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By HAROLD MacGRATH
1109. by tha Bobb.
TOE celling span and the gaslight
. separated Itself Into a hundred
flames before the gaze of the
amased nermann. "You said
he was dead!" he gasped to Grumbacb.
"Bo I am to the world, to you and to
all who knew me." quietly.
"Why have you returned? The duke
will hang you."
"Perhaps I am a fool, perhaps I am
willing to pay the penalty of my crime.
At least that was uppermost I have
learned that her highness has been
found, and the rope Is not made that
will (It my neck. Will you denounce
"Why not? Five thousand crowns
still hang over me."
"Blood money for me? No, Hans!"
"Besides, I have made' a will. At
my death you will be rich."
"Yes, nermann. I am worth 200,000
Hermann breathed with effort.
"But riches are not everything."
"Sometimes they are little enough,"
"Oh, why did you do It?"
"Have I not told you, nermann?
There is nothing more to be added."
Then, with rising passion: "Nothing
more now that my heart is blistered
and scarred with regret and remorse.
Cod knows that I have repented and
repented. I went to war because I
wanted to be killed. They shot me
here and here and here, and this saber
cut would have split the skull of any
other man. But it was willed that I
should come back here."
"My poor brother! You must fly.
The chancellor Is suspicious."
"I know that But since you, my
brother, failed to identify me certainly
his excellency will not And you will
not betray me when I tell you that I
have returned principally to find out
whence came those thousand crowns."
"Ah! Find that out, Hans; yes, yes!"
Hermann began to look more like him
self. "But whut was your part?"
"Mine? I was to tell where her
highness and her nurse were to be at
a certain hour of the day, nothing
more. My running away was the ex
pression of my guilt; otherwise thev
would Tie'ver'TMve connec ted "me"
"nans, have you no other greeting?'
Hermann asked, spreading out his
The wanderer's face beamed, and
the brothers embraced.
"You forgive me, then, Hermann?"
"Must I not, little Hans? You are
all that is left me of the blood. True,
I swore that If ever I saw you again
I should curse you."
"And what has become of the prin
cipal cause Tekla?"
"Bah! She is fat and homely and the
mother of seven squalling children."
"What a world! To think that Tek
la should be at the bottom of all this
A rap on the door startled them
nans slowly opened the door. Car
mlchuel stood outside.
"Ah, captain!" Hans shook Car
mlehnel by the hand and drew him In
to the room.
Hermann passed into the hall and
softly closed the door after him. It
was better that the American should
not see the emotion which still lllu
mined his face.
"What's the pood word, captain?" in
Carmlchael put in a counter query
"What wan your brother doing here?
"I have told him who I am."
"Was It wise':"
"Hermann sleeps soundly. He will
talk neither In his sleep nor In his wnk
lug hours. He has forgiven me."
"For what?" thoughtlessly.
"The time for explanations has not
yet come, captain."
"Pardon me. Grumbnch. But I came
to bring you the invitation to the mill
The broad white envelope emblazon
ed with the royal arms fascinated
Hans, not by Its resplendency, but by
the possibilities which It afforded.
"Thank you. It was very good of
"It was a pleasure, comrade. What
do you say to an hour or two nt the
Black Eagle? We'll drown our sor
The Black En,;le was lively, as usual,
and there were some familiar faces.
The vintner wns there, and so was
Gretchcn. Carmlchael hailed her.
"This is my last nignt nore, Hen
Carmlchael," she said.
"Somebody has left you a fortune?"
There was a Jest iu Carmlchael's eyes.
TTs7 rrrn ror.r:, sTr-ur-
smiling. "The poor lady who lived on
the top floor of my grandmother's
house wus rich. She left mo a thou
"And what will you do with all that
money?" asked Hans.
"I am going to study music."
"I thought you were going to be
married soon," said Carmlchael.
"Surely. But that will not binder.
I shall have enough for two.". .
Tiie vTnT"." '..r1.. c-.t tSc top of
his paper. Carmlh.iel cyrd him
mischievously. Gretchcn picked up
her coppers and went away.
