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The King By HART ROBERTS RINEHART Ssyrllht, 111T, Tba Rtdrway Onpany Triibv Int. Mrr RoWru Blnaka.it All Blku aeaerved CHAPTER XVI. Nlkky and Hedwlg. Nikky hud (one hnck to hla lodging, where his servant til parking hl thlncs. For Nlkky wan now of his majesty's household, nnd must ex change his shnhtiy old rooms for the cold magnificence of the palace. He was very downhearted. To the Crown prince, each day. he gave the best that was In him, played nnd rode, Invented delightful nonsense to tiring the hoy's quick laughter, curried poeketfuls of hones, to the secret re volt of his soldierly soul, was hoylsh nd tender, frivolous or thoughtful, as the occasion seemed to warrant. And always he was watchful, his re volver always ready and In touch, his eyes keen, his hody, even when It aeeined most relaxed, always tense to spring. For Nlkky knew the temper of the people, knew It as did Muthllde gossiping In the market, and even bet ter; knew that n crisis wns approach ing, and that on this small boy In his charge hung that crisis. So Nlkky trusted in his own right arm and In nothing else. The very size of the palace. Its unused rooms, its long and rambling Corridors, Its rambling wings and ancient turrets, was against its safety. Since the demonstration against Karl, the riding school hour bad been given up. There were no drives In the park. The Illness of the king furnished sufficient excuse, but the truth was that the royal family was practically besieged, by It knew not what. Nlkky, summoned to the chancellor's house that morning, had been told the facts, and had stood, rather atlll and tense, while Mettllch recounted them. "Our very precautions are our dan ger," said the chancellor. "And the king " He stopped and sat, tapping his lingers on the arm of his chair. "And the king, sir?" "Almost at the end. A day or two." Kurl, with Iledwlg In his thoughts, had returned to mobilize his army not far from the bonier for the spring maneuvers, and at u meeting of the king's council the matter of a mobiliza tion In Livonia wus seriously consid ered. Fat Frlese favored It, uud made an Impassioned speech, with sweat thick on his heavy fuce. "I am not cowardly," he finished. "I fear nothing for myself or for those belonging to me. But the duty of this council Is to preserve the throne for the crown prince, at any cost. And. if we cannot trust the army, in what can we trust?" "In God," suld the chancellor grim ly. In the end nothing was done. Mobil ization might precipitate the crisis and there was always the feur that the army, In parts, was Itself disloyal. The king, meanwhile, lay dying, Doc tor Weidermun In constant attendance, other physicians coining and going. His apartments were silent. Hugs covered the corridors, thut no footfall disturb his quiet hours. The nursing sisters attended him, one by his bed side, one always on her knees at the priedieu in the smnll room beyond. ItV wanted little now and then sip of water, the COOlsd juice of fruit. In jections of siiinnhints. given iy Doctor Welderinan himself, hail scarred his old arms with purplish marks, uud were ulisorhed more und more slowly as the limns went on. He rarely slept, but luy Inert und not unhappy. AnnUDCiata came, and was "In What Can We Trust?" at last stricken by conscience to a prayer at his bedside. On one of her last visits that was. She got up to And hi eyas fixed on her. "Fnther, can you hear me?" "Yes." "I I have been a bad daughter to you. I am sorry. It Is late now to tell you, but I am sorry. Can I do anything?" "otto," he said; with difficulty. "Yon want to see him?" "No." She knew what he meant by that, lie would have the boy remember him as he hud seen hltn last. "You nre anxious about him?" "Very anxious." "Listen, father," she said, stooping over him. "I have been hard and cold. Perhaps you will grant that I have had two rensons for It. But I am go ing to do better. I will take care of him and I will do all I can to make him hajpy. I promise." Perhaps It was relief. Perhaps even then the thought of Annunclata's tar dy and certuln-to-be bungling efforts to make Ferdinand William Otto happy .unused him. He smiled faintly. Nlkky received a note from Hedwlg late that afternoon. It was very brief: Tonight at nine o'clock I shall go to the roof beyond Hubert's old rooms, for air. HEDWIQ. Nlkky, who In nil his Incurious young life had never thought of the roof of the palnce, save as a necessary shelter from the weather, a