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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofTheCarofDestinybyC N Williamsonand A M Williamson This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at http://www.gutenberg.org/license Title:TheCarofDestiny Author:C N WilliamsonandA M Williamson ReleaseDate:November15,2007[Ebook#23500] Language:English ***STARTOFTHEPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHECAROFDESTINY*** THE CAROFDESTINY BY C N ANDA M WILLIAMSON IllustrationsbyArmandBoth NEWYORK THEMcCLURECOMPANY MCMVII OTHERBOOKSBYTHESAMEAUTHORS LadyBettyAcrosstheWater, MyFriendtheChauffeur, ThePrincessVirginia, etc Copyright,1907,byTheMcClureCompany Copyright,1906,byMcClure,Phillips&Co LadyMonica LADYMONICA To DaMaríadelPilarHarvey, WeDedicateThisSpanishStory C.N andA.M Williamson Contents TheKing'sCar TheGirl TheGuestWhoWasNotAsked “IDon'tThreaten—IWarn” AMysteryConcerningaChauffeur Puzzle:FindtheCar TheImpudenceofShowingaHandkerchief OvertheBorder ASternChase TheUnexpectednessofMissO'Donnel MaríadelPilartotheRescue UnderaBalcony WhatHappenedintheCathedral SomeLittleIdeasofDick's HowtheDukeChanged ASecretoftheKing's LikeaThiefintheNight TheManWhoLovedPilar AParcelforLieutenantO'Donnel TheMagicWord TheDuchess'sHand TheLuckoftheDream-Book TheGlorificationofMonica TheGoodwillofMariquita WhatCordobaLacked InthePalaceoftheKings MoonlightintheGarden LetYourHeartSpeak TheGardenofFlamingLilies TheHandUndertheCurtains BehindanIronGrating OntheRoadtoCadiz TheSevenMenofEcija TheRace TheMoonintheWilderness WilesandEnchantments DreamsandanAwakening TheFountain DayAfterTo-morrow ThroughtheNight TheFifthBull;andAfter [pg3] I TheKing'sCar “MotortoBiarritz?Youmustbemad,”saidDickWaring “Why?” I asked; though I knew why as well as he “A nice way to receive an invitation.” “If you must know, it's because the King of Spain will be there, visiting his Englishfiancée,”Dickanswered “Iwishhimhappiness,”saidI “Ihearhe'safineyoungfellow Whyisn'tthere roominBiarritzfortheKingandforme?” “The detectives won't think there is, nor will they give you credit for your generoussentiments,”saidDick “Theywon'tknowI'mthere.” “TheyknewwhenyouwenttoBarcelona,fromMarseilles.” Thiswasasoresubject Itisnotmyfaultthatmyfatherwasasrecklesslybrave ageneral,andasobstinatelydeterminedapartisanasDonCarloseverhad IfI hadbeenborninthosedays,itispossiblethatIshouldhavedoneasmyfather did;butIwasnotborn,andthereforenotresponsible NorwasittheKing'sfault thatwelostourestateswhichmyancestorsownedinthedaysofCharlesV;nor thatwelostourfortune,weCasaTrianas;northatmyfatherwasbanishedfrom Spain For the King was not born, therefore he was not responsible; so why shouldIblamehimforanythingthathashappenedtome? Itwasperhapsill-judgedtovisitmyfather'sland,sincetohimithadbeenaland forbidden Butafewmonthsafterhisdeath,whenIwastwenty-one,thelonging toseeSpainhadbecomeanobsession Anditmusthavebeenmyevilstarwhich [pg4]influencedananarchisttothrowabombataroyalpersonageonthevery dayIarrivedatBarcelona,thinly“disguised”underanEnglishname Myidentitywasdiscoveredatonce,asthesonofthegreatdeadCarlist Iwas suspectedandclappedintoacell,towaituntilmyinnocencecouldbeproved This was not easy; but, on the other hand, there was no proof against me; and after an experience which scourged my pride and emptied my purse, I was released, only to be politely but firmly advised never again to show the undesirablefaceofaCasaTrianainSpain ItwasafterthisthatIflungmyselfofftoRussia,andthroughfriendlyinfluence