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THE NATKftUi TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. C, APEIL 22, 18S2.
At the recent Reunion of Maryland Veterans, in
response to the toast Ourselves," Dr. C. C. Bom
baugh, a prominent nict.bcr of the Grand Army
of the Republic, read the following poem :
When the blast of war blew and the call came "To
And the only arbitrament left was the sword ;
When the bells of secession runs: out their alncms,
Who nnswcied the prayer of the flag we adored?
Shall we he accounted vainglorious elves
If among the respondents wc number ourselves?
When pleadings for peace were perversely with
stood. And brother was marshaled 'gainst brother in
When rancor demanded the shedding of blood,
The maiming of limb, the surrender of life;
Who followed the pathway of duty and right.
If not such as ourselves who have met here to
When home, friends, and kindred were all left be
hind For the martial array of the white-tented field,
Who, unschooled to the duties and hardships as
signed, At once the true soldierly spirit levealed?
The light that illumines that life of the camp
Whence conies it, if not from your memory's
When the reveille founded, Aroue, every man,
To grapplo with hard-tacl: or some of that ilk.
And wash down your bacon as well as you can
With coJleo untempered with sugar or milk,
Who bounced up and welcomed the odorous steam
Of Uncle Sam's breakfast ? Wesurely don't dream.
When " the sentinel stars set their watch In the
And pipes arc filled up for a sociable smoke,
When the canteen went round with its smuggled
And care was forgotten In story and joke,
If you all were not there what is it the while
That relaxes your features with memory's smile?
When the pickets called truce to the rifle's sharp
And met on the bridge of the chasm between,
To swap the small savings of each haversack,
Tobnccrt for coffee the ace for the queen.
Was there not in that fruit of forbidden delight
More zest than the incense wc burn here to-night?
When the long roll was beat, and men rushed into
And the volley received was with volley re
turned, When the green sod was deluged with life's crim
And life on the altar of battle was burned ;
Was it not you who shared in that carnage can
Your ranks that were shattered with shot and with
When the sick and the wounded lay tossing about
On their wearisome ects in the hospital's gloom,
Feebly sighing for home, or death's mustei-out.
Still clinging to life, or awaiting their doom.
We know what it was that contracted the brow;
Wc can feel the fierce heat of that fever-flush now.
Whether conquest or failure, in darkness or light,
Whether crisis or succor, advance or retreat.
How well we recall them ! How often wc fight
Our battles again when our comrades we meet!
Yet how often these thick-thronging retrospects
Like a vision of night like a terrible dream.
And now that the Angel of Peace spreads her
Over States reunited and friendship restored,
Who so ready to meet the new duties it brings?
Who so glad as ourselves not to unsheathe the
Unless with.confr derate brethren we go,
Hand in hand, to icpel any alien foe?
JUSTUS VITALI'S CLIENT.
'.Vis1.! momentous evtnts may not ltappcn
ip.-j iv. . paragraphs of a letter inter-mp'-
i " -i'i liour! When Yitali wrote to
-: .- n::i lie would devote himself to
! lather's memory " to the exclu-si-
i other objects or ambitions."' he
mix: n" meant; when he resumed his
lulu ;. i .I.- j, tssage in it was no lungpr true.
His i. I .i pi-.ty had not lessened, but a new
elerui-.!.: of h.ipea and fears had entered his i
life. Ills m.iiu object at present was to clear
Clotiide Drspl.ms; and when he had done
that, what then''' Here he asked himself
with uneasiness why he should shrink from
looking to the time when the professional
relations between himself and the young
widow should be at an end, and when per
haps she would go away and be never more
seen of him His life would become a cheer
less blank again then, as it had been before
she had come to him like a sunbeam into a
prison cell. He h-d looked upon her, and
it seemed to him that her face must forever
more remain shining bofore his mind's eyes.
