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RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA, CHIEF
Kitty Orny, ncwnpnpcr wonmri. finds In
curio shop luilf of u broken coin, tlio
tmitllatid Inscription on which uniusi-M
lnr rurloilty imil loudi her, nt tho order
of her tniinuKliiK e-dllor, to bo to tlio prln
olpullty of Uri'Uliorfpii to pleco out tlio
utoiy hiikki tul by tlio Inscription. Hho is
followed, ami on urrlvnl In (Irutzhoffen
dor mlvutitilrcs whlln UmsliiK the urut
of tlio blolu-n toln licqlu.
By Process of Elimination.
Tho wenpon of tlio renegade loader
lllako was aimed utondlly ciioiibIi. Hut
tlio fraction of tlmo In which Holcau
changed tho poHltlou ho had takon
save tho llfo of ouo man und cost
that of another.
It wan tho follow tulof, Blako'B com
rade, froflh from tho rendezvous, who
foil undor tho bullot Intended for Ho
Blako sprang forward, groping un
dor covor of tho stnoko, to And tho
body of his onomy, stoopod, pauaod,
prang back It was not Holcau, but
bis own man whom ho had slain!
Rolcau by this tlmo, with no moro
than a quick llnah of solf-congratula-tton
at his unoxpectod safety, had
sprung away. Dlako callod out to hla
followers and Btarted aftorlloloau. Ho
did not meet him at tho outer open
ing, but ran Into tho arms of tho band
of gendarmoa who had followed Ho
Soolng tho ronegado, pistol In hand,
1 and knowing that ho had flrcd tho
ahot JuBt heard, tho sergeant Bolzcd
upon tilako and disarmed him. The
apacho leader fought with all the bit
tor desperation of his kind when cor
norcil, crying aloud for help. Ills
crloB brought others of tho band, who
Joined in tho meleo, bo that tho Issuo
for a tlmo was In doubt as between
tho lawful and tho lawless theso last
two factions who woro locked in strug
glo by reason of tho fortunes) of tho
At this juncturo Holcau flung him
solt into tho conlltct. Ills giant
strength provod such aid that finally
tho Borgcant and his men had sub
dued not only lllako tho leader, but
othors of his band. As for Holcau, ho
stood grinning at tho turn of events
and making no further attempt at es
cape Neither did tho olllcer mako
any movement to apprehend him
"Como with mo, then, my friend,"
said tho olllcor. "You liavo fought
well for mo. Wo shall seo what wo
Wherefore Rolcau, no longer undor
eaplonago, wont back with the
gendarmes toward th6 headquarters of
Much of this was noted by Kitty
Oray horsolf, who arrived upon tho
acono in tlmo to witness this not un
happy end, of bor own quest. Count
Frorr1he5ceiario By GRACE CUNARD
ivin hvv copypionr. 1915. wpioht a. Patterson
NovelUiJ from thu Motion 1'lcturo Or.unu or tho Humu Name, Produced by tlio
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pllcatiiig factors hero in his own busi
ness of llmllng a victim for tho law.
"What do you say now to this, slr7"
ho accosted Holcau.
"I Bay now, your oxcolloncy, that
yonder thief and leador of thlovos,
who tried to kill me, knows all there
Ib to bo known of tho murder. Ho can
tell, If ho llkos, or It ho docs not like
Ho wanted thero what wo wanted
wo will call It a Jowel that ho sought
In her gracious excellency's rooms.
Ho guessed that It might havo valuo
with person high In power In thlfl
country. That Is why ho followed us;
that Is why murder was dono there
They all Bought something, and wo
know what It was."
"You aro tho accused," Bald tho pro
tect, turning swiftly to Blake, his own
decision made. "What havo you to
say? Why do you not speak? Con
fess that you know tho socrct of yon
der murdor tlio motlvo for which wo
oursolvcH now know. I know you,
niako. Your band Ib brokon now. How
do you wish to spend tho rost of your
jlfo would you purchaso a fow more
moments at tho prlco of a confession
of tho truth? PerhapB that may bo,
when you havo tasted tho dungeon
away from that drug you cravo for a
"I will confess," suddenly exclaimed
tho king of tho apaches, IiIb faco gray
with terror. "I will toll you every
thing only glvo mo it."
