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Anna Petrovna was to be there; my wife, I supposed. ' I 'H E rest of the episode you know. The moment 1 saw Anne brought out I realized?or thought I did, for I am not so sure now?that it was a trap. That big, rough looking man who carried Anne off?" "He was Grand Duke Loris." "So I guessed when you spoke of him just now, and at the time I knew, of course, that he was not what he appeared; for he didn't act up to his disguise." " He did when it was necessary," I said emphatically, remembering how he had abused the hotel servant that evening at Petersburg. "Well, he said enough to convince me that I wnn fKnimVl TJ-Vl A * cVlr?1l1/1 fmilhlp x ?aa ligiii, biiMu^u ??u ? nv <jiivutu Mvuwtv himself on our behalf I couldn't imagine. " We hadn't gone far when we heard firing and halted to listen. We held a hurried consultation, and I told him briefly who we were. He seemed utterly astounded. And now I understand why. He evidently had thought Anne was the other. We decided that we should be safer if we remained in the woods till all was quiet and then make our wav to Petersburg and claim protection at the English Embassy. " We went on again. Anne was still insensible. and he insisted on carrying her. till we came to a charcoal burner's hut. He told us to stay there till a messenger came who would guide us to the road, where a carriage would be waiting to take us to Petersburg. " He left us then, and I have never seen him since. But he kept his word, though it was nearly a week before the messenger came, a big surly man, very lame, as the result of recent accident. I think." "Mishka!" I exclaimed. " He would not tell his name, and said ivrv tittle one wav or the other: but he took us to the carriage, and we reached the city without hindrance. Anne was in a dazed condition the whole time, partly, no doubt, as a result of the drugs those scoundrels who kidnapped her and brought her to Russia had administered. She knew me; but eveiything else was almost a blank to her, as it still is. She has only a faint recollection of the whole affair. "1 secured a passport for her, and we started at once, though she wasn't fit to travel, and the journey nearly killed her. We ought to have stopped as soon as we were over tne frontier; but I wanted to get as far away from Russia as possible. She held out just till we got to Berlin, and then broke down altogether ?mv poor child! " I ought to have written to Mrs. Cayley, I know; but I never gave a thought to it till Anne began to recover." Thats all right. Mary understood, and NO. You A. 1 A I National Cash Registers are 1< Every merchant wants a Nat Many have not bought becat the price was too high. We can offer you bigger v today than ever before. Fully improved and guarante Detail Adding Registers, as low Total Adding Registers, as low Total Adding, Detail-Strip Printi THE NATIONAL she's forgiven the omission long ago," J: ; interposed. "But, I say, Pendenms, I was right, after all. I always stuck out that it was a case of mistaken identity, though you wouldn't believe me." Pendennis nodded. " The woman from Siberia, what was she like?" he demanded, turning again to me. " I can't say. I saw her only from a distance and for a minute or so," I answered evasively. "She was tall and white haired." I was certain in my own mind that she was his wife, for I had heard the words she called out,?his name, "Anthony," not the French "Antoine," but as a foreigner would pronounce the English word,?but I should only add to his distress if I told him that. " Well, it remains a mystery, and one that I suppose we shall never unravel," he said. But it was unraveled for us, and that before many weeks had passed. ?"\XE dark afternoon just before Christmas I dropped in for a few minutes, as I generally contrived to do before going down to the office; for I was on "The Courier" again tem nnrarilv ?- J Anne and her father were still the Cayleys' guests; for Mary wouldn't hear of their going to a hotel, and they had only just found a flat near at hand to suit them. Having at last returned to England, Anthony Pendennis had decided to remain. He had had enough at last of wandering around the Continent! Mary had other callers in the drawing room ; so I turned into Jim's study, where Anne joined me in a minute or so?Anne, who, in a few short months would be my wife! The front doorbell rang, and voices sounded in the lobby; but though I heard I didn't heed them, until Anne held up her hand. "Hush! Who is Marshall talking to?" The prim maid was speaking in an unusually loud voice; shouting, in fact, as English folk always do when they're addressing a foreigner ?as if that would make them more intelligible. A moment later she came in, looked flustered, and closed the door. "There's a foreign man outside, sir, and I think he's asking for you: but I can't make out half he says; not even his name, though it sounds like Miskyploff!" "Mishka!" I shouted, making for the door. Mishka it was, grim, gaunt, and travel stained, and as he gripped mv hand I knew, without a word spoken, that Loris was dead. I led him in, and he started slightly when he saw Anne, who stared at him with a queer expression of half-recognition. She knew who he was, for I had told her a good deal about him; though we had all agreed that it was quite unnecessary that she should know the whole story of my experiences in Russia?there were a lot of details I had never given even to her father and Jim. : Cannot A i mmmm National C >w in pnce. ional Cash Register. ise they had the mistaken idea that alues in National Cash Registers ed. as $20.00 as 35.00 ing Registers, as low as 50.00 In 1009, 26,16 # ^ tional Cash Reg; Pvii?A in any previous " This greatly No. 332 responsible for 1 TOTAL ADDER ueg. q Shows amount of each tale to everyone. P >'ou want to ?... ? , money that comes ( q Addii all cash re- wam information caved mto one