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Entered April 28, 1908 at Piokens., B. 0., a seoond elas matter. under not of Congress of Maroh 8. 1879.
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Author of "Grtutark"
CoWleIht, 19o.6y Dodd. Mead and Compa
ed, and she did not think him proix
"Yes." she answered after a pa
that seemed like an eternity, and
went quietly, silently away.
ILE Baldos was stand
guird in the long, lofty bl
way the I1011 Count was hI
with the machinat Ions W1
were calculated to result in a starti
upheaval With the break of at new dI
HeL prepared and swore to the char
I'referred against Baldos. They w
disipantched to the priaicnss for
peru'lsal in the morning. Then lhe
nhout preparing. the vilest accusa ti
against Beverly Calhoun. In his o
handwvriting and over his own sig
turo)he charged her with compiliclty
the ;retraiyal of Graust ark, influen
by the desires of tihe lover who n
lueraded as her protege. At ac
length lie dwelt uponl the we'll laid I
of' the spy and his necomplice, Hie i
of their secret meoetings, their ouitra
against the dIgnity of the court
thieir unmiistakable nuimosity tow
Grinustark. For eaich and every co
In his vious Indictment against
girl he professed to have absol
piroof by menns of miore than
reputable witness.
It waIs not the desi54gn of Mariam~
present this docuiment to the print
andi her enbinet, ie knew full
that it would meet the fate it deser'
It was Intended for the eyes of Revy
Calhoun alone. By means of the
necusations, false though they were
hoped to terrorize her into submirs
Hie longed to possess this lithe, benl
ful creature from over the sea. In
his life lhe had not hungered for
thing uis lie now craved Beverly
bioun. Hie saw that lis position in
nrmy was rendered insecure by
events of the last (lay. A bold, vic
stroke was his only means for seec:
the prlze lhe longed for more thiar
longed for honor and fame.
Rlestless and- enraged, consumed
Jealousy and fear, ho hung about
'hey Cute.
... whlve ol ftera 'asre.
degraato. E o . th
__ , ii~edabo1i chrgi?Fe -knew that
Bl~ados was Inside the castle, favored,
while he, a noble of the realm, WVas rele
gated to Ignominy and the promise of
degradation. Encamped outside the
city walls the army lay without a
leader. Each hour saw the numbers
augmented by the arrival of reserves
from the districts of the principality.
His place was out there with the staff,
yet he could not drag himself away
from the charmed circle in which his
IN prey was sleeping. Morose and grim
be anxiously paced to and fro in an
obscure corner of the grounds.
-"What keeps the scoundrel?" he said
r to h!msclf angrily.
L Presently a villainous looking man,
lie (ressed in the uniform of the guards,
stealthily approached. "I missed him,
general, but I will get him the next
thne," growled the nin.
lag "Curse you for a fool!" hissed Mar
ill- lanx through his teeth. As another
,sy hireling came up, "What have you got
ich to -ay?"
ug The man reported that Baldos had
11Y. been seen on the )alcouy alone, evi
eS deutly on watch.
ore Ma-lanx ground his teeth and his
crblood stormed his rettson. "The jai
set must he done tonight. You htave .
sinistructions. Capture him if pr' e
wnbut, if necessary, kill him. E o
Iyour fate If you fail." Marla' 9itual
inly grinned at the thought of th ',umisht
meut he~ would mete out to them.
as-, "Now be off!"
lot Rash ly lie made his way to the castle
fronit. A bright moon cast its mellow
ol low over the mass of steo outlined
Ldagainst h western sk.For an hu
card he glowered in the shade of' the trees,
Lunt giving but slight heed to the guards
the who passed from time to time. His
ut eyes never left thme enchanited balcony.
eanme from the door at the end of the
to halcony, paced the full length In the
moonlIght, paused for a moment near
Bl everly Calhoun's window anmd thon
d.disappeared through the~ same doer
thait had afforded him egress.
