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LAU KENS. H. C, April ?, 1904.
Isen onice Hereditary?
Ia the Second Congressional District,
Mr. T. G. Croft, a young man of thirty,
is a candidate before the primary to
succeed his deceased father, Co'. G. W.
Croft, in Congresi. He announces
that if elected he will not be a candi
date for the term following but will be
satislied with the unexpired term.
Judging by a p'cture printed in the
Augusta Chronicle young Mr. Croit is
handsome and Intelligent and prepos
sessing in appearance.
It is pretty well understood that if
Mr. Croft b9 olectod his success will be
due to a Eontimont of sympathy, to the
good nature of the district. The faot
that ho is a candidate for the unex
pired term only is confession that ho is
not running on the theory that he Is
the host fitted man in the district to
represent the district's Interests.
Of courso it is a matter of no spocial
import to The Advertiser, whether
Mr. Croft bo elected or not, but we ba
llove that seotim jntallty should not be
a fae'or in selecting a congressman.
The man who should go to congress is
the man who em do most in congress
for the country, the State and the dis
trict he represents. If the second dis
trict has a bettor nun than Mr. Croft
for the long term following, it has a
bettor man for the fag end of the term
now to be filled. If Mr. Croft Is the
best equipped man for the unexpired
term, he ought to In elected and ought
to be a candidate to succeed himself.
Prevailing in this State ara some
Billy ideas about congressional repre
sentation. Chiof among them Is that
the principal mission of a congressman
is to obtain freo rural routes and pub
lic buildings for his dis'rict. In other
words a congressional representative
has comp to bj regarded as a mere lob
bying agent for a district, with a vote
to deposit on national questions at the
order of tho party leaders. The conse
quence has been that South Carolina
has long sincj ceased to contribute
"party leadorj" to the lower house. In
the old days "before the war"men like
"Warren It. Dav's, Joel R. Polnse'.t,
General Waddy Thompson and Judge
James L. Orr were groat national fig
ures. Not since the war has South
Carolina had a d'stingu'shed leader in
tho lower house. Tho saoae lj not true
of other Southern States. . Bailey and
Bab of Tex 18 we'o heard from whei
th"y scrvei as representatives. Griggs
of Georgia is heard from now. Tom
Watsonof Georgia, with all his vaga
ries, was a real force in congress. In
Swanson Virgin'a has a leader today.
Mississippi contributes the g.-eat leader
in John Sharp Williams and Missouri
has DeArmond and Champ Clark.
Outside of a South Carolina newspaper
the name of a South Carolina repre
entativo is rarely printed In the
American press. As long us the peo
ple persist in electing the most expert
seed distributors, hand-shake:s and
ru al route getters, South Carolina
will count for little in the American
House of Representatives.
A "Laurens Man."
Mr. Harvey W. Anderson who died
recently in Laurens was noi in a pub
lic sense a distinguished citizen. He
was not a leading politician nor did he
amass a fortune. Nevertheless, he was
a gentleman of mcst worthy attributes
and uncommonly useful qualities. He
was mcde8t to a marked degree. It
was his nature to bo kind and gentle.
To say a sharp word or repeat a scan
dalous tale about his neighbors was
wholly foreign to his habit. He was
a most loyal and unfailing friend. He
was generous in thought and speech
and substance. Tho duties that fell to
him he performed efficiently and faith
fully and through tho half century nnd
mo-e of his manhood spent In Laurens
during which tho little village of his
youth expanded to a largo and Impor
tant town from day to day he coat-i
butod an honest share of work to its
steady, healthful growth. Truly
among those who have la l.eirt and
soul been "Laurens men," proud of
tho town and faithful to its interest
and traditions, thero has been none
more devoted than Harvey W. Ander
A Change Desirable.
The convenience of travel from this
town would be greatly facilitated if the
South bound train on tne Charleston
and Western Carolina Railway could
connect with tho Columbia Givenvi le
Northbound train a*/ Green woo L At'
present the Southern's train leaves
Greenwood for Groenvillo 15 minutes
lofore the train from Laurens arrives
Therefore, one cannot go from Lau
rens to Anderson or ttel'.on by way of
Greenwood without a long halt at
Groenwocd. As a change of only 15
minutes would mako tho connection it
seems that it might be arranged by
one of tho railways.
The South and Hearst.
The endorsomont of Willie Hearst
by tho Demoorats of South Dakota
should be a warning to the Democrats
of the South nit to support him.?