A beautiful girl." sa!d Hans ab
stractedly. "She might be Hebe with
no trouble nt all"
At that day there was only one news
paper lu Dreiberg. The vintner pres.
ently smoothed down the Journal,
opened his knlf3 and cut out a para
graph. Carmlchael followed his move
ments slyly. The vintner crushed the
remulns of the sheet Into a ball and
dropped It to the floor. Then he finish
ed his beer, rose and proceeded down
the stairs leading to the rathskeller
below. Carmlchael called a waitress
and asked her to bring a copy of that
day's paper. Meantime he recovered
the vintner's paper, and when he final
ly put the two together It was a simple
matter to replace the miaatng cutting.
G rum bach showed a mild Interest over
"Why do you do that, captain r
"A little Idea I have. It may not
amount to anything." But the Amer
ican was puzzled over the cutting.
There were two sides to It Which had
interested the vintner? "Do you care
for another beer?"
"No; I am tired and aleepy, captain."
"All right We'll go back to the ho
A little time later Herr Goldberg
harangued his fellow Socialists bitter
ly. Gretcben'a business In this society
was to serve. They had selected her
becauso they knew that she inclined
toward the propaganda. The raths
keller had several windows and doors.
These led to the blergarten, to the
wine cellar and to an alley which had
no opening on the street. The police
has as yet never arrested anybody,
but several times the police bad dis
persed nerr Goldberg and his disci
ples on account of the noise. The
window which led to the blind alley
was six feet from the floor, twice as
broad as It was blgb and unbarred.
Under this window sat the vintner.
ne was a probationer, a novitiate.
This was his second attendance.
Brothers, shall this thing take
place?" cried nerr Goldberg. "Shall
the daughter of Ehrenstein become
Jugendbcit'8 vassal? Oh, how we have
fallen! Where Is
the grand duke's
pride we have
heard so much
about? Are we,
then, afraid of Ju
gendhelt?" "No!" roared his
"I have a plan,
brothers. It will
show the duke to
he has driven 0s
at last. We wiB
"are we, TtiEN, mob the Jugend
afraid or JtJQE.ND- ncit embassy on
HEIT' the day of the
wedding. We will tear it apart, brick
by brick, stone by stone."
"Hurrah!" cried the noisy ones.
The noise subsided. Gretchen spoke,
"Her serene highness will not marry
the king of Jugendheit."
"Oh. l"fl!" snld Goldberg, bowlncr
with ridicule. "Since when did her
serene highness make you her con
"Her sene highness told me so her
self." A roar of laughter went up, for the
majority of them thought that Gretch
en was indulging in a little pleasantry
"Ilo-ho! So you are on speaking
terms with her highness?" Herr Gold
"Is there anything strange in this
fact?" she asked.
"Strange!" echoed Herr Goldberg,
"Since when did goose girls become in
timate with her serene highness."
"Does not your socialism teach that
we are all equal?"
The vintner thumped with his stein
in approval, and others Imitated him.
Goldberg was no ordinary fool. He
sidestepped defeat by an assumption
"Tell us about It Tell us under
what circumstances you met her high
ness. Every one knows that this mar
riage is to take place."
Gretchen nodded. "Nevertheless, her
highness has changed her mind." And
she recounted picturesquely her adven
ture in the royal gnrdens, and all hung
on her words In a kind of maze.
"Hurrah!" shouted the vintner. "Long
live her highuess! Down with Ju
gendheit!" There was a flue chorus.
A police ollieer and three assistants
enme down the stairs quietly.
"Let no one leave this room!" the of
ficer said Hteruly.
The dramatic pause was succeeded
by a babel of confusion.
"Ho, there! Stop him, you!"
It was the vintner who caused this
cry, and the utility with which he
scrambled ihrough the window Into
the blind nlley was on inspiration.
"After him!" yelled the officer.
But they searched in vain.
"Out Into the street, every mother's
son of you!" cried the officer. "This is
your Inst warning, Goldberg. The
next time you go to prison."
Gretchen alone remained. It was
her duty to carry the steins up to the
bar. The officer, rather thorough for
his kind, studied the floor under the
window. He found a cutting from a
newspaper. This Interested blm.
