|Newspaper Title||Alexandra and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express (Vic. : 1877 - 1908)|
|Trove Title||The Prince and the Watchman: An Adventure on New year's Eve|
-THE PRINCE AND THE WATCHMAN. el AN ADVENTURE ON NEW YEAR'S EVE. y (Fuost 'rie GatrnssA). (Continued). CIrAPTERn V. ~.At the entrance to ii hall.room, a t lfameluke jostled .gnIt.st Philip. "It is well, your hiihne-s, tbhat I bare found you," ea d ,he. ' Is the Flower Girl in this room?" II" sttepped in, but ha-tilvy cnme back igtin. ".I beg one word alone, unble, I ont no,"n be continued, i.s he led Philip into the recess of it a itnldw, inl a retired part of the ball-room -' What are soatr commands ?" asked Philip. " I conjure von," wnid the Mameluke, in a low but agitated tone, "tell rue II where is the Fliwer Girl ?" ," What. do I care about the Flower Girl?" said Philip. P ' But so much the more do I1!" re- a turned Mamelutke, whose repr,,s~ed voice and restless nmovements betrayed it frightful mentt l disturhanco, " 8o much the more do I !" he contit:td. t "She is my %wif,. You wish to make me wretched. Prince, I conjure you, do not drive me naid. Leave mily wife to me alone." "With all my heart," replied Philip drily. " What have I to do with your wife ?" S"Oh, prince, prince," cr od the ex cited Mameluko, "1 am resolved on the greatest extremities-even if it should cost me my life. It is no use dlissem. bling a moment longer. I haIve dis covered everything. Here-see thins! -here is the billet which the fidle woman slipped into your hand, and which you lost in the crowd before reading it." Philip took the billet, wherein he 'found written with pencil in a female hand-" Change your musk. Every :ond knows you. lily husband is oh "serving you. lie does not know me. Do as I tell you-I will reward you." '* `$Humph !" said Philip, " this is not intended for me. I don't trouble myself -about your wife." 't Prince, prince, you make me rave," exclaimed the enraged Mlameluke. " Do you know who stands before you 1 I know perfectly well that you have rur .*ter my wife ever since the last masquerade at Court. I am Marshal Blankeneohwerd." " Marshal, don't take it ill. but -.jealousy blinds you," returned Philip, cooly. "If you only knew me, you would never imagine seuch mad non sense. I give you my word of honor, your wife shall never be troubled by moe." .. Are you serious, prince?' he in quired. "Entirely su-periectly serious," re plied Philip. "Give me the assurance of it," said the machal. "What assurance do you require I" 'asked Philip. ,;!: 1 I know it is you who have per suaded her from setting out with me -'for Poland," replied the marshal. " Persuade her to go now, prince." "With all my heart, if it will he of any service to you," said Philip. S.!Of the greatest, your royal high ness, of the greatest," said the marshal; "you will prevent frightful, and other wise unavoidable, wretchedness." :.The Mameluke talked on along time, beseeching, threatening, and sometimes almost cryinrr, till Philip became quite alarmed. HR feared the fellow would make a scene with him before all the company, and, as this would have been yery inconvenient, he was thankful when he at last got rid of him. . Hardly had Philip escaped from the "pbor 'marshal, and lost himself in the crowd of guests, than a female mask, dressed in the deepest mourning, ''.pinched him in a friendly manner on the arm, and whispered, " Whither away, B'.tterfly 1-Does the poor for siaken widow inspire you with no com passion I" " Beautiful widows find only too many comforters," returned Philip, politely. " May I be allowed to add myself to the number of yours ?'" " Why have you been so disobedient, and not changed your mask ?" said the widow, as she took him aside, and where they could talk more freely, "Do you supposo, prince, that you are not perfectly well known to every one present Y" " The people are not quite certain as to my identity," replied Philip; " and probably, after all, they may be mis taken." " Indeed they nra, prince, "said the widow; "and uileess you changeo your dress instantly I must leave you for the whole evening. I wish to avoid giving .my husband any pretence for making a scene." Philip knew now whom he was talk ',log with, ,und suid, "You were the beautiful Flower Girl. Have your roses then faded so quickly ?"' " What is there that is not change .able, prince 1-especially the faith and , truth of men ! I saw you well, slip ping away with your Carmelite nun. Confes nyour inconstunoy. You cannot deny it. S"Humph I If you accuse me, per ;lhsp I may return the compliment," Ssaid Philip. '1In what instance, pretty Butterfly," she demanded. , T,.., 1 ::l'hera is, for instance, no hetter or truer husband than the marshal," said Philip. * That he is," saenid the widow, " end SI:'- have done wrong, very wrong, indeed, to liten to you so oiten; and, unior tunately, lie now supcts es "ts S "Since the lIst misquerade at Court, lovely widow," si, Piuilip. ....... ,.Where you were so wild, andt took so little precaution, pretty Butterfly," she retorted. "Lot us repair the fult," said Philip. ",, ,s 4tLot us part. I rrspect thec mnl,], , ""anid 'will not see him suffer on my account."
.The widow looked at him, but was speechless. " If I really have any influence with you," continued Philip, " go with the inmarshal to Poland. It is better for us both not to eon too much of each other for a timen A heeutiul lady is somo thing very delightful; but a faithful wile i. still more beautiful." " Prince," said the amazed lady, I' rse you seorous? Have you always deceived me ? Have you never loved me ?" (To be continued. )