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THE GGOSE GIRL
JT' A Romantic Story By
fc/HAROLD M^GRATH ^3?
^ Author of
Jhe flan on the Box. The Lure of-the Mas#, etc .,
Copyright 1909, TTke Bobba-Merritl Company.
CHAPTER XII.?Continued.
The quartet stole along in the darkness,
noiselessly and secretly.
The vintner had Indeed heard some
thin*. He knew not what this noise was,
hut It was enough to set his heels to
flying'. A phase had developed In his
character that defied analysis; suspicion,
suspicion of daylight, of night, of shadows
moving by walls, of footsteps behind.
Only a little while ago he had walked
free-hearted and careless. This growing
habit of skulking was gall and worm
wood. Once in his room, which was di
rectly over the office of the American
consulate, he fell Into a chair. Inert and
brt-athless. What a night! What a series
of adventures!
"Only a month ago I was a boy. I am
a man now, for I know what It is to
suffer. Gretchen, dear Gretchen, I am a
black scoundrel! But If I break your
heart I shall break my own along with it.
I wonder how much longer It will last.
Hut for that vintner's notice I should
have been lost."
By and by he lighted a candle. The
room held a cot, a table and two chairs.
The vintner's wardrobe consisted of a
small par- thrown carelessly Into a cor
ner. Out of the drawer in the table he
took several papers and burned them.
The ashes lie cast out of the window. He
knew something about police methods;
they were by no means all through with
him! Ah! A patch of white paper just
Inside the door caught his eye. He fetched
It to the candle. What he read forced
the color from his cheeks and his hands
were touched with transient palsy.
"The devil! What shall I do now?" he
muttered, thoroughly dismayed.
What, indeed, should he do? Which
way should he move? How long had he
been in Dreiberg? Ah, that would be
rich! What a joke! It would afford him
a smile In his old age. Carmlchael.
Carmlchael! The vintner chuckled softly
as he scribbled this note:
"If Herr Carmlchael would learn the
secret of number forty Krumerweg, let
him attire himself as a vintner and be In
the Krumerweg at 8 o'clock tonight."
"So there Is a trap, and I am to be
ware of a mountaineer, a carter, a
butcher and a baker? Thanks. Scharfen
stein, my friend, thanks! You are watch
ing over me."
He blew out his candle and went to bed
CHAPTER Xin.
A Day Dream.
Col. von Wallenstein curled his mus-1
taches. It was a happy thought that had
taken him Into the Adlergasse. This
Gretchen had been haunting his dreams,
and here she was, coming into his very
arms, as It were. The sidewalk was nar
row. Gretchen, casually noting that an
officer stood in the way, sensibly veered
into the road. But to her surprise the
soldier left the sidewalk and planted him
self in the midu?e of the road. There was
no mistaking this second maneuver. The
officer, whom she now recognized, was
bent on intercepting her. 8he stopped, a
cold fury In her heart. To make sure,
sh? essayed to go round. It was of no
use. So she stopped again.
r?rr," she said, quietly, "I wish to
at Is possible. Gretchen."
It was 9 o'clock in the morning. The
AdV-rgasse was at this time deserted.
"Will you stand aside?"
"You have been haunting my dreams,
Gretchen."
"That would be a pity. But I wish to
pass."
"Presently. Do you know that you are
the most beautiful being in all Drelberg?"
"I am in a hurra" said Gretchen.
"There Is plenty^of time."
"Not to listen to foolish speeches."
"I am not itoing to let you pass till I
have had a kiss."
"Ah!" Battle flamed up In Gretchen's
eyes. Somewhere in the past, in some re
mote age. her forebears had been men
at-arms or knights in the crusades.
"You are very hard to please. Some
women "
"But what kind of women?" bitingly.
"Not such as I should care to meet. Will
you let me by peacefully?"
"After the toll, after the toll!"
Too late she started to run. He laughed
and caught hold of her. Slowly but irre
sistibly he drew her toward his heart.
