hardened, despite the airy tone he
"I seo that there is "nothing to'be
got from you" Then the prince di
rected bis glance to me. "And yon,
sir what is she to you? What is her
serene highness to you?"
"She is everything in the world to
aie," said I.
The consternation which followed
cannot b described here. The count
stepped back dumfounded. Hiilars re
garded me as though he thought I had
suddenly gone mad. The countenance
f the prince alone remained unruffled.
"Count," he said, laughing, *Ht seems
that the princess gathers lovers as a
woolen coa* does teasels Her loyei\s
there must now be a legloh!"
"You lie'" said Hiilars, in an oddly
suppressed tone "You know thst you
The pi race's lips drew to a thin line,
but that was all "Still, who will dis
prove it?" he asked.
"If you will allow me," said a voice
We beheld the priucess framed in
the dooiA^ay There was a pallor and
a look of utter vcanuess in her face.
At the sight of her the count uncov
the punce lose
"You aimal is quitd timely," said
he "Hoie aie two champions of yours
Corae, which do you lo\e?"
A fm sprang to my hepd, and I
said "You have too much confidence
in our patience I wain you that I
hate no fear of the sabers back of
The same sabeis leaped from then
scnbbaids and fell stiffly against their
owneis' shoulders instinctively.
"Has it come to this," said the pun
cess, a superb scuii in her eyes, "that
my honoi must needs be defended by
strangeis and aliens*5"
For the brief-
est space hr glance plunged into my
eyes She moved towaid the prince.
"And 3ou, sir, are to be my husband?"
"It ib the will of the king," said the
prince, a mocking smile oh his lips.
How I lusted for his blood!
"And, though my honor is doubtful,"
went on the woman I loved, "you still
would marry me?'
"Youi highness," said the prince,
with a bow which entailed the sweep
mg of his hands, "I would marry you
weie your honor a^"
"Whft!" 1 oared Hiilars English.
But he was a moment too late. My
hands were around the threat of Prince
Ernst of Wortumborg, and I was
shaking him till his teeth chattered
on each other like castanets Surely
I would have throttled lum but for the
intervention of the count and the cav
alrymen The count swung his arm
around my neck, while the cavalry
men, their saber points at Hiilars'
breast, wrenched loose my hands. I
stood glanug at him, panting and fu
rious. leaned against the table,
gasping and coughing Finally he re
covered his composure
"Count, I was wrong you were right
These fellows are dangerous."
"I will fight you on any terms!" I
fired back at him
"I shall send you one of my lackeys,"
he replied "Take them away, and
shoot them if they resist!"
"Liberate the gentlemen," said Gret
The count gazed at her in amaze
"Libeiite them?" he cried.
I command it!"
said the prince
Yes This is my pmncipality these
are mj soldieis I command here."
This was a coup indeed
'But v\e lepiesent his majesty!"
cried the count, still holding me by the
thioat 1 YUIS all but sti angled my
"I caie notw horn you lepresent," said
Gietehen 'I am obedient only to the
king, not his minions Release the
The count's arm slowly unwound.
Hillais piessed down the saber points
with his hands and shook off the band
of one ot the ca\ahjmen
"If it be youi highness will," he
said, will throw these intruders
into the load Might is light," waving
his baud to the door which led to the
bairoom The mnkeepei and three
otheis hied into the room grimly and
silentlj Thej veie aimed For the
first time the punce lost patience.
"Thib is all \ei well, jour highness,"
he sneeied "You misunderstand the
limits of youi po-wei to command."
"Not in anj part," said Gretchen. "I
am soveieign heie notwithstanding the
king's wiU is paiamount to my own.
These people are my people these sol
diers aie fed of my bounty this is my
countn till the king takes it back.
You will act further at your peril."
A bar of sunlight suddenly pervaded
the roomred sunlightlighting in its
passing a tableau I shall never forget.
Gretchen stood at her full height, her
arms held closely to her sides and her
hands clinched. On her face there was
that half smile called consciousness of
triumph. Hiilars was gazing at her
with his soul swimming in his eyes.
And II had a wild desire to throw
myself at her feet then and there.
Over the hard set visage of the inn
keeper the bar of sunlight traveled,
over the scowling countenance of the
prince, over the puzzled brow of the
count, and, going, left a golden purple
in its wake, which imperceptibly deep
ened. The prince was first to speak.
