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ARBNDT, Manager. —as Smoke t ‘ln Si" Oigar M “"'r r ' 1 Nagler A Faltermeyer, NORTH YAKIMA, WASH. PM MW MM of North Yakima. di macros*. . _ fhso. Wlkox. Wm. Krr. Che*. Carpenter, A. W. Eagle. Edward Wbltson. &ipv •JS£g DOES A OBNBBAL BANKING BUSINESS. lap mi Mb luhnge at BmhmUi Kata. PAT* INTEEET ON TIME DEPOSITS. NORTH YAKIMA, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1891. Ail Emperor’s Decree. By EDWARD & YAH ZH£ COopyrtfht. AU rtstns reserved.) CHAPTER L “Listen then, all of you." Many centuries ago there lived In the east an emperor who loved hie people and was beloved by them. Ho had grown old happily, and no wasteful wan had reduced his coffers nor whitened the hair upon his majestic head. Strong, calm and dignified, he wielded a pater* nal scepter above his subjects, and when he went among them they bowed before him in affection. It had come about as the yean went by that his people con* suited him upon all kinds of curious problems, and if a mother doubted the vigor of her babe she sought audience of the king. Merchants and lawyers, doc ton and soothsayers, took much stock in his royal judgment, and when his eye beamed hopefully there was joy through out tho land. Thus it happened that the emperor was nearer to his people than are his kind in modern days, and he felt the pulse of his race and knew the health, so to speak, of his kingdom at large. Watching closely, therefore, the temper of those about him, the aged sovereign, as time went on, became convinced that the besetting sin of those who called him long was self conceit This worried him, and in the dark watches of the night he would toss about upon his royal couch, crying. “Egotists, oh, egotists!” As the conviction grew upon him the peace of his earlier days fast fled from him. A simple man himself, he held immodesty abhorrent, and prayed to the strange gods whose presence filled his mind to keep his people humble in his sight It may be that this itself was proof that he was not as modest as an earnest king should be, but still the fact remains that they who make obeisance to a monarch should hold their pride in check. There was one strong reason why tbs emperor should be so firm in this regard, for he possessed no heir, and in the coarse of nature his throne would descend to his daughter and her spouse. Thus was it that he wished to leave a modest kingdom and one easy to be ruled. One morning, os the emperor paced hit audience hall, these thoughts were thick upon him. Why should men hold their heads so high and women plume themselves upon their beauty? Was not death the end of all? The rainbow faded and the flowara had died. The bloom upon the forest must depart, and the golden glory that made the sea so fair must pass away with night He him self had once been lusty, and soft, whits hands bad smoothed his face and called him beautiful, but now old age had creased his face and crowned his head with snow. Why should men walk so jauntily, and women talk as though they held the secret of immortal youth? Sure ly , of all the sins that tempt tbs human race, none is so foolish as that of self conceit Thus thought the emperor os he looked about upon his gourt and won dered why his advisers ware so richly dressed. As the morning passed the good old potentate grew grave, Care after case came before his notice, and in every in stance the conceit of man had made es sential protest to the throne. Never be fore had the passion of self conceit seemed to him so hateful, and as the day went on hia royal brow grew block. His courtiers, grouped around, looked np at him in dread, for they knew his heart was kind, and feared to see his gentle fees so strangely overcast “What thinks the king that ha should ■peak ao sharp?" they whispered to each other in tones of dread, and when he turned his roving eyes upon them they shuddered through and through and pulled each other's robes and coughed, ▲t length there came before the king a man whose dress betokened wealth. Raising his voice he spoke in tones that thrilled the throng and boasted of his wealth. Then asked he of the emperor revenge upon a man who, as he claimed, had wronged him of his gold. The man who was accuse! stepped forward then and loudly claimed that be himself was rich, and of his mental force had made his wealth. And fur ther still he boasted of his probity and puffed his wife and said that his child was fat The courtiers laughed, but on the brow of him who ruled the land a growing cloud was seen. What meant this strange emotion of the king? Full many a time fools and their fancies had stood before his throne. Why was it then, that as be gaaed upon the men who argued heatedly before him now hie countenance, so gentle In its mold, should grow so stem and set? What if this one boasted ot his gold and another of his wife and child? Was that a cause for him who sat upon a throne to lose his noise and eoowl as though his royal head throbbed from painful thoughts? So thought his courtiers