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1 lie run CHAPTER XXIV. t-T she did not think so. Although the broad line:; on which her character was framed precluded any such little feminine graces as a touch of coquetry, she could not be ignorant that the phenomena described by the young prince go ingenuousiy were merely the results of two facts; that sho was a woman, and the first woman with whom he had had any but the most casual acquaintance. She could scarcely help smiling at the almost incredible boyishness of his remarks upon this subject, contrasting, as it did, strongly with tihe shrewdness he had incidentally displayed on other matters. She took care, however, that he should not suppose she was laughing at him, especially as he was expacding into complete confidence towards her. "So that if you will only stay near me," he went on more earnestly than ever, "you will find that I will submit myself to you in all ways, just as my father wished." "Certainly, I will stay near you, prince, until your health is restored," said Rose. Some Inkling of a suspicon broke in upon Siegfried through the formality of her tone. A tinge of pink color came Into his cheek as she went on; — "The king, your father, bought my services at a royal price, so that you have a claim upon me which nothing can alter." Siegfried looked uneasy and rather disappointed. "Bought, you say! He bought your •ervice! So you only found me out and were kind to me just as a hired servant would da his duty?" "Exactly. As a hired servant," said Rose drily. He grew crimsan. "I did not mean that, madam. iJ am clumsy. I have not known many ladies. But I had hopes — " he went on, while his eyes filled suddenly with taars, "you were so kind. I thought perhaps you were sorry for me, and believed me to te in danger, and that >ahd, *nd went off wfth IT to nls'rooTB quite contentedly. The very next day Rose began to profit, in his interest, by the submission he continued to show to her lightest wish. She made him walk, encouraging him to go longer and longer distances as the bracing air from tha North Sea and her own careful treatment invigorated hla at first feeble frame. She made him drive and ride, and learn to row and to sail a boat, until not only did his movements become agile, but the flush of health came into his cheeks and made the always amiable face handsome; so that you are straightforward with me, you wnen jjjg spring came he was ready. ania, will never have to complain of my dislike. The question is: are you always straightforward ?" "Straightforward!" echoed the prince, as if not Quite understanding, "i'ou mean ?" "Honest, concealing nothing that for your sake I ought LO know." "I—I think so. I believe so," said Siegtrled in a rather offended tone. Rose smiled rather satirically at the tone, and continued demurely: "That sleeping-draught, for instance, that you have been in the habit of. taking, and that I tell you is bad, Rose felt, to begin his courtship o£ the Princess Ottilie. One bright day *n March, therefore, Rose Revel despatched her charge, in the dogcart he had learned to drive, Into Scarborough, to pay his first ceremonious call. The lady's friends having been duly apprised of the impending event, and having signified their gracious readiness to receive him, Rosa j felt pretty sure, is she looked at him, . of a successful issue to his hopes. ! Were they hopes, though, that made j his fair face so troubled, so wistful, as j he sat, whip in hand, delaying to pernicious; have you not a secret store | s[art> and looking down at R 0se w j t h by your heart told you to find me. IB all." She saw that he was' a little wounded, and she spoke very gently In answer to him, using her voice in the persuasive tones w"hich had already proved able to charm him. "My heart bad no chance to move In the matter, for I was bound by a promise to find you almost as soon as I heard of your existence." Siefriert bent forward in an attitude of >.eep attention, and looked intently i»u> ner race a* sne went on: — "I told him I was in great trouble about a dear sister, who was in danger of dying for want of money to take her abroad. Your father at once. insisted on my accepting a large sum of money for this purpose with the condition that in return for bis trying to save my darling, I should devote myself to his." Siegfried was interested, but not pleased. He moved restlessly in his chair, thinking out the situation; and at