The dead-white of her face should have
warned him. With a supreme effort 8he
freed herself and struck him across the
face, and there was a man's strength in
the flat of her hand. Quick as a flash
she whirled round and ran up the street,
he hot upon her heels. He was raging
now with pain and chagrin. The one
hope for Gretchen now lay in the Black
Eagle, and into the tavern she darted ex
citedly.
"Frau Bauer." she cried, gasping as
much In wrath as for lack of breath,
"may I come behind your counter?"
"To be sure, child. Whatever is the
matter?"
Wallenstein's entrance was answer suffi
cient. His hand, held against his sting
ing cheek, was telltale enough for the
proprietress of the Black Eagle.
"Shame!" she cried. She knew her
rights. She was not afraid to speak plain
ly to any officer In the duchy, however
high he might be placed.
"I cannot get at you there. Gretohen,"
said the colonel, giving to his voice that
venom which the lady's man always has
at hand when thwarted in his gallantries.
"You will have to come hence presently."
"She shall stay here all day," declared
Frau Bauer, decidedly.
"I can wait." The colonel, now pos
sessing two smarts, one to his cheek and
one to his vanity, made for the door. But
there was a bulk in the doorway formid
able enough to be worth serious contem
plation.
"What is going on here, little goose
girl?" asked the grizsled old man, fold
ing his arms round his oak staff.
"Herr colonel Insulted me."
"Insulted you?" The colonel laughed
boisterously. This was good; an officer
insult a wench of this orderl "Out of the
way!" he snarled at the obstruction in
the doorway.
"What did he try to do to you,
Gretchen?"
"He tried to kiss me!"
"The man who tries to kiss a woman
against her will is always at heart a
coward," said the mountaineer.
The oolonel seized the old man by the
shoulder to push him aside. The other
never so much as stirred. He put out one
of his arms and clasped the eolonel in
such a manner that he gasped. He was
in the clutch of a Carpathian bear.
| "Well, my little soldier?" said the moun
taineer, his voice even and not a vein
showing In his neck.
"I will kill you for this!" breathed the
colonel, heavily.
"So?" The old man thrust him back
several feet, without any visible exertion.
He let his staff slide into his hand.
The moment the colonel felt himself
liberated he drew his saber and lunged
toward his assailant. There was murder
in his heart. The two women screamed.
The old man laughed. He turned the
thrust with his staff. The colonel, throw
ing caution to the four winds, surrendered
i to his rage. He struck again. The saber
rang against the oak. This dexterity
with the staff carried no warning to the
enraged officer. He struck again and
again. Then the old man struck back.
The pain in the colonel's arm was ex
cruciating. His saber rattled td the stone
flooring. Before he could recover the
1 weapon the victor had put his foot upon
it. He was still smiling, as if the whole
affair was a bit of pastime.
On his part the colonel's blood suddenly
cooled. This was no accident; this med
dling peasant had at some time or other
held a saber in his hand and knew how
to use it famously well. The colonel
i realized that he had played the fool
nicely.
"My sword," he demanded, with as
much dignity as he could muster.
"Will you sheathe it?" the old man
asked, mildly.
"Since It is of no particular use," bit
terly.
"I could have broken It half a dozen
times. Here, take it. But be wise la the
future and draw It only in the right."
The gall was bitter on the colonel's
tongue, but his head was evenly balanced
now. He jammed the blade into the
scabbard.
"I should like a word or two with you
outside," said the mountaineer."
"To what purpose?"
"To a good one, as you will learn."
The two of them went out. Gretchen,
overcome, fell upon Frau Bauer's neck
and wept sosndly. The whole affair had
been so sudden and appalling.
Outside the old man laid his hand on
the colonel's arm.
"You must never bother her again."
"Must?"
"The very word. Listen and do not be
a fool because you have some authority
on the general staff. You arc Col. von
Wallensteln; you are something more be
sides."
"What do you infer?"
"I infer nothing. Now and then there
happens strange leakage in the duke's
affairs. The man is well paid. He is a
gambler, and one is always reasonably
certain that the gambler will be wanting
money. Do you begin to understand me,
or must I be more explicit?"
"Who are you?"
