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BURLINGTON FREE PRESS: THURSDAY, JULY 21, 1904. 11 presentation of an nlbutu containing her scholars' pictures, with a speech by the- squire, and InHlly the good-bys. This finale was too much for poor Anglo's composure, for as thu little ones began to flip by In duo order, each to glvo and receive n kiss, her feelings gave way, and her faco became ti. shower cloud. When tho old folks' turn came, she could not speak, and after they hud departed, and only Stolla Phlnney and Martin tcmalned, die was still sobbing. To leave tho room for tho laBt time was almost as much a tax ns parting from tho school, for tho ten years had Imprinted overy nook, cranny, and outline of that lit tle temple on her heart, and when tho door was closeil and locked by Martin and the three drowi away, she was still unablo to speak. Tho affair was a tribute sho might well be proud of, for never beforo had Its like occurred in Greenvale, and yet, when tho horse's hoofs struck tho old led bridge on their way homo, to Angle ; they hounded liko tho rapid fall of clods upon a colli n. "I can't undo my heartstrings," she said to Martin that night, "and to- I'iiy's experience has made mo feel that i I am like a ship without a rudder. 1 have lived with the growing ambitions of my little men and women so long, they have clung to mo, and loved me, mi 1 I them, all these years, that they . ro part of my life. I am sure I shall ' n'ol like tho prisoner who, after spend- n a 40 years in one cell each night, rt,is i" leased, only to go back there in a month and beg for the privilege of entrrlnp It again." I H i Christmas day brought another mood to this more than lovable girl, ( and also a surprise to .Martin, lie had, , as might bo expected, almost filled her j homo with pioscnts for all its mem- I brrs, a list too long for mention, and . thry bad all eaten banquet dinner at tho doctor's and with music and ' tiitue1! passed the afternoon. It was i not a day celebrated as Thanksgiving was and when nightfall came, Aunt Comfoit led tho way homeward. ' I shall see you this evening, I hope," Angle whispered to Martin ere she fol h wr 'i, 'at least 1 want to. I've a lit tle Chirstmas present waiting for you." "Whit It was he ould not even guess - in fact did nut expect any. His rpmp- t In' pp weio usually passed In the s.'Mng room, for tho paiior was ow t.. warm now winter ha3 come, r.nl Aunt Comfort's presence was no lfir conversation with Angle. Sho ii 'o nke the wise mother sho was j-r tired early, and did fo to-night. '1 len for a dimming hour, Angle and 3 'irtin had the room to themselves. No mention of his own feelings or hopes was made by him he bad since the first abandoned that subject and the school farewell, villi books and tho latest gossip, furnished topics. It was almost time for separation, and yet no mention of the Christinas token had been niHde by Angle. "I thought I was lo receive a pres ent," he said at last, "or was it a joke?" It may prove a sorry one," sho an swered, "but I have one for you, and will go out and get it. When I return, I'll knock; you must then arise, close our eyes, and promito not to open th"m until I say tho word." Somewhat mystified, ho promised, and for a long half hour ho watched the fire and listened to the clock. And that half hour seemed likely to never end. At last came the knock, and ho aroso and dutifully dosed his eyes. Soon he beard the door softly open and closr, 'lion a gentle, rustling step, and when. Now you may look," was whii-pered. ho opened his eyes And what a vision greeted him, for then', plowing with blushes and half con cealed beneath a veil slood Angle, a r lo in dress and pose, with bands i i k 1 and exes downcast. A woman 1 ' if'i' as a sculptor's dream! lino Is your present," she whls ifii d at last raiding her love-lit eyes to f 'you b.ivo robbed nio of my aiKi and I must have some lie fo)' in place of It." now 1 he, or did ho not con 1 ;' superfluous? Let mo "ii, kind reader, I'll never tell. ml f I 1 i i CHAPTER XL. WKnniNG m:n.s. Whin tin pinks and syringas nneo more luooinod in Aunt Comfort's door jnr. .'lid the lilacs beautified tho weal l.er-worn and moss-covered porch, re oiTuncd a wedding in tho old rt' ",!i,x church. Martin would have r ffd il in the one he had endowed. lei not even hint that thought, 1 ir 'Ue most (rilling will and wish of Aiimo was now law with hiin. 1 say wedding, and yot rather might it l.ae been called Creenvnlo's testi monial to the pair, for nover hnd tho village seen ono liko it. For weeks alnii t evfry ono of tho gentler sex was anxiously preparing suitable rai nicn' , a dressmaker from the city had li-n called in for Angle, a trained onartrtt,. anj professional musicians t!gi'"d for the grand occasion, and a t iiiiue and span from Rlverton to r n-r: the united pair away. Tor two u , iO.'