The Emperor's Candlesticks - Baroness Orczy
The Emperor's Candlesticks is an exciting tale set in Austria at the close of the nineteenth century. Some Polish revolutionaries, working to free their country from Russian rule, kidnap the heir to the Russian Throne while he is on a private visit to Vienna and intend to hold him as hostage for certain comrades of theirs who have been imprisoned in Moscow by the Tsar Alexander III. Volenski, private secretary to Cardinal d'Orsay, is entrusted by the conspirators with a message for the group's headquarters in St. Petersburg. Now the Cardinal has been asked by the Austrian Emperor Franz Jozef to convey to a lady friend in St. Petersburg a pair of beautiful candlesticks in each of which there is a secret recess. Volenski puts his message in one of the candlesticks to Madame Demidoff, who is in the pay of the Russian Government and, having learnt about the Tsarevitch's abduction, herself wishes to send an urgent report to St. Petersburg; she persuades the unsuspecting Cardinal to entrust the candlesticks to her while he goes on holiday, and places her report in one of them. So both of the hiding-places now contain papers of immense value. The stage is thus set for a breathless chase, which starts when the candlesticks are stolen and are sold to a collector in London.
Publisher: Pan Books
Publication Date: 1952 from 1913 copyright
ISBN: not stated
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