The King LJ OF S ^^ Ui CHAPTER XXX. OSE had to wait nearly two hours for a train to take her back. She paced the platform like a newly cagec wild animal, tortured by feara Jor her boy. This carefully contrived absence of hers, short as it would be, was enough, she felt sure, for the execu tfon of some diabolical scheme against the prince. As the time went on, during which she had to remain helpless, her fears and excitement rose gradually to «mch • height that Imagination began to pt»y tricks with her, and she fancied sbt heard his voice calling to her for help. The strongest, bravest woman is superstitious when her deepest aff«c- tions are concerned. For some few moments Rose felt dizzy, and her heart seemed to stand still; although •he was ready to acknowledge that the sounds tn her ears were the work of her fancy only, she believed, in spite of reason, that they betokened some present harm happening to Siegfried, tie knowledge of which was thus come to her through the sympathy •which existed between them. Some Instinct caused her to hesitate before taking her place in the train she had been waiting for, when at last it steamed into the station ten minuies after its time. As, however, she sought in vain for some reason to support this vague feeling, she ended by taking her place in an empty compartment just as the train started. Unable, however, tormented as she was, to retain her seat, she began to pace up and down the small space at her command, and reached the other end of the compartment just as another train from Scarborough began to slacken as it entered Malton station. It was something more than instinct now which made her scan the occupants of the train, as one by one the carriages were whirled past her straining eyes. The slackening train was bound for York, like that which was carrying Silchester. Who knew but— Her conjectures ceased, cut short bj horrible, inevitable fact. The train in which she stood was now going fast, but not too fast for her .startled eye? to see her boy, her Siegfried, lying back in a compartment of the York train, his eyes closed am' an expression of intense suffering on his face; while on the opposite seat, bending forward officiously towards him, Rose raught sight of the cringing figure and cat-like face of Donald Keith. With a shriek Rose thrust out her hands towards him; but the train she was in had shot past. She flew like a maniac to the opposite window; the communicator was not attached. Panting, clenching her hands, beating her breast, she could do nothing until the train, which was a stopping one, reached the next station. There she got out. But what precious time had she not been compelled to lose'/ She must wait for another train to take her back; already she knew that it would be impossible for her to overtake her darling on this side of London. And in the meantime—'.' Rose moaned aloud as fearful suggestions crowded into her mind. She had seen, with the awful clearness of loving •yes, that Siegfried's features were convulsed with agony. Was that 'suffering mental only, and to be accounted for by his supposed loss of her and the explanation Donald would put on it? Or was it actual physical pain of which she had seen the traces ou her poor boy's face? They had tried the poison of venomous snakes, they would not be backward in trying another, since that had tailed. All poor Rose Revel's experience and strength of mind availed little now for her; it was an old-young woman, with drawn face and tottering gait, who got out of the train at York and listened in dumb pnin to the porter who told her that the train for London had just gone: there would not be another, for two hours and a half. When at last she reached town, she •went straight to Mr. Combermere's office, and, as he had left business for the day, ehe learned his private address, and followed him home. He listened attentively to the story of the heartbroken woman. The dangers which surrounded Siegfried were real r.o doubt, he admitted; and tie consolation he had to offer was of the poorest. These two m«n, calling themselves Ke-ith and Silchester. were unquestionably Russian agents accredited by the government of the Tsar. "I could understand their persecution of him if he had been constantly Tisited by discontented or loyal Ser- ganians," said Rose, "But why interfere with a harmless young man whose only object is to be left in perfect peace?" "You see, they think at any time he may *sK« up an active position. In the meant:-no, the hopes of all subjects of his late father who were loyal turn to him Just as surely as If he were the most prominent of fussy agitators." "Then you think there is no doubt tlu Tsar 1» at the bottom of all thi»r" "The Tsar or nis ministers. In as autocratic government one is not always sure who is the real autocrat." Kose sprang up with a determined face. "I have made up my mind '*-hat to do then. I will go and see the Tsar. Perhaps 1 shall be too late—" And her voice trembled. "But if not—and my affection for that poor lad is so strong that I feel almost as if the very force of it could keep him alive—I will plead for him with such words, such fire, that even this great despotic emperor shall listen to me." Mr. Combermere stroked his chin and listened to her with some amusement, but with