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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 4, 1907)
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By E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM,
Author of "The Mtstcr Mummer." "A Prince of Sinners," "Mysterious Mr.
Sabln," "Anna the Adventuress," Etc.
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table. IIh vei'i-etiiry's phiee by his side
was vaeant. Opposite sat u tall twin
with j'j-aj hair and dark mustache.
Hi- w is (hos(Hl for the ovenlnir. anil
I' I'tciM glittered with stars and ot
"It is rcoodlnj4ly kind of you. moil
s' -ir lu s.ild, ,) Kl..,t lm. this Inter-
I -o short nntleo. I was most
t i .ipprl'o j oh of new? which
I !iieu lniH iiit foun 1 Its wnv
" paper. Von have read ne
if -f n Russian nil iW upon an
: 'i 'i-hltig Heet. but ou li-ivo not
1 " informed of tin presence- the
'll' (el proseiK'0nf .IllpnilOSO tor
pulo ' ..it concealed anions them."
M i. .x-nn raised his eyebrows.
"Ind eil. no:" he niiswoiod. "Wo
lime nit even lie.ird a rumor of any
thing of the sort."
"Nevertheless their presence was In
dubitable." the prince declared. "1'n
der those circumstances, monsieur, you
can doubtless understand that our re
ply to any protests on the part of Eng
land will be of an unpnclflc nature.
Wo should not for a moment allow
ourselves to be dictated to by the allies
of our enemy."
"Naturally." M. Grlsson answered.
"On the other hand, you surely do not
wish to embroil yourself In a quarrel
with England at the present moment?"
"We wish to quarrel with no one."
tin prince answered haughtily. "At
tin s.niic time, we are not afraid of
I'i.i. fid. We recognize the fact that If
v i si,ni,i come It Is an independent
Jiff .r and does not come under tbo oh-
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our neutrality nlone."
' f t on bowed.
1 it, prince." he said gravely, "you
Kpi'i llghtlv enoui.'h of the possibili
ty of war. but surely y u must know
that the KnvlMi Heet in the channel
and at Gibraltar altogether outmatches
the halt to licet I"
"A Russian," the prince answered
grandly, "is not afraid of great odds'"
M. Grisson bowed.
"For the sake of humanity." he said,
"I trust most sincerely that affairs
may be peaceably arranged. If the
contrary should turn out to be the
case, I can only say that In a quarrel
which concerns Russia and England
nlone France would remain benevo
lently neutral. As you have remarked,
v the obligations of our treaty do not
'ipply to such a case."
"S'he prince played nervously with
tin star at his chest. Roth men were
well aware that up to now they had
been merely playing with words.
"There Is another contingency," the
U Russian remarked, "which now we are
upon the subject It would perhaps be I
us well to allude to. The relations be- j
Iween Germany and England, as you I
know, Jul now are very sorely strain
ed. If Germany should take advan
tage of the present situation to make a
demonstration against Knglaud, that,
of course, would not from your point
of view affect the situation?"
M. Grlsson looked like a man who
nees before him amazing things.
"My dear prince," he said, "do not let
us misunderstand one another. You
cannot by nny possibility be suggest
Sng that Germnny might associate her-
ttelf with you In your resistance to por
table English demands?"
The Russian leaned back la his chair. I
"Germany Is on the .spot," he re-
marked, "and knows the facts of the '
case. She has proofs of the presence i
of Japanese torpedo boats among the
English tlshlng fleet. Her natural love )
of fair piny might pos.il hly lead her to '
apouse our cause In thin particular lu
tdnnce. This, of cour, would muko '
i-y-rr peace. If Germany coiumunda, I
England will obey. Sim could not do
) "You have Introduced, tny doar
prince," M. Grlsson said, "an altogether
new phase to this question, and ono
which merits the most gravo considera
tion. Am I to understand that there is
nny arrangement between Germany and
yoursehes with respect to this ques
tion?" "Scarcely anything so definite as an
arrangement." the prince answered
"morel an understanding."