"I protest," said he.
"Against what?" asked Gretchen.
"It is the king's will that you become
my wife. He will not tolerate this at
titude of yours. Your principality is in
jeopardy, let me tell you."
"Does the fact that I have promised
the king to become your wife detract
from my power? Not a jot. Till you
are my husband I am mistress here
"As to that we shall see," said the
prince. "Then you Intend to keep your
~v?- "r. -s
SW3i. '^as^ijj^Bt J'"*
is there man or woman -who can say
tbat everhroke one?"
"Your highness, what jire- your com
mands?" I was the innkeeper who
spoke. His fingers were twitching
about the hammer of his carbine.
nodded approvingly toward me. My
assault upon the prince had brought
jme again into his good graces."
Gretchen did not answer him, but
she smiled kindly.
"Ah, yes," said the prince. "This
is that Breunner fellow."
The innkeeper made a movement.
The prince saw it. and so did I. Prince
Ernst of Wortumborg was never so
near death in all his life as at that
moment. "He knew ijt tea
"Your highness has a %ery eood
memory," said the innkeeper dryly.
"There are some things it were best
to forget," replied the prince.
"I .am pleased that your highness
shares my opinion," returned the old
fellow. The muzzle of the carbine
was once more pointed at the ceiling.
The rest of us looked on, but we un
derstood nothing of these passes. Ever
Gretchen was in-the dark.
"We met long ago," said the inn
"Yes, but I have leally forgotten
what the subject of our discussion
was," said the prince, regaiding the
innkeeper through half closed lids.
"Perhaps he can explain."
"It is very kind of your highness,"
said the innkeeper, laughing mail
ciously "But 1 am old and my mem
ory serves me ill
The prince shrugged "But we have
drifted away from the present matter
Your highness, then, promises to bend
to the will of the king?"
"Yes," said Gretchen "1 gave the
king my promise because I had
wearied of resistance, having no "one
to turn tothen I shall marry you.
though I detest you. But I shall be
your wife only in name and not in the
eyes of God."
"The lattei sacrifice wras
of you," smiled thfe prince.
"I shall depart this day for the capi
tal," continued Gretchen. "I warn you
not to inflict your presence upon me
during the journey. Now go The air
while you remain is somewhat difficu't
The prince surveyed" the menacing
faces which surrounded him, then
gathered up his hat and gloves.
"I see that your highness will be a
dutiful wife," he said, smoothing the
silk of his hat with his elbow. He
blew into his gloves and carefully drew
them over h,s hands "A pleasant jour
ney to your highness," he added
"Come, count And these?" waving
his hand toward Hiilars and me.
"They have my fullest protection."
He smiled villainously, then walked
to the door with a measured tread. At
the door he turned. There was a flash
of rage in his eyes, but he quicklv sub
"Auf wiedersehen!" with a sweeping
glance which took in all of us and par
He passed out, the count following
him sobeily. The two cavalrymen
thrust their sabers into the scabbards
with a clank and made as though to
"Wait," said Gretchen. "I shall ha^e
need of you You will escort me to the
station Now you may go."
They saluted gra\ ely. They appre
ciated the situation The princess was
their bread and butter
"Your highness," said Hiilars. "there
has been a mistake
"A mistake'" repeated Gretchen won
"Yes they hu\e made you a princess,
whereas thev should have macZe vou a
queen Will jo forgive me the trou
ble I have caused?"
"It is I wTho
must ask forgiveness of
you," she said, with a sad smilp "You
may kiss my hand, sir."
Hiilars remained somewhat long
"And how comes it that you gentle
men know each other?" she asked
"Damon and Pythias, your highness,"
answered Hiilars "We weie brought
up together, and we have shared our
tents and kettles I recommend Pyth
ms to you as a brave gentleman"
Then he came to me "You are a brave
fellow, Jack," grasping m.\ hand
"Good luck to you I ha*d an idea It
has returned. Now, then, innkeeper,
come with me."
"With you, and where?" asked the
innkeeper. If theie was one thing for
which he could not account, it was the
presence of Hiilars at the inn
"Never mind where, but come," an
swered Hiilars gayly. bent and
whispeied something into the old fel
low's ear. It was something which
pleased him, for he screwed his lips
into a smile and took the white hand
of the whisperer in his brawny fist and
nigh crushed it.