last he said: — "But that was not fair. It was easy for -him to give money, and the temptation was too great for you to refuse. It was selling your own liberty, I will not have it!" "You cannot so against the wishes of your father. But you can make my duty towards you easy or difficut aa you choose." Siegfried burst into a passion of tears. Though almost ruined in body 'and mind by a system of education mistaken on his father's part, wilfully pernicious on that of his tutor, he was naturally devoid neither of intelligence nor feeling; his imagination had been •tirred in a wholly unaccustomed manner by the romantic circumstances of his first acquaintance with a woman, He had been, fcept sedulously out of range of feminine influence of any kind; his father fearing it would interfere with his studies. Donald Keith having another and equally strong reason. It followed naturally, therefore, that he was now ready to become the slave of any woman who should think it worth while to learn now to manage him. "I understand," said Siegfried with a sob; "you are determined to fulrill your promise to the letter, although 1 am personally distasteful to you." "But that is not true! What put such aa idea into your head?" cried Rose, •urprised. "J have seen it in your face," said he. Ah! That face of hers! Only th« ^"9 'll 3 -^ -*onj{ ;.nop I moi{. 3noq* opPETsnirana .\ja.\. oq o:., -nto irsSsq su.s ..'pua^aid J.tiop { etj noiBsttnqns •judtnuedT* in; you, of which I am supposed to nothing?" As she had expected, the habits of his rank proved stronger than his much-talked of submission. "I did not understand," he said j Jiaughtiiy, "that every action of my ' private life was to be spied upon." And he left his place beside her and withdrew to the other end of the carriage. Rose, witb one mocking, unused look, took a book out of her bag and settled herself to read. But this utterly new and interesting experience of quarreling with a woman had really too much fascination to be secrificed for a quiet sulk by oneself, After easting at Rose two or three haughty glances, which she did not even appear to see, Siegfried said at last, irritably: "Is it really necessary for me to have every little bottle and case on my toilet- table examined?" "Certainly not, prince," answered Rose, without looking up from her book, "I only do it out of vulgar curiosity and impertinence, nothing more." There was a long silence, the prince remaining buried in his rugs and furs, with his eyes fixed vacantly on the moving landscape, except for an occasional glance at Rose. At last he got up, took down his traveling bag, opened it, and crossed over to his companion with something in his hand. It was a large bottle, filled with a semi-transparent fluid. He sat down OB the opposite seat, and gently placed the bottle in her lap. "It was quite true, you were quite a very grave face? "Well," said Rose, with amused sharpness, "what are you waiting for? You need not look so solemn. You look very nice. I'm sure any woman, princess or not, might be proud to hav« you for a suitor." "Any woman!" repeated Siegfried wistfully. "Ah, no, madam. If that were true I should not be troubling the princess." Then, flushing scarlet, and evidently very much afraid that he had taken a liberty which would never be pardoned, fcp c;"-o 'hf bir=< " -"neb of thp whin, and started off without daring to cast another glance at her. Rose, unluckily for herself, was not so flinty- hearted as be imagined. She had a choking sensation in her throat as she turned away, and thought that, in the course of a few weeks, she should have to give up the charge, which, beginning as a burden, had become the great Joy of her life. Siegfried's faults were chiefly on the surface; and as her care corrected these, the young fellow's really sweet nature became revealed more and more, until he had got as firm a hold on her heart as she had on his. Of this, however, he, reverencing her above all women., was entirely unconscious. when at last lie burst in radiant ana full of life, wa» simply a knockdown blow to his late tutor, who gazed in stupefaction at the results of sue months of fresh air and. wholesome, happy life. Siegfried, on his side, stepped back in amazement, caused partly by Donald's unexpected arrival, bur. even more by the new light in which he saw him. The fatuous seif- complacency, the shifty, cunning look of the eyes, surely these had not been the characteristics of the