When she had gone, he carefully read
through the writ of process with which she
had been served, and which, like all such
documents in France, was a most elaborate
indictment, covering several pages of stamped
J.l'i -1.JJ13 IA1UU Jk iV XJJaiiC 4llO WiWUll UUil. I
Accustomed as he was to the calumnious
malice of litigants, to the diabolical inge
nuity with which a plaintiff's lawyer can
pervert the meaning of the simplest acts and
words so that they inay be made to bear a
felonious significance, Justin Virali never
theless thought that slander had never been
pushed to greater length, and humanity,
honor, decency, and common sense never
been more outrageously set at defiance, than
in this document, which accused Clotiide
Desplans of being a false intriguer and
swindler. He foresaw that the case would
make an immense noise; for, in a country
where women's influence is paramount, the
public have a great interest in knowing
what constitutes an exercise of undue in
fluence; then the magnitude of the sum at
staks would lend importance to the suit,
besides greatly heating the plaintffis' pleas,
for 'Frenchmen do light with exceeding
desperation for a. million francs.
All tho other briefs which Yitali had in
hand at this time lapsed into the background
of his preoccupations; and on the morrow
of Madame Desplaus's visit, it cost him real
physical suffering to go into court and givo
his attention during three hours to a knotty
insurance case. He had scarcely slept
through the night from thinking of the
extraordinary 'concourse of circumstances
which had made him morally the dehtor of
Madame Dcsplans, whom his father had un
wittingly ruined. He deemed it nobly
generous of her to have said that if he won
her suit she would consider they were quits,
and most magnanimous of her to have shown
such readiness in believing in his father's
innocence a point upon which all the world,
ay, his most intimate friends (with whom
he had quarrelled on that account) remained
sceptics. How could he for a moment mis
trust the guiltlessness of one who displayed
fiitch c .i fidence in him and his ? now could
he ln'p longing for the day when he should
iar ! r name spotless as a jewel from tho
jj;n"' 1- I nuds who sought to soil it, or help
3iitur at the inevitable delays which
obiijfit her to remain under the cloud of
foul aspfniiona for weeks at least, perhaps
In' the luncheon interval of the insurance
case Yitali stayed in court and wrote Madame
Dcsplans a letter, putting her some questions
which lie had omitted to ask on the previous
day, and pending some general remarks upon
the conduct of her case, with the intention
of reassuring her. Tie did not notice that
his letter far exceeded in length ar.d in style
the usual manner of a business communica
tion, but in all he said he wished to pave
the way to an offer to place his purse at her
disposal until the trial was ended. It had
occurred to him in the night that Madame
Desplaus's circumstances must be wofully
straitened, and that she possibly had not
enough to live on in comfort for the next
few weeks, setting aside the defrayal of ex
penses attendant upon the preliminaries of
every lawsuit lie was wording his pro
posal with infinite delicacy, and bidding
Madame Dcsplans regard any loan she would
accept as a simple advance on the fortune
she would shortly recover, when one of the
most eminent avottcs in Rouen crossed the
court and touched his shoulder. It was M.
Boidoux. to whom he had been indebted for
many a brief.
"Yitali," said M. Boidoux, "I sent yon a
big brief yesterday, but don't go to work on
it yet, for it will have to bo amended, as the
case is going to be transferred from a civil
suit into a criminal action."
"Very well," replied Yitali, nodding ab
r entty. " I haven't yet looked at yesterday's
briefs. "Who aro the parties to this one?"
"Hcnlard, Yiel, and some others, versus
Dcsplans, a young widow, and we are for
the plain tills."
"What?" exclaimed the Corsican, starting
as if he had been hit.
"You seem to have heard of the case,"
observed M. Boidoux, taking a pinch of
snuff. "We thought at first Ave had to do
merely with undue influence, but circum
stances have come to light which show there
was downright murder. Madame Dcsplans
"Who told you that?" ejaculated Yitali,
with so energetic an expression of indignant
fury that Id. Boidoux recoiled.
