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The Princess Virginia   By: (1859-1920)

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THE

PRINCESS VIRGINIA

BY

C. N. & A. M. WILLIAMSON

Illustrations by Leon Guipon

NEW YORK McCLURE, PHILLIPS & CO. MCMVII

Copyright, 1907, by McClure, Phillips & Co.

Published April, 1907

Copyright, 1906, 1907, by The Curtis Publishing Company

By the same Authors

My Friend the Chauffeur Lady Betty Across the Water Rosemary in Search of a Father

[Illustration: " Who is that girl?" asked Count von Breitstein ]

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I WHEN THE NEWS CAME 3

II FOUR GENTLEMEN OF IMPORTANCE 28

III A CHAMOIS HUNTER 42

IV THE EAGLE'S EYRIE 52

V LEO VERSUS LEOPOLD 82

VI NOT IN THE PROGRAM 98

VII THE HONORS OF THE DAY 117

VIII THE EMPEROR'S BALL 126

IX IRON HEART AT HOME 152

X VIRGINIA'S GREAT MOMENT 174

XI THE MAN WHO WAITED 197

XII "THE EMPEROR WILL UNDERSTAND" 206

XIII THE MAGIC CITRON 214

XIV THE EMPEROR AT BAY 227

XV THROUGH THE TELEPHONE 246

XVI TRUTH ACCORDING TO THE CHANCELLOR 254

XVII THE OLDNESS OF THE CHANCELLOR 279

XVIII NOT AT HOME 291

XIX THE THIRD COURSE 295

XX AFTER THE CURTAIN WENT DOWN 298

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"WHO IS THAT GIRL?" ASKED COUNT VON BREITSTEIN Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

SHE LOST HER SCANT FOOTHOLD, SLIPPED, TRIED TO HOLD ON, FAILED, AND SLID DOWN THE ROCK 50

"LET THE LAW DEAL WITH THE MADMAN; IT IS MY WILL" 128

"NEVER!" SHE EXCLAIMED. "IT'S AN INSULT" 194

AT SIGHT OF HER THE EMPEROR STOPPED ON THE THRESHOLD 292

"WE SHALL NEVER BE OLD, FOR WE LOVE EACH OTHER," SAID THE EMPEROR 300

THE PRINCESS VIRGINIA

CHAPTER I

WHEN THE NEWS CAME

"No," said the Princess. "No. I'm dashed if I do."

"My darling child!" exclaimed the Grand Duchess. "You're impossible. If any one should hear you!"

"It's he who's impossible," the Princess amended. "I'm just trying to show you "

"Or to shock me. You are so like your grandmother."

"That's the best compliment any one can give me, which is lucky, as it's given so often," laughed the Princess. "Dear, adorable Virginia!" She cuddled into the pink hollow of her hand the pearl framed ivory miniature of a beautiful, smiling girl, which always hung from a thin gold chain around her neck. "They shouldn't have named me after you, should they, if they hadn't wanted me to be like you?"

"It was partly a question of money, dear," sighed the Grand Duchess. "If my mother hadn't left a legacy to my first daughter only on consideration that her own extremely American name of Virginia should be perpetuated "

"It was a delicious way of being patriotic. I'm glad she did it. I love being the only Royal Princess with American blood in my veins and an American name on my handkerchiefs. Do you believe for an instant that if Grandmother Virginia were alive, she would let Granddaughter Virginia marry Prince Henri de Touraine?"

"I don't see why not," said the Grand Duchess. "She wasn't too patriotic to marry an English Duke, and startle London as the first American Duchess. Heavens, the things she used to do, if one could believe half the wild stories my father's sister told me in warning! And as for my father, though a most charming man, of course, he could not er have been called precisely estimable , while Prince Henri certainly is, and an exceedingly good match even for you in present circumstances... Continue reading book >>




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