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REFUGEES By A. COMAN DOYLE. Author of -Th? Retara of S?*srIock Holc-es"* COPTHGHT. ???? BY R.MIPtl & BIOTMCBS ^?BBBBSrjBBBBSSaSBBSBSB????????? ?BBSS?? m^mmmm?m* mmWmm^?m?*mmmmm^+m^mmmm?mmBmmm-mmmmmmmimmwmmmm>*W CHAPTBB VL ? -?vere Inh:?' t he lud> ?n so m.*?. re as - were I t but ? ? I : re from ? : far f ? reached by .* aud stair*?, wsr? th? t Uie C Of t : I : Hcnrmn been ' to court by Mme. ?'.? governess dren, aud In ?-? " now that she tlden I'Tfinc?*!?*?' quise de Msinteuon. with the penalou and estate which the klng'a favor had awanled her. The young guaMsman had ecsree ever exchanged a word with thU pow? erful Indy, for It waa her taste to lee late herself and to ap;M??sr with the court only at "?' ??. It wa? tbereft>rt? with some feeling? both Of nervousness and of curiosity that be followed his guide down th? gorgeous corridore, where art and wealth had been etrewn with mo lavish a hand. The lady peuated In front of the ?msin ber door and turned to her eotnpanl?*n. "Msdnme *.rtehe? to ?pe*ak to you of what <?ccurtv?l this morning." sal?l ?**? ?*I should adrlee you to eay nothing to madam? aUiut your er?-*ed. for It Ie th? only thing upon which her heart cao be hard." She rnl?<*jd her finger to ??? llea the warnlne. and. tapping at the ?loor, ?be put'iexl It open, "I heve aptaln de Catinai, madame." said she. "Then Wt th? captain step In." Th? voice wae firm and y*t aweetly mu alcaL olaeying the comroatKl. De Catlnat found himself in a room which was no larger and but Unie better furnleh ed than that which was all? own uso. Yet, though simple, e thing ln the chamber waa scrupulously neat and clean? botraxU** J*jf Alto*/ ed leather furniture, the La Savon nlere carpet, the pictures of eacred sub Jocts. exquisite from au artist'? point of vleiw. the plain but tasteful curtains, all left an Impression half rei and half feminine, but wholly e.? ? the soft .?. ? ' fta la a canopied at with ? perfamed r umiug Im? fo.-^ ::, ?rvd the wo> u with the r Of It :;.?:?1?? th? like ? private chape?! than a fair lady's Lou On each side of the m -opiac? was a little 11 I armchair, the or? for insilarne and the o*. ' the uee of the kings. A smell three loKat^l etool laetween them wa? bea? hat end her tajaeetry. On Ote chair wlileh wa? far thest fro in th?* ?loor, with her back turn?*?' (a th?? light, madame wa? eK t rad. De Catlnnt, wlthoir details, was slmplj was ln th?< ptueanca of I v.-ry hand Some woman nini ti. opon tit? an they hud Hhv?t l?es bel? "I think that I have already seen you. sir Hare I aot ] - had th?? honor of atte a my good fortune to t- a." "My life ! that 1 r if that m bat la best and ? at the court is unki. . have ?? asaaaarTT . on ? la." 0?nudai siili What ? bitloit eould woman have tlian to be a r ? e*rheod whi'-h arai laassfied by the hety Man..? de l'Incarnation and tt Jeanne le Iter at M And doubtle*es you have had th.? j?: Laval I** "Y? m iK?e?ll i Laval." "And I trust that the Hulplcla? - hold their own Bg "I huve hear?l, ? stronger at (Juebec un?l the Oti.e; ? ;.t ? ?.;.?.-ti." "And who Is your ow:. - mon ?leur?" De Catinai feit that the worst had come upon him. ""I have non?. dai: "Ah. it *? too common to dispense with a director, and yet I know not how I eould guide my steps In the dif? ficult path which I tread If it wore not for mine. Who la your confessor. thenr* **I have none. 1 am of the Reformed chnrch." The lady gave a gesture of horror, and a sudden hardening showed Itself ln month and eye. "What, in the court Iteelf." ehe cried, "and In the neighborhood of the king's own per aou! ' ??You will find, madame." aald De Catiuat sternly, '"that members of my faith have not