total. better care of your ( I Fnrnishes an imme- Gf goods?simply i diate cash balance. Catalog. q Assists in making Tak(? it home_s *e" prices, the easy te q Tells ssmber "Nationals" is shov ofcastomerswait- one exactly suited t< ed on. your business needs HP ? I!? w.,or Prices as low as ^ itself u a snon Payments, tine in money Mvej, Send the postal n CASH REGISTER COMPANY, She recovered herself almost instantly and held out her hand to him with a gracious smile, i saying in German, "Welcome to England, Herr Pavlolf! I have heard much of you and 1 have much to thank you for." 1 He bowed clumsily over the hand with the ; deference due to a Princess and watched her ] as she passed out of the room, his rugged face < strangely softened. * "So, she is safe, after all," he said, when the i door was closed. "We all hoped so; but we ! did not know. That is one reason why you 1 were never told. For if she was dead, what i need to tell you, and also? But I will come to that later. There is a marvelous resemblance; ! but it- is often so with twins." ' ] 'T'WINS!" I ejaculated, and yet I think I had known it, at the back of my mind, : ever since the night of my return to England, only Pendennis had spoken so decidedly about his only child. " Why, Herr Pendennis himself doesn't know that!" "No, it was kept from him from the first. It is all old history now, though I learned it within these last few months, chiefly from Natalya. It was her doings, hers and the old Count's, Stepdn's father. The old Count had always resented the marriage. He hated Herr Pendennis, his brother in law, as much as he loved his sister. Herr Pendennis was awav in England when the children were born, and that increased the Count's bitterness against him. He thought he should have hastened back ?as without doubt he should have done. It was only a few days later that the mother was arrested, and, ill as she was. they took her away to prison in a litter. The Count got timely warning and made his escape. It was impossible for his sister to accompany him; also he did not believe they would arrest her, in her condition, and as she was the wife of an Englishman. He should have known that Russians are without pitv or mercy." " But the child! He could not take a weekold baby with him if he had to fly for his life." " Xo, Xatalya did that. She escaped and took the baby with her, and yc>ung StepAn, who was then a lad of six years. There was great confusion at the chAteau. and the few who knew that two children were born doubt less believed one had died. "For the rest, Natalva remained in hiding for some three years, and then reioined the Count at the old house near Zizcsky, the hunting lodge. It was all he had left, though he had a' :hed up a peace with the Government. He friends at court in those days. " You know what the child became. He trained her deliberately to that end as long as he lived; taught her also that her father had deserted her and her mother in the hour of need, left them to their fate. It was a cruel revenge to take." fford to Be ash Regis A National Cash Register pays f The smallest business is handic Register. 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She tail often been here before, for brief visits only, she came on the yacht then, with my master. It was their honeymoon, and we had been cruising for some weeks?the only peaceful time she had ever had in her life. He wished her lever to return to Russia; to go with him to South America, or to live in England. But she would not. She loved him, yes; but she loved the cause more. It was her very life, her soul. The yacht lay off Greenwich for the night, mpant to 1anH np\*t. Hav and rnmp un to see Selinski. She had never happened to meet him, though he was one of the Five." "Selinski! Cassavetti! Mishka, it was not she who murdered him!" " No. it was Stepan Vassilitzi who killed him ?and he deserved it, the hound! I had somewhat to do with it also; for I had come to London in advance, and was to rejoin the yacht that night. Near the bridge at Westminster whom should I meet but Yossof, whom I thought to be in Russia, and he told me that which made me bundle him into a cab and drive straight to Greenwich. Countess Anna?she was Grand Duchess then, though we never addressed her so?made her plans speedily, as she ever did. She slipped away, with only her cousin Step&n and I. My master did not know. He thought she was in her cabin after dinner. We rowed swiftly up the river,?the tide was near flood.? and I waited in the boat while they went to Selinski's. Yossof had given them the key. They found his papers, with all the evidences of his treachery to the league and to her. Selinski came in at the moment when their task was finished, and Stepdn stabbed him to the heart. It was not her wish; she would have spared him, vile though he was. Well, it is all one now. They are all gone?she and Stepdn?and my master?" "He is dead, then?" "Should I be here if he was living? No, they did not kill him. I think he really died when she did, that his soul passed, as it were, with hers; though he made no sign, as you know. I found him?it is more than a week since?in the early morning, sitting at the table where she used to write, his head on his arms?so. He was dead and cold?and I thanked God for it. There was a smile on his face?" His deep voice broke for the first time, and ne sat silently ior a space?and i did. "And so?I came away," he resumed presently. " I have come to you, because he loved you. It was not his wish, but hers, that you should be deceived, made use of. I think she felt it as a kind of justice that she should press you into the service of the cause, ; Without | ter or itself in the losses it prevents, sapped without a National Cash epers?owners of " Nationals "? r own experience, i Register is the greatest investmo T/o 11 liiaxvv* 3 pays for itself every year, her today in buying a " National " IQ EW YORK, Y.