merry actress' whim.
Still ho was forced to admit he was
not In a position to see matters as
they appeared and was charitable
enough to bide his time and to humor
the faith that was lending them from
place to place In the effort to find a
land that they knew nothing about.
Lorry seemed so sure, so positive, that
he was loath to see his dream dis
pelled, his ideal shattered. There was
certainly no Graustark. Neither had
tho Guggenslockers sailed on tho Wil
helm, all apparent evidence to the con
trary notwithstanding. Lorry had
been in a delirium and had imagined
ho saw her on the ship. If there, why
was not her name In tho list? But
that problem tortured the sanguine
At last, in despair, after a fruitless
search of two days Lorry was willing
to submit. With the perverseness com
mon to half hearted fighters Anguish
at once protested, forgetting that he
had sought to dissuade his friend tho
"We'll go to the library of Paris and
take a look through the books and
maps," he said. "Or, better still, let
us go to tho postolllce. There! Why
havo we not thought of that? What
there is of Graustark they'll know in
the postal service."
Together they visited the chief post
onlce, whore, after being directed to
various deputies and clerks, they at
length found the department in which
tho Information was obtainable. In
side of five minutes they were in pos
session of facts that \ indicated Miss
Guggenslocker, lifted Lorry lo x'ne sev
enth heaven and put Mr. Anguish Into
au agony of Impatience. Graustark
was o small principality away off to
tho east, and Edelweiss wns a city of
some 75,000 inhabitants, according to
the postal guidebook.
Tho Americans could lenm no more
there, so they went to naedecker's of
fice. Here they found n great map, and,
after a diligent and almost microscopic
search, succeeded In discovering the
principality of Grnustark. Then they
looked at each other In dismay.
"It's a devil of a distance to that lit
tle red blot on the map," mused Lorry,
pulling his nose reflectively. "What an
outlandish place for a girl like her to
live in," he continued. "And that sweet
faced old lady and noble Uncle Cas
par! Yo gods, one would think bar
barians existed there and not such peo
ple as tho Guggenslockers, refined, cul
tivated, smart, rich I I'm more inter
ested than over in tho place."
"So am II I'm willing and ready to
make tho trip, old man, if you aro still
of a mind. It's a lark, and, besides, Bhe
may not bo tho only pretty and gra
cious girl there. We'vo had hard work
to find it on the map, let's not stop till
wo see Edelweiss on tho earth Itself."
They made hasty preparations for
tho journey. Anguish, romantic and full
of adventure, advised the purchase of
a pulr of pistols and a knifo apiece,
maintaining that as thoy were going
into nn unknown and mountainous re*
glon they should be prepared for brig
auds and other elements of danger.
Lorry poohpoohed tho suggestion of
brigands, but indulged his mood by
buying some ugly looking revolvers and
inviting tho prospect of something real
ly thrilling in the way of an adventure.
With their traps they were soon whirl
ing through Prance, bound for a cer
tain great city on the road to Edel
weiss, one filled with excitement, eager
ness and boyish zeal, the other har
assed by tho somber fear that a grave
disappointment was in storo for him*
After all, who was Miss Guggenslocker
?brewer, baker, gardener or sauaag?
Traveling of course was pleasant at
this timo of tho year, and the two
Americans saw much that interested
them along the way. Their Kreuch,
especially Anguish's, was of great val
ue to them, for they found occasion to
uso it at all times and in all places,
doth spoke German fairly well and
took every opportunity to brush up in
that language. Lorry remembering that
the Guggenslockers used many expres
Alis that allowed a preference for the
Jptitonlo. 'The blltho Anguish, confl
uent pnd in high feather, wae heart
and soul In tho. odd 'expedition of love
and talked incessantly of their recep
tion by the faraway hostess, their im
pressions nud tho final result. His
camera and sketching materials were
packed away with his traps. It was
Iiis avowed intention to immortalize
the trip by means of plate, palette and
At the end of two'days they reached
a certain largo city, the hrot change,
and then 700 miles to another. The dis
tance from this point to tho capital of
c ran star k was 200 miles or more, chief
ly through mountainous lands. Some
what elated by the cheerful informa
tion there received, they resumed the
Journey to Edelweiss, the city of vale,
slope and park?summer, full and win
ter. Qhanglng cars at tho end of the
second day out, they sat back in tho
dusty seats of their carriage and sighed
"Unless we Jump the track this train
will l^nd us In the city we ore looklug
for," said Anguish, stretching out his
logs comfortably. "I'll admit It has
been a tiresome Journey, and I'll bo
glad when we can step into u decent
hotel, have a rub and feel like white
men once more. I nm beginning to feel
like theso dirty Slavs and Huns we
saw 'way back there."
