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A SOLDIER. OF THE RHINE.
By ST. GEORGE
Copyright, by Stukkt
CIIAPTI'lt XL (C'nnt lnueil.(
"A woman brushed against you anil
placed n note In your hand. Do you
romembor what that note contained?"
Sho turned scarlet.
"It was utterly unintelligible to mo."
"Yet you saw a name?"
"It was mine?"
"It was yours, mynheer."
"Sho said she hnd forged It with the
llstlnct purpose of Implicating me
"Indeed," with some Incredulity.
"What did you do with the note,
"I threw It away."
"You did not tear It up?"
"No; merely crumpled It and threw
"Well. It had hardly touched the
ground beforo It fell Into the hands of
i secret ofllcer of the government, who
was watching the countess, Just as sho
now would happen."
"Still I do not comprehend."
"That paper was of vital Importance.
It pretended to give In detail the pros
pective army which tho Kaiser could
bring to Alsace-Lorraine, besides hev
aral other things of moment."
"You alarm me!"
"For which I shall nover forgive my
self, but It Is vitally necessary that you
should know the truth, no matter at
what cost. 1 am sacrificing myself
more than you may ever realize In or
der to spare you. This paper seoms to
place both of us In connection with tho
French spy whom tho German author
ities watch. Plainly, wo arc as guilty
"But, mynheer, tho motive? Whore
In have I offended her?"
"Fraullen, the fault Is mine. While
In Paris I was unfortunate enough to
arouso a spark of sentiment In her
heart, and I cannot Imagine any one
more wretched In consequence."
"But surely I that Is, what have I
Kven as sho spoke, n suspicion, a
sudden flash of Intelligence, eamo Into
Iter mind, and, though It was but a
mere- Moating fancy, it caused her to
turn furiously red.
Trifles Light as AJr.
Paul did not sec this agitation. Paul,
whoso eyes wero bunt upon tho floor
In his own confusion, for ho was pass
ing through a serious and embarrass
ing situation, and could not look HII
degardo In the face while telling her of
tho plot tho countess had conceived of
bringing both Hlldegardo and himself
tinder tho suspicion of tho military au
thorities. Sho looked at him as he stood there
with his head bowed before her, and
perhaps thero was something more
than mere pity in her eyes.
"Site must bo a remarkable woman."
"Her equal does not exist in the
present age. It is marvelous tho power
sho has over men, not merely brainless
fops, but the shrewd statesmen of to
day." "Perhaps Bismarck fears her."
"J hnvo no doubt ho will be glad of
n chance to place her behind strong
walls, but I doubt his ability to accom
plish Buch n thing. And how can I
thank you for your kind assurance of
continued friendship, oven whilo the
surrounding conditions are so gloomy?"
"Pray, do not try," sho said, to hide
It was joy to know that ho had spok
en in a frank way that ho seemed
very anxious to take all tho blame, and
In so doing made himself appear more
manly In her eyes.
Besides tho possibility of the hand
nomo American being in love with hor
gave Hildegarde positive Joy.
Then from Paradise slio dropped
back to earth.
"Which way must I go to find No.
79 in this same strasse?" asked Paul.
Ho wondored why HUdogardo re
garded him with so cold a look, but
sho answered his question. But It
chanced that Hlldegardo had that very
morning seen a lady entering No. 79, of
tho strasse, and recognized tho pretty
woman to whom Rhinelander had
seemed so devoted at tho concert gar
den. Paul's Interview with his sister was
He accomplished all ho intended.
Beatrix had a thousand questions to
ask, so It seemed, but when sho finish
ed thero was nothing in connection
with the sorrowful ovent of tho dead
past loft untold.
Sho wept bitter tears upon Paul's
shoulder, and it was his comforting
embrace that assured hor tho world
was not all hollow, even though sho
had learned this terrible truth about
tho mother in whom she, had up to this
It was after Paul had left the house
that ho remembered one thing ho had
failed to tell hor the name of the man
whose action had brought such dis
grace and Ignominy upon Uioir family.
Sho would not know, unless ho sent
word, that tho ono sho believed to bo
her cousin, Conrad Hoffman, was the
son of that samo man.
Tho thought mado his blood boil
Jie fearod lest in some way this scion
of an Infamous traitor should In his
turn bring additional sorrow upon tho
house of Rhlnelandor.
A Sunn, New Yuri.
Somehow the memory of Karl com
forted him the leader of the Ilhltte
Korps wan already an object of deepeat
Interest to Beatrix, and In that glow
ing lovo Paul believed he could see the
strongest possible fortification against
He remembered hia promise to Hll
degardo, and was desirous of keeping
It without delay. The school must be
given up other duties seemed to call
him to fields of more activity.
So Paul began to prepare to leave
Heidelberg by the nlgut express, the
Dutch cannon ball train of tho period,
that would land him in the German
capital In a phenomenally short time.