only stood around the throne of Franc?, but have even seat? ed themselves upon it." -God has for his own all wise pur? pose? permitted it. and none ahould ?Uiowjt better than I. whose grandslre. penen were j ?. HIVl ? ? oh, from my heart 1 prey-1 may t>e ? ? - thi? "Tb? Mat In ?? . Mb? Ci ? ttivy w ? the k ? "And. n? I th? ? passage : "i u prom? ise that he Tea, ttiMili: - whleb It m?y I yonr duty to tell. Rut I am fighting new ?gHlnst h foe nml great ?tnk?. then, st what hour ws? the kin? to nw???t the mar? quis? la h??r rvmr "At 4. madama** **1 thank you? Ton has? dons me a servio?, and 1 t It Now you mu-I go. captain Ptis? througti the ??" pa??ng?a Aad ml It 1? Roe KU?*t's ?til' faith. It h??? BOftenod the heurta of others and muy ? D? i'ntinnt pnss???l ?iut through an? other t ba?~k The lady had ber hack to bini. and b??r band waa raised to the mantel At th? luataut thnt be looktM eh? !.. what ? * .?thing back ? van lah??d through th? ? '???for? th?? othsr waa thrown apea h> non. snd tb? king enterad th* room Mo* de Ma sat mn:;? nu?! . but th?i-w wm tu an Lsr visitor's fee? ? him ' rscanl with ? ?; I'.p aud a frowu upou . nt_ ' ih? ,*iyety w?? i.. ? to ?Iraw th?? king from hi? black? - ? .??or little dark - ?.?? dreadj cast e shadow over j .alas and th? bla ? been ?fter und? on a duty BB ' . ?nd bell tir? *-vur nt the ?;ud of c?h>r: > bal would they have your maj??-? ? k th? , r. I made when 1 cam?? \i\-m the throne, and which my irramlfnthwr '.??fort? ? of Nnut?????., and drt????? th? Huguenots from th?j kingdom Tu wuuid not ha vu be a grief to your maj? esty. Re? ? that the Ai? ri?? their I ?von as nuluii ?? May you not l??av? it Bl hin hand?'.'" "? in '...y amrd brighten Ing. "It is wwh* put. I ?hall eoe If I ?.- lu ?'h?? it It Bl bar'. with ?-tornai flames I ?.-va o,-*?.- one will not ruin onv ? -. . ""?? by should of such ???'* ??Hid the lud> ;n her rich. ?oothtug roics. "V. | i.u ti> fear. ?. ? bnan the tlrst eoa church?" ? think : ? safe, | Hut I ?tan?1*, You have yonraeM >?iid ? "Rut that la all ? there You have tnrnod hi? ly, then, y ir fo.g?ive ne?s.~ "I woui '. ?vfnj? ? Bhn would : a b?-t ter man." **1 wonld ttmt aha ?reta, sire,** "And ?h?? BBOnld k:i ?w that it to BOB thr. : 1 tl .? ??!. Fran?oise, y?u are -? form ! How can 1 thank you for ndBsi ? for me?" 1. ! fot id, but at Uio ? :ir?? ?prang late . nnd he v.? paaaad hhi .?mu rotine b : hurriedly to Brotd th? embrace. said ?he. with a rigid face and one Anger BBtl '.t; you ar?? rlk'bt. Fran eolae. 8it down, and I will control myself. Put how Is It. Fran?oise, that you have ?u<*h a heart of IceT*' **I would It were so, ?ire " V*o. Rut surely no man'? love ha? ever rtlrre?! you! And yet you have benn a wife. You did not love tin* Sc-arron?" be persist?*!. "He \r?. 1 have beard, and a? lame aa aome of hi? veaeee." ?*!>.> not ?peak lightly of him, ?Ire. I wa? grateful to him; I honored him; 1 liked him." "You did not love him, Francoi?e?*? "At le??t I did my duty toward hlm "Haa that nun'a heart nerer yet been toucb?*d by lore, then?" "Spar* me, ?Ire. I beg of you** "But I miiMt ask. for my own peace banca upon your answer." -tout woraa pain me to the eool." ..?ve??. Franwlae. felt In yeer .? flicker of the ?ore ? r?? lu mine?" He ro?e stmananai. a i>i? M turned l ?? - ' said ' ? ?h to lif? ? an'? | ;? the : s noble ex to yoiir t? kin? Milk b-tok Into hi?.chair ? ?ju'.-k tad in whl.'h -*ha? ue "I have wearied you when yot: 1 to honor my ! wltli your , That I ? It \v*>r?? a Just ? ? ? * ;ht of den ' It larln?