"Who I am is of no present conse
quence. But I know who and what you
are. That is all-sufflcient. If you be
have yourself in the future you will be
allowed to continue in prosperity. But if
you attempt to molest that girl again
and I hear of it, there will be no more
gold coming over the frontier from Jug
endheit. Now, do you understand?"
"Yes." The colonel experienced a weak
ness In the knees.
"Go. But be advised and walk circum
spectly." The speaker showed hie back
Insolently and re-entered the Black Eagle.
The colonel, pale and distrait, stared
at the empty door, and he. saw in his
mind's eye a squad of soldiers, a wall, a
single volley and a dishonored roll of
earth. Military informers were given
short shrift. It was not a matter of tear
ing off orders and buttons; it was death.
Who was this terrible old man, with the
mind of a serpent and the strength of a
bear? The colonel went to the barracks,
but his usual debonair was missing.
"I am going into the garden, Gretchen.
Bring me a stein of brown." The moun
taineer smiled genially.
"But I am not working here any more,"
said Gretchen.
"No?"
"She has had a fortune left her," said
Frau Bauer.
"Well, well!" The mountaineer seemed
vastly pleased. "And how much is this
fortune?"
"Two thousand crowns." Gretchen was
not sure, but to her there, always seemed
to be a secret laughter behind those clear
eyes.
"Handsome! And what will you do
now?"
"She is to study for the opera."
"Did I not prophesy it?" he cried. Jubi
lantly. "Did I not say that some im
presario would discover you and make
your fortune?"
"There is plenty of work ahead." said
Gretchen. sagely.
"Always, no matter what we strive for.
But a brave hea t and a cheerful smile
carry you half way up the hill. Where
were you going when this popinjay stop
ped you?"
"I was going to the clock-mender's for
a clock he is repairing."
"I've nothing to do. I'll go with you.
I've an idea that I should like to talk
with you about a very important matter.
Perhaps it would be easier to talk first
and then go for the clock. If you have
it you'll be watching it. Will you come
into the garden with me now'"
"Yes, herr." Gretchen would have gone
anywhere with this strange man. He in
spired confidence.
The garden was a snug little place; a
few peach trees and arbor vines and
vegetables, and tables and chairs on the
brick walk.
"So you are going to become a prima
donna?" he began, seating himself op
posite her.
"I am going to try." she smiled. "What
Is it you wish to say to me?"
"I am wondering how to begin, "looking )
at the blue aky.
"Is it difficult?*:
"Yes, very."
"Then why bother?"
"Some things are written before we are
born. And I must, in the order of things,
read this writing to you."
"Begin," said Gretchen.
"Have you any dreams?"
"Yes," vaguely.
"I mean the kind one has in the day
time, the dreams when the eyes are wide
open."
"Oh, yes!"
"Who has not dreamed of riding in
carriages, of dressing in silks, of wearing
rich ornaments?"
"Ah!" Gretchen clasped her harids and
leaned on her elbows. "And there are
palaces, too."
"To be sure." There was a long pauM.
"How would you like a dream of this
kind to come true?"
"Do they ever come true?"
"In this particular case I am a fairy.
I know that I do not look it; still, I am.
With one touch of my wand?this oak
staff?I can bring vqu r11 these things
you have dreamed about."
"But what would 1 do with carriages
and jewels? I am only a goose girl and
I am to be married."
"To that young rascal of a vintner?"
"He is not a rascal!" loyallfy.
"It will take but little to make him
one," with an odd grimness.
Gretchen did not understand.
He resumed. "How would you like a lit
tle palace, with servants at your berk
and call, with carriages to ride in, with
silks and velvets to wear and jewels to
adorn your hair? How would you like
these things? Eh? Never again to worry
about your hands, never again to know
the weariness of toll, to be mistress of
swans Instead of geese?"
A shadow fell upon Gretchen's face;
the eagerness died out of her eyes.
"I do not understand you, herr. By
what right should I possess these
things?"
"By the supreme right of beauty, beauty
alone."
"Would it be?honest?"
For the first time he lowered his eyes.
The clear crystal spirit in hers embar
rassed him.
"Come, let us go for your clock," he
said, rising. "I am an old fool. I forgot
that one talks like this only to opera
dancers."
