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K,M.'j:'5t3 'r ACf.c i ' - i WT3 h ;' ,. a.' V-'' . i ,' ' ... ' , f, V . ,.. - - ', K ' , - ii DAILY ARIZONA SILVER BELT Sunday, February 13, 1910. Page Ten - Truxton f King Copyright, 1909, by Geora . Darr McCulcheon Copyright. 1909, by Dodd, Mead 11 Company Truxton King, a millionaire's son, sets out in search of ad venture. Where better could he look for stirring events than in faroff Gr oust ark, where the age of chivalry yet survives in' all its romantic opportunity; where rules Prince Robin, the most precocious boy monarch in the realm of fiction; where the reds of Europe plot his murder in mysterious underground retreats; where gallant Truxton King and brave "Uncle Jack" fight val iantly for the preservation of the prince and the love of beauti ful princesses; where American pluck and manhood are pitted against foreign intriguers, and where honesty and courage are mightier than the sword? Read of Prince Robin, son of an Amer ' icanprinccss; of Olga Platanova, the girl with the dread mission; of Marlanx, the Iron Count; of John Tullis, the American bul wark of a foreign throne; of lovely Loraineand of daredevil Truxton King, and then you will under stand why an American lad is Prince of Graustark and an American author prince of story tellers. CHAPTER I. THOXTOX KIXO. HE was a tall, rawboned, rangy young fellow with a face so tanned by wind and sun you bad the Impression that his skin would feel like leather If you could affect the Impertinence to test it by the sense of touch, nis clothes fitted him loosely and yet were graciously devoid of the bagginess which char acterizes tho appearance of extremely young men whose frames are not fully set and whose Joints are still parading through tho last stages of college de velopment. This tall young man in tho panama hat and gray flannels was Truxton King, embryo globe trotter and search er after the treasures of romance. Somewhere up near Central park, in one of the fashionable cross streets, was the home of his father and his father's father before him a homo which Truxton had not seen in two ' years or more. It Is worthy of pass lug notice, and that la all, that his father was a manufacturer; more than that, he was something of a power in the financial world. Ills mother was not strictly a social queen In the great metropolis, but she was what we might safely call one of tho Urst "la dles in waiting," which is qulto good enough for the wife of a manufactur er, especially when one records that her husbund was a manufacturer of steel. It is also a matter of no little consequence that Truxton's mother was more or less averse to tho steel business as a heritage for her son. Be it understood hero and now that she Intended Truxton for tho diplo matic service. But neither Truxton's father, who wanted him to be n manufacturing Croesus, nor Truxton's mother, who expected him to becomo n social Solo mon, appears to have taken tho young man's private Inclinations Into con sideration. Young Mr. King believed In ro mance, lie grew up with an ever in creasing bump of imagination, con tiguous to which, strango to relate, there was a properly developed bump of industry and application; hence it is not surprising that ho was willing to go far afield in search of the things that seemed more or less worth while to a young gentleman who had suf . fered the 111 fortune to be born in the nineteenth century instead of tho sev enteenth. Wo come upon him at last luckily for us wo were not actually following him after two years of wonderful but rather disillusioning adventuro in mid Asia and all Africa. lie had seen the Kongo and tho Euphrates, the Ganges and tho Nile, tho Yangtseklang and tho Yenisei; he had climbed moun tains in Abyssinia, in Slam, in Tibet and Afghanistan; ho had shot big game in more than ono Junglo and had been shot at by small brown men In more than ono forest, to say nothing of the little encounters he had had In most unoccidental towns and cities. For twenty days ho had traveled by taravan across the Persian uplands, through Herat and Mcshhed and Bo khara, striking off w'ith his guldo alone toward the sea of Aral and tho east ern shores of tho Caspian, thence through tho Ural foothills to the old Roman highway that led down into the sweet green valleys of n land ho had thought of as nothing moro than the creation of a harebrained flctlonlst Somewhere out in tho shimmering cast he had learned, to his honest amazement, that there was such a $jrtrt A Story of GrattstarK. By GEORGE BARR IVrCUTCHEON cii$i land as Craustark. At first ho would not believe, but the English bank in Meshhed assured him that he would como to it if ho traveled long enough and far enough into tho north and west and If ho wero'not afraid of tho hardships that most men abhor. Tho dying spirit of romance flamed up in his heart Ills blood p pw quick again and eager. Ho would not go home until he had sought out this land of fair women and sweet tradition. And so ho traversed the wild and danger ous Tartar roads for days and days, like the knights of Scheherazade in tho times of old, and cauie at last to the gates of Edelweiss. Not until ho sat down to a rare din-' ner in tho historic Hotel Regengetz was ho ablo to reallzo that ho was truly In that fabled, mythical land of Graustark, n quaint, grim little princi pality in tho most secret pocket of tho earth's great mantle. This was tho land of his dreams, tho land of his fancy. He had not oven dared to hope that It actually existed. And now