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his guardian to halt and allow him a few
minutes' repose. The Pole refused and
threatened him with his drawn sword,
but at the same time told him they would
find a vehicle waiting for them on the
threshold of the wood. They continued
their tramp until they found themselves
at ihe gato of the Convent of Bielany.
Kosinski was here so agitated by his
thoughts that the king perceived his dis
order, and having remarked thnt they
had strayed from the road in quite a dif
ferent direction, added : "I see you do
not know where to go. Let me seek
shelter in the convent, and do you pro
vide for your own safety." "No," replied
Kosinski, "I have sworn."
They continued their journeyings until
they arrived at Mariemont, a small palace
belonging to the house of Saxony, which
is not more than half a league from War
saw. Kosinski showed some satisfaction
on find ng out where he was; and the
king having again asked for a few min
utes' rest, he consented. While they re
clined together on the ground, the kinsj
employed the brief interval in endeavor
ing to propitiate his conductor, and per
suade him to assist, or at least permit, his
escape. He represented to him the crim
inality of his conduct in undertaking to
kill his sovereign, and the invalidity of
an oath taken for such a purpose. Kosin
ski listened attentively, and at last
showed signs of remorse. "But if," he
said, "consenting to save your life, I re
conduct you to Warsaw, what will be the
consequence? I shall be arrested and put
This reflection plunged him anew into
uncertainty and embarrassment. "I give
you uiy word," said the king, "that no ill
shall befall yon; but if you doubt the ful
fillment of my promise, escape while there
is yet time. I can find my way towards
some place of safety, and I will certainly
point out to any who might wish to pur
sue you a route directly opposite to that
taken by you." Kosiuski could no longer
resist. Throwing himself at the king's
feet he implored his forgivenness, and
swore to protect him against every enemy,
adding that he would trust wholly to his
generosity. The king repeated his prom
ise that no harm should come to him.
Thinking it prudent, not the less, to gain
some asylum without delay, and remem
bering that there was a miller's hard by,
lie immediately turned his steps in that
direction. Kosinski knocked at the door.
There was no reply. Then he broke a
window pane, and demanded that shelter
should be given to a gentleman who had
been ill-used by thieves; but the miller,
thinking they were robbers, refused to
open, and for more than half an hour
persisted in the refusal. Eventually the
king approached, and speaking through
the broken casement, endeavored to in
duce the miller to receive their. "If we
were thieves," said he, "wo could as
easily have broken the whole window as
a single pane." This pithy argument
convinced the miller; he opened the door
and received the king.
The latter immediately wrote in French
the following note to Gen. Cover, colonel
of the foot guards:
"By a kind of miracle I have escaped
from my assassins, and am now at the
little mill of Maireraont. Come as soon
as may be to convey me from here. lam
wounded, but not badly."
The king experienced some difficulty
in finding a messenger to take the billed
to Warsaw, but at length succeeded.
Without a minute's delay Cover repaired
to the mill, followed by a detachment of
guards. On arriving there he found the
king sound asleep on the ground, covered
by the miller's cloak. The reader can
imagine all that enoued—the surprise of
the miller and his family when they dis
covered whom they had treated with such
scant courtesy; the delight of the king at
the happy ending of his night of peril;
the rejoicings in Warsaw when the citi
zens welcomed back their sovereign. All's
well that ends well, and so ended this
strange story of the abduction of a king.
—AH the Year Round.
SOME FUNNIER THAN OTHERS.
'Jim, wot is steam, anyhow?"
"It's a sort o' waporous sweat wot the
millions of hnnimalcula wot's in the water
throws off their hunguish at bein' scalded
"Wot a gilly I am! I might ha' knr>wed
Mi. Flathouse —"What did you kick me
under the table for when I asked Gorge
leigh to have some more terrapin?"
Mrs. Flathouse (severely)—" For two
reasons. There was no more terrapin; and
not being a skirt-dancer, I couldn't kick
Bert—"l don't see any use in this geog
raphy lesson, Mattie." "Why, you
goosey, it's of the greatest use. It tells you
where to go when you can't get there, aud
describes the country and all that. If we
had no geography, we'd get lost all over
the world."—Harper's Young People.
"Have you any tidings of my lost sou?'
asked the distracted mother of the chief of
(:We have discovered, madam, that he
enlisted for the Brazilian war."
"Thank heaven for that!" she exclaim
ed. "I was afraid he had rushed into some
Precise maiden aunt (trying to amuse
Kate, who has come to spend the day)—
"Oh, see pnsay washing her face! Infant
(with scorn) —'"She is not washing her face.
She's washing her feet and wiping them on
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