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lb SsL Ss JJ Si .a, Kf*#i if V* nM Li! Mi, V* I'M JA If)®! 1 W&B&z rJ| it IK it IK Kiffi I I#] lit IP The f» Princess Virginia By C. N. and A. M. WILLIAMSON, Authors of "The Lightning Con ductor/* "Rosemary In Search of a Father.'* Etc. Copyright, 1907. by McClure, Phil lips & Co. Tlie month of September was dying, and away In the Rhnetlan mountains winter had begun. Yet in the lap of the low country summer lingered. The air was soft and sweet with the per- jjj8 upS fume of roses—roses living and roses dead In a potpourri of scattered petals on the grass. It was a garden for lov ers and a night for lovers. Egon went to the open window and looked out, but dared not let his feet take the direction of his eyes, though he was sure that somewhere In the garden Miss Mowbray and the emper or were to be found. "They will come in again this way,' he said to himself, "for they will want people to think they have never left the music room, and for that very rea son they won't stop too long. They must have some regard for the conven tions. If I waif- He did not finish the sentence in his mind. Nevertheless he examined the resources of the window niche with a critical eye, There was a deep inclosure between the window frame and the long, straight curtains of olive green satin which matched the decoration of the music room. By drawing the curtains a few inches farther forward one could make a screeu which would hide one from observation by any person in the room or outside in the garden. So Egon did draw the curtain, and, framed In his shelter like a saint in a niche, he stood peering into the silver night. The moon was rising over the lake, and long, pale rays of level light were stealing up the paths like the fingers of a blind child that caress gropingly •. the features of a beloved face. Egon could not see the whole gar den or all the paths among the roses. But if the emperor and his companion came back by the way they had gone he would know presently whether they walked in the attitude of friends or lovers. It was so necessary for his plans to know this that he thought it .worth while to exercise a little pa tience in waiting. Of course, if they were lovers, goodby to his hopes, and he would never have so good a chance as this to make sure. All things in the garden that were not white were gray as a dove's wings. Even the shadows were not black, and the sky was gray, with the soft I gray of velvet under a crust of dia monds which flashed as the spangles on a woman's fan flash when it trem bles in her hand. White moths, happily ignorant that summer would come no more for them, drifted out from the shadows like rose .-'-petals blown by the soft wind. On a trellis a crowding sisterhood of pale vVi' roseB drooped their heads downward In memento mori. It was a silver night, a night of enchantment Leopold had meant'to take Virginia out only to see the moon rise over the water, turning the great smooth sheet of Jet into a silver shield, for there bad been clouds or spurts of rain on other nights, and he had said to him Belf that never again perhaps would they two stand together under the White spell of the moon.. He had meant to keep her for five minutes, or ten at the most, and then to bring her back, but they had walked down to the path which girdled the cliff above the lake. The moon touched her gold en hair and her pure face like a bene diction. He dared not look at her thus for long, and when there came a sud den quick rustling in the grass at their feet he'bent down, glad of any-change In the current of his thoughts. Some tiny winged thing of the night sought a lodging in a bell shaped fiow er whose blue color the moon had drunk, and as Leopold stooped the same Impulse made Virginia bend. He stretched out his hand to gather the low growing branch of blossoms, which he would give the girl as a aoavenlr of this hour, and their fingers met Lake and garden swam before the eyes of the princess as the em peror's hand closed over hen. Her great moment had come, yet now that It was here, womanlike, she wished it away, not gone forever—oh, no—but waiting Just round the corner of the fature. "The flowers are yoars—I give them to you," she laughed, as If she fancied It was in eagerness to grasp the dis puted spray that he had pressed her fingers. "You are the one flower I want— flower of all the 'world," he answered In choked voice, speaking words he had not meant to speak. But the ice barriers that held back the torreot of which he had told her had meltedlong ago and now had been swept away, "".er.barriers which he had built up their p! ace—his convictions, his duty as a. man .at, the .head of a nation— jirote gone too. "I love,you," he stam ired. "I love you f£r