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SUNDAY MAGAZINE FOR JULY 18. 1909
A GENTLE KNIGHT
OF OLD BRANDENBURG
with England was almost convinced by the
, i : , en that the renewal of marriage negotiations
would be the best war of pacifying King .George.
Frederick William listened with considerable
patience to his wife, though lie took no steps
toward reviving the English arrangement.
Grumkow was able to prevent thai
Wilhelmina's marriage once more became a
live issue, anil was discussed in The Tabagie
one evening, the King having come over from
Spandau for that j>urj*>se. (Irumkow dwelt
eloquently on the wrongs of Prussia suffered at
the hands of England. He spoke with tears of
the insufferable insults that had been put ujmhi
"our gracious, just, our wise and gentle, King
by the Knglish tyrant, who would trample
Prussia un<ier his despotic heel!" Crumkow.
who was eloquent, easily brought the King back
to his time frenzy, and though his Majesty
did not explicitly dec lan- that nothing would be
done ii relation to the Knglish marriage, he
showed very clearly that his distaste for the
project and his hatred for King George still
existed. . .
The specter of the Knglish man fright
ened Grumkow. since that alliance would ef
fectually put an end to the fine schemes for his
own aggrandizement and would disgrace him
with his real master, th.- Kmperor of Austria.
To prevent the English marriage Grumkow
must find another husband for Wilhelmina.
Schwedt and Weissenfefa being out of the way.
there was no man at hand who would serve
Orumkow's i>uq«rsi' in preventing the English
marnage better than August of Saxony; so, in
desperation and out of sheer, poison hearted
hatred f..r the beautiful Princess, this incarna
lion of Satan proposed King August, the moral
leper of Christendom, for Mina's husband.
Adolph was present at The Tabagie when
Grumkow's suggestion was put forward, ami
again he was in trouble. Having grown care
less of consequences, he ran to the head of the
table where Grumkow was standing beside the
King's chair, and unceremoniously interrupted
Grumkow by shaking his fist under the Baron's
nose, after which aggressive movement he
turned to the King, exclaiming:
•' Why do you not kill your daughter? She
had a thousand times better be dead than mar
ried t.> the man this — this archfiend suggests."
Brave Margrave! Noble Margravel The-e
was not in all Brandenburg and Prussia another
man who would have dared speak those words,
unless it was the handsome Captain.
"Take this man away and put him to bed!"
cried the Kinj».
Two parliamentarians led the Margrave from
the room, while he shouted anathemas against
AFTER Adolph had departed he was per
•**■ .... go his way alone and immedi
ately went the Queen's boudoir. When a
lady in waiting met him at the door, he sent
word to her Majesty thai he wished t<> sj«-uk to
her on a subject of great importance, and was
at once admitted. Standing fore the Queen,
hat in hand and almost breathless, he began to
explain his mission.
"■ I have just ... out of The Tabagie."
lie ex< I. timed excitedly, "and I came at once to
tell ...... Crumkow has suggested
the King of Saxony for your daughter's hus
"Which daughter'" exclaimed Don't Care,
who was seated at the harpsichord.
"Princess Wilhelmina. '" responded Adolph.
"Oh." said Don't Care, turning again to the
harpsichord and running her fingers carelessly
over the keys.
" Stop that noise!" cried the Queen. " Where
is your sister' "
" I'm sure I don't know." answered Don't
Care, without turning her head from the harp
sichord. "She is in bed. I suppose. Shall I
carry the welcome news to her?'
" \o," said the • 'ueen sharply. " Keep still!
\'.-w. you — you— ' waving her hand toward
the Margrave, "go on. go on!"
"Ma lam, : have told you all ... tell."
answered Adolph. mopping his face with the
great red handkerchief. "Grumkow proposes
King August. Your husban-1 seems to take
kindly to the"*proposition ami curses England
ant! the English marriage. That is all. ! have
said — much."
"!t is indeed much," answered the Queen.
"What ■ an we ilo?"
"I: your Majesty will allow me to speak, I.
who am of so little moment in your eyes may
be able to make .1 suggestion that Would be
worth hearing "
"In God's name, speak'" answered the
Queen, " What you have to say may be worth
listening to. 1 haven't thing else to do just
now. Co on!"
"If your Majesty insists on trying to revive
the English marriage —
•• For the love of Cod'" cried the Queen. "1
this fool, too, going to try to talk me out
"Shall : proceed?" asked the Margrave, with
a Bash of anger.
"Yes, yes, go on!" returned the Queen im
•'I; your Majesty insists at this time on put
ting forward the English marriage, you will
surely precipitate the union with Saxony. You
have' already learned the brutal strength of
Grumkow's hand. What now would be the
fate of the Princess if I had failed to come to
her rescue? King August will not refuse her
hand as 1 did, and I may not be able to kill his
Majesty of Poland. Listen to the advice of one
m pj£< JO
who has proved himself your friend Drop the
English project at once if you would not bring
ruin on yourself and on the Princess. and ttyto
find for your .laughter a husband more suitable
than King August." . ,
Don't Care rose from the harpsichord and
ran laughing to the <J U een. " L*t me present
to mv sister mv Prince, the hereditary I rmc
of Bayreuth." . said the little Princess, who
seemed to l.*,k upon the situation as a rare jest.
Much to F)..n f t fare's surpnM-. the Margrave
cried joyfully. -That is the very thinjj y/ .ur
Majesty] It' is a wise suggestion. The I nnce
of liavreuth is a tine gentleman."
