The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on February 18, 1918 · Page 7
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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) MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1915. THE DAILY COURIER. CONNBJ.LSVILLJ!!, PA. PAGE SEVEN. ·II I q^MEgROBERTS RINEHART j^ -"-E- »'»MTa ,. ; _ . T.rfr7. aw "Onr very precautions are our dan- j a] , loTer _ and twenty-threes - s^^w.?S£ *rEsr"- he -* ~ his fingers on the arm of his chair. i - -Arid the king, sir?' i vnm - ^^°f * l3 *«l. ner - ha **» "Almost at the end. A day or two." i b! «*· » *«*. *r the sheer Joy of aeoln Karl, with Hertwls In his thoughts, i *! teh ' r ? T h(!r *° hun ' '* "" as HedwlR had returned to mobilise his army not .' who held .out her arms to him. far from the bonier for the spring! ^ »nMn't bear It," she said simply, maneuvers, and tit a meeting of the j "* IoTe J aa - * hiul to Eee * oa «*" ln ting's council the matter of a moblllza- ' Just.once." . . tlou In Livonia was seriously consid- i K *"' ^ a not entirely lost bis head ere( j_ '. _ I before, he lost it tben. He stopped Faf Frlese favored it, and made an j thinking, was content for a time that impassioned speech, with sweat hlclc n . er orm3 were aboBt his Deck - Dnd Belting a good start for.' a .gala day. Arid, since- with the crown -prince to decide was to ,do, which Is not always a royal trait, he took bis own bath, being very particular about Ills ears, and'not at all particular about the rest of him. Then,, no Oskar having yet appeared with .fresh garments, he ducked back into bed again.'quite bare as to bis small body, and snuggled down In tbe sheets. . i ' Lying there, he planned - the day. There were to be no lessons except fencing, which could hardly 1e called a lesson at,.all, a n d ' a s . D e i now knew the "Gettysburg address," he meant to ask permission to recife It to his grandfather. To be quite sure :0f 'It, he repeated It to himself as he'lay there: "Fourscore and seven, rears aso onr fathers brought forth on-thls continent a new nation, conceived In liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all inen are created equal." took him go out, old Ifikky said to, him, ' rather Late in the morning Nikky to to the roof. ''We can't go o man," on his heavy face. · "I am not cowardly," he finished. ·'"I 'fear nothing for myself or for those belonging to me. But the -duty of this council is to preserve the throne ·for the crown prince, at any cost. And, .1C wa cannot trust the-army. In .what can we trust?" i his arms xbqot her, holding her close. j "Nevi-r .let me 1 go, Nlkky," she whls-. · percd. "Hold me, always." i "Always!" said Nifcky, valiantly and I absurdly. j "Like tills?" ' "Like this," said Nikfcy, who was, jlike most lovers, not particularly And then they would hide. '. ', somewhere, and--"nnd always be to- , startled to discover the unhnppiness In the boy's face, "but Fve fo'.ind a place where we can see more than we cart here. Suppose we. try it" "Why can't .we go out? I've always gone before." "Well," Iv'ikky temporized, "they've made a rnle. They make a good many rules, you know. But they said nothing about the roof." "Tbe roof!" "The roof. The thing that covers us and keeps mit the weather. The roof, highness." Xifcky alternated between formality and the other extreme with, the boy. "It slants, doesn't it?" observed Us highness doubtfully. As a matter of fact, Nikky was no! .altogether unselfish. He would visit the roof again, where for terrible, wonderful moments he hud hehl Hedwig In bis arms. On a pilgrimage, "In God," said the chancellor grim- ' original. He tightened his strong anus '.)y.. ' i i about her. - In the end nothing was done. Mobil- i Then - because she dnred not give -Ization might precipitate the crisis and j lliln 0mB to thlnk ' she maae ier P' ca there was always the fear that the (-rapid, girlish, rather Incoherent, but urrayV in pa'rts/Vas itself disloyal. i nnderslanuable enough. They would go · The king, meanwhile, lay dying. Doc- i awa J" t"K e her and be-married. She 'tor Weidermnn In constant attendance, i ha1 » al! Panned "nd s°TMe ot it ar- other physicians .coming and- golne. rnn sed. .His apartments vere silent. Hugs aistnrb his quiet'hours. The nursing i ! " !Xist - T - ulsters.attended him, one by his bed- i And.Xlkky! 