"Heigh! What dog has bitten you? You
surely don't take an interest in the de
fendant?" he asked increduously.
"I am retained for Madame Desplaus, and
I mean to go on her case to the end,''
answered Yitali hotly.
" Oh no. that I am sure you won't ! " re
plied M. Boidoux, wagging his gray head.
"You'll drop her brief like a red coal, for I
know you. I don't say but that it would
have been a pretty case for you to light, if
there had been no proofs of murder, for
after all what is undue influence in a pretty
woman ? Madame Boidoux used no undue
influence on me before our marriage, but if
she had asked me to convert all my fortune
into golden marbles that she might play at
"Come to tho point, M. Boidoux, I beg,''
cried Yitali, shaking the lawyer's arm almost
brutally. " "What do you mean by proofs of
"Laudanum in the body," replied M.
Boidoux positively. "At least we hope to
find some there," he added, correcting him
self. " Examining the deceased's papers the
dayJiefore yesterday, we came upon letters
in which he expressed fears that Madame
Dcsplans was endeavoring to poison him.
These letters had been written by him in
bed; they had been put, intoi.. envelopes,
sealed, addressed, and stamped for posting,
and it was evident that Madamo Desplaus
had suppressed them. This set us insti
tuting inquiries, and we ascertained that
Madame Desplans had on a certain day pur
chased laudanum. Of course we applied
forthv. ith to the procurator for an order to
have 'Captain Lacroix's body exhumed, and
that is being done at this moment. As.foi
Clotiide Desplaus, she is in prison; we had
her arrested last night."
Muttering a growl and launching a ful
minating glanco at the lawyer, Yitali fled
from the court at the moment when all the
parties to the insuranco suit were returning
He rushed across the pleaders' hall, flew
down a staircase, and with his gown stream
ing behind him, made for a court-yard lead
ing to the prison-house. But on reaching
the open air, he sank discouraged on a stone
bench. He recollected that it would be im
possible for him to see Clotiide. In France
a prisoner apprehended on a criminal charge
is kept in solitary confinement (ait secret)
till the examination by the jugc d'in
strnctian is at end; and sometimes this ex
amination lasts for months. Vitali thought
with a shudder of the agonies which tho
yonng widow was going to endure, debarred
from all communications with the outer
world, precluded from seeing any faces save
those of her goalers and of the examining
magistrate, who day after day would torture
her with insidious cross-questions intending
to wring from her an avowal of guilt. Some
strong men have been known to go mad
under this protracted torment; how was a
weak, impressionable woman likely to bear
up against it ?
Yitali went back with aching head and
heart to the court, and pleaded for his client
in the insurance case. It required a miracle
of self-command to enable him to bring his
mind to what he wa3 doing, but the very
force of his sorrow lent him an artificial
strength, and though he spoke with a hag
gard face and an irritable manner, he won
his suit. As he was leaving tho court,
Boidoux accosted him, looking triumphant.
"I told you how it would be. The;osr
mortcm is over, and they have found lauda
num in the body."
"I don't believe it," snarled Vitali.
"But come, man when I tell yon so:
The doctors say he took a dose fit to kill a
" Reason the more. He committed suicide."
"Ah, if you'ie going to plead that, it's
another affair," said the lawyer tranquilly.
"But I warn you it will be uphill work; wo
have a chain of evidence that is flawless."
"Look here, LI. Boidoux, have you ever
yet known mo to plead for a criminal?"
asked Yitali, halting, and glaring at the old
solicitor as if he would cat him.