"Do you know who this fellow was?"
with a Jerk of his head toward the
"He Is Leopold Dietrich, a vintner,
and we are soon to be married."
"Wlint made him run?"
"He Is new to Dreiberg. Perhaps bo
thought you were going to arrest ev
"Ask blm If he Is not n spy from .Tu
gendhelt." t he officer said roughly.
Xhe "''Ins r" iriir in c.ro,'"-
en's arms. One of them fell and broke
at her feet
GRETCHEN. troubled la heart
aud mind over the strange
event of the night walked
A footstep from behind caused her
to start The vintner took her roughly
In his arms and kissed her many time.
She did not speak.
"What la itr
"Was It a crime, then, to Jump out
of the window r n laughed.
Gretcben'a face grew sterner. "Were
"For a moment. I have never run
afoul the police. I thought perhaps wa
were all to be arrested."
"Perhaps you did not care to have
the police ask you questions T
"What la all this about?" He pulled
her toward blm so that ha could look
Into her eyes. "What la the, matter?
"Are you not a spy from Jugend
He flung aside ber band. "So! The
first doubt that enters your ear finds
harbor there. A spy from Jugendheit!
That la a police suggestion, and you
"Do you deny It?"
"Yes." proudly, snatching his hat
from his head and throwing it vio
lently at her feet "yes. I deny It I am
not a spy from any country."
"I have asked you many questions,"
she replied, "but you are always laugh
ing. It Is a pleasant way to avoid an
swering." The vintner saw himself at bay.
"Gretchen. I have committed no
crime. But you must have proof. We
will go to the police bureau and settle
"Now, tonight while they are hunt
ing for me."
"Forgive me." brokenly.
"I Insist This thing must be righted
"And I was thinking that the man I
loved was a coward!"
"I am braver than you dream, Gretch
en." And In truth he was, for ha
was about to set forth for the lion's
den and only amazing cleverness could
extricate him. The police bureau was
far away,"VuF"tlfe T.aTance was noth
ing to these healthy young people. It
was Gretchen who drew back fearful
ly. The subchlef of the bureau received
them with ill concealed surprise.
"I have learned that you are seeking
me," said the vintner, taking off his
Immediately the subchlef did not
know what to say. This was out of
"You are not a native of Dreiberg."
"No. berr; I am from Bavaria. You
will find that my papers were present
ed two or three weeks ago."
The vintner's passports were pro
duced. The subchlef compared them
"DKTIti FLI A WAT WITH IOU BOTH I"
to the corresponding number In bis
book. There was nothing wrong about
"What is your business?"
"I am a vintner by trade, herr."
"Why did you Jump out of the win
dow?" "I was frightened at first herr. I
believed that wo were all to bo ar
rested." "You accused hlra of being a Ju
gendheit spy," broke In Gretchen.
"I am here because of that accusa
tion." said the vintner.
"What have you to say?"
"I deny it."
It was the cutting. The vintner read
It, his brows drawn together In a puz
"I can make nothing of this, herr.
When I cut this out of the paper It
was to preserve the notice on the
other side." The vintner returned the
The subchlef read aloud:
Vlntneri and prenses and pruners wanted
for the senaon. Find and liberal compen
sation. Apply lloltz.
Gretchen langhed Joyously; the vlnt
ner grinned; the subchlef swore under
"The devil fly away with you both!"
he cried, making the best of bis cha
grin. "And when you marry don't In
vito me to the wedding."
After they had gone, however, he
called for an assistant.
"Did you see that young vintner?"
"Follow him night and day. Find
out where he lives and what ho does
and ransack his room if possible. He
is either an Innoceut man or a sleek
rascal. Report to me this time each
On reaching the street Gretchen gave
rem to her laughter. As they turned
Into the Kruuierweg they almost ran
"Herr Carmichaeir said Gretchen.
"And what are you doing here this
time of the night?"
"lam looking for a kind of ghost a
specter in black that leaves the palace
early In the evening and returns late,
whose destination has Invariably been
The viutner started.
"My house r cried Gretchen.
"Yours? Perhaps you can dispel this
phantom?" said Carmlchael.