Twelve years ago the Democrats of the
So ith began to look for "a light In tho
West." They abandoned the Demo
crats of tho Eaat who were the friends
of the South in her darkest days. They
turned over the party to the Western
inon. Meanwhile the Western States,
such States as the Dakota?, Kansas and
Nebraska and California where Hearst
was born and roared, continued for the
most part to lino up in tho Republican
column. If tho South is to receivo con
sideration it must rely upon the friend
ship of New York, New Jersey, Con*
tiecticut ,Deleware and Indiana.
Again we urgo the Democrats of Lau?
Tens to attend the D.mocratlc Club
meetings on the 28rd. Only in those
meetings do their vo'es count in the
selection of president and vice-presU
alent of the United Slates.
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off to tilb dunqeon.
THE tubleuu Instod but a moment
Gabriel advanced a few steps,
his eyes gleaming with Jeui
. ousy and triumph. Before htm
stood the petrified lovers euught red
handed. Through her dazed bruin
struggled the conviction that he could
never escape. Through his ran tho mis
erable realization that ho had rulued
her forever. Gubrlel of all men!
"I arrive Inopportunely," ho said
harshly, the veins standing out on his
neck and temples. "Do I Intrude? I
was not aware that you expected two,
your hlghuess." There was no mistak
ing his meaning. He viciously sought
to convey tho Impression that ho was
there by appointment, a clandestlno
visitor in her apartments a. midnight.
"What do you mean by coming to my
apartment at this hour?" she stuni
mcred, trying to rescue dignity from
the chaos of emotions. Lorry was
standing slightly to the right and sev
eral feet behind her. He understood
the prince and quickly sought to inter
pose with the hope that he might shield
her from the sting.
"She did not expect me, sir," he said,
and a menacing gleam came to his
eyes. His pistol was in his hand. Ga
briel daw it, but the staring princess
did not. She could not take her eyes
from tho face of the Intruder. "Now,
may I ask you why you are here?"
Gabriel's wit saved him from death.
He saw that ho could not pursue the
courso ho had begun, for there was
murder In the American's eye. Like a
fox, ho swerved and, with a servllo
promise of submission in his glance,
"1 thought you were here, my flno
fellow, and I came to satisfy myself.
Now, sir, may I ask why you are
here?" His fingers twitched and his
eyes were glassy with the malevolence
he was subduing.
"I am here as a prisoner," said Lorry
boldly. Gabriel laughed derisively.
"And how often have you come here
In this manner as a prisoner? Midnight
and alone in tho apartments of the
princess, the guard dismissed! A pris
oner, eh? IIa, what a prison!"
"Stop!" cried Lorry, white to tho Hps.
The prlricess was beginning to under
stand. Her eyes grew wide with hor
ror, her figure straightened Imperious
ly and the white In her cheeks gave
way to the red of Insulted virtue.
"I see it all! You have not been out
side this castle since you left the pris
on. A pretty scheme! You could not
marry him, could you, eh? He Is not n
prince! But you could bring him here
and hide him where no one would
dare to think of looking for him?In
With a snarl of rage Lorry sprang
upon him, cutting short the sentence
that would hove gone through her like
the keenest knife blade.
"Liar! Dog! I'll kill you for that!"
he cried, but before he could clutch the
prince's throat Yetlve had frantically
seized his arm.
"Not that!" she shrieked. "Do not
kill him! There must bo no murder
He reluctantly hurled Gabriel from
him, the prince tottering to his knees
In the effort to keep from falling. Sho
had saved her maligner's life, but cour
age deserted her with the act. Help
lessly she looked into tho blazing eyes
of her lover and faltered:
"I?I do not know what to say or do.
My brain is bursting!"
"Courage, courage!" he whispered
"You shall pay for this," shrieked
Gabriel. "If you are not a prisoner you
shall be. There'll be scandal enough In
tiraustnrk tomorrow to start a volcano
of wrath from the royal tombs where
lie her fathers. I'll see that you are a
prisoner!" He started for the door, but
Lorry's pistol was leveled at his head.
"If you move, I'll kill you!"
"The world will understand how nnd
why I fell by your hand nnd In this
room. Shoot!" he cried triumphantly.
Lorry's hand trembled, nnd his eyes
filled with the tears of impotent rage.
The prince held the higher card.
A face suddenly appeared at tho door,
which had been stealthily ojpencd from
without. Captain Quinnox glided into
the room behind the prince nnd gently
closed the door, unnoticed by the gloat
"A prisoner?" sneered Gabriel.
"Where is your captor, pray?"
"Here!" answered a voice at his back.