better than ipay Ufe, which you savedf. I've loved you ever since our firethour together the mountain, bnt ©ver^ dayjmy love has grown a thot»to$jfo!d until afctor Jfs greater and higher^ than any !»ountaln. jgfScan fight «&i$»t myself §longer.j&f-is thought'I w» strong, this love stiSong$:^th&n I f»tn, IJ»y th$t you care *ftnr me^onJ^say .sOure* J, ^iqped. She flweditor thl^lfyMr*this, and sFe had pictured a" differenfTscene scene of storm and stress. She had heard in fancy broken words of sor row and noble renunciation on his lips, and in anticipating his suffering she had felt the joy her revelation would give. "I care—so much, so much! llow hard it will be to part!" "If you care, then, we shall not be parted," said Leopold. The princess looked up at him in wonder, holding back as he would have caught her In his arms. What eould ho mean? What plan was In his mind that, believing her to be Helen Mowbray, vet made It possible for him to reassure her so? "I don't understand," she faltered. "You are the emperor, and I am no more thnn"— "You are my wife if you love me. In the shock of her ecstatic surprise she was helpless to resist him longer, and he held her close and passionately, on ]ler ijalr, her face crushed against his heart. She could hear It beating, feel it throb under her cheek. Ells wife? Then he loved her enough for that Yet how was It possible for him to stand ready for her sake to override the laws of his own land? "My darling—my wife!" he said again. "To think that you love me!" "I have loved you from the first," the princess confessed, "but I was afraid you would feel, even if you cared, that we mast say goodby. Now"— And in an instant the whole truth would have been out but the word "goodby" stabbed him, and he could not let it pass. "We shall not say goodby, not for an hour," he cried. "After this I could not lose you. There's nothing to prevent my being your husband, you my wife. Would to God you were of royal blood and you should be my em press—the fairest empress that poet or historian ever saw—but we're prison ers of fate, you and I. We must take the goods the gods provide. My god dess you will always be, but the em press of Rhaetia even my love isn't powerful enough to make you. If I am to you only half what ,you are to me you'll be satisfied with the empire of my heart." Suddenly the warm blood of Vir ginia's veins grew chill. It was as If a wind had blown, up from the dark depths of the lake to strike like ice in to her soul. An instant more and he would have known that she was a princess of the blood, and through his whole life she could have gone on wor shiping him because he had been ready to break down all barriers for her love before he guessed there need be none to break. Now her warm im pulse of gratitude was frozen by the biting blast of disillusionment but Btill there was hope left. It might be that she misunderstood him. She would not judge him yet. "The empire of your heart!" she echoed. "If that were mine I should be richer than with all the treasures of the earth. If you were Leo, the chamois hunter, I would love you as I love you now, because In yourself you are the one man for me, and I'd go with you to the end of the world as your wife. But you're not the chamois hunter you are the man I love, yet you ore the emperor. Being the em peror, had you talked of a hopeless love and a promise not to forget, hav ing nothlug else to give me because of your high destiny and my humbler one, I could still have been happy. Yet you speak of more than that You Bpeak of something I can't understand. It seems to me that what a royal man offers the woman he loves should be .all or nothing." "I do offer you all," said Leopold, "all myself, my life, the heart and soul of me—all that's my own to give. The rest—belongs to Rhaetia "Then what do you mean by "Don't you understand, my sweet that I've asked you to be my wife? What can a man ask more of, a wom an?" "Yonr wife, but not the 'impress. How can the two be apart?" He tried to take her once more in his arms, but when be saw that she would not have it so he held his love In check and waited. He was sure that he would not need to wait long, for not only had he laid his love at hei feet but had pledged himself to a tre mendous sacrifice on love's altar. The step which in a moment of pas sion he had now resolved to take would create dissension among his people, alienate one who had been his second father, rouse England, America and Germany to anger because of the prin cess whose name rumor had already coupled with his and raise in every di rection a storm of disapproval. When thla girl whom he loved realized the Immensity of the concession he was making because of his reverent love for her she would give her life to him now and