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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 5, 1904)
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Love And The
Once upon a time there was a beau
tiful princess, who lived In a great cas
tle and had, It seemed, all that heart
cduld desire. Yet one thing she lacked,
and was ever seeking. For she had
heard of a strange thing called "love"
and much Bhe wondered what this
might be. Many a one Bho asked con
cerning It, and each told her differ
ently. "Love," said tho wise man, "is a
certain disease of the brain, causing
its victims to do strange and unreason
"Love," answered her maidens,
"means men, and men, a host of de
"Ldve is a star," cried the young
knights of the court, "over beckoning
men upward from this dark world!"
"Love Is a game," said tho courtiers,
"a pleasant pastime for idle days."
"Love?" muttered a wrinkled dame,
with trembling wistfulness. "Ay, once
I knew what lovo was. It 1b a beauti
ful bubble, a dream of youth, that fades
with tho fading Bummer."
So even the princess sought in vain,
nor wiser grew with her seeking.
Now it chanced on a certain day that
as the princess rode alone In the for
est, she met a young peasant maid, loit
ering down tho woodland path, ana
singing as she camo.
"Good-day, little maid!" said the
princess, smiling. (And who could re
sist her smile?) "Methlnks thou seem
est happy, alone in the wood today."
"And why should I not bo?" was
tho simple answer. "For I lovo Karl,
the miller's son, and ho loves me; and
In the autumn wo will bo wed."
The princess gazed at her quostlon
ingly. "Thou too!" sho exclaimed. "Many
a one have I heard speak that word
lightly; of many a one have I sought
its meaning, and none there bo to tell
mo. Yet, perchance, thou mayest know,
though but a peasant lass. What is
this lovo, whose name is on all men's
For some timo the young peasant
stood silent, gazing into tho wood with
"I know," she said at last, "but I
know not if I can make thee under
stand. Dlds't over know a man whose
every thought answered thlno with
whom thou couldst spend tho hours in
gladness and content?"
"Of a truth I have," replied tho
princess, readily. "Such an one is my
brother, Prince Rudolph. He Is tail
and strong, and wise, yet always kind
to mo. Often wo hunt together "
"No, no!" interrupted tho girl.
"Not thus do I mean. Didst never
know a man whom thou couldst rev
erence and almost worship whom
thou couldst obey scarce knowing the.;
"No, never," returned tho princess,
"unless mayhap my father," she added
more gently. "Him will I ever obey
and reverence with all affection."
Tho maid shook her head despairing
ly, yet tried again.
"Hast ever known one of whom
thou hast always been tender whose
hurt cries out to thee for comfort, and
whose fault thou canst forgot?" -
The princess thought a little.
"Yes," she said at last. "There is a
lad at the court his wits are not quite
right, and many mock at him and play
tricks upon him. But ho has ever
been faithful to me. and toward him
I feel naught but pitiful tenderness."
Tears came Into tho peasant maid's
"Oh, I pity thee!" she cried. "I do
pity thee so! For thou hast never
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known tmr one great happiness that
abides always and makes tho wholo
world the servant of thy Joy."
Tho princeBs gazed at her, a dawn
ing light in her beautiful face.
"Sayest thou so?" sho murmured
thoughtfully. "Yet, of a truth, onco in
the long ago I was happy, with nevor
a thought of sorrow or regret. Would
that bo a sign?"
"Mayhap," tho other answered
eagerly. "Was ever a care had power
to harm thee? Didst ever look back
to the years gone by, or long for tho
years to come?"
"Nay," answered the princess dream
ily. "The present, It sufficed ub, and
with our happiness we needed no past
"Was there another, then, who
shared thy happiness? Oh, toll me,
toll mo! Haply haply thou hast
known, after all."
"I am not sure," began tho princess,
Blowly. "It was long years ago, oro
yet my father was made king of this
fair realm. Often I wandered In tho
forest near the castle with only my
great hound for company. One day,
as I strayed among the trees, I came
face to face with an armed youth rid
ing upon a black horBo. Thereat I
cried out and shrank back for I knew
not who ho might be, and feared vio
lence but ho sprang from his horse
and came to me, bidding me have no
fear. Then I saw that ho was but a
lad of Borne fourteen summers, scarce
older than mysolf. Somehow, as chil
dren will, we made friends, and all tho
long summer afternoon wo played in
tho wood together. When tho deep
ening shadows warned mo to start
homeward, I was loth to go.
" 'Come with me to my castle,' I
bogged. 'Didst over seo a castle? Mine
is the fairoBt In. all tho country round.
My father Is a great lord and ofttimes
stern, but ho will be kind to three if
thou comest with me.'
"Ho shook his head, smiling.
" 'I too dwell In a castle, northward
beyond the great river,' ho answered,
'and I must return ore nightfall.'
"As ho spoko ho mounted his horBe,
making ready to go. I was but a little
maid, and I clung to his brittle with
tears, begging him to come again; nor
would I loose my hold till ho gavo mo
"Often after that he came to me in
the forest and many happy hours we
spent together. Knightly and loyal,
and bravo and gentle small wonder
that rthought none like to him, and
grow to watch for his coming as for
that of tho sun. Yot there came a day
when I watched for him in vain, and
that night I sobbed myself to sleep.
Never before had ho broken tryst with
me, and I knew not what to think.
And the next day ho camo not, nor tho
next, till at last I ceased to look for
him. Nay, I know not why her failed
mo. Perchance ho was slain, or fared
over soas, or mayhap tho fortunes of
war made him prisoner.
"It is all so long ago I had almost
forgotten. But ho was my true and
loyal knight, and if ovor "
A sound startled her and she broke
off. Down one of tho wooded alleys
a knight on a fair great horse came
riding from tho northward. At sight
of tho princess and her companion he
checked a little, then rode steadily
on to where they stood. Dismounting,
ho knolt on the Bwardand lifted tho
hem of-tho gold broldered robe to kiss
"My princess," ho whispered. "My
She gazed down at him, at flrst with
haughty surprise, then with a slow
dawn of recognition.
"My knight," she answered at last,
glad welcome in her voice. Tho little
peasant drew back with satisfied oyes.
"Now, at last," sho sighed, "she
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