.ens of kindly hand'! labored to r ii 1 r tho church moro beautiful JJif-ry window was draped with flowera ard lollage, the altar hidden boneath lilacs and loses, a carpet was laid from street to door, and when the brldo and groom arrived, ovory inch of standing room In tho church was packed solid, with scores outside, whllo hardly a man, woman, or child In Oroenvalo was absent. , A double row of "ngie's pupils flanked tho carpeted walk, tossing flowers ahead of her as she enterod. Two moro privileged led tho way up the aislo, scattering buds nnd blos soms, whllo tho wedding-song, "O Promise Me," filled the fragrnnt air with divine melody. Then came a hush; and tho few sa cred and time-honored words that havo opened tho doors of heavenly Joy or heartrending sorrow to millions, a fervent proyer from the lips of Minis ter Jones, nover beforo equalled by him, and a feeling lit the hearts of many that God had entered the templo with tho bridal pair, Words wero weak fitly to describe such an event end even less so tho moods of all pat tlcipauts. It wan a meeting of the rills of Joy and sor row, over Mowing ullkn from all human heart's, aH well as a union of two flnlto beings, and those with gray hair wero left to mourn. To Angle it was a facied and solemn step much Mn to tho thought of Christ on tha cross, and only by superhuman effort did she restrain her tears until the socluslon of Aunt Comfort's was reached again. Lovo to her meant utter self-abncga-tiou and marriage a pledge to llvo for, and If need bo, to die for another. And when tho dear old homo onclosed her once more, emotion conquered all lesolullon. "Yo mustn't take on so," Aunt Com fort whispered brokenly, when sho clasped Anglo for tho final parting, "It'll break my heart when ye're gone. Yo'vo been a groat blcsln' to mo all these years, 'n' 1 want to see yc start oif happy. It's nat'ral ye should, V when I can't seo ycr face no moro, I want tor think on 't ez snillln'. It's all that's left uio." Over that hallowed Journey to and through tho wilderness where the etrcams wound between fir-clad banks, the waves rippled upon the shores of sparkling lakes, tho spruce trees played hldo and seek in tho camp-fire light, and tho song-birds woke them to say, "Tlmnk Clod for this doubly blessed existence," a veil shall be drawn. Neither need a question bo raised a?. to how she met and cared for that poor old nornui, or now, ai sigm oi ner sweet faco once more, old Cy felt as 11 an angel hud entered tho forest. Hut of those left waiting In Grocn uile, good old Aunt Comfort deserved the last word and shall have It. Tor her the sun of llfo had almost set; her heart had rolled away In the carriage with the child sho had reared, and she had naught left except memory and that faded blouse and cap In the attic, chamber. Desolation and heart hunger wero her portion; tears fol lowed tho wrinkles In her kindly face and her gray head was bent low In sor row. When life seems most Joyous to us, we think not, but when our eyes are closing and memory fading, a Is mother's face that hovers over us. at last. TIIH KND.J ENCAUSTIC PAINTING. Tho Art Wni I'ruotlcoil hy Atiolcm lirei'kn unci Koinann, The use of paint brushes is of great antiquity. Hut as late as tho Hf toentb century it was customary to apply var nish by smearing It on with tho lingers nr with a bit of sponge, as tho vnr nlshes then used were too viscid tc How well with a brush and could be pul on more thinly and evenly with the fin gers. This practice was used In the earliest lime? of which there is any record. The Egyptian mummy cases bear evidence of having been varnish ed in this manner. The use of fresco, or water colot paints, though tho oldest, was not the only method known to tho ancients, The Greeks and Komans especially practiced encaustic painting. Encaustic plaints were made of clHrltiod bees wax, with which, when melted, pig ments were mixed. These paints were applied lint with brushes or spatulte, and when cold they wero given n glared surface by holding a torch or a hot iron near them. The hot iron was called tho "catiterlum." Another method is said to have been to melt the wax with rosin, and after the pigment was added the compound was allowed to cool to a hard and brit tle mass, which would be pulverized. The colored powders mado in this way wore mixed with water, so that they could bo npplied with a brush like fres co paint, after which tliey wero melt ed by the cauterlum. If rosins were thus used with the wax, a sort of var nish was the result. If tho wax was used alone, the finished painting was sometimes varnished. These colored waxes wore also ued for writing. The red especially was used for royal sig natures, whence the use of red sealing wax for a -ieiil. And