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LAUREMS, 8. C, Feb. 10, 1004.
A Case That Is Desperate.
A striking letter is that which ap
pears elsewhere in th's paper on the
lhjuor quostion. Evidently it is writ
ten by a faithful and consolentious pro
hibitionist, one of those who was jug
gled out of a victory fairly and openly
won In this State in 1892.
Wo fear that we can offer W P. T.
iltt'e consolation. The whiskey inter
est li* more strongly fonified in South
Carolina than in any other American
Stato. In South Carolina the whiskey
interest is the State. They are a part
nership, they ore wedded, they are
one. The tlmo has come in South Caro
lina when no man unwilling to support
the dlsponsary dares offer for high of
fice. He must at least consent that the
whiskey question is settled. Otherwise
he must face the fact that he has the
strongest machine ever known In this
Stato to fight. He must foreknow that
our supreme political leador will take
the Hold against him as he did take ii
against Colonel Hoyt in 1900. Our pub
lic men, the former Conservatives In
cluded,tremble when Tillman's name is
told. As th3 strength of a rabbit to a
wolf was the power of the whiskey ele
ment under the past barroom system
to Its strength now, identioal as It Is
with our very government, armored
with the State's commission, robed In
the pride and respectability of the
State's ollicial life and posing as the
safe guardian of the State's morals. In
South Carolina wo have deliberately
enthroned whiskoy. It is our king.
There are those among our great ones
who would worship it as their god.
This is not more rhetoric. Our people
do not understand it, many would not
acknowledge It If they did know it. but
it is the plain truth that In the tenta
cles of this dif>pei)sary Beast the people
of South Carolina are gripped fust and
helpless. Conducting a business of
$3,000,000 tho year with distilleries and
bottlo factories growing up under its
shadow and owned in part by tho limbs
of tho Beast itsolf, with an army of
employees taking their orders from
one contral authority, distributing
and corrupting the tax-payers with
$(500,000 in profits each year (more
than half the amount paid to the State
in taxes) tho dispensary system has be
come the darling, the pet and at the
same tlmo the terror of the people.
Our friend W. p. T. may at least rest
assured that tho whiskey organi/.aMon
that he speaks of will spend no money In
and send no literature into South Caro
lina It Is happy with existing conditions
here. It will "let well enough alone."
Grant for the sake of the argument, (we
doubt tho truth of It) the claim that the
dispensary as compared with barrooms
reduces tho consumption of intoxicants
?will that disturb the distillers and
wholesale whiskey and beer dealers of
America? When they look on the map
of Georgia and see all manner ui wuitf
key shops expelled from 110 or 120coun
ties out of 187, will they worry over
South Carolina? When they reflect
that tho saloons have been driven ab
solutely out of the South, from Texas
to Virginia, save those in the large
cities, will they shod any tea?\s about
Insignificant loss of trade in t'aeso re
gions? Rather, In their alarm at tho bat
tle being waged against them In every
other State, when they fee themselves
beaten again and again by the ever ag
gresive, "niversay die" prohibition
ists elsewhere, Is It rot natural that
they rejoic3 that South Carolina offi
cially is their ally and friend?literally
a whiskey se ling corporation in the
combine, one of thom and playing for
the same stake? While they see the
barrooms pressed hard for dear life and
yielding township after township and
county after county, it must he with a
feeling of profound relief tint they look
npon South Carolina as one stronghold,
one place of ro'.reat In extremity and
not the enemy's country.
Evon now a hill Is pending In our
general ssiemblv to give to the towns
where dispensaries are established the
poor privilege of voting them out of ex
istence If tho people so wish. Will it
pass? Batter inquire If the general as
sembly will abolish itself. Pass that
bill? Not until the ownership of South
Carolina ohanges hands.
In 1899 it was difficult to find a soore
of white men In this town to sign a pe
tition for a dispensary. Landholders
were croated by wholesale by deeding
an acre or two of swamp to 50 or 00 ne
groes. Thus did the dispensary find a
lodgement here. It is paying. It places
about ?1,500 each year 'n the town
treasury, bealda? paying an equal
amount to the county schools?not to
mention the county's share of the
Stite's profits. No barroom system
paid the people like this. We are In -
clined to think that the dispensary is
in Lauron9 to stay. Money makers are
We should like to see South Carolina
free once more. We should like to be
able to feel that public affairs are not
under the abso'uto control of a whiskey
ring. However, we reoognlze the fact
that there is little hope of a change.
Our correspondent Is in a desperate
minority. Wo are with him. It will
not be left to tho poop!e to pass upon
the whiskey question?not until some
really big, honest man arises in South
Carolina and there is a hcuse-oleanlng
euch as wo havo not had In nearly 80
Where ther.t usrd to be a feeling of
uneasiness ar.d worry in the household
when a child showed symptoms of
croup, there is now perfect confidence.
