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Entered April 28, 190 at Piokens, 8. 0., se se0ond elme matter, nuner aot of Qougrese of March 8, 1879.
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Author of "Graustark"
Copyright, 1901,, by Dodd. Mead and COumpany
Graustark. aid wits sacred to the eyes
of any one igave the man to whom it
'was directed. The words It contained
vere burned deep in his brain:
You are ordered to report for duty iM
the castle. Como at onco. Her highnessa
hms sent an offelail command to Cotonel
Quinnox. C- tmt Marlanx ha:i been here.
You are not expected to deert tnt:1 you
have een me. Thero Is an underground
passage somewhere. D.
Baldos went alone and swiftly. Tho
noti- to Colonel Quinnox had been Im)
per'lve. Iift was to serve as an inner
g inrd until further orders. Some one,
1: was reported, had tried to eilter Miss
4'anlhoun's room from the outside dur
I ig the rainstorm of the previous night,
,uwtl it Speciil 'gui., was to be station
-ec near the door. All of this was un
known to 'tIdo, but he did not ask
f1. was hlfway to the castle when
the 'sharp report of a gnni startled
hIm. A bullet whizzed close to his enr!
Baldos broke iuto ai cr'ouchling run. but
-did not change his course. lIe knew
that the shot was intended for himi and
-that its milssion was to prevent him
from reaching the castle. The attend
:nnts at the castle door admitted him,
pantIng and excited, and he was taken
immediately to tho enchanted boudoir
of' thme princess, which b~ut few men
- wvere fortunate enough to enter. There
were three women in thme room.
"I aim here to report, your highness."
saId h)e, bowing low before the real
prtincoss, with a smile upon his flushed
* ~"You are promptit," said( the prin
cess. "What have you to report, sir?"
"That anm attemp~it has just been
umade to kill a member of the endiol
gitard," he coolly a nsweredl.
"I am quiitoi certain of It, your high
,ness. The bullet auimost ellpped may
eni r."
"Good1 heavens'" gasped the .listen
t'rs. Then they eagerly liled him with
more agitated qjuestions than he could
A (1d(d you not pursuo the
w retchlm?" cried thea prncess.
"No, your highness. I was command
ted to report to you at once. Only the
succes9s of the assiassin could have
inade me-wvell, htesltate," salid he
.calmly, "A 8oldier has but to obey."
'"Do you iblJI 2Men wnu n~ aihor.
tey Cate.
itestants in owir
"I cannot. .y maae Poss-bly- t
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atte ttiemlpt to k0l you*' nisked thi'
Counteiss Dagniar. Beverly Caihou A
was dumb with-consternation.
141 cannot. say, madame. Possibly It
was an accidental discharge. One
should not make accusations unsup
ported. If you have no immediate
need of my services, your highness. I
will ask you to grant me leave of ab
sence for half an hour. I have a pe
cullar longing to investigate." There
was a determined gleam in his eyes.
"No, no!" cried Beverly. "Don't you
diro to go out there again. You are
to stay right hero in tho castle, sir.
We have something else for you to do.
It was that awful old Marinnx who
shot at you. Ie"
"I loft General Maranx in Colonel
Quinnox's nuarters, Miss Calhoun," In
terposed Baldos grimly. "Ile coul'i
not have Jired the shot. For two or
three nights, your highine~i, I have
beeln followed and dogged with humill
ating peraistence by two inen wearing
the uniforms of castle guards. They
do not sleep at the barracks. May I
ask what I have done to be submitted
to such treatment?" There was a
trace of poorly concealed indignation
In his volee.
"I arsure you that this is nows to
ime." Said Yetive In a1mazleent.
"I am being watched as if I were a
commii1oni thief," he went on boldly.
! "These men are not your agents; they
are not the agents of Graustark. May
1 be permitted to say that they are'
sp)i(s set upon01 111 by a man who has
ani object in disgracing me? Who that
mani Is I leave to your royal c'onjec'
"Yes, your highnmess. IIe bears me a
deaidly' grudge and yet lie fears me1. 1
know full well that lie and his agents
have built a strong case against mec.
