HUNSRUCK, Aug. 15--The Prinzessinnen Sophie-Vittoria and Maria-Aurora pored over the documents recovered from the cache of the deceased Kapellmeister for over half an hour. No obvious connexion linked the eight names--three members of the ducal court, two leading burghers of the town, the Rector of the Cathedral of Kognat, the Chancellor of the University of Achselfraktur and the Stadtlan of the Hunsruck Judengasse--except a degree of social prominence and an income approximate to loans on the order indicated by the promissory notes and the notations on their reverses.
What did seem clear was that Kapellmeister Volker had not had anything approaching the resources to engage in the sort of moneylending necessary to accumulate the notes by normal trade or even the sharpest dealing, and there was no notation to indicate that any of the notes had been transferred from the original holder, Friedrich of Waldreck.
As the Prinzessinnen wrestled with these riddles, Anna, Sophie-Vittoria's dressing maid, entered to remind them of the imminent commencement of the midnight pyrotechnics, concluding the formal programme of the debut, from which Sophie-Vittoria's absence could not fail to be noted. Repairing their toilettes, the two ladies made ready to descend again to the ballroom.