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THE DAILY CQUKUflKJ CONNEI^LSVILLE, PA. .PAGE NINE. Black Humbert,.taper. In .hand,'ap-1 you n service, .frlena cut-throat' proached the Bed. Herman remained ..near'the^ door. 'Now,'with: the candle ·.near, the bed. revealed-, a..manflying on It and. tied with knotted ropes; a -young man, with .sunken cheeks' and weary, desperate eyes. Beside him, .00 a cnair, were ine fragments of a 'meal, a bit of broken bread,-soine-cold 'soup, on which : grease had formed . firta' coating. · ' · ". "· . . . . " - . . . Lying there;.sleeping and waking and sleeping again, yoon},' Haeckel, ..one time 'of; his majesty's secret iserv- : ice and student in .the .university, had lost track of 'the days. H« knew not 'how long.he had been a prisoner, ex-cent that it~h«l:Deeri'eternities.. Twice .'a day, .morning and evening, cam'e'.his paller and .loosened his .bonds,' brought '·lo'Ddt'of a sort, and allowed him, not out ot mercy,;bnt because it was the committee's. pleasnre that for ajftme te shonld live, to move-about the room and bring blood'again to his numbed Jimba. ' .' ; "." '.'. : The concierge untied him,'and stood ·back.' "Iiow,":he said.- · .. But the boy^-he !was no more--lay still. He made one effort to rise, and fell back. . - . .' ' " . . ' . : "Up with yon!" said'-the concierge, and Jerked him. to his leet He caught .the rail of the bed, or he would have itallen. "NOTJT-- stand like a man. 1 ? . He itood then, facing his captors defiance.' He; ..hud "worn all 'that ont In the first days of his Imprisonment. ; "Wen?* he sola at last "I thought J--yon"re been here once tonight." · "Bight, my.icnekoo. Bat tonight'I o yon double honor." . 1 Bnt seeing that Hneckel -was- sway- Ing, he tii'iiM-d to Herman'Spier. "Go Vioirn." be mid, "and bring op some brandy. He eu do nothing lor us In this rtrte," .·."- ··'· ; · {, He drank the.'brandy. eagerly when It came, ntd the concierge poured him j» tecond (jtrantlty:. What with wenk- neM and elo-w irarrtitton. it did what '·no, threat at personal danger wonldj |h»T* done. It broke down his reiiirt- iance. Wot Immediately. : He fought bard, wb/tn the matter was ' first broached to him. But In the end he 1 took the letter'and, holding it close to; the candle; he examined It closely. His bands ihpok, his eyes burned. ,The two terrorist* watched" him. i Brandy or no brandy, however, he had not lost.his wits. He glanced tip suddenly. 'Tell 'me something · abont this," he said.. /"Ana what T'il.jon do' ' tor'me-tf I decode it?" .The. concierge would promise anything, nnd did.. Haeckel listened, and knew the offer ot liberty was a Me. Bnt there was something about the ·tory of the letter itself that bore tbe' liair marks of tmtb. : '. 'fTon. see," - finished Black Humbert cunningly, "she--this, lady pi the'court --is plotting with:some one, or so we 'sraspeet If 'It Is only a' liaison--!" .He .spread his hands. ."31, as is po»- elble, %he betrays us tr Karaia, that we should Hud. ont' 3t Is not," be addud, "among onr plans that Kami* shonld know too mnch of us." The-brandy'was still working, but, the spy's mind was clear.. He asked for a pencil, and set to work. After, nil. If there was a spy of Karl's in the palace, i it were well to know It He tried complicated methods first, to find that the body of the .letter, .after all, was simple enough. By reading, every tenth word, he got a consistent.mes- sage, save that'certain supplies, over ·which the .concierge bsd railed, were special code ,words .foi; .certain regiments. /These he cqolrt.not decipher.' "Whoever was to receive this," 'he .paid at last,' "would have been In · possession of. .complete data .of..the army, equipment and all, and the location of -various regiments. Probably you and'your band of/murderers have that already." . - _ The concierge noddej, no whit ruffled. "And-for.whonv.was it intended?" · "I cannot say. The address: is v fictitious, 'of course." ' · . .-· Black Hnmbert scowled. .."So!" 