They are alnost ready to close ini uponi
me. anmd they will have false evidenice
so craftily prepared that even my tru
est friends may doubt tny loyalty to
you and to the cause I serve. Before
God, I have been true to my oath. I am
loyal to Graustark. It was a sorry
day when I left the valley and"
"Oh," cried Beverly piteously, "don't
say that!"
"Alas, Miss Calhoun, It ia true," said(
lie sadly. "I am pennzed up hero where
I cannot fight back. Treason is laid
agaiust me. But, beyond all this, I
have permitted my loyalty to mislead
my1 aihtioni. I have aisplredl to s0ome
thing I can cherish, but never-possess.
Bettor that I never should have tasted
of the unattainable thman to have the
cup withdrawn just as its sweetnless
beginis to intoxicate."
ie stood before thorn, pale wvith sup
presced emotion. The women of Or-an
stark looked involuntarily at Beverly.
whlo sat cold and voiceless, staring at
thme face of thip guard. Sho know what
lie meant; she know that somnethihg
I was eXPected of her. A word from her
anid he woul nhUmdnrsftnr thnt he hnu1
iiot tasted of the u aftialAe. In ont
brief moment sh6, I that she had do
liberately lOd hitti A. that she had on
couraged litA, th&t she Actuilly hhq
proffered him t dup f'oth which IN
had begun t6 alp t4 bitternee. PrkId
tad love *er 1 I g a coalet Ia this
hapless sout er0i gits heart. But se
WAs 19ledt. Sho could not say tb(
"I think I know What you mean, Ba
dcs," said Yetive, seeing that Beverly
woukl not lutervete. "We are sorry,
No one trusts to your houor more them
I do. My husband btaioves in you. I
will confess that you hre to be arrested
as a spy tomorrow. Tonight you are
ta serve as a guard in the castle. This
should prove to you that I have un.
bounded faith in you. Moreover, I be
Ilevo in you to the extent that I should
not be afraid to trust you if you were
to go out into the world with every
secret which we possess. You eanme
here under a peculiar stress of Or
cumstances, not wholly of your own
volition. Believe me, I am your
"I shall revere your highness forever
for those words," said he simply. IIls
eyes went hungrily to Beverly's avert
ed face and then assumed a careless
gleam whieh indicated that he had re
signed himself to he inevitAble.
"I am constrained to ask you onc
question. sir," went on the p.--iceas.
"You are not the common goat hunter
you assume. Will you tell me In con
ildence who you really are?" The oth
era held their breath. lie hesitated for
ft moment.
"Will it sufliee if I say that I nm an
unfortunate friend and advocate of
Prince Dantan? I have risked every
thing for his sake, and I fear I have
lort overything. I have failed to be of
service to him, but through no fault of
mine. Fate has been against mo."
"You are CarlstobAll" cried Dagmal
lie gave her a startled glance, bui
offered no doulal. Beverly's face wa:
a study. If he were Christobal, they
what of the game warden's daughter?
"We shall question you no further.'
said Yetive. "You enflated to uervi
Miss Calhoun. It is for her to com
mand you while you are hero. Ma3
God be with yop to the end. Miss Cal.
houn, will you tell him what his du
ties are for tonight? Come, my dear."
Yetive and Dagmar walked slowly
from the room, leaving Beverly and
her guard alone.
"I am at your service, Miss Calhoun.'
he said easily, His apparent indlifer
ence stung her into womanly revolt.
"I was a fool last night," she said ib
"No: I was the fool. I have been the
fool from the beginning. You shall not
blame yourself, for I do not blame you.
It has )een a sweet comedy, a summer
pastime. Forget vhat I may have said
to you last night, forget what my eyes
may have said for weeks and weeks."
"I shall never forget," she said. "You
deserve the best in the world. Would
that I could give it to you. You have
braved many daingers for my sake. I
shall not forget. Do you know that we
were watched last night?"
"Watched?" he cried incredulously.
