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Von Plaanden shall apologize to Miss Brewster to-morrow. It is not his first outbreak, and always he regrets. My uncle, who is of the Foreign Office, will see to it." "Then that's settled," remarked Perkins cheerfully. Carroll turned upon him savagely: "To your entire satisfaction, no doubt, now that you've shown yourself an informer as well as " "Easy with the rough stuff, Mr.

Raimonda," he said courteously, "I give YOU my word that there will be no trouble between Herr Von Plaanden and myself, of my seeking, until Mr. and Miss Brewster are safely out of the country." "That's enough," said Cluff heartily. "The rest of us can take care of ourselves." "Meantime," said Raimonda, "I think the whole matter can be arranged.

"I shall think of you as a hero," said the girl impetuously. "And I shall never forget. Catch, O knight." The rose fell, and was caught. Von Plaanden bowed low over it. Then he straightened to the military salute, and so rode out of the door and out of the girl's life. "Men are strange creatures," mused the philosopher of twenty.

Herr von Plaanden, feeling the pressure of a shoulder formed upon the generous lines of a gorilla's, and noting the approach of the policia on the other side, was fain to obey. "Don't you be scared, miss," said Cluff, turning to the girl. "It's all over." "I'm not frightened," she said, with a catch in her voice. "Of course you ain't," he agreed reassuringly. "You just sit quiet "

"As a matter of fact, if you're interested to know, I wasn't particularly afraid of Von Plaanden, and, if I may say so without offense, I'm not particularly afraid of you." Carroll studied him intently. "By Jove, I believe you aren't! I give it up!" he cried desperately. "You're crazy, I reckon or else I am." And he took himself off without the formality of a farewell to the others.

I'd just as soon eat an ambassador, let alone a gilt- framed secretary, to help her out." "Miss Brewster," said the other, somewhat more stiffly, "is a wholly admirable young lady, but she is not always well advised in going out unescorted. By the way, you can doubtless confirm the rumor as to the identity of her insulter." "His name is Von Plaanden. But I don't think he meant to insult any one."

"Then why didn't he stand by you?" "Oh, I don't carry any 'Help-wanted' signs on me. You know, miss, you can't size up a man in this country like he was at home. Now, me, I'd have natcherly hammered that Von Plaanden gink all to heh heh hash. But did I do it? I did not.

But, for the moment the fight had oozed out of the mob. Without mishap the group got across the street, Perkins still clinging to the flag. Suddenly, from the rear rank, came a shower of stones, followed by the final rush. Galpy and Perkins went down. Von Plaanden tottered in his saddle, but quickly recovered. Instantly Perkins was up again, the blood streaming from the side of his head.

"Our Southern friend is going to run into something if he doesn't look out," he reflected. But there was no hint of trouble in Perkins's voice as he replied: "I know who he is. I don't know him." "Was it Von Plaanden?" "Why do you want to know?" "Because," returned the other, with convincing coolness, "if it was, I intend to slap his face publicly as soon as I can find him."

But the fact remains that the Hochwald minister and his secretary, Von Plaanden, who is a very able citizen when sober, and is, of course, almost always sober, have not exerted themselves painfully to compose the little misunderstanding between President Fortuno and us.