'he . raid. "Zou tell us only a part!" . '. "There Is nothing else to tell. Save, as I have'.written here, th'e--writer : ends:, T must see yon at once. ,Eet me know ·where,'" , . . - . · ' - The'brandy-was getiing In Its work well by that ttme; He was feeling strong, hls.own' ; man again,:arid recfe : less. -,Bot. he'.was cuanlng; too... He yawned.:. "And In. return-for .all this, -rhat?' : he 'demanded. "I have done The" concierge stuffed': letter., and .translation into Ms :pocket. "What would yon have, short of liberty.' . = "Air, for one thing." He 'stood. up and stretched again. God, how strong he felt! "If yon would open that.ac- cursed window for an hour--the place reeks." ' ' ''. '.' ' " ' Humbert was-lix high good.humor ; in spite'of his protests. In his pocket he held the key to lavor, aye, to a plan which he meant,to lay before the committee, of ten, a plan, breath-taking In its audacity ftnd yet potential of success. He went to the window and put "his great shoulder, against it ;" -\ :· -Instantly : Haeckel overturned the candle and, picking up the chair, hurled it at Herman Spier. 'He heard N iaed unnoticed;by : the.lad,on .whom ng' the dusUnies of : the kingdom: Sow they confronted a new sit-j nation. The next day but one was th« anniversary again. The boy was older, and obserrant. It would not be possible to . conceal. from him the significance of the procession march- Ing through the. streets with muffled drums. . ,. . They could not continue to lie to the hoy. Truthfulness had been one of 'the rules of his ^rigorous upbringing. And he was now of an age to remember. So the chancellor sat and wnlted,- and fingered his heavy, watch' chain.' .· Prinee'Fercjlriand William Otto put: his attemtfoa to. the theme; and finished' lit.-. : Then, flushed with, outhorshlp, h« looked up. "May I read you the last line of It!" he demanded of the chancellor. . - "I shall,be honored, highness." Not often did the chancellor say "highness." Generally he said "Otto" or "my child." . . Prince Ferdinand William Otto read aloud.'with daodng eyes, Ills last line:. ·"i shonld like to own a dog-' I thought," he'said wistfully, "that I might ask my grandfather for one." . "I see no-reason why you should not have. » dog,"the chancellor observed. "Not ono to-be kept at tho stables," 1 Otto explained. "One to. stay with me nil the time. One to sleep on the foot: of.the bed." . -.' . ·. But here the',chancellor threw up his hands. Instantly he visualized all the objections to dogs, from fiess to the clerk'. go down as lie leaped for the door. Herman, had not locked it. He .was In the passage before, the concierge had stumbled past the bed. Hneckel ran; as he had never run before. The last flight now, with the concierge well behind, and liberty two" seconds away. . ' · . ' . ' ' He flung himself against the- doors to the street. Eat they were fastened by a chain, and the key'was cot In the lock. rabies. And he put the dtfljcnltics; Into words. No mean speaker was the chancellor when so minded. He was a master of style, of arrangement, of .logic and reasoning. He spoke at length, even, nt the end, rising and pacing a few steps .up and down the room. But when he hod concluded,, when the dog, so to speak, had fled yelping to the country of dead hopes, Prince Ferdinand. William Otto merely gulped, and said: - . "Well. I 'wish 1 could hnve n dog'." He crumpled.up In a heap, as the j The chancellor, .changed his tactics concierge fell on him with fists like ! by changing the subject. "I was won-; " deriug this morning, as I crossed thol park, if you would enjoy an excursion, flails. . Some time laterj .old Adelbert heard a sound.in the corridor; nnd peered out. Humbert, assisted by the lodger, He Crumpled Up In a Spier, was carrying to the »tHc what appeared to be on old mattress, rolled np and. covered with rags. In'.the morning, outside the door,.there was a- darkish .stain, however, which might have been tlood. At nine o'clock tho neit mpmiug .the chancellor vlsiioj the crown prince. soon. Could it be managed, Miss, Braithwnite?" . · ' "I dare say," safd Miss Brnlthwalte dryly. "Although I must sny, If there Is no improvement in punctuation and .capital letters--" "What sort of eicurslon?" asked his royal highness, guardedly. He did not care for picture galleries. j · · "Out-of-doors, to see something interesting. A real eicurslou, up the river." "To the fort? I do want to see the new fort." As a matter of .truth, the chancellor had not thought of the fort Bnt like many another before him, he accepted the suggestion: and made It his own. "To the fort, of course," said he. "And take luncheon along, a.nd eat It there, and hove Hedwlg arid Nikky? And see the guns?" Bnt this was going too fast Nlhky, of course, would.go, and if the princess cared- to, she too. But luncheon! It was necessary -to remind the crown { prince that the' officers at the fort would eipect to have him Join their mess. There was a short parley over this, and It was finally settled thnt tho .officers should serve luncheon, but that there should be no speeches. "Then that's settled." he said at lost. 