'His pnlses still beating side, one always on her knees at the it her nearness, his eyes on her np- prieflien In the small room beyond, ffe j turned, .despairing young face, turned wanted little--now and then" a sip of " llim for h °P e nnd comfort, what .water, the 'cooled iuice of fruit. !n-,«" w he do ' : Hc took ner ln hls arms Actions, ofstinralants. given by Doctor ;nenln nnd soothed her. while she cried .:Weiderrnan himself, had scarred his 'old onns with purplish marks, and ·jrerc absoi . . .. . _ _, , «s ihe hours'went'on. ' ;'die before he let her go to Karl's arms, j himself. "At this very spot. She held Kc rnreiy slepr.'biit lay Inert and not : B u t ic he " ad slopped thinking before, \ oat her arras, and I--" 'Snhanpy. Annunciflta came, and was · he was thinking bard enough then. "Tonight}" said Hedwlg, raising n| Prince Ferdinand William Otto. "Of ' tear-stained face. "It Is early. If we! course we can't see the costumes, but ··wait something-will happen. I know l i t Is betrer-than nothing." ' ; it. They are so powerful, they can do! "I kissed ber." Nlkky was thinking, anything." j his heart swelling under his very best He put her away from him at last,! after he had kissed her eyelids and' her forehead, wbipti was by way' of i renunciation. And then he folded his! arms, winch were treacherous and might betray him. After that not dar- Olga Loschek had been incredulous,. at first. It was-not possible. Men in | love Bid not do these, things. It was not possible, that, after all, she had ·failed. 'When she realized It, she would have broken out in bitter protest, but Hedwlg's face warned her. "He is right, of course," Hedwlg bad said. 'Ton 'and I were wrong, countess. There Is'nothing to do--!^r say." And the countess hud taken- her defeat quietly, with, burning eyes and a throat dry with excitement. The plot was arranged, to the smallest detail. The king, living now only [ sA long as it was decreed he should · live, would, '.In mid-aftemoou,' commence -to sink. The '.entire court would be gathered in anterooms anil palouis aeitr his apartments.) In his rooms the crown prince would be kept, awaiting the summons to the throne roomrwhere, on the king's death, the i regeoJcy would be declared, and the court would swear fenlty to the neiv kin?, Otto the Ninth. By arnnigemei;'' with the captain of the palace iruanl. who was ons of the committee of ten, the sentries before the crown prince's door were to be of the revolutionary party. Mettlicb would undoubtedly be with the king. Remained then to be reckoned with only the prince's personal servants. Miss Braithwalte, and i Nikky LariscL. Two obstacles were Ic-ft for the : countess to cope with, and Jiiis was ' . her part of the work. She hart »1- I ready a plan for Miss Braithwalte. But i Ntkky La risen? . [ Over-that problem, during the ions ( night hours, Olga Loschek worked. It j would be possible to overcome Jfikky, I of course. There would be four men, j with the sentries, against him. Bat that would inenn struggle and an "Part of it Is quite flat We can j nlnrm. It was the plan to achieve the j Impatlunce. "I tbinlr she'd be willing I'll ask ber, If you v.-unt rac tc. Half-past three, then, and Nlkky trying to explain, within the liinlts of the. boy's understanding of life. . hi position. Members of royul f i t w H l c he said, looking far owa?. u child's head, hjul ui tin for the good of the country. And i marrying was one of thyoi. He sat, i bent forward, his hands swung he- ! tween his knees, and tried to visualize, j ?or Otto's understanding and his own ·, heartache, the results of such a mar- rlnge. .Some of It the boy grasped. A navy, i ships, a railroad to the sea -- those Iw ; could understand. Treaties .were be- · yond his comprehension. And, with a i child's singleness of idea, he returned j to the marriage. , "I'm sure she doesn't carf; about it." he said at last. "If I were king I; would .not Ian h;r do ft. And" -- he ' s-v.t very erect and swung ID'S short ' legs -- "when I grow up, I sh.