"There's one thing certain," said Lor
ry, looking out of the window. "The
people and the habitations arc different
and the wholo world seems changed
sluce we left that station. Look at
those fellows on horseback over there."
"What did I tell you about brigands
and robbers!" exclaimed Anguish. "If
those fellows are not bandits, I'll lose
faith in overy novel I ever read."
The traiu rolled slowly past three
mounted men whoso steeds stood like
statues upon a little knoll to the right of
the track, men nnd beasts engaged in
silent. contemplation of the cars. The
men, picturesquely attired and looking
fierce, carrying long rifles, certainly
bore an aspect that suggested tho brig
and. When the guard entered tho car
riage, Anguish asked in German for
some information concerning the rid
"Dey're frontier police guards," re
sponded the ft.an In English, smiling at
their astonishment. Both Americans
rose and shook hands with him.
"By George, it's good to hear a man
talk white man's language," cried An
"How do you come to be holding a
job on this road? An Englishman?"
demanded Lorry. Ho looked anything
"I'm not an Englishman," said the
guard, flushing slightly. "My name's
Sltzky, an' I'm an American, sir."
"An American!" exclaimed Lorry.
Sltzky grew loquacious.
"Sure! I used to bo a sailor on a
? United States man-o'-war. A couple of
years ago I got into trouble down at
Constantinople an' had to got out of
de service. After dat I drifted up dis
way and went to railroadlu'." He
hadn't exactly the manner of a man-o'
"How long have you been on this
road?" asked Grenfall.
" 'Bout a year, I should t'lnk. Been
on dls branch only two mouths, dough."
"Are you pretty well acquainted In
"Oh, I run In dere every other day?
in an' out ng'in. It's a fino place?pur
tlest you over saw In your life. Tho
town runs right up tho mountain to the
tiptop, where the monks are?clear up
in do clouds. Dey say It snows up dere
almost all do time."
Later on from tho loquacious guard
tho two Americans learned quite a
good bit nbout the country and city to
which they were going. His knowledge
was somewhat limited along certain
lines, but quite clear as to others.
"Dls Graustark, 's fer as I know, is
eeder a sort o' state or somcthln' be-,
longiu' to de umpire, governed by its
own rulers. Edelweiss Is de capital;
de big guns of dc land lives dero. I've
walked out an* saw de castlo where de
princess an' de royalty hangs out. Do
people speak a language of delr own,
nnd I can't get next to a t'lng dey soy.
But once in awhile you And some guy
dat talks French or German. Dey've
got a little standln' army of two t'reo
t'ousaml men, an' dey've got de hottost
uniforms you over did see?red an'
black nn' gold. I don't see why do Unit
ed States can't get up somcthln' foxy
fer her soldiers to wear. Had a war
over hero not long ago, I understand?
somcthln' like ten or fifteen years ago.
Dere's another little country up north
of Graustnrk, an' dey got In a wrangle
'bout somcthln', an' dey tell mo In
Edelweiss dat for 'bout a year dey
fought like Sam Patch."
"Which was victorious?" demanded
Lorry, deeply interested.