as they watched their king and listened to the esajwwj«*».»» the fight. After a time there wu ri lence in the hall, and a verdict in the oaee wu hoped for from all who had listened to the nonsense of the same. Bat still the king looked black, and leaned his head upon his hand and frowned. When, after time had passed, he raised his regal brow, smiled sweetly on the court and beckoned to an ancient lord who stood well with his chief. In whispered consultation the two old men bent their heads together, while the courtiers remained and wondered what had happened to their ever ready king. As time went on suspense became a po tent and a growing pain. Why should so simple a question of right and wrong delay the throne so long? The proof was positive that here injustice had been done, and though defendant claimed a handsome wife and most stupendous child, the legal minds of all who heard his plea scoffed at such defense. Surprise was therefore great when still another counselor was beckoned by the king. Surely this was trifling with all precedent The courtiers smiled, then coughed, then shifted nervously. Each one felt that his most honored lord was growing very old. At length the silence as of death fell upon the whisper ing throng. The emperor, dismissing the gray haired men who had come to his assists nee, again fell to musing, and all awaited his most fateful words. After a time he slowly rose. “Men of my realm,” he said, “and you who bring your case to this, the court of last resort, listen to your king. 1 have heard the facts in this most foolish suit and I have been annoyed. There is not, as it seems to me, a truly modest man left in my domain. Tho egotist is all su preme. Yon boast of your wealth, your wife, your babe. My courtiers stand about feeding proud that they possess neither wealth nor wife nor babe. Our young men boast of their strength, and our old men claim to be wise. Homely women think they are fair, and fair women try to seem bright Even the children who play at our knees smile in an egotistic way. Conceit in all its forms Is rampant in the land I love so well. I have held counsel with the truly wise men of my domain. The/ tell me to be firm. 1 shall be, 1 assure yon. The egotist must go. There is in my vast empire no room for him who feels in his puffed up heart that he is greater than the worm which wriggles beneath our feet Listen then, all of you, and let the lord keeper of the scrolls note care fully my words. If hereafter any one of my subjects shall express by word or de.d or manner overweening satisfac tion in his achievements, his possessions or his appearance he shall lose his head. Any case which comes under this new law shall be tried by me and my ad visers. Yon may go. The suit which led to this command is of too trivial a character to call for my decree. And take heed, all of you, how yon give voice to the egotistic thoughts that are boiling in your brains.” One by one the courtiers filed from the hall, casting dark looks upon the last counselor, the thin and evil looking Bamek, the king had summoned to his throne. But Ramek, the wise, heeded not their looks as he plucked a flower in the garden and placed it in his bosom. For well he knew that he controlled the ear of the king, and when he wished to raise a storm the royal clouds would an swer to his word. And in this case he had his ends to serve, for he loved the daughter of the king and feared that his rival. Prince Hamassar, had already won the hand of the Princess Bru, Then throughout the city spread the news of the emperor’s decree. Over mountains, plains and rivers traveled the words of the new law, and in dis tant villages the people groaned in fear that tlieir king was growing old and hanh. Tbs faces of the women wore sarcastic smiles, and playfully would they enjoin their husbands to keep their heads. But the men murmured, and in some place, the ever ready plotter saw a chance to raise revolt; for even in the most peaceful kingdom there is always present the man who loves to stir np tbs people against their lord. So Um days went by and all men were humble. No longer did the boaster free his tongue, nor the dandy tell of his tri umphs in lore. The lawyers and the doctors, the soothsayers and the mer chants went about in silence, and when they referred to themselves spoke in a deprecating way refreshing to hear. Onoe more the face of the emperor took on its accustomed smile. He was pleased with his people, for they seemed to him sufficiently humble to satisfy his most exacting mood. The boaster no longer appealed to the throne, and the courtiers wore a subservient air which appealed to the heart of the autocrat Seeing the monarch in this pliant state Prince Hamassar, a handsome and wealthy youth whose diffidence had often been noticed by the king, felt en couraged to plead for the hand of the Princess Bru. It was no easy task which he thus essayed. The man who won tbs hand of the emperor’s child would be king one day, and this fact had been a potent motive in the unsuc