"She was a lady who comes on a
charitable errand. But now she will
come no more. The object of her visits
la gone." Gretchen answered sadly.
"My luck!" ruefully.
"Are you not afraid to walk about
In this part of the town so later put
In the vintner. .
"Afraid? Of what? Thieves? Bah,
my little man! 1 carry a sword stick,
and, moreover, I know bow to use it
tolerably well. Good night" And he
The vintner was not patient tonight
"Who Is this mysterious woman?"
"I am not free to tell you."
"Leopold, what Is the matter with
you tonight? You act like a boy."
"I am wrong, Gretchen. You are
right. Kiss me."
She liked the tone; she liked the
kisses, too, though they hurt.
"Good night, my man!" she whisper
ed. "Good night, my woman! Tomor
row night at 8."
He turned and ran lightly and swift
ly up the street.
From the opposite doorway a moun
taineer, a carter, a butcher and a
baker stepped cautiously forth.
"ne heard something." said the
mountaineer. "He has ears like a rat
for hearing. What a pretty picture!"
cynically. "All the world loves a lover
sometimes. Touching scene!"
No one replied; no one was expected
to reply. More than that no one cared
to court the fury which bay thinly
disguised In the mountaineer's tones.
"Tomorrow night; you heard what be
said. 1 am growing weary of this
play. You will stop him on his way to
yonder house. A closed carriage will
be at hand. Before be enters, remem
ber. She watches him too long when
he leaves. Fool!"
The quartet stole along In the dark
ness noiselessly and secretly.
The vintner bad Indeed heard some-
thulg. TTe "knew n6T waul tills noise
was. but It was enough to set his heels
to flying. His room held a cot, a ta
ble and two chairs. Out of the drawer
In the table he took several papers and
burned them. Ah! A patch of white
paper Just inside the door caught his
eye. lie retctiea it to tne canaie.
What he read forced the color from
bis cheeks, and his hands were touch
ed with transient palsy.
. "The devil! What shall I do now?"
What Indeed should he do? Which
way should he move? Carmlchael,
Carmlchitri! The vintner chuckled
softly as be scribbled this note:
If Herr Carmlchael would learn the se
cret of No. 40 Krumerweu. let him attire
himself as a vintner and be In the Kru
merweg at 8 o'clock tonight.
"So there Is a trap, and I am to be
ware of a mountaineer, a carter, a
butcher and a baker? Thanks, Schar
sensteln, my friend, thanks! You are
watching over me."
Colonel von Wallensteln curled his
mustaches. It was a bnppy thought
that had taken him Into the Aldergasse.
This Gretchen bad been haunting his
dreams, and here she was coming into
his very arms, as It were. Gretchen
stopped, a cold flurry In her heart
"Herr. I wish to pass."
"That Is possible, Gretchen."
Will you stand aside?"
"You haunt my dreams."
"That would be a pity."
"I am not going to let you pass till
I have bad a kiss."
"Ah!" Battle flamed up In Gretchen's
"WIU you let me by peacefully V
"After the toll-after the toll."
Too late she started to run. ne
laughed and caught hold of her. With
a supremo effort she freed herself and
struck him across the face. Quick as
a flash she whirled around and ran up
the street. The one hope for Gretchen
now lay In the Black Eagle, and into
the tavern she darted excitedly.
"Frau Bauer," she cried, "may I
come behind your counter?"
Wallensteln came In. Ills hand, held
against his stinging cheek, was telltale
enough for the proprietress of the
"Shame!" she cried. "She shall stay
hero all day," declared Frau Bauer
"I can wait." The colonel made for
ttio door. But there was a formidable
bulk In the doorway.
"What is going on here, little goose
girl?" nsked the grizzled old man.
"Herr Colonel Insulted me."
"Insulted you!" The colonel laugh
ed boisterously. "Out of the way!" be
"He tried to kiss me," snld Gretchen.
"The man who tries to kiss a woman
against her will is always at heart a
coward," said the mountaineer.
The colonel seized the old mnn by
the shoulder to push him aside. Ho
put out one of his arms and clasped
tho colonel In such a manner that bo
gasped. He was In the clutch of a
"I will kill you for thta!"
