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CHAPTER. FOURTEEN I
K> >N 1 IK A HT v* as dress
oil In the long double
breasted gray overcoat
and the soft Kray hut
in which all snapshot
photographs (no others
had over been taken) showed the chan
cellor <>f Uboetla.
At sight of the emperor off came the
famous hat, baring the bald dome of
the Quo old head, fringed with hair of
curiously mingled black and white.
'?'Good day, your majesty," he said,
with no sign of surprise in his voice or
Tho train rocked going around a
curve, and it was with difficulty that
the chancellor kept his fooling. Hut
he stood rigidly erect, supporting him
self In the doorway until the emperor,
with more politeness than enthusiasm,
Invited htm to eider and be seated.
"I'm Riad you're well enough to trav
el, chancellor," said Leopold. "We had
none too encouraging an account of
you from Captain von Breitstelu."
"I travel because you travel, your
majesty," replied the old man. "It Is
kind of you to tolerate me here, and I
Now they sat facing each other, and
the young man, lighting down a sense
of guilt, familiar to him in boyish
days when about to be taken to task
by the chancellor, gazed flxodly at the
hard, clever lace on which the after
noon sun scored tho detail of ench
"Indeed!" was the emperor's only
"Your majesty, I have served you
and your father before you well, I
hope -faithfully, I know. I think you
"No man more. But this sounds a
portentous preface. Is It possible you
"Good dan, your inajestu," ho sold.
Imngino it necessary to 'lead up' to a I
subject If I can please myself by doing
you a favor?"
"If I have seemed to lead up U What
1 wish to say, your majesty, it Is only
for tho sake of explanation. You are
wondering, no doubt, bow I Knew you
would travel today and in lids train;
also why 1 have ventured to follow. I
Your Intention I learned i,y accident."
Tho chancellor did nor explain by
what diplomacy that "accldeut" had
been brought about. "Wishing much
to tali; over with you a pressing mat
ter that should not bo dolnycd, I took
ihis liberty and seized this opportu
"Some men would in my place pre
tend thai business of their own had
brought them ami (hat the train had
been chosen by chance. But your maj
esty knows mo as a blunt man when I
serve him not as diplomat, but as
Irlend. I'm not one to work In the
dark with Close who trusl me, and '
want your majesty to know the trull
(Which perhaps he did, but not the
"Yojir raise my curiosity," said I,co
"Then have I your indulgence to
speak frankly not entirely as a humble
subject to Ills emperor, but as an old
man to a young man."
"I'd have you speak as a friend,"
said Leopold, p.iil n slight constraint
hardened his voice jis ho prepared him
self for something disagreeable.
'I've had a letter from (lie crown
prince of 11llllgarla. It has come to his
?ars that there! Is a certain reason for
jour majesty's delay In following Up
tie- firs! overtures for on nlllnnce with
his family. Malicious tongues have
whispered that your majesty's atten
tions are otherwise engaged, and tho
young Ada I bort has addressed me in a
friendly way, bogging that the rumor
may be contradicted <>r confirmed."
"I'm not sure that negotiations had
gone far enough to give him the right
to he Inquisitive," returned Leopold,
The chancellor spread out bis old
veined hands in a gesture of appeal.
''I fear," he Bald, "that In my anxiety
for your majesty's welfare and the
rood of Ithaetla I may havo exceeded
my Instructions. My one excuse Is
that I believed your mind to bo defi
nitely mado up. I still believe If to lie
so. I would listen to no ono who
t hoiild try to persuade mo of the eon
i trary, and I will write Adalbert"?
"You inn .( ?et yourself and me out
of the scrape RS best you can. since
you admit you got us Into It," broke In
tho emperor, with an uneasy laugh.
"If Princess Virginia of Bnumenberg
Drlppo Is ns ehnrintng as she Is mihi to
Me, her difficulty will be In choosing a
husband, not In getting one. For once,
my dear chancellor, gossip has told
tho truth, and I wouldn't pny tho
princess so poor n compliment as to
ask for her hand when I've no heart
left to give hor In exchange for It.