cessful suit of Ramek, the wise. Thus it was that there was great ex citement in the land when the emperor, yielding to the blushing intercession of Lis child, graciously ecknowleded the worthiness of Prince Hsmsssar and Cjd in his the hand of Piinoees Bra. courtiers smiled and shouted In ac claim, but Batnek, frowning, stole from the hall in silence, and when he reached the street breathed a row of vengeance to the gods. What if he were old and thinl Was he not wise? Who was this Hsmasssr that ho should win a king dom and a bride while better men must bow before him and wander alone be* neath the stam? But hold, the end was not yet! Was there not a way to over come this bold presumption on the part of a prince formerly so modest? Sorely Bamek, who had placed an emperor be neath his thumb, should not be defeated because for a moment the force of youth had proved too much for his gray hairs. Communing < thus with himself the Cassius hks figure of the defeated suiter approached the palace. The day waa bos, and as be removed his uit and let the flower scented breeze play with his silvered locks bis face became stern with a vengeful and deU'.alned pur pose. Gould Hamaasar and the Princess Bru hffive seen that look their transports would have been much less pronounced. CHAPTER IL "I have the hand-hanaeomcet note in the tcorld.” The palace of Prince Hamaasar was gay with brilliant lights, and on the soft, warm air of night arose the joyous notes of a drinking song. The gardens which surrounded the great mansion seemed to feel the influence of the gayety, for the flowers welcomed the kisses of the night wind, and the trees and shrubs mur mured as though hamming the air that echoed from the lianquet hall. The fountains splashed merrily, and when the moon came np seemed to laugh at their own silvery beauty. Within the palace dark faced eunuchs harried about dispensing the hospitality of their lord. For Pi .uce Ilamassar en tertained that night 200 mighty men in honor of his betrothal to the emperor’s child. The banquet room presented a glorious scene. About the table were gathered the statesmen, poets, merchants of the land, and the feast before them was worthy of their rank. Stern men of battle sat among the men of peace and men learned in the law conversed polite ly with their clients. Sharp eyed doctors were glad to see the viands and the wines disappear so fast, for well they knew that indigestion, sharp and painful, would give them work next day. So each guest was happy in his own peculiar way, and decorum gave place to mirth as the night waxed old. At the head of the room sat handsome Prince Hamassar, his dark, fine face lighted with a smile. Why should he not be glad? Youth, wealth and fame were his, and the promise of a crown. The fairest maiden in the world had given him her troth. He was beloved by the people and possessed the friendship of the king. As he gazed about him that night and saw among his guests the great men of the land his pulse beat wildly and he drained a glass of snow cooled wine to quiet the fever of conceit which he knew was throbbing in his brain. Near him sat the wise but wicked Ramek, decked in gorgeous robes and looking even thinner than before, placed as he was between two robust men. But Ramek, though not great in flesh, had a brilliant tongue, and his witty jests amused those who heard them so that a roar of laughter ever and anon arose from his corner of the board. Out of his small, burning eyes Le watched the prince and often pledged his health in a brimming goblet of the headiest wine. Hamaasar, unsuspecting of his rival’s purpose, drank freely and laughed bois terously at the pungent words of Ramek. the wise. When the fun was at its height and sedate and solemn counselors had for gotten their dignity and sang and drank aa though they were boys on a lark Ramek arose and called in loud tones for silence. After a while the uproar ceased, the wine was untouched for a moment, the song died away in cheerful echoes through the palace, and all eyes were turned upon the cadaverous oonrtisr who stood near the prince. “My friends,” said Ramek, holding a glass of wine in his hand, “it gives me great pleasure to propose a toast It is seldom that so many circumstances of good omen surround a man as those which crowd upon him whose health it is fitting we should drink. To moot men youth itself is a sufficient joy. What then should be the satisfaction of a man who is not only young but hand some, rich, and over whose bead there hangs the promise of a crown? We who love our land, who give our lives to its advancement and look with jealous eyes upon all that affects its welfare, can truly say that the event which is cele brated by this gathering here to-night meets with our warm approval 1 can well remember the day when our host was a little child. It is hard for me to realise that the fleeting years have changed him from a toddling boy into a Arm, able man tilled with a lofty pur pose and crowned at the outset of his career with the