this "lneausticum," us it was called in the middle ages, Is the origin of our word ink. Cassier's Magazine. A lilt of Currnn's Wit. An Irishman loves a Joke so well that he keeps the memory of a good one always green. In a book of recol lections by an old member of tho Irish paiiiameut is an amusing Illustration of Cumin's ready wit. A certain Judge, Lord Noiimry, was l'nmoiw for the alacrity with which bo condemned prisoners to deatli when he might have pronounced a more merciful sentence. Ou one occasion when lie was dining in public with the foremost membois of the Iniblln bar he helped himself to some meat, at tho same time asking; "Is tills hung beef?" , "Not yet," said Curran quickly. "Your lordship has not tried it." I'pfnllnr IIlKlilaml Itrnirilloa, A popular highland remedy for both consumption and general debility was what is known as audli nan cabar (the Juice of deers' horns). These were gathered In the hills when the animals cast them In the springtime. They wero boiled for some hours and the Juice thus obtained bottled after being strained. Candy sugar and whisky an I usually added to It nowadays. Cralu' I shells pulverized and eaten on bread I and butter wero used for consumption, I asthma and whooping cough In th Hebrides. Caledonian Medical Jour nal. nobbnm MUc Can of TIiIn Ilrrh. In New Culedonia there is said to bo an herb which has tho raro property of revealing one's secrets. It Is known ns tho Datura stramonium and has white flowers and rough berries full of dark grains. They are treated of In the "Annals of Hyglfne and Colonial Sled lclno." A person who has swallowed the tea mado of this herb will after falling asleep tell whero his money Is hidden and will also arise and go di rect to where his treasuro is concealed. Robbers often use this tea iib knockout drops with which to rob their victims. Crnlt Slirlln nn Ilnrnmutr. A curious barometer Is said to bo used by the remnant of the Araucanlau race which inhabits tho southernmost province of Chile, it consists of tlm cast off shell of a crab. The dead shell Is whtte In fair, dry weather, but the approach of a moist atmosphere is indi cated by the appearance of small red spots. As the moisture In the air In creasea the shell becomes entirely red nnd remaius "iruiifhout tho rainy season- 0 A SOLDIER OF COMMERCE Bij JOHN ROE GORDON Copyrtirht. IWB, by CHAPTER IX. a rAwinors womax. 1 S It too early to offer con- grntulatlons. colonel?" ask- .t ..e num.. t !SJ CqJoncl.lurniefTashcwatch. m cd Prlnco Hellnlkoff and Alma swing M' J011 Illonn- . , j)nsti "I was under the Impression that you "I don't know. This night Is a rcvcl.i-erc 1,1 1()V0 wIlh ;v nlw:'! . tion to me. All this year I hnvc been ! "l orc her- Who could (, otll(!r obevlnir the commands of tho cenernl. I wise?" my brother, to keep the girl under some restraint nnd a careful watch. My orderly Is In love with her maid, and through him I learn everything. She has made no attempt to escape nor to send or receive letters. The gen eral wrote that she was dcperatoly In love with an objectionable man and that he sent her to me till she consent- ed to wed the mince. Now sho bios soms out as a veritable coquette or else sho is desperately in love with Dcllnl- koff. How do you rend her?" "To mo she" seems like a bird let loose from a dlsagrecablo cage," ro- piled tho governor. "Certain it Is that she Is the most fascinating young wo-' man tills ballroom has ever seen. Hell- nlkoff is to lie envied." "Hut the change Is so sudden! How do you account for It?" "Perhaps there Is really no change. Young women of the ndvnnced typo In ' Russia are not what our mothers were, j Then women were even, deliberate, and always the same. Hut now! Paris has come to St. Petersburg. I think , your niece lias n touch of the Parisian i spirit tonight. It Is possible that the girl never hnd any real opposition to Ddlnlkoff. He Is rich, handsome and no worse morally titan any or our young princes. Almost any young girl would jump at the chance to marry him. I think the girl has been mis understood." 'Petit a ii i," said .lurnlcff. "It would , be a big feather in my hat if theyi siiould become betrothed while D"ll-'. nlkoff is here." 'The general Is mighty power in' St. Petersburg. Should you succeed where ho failed, he would no doubt re ward you by promotion." "A garrisoned capital would be the least he could give me, with the chev rons of a general.'' "True. Now let us conspire In n lov- ing attempt to make these two young, ,-eop e happy, lot. were youw onM,, Jurnieff; the same with me. With the, young, deliberation chills enthusiasm, strike wltllo the Iron is hot! Hring them out t; night!" "Tonight? Wlist does your excel lency mean?" 