'Tra vei-y happy. This morning I shall apologise to M. Punus:" During the remainder of the morn- nlng the crotm prince made various j excursions to the wjndow to see If the'j weather was holding good. Also he [ asked, during his half hour's intermission, for the. great box of lead soldiers that was locked-away In the cabinet "I shall pretend that the desk Is a lort. Miss Bralthwaite," he eatd. "Do you mind being, the enemy, and pretending to be shot now and then?" But Miss BraithwRlte was correcting ' "To Ferdinand William Otto from ·his.grandfather; on.'the .occasion of Tils .taking- his first co'mmonlon." "It's getting rather late," he observed. : .; Miss Brnlthwatte looked troubled. "No doubt something, has detained him," .she said, with unu!3iial gentleness. "You might work at the frame .for your 1 Cousin Hedwig." Then, if Captain Lariscli .comes, you can still have, ft part of your lesson." . Prince Ferdinand William Otto frightened. The burnt wood, photo- ; graph frame for Hedwlg was his delight And jyeBte for the escapade had been put av air of floallty. The pyrograph day, as a punishment of the "day before, it ay with an alarming outflt'was produced, He came without ceremony, lately he i papers. She was willing to be n passive had been coming often. He liked to j enemy .and be potted «t b« she drew come In quietly, and Bit lor an hour in the school 'room, saying nothing. Prince Ferdinand William Otto found these occasions rather trying. "I should think," he protested once to his governess,, "that he would have something else '.to do. -He's, tuo chancellor, isn't he?" The. king had.passed a bad night, and Haeckel was etlil missing. The chancellor's heart was heavy. . The chancellor watched the crown -prince, as he'sat at the high "desk, laborlonsly writing, · It was the hour of English composition, and Prince Ferdinand William .Otto was writing x theme. ' .'· . "About dogs,'' he explained. ;Tve i seen a great many, yon know. I could ' do it better with a. pencil. My pen sticks ia the paper." . He wrote on, and Mettllch eat and watched. He caught Miss' Braith- watte's glance, and he knew what was in her ffiindl For'nine years now. had come, once a year,' the puinfnl anni-. '. tho ; death 6f the late crown 'prince and. bis young wife. : Fcr nine years had .the.city.mourned, .with flags at half mast and 'tha" brotize .statue of the old'queen .droped In .black.. And for . nine ;yenr» -had the 1 flay 'Of grief the linn nt falling over. Prince JTerdl- ; nanfl William Otto did not persist He was far top polite. Bnt he wished In nil his soul that NlkUy would come. Nlklcy, he felt, would die often and hard. Bat Nlkty did not. come. At twelve o'clock, Prince Ferdinand William Otto, clad'In his riding gnr- inents of tweed knickers, pntteon, and a belted Jacket, stood by the school room' window and -looked out The loner windows of bis suite faced the court yard, but the schoolroom opmcd over the place--n .b'nd arrangement surely, aee!n# what distractions to lessons mny take place-In a public Bqonre, what pigeons feeding. In tho sun, what bands with drums and drum majors, what children flylag kites., ."I don't understand-it," the crown prince said plaintively. . "He is generally very punctual. Perhaps--" · ... But he loyally rdfnsad to finish the i. sentence. .Tlie "perhaps" was a j grievous thought, nothing, less tnnh ! that Nikky.and Hedwlg were at that moment riding In the ring together, and"hnd both forgotten him. ·· Prince Ferdinand William Otto consulted his watch. It was of gold, and on the Inside' was engrftved:. ind for fifteen minutes Prince Ferdinand Wtniam Otto labored, his head 'on one elde, his royal tongue - slightly protruded. Bat, above-tbe thin blue .smoke of burning, his face remained iwlstfn). He. was afraid, terribly, 'afraid, that he Sad been forgotten "I hop* Nliky Is not 111," 'he, said once. "He smokes a great many "ciga- 'rettea. He says he knows they arei tad for htm." "Certainly they are bad for him," said Miss Braithwaite. "They contain nicotine, which is a violent -poison. A. 