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Princess Zara

Princess Zara

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PRINCESSZARA
 
By
ROSS BEECKMAN
ILLUSTRATIONS BYBERT KNIGHT
 
NEW YORKGROSSET & DUNLAPPUBLISHERS
Copyright, 1908-09 byW. J. WATT & COMPANY
First Published January
, 1909
THE THEME 
 
Two shall be born the whole wide world apart 
;
And speak in different tongues, and have no thought 
 
Each of the other's being, and no heed 
;
And these o'er unknown seas to unknown lands 
 
Shall cross, escaping wreck, defying death 
,
And all unconsciously shape every act 
 
And lend each wandering step to this one end 
,—
That, one day, out of darkness, they shall meet 
 
And read life's meaning in each other's eyes 
.
Susan Marr Spalding.
Reformatted and Republished by
Browzer Books
 
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PRINCESS ZARA
 
CHAPTER IA LADY OF QUALITYThe steamship Trave of the North German Lloyd docked at its Hoboken pier at eighto'clock one morning in December. Among the passengers who presently departedfrom the vessel was a woman who attracted unusual attention for the reason that shewas accompanied by a considerable suite of retainers and servants who were for atime as busy as flies around a honey pot, caring for their mistress' baggage, andotherwise attending to the details of her arrival. Nor was it alone for this reason thatall eyes were from time to time turned in her direction. There was about her a certainair of distinction, wealth, power and repose, which impressed itself upon theobservers. Many there were who sought eagerly an opportunity to scan the featuresof this young woman's face, for that she was young, was immediately apparent, andthe fact added not a little to the interest that was manifested in her.The young woman, whoever she was, maintained an air of reserve which raised abarrier beyond which none of the curious might penetrate; and as if insolentlydisdainful of the attention she attracted, her face remained veiled; not too thickly, buteffectively enough to set at naught these efforts of the curious throng.A view of her face was, however, not required to determine in the minds of thebeholders that she possessed more than ordinarily, the attractive feminine qualities.Her very presence told that; the air with which she moved about among her servitors;the simple gestures she made in giving her directions, and the quiet but resourcefuland effective methods she used in administering her affairs, indicated that not onlywas she a person of great wealth, but that she was also high in place and in authority,and one who was accustomed to being obeyed.Her costume was hidden entirely beneath the magnificent furs which enveloped her,and even the maid who attended upon her immediate wants was more elaboratelygowned and wrapped than the average feminine personage of the western world iswont to be.The immediate party of this distinguished passenger soon took its departure from thepier, leaving behind only those whose various duties consisted in caring for theseventy-odd pieces of baggage soon to be taken from the hold of the vessel; and thisimmediate party departed from the pier in carriages, for the hotel where

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