got a commission in the army I had some adventures in the Boxer rising; and though Heaven knows I have no grudge against the Japanese, the fight I made laterontheRussiansidegavemesomethingtodofortwoyears AfterthePeace withIdleness,camethemotormania,andIthoughtofnothingelseforatime Butwhenyouhaverunyourcarformonths,motoringforitsownsakeceasesto beallinall Youaskyourselfwhatcountryyouwouldlikebesttovisitwiththe machineyoulove Pridekeptmefromansweringthatquestionwiththenameof“Spain”;butitwas becauseBiarritzisatthedoorofSpainthatIhadjustinvitedDickWaring—the bestoffriends,themostdelightfulofAmericans,whofoughtsidebysidewith me,forfun,inChina—todrivethereinmyGloriacar “Yes, they knew whenI wenttoBarcelona,”Iadmitted;forDickwasfamiliar withthestory “Butthatwasdifferent Anyhow,I'mgoingtoBiarritz,whatever happens Youcandoasyoulike.” “Ifyouwillgo,I'llgotoo,”saidDick;“andifanythinghappensI'llbeinitwith you Butyoumayregretyourrashness.” “I'veneveryetregrettedrashness,”Isaid “Thingsdoneonimpulsealwaysturn outforthebest.” So we started from Paris the next day, and had a splendid run, [pg 5]through scenerytosetthespiritsingingintunewiththethrummingofthemotor WhateverwastohappeninBiarritz,andIwasfarenoughfromguessingthen, nothinghappenedbytheway;andwearrivedonamorningofblueandgold Weputupataprivatehoteloutofthewayfromfashionablethoroughfares;and, asmychildhoodandearlyyouthwerepassedinEngland,IcoulduseanEnglish name without making myself ridiculous by a foreign accent As for my brown faceandblackeyes,manyaCornishmanhasafaceasbrownandeyesasblack; therefore, I edited the name of Triana into Cornish Trevenna, and changed Cristóbal,mymiddlename,intoChristopher Wetookourfirstmealintherestaurant,andeveryoneatthelittletablesnearby, wastalkingoftheKingand“PrincessEna”;howprettyshewas,howmuchin love he; how charming their romance My heart quite warmed to my youthful sovereign,whohashadsevenfeweryearsonearththanI Ifeltthat,ifIhadhad afairchance,Ishouldhavebeenhisloyalsubject “I'dliketohavealookathim,”saidItoWaringafterlunch “Theladywiththe nosewhosatonourleftsaidtoherhusbandwiththechin,thattheKingandthe twoPrincessesmotoreveryafternoon We'llmotortoo;andwheretheygo,there we'llgoalso.” “Takecare,”saidDick “Acatmaylookataking SomayChrisTrevenna.” “Nogoodadvisingyoutobecautious.” “Ofcoursenot Youwouldn'tcarearapformeiftherewas.” “Shouldn'tI?Anyhow,ChrisTrevennamightaswellweargoggles.” “There'snodustto-day,”saidI “Itrainedinthenight.” “Igiveyouup,”saidDick Andifgivingmeupmeantgoingoutwithmeinmy bigbluecardirectlyafterlunch,thenhekepthisword Ropes,mychauffeur,and right-handman,whositsalwaysinthetonneau,hadalreadyheardallaboutthe King'sautomobile, andwasprimedwithparticulars He leanedacross[pg6]to describeitsappearance,aswellasmentionthemake;andwhensuchacarashe ... ***START OF THE PROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOK THE CAR OF DESTINY* ** THE CAR OF DESTINY BY C N ANDA M WILLIAMSON IllustrationsbyArmandBoth NEWYORK THE McCLURECOMPANY MCMVII OTHERBOOKSBY THE SAMEAUTHORS... LikeaThiefin the Night The ManWhoLovedPilar AParcelforLieutenantO'Donnel The MagicWord The Duchess'sHand The Luck of the Dream-Book The Glorification of Monica The Goodwill of Mariquita... In the Palace of the Kings Moonlightin the Garden LetYourHeartSpeak The Garden of FlamingLilies The HandUnder the Curtains BehindanIronGrating On the RoadtoCadiz The SevenMen of Ecija
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