The prlnco wheeled nnd found himself
looking at the stalwart form of the
captain of the guard. "I am surely
privileged to speak now, your hlgh
uess," he went on, addressing the prin
"How came you here?" gasped Ga
"I brought my prisoner here. Where
should I be If not hero to guard him?"
"When?when did you enter this
"An hour ago."
"You were not here when I came!"
"I have been standing on this spot
for an hour. You hove been very much
excited, I'll agree, but It Is strange you
did not sec me." lied Quinnox.
(iabriel looked about helplessly, non
"You were hero when I come In?" he
"Ask her royal hlghuess," command'
cd the captain, smiling.
"Captain Quinnox brought the pris
oner to me an Dour ago," she said me
"It Is a lie!" cried Gabriel. "He was
not here when I entered I"
The captain of tho guard laid a
heavy hand on the shoulder of the
prlnco nnd sold threateningly:
"I was here, nnd I nm here. Have a
care how you speak. Were I to do tight
I should shoot you llko a dog. You
came like n thief, you Insult the ruler
of my land. I have borne It all because
you ore a prince, but hove n care?have
a core. I mny forget myself nnd tear
out your black heart with these hands.
One word from her royal highness will
be j our death warrant."
He looked inquiringly at the princess
as If anxious to put the* dangerous wit
ness where ho could tell no tales. She
?hook her head, but did not speak.
Lorry realized that the time bad come
for him to nwM?rt himself. Assuming a
distressed air, be bowed his head and
"My pleading has been In vain, then,
your highness. I have sworn to you
that 1 am innocent of this murder, and
you have said I shall have a fair trial.
I Shat Is nil you can offer?"
"That Is nil," she said shrilly, her
mind gradually grasping his meaning.
"You will not punish the poor peo
ple? who secreted mo In their house for
weeks, for (hey are convinced of my
Innocence. Your captain here, who
found me In their house tonight, can
also speak well of them. I have only
this request tomnko in return for what
little service I may have given you:
Forgive tho old people who befrlonded
mo. I am ready to go to tho tower at
Qnhrlol heard this speech with a
skeptical smile on his face.
"I am no fool." ho said simply. "Cap
tain," shrewdly turning to Qulnnox,
"if ho is your prisoner, why do you
permit him to retain his revolver?"
Tho conspirators woro taken by sur
prise, but Ijprry had found his w its.
"It is folly, your highness, to allow
this gentleman und conquering prlnco
to cross examine you. I am a prisoner,
and that is the end of It. What odds
is it to tho Prince of Dnwsborgeu how
und where 1 was caught or why your
oillcor b rough I mo to you?"
"You wore ordered from my house
oneo today, yet you come again like a
conqueror. I should not spare you.
You deserve to lose your life for the no
tions of tonight. Captain Qulnnox, will
you kill him If I ask you to end his
wretched life?" Yetive's eyes were
blazing with wrath, beneath which
gleamed a hope that ho could bo fright
ened Into silence.
"Willingly?willingly!" cried Quln
nox. "Now. your highness? 'Twcro
better in tho hall!"
"For God's Bake, do not murder mc!
Let me go!" cringed the prince.
"I do not mean that you should kill
him now, Qulnnox, but I Instruct you
to do SO If he puts loot inside these
walls ngnin. Do you understand?"
"Yes, your highness."
"Then you will place this prisoner in
tho castle dungeon until tomorrow
morning, when ho is to bo taken to the
tower. Prlnco Gabriel may accompa
ny you to the dungeon cell if ho likes,
after which you will escort him to the
gates. If ho enters them again, you are
to kill hiiu. Take them both away!"
"Your highness, I must ask you to
write a pardon for tho good people in
whose house the prisoner was found/'
suggested Qulnnox, shrewdly seeing n
chance for communication unsuspected
by tho prince.
"A moment, your highness," said the
prince, who had recovered himself
cleverly. "I appreciate your position. I
have made n serious charge, and I now
have a fair proposition to suggest to
you. If this man is not produced to
morrow morning, I take it for granted
that I am liberty to tell all that has
happened In this room tonight. If ho is
produced, I shall kneel and bey your
Tho princess turned paler (ban ever
and knew not how she kept from fall
ing to the lloor. There was a long si
lence following Gabriel's unexpected
but fair suggestion.
"That Is very fair, your highness,"
said Lorry. "There Is no reason why I
should not bo a prisoner tomorrow, 1
don't see bow I can hope to escape tho
inevitable. Your dungeon Is strong,
und I have given my word of honor to
the captain that I shall make no fur
ther effort to evade the law."
