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rThe Coronat0on
of Nikolai
Audscious Hazard of Nikolai, Independent Agent, as
Related by His Lieutenant, Summers
By H. M. EGHERT
(Copyright. 1913. by W .. !.L ;,.1n
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kings di. , liy a thi I triviaml tIhue.
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in rot of it until move on by e
;isentri es . .T ' .. re at least, a doz
own 1 -itiality. and they formed the
butt of much jesting and scurrilous re
marks among the native visitors, who
evidently bore them no good will.
The crown was p .laced within a case
of strong plate glass. Around this
ran an iron railing, and the whole was
enclosed in a network of tough, ex-lc(
ceedingingly lhe steel wi.re. llEven had
the sentries been absent it would
have been difficult enough to get at
our booty. Nikolai admitted defeat
when wo e lh d returned to our hotel.
turn to Vie,'nna," I exclaimed. "The
thing, as .oun say, is impossible.
hat I may 'et bcomse a king. I have I
longt i boie to bi, On., ohI nearly
eyou ascertin whia. Idas ihis majestye I
ap arottnei liIt nl eo " the ked.
t dids. Th' , said. I ge athe red its lo
one of the rlranisylvania chamber-o ,
lains, who wasli. abusind the Goermane
ent of either otingue. 'd'he apartment
overlooks the inner courtyard, so that
enlosedach in a ne mustwork ofpass through, ex
the palace. Ofine cannotsteel wire. Even hadfrom
the sentries been absent It wouldet."
"In henaven's name, what is in yourus re
turn "Leopold is still unmarried," said"Th
hNikolai thoughtfull ay. s"That immense-.
"deat least women; they're , coronation"
scream. Besides, one canli knot well
-brehat into a princess' a ipartment-.at
wleas, bnot i--f one Is a gentleman. Good- I
aThe :irirlt moment that I clappedd.
libegan again:uh d \\en llid curtly.
'1 did." daily said. " athat the arlo
cality frgemeits for tomorrow'aks coront fall byion
"Tone crown has been taken to the ar
lathedral, where it is guardedi Thlli ereman
the archbishop will anioint him andn
in a long, black gown to w the ar ceremony,
and, at of eithe preise moment ordainednt ,
n aoverlooks the splendoner ourtyard king, By the at
wayto reah is a colored supplement ofugh
the palace. Onliarize cannot enter fromwith
hisn heaven's name, what ou think we shn ould
"beopo uch alike stillf had a square reid I
lybeard likghtens our prbeloved Leopold?"m. I ate to
deI glanced at the portrait There was to
Indeed, a resdemblance; had Nikolai
a beardt not I would have been striking. IOoo
Sonight, chSummers.ckling He slapped his thigh
s'The arst moment that 1 clapped
Seyet, "on him the following mornin he
1n,  , k.w ot his dlid
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a a i ht. are
f ":,: :, a puck, t he pulled a
rd a!, rd and put It on. I
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e riot evcn Nikolai s mind could have
Sinagin.il t lih d ltoueieCnt which frus
s tratcd hinm.
SShortly before midnight we were
-installed in the prince's ante-room.
I) Nikolai was in the complete attire
which Leopold was to wear on the
e morrow, concealed beneath a long
s overcoat. in his pocket was the red
s beard. We found the six Germans and
six Transylvanians scowling at one an
other from opposite sides of the room.
li yond, behind a closed door, Leopold
was sleeping, dreaming of his king
t ship.
The officers, who had been Instruct
ed as to our advent, saluted us briefly
and would have paid no further atten
tion to us, but Nikolai, who seemed
t once launched nito a panegyric of
!,topolds hlruts. lie spoke In Gthr
joan, which the Transylvanians did
Inot uindrstaid. Theiy could percelve,
Iioaiwver, the drift of his speech, and
their scowls grew deadly. If looks
coruld have devoured, Nikolai would
have disappeared. The Germans be
came more and nore enthusiastic.
and, welcoming Nikolai as a brother,
Sopt-ned a case of champagne. The
Transylvanians, not to be outdone,
mopened another and drank. ignoring
us with studied insolence.
Itefore long Nikolai made his next
move. All were flushed with wine and
rshouting loudly, regardlerss of their
royal ward. They were in the good
r fellowship stage.
"Don't let us quarrel, gentlemen,"
I he pleaded. "I am going to say a few
words to thosee fellows, for the sake
of amity."
And, crossingh the room, he address
ed the Transylvranians in their own
tongue. Their astonishment was
boundless. They thawed under his
persuasive eloquence as he urged har
Imony -between the factions.
Then he turned the screw again,
and, having brought the two pularties
to speaking terms, he sowed the seeds
hof discord. Before another hour had
Spassed, awords were rattiung in their
Sscabbards. And Nikolai was forgot
o ten. He had effaced himself, and the
I guards, morosely drunk, were passirng
the lie one to another. Nikolai l ook
. ed at me. I looked at my watch; it
was half-past four.
