Custer County Republican. (Broken Bow, Neb.) 1882-1921, March 10, 1910, Image 7

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Barak n , a Tartar girl , became enamored
of a golden bearded slimmer who wns
prospecting and studying herbs In the
vicinity of her home tn central Asia , and
revealed to him the location of a mine
of rubles hoping that the stranger would
love her In return for her disclosure.
They were followed to the cnvo by the
Girl's relatives , who blocked up the en
trance , and drew off the water Hupply.
leaving the couple to die. Baraka'H cousin
Baud , her betrothed , attempted to climb
flown a cliff overlooking the mine ; but
the traveler shot him. The stranger was
revived from a water gourd Sand car
ried , dug his way out of the tunnel , and
departed , deserting the girl nnd carrying
11 bug of rubles. Baraka gathered all the
cema Bho could carry , and started In pur
suit. Margaret Donno ( Margarita da
Cordova ) , a famous prlma donna , became
engaged In London to Konstantln I.o-
Kothetl , a wealthy Greek financier. Her
Intimate- friend was Countess Loven ,
known as Lady Maud , whoso husband
had been killed by a. bomb In St. Peters
burg ; and Lady Maud's most Intimate
friend was Hutus Van Torp , an Ameri
can , who had become ono of the richest
men In the world. Van Torp was In love
with Margaret , and rushed to London as
eon as ho heard of her betrothal. Ho
offered Lady Maud J5.000.000 for her pot
charity If nho would aid him In winning
the singer from Logotheti. Baraka approached
preached Logotheti at Versailles with
rubles to Bell. Ho presented n , ruby to
Margaret. Van Torp bought a ya'oht and
Bent It to Venice. He was visited by
Baraka In male attire. She gave him a
ruby after the American had told her of
having seen in the United States a man
answering the description of the ono she
loved. The American followed Margaret
to the Dayrouth "Parsifal" festival. Mar-
Karat took a liking to Van Torp , who pre
sented her with the ruby Buraka had
given him. Count Krallnsky. a Russian ,
arrived at Bayreuth. Van Torp believed
him to bo the one Baraka was pursuing.
Baraka was arrested In London on the
charge of stealing from PInney , a Jew
eler , the ruby ho had sold to Logothctl.
Two strangers were the thieves. Lady
Maud believed that Logothetl's associa
tions with Baraka were open to su.tpl-
olon , and BO Informed Margaret. Van
Ton * believed that Krollnsky was the
cowboy ho had known In his young man
hood. Logotheti secured Baraka's re-
leasf , and then , with her as his guest ,
went to sea on his yacht Erlnna. Baraka
explains her plans for revenge on the
man who had deserted her and left her
to die. Logothctl succeeds In moderating
her rage. Lady Maud arrived In Bay-
routh. Margaret and Van Torp entered
Into an agreement to build a tremendous
opera house In New York. The thief who
Btolo the ruby from Mr. PInney was ar
rested tn New York and the stone re
covered. Lady Maud confided to Van
Torp that ehe believed Krallnsky to bo
the husband she had believed dead. Van
Torp promised hia help to unravel the
mystery.
CHAPTER XIII. Continued.
Neither Margaret nor Mrs. Rushmore
moro had over seen Leven , and they
had not the least idea of what was
really going on under their eyes. They
K only saw that Lady Maud was making
a dead set at the count , and if Margaret
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garet wondered whether she had mis
judged her friend's character , the ol
der lady had no doubt as to what was
happening.
"My dear child , " she said to Mar
garet , "your friend is going to console
herself. Widows of that ago general
ly do , my dear. I myself could never
understand how one could marry
again. I should always feel that dear
Mr. Rushmore was in the room. It
quite makes me blush to think of It !