Then Gretchen understood. "I am all
alone," she said: 'I have had to fight my
battles with these two hands."
"I am a black devil, kindchen. Forget
what I have said. You are worthy the
brightest crown in Europe; but you wear
a better one than that?goodness. If any
one should ever make you unhappy come
to me. I will be your godfather. Will
you forgive an old man who ought to
have known better?"
(To be continued tomorrow.)
CAN'T PUSH KEY OUT.
Little Metal Bar Will Frustrate
Ablest Burglar's Efforts.
People who lock their bedroom doors
to keep burglars out do not always feel
safe then. Expert knights of the Jimmy
have a way of pushing the key out from
the outside and picking the lock. To
frustrate their efforts in this direction a
Washington man lias designed a key
fastener which is as much protection
as a big iron bar. The fastener is a
thin but strong metal strip in two parts,
the lower part shorter than the upper,
1 n (' to thr- 'n*f r-y r>l" (I.. Tl1(1
ui-i/i.1 iWLtiou, luu, ii, iiiuUi. to ui over uie
handle of the door, so that when it
hangs down the lower section passes
through the ring of the key and not only
irevents the latter from being pushed
out from the outside, but from being
turned except from the inside. From the
room side of the door, however, the key
will turn as easily as if there was no
bar through It, the short section of the
fastener moving readily with the move
ment of the key, and by turning the
latter to one side the fastener may be
easily withdrawn. With such a device
on the door the most nervous woman
may sleep in peace.
If you want work read the want col
umns of The Star.
ATION,
UAR.D
OLUMBIA
?
INSPECTIONS of the local guardsmen
by MaJ. Samson L. Faison, 24th
United States Infantry, and MaJ.
Leroy W. Herron, inspector general,
N. G. D. C., took up the greater part
of the work of the national guardsmen
during the past week and will be con
tinued during the present week. Although
the official reports of the inspecting offi
cers have not yet been made, it is known
that a general improvement over last
year was noted in all the commands thus
far Inspected.
The 1st Battery Field Artillery, N. G.
D. C., will be inspected Tuesday evening
at 8 o'clock by Capt. Morris E. Locke,
3d Field Artillery. U. S. A. MaJ. Samuel
Reber, Signal Corps, U. S. A., will in
spect the Signal Corps Company, N. G.
D. C., Friday evening. The Medical Corps
and Hospital Corps will be Inspected
Thursday evening at 8 o'clock at the
Center Market Army by MaJ. Charles R.
Reynolds. Medical Corps, U. S. A. Thurs
day, March 24, Maj. Herron will inspect
the Naval Battalion on board the U. S. S.
Puritan.
Commissions have been received at Dis
trict militia headquarters for First Lieut.
J. Brent Clarke of the 1st Battery
Field Artillery, who lias been transferred
to the ordnance department: for J. Harry
Shannon, as first lieutenant in the lot
Battery; for Louis C. Vogt, as second
lieutenant in the 1st Battery: for Harry
W. Klotz, second lieutenant, 2d Infantry;
for Raymond A. Jackson, second lieuten
ant, 1st Separate Battalion: for Claude
L. Adams, Fred J. Rose and Harry J.
Stanbaugh, as second lieutenants in the
2d Infantry.
*
* *
An interesting event of the shooting
season on the Naw Jersey rang*
will be the first international rifle match
with Canada, which will be shot about
September 10 if the challenge issued to
the Canadians by the Americans is ac
cepted. as it is expected it will be. The
challenge cames from the Association of
American International Riflemen, which
is limited to those who have represented
America in international, contests, such
as the Palma trophy and the Olympic
, games, and includes a number of the
foremost milita-y shots of the country.
| Brig. Gen. B4rd W. Spencer of New
Jersey, for many years president of the
National Rifle Association of America,
has given a handsome trophy for per
petual competition between Canada and
the United States, the match to be en
titled "the North American match." Ac
eoiding to the terms of the challenge the
match is to be shot alternately first at
Sea Girt and then at Ottawa, between
September 1 and November 1 each year.
The teams are limited to six principals
and two alternates, all members to be
citizens of the country they represent.