"I'm not sure. To hear do Edelweiss
people talk you'd t'lnk dey licked do
daylights out of do other slobs, but
somehow I got next to do fact dat dem
other fellows captured de city on' went
after a slashin' big war indemnity. I
don't know much 'bout it, an' maybe
I'm clear off, but I t'lnk do Graustark
army was t'rashed. Everyt'lng is pros
perous now, dough, an' you'd never
know dere'd been a wur. It's do most
peaceable town I ever saw."
"Did you ever hear of the Guggen
slockers?" asked tho irrepressible An
guish, and Lorry felt like kicking hlin.
"In Edelweiss? Never did. Friends
"Acquaintances," Interposed Lorry
hastily, frowning at Anguish.
"You won't have any trouble flndln'
'em if dere anybody at all," said Sltzky
easily. "De hotel people ought to bo
able to tell you nil 'bout 'em."
"By the way, what Is the best hotel
there?" asked Anguish.
"Dere's de Burnowcntz, one block
north of de depot." The travelers look
ed at one another and smiled, Sltzky
observing the action. "Oh," ho said
pleasantly, "dere's a swell Joint up
town called de Hegengetz. It's too steep
fer me, but maybe you gents con stand
It. If you'll hang arouud do depot for
a little while after wo get in I'll steer
you up dero."
"We'll make It worth your while,
Sltzky," sold Lorry.
"Never mind dat now. Americans
ought to stick together, no matter
where dey ore. We'll havo a drink
an' 'at's all,-just to show wo'ro fellow
"We'll have several drinks, and we'll
eat and drink tonight at the 'swell
joint' you talk about," said Anguish.
"Wo may drink dere, but I'll not eat
dere. Dey wouldn't let a railroad guard
Inside do fcedln* pen. Why, nothln'
but royal guys cot dero when dey're
downtown shoppln' or exposln' dem
selves to public gaze."
True to his word, when they reached
Edelweiss late that afternoon Sltzky,
their friend of uncertain origin, hur
riedly finished bis work and Joined the
travelers In the station. Lorry and
Anguish were deeply Interested in all
they saw?the strange people, tho queer
buildings, the odd costumes and the
air of antiquity that prevailed. Once
upon the narrow, denn street they saw
that Edelweiss was truly a city of the
mountain side. They had expected
something wonderful, but were not
prepared for what they found. The
cfty actually ran up Into the clouds.
These was something so grand, so luv *
probable, so unujLal JLu tbo spectacle
confronting them, that they stared
like cblldren, aghast and stupefied.
Each find the startling Impression tbat
i great buuidU dotted mountain was
falling over upon ills bead. It was
impossible to subdue tbo sensation of
dizziness that the toppling town in
"I know how you feel," observed
sitzky. Laughing, "I was Just de samo
at first. Tomorrow you wnlk a little
ways up de side of do mountain an'
you'll see how much of do city dero is
I on level ground down here. Dem build
ill's up dere ain't more'n one-fiftieth
;>art of do town. Hey're mostly sum
mer homes. It gets hot as blazes down
hero in do valley in do middle of de
summer, an' de rich ones movo up de
"How In thunder do people get up to
those houses?" demanded Anguish.
"Mules," answered Sitzky specifical
ly. "Say! See dut little old feller
COmuV on horseback, wld do white uni
form? Well, dal's do chief of police,
an' de fellers behind him are police
guards. 'At's old Dangloss himself.
He's a peach, dey say."
A short, grizzly faced man, attired In
a white uniform with red trimmings,
followed by three men similarly
garbed, rode by, going in the direction
of the station. Dangloss, as Sitzky had
called him, was quite small in stature,
rather stout, gray bearded and eagle
nosed. Ills face was keen and red and
not at all the kind to Invite familiarity.
As he passed them the railroad guard
of American citizenship touched his
cap, and tho two travelers bowed,
whereupon tho chief of polico gave
them a most profound salutation, fair
ly sweeping his saddle skirts with his
"rollte old codger," observed An
"His company manners. Just let him
get you in do sweat box if you t'lnk
"Ever been there?"