There's some oue else"?
"It ts of that somo one else I would
venture to speak, your majesty. Gos
sip hns mimed her. May I?"
"I'll save you tho trouble, for I'm
not ashamed that the common fate
has overtaken me?common Itecnirse
every man loves once before he dies,
and yet uncommon because no man
ever loved a woman so worthy. Chun
j cetlor, there's no woman In the world
j like Miss Helen Mowbray, the lady to
whom I owe my life."
"It's natural you should lie grate
ful, your majesty, but"?
"It's natural I should be In love."
"Natural that a young man inex
perienced In affairs of tho heart should
j mistake warm gratitude for love, Im
possible that the mistake should be al
lowed to continue."
Leopold's eyes grew dark. "In such
a connection," he said, "It would be
belter not to mention the word 'nils
take.' I'm glad you are here, for now
you can learn from me my intentions
toward that lady."
"Intentions, did you say, your majes
ty? I fear I grow hard of hearing."
"At least you will never grow slow
of understanding. I did speak ot my
intentions toward Miss Mowbray."
"You would give tho lady some mag
nificent estate, some splendid acknowl
"Whether splendid or not would be a
matter of opinion," laughed tho em
j peror. "I shall offer her a present of
The old man had been sitting with
I his chin sunk Into bisifltwf .vwk, peer
ing out from under his brows in a way
he had. but he lifted his head sudden
ly, with a look In his eyes like that of
an animal who scents danger from an
"Your majesty," he exclaimed, "you
are your father's son, you are lthae
tin 11. and your standard of honor"?
"I hope to marry Miss Mowbray,"
Leopold cut him short.
The chancellor's Jaw dropped, and he
grew pale. "I had dreamed of nothing
as bad as this," ho blurted out, with
no thought or wish to sugar the truth.
"I feared n young man's rashness. I
dreaded scandal. But, forgive me, your
majesty. For you a morganatic mar
riage WOllKl be mildness"?
"A morganatic mnrrlnge. I did think
of at first, but ou second thoughts I
saw it would t>o ungrateful."
"Ah, yes, to the country which ex
pects so much of you."
"No, to the woman who has the
right to all or noihlng. I will make her
empress of Rhnetla."
With .'i cry the chancellor sprang up.
Ills eyes glared like Jhe eyes of a bull
who receives tho death stroke. His
working lips and the hollow sound In
his throat alarmed the emperor.
"No, your majesty, no!" he panted.
"But I sny-yen," .Leopold answered,
"and lot no man give mo nay. I'vo
thought it nil out. I will make her a
countess first. Then she shall be made
"Your majesty, it Is not possible."
"Take care, chancellor."
"She has been deceiving you. Bhe
hns neither the birth, the position nor
the name she claims to have, and I
can prove It."
"You are mad, Von Breltateln," the
emperor nung at him. "That oai "e
your only excuse for such words."
"I am not mad, but I am old and
wise, your majesty. Today you hare
inado me feel that I am very old.
Punish me ns you will for my frank
ness. My work for you and yours is
nearly done. Cheerfully will I BUb
inlt to my dismissal If only this last
effort in your service may savo the
ship of state from wreck. I would
not make an neeusntlon which I could
not prove. And I can prove that the
two English Indies who have been
staying at ttchloss Lyndalberg are not
the persons they protend to be."
"Who has been lying to you?" cried
Leopold, who held between clinched
hands the temper he vowed not to loee
with this old man.
"To mo, no one. To your m ivsty, to
locloty in Kronburg, two adventuress
es have lied."*
Tho emperor caught his breath. "If
you were a young man 1 would kill
you for that," he antd.
"I know you would. As It la, my
life Is yours. But lief ore you take it.
for God's sake, for your father's sake,
hear me out!"