This is owing to the uniform success of
Chamberlain s Cough Remedy in the
treatment of that disease. Mrs. M. I.
Basford, of Poolesville, Md., in tpeak
ing of her experience in that remedy
says: "I have a world of confidence In
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy for I
have used it with perfeot suooess. My
obild Carland Is subject to severe at
tacks of oroup and it always gives him
prompt relief. For sale by Laurens
An American ttfntleman.
Willem 0. Whitney died In New
York Oily last Wednesday at the age of
62., He caught a cold while helping a
neighbor to subdue a Are In Alken, 8.
0. and later appendicitis developed.
Mr. Whitney was secretary of the
navy during Mr. Cleveland's first term.
Under his dh oc ion the building of the
new American navy began and to him
more than any other man Is due the
credit for tbe fact that this country was
ready when the war with Spain oc
Mr. Whitney was a busioess man of
marvelous capacity. Ue was a thor
oughly educated man, a man of modest
and elegant manners, a man of uncom
mon tact and unconquerable energy.
His fathor before htm was a Democrat
of Democrats and ho was always un
swerving in that political faith and
always an aggressive worker for his
party. His private life was clean and
wholesome, he was tenderly devoted to
his children and they were devoted to
him. His eldest son was hi* lntlmnte
companion and friend; the two men
Jiked each other, they were bosom
friends. His first wife, when she died,
left to him without any qualification
all of her handsome fortune, of mil
lions. Later ho married again and his
second wife died bafore him. There
were no scandals In the Whitney
family, no divorces, no unseemly per
formances which delight the morbid
newspapers and their readers.
Mr. Whitney was guilty of being the
posessor of vast weath, some of which
he Inherited and most of which he
made. He spent his money freely. With
in the last few years he Invested In thor
oughbreds and expended millions in
breeding and racing. His influence in
racing circles was always to elevate and
cleanse. His efforts were to drive from
the tracks and paddooks fraud and vul
garity and in a large measure they
succeeded. Whatever Mr. Whitney
touched, pollt'cs, sport or business, be
came more respectable and more de
cent. In Alken, 8. C, where he spent
his winters in late years, it is said that
he was always eager to help the de
serving poor and that he was a liberal
citizen in the affairs of the town,
Able, industrious, modest, a lover of
sports, llvlog a private life without
blemish, a rich man too and giving his
best service to his country, it is no de
scent to exaggeration to paraphrase
the description of a former Prince of
Wales?He was the Frst Gentleman of
It is said tha*. Mr. 13. A. Morgan of
Greenville will be a candidate for lieu
tenant governor against Col. Sloan. It
is hoped that the report Is not true.
Mr. Morgan is a strong man and has
friends here ??''io would like to vo'e
for him but Cel. Sloan has held the of
fice only two years. The Advkrtiser
has never believed that e'ectloi. to one
term entitles a man to hold it two but
this office is all honor and no money.
The campaign expenses come to more
than the salary for a year. Col. Sloan
is a good man, ho was a good soldier,
going to the war as a mere boy, and ke
is a good enough lieutenant governor.
In fact, one man Alls this olllce as well
as another, provided he has a fair
amount of intelligence and knows how
to behave proper]y.vuT^p ??U^r?SSQn.
CoUnefSloan this year is to help some
other towards a higher office and The
Advertiser does not believe that Mr.
Morgan will be a candidate.
THE DEATH PENALTY.
A Jfttle thing sometimes results in
death. Thus a mere scratch, insigni
ficant cuts or puny boils have paid the
death penalty. It Is wise to havo Buck
len's Arnica Salve ever handy. It's
the best Salve on earth and will pre
vent fatality, when Burns, Sores, Ul
cers and Plies threaten. Only 25 cents
at Laurens Drug Co. and W. W. Dod
Letter to Chlldress Bros.
Laurens, S. C.
Dear Sirs: When you can buy paint
for less than Devoe; dont; save your
Mr. Aaron Hlgglns, Plainfleld, N. J ,
always used 15 gallons of paint for bis
house;'Devoe took 11.
Mr. Ezra Rathmel', Willlamsport,
Pa., always 11; Devoe took 0.
Mr. Burt Young, Glrard, Pa , al
ways used a gallon for certain rooms;
took half as much Devoe.
Mr. Nathaniel Barber, Canton, N.
Y. bought 12 Devoe; used less than 0.
You can always buy paint for less
than Devoe; don't; save your money.
The wearing counts the saino way
and doubles the difference.
The cost of pointing is by the gallon.
Weak paint costs most; most gallons.
F. W. DeVoe & CO.,
P. S.?Moseley A Roland sell our
Only Bf suits Tell.
There is little ot no difference in the
appearance of flour, but there is all the
differ^ncd in the world in the results.