"Oh, fool that I am! I might have
known. And I have subjected you to
to-don't tell me that harsh things have
been said to you. Miss Calhoun!" He
was deeply disturbed.
"General Marlanx saw you. Ile has
threatened me. Baldos"
"I will kill him! What do I care for
the consequences? Ie shall pay dearly
"Stop! Where are you going? You
are to remain here, sir, and take your
commands from me. I don't want you
to kill him. They'd harig you, or some
thing just as bad. lie's going to be
punished, never fear!" Baldos smiled
In spite of 'his dismay. It was impo..
sible to face this confident champion
in Pettlconfs ,without entching her en
thtuslannm. "What have you done with
-wt that rose?" she asked suddenly,
flushing and diflident. Her eyes glis
tenued with embarrassment.
"It lies nuext my heart. I love it," be
said bravely.
"I think I'll command you to return
it to me," vaguely.
"A c'ommnand to be disobeyed. It is
in exchange for my feather," he smiled
"'A eli, of course, if you are going to
lbe meani about- Now, let me see,"' she
said confusedly, "whhit are your dulties
for tonight? You are to stand guard
In the corridor. Once In awhile you wvill
go out upon the balcony and1 take a
look. You see, I am afraid of some
one. Oh, Baldos, what's the use of my
trifling lIke this? You are to esenpo
from Edelweiss tonight. That Ia the
whole plan-the whole Idea In a nut
shell. Don't look like that. Don't you
want to go?" Nowv she was tremublini
with excItement.
ciled eagerly. "It would1Fowardly.
Marlanx would understand that you
gave aid and sanction. You woukl be
I Weft to face the charges he would make.
Don't you see. Beverly? You would be
imhplicated; you would be accused.
I Why dyou not let me kill him? No;
I wi)fq4t go." Neither noticed the
nLbj:Vl'ch he had callod her.
'tt I Insist!" she cried weakly.
"You must go away from me. 1-1
oommand you to"
"Is It bo4puso you want to Prive me
out ot your life forever?" he demand
ed, sudden understanding coming to
"Don't put It that way," she mur
"Is it because you care for me that
you want me to go?" he insisted, draw
ing noar. "Is it because you fear the
love I boar for you?"
"Love! You don't really- Stop!
Ilemember where you are, sir! You
must not go on with it, Baldos. Don't
come a step neatrer. Do go tonight!
It Is for the best. I have been awfully
wvicked in letting it run on as It has.
Forgive me; please forgive me." she
pleaded. He drew back, pale and hurt.
A groat dignity settled upon his face.
IIls dark eyes crushed her with their
quiet scorn.
"I understand, Miss Calhoun. The
play Is over. You will find the luckless
vagabond a gentleman, after all. You
ask me to desert the --cause I serve.
That i enough. I shall go tonight."
The girl was near to surrender. Had
it not been for the persistent fear that
her proud old father i!ght sufer from
her willfulnees, she would have thrown
down the barrier and risked everything
In the choice. lier heart was crying
out hungrily for the -love of this tall.
mysterious soldier of fortune.
"It is bost." she murmured finally.
Later on she was to know the meaning
of the p ecullar smile he gave her.
"1 go because you dismiss me, not
because I fear an enemy. It you
choose to remember me at all, be just
enough to believe that I am not a
shameless cotq rd."
"You are br ve and true and good.
and I am iftigerable, deceitful wretch."
she lameited. "You will Seek Ravone
and the others?"
"Yes; they ire my friends. They
love my poverty. And now, may It
please your hglness. wien am I to go
forth. and in what garb? I rahould no
longer wear the honest uniform of a
Graustark guard."
"Leave it to me. Everything shall le
arranged. You will he (iscreet? No
one Is to know that I am your"
"Rest assured. Miss Calhoun. I have
a close mouth." And he azinled con
"I Pgree with you." said she regret
fully. "You know how to hold your
tongue." Ile laughed harshly. "For
once in a way will you answer a ques
"I will not promliso."