even more dismay. "You don't surely seriously entertain the notion of such a wild-goose chase," he said at last rather coldly. "I don't wish to pretend that all Rus- «rouia ne powerless to release her? The early and sudden Northern twilight had fallen; looking out of the carriage Rose could see only that the houses were becoming fewer, and that gaunt trees began to appear In the distance. They must be on the outskirts or tne town. Her companion was BUS. piciously silent; for although neither understood the language of the other, both spoke French, in which tongue it would have been easy for him to carry on a. conversation, as Rose, to while away the dreary time of suspense, would have been glad to do. At last the houses seemed to come to an end altogether, and Rose's fears grew stronger when she found, on stopping to change horses at a small hostelry which was little better than a roadside inn, that they had long been clear of town. On they went again after a short pause for the refreshment which Rose could not touch, past thickets of bare trees along a lonely road. It seemed to Rose that they must have traveled far into the night when at last the horses, which had been traveling at a great pace, were pulled up sharply at the massive gates of an immense park, and a soldier challenged the occupants of the carriage. The officer who accompanied Rose having satisfied the challenger with what sounded to the English woman like one brief, guttural word, the gates were thrown open, and the carriage dashed on along a winding road, along A SMALL ICEHOUSE. eians are the bogeys we have been which **»• looking ia ™ri<»ity from taught to believe them. But the liberty I the ^ ind ° w - saw soldiers at intervals «f the subject is not a phrase very well understood over there; and remember, your person and the object of your journey would be known, so that H is in the last degree unlikely that you would be allowed to come within a hundred, miles of the person of the Tsar himself." "I have some powerful friends," said Rose, "I think I shall be safe. I mean to make the attempt, at all events." Mr. Oombermere made a Uttl» grimace. "Very welL I never argue wit*i ladle* I win set a detective to -work fo the meanwhile, and do ray tost to get the young man back into more Trustworthy society that of Mr. Donald iCeith and his accomplices." Rose left the solicitor with a heavy heart, but with her mind firmly mad* up. The next day she set about th» necessary preparations for her arduous undertaking. She procured, through the friends whom she had not un- 'ustly called powerful, such introduc- ions as would make her contemplated ourney at least safe for herself. Then, without any further delay, she started, having saved from her salary enough money to carry out her plans. It was in the first days of April that she found herself, after a bitterly cold but uneventful journey in the capital of the Tsars. Although the worst severity of the winter was over, and the snow, which she had been taught to expect, was no longer upon iiie ground, the northern air was kouu enough to have caused her great inconvenience, if the anxiety at her heart had not been so deep as to make her almost inse-nsible to atmospheric conditions. Her first visit was to the English ambassador, who was courteous, but scarcely encouraging, and who informed her that her movements were being watched, that the object of her visit to Russia was possibly known and certainly suspected, and that it was only through the influence of the powerful friends she was known to have that the police had kept their hands off her so far. He advised her to return to England without delay, assuring her that her errand was hopeless. "Believe me," he said, "even If you were- :o see the Tsar you would be no nearer attaining your object than you are now. A despotic government is * wheel that turns continually, crushing everything that comes in its way, and that cannot be stopped by any individual, even by the despot himself. I beg you therefore, madam, to take this warning, and spare your country the complications which might arise il you, an English subject, were to get into trouble with the police over here, a contingency which I shall never cease to dread as long as you remain here." His coldness, hie discouragement, had no effect on Rose, who listened with downcast eyes and then simply repeated her request that he would try to procure her the desired interview. She was so persistent, so discreet, she used her influence so cautiously, but so effectively, that within a week the longed-for pet-mission was really accorded to her; an officer arrived at her hotel one morning with the news that he was empowered to conduct her to the royal residence. Rose Revel's heart seemed to stand still. Now that the moment so passionately desired was re-ally approaching, she began for the first time to doubt her own powers. If her tongue should falter, if the majestic presence should overawe her faculties too much, all her work would be in vain, and her boy more surely lost than If she had never moved in his behalf. She put on her bonnet with its flowing veil and the long nurse's mantle, which gave her tall figure so much distinction, with shaking hands: and took her place with her conductor in a closed carriage, which on