"Well, well! It doesn't matter where
you came from. Here, you," to the
trio behind him, "go back to the sta-
bles." They filed out. Then the inn
keeper took Hiilars by the^rm. "Come
along time passes."
"And where are you going?" I asked
anxiously. Hiilars should not have
passed from my sight but for Gretchen.
"We'll be back' shortly," he answer
ed. "You will know all about It then,
He stood on the sill of the door, a
handsome picture. His gray eyes spar
kled, his face was full of excitement
and there was a color in his cheeks.
There was no sign here of the dissipat
ed man of the nigl before. It was
Hiilars as I had seen him in the old
days. But for his nineteenth century
garb he might have just stepped down
from a framea gallant by Eortuny,
who loved the awakened animal in
man. The poise was careless, but-grace
ful, and the smile was debonair. His
eyes were holding Gretchen's. A mo
ment passed, another and another
then, "Long live and God bless her se
rene highness the Princess Hilde
garde!" And he was gone.
And as he disappeared a shadow of
jsome sort:$^ed bef&te my eye?
a something dull and^hefivy,^^
upon jny heart. Presently cairn
sound of-Jjeating hoofs, and then
hecame still. 4^r~
Gretchen and I were'atone. "hrf***
chen appeared to be studying the Hut
veins in her hands which she listlessly
held before -her. An Interval of three
four minutes* passed still she re
mained~in that pathetic attitude, silent
vGretchen," aid I. "have you notb
ing to say?"
"Yes." He eyes raised to the, level
of mine, and f*saw that tbey were
deep in tears. "Herr, I shall say to
you that whicjb I Tiave never said to
any man and that which shall c^yer
say to any man again I may say it
now because it is sinless I love you!
I lo\ you, and, loving you, God knowr
what the future without you shall be.
-Yes, I love you. Take me once in
vour arms and kiss me and let me go
Then, with a smile which partly
Shielded a sob, her arms went around
my neck and her face lay close to
mine. Heaven knows which was the
greater, the joy or the pam.
"Gretchen, think!" I cried distract
edly. "What is a prince or a king to
you and me, who love?"
"There is honor," gently. She caress
ed my cheek with her fingeis.
"Honor!" I cried vehemently. "Is
it honorable to marry the man you do
not lene and break the heart of the
one you do?"
She did not answer, but her a
fell from my neck, and she approach
ed the window. The passing river was
reflected in her eyes. Her 1 everie was
a short one.
"Listen, herr. 1 will tell you why
it is honorable. The prince and the
king? I fear the one as little as I do
the other It is not the prince, it is not
the king, *\t is not the principality.
Herr, I ha\e come near to being a
very wicked woman, who was about
to break the most sacred promise a.
sovereign can make Before I came
here a delegation of my people ap
proached me. On bended knees tbey
asked me not to voluntarily return the
principality to~the king, who was like
ly to give them a ruler lapacious or
cruel or indifferent. "And. while they
understood what a sacrifice it meant
to me, they asked me to bend mv will
to the king's and wed the prince, vow
ing that I alone should be recognized
as their sovereign ruler. Since my cocfij
nation they said that they had known
the first happiness in years. Herr, it
was so pathetic! I love my people,
who, after all, are not adopted, since
I was born here. So I gave my prom
ise, and, heaven forgive me, I
about to break it!
"There are some things, herr,-which
the publican does not understand. One
of these is the duty a sovereign owes
to the people The woman in me
wishes to follow your fortunes, tfiodgh
they carry her to the ends of the
world, but the sovereign sees but one
pathhonor and duty. What is one
human heart to a hundred thousand?
A grain of sand Herr, let mine be
broken. I shall not murmur.. Alas, to
be a princess, a puppet in this tinsel
show of kings and queens! It is my
word and the king's will wb.ieh_-b.ave
made my happiness an impossibility
Though I love you, I wish never to see
you again I shall be wife but in
name, yet I may not have a lover I
am not av woman ot the court I am
pioud of my honoi, though the man
who is to be my husband doubts that."
