The Car of Destiny


THE CAR OF DESTINY BY C. N. AND A. M. WILLIAMSON [Logo] Illustrations by Armand Both 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. [Lady Monica] LADY MONICA 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 The Impudence of Showing a Handkerchief Over the Border A Stern Chase 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 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 I THE KING'S CAR "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

A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson and C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson

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