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darkness I could see the chief's watch- Pan Lzudesky to-day tiptoed into ful, narrow eyes, and the horn-rimmed our room when the spy was having his spectacles of the friendly spy, and the lunch. He whispered to us that he had stuffed portfolio.

seen the English Consul, Mr. Douglas,

Later. and told him about our case. He begNothing has happened yet. We ged us not to be discouraged, and to have our meals brought to us by An- eat. He said that he almost wept when tosha, who tries to comfort us with ex- he saw our plates come back to the tra large pickled cucumbers and por- kitchen, untouched. How flabby and tions of sour cream. We are allowed to livid he looked, his vague, blurred eyes send Panna Lolla down town for cigar- watery with tears! Yet we could have ettes and books from the circulating embraced him. He is the only person library. Thank Heaven for books! who has spoken to us. With our nerves stretched to the snapping-point and a pinwheel of thoughts

October. everlastingly spinning round in our There is the most careful avoidance heads, I think we should go mad except of any official responsibility here in for books. It is very hot, but my body trying to find out where our passports is always cool and damp, because I are and who is to return them. We can't eat much, I suppose, and I lie have already unraveled yards of red on a chaise longue motionless all day tape, and still there is no end. Of long. I can feel myself growing weak, course, ever since Peter came he has and there is nothing to do but sit and followed a schedule of visits — one day wait.

to the English Consul; another day to Marie and I go over and over the the secret police, then to the Military whole thing, and finish at the point Governor, the Civil Governor, the where we began. “But why?' We Chief of Staff, and back, in desperation, think it may be because Marie came to to the English Consul. There is an Bulgaria to visit me and brought me American vice-consul here, but he is back here, and now we want to leave wholly ineffectual since he has not yet Russia together. The papers say that been officially received. His principal Bulgaria already has German officers duty consists in distributing relief to over her troops. But I can't believe the Polish refugees. Mr. Douglas, the it. She is too independent. They say English Consul, is our one hope, and that she will certainly go with the Cen- he is untiring in his efforts to help us. tral Powers. That, too, is inconceiva. If we ever do get out it will be due to ble. Perhaps, however, if it is true, and him. already known by the Russian author- The English government stands ities, the secret service is suspicious of behind its representatives here in a our going back there, and of Marie's way; the American State Department intention of sailing home from Dedeo- does not. I suppose that this is partly gatch, via Greece. What else could it because America has no treaty with be? How this uncertainty maddens Russia, on account of the Jew clause. us! Yet we are thankful for every day At any rate, one might just as well that passes and leaves us together. be a Fiji Islander as an American, for What will happen when they translate all the consideration one gets from my letter? Boje moy! I hear a step out- officialdom. side the door, and my heart simply I went to the secret police the other ceases to beat.

day with Mr. Douglas. It is located in


you want?'

the opposite end of the town, down a lute silence. How silent that house was, quiet side street-an unobtrusive, one- full of invisible horrors! storied brown house that gives the im- Suddenly the chief came into the pression of trying to hide itself from room, closing the door carefully bepeople's notice.

hind him. He was quite calm again. We rang the bell. While we waited, He looked at Douglas. "What do I was conscious of being watched, and glancing up quickly, I saw the curtain

Douglas explained how anxious we at one of the windows fall back into

were to get out of Russia, how insuffiplace. The door opened a crack, and a cient for cold weather was the money white face with a long, thin nose, and we had, how my husband's business horn-rimmed spectacles with smoky called for his immediate presence, and glass to hide the eyes, peered out at us so forth, all of which we had gone over furtively. Mr. Douglas handed the at least three times a week since my arspy his card and the door was shut rest, and all of which was a matter of softly in our faces.

entire indifference to the secret police. In about three minutes the door was They had failed to find any proof of esopened again and a gendarme in uni- pionage, which was their charge against form ushered us into a long room thick us, and my letter, their only evidence, with stale tobacco-smoke. He gave me had been passed on and was snarled a chair, and while we waited I looked up somewhere in official red-tape. Now about at the walls with the brightly they washed their hands of me. colored portraits of the Czar and the “We can do nothing. It is out of our Czarina and the Royal family, and the hands.' He was extremely courteous, ikon in one corner. 'Give up all hope speaking German for my benefit. 'It all ye who enter here.'