-ill fight; for n navy, II I \TMnt one, and I shall '; nitirry whoever I like." ; At a quarter to four O!ya Tvuscht j k was announced. She uwde the curtsy i inside the door that palace ceremonial , 'demanded imd Inquired for thu gover- i ness. Prince Ferdinand William Otto, ' wlio had risen ut her cnfrnnce, j(Tered ; to see If she stiil slept. ! "I think you p.rc n vc-i-y good doc- ' tor," he pnid, smiling, and went out to M'.ss Braithwaite's sluing room. It w»p then that Ol^':t Loschek ' played tfte lust cttrd, and won. She ! moved quickly to Nicky's side. ' "[ have a mefc-snge for you," eht-, ' A light leaped Inio Nikky's eyes. -'For me? 1 ' "Do you know whore juy boudoir GENERAL PERSHING MEETS KING ALBERT 1 take * b a l l - u p there, and get some j abduction quietly, so quietly that for exercise while we're about It" perhaps an hour--they Imped for an hour--there would be no nlnrm. Some coyered-the corridors tbnt no" footfall ' S. e(her " she finished, tremulous with jjindced, like that of the crown prince · ' · · ';to Btzel,.Nlkky would \1sit.his shrine. ·· So they'went to the roof. .One could see .the Streets crowded .with people..,] could hear the soft blare of distant j horns. "The scenic railway is In that direction," observed the crown prince, lean- heart out against his tunic. H« Ing on the balustrade. "If there wore said he would do anything to keep her [ no buildings we could see it." here," Nikky .was saying to , rbed raoro find more slowly · fronj nnha'pplriesj. and that he would 1 ' "night h rs went 'on. ' j'die before he let her go to Karl's arms, i himself. " "It looks very interesting," said "In What Can V/e Trust?" it last stricken by conscience to a prayer at his bedside. On one of her last visits that was. She got up to Bud his eyes 13xert on her. "Fiub«r, cuu yon hc:ir me?" "i'cs." ' ' "I--I have been a bad daughter to you. I am sorry. It is late now to: tel! yon. hut I am" sorry. Can I (to · anything?" · "Otto," he snld, with difficulty. , "1'ou want to see him?" - ! · . "No." . . i -there would be no alarm, time they must have, enough to make the long journey through the unrler- [ ground passage. Otherwise the open- I ing at tbe gate would be closed, and the party caught like rats in » hole. During the early afternoon the chancellor visited the crown prince, Waiting and, watching had made Inroads on him, but he assumed a sort i of heavy Jocularity for the boy's bene- 'flt "We roust get the lad out somewhere for some air," he observed, "it is not good to keep him shut up like this." He turned to tbe crown prince. "In a day or so," he said, "we shall nil fro to the summer palace. You woura like that, oh?" "Will my grandfather be able to go?" The chancellor sighed. "Tes," he Bald, "I--he will go to the country also. Hc has loved-it very dearly." He left, shortly after three o'clock. And. because he was restless and uneasy, he made si round of the palace, end of the guards. Before he returned .to his vigil outside tbe Icing's bed[ room, be stood for a moment by a win! dow and looked out. Evidently ! rumors of the king's condition had | crept out, in spite of their caution, i The place, kept free of murmurs by j tbe police, was filling slowly with peo- ' p l e ; people who took up positions on j benches. Udder the trees, and even slt- ! ting on tbe curb of the street An ' orderly and silent crowd It seemed, of · the better elans. Here and there he i saw the police agents In plain clothes. Impassive but watchful, on the lookout for the first cry of treason. An hour or two, or three--three at the most--and the fate of the palace would lie In the hands of tbat crowd. He could but lead tbe boy to the balcony, nod await the result Is?" ! "I -- yes, countPS!.-." ! "[f you vrill go there at once and i wait, some one will see you there as , soon as possible." She put her hnmi i Genera! l J ershii-3, Coinciaudcr in Chief of the Ajr.srican forces in J-'rance, being gn-eieii or. hi.