*a me no plMnnre .? stirred by tlie ' d tha rush of the beota, but cow ? la all wearlsoTTi?? te ?Te?, I shsiJ hawk no cwt?v" sire, y?. ? hare amuse? ment," MWha1 1? wo dun s? ?n amus?? - --??4.avi to ?mu?? 1 know not how it is. Whea I was but a Isd. y mother and I wore driven from plat??? te pise?, with the Fronde ?t w?r with us end P?r1? In revolt, with our ?? nnd eveu our 11 t??? In ?langer. , | f, so new , that th??re low aud : > th? Br??t In France, aa Fram??.?'? Is In Eu rope, all la dull and ls?.'king lu flavor. it tunu to worn U la? taut?-! "* "True pleaHur.? *ir?? 1: - :n th.t Inward Ufe, the ???retae BTafaad, the eaay conscience. A arrow Batatal that our minila should take a graver lient? We WmII r? ?Iv-oe if It ivito not : it would show that we had u?it "It '. >wt It Is sad and weary when nothing a must??. Who la tluit knocking?" unk-xl the k "It hi my eu ?aid mad "What i?< it, mudeiiioUolle?" "M ? to rt?a?J to the king." ?Sid tho young Isdy. <??-<t?!?? the "Ah. JOB, Kire; I ku??w bow ?nana tongue, and ??> ? hare ..? than mine I.? I < ? . ? ? ?.:?, h ?p*.?, and be ?.?'nd?? his p "< >L. ?> fOB Ilka, torniamo, as you : the alni sign from Mile. Nunon a itttl?? ; man with a shrewd, ? ?talant ftice and ? l?a?:k over his He bowed profoundly thre?* ttmca and than exl hi: ?I, from r . h?T Work ' ? til it be a aaanady, <>r a trai or a | : al r" o>r asked timidly. "There is my 'Pre? tend??' -or." " ?it will .: for m? i lie con.meu?jod to r?aad hi? ly, while Min?, d?* M white and delicate duger? pieked among the many ?colored ?Ilk? which ?he waa weaving into her tapestry. time to time ehe glane?*! ?ctos*. trat ut tbe clock and then at the klug, va?? leaning back, with hi? lace h ? ml k ere h Uif thrown ovt?r hia face. It wa? ? . :?rtitee to 4 now, but ahe knew that aha had put It sack half au hour and that the true time wa? ten minute? past Tut, tut!" cried the kin;,' suddenly "There is something amiss there. The id laut Ime ??? ? hnip in it sur?? ly." It waii one of hU foible? to pos.? aa a critic, and the wise poet would fall in with I unreaeouabie they might an. "Your majesty Is perfectly right," said Coruollle tuabiushli.gly. "1 mark tbe passage ;uid eee that it 1?. corrected-" He picked up hi? book ?gain and wa? about to resume his reading wheu tbe king said: "M. ?. I am obliged to you for what you have roa?i. and I regret that I must now Interru.it your com? edy. Some other day perhaps I lusy have the pleasure of hearing the rest of It " He ?mlled In the gracious fash? ion which made alt who came within bla personal Influence forget his fault? and remomlHir him only aa the Imper? sonation of dignity and of courtesy. Tho poet with his book under ina ?ut, while bis majesty said to madame: "? ??? bj your clock that It la 4 o'clock. I "My clock, ?lie, is half an hour slow." "Half an hourf* The king looked j instant aud then Lo? gan to la ? ay. In that case." said be, "I hai ??est remain where I am, for It la too late to go. and 1 can say with a eie -ice that It waa the clock's fault rathor than mine." "I trust that It was nothiug of very great Importili?.???*, sire." said the lady, with a look of demure triumph ln her eyes. "By no meat no: It w?? only that It wa? hour at which I had Int?! ebuke the conduje,??f a presumptuous person. I erhiia*? It Ik It is. Mr absence win* in :t*?*'f eoneey my sage and G??-?'ich ? may never se* thai ftu*o more at my court? '!''' -?' srhal ;? I! Tse door bad liceu flung ?????. and Mm?. da> Meotaapaa, beautiful aad furi? ous, was standing before th? rnAFTBR Til. MM1 Dal MAI.NTKMo.** waa a hi ? 1 way? full el* ?-?If restreint aud of coot k a frauk smile of zrfetlag she advauood with out etretcbed band "Thia la indeevt a pleasure,** said she. But Mme. pan wa? very ? ?fry, ev angry that uh? wee evidently making strong "tTorta to keep herself within control und to avoid breaking bit?) a fun??? outburst. She disre? garded her rival"? outstretched hand end turned toward the king, U*tM tre?n looking st 1er with a darkening face. "I fear that 1 intrude, I "Your entra: e, madame, la certainly somewhat ? "I must en re pardon if it Is so. Since this lady has been the govern?