is unfortunate that Frau Pierce should And then the chief came in, accom- have written the letter. I was obliged panied by two spies with black port- to send it on to the General Staff. You folios under their arms. When he saw should have a reply soon.' us he grew white with anger. He look- There was nothing more to be said. ed like a German, spurred and booted, Douglas was conciliatory, almost in

, with square head and jaw and steel- gratiating. My nerves gave way. like eyes and compressed, cruel lips. He 'A reply soon!' I burst out. I'm was the only well-dressed one in the sick of waiting. If we have the liberty crowd, but his livery was the same as of the city, surely there can't be anytheirs. He was their superior, that was thing very serious against us. It's an all; and how I loathed him!

outrage keeping our passports. I'm an 'He's angry because they brought American and I demand them.' I was us in here,' Douglas whispered under almost crying. his breath.

You must demand them through The chief turned his back on us. your ambassador, meine Frau.'

The spies scribbled away furiously, I knew that he knew that we had their noses close to their paper, not been telegraphing him since our arrest, daring to look up.

and my impotence made me speechWe were taken into another room, less with rage. Douglas took advana small back room, bare except for a tage of my condition to beat a hasty table and sofa and a tawdry ikon in retreat. the farthest corner. And there we As we were going through the doorwaited fully fifteen minutes in abso- way, the chief said carelessly, 'By the

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way, how did you happen to find this ined his nails. When he raised his eyes house?'

finally, to reply, I noticed how lifeless 'I have been here before,' Douglas and indifferent they were, and glazed replied.

by age. I could see the bones of his *Thank you. I was only curious.' face move under the skin as he talked,

I could feel the spies' eyes on my especially two little round bones, like back as we went down the path. balls, close to his ears.

‘Mrs. Pierce — Mrs. Pierce, you must 'I have nothing to do with the case. n't lose your temper that way.' It has been referred to the General

'I don't care!' I cried. 'I had no way Staff, I believe. You will have to wait to express what I felt.'

for the course of events.' 'I know,' Douglas agreed thought- He turned his back, went over to the fully.

window and began to play with a cur

October. tain-tassel. An aide bowed me to the I gained admittance to the Military door. Governor the other day. He is the suc- I am just back from the General cessor of that over-cautious governor Staff, where the mysterious rotation who prematurely moved all his house- of the official wheel landed me unexhold goods during the German advance, pectedly into the very sanctum sancand was then relieved of office. His torum of the Chief of the Staff, and to palace, set back from the street behind see him I had to wait only five hours a tall iron fence, is guarded by soldiers with Mr. Douglas in the ante-room! with bayonets, and secret-service men. Mr. Douglas has just left me to go I laughed, recognizing my old friends to his club, exhausted, and ready to de

vour pounds of Moscow sausages, so he Upstairs, the Governor was just say- said. ing good-bye to Bobrinsky, former The ante-room of the General Staff Governor of Galicia, and we stood to was as Russian as Russian can be. I one side as they came out of an inner suppose I shall never forget the dingy office, bowing and making compliments room, with its brown-painted walls and to each other. Gold braid and deco- the benches and chairs ranged along rations! These days the military have the four sides of the room, and the their innings, to be sure! I wonder how orderlies bringing, in glasses of tea, many stupid years of barrack-life go and the waiting people who were not to make up one of these men? Or per- ashamed to be unhappy. In the beginhaps so much gold braid is paid for in ning Mr. Douglas and I tried to talk,

but after an hour or so we relapsed into The Governor was an old man, care- silence. I looked up at the large oil fully preserved. His uniform was pad- paintings of deceased generals which ded, but his legs, thin and insecure, hung about the room. At first, they gave him away, and his standing col- all looked fat and stupid and alike in lar, although it came up to his ears, the huge, ornate gilt frames. But after failed to hide his scrawny neck where much study they began to take on difthe flesh was caving in. He wore his ferences — slight differences which it gray beard trimmed to a point, and in- seemed that the painters had caught in side his beak-like nose was a quan- spite of themselves, but which made

a tity of grayish-yellow hair which made human beings of even generals. a very disagreeable impression on me. Shortly afterward, Douglas and I All the time I was speaking he exam- were admitted to the Chief of Staff.

the spies.

other ways.

