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Chapter One
(Marie Antoinette ran to the wln-
and banged It closed. She
ipped her bands to her ears
shut out the hateful sound of
lie bells which joyously celebrated
tie second anniversary of her mar
riage to Louis August, Dauphin of
trance. Tears 01 cnagrin ana rage
wprang to her eyes.
"You're crying, 'Toinette!" pro
tested the Frincesse de lAmbeiie,
her only friend and companion,
The Dauphine dabbed her eyes
furiously. "It's it's Just temper
a'm so bored I could scream. Coop-
led up here day after day going
to prayers reading dull books
;dressing for people who daren't
come because they're afraid of
Du Barry "
Her tears fell afresh. The whole
world feared Du Barry and there
for neglected her. If only her hus
Iband had the courage to plead her
cause with the King. At the thought
01 tne vaupnin, mane Antoinette
lapsed Into grim silence. He did
more than neglect her. From their
very bridal night, he had brutally
informed her that fie didn't love
her, didn't want to marry her and
meant to keep her his wife in
namte only. For two years she had
kept this secret, bearing the heart
ache and humiliation of her posi
tion witn a gravity tnat reduced
her from a gay, vivacious girl to
the sad and forlorn Dauphine of
France. There was no one in the
whole court who would dare Du
Barry's displeasure by befriending
As the King's favorite, Du Barry
was the power behind the throneV
Bhe hated Marie Antoinette with a
Irenzy born of the knowledge that
jher day would be done when the
Dauphine became Queen. For- the
present, however, it required no
peep plan of action to keep the
girl in her place. By reason of her
Palace spies, Du Barry knew full
Well the situation between Marie
Yntolnette and her husband. By
Whispered campaign she turned
the Dauphine into an object of
ridicule because of her childless
ness. She made Marie Antoinette
the laughing stock of Court and
. thus disarmed her as an enemy.
i But Du Barry could not laugh
away the enmity of the Duke
D'Orleans. He was her match.
His daring for his own career
quailed her own; his popularity
with the people of France matched
his daring; and his unscrupulous
Mass and treachery were greater
than either.
ft ta for the Duke, he was content
to bide his time. His patience was
eventually rewarded. Du Barry fur
nished Ma. with a . rfect weapon
against herself the day she carried
her campaign against Marie An
toinette into the open by sending
her an empty cradle and an in
sulting doggerel. He banked on the
certainty that no woman would re
fuse the opportunity to avenge
such humiliation. His was the bril
liant idea of playing the one
against the other.
With this in mind, he made his
way to the Dauphine's apartment
pn her second anniversary and ar
rived at the very moment when
ahe was crying her heart out to
the sympathetic Princesse. The
news of his arrival electrified Marie
Antoinette. He was her first visitor
in the two years she had been
at Court!
She dried her eyes hastily and
welcomed him with gracious charm.
They sat happily together, making
polite conversation, the Duke man
aging to mention sadly that Madame
La Dauphine attended no Court
"I don't care a great deal for
balls and banquets," she faltered.
"My husband has simple tastes and
I am content with my books and
my music."
"And I come blundering into
your little oasis!" he exclaimed.
"Thn 'east I can do Is to take my
self off quickly."
"Oh , no!" she cried in dismay.
"Please don't go "
i The duke eyed her sharply,
i "You know perfectly well how
things are," she murmured, drop
ping her head. "No one comes to
see me. No one dares." Her lip
trembled. "Why does DU Barry
hate me so?"
A quick smile lighted his face.
The Dauphine herself had brought
him to the point of his visit "Be
cause," he answered easily, "in mo
tion you are grace useir. in re
pose, a statue of beauty. You
should become alive, little Cousin.
How quickly you - ould depose the
milliner!" 7
"I am content to Ignore her,"
she replied. She looked at him with
sudden, youthful frankness. "That's
not true," she exclaimed. "I'm
afraid of her. She has the King."
"And you have birth and place,"
he countered. "You have charm
and beauty. Have the courage to
rebel decisively, violently, vic
toriously "
She shook her head. "Du Barry
has every advantage. She can make
men or degrade them. Who would
dare offend her and be my friend?"
Her eyes sought his. "Would you?"