'Can you not see that tho girl is warming toward the prince? As for Ilellnikoi'f. he li intoxicated with her beauty. Why not make their betrothal the toast of the supper?" if that could be done, my promotion would be assured. Such an event would cap the matter." Then do It! Strike while the iron Is hot!" JurnlelT tpent many minutes think ng. If he could brine about the public announcement of the betrothal of liu- niece and DellnikolV at the governor' supper, the girl would not dare refuse to redeem the pledge. He saw Alma standing alone for u moment and went to her. 'My dear niece," he said In his bland est manner, "you are charming tonight. How have you changed so suddenly?" "Oil, one cannot be very charming shut up In n stupid pt'Km. It is happi ness that gives one the power to charm." "You haio captivated everybody, from tho governor down. I thought you hated the prince." "Did I ever tell you so?" "No; but your father wrote me to that effect." "And so you kept me under survell- lance." "1 not exactly that, Alma, but I perhaps misunderstood you and your father's directions. If I havo done anything to make you unhappy during your visit, 1 trust you will pardon me and believe It was done with an eye single to your welfare." You have been very kind. I pre sume It was tho manner of my bdiav lor Unit mado you think I was unhap py; but, to tell the truth, I was an gry." "Angry! At something I did?" "You and my father. I got so weary of the stupid story that I was in love with that American that I continued to act as if 1 were. There comes the prince. Is he not noble In that splen did uniform? Had my father not been so cruel well, there Is no uso rehears ing that." "Hut there Is. The governor Is Infat uated with you. Ho has a pet scliemo for tho supper tonight. He has watch ed you and Ddlnlkoff. He says you are the handsomest couple In all Rus sia." "Well, we are," said Alma, with a toss of her head. "Hy heaven, I'll wager you a thou, sand rubles you are In lore with Dell nlkoff." "I will not bet on so trivial a mot tor." "Trivial! Then hero Is another. I'll wager you ',(00 rubles you dare not let tho governor announce your be trothal to the prince at the supper." "My betrothul! Do you want mo to throw myself at n man? He has not nsked mo to bo his wife." "Ho has asked your father, and It Is your father's dourest wish." "Hut I am not a commodity. I am not hay or silk. I am a woman, nnd a woman likes to be something besides the salable goods in a Imzuar." "Well, think It over. Tho supper will not bo for an hour." As he turned to leave her ho signaled to Ddlnlkoff that ho wanted to speak privately with him, After a danco Ddlnlkoff joined Jurnieff in tho smok- F. It. Toombs li if.; i num. "My dear prince," said Jurnloff, with effusiveness, "I am pleased to congrat- "lnl 3'oti. After your promotion to wln happiness also! Have you gained rour ambition?" "You are giving me riddles. What xno governor is mucn interested in your little affair, as I nra myself. To tell you the truth, my niece Is very ca pricious. Tomorrow she may bo un willing to have anything to do with you. Tonight sho seems to share your infatuation. The governor, ns you know, likes a little sensation of a pleas ing kind. He would like the pleasuro nnd privilege of announcing your he trothal at the supper." "With all my heart. He may an- nounee It a thousand times. The ques- tlon rests with tho little lndy." "Go '" her. I wager a hundred rtl- Wes you "-ill not find her unwilling." lurnlcff turned on his heel and walk- crt nwny, and Hellnlkoff, with a fast beating heart and feverish pulse, sought Alma. "This waltz?" she asked. "No I could not waltz I must speak with you. Come to tho conservatory." liu it'U ut'i iu ii (tiii-i. iiuuiv aiiuuuu with palms. "Alma," he said breathlessly, taking her hands, "I love you! You know I IT. 1 - . 1 1 . . A n At, ,,f . L n r T I . .. . 1 love you. I have longed for you this past year, believing that j'ou hated me, nnd now to find you do not I am over Joyed. The governor wishes to an nounce our betrothal. Will you con- font? Oli, my darling one, let us make -you make this ball the most memo rable one Titlls ever had. Will you con sent?" She toyed with her fan. "1 like you, prince, i have been kept In a prison for a yenr, and now, to find myself wtth this freedom, I fed like n bird let loose. I feel like making up for all the long days I have spent brooding over things I could not con trol. And now the time has come. I cannot resist. I want n good lark something real scandalous. You do wild things sometimes." "Perhaps. But Is our betrothal at a ernor., -ball not lnrk (.noUgn?" , wfc ,f . . ,...,,'; plcndld uniform you have, prince Alexlsi May I not call you Alexis? It Is so much shorter than Dellnlkofr." "Call me anything--only love me." He was oblivious of the fact that he was at a public function. He placed his arm around her and pressed her