"Thon you killed the man In yonder
lllako tried to speak, but only nod
ded, Then at length, hoarsely, "It is
as ho Bald. What can I gain by delay
or by denial? Glvo mo that! Glvo
me It! I confess it all."
"What was your motlvo, then,
"You heard It. Ho told you. I
wanted what thoy had tho coin tho
"As to tho coin, your honor," broko
In tho deep volco of Count Frederick
at this tlmo, "I submit thoro is no
need of examination of anyono in re
gard to that.
Tho prefect looked at him, willing
to punish any who cast slight upon
his power, but knowing himself help
less. Count Frodorlck smiled icily In
"Shall wo throe bid you good day,
Tho perfect bowed politely as ho
Count Fredorlck only Bmllod, and
turned toward tho door. Ho stopped
back, gravely, allowing Kitty Cray to
pass. After her followed tho faithful
Holcau. Frederick smiled again, and
looked nftor tho two not unhappily,
nlthough ho saw whero tho greater al
legiance of his former sorvant now
'At laBt, Holoau!" oxclalmcd Kitty,
eagerly, whon finally thoy two wero
alone at their hotel. "Wo aro free, all
of ub you, and I, and"
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find Romo solution to the problem of
finding the coin. Whero was It? How
could It bo gained? Upon Count
Sarhlo moro than upon any nobleman
of tho court this question rostcd griev
ously. Ho enlisted Ihoroforo as his
confederate a man bolonglng to tho
socrct pollco In Qrahoffcn, Ladtslaw,
a cunning chap with courage.
"Ladlslaw," said ho, "wo must go to
Grotzhoffcn nt onco. Tho coin Is
there Either that young woman has
it or Count Frederick, or tho king.
Tho latter Is most likely of tho three."
It ciuno out much ns Sachlodiad rea
soned. In tho contusion now prevail
ing In Qrctzhoflcu tho two passed, un
challenged ovon to tho palaco door.
An for tho king, ho was by this tlmo
well forward in his wine Ho received
Sachlo and his friend readily enough.
Ltttlo it mattered to him who came,
for all wero wolcome Ho roproi od
for his hesitation tho chamberlain
who announced Sachlo.
"Let him como to us," said he. "Lot
them all como. Thoy nro wolcomo.
Sachlo? yes, many a bottlo wo two
havo split togcthor."
Not ouo, but moro than ono bottlo,
forsooth, did thoy two split botweon
them now, and meantime Ladlslaw,
secret agent, unnoticed, was hero and
thero, in this room and others, unmo
lested, as a friend of tho king, and
busy with purposes of his own.
In tho chambors of tho king all was
given over to wluo and boastfulnoss.
Thoro was ono who did not accopt
thus lightly tho lssuo of tlio day.
Count Frederick of Grotzhoftcu, most
serious of mind by this tlmo, had
turned his stops toward tho palaco,
'pondering many things meantlmo. It
was now hla own dellbcrato purpose
to domand somo decision of his mon
arch ns to tho ominont entorprlso with
which all Grotzhoffcn was soon to bo
concerned. Ho had given orders, as
an olllcor of tho army high In power, to
moblllzo all tho forces ot tho king
dom. And evon ns theso plans qulotly
went forward- hero, King Cortlslaw of
Grahoffen was pacing his floor, con
sumed with wrath ot a sort not easily
placated. "Listen, gentlemen," said
he to his offlcors who gathorod about
him after Sachlo had departed. "Why
do you wait. Wo will win all, or wo
will loso all today. March thon!
Cortlslaw calls ovory man undor arms
to Join tho colors now!"
Thus, as Count Fredorlck mado lits
way to tho palaco, tho military forces
of both countries wero making ready
for a strugglo which might soon en
sue Ho passed almost without plan,
toward that portion of the palaco
whero ho know ho would find King
Michael. Dut at a moment whon he
was alono and passing near a door
which mndo off from tho hall, he hoard
voices ono volco which suddenly ho
had conviction waB familiar to him
tho deep volco of Sachlo of Grahoffen I
Ho hold his breath that ho might catch
ovory word that camo from tho room
"Listen! Ladlslaw," ho heard Sachlo
say. "What, did you tell mo that you
had It? Glvo It to mo, in my hand!