OutRldo the old man laid bis band
on the colonel's arm.
"You must never bother her agnln.
Listen. You are Colonel von Wal
lensteln: you are something more be
sides." "What do you Infer?
"I Infer noth'.iic. Now and then
there happeni sirauge leakac in the
duke's a.T.ilrs. The man Is well paid.
He is a gambler, and oue Is always
reasonably certain that the gambler
will be wanting money. Do you un
derstand?" "Who are you?"
"Who I am Is of no present conse
quence. But 1 know who and what
you are. If you behave yourself you
will be allowed to continue In prosper
ity, but If you attempt to molest that
girl again there will be no more gold
coming over the frontier from Jugend
heit. Now do you understand?"
"Go. But be advised and walk cir
cumspectly." The colonel, pale and distrait saw In
his mind's eye a squad of soldiers,
wall, a single volley and a dishonored
roll of earth. Military Informers were
given short shrift The colonel went
to the barracks.
(Continued next Issue )
Frank Robb who has been away
from here since last fall, and who
has since March 1, been In Washing
ton and Oregon, returned the first
of the week.
Julius A. Pollard, son of Dr. J. A.
Pollard of Salem, Neb., was here
Saturday in the interest of the Ameri
can Snuff company which he repre
sents in this state.
Henry Pollard commenced the
erection of a barn for Frank Sheldon,
Wednesday on the farm occupied by
John Whiteman, to replace the barn
recently destroyed by fire.
Seventeen years ago the Nehawka
Register was talking about Incorpor
ation as bravely as it it was a com
sumatlon about to be realized. This
paper has no comment to make.
Quite a number of farmers In this
vicinity are going to bale their oat
straw on account of the scarcity of
hay caused by dry weather. If the
drought continues there will be a lot
of corn binders In the field shortly,
taking care of the fodder.
George McReynold's little girl was
playing last Saturday and in some
way in running caught her foot and
dislocated one of the bones in it. The
ligaments were also torn in such a
manner as to make a very painful in-
Jury. She was brought to town and
Dr. De8 Jardlen dressed the Injured
member but it will be some time
before she ran use it.
What would be the matter with a
base ball tournament after while
lasting about two days? Nehawka
has a team they ought to be proud
of. and with a little encouragement
we might get several good teams here
for a few days. Take this Into con
sideration, we have decided not to
have a fair. Let us have something
to show the people around here we
are still on earth.
C. M. Chrlswlsser who purchased
the lots Just south of J. W. Magney's
a short time ago, has Just finished
putting down a well and as soon aa
he can get workingmen will com
mence the erection of a commodious
dwelling. The building will be fin
ished in modern style. His location
is one of the prettiest In town and
when the building Is complete it will
be quite a substantial Improvement to
Nehawka. Mr. Chrlswlsser Intends
to engage In the stock business.
Returns to l'ekln, III.
Mrs. Anna Lighter of Pekln, 111.,
who has been the guest of Mrs. A. F.
Seybert for a short time, returned
to her home a day or two ago de
lighted with the pleasant visit she
had in Nebraska. While here Mrs.
Lighter enjoyed the first auto ride
she had ever had. The experience
was quite a delight to her, and she
Is Indebted to John McNurlln for the
pleasure of a ride In his new auto,
which he has owned but a short time,
but which he handles with the dex
terity of an expert. This was Mrs.
Lighter's first trip to Cass county,
and she is very much pleasod with
the country and the people she met.
In County Court.
Petition was filed today in the
probate court asking the probate of
the last will and testament of Albert
Eugene Lewis, who died near Alvo
some time ago. The petition was
filed by Judge B. S. Ramsey.
Petition was also filed for the ap
pointment of an administrator of the
estate of Mary Nickel, deceased of
near Elmwood, the petition being
filed by William DelesDornler.
The administration of the estate
of William Ketch, of near Weeping
Water was commenced by petition to
day, C. E. Tefft filing the papers.
Funeral of Mis. Scvciln.