it becomes my deplorable duty to divulge the fact that Truxton King, after two full days and nights in the city of Edelweiss, was quite ready to pass on to other fields, com pletely disillusioned In his own mind and not a little disgusted with himself for having gone to the trouble to visit the place. Where were the beautiful women he had read about and dreamed of ever since he left Teheran? On his soul, ho had riot seen half a dozen women in Edelweiss who were more than passably fair to look upou. True, he had to admit, the people ho had seen were of the lower and middle classes tho shopkeepers and the shop girls, the hucksters and tho fruit vend ers. "What ho wanted to know was this: What had become of tho royalty and the nobility of Graustark? Where were the princes, the dukes and tho "i'lTi arra tou a hukdbed dollars ron it." barons, to say nothing of the feminine concomitants to these excellent gen tlemen? Ono dingy little shop in the square Interested him. It was idlrcctly op posite tho Royal cafe, with American bar attached, and tho contents of its grimy little windows presented a pe culiarly fascinating interest to him. They were packed with weapons and firearms of ancient design. Onco ho ventured inside tho little shop. Find ing no attendant, ho put aside his sud denly formed impulse to purchaco a mighty broadsword. On several occasions ho had seen a grim, sharp featured old man in' the doorway of the shop, but it was not until after he had missed the Thurs day train that he mado up his mind to accost him and to have the broad sword at auy price. With this object in view, he inserted his tall frame into tho narrow doorway, calling out lustily for attention. "What is it?" demanded a sharp, an gry voice at his elbow. He found him self looking Into the wizened, parch menMlkc face of the little old man. "That broad Say, you speak Eng lish, don't you?" "Certaluly." snapped tho old man. 'Why shouldn't I? 1 can't nfTord an interpreter. You'll find plenty of Eng lish used hero in Edelweiss since tho Americans and British came. They won't learn our language, so wo muat learn theirs." "What's the price of that old sword you have In the window?" "Thrco hundred gavvos." "What's that in dollars?" "Four hundred and twenty. It Is genuine, sir, and 300 years old. Old Prlnco Boris carried it It's most rare." "I'll give you a hundred dollars for it, Mr. or" ho looked at tho sign on tho open door "Mr. Spantz." "I don't want your money. Good day." Truxton King felt his chin In per plexity. "It's too much. I can't af ford It," ho said, disappointment in his eyes. "I havo modern blades of my own make, sir, much cheaper and quite as sp J I JOttlK. good," ventured tho excellent Mr. Spantz. "You make "em?" in surprise. ' Tho 'old man straightened his bent figure with sudden pride. "I am ar morer to tho crown, sir. My blades are used by tho nobility not by tho army, I am happy to say." "1 say, Herr Spantz, or monsieur, I'd like to havo n good long chat with you. What do you say to a mug of that ex cellent beer over in tho cafo garden? Business seems to be a little dull. Can't you cr lock up?" Spantz looked at him keenly,. "May I ask what brings you to Edel weiss?" ho asked abruptly. "I don't mind telling you, Mr. Spantz, that I'm hero because I'm somewhat of a fool. False hopes led me astray. I came hero looking for romance for adventure." "I see," cackled Spantz, his eyes twinkling with mirth. "You thought you could capture wild and beautiful princesses hero Just as you pleased, eh? Let me tell you, young man, only ono American ouly ono foreigner, in fact has accomplished that miracle. Mr. Lorry came hero ten years ago and won tho fairest flower Graustark ever produced tho beautiful Yetlve but ho was the only one." "No. I'm not looking for princesses. I've seen hundreds of 'em lu all parts of tho world." "You should see Prlnco Robin," went on the armorer. "I've heard of nothing but him, my good Mr. Spantz. He's seven years old, and ho looks like his mother, and he's got a Jeweled sword nnd all that sort of thing. I daresay he's a nlco little chap. Got American blood in him, you see." The old man retired to the rear of the shop and called out to somo one upstairs. A woman's voice answered. "My niece will keep shop, sir, whllo I am out," Spantz explained. They paused near tho door until tho old man's niece appeared at the back of the shop. King's glanco became moro or less in the nature of a stare, of amazement A young woman of the most astound ing beauty, attired in the black nnd red of tho Graustark middle classes, was slowly approaching from the shad owy recesses af the end of the shop. Ills heart enjoyed a lively thump. Truxton King, you may be sure, did not precede the old man into the street He deliberately removed his bat and waited most politely for age to go be fore youth. In the meantime blandly gazing upon the face of this amazing niece. Across the square, at one of the ta bles, the old man. over his huge mug of beer, became properly grateful. Ho was willing to repay King for his lit tle attention by giving him a careful history of Graustark. past, present and future. The old man was rambling on. "The young prince has lived most of his life in Washington and London and Paris, sir. He's only seven, sir. Of courso you remember the dreadful ac cident that made him an orphan and put him on the throne with tho three wise men of the cast' as regents or governors the train wreck near Brus sels, sir. His mother, tho glorious Princess Yctive, was killed nnd his father, Mr. Lorry, died