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Lorraine A romance   By: (1865-1933)

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LORRAINE

A ROMANCE

By ROBERT W. CHAMBERS

Author of "Cardigan," "The Maid at Arms," "The Maids of Paradise," "The Fighting Chance," etc.

A. L. BURT COMPANY Publishers New York

Published by arrangement with Harper & Brothers

Copyright, 1897, by Harper & Brothers.

All rights reserved.

TO MY FATHER

LORRAINE!

When Yesterday shall dawn again, And the long line athwart the hill Shall quicken with the bugle's thrill, Thine own shall come to thee, Lorraine!

Then in each vineyard, vale, and plain, The quiet dead shall stir the earth And rise, reborn, in thy new birth Thou holy martyr maid, Lorraine!

Is it in vain thy sweet tears stain Thy mother's breast? Her castled crest Is lifted now! God guide her quest! She seeks thine own for thee, Lorraine!

So Yesterday shall live again, And the steel line along the Rhine Shall cuirass thee and all that's thine. France lives thy France divine Lorraine!

R. W. C.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The author desires to acknowledge his indebtedness to the valuable volumes of Messrs. Victor Duruy, Archibald Forbes, Sir William Fraser, Dr. J. von Pflugk Harttung, G. Tissandier, Comdt. Grandin, and "Un Officier de Marine," concerning (wholly or in part) the events of 1870 1871.

Occasionally the author has deemed it best to change the names of villages, officers, and regiments or battalions.

The author believes that the romance separated from the facts should leave the historical basis virtually accurate.

R. W. C.

New York, September, 1897.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. A Maker of Maps 1

II. Telegrams for Two 11

III. Summer Thunder 20

IV. The Farandole 30

V. Cowards and Their Courage 39

VI. Trains East and West 51

VII. The Road To Paradise 59

VIII. Under the Yoke 63

IX. Saarbrück 79

X. An Unexpected Encounter 95

XI. "Keep Thy Faith" 102

XII. From the Frontier 116

XIII. Aide de camp 131

XIV. The Marquis Makes Himself Agreeable 139

XV. The Invasion of Lorraine 157

XVI. "In the Hollow of Thy Hand" 171

XVII. The Keepers of the House 179

XVIII. The Stretching of Necks 190

XIX. Rickerl's Sabre 205

XX. Sir Thorald Is Silent 213

XXI. The White Cross 226

XXII. A Door Is Locked 239

XXIII. Lorraine Sleeps 250

XXIV. Lorraine Awakes 258

XXV. Princess Imperial 270

XXVI. The Shadow of Pomp 278

XXVII. Ça Ira! 285

XXVIII. The Braconnier 297

XXIX. The Message of the Flag 306

XXX. The Valley of the Shadow 324

XXXI. The Prophecy of Lorraine 334

LORRAINE

I

A MAKER OF MAPS

There was a rustle in the bushes, the sound of twigs snapping, a soft foot fall on the dead leaves.

Marche stopped, took his pipe out of his mouth, and listened.

Patter! patter! patter! over the crackling underbrush, now near, now far away in the depths of the forest; then sudden silence, the silence that startles.

He turned his head warily, right, left; he knelt noiselessly, striving to pierce the thicket with his restless eyes. After a moment he arose on tiptoe, unslung his gun, cocked both barrels, and listened again, pipe tightly clutched between his white teeth... Continue reading book >>




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