M Grissou had the air of a man who
has just leeched grave tidings of his
"is this. M. le I'rlnee." he snld, "en
tin l. m aicord with our own treaty
e i! not consider It to be in con
trant.. n to them," the prince an-
The n ntlty of M. Giisaon's manner
grew run more pronounced.
".Mv dear prince." ho said, "you arc
doubtless aware that during the last
strange rumors about as to a meeting
between jour master and the emperor
of Goruiniy and an agreement which
was forthwith signed between them. I
need not remark that all such rumors
were ntlrely discredited heie. Kucha
meeting kept secret f r un us would of
course be very seriously considered
The prince smiled. He remained ad
mirably self possessed, though t'n
vwy cius iu bis forehead were swoll
en with auger.
"A canard of the sort has re.ii lied
my e-'.rs," be remarked. "Some Eng
lish boy. I believe, Imagined or drem
eil that he saw some such meeting
We scarcely need, I think, to discuss
"Personally 1 agiee with you." M
Grlsson said smoothly. "My ministry,
however, seems to have been a little
impressed by the boy's story. An au
tograph letter from the c.nr denying
It would perhaps make our negotiations
"It shall be forthcoming," the prlnco
remarked, rising. "Ry the bye, I hear
reports of great activity from Cher
bourg. More maneuvers, eh?"
M. Grlsson shrugged his shoulders.
"Our new naval chief." he remarked,
"Is a marvel of Industry. You know
the English proverb about the new
The prince bowed.
"During the next few hours." ho re
marked, "many things may happen.
You will be always accessible?"
"1 shall not leave my post, prlnco."
M Grlsson answered. "You will Hud
me here at any time,"
CHAPTER XXX VI 1 1.
OX th" following morning the In
hibitauts of London, I'nr.s,
ISeiiin and St. Petersburg for
i sum var.Ing from a li ill
penny to a penny were treated to sen
sationalism as thrilling as any sl shil
ling shocker hot from the press and
assured of its half million circulation.
One English newspaper and one
French outdid their competitors by
publishing side by side with their ac
count or the exploits of the Russian
fleet n marvelous but circumstantial
story of a meeting and alliance be
tween the rulers of Germany and Rus
sia. The eyes of the whole world were '
turned toward Kiel, and more wonder-1
ful rumors still Hashed backward and
forward along the wires throughout
Europe. A great mobilization can bo
kept secret up to a certain point, but
when men and ships are collected and
ready the truth must out.
At an unusually early hour M. Grls-
son. sunnorted now bv two members of
his ministry, received a visit from the i
Russian and German ambassadors, ,
Fiinco Korndoff and Count von Mini-
chen. The usual compliments were i
quickly exchanged. .
"I have asked my friend. Count von
Munclien. to accompany mo," Prince
Korndoflf explained, "because we are
here to speak with you on a matter
concerning which our Interests are '
Identical. You have read the demands I
which England has dared to lay before
my master with reference to the en
counter In the North sea."
M. Grlsson bowed.
"I have studied them with great In
terest," be admitted.
"I do not need to tell you, then, thnt
they nro scouted with Indignation
by my master and his advisers," the
prince answered. "Neither shall we
permit for a single moment the deten
tion of our fleet upon Its mlsHlon."
"Thnt means, then, war with Eng
land." M. Grlsson remarked quietly.
"Unless they Instantly withdraw
their Insolent demands undoubtedly,"
the prince answered.
M. Grlsson turned to the German.
"And you. count," he asked, "how
does tills concern you?"
"We also." the count answered, "con
sider the demands of England unwar
rantable. We believe that there were
undoubtedly Japanese torpedo boats
concealed anion!; the English fishing
Heet, and we consider that the action
of the admiral In command of the
Russian Heet was fully Justltied."
"You are prepared, then, to give Rus
sia your moral support?" the president
"We are prepared lo do more," the
count answered boldly. "If England
persists In her demands wo are pre
pared to demonstrate against her."
M. Grlsson assumed a very grave
"I, too," he puld, "have lost" uo tlmo
In endeavoring to solve the mystery
of this North sea incident. I have been
in communication with the English
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