|Chapter Number||XIII - XIV|
|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 I WATCHMAN. ( AN ADVENTURE ON NEW YEARSt EVE. (Fnoit rite GEhua.s). (Continured). CHAPTER XIII. "' We went him I . We are just seek I ing him ! Stop, fellow '" cried several t voices; and Philip, the prince, and 1 Rose found themselves suddenly rur rounced by five or six stout servants of the worthy police. Philip seoized l he hand of the frightened girl, and said, r " Dont hbe afraid ! " The prince clapped t Philip on thie shoulder, saying. " It is a stupid bureness. You see I was ritcht in advising you to take yourselt off In 1 time. However, don't be afraid; t nothing shall happen to you." " Thatr remains to be seen afterwards; I in the meantime he must go with us," said one of the police. " Where must I go? I am on my beat. I am the watchman," said Philip, " We have heard that already," said the police ; " and it is on that account you must come with us." "Let him go, you people !" said Julian, feeling in his pockets for money. but finding none; then he wlhi-peled secretly to Philip to give t bhem some out. of the purse. The police, however, soon pulled them assunder, saying, " N layit. of heads together ! The mask ala. ' i us. pected, and must come with ui." " Surely not," said Philip. " You wanted the watchman. I an, he. It you can answer for takilng me onlf mi beat, I am ready to go witL you whan ever you like. But let this gentileman go-." "It is not your business to teach us who looks susp:cious,' said ,net orf l. police. " Marchl. all of viiu, with uHs " "The girl too 1-I hope not," said Philip " Well, the young womnn miay go; we have no orders about her; but fIve name, face, rnd residence we rmuet know, in case o necessity." "She is the dught r of widow Bitt ner, of Milk Street," said Philip. who felt not a little enraged us the fellows turned the face of the weeping Rose to wards the distant lump, and all stared at her. "Go home, Rose," he said, " go home, and don't be afraid on my account; I have a good conscience." REra, however, sobbed aloud, eo that even the police were sorry for her. The prince tIhcught to tke advantage of this circumstance to make his escape by a spting, But one of the police was too quick for him; with one leap Ie got before the prince. nid cried, " Holloa this one has certainly a bad conscience ! He must go with us. Forward ! march !" " Where?" asked the prince'. "Direct-the shoriest way to his " Listen, people !" said the prince. very seriously yet plet?,nntly, for be began to feel not at all at his ease in the affair, lest his prank should come to light. "Listen, people ! I fell iii with tbis watchman, this moment, quite accidently. You have really nothing to do with me. I belong to the Court If you venture to compel me to go with you, you will repent your error to-mor row, in prison, on bread and water." " For heaven's sake let the getletman go, people!" cried Philip. " HIIe is a noble gentleman, who could do you great harm in your office. lie is- " "' Silence !" cried Juliann; " nobody must know from your mouth who I am, if you really have guessed it. Do you hear? Nobody, nobody, must know, I tell you, come what may. Do you hear ?" "We are only doing our duty," said one of the police. " and for that no one can put us in prison. But that may in the end very likely befall the gentleman in the mask himself. We oire well ac quainted with speeches of this kind, and don't fear such threats. Forward ! march !" "Consider whoa you are about," said Philip; "it is a very great nobleotran of the court." " If it were the king himself he must come with us ; that is our duty; he is suspected," said nme of the )police. St Oh, yes, great nnbles of the Court have secrets to arrrange with watchmen, and whisper with them in cornet-r. ns we saw you to doing a little time agu,"'"sid another of the police. While this contention about the prince was poinX on, i cnaringe and eight pre- ceded by torch-oearers, drovne towards the chircbh, and is it was upassing thn group whibch erroulided the pliron., t voice from the carriage called" I Halt !" The carriage stopped, ,rfd ,, gentle man in a grearlcort, with a nparkliiig star on his breastr, sprang out and witnt towards tho. group of people. lIe pushid thire officers uaide, ind looked at the prince from top to toe. " Quite right," said he. " I knew the bird at distance hy hIris lfeathers. Mask, who are you ?" Julinn drd not know whIer to turn in his confusion, for lie recognised Duke herman. "AnswePr me," cried the duke, in a thundering voice. Jurlran srhook his head, and made signs to hIim to go eway I but he only became the more oiger to find our whom hlie had to do with lit tie ball. Getting rio rnsewer, he began to quetion the police.officers. They ston hlefore the duke with bared hbtds, and told him they had orders to tnka thIe watchman direct to the Minister rf Police. Hi' had sung irtmpudent veores, as they lind heboard with their own ere ; hie ihad, how *ver; escaped them at tirst through crisa streots; but at last hers. it the corner of the church, they hrId eutght himi in confidentoial talk with his trmuskr, who appeared to them even more suspicroua thari himself. "The mask wishes to give himsilf out aea noblemen of the Cnurt only that is evidently empty boaringl," said orne of the police, "and we hold it to be our duty 'to arrest him."
".'lThe fellow deals nor belong to the Court,"said :he duke, "you may depend on that. I give you my word for it. He slipped into the masquerade in some illic t way. and made every one believe he was prince Julian. liI deceived me too, but at last was obliged to unmask C himiself to me. a?d escaped. He is an unknown persotn--ln dventurer. I have announced it to thb Master of the Household. Take him straight to the palace : you have made a lucky hit." Wilh these words the duke turned away and entered his carriage, calling out once more as he drove away, " Don't lot him escnlle." The prince considered himself lost; he did not think proper to show his fleio to the policemen ; tl'ey would soon have made his prr.rk town-talk. IIe pro forred unmasking hbefore the Minister of Police or trhl Mister of the IIousehold. So he olled out in a de'ermined voice, I " It does not matter. Cnme let us go." t So the prince and Philip went to the palace; nld Rosp, with teors in her eyes, looked after them. CiArPTR. XIV Phili could almost hiive helipved in enchantment, or that he was drenming,. to evintful and confused had been the 1 night. Never before hadl lie experienced ;rivthitg like it. Iie had really no re procihes to mki :nieainst himself. except I clangmg clothes with the prince, and then playing his character at the mosqueorde, though against his will. Neither, probably, had the prince played his watchman's part exactly aecordingr to rule, else why should he find himself arre°ted as wutchman? Philip hoped to be forgiven by him. A theyi reached the palace, poor Philip's heonr heat 'aster. His mantle Tnd horn were taken from him. The prince spoke a few words with a distin gui-bed-looking gentleman, and the policemen were sent instantly away. The prince went up the steps, and Philio was ol;liged to follow. " Don't be afraid," said Julian as he left him. Philip was led into a little ante-room, where he remained a long time by him self. At la-t one of the Royal servants appeared. S' Come with me," said he ; " the king wishes to see you." Philip was out. of his senses with fear, and his knees shook. TiH was led into a magnificent room where the old king sat at a little table, lau'ghing. Near him stood Prince Julian unmasked; nobody else was there. The king looked at the young mian awhile, as it Sappeared, with a sort of 'pleansure. At last he said to him, " Tell me exactly what you have done tonight." (To be continued.)