laurels of success. But 1 must not detain yon further, for I see that every glass is filled. My country man, 1 give you the health and happi ness of Hamaasar, prince and an em peror’s hope." A wild shout of acclaim shook the air. Standing the guests drank the toast in a way which proved that they loved the prince and were glad of his advance ment Homaesar’s face flushed as he heard the mighty cheer and met the fiances of affection which fell upon him from all sides. As Ramek saw the fever in the prince’s eye and noted the trem bling of his jeweled hand he smiled ma hdoasly and seemed to gain a few pounds of flesh. After the gueets were attain seated and quiet had been restored Prince Hamassar began, in a trembling voice, his reply to Ramek** speech. He was much affected by conflicting emotions, and at first his words were feebly nut “It is hard to express the inner feel ings of th* heart at such a time as this,” ■simid. “The warm words of my friend, the wise and courtly Kasnuk. and your approval of his praise have filled me with a joy 1 cannot now dis play.” Here he paused and seemed to feel the disturbing influence canoed by the gate of 400 eyes. The crisis on* nerved him, and, seizing a tumbler of wine, he drained it to tbs leea It was a fatal step. “My friends,” he began again; “there Isnobody so-so beautiful as my be-be betruthed. lam proud—proud of her— hie. No man—” here he braced himself a little—“no man ever won so wonder ful—or no wonder so—so wonderful— Well, what 1 mean to say is that she is won-wonderful. See? Now, I want you to observe that she has the most—hie— beautiful hair and eyes, and her figure— her flg-fig-ure runs up into the millions. See?—hia Further-furthenporo, 1 am not ug-ugly myself. 1 toll yon—hlo—my friends, I have the hand-handsomest nose in the world. See? There is no nose so firm in outline, so del-delicately tapered, so overwhelm-overwhelmingly impress ive as mine. See? Now, 1 say, do you see?—hlo." By this time the palace was in an up roar. It was bad enough that Hamassar was drunk, bat the guests realized with horror that In his boastfulness their host hod placed his head In peril The em peror’s decree made his speech a capital offense, and so open a defiance of the law could not be overlooked. Cared for by servants, Hsmssssr was led away to his sleeping apartments, and the guests dispersed. In groups they sauntered through the grounds, inhaling the cooling breeze which wandered down from the mountains. The moon in all her glory shed a soft radiance over the sleeping city and helped to qniet the ex cited mood of H sms war's friends. An hour later the city was wide awake dis cussing the details of Hamassar's folly, and wondering what would be the out come of it all Ramek. after seeing that Hsmaasar was safely guarded, hurried to the palace of the emperor, craved admission to his lord, and related to the startled king the story of the night The emperor could not believe his ears. Hamossar, noted for humility, had boasted in public? It could not be. There must be some mistake But other guests, near to the king in rank, bad followed Ramek to the palace and confirmed his tala “Let not the princess know of this till morning," said the broken hearted king to his attendants. “You tell me, Ramek, that Hamassar's house is surrounded by a guard?" “It is, my king." “At daylight, then, see to it that he is taken to the prison. And let every guest at this most dreary feast hold himself in readiness to testify before ma Now leave me to my sleep." But sleep came not to the king, and in the morning his face had aged ten yean. One man, however, looked younger than his wont as the sun came up and throw the gaunt shadow of Ramek across the pavement of the prison vard. Hr had grown youthful by degrees os be saw Hamassar still dull from the fumes of wine dragged from his bed and hauled through the streets to a cell. His face had grown fuller every moment os be paced the courtyard and reflected on the plight of his ruined rival “Surely,” he soliloquised, “there is no escape for this drunken braggart The emperor cannot afford to let his law be trampled on by one so high in place Well have my plans turned out Ha massar was an easier victim than 1 had hoped to find him 1 knew not that drugged wine would so quickly turn a wise and modest man into a boastful fool But enough of this. 1 must go home and rest” When Hsmssssr regained his senses he looked about him in surprise. His head ached, his face waa pale and be neath his eyes dark shadows lay. Even his handsome nose was redder than should be the model for the world. “Where am IT be exclaimed, la bis mind was a confused image of a ban quet hall and dancing lights and strains of merry music to which familiar faces aeemed to nod in time. “In prison, sir.” a negro said, coming to his couch. “In prison? What mean von. slave? 