Leopold did not speak for a moment,
but stared at the vanishing landscape,
which he saw through a red hazo.
"Very well," lie said at last; "I will
hear you, (?ecauso I fear nothing you
"When I heard of your majesty's ad
miration for a certain lady," the chan
cellor began quickly lest the eni|>eror
should change bis mind, "I looked for
her naino and her mother's In llurke's
Peerage. There I found I.ady Mow
bray, widow of n dead baron of that
ilk, mother of a son still a child and
of^one daughter, a"y??rig woman with
many names and twenty-eight years.
"This surprised me, as the Miss
Mowbray I had seen at the birthday
ball looked no tnoro than eighteen
and, I Wtts told, confessed to twenty.
The Mowbrays, I loomed by a little
further research In Burke, were dis
tantly connected by marriage with the
family of Houinonburg-Drlppe. This
seemed on odd coincidence In tlie cir
cumstances. But, acting as duty bode
me act, I wired to two persons? Huron
von Rark, your majesty's ambassador
to Great Britain, and the crown prince
of Huugarla, tho brottier of Princess
"What did you telegraph?" asked tho
"Nothing compromising to your maj
esty, you may well believe. I Inquired
of Adalbert If bo had Kngllsh rela
tions, a Lady Mowbray and daughter,
Helen, traveling In Bhaetla, and I beg
ged that if so he would describe their
appearance by telegram. To Von Sark
I sold that particulars by wire concern
ing tho widow of Lord Mowbray and
daughter, Helen, would put me under
personal obligation. Both these mes
sages I sent off night beforo last. Yes
terday I received Adalbert's answer,
this morning Von Rark's. They are
here." And the chancellor tapped the
breast of his gray coot. "Will your
majesty read them?"
"If you wish," replied Leopold at ids
haughtiest and coldest.
The old man unbuttoned his coat and
produced a coroneted pockelbook, a
souvenir of friendship on his last birth
day from the emperor. Leopold sow It
and remembered, as the chancellor
lipped he would.
"Here are the telegrams, your maj
esty," be said. "The tlrst one Is from
the crown piinoo of Hungaria."
"Have no idea where Lady Mowbray
and daughter ore traveling; may be
H ha et hi or north pole," Adalbert had
written, with characteristic flippancy.
"Have seen neither for eight years
and scarcely know them. But Lady
M. tall, brown old party, with noso like
hobbyhorse; Helen dark, noso llko
mother's, wears glasses."
With no betrayal of feeling, Leopold
laid tho telegram on the red plush
Neat and unfolded the other.
"Portion delay," tho Tthactlon am
bassador's message l>egan. "Have
j l>eon making Inquiries, Lady Mow
bray has been widow for ten years.
Not rich. During son's minority has
let her town and country houses.
Lives much obrond. Very high church,
Intellectual, at present in Calcutta,
where daughter l'olpj? ?vcw.V-oi'sni',
?\)t pretty, is lately engaged to marry
middle oged Judge of some distinction."
> "So"?and the emperor threw osidc
the second bit of paper?"it is on such
slight grounds as these that a man of
tho world con 1oIk>1 two ladles 'ad
The chancellor was bitterly disap
pointed. He hod couuted on the lm
' presslon which these telegrams must
make, and unless Leopold were uct
lug it was now certain that love hod
driven him out of Ids senses.
But if ttio emperor were mod he
must Ik; treated accordingly, ond the
old stotesmon condescended to "bluff."
"There Is still more to tell," he said,
"if your majesty hos not heard enough,
but I think when you hove reflected
you will not wish for more. It is clear
that ttie women calling themselves
Mowbroys have bad the audacity to
present themselves here under false
colors. They have either deceived
Lady Laudiert, who introduced them
to It ho et Ian society, or, stilt more like
ly, they have cleverly forged their let
tors of Introduction."
