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the thoughts it raised that in descending he ran against a foreign gentleman who was coming up. Profuse apologies on both sides followed; the foreign gentleman went on up the stair, and Carnegie came out upon the street and turned toward the Rue de Rivoli. The little encounter at once left his mind, although he had cause to remember it later.

CHAPTER II.

MR. CARNEGIE ARRIVES.

LATER in the same year Carnegie often reflected on the slight thread which bound him to the extraordinary business of the Château Gui. He came to consider the interview with the Princess Sarrazine in Paris as introductory to the later drama, wherein he was to play so prominent a part. Every national or international event entangles with it a number of private lives and histories, each in itself worthy of observation. So the greater drama controls the less, like the play in Hamlet, subordinate perhaps in importance, but fraught as full as the main theme with infinite possibilities of emotion and action. When the Spanish-American war is mentioned to Carnegie it recalls to his mind not Dewey's victory, nor the flight of Cer

vera, nor the Merrimac episode, but instead his own little stage and scene, the weeks of bewilderment, the hours of tense excitement, of adventure, of emotion, of swift, fierce action, all shining against the background of the gray house facing seaward. From the day of his arrival as Claudia Sarrazine's guest to the day when he so strangely left her roof, he is accustomed to think of that interval as the most important and picturesque in his life. At the time it passed unappreciated. He went to the Château Gui in the last week in June for a rest and a holiday after two months' hard study on the subject of our coast defence. It was his own fault that he did not get this rest, even if he did not later see cause for regret.

Carnegie left Bar Harbor in his own yacht, the Señorita. During the last six weeks he had lived on this craft, which, if not a floating palace, contained at least every comfort for her owner. The Señorita had been built for him the winter before, and he had refused Government offers for her, judg

ing that she would be useful to him in his own work. Her engines were of the best, and since the breaking out of war Carnegie had ruthlessly sacrificed a part of her pretty interior for coal. He had an excellent sailing master and crew, and the yacht had shown herself, in his various working trips, swift and seaworthy. She was not large, nor was she especially luxurious, but she had the perfection of mechanical outfit. It was more than twenty-four hours after losing sight of Mt. Desert that he came in sight of Shattogie Point. It will be readily understood that the name which Carnegie and the princess gave to the house on this point was not the one generally employed. The corruption, as written above, was in common use until the father of Claudia Sarrazine, inheriting the property from an uncle, discovered and revived the original title. The place might remain "Shattogie House on Shattogie Point" to all New England; Mr. Ivors and his family never used any but the old form. To many persons a château on the

New England coast was in itself an anachronism, but the age and size of the house gave it a reasonable right to the title. It had been erected and owned by a French seigneur of the time of Louis XIV, fell into English hands, and thence purchased by the Ivors family. For many years, on account of distance, inaccessibility, and their absence in Europe, it had been untenanted and neglected. The position of the Château Gui was unique, and for the understanding of what follows must be described with some particularity. The house stood facing the Atlantic on a miniature peninsula thirty acres in extent— rocky, and well-wooded on the high ground with good-sized pine trees. The side of the peninsula toward the bay was lower, the ground extending in a slope of lawn, fringed by a thick belt of alder bushes, which hid the sea on this side from the house. An isthmus. half a mile long connected the peninsula with the mainland, which was very mountainous and abrupt. On one side was the open sea, on the other a narrow, long, irregular bay,

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