SI nside the dark castle tihe clock at
lhe the end of the hall melodioQalsy boomed
the hour of 2. Dead quiet followed
ui- the soft echoes of the gong. A tail
all tigure stealthIly opened the door tc
-Yetlve's chapel and stepped Inside,
.There was a streak of moonlighi
the through the clear window at the fin
the end of' thei room1. Baldos, his hieari
la beating rapidly, stood stIll for a moe
nig ent, awaiting the next move in th(
lie gamie. Th le ghostlike figure of awo
au suddenly stood before himw In the
bypath of the moonbeam, a hooded flg.
the ~ idrk robes.m le satedi as ii
0Come," came in a~n agitated whis
per, and be stepped to the side of the
phantom. She turned, and the moon
light foll upon the face of Beverly Cal
boun. "Don't speak. Follow me a
quickly as you can."
He grasped-her atm; bringing her tc
a standstill.
"I have. changed my mind," he whis
pored in her ear. "Do you think I will
run away qnd leave you to shoulder
the blame for all this? On the balcony
near your window an hour ago I"
"It doesn't make any differenco," she
argued. "You have to go. I want you
to go. If you knew just how I feel to
ward you you would go without a
"You mean that you bate me," he
"I wouldn't be so unkind as to say
that," she fluttered. "I don't know
who you are. Come, we can't delay a
minute. I have a key to the gate at
the other end of *the passage, and I
know whore the secret panel is locat
ed. Hushi It doesn't matter where I
got the key. See! See how easy it Is!"
He felt her tense little fingers In the
darkness searching for his. Their hands
were ley cold when the clasp came. To
gether they stood In a niche of the wall
near the chanoel rail. It was dark, and
a cold draft of air blew across thelt
faces. E could not sea, but there was
proof enough that she had opened the
secret panel In the wall and that the
damp, chill air came from the under
ground passage which led to a point
outside the city walls.
"You go first," she whispered nerv
ously. "I'm afraid. There is a lantern
on the steps, and I have some matches.
We'll light it as soon as- Oh, what
was that?"
"Don't be frightened," he said. "I
think it was a rat."
"Good graclous!" she gasped. "I
wouldn't go In there for the world."
"'Do you mean to say that you intend.
ed to do so?" he asked eagerly.
"COrtainly. Some one has to return
the key to the outer gate. Oh, I sup
pose I'll have to go in. You'll keel
them off, won't you?" plaintively. He
was -smiling in the darkness. thinking
what a dear, whImsical twliig sho 'Waa.,
"With my life," he saia softly.
"They're ten times worse than lions,"
she announced.
"Yoe must not forget that you re
turn aonae," he said triumphantly.
"BMt I'll have the lantern going full
blast,. she said and then allowed him
to lead' her into the narrow passage
way. She closed the panel and then
felt amIout with her foot jmntil it located
the latern. In a minute they had a
light. "Now, don't be afrald," she said
encoura'glngly. le laughed in pure de
light. She misunderstood his mirth and
was conselouw of a new and on almost
unendurable pang. lie was filled with
exhilaration over the prospect of es
cape! Somehtow she felt an implulse to
throw her arms about him and drag
him bnck into the cliapel In spite of the
ghost of the game warden's daughter.
"What Is to prevent me from taking
you with me?" le said intensely, a
mighty longing in his breast. She
laughed, but drew back uneasily.
"And Jive unhappily ever after
ward?" said she. "Oh, deari me! Isn't
this a funnm proceeding? Just think
of me, Ibererly Cailhoun, being mixed
up in schemes and plots and lutrigues
and all that! It seems like a great
big diream.- And that remind s m
you will fiud a rain coat at the foot of
the ste'ps. I couldn't get other clothes
for you, so you'll have to wear the
uniform. There's a stiff hat of Mr.
Lorry's also. You've no Idea how dif
fleult it Is for a girl to collect clothes
for a man. There doesn't seem to be
any real excuse for It, you know.
Goodness, it looks black ahead there,
doesn't it ? I hate underground things.
They're so damp and all that. How
far is it, do you suppose,. to the door
in thme wall?" She was chattering on,
simply to keep up her courage and to
make her fairest show of corkmposiure.
"It's a little more than 800 yards,"
he rep~lied. They were advancing
through the low, narrow stono lined
passage. She steafastly ignored the
hand lhe held bacek for support. It was
not a pleasant placel, this underground
way to the outside wvorld. Tlie walls
were damp andl moldy; the odor of the
rank earth assailed the nostrils; the
,air wias chill and deathlike.
