|Chapter Number||XIV - XV|
|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 PRNOINCE AND TI E WA''TCH MAN. AN ADVENTIIti; ON NEw YEA:hlR t's (B o r?l Tel: GI -i.La ?Y). (Cu,tin ue,)J. At th ( le,-atr aldre!i, of the woil thy king, Phlilp r*.*eined I,. co rig,., and conrfessed what lie hid ilone lld experienceid f em bee:intIn g to) t.nl. Yet Ihe wlt, dilecrt.I, e.unihgh to he!t, eilence on those ptoinris whlich lit I lnd heard ttronl lhoe couri'i:ri ill lllyiing thll character of the prince, atid whiC, were calculated to bring lin into Irrulloe. The king hInglied Iearnily v several inles during the irIatiotn ; aill afterwards asked Philip some qlueations auiltrt hisi origin ind busines; rtlhen t:ikiig a couple of gold pieces irom the table. gave them to him. " Now go, my son," said the king to Philip. "and attend to your tiusines j nothing evil will happen to you. Buti toll nobody whet you have bel albout to-night : this I coninnlnd. Now go." Philhp fell lit the king's iolt, kissed his hand, and stumitneredl some words of thanks. As ho estood np and wes goin, away, Prince Julian said. " I beig hillt missively that your IMajesty will allow this young mran to wait without. I owe him some reparation for trlh di'comfort I have caused him to-night." The king nodded, smiling, and Philip went out. " Prince," said the king, anl warning him with uplifted finger, " lippy for you that you told mne the truth ! O)rnc more I pardon your wild, foolish frueak, though you have deserved tolbe puliihIl.l. Another such page-like Iprtnk, ind I will be inoxorable. Nothing will xecusei you. I must hear mnore of the Illfir with Duke Hecrman, It will te well if he takes his departure. I don,'t Ike him. I must have proofs of wliat son tell me about tile Minist.rs of Police and Finance. Go now, and grive the young gardener a present; lie has be haved with more sense in your musk then you have in his." The prince left the king went into aln adjoining room, laid lisile his ball dress, put on his coat, and ordered Philip to come to him; thlin lihe took him aiwav with him to his own paIlace. Filire Philip had to relate, word for word all that he had saidl, done ned hoard in the character of the prince at the ina-qelr ado. When Philip had obeved, the prince clapped him approvingly on the shoulder. "Listen, Philip," said lie. " I am very well pleased with you. You ere a clever fellow, and I can make use of you. What you have said in my ilnme to the Chamberlain Pilzov, the Coont ss Boanat, the marshall and h:s wife. Colonel Khuld the Finance Minister, and the others. I find very sensible, and I will cioniider it, and hold it as it I had said it myself; On the other hand. you mtust stalld to .hbe verses I stung in your name as watchman. You will. as a punishment. be dismissed the service. Never you mind that. Instead, youll will be -my gardener. I give you char'e of the gardens of both my castles, Ileinlibn and Quellenthal. The money I gave your betrothed is for her dowry, and the cheque of Marshehl llhunkenscliwe d I will redeem ditetly with five tlhousand florins. Now go, serve me faithfully, and conduct yourself well." CHAPTEII XV.. AND LAsT. Who so hippy cs Philip ? Tie flew like lightening to Huns's house. She had not yet gone to ibad, but sat at the table with her mother, aiin wept. He throw the heavy purse on the table. " Rose," he said, almost Breathles=, "that is your portion, mind these fivei thousand florins troe mine. On itccoulnt of faults I havo coinmnit ted us watchmlnli. I have lost tilhe succeesorshli to aly father's post ; but the day after to morrow I go to IIoinleboa as gardner to Prince Julian, lo?e you and vour mother must come with tIn to I leilidcen. My father and mnlther Ilmust also comle with me. I can very well support yol all. Hurrah! Gol give every o0,e suoh a happy New Year !" Widow h]itrleer did not know whether to believe her ears at Philip's tale, or lher eyes at the night of no inuch mlnona . Blut as Philip told her how it hld liui poned-at least as tticih ins it wvs neces sary for her to know-ishli stiod up, sobbed for joy, emblraced I!ni, antd put Hose into hil arms. Ilntoxicaited with Joy, she ran and dIInceil erounrtd the room. At last she inked, ' Do your father and mother know your good luck already ?" And as Philip answered, "~No," she criod, " Hose kindle t fire, put on water to boil, ntd lm:ake roeidy a cup of coffee for ius live." And, wrapping herself in lnr woollen mantleo, bshe loft the house. Rose, however, forgot fire and water, end when Mothler Bitttier comne hackle bringing the good old Gotrlioeb and Freu Kate, they hlid gatheredl rauntd their children with blessines. That Philip lost the watolhman's aipost -that in a fortnightt Rose was his wife -thatthey together with bhatb Iarents. went to live at Hleinlohsn-all that does not belong to the New Year's night adventure which was not so unfortunate for anybody as for Bottomless, the Minister of Finance. If prince Julian, since alion, has taken any more such flichts of genius we have not heard of them. H. R.