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throughout Greece to the partizans and per- people, the king walked in the procession sonal friends of the king. A vast concourse entirely unattended, and with a considerable assembled. Not only came princes and states- space intervening between him and his bodymen, but many cities, among them Athens, guard. Right at the entrance to the theater were present by their representatives, and the assassin lay in wait for him. A single sent crowns of gold and series of resolutions thrust of the sword laid the king dead at his to express their loyalty, and to do the king feet. He sprang to his horse, and was off. appropriate honor. It became a truly impe- The king's guards rushed in pursuit. But rial fête, the festal ratification of the newly for an accident, he would have escaped. As founded empire, the hailing of the emperor; he galloped away, a tangling vine caught his but in the midst of it all Philip was foully foot; he was thrown from his horse, and, bemurdered.
fore he could rise, Perdiccas and the guards The perpetrator of the deed was one who were in pursuit had made way with him. Pausanias, a Macedonian, member of the But Philip the Great was dead-in the fortyking's body-guard; the motive, private re- seventh year of his age, the twenty-fourth venge. Pausanias had suffered a most de- of his reign. grading insult at the hands of Attalus, The murder was purely an act of private Cleopatra's uncle. He besought the king to and personal revenge, but the most various give him revenge. This the king persistently rumors and subtle surmises were current, declined to do, being influenced by Cleopatra, connecting with the deed now the rival Lynand by the consideration of Attalus's impor- cestian line, now Olympias and even Alextance to him as a general. Pausanias's hatred ander, now the poor Shah of Persia himself. turned itself now against the king. Vanity That Olympias should have been suspected and envy were his consuming passions. In was perfectly natural. Philip's death was the murder of the king he found satisfaction undoubtedly quite acceptable to her. She for both. “How may one become most fa- was entirely capable of having abetted it. mous?” he asked, one day, in the course of a Her hatred of Cleopatra and Attalus seemed, discussion with the sophist Hermocrates, furthermore, to form a band of common inwhose lectures he was attending. “By mak- terest between the assassin and herself. All ing way with one who has done greatest these things serve, however, rather to explain deeds,” answered the professor. Attalus, how the suspicion arose than to prove its corCleopatra, Philip, had now become one in rectness. The strained political situation unthe eye of his wrath. To kill Philip was to doubtedly stimulated the murderous instinct overthrow Attalus, and put his niece at the of the doer of the deed, as was the case with mercy of Olympias.
the assassin of President Garfield; but more The second day of the festival was to be than this we have no right to infer from the signalized by gala performances in the evidence. The suspicions affecting Alextheater. Clad in a white robe, and attended ander were most certainly baseless, as all by a stately procession, Philip advanced to- his actions then and thereafter would amply ward the gate. The place was already full. prove, if there were need of proof. Long before daylight people had been crowd Be it as it may, Philip was gone, and, to ing in to claim their seats. As an indication all appearances, his empire with him. His of the security felt in the good will of the heir was a stripling of twenty years.
(To be continued.)