*?? of my chtldreu I have been In the hab? it of coming luto ber room unan? nounced."* "As far as : um ?.?ncemed, you are most wekom?? to ?lo ou,** ?aid her rival. with perfect eompoeare. **I oenfeee thst I bad uot even thought it nexesisai-y to ask your permission, madam??," the ether answered coldly. "Then you ?!.s 11 certainly do so In the futurs, ma?leui?*," eeld the ?ternly. "It la my vxpreee order to y?uu tbat I myamX is to be ihowQ In every w?y to thia lady. '"Ob. to tli * la.ly!?* with a wave of her hand lu bar direction. "Your maj? esty's com:, inda are of courte our law?. But 1 muet it it Is tnii lady far sometimes one may get ?.-on fuse-'? as to wLiidi name It Is tbat your L-sJosty has pleked out for hon ? Ehe was s iperb In her pride at: fearle?SBesa as ehe stood, with hat ?park)lug 1 tie ?*y<*? and her heaving bosom, loo? n< down upon her royul lover. Angry aa be wa?, hie gase lost ?omet: ?? ue it ? ?urxin 1 f"?I throat and the ?JwiTe-ate i.:?r. .u^... ??re le nothing to be gained, ma? I dame, t ? .?iolunt." ?a:?! In*. "Truth U ah? . - Inso? lence, mre. at the court of France." yoursulf, madame. I b-eg that >? iu will leave the* room.** "I ?*. remind your maj that 1 whs so far honor?*?! us to ' an a| . . .? this aftart*soea, a I ' mi your roy.il promise that you ** *u eosae t?> mo, I cannot : tiiat your i.-ijeety will keep that prom? ise ln sp t? of the faseinatloua which ? "1 should have com?. uiadan*<\ but th? clu*'k. ?? yotJ I half ne had passed I wai a were of It." "I be| ou will not l??t that ?listr?-"?* you. I am returning to my d ?ad ." o'clock will autt me as well is 4 ** *"I ? ??.. madame, but I have not foum' this talar ?taw no pleasant thnt : ??k another.?" ij.-sty will break your ?OC?, rusdumo! This I? lotoler I "It ? satelaiahleP ??p.? I lady, throwing nil dls?rutlon to the ? -h. I am not afra you, sire ? have lOTOd you. but I huve never . u. I I,.ave you here. I leave yon with y?*ur eonscfenee and your?your lady eoafeaeor. But one word of tr Ih vou shall hear heft go. You .nr wlf?>. and yon I.??'? beea false to your mis tress. j that I Bad that you can She ewepr him an indimmi.t ?ouru-sy and glided with boa?! ereet out of the room. Th.? k, .? sprtvUg troni bis chair as If be hn I sad aj, j,,. was to hi? gentle little Wife and the even K?u\*r ?? V*ilIi?>ro. such lun ?ruage as th ? h.i.l never Leforo Intrud? ed itself upoa the royal ?>ars. And then hin who!?* soul rose up in unger at bor. at the wo: .un who had dared to raise her voice aaalnet him. He gave an in articulate ery of rage and rushed to the door. ????"?Ire:** Mme. d?* Mfttntenon. who had wetchwJ kfienly tho swift p|g hi? emotlo:;* over his expressive face, took two ?p^ick steps forward and laid her hand upon his arm. "I will go after her." "And why, airas** "To forbid her tho court." "But, sirr'* "You heurd her! It ie Infamous! I shall go." "But, sir??, .onld you not write?" no. 1 aha 11 see her." Ile pulled open the djor. "<)h. sire i.e firm, then!*? It waa with an anxious face that ehe watched him etart off, walking aapidly, with augry gesture*, d -wn the corridor. Tb?n ehe turned back aud. dropping upon her knee? on the prie-dleu, bowed her he.n*i lu prayer *?j the king, for herself and for France Do CatlnaC, th? guardsman, ha.? em? ployed Binn-elf in showing bis young friend from over the water all the won? ders of the great palace. Da Catiuat had arranged that the American should remain with his friend Major de Rrlaaac, aa the time had come round for his own second turn of guard. lie had hardly atatloned himself in the corridor when he waa astonished to ?e?? the k.ng. without es? cort or attendants, walking aa dow-i th? passage. Bla delicate face waa disil, and bla mouth wis net gtimly. like tha' man ta momentous res? olution. 