Yet It Is an undeniable fact that many
young widows marry again. Mark
my words , Margaret , your friend is
going to console herself before long
If it Is not this one , it will bo an
other. My dear , I am qulto positive
about It. "
When the sun went down that even
Ing the yacht had passed Otranto and
the cape , and her course had been
changed to head her for Cape Spartl
vento and the Straits of Messina
having done In 24 hours as much as
the little Italian mall steamers do in
48 , and nearly half as much again as
the Erlnna could have done at her
highest speed. As Mr. Van Torp had
predicted , his engines had "warmed
up. " and were beatlnc their own
record. The gale made by the vessel's
way was stronger than a woman could
stand In with any regard to her ap
pearance , but as the weather contin
ued to be calm It was from dead
ahead , , and there was plenty of shel
ter on the promenade deck abaft the
wheelhouse , on condition of not going
too near the rail.
After dinner Krallnsky and Mrs.
Rushmore walked a little , as on the
previous evening , and Lady Maud sat
with Margaret and Van Torp. But
before the two walkers went oft to sit
down In the quiet corner they had
found yesterday , Lady Maud rose ,
went half way aft , and deliberately
placed herself where they were obliged
to pass close to her at each turn ,
standing and leaning against the
bright white side of the engine sky
light , which was as high as the wheelhouse -
house itself , and broke In aft , where
the big ventilating fans were situated ,
making a square corner inward.
She stood there , and as It was not
very dark In the clear starlight , Kra
llnsky saw In passing that she fol
lowed his face with her eyes , turning
her head to look at him when ho was
coming towards her , and turning It
very slowly back again ns ho came
near and went by. It was impossible
to convoy moro clearly an invitation
to get rid of his companion and join
her , and he was the last man in the
world to misunderstand It.
But Mrs. Rushmore saw it too , and
as she considered him a lion , and
therefore entitled to Imvo his own
way , she made it easy for him.
' 'My ' dear count , " she said blandly
aftjur passing Lady Maud twice , "I
htivo really had enough now , and If
you will promise to finish your walk
alone , I think I will go and sit with
the others. "
Ho loft her with Margaret and Van
Torp and went back to Lady Maud ,
who moved ns ho came up to her ,
made two stops besldo him , and then
suddenly slipped into the recess
whore the fanhouso joined the engine
skylight. She stood still , and ho in
stantly ranged himself beside her.
They were unite out of sight of the
others , and of the bridge , nnd oven if
it had been daylight they could not
mvo been seen except by some ono
coming from aft.
"I want to speak to you , " she said ,
In a low , steady voice. "Please listen
quite quietly , for some of them may
begin to walk again. "
Kralinsky bent his Head twice , and
then inclined it towards her , to hear
better what she was going to suy.
"It has pleased you to keep up this
comedy for 24 hours , " she began.
lie made a slight movement , which
was natural under Uio circumstances.
"I do not understand , ' " ho said , In
Ills oily voice. "What comedy ? I real
ly have no "
"Don't go on , " she answered , Inter
rupting him sharply. "Listen to what
I am going to tell you , nnd then de
cide what you will do. I don't think
your decision will make very much
difference to me , but it will make a
difference to the world and to your
self. I saw you from a window when
you brought Mr. Van Torp to the
hotel in Bayreuth , and I recognized
you at once. Since this afternoon I
have no doubt left. "
"I never saw you till last night , "
said Krallnsky , with some little sur
prise In his tone , and with perfect as
surance.
"Do you really think you can do-
celvo mo any longer ? " she asked. "I
told you this afternoon that if you
could come back from the dead , and
know the truth , we should probably
forgive each other , though we had
many differences. Shall we ? " She
paused a moment , and by his quick
change of position she saw that ho
was much movedi "I don't mean that
we should ever go back to the old life ,
for we were not suited to each
other from the first , you and I.
