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  • Count von Herbeck, chancellor to the Grand Duke of Ehrenstein, is married but keeps it a secret because of his high ambitions. His dying wife writes him a letter urging him to make their young daughter a great lady. To this end, he arranges to have Torpete, a gypsy, to kidnap Gretchen, the daughter of the GRand Duke. He takes the coat and locket belonging to the little Princess and then sends his own daughter, Hildegarde, away. During the abduction of Gretchen she is wounded in the shoulder by a bullet. Fifteen years later Von Herbeck tells the Grand Duke he has found the Princess, and produces the coat, locket and Hildegarde as proof. Meanwhile, the real Princess has been abandoned by the gypsies and adopted by peasants, and has grown up as a "Goose Girl." The young King Fredrick of Jugendheit is officially betrothed to the fake Princess but he does not wish to marry a woman he has never met. He disguises himself as a Vinter and travels around the countryside, meets the Goose Girl, and rescues her from the insulting attentions of a vicious Count, and longs to marry her. But since he can not marry a peasant, true love seems doomed. Or does it?

    - Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>
  • Count Von Herbeck, the chancellor to the Grand Duke of Ehrenstein, is married but keeps the fact secret on account of his high ambitions. His wife, dying, writes him a letter urging him to make their little child a great lady. With this purpose in view, he arranges with Torpets, a gypsy, to abduct the daughter of the Grand Duke. He takes the coat, hat and locket belonging to the little Princess and sends his own child away. During the abduction of the little Princess she is wounded on the shoulder by a bullet. Fifteen years later Von Herbeck tells the Grand Duke that he has found the Princess, and produces the locket and coat in proof of the identity of the child. Meanwhile the real Princess, after being abandoned by the gypsies, has been adopted by peasants and has grown up as a "Goose Girl." At the same period, the young King Frederick of Jugendheit is officially betrothed to the Princess of Ehrenstein but does not wish to marry a woman he has never seen, or to put diplomatic necessity above love. He disguises himself as a vintner, meets the Goose Girl, rescues her from the insulting attentions of a vicious Count and longs to marry her. When it seems impossible for the story to come to a happy conclusion the real identity of the Goose Girl is revealed through the bullet mark received when the gypsy stole her, and she takes her rightful place on the throne. This makes the marriage to the Princess of Ehrenstein the one thing in the world most to be desired by the King of Jugendheit, and everything ends happily after all.

    - Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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