S"Nowa" he said, and slipped into the
king's bedchamber.
hAs I stood by the half-open door,
uncertain whether or not to follow,
I watching the brawlers, I heard the
I faintest groia from within. I hur
rned In. The king lay in his sleeping
robes, gagged, and writhing in Niko
I l's strong arms, but helpless. Niko
lai pointed to the pocket of his over
d coat, from which the end of a cord
protruded. In a moment I had truassed
p. Leopold sad he lay helpless before
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hurl. bhilt hisi fa t" iii .oa tra uinti
tirrnror
\ in mg,' ini Nlkiilt to nilt iit,
pI i t ia l ii- itlliy th rough tlii day
iI atill y he ca't ii-v. ' hli-ni a
Si t-nt Ii' lie a hisjt~red in I rman.
II.t*is, a conispiraicy to tint your
W 'ie re your frienids-. lo ioliu
I1 Thu, htIn Isiuu king nodded.
"I am falHilling your brother's in
-Iut iton'5 to aat cli ovur ' int lI'hi
I iao~ i t in tlin Iiands ol the' rcu Iii
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kissed his hand, and we departed,
leaving the prince cowering there.
When we returned, the partisans
were still quarreling.
"And now," said Nikolai, "I think I
will go to bed. Help me off with my
royal robes."
Ten minutes later he was sleeping
soundly in the bed of the prince. The
royal robes hung over a chair.
I had received my instructions. I
Was to waken him at the appointed
hour and dress him, not forgetting
the beard. Then I should use my dis
cretion. I might attempt to gain en
trance to the. cathedral, or proceed
directly to the railway station. In
any event, if we missed each other,
we were to meet at the same hotel
which we had occupied in Vienna. I
carried out my instructions. The tu
mult gradually abated as the guards
sank into various stages of intoxi
cation; by seven o'clock the entire
twelve were stretched out upon the
floor, sleeping off the effects of the
champagne.
I aroused Nikolai at eight. For a
moment he did not realize where he
was; then he sprang to his feet and
smiled as he caught sight of the royal
robes.
"Can you get me something to eat,
Summers?' he asked.
"Not If we have to depend upon thq
guards," I answered, and told him of
their condition. He laughed out loud.
But as If in answer to his demanad
there came a knock at the door. I
sprang forward and opened It a cou
pie of inches, at the same time inter
posing my body. A little page stood
there with a tray on which was a light
repast. I took it from him and set
it down on the bed. As I dismissed
him, I looked after him into the ante
room and saw him wake the guards.
When I turned my head Nikolai and
the tray had disappeared.
I looked around in consternation.
A moment later I heard him coming
from the direction of the bathroom.
"I gave the food to that poor devil
in the cistern," he said. "I told him
that the talace is in the hands of the
mob, but that they had given up the
search for him and that relief will
arrive by nightfall. Oh, he hasn't
stirred, Summers. Now help me
dress."
Five minutes later he was strug
gling lnto the royal robes. He cast
the bluk cost arsOUd his shojers.
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'i godh. Su ~n'tcr, ho sad grip
p *n al hand. 'T Or aL r.vI .rt
tumne swung pell-mell into the court
yard. forming in a rabble around Ni
kolai, their king. I saw him enter the
coach and leave the palace. Follow
ing it. I found myself all at once in the
middle of a jeering mob, not openly
hostile, but wanting, I could see, only
the stimulus of a leader to convert
them into a bloodthirsty horde. They
thronged around the coach, which
could proceed through the streets at a
snail's pace only, thrusting theni
selves among the guards, who rode
with drawn swords, catching at the
horses' manes, even insinuating their
heads into the carriage windows and
hurling taunts at their new ruler, as
they supposed Nikolai to be. And he
played his part well. Forcing my
way beside the coach. I saw him cow
er back as though in terror--he, who
had never cowered before any man.
At that moment I-wished with all my
heart that fortune had cast him for
some better role than that of an im
postor and-even though he aimed
at high stakes-a common thief The
prize, the magnificent crown of
Transylvania, with its rubies and dia
monds, seemed a strangely insignifi
cant guerdon to be won at the expense
of such emotions.
They conveyed him onward to the
cathedral. At the doors, some order
had been created. A regiment of
Transylvanlan troops was drawn up,
and, as Nikolai stepped from his ve
hicle and passed in, something like a
cheer came from their throats.
I forced my way into the cathedral.
I was resolved to witness the drama to
its conclusion. I elbowed' aside all
in my way. While men muttered and
stared and Jostled, I calmly made my
way on until I found a place among
the ranks of the nobility. They made
room for me perforce, and then, as
the archbishop came forward, in mitre,
with golden wand, the tumult died
away.