"Well," a llttlo confusedly, "I pasted
a Oraustifrk baggago smasher down in
de yards two weeks ago, an' dey had :
mo up. I proved de feller insulted a
lady, an' old Dangloss let mo off, say
in' I'd ought to have a medal. Deso
guys are great on gallantry when la
dies Is concerned. If It hadn't beeu fer
dat, I'd be In de lockup now. Au', say,
you ought to see de lockup 1 It's a tow
er, wld dungeons an' all dat sort of
t'iug. A mnn couldn't no moro get out
'n ho could fly up to de monastery.
Dey're great on law nu' order hero too.
Do princess has Issued strictest kind of
rules, au' everybody has to live up to
'cm like as If dey was real gospel. I
fought I'd put you next, gents, so's you
wouldn't bo doin' nnyt'ing crooked
"Thanks," said Lorry dryly. "We
shall try to conduct ourselves discreet
ly in tho city."
Probably a quarter mile farther down
tho narrow, level street thoy came to
the bazaars, the gaudy stores and then
the hotel. It wns truly a hostelry to in
spire respect and admiration in the
mind of such as Sitzky, for it was hug*,
and well equipped with the modern ap
pointments. As soon as the two Ameri
cans had been given their rooms they
sent for their luggage. Then they went
out to the broad piazza, with its coir
umns and marble balustrades, and
looked for Sitzky, remembering their
invitation to drink. The guard had re
fused to cuts* the hotel with thorn,
urging them to allow him to naniain on
the piazza. IIo was not there when
they returned, but they soon saw him.
Ou t he sidewalk he was arguing with
a white uniformed polico guard, and
they realized that ho had been ejected
from sacred precincts.
They promptly rescued him from tho
officer, who bowed and strode nway as
soon as they Interceded.
"Dcse fellers Is slick enough to see
you are swells an' "I'm not," said
Sitzky, not a bit annoyed by his en
counter. "I'll bet my hend 'at inside ten
minutes old Dangloss will know who
you are, where you come from an'
what you're doin' here."
"I'll bet fifty bends he won't find out
what we're doing here," grinned An
guish, looking at Lorry. "Wrell, let's
hunt up the thirst department."
They found tho little apartment in
which drinks were served at tables,
and before they said goodby to Sitzky
in front of the hotel, a half hour later,
that worthy was in exceediug good hu
mor and very much flushed In the
face. He said he would be back in two
days, and if they needed him for any
purpose whatever they could reach
him by a note at the railway station.
"Funny how you run across an Amer
ican in every nook and corner of the
world," mused Lorry as they watched
the stocky ex-man-o'-wnrsman stroll
off toward his hotel.
"If we can run across the Guggen
slockers as easily, wo'H be in luck.
When shall wo begin the hunt? To
"We can make a few inquiries con
cerning them. They certainly are peo
ple of importance here."
"I don't seo the name on any of the
brewery signs around town," observed
Anguish consolingly. "There's evi
dently no Guggenslocker here."
They strolled through the streets
near the hotel until after 0 o'clock,
wondering at tho quaint architecture,
the pretty gardens and the pastoral at
mosphere that enveloped the city. Ev
erybody was busy, contented, quiet and
happy. There was no bustle or strife,
no rush, no beggars. At 6 thoy saw hun
dreds of worklugmcn on the streets,
going to their homes. Shops were
closed, and thero camo to their ears
the distant boom of cannon, evidently
fired from different points of tho com
pass and from the highland as well as
"The toy army is shooting off the
good night guns," speculated Anguish.
"I suppose everybody goes to bed now."
"Or to dinner," substituted Lorry,
and they returned to the Hegengctz.
The dining hall was spacious and beau
tiful, a mlxturo of the oriental and the
mediecval. It rapidly filled.
