Trusia is a most womanly and queenly Princess and the other personages are equally characterized with a masterly touch. This novel has a charm of style that weaves its spell of fascination and sweeps one on with an absorption that while absolute, is restful and confident--it overflows with sparkling, satisfying action.
deeply engrossed in the desired information.
A copy of the Almanac de Gotha lay at his hand. Having avidly absorbed the meagre narration of the country's history from the pages of the encyclopedia, his inquiring mind sought enlightenment as to the present personnel of the house who had ruled the ancient race.
The almanac disclosed no descendant of Stovik. Apparently the dynasty of which he was the head had ceased with his deposition. "Humph," he ejaculated, "here is something interesting. 'Sole descendant of Augustus. Girl, twenty-two, name--Trusia.' Pretty, poetical--Trusia! I like it. Seems to me I'll be repeating that name a good deal. I wonder what she's like."
He looked up again, his face glowing with enthusiasm. "Carrick," he said indignantly, "that country ought to be free. Russia stole it by a shabby trick. Two hundred years ago the reigning king of Krovitch was a chap called Stovik. The head of another royal family there named Augustus was his rival for the crown. Not being able