"No, my dear fellow, but you're not in
fallible," said M. Boidoux, buttoning up his
top-coat. "At any rale the affair is going to
make a pretty fuss. See, it's already in the
papers," and he handed the Corsican an
evening journal, in a conspicuous part of
which was printed in large letters : "Mys
terious Poisoxixa Case. Arrest of the
" The Desplans Poisoning-Case," as it was
called, was destined to convulse not only
the city of M , but the whole of France,
There happened io be no topic of engrossing
interest before tho public at that moment,
and this tale of alleged crime came as a wel
come prey for the popular tongues to feed
on. Tho youth and bcawty of the suspected
murderess, her distinguished social status,
the large sum which was supposed to have
prompted the murder, all these features
combined to invest tho affair with a special
attractiveness, so that in every place of pub
lic meeting throughout the country Madame
Desplaus and her doings supplanted discus
sions about politics, new comedies, and new
fashions. As the doctrine of contempt of
court is unknown in France at least in the
Euglish hitter-day application of the same
the newspapers freely commented on the
evidence that had come to light. All that
could be raked up as to Madame Desplaus's
antecedents was broadly published; her
portrait appeared in the illustrated papers
(aud a sweet portrait it was), and, under the
form of complaint, long-winded ballads de
scriptive of the crime were whined in the
streets by itinerant singers. At first, public
opinion was, as almost always happens, dead
against the prisoner, but the publication of
the portrait caused a reaction ; and when it
became known that Madame Desplaus was
to be defended by Justin Yitali, " whose voice
had never been lifted up in an unjust cause,"
the country divided itself into two equal
camps, the one largoly composed of hus
bands, married ladies, and old ladies, who
trusted that tho prisoner would be guil
lotined; the other made up of all gallant
and romantic souls, who enthusiastically,
nay, frantically, proclaimed her innocence.
The theory of tho prosecution, as regards
the prisoner, was briefly summed up thus:
Clotiide Desplans was a person of extrava
gant tastes. Cold-hearted, willful, fond of
finery and general ly frivolous, she had mar
ried Captain Desplans without concern for
his old age, and sololy because he was rich.
Once married, her conduct had been fla
grantly irregular. Captain Dcsplans had
been obliged to forbid Captain Lacroix his
house because the latter had made love to
Clotiide; and soon Clotildc's reckless ex
penditure plunged her husband into pe
cuniary embarrassments, which he sought
to override by injudicious speculations, and
so ruined himself. From this moment,
averred the prosecution, Madame Desplans
had formed the project of marrying Captain
Lacroix; aud if no proof existed of her
having poisoned her husband to compass
this end, there existed a strong presumption
that she had done so, and it was certain that
Captain Lacroix had suspected her of this
crime. This accounted for his having re
fused to marry her, though his love for her
had been very great; and also for his having
addicted himself to drink in the grief which
the knowledge of her infamous deed had
caused him. It was not denied that during
the closing months of his life Captain La
croix'3 intellect had been deranged, and
many of the letters he had written on his
deathbed bore evident traces of insanity;
but the prosecution argued that though
facts might be exaggerated in these letters,
there was a substiatum of truth in them,
and that they must bo taken in connection
with the finding of the poison in the de
ceased's body. Madame Desplans had hur
ried to Captain Lacroix's house immediately
on his being bedridden, and from that mo
ment she had allowed no one to approach
him. She had discharged two out of his
three servants, and these persons deposed
to her having taken possession .of the cap.
tain's house as if she were mistress of it, to.,
her having been imperious and quick-tempered,
and to her having required them to
give up the keys of the captain's plate-cub-board,
cellars, etc., which she constantly
kept about her, with tho keys of his desk,
bureau, and of a safe that contained his
valuables. The third servant, an old woman,
who had remained with the captain till
his death, stated that Madame Desplans had
nursed the captain with great apparent
kindness, but she confessed that when the
two were alone together she had often over
head the sick man's voice abusing Madame
Desplans as a would-be murderess. More
over, that Madame Desplans had ordered
her (the servant) on no account to post any
letters the captain might write. A chemist
deposed to Madame Desplans having bought
laudanum at his shop, and tho doctor who
'attended the sick man gave evidence that
he died rather suddenly at a moment when
a turn for tho better had seemed to super
vene in his condition. Fiom this it wna
inferred that Madame Desplans had poisoned
the captain from fear that he would recover,
and that when once restored to health he
would cancel the testamentary dispositions
he had made in her favor at the time whilst
her husband was still alive, and while he
(Lacroix) still deemed her worthy of his
love. As a criminal indictment is never
complete in France unless the remotest and
least important circumstances in a prisoner's
life are laid bare, the examining witness had
summoned a lbrmcr governess of Clotildc's
to prove that the prisoner had as a child
been headstrong and often unmanageable.