thing of tiles nnd gutters, vastly large, looked rather astounded. "The roof!" he snld, surveying the note. And fell to thinking, such a mix ture of rapture and despnir as only twenty-three, nnd hopeless, can know. Somehow or other he got through the Intervening hours, and before nine he was on his way. He had the run of the pnlnce, of course. No one no ticed him ns he made his way toward the empty suite which so recently had housed Its royal visitor. Hedwlg, In a soft white wrap over her dinner dress, was at the balus trade. A very dignified fairy, al though her heart thumped disgrace fully. Whatever Nlkky had Intended of obeying his promise to the letter, of putting his country before love, and love out of his life failed him instant ly. The Nlkky, ardent-eyed and tender armed, who crossed the roof and took her almost fiercely In his arms, was nil lover and twenty-three. "Sweetheart!" he said. "Sweet est heart P When, having kissed her, he drew back a trifle for the sheer Joy of again catching her to him, it was Hedwlg who held out her arms to htm. "I couldn't bear It." she said simply. "I love you. I had to see yon again. Just once." If he had not entirely lost his head before, be lost It then. He stopped thinking, was content for n time that her arms were about his neck, and his onus about her, holding her close. "Never let mo go, Nlkky," she whis pered. "Hold me. always." "Always !" said Nlkky, valiantly and absurdly. "Like this?" "Like this," said Nlkky, who was, like most lovers, not partlculorly original. He tightened his strong arms about her. Then, because she dared not give him time to think, she made her plea rapid, girlish, rather incoherent, but understandable enough. They would go awny together and be married. She had It all planned and some of it ar ranged. And then they would hide somewhere, and "nnd always be to gether." she finished, tremulous with anxiety. And Nlkky? His pulses still beating at her nearness, his eyes on her up turned, despairing young face, turned to him for hope nnd comfort, what rtMM he do? He took her In his arms fall anil soothed her, while she cried "Never Let Me Go, Nikky," 8he Whis pered. ber heart out against his tunic. He Said be would do uiiytblug to keep her from unhupplness, und thut he would die before he let her go to Karl's arms. But If he hud stopped thinking before, he wus thinking hard enough then. "Tonight V" said Hedwlg, ruislug a teur-stalned fuce. "It Is early. If we wult something will huppcu. I know It. They ure so powerful, they can do anything." He put her uway from him ut last, after he had kissed her eyelids and her forebeud, which wus by way of renunciation. Al.2 then be folded his arms, which were treacherous red might betray him. After tTint. not dar ing to look at her, hut with his eyes fixed on the Irrogulnr sky-line of the City roofs, he told her many things, of his promise to the king, of the dan ger, emminent now nnd very real, of his weird of honor not to make love to her, which he had broken. Hedwlg listened, growing cold and still, and drawing nwny n little. She listened, even assented, us he pleoded against his own henrt, treacherous arms still folded. And If she saw his arms and not his eyes, It wns because she did not look up. Halfway through his eager speech, however, she drew her light wrap about her and turned away. Nlkky could not believe that she wns going like that, without a word. But when she hail disappeared through the win dow, he knew, and followed her. He caught her In Hubert s room, and drew her savagely Into his nrms. But It wns n passive, quiescent, and treniMIng Hedwlg who submitted, nnd then, freeing herself, went out through the door Into the lights of the corridor. Nlkky flung himself, face down, on a shrouded clinch and lay there, his fnce burled in his arms. Olga Loschek's last hope was gone. On the day of the carnival, which was the lust day before the beginning of Lent, Prince Ferdinand William Otto wakened early. The palace still slept, and only the street sweepers were about the streets. Prince Ferdi nand William Otto sat up In bed nnd yawned. This was a special day, he knew, but at first he was too drowsy to remember. Then he knew the carnival ! A de lightful day. with the place full of peo ple In strange costumea peasants, imps, jesters, who cut capers on the grass In the park, little girls In pro cession, wearing costumes of fairies with gauze wings, students who par aded and blew noisy horns, even horses decorated, and now