They are to use the military arm of
their respective countries, with any am
munition and military sights. It will be
the longest range international match, as
far as known, including fifteen record
shots at 200, 6(10, 900 and 1,200 yards. At
200 yards the targets of the N. R. A. of
Great Britain will be used, and also at
90i> yards; at 600 and 1,200 yards the
targets of the N. R. A. of the United
States will be used. Another novel fea
ture of the matqh is that the shooting
will be done in a prone position at all
ranges. The match will cover two days.
* *
The state of Ohio expects to send at
Vast fifteen officers to the special schools
of Instruction for officers of cavalry,
Held artillery. Engineer Corps and Sig
nal Corps, to be held at Fort Riley and
Fort Leavenworth. Kan.
The state has recently acquired a thir
ty-acre tract of land near the city of
Columbus fbr the use of Battery C of
its field artillery. It is proposed to di
vide this land into three sections of ten
acres each, one of which will be used as
a drill field for the battery, one as an
orchard, and the other will be devoted to
truck farming. Quarters will be provided
lor at least twenty-five men, members of
the battery, who will be given emplby- j
meat on the reservation and who will be
present at all times under military dis
cipline for such exercises as shall be
prescribed. It Is estimated that in this
way the battery will not only be able
to main Itself and pay interest on the In
vestment, but will be able to maintain
at least fifteen or twenty horses. This
plan of quartering and maintaining
militia field artillery batteries meets with
the unqualified approval of the War De
partment, and It Is hoped that other
states will see In It a means of providing
additional batteries of field artillery in
their organized militia.
w
* *
The following letter has been addressed
by an officer of cavalry of the regular
army stationed at one of the poets at
which the courses of instruction for offi
cers of cavalry of the organized militia
will be held to each troop commander of
militia cavalry, and is given out by the
War Department as a matter of Interest
to all concerned, and as Illustrating the
cordial and earnest professional relations
which now exist between regular and
militia officers:
"My Dear Colonel:
"The adjutant general of your state has
doubtless before this furnished you a
copy of the letter from the chief of the
division of militia affairs announcing
that there has been organized a course
of instruction for National Guard officers
of cavalry and field artillery, to he given
at this post between June 1 and June i>0
of this year.
"The officers of this post hope that you
and as many of the officers of your regi
ment as can possibly do so will arrange
to take at least one period of the course
of Instruction. The course is a practical
one and covers points which we believe
will be most interesting and lnetructive
to officers of the National Guard cavalry.
"In addition to this. Fort Riley Is one
of the largest mounted service posts in
the army. We have here a regiment of
cavalry, a regiment of horse artillery, the
mounted service schools, the school for
cooks and bakers, a school for farriers
and a school for horseshoers.
"There is no place In the army where
the cavalry splirt is so hlj?h as at this
post. It would be an education to most
regular officers, who have not been sta
tioned here, to visit this post for a week
or so in order to see what Is being done
here for the mounted branch of the serv
ice.
"You will find a splendid set of officers
who will be glad to have you with them
and all will do everything that can be
done to make your s'ay a pleasant one.
"We have a number of good polo teams,
and, weather permitting, we have several
games each afternoon.
"Briefly you can expect the following
from your visit to this post:
"1. You will meet an enthusiastic lot
of regular officers of the cavalry ?nd
field artillery branches of th* sarv c
who will give you a most hearty wel
come.
"2. You will see a cavalry regl-n-it,
fully equipped with the most modern
?nuinment and thoroughly instructed In
Its use.
"3. The course of instruction will bp
entirely practical and will not only ".ake
the maneuver camps wonderfully mor<
interesting to you, but will enable a !
to better organize, equip and instruc
their organizations at their home sta
tions.
"4 You wH meet many National Guard
cavalry and field artll'ery offk^rs, fro u
other states, from whom ho dou?.? yoi
will obtain many valuable Ideas as to
the ways and means of securing mor<>
state and local support.
"5. You will be paid the actual cost of
transportation to and from your ho ne
stations and the pay of your ra"k while
so absent, provided there are either state
fund or funds allotted to the s'ate under
section 1061. revised statu'es, as amend
ed. on hand and available for this pur
pose.