'Offlcer of the guard.*' said he ??' ly. "Yea, sire." "I wlah yam "I am at your ?nmmaaatj Bara." "I* there a aabaltecn b "Lieutenant de la Tremoullle la at the ?id? guard." y well. TOB will place 1, commau.1 apartment of :??' a. If he Is not there you must go and aeek Wherever be la, you must fiud hiiu within the hour." ???." t will give htm an order from me. -ok he Is to be iu hi? car? ri at the east gate of the palace. HI? sister. Mme. de Moatespan, will await him there, an?! he le charge?! by me to drive her to the chateau of Bourvr ! ?a* will tell him thut ho Is au ?werahle to me for her arrival there." '"?tiuat raised hi? ?rarsrd In salute and ?tartod upon hi? m. The on down the corri? dor and ?>p??u?M a door which le?l him Into a ma I anteroom, all OBM blase of tuirror? and gold. furnJ I to a marvel with the most delicate ebony and silver suit, ou a deep mi carpet ??f A'oppo. BS ?oft and yielding aa the tuo?* of a forest Without kii-K?kiua, be opened door farther and passed on Into the lady's boudoir. It wae a large aud lofty room, very different from that from which be had 'AU it over forever h<itv***% Je?t ?onte. Thr??e 1?>?? windows ? up one si.l?;, and through the d??licate pink tlnt??d blinds the evening aun cast a sulxlued and dainty light At the farther side, prone upon an ?ittoman. h.-r burhfd in the cushion, her beautiful ar t*. th.? colls of her brown hair hanging lu ?lis arder anraaa tho long curve ??f her ivory nocK, lay, like a drooping fl the ?. ? ?? BB hud Coiue to din cani. At ' b? cl.v?ln ? bad glnufi-d up, sn?l t! ? ?.-lit ?>f tbe king, aha ? bat f?*??t and rati tnarard him. h*?r hauls out. her blue ?y?? i?<<i.ia?m??i a I "Ali. *lr??.*' she OTtod, with a pretty little sunbtirst her tears. "than ? have wronajai you: ? harn wrong???! you cruelly: Hut you have come after me to tell me that yon have forgiven mo'" She put her nrms forward with tbe trusting air ? child who claims an em bra???? U her due. but the king Btopnea1 swift !y BBCh from "All Is over for?.-ver hetween us," ho criad harshly. "Your hrathat will ? BB] gate at ?I o'clwk. and It i? my command that BOB wait until you retrive my further onler stagger??! back a? If ho had lh her. "Leave Vi... ed. ? moat lea ?art." court: Aye, willingly; this in Bet you: Ah. | - ? ask wtnrt is impossllibv" "I do ? ? ima; I acdaar : to abus?? y?iur y.Htr presence has become In .le. The uuit?>l klugs of Europe have Barar dared to sp??ak to ? you have spoken t.xlay. Such tilings ure not done twice, tr.adanto. You aee miatake now. At ? o'clock you leave Ver?slllee former." His eyes tiaebiM nnd his small upright figure ? swoll In the violen???? of hit? indignation, while sh? leaned away from him. OBM hat.d Bernal ber eyes. "oi?. I hsve been ? tasked G* abe B9W it; I know it! Ban? could I . to you so: How could G that some blight may wine up.. unhappy tom<m?: I. \ ? hid notiilLg but j,'.??! from you' i to insult who are the author of all u.