The impoverished King of Eltwich-Haldmandt plans an alliance between his daughter, Princess Zavia, and Prince Sacholdt, of Murtavia. The Prince, who has never seen Zavia, flees the country, as the time for the ceremony approaches, leaving word that he must marry as his heart dictates. Zavia, impressed by the failure of her father's plans, comes to the rescue by offering to sell the royal jewels in a foreign country. By chance, Prince Sacholdt is a passenger on the same steamer and makes her acquaintance. Von Block, a fastidious thief on shipboard, is one day removing a cinder from his eye, holding his pocket mirror before him. He gets a reflection of Zavia in her stateroom inspecting the jewels. The flash of the mirror apprises Zavia that she is being watched and she later switches the hiding place of the jewels. Von Block's plans are temporarily thwarted. Leaving the vessel, Prince Sacholdt gives his name to Zavia as "Johann Schmidt," asking her to summon him if he can help her at ...
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