'drop of nicotine on the' tongue of a dog will kill if." ' ·'· ' The reference was linfo'rtunateV : ."I wish I might have a dog," observed Prince Ferdinand William Otto. Fortunately, at that moment, Hedwig came In. .She came in a trifle defiantly, although that passed unnoticed, and she also came iman- nonnced, as was her cousinly privilege. And she stood itiside the door and stared at the prince. "Well!',' she said. "Is there'to be.no riding lesson today?" '1 don't know. Nikky has not come.'.' . . , "Where is he?" . Here the drop of nicotine got in its flenflly work. 'Tm afraid he is 111," said Prince Ferdinand William Otto. "He said he. smoked too many cigarettes, and--" ,"Is Captain Lnrisch HIT Hedwig looked at the governess, and lost Borne of her bright color. Mis« Braithwaite did not know, and said so. "At the very least," she went on, "be shonld have sent some word.' I do not know, what things are coming to. Since his majesty's Illness, no oas ·seems to have any responsibility, or to take, any." , . "Bnt of course he woold have sent word," sold Hedwlg, frowning. "I don't nnderfttand.lt He has never been BO late before, has-be?" "He has oerer been late at .all," Prince Ferdinand William Otto spoke up quickly, j After a time Hedwiff went away, ;and the crown prtnce took off his rid- !lng clothes. He ate * very small lluncheon, swallowing mostly a glass oi Iroilfc and'a tump In his throat A n d j rafterward he worked at the frame, fpi i 'an hour, shading th'e .hearts caxcfnliy.j ;At three o'clock he went for his drive, i '. .The horses moved sedately. Beppo i booked severe and haughty. -A strange jman. In the place of Hans, beside ;Bepoo, watched the crowd with keen j !ttcd vigilant eyes. On the box between them, tinder his hand, the new footman had placed a revolver. Bcppa sat as far away from it as ho dared. .The crowd lined ap, and smiled and ^cheered. .And Prince Ferdinand William Otto sat very straight, and bowed right and left, smiling. · Old Adelbert, limping across the park to tie-open, paused and looked. [Then he nhook his head. The country 'was indeed come .to a strange pass, .with only that boy nnd the feeble old :king to stand- between it end the things 'of which, men whispered behind their ^handa. He went on,' wfth *his head 'down: As they drew 'near the end of the park, where the land of desire towered, Prince Ferdinand WlUinin Otto search-1 ed It with eager .eyes. How wonderful i It-wail'. How steep and high, nnd al-j luring-! · Ha glanced, sideways at Mlsai Bralthwalte,- bnt.lt was clear that to: her It-was only a monitroui heap of jshftet.iron and.fttael, adorned .with defected ; greenery - that had manifestly jbeen out too soon In the chlU air of Very .early nprlni. ; J . A wonderful possibility presented itself. "If. I see. Bobby," i he asked, ·"may I stop the carriage and speak to him?? - . . . . , . , . . . "OerUinly not" "Weil, may Icon toJitm?" · .. "Thlrilt it' over," sngges'ted "Miss Braithwaite, "Would your grandfather like to know that you had done anything so undignified?" He turned to her a rather desperate pair-of.eyes. "But! coulcl explain to him," ho said. "I was In such a hurry when I left,-that I'm afraid I forgot to thank him. I ' ougbt · to tbank him; really. He was very polite to uie." - Miss Braltliwatto sat .stlil In her seat and eaia nothing, just thea. But later on something occurred to. her. "You jmust-remember, Otto,"..she said, ."that tWs--this American child dislikes Icings, aud our sort of government. It « possible, ian'tjt, that he would resent your being of the ruling family? ^y not let things bo ss they are?" . "We were verj' friendly," said Ferdinand William Otto In a small voice. "I don't think it would make Tiny difference." . But the seed was sown in.-the fertile, ground of his young mlod, to bear quick..fruit; " · It Wfisrtlte .crpvm. prince who .saw iBobby first... He .wns stonding 'on a. bench, peering over the shoulders of Says His Prescription Has Powerful Influence Over Rheumatism, · · ·· · a J51x-OTcror Tolls Tim ConucUHvlile DFUR Store Aot to Take :i Coivi of AR.VOIH:'« -ISouey. UnU-MK Allenrhu Comtilct^ly BunlKhcM all Hhcuiiuittc raln« and TwingeM, Mr. James H. Allen suffered tor years with rlieuroaUsm. Many times this terrible disease left .him" lielpJeas .and unable to "work. ' - · · He finaUy'./de'eirlea, after years of ceaselcBS study, that no one can be free from rhounmtlpm until the accumulated impurities," commonly called uric' acid- deposits, were dissolved in the joints and ^'muscles and expelled from the body. " , . -With this idea in iniiuJ he corssuited physlcinns." made 'expariiiienis and- fi- naJ;y compounded a prescription thai quickly and corapletoly h'aniBhca ev«ry sJffU'and'.eyijiptom pj^rheuroatipm from his system. - · ·-' · ·· ·· - ·· He freely grave., his. discovery, 'to others who took it, with "What m!j?M be called marvelous uupcesH. . Aft.