It cannot bo true"
"Nono tho less, it Is truo," said an
othor volco, that ot tho man callod
Ladlslaw. Apparently ho hold out
something which both regarded.
"LndlBlaw, you havo won fortuno for
us bopi. Thoro is no prlco can bo put
upon this halt of tho coin. It is ours,
Cqunt Fredorlck smiled to himself
smiled for an Instant only.
"Yes, Sachlo," ho heard tho an
swer. "Now if wo had our othor half
hero, wo could Join tho two."
"I do not need It," exclaimed Sachlo,
exultantly. "I havo it in my head. I
know tho reading of both. It tells ot
tho secret recess under tho door of
tho torture chamber."
Count Frederick heard Sachlo laugh
dcoply heard his volco onco moro,
"Novor again," said Sachlo, "will I
abuso good wlno! It fuddled a king
for our uso and bonoflt today."
"You nro going there?"
"Yes. To tho last hiding placo ot
what wo seek."
"It fB dark," Bald Sachlo, laughing
lightly, and hesitating. "What Is
thoro In thererf"
"It might bo tho very torture cham
ber of old GrotzhofTon, my dear Sa
chlo! It might bo tho treasure cham
ber of tho king hlmsolf tho old king!
It might bo hero that wore concealed
tho treasures of Grctzhoffon Is It not
truo? You know of them?"
"1 havo novor heard ot thorn, my
dear Frederick," replied Sachlo.
"Not so, my friend. You havo half
tho coin. It Is but counterfeit. Tho
truo half that half which you sought
In my quarters so feloniously Is In
possession of another."
"You moan that woneh that Amor
lean" It was that Instant that the henvy
hnnd of Count Frederick Bmoto him
full In tho faco. "You shall not men
tion hor!" ho growled; nnd tho next
instant ho had Sachlo by tho shoul
dors and was thrusting htm with all
his power toward tho open door. It
had all along boon his intention to im
prison Sachlo hero in tho torture
Tho noxt moment Count Frederick
felt at hla back tho impact of another
man. Tho threo struggled furiously.
"Quick! Shoot him!" panted Sachlo,
"Kill him! I cannot Inst!"
"I am not armed," cried Ladlslaw.
"Let mo search."
Frederick folt tho hands of his now
enemy feeling nt his pockets, search
ing for somo weapon, and rejoiced that
ho also at tho moment was unarmed.
At least tho conflict would bo moro
But thoy woro moro than a match
for him. Count Frodorlck folt an arm
throttlo him, folt his oyes almost
start from his head, folt his breath
leaving him. Slowly slipping, inch by
Inch, ho folt himself Impellod toward
tho open door. Strlvo as best ho
could, ho found hlmsolf unablo to re
sist tho Joint attack of these two des
A moment later ho heard tho heavy
clang ot tho door bohlnd him.
He was alono. Ho had proved tho
victim ot tho plan which ho had
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The Advancing Hosts of Grahoffen Were Met by a Sleet of Missiles.
The Sergeant Seized Upon Blake.
formed. Ho was locked In tho torture
chamber of Grctzhoffon, that placo of
horror which ho had reserved for his
enemy. Ho had failod Ho had lost
all all! Ho had been tho cause, per
haps, of tho ruin of hlB country!
H Heard the Deep Volco of Sachlo.
Frodorlck In turn found hlB own
errand dono. Theso two llkowiBe
turned toward tho Hotol do Villo.
"Monsieur lo prcfoct," announced
tho Borvant, when nt lust thoy had
reached tho prcsenco of that ofllclal,
"this man" pointing to Elako "fired
on this other man and tried to kill
him. That Ib what I do not uudor
.stand." Tho sound ot tho ontranco of oth
ors at tho otllce now attracted tholr at
tention. "Your oxcolloncy," announced tho
Bergeant, "those othora, tho young
American Count Frederick"
Tho prcfoct turned his gnzo upon
ilho new urrlvals, ulffiBolt none too
'Well pleased. He found thorn but com-
"And his oxcolloncy, lo Comto Frod
orlck." "Well, yes, hlmsolf as well, then.
