In the Name of the Tzar
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXIV. Bedford's Last Secret. The winter was ended in St Petersburg. The ice on the Xeva was broken up, and the glad city was still exulting in its newly won freedom when Eedford took leave of his friends in the Eussian capital, and departed for the South. His work done, the efforts and the labour of years of his life crowned with success, and his heart filled with a great joy at the deliverance of millions from a hateful bondage and insufferable tyranny, he turned towards the South to seek the bride in whom now his whole affections were centred. Night and day he travelled unceasingly, eager to see her once more, to learn how she had stood the terrible test which she had had to bear, to explain to her, as he could now do fully and unreservedly, how it was that his life had hitherto been sealed to her, and what really his object had been in siding with the great armies of discontent throughout Europe. At last he neared the land of sunshine and summer air. A few hours more, and he saw before him the great mountain-ranges which guard the coast and look down on the blue Mediterranean--on the calm bay and white buildings of Mentone, where Beatrice was waiting expectant to meet him. What a joyous meeting it was! What tears of happiness and thankfulness were shed by Beatrice, as her lover clasped her in his arms, and told her that he was come to be hers--hers alone now, free from the self-forged bonds which had held him so long--never to part with her more! And the old General was as glad to see Eedford as if he had been his own son, and Lilian had laughed and cried alternately from sheer sympathy and delight, and even Aunt Guy was moved beyond her wont, and felt her spectacles grow dim. Gerald Osborne was there too, glad to see his friend safe out of so...
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