The funeral of Mrs. Severln, the
lady who died from burns last weok
will bo held Thursday morning at
the Bohemian Catholic church Im
mediately after the arrival of the
morning M. P. train due at 10:07
o'clock a. m. The pall bearers will
be the five sons of the deceased:
Joseph, Frank, Julius Peter and
John, and her son-in-law, J. J. Toman.
Off FINE MEET
ING LAST NIGHT
American Railway Employe
Investment Association Meet
at A. O. U. W. Hall.
There was a special meeting last
night at tho A. O. U. W. hall of tb
members of the American Railway
Employees Investment association to
consider whether the association,
would accept an Invitation to attend
a railway men's celebration to bo
held in Denver on next Saturday, tho
20th Inst. The meeting was well at
tended the association having 150
members In the local organization.
R. B. Hayes, general foreman of the)
local shops Is president and O. B.
Gould is secretary of the local or
ganization. There was a full repre
sentation of the membership pres
ent, and the meeting at Denver. waa
under consideration. A delegation
will attend, but at this time the num
ber of employes going has not beea
ascertained. The list will be made.
up within a day or two.
The trip affords a fine opportunity
for a few days outing at small ex
pense for those participating in th
Denver meeting. There will be men
there from the entire Burlington sys
tem, both east and west, and the
meeting will be an Important one In
point of business to be considered.
It Is to be hoped that Plattsmouth
will send a big delegation, as there
is nothing that will advertise the
town bo much aa a strong represen
tation In the mountain city. ..
Visits Minnesota Friends, V.
E. G. Hansen, wife and son John
and daughter Edith, came In from
their home near Nehawka Friday and
visited Mrs. Hansen's Bister, Mrs.
William Hunter and family over
night, departing for Tamrack, Minn-,
and Holstlne, Wisconsin, where they
will visit with relatives for two
weeks. Mr. Hansen Is one of the
leading farmers in the vicinity of
Nehawka. That locality had a big
rain last Saturday which made tha
roads quite muddy and filled the lit
tle creeks for a time. The rains art
very beneficial Mr. Hansen says, to
the corn, In helping it to fill. Though
there may be no more ears on the
corn stalks, the ones already formed
will be much better with good rains
at Intervals for a few weeks.
Many Crippled Children.
It may not be generally known
that the number of crippled children
In the United States has been enor
mously increased during the last year
or two by the epidemic of lnfantlle
spinal paralysis. Dr. Orr estimates
that the state of Nebraska alone ac
quired between 250 and 300 case
requiring treatment In the last year
from this cause. The total number
in the state be believes to be some
where between seven hundred and
fifty and a thousand. The Orthopedic
hospital Is now caring for about sixty
of them. The need for the develop
ment of this Institution Is only faint
ly appreciated by the general public.
Who Is I. II. Hatfield?
In the past few days numerous
Democrats In this city and vicinity
received letters from one I. H. Hat
field, and dated at Lincoln. He l
certainly a presuming sort of fel
low, and presumes, no doubt, that
all these Democrats to whom he ad
dressed these letters are damphooU
enough to vote Just the way he dic
tates. Not one of them knows who
this Hatfield is, or where he cornea
from. It seems to be a weakness ot
some candidate to presume that the)
average Democrat has not sense)
enough to know who he wants to
vote for. Who Is I. II. Hatfield,
A. W. Campbell Here.
A. W. Campbell, trustee for tha
Wholesale Liquor Dealers associa
tion was In the city over night, re
turning to his home In Omaha this
morning. Mr. Campbell was proprie
tor of the first saloon ever opened
In Cedar Creek. He has resided In
Cass, Sarpy and Douglas counties for
a long time, and was sheriff of Sarpy
county while residing in that county
Mr. Campbell has been over the state
a great deal, and from his point of
view Dablman stands a good chance
of being the Democratic nominee for
governor in the primary today. Tho
Republicans who were Bat down on at
the Lincoln convention will vote for
Dahlman, is Mr. Campbell's opinion.
WANTED A live man to repre
sent a south Texas proposition. Big
profits and a steady Income for 3 to
5 years in addition. Want a man who
can show results. Address L. B.
365, Ashland, Neb.
F. J. Vetersnkk who has been vis
iting In this city for a week, departed
this afternoon for his home at Edge
mont, South Dakota.
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