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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson Car of Destiny by 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: The Car of Destiny Author: C.N. Williamsonand A.M. Williamson Release Date: November 15, 2007 [Ebook 23500] Language: English ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE CAR OF DESTINY*** THE CAR OF DESTINY BY C. N.ANDA. M. WILLIAMSON Illustrations by Armand Both iv The Car of Destiny NEW YORK THE McCLURE COMPANY MCMVII OTHER BOOKS BY THE SAME AUTHORS Lady Betty Across the Water, My Friend the Chauffeur, The Princess Virginia, etc. Copyright, 1907, by The McClure Company Copyright, 1906, by McClure, Phillips & Co. vi LADY MONICA The Car of Destiny To Doña María del Pilar Harvey, We Dedicate This Spanish Story C.N. and A.M. Williamson Contents The King's Car. . . . . . . . . . . . The Girl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Guest Who Was Not Asked. . . “I Don't Threaten—I Warn”. . . . . A Mystery Concerning a Chauffeur .. Puzzle: Find the Car .. . . . . . . . . Over the Border. . . . . . . . . . . . A Stern Chase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Impudence of Showing a Handkerchief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Car of Destiny by
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.guten-berg.org/license
Title: The Car of Destiny
Author: C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Release Date: November 15, 2007 [Ebook 23500]
Language: English
***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE CAR OF DESTINY***
THE CAR OF DESTINY BY C. N.ANDA. M. WILLIAMSON
Illustrations by Armand Both
iv
The Car of Destiny
NEW YORK THE McCLURE COMPANY MCMVII
OTHER BOOKS BY THE SAME AUTHORS Lady Betty Across the Water, My Friend the Chauffeur, The Princess Virginia, etc.
Copyright, 1907, by The McClure Company Copyright, 1906, by McClure, Phillips & Co.
vi
LADY MONICA
The Car of Destiny
To Doña María del Pilar Harvey, We Dedicate This Spanish Story
C.N. and A.M. Williamson
Contents
The King's Car . . . . . . . . . . . . The Girl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Guest Who Was Not Asked . . . “I Don't Threaten—I Warn” . . . . . A Mystery Concerning a Chauffeur . . Puzzle: Find the Car . . . . . . . . . .
Over the Border . . . . . . . . . . . . A Stern Chase . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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. . . . . . The Impudence of Showing a Handkerchief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . The Unexpectedness of Miss O'Donnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
María del Pilar to the Rescue . . . . . Under a Balcony . . . . . . . . . . . What Happened in the Cathedral . . . Some Little Ideas of Dick's . . . . . . How the Duke Changed . . . . . . . . A Secret of the King's . . . . . . . . . Like a Thief in the Night . . . . . . . The Man Who Loved Pilar . . . . . . A Parcel for Lieutenant O'Donnel . . The Magic Word . . . . . . . . . . . The Duchess's Hand . . . . . . . . . . The Luck of the Dream-Book . . . . . The Glorification of Monica . . . . . The Goodwill of Mariquita . . . . . . What Cordoba Lacked . . . . . . . . In the Palace of the Kings . . . . . . . Moonlight in the Garden . . . . . . . Let Your Heart Speak . . . . . . . . . The Garden of Flaming Lilies . . . . .
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The Hand Under the Curtains Behind an Iron Grating . . . On the Road to Cadiz . . . . The Seven Men of Ecija . . . The Race . . . . . . . . . . The Moon in the Wilderness Wiles and Enchantments . . Dreams and an Awakening . The Fountain . . . . . . . . Day After To-morrow . . . . Through the Night . . . . . . The Fifth Bull; and After . .
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The King's Car
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“Motor to Biarritz? You must be mad,” said Dick Waring. “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 English fiancée,” Dick answered. “I wish him happiness,” said I. “I hear he's a fine young fellow. Why isn't there room in Biarritz for the King and for me?” “The detectives won't think there is, nor will they give you credit for your generous sentiments,” said Dick. “They won't know I'm there.” “They knew when you went to Barcelona, from Marseilles.” This was a sore subject. It is not my fault that my father was as recklessly brave a general, and as obstinately determined a partisan as Don Carlos ever had. If I had been born in those days, it is possible that I should have done as my father did; but I was not born, and therefore not responsible. Nor was it the King's fault that we lost our estates which my ancestors owned in the days of Charles V; nor that we lost our fortune, we Casa Trianas; nor that my father was banished from Spain. For the King was not born, therefore he was not responsible; so why should I blame him for anything that has happened to me? It was perhaps ill-judged to visit my father's land, since to him it had been a land forbidden. But a few months after his death,
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