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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 27, 1907)
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OF . HISTORY
t F. NEWHOUSE
By E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM,
Author of "The Master Mummer," "A Prince of Sinners," "Mysterious Mr.
Subln," "Anna the Adventuress," Etc.
Copyright, 1005, 1900. by LITTLE, IIUOWN. and COMPANY.
I (continued. I
with me," lie announced, "'lie' pledges
himself not to keep tut; more tlinn live
minutes. I had better receive lilni. Ex
cuse ne, gentlemen."
The two men were left iilono. The
older and stouter of the two busied
himself with it n Inch rule :md mi atlas,
lie seemed to be making calculations
ns to the distance between Cherbourg
and a certain spot in the North sea.
"What Is the chief's own mind?" his
companion asked. "Does any one
The other shook his head.
"Who can say? Our ties of friend
ship with England are too recent to
make this n matter of sentiment. I be
Hove that without proof lie fears to ac
cept this stntement. And yet above all
tilings ho fears Germany. There was
some talk of a missing page of the ac
tual front y between Russia and Ger
many. If tliis could be found I believe
that he would sign the draft treaty."
"I myself," the other said, "do not:
believe that England would lie so easi
"It is tlij suddenness nnd treachery
of the attack which counts so greatly
.in its favor," his companion said. "It
irlght bo all over In two days before
nhe could assemble n fifth part of her
forces. If our Information is correct
iiormany has men enough mobilized to
run huge risks. Besides, you know
siuufeu return (o his old briskness of
"It Is young Do Rerglllac," ho an
nounced. "He lias been to England in
search of that missing page of the
treaty. I have told them to show him
The vlcoiute entered, paler than over
from recent travel anil deeply humili
ated from the fact that there was a
smut upon his collar which he had no
tlmo to remove. Ho presented a paper
to M. Grlsson and bowed. The premier
spread it out upon the table, and the
faces of the three men as they read
became a study. M. Grlsson rang the
"M. lo Duo do Rerglllac and n young
English gentleman," he told the at
tendant, "are in my private retiring
room. Desire their presence."
The servant withdrew. The three
men looked at one another.
"if this Is genuine!" the younger
"It Is the Russian ofllclal paper,"
Ills vis-a-vis declared, holding It up to
Then the Due do nerglllae and Guy
Poynton were ushered lit. M. Grlsson
rose to ills feet.
"M. Poynton." lie said, "we have
all three heard your story as to what
you witnessed in the forests of Posen.
It Is part of your allegation Unit a pago
nf MM'lllni' frnm flin uplvntn ihi- vlilrlt
how Lafargo's report ran nnd what lie ,.,. , ,VIltpMn .vnfi ,,,... tn vmw
said. The German army is beginning PlVot um, Umt you llIcke1 u up nml
Drought It to Paris with you. Look at
to 8utrer from a sort of dry rot, as
must nil Institutions which fulfill n
llirerent purpose than that for which
-they exist. The emperor knows It
If war docs not come Germany will
Jihvo to face severe military troubles."
'I myself am for the alliance."
"And I," the other replied, "if proof
of tills Gcrmnuo-Itussian understand'
ing could lie produced."
M. Grlsson returned. He carefully
closed and locked the door behind him.
"Gentlemen," he said, "the German
embassador has just left me. Ills
mission in every way confirms our so--crot
information. He has been Jn
struetcd to Inquire as to our attitude
in the event of any British interference
w ith the Baltic fleet while in homo wn
tors," The two men looked up expectantly.
Jh'.. Grissou continued.
"I replied that It was a contingency
which wo scarcely thought it worth
while to consider. I expressed my
firm belief that England would ob
serve all the conventions written and
understood of International law."
"He was not satisfied, of course. Ho
declared that lie had certain Informa
tion that England was making definite
plans with a view to Insure the delay
of the fleet. Ho went on to say that
Germany was determined not to tol
erate any such tiling, and lie concludes
-that we, as Russia's ally, would at any
rate remain neutral should Germany
think it her duty to interfere."