"Hlow do you know?2" she demanded
"I have traversed the passage be
fore, Mliss Calhoun," ho replied. She
stopped likec one paralyzed, her eyes
wide and incredulous. "Franz was my
guide from the outer gate into the
chapel. It is easy enough to get out
side the walls, but extremely diffcult
to return," ho went on easily.
I"You mean to say that you have
been in and out 1)y way of this pas.
sage? Theni, what was your object
sir? shneaed trniy.*
'My desire to communicate with
friends who could not enter the city.
Will it interest you if I say that the
particular object of any concern was
a young woman ?"
She gasped and was stubbornly si.
lent for a long.ttme. Bitter resentment
filled her sou,. bitter disappointment in
this young man. "A young woman!"
he had said, oh, so insolently! There
could be -but one Inference, one conclu
sion. The realization of it settled one
point in her mind forever.
"It wouldn't interest me in the least
I don't even care who she was. Per
wit me to wish you much joy with her
Why don't you go on?" Irritably, for
getting that It was she who delayed
progress. Ils smile was invisible It
the blaekness above the lantern. Ther.
were no words spoken until aftor the
had reached the little door in the wa!J
Here the passage was wider. Ther.
were casks and chests on the floor, evi
dently containing articles that requiro&
Instant removal from Edelwetss 1i
case of an emergency.
"Who was that woman?" she asko..
at last. 'The key to the door was in tb
nervous little hand.
"One very near and dear to me, Mis
Calhoun. That's all I Can say at th14
"Woll, this is the only time you wil
have the chance," she cried loftily
"Here we part. Hush!" slo whispered.
luvoluntarily grasping his arm. "I
think I heard a step. Can any one be
following us?" Tey stopped and lie
tened. It was as still as a tomb.
"It must be the same old rat." he
answered jokingly. She was too norv
ous for any pleasantries and. releasing
her hold on his arm, said timidly.
"Am I to go In this mannor? Have
you no kind word for me? I love you
better than my soul. It ,Is of small
consequence to you, I know. but I
crave one forgiving word. It may be
the last." He clasped her hand, and
she did not withdraw it. Her lips
were trembling, but her eyes were
brave and obstinate. Suddenly she sat
Oown upon one of the chests. If he
had not told her of the other woman!
"Forgive mO instead, for all that I
hpe brought.. *i'to.," she- murmured.
"It was all ny fault. I shall never
forget you or forgive myself. I-I am
going back to Washin'ton immediately.
I can't bear to stay here now. Good
by. and God bless you. Do-do you
think we shall ever see each other
again?" Unconsciously she was cling
ing to his hand. There were tears in
the gray eyes that looked pathetically
down there in the gmowsome passage
way with the fitful rays of the lantern
lighting her face. Only the strictest
self control kept him from seizing her
in his arms, for something told him
that she would have surrendered.
"This Is the end. I fear," he said,
with grim peralstence. he eniht her
breath in half a sob. Then she arose
resolutely, although her knees trem
bled s1hRlamielessly.
"Well, then, goodby." she said very
endily. "You are free to go where
id to whomi you like. Think of me
once in awhile, Uildos. Ihere's the
key. 11111-1-y! I-I can't stand it much
longer!" She was ready to break (own.
ItId Ie Kaw it, but he 11111de no sign.
Turning the key in the rusty lock, he
enitioisly opned the door. Tho moon
lit world lay beyond. A warm. intox
lating breath of fresh air citme in
upon01 them, ie suddenly stoped and
kis-sed her hland;.
"Forgive me for haviug annoyed you
with myl3 poor Iove,." lie said as he
stood in the door, looking into the
night beyond.
"All--all ight," sheO chiokedl out as
she started to close the door atfter him.
"IHalt! You are our~ pr1isoner~l!"
Tfhe words r-anzg out sharply In the
allenice or the ight. Instinc(tively Bev
erly made(1 an attempt to close the
door, lbut she' was too late0. 'i'wo bJur1y,
villainous looking men, sword in hand,
blocked the exit and adva-nced upon
"Unack! Baick!" Balos aboutedl to
Beverly, dIrawinlg his.' sword.