"Why didn't you telegraph to Lady
Lambert while your hand was in?"
"1 did, your majesty, or, rather, not
knowing her present address, I wired
o friend of mine, nn acquaintance of
hers, begging him to moke Inquiries
without using my name, but I have
not yet received on answer to that tele
"Until you do I should think that
even a cynic like yourself might give
two defenseless, Inoffensive ladies the
l>enetlt of the doubt."
"Inoffensive," echoed Von Brolt
stelu? "Inoffenslvo when they enmo to
this country to ensnare your majesty
through tho girl's beauty! But, great
heaven, It Is true that I am growing
old! I hove forgotten to ask your maj
esty whether you have gone so far as
to mention the word marriage to Miss
"I'll answer that question by another.
Do you really believe that Miss Mow
bray came to Bhaetla to 'entrap' me?"
"I do, though I scarcely think that
even her ambition flew ns high ns you
or? encouraging it to soar."
"In case you're right she would hove
been overjoyed with on offer of mor
"Overjoyed is a poor word. ' Over
whelmed might be nearer."
? "Yet I tell you sbo refused mo last
night and Is leaving Uhaotla today
rather than listen to further entrea
Leopold bent forward to launch this
thunderbolt, Ids brown hands on Ills
knees, his eyes eoger. The memories,
half bitter, half sweet, called up by
his own words caused Virginia to ap
pear more beautiful, more desirable,
ever than l>ofore.
Ho was delighted with the expres
sion of ttie chancellor's face. "Now,
what arguments bavo you left?" ho
broke out In the brief silence.
"All I had beforo and many new
ones, for what your majesty has said
shows tho lady more ambitious, more
astute, therefore moro dangerous, than
I had guessed. She staked everything
on tho power of her charms, and she
might have won bad you not an old
servant who wouldn't bo fooled by the
witcheries of a fair Helen."
"She has won," said Leopold, then
quickly; "God forgive mo for chiming
lu with your bitter humor, as If she'd
played a game. By simply being "her
self she has won me, such ns I nm.
She's proved that If she cnrcs at all
It's for the man and not tho emperor,
sluco sho called the offer you think so
mngnlllccnt nn insult. Yes, chancel
lor, thnt was the word she used, and
It was almost the last sho said to me,
which Is the reason I'm traveling to
day. And none of your boasted "proofs'
can bold me bnck."
MBy heaven, your majesty must look
upon yourself from the point of view
you credit to the girl! You forget the
emperor In the man."
"The two need not be separated."
"Love Indeed mnkes men blind and
spares t">t the eyes of emperors."
"I've pledged myself to bear with
"And I know you'll keep your word.
I must speak for Ithnetla and your
better self. You are following this?
lady to give her your empire for a
"She must first accept the emperor
as tier husband."
"A lady who has so poor a name of
her own that she steals one which
doesn't belong to her?the nation won't
bear It." /
"You speak for yourself, not for
Rhnetla," said Leopold. "Though I'm
1 not so old as you by half your years,
I believe I ean Judge my people better
than you do. The law which bids an
emperor of lthaetla match with royal
ty is an unwritten law, a law solely of
customs handed down through the gen
erations. I'll not spoil my life by sub
mitting to its yoke, since by breaking
I It the nation gains, ns I do. I could
go to the world's end and not And a
woman as worthy to be my wife and
I empress of lthaetla as Helen Mow
"You have never seen Princess Vir
"I've no wish to see her. There's but
j one woman for me, and I swear to you
If I lose her I'll go to my grovo un
married. Ixit the crown fall to my
I uncle's son. I'll not i>erjure myself
even for Kbnella."
j The chancellor bowed his head and
held up his hands, for by thnt gesture
alone could he express his despair.