You wanted to marry me because I
was pretty and smart , and I married
you because I wanted to bo married ,
and you were better looking than
most men , and seemed to have what
I thought was necessary fortune and
a decent position. No , don't Interrupt
me. Wo soon found out that we did
not care for each other. You went
your way , and I went mine. I don't
mean to reproach you , for when I
say you were beginning to bo tired of
me I did nothing to keep you. I my
self was tired of it already. But what
ever you may have thought , I was
a faithful wife. Mr. Van Torp had
given mo a great deal of money for
my charity , and does still. I can ac
count for it. I never used a penny of
it for myself , and never shall ; and
ho never was , and never will be , any
more than a trusted friend. I don't
know why you chose to disappear
when the man who had your pocketbook -
book was killed and you were said to
be dead. It's not my business , and If
you choose to go on living under an
other name , now that you are rich
again , I shall not betray you , and few
people will recognize you , at least in
England , so long as you wear that
beard. But you had it when wo were
married , and I knew you at once , and
when I heard you were to bo of the
party here , I made up my mind nt
once that I would accept the invita
tion and como too , and speak to you
as I'm speaking now. When I be
lieved you were dead I forgave you
everything , though I was glad you
were gone ; frankly , I did not wish
you alive again , but since yon are ,
God forbid that I should wish you
dead. You owe mo two things In ex
change for my forgiveness : First ,
yours , , if I tr.eated you ungenerously
or unkindly ; and , secondly , you ought
to take back every word you ever said
to mo about Mr. Van Torp , for there
was not a shadow of truth In what
you thought. Will you do that ? I
ask nothing else. "
"Indeed I will , my dear Maud , " said
Count Krallnsky , in a volco full of
emotion. ,
Lady Maud drew a long breath , that
trembled a little as it left her heated
lips again. She had done what she
believed most firmly to bo right , and
it had not been easy. She had not
boon surprised by his patient silence
while she had been talking ; for she
had felt that it was hers to speak and
his to listen.
"Thank you , " she Bald now. "I shall
never go back to what I have said ,
and neither of us need ever allude tq
old times again during this trip. It
will not last long , for I shall probably
go homo by land from the first port
we touch , and It is not likely that wo
shall over meet again. If wo do , I
shall behave as If you were Count
Kralinsky , whom I have mot abroad ,
neither more nor less. I suppose you
will have conscience enough not to
marry. Perhaps , If I thought another
woman's happiness depended on it , I
would consent to divorce you , but you
shall never divorce me. "
"No power could make mo wish to , "
Krallnsky answered , still deeply
moved. "I was mad In those days ,
Maud ; I was beside myself , between
my debts and my entanglements with
women not fit to touch your shoos.
I've seen it all since. That is the chief
reason why I choao to disappear from
society when I had the chance , and
become some ono else ! I swear to
you , on my mother's soul In heaven ,
that I thought of nothing but that
to Bet you free nnd begin llfo over
again as another man. No thought of
marrying has ever crossed my mind !
Do you think I could bo as bad as
that ? But I'm not defending myself
how could I ? All the right Is on
your side , and all the wrong on mine.
And now I would give heaven and
earth to undo It all and to come back
to you ! "
Lady Maud drew ns far as she could
into the corner where the fanhouso
joined the engine skylight. She had
not expected this ; it was too much re
pentance ; it was too like a real at
tempt to win her again. IIo had not
seen her for moro than three months ;
she know she was very beautiful ; his
Hooting passion had como to life
again , as hohad. , But her old repul
sion for him was ton times stronger
than when they had parted , and she
shrank back as far as she could , with
out speaking. From far below the
noiseless engines sent a quick vibra
tion up to the Ironwork of the sky
light. She felt It , but could hardly
tell It from the beatings of her own
heart. IIo saw her shrinking from
him and was wise.
N
Then Suddenly Slipped Into the Recess.
"Don't be afraid of me ! " he cried , in
n low and pleading tone. "Not that !
Oh , please not that ! I will not como
nearer ; I will not put out my hand to
touch yours , I swear It to you ! But
I love you ns I never loved you be
fore ; I never knew how beautiful you
were till I had lost you , and now that
I have found you again you are a
thousand times moro beautiful than in
my dreams ! No , I ask nothing ! I
have no right to ask for what I have
thrown away ! You do not even pity mo ,
I think ! Why should yon ? You were
free when you thought mo dead , and
I have como back to be a burden and
a weight on your life. Forgive mo ,
forgive mo , my lost darling , for tlio
sake of all that might have been , but
don't fear me ! Pity mo , If you can ,
but don't bo afraid of me ! Say that
you pity mo a little , and I shall bo sat
isfied , and grateful , too ! "
Lady Maud was silent for a few seconds
ends , while he stood turned towards
her , his hands clasped in a dramatic
gesture , as If still imploring her com
miseration.