"Will you permit me to give a
ball in honor of the Dauphine of
France?" he asked softly. "If her
Royal Highness will honor me I
venture to predict all Paris will
find courage to be there. Paris is
In the face of all France! What
would her Royal Highness do next?
One night, (Marie Antoinette
escaped her companions at a notori
ous gambling house, and- ran out
into the street Her eyes danced
with mischief as she espied two
men advancing. The one was mid-
Oie-ageu, tne other, a dashing gal
lant Both were most evidently not
Frenchmen. She sped toward- them
and seized the arm of the younger
man. He stopped short and search
ed tne lace 01 tne bewitching,
magnificently gowned woman who
accosted nun.
"Monsieur, she smiled, "are you
by any chance a Russian?"
"I? A Russian? Unfortunately
no, jnauanie.
"Oh don't say that," she pleaded.
"I need a Russian so badly." -
He laughed. "I don't suppose you
coma use a native 01 Sweden?
She looked dubious. "Perhans.
At any rate follow me " she
disappeared through a small door.
The elderly man clutched the
other's arm. "Count Fersen!" he
exclaimed. "We must get away
irom nere. uo you Know you were
speaking to the Dauphine of
"Impossible!" cried Fersen. He
swung toward the door through
"For a moment you bad
me fooled, Madame."
waiting for you!" he cried eagerly.
"Conauer Paris and vou con
quer Du Barry "
But before she accepted his of
fer, Marie Antoinette made one
last attempt to plead her cause
with her husband. She showed him
the empty cradle and the verse
Du Barry had sent her. The Dau
phin all but expired with rage.
".Louts:" sne Degged. "This wo
man only dares to Insult me be
cause you seem to despise me.
Help me. Please! I need you '
His fury ebbed in sudden futility.
"It would do no good," he mur
mured. "It would only make
trouble. I can't do anything. The
King is the King."
Marie Antoinette felt her tears
dry up within her and her heart
grow stony. When she spoke again,
her voice was cold with deter
mination. "I'm sorry you don't see
it my way, Louis. I mean to be
Dauphine of France. I hoped to
be Dauphine with your help. I
could have been, if we'd etood
together. But I shall be Dauphine
shall be the brightest, highest
figure in this Court!"
From that day, Marie Antoinette,
triumphantly beautiful, gorgeously
gowned and jewelled, her hand
resting lightly on the arm of her
constant escort, the Duke D'Or
leans, made herself the center of
interest and attention at Court
Her escapades became the by
word of Paris. 'Her reputation
spread beyond the borders of
France. Du Barry all but died of
envy! Madame La Dauphine lost
fortunes at the races and at cards.
Madame La Dauphine gadded about
Paris like a wanton in the com
pany of jockeys, gamblers and
libertines! Madame La Dauphine
was a painted, mincing doll, flaunt
ing her frivolity and extravagance
which she had gone. "What Is this
"A gaming house. If you are
wise, Fersen, you will walk on
with me."
Fersen laughed. "I'm not that
wise really after all a reyal
command " he laughed again,
and with a quick nod, entered the
gambling house.
Marie Antoinette awaited him.
"Come quickly," ahe whispered and
led him to a small, brightly lighted
room. She examined his face In
tently. Their eyes met She drop
ped hers, disconcerted by the
strange intensity of his gaze.
"How perfect," she smiled ner
vously. "Who are you?"
"I am Count Axel de Fersen of
Sweden, Madame. And you?"
"Can you speak Russian?" she
demanded, ignoring his question.
He shook his head. "Well speak
Swedish then," ahe said. "They
won't know the difference. You
must help me. You see, we were
playing forfeits and I had the most
appalling luck. I lost my allowance
my coach and horses and I
shall lose my necklace if I can't
produce a Russian! And my time
is nearly up. So come quickly!"
Before he could protest she
seized his hand and thrust him into
the large, brilliantly lighted gam
ing room. "Victory! Victory!" she
shouted. "Here's my forfeit! Ivan
Ivanovltch. Genuine Russian!"
Her companions broke into wild
applause. They examined Fersen,
some appralslngly, others disparag
ingly, all laughing at him openly.