Nor am I sorry that Is truo. I fancy
perhaps 1 may havo boon unjust to
film. Ho has dono much, uttor all, for
mo, his enomy."
"What, you, IiIb onomy?" grinned
Rolcau. "Not in tho least Au con
"Tals-tol!" exclaimed Kitty, hor
color rising onco moro.
Dleporaed undor tho wrath of tholr
savage sovorolgn, tho courtlors of Gra
hoffen wore cudgeling tholr wits to
In the Torture Chamber.
Count Fredorlck heard them ap
proach the door, and darted around
tho nearest cornor. Ho know which
wny Sachlo would go, and gavo him
tlmo to establish a load.
Sachlo went straight enough for a
tlmo, guided only by his sonso of di
rection, but nt longth ho halted, con
fusod In tho pnssagoways which ram
ified and spread this way and that. It
was at that moment that Fredorlck.
hlmsolf surprised, camo upon him sud
denly. Tho two Btood for half an in
stant, facing each othor.
"My dear Frederick," oxclalmcd
Sachlo, looking IiIb man fair In the
faco with that courago which had
moro than onco Btood him In such
good Btoad. "How fortunatol I was
Just on my way on an errand ot tho
"I know Bomothlng of tho wnyB bo
low horo," Bald Frederick. "I have
been hero ofton. Perhaps botweon ub
wo may dlscovor what you seek. In
view ot what bo recently has passod,
it would bo easier for you to bo our
onomy than our frlond is It not truo,
Sachlo mado no roply. Thoy walked
forward, descending, advancing Into
tho darkor portions of tho subtor
"By tho way, my doar Sachlo," said
Fredorlck, at longth ho had Sachlo
Just slightly by tho arm, and walked
abreast ot him, bo thoro might bo not
suddon treachery "thoro Is a room
yonder whoro we havo long hidden
our roedloval armor ot this palace
Would you like to see It? It Ib Just beyond."
Le Rol S'Amuse.
It was not often in his muddlod llfo
that Michaol had so full warrant to
give rein to his impulses. Ho had not
noted tho absonco of Sachlo or Ladls
law. After a tlmo, his attendants,
hesitating, told him that a woman was
waiting to bo admitted. Her name
was ouo which camo to his brain now
above all othors.
"Admit hor at onco, yes why do
Sho camo boforo him now, palo,
downcast, almost trembling. Heavy
enough had boon the burden of anx
iety sho long had carried. Sho had
como to tho king, but sho sought not
this weak king's comforting. No, Bho
had como hither in search ot tho man
on whom oven tho king must roly.
"Ah, madomolsollo," ho began, halt
maudlin, "you havo como to us at last.
Why wero you bo absurdly long? Wo
havo grioved for you, and who would
griovo tho king?"
"Your majesty," Bald Rltty Gray,
and halt Bhuddored as she gavo tho
title, gazing as sho did upon tho bloat
ed toco of this man who claimed to bo
a king. "Your majosty, you aro moro
than kind to romombor so unimpor
tant a person."
"Unimportant! Do not say that
word. Unimportant whon nil wo havo
thought of was yoursolf. What has molsello
ago, an oxtra bottlo of Bcloc, and my
majesty sent a man, Count Sachlo,
yonder to bring It. My majesty do
"Sachlo horo I"
"Yes, hero. You havo said that
twice. Ho was horo, twice or onco
I know not how many times. But now
you nro hero, mademolsello, and that
is enough. My majesty desires "
Ho advanced toward her. Tho leer
upon his puffed faco gavo hor swift
disgust as woll as terror. With no
purposo whatover, as ho stumbled for
ward sho fled from tho room, fled she
know not whoro.
Without much plan, Kitty turned
toward tho intorlor of tho palaco, and
down tho long hall which boforo that
tlmo Bho had explored. Something told
her that Frodorlck, if ho woro horo in
tho palaco now, had passed that way.