"I do pity you , " she said at last ,
quite steadily , for just then she did
not fear that ho would try to touch
oven her hand. "I pity you , If you are
really in lore with me again. I pity
you still moro if this is a passing
thing that has taken hold of you
merely because you still think me
handsome. But I will never take
you back to bo my husband again.
Never. That is finished , for good and
all. "
"Ah , Maud , listen to mo "
But she had already slipped out of
the corner nnd was walking slowly
away from him , not towards the oth
ers , but aft , BO that ho might join her
qulcUy before going back to them. IIo
was a man of the world and under
stood her , und did what was expected
of him. Almost as noon ns he wns lie-
side her , Bho turned to go forward
with her leisurely , careless grace.
"We've been standing a long time , "
she Raid , as If the conversation had
been about the weather. " 1 want to
sit down. "
"I am In earnest , " ho said , very
low.
low."So
"So am 1 , " answered Lady Maud.
They went on towards the wheelhouse -
house side by side , without haste , and
not very near together , llko two or
dinary acquaintances.
CHAPTER XIV.
While the Lancashire Lass was ra
cing down to the Straits of Messina
the Erluna was heading for the same
point from the opposite direction , no
longer dawdling along at half-speed ,
but going her full 1C knots , after coalIng -
Ing at Naples , and any navigator who
knew the positions and respective
speeds of the two yachts could have
calculated with approximate precision
the point at which they would prob
ably sight each other.
Logotheti had given up the Idea of
taking Baraka to Paris , if he had ever
really entertained it at all. Ho as
sured her that Naples won a great
city , too , and that there was a first-
class French dress-making establish
ment there , and that the Vlllo do
Lyon would turn her out almost as
smartly as the Una de la Palx itself.
He Sent Another Man to Walt Till
Midnight at the Office.
Ho took Baraka ashore and placed
her for half a day In the hands of
Mmo. Anna , who undertook to do all
that money could do In about a fort
night. Ho had the effrontery to say
that Baraka was a niece of his from
Constantinople , whoso mother was on
board the yacht , but had unfortunate
ly sprained her ankle in falling down
the companion during a gale , nnd
could therefore not accompany her
daughter on shore. The young lady ,
ho said , spoke only Turkish. Mmo.
Anna , grave nnd magnificently calm
under all circumstances , had a vague
recollection of having seen the hand
some oriental gentleman cJready with
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npother niece , who npoko only
French ; but Unit was none of her
business. When would tlio young lady
try on tlio things ? On any ilny Mmo.
Anim chosn to nmuo ; but In tlio moan-
tluio lier undo would tnho her down
to Slrlly , as the weather wns BO wonderfully -
dorfully line iinil It was Btlll BO hot
Mmo. Anna therefore named a day ,
and iiromlsed , moreover , to aeo tlio
best linen-drapers and seamstresses
herself , and to provide the young laily
with as complete an outlH as if she
were going to bo married. She should
have all things visible and Invisible
in the shortest possible time. Ix > go-
thoti , wiio considered himself a stran
ger , insisted on putting down a thou
sand franc note merely as a guarantee
of good faith. Tlio dressmaker pro
tested almost furiously and took the
money , still protesting. So that was
settled , and Burnka was to bo out
wardly changed Into a beautiful For-
inghi lady without delay. To toll the
truth , the establishment Is really a
smart one , and she was favorably im
pressed by the many pretty frocks
and gowns that wcro tried on several
pretty young woman in order that she
might make her choice.
llaraka would have liked a blue
satin skirt with a yellow train and a
bright green silk body , but in her
travels nho had noticed that the
taste of Fcrlnghl ladles was for
very sober or gentle colors , compared
with the fashionable standards of
Samarkand , Tiflis , and Constantinople ,
and she meekly acquiesced to every
thing that Logothotl and Mine. Anna
proposed , after putting their heads to
gether. Logothotl scorned to know a
great deal about It.