"I agree," murmured the princess,
ready to faint under the strain.
"I must see him delivered to Prlnco
Bolaroz," added Gabriel mercilessly.
"To BolarOK," she repeated.
"Your highness, the pardon for tho
poor old people," reminded Qulnnox.
"For Uod'a sake, do not murder mc!"
She glided to the desk, slunned, bewil
dered. It seemed ns though death were
upon her. Qulnnox followed and bent
near her car. "Do not be alarmed," ho
whispered. "No one knows of Mr. Lor
ry's presence hero save tho prince, and
if bo dares to ncctlSO you before Bolt)'
roz our people will tear him to pieces.
No one will believe him."
"You?you can save blm, then?" sho
"If he will pormlt mc to do so. Write
to him what you will, your highness,
and ho shall have tho message. Ho
brave, and all will go well. Write
quickly. This Is supposed to bo tho
She wrote feverishly, a thousand
thoughts arising for every one that she
was able to transfer to tho pnpor.
When she bad finished the hope in
spired scrawl, she arose and with a
gracious smile handed to the waiting
captain the pardon for those who bad
secreted the fugitive.
"I grant forgiveness to them gladly,"
"I than!, you," said Lorry, bowing
"Mr. Lorry, 1 regret lite difficulty I?
which you find yourself. It ?ns on my
account, too, I am told. He you guilty
or innocent, you ni'O my friend, my pro
tector. May Cod be good to you." She
gave blm her hand calmly, steadily, as
if sho woro bestowing favor upon a
Subject. 11c kl'<sed the hand gravely.
"Forgive hie for trespassing on your
good nature tonight, your highness."'
"The fi.OOO gnvvos shall be yours to
morrow, Captain Qtiinnox," she snld
graciously. "You have done your duty
well." Tho faithful captain bowed
deep and low and a weight was lifted
from bis conscience.
"Gentlemen, the door," ho snld, und
without n word Iho trio lef( the room,
Sho closed the door and Stood like n
statue until their footsteps died away
in the distance. As one in a daza sho
sat at tlie uVsk tili tiu> unwn, Grenfall
Lorry's revolver lying before her.
Through the halls, down the stairs
and Into the clammy dungeon strode
the silent trio. But before Lorry step
pod Inside the cell Gabriel asked a
question that had been troubling him
for many minutes.
"I am afraid I have?ah?misjudged
her"? muttered Gabriel, now con
vinced that he had committed himself
"You will Hud she has not misjudged
you," said the prisoner grimly. "Can't
I have a candle In here, captain?"
"You may keep this lantern," said
Qulnnox, stepping inside the narrow
coll. As he placed the lantern on the
floor he whispered: "I will return in an
hour. Head this!" Lorry's hand closed
over the bit of perfumed paper.
The prince was now Inside the cell,
peering about curiously, even timorous
ly. "15y the way, your highness, how
would you enjoy living In a hole like
this all your life?"
"Horrible!" said Gabriel, shuddering
like a leaf.
"Tlicn take my advice?don't commit
any murders. Hire some one else."
The two men eyed each other stead
ily for a moment or two. Then the
prince looked out of the cell, a mad de
sire to fly from some dreadful, unseen
horror coming over him.
Qulnnox locked the door and, striking
a match, bade his highness prcccdo
him up the stone steps.
In the cell the prisoner read and re
read the incoherent message from Ye
It Is the only way. Qulnnox will assist
you to escape tonlnht. (So. I Implore yon;
nn you lovo mo, go. Your life Is more than
all to me. Gabriel's story will not be en
tertained, and he can have no proof. lie
will !><? lorn to pieces, Qulnnox says. Do
not think of me. but save yourself. J
would lose everything to save you.
He smiled sadly ns he burned the
"pardon." The concluding sentences
swept away the last thought ho might
have had of leaving her to bear the
consequences. "Do not think of me, but
save yourself. I would lose everything
to save you." lie leaned against the
stone wall and shook his head slowly,
the smile still on his Hps.
"BEGAUS*: I LOVE MM."
THE next morning Edelweiss was
astir early. Great throngs of
people Hocked tlie streets long
before the hour set for the
Signing of the decree that was to di
vide the north from the south. Tho
whole nation, it seemed, stood before
tho walls awaiting with bated breath
and dismal faces the announcement
that Yetlvo had deeded to Bolnroz the
lands and lives of half of her subjects.