Like a flash s:he pieked up the Ian
tel-l and spraing out of lisa way. Cap
ture or wvor-ee seeimd certain,. but her
heart did nt fall her.
"Put up y-our sword! You are under
ar-rest!" ('ame1 from the foremost of the
two. TIe hand heaird enough of Baldo'
r'use might lhe successful and that he.
would surrender peaceably to niumb~ers.
The men's itustructions were to take
their quarry alive If piossibie. The re
ward for the mian living exceeded that
for himi; dead1.
Baldos instaintly recognised them as
I es1~ emloyed~0 by Marlanx. They had
been dogging his footsteps for days
and even; had tied to murder him.
'The desir-e fo.r vengeance wa-is workinug
like madnessC~l 11n hIs blood, ie was
" Onet!" crUed Baldos.
of hiS sworil. Baysie"i'~Tiifee
vouchsafed that he would show little
"Arrest me, you cowardly curs" he
exclaimed. "Neveri' With a spring
to one side he quickly overturned one
of the casks, and, pushing it in front
of him, it served as a rolling bulwdrk,
provetiting a joint attack.
"You first!" he cried coolly as his
sword met that of the leader. The un
happy wretch was no match for the
finest -swordsman In Graustark. He
made a few desperate attemps to ward
off his inevitable fate, calling loudly
for his comrade to aid him. The latter
was eager enough, but Baldos' strate
gic roll of the cask effectively prevent.
ed him from taking a hand. With a vi
cious thrust the blade of the goat hunt
er tore clean through the man's chest
and touched the wall behind.
"One!" cried Baldos, gloating in the
chance that had come to him. The
man gasped and fell. He was none too
quick in withdrawing his dripping
weapon, for the second man was over
the obstacle and upon him.
OLD the lantern higher, Be"
In the fury of the fight he
remembered the risk and im
portance of not mentioning
her name and stopped short. He was
fighting fast, but warily, for he real
ized that his present adversary was no
mean one. As the swords played back
and forth in fierce thrusts and parries
he spoke assuringly to Beverly: "Don't
he frightened! As soon as I finish with
this fellow we will go on! Ah! Bravor
Vell parried, my man! How the deuce
could such a swordsman as you become
n cutthroat of Marlanx?"
Beverly had 1een1 statnding still all
this time. holding the light high above
,ber head. accQrding to her lover's or
der, for she knew now that such he
was an3d that she loved him with all
her heart. Sbe was a weird picture
standing there its sihe watched Baldos
lighting for. their lives. her beautiful
nee deathlik in its Pallor. Not a cry
escaped her lips as the sword blades
swished and clashed, She could hear
the (eiep breathing of the conbatahts
in that tomb.like passage.
Slddenly she started and listened
keenly. From behind her, back there in
the darkntess, hurried footsteps were
unmistakably approaching. What she
had heard, then, was not the scurrying
of a rat. Sonme one was followintg them.
A terrible atnguish seized her. Louder
andi nearer came the heavy steps. "Oh,
Italdos!" site screamed in terror. "An
other is cominag!"
"Have no fear, dear onel" he sung
out gayly. His voice wvas infinitely
more cheerful than lie felt, for hte teal
izedl only too well the desperate situa
tion. ie was penned in and forced to
mteet an attack f.'om front and rear.
Hie fell upon his assailant with redou
lied fury, aiming to finish him before
the newvcomier could give aid.
From out of thte gloom carrx fi end
ish laugh. Instantly the dam k figure of.
a man appeared,~l his facoeecompletely
hidden by a broad sloucht hat and the
long cloak whtich enveloped him. A
sardotnie voice hissed: "Trapped at last!
M1y lady and1( her lover thought to es
cape, did thtey!" Thie voice was unfa
millar, but the atmosphere seemed
charged with Mlarlanx. "Kill him,
Zemn!" lie shiouted. "Don't let him es
cape you! I will take care of the little
witch, never fear!" ie clutched at the
girl and tried to dlraw~ her to him.
"Mlarlanix! By aill the god1s!" cried
Baldos in despair, Ie had1( w.ounided hisa
man several times, though ntot serious
ly. Hie dIared ntot turn to Beverly's aid.
The sceine was thrilling, grewsomie.
Within this narrow, dimly lighted un
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