forever. Tenderly he took her hand and lifted it to his lips. Then when she did not draw It away, because he, was to have his chapce of explanation, he held it between both his own as he talked on. "Dearest one," he said, "when I first knew I loved you—loved yon as I didn't dream I could love a woman— for your sake and my own, would have avoided meeting you too often. This I tell you frankly. I didn't see how in honor such a love could end ex cept in despair for m© and sorrow even for you if you should come to care. Had you and Lady Mowbray stayed on at the hotel in Kronburg think I could have held to my resolve. But when Baroness von Lyndal suggested your coming here my heart leaped -tip. I said in my mind: «At least I shall have the Joy of-'seeing her every day for a time without doing anything to darken her future. Afterward, when Qhe has gone out of my life,, I shall h*ve that radiance to remember. And so no- harm will be done in $he end, except that I shall have to paj^lby suf fejing.'*still I had no thoughts the tpnrasrithout a parting/ I feSf'that In ffltal}&. Aad the suffering Laud T—r I.,,, VmSfcffr In hand with tlie Joy,"for"not a night here at Lyndalbsrg have I slept If I had been weak I should have groaned aloud in the agony of renunciation. "My rooms open on a lawn. More than once I've come out into the dark ness when all the household was sleep ing. Sometimes I have walked to this "A*ever!" she exclaimed. very spot where you and I stand now —heart to heart for the first time, my darling—asking myself whether there were any way out of labyrinth. It was not until I brought you here and saw you by my side, with the moon rays for a crown, that a flash of blind ing light seemed to pierce the clouds. Suddenly I saw all things clearly, and, though there will be difficulties, I count them as overcome." "Still you haven't answered my ques tion," said Virginia in a low, strained voice. "I'm coming to that now. It was best that you should know first all that's been troubling my heart and brain during these few bittersweet days which have taught me so much. You know men who have their place at the head of great nations can't think first of themselves or even of those they love better than themselves. If they hope to snatch at personal happi ness they must take the one way open to them and be thankful. "Don't do me the horrible injustice to believe that I wouldn't be proud to show you to my subjects as their em press, but instead I can offer only what men of royal blood for hundreds of years have offered to women whom 'they honored as well as loved. You must have heard even In England of what is called a morganatic marriage. It is that I offer you." With a cry of pain—the cruel pain of wounded, disappointed love—the prin cess tore her hand from his. Never!" she exclaimed. "It's an in sult." An insult? No, a thousand times no. I see that even now you don't under stand." I think that I understand very well, too well," said Virginia brokenly. The beautiful fairy palace of happiness that she had watched as it grew lay shat tered, destvoyed, in the moment which ought to have seen its triumphant com pletion. "I tell you that you cannot under stand or you wouldn't say—you wouldn't dare to say, my love—that I'd Insulted you. Don't you see, don't you know, thi.t you would be my wife in the sight of all men as well as in the sight of God." "Your wife, you call it!" The prin cess gave a harsh little laugh which hurt as tears could not hurt "You seem to have strange ideas of that word, which has always been sacred to me. A morganatic marriage! That is a mere pretense, a hypocrisy. I would be 'your wife,' you say. I would give you all my love, all my life. You in return would give me—your left hand. And you know well that in a country which tolerates such a one sided travesty of marriage the laws would hold you free to marry another woman—a royal woman, whom you could make an empress—as free as If I had no existence." "Great heaven, that you should speak so!" he broke out "What If the law did hold me free? Can you dream—do you put me so low as to dream—that my heart would hold me free? My BOUI would be bound to you forever." "So you may believe now. But the knowledge that you could change would be deafh to me—a death to die dally. Yes, I tell you again, it was an insult to offer a lot so miserable, so contemptible, to a woman you profess to love. How could you do It? If only you had never spoken the hateful words—if only you had left me the ideal I had of you—noble, glorious, above the whole world of men! But after all, you are selfish, cruel. If you had said, 'I lcyre you yet we must part, for duty stands between us,' I could— But, no I can never tell you now what I could have answered if you had said- that instead