Shortly before '.) o'clock Harry An
guish, will? his guard of six, rode up to
tlte castle. Captain Dangloss was be
side him on his gray charger. They
had scarcely passed Inside tho gates
when n cavalcade of mounted men
came riding up the avenue from tho
Hotel Hcgcngctz. Then the howling,
the hissing, the hooting began. Male
dictions were hurled at the heads of
Axphnin noblemen as they rode be
tween the maddened lines of people.
They smiled sardonically In reply to
the Impotent signs of hatred, but they
were glad when the castle gates closed
between them and the vast, despairing
crowd, in which the tempest of revolt,
was brewing with unmistakable ener
Prince Bolaroz, the Duke of Mlzrox
and the ministers were already In tho
castle and had been there slnco tho
previous afternoon. In the roynl pal
ace tho excitement was intense, but It
was of the subdued kind that strains
the nerves to the point whero control
When the attendants went to the
bedchamber of the princess at 7 o'clock,
as was their wont, they found, to their
surprise, no one standing guard.
Tho princess was not In her cham
ber, nor had site been there during the
night. The bed was undisturbed. In
some alarm the two women ran to her
parlor, then to the boudoir. Here they
found her asleep on the divan, nttlred
in tho gown she had worn slnco the
evening before, now crumpled and
creased, the proof positive of n rest
less, miserable night.
Her first act after awakening and
untangling the meshes In her throb
bing, uncomprehending brain was to
send for Qulnnox, She could scarcely
wait for his appearance and the ossur
anco that Lorry was safely out of dan
ger. The footman who had been sent
to fetch tho captain was n long time in
returning. She was dressed In her
breakfast gown long before he came In
with tho report that the captain was
UOWhore to be found. Her heart gave
a great throb of Joy. She alone could
explain his absence. To her It meant
but one thing?Lorry's flight from the
castle. Where else could Quinnox bo
except with the fugitive, perhaps once
more inside St. Valentine's?
Preparations began at once for the
eventful transaction in the throneroom.
The splendor of two courts was to
shine in rivalry. Ten o'clock was tho
hour set for the meeting of the two
rulers, the victor and the victim. Her
nobles ami her ladles, her ministers,
hor guards and her lackeys moved
about in the balls, dreading tho hour,
brushing against the hated Axphnin
guests. In one of the small waiting
rooms sat the Count and Countess Hal
font, the latter In tears. The young
Countess Dagmar stood at a window
witli Harry Anguish. Tho latter was
flushed and nervous and acted like a
man who expects that which Is unex
pected by others. With a strange con
fidence in his voice, ho sought to cbeor
his depressed friends, but the cheerful
ness was not contagious. Tho sonibro
ness of a '"'^i hung over the castle,
Half an hour before the tlmo set for
the meeting In the throneroom Yetlvo
sent for her uncle, her aunt and Dag
mar. As Anguish and the latter fol
lowed, the girl turned her sad, puzzled
eyes up to the face of the tall Amer
ican and said:
"Are you rejoicing over our misfor
tune? You do not show a partlclo of
rogrei. Do you forget that we arc sac
rificing a great deal to snvo tho lifo of
your friend? I do not undorstand how
you can be so heartless."
"I think I can explain satisfactorily
when I have more time," ho sold soft
ly In her ear, and, although she tried,
she could lind no words to continue,
lie left her nt the hood of tho stairs
and did not seo her again until sho
passed him In tho throncrooip. Then
?ho wns pale and bravo and trembling.
l'lineo Dolore/, and his nobles stood
tc the right of tho throne, tho Grau
?tark men and women of degreo to tho
left, while near tho door on both sides
wero to bo seen the leading military
men of both principalities. Near tho
Duko of Mlzrox was stationed tho fig
ure of Gabriel, prince of Duwshergtu.
He hod coraOi ivltll o half dozeq follow
ers, among a crowd of unsuspecting
AxphalniauH, and had taken his posi
tion near tho throne. Anguish entered
with Bnron Dangloss, and they stood
together near tho doorway, the latter
whiter than ho had ever been in his
Then come the bush of expectancy.
Tho doors swung open, the curtains
parted and the princess entered.
she was supported by the arm of her
tall uncle, Caspar of Halfont. Tages
carried the train of bcr dross, a jew
eled gown of bluck. As sho advanced
to the thron.-, calm and stately, those
assembled bent knee to tho fairest wo
tnun the eye ever bad looked upon.
