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Copyright, 1916, by fi»org« Brrr McCutcitaon.
It was nearly B o'clock when the boat
•lipped into view around the tree cov
ered point of land and headed straight
for our hiding place "n the bank.
I shall no* stop here to describe the
first stage of our journey through the
narrow, rocky byroads, that ended
eventually In the broad alpine high
way south and west of Vienna.
It be sufficient to say that we jostled
along for twelve or fifteen miles with
out special incident, although we were
nervously anxious and apprehensive.
Our guidebook pointed, or rather twid
dled, a route from the river Hats Into
the hills, wnere we came up with the
main road about 8 o'clock.
We were wrapped and goggled to the
verge of ludicrousness. It would have
been quite impossible to penetrate our
motor masks and armor even for one
possessed of a keen and practiced eye.
The countess was heavily veiled. Grea
goggles bulged beneath the green,
gauzy thing thut protected her lovely
face from sun. wind and man. A mo
tor coat two or three sizes too large
enveloped her slender, graceful figure,
and gauntlets covered her bands. Even
Jtosemary's tiny face was wrapped In
a silken veil of white. As for the rest
of us, we could not have been mistak
en for anything on earth but American
antomobilists ruthlessly inspired to see
Kurope with the sole view to compar
ing her roads with our own at home.
You wonld have said on seeiug ns that
we knew a great deal about roads and
very little about home.
Colingraft and Britton, the latter at
the wheel, sat in the front seat, while
1 shared the broad cushions of the
tonneau with the countess, part of the
time holding Rosemary, who was clam
oring for food, and the rest of the time
holding my breath in the fear that we
might slip over a precipice. 1 am al
ways nervous when not driving the
We stopped for breakfast at a small
mountain inn fifteen miles from our
starting place. Tbe conutess. a faint
red spot in each cbeek and a curiously
bright, feverish glow In her dark eyes,
revealed a tendency to monopolize the
conversation, a condition properly at
tributed to uervous excitement. 1
could see that she was vastly thrilled
by the experiences of the hour. Her
quick, alert brain was keeping pace
with the rush of blood that stimulated
every fiber in her body to new activi
ties. She talked almost Incessantly
and chiefly about matters entirely for
eign to the enterprise in hand. The
more I see of women the less 1 know
about them. Why she should have
spent the whole half hour devoted to
breakfast to a surprisingly innocuous
dissertation on Schopenhauer and
Nietzsche is, or was, tieyoud me.
How was I to know that tears lay !
plose to flic surface of those shimmer
ing, vivacious e.ves? How wns I to >
know that sobs toolc refuge behind a
simulated interest in philosophy?
We had luncheon picnic fashion half
way to onr journey's end. diverging
front the main road to find a secluded
spot where we could spread our cloth
und open our hampers without fear of
Interruption or. to use a more sinister
word, detection. It was rather a jolly
affair, that first and last al fresco ban
quet of ours under the spreading
branches of mighty trees and beside
the trickling waters of a gay llttla
mountain brook thnt hurried like mad
down to the broad chaunel of the Dan
ube, now many miles away. The
strain of the first feiy hours had slack
ened. Success seeiiTed assured. We
had encountered no difficulties, no dan
ger* In town or country. No one ap
peared to be interested lu us except
through idle curiosity; villagers and
peasants stared at us and grinned; po
licemen and soldiers stood aside to let
us pass or gave directions politely
when requested to do so. There were
no signs of pursuit, no indications ot
trouble ahead. And so we could af
ford to be gay and confident at out :
midday meal in the hills bordering the
■ broad highway.
We even weut so far as to nrrange
for a jolly reunion in New York city
at no distant day! I remember dis
tinctly that we were to dine at Sher
ry's. To me the day seemed a long i
1 suppose, being a writer of fiction,
I should be able to supply at this point
In the narrative a ser>s of thrilling.'
perhaps hair raising, encounters "with
the enemy in the form of spies, cut
throats, imperial mercenaries or what
ever came handiest to the imagina
tion. it would be a very simple mat
ter to transform this veracious history
Into the most lurid of melodramas by
the introduction of the false and
bizarre, but it is not my purpose to do
so. I mean to adhere strictly to the
truth and stand by the consequences.
Were 1 Inclined to sensationalism It
*rould be no trouble at all for me to
have Tarnowsy's agents shooting at
our tires or gasoline tank from every
crag and cranny or to have Rosemary j
kidnaped by aeroplanlsts supplied with
drag books or to have the countess
lodged In u village prison, from which
1 should be obliged to liberate ner with
battleax and six shooter, my compen
sation being a joyous rest In a hospital j
»«vitb the fair Aline nursing me back to
health and strength and cooing fond
words lu my rapacious ear the while
I reflected on the noble endowments
of a nature that heretofore bad been
commonplace and meek. But no!
None of these things happened, and I
decline to perjure myself for the priv
ilege of getting Into the list of "six
So far n« I am able to Judge there
was absolutely no heroism displayed
during our flight through the hills and
valleys unless you are willing to ac
cept ns such a single dash of sixty
miles an hour which Britton-made In
order to avoid a rain shower that
threatened to flank us If we observed
the speed laws.
But wait! There was an example of
bravado on my part that shall not go
unrecorded. I hesitated at first to put
It down in writing, but my sense of
honor urges me to confess everything.