to him. She did not resist. "Oh, this is tame lovemsking. I want !o have some great ending to the night. I feel oh, I am half wild, I suppose." "Let the governor announce our be trothal, and you shall do anything, have anything, you wish." "Anything! I am so stricken with your uniform that I would like to have ono like it. Can I not be on your btnff?" "Oil, Alma! That would bo ridicu lous." "1 know it. That is why tho Idea at tracts me. I want to do something ridiculous something unconventional while I have this lovely hour of free dom. You are always free. You do not understand." "What do you want to do?" "Wear your uniform and inspect th prison." "You Inspect prisons? Why, you live In one!" "I know. I llvo In the main building, but I have never yet looked Into u cell. I havo heard stories of all sorts j of cruelty, and yet thosu who have heen , tU(J dungeons say there is no cruelty. I want to see for myself." "Well, I will take you with me when I go." "The colonel would not consent. He forbids us to enter the prison portions of the place. I want to go tonight, and I want to be you you, Alexis. I want to be the Inspector general of prisons for an hour." He looked at her In bewilderment. Her eyes were brilliant. A flush came to her chuek and went again, leaving it white. Her bosom rose nnd fell. She let it rest against the bieast of tho prince. "Such an absurd Impossibility to as-k!" he said. "You would bo missed." "No, I would not. Speak to the colo nel. Tell him you and I are going somewhere anywhere to talk and ar range matters for thu betrothal. He will tell the governor, and we can go unmolested. 1 have set my heart on it, Alexia. You say you love me and that I can do anything. I am willful and must have my way." "Hut how can you get my uniform?" "Are you not a guett of the govern or? You have other uniforms. (Jo put one on, bring this with you and wear a great cloak that covers you, We will go to the prison, and In my own room I cau put on your uniform. Then you shall be my staff officer, and we will go nnd inspect the prison." "It would cost me my sword If It was discovered. Hut you cannot bo serious you, a refined Russian girl, to don the uniform of an officer nnd go masquerading in n prison!" "Hut can't you see? It Is the oddity, the caprlclousnesa, the very wildness and wlckoducsri, that appeal to inc. Had you been caged n year you would light a dud for the mere exhilaration." "Weil, If you must have your way, you must. I will go and tell Colonel Jurnieff that we are going to seek u quiet spot to talk and that you have almost given your consent to the an- ' nouncement of our betrothal. I "Tell him I havo, since you will do ns I ask," And he klssfd her ruptur ously. "Clod help me through!" sho mur mured nfter Alexis had gone. "It 1b my life or his. I am willing to loso mine for him." CHAPTER X. INSPECTING THE PltlFON A CltAK0E OP onnt'.ni.iES. m HILK tho governor ond Colonel Jurnieff were planning the great surprise to bo given tho guests two stealthy figures left the palace. Jtirnleff's carrlnge was easily found, and they stepped into it. Prince Ddlnlkoff wns dressed In n plain uniform he had worn ns lieuten ant of cavulry. He wore over that a long black cloak that concealed every Inch of his npparcl. in his arms ho carried his brilliant uniform of Inspect or general of prisons. Alma laughed, called him a good prince and patted his cheek. She let his arm rest about her waist as the carriage hurried to .Turnloff's home. Arriving, she led the prince by a prl- vato way to Jtirnleff's apartments. A servant met them nnd wns dismissed with the curt remark that Colonel Jur nieff had sent them for something and they needed no attendance. She left DellnlkofT in the library nnd took the bundle from him. She hurried to her room. When she got there, she knelt and prayed. Marie found her on her knees and lifted her. "Marie, hush for your life! Swear by all that you hold sacred you will not breathe a word of what you seo tonight until tomorrow. Hetter yet, go; see nothing." "Can you not trust mo, mademoi selle?" "I cannot trust myself. Go! Tou know nothing. I came home from the ball feeling 111." The maid retired, nnd Alma dressed herself in the uniform of the Inspector general of prisons. In a closet were a pair of boots she had purchased. Thn long cloak she had bought, ns that worn by Dellnikoff, covered her com pletely. With a pair of shears she cut her beautiful tresses short. In her ex citement she left them where they fell upon the floor. She went to the library and threw aside the cloak. "Alma," cried the prince, rushing to her, "you are superb! The uniform be comes you better than It does me, though it is a trlllo large. Where did you get the boots?" "They were left by a by n soldier who knows Mnrie, my maid. Oh, I am so nervous! I