"No, Gretchen." said I "he does not
doubt it, but he wishes me to do so
I believe in your innocence as I believe
in youi love
"It is sad is it not" said she "that
we must go through our davs loving
each other and all the world standing
between? I ba\ ij%er lo\ed a-man
before I did not want to kne you I
did not know that I lo\ed you till I
saw that your life was danger Yet
I am glad that I ba\e lned for a brief
second, for till a woman loves she does
not live I am bra%e do you be like
wise I shall go back to the world, and
who shall know of the heart of fire
beneath the ice? Not even the man I
love. Kiss me. It is the last kiss I
shall take from the lips of any man."
And it seemed to me that ouV souls
met in that last -kiss, melted and be
came one. Her hands dropped to her
side, and swiftly she sped from the
She had entered the coach. The-cav
alrymen were perched upon the box.
There was a crack of the lash, and the
coach rolled awa* I watched it, stand
ing in the road. A cloud of yellow dust
partially obscured it from view. Half
a mile beyond rose a small bill. This
the coach mounted, and the red.gold
of the smoldering sun engulfed it Was
it a face 1 saw at the window' Per
haps. Then over the hill all disap
peared nnd with it the whole world,
and I stood in emptiness, alone.
Gretchen had gone.
I was wandering- almlesaJy through
the rose gardens when the faroff sound
of galloping hoofs came on the breeze.
Nearer and nearer it drw. I ran out
Into the highway. I saw a horse come
wildly dashing along. It was riderless,
and as it came closer I saw the foam of
sweat dripping from its flanks" and
shoulders. As the animal plunged to
ward me I made a spring and caught,
the bridle, hanging on till the brute
came to a standstill. It was quivering
from fright. There was a gash on its
neck, and it was bleeding and turning
the white flakes of sweat into a murky
"Good Lord!" I ejaculated. "If one
of the cavalry horses. Hiilars or the
Innkeeper has been hurt"
I was of the mind to~mount the ani
mal and go In search of them when
Stahlberg, who had come to my as
sistance, said that I had best wait A
quarter of an hour passed. Then we ___
could see another horse, perhajps^iLlf jctateT
mile away, coming toward the innat
p. canter. From what I could see hi the
pale light, the horse carried 1 double
burden. A sheet_of 4ee seemed to fall
on my heart" WhafiPhad happened?
Had" Dan and the-"
prince come to
biowis? Alas, could have cried out fn
anguish at the sight which-finally met
my gaze. The innkeeper held the reins,
and propped up in front of him was
Hiilars, to -ill appearances dead. __
"Gott," cried the innkeeper, discov
ering me, "but I am glad to see'you,
herr! Your friend has been hurt, bad
^Heavens!" I cried, jrhe hand and
wrist of the Innkeei er which encircled
Hiilars were drenched in blood.
"Yes a bullet somewhere in his chest
Help me down with him. is not
dead yet I'll tell you the story when
we have made it comfortable for him."
Tenderly we. carried the inanimate
form of poor Hiilars into the inn and
Tenderly we carried the inanimate /orrn
of poor Hiilars into the inn
laid it on the sofa I tore back his
blood wet sh'rt The wound was slight
ly below the right lung. The bullet bad
severed an artery, for I could see that
the blood gushed. We worked over
him for a few moments, and then he
opened his eyes. saw me and
"There wasn't any regiment, old man,
but this-will^feuffice My hand trem
bled. But he'll never use his right
arm again.-curse him!"
"Dan, Dan," I cried, "what made von
"When I am a man's friend, it Is fn
life and death He was in the way.
He may thank liquor that be lives."
The lids of ht.5 eyes contracted. "Hurts
a little, but it will not be for long, my
son. I am bleeding to death inside.
the woman loves you, and in
God's eyes, princess or not, she belongs
to you You and 1 cannot understand
these things which make it impossible
for a man and a woman who love each
other to wed Let me hold your hand
I feel like an old woman Give me a
mouthful of brandy Ah, that's bet
ter! Innkeepei, your courage is not to
be doubted, but your judgment of liq
uor is Anyway, Jack, I suppose you
will not forget me in a week or so,
"Dan!" was all 1 could say, bending
over his hand to hide my teai
"Jack, yon are not sorry?"