Tbc calm, proud exterior bid the
most unhappy of hearts. Tho resolute
courage with which her spirit had been
braced for the occasion was remarka
ble in more ways than one. Among
other inspirations behind tho valiaut
show was tho bravery of a guilty con
science. Her composure sustained a
nhock when she passed Allodo at the
door. That faithful, heartbroken serv
itor looked at bcr face with pleading,
horror struck eyes, as much as to say: j
"Arc you going to destroy Graustark !
for the sake of that murderer? Have
pity on us?have pity I"
Before taking her scat on tho throno
she swept the thrilled nssemblugo with
her wide blue eyes. There were shad
ows beneath them, and there wero
wells of tears behind them. As she
looked upon the little knot of white
faced northern barons her knees trem
bled and her heart gave a fresh throb
of pity. Still the face was resolute.
Then she saw Anguish and the suffer
ing Dnngloss, then the accusing, mer
ciless eyes of Gabriel. At Bight of him
she started violently, and an icy fear
crept Into her soul. Instinctively she
searched the gorgeous company for
the captain of the guard. Her stanch
cst ally was not there. Was sho to
hear the condemning words alone?
Would the people do as Qulnnox had
prophesied, or would they believe Ga
briel and curse her?
She sank into the great chair and sftt
with staring, helpless eyes, deserted
At last the whirling brain ended its
flight and settled down to the Issue
first at band?the transaction with Bo
laroz. Summoning all her self control,
"You nro come, most noble Bolaroz,
to draw from us tho price of our de
feat. Wo are loyal to our compact, as
you arc to yours, sire, yet in the pres
ence of my people and In the nnmo of
mercy and Justice I ask you to grant
us respite. You are rich and power
ful, we despoiled and struggling be
neath a weight we can lift and dis
place If given a few short years in
which to grow and gather strength. At
this lnst hour in the fifteen years of
our indebtedness I sue in supplication
for the leniency that you can so well
accord. It is on the advice of my coun
j selors that I put away personal pride
and national dignity to make this re
quest, trusting to your goodness of
heart. If you will not hearken to our
petition for a renewal of negotiations,
there is but one course open to Grau
stark. We can and will pay o*r debt
Bolaroz Stood before bcr, dark and
uncompromising. She suw the futility
of her plea.
"I have not forgotten, most noble pe
titioner, that you arc ruler here, not I;
therefore I am in no way responsible
for the conditions which confront you
except that I am nn honest creditor
come for his honest dues. This is the
20th of November. You have had fif
teen years to accumulate enough to
meet the requirements of this day.
Should I suffer for your faults? There
is in the treaty a provision which ap
plies to an emergency of this kind.
Your inability to liquidate In gold does
not prevent the payment of this honest
debt In land, ns provided for In the
sixth clause of the agreement, 'All that
part of Graustark north of a line drawn
directly from east to west between the
provinces of Canlook and Doswan, a
trad comprising Doswan, Shellotz, Vft?
rngnn, Oeswnld, Sesmol and Gattabat
ton.' You have two alternatives, your
highness. Produce the gold or sign
the decree ceding to Axphnln the lands
stipulated In tin? treaty. 1 can grant
"You knew when that treaty was
framed that we could raise no such
funds In fifteen years," snld Halfont,
forgetting himself in his indignation.
Gnspoti and other men present approv
ed his hasty declaration.
"Am I dealing with the Princess of
Graustark or with you, sir?" asked Bo
"You are dealing with the people of
Graustark, and among the poorest, I.
I will sign the decree. There is noth
ing to be gained by appealing to you.
The jkipors, Gaspon, quick! I would
have this transaction finished speed
ily," cried the princess, her cheeks
flushing and her eyes glowing from the
flames of a burning conscience. Tho
groan that went up from the northern
nobles cut her like the slnsh of a knife.
"There was one other condition,"
said Bolaroz hastily, unable to gloat ns
he had expected. "The recapture of
"J have the prisoner, your hlyhnett."
the assassin who slew my son would
have meant much to Grnustnrk. It Is
unfortunate that your police depart
ment is so InofBclont." Dangloss writh
ed beneath this thrust. Yctlve's eyes
went to him for nn instant sorrowfully.
Then tliey dropped to tho fatal docu
ment which Gaspon bad placed on the
table before her. The lines rnn to
gether and were the color of blood.
Unconsciously she took the pen in her
nerveless lingers. A deep sob enmo
from tho breast of her gray old uncle,
and Gaspon's hnnd shook like a leaf as
he placed the seal of Graustark on the
table, ready for use.
"The assassin's life could have saved
you," went on Bolaroz, n vengeful
glare coming to his eye?.