"Who tho dickens can nil these peo
ple bo? They look well," Anguish
whispered, os if he feared their near
est neighbors might understand his
"They ore unquestionably of the
class In which wo must expect to find
Before tho ruenl was over the two
strangers saw that they were attract
ing a great deal of attention from the
other guests of tho house. The wo
men as well as the men wero eying
them and commenting quite freely, it
was easy to bcc .^Toward the end of
the dinner several officers came In, and
the Americans took particular pains to
study them. They were cleanly built
fellows, about medium height, wiry
?nd active. As a class the men ap
peared to average 5 feet 7 Inches in
height, some a little taller, some a
little shorter. The two strangers wero
over six feet tali, broad shouldered
and athletic. They looked like giants
among these Graustark men.
"They're uot very big, but they look
as If they'd be nasty In a scrap," ob
served Anguish, unconsciously throw
ing out his chest.
"Strong as wildcats, I'll wager. The
women are perfect, though. Hare you
ever seen u smarter set of women,
"Never, never! A paradise of pretty
women. I believe I'll take out nat
When tbe two strangers left the din
ing room they were conscious that
every eye In the place was upon them.
"We seem to be the whole show here,
Oreo," said Anguish as they sat down
at one of the tables In the garden*
"I guess Americans are rare."
"I've found one fellow who can speak
German and French, and not one, ex
cept our guard, who can talk English.
That clerk talks German fairly well.
I never heard such a language as these
other people use. Say, old man, we'd
better make inquiry about our friends
tonight That clerk probably won't be
on duty tomorrow."
"We'll ask him before we go to bed,"
agreed Lorry, and upon leaving the
brilliantly lighted gardeu they sought
the landlord and asked If he could tell
them where Caspar Guggenslockei j
lived. Ho looked politely incredulous j
and thoughtful, and then, with pro
found regret, assured them he had
never heard the name. He said he had
lived in Edelweiss all his life and knew
everybody of consequence in tho town.
"Surely there must be such people
here!" cried Lorry, almost appeallngly.
He felt disheartened and cheated. An
guish was biting his lips.
"Oh, possibly among the poorer class
es. If I were yon, sir, I should call on
Captain Dangloss, the chief of police.
He knows every soul in Edelweiss. I
am positive I have never heard the
name. You will find the captain at the
tower tomorrow morning."
The two Americans went to bed, one
so dismayed by bis disappointment that
ho could not sleep for hours.
XBJ9 LADY IN THE CAJUlLfcOE.
THEY slept rather late In the
morning, first because they
were very much fatigued after
their long journey, and second
for tho reason that they had been una
ble to woo slumber until long past mid
night. Anguish stretched himself la
zily in bed when ho heard Lorry's voice
from the adjoining room.
"I suppose we are to consult tho po
lice in order to get a clew to your
' tharmer," he yawned. "Nice 'riends
I you pick up on railway Journ si I'd
I he nshamed."
"Well, Harry, I'll confess I'm dis
gusted. This has been the most idiotic
thing I've ever done, and if you say
tho word we'll get out of here on tbe
flrst train?freight or passenger. Tho
Guggenslockers ? pigs"? Mr. Lorry
"Not a bit of it, my boy; not a bit of
It. We'll make a house to house can
vass if the police fall us. Cheer up,
cheer up I"
"You go to thunder!"
"Hold on! Don't talk like that or
I'll go back on you In n minute. I'm
hero because I choose to be, and I've
more heart In the chase at this mlnuto
than you have. I've not lost hope, j
We'll find the Guggenslockers if we i
have to hire detectives to trace 'em '
from tho United States to their very
doorstep. We're going to see the polico
After breakfast they did go to see
tho Baron Dangloss. After some in
quiry they found the gloomy, forebod
ing prison, and Mr. Anguish boldly
pounded on the huge gates. A little
shutter Hew open, and a man's face
appeared. Evidently he asked what
was wanted, but he might ns well have
demanded their lives, so far were they i
from understanding his query. i
"Baron Dangloss?" asked Anguish
promptly. The man asked something
else, but ns the Americans shook their
heads deprecatingly he withdrew his
face and presently swung open tho
gates. They entered and he closed tho
doors behind them, locking them in.