can scarcely bring my self to the lark now that I have won you to it. Hut we have gone so far, we must go on. Wo will havo some wine beforo we go." She left the room and returned with two glasses filled. "Drink to the success of our expedi tion!" He took the glass from her hands end asked her to touch her lips to the rim. She did so and gave him her glass for the same salute. "To the success of tho handsomest, dashingest, darlngest Inspector of pris ons the czar of Russia ever had!" They both drank the toast. "Now come. I know the way," she said. "The papers the commission I found them In the breast pocket." "You Mill not need them If you make your voice heavier." Amazed, half conscious of what he jvns doing, the prince followed. Sho led hltn down a staircase to a stone corridor. The captain of tho prison guard came to meet them. The visor of her cap was pulled down. She stiff ened up and addressed the guard with dignity. "I am Prince Dellnikoff, inspector general of prisons. Here Is tho seal f tho czar. I am hero to examine your dungeons." "Yes, your excellency," stammered tho captain, "There ore but few of us here tonight. The governor's tU" "I know. I just left there." "Hut you need an escort through tho dungeons." 'i never havo nn escort. I wish to seo for myself. My orderly Is escort enough." Ddlnlkoff stood silent, marveling at this splendid acting. "Have I really known the girl before?" he asked him self. "What prisoners have you?" "In the lower dungeons there nre but few. They nre waiting for trans portation to Siberia." "Do you keep all prisoners for Sibe rln In the lower dungeons?" "Yes, excellency." Alma knew tho general plan of the prison and went at once to tho lower dungeons. She found the key that un locked the iron door that led to the corridor. "That wine I drnnk too much. I shall not be fit for the toasts at tho supper," whispered the prince, "It Is the closo atmosphere. We shall be out again soon. You will feel better." They passed In, and she locked the door behind t hem. The first cell they came to sho unlocked. A dirty looking wretcli was lying on his pallet of straw. "He will be cleaner In Siberia," said Alma ns she locked his cell. Tho next cell was empty, nnd she did not relock the door. Luch cell door In turn she opened nnd looked In. They had almost completed the round of tho corridor when she heard the prince breathing heavily. She turned and found him leaning against the wall. "I am 111!" he whispered. "My head is splitting." "Come out in the air," she said. "I c-can't!" His head drooped. With a strength born of the exigencies of the moment she thrust him Into an empty cell nnd tore the long cloak from under him. Then she locked the door. Swiftly, breathlessly, with punting bosom and trembling hands, she opened door after door. In almost the last cell of the row was Harvey Irons asleep. "Wako up! Woke up, M. Irons!" Al ma whispered. He sat upright. "Who aro you?" "Hush! Our lives depend upon your silence nnd obedience. 1 am Alma, now acting ns the inspector general of pris ons. Come with me!" "Alma! Alma Jurnieff!" he whisper ed as ho looked at her In bewilder ment. "Yes. Come with me. I will help you to escape. They will kill you here. Come, now, Wear this cloak and do not speak," Marveling, he staggered to ids feet nnd donned the clonk, "Follow me," she whispered. "Do not speak. Our lives depend upon your discretion." Harvey obeyed her Injunctions. Sh3 led him to tho corridor. "How did your excellency find things?" asked the captain of the guard timidly. "In good condition, nil but the atmos phere. It Is so close It has made my orderly 111. We will step out Into the cool air for awhile, after which we will return and resume our Inspection," Tho bunch of keys was heavy, nnd ns the guard took them from Alma's hand he did not notice that one had been abstracted. He hung the bunch In Its accustomed place. A moment later tho doors of Titlls prison had closed behind Alma Jurnieff and Harvey Irons. CHAPTER XI. PRISON ALARM. OVEIJKI) by their long cloaks, unnoticed by the few who were In the streets, Alma and Harvey Irons went toward the river. Several times Harvey tried to speak, but Alma would not permit it. Winding through tho narrower streets, met twice by sentries nnd giving the password, which she knew, Alma led hltn safely to the wharf where the hay- boats lay. Lanterns moved here and there, but most of tho boatmen were asleep. Alma knew where the boat of Charka of Ashkar wos moored and hur ried to it. It could not well be mis taken, for it was the largest of tho hayboats, an-J Its cargo had not been touched. "Charka!" she said as the two step ped upon the boat. "Charka of Ash kar!" "Who calls Charka of Ashkar?" ask ed the sleepy boatman ns he emerged from the ditfgy little box he called his house. "It