"Clifton" flour will produce light,
white wholesome bread?yon know
from sad experience just what other
kinds will do. For more bread and
better bread, use our ?.OHfton" every
time. , . ,
T. N. Barksdale,
M. H, Fowler.
The influence of climatic conditions
in the oure of consumption Is very muoh
overdrawn. The poor patient, and the
rieb patient, too, oan do much better at
home by proper attention to food diges
tion, and a regular use of German Sy
rup. Free expeotoratlon in the morn
ing Is made certain by German Syrup,
to Is a good night's rest and the ab
sence of that weakening cough and de
bilitating night sweat Restless nights
and the exhaustion due to coughing,
the greatest danger and dread of the
consnmptive, can be preveatel or
stopped by taking German Hyrup lib
erally and regularly. Should you l> >
able to go to a warmer clime, you will
tind that of the thousands of consump
tives tbeiv, the few who Are benefited
and regain strength are those who use
German Syrup. Trial bottles, 25 cents;
regular size, 75 cents. Laurens Drug
Notice of Final Settlement
Take notice that on the 16th day of
February, 1904. at ^he office of O. G.
Thompson, Probate Judge of Laurens,
South Carolina, I will settle the estate
of Elbert O. Rowland, deceased, and at
same time will apply for a final dis
charge. All persons indebted to said
estate must settle same before said
data and all persons holding claims
against said estate must present and
prove the tame or be forever barred.
Martha K. Rowland.
... By ...
GEORGE BARR McCUTCHEON
Copyright, mi. h$ Um**** S. Ston* . ? ? ?
THE EPISODE OF THE TIIHONKHOOM.
??/Wallis is the throueroom. Allode!"
The Princess Yetlvo paused
heforo two massive doors. It
whs the next afternoon, and
she had nlready shown him the palaco
of a queen, the hovel of a pauper!
Through the afternoon not ono word
other than those which might have
passed between good friends escaped
the lips of either. Ho was all Inter
est, she all gracloU8uess. Allode, the
sturdy guard, swung open the doors,
drew the curtain and stood aside for
them to pass. Into the quiet hall she
led him, a princess in a gown of gray,
a courtier in tweeds. Inside the doors
"And I thought you were Miss Gltg?
genslocker," he said. She laughed with
the glee of a child who has charmed
and delighted through surprise.
"Am I not a feeble mite to sit on
that throne and rule all that comes
within its reachV" She directed his
attention to the throne at the opposite
end of the hall. "From its sent I calm
ly instruct gray haired statesmen,
weigh their wisdom and pass upon It
as if I were Demosthenes, challenge
the evils that may drive? monarehn
mad and wonder If my crown Is on
"Let me be ambassador from the
United States and kneel at the throne,
"I could not engage in a Jest with the
crown my ancestors wore, Mr. Lorry.
It is sacred, thou thoughtless Amer
ican. Come, we will draw nearer that
you may see the beauty of the work
manship in that great old chair."
They stood at the base of the low,
vclveted stage on which stood the chair,
with Its high back, Its massive arms
and legs a-shimmer in the light from
the lofty windows. It was of gold, in
laid with precious stones-diamonds,
rubies, emeralds, sapphires and other
wondrous jewels?a relic of ancient
"I never sit in the center. Always at
one side or the other, usually leaning
my elbow on the arm. You see, the
discussions are generally so long and
dreary that 1 become fatigued. Ono
time?I am ashamed to confess It?I
went to sleep on the throne. That was
long ago. I manage to keep awake
very well of late. Do you like my
"And to think that It is yours!"'
"It is this room that gives me the
right to be hailed with 'Long live the
princess!' Not with campaign yells
and 'Hurrah for Votivei1 How does
that sound? 'Hurrah for Yetlvo!' " She
was laughing merrily.
"Don't say It! It sounds sacrilegious,
"For over three years since I was
eighteen?I have been supreme in that
chair. During the years5)f my reign
prior to that time I sat there with my
Uncle Caspar standing beside me. How
often I begged 1dm to sit down with
me! There was so much room, and he
standing. One time 1 cried because lie
frowned at me when I persisted in the
presence of a great assemblage of no
bles from Dnwsborgcn., It seems that
it was a most important audience that
I was granting, but I thought more of
my uncle's tired old legs. 1 remember
?aying through my soi>s of mortifica
tion that I would have him beheaded.
You are to guess whi ther that startling
threat created consternation or mirth."
"What a whimsical little princess
you must have been, weeping and pout
ing and going to sleep!" be laughed.
"And how sedate and wise you have
"Thank you. How very nice you
are. I have felt all along that some
one would discern my effort to be dig
nified and sedate. They say I am wise
and good and gracious, but that Is to
bo expected. They said that of sover
eigns as far back as the deluge, I've
heard. Would you really like to see
me In that old chair?" sho asked.