1. Hsmssssr, confined in a cell? It cannot be. 1 dream.” He lay back upon the couch and slept again. CHAPTER m. In solemn council the highest court was met The emperor, looking old and worn, gased down upon a vast impatient throng, while near him his weeping daughter sought in vain to find Hsmssssr through her tears. The audience ball was packed, for Hsmssswr's case bad mads great noise, and from the distant corners of the land the people came to hear his fate. Perhaps they ail had hopes that if the emperor gave him pardon the harsh decree would be revoked, and once again their nimble tongues might chatter of themselves. Men from the mountains and men from the plains, quiet villagers «r.d noisy herdsmen, nobles high in rank and beggars from the streets jostled each other in the shadow of the throne. Never before had so large a crowd attended a session of the court The Princess Bra vh a handsome woman, dark haired, dart eyed and tall. Her face, clean cat, wu somewhat proud, bat her smile, though sad today, told of a kindly heart All hearts went out to her as she dried her tears and looked about her nervously. “Poor child,” the women said, and the men felt that Prince Hsmsassr had full ex* case for having lost his heart, whatevei might yet happen to his bead. ftamek alone of all that vast sssnm blags felt a savage satisfaction at the plight of the woman be thought be loved. The sorrow in her face testified that Hamassar had her heart, and Ramek rejoiced that he had made her suffer. Bis evil face wore a hitter smile as he looked about him and saw in the eyes of all naught but love and pity for the girl At length Hamassar, closely guarded and with his arista enchained, was led before the throne. He had grown old in anight His head hr carried proudly, and when he made obeisance to the Mag did so with a princely grace that mode the strangers frituds to him at once. There was alienee for a time. Then slowly the emperor arose and in a voice of sorrow saM: "Hamaasar, erstwhile prince and car prospective son, you are charged with disobedience of our will Cor late de cree, tis said, your foolish tongas has boldly held as naught If this be true your head is forfait to ths state.” A great sigh, as though the wind mur mured in a forest, arose from the crowd, and the princess, broken hearted, sobbed aloud. Then one by oce the guests at the prince’s feast told In subdued tones the story of his fall; how he had boasted of his bride and dabbed his nose unrivaled. As witness after witness wove about the neck of the accused a chain of iron the thin face of Ramek shone with joy, while the emperor’s countenance grew constantly more grave. The maidens surrounding the Princess Bru fanned her constantly, os though in fear that she would faint Hsmssser kept his eyes upon the floor and seemed de termined to conquer all emotion. At length sufficient testimony had been laid before the king to establish the guilt of the accused. The crowd, pressing forward to catch every word, murmured among themselves and there was an echo of pity in their tones. For doubtless most of them knew that wine when taken in excess plays strange pranks with men. And to them all it seemed as though Hamassar’s words had not been greatly oat of plaoe, for the beauty of the princess dazzled them all and they had to acknowledge that Hamassar’s nose was a work of art Such lenient thoughts as these entered not the emperor’s head. He oat buried in contemplation for a while after toe last witness hod stepped aside. "Hamaasar,” said the king, “the evi dence In all its details lies before me. What have you to say before 1 tell your doom?” “Mott gracious lord," In Him and man ly voice the prince replied, “the honesty of these, my friends, 1 cannot well im peach, for what they say they say un willingly But in eery truth 1 remem ber nothing of the boastful words they charge me with. Your clemency I ask not, but lot me say that never in my con scious thoughts have 1 had wish to dis obey your very wise decree.” The fearless manner of the prince im pressed the throng, and a murmur of ap plause caused a smile to cross the tecs of the Princess Bra. For a moment even the emperor looked lass stem. But it was only for a moment His brow again darkened and he communed in silence with himself There was not a sound in the hall Every one knew that life or death hung upon the next words of the king, and Bamek gased eagerly at the stem face upon which all eyes were turned. “Your words, Hsmssssr," said the em peror at length, “are doubtless true, but they alter not the sentence that must come. In your own home, before two hundred guests, yon break the letter and the spirit of our law. Your crime, if 1 forgive you. would corrupt the land, and once again the egotist and braggart would meet ns at every turn. My word would be but wind to my people, and they would call their king a man of straw. The law must be enforced. 