Then ho directed them across the court j
to an open door in the aged mass of
gray stono. As they strode away from
tho guard Lorry created consternation
by demanding: 1
"How aro wo to talk to tho chief if
ho doesn't understand us or we him?
We should have brought an Interpre
"I forgot about tho confounded lan
guage. But If he's real he can talk
Irish." Lorry told him he wasn't fun
"Is this his excellency Baron Dan
gloss?" asked Anguish, stepping Into a
small room and stopping suddenly in
tho presence of the short, fierce man
they bad seen the day before. Tho
American spoke In French.
"It Is, gentlemen. Of what service
can I bo to MM. Lorry and Anguish?"
responded the grim little chief, polite
ly rising from beside his desk. Tho
visitors looked at one another In sur
"If he knows our names on such short
notice, he'll certainly know the Gug
genslockers," said Anguish to his friend
"Ah, you are looking for some one
named Guggenslocker?" asked the chief,
smiling broadly and speaking excellent
English. "You must not be surprised,
gentlemen. X speak many languages.
I heard last night that you were In
quiring about ono Caspar Guggenslock
er, and I havo racked my brain, search
ed my books, questioned my officers,
and I am sorry to inform you that
thero is no such person In Edelweiss."
"I was so well assured of it, Baron
Dangloss," Lorry said.
"Tho name Is totally unknown to mo,
sir. May I ask why you aro searching
"Certainly. I met Mr. Guggenslock
er, his wlfo and his nieco last spring In
the United States. They invited mo to
come and sco them if I ever happened
to be In this port of the world. As my
friend and I wero near here, 1 under
took to avail myself of their invita
"And they sold they lived In Edel
? They did, and I'l! humbly confess I
did not know much of the principality
"That is certainly complimentary,
but, then, wo ore n Ilttlo out of the
beaten path; so It is purdonable. I
was at first under the Impression that
you wero American detectives with ex
tradition papers for criminals bearing
tho name you mention."
"Ohl" gasped Anguish. "We couldn't
find ourselves If we should bo separat
Tho grizzly bearded captain laughed
lightly with them and then asked Lor
ry if bo would object to givlug bim tbe
full story of his acquaintanceship with
the alleged Graustarkians. The bewil
dered and disheurtened American
promptly told all ho knew about them,
omitting certain tender details, of
course. As bo proceeded the chief
grew more and more interested, and
when at last Lorry came to tbe de
scription of tbe strange trio be gave a
sudden start, exposed a queer little
smile for a second or two sud then wee
as sphlnxllke as before. The ever vigi
lant Anguish observed the involuntary
?tart and smile, quick as the chief had
been to recover himself, and felt a thrill
of triumph. To bis anger and impa- 1
Hence, however, the old officer calmly
shook his head at tho end of the narra
tive nnd announced that he was aa
mucb lu the dark as ever.
"Well, we'll search awhile for our
selves," declared Anguish stubbornly,
uot at all satisfied.
"You will be wasting your time," said
the chief menniugly.
"Wo've plenty to waste," retorted the
After a few moments they departed,
Huron Dangloss accompanying them to
the gate aud assuring them that he and
Iiis meu always would be at their com
mand. His nation admired the Ameri
can people, he -warmly declared.
"That old codger knows our people,
and I'll bet a thousand on it," said
Hurry angrily when they had goue
some little distance down tho street.
Then ho told of tho queer exposure
Dangloss had unwittingly made. Lor
ry, more excited than ho cared to shew,
agreed that there was something very
SU8picloU8 about tlds new discovery.