A discharged maid swore to her having
frequently quarrelled with her husband ; a
discharged valet of Captain Desplaus's had
heard her remark at a dinner-party that
death by laudanum must be a pleasant
death, which clearly pointed to a long pre
occupation on the means of taking life, and
to a suspicious conversautship with the
properties of poisons.
"What Justin Yitali suffered whilst all
theso depositions and conjectures, some ter
rible, some absurd, came to him piecemeal
through newspaper reports, it is impossible
to describe. Weeks parsed without his being
admitted to see Madame Desplans. Her case
was in tho hands of M. Ragof, a small wizen
jugc d' instruction, whoAvould turn a prisoner
over and over as a dog docs a bone, and won Id
not let him go so long as a scrap of secret
remained to be torn off. This grim man
being questioned one clay by Vitali as io
Madame Desplaus's health, answered blandly
that the prisoner was as well as could bo
expected, and that ho had given orders that
she should want for nothing in the way of
comforts compatible with her position.
Vjtali, who had never spoken to Ragot
before, felt that ho was committing an im
prudence in questioning him; but ho could
bear tho suspense no longer, and ho had in
dulged a furtive hope that he might lie able
to insinuate a word or two that would pro
pitiate the judge in Clotilda's favor. But
his first hints in this direction fell against
M. Ragot like paper pellets against a stone
wall. M. R.igot was duty incarnate. M.
Ragot, though not abovo five feet high, was
a colossus in the science of worming facts
out of a prisoner and keeping his counsel
about tho same till tho time came for their
official publication. The French code which
invests a jugc instruction with the most
tremendous of powers that of examining
Xiriboners in secret, and committing or re
leasing them on his own sole uncontrolled
responsibility has reared a class of men
astute as lynxes, silent as confessors. M.
Ragot would not have whispered a secret to
the coals on his fire for fear it should be
spread by the smoke up the chimney. lie
confined himself to telling Vitali that his
case was progressing "hopefully," but
"hopefully" in a jugc d'instrnction's mouth
means that proofs of crime are thickening,
or that the prisoner is being successfully
hurried into self-accusation.
Yitali was fain to be patient. With no
materials to work with other than those
which had been supplied him by Madame
Desplans in one short hour's interview, he
had to construct a defensive theorj' of his
own, but to do this cost him little trouble,
for he considered his whole case to he clear
as the noonday. Captain Lacroix was a
madman laboring under that form of hallu
cination which doctors call "delirium of per
secution:" his fears of being poisoned were
all a result of his mania and nothing else.
The two servants who testified to Clotilda's
impcriousness were disreputable persons who
had been discharged for misconduct, and who
were now revenging themselves. The pur
chase of the laudanum had probably been
made at the sick man's own request, and to
procure him sleep at nights anyhow, the
fact that Clotiide had openly bought it,
giving her real name and address to the
chemist, was irreconcilable with any theory
of murder. The same might be said with
regard to the suppression of the sick man's
letters, and with respect to Clotildc's whole
conduct throughout. Nothing was more
natural than that she should prevent the
wretched maniac's letters from being posted
to spread alarm among bus friends and make
his insanity notorious; but. if there had been
intent to murder she would not have allowed
those letters to survive as evidences of her
victim's suspicions. To this Madame Des
nlans's detractors answered that assassins
have in all times been proverbial for lack of
foresight, which explains why they are so
often found out; but Ju3tin Yitali's reply
was that Avith this system of putting far
fetched construct ions upon everything, there
is not a person, however innocent, but would
have guilt affixed on him.