the instant droTi rapidly away. Then, for the flm time, a count a» to her destination flashed into her mind. All the horrors which she had read of or been told about the terribla police system of the White Tsar came back vividly to her recollection. This permission to appear before the emperor, so suddenly and unexpectedly eranted, might it not be a ruse under cover or which she «•« even now being en to some prison from which all jie efforts her friends might the whole way. The drive through the park seemed never-ending. At last, however, the corses drew up under a vast building, of the exterior of which Rose In vain tried to see something. More soldiers, always soldiers. She was hurried out of the carriage, up the steps and into the building through great doors which seemed to close behind her with & snap. And yet this was not a prison, although the Tlgilant guard, the precautions, and the sort of mistrustful watchfulness -which seemed to peep out tt tb« eve« tt ihc. rprviuU in stately nreriea who passed and re-passed wit* soft steps through the great hall, seemed to Rose more suggestive of a fortress than a palace. Yet this was the palace of the White Tsar. Weighted as she was with the awful responsibility she had taken upon herself, Rose could not help remarking the splendor of the long corridors through which she was led, their painted walls and ceilings, the silken draperies at the various doors, through which she obtained glimpses of sumptuous, brilliantly lighted compartments, such as even her imagination had never pictured before. The brilliant novelty of the scene increased the excitement from which she was suffering to such an extent that throbbin, In her head and a rushing sound in her ears made her fear that she might lose consciousness. At last the dignified usher, who had ied them with slow steps through a labyrinth of stately corridors, turned and stopped before one of the silk- hung doors. Opening this, he led them Into a handsome room, the walls of which glistened like polished marble. The draperies were of grey and silver brocade, on which hundreds of candles, ranged in pyramidal form in sconces on the walls, threw a soft light. There was no one in the room on their entrance; but after a few seconds of breathless waiting, Rose saw her companion, the silent officer, turn with a bow in the direction of two massive curtains, which evidently concealed the entrance to another compartment. At the same moment, a faint rustle of silk told her that one of the curtains had been moved. She turned slowly, and made a low curtsey, at first not daring to raise her eyes. "Here is madam," said the officer in French, in a low, respectful voice. And he instantly retreated. "His Excellency the Deputy-Chief of Police," announced the voice of an attendant the next moment. Not the Tear then! Rose felt that she breathed more freely at this respite from the ordeal of the Royal Presence. She took courage and looked up. A smiling gentleman in evening dress, with orders and decorations sparkling on his breast, was holding' out his hand to her. His Excellency the Deputy-Chief .was—Mr. Silchester. [TO BE CONTINUED.] How to Shampoo tne F»c«. The face shampoo not only adds to the personal attractiveness of the sham- pooer, but creates a peaceful, cheerful spirit in her. It rests her nerves after a morning's shopping. It restores her temper after a forenoon in the kitchen. To take it, rub tine soap and a little glycerin on a sponge wet in water as hot as can be borne. Lather the faca and neck thoroughly with this. Then Direction* For Building: One—Pl»n Sawdust Cannot Be Obtained. An icehouse 12 feet square by 10 feet deep will be large enough to keep ice sufficient for the use of one family if it is built so as to prevent au undue amount at waste. The manner in which ic is best to build one depends very much on circumstances—the kind of material available and its ccsr. Certain principles must be observed and then there will be no trouble. Here are directions furnished by a correspondent of The Prairie Farmer : The walls must-be so constructed that there will be no conductors of solid material that will conduct the outside heat to the ice, and they must; also be airtight. The ground must be in such a shape as to prevent water from running or standing nnder the ice. The space between the ice and the roof, strange as It may seem, will contain warm air. Provision must be made for allowing this air to escape. If one is located where sawdust is plentiful, an icehouse of the size men| tioned can be built very cheaply. From, 1,200 to 1,500 feet of timber is sufficient, and 2 by 4 studding two feet apart and boarded up with a single thickness of boards with a battened board roof is about all that is necessary. The ice should be cut in cakes all of the same size and of such a size that when they are packed in there will be a space of 18 inches on all sides next to the •walls. This space should be filled with sawdust as the ice is put in. There should be some sawdust or straw put on the ground under the ice. The ground, of course, is frozen hard at the time. About six or eight inches of sawdust should be put on top of the ice. A large space in each of the gable ends should be left open for ventilation over the top of the ice. Now bank up