His amiability gave way to grad
ual resentment
The Duke D'Orleans advanced
toward him, his Jewelled lorgenette
elegantly posed. "I didn't cateh
your barbaric name," be commented.
"Nor I yours, Sir," Fersen anJ
swered coldly. '
"Hear him?" demanded thd
other. "I flatter myself that only
a stranger would ask my name.',
He smiled elyly at the others. "Per
mit me sir, to present myself and
company. We are the troupe from
the Opera Comique his most
Christian Majesty's own favorite
mummers." He bowed toward the
Dauphine. "And she is our bright
and glorious star the toast of
Paris Mademoiselle Gabrlelle
Ducros." ,
The courtiers crowded closer, de
lighted with the joke.
Fersen's eyes glittered. "I've
heard much of Mademoiselle Du
cros," he said evenly. "Paris talks
of no one else."
Marie Antoinette raised her eye
brows. "What do they say?"
Fersen moved toward her with
familiar insolence. "They say she
Is not unkind that a man may,
ask her to supper In a place not
Miss Juanita Lane, of Ryland, was
the guest of her aunt, :Mrs.Nurney
Chappell, during the" week-end.
Mrs. Purvis Chappell visited her
mother, Mrs J. A. Rountree, Sunday
afternoon. . ' i
Mrs. Ida Edwards, of Greenville,
is spending some time with Mrs. W.
P. Chappell.
Mr. and Mrs. S. G. Chappell were
In Norfolk, Va., Thursday. "'
Mr and Mrs. Linwood Layton, of
Rocky Hock, spent the week-end as
guests of Mrs. Layton's parents, Mr.
and Mrs.-Curtis Chappell. i
Mrs. Anna Lar.e spent Thursday
night with her sister, Mrs. W. P.
Mrs. Nlurney Chappell and Mrs. Mc
Coy Phthisic visited Mrs. Herbert
Lane, at Ryland, Wednesday.
The Duke stepped quickly be
tween them. "You presume, Mon
sieur," he warned.
'One may speak of supper with
a little actress, sir:"
Marie Antoinette separated them.
'The joke is sour." she said.
"Cousin, will you inform this per
son who I am?" She placed her
hand lightly on the Duke's arm In
the gesture known to all Paris.
'Her Royal Highness, the Dau
phine of France," cried the Duke.
f ersen eyed ner sternly, rn
joke ia sour. Mademoiselle is charm
ing ana I nave no doubt talented.
I imagine Mademoiselle excels in
the role of soubrette. She has the
appearance, the manners and the
A shocked gasp greeted his
words. The-courtiers slowly reach
ed for their swords. "Gentlemen!"
cried the Dauphine and signalled
them to sheathe- their swords. She
turned to Fersen with royal con
desension. "My apologies. Mon
sieur," she said with dignity. "The
Dauphine of France Is unable to
accept Count Fersen's kind invita
tion to supper tonight but suggests
he attend her party at the home
of Madame de Lamballe."
'Count Fersen regrets, Madame.
but he is expected elsewhere," he
replied, and bowing low, he left
"ioutea, Madame: snouted one
"I'll fetch him back!" Marie An
toinette answered furiously.
"Your diamond necklace that you
can't "
A wager!" she exclaimed and
rushed out the door, overtaking
Fersen in the lower halt
"Walt Monsieur." she cried. "Ii
beg of you. I deserve the snub."
She eyed him softly. "You knew,
me from the beginning, then?" He)
noaaea. Ana u i xorgive you iar
treating me so disrespectfully, will'
you forgive me? And will you come;
to supper? rm asking you to come
because 1 want you to be my
Her womanly suppUance disarm-,
ed him; but noise on the stairway,
caught his attention. He looked up
into the mocking faces of the eour-,
tiers observing them. His expres
sion hardened. She waited for him
to speak, but his ironical smile
forced her trump card.
"Well if we must part at
least let us part friends ." She
extended her hand and he bent low.
to kiss it He was going, then. But
she must win her wager! She drew,
him to her with sudden swiftness,
and threw her arms about him. She
kissed him ardently, then stepped
back, confident expectation in her.
eyes. Her hopes died In the face of
his cold disinterest
"For a moment you had me
fooled," he said flatly. "The word
were the words 01 Madame Lm.
