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" ' v " " "'' * ' ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, APRIT, 22, 1896. Catherine had flung herself into a chair. Her arms Jay nerveless on the * table, fler face was hidden in them. But now, overhearing- us, or stung by some fresh thought, she sprang- to her feet in anguish. Her face twitched, her form seemed to stiffen as she drew "Yea, read it," she cried. herself up like one in physical pain. "Oh, I cannot bear it!" she cried to us in dreadful tones. ''Oh, will no one do anything? I will go to him! I will tell him I will give him up! I will do whatever he wishes if he will only spare him!" fa Croisette went from the room crying. It was a dreadful sight for us— „ this girl in agony. And it was iinpos- ' sible to reassure her! Not one of us doubted the horrible meaning of the note, its covert threat. Civil wars and religious hatred, and I fancy Italian modes of thought, had for the time changed our countrymen to beasts. Far more dreadful things were done then than this which Bezers threatened —even if he mean tit literally—far more dreadful things were suffered. But in the fipndish ingenuity of his vengeance ;.» on her, the' helpless, loving woman, 1 thought Eaoul de Bezers stood alone. Alas! it fares ill with the butterfly when the cat has struck it down. Ill indeed! Mme. Clause rose and put her arms , round the girl, dismissing me by a g"es- ft ture. I went^nt, passing- through two •y or three scared servants, and made at m ,once for the terrace. I i'eltosif Icouk] " only breathe there. I found Marie and St. Croix together, silent, the marks of tears on their faces. Ourpycsmet.and they told one tale. We all spolie at the same time. "\Yhcn?" we said. But the others looked to me for an answer. I was somewhat sobered by that, and paused to consider before 1 replied. \ "At daybreak to-morrow," I decided, presently. "It isi an hour after noon already. We \vaut money, and the horses are oxit. It will take an hour to bring 1 them in. After that we might . still reach Cahors to-night, perhaps; but more haste less speed, you know. No. • At daybreak to-morrow wa will start." iff' They nodded assent. H It was a great thing we meditated. • No less than to go to Paris—the un- F; known city so far beyond the hills— and seek out M. de Puvannes, and warn him. It would be n race between the vidame und ourselves; a race for the life of Kit's suitor. Could we reach Paris first, or even within 24 hours of Ee/.ers' arrival, we should in all probability be in time, and be able to put Pavaunes on his guard. It had been the first thought of all of us, to take Bneh men as we eould get together and fall upon Be/ers wherever we found him, making it our simple object to , kill him. Hut the lackeys M. le Vicomto liad left with us, the times being peoce- jdli fUl and the neighbors friendly, were gj'poor-spirited fellows. LSe/ers' hand- ^F.J'iiJ,' on the contrary, were reckless 9 Swiss riders—like master, like men. W We decided that it would be wiser sim- | ply to warn Pavumu'B, and then stand bj him if necessary. We might have dispatched u. messenger. But our servants—Oil excepted, ajuj he was too old to bear the journey . r-were ignorant of Paris. Nor could npy of them be trusted with a mission, so delicate. We thought of Pavannes' '.. courier, indeed. Hut he was a TtocheJ- lois, and u stranger to the capital, i ,'ATJsere was nothing for it but to go our? |f selves, IF Yet we did not determine on this ad~ Hi >enture with light heart", 1 remember, I Paris loomed big and awesome in the F eyes of nil of us. The glamour of the . court, rather frightened than allured [ us. We felt that uhrinking from contact with the \vorid which a country life engenders, as well us that dread of seeming 1 unlike other people which is peculiar to youth. And wo trembled. If we had known more—especially of the future—we should have trembled won.*. But we yyt're young, and with our fears mingled'a delicious excitement. -•We were going 1 on an adventure of knight-errantry in which we might win. i our spurs. We were going to see the I\yprld and play men's parts in it! to gavo Qt friend and jnake our mistress h,appy! We £'«) ve oui* orders?, but we, said notU- of Catherine or Mme, Claude, tuerc- ]v bidding Gil tell them after otir departure. Wo. arranged for the immediate dispatch of a message to the vi- somte at Bayonnc, and charged Gil until h« should hear from him to keep the gates closed, and look well to the shoot of the kitchen midden. Then, when all was ready, we went to our pallets, but ib was with hearts throbbing with excitement and wakeful eyes. "Anno! Anne!" said Croisette, rising 'on