"Proceed," he said. "The Brothers Korust," she went on, leaning towards him, "have a week's engagement at the Alhambra. Their salary is six hundred pounds. They play very beautifully, of course, but I think that it is as much as they are worth." Peter agreed with her fervently. He had no soul for music.

"I am not going to be left here," she whispered, taking Peter's arm. Peter looked back from the door. "At any rate, Mr. Andrea Korust," he said, "your first supper was a success. Colonel Mayson was genuine. Our real English military aeronaut was here, and he has disclosed to you, Maurice Korust, all that he ever knew.

"Look here," he protested, "you may be clearing matters up so far as regards Mr. Andrea Korust and his brother, but I'm as much in the fog as ever. Where do I come in?" "Your pardon, sir," Peter replied. "I am getting nearer things now. These two young men we will not call them hard names are suffering from an excess of patriotic zeal.

Around the table every head was craned towards the centre of the disturbance. It was Peter again who spoke. "Let me suggest, Andrea Korust," he said, "that you send your guests those who are not immediately interested in this affair into the next room. I will offer Mr. von Tassen then the explanation to which he is entitled." Andrea Korust staggered to his feet. The man's nerve had failed.

"Look here," he protested, "you may be clearing matters up so far as regards Mr. Andrea Korust and his brother, but I'm as much in the fog as ever. Where do I come in?" "Your pardon, sir!" Peter replied. "I am getting nearer things now. These two young men we will not call them hard names are suffering from an excess of patriotic zeal.

In forty minutes I shall expect you at the stage door." "An affair of diplomacy, this, or brute force?" he inquired. "Heaven knows what may happen!" she replied. "To tell you the truth, I do not know myself. Be prepared for anything, but, for Heaven's sake, go now! I can dress no further without my maid, and Andrea Korust may come in at any moment. I do not wish him to find you here."

Decidedly Peter, Baron de Grost, found it hard to break away from his old weakness! Andrea Korust, from his place near the piano, breathed a sigh of relief as he watched. A moment or two later, however, Mademoiselle Korust was obliged to leave her companion to receive a late but unimportant guest, and almost simultaneously Colonel Mayson passed by on his way to the farther end of the apartment.

At the moment of parting, the beautiful eyes of Mademoiselle Korust had been raised to his very earnestly. "You will come again very soon to-morrow night?" she had whispered. "Is it necessary that you bring Mademoiselle Celaire?" "It is altogether unnecessary," Peter replied. "Let me try and entertain you instead, then." It was precisely at that instant that Andrea had sent for his sister.

Decidedly Peter, Baron de Grost, found it hard to break away from his old weakness. Andrea Korust, from his place near the piano, breathed a sigh of relief as he watched. A moment or two later, however, Mademoiselle Korust was obliged to leave her companion to receive a late but unimportant guest, and almost simultaneously Colonel Mayson passed by on his way to the farther end of the apartment.

In forty minutes I shall expect you at the stage door." "An affair of diplomacy, this, or brute force?" he inquired. "Heaven knows what may happen!" she replied. "To tell you the truth, I do not know myself. Be prepared for anything, but, for Heaven's sake, go now! I can dress no further without my maid, and Andrea Korust may come in at any moment. I do not wish him to find you here."