Donald he had loved! He held out his hand, feeling that he was disloyal to his old friendship, but the very effusiveness with which the Scotchman greeted him was distasteful and repulsive to him. He kept glancing, with unconscious appeal, at Rose, who, less artless ttaa he, steadily avoided meeting the prince's eyes. At last a message brought to her by one of the servants from Mrs. Thomson obliged her to leave the two young men together. Donald, feeling that the influence antagonistic to his own CHAPTER XXV. rig'At," he said in a whisper. "I had moi'e of this than I told you, and I have more now. But I will give all the rrv,t to you as soon as I get my tn:?k«. and if you would like to examine u-ciu you can. 1 will give you my word ol honor to give you all. And now speak kindly to me, make your voice soft, forgive me." The spark of warmth which, chanted Rose Revel's face into tender beauty flashed from her black eyes as she looked at him. Siegfried noted it at j once, and threw himse'.f on the seat | beside her, leaning against her, gazing at her with new light in his own soft blue eyee. "Ah, ah!" he cried joyfully. "That la rieht. that ic right Look at me Ilk* tnat, and I could foH*w yon ti the end of the world!" NEASY, heartsore, and even a little jea.lous, Rose decided to take a long walk to rouse herself out of her growing melancholy. Before sha had gone a hundred yards from the house, however, an embarrassment much greater than that from which ehe was Buffering suddenly rose up to overwhelm her. Hearing the wheels of a cab approaching the house, she turned, and saw, peeping out of the window, the cat-like face of i the Scotch tutor, Donald Keith. In an instant Rose felt overwhelmed with passionate anxiety. She had hoped, living c.ui&tly UD here, far away from the strife of politics and the roar of the world, that Siegfried would be forgotten or ignored by hig p.nomies. And now, just as she arriving succesefully at th« rery suttr- ilt of the dead king's hopes for nls And Rose, rather frightened, told aim 1 sollj tne ol( j danger had sprung up at gently that he must be tired, he had 1 ; 3i et f r [ e d's very feet. With a heavy better lie back in the corner and rest He did so, retreating, meek as a lamb; but continued to gaze at her with a frank affection which troubled her a little, as, while it might smooth her difficulties in one direction, it mignt raise frftsh anxieties in aiuthp-r Rose was not long in proving the truth of this surmise. The house she had taken proved to be a solidly-built stone erection, very plain outside and very comfortable within: and Mrs. Thomson, who h p ad arrived with tfl8 servants earlier in the day, had made good fires and prepared a welcome meal. Siegfried, who followed Rose about with his eyes, and appeared uneasy when she was out of his sight, insisted on her choosing a room for him. Although heart Rose turned back towards tie house. CHAPTER XXVI. OSE reached the house on foot almost as soon as Donald Keith in his cab. He was in the hall, asking for Siegfried, when sh« came In and greeted him with a cold how, without offering her hand. "We don't call P" 'he sfii'l -V? shi the drawing-room, Siegfried von Dort- him letf "He '-••'-<•?' h Sim into is simply veirj 01 eqs BIJ jo i Apoq.Os.\a oj AIJI-G jo yejp rs.t. 3ijs !q*ts Smppiq -raj 01 pssop ao ' qone tqs laoijt amog jo worn out with fatigue, he refused to | mun-Albisheim. and even that is retire for the night until she did: and i cumbersome title for a man who leads inquired, as he bade her good-night at the foot of the staircase, at what time In the morning she would be down. Rose answered him rather shortly, feeling that this devotion was becoming ridiculous. But she did not yet. know to what length his most innocent submission to her will would carry him. She did not retire to rest at once, having her accounts for the day to settle. She was busy with pencil and note-book when she heard stealthy footsteps in the corridor, stopping outside her door. Opening it she found, as she had feared, Siegfried; he had the life of a plain country gentleman, he is generally known abouthere as Mr. Albisheim." "vtnat, at Scarborough?" broke out Donald sharply. "The Princess von Marienburg knows who he is!" Rose blushed crimson with apprehension. Donald had certainly by this abrupt speech learned what he wanted to know, but it was at the cost of unmasking entirely; Rose knew now what fear it was that had