his e'ibow and speaking to me some t)-vee hours later, "what do you think the vidame meant this mornjng when he said that about the ten days?" "What about the ten days?" I asket peevishly. He had roused me just when I was at last falling asleep. "About the world seeing that his war the true faith—in ten days?" "I am sure I do not know. For good ness' sake let us go to sleep," I replied For I had no patience with Croisette talking such nonsense, when we had our own business to think about. CHAPTER III. THE ROAD TO PARIS. The sun had not yet risen above the hills when we three, with a single serv ant behind us, drew rein at the end o: the valley, and easing our horses on the ascent turned in the saddle to take a last look at Caylus—at the huddlec gray town, and the towers above it A little thoughtful we all were, I think The ti.nies were rough and our erranc was serious. But youth and early morning are fine dispellers of care; a.nd once on the uplands, we trotted gayly forward, now passing through wide glades in tho sparse oak forest, where the tree all leaned one way, now over bare, windswept downs; or once and again de.- scending into a chalky bottom, where the stream bubbled through deep beds of fern, and a lonely farmhouse nestled amid orchards. Four hours' riding, and we saw below us Cahors, filling the bend of the river. We. cantered over the Vallandre bridge, which there crosses the Lot and so to my uncle's house of call in the square. Here we ordered breakfast, and announced with pride tha' we were going to Paris. Our host raised his hands. "Now there!" he exclaimed, regret in hi voice. "And if you Lad arrived yesterday you could have traveled up with Vidame do Bezers! And you a smal party—saving your lordships' presence —and the roads but so-so!" "But the vidame was riding with on.y halfiido/.cn attendants also!" 1 answered, flicking my boot in a careless way. The landlord shook his head. ''Ah, M. le Vidame knows the world!" he answered, shrewdly. "Ho is not to be taken off his guard, not he! One ol hip men whispered mo that 20 stanch fellows would join him at Chatcauroux. They say the wars are over, but—" and the good man, shrugging his shoulders, cast an expressive glance at some line flitches of bacon which were hanging in his chimney. "However, your lordships know better than I do," he added, briskly. "I am a poor man. I only wish to live at peace with my neighbors, whether Ihey go to massior sermon," This was a sentiment so common in those days arid so heartily echoed by most men of substance both in town and country that we did not stay to assent to it; but having received from the worthy fellow a token which would insure our obtaining fresh cattle at Limoges, wo took to the road again, refreshed in body, and with some food for thought. Five-and-twenty attendants were more than even such a man as Dozers, who had many enemies, traveled with in those days; unless accompanied by ladies. That the vidame had provided such a reinforcement seemed to point to a wider scheme than the one with which we had credited him. But we could not guess what his plans were; since he must have ordered his people before he heard of CatherineJs engagement, Either his jealousy therefore had put him on the alert earlier, or his threatened attack on Pavannes was only a part of a larger plot. In either case our errand seemed more Urgent, but scarcely more hopeful. The varied sights and sounds how* ever of the road—niany of them new to us—kept us from dwelling over much on this. Our eyes were young, and whether it was a pretty girl lingering behind a troop of gypsies, or a pair of strollers from Valencia—jongleurs they still called themselves—singing in the old dialect of Provence, or n Norman horse dealer with his string- of cattle tied head and tail, or the Puy de Dome to the eastward over the Auvergne hills, or a tattered old soldier v/ounded in the wars—fighting i'or either side, according as their lordships inclined—we were pleased with all. Yet we never forgot, our errand. We never, I think, rosy in the morning— too of ten stiff and sore—without think* ing: "To-day or to-inorro-y or the next day"—us the <•««> might be—"we shall iMake all sight for Kit!" For Kit! Perhaps it uas the purest ejj- thusiusrn \vv were- ever to feel, tho least Fplush uiin vvt» v.