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"Let me tell you n llttio fairy story:
There wero once a prlnco und n prin
ces*. They loved oocli other. Iltil (ho
prince was poor and dared not tell of
hie lovt for fear of being though) u
fortune hunter. His alienee made the
princess angry. So she went and prom*
laed her band to another man, and
they all lived miserably unbnppy ever
after. And the moral of that stupid
little etory Is that I'm slek of respect
ability, and I'm awake from my crazy
dream of love, and I'm going back to
Maxim's, and you can all go to -Mar
"He loves me! lie loves me!" panted
Sonia under her breath.
lAXIM'S after midnight -the
show restaurant whither sigh!
seeing Americans and other
tourl&(s (lock and whose dizzy,
machine made merriment they solemn
ly believe to be a part and parcel of
true Parisian life.
On the night of Sonla's garden parly
one group of men and women who en
tered the Jolly restaurant were so dif
ferent from the usual habitues of the
place as to come in for not a few
amused glances from their neighbors,
They were Mine, Natalie Popoff, Mine.
Nova Kovltch and Cnscadn and St.
Brioche. The visit was Natalie's idea.
She had heard Dnnllo's wild speech of !
good by to Souln and his announcement \
that ho was off to Maxim's. Hence
the ambassador's wife, with a feeble ;
yearning to atone in some way for the |
false position into which the widow
had been thrust for her sake, had re
solved to follow in the hope of securing
a word In private with Danllo and
setting matters right again.
Natalie had not confided her plan to
her husband, and now as the parly
were ushered to a secluded table in an 1
alcove she glanced at tbo riotous scene
about her with n delighted nervous
ness. The delight vanished suddenly,
however, and the nervousness waxed
to n panic fear as a familiar voice
smote upon he." ear.
Popoff had Just come In and was
standing not ten feet away from the
secluded table where his wile sat
"I want to see Prince Danllo at
once," ho said to the head waiter.
"Has he arrived?"
"Not yet, sir," was the reply, "but he |
will be here very soon. There Is a 1
supper party waiting for him over
there," waving to a tableful of gayly
appended girls with tired eyed men.
"Really!" exclaimed the ambassador.
"I'll just Join them till he comes "
He toddled off to the distant table,
where, to Nntalie's Jealous eye, he
seemed to make himself at home with
a phenomenal ease and quickness. lie
was scorce seated when Danllo strode
in. The whole table rose to give the
prince noisy greeting.
"Why, hello, your excellency!" cried :
Danllo. "This Is queer company for
a monument of respectability like 1
yourself to wonder into!"
came only to see you," protested
ChO ambassador, drawing him aside.
"I was bound I'd cotno hero and wait
till you appeared if"
"Ob, I see." cut In the prince, thor
oughly enjoying his confusion. "Fools
rush in where"
"I didn't rush In." fumed the am
bassador; "I crept here In a measly
cab, and I sneaked Into tbo place like
a pickpocket for fear some one would
recognize me. I Prtcrlflcod myself to
my country. Suppose my wife should
hear of It! I came to Implore you, to
east myself on your mercy, to beg you
onee more to prevent the widow
"I must seo his excellency," Insisted
a portly man behind them, his voice
booming through the whole room. "He
Is here, and I (Hi!" he broke off on
sight of Popoff. "Hero you are! I"
"My dear Nova Kovltch," pettishly
interrupted the ambassador, u nec
essary t<? bunt for me wltb a brass
band? Couldn't you"?
"I'm B?rry to Interrupt you," answer
oil Nova Kovitcu, "but hero's a dls
' patch from the Marsovlan ministry,
ii seemed t<> mo Important, and 1
brought it on."
Popoff took the slip of paper und
"If Mine. Sadowa'H twenty millions
aro allowed to leave Marsovla wo nre
u bankrupt country."
"Tboro, Prluce Donllo," continued
the ambassador, turning on the young
man In melodramatic appeal; "you see
It's rlgbt ui) to you! Your country ap
peals to you to save it! You are Mar
BOVltl's last hope. Marry the widow
"I'll marry no one I" flared up'Danllo.
"To iho deuce with matrimony and
Mlirsovln and myself! I'm done with
Kill;- dreams of love and all that non
boiiso. l*in free, uud I'm going to
mala; a night of lt. 1"?
Ho paused und stood silent, duni
fou tided. Mown the little flight of
stairs leading into the room u woman
was ndvanclng alone.
"Sonln!" exclaimed Dan Ho.
Willi n word of excuse to the others,
ho hurried across and mot the widow
as bIio reached the foot of the stops.
"You're here," he muttered in hor
rified wonder?"here aloneV"
"Yes," replied Sonla coldly. "Is It
any affair of yours?"