is I, Chnrkn, who purchased your hay nnd bargained for you to deliver it at Astrabad with a passenger." "Good. You wero long coming. The hay has been wanted many times. Hut I knew you would come, so I did not sell." "M. Irons," said Alma, turning to Harvey and putting out her hands, "I can do no more. Knowing that you were in danger of being killed or of be ing sent to Slburla, where your Identity would be lost and all hope of rescue gone, I determined that I would set you free If possible. I have purchased this hay, and Charka will deliver it you, rather at Astrabad, where you will be safe from the persecutions of your enemies." "Rut what of you, my darling girl, my bravest? Y'ou havo sacrificed yourself for me." "They dare not kill me," said Alma. "They would do anything, Hut I cannot go like this. Give me just a moment. Let mo take you In my arms!" Charka, with a fine sense of propri ety, walked back to his little box. "Oh, If love could repay you, dear," said Harvey, taking her In his arms, "If the devotion cf a llfo could pay you for what you have done, how gladly would I make you happy! But what can I do? It will be Impossible for rae to see you now." "Some day some day I will come to you." "Come with me now," raining kisses on her lips. "I will not go without you. I will go back and give myself up." "Dear one, do not speak like that! It is ungrateful!" "So It Is, darling. You have cut off your hair, your beautiful hair, that I loved. How did you accomplish my rescue? Tell me what you did?" Alma told Harvey the whole story. "I even gave myself up to abandon for your sake, dear one," concluded Alma. "I permitted his lips to touch mine; I allowed his arm to encircle my waist. Oh, tho thought of It burns, but It was for you!" "Great heaven! What a woman! And now you want me to leave you to their vengeance! Russia does not for give. You will be sent to Siberia. You must come with mo or I shall re main and fight for you." "And be killed! Y'ou must go at once. KIbs me, dear one! It may bo the last." "It shall not! Hark! The alarm gun of tho prison!" The dull boom of n cannon smote tho nlr. "Here, we must get out of this," said Charka, rushing from his box. "Tho soldiers will swarm along tho river In no time." "My uncle has thought we were gone too long," said Alma, trembling with tho weakness of reaction. "He has search ed for us in the palace and, not finding us, has gone to the prison. He has questioned the servants nnd learned that we wero there. Perhaps he has even discovered that tho princo Is lock, ed in a cell. My dear one. hide under tho hay. Charka, where can he hide? He Is your friend, and your enemies arc after him!" With a sweep of his hand Charka showed them tho Immense cargo of hay. It rested upon many long planks that met in the middle of the boat and extended some feet over eacli side. Under the planks was a vacant space. "Under there," said Charka. "There you will be safe. Hurry! Tim dogs of Muscovites will soon be here." "You shall not go back to imprison ment or death," said Harvey. "Come with mo! We will go lo Amerlcu, where you will be safe and happy. Come, my darling, come." Alma hesitated. Again sounded tho alarm gun, Perhaps the thought of sol itary Imprisonment, perhaps the knout, perhaps Siberia, came to her. "I will go," she said simply. Tho two cruwled under the hay, and Charka lay down on the boat as If asleep. Everything happened ns Almn had supposed. Tho ball had been deprived of Its most brilliant lights. With Alma nnd Dellnikoff gone, it grew dull. A half hour passed, and Colonel Jurnieff got uneasy. "Where arc your beautiful niece nud Dellnlkofr?" asked tho governor. "Tho prince said they were going to find a secluded spot and talk things over. I asked Alma, and she consented to the announcement of their betrothal, but said tho prince hud not asked her to bo his wife. I sent hltn to her, and they came to nn agreement. Hut they wanted to be alone to talk. I do not know what keeps them." "It is not so easy to leave off a con versation .with a girl liko Alma, It Is almost tint'.' for the supper. 1 hope they will not forget." The governor showed ills anxiety aa the time for him to take the highest of Ills guests lo supper arrived. "I am filled with misgivings, your sxcellency," sal.l Jurnieff. "There la something wrong." "Wrong! Wltnt can be wrong?" "Something, I know not what. The girl bewitched us nil tonight. I had never seen her o gay, so reckless. She acted as If t-Jn- bad drunk too much wine, and t-he seldom drinks any, anil now, when she is not here, with her beauty and Iter wit lo ensnare me. I recall how she hated the prince. She never said so, but she refused lo tnnrry him. She was In lovo with an Amer ican." "Whero is the Aineiican?" "He Is In our prison. He Is Impli cated In the abduction of Koura Hlar telkis." "And you think what do you tltlnkl Speak, man!" "I cannot think. I am going to tb prison to seo wttat has happened." He called for ills carriage. It was gone. He took the neatest one ono in which a Chinese nnindarin had coma to the ball and hurried to the prison. He da.