"Oh is he?" exclaimed Don't Tare. You
told me he was not. Perhaps I don't want to
eive him away." . - - » <
The Margrave quickly saw his mistake, ana
in his heart thanke.l the FYmces- for having m
terrupted him. ".Will your Highness kindly
permit me to finish 1 - he" said, lifting a protest
ing palm to Don't Car.-. - I was a?»out to say
that the hereditary Prince of Bavrratfa fa a fine
gentleman compared with the Kin- o! Poland
He is not hamlsome. and perhaj>s he j- not t<> a
lady's taste; but he is a deeply p:ous man. vcn."
hori.st. and very iust."
Do you know him?" asked the < Kieen.
"Yes. yur Majesty." retun Adolph.
"Tell me of him." c-.niman.ied the (Jueen.
\di.lph paused a moment to refresh his mem
ory. and said. "He is very tall, well e<iucate<l.
very pious, very honest, and very poor. As I
have said, his personal appearance i^— well, he
is letter off in that respect than I—<ro.lI — <ro.I Kn-.w^.
better oIT than I — nrnih!"
"We will think of what you have said, re
turned th<- < >ueen. "It will, at lea^t for a time,
interfere with C.rumkow's plan. Goodnight
and thank you. Your intention- are good, unu
your advice may !>*■ — may Ik- even better. I
am sorry I spoke sharply to you."
Adolph left the Queen, sadly went t<-> h;-;
room, lay down on his bed. and with a heavy
heart triad to go 1 sleep. Finding sleep impos
sible, he rose, left palace by the p. .stern
gate of which he had the key. sought his favor
ite tavern the Big Sausage, drank several
quarts of good rich beer, and .soon was keeping
like a child.
OWING to C»rumkow"s watchfulness, the
Queen was unable to see the King for two
or tlifee days after the interview with Adolph:
but when she saw him she told him that she had
heard of C.rumkow's kind suggestion touching
the Saxony alliance. She also told him her
mind on the subject. The King listened for a
time and broke forth in storm.
"I'm tired of hearing the English marriage
drummed into my ears! and I te!! you I'll not
endure it another' day! You are so great a fool
that you will never drop it till the girl is mar
By Eva Dean
Eadie Foy in
Mr. Hamlet of Broajway "
ried. She shall marry at '-net — August or ■*
lackey. It is all one to me. ■><, that I get ker
marrfed am! stop your maddf-n:r.i» haran^ji
about the Kng!i-.h marriage. England— never'
Any,- else — very well. But make the chok
at <>nee: for married she shall be immediately"
If you <!■> not at or.cc choose a h\: ■\r.-l for her
that is satisfactory to me, August of Saxony
shall have her! If she refuses, she alreadv-*
knows what her fate will be. an<l she know"','
what w-iil befall her brother and her trien.Ls."
The King left, and poor Wilheirr^na. wh<> w 4 .
present .luring the interview. »-a- once more ir.
Don't Care sai-J, "Take my Prince. H| ri
I'll go single rather than have my sister marry
King August." Don't t.'are's cruelty was br
no means the least of Mina's troubles.
There seemed nothing else to <lo but to ac
cept the offer: v> th»- 'Jueen an-i Wilhrimina
within a few- (Jays notifie'l his Majesty that th c
Princess woul'l marry the here<iita.-y Prince ot
Ha\Teuth if her choke met with the King's ap
When the subject was brought up jr. The
Tabag-.e. PVrumkow did not approve, and the
King was <ieci<ie<ily averse to the here<i:tary
Prince of Bavreuth: s<> wor-1 was sent to the
Queen an«l the Princess, notifying then: that
another choice must be made.
'T'lIK next evening li«-fi>re sspper, the Mar
■*• grave, who ha«l heard the verdict at The
Tabagie. presente<i himself at the d<x>r ot
<irumkow's hou^e and asked to see the Barns.
Gnxmkow refused tf> se«- Adolpb until w^i
was nt in that he Ix^re a message frotn the
Queen. Tht-n he was ushered :r.!j the Baron's
presence; an<l bravely entered upon his canj^r
oas and desjx-rate undertaking.
"The Qneen and Princess V.V.:-.. imina xish
me to say that their choice ha^ faDni on the
Prime of' Bayreuth. ar.d that the I'r.ncess xiH
Tnarrv nor.c other."
"They know the consequences.** growled
Gnnnkow. "And if that is all j •: canre to say.
•[•-■ say — much. answered
Adolph, breathing heavily and suppresusg ka
anger. *' Plea.se read this copy <4 a letter wrt
ten by iron s"me months ago to Sladaxn R>
(inirnkow sprang to his feet at the mect^a
of Rarr.en'^ name; but quickly re-'.:r^ed ha
chair and by a great effort composed h:r=-seK.
He took the paper from Adolph'sfc .r. :. read it
and handed it back with the remark, "I know
nothing of the letter. It :s not ta lay haid
•"I hope you <Iv n«->t suppose I would br n
great a f-x-I as to introst y>u with the origisal'fll
answered Adolph. smiling an.'. :>i ::r.g the paper.
"The origir.al is not in Ber!:n. It » ffl the
hand* of a powerful man. a Prrn, c, whose x»ri
the Kir.g will gladly accept. If his Jtajety
<iocs not approTe the Qoeen's choice ■•: the he
reditary.- Prince ol Bayreuth. >r if by asy
chanoc cv.l be'alN ~ e. rr.y :- ■- :. who hol-i
the original of this letter, wfl] preseat it r> the
" I .:.>n't ..ire when the lerr. - b urn a to Cc
Kin" " said llmmkow. with all the cootMssa
William Hi«d,'c in
"The Man from Home™
Rose Stahl in
The Choru* L^dv "
Wilton Lackiye ifl
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