"Ah, you nrc still a woman," he said,
emiling at her pretty vanity. "Noth
ing could Impress me more pleasantly."
She stepped carelessly and impulsive
ly upon the royal platform, leaned
against the arm of the throne, and with
the charming blush of consciousness
turned to him with the Quickness of a
guilty conscience, eager to hear his
praise, but fearful lest ho secretly con
demned her conceit. His eyes .wore
burning with the admiration that
knows no defining, and his breath
camo quick and sharp through ported
lips. Ho involuntarily placed a foot
upon the bottom step, ns if to spring
to her side.
"You must not como up here!" she
cried, shrinking back, her hands ex
tended in fluttering remonstrance. "I
cannot permit that at nil!"
"I beg your pardon," he cried. "That
Is all tho humble plebeian can sny.
That I may bo more completely undor
this fairy spell, pray cast about your
self tho robe of rank and take up tho
scepter. Perhaps I mny fall upon my
"And hurt your head all over again,"
she said, laughing nervously. She hes
itated for a moment, a perplexed frown
crossing her brow. Then sho Jerked a
rich robo from the bock of tho throno
and placed it about her shoulders as
only a woman can. Taking up tho
scepter, she stood heforo tho great
chair and, with a smilo on her lips,
held it above his head, saying softly:
"Graustark welcomes tho American
He sank to his kneo before tho real
princess, kissed tho hem of her robe
and Arose with face pallid. The chasm
was now endless in its Immensity. The
princess gingerly seated herself on the
throne, placed her elbow on tho broad
arm, her whlto cbln In her hand, and
tranquilly surveyed the voiceless Amer
"You hnvo not said 'Thank you,' "
?he said finally, her, eyes wavering be
neath his stoady gaze.
"I am only thinking how easy it
would.be to cross tbo gulf that lies be
tween us. With two movements of my
body I can place It before you, with a
third I can be sitting at your side. It
Is not so difficult after all," be said,
hungrily eying the brond chair.
"No man, unless a prince, evor sat
upon this throne," she said.
"You bavo called mo a prince."
"Oh, I Jested," sho cried quickly, com
prehending his intention. "I forbid
Her command came too late, for he
was beside her on tbo throne of Grau
stark! Siio sat perfectly rigid for a
moment, hi tense tarjj) J&r .exes.
"Do you know what you havo dono?"
she whispered miserably.
"Usurped the throne," ho replied, as
Burning an ease and complacence he did
not feel. Truly ho was guilty of un
"You have desecrated?desecrated!
Do you hearV" she went on, paying no
attention to his remark.
"I'eccavl. Ah, your highness, I de
light in my sin! For once I am n pow
or. I speak from the throne. You.
will not havo me abdicate In the zenith
of my glory? He kind, most gracious
one. Besides, did you not once cry be
cause your undo refused to sit with
you? Had he been tho possessor of a
dangerous wound, ns I am, and had he
found himself so weak that he could
stand no longer, I am euro he would
have done as I have?sat down in pref
erence to falling limp at your feet. You
do not know how badly I am wound
ed," he pleaded, with the subtlest dou
"Why should you wound me?" she
asked plaintively. "You have no right
to treat the throne I occupy ns a sub
ject for pranks and indignities. I did
not believe you could be so?forgetful."
There "was a proud and pitiful resent
ment In her voice that brought him to
his senses nt once. He had defiled her
throne. In shame and humiliation ho" ,
"I am a fool, an Ingratel You have
been too gentle with me. For this
despicable net of mine I cannot ask
pardon, and it would be beneath you to
grant It. I have hurt you, and I can
never atone. I forgot how sacred Is
your throne. Let me depart in dis
grace." He stood erect as If to forsake
the throne he had stained, but she,
swayed by a complete reversal of feel
ing, timidly, plendingly touched his
"Slay! It is my throne, after all. I
shall divide it, ns well as the sin, with
you. Sit down again, I bog of you.
For a brief spetf I would rule besldo a
man w ho is fit to be a king, but who is
a desccrator. There can bo no harm,
and no one shall be the wiser for this
sentimental departure from royal cub
tom. YVo are children anyhow, mere
With an exclamation of delight he re
sumed his position besldo her. Ills
hand trembled as ho took up hers to
carry It to his lips. "We are children
playing with lire," ho murmured, this
lngrate, this fool I
She allowed her hand to Ho limply In
his, her head sinking to the bnck of tho
chair. When her hand was near his
feverish Hps, cool and white and trust
ing, ho checked tho upward progress.
Slowly ho raised his eyes to study her
face, Unding that hers were closed, the (
semblance of a smile touching her Hps
as If they were in a happy dream.
