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Affairs of State

Burton Egbert Stevenson

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. . .t heirs, so that, in any event, the succession must be through a collateral branch. The claims of the rivals, Prince George, of Schloshold, and Prince Ferdinand, of Markheim, are therefore evenly balanced. On one side of the scale, however, the German Emperor has thrown the weight of his influence. On the other side is the moral influence of practically all the rest of Europe, but this will scarcely be of any value to Prince Ferdinand unless he can enlist the active support of Great Britain, which, it may be, Lord Vernon, though reluctant to withhold, will find impossible to give. It is not to be denied that, from a disinterested view-point, Prince Ferdinand seems by far the more worthy of the two claimants.

"Lord Vernon is suffering with a very severe attack of influenza, which has been developing for some days, and which has, at last, become so serious that his physicians have commanded a complete rest for a week . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Cute, charming, short, slightly melodramatic period piece. As the original review says: "Two American girls, sojourning with their father at a little Dutch watering place, unintentionally become involved in a diplomatic intrigue which threatens the peace of Europe. A situation, humorous at first, ra