"First tin? summer house," he wont
on as in :i daze, "then Maxim's."
"Quite so. Is that all you have to
"No," ho retorted; "I have one thing
more. You should not marry Do Joli
"No? Why not. pray?"
II.' checked himself. She finished
the sentence for him.
"Moralise you love me?" she sug
lie broke into a discordant, miserable
"Don't laugh that silly way!" she
"1 am sorry you don't like It," he
obsorved. "It's the only way I know."
"Then don't laugh at till. The laugh
is on my Side, anyway."
"(>n your side?"
"Yes. Von nre angry at what hap
pened this evening. Hut it wasn't I
who was in the BUmincr house witli M. |
"Hut 1 saw you there," he dcclured.
"1 look ji 'other woman's place to get
her out oi ?? awkward scrapo wltb
her hush ? with M. Popoff. She
"And I never oven guessed it!" cried
Diinilo, his sullen face breaking into
a siullo of utter relief. "What a fool
I was! I was grcon and yellow with
llf cnughl himself up. hut It was too
Into. S.-nia's eyes danced.
"Hill since you don't love mo," she
nsked, "why wore you yellow nnd '
"Hectiuso green and yellow are our
national colors. i am nothing if not
patriotic. You see"?
"Mine. Sndowa ? prlnco!" gurgled
Popoff, trotting up to them, unable J
longer to restrain his anxiety. "I hope
it is all settled. All nicely arranged,
"Same old fau!" commented ropoff,
Idly opening It. Then, with a Jump as
his eye vaguely caught tho sentence
Natallo had scribbled beueath Do .loll
don's avowal, In* screamed:
"My wife's ha ml writing! Then It
was my wife after all!"
"Sir," quoted Nova Kovltch, "Cae
sar's wife should he above suspicion."
"Hut Caesar never brought his wife
to rails!" walled Popoff. "'Dills Is had
"No, no!" pleaded Natalie, who at
sight of the fatal trinket had left her
table and run forward. "It's all a hor
rid mistake. I ran explain. I"?
"Silence!" commanded l'opoff in his
most magisterial manner. "Madame,
under section l of the Marsovlun code
I hereby divorce you. This fan Is suf
As Natalie started back, dumb with
horror, l'opoff turned Impressively to
Sonia and, to the willow's amused dis
may, sank on one knee before boR
".Mine. Sadowa," he declaimed, "I
am free, aud in the name of our fa
therland I beseech you to become my
Sonln was seemingly blind to the
white misery In Natalie's face and the
look of angry surprise in Dautlo's. She
answered, with perfect composure:
"My dear M. Popoff, 1 am deeply hon
ored by your proposal, but before I nc
"Madamc, I hereby divorce j/oii."
rept It is only fair to tell you that If" I
marry again I lose all my fortune."
The ambassador scrambled hastily to
"I?I was perhaps Just a wee bit
hasty," he stuttered, looking sheepish
ly about for a way of escape.
Natalie came forward and handed
him the fan.
"Did you read tho words I wrote on
It?" she asked timidly.
"I?am-a?dutiful?wife!" spoiled out
the ambassador, "Forgive mo! I didn't
understand. Shall wo lot bygones be
Dnililo, who had stood silent during
tho odd proposal, now stepped past
Popoff and faced Sonia, n new light in
"Is it truo you will lose nil your
money if you marry again?" he asked
in a voice he tried in vain to keep
"Yes," she admitted; "It Is true."
"I LOVE YOU, SONIA," HE WHISPERED.
"If you menu Is madamo to marry
Do Tolldon," answered Danllo, "she Is
"Mut this evening," ejaculated Pop?
off, "In the summer house!"
'She took another woman's place,"
replied (he prlnco, disregarding Xonln'a
"Donr me!" squealed Popoff, his curi
osity reviving. "Who was she?"
"RxetlSO me, your excellency," re
marked N'lsh, who-had entered with
Nova Kovltch and had hovered aim
lessly about waiting to get In a word,
"but here Is n fun that was picked up
In UiO summer house after the party.
You lold mo to search the place, and I
did. If I may say so, I"?
"Thou why shouldn't I any now what
i waul to?"
"Why not v" sho agreed demurely.
lie drew n stop nearer.
"I lovo yon, Son la," ho whispered.
Steadily, happily, she met his burn
ing eyes iih BllO answered:
"I love yon, Danllo. I have always
"Tut, tut!" fretted Popoff, pushing
peevishly between them. "Thls'H nev
er do. Von can't marry her, prlnee.
You'll both be paupors."
"Not (pilie," gently corrected Sonln.
"I shall lose iny money, It Is true, but
only because I am going to give It nil
to my husband."
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