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Prince or Chauffeur? A Story of Newport   By: (1875-1954)

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[Frontispiece: "We are what conditions make us, Miss Wellington," he said.]

PRINCE OR CHAUFFEUR?

A STORY OF NEWPORT

BY

LAWRENCE PERRY

AUTHOR OF "DAN MERRITHEW," "FROM THE DEPTHS OF THINGS," "TWO TRAMPS," ETC.

WITH FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS BY

J. V. McFALL

CHICAGO

A. C. McCLURG & CO.

1911

COPYRIGHT

BY A. C. McCLURG & CO.

1911

Entered at Stationers' Hall, London, England

Published, March, 1911

TO

MY MOTHER

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS II MISS WELLINGTON ENLARGES HER EXPERIENCE III PRINCE VASSILI KOLTSOFF IV THE TAME TORPEDO V AT TRINITY VI AN ENCOUNTER WITH A SPY VII MISS WELLINGTON CROSSES SWORDS WITH A DIPLOMAT VIII WHEN A PRINCE WOOS IX ARMITAGE CHANGES HIS VOCATION X JACK McCALL, AT YOUR SERVICE XI THE DYING GLADIATOR XII MISS HATCH SHOWS SHE LOVES A LOVER XIII ANNE EXHIBITS THE PRINCE XIV UNDERGROUND WIRES XV ANNE AND SARA SEEK ADVENTURE XVI THE ADVENTURE MATERIALIZES XVII THE NIGHT ATTACK XVIII ANNE WELLINGTON HAS HER FIRST TEST XIX AN ENCOUNTER IN THE DARK XX WITH REFERENCE TO THE DOT XXI PLAIN SAILOR TALK XXII THE BALL BEGINS XXIII THE BALL CONTINUES XXIV THE BALL ENDS XXV THE EXPATRIATE XXVI CONCLUSION

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"We are what conditions make us, Miss Wellington," he said . . . . . . Frontispiece

"If you 'll allow me the honor of playing waiter, I 'll be delighted to serve you in the cabin"

"Is n't it beautiful," murmured Anne. "So different from being on the Mayfair , is n't it?"

To night she was a professional beauty, "rigged and trigged" for competition

PRINCE OR CHAUFFEUR?

CHAPTER I

THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS

John Armitage, Lieutenant U. S. N., followed the porter into the rear car of the midnight express for Boston, and after seeing his bag deposited under a lower berth, stood for a minute in frowning indecision. A half hour must elapse before the train started. He was not a bit sleepy; he had, in fact, dozed most of the way from Washington, and the idea of threshing about in the hot berth was not agreeable. Finally, he took a short thick pipe from his pocket, and picking his way gingerly between the funereal swaying curtains and protruding shoes, he went outside to talk to the porter.

The features of this functionary relaxed, from the ineffable dignity and self containment of a dozing saurian, into an expression of open interest as Armitage ranged alongside, with the remark that it was cooler than earlier in the evening.

"Ya'as, suh," agreed the porter, "it sut'nly am mighty cooler, jes' now, suh." He cocked his head at the young officer. "You 's in de navy, suh, ain't you, suh? I knowed," he added, as Armitage nodded a bored affirmative, "dat you was 'cause I seen de 'U. S. N.' on yo' grip. So when dat man a minute ago asked me was dere a navy gen'lman on my cyar, why I said "

"Eh!" Armitage turned upon him so quickly that the negro recoiled. "Asked for me! Who? What did he say? When did he ask?"

"I came outen the cyar after cahying in yo' bag, Majah," replied the porter, unctuously, "and dey was a man jes' come up an' ask me what I tole you. 'Ya'as, suh,' says I, 'I jes' took in de Kunnel's bag.' So he goes in an' den out he comes again, givin' me fifty cents, an' hoofed it out through de gates, like he was in a hurry."

Armitage regarded the negro strangely.

"What did he look like?" he asked. "Quick!"

"He was a lean, lanky man wid a mustache and eye glasses. He looked like a foreigner. He "

But Armitage had started on a run for the iron gates. In the big waiting room there were, perhaps, a score of persons, dozing or reading, no one of whom resembled the man described by the porter. He passed across to the telephone booths and as he did so the one for whom he was searching emerged from the telegraph office, walked rapidly to the Forty second Street doors, and jumped into a taxi cab waiting at the curb.

And so Armitage missed him... Continue reading book >>




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