It. was nearly dark when the naph
tha launch took thorn out to the yacht ,
which lay under the mole where the
big English and German passenger
steamers and the men-of-war are
moored.
Logothctl had at last received Mar
garet's telegram asking him to meet
her at once. It had failed to reach
him In Gibraltar , and had been tele
graphed on thence to Naples , and
when ho read it ho was considerably
disturbed. He wrote a long message
of explanations and excuses , and sent
it tu the prlum dounii at Dayreuth ,
tripling the number of words she had
prepaid for hia answer. But no reply
came , for Margaret was herself at
sea and nothing could reach hor. Ho
sent one of hlu own men from tiio
yacht to spend the day at the telegraph -
graph office , with instructions for
( hiding him if any message came. The
man found him three times , and
brought three telegrams ; and each
tlmo as ho tore open the little folded
brown paper ho felt more uncomfor
table , but ho was relieved to find each
time that the message was only a
business ono from London or Paris ,
giving him the latest confidential news
about a government lean in which ho
wan largely interested. When ho
reached the yacht ho sent another
man to wait till midnight at the ofllco.
The diva was angry , ho thought ;
that was clear , and perhaps she had
some right to bo. The tone of her
telegram had been peremptory In the
extreme , and now that ho had an
swered it after a delay of several
days , she refused to take any notice
of him. It was not possible that such
a personage as she was should have
left Bayreuth without leaving clear in
structions for Bonding on any tele
grams that might como after she left.
At this time of year , as ho know , she
was beset witli offers of engagements
to sing , and they had to bo answered.
From eight o'clock in the morning to
midnight there were 1C hours , ample
tlmo for a retransmitted message to
reach her anywhere in Europe and to
bo answered. Logotheti felt a sensa
tion of deep relief when the man came
aboard at a quarter-past midnight and
reported himself empty handed ; but
ho resolved to wait till the following
evening before definitely leaving
Naples for the ten days which must
elapse before llaraka could try on her
beautiful Fcrlnghl clothes.
Ho told her anything ho liked , and
she believed him , or was indifferent ;
for the Idea that nho must bo as well
dressed as any European woman
when she met the man she was seek
ing had appealed strongly to her , and
the sight of the pretty things at Mmo.
Anna's had made her ashamed of her
simple little rcady-mado serges and
blouses. Logotheti assured her that
Krallusky was within easy reach , and
showed no inclination to travel far.
There was news of him In the tele-
grama received that day , the Greek
said. Spies wcro about him and were
watching him for her , and BO far ho
had shown no inclination to admire
any Ferlnghl beauty.
Baraka accepted all these Inven
tions without doubting tholr veracity.
In her eyes Logothctl was a great
man , something like a king , and vast
ly more than a Tartar chieftain. Ho
could send men to the ends of the
earth If ho chose , Now that ho was
sure of where Krallnsky was , ho could
no doubt have him seized secretly and
brought to her , If she desired it earn
estly of him. But she did not wish
to see the man , free or a prisoner , till
she had her beautiful now clothes.
Then ho should look upon her , and
Judge whether ho had done well to
dcsplso her love , and to leave licr to
bo done to death by her own people *
and her body loft to the vulture that
had waited so long on n jutting point
of rock over her head three ycara ago.
It was n dreamy and sense-compell-
lug llfo that nho led on the yacht , mir-
roundcd with every luxury oho had
over heard of , and constantly waited
on by the only clover rnnn she had
over really talked with , excepting the
old Persian merchant In Stamboul.
The vision of the golden-bearded giant
who had loft her to her fate niter
treating her with ntoiry Indifference
wus still before her , but the reality
was nearer in the shape of n vislblo
"greatnwn , " who could do anything
ho chose , who caused her to bo
treated llko a queen , and who was un
deniably handsome.