Talk of pleading unjust causes! where
was A'itali's talk of abstract justice in the
present case? If proof had been forthcom
ing that Clotiide Desplaus had been seen to
pour the poison into the patient's mouth, he
would still have brought forward rebutting
arguments. He had become morally deaf
and blind to all pleas that did not tally with
his deliberate convictions. He did not re
gard the theories of the prosecution as thiugs
to be reasoned with, but demolished.
So time wore on, and Vi tali's chivalrous
obstinacy and devotion to the cause of the
suspected murderess came to be as much
matters of public rumor as the details of
tho "murder" itself. .Yitali's equals and
rivals at the bar of M laughed to see
him " gone so mad," and rejoiced to think
that after such an unbroken series of forensic
successes he was at last going to run amuck
and probably cover himself with ridicule.
But the younger barristers who could not
yet compete with tho eminent Corsican ad
vocate, and who were disposed to take him
for their model, thought him sublime, and
loudly declared their admiration. It was
through them and the younger journalists at
,M z that Yitali's fame was being trumpeted
to all the corners of France. Formerly his
celebrity had been purely local, but now
there was not a city but was made aware of
the renown he had earned by his peculiar
conscientiousness; and however the trial
might result, it seemed inevitable that the
orator of M would be obliged in defer
ence to his national popularity to forsake the
provincial bar for that of Paris, where a
wider field of honors would be open to him.
Already Parisian solicitors were writing to
him to promise him their patronage in return
for his. It was at this juncture that Vitali
received a sudden offer of the procurator
generalship at M . His secret admirer,
the Bouapartist prefect, had not forgotten
him, and had exercised his influence so dili
gently that the minister of jnstice had al
lowed him to sound the Corsican as to his
willingness to become a government servant.
Before the Desplans case Yitali would have
refused the offer on pecuniary grounds, for
his duty towards his father's creditors com
pelled him to prefer money to honors; but
it flashed upon him that if he became pro
curator the conduct of the prosecution against
Madame Desplans would devolve upon him
ex officio. Nov public prosecuiors enjoy a
good deal of latit ude. They receive the com
mitment writ3 of the juges d' instruct ion, and
it lies within their discretion to suspend pro
ceedings on the ground that the evidence
taken before the examining magistrate was
insufficient. Or if the case bo brought to
trial, they can abandon tho piosecution in
court, declaring that the evidence they have
heard has convinced them of the urisoner's
innocence. It is not oiten that procurators
do this, and Vitali knew that the deputy
procurator of M , who would have charge
of the case if he had not, was one of those
men who foel professionally bounden to as
sert a prisoner's guilt to the very end. It
sickened him to think that this narrow
headed functionary would slaver the venom
of his salaried animus on Clotildc's purity.
Ho reflected that Clotiide would leave the
court with a prouder head if her acquitment,
instead of being wrung from the jury by a
counsel's speech, were brought about by the
public prosecutor abandoning the charge in
tho name of society; and as for getting
another advocate to take his place as the
prisoner's counsel, this matter gave him no
uneasiness, for ho modestly thought that any
barrister of heart could defend Clotiide as
well as ho could. Theso considerations in
duced him to" call on the prefect and accept
the proffered post.
" Ah, well done! " said the ruler of the de
partment, motioning him amicably to a seat.