"If my people lovo me they'll love
1 my wife and rejoice In my liapplness,"
Leopold went on sharply. "If they
I complain, why, wo shall see who's
i master -whether or not the emperor of
Ubaetln Is a mere llgurehend. In some
countries royalty is but nn ornamental
' survival of a picturesque past; a king
or queen Is a mere puppet which the
.nrtVou loads \?ni"? luxuiy to do Used"
honor. That's not true of Rhnetla,
though, as I'm ready to prove, If prove
It I must. Rut I believe I shall be
spared the trouble. ^Ve lthactlans love
romance?you are perhaps the one ex
cept ion?while, as for the story you've
told mo, I would not give that for it!"
And tho emperor snapped his lingers.
"You still believe tho ladles have a
right to the name of Mowbray?"
"I believe that they are of stainless
reputation and that any seeming mys
tery can be explained. Miss Mowbrny
is herself. That's enough for inc. Per
haps, chancellor, there are two I.ady
"Only one Is mentioned In Burke."
"Burke Isn't gospel."
"Pardon me. It's the gospel of the
British peerage. It can no more tie
guilty of error than Kuclld."
"Nor can Miss Mowbray be guilty of
wrong. I should still stake my life on
that even had your conclusions not
been lame ones."
The old man accepted this rebuff in
silence. But It was not the silence of
absolute hopelessness; It wns only such
a pan so as a prize fighter makes l>e
"Your majesty will not bo in too
great baste, at alt events, I trust," he
said at last?"at least a llttlo reflec
tion, a little patience, to cool the blood, j
I have not laid down all my cards yet."
"It's often bad policy not to lead
frumps." replied Leopold.
"Often, but not always. Time and
-Hie end of the play will show. Is your
majesty's Indulgence for tho old man
"Not quite, though rather strained, I
confess." I/eopold tempered his words
with a faint smile.
"Then I havo one more important
question to ask, venturing to remind
you first that I havo acted solely In
your Interest. If such a step ns you
contemplate should be my deathblow
It Is because of my love for you and
lthaetla. Tell me, your majesty, this
one thing, if it wero proved to you
that the lady you know ns Miss Mow
bray was not only not tho person she
pretends to be, but in all other respects
unworthy of your love, what would
"You speak of Impossibilities."
"But if they wero not impossibili
"In such a enso I should do as other
men do?spend tho rest of my life in
trying to forget a lost ideal."
"I thank your majesty. That Is all I
ask. 1 suppose you will continue your
"Yes, as far as Felgnrde, where I
hope to find Lady Alowhray and her
"Then, your majesty; when f've ex
pressed my gratitude for your for
benrance, even though I've failed to
bo convincing, I'll trouble you no long
Tho chancellor rose painfully, with a
reminiscence of gout, and Leopold
stared at him Id surprise. "What do
you mean?" he asked.
"Only that, ns I ean do no further
good here, with your permission I will
get out at the ntntion wo nro coming
to and go back home ngnln."
The emperor realized what he had
not noticed until tills moment-that the
train was slackening speed as It np
preached tho suburbs of a town. His
conversation with the chancellor had
lasted for an hour, anil he was far
from regretting the prospect of being
left In peace. More than once he hud
come perilously near to losing bis tem
per, forgetting bis gratitude nnd the
old man's years. How much longer be
could have bold out under a continued
strain of provocation be did not know.
So he spoko no Word of dismission when
Count von Hreltsteln picked up his ?oft
hat and buttoned his gray coat for de
"I've passed pleasanter hours In your
soctoty. I admit," said Ixwpold when
the train stopped. "Hut I can thank
you for your motives, if not your max
ims, and here's my hand."
"it would tie ost kind of your maj
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the chancellor exclaimed, as If on n
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bands, "merely to say whether you re
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or whether you return at once. I am
too fatigued to travel bock Immediate
ly to Schloss Breltsteln and shall rest
for some hours nt least in my bouse
at Kronburg, so a call will find mo
"I will do os you ask," sold the em
peror. Again be pressed ttie chancel
lor's hand, and it was very cold.
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