The Hps! The Hps! Tho Hps! Tho
madness of lovo rushed into his heart;
the expectant band was forgotten; his
every hope and every desire measured
Itself against bis discretion ns ho look I
With a start she opened her eyes,
doubtless nt the command of the mas
terful ones above. Tho eyes of blue
met tho eyes of gray In a short, sharp
struggle, and the bluo went down in
surrender. His lips triumphed slowly,
drawing closer and closer as if restrain
ed and Impelled by the same emotion
"Open your eyes, darling," ho whis
pered, and she obeyed. Then their Hps
met?her first kiss of lovo!
She trembled from head to foot, i?er
fcctly powerless beneath the spell.
Again he kissed a princess on her
throne. At this second kiss her eyes
grew wide with terror, and she sprang
from his side, standing betforo him like
one bereft of reason.
"Oh, my Cod! What have you done?"
she walled. He staggered to his feet,
dizzy with Joy.
"Ha!" cried a gruff voico from the
doorway, and the guilty ones whirled
to look upon the witness to their bliss
ful crime. Inside tho curtains, with
carbine leveled nt tho head of tho
American, stood Abode, tho guard, his
face distorted with rage. The princess
screamed and leaped betwoon Lorry
and the threatening carbine.
"Allode!" she cried In frantic terror.
He nngrily cried out something In his
native tongue and she breathlessly,
Imploringly replied. Lorry did not un
derstand their words, but be knew that
she had saved him from death at tho
hand of her loyal, erring guard. Al
lode lowered his gun, bowed low and
turned his bnck upon the throne.
"Ho?he would have killed you," sho
said tremulously, her face the picture
of combined agony and relief. Sho re
membered tho blighting kisses and
then the nverted disaster.
"You?what did you say to him?" he
"I?I?oh, I will not tell you I" sho
"I beg of you!"
?T told him that ho was to?was to
put down his gun."
"I know thnt, but why?" he persist
"I?nch, to save you, stupid!"
"How did you explain the?the"? He
"I told bim thnt I had not been?that
I had not been"?
"Thnt I had not been?off ended I" she
gasped, standing stiff and straight,
with eyes glued upon tho obedient
"You were not?" he rapturously cried.
"I said It only to save your Hfol" she
cried, turning fiercely upon him. "I
shall never forgive you?neverl You
must go?fyou must lenvo hero at oncel
Do you hear? I cannot havo you near
me now; I cannot seo you again. What
have I given you tho right to say of
"Stop! It Is ns sacred as"?
"Yes, yes; I understandt I trust you,
but you must go! Find some excuse
to glvo your friend and go today 1 Go
now!" she cried Intensely, first putting
her hands to her temples, then to her
Without walling to hear his remon
strance, if Indeed he had tho power to
utter one, sho glided swiftly toward
the curtains, allowing him to follow at
his will. Dazed and crushed at the
sudden end to everything, ho dragged
his footsteps after. At tho door she
spoko lu low, Imperative tones to tho
motionless Allode, who dropped to his
knees nnd muttered a reverential re
sponse. Ah Lorry passed beneath the
hand tlint hold the curtate aside he
glanced At iho fuce of tho man wnu
hud been witness to their weakness,
lie was looking straight ahead, and
from his expression it could not bare
been detected tlf t be knew there was
a uinu on earth savo himself. In the
hall she turned to him, her face cold
"I have faithful guards about me
now. Allode has said ho did not see
you in the throneroom. He will die
before he will sny otherwise," she
said, her Hps trembling with shame.
"By your command?"
"By my request. I do not command
my men to lie."
Sldo by side they passed down the
quiet hall, silent, thoughtful, the strain
?f deuth upon their hearts.
"I shull obey the only command you
have given, then. This day I leave the
cnBtle. You will let me come again?to
Bee you? There cnu be no harm"?
"No! You must leave Graustark at
once!" she interrupted, tho tonoa low.
"I refuse to go! I shall remain in
Edelweiss, near you, Just bo long as I
feel that I may bo of service to you."
"I cannot drlvo you out as I would a
thief," she said polutedly.
At the top of tho broad staircase ho
held out his hand and murmured:
"Goodby, your highness."
"Goodby," sho said simply, placing
her haud in his after a moment's hesi
tation. Then she left him.
An hour later the two Americans,
?no strangely subdued, the other curi
ous, excited and impatient, stood be
fore the castle waiting for the carriage.
Count Halfont was with them, begging
them to remain, as ho could see no rea
son for the sudden leavotaklng. Lorry
(issured him that they had trespassed
long enough on the court's hospitality
md that he would feel much more com
fortable at the hotel. Anguish looked
iinrrowly at his friend's face, but said
nothing. Ho was beginning to under
"Let us walk to the gates. The count
[ylll oblige us by instructing the coach
man to follow," said Lorry, eager to be
"Allow me to Join you in the walk,
gentlemen," said Count Caspar, lmme
llatcly instructing a lackey to send the
carriage after them. He and Lorry
vnlked on together, Anguish lingering
>ehind, having caught sight of the
Countess Dagmar. That charming and
inconventloual plcco of nobility
iromptly followed the prime minister's
sxamplo and escorted the remaining
tuest to the gate.