She looked up and her Hps moved as
If she would have spoken. No words
came, no breath, It seemed to her. Cast
ing a piteous, hunted glnnce over the
faces before her, sho bent forward and
blindly touched the pen to the paper.
The silence was that of death. Before
sho could make the first stroke a harsh
voice, In which there was combined tri
umph and amazement, broke the still
ness like the clanging of a bell.
"Hovo you no honor?"
The pen dropped from her Angers m
the expected condemnation came. In
sheer desperation, her flashing
with the Intensity of defiant guilt, bin 1
tor rage welling up against her perse
cutor, she half arose and cried:
"Who uttered thoso words? Speak!"
*% Gabriel of Dftw?hi>i-??>! Where
Is the prisoner, inndain?" rang out the
"The man is mad!" cried she, Blnking
back with a shudder.
"Mad, eh? Because I do as I did
promise? Behold the queen of per
fidy! Madam, I will be heard. Lorry
is In this castle!"
"He Is mad!" gasped Bolaroz, the
first of the stunned spectators to Ond
There was a commotion near tho
door. Voices were heard outside.
"You have been duped!" Insisted Ga
briel, taking several steps toward tho
throne. "Your Idol Is a traitress, a de
ceiver! I say be Is here! She has seen
him! iAit her sign that decree If she
dares! I command you, Yetlve of
Qraustnrk, to produce this criminal!"
The Impulse to crush the deiiler was
checked by Iho sudden appearance of
two men Inside the curtains.
"He Is here!" cried n strong voice,
and liorry, breathless and haggard,
pushed through the astonished crowd,
followed by Captain Qulnnox, upon
whose ghastly face there were blood
A shout went up from those assem
bled, a shout of Joy. The faces of Dan
gloss and Allode were pictures of as
tonishment and, It must be said, relief.
Harry Anguish staggered, but recover
ed himself instantly and turned his
eyes toward Gabriel. That worthy's
legs trembled and his Jaw dropped.
"I have the prisoner, your highness,"
said Qulnnox in hoarse, discordant
tones. He stood before the throne with
his captive, but dared not look his mis
tress In the face. As they stood there
the story of the night just passed was
told by the condition of the two men.
OPhere had been a struggle for suprem
acy in the dungeon, and the prisoner
had won. The one had tried to hold
the other to the dungeon's safety after
his refusal to leave the castle, ond the
other hod fought his way to the halls
above. It was then that Qulnnox
had wit enough to change front and
drag his prisoner to the place which,
most of all, he had wished to ovoid.
"The prisoner!" shouted the northern
nobles, ond In an Instant the solemn
throneroom was wild with excitement,
"Do not sign that decree!" cried some
one from a far corner.
"Here la your man, Prince Bolaroz!''
cried a baron.
"Qulnnox has saved us!" shouted an
The princess, white as death and as
motionless, snt bolt upright in her royal
"Ohl" she moaned piteously. and,
clinching her hands, she carried them
to her eyes as if to shut out the sight.
The Countess Halfont and Dagmar
ran to her side, the latter frantic with
alarm. She knew more than tho oth
"Are you the fugitive?" cried Bo
"I am (ironfall Lorry. Are you Bo-.
"The father of the man you murder
ed. Ah, this Is rapture!"
"I hove only to say to your highness
I did not kill your son. I swear It, so
help me (Jod!"
"Your highness," cried Bolnroz, step
ping to the throne, "destroy that de
cree. This brave soldier has saved
Graustark. In an hour your ministers
and mine will hove drawn up a ten
years' extension of time, In proper
form, to which my signature shall be
gladly attached. I have not forgotten
Yetlve straightened suddenly, seized
tho pen and fiercely began to sign the
decree In spite of all and before thoso
about her fairly realized her Intention.
Lorry Understood and was the first io
snatch the document from her lian?.
A half written Yetlve, a blot and It
long, spluttering scratch of the pen
told how near she had come to signing
away the lands of Graustark, forgetful
of the fact that It could be of no bene
fit to the prisoner she loved.
"Yetlve!" gasped her uncle In horror.
"She would have signed," cried Gas
pon hi wonder and alarm.
"Yes, I would have signed!" she ex
claimed, starting to her feet, strong
and defiant. "I could not have saved
his life, perhaps, but I might have
saved him from the cruel injustice thnt
that man's vengeance would have In
vented. He Is Innocent, and I would
give my kingdom to stay tho wrong
that will be done."
"What! You defend the dog!" cried
Bolnroz. "Seize him, men! I will see
thnt Justice is done. It Is no girl he
has to deal with now."