They walked about the quaint town
for an hour or two, examining the
buildings, the people and the soldiery
With deep interest. From the bend of
the main street, Castle avenue, they
could plainly see the royal palace, near
ly a mile away. Its towers and tur
rets, gray and gaunt, ran up among the
green treetops and were outlined plain
ly against the yellow bills. Countless
houses studded the steep mountain
slope, and many people were discerned
walking nnd riding nlong tho narrow,
ledgoliko streets which wound toward
the sumndt, far up in the clouds. Clear
ly and distinctly could be seen the grim
monastery, perched at the very pinna
cle of the mountain, several miles
away. Up there It looked bleak and
cold nnd uninviting, in great contrast
to tho loveliness nnd warmth of the
valley. Down below the grass was
moist and soft, trees were approaching
the stage where yellow and red tints
mingle with the rich green, flowers
were blooming, tho land was redolent
of the sweet fragrance of autumn, the
atmosphere warm, clear nnd Invigorat
ing. It was paradise surmounted by
desolation, drear and deadening.
Wherever the tall, distinguished
Americans walked they formed tho
center of observation and were the
cause of comment that bore unmistaka
ble signs of admiration. They bowed
pleasantly to many of those who passed
them and received in return gracious
and profound recognition. Military men
saluted courteously, the women stared
modestly and prettily, perhaps covet
ously; ?hc merchants nnd citizens in
general bowed and smiled a welcome
that could not have been heartier. The
strangers remarked the absence of ve
hicles on tho main streets. There were
pack mules and horses, human carriers,
both male nnd female, but during tho
entire morning they saw not more than
six or eight carriages. Vehicles were
used solely by tho quality aud as a
means of transportation for their per
sons only. Everybody, with the few
exceptions mentioned, walked or rode
horseback. Tho two friends were de
lighted with the place, and Anguish ad
vocated a sojourn of several weeks,
even though they did not And the Gug
genslockers, his object being to secure
photograpjjs and sketches of the pic
turesque people and the strange scen
ery and to idle away some hours upon
tho glittering boulevards. Grenfall,
since ho was in the project so deeply,
was so nearly reconciled ns to be exhil
arated by the plan. They decided to
visit the royal grounds lu the after
noon, provided there was no prohibi
tion, reserving a ride up the hill for the
next day. A gendarme who spoke Ger
man fairly well told them that they
could enter the palace park if they ob
tained u signed order from the chief
steward, who might be found at any
time in ids home near the gates.
They were strolling leisurely toward
the hotel, for the moment forgetting
their quest in this strange, sunny land,
when thoy espied a carriage, the most
conspicuous of any they had seen.
The white horses were gayly capari
soned, tho driver and the footman be
side him wore rich uniforms, the ve
hicle Itself gleamed and glistened with
gold nnd silver trimmings. A short
distance behind rode two young sol
diers, swords to their shoulders, scab
bards clanking against their stirrups.
Each was attired in tho tight red trou
sers, shiny boots, close Atting black
coat with gilt trimmings and the red
cap which the Americans had noted
before because of its brilliancy. Peo
ple along the street were bowing deep
ly to the occupants, two ladles.
"Harry! Look!" exclaimed Lorry,
clutching his friend's arm like a vise.
"Hurry: Look!" exclaimed Lurry
"Tl ?r" In tho cnrHipro on this side!"
His . ohm u as i; and lr unMlny
"Miss Gug liUngciiHlockor7" cried
"Yes, yes!" They bad stopped, and
Lorry was grasping a garden wall
with one hand.
"Then it's funny nobody knows the
name here. 8ho seems to be some one
of consequence. Good heaven! I
dOD't blame you! She's tho most, beau
By tili? time tho carriage was ab
most opposite and within forty feet
of where thoy stood. The ladles?Miss
Guggonsl.H ker's companion was young
and almost as beautiful as herself?had
not observed tho agitated two, but
Lorry's face was beaming, his hat was
off, nnd he was ready to spring to tho
carrioge side at a moment's warning.
Then the young girl at the side of the
woman whose beauty had drawn a
man half around the world saw the
raid strangers nnd called hoi sowi ?
u>ii s attention to them. Once u. >i
Grenfall Lony and Miss Guggenslock
er wero looking into each other's eyes
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