\ pines?: Oh, sir??, forgive me, forgive me: for pity's *ak?) BMBjl Louis was by nature a kind hearted man. His feelings we?. |, aud his pride aleo wa? flattered b] abasement of this Iteautlful aad haughty woman. Hi? face ?of sotnewhat In it? expression as he ft^BBsTaas at her, but fea risana* hi? head ami hi? voice wa? a? tlrra a? erer ea h? anawered. "It la useless, madame." ?aid fea* have thought this mutter over for a long time, and your niadueea today has only hurried what mu?t In auy case bave taken place. You must leave the palace." ?I will leave the palace. Say only that you forgive me. Oh, atro, I cann .t bear your anger. It erushce me down I am not strong enough. It la not ban lshnient, it Is ?b?ath to which yoa sen? tence me. Think of our long years of love. eira, and ?ay that you fornire tu*. Oh. will yiri n->t give your anger up for mine? My God. he weeps! Oh. I am saved; I am saved!" "No. no. madame." cried the king, dashing hla hand across his eyes. "Yon see the weakness of the man, but you shall .ileo see the firmness of the king. As to your Insults today, I forgive them | freely. If that will make you more hap? py ln your retirement. But a time has come when It Is n?x*?eeaary to review our paet life and to preparo for that which is to come." 'Ah. sire, you pain me. You are not ! yet in the prime of your years, an? speak as if old age were upon you. In j e of year? from now It may be j lar folks to ?ay that age baa mado a change in your life." The ki-.isr winced? "Who eay eoTT be eried angrily. -?*. It slipped from rae un? aware?* Think no more of It Nobody ? so. Nobody." ? are hiding ?something from me. * Is it who says thlsT" "Oh, sire. It wa? but foolish court goiaeip. all unworthy of your attention. To me. sire, you are a? pleasing aud a? gracious as when you first won the heart of Mile. Tounay-Charento." The klug smiled as he looked nt the beautiful wouiku before him. "In very truth." said he, "I can say that there has been no such great ?Chaage?? in Mile. Tonuay-Chareute el t la beet that we should part. Fraucoi*? "You havv* but to name the place, ?ire?Petit Bowie charguy <>r my own convent of St Joseph ka the Faubourg .-main What matter where the flower withers when ones the inn ha? forever turned from It ? At least the paet Is my own. and I shall Uve lu tho ?branca of the days when none had come between us and when your eweet love wa? all my own. Be happy, sire, be happy, and think no more of what I sa.d about the foolish gossip of the court Your llf? lieo la the fu? ture. Mine 1? ln the paet. Adieu, dear sire, adieu!** Slie threw forward hor arma, her ey?*e ?llinm?*ed over, and she would have fallen had Louie not sprung forward and caught her la bla arms. Tier beautiful head drooped upon bis shoulder, b?r breath was warm up?m his cheek, and the subtle scont of hst hair was lu his nostrils. Her broad white throut waa thrown back, ber eye? almoet closed, her lipa Jnst parted enough to hliow the line of pearly teeth, bee beautiful face not three I neb???? from hie own. And then sud |g / the <>y.?U?l? quivered, and the great blue ey?*s looked up at him lov? ingly, app**ellngly, half deprecating. half chslleaaina. her whole soul in a glauee Did he move? Or was It she? oould tell? But their Hi*? had met In a lorn* klae and then tn another. ??tie aud reeolutloua were stream? ing away from Lout? like autumn leave? in the west wln?L ?n I am not to g would ? ve the heart to send me away. would you/*" no; but you muet not annoy me, Frau< "I had rather dW than cnuee you an Instant of grief <>h. sire. I bave seen ?o little of you lately! Aud I lo ? sol It ha? mmldeued me. Ant that dreadful woman"? "Who. tn-eu??? 1 must not speak against her. I will lie irivil for your sake eveu to her, the widow of old Scarr - t??, jou meet be civil. I can? not have any unpleaeantneae.** ? you will stay with me, ?nre"?** Her supple arma toi?*?] themselves round aa?. "? ?.o held !.. an Instant at arm'? length to feast her eye? upon his taco, and then drew him ??nee mar? toward hor. "You will not leave me, dear sire. It ia eo long since you have been hero." ? 