nnd then a dog dressed as a dancer or a soldier. He yawned again, and began to feel hungry. He decided to get up and take his own bath. There was nothing like getting a good start for a gala day. And, since with the crown prince to decide was to do, which is not always a royal trait, he took his own bath, being very particular about his ears, and not at all particular about the rest of him. Then, no Oskar having yet appeared with fresh garments, he ducked back Into bed again, quite bare as to his small body, and snuggled down In the sheets. Lying there, he planned the day. There were to be no lessons except fencing, which could hardly be called a lesson at all, and as he now knew the "Gettysburg address," he meant to nsk permission to recite It to his grandfather. To be quite sure of It, he repeated It to himself as he lay there: "Fourscore and seven years ago our father? brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived In liberty, and dedi cated to the proposition that all men are created equal. " Lute in the morning Nikky took him to the roof. "We can't go out, old man," Nlkky said to blm, rather startled to discover the unhupplness In the boy's fuce, "but I've found a place where we can see more than we cun here. Suppose we try It." "Why can't we go out? I've always gone before." "Well," Nlkky temporized, "they've made a rule. They make a good many rules, you know. But they said noth ing about the roof." "The roof!" "The roof. The thing that covers us nnd keeps out the weather. The roof, highness." Nikky alternated be tween formality und the other extreme with the boy. "It slants, doesn't It?" observed tils highness doubtfully. "Part of it is quite flat. We cun take a ball up there, and get some exercise while we're about it." As a matter of fact, Nlkky was not altogether unselfish. He would visit the roof again, where for terrible, wonderful moments be had held Hed wlg in his arms. On u pilgrimage. Indeed, like thut of the crown prince to Etzol, Nikky would visit his shrine. So they went to the roof. One could see the streets crowded with' people, could bear the tsoft blare of dlstuut horns. "The scenic rallwuy is in that direc tion," observed the crown prince, leun Ing on the balustrade. "If there were no buildings we could see it." "Bight here," Nlkky was saying to himself. "At this very spot. She held out her arms, and I " "It looks very interesting," said Prince Ferdinand William Otto. "Of course we can't see the costumes, but it Is better than nothing." "I kissed her," Nlkky was thinking, his heart swelling under his very best tunic. "Her bead was on my breast, uud I kissed her. Lust of all, I kissed her eyes her lovely eyes." "If I fell off here," observed the crown prince In a medltutlve voice, "I would be smashed to a Jelly, like the child ut the Crystal palace." "But now she hates me," said Nlk ky's heart, and dropped about the dis tance of three buttons. "She hates me. I suw It in her eyes this morning. Oh, Heaven I" "We might as well pluy ball now." Prince Ferdinand William Otto turned away from the parapet with u sigh. This strange quiet that filled the palace seemed to have attacked Nlkky too. Otto huted quiet. They played ball, and the crown prince took a lesson In curves. But on his third attempt, he described auch a compound curve that the ball dis appeared over an adjacent part of the roof, and although Nlkky did some 1 J-Ai C t W "The Scenic Railway Is In That Di rection." blood-curdling climbing along gutters, it could not be found. It wns then thut the Majordomo, al ways a marvelous figure in crimson nnd Rold, nnd never seen without white gloves the Mnjordomo bowed In a window, and observed that If his royal highness pleased, his royal highness' luncheon was served. In the shrouded room Inside the win dows, however, his royal highness paused and looked around. "I've been here before," he observed. "These were my father's rooms. My mother lived here, too. When I am older, perhaps I can have them. It would be convenient on account of my practicing curves on the roof. But I should need a number of balls." He was rather silent n his way back to the schoolroom. But once he looked up rather wistfully at Nlkky. "If they were living," he said, "I am pretty sure they would take me out today." Olga Loschek had found the day one of terror. The failure of her plan as to Nlkky and Hedwlg was known to the countess the night before. Hed wlg had sent for her and faced her In her boudoir, very white and calm. "He