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[Illustration: "I DO LOVE YOU" (Page 215)]

PRINCESS ZARA

By

ROSS BEECKMAN

ILLUSTRATIONS BY BERT KNIGHT

NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1908 09 by W. J. WATT & COMPANY

Published January , 1909

THE THEME

Two shall be born the whole wide world apart; And speak in different tongues, and have no thought Each of the other's being, and no heed; And these o'er unknown seas to unknown lands Shall cross, escaping wreck, defying death, And all unconsciously shape every act And lend each wandering step to this one end, That, one day, out of darkness, they shall meet And read life's meaning in each other's eyes.

SUSAN MARR SPALDING.

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I. A LADY OF QUALITY 11

II. A WARNING 22

III. TWO SHALL BE BORN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD APART 36

IV. DAN DERRINGTON'S STORY 45

V. IN THE PRESENCE OF THE CZAR 61

VI. A NIHILIST SPY 69

VII. FOR LOVE OF A WOMAN 85

VIII. THE PRINCESS' ORIENTAL GARDEN 101

IX. A SECRET INTERVIEW 122

X. SENTENCED TO DEATH 143

XI. FOR THE SAKE OF THE CZAR 159

XII. WHEN LOVE WAS BORN 177

XIII. LOVE WILL FIND A WAY 191

XIV. THE SCORN OF A WOMAN 205

XV. THE MURDER OF A SOUL 216

XVI. THE MOMENT OF VENGEANCE 234

XVII. LOVE, HONOR AND OBEY 249

XVIII. THE POWER OF THE FRATERNITY 265

XIX. PRINCE MICHAEL'S ANGER 276

XX. IN DEFIANCE OF THE CZAR 288

XXI. ONE EVENTFUL NIGHT 299

XXII. THE COMBAT IN THE SNOW 312

XXIII. WHAT THE CZAR FORGOT 322

XXIV. SABEREVSKI'S PROPHECY 335

PRINCESS ZARA

CHAPTER I

A LADY OF QUALITY

The steamship Trave of the North German Lloyd docked at its Hoboken pier at eight o'clock one morning in December. Among the passengers who presently departed from the vessel was a woman who attracted unusual attention for the reason that she was accompanied by a considerable suite of retainers and servants who were for a time as busy as flies around a honey pot, caring for their mistress' baggage, and otherwise attending to the details of her arrival. Nor was it alone for this reason that all eyes were from time to time turned in her direction. There was about her a certain air of distinction, wealth, power and repose, which impressed itself upon the observers. Many there were who sought eagerly an opportunity to scan the features of this young woman's face, for that she was young, was immediately apparent, and the fact added not a little to the interest that was manifested in her.

The young woman, whoever she was, maintained an air of reserve which raised a barrier beyond which none of the curious might penetrate; and as if insolently disdainful of the attention she attracted, her face remained veiled; not too thickly, but effectively enough to set at naught these efforts of the curious throng.

A view of her face was, however, not required to determine in the minds of the beholders that she possessed more than ordinarily, the attractive feminine qualities. Her very presence told that; the air with which she moved about among her servitors; the simple gestures she made in giving her directions, and the quiet but resourceful and effective methods she used in administering her affairs, indicated that not only was she a person of great wealth, but that she was also high in place and in authority, and one who was accustomed to being obeyed... Continue reading book >>




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