111 ftay." said he. i that carriage, dear sire, at the east door?" "I have lisien very' harsh with fag, Fran?oise. Tea will forgive you paper and pencil, that I may coun? termand the order?" "They are here, sire, npon the side table. I have also a noto which. If I may leave you for an instant, I wi.? I in the autor She swept out with triumph ln her eye,*. It had lieen a terrible fight, but ull the greater dut f her vie tory. She took ? littk? pink slip of paper from an Inlaid ?leek and dashed off a few words upon it They were. Id Mme. de Mstntenon have any message for hla majesty he will be vt f?*w hours hi the room of Mme. de Mant?e*p*n." Tble she nd ?dreased to her rival, find It was sent ?? ti.? aether with the king':? order, by the hands of a page. tfl AFTER VIII. F OH nearly a w??ek the king was constant to hla new humor. The ronfino of his life remuiuod uui'h.ingHil, stir?, that it wa? the luaa? of the frail haaajty rather than of Mm? de Malntonon which attracted him ln the afternoon. And in sym? pathy with thia sudduu relapse Into his old life hia coals .-thing of their ?somber hue File wark was brisk? er, and he gave a youthful flour his cune a? a defiance to those who had seen in bis reformation the first sympt?me of age. And as the king brighten*??!, so all the great court brightened too. The salon? began to resume their former splendor, aud gay coats and glittering embroidery which had lain ln drawers for years were seeu once more lu the halls of the palace. Tho Monteapau anteroom was crowded every moruln?; with men and women who had some suit to be urged, while her rival's chambers were us deserted as they had bee? before the king tiret turned a gracious look upon her. Faces which had been long banished from the court bagan to reappear In the corridors and gardens unchecked and unrebuked, while the black caasock of the Jesuit and the purple soutane of the bishop were less frequent colors In the royal circle But the church party was never ae a* etialy alarm?*??! at this relapse. The grave eye? of prient or of prelate fol? lowed Lout? in hi? escapade aa wary huntsmen might watch a young deer which gambols about In the meadow under the Impression that It Is master? ies? when every gap and path la net? ted and It 1? la trulli as much In their hand? as though It were lying bound before th?in. They waited, therefore. ?-- ?-a. a ... , ... ? 1 fc-u Lbs' prodiga! mlgTTt "beat T>e rie* IT with on bl? return. To this ? a?! It was that hl? confessor. Tere la Chali*?*?, and Boesuet. the great bishop ot Meaux. waited one morning upvu Mm?, de Malnteuon In her cham? ber With a ?lobo beside her. she wae endeavoring to teach geography to Ute lume Deal du Maine ami the ?all von? little Oomta de Toulouse, who bad ?noufh of their father*? disposition to make them averse to I?*arnlng and of their mother*? to cause tbam to hate any discipline or restraint. Mm?, d? Malute ?seed her two pupil? and receive tli? ccclesi nstles with the mixture of nfil?? aad respect which was due to tboee who were not only personal friends, but gre?it Hebt* of the OaltlOBB church. The last few days had cast a pallor or?r her fsce which spiritualized ?ud ? ur??s. ant she wo:? Impaired her expression of ?weet se renlry. have Horro at her with a kindly and yet ?ear? ire Ind.- -seo. All last night I ??pent In prayer that thi? trial may pass ?way fio: "And yet yo^i hH\t? no need for f.? ir. : ? '.?? ?. ? I IS, I n*?ure you. Others roey thlr.k tNit your influirne??? cesaed. tret w*, who know the ? heart, think otnerwtan A few may pam *w vve?*k? at th?? ? and on?*?e more it will be upon your rialnr it ??vr.ry eye in France will f The bidy*a brnn lad and ?be glaaced ?; - ???