Dauphine but the lips were the
He put on his hat with a flourish
"Many thanks, tittle soubrette -3
and good evening " ejd.w$he??
of the ooor.
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International Sunday School Lesson
for October 16, 1938
Golden Text: "Our Father
which art in Heaven, hallowed be
thy name." Matthew 6:9.
Lesson Text: Exodus 20:7, Matthew
5:33-37; 12:33-37
It seems to the writer, as we pro
gress further into the present series
at lessons, that the selection of the
Den commandments for study at this
time is most fitting. Anyone who
Bns iriven conditions the world over
oauch thought realizes that the f oun
siation cause ultimately goes back to
thp. individuals who make up this
world and their apparent need for the
practical application of these divinely-.
given laws in each heart and life.
The First Commandment sets forth
the absolute one-ness of God and re
quires the worship of Jehovah, the
true end only God. The Second Com
mandment explains the manner of
worship that was acceptable to God
and prohibits the worship of any kind
f image. The Third Commandment
is like the preceeding two in many
ways, dwelling upon the sacredness
' the relationship between man and
Cod, insisting that man shall hold the
VOfne of God in reverence, never us-
tag It in vain; that is, for any "idle,
fdvoloufl, or insincere purpose."
Tost why: do men take the name of
' C&3fa':vaiii? Ask that question of
C who are guilty of profanity
Cid roll will get many varied ana-
jprexa, Some insist that swearing"
admission of an inferiority complex
because they infer that without the
profanity, what they are saying
would not be important enough for
others to listen to.
There are those who believe that
an oath adds the necessary support
to a false statement They break
this Commandment, therefore, when
they use God's name to make a He ap
pear to be true or when they try to
make emphatic a statement of very
little importance by attaching God's
name to it. This we call perjury, or
false swearing.
Another way in which we may
break this Commandment is by light
ly, carelessly and jokingly using the
name of God, or his Son, Jesus Christ
in dirty stories and jokes. Some
men, and, sad to say, women, too,
have become so degraded in their
sense of humor that they permit
themselves to think of sacred things
in a ridiculous, frivolous light They
don't debase or degrade God by such
behaviour, they only rob themselves
of that seifce of the finer values of
life which expresses itself in a sacred
sense of veneration and reverence for
God and things holy. Such irrever
ence is a sign of moral laxiety, men
tal laziness, shallow egotism, vulgar
discourtesy and selfish unconcern for
the sensibilities and rights of others.
The sin of profanity, or vain swear
ing is probably only a sin of careless
ness with most people, but it is a
sin, nevertheless. It is a habit into
which many people grow, without
thinking much about it until it1 is hard
to break. Many young people make
or profanity adds the necessary em
phasis to their speech, which is an
profane exclamations without mean
ing to be sacriligious and, when re
monstrated with, will usually de
clare, "I really didn't mean anything
by that." Such an explanation is an
admission of carelessness and
thoughtlessness that they would do
well to correct.
Jesus declares that there should be
no swearing whatever, that there
should be no necessity for it. Not
only should men try to avoid the use
of the name of God outright in their
oaths, they shouldn't swear by any
thing because by right everything ia
sacred to God. A man's word should
be so backed by a recognisedly good
character, that the addition of an oath
would be superbuouB. Thus all that
would be necessary for him to say
would be "Yea, yea," or "Nay, nay."
' Jesus teaches, in Matthew 12:83-
37, that the cause of irreverence is
inner corruption. In his illustration
of the tree and its fruit, he brought
out the lesson that the fruit is borne
is determined by the nature of the
tree. Our words are the "fruits of
the lips,' as Isaiah declared in Isaiah
57:10. If a man's life is evil at the
center, you can expect nothing else
but evil words as the fruit of his lips
And vice versa.
It is a thought-provoking statement
which Jesus utters when he reminds
us that we should guard our speech,
for in the day of judgment we shall
have to give an account for every
idle word that we speak. Only when
we wholly consecrate ourselves unto
Him will we be able to control our
speech, for a God-filled life will be a
life full of love and reverence for
Him, -'
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