I saw Nikolai stand straight up be
fore him. He cast aside the sable
cloak that covered him and flashed
forth in all the magnificance of royal
array. A sigh went up through the
whole vast assemblage. This was
their first king-their king, even
though in.posed upon them from with
out. Then, stooping, the archbishop
raised imething in his hands and,
hoigi t aloft, placed it upon Niko
It was a plain iron circlet!
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riage door. They urged him in. But
he hesitated, and. with bent shoul
ders and quavering knees he looked
ia king no more. And suddenly, with
what seemed a supreme effort, raising
his hands, he cried in accents tremu
lons with fear:
"I abdicate my throne. Spare my
life, good people of ('heskaf, and let
me go home.
For one brief instant, overcome with
astonishment, the mob was silent.
Then hideous cries went up:
"lis lift! Ilis life! Death to the
usurper!
Ilut others answered them.
"No' Let him go. To the rallroai
station' Take him to the railroacd
station !'
They sprang upon the box, they
dragged at the wheels, they lashed the
horses into a furious gallop. Run
ning at top speed, amid the cheering
throng, I arrived at the terminal in
time to see them drag NikolaI from
the coach and hurry him to the train.
A few of his attendants, seeing that
his cause was hopeless, managed to
form a flying wedge in front of him
and to beat back the baser element
among the mob. They thrust him into
a carriage and stood guard before the
door with swords drawn, while Niko
lai, cowering within, bespattered with
filth and mud, his long robes trailing
upon the ground, hid his face in
feigned humiliation and terror. Some
body brought up an engine. Some
body gave the signal for departure.
Hii guards, stood with shame-bowed
heads as the revolving wheels carried
their broken Idol from the ken of
Transylvania forever.
When I rejoined him in Vienna the
papers teemed with conflicting stories
of the emeute. Some said that Leo
pold had taken flight in fear; others
spoke of an impostor, believed to be
a lunatic, who had been found in Leo
pold's apartments in the palace that
same evening, claiming to be the king
Some even said that the king's en
emies had contrived a plot whereby
a tool of theirs was crowned in place
of the real sovereign, and abdicated in
the streets to ruin his cause. But
Leopold now lives in his brother's cas
tie in High Darmstadt; and in the
window of Paix et Lepine, those fa
mous jewelers ofParis, you may stil
see the unpaid-for crown which they
manufactured once for the ex-sover
gam of Transylvania.
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cf War on thre V., ir
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the her hat a 1 al.kan alliance,
with the point directed against Aus
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tria-illungary, is not likely to he fornm
id f many years to come, and this
was the greatest danger this ttna
_archy had to face before. W.hitits
ea too. li er rei at Ins a" tliac d -e.
e.ly better: in St. Petersburg they
ithave become convinced thagainstr As
Huringary has not likri to pur for-s at
heart, and seeks only lasting peace onhi
theas the greatest din.r thi -
Strclii n a cort of oala. \i- then
thiae .. o her r rlatioas are total lsitd
e,11y better; in St. l'+trrsbLlrg th,.y
+lax(+ become cou\villced thiat. Austra
lunthat .\i.ary is o ultrir pu't s out of;t
fieart, and seekso onl- lasting r peci in
tihe I:nikan.
dithe I.. .: .r I 'I. i > . at 't; t i ( 1 1i- .ll
-ith -n '-. o uf 1. au rid-. hut crtaittly
with .:t .,' -,u ai" ,.-I a id ,\ tl
more car'( for thi future-.
HIS BEARD IS SET AFIRE
Flame From Candle Causes Half
Blind Shipwright's Death
in London.
London--Richard Allison, an aged
Hartlepool shipwright, who was nearly
blind, was going upstaira with a can
dle when he accidentally set his beard
alight.
All his hair was burned off, and he
died in the hospital. At the Inquest
a verdict of accidental death was re
turned.
Leglilatures Unknown to Him.
Chicago.-Abraham Lincoln was
emancipated from the burden of be
coming an American citizen because
he didn't know what a state legisla
ture is. Lincoln is a Russian who
changed his original name because
he couldn't spell it in English.
Dance Leads to Trouble.
New York--Dancing on a corner to
keep warm caused a revolver to drop
from John Punti's pocket. lie was
shot in the leg, removed to a hospital,
and now a prisoner for carrying con
cealed weapon.
Good Samaritan Robbed.
Chicago.-Two men whom he had
taken into his home and fed because
they were penniless, lured Frank Da
vis from the house, beat him and
robbed him of $26 75.
Bustle Create. Sensation.
P_-sburgh, Pa.--Miss Lettle Barker
Colllngwood created a sensation on
Fifth avenue by i-earing a bustle.
Jeering crowds followed her for sevr
eral blocis.
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