of breaking my heart" Under the fire of her reproach he stood still, his lips tight, his shoulders braced, as if he held his breast open for the knife. "By heaven, it Is you who are cruel!" he said at last "How.can I make you see your injustice?" "In no way. There's nothing more to be said between us two after this except goodby." "It shall not be goodby." "It must I wish it" He had caught her dress as she turn ed go, but now he released her. *You wish it? It's not-true that you love me, then?" "It was true. Bverything—every thing in my whole life-is changed from: this hour. It would be better If I'd never seen you. Qoodbyi" ntinuedJi y*l: T17 Old Tried! It takes Time—Years of Experience, Modern Facilities, to produce Cement. That is, Good Cement—Cement that will stand tests that experts give it. "YANKTON" THE CEMENT THAT IS ALL CEMENT HALL-MARTIN RACE REQUIRES STATE CAN VASSING BOARD Huron, S. D., June 19.—The re sult of the primary election between Philo Hall and E. W. Martin for con gressmen is still not accurately known. On the face of the returns Mr. Martin has a lead of a few hun dred votes, but the result is so close that neither side is justified in claiming victory until the state can vassing board meets to canvass the returns over the state. Following is a table showing the returns so far as they are complete: PORTLAND CEMENT Mar- Hall Glass tin Burke Aurora .. .. 328 301 227 172 Beadle Bon Homme Brown Brookings Brule Buffalo .. Butte Campbell Chas. Mix Clark .. Custer Codington Clay Davison .. Day .. .... Deuel .. Douglas Edmunds Fall River Faulk .. Grant .. Gregory .. Hamlin .. Hand Hanson Jerauld .. McCook .. Meade .. Hughes .. Hutchinson Hyde .. .. Kingsbury' Lake .. ... Lawrence .. Lincoln Lyman Marshall MicPherson Moody .. 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Sully Turner Union .1. 484 526 443 518 Walworth vfi 365 299 275 257 Yankton .. 1 924 915 331 388 893 862 509 782 437 450 353 385 929 918 1389 1502 1563 1076 759 760 61 56 67 61 277 211 374 333 412 419 469 437 719 710 647 630 496 546 649 729 38 21 215 182 932 1329 629 598 637 549 436 395 546 480 848 920 883 829 753 793 607 669 373 435 370 380 450 430 169 lf9 342 339 68 67 361 365 456 429 361 347 538 628 B75 764 455 432 636 518 115 111 107 160 241 25J. 144 18* 365 331 251 258 383 375 426 471 64 47 178 183 322 261 498 714 678 675 851 819 266 266 117 167 725 597 685 626 1029 876 676 646 509 501 2426 2159 1096 1037 880 896 585 584 606 639 303 255 461 585 382 403 405 431 861 791 300 406 301 325 315 352 2139 2078 2456 2478 317 326 743 828 337 265 251 296 768 706 1049 1005 340 340 393 362 1190 1143 627 806 390 417 794 1033 4? 1158 1179 61* 604 It The totals are as follows: Hall, 28,341 Glass, 27,348 Martin,, 28, 624 Burke, 30.150. LIBERTY .Mrs. M. Whiting and 'daughter, Miss Vera, formerly teachers in the Liberty schools, are guests of rela tives at the home, of -A. L. Sterns. Mrs. G. Adams and son, Truman, left Monday for the Iowa home at Hornick. The ywill return in time for the haying, and harvesting. Church goers on Sunday met the procession of circus teams crossing from Frederick to Hecla through Lib erty, and "saw the elephant." Miss Nettie Mabbot has completed Kir school work'near James and af attending the Institute, is once —it's a good beginning. more among^ the Ldberty jjeifttives and friend* I ^,The annual election was held last Western Portland Cement Lbr.* YANKTON, SOUTH DAKOTA. Rev. Henry .Meyers, of Evanston, 111., is the guest of his sister, Mrs. A. D. En.gle and family. Mr. Meyers preached to a large audience on Sunday from the text, "The truth shall make you free." While a crew were engaged in moving the large barn on the H. Wiitula farm to higher ground, one of the chains gave way letting the building slip sideways and down ward, racking it badly. The build ing is still "resting by the way." Mrs. J. W. S. Guild received the sad news of the death of her moth er at the old home in Michingan last Friday. The telegram came too late for Mrs. Guild to reach Michi gan in time for the burial. The sympathy of the community is ex tended to the sorrowing family. Although Saturday was cold and disagreeable, a large company of people gathered at Nutten's grove for a picnic. A fine dinner was serv ed, and a short program an.d base 'ball game filled up the afternoon hours. The best feature was the contest between the juvenile teams of Liberty and Hecla, which was won by Hecla. Liberty,, however, had the star player in the person of Arthur Wilmsen. SIMPLE HOME EECEPE. Mix This Simple, Helpful Keeipe at Home and Try it, Anyway. Get from any prescription phar macist, the following Fluid Extract (Dandelion, one half ounce Compound Kargon, one ounce, Compound Syrup Sarsaparilla, three ounces. Shake well in a bottle and