1 and my child have loved ypn well, and your sad fate has Ailed our hearts with gloom. But though a father. lam also a king. 1 most be Arm, although 1 long to grant you mercy.” He paused here, and there were those who thought they beard him sob. “Ham*. ?ar. your sentence 1 pronounce. Before to-mor row’s sun has set behind the hills your head most Call May the deities that love our land be kind to yon.” ▲ dread silence followed those fateful words. Hamassar’s face was white, but his Ups trembled not at all. Suddenly upon the startled air arose a shriek and. rushing forward, the Princess Brn sprang up the stairway to the thronsi Throw ing her white arms about her father's neck she cried: "Oh. spar* himl Spare himl Sava him for my sake!” •Silence, my child,” the emperor sternly cried, though his hand touched her shoulder lovingly. "Remember yon are the daughter of a king. Guards, re move the prisoner.” ■‘Moat gracious lord,” exclaimed a white haired man pushing his way through tbs throng, ••permit me a word before the prisoner departs.” "Speak,” said the emperor curtly, "but see to it that your words are few and to the point” Stepping forward until he stood In foil view of the crowd, the old man said: "That his head is forfeit to the state according to tbs ruling of our king is true. 1 beard them and 1 know. But in our courts the spirit, not the letter, of the law is held to be the highest guid ance for our use. Now. let ns look at Prince Hamassar's case. The witnesses have shown that in an egotistic way he boasted of his nose. He spoke not of his bead, nor claimed that any feature but his nose was worthy of all praise. What follows? The letter of the law de mands that he shall lose his head. But this punishment to too severe. The de cree was laid down not to opposes our land, but to make our people modest Therefore 1 say that its spirit will be carried out in full if Prince Hamassar's nose to severed from his Caoa Let him loss that of which be bragged, and if. in the future, he shall vaunt the beauty of his ears, or call his hands unrivaled, let further mutilation be his fate. This to strict Justice, and mercy and reason hers go hand in hand.” ▲ roar of applause resounded through the palace ae the old man's clever speech came to a sudden end. The emperor loolnj pleased and seemed to reflect that a nose is not essential to a son-in-law. The Princess Bru clapped her fair hands *a*m«neothto studied and phlegmatic poea “Old man, you have spoken well,” the emperor said. "Tour reasoning to most profound. 1 hereby revoke the sentence Just pronounced and decree that” "Most gracious king,” broke in Bamek, rushing forward, "grant me a moment NO. 4 before you take another atop." “ What means thia noise, wise Ramek?” the emperor cried. “You were noi wont to be a rattlepate.” “Nor am I making foolieh interrnptioD now, my lord; bat aa a subject some timee useful to the state I crare your notioe to a word or two." “Qo on, then, and be quick.* "Permit me. then, to ear that in hie argument wit aged friend has snoken brilliantly. Heisskillfnl in the lawand his persuasive voice went to my Inmost soul But bsar in mind, my king, that thia eapsdal cass will serve for pre cedent. and aa the late decree is now in terpreted so shall its influence for all tines be felt Now, mark you! Accord ing to the counselor who just now spoke it b sufficient for the law that he who disobeys it should loss that of which he boasted. Hsmssear then forfeits to the •tats Ida noon But we must bsar in mind that he alao showed in word and manner, X quote from the decree, over weening satisfaction in his betrothed. According, therefore, to our friend’s in terpretation Bamassar’s nose and your own daughter, gracious king, must be out off. There is no middle course. If the spirit of the law demands the sac rifice of Prince Hamaaaar's nose it cries out also for the blood of the Princess Brn. 1 put the matter plainly, for this is a crisis when to mince words would be criminal. 1 feel that the death of Hamaaear would beana- tional calamity. 1 have always loved him well and have rejoiced in his ad vancement But the life of one man only is not here at stake. If the law be construed in a loose and careless way there is no telling how cruel ita applica tion may yet become. By holding to the letter of this stern decree all danger is avoided, and a precedent here set for many generations yet unborn. Let HamsMsr rise to a joyous contempla tion of the fact that in his death he will confer upon posterity a great and last ing boon. I thank yon much, O king, for granting me this time, and hope that you will understand my heart. lam striving to protect the welfare of our land. If 1 have erred your own great wisdom will surely set me right.” Bamek ceased, and as his voice in jeering echoes died away a shudder passed over the assemblage. For his words, though harsh, were wise, and all who heard them knew the prince must die. The Princess Bra sobbed painfully and the emperor’s face was grave He found himself in a strange dilemma, He might save the prince by cutting off his nose and beheading the Princess Bra, but, with his daughter dead, Hsmssssr could not he his son-in-law. Oa the other Hand, if be killed Hsmssssr of course he could not wed him to his daughter. 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