-; arrival on Uie B^ I;riaii Cror.L by King Albert of Belgium. This is t b e iir.n photograph to arrive in this country .showing tbo meeting. Geutrai Pershiu:; iiaid a visit to tbe Belgian front and In- ivpecuHl tile forces u-hich are iioldicg Ibat part of tbe lino- in Flaaders. CHAPTER XVII. The Pirate's D«n. Miss Braltliwalte was asleep on tbe conch In her sitting room, deeply asleep, so that when Prince Ferdlmind | William Otto changed the cold cloth on. ber head, she did not even move. The Countess Loschek hnd brought her eozne medicine. "It cnred her very quickly," snld the ! crown- prince, shuffling the cards with i clumsy fingers. He and Nikky were j "Th« Scenic Railway I* in That Di- I playing a game In which matches rep- j rection. 1 * tunic. "Her Bead was on my breast, and I kissed her. Last of all, I kissed "Never Let M: Go, Nikky," pertd. (ng to .look at her, but with his eyes fixed on the irregular sky-line of tbe She knew he meant by that, i city roofs, he told her many things, 'He would have the boy remember him j u£ his promise to the king, of the danger, imminent now and very real, of I lus word of honor not to make love I deal, Isn't it? When she goes to sleep j . | like' that, she nearly always wakens up crown prince in a meditative voice, She Whii. i '" ;r cyi'S-rher lovely eyes." "If I fell oS hero," observed She's very sound "I would be smashed to a jelly, like the child at the Crystal palace," ."But now she hates me,", snid Nikky's heart, and dropped about the distance of three buttons. "She hates me. I saw it in her eyes tills morning. Oh, Heaven!" "We might as well piny ball now." Prince Ferdinand William Otto turned away from the parapet with a sigh. This strange quiet tbat filled the ns he had seen him last. "iTou are anxious about him?" "Very--anxious." - i to her, which he'had.broken. "Listen, father." she said, stooping! Hedwlg listened, growing cold and over him. Tbav'e been hard and cold. I still, nnd .drawing a\yay a little. She I'crhaps -you will grant 'that I have ] listened, even assented, as he pleaded had two reasons for If But I am go-(against his own. heart.. .treacherous Ing to do better. I will take care of ,' still folded. Aud If she"saw his him and I will do. all I can to make arms nnd not bis eyes, It was because j too. Otto hated quiet him happy. I promise." . j she did not look up. ! They played ball, and the crown Perhaps It was relief. Perhaps even j Halfway through his eager speech, I prince took a lesson In curves. But then the thought of Annuuciata's tar- j iiowever, she drew her light .wrap on his tlilrd attempt, he described such dy and £ertaln-to-be bungling efforts i about her and turned away. Nikky j a compound curve that the bail .disappeared over an adjacent part of the roof, and although Nikky did some te from Hedwlg j she had disappeared through the win- blood-curdling climbing along gutters, It was very i dow, he'know, nnd followed her. .He I It could'not-be found. j caught her in Hubert's room, and drew j It was tbeb that the Majonlotuo, al- hfi-savagely into his.arms. . to make Ferdinand William Otto happy j could not believe that she was going amused him. He smiled fnlntly. · like that, without a word. But \vuea Sikky received a note from Hedwlg | she had disappeared through the win late that afternoon. brief: Tonight at nina o'clock I phall go to th« root beyond Hubert's o!'] r"orns, for sir. HED-W1G. Nikky, who in all !.!s incurious yonnjr life h»d never thought of.the roof of But It was a passive, quiescent, and trembling Hedwig who submitted, and then, .freeing herself, went out through the door Into the lights of the corridor. Kikky flung himself,. fftce down, on a ways a marvelous figure in crimson and gold, and never seen without white gloves--the Blajordomo bowed in a window, und observed tbat If his royal highness pleased, his royal highness' ·luncheon was served. the pnlsce, sore as a necessary shelter i gnrouded couc h and lay there,' his face I ' In the shrouded room inside the from the weather, a thing of tiles ami) uul . ipfl in'Ms arras. " j aows, however, his royal highness gutters, vastly large, looked rather.) O Ign Loschek's last hope was gone, -paused and-looked