brought Siegfried's enemies on his track again. "She doesn't know much more about him than his name at present," she answered <i»'.»tly. "Ah." said Donald, looking at her . _ _ himself on to an ottoman which stood : stm suspiciotlslyj as he relapsed into in a recess opposite to the door of ner • his habilual drawl _ ., That js well j doing room. — wny, prince, wnat are you n«re?" she asked.. "You will catch cold, with 'that window at your back!" "Yes. it is cold," he said, shivering as he rose submissively. "But I cannot sleep, madam; you know I told you I could not without what you will not let me have. And you spoke to me last as if I had offended you; and feeling that, I could not even rest Forgive me, madam, I hope I have not disturbed you." Then Rose grew very kind, and ran : downstairs to hunt in her trunks for a , book that should amuse him. And, j leeming t* regard this as a sort of tills- ] he seijed the volume from, bsr • had feared, from reports I had heard, that injudicious acquaintances had been endeavoring to promote a union, which, considering the fragile state of health of my late belovsd pupil, would have been most unwise." "Interference in these matters i» generally unwise," said Rose coidly. "However, yon will be delighted to hear that the health of your late pupil hu much improved." He said he wa« delighted, but the lie came ill from his lips and, during the three weary hours which elapsed before Siegfried'* return, Mr. Sil- ehester's unfortunate emissary remain. ed oppretted and dejected. of .tie youug was now withdrawn, instantly set about regaining his lost footing. He crossed to where Siegfried sat, and, throwing himself upon one knee, poured out in a highly dramatic manner a long impassioned recital of the agony of mind he had suffered in being sep- arted from one in whom his soul was bound up with fervent Icyalty. "Why didn't you come to see me b*- tore, tr.'" 1 "'"' »«!,•»••' -,i=»friad simnlv He believed" Eoaild's profession* with almost perfect faith, and blamed himself for the fact that they no longer touched his heart. But though ho had ceased to feel hurt at his late tutor's defection, It remained to be accounted for. The other was ready. "Vou know," he began, "that I belong to a cult which enables my soul, my higher salt, to wander where my will leads It, apart from its gross boui.y anvelope." "I have often heard you say so," said the prince. "Need I tell you, prince, who was the object of my solicitude when, my body forced by worldly cares to remain away from you, my higher, my true self found joy in witnessing your joy, sorrow in sharing your sorrow." "I have had no sorrow since I have been living here," said Siegfried, with the first touch of incredulity he had shown. "Not acute sorrow, perhaps, but there have been moments when the pure effulgence of your spirit has been dimmed, when your soul cried aloud for compaionship with one akin to it in sympathies, in aspirations." "Not with Rose near me," said the prince softly. And then he blushed, and appeared startled by the course his thoughts were pursuing. Donald looked discomfited. Ta« prince, after a short pause, turned t</ him again suddenly. "And what has made you come to see me now, Donald? 1 ' "My soul, prince, told toe you wer« In danger, though '/ know not of what kind." "Well, no more do I. I cannot Imagine any danger coming near me now, while " He stopped, and his face changed. Donald began again very differently: "This lady, prince, this Nurse Revel, who has, I arn quite sure, done her best to fulfil her duty towards your highness, with all due respect and deference to a person of your rank " He paused. Siegfried smiled. "You don't want me to suspect danger from her?" "I—1 don't know, prince. Your highness has attractions which may have dazzled her—I believe she is still young—to the point of making her forget the distance between her rank and yours. She may even " Siegfried rose, evidently deeply moved, anri croo«24 the room to t-be vmciow. Donaia uavmg stopped short, as if in diffidence, there was a silence for a few minutes. Then the prince laughed uneasily. "Donald," he said, earnestly, "If I could think, not that what you suggested is true—for what is there in me to dazzle a woman like her? But if I thought it possible she could care for me, in the way you mean, in spite of all my faults, my miserable weakness, my terrible inferiority to her in every way I should be happier than any man