The walls of his office were covered “Yes,' I replied, 'and I assure you with large maps, with tiny flags mark- that I am dangerous only in the official ing the battle-fronts, and he sat at a mind. I have no importance except large table occupying the centre of the what they give me.' room.

‘Mrs. Pierce is an American and unWhen we entered he rose and bowed, used to Russian ways,' Douglas said and after waving me to a chair, re- apologetically. seated himself. He was rather like a ‘Well, your case has been referred university professor, courteous, with to General Ivanoff and I will wire him a slightly ironical twist to his very red again at once. If you come back next lips. His pale face was narrow and Thursday I will give you a definite long, with a pointed black beard, and answer.' a forehead broad and high and white. We went out. It was a gray, winter While he listened or talked, he ner- day, with a cold wind from the river, vously drew arabesques on a pad of but I felt glowing and stimulated and paper on the table.

alive, seeing the future crystallize and 'I have your petition, but since I grow definite again. You can't imagine have just been appointed here I am not the wearing depression of months of very familiar with routine matters. uncertainty. Here he smiled slightly. "Yours is a "That Chief of Staff is the first huroutine matter, I should say. How long man official I've met,” I said to Doughave you waited for an answer four las. months? We'll see what can be done. 'Give him time, give him time,' I have sent to the files and I should Douglas replied. “Did n't you hear have a report in a few minutes.' him say he was new to the job?'

An aide brought in a collection of telegrams and papers, and the Chief

November. glanced through them. Then he looked At home I found a summons from at me searchingly and suddenly smiled the police to appear with Marie at the again.

local police bureau to-morrow at nine, From your appearance I should to receive our passports. I telegraphed never imagine that you were as dan- Peter through Douglas. Now that our gerous as these papers state. Are you affair is settled I feel no emotionan American?'

neither relief nor joy.

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THE passing of the Boston Journal, In the main it is correct to say that in the eighty-fourth year of its age, the decreasing number of newspapers by merger with the Boston Herald, has in our larger American cities is due to rightly been characterized as a tragedy the enormously increased cost of mainof journalism. Yet it is no more signi- taining great dailies. This has been ficant than the similar merger of the found to limit the number which a givCleveland Plain Dealer and the Cleve- en advertising territory will support. land Leader, or the New York Press and It is a fact, too, that there are few other the New York Sun. All are in obedi- fields of enterprise in which so many ence to the drift toward consolidation unprofitable enterprises are maintainwhich has been as marked in journal- ed. There is one penny daily in New ism as in other spheres of business ac- York which has not paid a cent to its tivity - for this is purely a business owners in twenty years; during that matter. True, in the cases of the Sun time its income has met its expenses and the Press Mr. Munsey's control- only once. Another of our New York ling motive was probably the desire to dailies loses between four and five hunobtain the Associated Press service for dred thousand dollars a year, if wellthe Sun, which he could have secured founded report is correct, but the dein no other way. But Mr. Munsey was ficit is cheerfully met each year. It not blind to the advantages of combin- may be safely stated that scarcely half ing the circulation of the Press and the of our New York morning and evening Sun, and has profited by it.

newspapers return an adequate profit. It is quite possible that there will be The most striking fact about the refurther consolidations in New York and cent consolidations is that this leaves Boston before long; at least, conditions Cleveland with only one morning newsare ripe for them. Chicago has now paper, the Plain Dealer. It is the sixth only four morning newspapers, includ- city in size in the United States, yet it ing the Staats-Zeitung, but one of these has not appeared to be large enough to has an uncertain future before it. The support both the Plain Dealer and the Herald of that city is the net result of Leader, not even with the aid of what is amalgamations which wiped out suc- called 'foreign,' or national, advertiscessively the Record, the Times, the ing, that is, advertising which originChronicle, and the Inter-Ocean. It is ates outside of Cleveland. There are only a few years ago that the Boston now many other cities in which the Traveler and the Evening Herald were seeker after morning news is compelled consolidated, and Philadelphia, Balti- to take it from one source only, whatmore, New Orleans, Portland (Oregon), ever his political affiliations may be: and Philadelphia are other cities in in Indianapolis, from the Star; in Dewhich there has been a reduction in the troit, from the Free Press; in Toledo, number of dailies.

from the Times; in Columbus, from the

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