around. astounded. "The .roof'.". he said, surveying tha On. the day-of the carnival, which note. And fell to thinking, such a mix- | wns thc ) ast day before the beginning ture of rupture and despair as only of Lent. Prince Ferdinand William twenty-three, and hopeless, can know ot(o wakened civr]y . Tne Somehow or other .he got through the intervening hours, and before ..nine he was on his way. He bad the ruij of the palace, of course. No one ribr tlced him as he made his \vay toward the empty suite 'which so recently had boused Its royal visitor. Hedwig, in a soft white wrap over slept, and only--the. street ewe'epers were about the streets. Prince Ferdl- "I've been here before," he observed. "·These were my father's rooms. My . "Hilda says that Hedwis Is going to get married." . "So I hear, highness." \ "She doesn't seem, to be very happy 'about -it She's crying, most of the time." It was Nikky's turn to clear his throat. "Marriage is n serious mat--! ter," he sold. "It is wot to be gone i into lightly." I "Once, when I asked you about mm- i riage, you said marriage was when bvo , people loved each other, and wanted to be together the rest of their lives." i "Well," hedged Nikky, "that is the; idea, rathen" . [ "I should thiulc," said Prince Fcrdl-; nand William Otto, slightly red, "that; you would marry her yourself." 'mother lived here, too. When I am j " 5,'itky being beyond" speech for an | older, perhaps I can have them. It j instant and looking, had Ills royal, high- ' ' · ' · -' would'be convenient on account of my practicing curves on the roof. But I should need a number of balls." nami .Wlllinm. Otto sat up in bed acd He was rather silent rn his way yawned. .This was a special 1 day, be back to the schoolroom. But once lie knew,, but 'at first lie ,was too .drowsy to remember. .. . '·'·.''. Then he knew--tie,.carnival! lightful day,.with thejplace full of peo- her dinner dress, was at the balus-, p]e j n . strange costumes--peasants, trade. A very dlgnifled fairy, al-. !mpSi jesters; who cat capers on the though-her heart thnmpe.! disgrace- j gras . s ln the'park, tittle girls, in pro- fully. ; Whatever. Nikky, had incended-rof obeying his promise to the letter, ot potting hls.conntry before love, and loveont of Ms; lifer-failed him Instantly. Ihe Jtikky. ardent-eyed and tender- cession, weiring; costumes ot : fairies with gauze wings, students who paraded and blew noisy horns, even horses decorated, t and now and then a dog dressed as a dancer or a soldier.^ He yawned again, and began to feel armed, wio' crossed the-roof' and. took j htmp-y. He decided to get nn and take flercel" In Mi cno*. KM | his own b»th. There was nothing like looked up rather wistfully at Mkfcy. "If they were living," he said, "I am pretty' sore they would take me ont today." Olga Loschek hnd found the day one of terror. The failure of her plan as ·to Klkky and Hedwlg was knowa to the ; conntess the ,night before. Hedwig hnd 'sent for H h'er and faced her 'la her boudoir, very-white and calm. "He refuses,'' she said. "There Is nothing more to do." "Refuses! 1 .'-.'"' "".' ?He has promised not to leave .Otto." ness but seen hira, very tragic and somewhat rigid, tbe crown prince went I on: [ "She's n very nice girl," be snid; "I | think she .would make u good wife." j There was something of reproach in his tone. He.had .confidently.planned that N'ikky would ranrry Hedwlg, and that tuoy.eonid all live on forever in the pttlaco. Hut, .the wny things were going, Nikky miglit mtirry · anybody,' and go away to live, and he would loss i him. "res," said Nlkky, in a strange voice, ' "she--I am sure sbe would make a good wife.** · ' . i At which Prince Ferdinand William (. Otto turned and looked at him. ''I'|. wish you -would marry her yourself," 1 he said with Ills 'nearest approach to '· THE UNITED STATES -FOOD ADMINISTRATION - EAT MORE CORK Commercial, Printing q/ all Kinds "1 Have a Message for You," She Said. || on his arm. "Don't be foolish and proud," she snld. ".she Is Korry-about last night, and site is very un- Done at Courier Job happy." 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