> as though his sfi*ech arar irto bor taste. "I trm - not lead me astray if I can read ray o??? Bf which uow tear? ? ? r the kimc I grieve. for t?- ?? kludly soul, wbi?H. . aud which Is arnmred ? "For all ????. my daaghtar, you ere ambit.ou?. W :iot love to tura tl?e k!:;_i ?.? ? v -,d?" "? ?t??: 1 | ' ' ;f_" "And th???? a? ir ambition. Ah. ?.an I not read year ? ?-ble aoul? Wouid you not lor?? : ?? chur?-h reiarn pure and BOf -? raff ?11 this reali:., to see the r">-*r h?us???d. the needy h. the niched tur? g? wsys and the khag Bear the leader In all that Is noble and *?~??*1?** tha had flushed, and her eyee ?hone an she kmhed at the gray face of the Jesuit ?ad saw th? picture ? words had o?iiJure?l up lie fore h?w. "My daughter." s??l<l Possuet ?oleum fOff plain spoakina. It la In the Interests of the church that we do It None hesr nnd none ahaH ever hesr what peases hetweeu aa now. Hcgsrd u?. if yr?u will, sa two confesa ore, with wh.?m your *??cret la Inviola? ble I call It a aecret, and yet it is none to ua for It in our mission to read the human heart. You love the ? ir greco?fath??r:" 8he turned In confusion from one to the other. "There 1* no shame in loving, my daughter. The ?ham? lie* only in yielding to l*ve. I vay agaiu that you love the k "At lee?t I hnve never toid blm so," ?he faltered. 1 will yoa "May baarna arlthnr Bay tongue t?rst:** "Hut consider, mj er. Such love In s soul Ilk? yours Is feafl gift ainl ?out for BOBM wlsa? pm W? spesk for the Inter???? of th? holy church, sad those lutereste demand that you should marry the king." "Marry the king!" The little I ?wntn round her. "Mirry th? k! "There lies the beat BOBS for ?: ture We ???>? In you s BBOOBd Jeanne d'Arc who will save both Fr?uce and r*? king." Madame ?at silent for a few mo lucntn. Hwr fBoohnd raga load loi pesare, a esntly BBOB b y fr?m? as she turne tier mind nil that was Involved In tbo augi - "Put sir y this could be," she eabl at last. "What k:: France has married a Bttb ? princesa ??f Kur???..? ont 1 ? a? tf a last ? "And t! ? ma of ?tat?, if tha i.i i-r marry, it ta farm -? ? friendship tlon or to pah .?. hich may be tha brida*? dowry. What 1? ?rry ? A widow'? ponston and a r dowry, my duii-rhter, would be thon? gifts of l?ody and of : with which hearea The king haa money enough an : king has provi:. ?tat?, how can the state be better served than by the asst: .t the king will b* ?avod In future from such sights aa are to be seen In thia palace today?*? "Oh, If it could be ??? Hat think, father; think of those BBOBl dauphin, monsieur hia brother minister?. You know how little this would please th?vn and how oasy It ia for them to away his mimi." The faces of the tw ? who had disml?? with a smile and a wave cloutle?! over at this "My daughter." said the Jesuit grave? ly. "that I? a matter which you may leave to the church. It may be that we. too. have some power over the king's mind and that we may 1??.?<1 him In the right path, even though those of his own blood would fain have It otherwise. The future only ?-an show with whom the power !:<???. But you? Love and duty both draw you one way now. and the church may count upon yon and you upo? the church. It will ?er?? you tf you lu tura will but ?erre It" 'Whit higher wish could I haver** "\i?u will be our daughter, our queen, our ehsutpiou. sud you will hesl the wounda of the suffering church. The Huguenots must go. They must be driven forth. The goats must be db elded from tbe ?heep. The king la al? ready in two minds. Louvols la our friend now. If you are with ua, then all will be well." "But, father, think how many there arel And fhluk, too, of their Buffering? should they be drivera fa>rtbr "Their cure lie? in their owe han.i? "