Tho torturo chamber that dread
spot! Must sho go thero to look for
him? Sho sped on rapidly along these
passagoways which sho had learned
boforo. Through tho last deep sunken
tunnol which led to the door ot tho
torturo chamber itself sho passed
alono, trembling with fear, and yet ro
solved. Tho door was locked. Sho turned to
soo tho koy upon tho wall. As she
turned thoro camo to her a faint
sound. Somcono was knocking nt tho
door. Tho blood stopped at hor heart.
Sho folt hor faco go cold. Had tho
doad Indeed como to lifo? Was it in
deed truo that somo hand from beyond
the grave alono could point out the
hiding placo of this treasuro? What
could it moan?
But the knocking at tho door grew
bolder. Sho heard a volco a faint
volco through tho stool facing of the
Inner cavern. Trembling, sho fitted
tho koy, gavo ono great push to open
tho door, which yielded tho moro
quickly to a power exerted within. Sho
saw tho faint gleam of a light added
to those of her own cnndlo; saw tho
faco of tho man sho had sought!
"You?" aho cried. "It is you?"
Sho heard him answor calmly, slow
ly, without agitation, as though all the
tlmo ho had been convinced sho would
"It Is ended," said Count Frederick
at last, slowly. "Novor again will I
doubt! I prayed for you, prayed that
you should understand boforo I died.
But It was meant for you to como for
me, that I might know know as much
as thoy who aro horo, who havo been
my follows and my frlonds. Madcmol
Belle I had Bald good-by to every
thing cxcoptlng ono. Thero was that
loft which no man should dio without
knowing that exporlcnco which only
makes llfo worth living. I havo dread
crffull things, but now I bono. I must
I shall hopo!"
Ho stooped toward her now, nnd for
tho moment each was careless of tho
strango surroundings in which thoy
stood. For a half moment tho heart
of Kitty Gray was on tho point of sur
render. "Monslour lo comto, for that wo
havo no time now," said Bho gently "It
was but chanco which brought mo
"Chanco? Yes, If fato, If tho hand
of heaven mean chanco, I shall call It
chanco, not otherwlso. I say that It
was tho plan of fato long ago that you
should come to mo. now nnd hero."
"Wo havo cpmo close fo tho Bocret."
Bald Kitty Gray slowly. "But wo havo
como closer to perils."
"Truo, moro than you know."
"What do you mean?"
"Sachlo waB horo It was ho and his
man who thrust mo In horo, whero I
had plannod to placo him. Thoy know
It all all that wo do now, mado-
Sachio himself has gono to
kopt you away? though I am suro
you camo as soon as you could."
"Yes, your majesty, as soon as I
"And becauso you havo heard of
what wo have dono today, of how wo
havo routod tho army ot yonder King
Cortlslaw it was clovorly dono,
madomolsollo, though 1 do say It"
"And what of him who was with
you, your majosty t"
"Whom do you moan? Count Sa
"Count Sachlo? Was ho horo, your
majosly? I moant another."
"Ah, always jou moan that othor.
Always ho scokn to como botweon hla
king and his king's desiro," said ho,
"And what Is It that your majesty
"Why, my majesty desires a many
things, my dear," ho replied, In vinous
I llborty. "My majesty deslrod, a while
carry his news to his king. Wo aro
aindono, madomolsollo! Thoro will bo
"If war, then why do wo' wait hore?"
sho demanded ot him. "War is what
wo havo sought to avoid for this king
dom by our own knowlodgo of tho
coin. If it bo too lato why, thon,
wo must fight Ah, how I wish I
woro a man, that I might fight as
"You havo fought woll for all of us,
madomolsollo," said Fredorlck. "Wo
havo ropulsod our onomlos. Would
you repulso your frlond?"
Sho mado no answor, but was away
boforo blm In tho dark passageway.
Sachlo and Ladtslaw, as may bo
guessed, allowed no grass to grow un
dor tholr foot as thoy hastened toward
their own kingdom, leaving behind
thorn tho befuddled monarch who had
no Idea that ho had entertained such
Thoy never rcachod tho confines ot
Grahoffen kingdom; Instead they met
tho army of Cortlslaw already afield
and well across tho noutral lands.