Far down tho walk Lorry turned for
i last glance at tho castle from which
ovo had banished him. Yetive was
itandlng on the balcony, looking not at
he monastery, but at the exile.
She remained there long after the
arrlagc had passed her gates bearing
he Americans swiftly over the white
Castle avenue, and there were tears in
THE II I .TROTH Al..
HARRY Anguish was a discreet
forbearing fellow. He did not
demand a full explanation of
his friend. Thero was enough
latural wit in his merry head to see
hat in.connection with their departure
here was something that would not
dm It of discussion even by conflden
ial friends. He shrewdly formed his
wn conclusions und held his peace.
,'or did he betray surprise when Lor*
y Informed him in answer to a quen
ion that ho intended to remain In
Mel weiss for soino time, adding thnt
e could'H?h "preferred to remain in
[Jr Aaa not tho Countess Dag
lar told him she would always be
nppy to sec him nt the ca.;tle, and had
e any reason to renounce its walls?
md so it was that they tarried to
Lorry loitered aimlessly, moodily,
bout the town, spending gloomy days
nd wretched nights. Ho reasoned
hat it were wisdom to fly, but a force
tronger than reason held him in Edel
vcls8. Ho ventured several times to
he castle wall, but turned back reso- j
utely. Thero wos hopo in his breast |
hat sho might send for him. There
vas at least the possibility of seeing
ler should she ride through the streets,
ingulsb, on the other hand, visited tho
:astle dally. Ho spent hours with the
>retty countess, undismayed by the
itoble moths that fluttered about her
flame, nnd ho was ever persistent,
light hearted and gay. He brought to
Lorry's ears nil that ho could learn of
the princess. Several times he had
seen her nnd had spoken with her. She
Inquired casually after the health of
his friend, but nothing more. From
tho countess he ascertained that her
highness was sleeping soundly, eating
heartily nnd apparently enjoying the
best of spirits, information decidedly
irritating to the one who received it
They bnd been at the hotel for over a
week when ono afternoon Anguish
rushed Into the room out of breath and
scarcely able to control his excitement.
"What's upS" cried Lorry. "Has the
countess sacked you?"
"Not on your coin! But something is
op, and 11 am Its discoverer. You re
member what you said about suspect
ing r?tnce, (tnbrlcl of being the chief
rnscai In the abduction Job? Well, my
boy, I am now willing to stake my life
that he Is the man." The news bearer
sat down on the edge of the bed and
drew the. first long breath he had bad
in a long, time,
"Why do you think so?" demanded
the other, all Interest.
"Heard him talking Just now. I
didn't know who the fellow was at
first, but he was talking to some
strange looking soldiers as I passed.
As soon as I heard his voice I knew he
was Michael. There Isn't any question
about It, Lorry. I am positive. He did
not observe nie, but I suppose by this
time ho has learned that his little Job
was frustrated by two Americans who
heard the plot near tho castle gates.
He has nerve to come here, hasn't he?"
"If he Is guilty, yes. Still he may feel
secure because he Is a powerful prince
and able to resent any accusation with
a show of force. Where is he now?"
"I left him there. Come on. We'll go
down, nnd you can see for yourself."
They hurried to tho corridor, which
wns swarming with men In strange
uniforms. There were a few <lrau
stark officers, but the majority of the
buzzing conversationalists were dressed
In a rich gray uniform.
"Who are these strangers?" naked
"Oh, I forgot to tell you. Prince I,o
renz is also here, and these gray fel
lows are a part of his retinue. Lorenz
has gone on to the cnstlc. What's the
matter?" Lorry had turned pale and
was reaching for the wall with un
"He has come for his answer," he
said slowly, painfully.
"That's right. I hadn't thought of
that. I hope she turns him down. But
there's Gabriel over yonder. See those
three fellows In blue? The middle one
Is the prince."
Near the door leading to the piazza
stood several men, gray and blue. The
man designated ns Gabriel was In the
center, talking gayly and somewhat
loudly, puffing nt a cigarette between
sentences. He was not tall, but he
wns strongly nnd compactly built. His
hair and cropped benrd wore as black
ns eoal, his eyes wide, black and lined.
It was a pleasure worn face, and Lorry
shuddered ns he thought of the prin
cess in the power of this evil looking
wretch. They leisurely made their
way to a spot near tho talkers. There
was no mistaking tho voice. Prince
Gabriel nnd Michael were one and the
samo beyond all doubt. But how to
prove It to tho satisfaction of others?