"Stop!" cried the princess, the com
mand checking tho men. Qulnnox
leaped In front of his charge. "He is
my prisoner, and he shall have justice.
Keep back your soldiery, Prince Bola
roz. It Is a girl you have to deal with.
I will say to you oil, my people ond
yours, that I believe him to be innocent
and that I sincerely regret his capture,
fortunate as It may be for us. He shall
have a fair and a Just trial, and I shall
do all In my power, Prince Bolnroz, to
secure his acquittal."
"Why do you toko this stand, Ye
tlve? Why hove you tried to shield
him?" cried the heart broken Halfont.
Sho drew herself to her full height,
and, sweeping tho threatening crowd
with a challenge In her eyes, cried, the
tones ringing strong and clear above
the growing tumult:
"Because I love hin)I"
!A.b If by mnglc the room became sud
"Behold on honest man. I would
have saved him at the cost of my lion
or. Scorn me If you will, but listen to
this: The man who stands hero ac
cused eoino voluntarily to this castle,
surrendering himself to Cnptnln Quln
nox thnt he might, though innocent,
stand between us and dlsnstcr. He
was safe from our pursuit, yet return
ed, perhaps to his death. For me, for
you and for Grnustork ho has dono
this. Is thero o man among you who
would have dono as much for his own
country? Yet he does this for a coun
try to which ho Is stronger. I must
commit him to prison once more. But,"
she cried In sudden fierceness, "I prom
ise him now, beforo tho trial, n royal
pardon. Do I make my meaning clear
to you, Prince Bolaroz?"
Tho white Hps of tho old prince could
frame no reply to this daring speech.
?'Be careful what you soy, your high
ness!" cried tho prisoner hastily. "I
must refuse to accept a pardon at tho
cost of your honor. It is because I love
you better than my life thnt I stand
here. I cannot allow you and your peo
ple to suffer when It Is In my power to
prevent lt. All thnt I can nsk Is fair
ness and justice. I am not guilty, and
God will protect me. Prince Bolnroz,
I call upon you to keep your promise.
I am not the slayer of your son, but I
am the man you would send to tho
block, guilty or Innocent."
As ho spoke the princess dropped
back in tho chair, her rash courage
gone. A stir near the doorway fol
lowed his concluding sentence, and tho
other American stepped forward, his
face showing his excitement.
"Your highness," he sold, "I ahould
i have spoken sooner. My llps~wero~part
od nod ready to ery out when Prince
Qnbriel Interposed and prevented the
signing of the decree. Grcnfall Lorry
Hid not k!l! the young prince. I can
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1h the lightest water on the market. Wo roali/.o that this is claiming a great
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could prove it to bo truo. But it does cot take an expert to test the softness of
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Read what sorno prominent persons you know have to say of the merits of
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Chester, S. C, April 23, 1003.
J. T. Harris, Esq.,
White Stono Spring, S. C.
Dear Sir?1 do unhesitatingly stato
that tho efllcacy of VV hi to Stone Lithia
Wator, not from its splendid analytical
analysis, but from my own personal ob
servation, is a very valuable agent in
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their normal physiological stato. So in
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fore wo can rccognl/.3 it as a mineral
water of powerful tonic properties and
should ho highly recommended in stom
ach and llvor disorders, blood disturb*
ancos, rheumatism, gout, diabetes,
Hright's discaso, and in all inactive
conditions of tho kidneys and convales
I feel mysolf, that I am justly due an
acknowledgement of tho happy effects
I derived from its use.
B. Ei.moris Kell, M. D.
Mullins, S. C, April 22, 1003.
Mr. J T. Harris.
Whlto Stone Spring*, S. 0.
It is with ploasure that I write of the
morits of White Stone Llthfa Water. I
havo Eoveral patients using It now with
marked benefit in kidney and stomach
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for only throo days.
A. M. Brailsford, Jr., M. D.
Macon, Ga., April 15, 1008. i
I havo prescribed White Stono Lithia /
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think its medicinal properties are pe
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bladder and kldnoy diseases and llvei
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Road what Dr. L. J. Blake, Presi
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Spartanbug, has to say of the merits of
White Stono Lithia Springs:
r m tt 8Pft,,tanburg, May 11th, 1003.
J.T.Harris, Proprietor White Stone
Spingu, Spartanburg Oo, S. O.
My Doar Sir:-I have used and pre
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a great deal during the past two yours.
In all cases requiring renal stimulation
I havo obtained uniformly good re
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