That the influence of the Bchcnier
Countess Alniee would follow him to
Berlin, lie never once thought, believ
ing he would leave hor far behind.
That was because he did not know
the wily woman nud hor astonishing
powers as well as he should have done
In order to defeat her clever plans.
Paul had been well watched.
The government spy hovered ne.ir,
and thero was besides another who
worked In tho Interest of the countess
great times these two honest
worthies had in dodging each other
while keeping an eye on tho main
ehnuce, an embodied In the American.
Paul Ignored them as much as pos
sible lie had quite enough to think
about in the premises.
Should they give him too much trou
ble later on perhaps he would take a
turn out of them In a fashion peculiar
to tho wild and woolly West, and nfter
a way, to weaken their enthusiasm.
Karl was not surprised when he
heard what a sudden alteration Paul
was making In his plans, for Karl was
of a phlegmatic tempcrnment and dis
posed to take the most extraordinary
things as he found them.
"One favor, comrade," ho said while
shaking hands at the train later in the
"Granted before you speak," replied
"Speak a good word for mo when you
apply for a commission. God knows I
would like to be at your side if the
war eomes, and It grows closer and
hoarser along tho lthlno every day."
"It shall be zwoi," was what Paul
called back as the expiess quitted the
When young Hhlnclander shook tho
sacred dust of Heidelberg, with all its
pleasant student recollections, from his
feet, and startod In tho direction of the
capital, lie took It for granted that he
would bo closely watched, since at the
time he was nn object of solicitude to
He llttlo guessed, however, to what
ends some of tlieso spies might go in
order to prevent him fiom carrying out
To tho countess It was a matter of
considerable moment whether or not
he reached Berlin with the design of
seeking an audience with those high In
And sho would go to considerable
trouble In order to prevent this same
tiling, being u woman of remarkable
Through the night tho Berlin train
panted, and Paul, having made himself
as comfortablo as the conditions would
allow, endeavored to sleep.
But ho found sleep would not come,
so he reviewed what had passed during
hs interview with Hlldegardo.
How plainly It all came before him
he could easily shut his eyes and see
her again as she stood there blushing
Ho loved to dwell upon this scene.
Somehow, there wero features con
nected with It that told him ho could
not be an object of Indifference in nor
Then, again, when he remembered
ttho blot that rested upon his family
namo ho groaned In secret.
Could she, would sho forgive tlieso
high-class German families, as ho well
know, were very punctilious about
such things, and in many cases tho
breath of scandal had severed arrange
ments for a wedding.
So Paul was miserable, at times let
ting his mind dwell upon a picture
painted by fancy In hor lightest mood,
and then dashing over tho bright scene
a pall of mingled doubt and despair.
All this while tho train was booming
on, crossing broad plains, rattling over
bridges, and stopping occasionally at
towns en route.
Paul, finding It utterly Impossible
for him to sleep, began to amuso him
self by observing his fellow-passengers.
This 13 always an interesting study
for any ono fulrly fond of reading hu
man nature, for nowhero may more
pronounced types bo found than in a
second-claso Continental railway car
riage. There were several persona in the
compartment with him.
Ono was a merchant traveling to
Berlin, a second soemed to bo an old
ofllcer, grizzled with years In the serv
Ico of his king, while the third Paul
found himself much In doubt about,
though finally reaching the conclusion
that ho was possibly the son of some
rich man Journoylng to Berlin to offor
his sorvlces to tho Crown, his term In
the army having expired,
All of which was pure speculation.
Later on Paul discovered, somowhat
to his surprise, and not nt all to his
liking, th.it lie was nn object of eon
r.iderable curiosity to the trio.
Finally thl.s aroused Paul's curiosity,
and he began to suspect that his fellow-travelers
might be other than tho
Innocents they appealed upon the sur
face. Perhaps one of them was a govern
ment agent, bound at all hazards to
keep him under survelllanco, since It
was believed In ofllclal circles that tho
American had entered Into a conspir
acy against the authorities.
Which one tills might be gave him
sonic amusement for a whilo, though
he finally decided It must be the vet
And the others could they be par
ties In the secret pay of the countess?
Such a thing was possible, of course,
though hardly probable; but Paul was
In Just tin mood to give his fancy full
rein, and ho allowed It to go at that.
Although It raised quite a question,
nmi rendered his situation serious
enough, with three enemies shut np In
the car with him.
He had not been able to sleep beforo
and now he had not tho least desire to
do so In fact, he never felt more wlda
awake In all his life.
Supposing this random guess of his
hit the mark, did these men have any
Intention of doing him bodily Injury?
If they wore In the employ of the
countess It was not to bo presumed
that they would seek his life, though
his personal liberty might bo In dan
ger Anything to keep him from seeking
an Interview with tho Gorman military
authorities at Berlin, to whom ho
might lie tempted to unbosom himself.