"Look!" cried Sachlo. "Cortlslaw
Is afoot! By tho Lord! Yondor comes
a real king."
It was evon so. Soon thoy wero
among tho ndvanco guards, tho sklr
int&hcra of tho main force, which were
advancing. In timo thoy woro brought
to tho bodyguard of tho king hlmsolf,
for Cortlslaw marched with his men,
after the fashion of monarchs of old.
Ho had put all his fortunes to tho test
"What! Sachlo," ho Bald, as ho
grimly regarded that nobleman. "You
havo failed again?"
"No, your majesty, I havo not failed.
I bring you success, at last."
Ho opened tho palm which ho raised
boforo tho eyes of his king. In It lay
tho brokon half of tho Grctzhoffon
"Tho coin! by our lady! It Is oursl
Bring it to mo closer. Glvo it to mol
Let mo seo!"
"Tho secret Is ours!" said ho. "Tho
torturo chamber tho treasuro!"
"It lies in the northeast corner of
tho palaco, deep undor tho walls," Bald
Sachlo. "Como, lot us march steadily,
toward tho unsuspecting city of Gretz
hoffen, governed by an addled king
too far gono In his cups to suspoct
danger of any aort a king novor
strong, nnd now weaker than his wont
at a tlmo when all tho forces of n real
king wero needed."
Thoy met no resistance nt tho walls
of Grotzhoffcn Itself. Tho armlos ot
King Michaol wero not In evidence
Tho peoplo of Grctzhoffon ran this
way and thnt, leadcrloss. "Whoro nro
our forces?" thoy demanded. "Whoro
Is tho army? Whoro Is tho king?
Whero Is Count Frederick?"
To theso demands came no prcsont
answer. Tho forces of tho enomy ad
vanced nlong the avenues.
"Yonder It lies, your majesty," said
Count Sachlo, pointing to tho castlo
which thoy approached. "Deep bo
neath tho walls yonder. In tho north
east cornor, my oyes saw tho torturo
chamber of Gretzhoffon."
"Did you find tho troasuro?" de
"No, your majesty, that was explora
tion fit for your mnjosty's hands alono.
I did not search for It. Rather, I has
tened to bring your majesty here in
your own person."
"Wo soon shall know," said Cortls
law, and signaled tho advance
Tho sound of hoofs and trampling
feet filled thu streets of Grctzhoffon.
Tho army of Gretzhoffon, in closo for
mation, mnrched forward undor tho
summons of tho buglers. Quickly pass
ing down tho main avenuo which led
to tho palaco, thoy sproad out by col
umns right nnd loft, covering tho full
front of that edifice, which lay boforo
them hidden in its screen ot shrub
bery. "Look, your majesty," Bald Sachlo,
Through n llttlo break In tho screen
ing wnll of greon ho saw tho plumo of
a horsaman, who sat motionless as
"Ono of tholr guards!" oxclaimod
Cortlslaw. "Go tako him. Stop for
nothing. Press on Into tho palace
Tho front ranks broko forward, each
cagor to bo tho first to tako captlvo
tho fooraan thus discovered.
Not ono man, but many hundreds,
met tholr coming tho forces of Grotz
hoffcn In ambush. In tho first front
tho picked men of tho gunrd had boon
stationed undor tho ecroonlng shrub.
bory by tho nctunl commander in chief
of tho Grotzhoffon forces thnt day
nono loss than Count Frodorlck him
self. In such brief tlmo as had been al
lowed him, ho had mado his arrange
ments nnd postod his forces in what
ho concolvod to bo tho only feaslblo
strategy. Now tho Jaws wero sprung.
Whether trap or victim should provo
tho stronger was later to bo known.
Tho bugles of Grotzhoffcn, high and
clenr, sounded tho counter-charge Tho
auvancing lorcoa oi uranorrcn wero
mot full In tho faco by a lovol sleet of
missiles, and from their covering the
forces ot Grotzhoffon sprang out, soc
tlon after section. Faco to faco, Una
against lino, tho two detachments mot
in tho shock of arms.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
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