"And your reply?"
"I answered that in the event of un
toward happenings France would net
as her honor dictated, remaining al
ways mindful of the obligations of her
.alliance. Ho was quite satisfied."
"He had no suspicion of tills?" the
young man asked, touching the treaty
with Ills forefinger.
"None. It Is believed In Germany
that the young Englishman was really
l'ouud drowned In tlio Seine after a
hort career of dissipation. Our friends
nerved us well here. Now, gentlemen, '
the English ambassador will bo hero '
in twenty minutes. What am I to say
to him? Do wo sign this draft agree-
merit or do we not?" j
There was a sllenco which lasted
nearly n minute. Then the younger of
tiio two men spoke
this sheet of pnper carefully. Tell
me if it is the one."
Guy glanced at It for a moment und
handed it back.
"It Is certainly the one," he answer
ed. "If you look at the bnck you will
sec my initials there and the date."
M. Grlsson turned It over quickly.
The two other men looked over his
shoulder, nnd one of them gave a little
exclamation. The initials and date
Then M. Grlsson turned once more
to Guy. He was not a tall man, but
he had dignity, and his presence was
impressive. He spoke very slowly.
"M. Guy Poynton," he said, "it Is
not often that so great an issue that
the very destinies of two great coun
tries must rest upon the simple nnd
uncorroborated story of one man. Yet
that is the position In which we stand
today. Do pot think that you are be
ing treated with distrust. I speak to
you not on behalf of myself, but for
the millions of human beings whose
welfare is my care and for those other
millions of your own countrymen
whose Interests must be yours. I ask
you solemnly, Is this story of yours
word for word a true one?"
Guy looked him In the face resolutely
and nnswered without hesitation.
"On my honor ns an Englishman,"
he declared, "It Is true!"
M. Grlsson held out his hand.
"Thank you!" ho said.
The three men were ngain alone.
The man who controlled the destinies
of Trance dipped his pen In the ink.
"Gentlemen," he snld, "do you agree
with me that I shall sign this draft?"
"Wo do!" they both answered.
The president signed his name. Thou
lie turned the handle of the telephone.
"You enn show Loud Eotliergill in!"
CHAPTER XXXVI. x
T was perhaps as well for Andrew
Pellinui that he could not see
' J4 Phyllis' look as she entered the
room. An English gentleman, she
hnd been told, was waiting to see her,
I and she had thought of no one but
Duncombe. It was true that she had
sent him away, but only an hour ago
the marquis had told her that her
"air," no saiu respectfully, "without emancipation was cioso at untni. lie,
some proof of Russia's falsity I cannot too, might liavo had a hint The little
see how in honor wo can depart from Hrnilo, however, died away from her
our treaty obligations with her to the "pa na sho saw who It wns who wait
extent of signing an agreement with eJ for her with such manifest impa
lior putative enemy. England must tience.
tight her own bnttle, aifU God help ' "You, Andrew!" she cxclnlrncd In
her!" I amazement. "Why, however did you
"And you?" M. Grlsson asked, turn- find me out?"
Ing to the third man. I He took both Iter hands in Ids. Tho
"I agree," was the regretful answer, look upon his face was transfiguring.
"If tills treacherous scheme is carried "At last! At last!" ho exclaimed,
out I bellevo that Krnucc will be face "Never mind how 1 found you out!
to face with tho greatest crisis she has Tell me, what docs it all menu? Are
known in history. Even then I dare .you here of your own free will?"
not suggest (hat wo court dishonor by "Absolutely!" she answered,
breaking an ulllance with a friend In "It was you at Runtou?"
'"You nre right, gentlemen," M. Grls-' "ruder n false namo-wlth a man
sou said, with' a sigh. "Wo must tollu who committed robbery!"
Lord Kotliorglll that our relations with ' She shrugged her shoulders a little
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