Skepticism would follow any attempt
to proclaim the prince guilty because
his voice sounded like that of tho chief
conspirator. In n matter where whole
nations were concerned the gravest
Importance would bo attached to the
accusation of a ruler. Satisfying them
selves as to the Identity of thnt pe
culiar voice, the friends passed through
to the piazza.
"What's to bo done?" asked Anguish,
boiling over with excitement.
"We must go to Baron Dangloss, tell
him of our positive discovery, nnd
then consult Count Hnlfont."
"And her royal highness, of course."
"Tos. I sunnp.se so." snid Lorrv. flick
icrvlng the princess again.
They hurried to the tower and were
won In the presence of the fierce little
;hicf of police. Lorry had spent many
hours with Dangloss of late, and they
had become friends. His grim old face
blanched perceptibly ns he heard the
assertions of tho young men. He shook
bis head despairingly.
"It may be as you say, gentlemen,
but I am afraid we can do nothing.
To charge a prince with such a crime
and on such evidence would be mad
ness. I am of your belief, however.
Prince Gabriel Is the man I have sus
pected. Now I am convinced. Before j
we can do anything in such n grave
matter It will be necessary to consult
the princess and her ministers. In
case we conclude to accuse the Prince
of Dawsbergen it must be after careful |
and Judicious thought. There arc many ,
things to consider, gentlemen. For my
pnrt, I would be overjoyed to seize the i
villain nnd to serve hbn as wo did bis I
tools',^ but my hands nre tied, you see.
I would suggest that you go at once
to the princess and Count Hnlfont, tell
them of your suspicions"?
"Not suspicions, my lord?facts," in
"Well, then, facts, and ascertain how
they feel about taking up a proposition
that may mean war. May I rsk you to
come at once to me with their answer.
It is possible tbnt they will call for a
consultation with the ministers, nobles
and high officers. Still, I fear they will
bo unwilling to risk much on tho rath
er flimsy proof you can give. Gabriel
Is powerful, and we do not seek a war
with htm. There Is another foo for
whom we are quietly whetting our
swords." The significant remark caused
both listeners to prick up their ears.
Hut he disappointed their curiosity,
and they were left to speculate as to
whom the other foo might be. Did he
mean that (Jruuslurk was secretly, sly
ly, making ready to resist, treaty or no
It required prolonged urging on the
part of Anguish to persuade Lorry to
accompany him to the castle, but, when
once determined to go before the prin
ces* with their tah?, he was eager, im
patient, to cross the distance that lay
between the hotel and the forbidden
grounds. They walked rapidly down
Custlo avenue and were soon at the
gates. The guard knew them, and they
were admitted without a word. As I
they hurried through the park t ley
saw many strange nsen in gray, gaudy'
uniforms, and it occurred to Lorry'
that their visit, no matter how great
its Importance, was ill timed. Prince
Lorenz was holding the center of the
Anguish, with his customary impul
siveness, overruled Lorry's objections,
and they proceeded toward tho en
trance. The guards of the princess sa
luted profoundly, while the minions of
Lorer.v. stared witli ill bred wonder
upon these !\vo tall men from another
world, it could be seen that the castle
was astir with excitement, subdued
and pregnant with thriving hopes and
fears. The nobility of Uraustark was
there. The visitors of Axphaln were be
At the castle doors the two men met
their first obstacle, but they had an
ticipated its presence. Two guards
halted them peremptorily.
"Wo must see her royal highness,"
said Anguish, but the men could not
Understand him. 't hey stoically stood
their ground, shaking their beads.
"Let us Und some one who can un
derstand us," advised Lorry, and In a
few moments they presented them
selves before the guards, accompanied
by a young nobleman with whom they
had acquaintance, lie succeeded in ad
vancing them to the reception hall in
side the doors and found for them a
servant who would carry a message to
the princess if it were possible lo gain
her presence. Tho nobleman doubled
very much, however, if the missive
hastily written by Lorry could And its
way to her, as she had never been so
occupied as now.
Lorry In his brief note prayed for a
short audience for himself and Mr. An
guish, requesting that fount Halfont
he present. He informed her that his
mission was of the most imperative na
ture and that it related to a discovery
made, concerning the prince who had
tried to abduct her. In conclusion ho
wrote that Huron Dangloss had re
quired him to lay certain facts before
her and that he had come with no in
tentloii .0 annoy her.
While they sat in tho waiting room
they saw through the glass doors doz
ens of richly attired men and women in
the hall beyond. They were conversing
animatedly, Graustark men nnd worn
eu with dejected faces, Axphainlans
With exultation glowing in every
glance. Lorry's heart sank within hlnu
It seemed hours before the servant re
turned to bid them follow him. Then
' 'Tbe'ir guide"'laiTHlucied' them to" a
small anteroom, where lie left them. A
tew moments later the door opened,
and there swept quickly Into the room
the Countess Dagmar, not the princess.