^r .'years £*' ursine he'dectdetl to "lei suf-_ i ferarp everywhere know about his diu- ' covery throuirh the newspapers. Tho Connfinsvillo. Drug- Store lius, been., ay- pointed as^nt' for Allenrhu in thi_» vicinity ·wltli'.'tlic. understanObi;; t)\ai they will-treolr r e t u r n - t h e purchii.ss money to all who- state-they received no .T:ehefit.^T-Aav. .. . .' . ". .. FLINT'S HAULING..AND STORAGE. Motor Truck Service - To.All' Parts'.of Region. ;. COAL- FOR; SALE : BOTH PHONES. · Classified A'dyerfi-.rrac!iU VThen used-in The Daily Courier il- trays orjng results. Try tiec:: · -· fsTf dofiog § Dooccooocoooooocsooaocooooa J. B. KURTZ, NOTARY PUBUC AND REAL ESTATE. . ti 8oulh Meadott L*n Cennl!vlll P«. m . TRAWSFER' HUTOIt. TBDCK and WAGOK*. - 110V.INO. :'AXO HO1STIKO - "There He Ial"-Hc Said. the crowd. Prince Ferdinand Otto saw him, nnd bent forward. "There .be la!" he said, In a tense tone. "There on the--" "Sit up straight," commanded Miss BnUthwalte. "May I Just wave onceJ I--" "Otto!" said Itlss Bralthwnlte, in a terrible -voice. But a dreadful thing was happening. Bobby TVSS looking directly at lilm, and making no sign. His month was a oifle open, but tfoat was all. Otto had momentary glimpse of him. of the email cap set far buck, of the white sweater, of two coolly critical eyes. Then the crowd closed up, and tho carriage moved on. Prince Ferdinand William Otto sat back In his seat, very pale. Clearly Bobby vras through with hltn. First i Mkfrr hsd forgotten him, and now the i American boy had learned his unfortunate position as one of the detested order, and would have none of him, "You sec." said Miss Braithwaite,' with an air of relief, "ae did cot know you." Upon the bor the man beside Beppo kept his hand on the revolver. The carriage tamed back toward the pnlace. Pure Blood You can keep your blood in good condition--have a clear skin, and bright eyes, by taking BEECHAM'S PIUS L*r«lt S.I. of Any Uxlkiu mtbo World. I* b=«» lOc., 2So. Late that afternoon the chancellor had a visitor. Old Mathllde, his servant and housekeeper, showed some curiosity but little excitement over it. She was, in fnct, faintly resentful. The chancellor had eaten little all day, and now, when she had an omelet ready to turn smoking out of the pan, must come the Princess Eedwlg on foot like BIB common people, sad demand to see him. The chancellor was In his oliT smoking coat and slippers. He made ao effort to don bis tunic, but Hotlwig, on Mathlldc's heels, caught hire In the net And, after a glance at her face, he relinquished the Idea, bowed over her hand, and drew up a chair for her. And that was how the chancellor of the Idngdom learned that Captain Larisch, alde-de-cnmp to his royal highness the crown prince, had disappeared. "I am afraid it Is serious," sha said, watehlnjf him with ivldc, terrified eyes. "I know more thnn you thlulc I do, 1-we hear things, even in the. palace." Irouy here, but unconscious. "I know that there Is trouble. And -it Is not like Cnptnln LnrlFoh to desert his post." "A boyish escapjuie, highness," said the chancellor. But, in the twilight, he fp-ipped hard nt the ttrms of M.s chair. "He will turn up,, very mueii ashamed of himself; tonight or tomorrow." . . . . W BIB CONTJNUErx MOVE BY AUTOTRUCKS BOTHPHOHES OPPMAH'STRANSFER OPPOSITE POST OFFICE CONNELLSVILLE, PA. Good Judgment in the. management of household affairs attests her ability to make every dollar do its full duty. She pays her tills by check because she knows it isi safe, convenient and economical We invite the Checking Accounts of ·wo- men and'Have special facilities at their service. 1 The Way to Prepare One of the best ways to prepare for -future requirements is to make regular... . deposits -with the Union National Bank 1 and let them remain to your credit where they will increase at interest. » i U ciicmiifD» Come in and stant an account now.' IW^TsiDE) 3% Interest Paid on Sayings Accounts. 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