-hod to the living apartments. Marie was asleep. He roared for her, and, trembling in every limb, sho camo to him. "Has my niece returned from th ball?" "She did return, colonel, I went ta her, but she dismissed me and told mo to go to bed." Jurnieff ran lo Alma's rooms. On th floor he saw her long brown tresses. "What deviltry Is here tonight?" he gasped. He dashed to the prison. The captain of the guard started when he saw the pallor of the colonel's face. "Has any one visited the prison to night?" "Y'i's; tho Inspector general." "What! Do you mean Prince Dell nikoff r "Yes, my colonel. He had with Mm also an orderly." "Was my niece hero?" "I did not see the young lady." "What did the Inspector general do?" "Ho and his orderly went into the dungeons where tho prisoners for Si beria are kept. They soon came back, ns the orderly was not well. The in spector general said they would go out in the air a short time and return. They did not return." "Open that door to tho dungeons'" The captain took down the bunch of keys. He trembled and turned white. "What is iliu matter?" commanded Jurnelft. "The key is gone." Jurnelff swayed. Ho no longer thought of promotion, but how to savo himself from disgrace. "Tho door must be broken in. Go for the locksmith." The locksmith was roused from hi sleep and soon had the door open. Jurnelff rushed In and began opening the cells. In one he found Dellnikoff, sleeping as If drunk. He dragged hltn out to the light "Drugged!" ho exclaimed. "The girl has tricked us all! Where Is tho Amer ican?" His cell was opened. It wns empty "I-ire the nlarm gun! They nre still in Titlls! The guards will find theml Get out every man! Have the garribon turned loose! I must go and report to the governor." In ten minutes the bnli was over Chinese mandarins and Persian prince( were hustled off and chattered togethel in bewilderment. Every Rusbtun a( the ball was sent out to hunt tho fugi tlve, with orders to bring him back dead or alive. (to r.K c'u.vnvt'KD GARDENS OF The. ALCAZAR. Onr of 'I'iiMr (Jrriifpxi Chamm M tho Ali;iH!-v!i Look of rultlvnlloii. The gr.rlen of the Alcazar Is ono irnrden composed of several, each open ing into tlie other by step descending from a terrace or through arches In marble or living green. All the gardens are surrounded with wonderful hedges of myrtle, Juniper or box. If the gardens of tlw Alcazar should be stripped of all but their hedges, palm trees and magnolias, they would still be most wonderful. In vome plneo-i walls about eight feet In height separate tho gardens, and1 itgnlnst these walls are trained orange and pouch trees, with a tangle of Jas mine and roses climbing among tbom. as they will In fact, the flower, grow) In such careless and natural profusion nnd there is seemingly so llttlo cultlva-i tion that one might alnioct think the hoe of a gardener had not visited tho, place for a hundred years. This veryJ carelessness was one of the greatostl charms of the place and added to tho' effect of ago that dung to everything.) Modern gardeners would stand aghast lit such apparent neglect. I recognt-isl that the very lack ofi modern cure was artistic and suitable nnd yot wondered, if the place wera lnlne, whether 1 could forbear tho uso of shears, trowel and hoe. The hedges! were trimmed. These, with somo or tinge trees growing In n solid tnnsn of green tiloug some fifty feet of palace, wall and reaching to the very roof, alone bore signs of the gardener's shears. The flower beds wero of intricate shapes, filled with n tangled mass of1 flowers and always surrounded wtth box. And such box! My heart sank within me when I thought of the box In my garden at homo, where not even a hundred mild winters and a hundred rainy summers could give growth like the smallest of that at the Alcazar. The bouquet that Is considered In Se ville us a model of beauty and elegance was to our eyes a most hideous thing. In sltnpe like a pyramid, about four teen Inches high, It wns formed by fas tening a magnolia bud to the top of a smooth, round stick and then wmdtnff flowers tightly around tho stick, each succeeding row becoming larger, ho that nt the bottom the bouquet was probably two feet around. It was a frequent sight to see two men carrying! a pole between them with from six to a' doron of theie bouquets swinging, heads down, from the pole. Scrlboor".. HADN'T SEKN" IT YET. "Will the Koiitlenian let me toll his for tune"" asked the imisy "Suie. ' lephed tho man. "and will! "1 111 you'ro about H, tell It to hurry up, you?"