in the world, happier than I could ever deserve." A gleam of satisfaction passed OT« Donald's fair, fat face. "But surely, prince, you forget that you might be throwing away chauc«i of an alliance in every way suitable to your rank and—possible prospects." "You mean Princess Ottilie? I wouldn't think twice of an Empress If only Rose would have me," burst out Siegfried impetuously. "But, hush! For Heaven's sake don't 1st her guesi what you have said to me, or I to you. I wouldn't offend her for the whole world!" As he finished speaking, Rose, whose voice iie had heard in the hall, reentered the room; and a few moments liter a servant announced that dinner was ready. There was such a strong sense of constraint, and Rose was so troubled by the portent of the tutor's arrival, that conversation dur- ir:^ runner was left almost wholly to Donald and Mrs. Thomson, who was •ielighted with the excitement of a visitor. But the young prince could no: let the evening pass without a little ia3k with her. After having ab- etained all the evening from the shortest teie-a-tete. his forebearance broke down when they were all separating for the night There was a new light of shy. wistful, doubting hope in his eyes as he detained her gently at th» foot of the staircase when the others had gone up. "I—I have scarcely seen you to-day," he said in a hoarse, trembling voice. "You have been better employed than in gossiping 'with your o!4 aurse." said Kpst withaut lookiar. <f riim. trying to speak cheerfully. "How aid you get on with one princess?" "Oh. all right." said he hastily. "At lea^t. I mean. I saw her, and she was /ery civil, and so of course was I; and we smiled and smirked and repeated all the pretty things we had made up <nd " "Don't speak so flippantly, sir," interrupted Rose severely. "Remember you are talking of the lady who, we hope. Is to be your wife, and I—1 wuo am engaged myself—" she went on hurriedly, "will not have the subject treated in that way." The young man's face fell. His modest hope had been too weak for him to see that this speech was only made to hide her real feelings. He felt at once that he was a O 'uilty and pie- sumptuous wretch. "I beg your pardon, madam," he said fakeringly. "indeed you would not bear me speak so of—of your marriage, where the lady would be deeply loved." Rose trembled with sudden emotion. After a pause she said with an effort:— "Why should you not deeply love tha princess? I have beard she is amiable and very Beautiful. Is thar not so?' "I don't know," said hp indifferently "Yes. I should suppose she is not ua- amiable. Bur, as for beauty, her t'ase wants something. It has no fire, no character. And she is too fair." Ke blushed crimson as he uttered this hsr comnlnint with i'i«" •» swi't glance at the handsome black browed face before him. Poor Ros« was deeply troubled by a sudden intuition that Siegfried's conduct this evening was the result of his conversation with Donald; and she half-guessed the truth, that the prince's hitherto un- epoken love for herself was simply being used as a means of breaking off th» preliminaries of the match she was arranging for him. This, she guessed, was the last use to which she was to be put before she was cast aside as tool which had done Its work—toe well. With her heart aching for her boy, her arms yearning to close round his fair head, she only said, with an effort, turning away that she might not meet the tender blue eyes:— "Too f.Vir! Too fair! Ah. if that is the worst complaint you have to bring against her, you must not oxpect jnuch sympathy from anybody. Good-night, prince." "Say Siegfried." he whispered wistfully. "You never call me prince n Say it, o.- I shall think I have displeased you, and I shall not sleep." The great black eyes turned upon tim full of soft light, of passion subdued. Her long, capable, white right .hand, vibrating with feeling, touched tls fair hair and lay for an instanj uoon his head with a warm pressure. "God bless you, Siegfried, and keep you safe from all harm," she murmured with shaking lips. Turning swiftly upstairs, not daring to stay another moment, Rose heard certain soft, creaking movements overhead, and doubling her speed she was in time to see Donald Knith, without bis shoes, escaping to hhs room. He had been listening. Ross understood (he gentleman so well that she thought ,10 worse of him than she had done before. 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