-vrc ever to pursue. JMr Kit! Meanwhile we u;ct travelers, of on the road. Ilrilf 1h>? nobility of France were (••till in Paris enjoying the festivities which were being held to mark the royal marriage. We Hv tained horses where we needed them without difficulty. And though we had heard much of the dangers of 1 lie wny, infested as it was paid to be by disbanded troopers, we were not oiu-e stopped or annoyed. Unt it, is nol my intetitior. to chronicle all the events of this my first, journey, though I dwell on them with pleasure; or to say what I thought of the (owns, all new and strange to me, fh.vough which we passed. Enough thnt we went by way of Limoges, Chateauroux and Orleans, and that at Chateauroux we learned the failure of one hope we had formed. We had thought that Bex.ers when joined there by his troopers would not, be able to get relays; and that on this account we might by traveling post overtake him; and possibly slip by him between that place and Paris. But we learned at Chatcauroux that his troop had received fresh orders to go to Orleans and await him there, the result behig that h« was able to push forward with relays so far. He was evidently in hot haste. For leaving there with his horses fresh he passed through Anger- villc, 40 miles short of Paris, at noon, whereas we reached it on the evening of the same day—the sixth after leaving Caylus. We. rode into the yard of the inn—a large place, seeming larger in the dup.k —so tired that wo could scarcely ulip from our saddles. Jean, our servant, took the four horses, .f,nd led them across to the stables, the poor boasts hanging their heads and following meekly. We stood a moment stamping our feet and stretching our legs. The place seemed in a bustle, the clatter of pans and dishes proceeding from the windows over the entrance, with a glow of light and the sound of feet hurrying in the passages. There were men, too, half a dozen or so, standing at the door of the stables, while others leaned from the windows. One or two lanthorns just kindled glimmered here and there in the semi-darkness, and hi a corner two smiths were shoeing a horse. We were turning from all this to go in, when we heard Jean's voice raised in altercation, and thinking our rustic servanl had fallen into trouble, we walked across to the stables near which he and the horses were still lingering. "Well, what is it?" I =aid, sharply. "They say that there is no room for the horses," Jean answered, querulously, scratching his head; half sullen, half cowed, a country servant all ovrr. "And thifre is not!" cried the foremost of the gang about the door, hastening to coii,fror?t us in turn. His tone was insolent, and it needed but half an eye to see that the fellows were inclined to back him up. He stuck his arms akimbo and faced us with an. impudent smile. A lanthorn on the ground beside him throwing an uncertain light on the group, I saw that they all wore the same badge. "Come," I said, sternly, "the stables are large, and your horses cannot fill them. Some room must be found for mine." "To be sure! Make way for the king!" he retorted. While one jeered "Vive le roi!" and the rest, laughed. Xot g-ood-humoredly. btit with a touch of spitef illness. Quarrels between gentlemen's serv- uuts were as common, then as they are to-day. But the masters seldom condescended to interfere. "Let the fellows fight it out.," \vas the general sentiment. Here, however, poor Jean was overmatched, and we had no choice but to see to it ourselves. "Come, men, have a care that you do not get into trouble," I urged, restraining Croisette by a touch, for I by no means wished to have a repetition of the catastrophe which had happened at Caylus. "These horses belong to the vicomte. de Cay Ins. If your master be a friend of his, as may very probably be the case, you will run the risk of getting into trouble." I thought I heard, as I stopped speaking, a subdued muttering, and fancied 1 caught the words: "Papegot! Down with the Guises!" But the spokesman's only answer aloud was "Cock-a-doodle- doo!" "Cook-a-doodle-doo!" he repeated, flapping his arms in defiance. "Here is a cock of fine hackle!" And so on, and so forth, while he turned grinning to his companions, looking- for their applause. I was itching to chastise him, and yet hesitated, lest the thing should have its serious side, when a new actor appeared, "Shame, you brutes!" cried a shrill voice above us—in the clouds it C'Smed, I looked up, and saw two girls, coarse and handsome, standing at a. window over the stable, a light between them, "For shame! Dou't you see that they are mere children? Let them be," cried one, The men laughed louder than ever; and for me, J could not stand by and be called a child. "Come here," I said, beckoning to the man in the doorway, 'Come here, you rascal, and I will give ,'ou the thrashing you deserve for speaking to a gentleman!" He lunged forward, a heavy fellow, taller than myself and six inches wider at the shoulders. My heart failed me i little as I measured him. But the huig had to be done. |f I was slight, J •/as wiry as a hound, and in the cxcite- uent had forgotten my fatigue. I natched from Marie a loaded riding vfcjp he carried, and stepped forward. "Have a care, little man!" cried the irl, gayly—yet half in pity, I think. 