"You say that you are Dantan's
friend. Is It true that he is to marry
the daughter of the Duke of Matz.
Countess Woanda ?"
"It has lieen so reported."
"ls she beautiful?"
"Yes; exceedingly."
"But Is he to marry her?" she Insist
ed. she knew not why.
"Ihow should I know. your high
"If you call ine 'your highness' again
I'll dlespise you!" she flared miserably.
"A nother question: Is It true that the
young IDuke ('hristohal fled because his
father objectedl to his marriage with a
gamie wardlen's danughter?"
"I have never heard so," with a touch
of hauteur.
"Does lie know that the girl is dead?2"
she ask-ed (!rue(lly. Uidoos (11( not an
swer- for a long time. IIe stared1 at her
steadlily, his e'yes expretsslng no0 emo
tioni from whlichi she could judge him.
"1 think ho la Ignorant of that en
lamnity, Miss ('alhoun," lie said. "With
your p~ermisisioni I shall withdraw.
There is nothing to be gained by de
lay." It was such a palpable aftront
that she shrank within herself andl
couild hamve eried.
WIthout anaswerinag. she walked uin
steadhily to the window and lookedl out
into the night. A mist came into her
eyes. F~or mainy minutes sihe remialiued
there, striving to regain contr'ol of her
emotions. All this time she knewv that
lhe was standing just where she had
loft him, like a statue, awaiting her
command. A t last she faced him reso
"You will receive instr-uctions as to
your duties hiere from the guard at
then stair's. Whon you hear the hall
clock strike the hour of 2 in the morn
ing go into the c'hape)l, but (do not lot
any one see you or suspect. You know
where' it is. 'The (door ill bo un
hoe d."
"A* . ':n1 t '-!engn.ng?" he ask
[ To is corrTLemn t
You talk about excitement and,.
the luxuries of life,
I guess I've tried most every
thing from pistol, gloves and
To champagne, on tho half
shell and terrapin on toast;
And I've struck the combination
that's dead sure aifd pays the
So run along and roll yourthoops
and sell your papers, boys, ,
And try and think you're hap.
py, 'cause you're out to make
a noise.
I'd like to stop and tell you, only
time and space forbids,
The fun 1've had jes' stayni
home and playin' with the
The boys and me was playin'
horse; we turned our happy
In less than thirty seconds to a
howling hippodrome!
For real entertainment the
laughs they hand you out
Beat any burlesque show that's
had the nerve to book a route.
And there's something serious
in in it when you get to think-,
Ing, too,
How you was once like them,
and they may grow up tough,
like you.
You watch the laughte-I In their
eyes, till sleep weighs down
their lids,
And thank the good Lord for
the chance of playing with
the kids.
-[Washington Star.
Gold, gold, gold, gold!
Bright and yellow, hard and
Molten, graven, hammered and
Heavy to get and light to hold,
Hoarded, bartered, bought and
Stolen, borrowed, squandered,
Spurned by the young, but
hugged by the old
To the very edge of the church
yard mold!
Price of many a crime untold,
Gold, gold, gold, gold!
Good or bad a thousandfold!
How wisely its uses vary
To save, to ruin, to curse, to
As even its minted coins ex
Now stamped with the image of
good Queen Bess
And now of a bloody Mary!
-Thomas Hood.
S. T. Jocley, of Witchita, was
court stenographer for Judge
Pan coast of Oklahoma for sev
eral years, says The Kansas
City Times. One time a case
was being tried before Judge
Pancoast and they were endeav
oring to find out through a wit
ness whether there had been
any liquor sold. "What is your
business?" asked the lawyer.
"My business?" repeated the*
witness laconically. "-Oh! I
have lots of business." "Ans
wer the question," said the law
yer'. "What is your business?"
"Must 1 tell all' my business?"
insisted the witness again.
"Answer the question." inter
posed the Judge severely.
"Well ," responded he, cheer ful
ly. . '"'m deputy -sheriff 'and
city marshal for Guiner, ianitor
of the Methodist church and
.bartender of the El Paso sa

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