the next day from his Injuries. That, sir, was a most appalling blow to the people of Graustark. There never will be an other pair like them. sir. God alone preserved the little prince. Tho col lision was from the rear, n broken rail throwing a locomotive into tho prim cess coach. This providential escape of the young prince preserved tho un broken line of tho present royal fam ily." "I say, Mr. Spantz, I don't believe I've told you that your niece is' a most remarkably beau" "As I was saying, sir," interrupted Spantz so pointedly that Truxton flushed, "tho little prince Is tho idol of all the people. Under the present regency he is obliged to reside In the principality until his fifteenth year,, after which ho may be permitted to travel abroad." Spantz was eying him "narrowly. "You do not appear Interested in our royal family," he ventured coldly. Truxton hastened to assure him that he was keenly interested. "Especially so now that I appreciate that the lit tle prince Is tho last of his race." "Theac are thrco regents, sir, in charge of the affairs of state Count Halfont, the Duke of Perse and Baron Jasto Dangloss, who Is minister of po lice. Count Halfont is a granduncle of tho prlnc6 by marriage. The Duke of Perso is tho father of tho unhappy Countess Ingomcde. the young and beautiful wife of the exiled Iron Count Marlanx. No doubt you've heard of him." "I remember that he was banished from the Drlnptftsttrr." "Quite true, sir. no wa3 banished in 1901 and now resides on his estates in Austria. Three years ago in Buda pest ho was mar ried to Ingomede, tho daughter of tho duke. Count Marlanx has great influence at the Austrian court The Duke of Perso realized this when ho compelled his daughter to accept him as her hus band. The fair In . comedo is less Minn r- "UE WAS11N,I,SUED twenty-five years in 1J01. of age Th(J Iron Count is fully sixty-five." "I'd like to sco if she's really beau tiful. I've seen but ono pretty woman In this wholo blamed town, your niece, nerr Spantz. I've looked 'cm over pretty carefully too. Sho Is exceed ingly attract" "You will not find tho beautiful wo- -Vj Jufes3' "saaaf-m men of Edelweiss In the streets, sir," snapped Spantz. "Don't they ever go out shopping?" "Hardly. Tho merchants, if you will but notice, carry their wares to tho houses of the noble and the rich. But tomorrow tho garrison at tho fortress marches In review before the prince. If you should happen to be on tho ave nue near the castle gate at 12 o'clock you will sco tho beauty and chivalry of Graustnrk. The soldiers arc uot tho only ones who are on parade." There was an unmistakable sneer in his tone. "You don't caro much for society, I'd say," observed Truxton, with a smile. Spantz's eyes flamed for an instant and then subtly resumed their most ingratiating twinkle. "We cannot all bo peacocks," ho said quietly. "You will also see that tho man who rides be3lde the prince's carriago wheel is an American, while Graustark nobles take les3 exalted places." "An American, eh?" "Yes. Have you not heard of John Tullis, the prince's friend? He, your countryman, is the real power behind our throne. On his deathbed tho prince's fnther placed his son in this JfSpMWg A SLT, IMPULSIVE SHIM! TLATEO ADODT llElt 11ED Lira. American's charge and begged him to stand by him through thick and thin until the lad Is ablo to take care of himself. As If there were uot loyal men In Graustark who might havo done as much for their prlnco!" King looked interested. "1 see. The people, no doubt, resent this espionage. Is that it?" Spantz gave him n withering look, as much as to say that he was a fool to ask such a question in n place so public. Without replying, ho got to his feet. "I must return. I have been away too long." Tho American sauk back In his chair. Suddenly ho became conscious of a disquieting feeling that some one was looking at him lnteutly from behind. He turned in his chair and found him self meeting the gaze of a ferocious looking, military appearing little man at a table near by. Ills waiter ap peared at his elbow with the change. "Who tho devil Is that old man af tho table there?" demanded young Mr. King loudly. The waiter assumed a look of ex treme Insolence. "That Is Baron Dan gloss, minister of police. Anything more, sir?" "Yes. What's lie looking so bard at me for? Docs he think I'm a pick pocket?" "You know as much as I, sir." was all that tho waiter said In reply. King pocketed the coin he had Intended for the fellow and deliberately left the place. As he sauntered across tho little square his gazo suddenly shifted to a second story window above tho gun shop. Tho interesting young woman . had cautiously pushed open one of tho shuttcra and was peering down upon a trio of red coated guardsmen. Al most at tho same instant her quick, eager gaze fell upon tho tall American, now quite close to the horsemen. Ho saw her dark eye3 expand as if with surprise. Tho next instant he caught his breath and almost stopped in his tracks. A shy, impulsive smlld played about her red lips for a second, lighting up the delicate face with a radiance that amazed him. Then the shutter, was closed gently, quickly. He felt his cars burn as he abruptly turned away. In the meantime Baron Dangloss was watching him covertly from the edge of the cafo garden across the sauare. (To bo continued) Stanley Woodward Contractor and Builder ESTIMATES PROMPTLY FUENISHED P. 0. Box 14 Phone 1181 Cactus Saloon and Booming House ED. knight, PROP. 485 N. 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