She wondered whottior ho had a
wife. Judging marrlago from her
point of view , there probably had
been ono put away In that beautiful
house In Paris. Ho was an oriental ,
she told herself , and ho would not
parndo his wife ns the Forlnglria did.
llut slio was ono , too , and uho consid
ered that it would bo nn Insult to ask
him about such thlnga. Splro know ,
no doubt , but aho could not demean
herself to Inquire of n servant. Per
haps Gula had found out already , for
the girl had a way of finding outi
whatever she wanted to know , ap
parently by explaining things to the
second mnto. Possibly Gula could bo
made to toll what oho hnd learned
without being directly questioned. ,
But after nil , Barnka decided that it
did not matter , olnco she meant to
marry the fair-board aa Boon aa she <
had her pretty clothoa. Yet oho be
came conscious that if ho had not ex
isted , aho would think It very satis
factory to marry the great man (
who could do anything ho liked ,
tlmnirll If tin linil n wlfrv nlr > r > r > itv no
ho probably had , oho would roftiso to
bo the second in lila house. The
Koran allowed a man four , It was
said , but the idea was hateful tn her ,
and moreover the Persian merchant's
wlfo had told her that It was old fash
ioned to have moro than ono , mainly
because living had grown BO expen
sive.
Logothotl sat bosldo her for hours
under the awnings , talking or not , aa
she chose , and always rending when
slio was silent , though ho often looked' '
up to BOO if Bho wanted anything. Ho
told her when they loft Naples that
ho would ahow her beautiful Islands
and other sights , and the great flre-
mountains of the Bouth , Etna and
Stromboll , which she had heard of on
her voyage to Marseilles , but had not
seen because the steamer hnd passed
them at night. The flro-mountaln at
Naples had boon quiet , only oendlng
out thin wreaths of amoke , which Da
raka insisted came from fires made by
shepherds.
"Moreover , " she said , an they
watched Vesuvius receding when they
left Naples , -your mountains are not
mountains , but ant-hills , and I do not
care for them. But your sea has the
colors of many sherbets , rose-loaf an'd
violet , and lemon and orange , und
sometimes oven of palo yellow peach-
sherbet , which Is good. Lot mo al
ways BOO the sea till the fine dreesea
are ready to be tried on. "
"This sen , " answered Logothctl , "Is
always most beautiful near land and
amongst islands , and the big flro-
mountain of Sicily looks as tall aa
Kasbek , because It rises from the wa
ter's edge to tlio sky. "
"Then take me to it , nnd I will tell
you , for my eyes have looked on tin
Altai , and I wish to see a real moun
tain again. After that wo will go back
and got the flno dresses. Will Gnla
know how to faoton the flno dresses at
the back , do you think ? "
"You shall have n woman who does ,
and who can talk with Gula , and the
two will fasten the flno dresses for
you. " Logothotl spoko'wlth becoming
gravity.
"Yes , " ttaraka answered. "Spend
money for me , that I may bo good to
seo. Also , I wish to have many serv
ants. My father has a hundred , per
haps a thousand , but now I have only
two , Gula nnd Splro. The man I seek
will think I am poor , and that will bo
a shame. Whllo I was searching for
him , It was different ; and besides , you
are teaching mo how the rich Franks
live in their world. It is not like ours.
You know , for you are moro llko us ,
though you are a king here. "
She apoko slowly and lazfly , paus
ing between her phrases , nnd turning
her eyes to him now nnd then without
moving her head ; and her talk amused
him much moro than that of European
women , though It was so very simple ,
like that of a glfteq child brought
suddenly to a now country , or to see
a fairy pantomime.
"Tell mo , " ho Bald after a tfme , "if
It were the portion of Krallnsky to bo
gathered to his fathers before you
saw him , what would you do ? "
Baraka now turned not only her
eyes to him but her face.
"Why do you ask mo this ? Is it because -
cause ho IB dead , and you are afraid
to tell mo ? "
( TO BE CONTINUED. )