take a teaspoonful dose after each meal and at bedtime. The above is considered by an emi nent authority, who writes in a New York daily paper, as the finest pre scription ever written to relieve back ache, Kidney Trouble!, Weak Bladder and all forms of Urinary difficulties. This mixture acts promptly on the eliminative tissues of the Kidneys, en abling them to filter and strain the uric acid and other waste matter from the blood which causes Rheu matism. Some persons who suffer with the afflictions may not feel inclined to place much confidence in this simple mixture, yet those who have tried it say the results are simply surprising, the relief being effected without the slightest injury to the stomach or other organs. Mix some and give it a trial. It certainly comes highly, recommended. It is the prescription of an eminent authority, whose entire reputation It is said, was established by it. A druggist here at home, when asked, stated that he could either sup ply the Ingredients or mix the pre scription for our readers, also rec ommends jit as harmless. LOWEY NEWS CONCRETE- "COTTAGE- stands the severest tests given, and is abso lutely All Cement. Start your Construction with A copy of the Government Pamphlet on Concrete^ Construction FREE on request. %f The base ball enthusiasts Lowry and vicinity were given a dou ble base ball game last Sunday when Pembroke and Hoven crossed Ibats with the local team. In the first game Pembroke won hands down. While in th£ second game the Lowry players had decidfe^ly the best of it. Mesijfrs. John and Henry Herman^ accompanied by John Heine,- of Mound City, were in Faulkton dur ing the week attending court. Henry and John Heine returning the mid dle of the week and John Friday on the,passenger. tfc.VV.fl turn*. .«• a+"tt Yankton" FOR SALE BY— McCaull-Webster Elevator 0 Hawkeye Elevator Co. H. C. Behrens Lbr. Co. Central Lumber Co. Tuesday, and Martin Anderson was re-elected chairman an.d Jos Bosch, clerk. A light vote was cast. Miss Josephene Heine, of Mound City, who has been visiting her sis ter, Mrs. John Herman, returned on Saturday to her home. John DeRouchy was a guest at the Strobel place for several days. (Mrs. Carst and daughter, Hoven, visited Mrs. McGilvrey Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Adam Yocum re turned Saturday from their bridal trip. A very enthusiastic welcome awaited the happy couple at the sta tion and accompanied them to the store. /The local -ball tossers play, at Java Sunday, weather permitting. The boys are planning to give a good ac count of themselves. Editor Hoffman returned from the National Republican convention at Chicago, Saturday, and reports the G.O.P. strictly O.K. and the conven tional all that one could desire. The Ladies' Improvement league met with Mrs. O. S. Crawford, Sat urday. Lowry and some of its buildings was shaken but not materially dam aged by a windstorm Friday night. Tho most .noticeable work of the winfd was the overthrow of J- B Foster's barn. fe The local settlers, both old and new, ibraved the uncertainties of the weather Thursday and went to Le Beau to the Old Settler's Picnic in full force. They report quite a crowd and more or The social at Mr. A. 'Huntsicker's iwas well attended and much enjoyed by all presentM^gl Moin York has returned from an extended visit in Iowa. Roy Brans left Tuesday morning for Waukeegan, 111., for a short visit with relatives and friends. H. B. Van Winkle returned to his duties at Huron last week. Exercises (by the children at the school house Sunday .evening brought out a large crowd and the children entertained them well. Geo. Russel.and son returned from Oregon Friday night for an extended iMr. and Mrs. J. C. Hall visited near Plana Sunday. iHarry Plummer and Miss Char lotte Thompson spent Sunday with M?. and Mrs. Art Russel. Airs. A. Goodale and Infant daugh ter. returned to Aberdeen Friday morning aftet. a visit with her moth er, Mrs J. C. Hall. .Mr. William tDage and family ited at the Hassenpfieg home & ^y: afternoon. Wheules for, the Kidneys, *0 da trial ?1.00. ^Guaranteed Pineries act directly on the Kidneyi wld bring .relief In, the fl»t dose to Jbaokt ache, tveak iburic, lame back. -rheirtiL*' atic pains, kidney and bladder t#dU ble. They purify the (blood and in vigorate the entire system."' nett's Corner Irug Store. 11 it! I# ^ss of a time, ac cording to individual tastes. Miss Jessie McGilvrey was a Hoven visitor for a day during the week. Bert Eske, assistant cashier of the Farmer's State ibank of Brentford,, was in town Thursday. „V-\Vtr,i -.O' v's OKDWAY Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Morris, of'West port, called on Mrs. Locker Sunday evening. Mrs. R. J. Hall entertained her mother and brother and wife of Plana, over Sunday.