with earth around the outside so that water cannot get under and the ice will keep with but little waste, Basswood or other soft wood sawdust is best. Where sawdust cannot be obtained cheaply this is bis plan. There must he at least one dead air space in the walls, and this must be continuous, and theie must be no continuous solid conductor of heat, such as timber, to conduct the heat from the outside air to the ice. Use boards or planks 12 inches wide for sills and plates. For studding use 2 by 6. They should be placed two feet apart. Each alternate one should be flush with the inside of the sill and plate and the othsrs with the outside. Ic will be seen that this will make an absolutely hollow wall entirely around the building, corners and all, from sill to plate. Now it should be sided up both inside and out, so as to make it perfectly airtight, by the use of tar paper and good lumbe?. Some marsh hay should bo put on top when the filling is done. An icehouse built this way will do very well without any sawdust cr material of that kind. They are sometimes made with two or even three dead air spaces, winch, of course, will preserve the ice better than one. Too Mncli Water. Great injury has been done everywhere by the use of too much water. The quantity that has been available under the liberal policy of some companies, permitting everybody to use practically all they have cared to, has proved an injury rather than a benefit, and the best results have been obtained by those whose experience has led them to use water cautiously and more intelligently, and a great deal depends upon the cultivation, the proper choosing of plants, cultivating when the soil is just in the proper state to prevent clods, narrowing the ground if heavy and rolling if it is light to make a better seed bed and to promote capillary attraction, clean and frequent cultivation. Use less water and cultivate more is the advice of Irrigation Age. r IMPROVED SMOKEHOUSE. An Inf enion* Arrangement Which Worki Well ou a Small Scale. The approach of the season when meats are usually preserved br smoking calls up suggestions in regard to this subject. One plan illustrated herewith is described in The Country Gentleman by one who has tested it. He says: Where one has but a few pieces of meat to smoke a smokehouse may be improvised in a few moments by taking two empty barrels and arranging them in the manner shown in the cut. In the side of the lower barrel is cut an opening, in which an old kettle is set, filled with smoldering chips or corncobs. The upper barrel has either hooks in its bot- SALT RHEUM Most torturing and disfiguring of itcliii><r, burning, si-a.lv skin and scalp humors is h). stoutly relieved by a warra bath with CI'TS- CITEA SOAP, a single application of CITICV r..\ (ointment '. the frreat skin cure, ami a full dos? of Ci'Tici'KA RESOLVENT, greatest of bloo.l purifiers and humor cures, when all else fails. (uticura Ii »old throughout th* world. Pcnrt D*u» A*n Cn EM Com 1 ., Prop*., Bo*Lon. "How to Cure Suit Rheum." frr«. FALLING HAIR . Cured to 1 CI:TICI:KA SOA HOMEMADE, BUT EFFECTIVE. torn or sides—the bottom of the barrel being now uppermost—or has rods passing through the sides, on which to hang the meat. A small hole can be bored in the barrel's bottom, to give a slight draft, if needed, while the opening in front of the kettle can be closed if the draft proves too strong. A simple little arrangement of this sort will often do as good work as one on which much money and labor have been spent. The same plan is suggested for use m fumigating articles or for bleaching articles with burning sulphur. For such purposes a tighter chamber is required than is needed for smoking meat. This tightness can be secured by wrapping cloth about the point of union of the two barrels, while no opening need be made at the base of the lower barrel. A Fodder Vise. The following sketch of a vise for holding fodder to be cut by hand is from Ohio Fanner, as are the explanations: 1 is the foundation plank, 2 inches thick, 14 inches wide and 4 feet long; Barnyard Manure. Barnyard manure is relatively deficient; in phosphoric acid, as compared with ammonia and potash, and the experiments of the Ohio station indicate that phosphoric acid is the constituent most needed on the majority of Ohio soils, but that it only produces its full effect in tbe presence of ammonia and potash. The price of acid phosphate has fallen during recent years until ic can now be bought for delivery anywhere in Ohio at prices which bring its actual phosphoric acid below u cents per pound, and as the sprinkling of acid phosphate or superphosphate on barnyard manure is believed to have a beneficial effect in preventing the waste of ammonia from the manure, ic would seem that the use of acid phosphate in this manner might serve the double purpose of preserving the ammonia of the manure and increasing the effectiveness of both its ammonia and potash. Experiments on this point are now in progress at the Ohio station. Hones For Manure. No method has been found which is entirely satisfactory for preparing bones for distribution as a fertilizer without running them through a mill prepared for grinding them or treating them with sulphuric acid. 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