"Dan, you are more to me than any
woman in the world
"Oh, say! You wouldn'thold me up
a bit higher that's ityou wouldn't
have me hang on now would you? I
ha\en't anything to Ine for, no matter
how vou put it Home' I never had
one The only regret I ha\e in leaving
is that the prince will not keep me
company Put an obol in my hand,
and Charon will see me ovei the Styx
"And when, like her, 0 Saki jou shall pass
Among the guests star scattered on the grass.
And in your jojous errand reach the spot
Where 1 made one, turn down an empty glass 1
"Well, hang me. Jack if you aren't
crying! Then you thought**more of
me than I believed a man's tears
mean more than a woman's A man
must die, and what is a year or two?
How much better to fold the tent
when living becomes tasteless and the
cup is full of lees! The prince was a
trifle cruel, but perhaps his hand
trembled too Innkeeper, you're a
"Herr is a man of heart," said the
grizzled veteran sadly.
"Tell Jack how it happened," said
Dan. "It hurts me."-
On leaving me, Hiilars and the inn
keeper, aftef having taken a pair of
pistols, had mounted the cavalry
horses despite the protests of the own
ers, and had galloped away In pursuit
of the prince and Count von Walden.
They caught sight of them a mile or
so ahead. They were loping along at
a fair speed. It took half an hour to
bring the two parties* within speaking
distance. Although the prince and Von
Walden beard them, they never turned
around, but kept on straight ahead.
This made Hiilars' choler rise, and be
"One moment, gentlemen," he~ cried.
"I have a word with you!"
They galloped on unheeding. When
Hiilars got in front of them, tney
merely veered to either side.
"Ah!" said Millars, choking with
rage. "With a quick movement he bent
and caught the bridle of the prince's
horse. Th count seeing that the
prince was compelled to rein in, did
likewise. The prince looked disdain
^Well, what is it?" asked Jfon Wal
den. "Speak quickly. Ha your-scrib
bling friend-run away with her high-
"My remarks, most noble,and puis
sant count" said Hiilars, bowing sa
tirically to the^ neck of his horse, I
shall confine to the still more nobli
and puissant Prince of Wortumborg."
"This is an unappreciated honor,"
sneered the prince.
"So it is," replied Hiilars lightly.
"When an honest man speaks to you,
he is conferring an honor upon you
which you as yon say, cannot appre
appears to mo that yovr
llghness has what we America call
malaria. I propose'to put a hole
Jhrough you and let out thhr had sub
stance. Lead, properly used, is a great
iU'ative.-*Blr,~your presence oh this
beautiful worttHs,art eyesore to me."^
"One excuse is as good as another,"
paid the* prince. "Did her highness
delegate- you to put me out of the
"Oh, no. But since yoti have bronghi
her'name into it, I confess that if-1s
on her account. Well,_sn\ no man has
ever insulted a woman in my presence"
nd goneninscalhed. In ^English speak
ing lands we knock him down. This
being Rome, I shall do as the Romans,
do. I believe I called you a liar. I
will do so again. Is the object of my
"As I said to your friend," smiled
the prince, "I will send a lackey down
here to take care of you. -Count, we
shall hardly get toHhe .station in time
to catch the train. Young man, stand
aside. You annoy me. I have no time
to discuss the princess or her lovers.
Release my horse!"
"What a cur you are!" cried Hiilars,
losing his airy tone. "By heaven,
you will fight me if I bave to knock
you down and spit upon you!" Then
With full force he flung his hat into
the face-of the prince.
"You have written finis to your tale,"
said the prince, dismounting.
"Your highness," exclaimed the count,
springing to the ground, "this must not
be! You shall not risk your life at the
bands of this, cursed adventurer."
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Good rigs furnished on short ndtice with or
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FRESH AND SALT MEATS,
Lard, Poultry, Fish and Game in Season.
O H.BUCK O CRAVENS
BUCK & CRAVENS,
All kinds of Blacksmithing neatly
and promptly done. W make a
First Mi, PRINCETON.
St, Washington, D. C.
PETERSON & NELSON.
Satisfaction guaranteed in Woodwork
as well as in Blacksmithing
Horse~Shoeing a Specialty
Op. Sadley Mill.
Has built up a splendid business
and earned an enviable reputation^
by handling only dependabl
BEST IN THE WORLD.
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