Paul laughed softly to himself when
lie found to what a serious point his
thoughts wero carrying him.
Nevertheless, It was characteristic of
him to take all possible precautious.
And oven while lie thus chuckled In
derision at his alarming suspicions, his
hand unconsciously strued to tho
pocket where he kept a small but serv
iceable repeater, as If to make suro
that this fcathful friend was within
To the ordinary mind thoro is con
siderable satisfaction In tho prospect of
being able to meet even a desperate
emergency, and the fact of IiIb bolng
armed made Paul reckless of conse
quences, even though the others wero
three to ono.
Since sleep refused to come, and his
limbs grow cramped, crouched r
was in a comer of tho compart
Paul decided to get out at tho next su.
tlon and have a little saunter up and
No sooner did he make a move than
his fellow tourists also aroused them
selves. The old soldier yawned, tho mer
chant threw a3lde the traveling rug
which the cool night air had caused
hlni to pull mound his body, whilo tho
third traveler stretched his arms and
proceeded to onco more smoke his big
Paul could not but notice this fact.
It caui,ed him to fully dccldo with
reference to a stroll at tho next sta
tion. At tho same time he meant to keep
close to the train so ns to glvn them
no opportunity for foul work of any
Suro enough, when tho guard opened
tho door of tho compartment, stating
that they had had about flvo minutes
nt tho station, tho wholo of them
trooped out after Paul.
This convinced him more than over
thut his surmise could hardly havo
been such a wild one ufter all.
And who could say that ere Berlin
was reached ho might not bo glad ho
(To bo continued.)
A LOAF CENTURIES OLD.
It Wat Found lu a Cure Dwelling la
Arizona and la Now In a Muiauro.
A notable recent contribution to tha
archrcloglcal museum of the Univer
sity of Arizona is a loaf of broad found
in a cavo-dwelling in tho Superstition
Mountain of central Arizona In 1879,
and since that tlmo in tho possession
of Horbert Brown, superintendent of
the territorial prison.
Tho loaf is undeniably bread, and
without a doubt is of great ago. It
was found embedded In tho a3hes
wherein It was baked probably hun
dreds or perhaps thousands of years
ago. It had vory plainly boen wrapped
In a cloth or mut, and the marks ot
the fiber of tho cloth nro visible In
the dark, brlck-liko mass. Mr. Brown
Is of tho opinion that the broad was
mado of mosquito beans, roughly
ground In mctatos by tho aboriginal
housewives of conturlcs ago.
With It was found a storo of ancient
sacrificial Implements, stone axes and
arrow heads. Tho loaf has been ster
ilized by tho curator of the museum,
and has been sealed within a glass Jar.
Tlie Chaplain' Solf-Contrnt.
WInBton Churchill tells an excellent
story of a chaplain who quarroled with
tho cnptaln of n ship on the way to
South Africa because tho captain re
fused to let him hold services in the
saloon. Tho captain regarded hlmsolf
as tho priest ot his own ship. Mr.
Churchill found tho chaplain tramp
ing the deck In anger. "And what did
you say to him?' asked Mr. Church
Ill, sympathetically, when he had
heard tho story. "Oh, I Bald nothing
at all,' answered tho chaplain, with
a splondld show of self-command, "but
I may tell you that any other clergy
man In tho Church ot England would
havo told htm to go to h 11"
Tho hot-corn doalar Is the one who
has to put up anothor margin.
Here's tKe Ice Automobile
While all the rest of the world la ex
perimenting with automobiles, snow
clad and Ice-bound Russia has hnd to
look on in idleness, but now comes M.
Clement J. Charnock of Sereda, Rus
sia, with an automobile sleigh, uuto
sleigh or motor-sled, or Indeed any
thing you would like to call It. The
inventor already has an experimental
machine which lias given entirely sat
isfactory results. This machine Is
fchown lu tho picturo printed above,
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Mmc. Lillian Blauvelt is an Amorl
ran woman who has won rare honors
In Europe. Sho Is a singer and has,
by command, sung beforo tho Czar of
Russia, King Edward and Emperor
An even greater honor, however,
was tho conferring of a medal upon
hor by La Regla Academla dl Santa
Cecilia, In Rome. This Is a much-sought-after
honor, which is neverthe
less seldom conferred. It was glvon
Mme. Blauvelt for hor perfect art.
At present the distinguished artist
is In New York. Her especial forto Is
singing In cantatas and sacrod music.
A Drivrtoil Street In Titrli.
A queer discovery has boon mado lu
Paris In tho shnpo of a street unln
habltod and Ignored by all. In tho
UlrnlTe In I'lenty.