Her face was drawn with tho trouble
and sorrow she was trying so hard to
conceal. Loth men were on their feet
in an instant, advancing to meet her.
"The princess? Is she ill?" demand
-Not ill. but mail, 1 fear," answered
she, giving a band to each. "Mr. Lor
ry, she bids me say to you that sho
cannot sec you. She appreciates the
Importance i f your mission and thanks
you for the interest you have taken.
Also she authorizes mo to assure you
that nothing can be done at present re
garding the business on which you
"Sho refuses lo see us," said he slow
ly, bis fare whiter than ever.
"Nay: she begs that you will excuse
her. her highness is sorely worn and
dlslresfA'd today, and, I fear, cannot on
durc nil that is happening. She is ap
parently calm and composed, but I,
who know her so well, can seo tho
"Surely she must see the urgency of
quick action in this matter of ours'."
crinl Anguish half angrily. "We are
not dogs lo bo kicked out of tho castle.
We have a rbrhl ?<> be treated fairly" -
"We cannot censure the princess.
Hurry." said Lorry calmly. "We hare
coino because we would befriend her,
nnd sho sees fit to reject our good of- -
Hees. There Is but one thing left for us
to do?depart as we came."
"But I don't like It a Utile bit," S
growled the other.
"If you only knew, Mr. Anguish, you
would not bo so harsh and unjust," re
monstrated tho lady warmly. Turning
to Lorry, sho said, "Sho asked me to
hand you this, and to bid you retain tt
as a token of her undying esteem."
Sho handed him a small, exquisite -
miniature of the princess framed In
gold Inlaid with rubles. Ho took It
dumbly in hie, fingers, but dared not
look at tho portrait it contained. With
what might hare seemed disrespect he
dropped tho treasure Into his coat
"Tell her I shall always retain it as a
token of her esteem," he Bald. "And
now may I ask whether she handed my
note to her uncle, the count?"
Tho countess blushed in a most un
"Not whllo I was with her," sho said,
recovering the presence of mind she
apparently had lost.
"Sho destroyed It, I presume," said
he, laughing harshly.
"I saw her plaeo It in her bosom, sir,
nnd with the right hand," cried the
countess as If betraying a state secret.
"In her? You are telling mo the
truth?" cried he, his face lighting up.
"Now, see here, Lorry, don't begin to
question the countess' word. I won't
stand for that," Interposed Anguish
"I should bo more than base to sny
falsely that she had done anything so
absurd," said tho countess Indignantly.
"Where is she now?" asked Lorry. ,
"In her boudoir. The Prince Loren?
is with her?alone."
"What!" he cried, Jealousy darting
Into his existence. He had never known
"They are betrothed," said she, ,with
an effort. There was a dead silence,
broken by Lorry's deep groan as he
turned and walked blindly to the oppo
site side of tho room. Ho stopped In
front of a huge painting and stared at
It, but did not see a Hue or a tint.
"You don't meun to sny sho has ac
cepted?'' half whispered Anguish.
"Thank God, you are only a count
ess," he said tenderly.
"Why?why?what difference can it
make?I mean, why do you sny that?"
she stammered, crimson to her hair.
"Because you won't have to sell your
self at a sacrifice," he said foolishly.
Lorry came back to them at this Junc
ture, outwardly calm and deliberate.
"Tell us about it, pray. Wo had
guessed as much."
"Out there are Ids people?tho wretch
es!" she cried vindictively, her pretty
face in a helpless frown. "Today was
the day, you know, on which he was
to have his answer. He came and knelt
In the audience chamber. All Orau
stark had implored her to refuse tho
hated ofTer, but she bade him rise, and
there, before us all, promised to be
come ids bride.
"The greatest sorrow Graustark bus ?
ever known grows out of that decision.
She is determined to save for us what
her father's folly lost. To do this she
becomes the bride of a vile wretch, a
man who soils her pure nature when
he thinks of her. Oh, we sought to dis
suade her?we begged, we entreated,
but without avail. She will not sacri
fice one foot of Graustark to save her
fif'liiu'Vi.-ui." ;viiVitu.v - incj oirav "in?"
castle theirs. Tho union of Grnustark
nnd Axphnln?just what they most de
sired, but wo could not make her see it
"Is the day set?" asked Lorry brave
ly after a moment's silent Inspection
of the dark browed victors.
"Yes, and there Is to bo no delay.
The marriage contract has already
been signed. The date Is Nov. 20, the
day on which we are to account to
Bolaro? for our war debt. Tho old
prince's wedding gift to Grnustark Is
to be a document favoring us with a
ten years' extension," she said scorn
"And where Is she to live?"
"Here, of course. She is Graustnrk's
ruler, and here she insists on abiding.
Just contemplate our court! Overrun
with those Axphnln dogs! Ah, she has
wounded Grnustark more thnu she has
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