D if they are afraid to, I am not, only they must give me authority to
act for them. They must abdicate in my favor." "Are you in earnest?"
gasped Stedman. "Don't I talk as if I were?" demanded Gordon, wiping the
perspiration from his forehead. "And can I be consul?" said Stedman,
cheerfully. "Of course. Tell them what I propose to do." Stedman turned
and spoke rapidly to the two kings. The people gathered closer to hear.
The two rival monarchs looked at one another in silence for a moment,
and then both began to speak at once, their counsellors interrupting
them and mumbling their guttural comments with anxious earnestness. It
did not take them very long to see that they were all of one mind, and
then they both turned to Gordon and dropped on one knee, and placed his
hands on their foreheads, and Stedman raised his cap. "They agree," he
explained, for it was but pantomime to Albert. "They salute you as a
ruler; they are calling you Tellaman, which means peacemaker. The
Peacemaker, that is your title. I hope you will deserve it, but I think
they might have chosen a more app
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