"6. The officers detailed as instructors
will be specially selected as to their fit
ness for the work and it will be their
business to make your stay here as prof
itable as possible. ? u .
"7. We are sure that It would be to
your Interest to have your officers ?tay
for the entire course, but In c"?8 ?
It is impracticable for an officer to stay
for such a length of time he can stay
for the ten-day period or for two ten
dav periods. Those officers who can only
stay for one period should report on the
1st 10th or 20th of June. Those ^ho can
stay for two periods should report
S?thi i.? or i?h ?f
can stay for the full course should report
"Tahall 'be glad to hear from yon In an
unofficial way at any time ittd If I can
alve you any additional information re
farding the contemplated work. d*nt
hesitate to call on me.
"We will appreciate it very much If you
will communicate the contents of tms
letter to all the officers of your regiment.
I intend to wrle to as many troop com
manders as possible, but It may be that
I will not be able to reach them a";
"All officers should bring their beddln?
rolls with them. Mess, tents, etc.. will
be furnished by the post -
"This letter is entirely unofficial ana
has no other object than to encourage a?
many as possible of your officers to take
th^ course/ because we feel certsin that
the results of our working together wjll
promote our mutual Interests^ and will
tend to increase the efficiency of the
ears and eyes of the army.
* *
The state of Missouri expects to send
four officers of field artillery and one
officer of cavalry to the special school of
{nutruction for officers of those arms to
be held at Fort Riley, Kan., during the
month of June.
! Subsistence for troops participating in
the joint camps of instructionJhould be
computed at the rate of 25 cents^a.day
i ?or each ma* (or the time spent mcamp
and 40 cents a day or the necessary
i ? l^rank^T8 ^^6'' adjutant gener
al" no longer exists in the regular army,
the senior officer of the adjutant general s
department^ Is debated a., "U.?. ad??ant
general," and the other officers of tne
rfeoartment as -adjutant general.
Rdirection of the assistant secretary
Af war all blank forms heretofore sup
..JTin the organized militia by the
Quartermaster*s department will hereafter
tissued by the division of militia af
nrder to systematise the issue of
mtnrv DroDerty to enlisted men and
mUL. u Zierfor responsible officers
ETcheck suca property and tm^the ^n
divldua. soldier responsible f^hto losses,
the state of Maine has adopted a system
whereby e&ch commanding officer 1B
a suply of individual Issue tags.
&ch tag carries a printed list of all
SS-t&i ?EMBKr iTS-S5
th|hwCS
punched out by th. laauinn omeer wh?n
the iFSue is made. These tags wlDJbjB
uurch.d in triplicate, one of which will
be'retained by the company c^JJfnder,
one by the quartermaster sergeant ?n4
one by ti.e Indiv.dual enlisted man to
whom the property Is Issued.
make ce.tain that the punched tag a*7?*?
with what he has received. The use of
a punch, rather than pen or
Prevents the possibility of erasure. vVhen
an article is taken up, the name of t~e
article will be punched out on the tag
of the individual enlisted man. thereby
relieving ..lm of accounting for the sem?
In armories having lndlv.dual lock?e
Snffn^lhlMdoor"y.o,>e.h?"tChb.e',n.m.
and rant of the Individual and the prop
erty charged to him may be reaouy
a8Thetasteate of Delaware is planning
to establish a s hool of ,"8t?^?nrl?e
officers of Infantrv at the state ri .e
range, mar New Castle. Dd.. from June
6 fheV". 20 to 26. inclusive, ha.
?h'o?,n'e1^p"of ?S&S&W ?
tamin Harrison Ind.
In reply to his revert for mf rn.a on
J to { po.11 oi and -
tenant eol ? ?
rpv'm the div s'.on o n . .
stat s the Hi utenan eote ?
ina regimental review. onQ.
remained In^- In ?*
staff as soon as the regiment formed
a?sl?rne > t? the ^eutenant colonel at
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Base Ball Season Opens.
Christy Mathewson's great base
ball story, "Won in the Ninth,"
begins tomorrow in The Star.

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