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Von Behrling's Fate
It seemed to Louise that she had scarcely been in bed an hour when the more confidential
of her maids - Annette, the Frenchwoman - woke her with a light touch of the arm. She
sat up in bed sleepily.
"What is it, Annette?" she asked. "Surely it is not mid-day yet? Why do you disturb me?"
"It is barely nine o'clock, Mademoiselle, but Monsieur Bellamy - Mademoiselle told me
that she wished to receive him whenever he came. He is in the boudoir now, and very
"Did he send any message?"
"Only that his business was of the most urgent," the maid replied.
Louise sighed, - she was really very sleepy. Then, as the thoughts began to crowd into her
brain, she began also to remember. Some part of the excitement of a few hours ago
"My bath, Annette, and a dressing-gown," she ordered. "Tell Monsieur Bellamy that I
hurry. I will be with him in twenty minutes."
To Bellamy, the twenty minutes were minutes of purgatory. She came at last, however,
fresh and eager; her hair tied up with ribbon, she herself clad in a pink dressing-gown and
"David!" she cried, - "my dear David -!"
Then she broke off.
"What is it?" she asked, in a different tone.
He showed her the headlines of the newspaper he was carrying.
"Tragedy!" he answered hoarsely. "Von Behrling was true, after all, - at least, it seems
"What has happened?" she demanded.
Bellamy pointed once more to the newspaper.
"He was murdered last night, within fifty yards of the place of our rendezvous."
A little exclamation broke from Louise's lips. She sat down suddenly. The color called
into her cheeks by the exercise of her bath was rapidly fading away.