It seems llkoly thnt tho zoological
gardens of tho world will not suffer In
future from n scarcity of giraffes, as
thoy havo In tho past. Giraffes of tho
North African species are now being
shipped to various "zoos." Tho open
ing up of Kordofan has discovered a
good supply ot giraffes, and as big
garao is to a certain extent preserved
In this part of Africa it will bo possi
ble to export such specimens, from
tlmo to time, ns may bo roqulrcd for
legitimate scientific purposes.
Xrfng-I)Utance Mull Itoute.
Tho speediest Iong-distnuco delivery
ot mall over accomplished In tho world
was that of tho consignment which
left Sydney, Australia, Oct.' 15, for Lon
don, England, by tho American routo.
A dlstanco ot 15,205 miles was covered
In thirty-one days, a saving ot four
days over tho Suoz Canal route,
which Is from n photograph taken for
the Iondon Illustrated Mall,
The motor-sled runs on throe, broad
runner:), which have sharp shoes, two
of these runners nro at tho back of
the machine nud ono in front, tho
front ono being movable, is used In
steeling, The motive power Is Bteain
generated by gasoline, and the powci
Is transmitted to a largo cylinder
which Is shod with flat steel plates,
having sharp edges bent down, so that
as tljo plato rests Hat upon tho snow
its sharpened edge grips the snow or
Ice surface, taking up Just enough of
tho sled's weight to keep tho plato
The picturo does not show the dri
ver's Beat, which Is Immediately In
front of tho big cylinder, mid from
which lie manipulate!! his engine and
also steers with the tiller, which Is
shown. The llttlo vehicle Is fitted
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course of tho work in progress for wi
dening tho Ruo Vaneau, this roadway
which It would be Incorrect to des
cribe as a thoroughfare, considering
that tho ends wero blocked up was
discovered. It had neither paving
wide, and an old inscription showed
stones nor pavement, was two meters
that it was formerly called Ruo d'OIl
vct. It would be useless to seek tho
name In a directory, for It Is certain
thut until n few days ago no ono knew
of tho cxlstonco of tho Ruo d'Ollvct.
I.oiib Telephone I.lnua.
Tho uso of tho Pupln method of
loading long telephone Hues with In
ductance colls, at suitable intervals,
socms to havo made possible tbo com
mercial telcphona across tho continent.
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IBIack spots show unexplored n.wtlons,
with n whl.uie. and ns U glides over
tho snow It Is an object of nnvur-end-lug
wonder to the Russian peasants.
Charnock Is now building a larger
I.nnl HitlUuiii-f' IV 1 1.
Some of the Into Lord Randolph
Cliiitclilll's friends once tried to hnvo
Lord Salisbury relnstnte his erratic
nontenant Salisbury listened to them
patiently and then nsked: "Havo any
of you ever had a earbunclo on tho
back of your neck?" "No," was tho
reply. "Well, I have," retorted his
lordship, "and I don't wont anotSer."
Till Ought tn (let Monotonous.
Mr. Konry Blount, son of Sir Ed
ward Blount, recently took his thou
sandth trip ncrosn tho British Channel.
Ho Is a director of tho French Oucst
Hcurlnc Mnchliuvi an Loot.
Above all things Tommy Atkins"
heart loves u sowing machine. Al
though ho must know that ho can
never succeed in getting it home to
England, yet If ho finds ono In a Boor
farm ho will tow It along with him,
overburdened as he already Is, upon
For miles ho will martyr his exist
ence with somo obaoleto and cumbrous
machlno until such tlmo ns shcor phys
ical exhaustion or an Irato company
ofllcer prohibits further painful pos
session of tho prize.
Wherein tho exact fascination lies Is
a mystery, but grizzled reservist and
callow recruit allko cannot resist this
housowlfo's help. London Dally Mall.
Three Million I.lro lit Boa.
It Is said that no less than 3,000,000
persons llvo habitually on tho high
seas thnt Is, on tho decks of ocean
Last year moro than ono-slxth of
this great number of men, or 550,000
persons, camo Into tho slnglq port of
Now York, nnd several philanthropic
people are actively endeavoring to Im
prove tho condition of tho sailor when
ho gocB ashoro and meets all tho
temptations which await him on the
sea borders of our great cities.
It Is benevolent work which
should make strong nppcal to tho gon
erous Instincts of Americans.
Product of Acre of TLanit.
In Russia tho average aero of land,
because of bad cultivation, produced
but one-fifth tho amount produced by
jm ncro in America. This Is the offi
cial statement of her minister ot
Tho Yucatan mahogany and logwood
forests nro to bo exploited by a com-,
pany which will build 275 miles ol
Industrial School for Xegroee.
An Industrial and agricultural school
for colored youths of Maryland was
opened last month near Laurel In thai
Sinco the mlddlo of November last
Paris has a Russian high school at
which most of the university branches
aro taught, some of them by eminent
Russian fugitives or residents.
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