It happened just after that memorable
picnic luncheon in the shady dell. The
countess. I maintain, was somewhat
to blame for the Incident. She sug
gested that we—that Is to say. the two
of us—explore the upper recesses of
this picturesque spot, while the others
were making ready for the resumption
of our journey.
Shame, contrition, humiliation or
whatever you may elect to call it, for
bids a lengthy or even apologetic ex
planation of what followed her unfor
tunate suggestion. I shall get over
with It in as few words as possible.
In the most obscure spot in all those
ancient hills I succumbed to an ex
ecrable impulse to take her forcibly in
my arms and kiss her! 1 don't know
why 1 did it or how. but that is just
what happened. Mv shame, my horror
over the transcendental folly was made
almost unbearable by tbe way In which
sbe took it. At first I thought sbe had
swooned, she lay so limp and unre
sisting in my arms. My only excuse,
whispered penitently in ber ear, was
that I couldn't help doing what 1 had
done and that I deserved to be drawu
and quartered for taking advantage of
my superior strength and her gentle
forbearance. Strange to say. she mere
ly looked at me in a sort of dumb
wonder and quietly released herself,
still staring at me as if I were tbe
nu>st inexplicable puzzle In the world.
Her cheeks, her throat, her brow grew
warm and pink with a just Indigna
tion. Her lips parted, but she uttered
no word. Then I followed her deject
edly, cravenly back to the roadside and
executed an Inward curse that would
hang over my miserable head so long
as it was on my shoulders.
Her vivacity was gone. She shrank
down Into the corner of the seat. and.
with her back half turned toward me,
gazed steadfastly at the panoramic val
ley which we were skirting. From
time to time I glanced at her out of
the corners of my eyes, and eventually
wrfs somewhat relieved to see that she
had closed her own and was dozing.
My soul was in despair. She loathed,
despised me. 1 could not blame her.
1 despised myself.
And yet my heart quickened every
time I allowed myself to think of the
act I had committed.
The day was a glorious one and the
road more than passably good. We
bowled along at a steady rate of speed
and sundown found us about twenty
five miles from our destination. Not
caring to run the risk of a prolonged
stay in the town, we drew up at a
roadside inn and bad our dinner in the
quaint little garden, afterward pro
ceeding leisurely by moonlight down
the sloping highway.
Billy Smith met us six or eight miles
our. and we stopped to parley. He ex
amined the countess' skillfully pre
pared passports, pronounced them gen
uine and then gave us the cheerful
news that "everything was lovely and
the goose hung high." The train for
the coast was due to leave tbe Staats
bahnhof at 10:05, and we had an hour
to spare. He proposed that we spend
It quite comfortably at the roadside
wWle Britton weDt through the pre
tense of repairing onr tires. This
seemed an agreeable arrangement for
every one but Britton. who looked so
glum tbut 1, glad of tbe excuse, offered
to help him.
No sooner was I out of the car and
Billy Smith In my place beside the
countess than she became quite gay
and vivacious once more. She laughed
and chatted with him In a manner that
promptly convinced me that propin
quity so far as 1 waa concerned had
had a most depressing effect upon her
and that she reveled in tbe change of
1 was so disturbed by the discovery
that Britton bad to caution me several
times to handle the inner tubes less
roughly or 1 would damage tlmm and
we might suffer a blowout after all.
Every one appeared to be gay and
frivolous, even Blake, who chattered
sotto voce with Britton. that excellent
rascal spending most of bis time lean
ing against the spare tires in order to
catch what she was saying for his ben
efit. All efforts to draw me into the
general conversation were unavailing.
1 was as morose and unresponsive as
an Egyptian mummy, and for a very
excellent reason, I submit. Tbe count
ess deliberately refused to address a
single remark to me. Indeed, when 1
seemed perilously near tj being drawn
Into tbe conversation she relapsed Into
a silence that was most forbidding.
mARRLSBURO STAR-INDEPENDENT, SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 22, 1915.
My c\it> of misery "was overflowing.
I wondered if she would feel called
upon at some distant confessional to
tell tbe fortunate Lord Amberdale that
I bnd brutally kissed ber. And Lord
Amberdale would grin In his beustly
supercilious English way and say.
"What else could you bdve expected
from a bally American bounder?" She
would oo doubt smile indulgently.
All things come to an end. however.
We found ourselves at last uttering
our goodbys in the railway station, sur
rounded by hurrying travelers and at
tended by eager porters.
The countess did not lift her veil. 1
deliberately drew her aside. My hot
hand clasped hers auS found it as cold
as ice and trembling.
"For God's sake." I whispered hoarse
ly in my humbleness, "say that you
She did not speak for many seconds.
Then her voice was very low and
tremulous. I felt that ber somber eyes
were accusing me even as they tried to
meet my own with a steadiness that
was meant to be reassuring.
"Of course 1 forgive you," she said.
"Too have been so good to me."
"Good!" 1 cried bitterly. "I've been
harsh, unreasoning, supercritical from
the clay 1 met"—
"Hush!" she said, laying her free
hand upon my arm. "1 shall never
forget all that you have done for me.
I—l can say no more."
I gulped. "I pray to heaven that you
may be happy. Aline—happier than any
one else in the world."
To Be Continued
DIG UP POT OF GOLD
Laborers, in Scramble, Share More
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Frecland, Pa., May 22.—Laborers
sinking postholes in Oakdale, near here,
yesterday unearthed a crock of gold.
While the exact amount of the treas
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account of the scramble of the work
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The money was in $lO and S2O
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property of a woman who lived on the
premises about 30 years ago and put
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