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Chapter NumberVII
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Full Date1877-11-17
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Word Count1026
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Newspaper TitleAlexandra and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express (Vic. : 1877 - 1908)
Trove TitleThe Prince and the Watchman: An Adventure on New year's Eve
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TlE PRINCIE AND TIHE S WA'rT Ci MAN. 4N ADVjNTU1RR ON NEW YEAt'S EVE. (FRoMg uH: Grtotus). (Continued). - " . ,CRA PT.It VII. "When doee your rayil highlnitn command that I order the carrinee ?" Fnrd a voice in his cur, as Philip wernt through the ball.room. It was shllort, thick, 'Dutch merchant, in a bob wig, who addressed him. "'I dont intend to ride, "replied .Phrilin. "Not ride, Prince! You have changed your mind. At noon you were dehikhted to go, and now what has hap pened? I do not comprehend." S".It is no mutter whether you do or ot,"' said Philip. " But your highness ordered me to attend you. You have perhaps made other engagements." " C rtainily I have ," replied Philip. tjI sFee," said the Dutchman," you have ,heard the scory of Midime Rollion-at least I presume so, by your sudden change of mind. Yes utl certainly deserves the whlpping-post." "'Many people don't get what they ,deserve," said Philip. -. " Only too t uoe, your royal hihness," wase the reply. " But let me tell you I halve discovered a girl. Oh prince, the whole town, the entire kingdom, can show nothin* more be.tutiftl, more hbbrming ! Very few ;,eople know the hflitming" crenture. B-+h! The court jldies are nothing to her-i girl, don't you see, slim end grace:ul as a wand ; a skin, a complexion, like the glow of sunset on snow; an inltundant crop ot thick, golden hail; in short, in all my life-I never saw anything more beautifil. 1ut who worship thils Vinu.,? Few people even know her-a goddess bid 4?en in city dress." : A. citzen's daughter, then ?" said iPhilip. "Certainly," replied the Dutchman; "only grisa-te, ulit-no. Wlhit is the sae of my descilptioin and praises? You odsut psr her, your royal highlne=a, N~ever int your dre.atn dill you imagine anvthingu more tharmiing than is here etitodied by Nature. Anid tl add to all that, the tenderest, purest innocence. She is seldom seen; very seldom stirs from her mother's side. But I know her plnto in churclt, and the Sunday walk which .lshe generally takes with her mother out at thlis llmerthor. I have 'also discovered that a fin: young fellow, u gtidener, pays court to her. But he cannot iarry her, becauso lie t i too poor; and slie, too, has nothig. The mothei is the widow of a linen weaver,, who d:ed of consupnltlon. " Andl what is the mother's name ? " inquired Philio. S 'Wilow T3itner, of Milk Street. .And her daughter, lovely ait ai rose, is oalled what she re.illy is. Rose." 'At thIs name Philip, Iecime by turns qot and cold, nnd ftt. the gr"-at'nPi deotro to strike the Dutchman with his clenehed flist. "There ! Ilave I not. roernnoitred wellP" cotmntied the Duchlltmn. "However, you must fit ht see tie 1pretty dreature. But how, prince, have your sharp eyes already doscovered her? 1)o you leally know her " ' Certaintily, I know her, " replied ?i, ilip. "So much the haitter," said the Ditchman. " Ilnvo I said too much ? Don't you tgree with tie ? You and I .ill, go together to the mother; you 'shll play the philanthropist; the Jtoerty of the widow has been nnade Inown to you ; you do not like to see people'in distress; you inquire sympa thisitigly into the circumstances of the good womun, and litvoe her a ipresent. You repeat the visit. proceed with yort' chirity, and get h'iter tacquainted with Rose. 'Ihe o ardiner lellow will soon be put; asido; will help youi, perhaps, if a diizon bard dollars tri slipped into hIia iisnd--" ";: Thunder and lightning I" cried -Philip, almost choked with rage. "'You. meant if the gfrdener Inmkes n fuiss,' said the DutOhm'an. " Oh. I'll take cn'e of that. Only give Inc your igt'efest to get the clhutherlainship, and tftoo girl is youis. I will get the pr-. doner drawn tor a soldiar, and sont into the army. He can fight for Fi'thlirlaind. "shlennivlbile yoi are mn'oer of the fieldl, hliicli is as well, for I helieven the girl Jtge, ci'iz n notions, and inclil ea to he t 'ninstant to the fellow. She hlos also been brollglit 'tp in oil sorts of prlju dices, which it won't he easy to ditve stit of hr ietnd. HIowever, I will soon .,teach her fetter." a"" I'll breiak your neck for it," said 'Philip. " You ern too good," said thel Dutcb ,alltto,. "Nothinlrt uItl. your il?fultelce 1si witl thli kingt, 'Tihe clatmolrluin phip-" " Sir, I wialh 1I could ot the spot !" .aaiolnimod Oh lip. c'Oii, donr't flatter me, gracious prince," 'snid the Ditcltn.n. " Yiu know:at any mometll I hold toy lfit -rcheap for you. Illd I only gitessd ' tlint ryou knew the pretty creature, ind ,.ere not indltfftetlt- " , :"Not another word of it," cried Philip, no fieroly as it wis possible to db, wilihouut betrsying Ihimsilf in that ' room full of donoing, clhatening, listen roillS mneks a ' tnot not her word." i .?o?=denduel" said tiie Duichman, S"Philip could no oignger reisrauin lim self IH c Ieulucihl ihe Dutclthnern arm .ifui-s fli;snd auid. "Sir. if you.--" ' For. pity's ske, nobl!e ,prince, re strain yiour joeY," iid the Duoiltchman. *'I must cry oel; you crush my inrm." ".If vou dren to slohk ifIe'r this innocent girl, as snr as I'm alive I'll crush every bote in your biody," raid Philip. "i Well, well," groaned tlheo Dutchlman " in ningnisl; "only be ploueed to let me 22 If I find you givinga stingle glisn _t the girl, or so muoh as walklng near

Milk S'reet, you nre deed by my hundi,' said Philip; 4%no arringe accordingly." At nlat, out of countenrnce, and tremblint exceedingly, the ,Dutchman sand. "YouL royasl highness, I cou'd not know that you loved the charming girl so much as at nppears you dn." "I love her very much. nod that I will confes befo'ro the whole world," rep.iod Philip And are you beloved in return ?' asked the lo'chman. (To be enntinued )