'Or that fat pig will kill you!" My antagonist did not join in the a ugh this time. Indeed, it struck me hat his t-ye wandered., and that he was lot so ready to enter the ring its his ruites were to form it. Uut -before J oukl try his mettle, a hacd was laid on my shoulder. A man appearing from do not knew wUerf—from the dark •iuge of the group, I suppose—pushed aie aside, roughly, butuot discourteous- "Leave this to Die!" he said, coolly stepping before me. "Do uot dirty your hands with the knave, master. I am pining for work, and tho job will just Suit me. 1 will fit him for the worms before the nuns above can say an Ave!" I looked at the newcomer. He was a stout fellow; not over tall, not over big: swarthy, with prominent features. The plume of his bonnet was broken, but he wore it, in a rakish fashion; and, aJtogether, he swaggered with BO dare- devi'l an air, clinking his .spurs and swinging out his long sword recklessly, that it was no wonder three or four of tho nearest fellows gave back a foot. ''Come oni" he cried, boisterously, forming a ring by the simple process of sweeping his blade from side to side, while he made the dagger in his left hand flash around his head. "Who is for the game? Who will strike a blow for the little admiral? Will you come one, two, three atonce; or all together? Anyway, coinc on, yoti—" And he closed his challenge witJi a volley of frightful oaths, directed at the group opposite. "It is no quarel of yours," said the big man, sulkily; making no show of drawing his sword, but rather drawing back himself. "All quarrels are my quarrels! and no quarrels are your quarrels. This is about the truth, I fancy!" was the smart retort; which our champion rendered more emphatic by a playful lunge that caused the big bully to skip again. There was a loud laugh at this, even among the enemy's backers, "Bah, the great pig!" ejaculated the girl above. "Spit him!" and she spat down on the whilom Hector—who made no great figure now. "Shall I bring you a slice of him, my dear?" asked my rakehelly friend, looking up and making his sword p)ay round the shrinking wretch. "Just a tit-bit, my love?" he added, persau- sively. "A mouthful of white liver and caper sauce?" "Not for me, the beast!" the girl cried, amid the laughter of the yard. "Not a bit ? If I warrant him tender ? Ladies' meat?" "Bali! no!" and she stolidly spat down again. "Do you hear? The lady has no taste for you," the tormentor cried. "Pig of a G ascon!" And deftly sheathing his dagger, he seized the big coward by the ear, and turning him round, gave him a heavy kick which sent him spinning over a bucket, and down against th« wall. There the bully remained, swearing and rubbing himself by turns; while the victor cried, boastfully: "Enough of him. If anyone wants to take up his quarrel, Blaise Bure is his man. If not, let us have an end of it. Let Koir.u one find stalls for the gentlemen's horses before they catch a chill; and have done with it. As for me," he added, aud then he turned to us and ivniovcd his hat witih an exaggerated flourish: "I am your lordships'servant to command." I thanked him with a heartiness, half- earnest, half-assumed: His cloak was ragged, his trunk hose, which had been fine enough, were stained, a.nd almosl pointless. He swaggered inimitably and had led-captain written la.rgo upon him. But he had done us a service, foi Jean had no further trouble about the horses. And besides one has a natural liking for a brave man, and this man was bravo beyond question. "You are from Orleans," he said, respectfully enough, but as one asserting a fact, not asking a. question. "Yes," I answered, somewhat astonished. "Did you see us come in?" "No, but I looked at your boots, gentlemen,"he replied. "White dust, north; red dust, south. Do you see?" "Yes, I see," I said, with admiration. "You must have been brought up in a sharp school, M. Bure." "Sharp masters make sharp scholars," he replied, grinning. And that answer I had occasion to remembw afterwards. "You are from Orleans, also?" Tasked, us we prepared to go in. "Yes, from Orleans, too, gentlemem. But earlier in the day. With letters- letters of importance!" And bestowing something like a wink of confidence on us, he drew himself up, looked sternly at the stable folk, patted himself twice on tho chest, and finally twirled his mustaches, and smirked at the girl above, who was chewing straws. 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