refuses," she said. "There is nothing more to do." "Hef uses 1" "He bus promised not to leave Otto." Olga Loschek bad been Incredulous, nt first. It wns not possible. Men In love did not do these things. It was not possible, that, after all, she had failed. When she realized It, she would have broken out In bitter pro test, but Hedwlg's face wurned her. "He Is right, of course," Hedwlg had said. "You and I were wrong, count ess. There Is nothing to do or say." And the countess had taken her de feat quietly, with burning eyes and a throat dry with excitement. The plot was arranged, to the small est detail. The king, living now only so long as It was decreed he should live, would, in mid-afternoon, com mence to sink. The entire court would be gathered In anterooms and salons near his apartments. In his rooms the crown prince would be kept, awaiting the summons to the throne room, where, on the king's death, the regency would be declared, and the court would swear fealty to the new king, Otto the Ninth. By arrangement with the captain of the palace gunrd, who wus one of the committee of ten, the sentries before the crown prince's door were to be of the revolutlonury party. Mettllch would undoubtedly be with the king. Remained then to be reckoned with only the prince's per sonal servants. Miss Brultbwulte, and Nikky Larisch. Two obstacles were left for the countess to cope with, and this wus her purt of the work. She bud ul reudy u plan for Miss Brultbwulte. But Nlkky Lurisch? Over thut problem, during the long night hours, Olgu Loschek worked. It would be possible to overcome Nlkky, of course. There would be four men, with the sentries, against him. But thut would mean struggle and an alarm. It was the plan to achieve the abduction quietly, so quietly thut for perhaps an hour they hoped for an hour there would be no alarm. Some time they must have, enough to make the long Journey through the under ground passage. Otherwise the open ing at the gate would be closed, und the party caught like rats In u hole. During the eurly afternoon the chancellor visited the crown prince. Waiting and wutchlng hud mude in rouds on him, but he assumed a sort of heavy Jocularity for the boy's bene fit "We must get the lad out some where for some air," he observed, "it Is not good to keep him shut up like this." He turned to the crown pnnco. "In a day or so," he said, "we shull all go to the summer palace. You wouto. like that, eh?" "Will my grandfather be able to go?" The chancellor sighed. "Yes," he Bald, "I he will go to the country also. He has loved it very deurly." He left, shortly after three o'clock. And, becuuse he was restless and un easy, he made n round of the pulace, and of the guards. Before he returned to hla vigil outside the king's bed room, he stood for a moment by a win dow"" and looked not. Kvldenfly rumors of the king's condition had crept out, In spite of their caution. The place, kept free of murmurs hy the police, was filling slowly with peo ple; people who took up positions on benches, under the trees, and even sit ting on the curb of the street. An orderly and silent crowd It seemed, of the better class. Here nnd there he saw the police agents In plain clothes, Impassive hut watchful, on the lookout for the first cry of treason. An hour or two, or three three at the most nnd the fate of the palace would He In the hands of that crowd. He could but lead the boy to the bal cony, and await the result. (Continued next week.) QNE OF WORLD'S GREAT MEN lohnny Appleseed, Responsible for Many Orchards in Wide Range, Will Not Soon Be Forgotten. John Chnpman's name occupies an Important place In our American his tory, for he is known as "Johnny Ap pleseed. the Apostle of Apple Grow ing." More than a hundred years have passed since Johnny Appleseed scat tered apple seeds throughout a wide range of territory from Pennsylvania to the Mississippi country, and In hu mility, yet his name has been Immor talized, and we of future generations will be a long time forgetting the name of this great father of the modern apple-growing Industry, the Christian Herald states. Johnny Appleseed was born in Springfield, Mass., In the year 1775, eventful In American history In more ways than one. About the year 1801 he emigrated from Massachusetts, Join ing those forces starting for the un known western country. In the territory between Massachu setts and Ohio, and as far as Indiana, Mr. Chapman was a familiar figure. 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