" Wo were in some dread that you would re
fuse; but remember that this appointment
is only the first rung of the ladder which
you can climb if you are willing. The elec
tions are coming on, aud I may tell you con
fidentially that if you like to stand in the
Bouapartist interest you arc an Imperialist,
"Yes," said Vitali, "and if I can be of any
service to the cause I shall be happy to re
quite the honor you havo done me. But I
will frankly tell you why I accept this post,"
and he proceeded to enounce his reasons
with an emotion in breathing Madame Des
plaus's name, which would have struck any
"Oh, oh ! " said the prefect, becoming grave,
but speaking with a smile. " We all know
of your partisanship in this celebrated cause,
M. Vitali, but lot me give you a friend's ad
vice and urge you to keep aloof from Madame
Desplans's affairs on undertaking your new
duties. Touching as it is to see you cham
pion the suspected pr lady so warmly in
a private capacity, it might greatly damage
your public career if you began y occasion
ing a miscarriage of justice,"
"But it would not be a miscarriage of
justice!" exclaimed Vitali with animation.
"Do you think I would defend Madame
Desplans if I deemed her guilty ? It is be
cause I would answer for her innocence with
my head on the block that I long to set her
free and restore her fair fame as a public
official speaking for my country."
"That is all very &ood," responded the
prefect, " but the world would not believe in
so much impartiality.'
"But they must be brought to believe it."
" My dear M. Vitali, when we cannot go
against the stream one had better swim with
"What! when that stream is bearing an
innocent creature to infamy and death?"
"Come, come, you must really allow me
to guide you," said the prefect with the yood
humored authority of an experienced states
man. " Recollect you are my protege : I look
to your running a very brilliant race, and
we must not let you mar it at the start. So
if you positively cannot refrain from being
romantic and generous, T will have your ap
pointment deferred till the trial i3 over."
"Ah, it would be no use to me then!"
cried Vitali in despair. "It was for her I
was going to accept, not forme."
He returned home in very low spirits.
The prefect's manifest conviction of Clotildc's
guilt depressed him more than anything he
had yet heard from other person5 : and for
the first time ho began to contemplate the
possibility of not being able to carry a ver
dict against public prejudice. Hitherto he
had been buoyed up by the confidence that
on going into court he would straightway
break down the flimsy structure of the prose
cution like a house of cards ; but what if his
eloquence failed? what if the jury were
stubborn and closed their eyes to the light of
truth that he would thrust before their faces?
It chanced that for the past few days there
had been a lull in the newspaper comments
on the Desplans case. Everything that could
be said about the preliminaries of the affair
had been said and mis-said, aud the public
were now taking a rest from conjecture in
expectation of the impending final act of the
drama. Gloomy presentiments and visions
began to pass through Vitali's brain. He
saw a densely packed court full of cruel faces,
a bench of obstinate judges, a ruthless sen
tence pronounced amid a silence broken only
by the sobs of an innocent prisoner; then a
public square with a machine rearing aloft
two huge red posts and a knife; a fainting
form dragged up the scaffold step?, and the
roar of a surging multitude. It was evening,
and he shivered. The noise of carls passing
in the street under his windows suggested
tumbrils, and the occasional voices of work
men and boys, singing, that heartless indif
ference of crowds who go their ways not
caring for blood that ha3 beeh shed, even
though it cry to them from the stones.
A knock at his door roused Vitali from
his reverie, and his servant came in with a
letter. It bore the stamp of the palace of
justice. Vitali's fingers trembled as he tore
it open, and he scanned its contents, then
Staggered, raising his hand to his brow and
uttering an' awful moan as he read this!
"My Dear Sir:
" The preliminary examination of Clotiide
Desplans is at an end, and you will be free
to visit her to confer about her defence every
day, dating from to-morrow. I feel some
satisfaction in informing you that the prisoner
has at length made a confession of her guilt.
"Pray accept the tissurances of my regard,
" Jugc d' Instructions."
To be continued.
A GAME FOR THE CHILDREN.
"What in the world is that?" asked the
young folk of Don and Dorry, and their host
and hostess candily admitted that they hadn't
the slightest idea what it was. They never
had heard of it before.
" Well, then, how can we play it?" insisted
the little spokes"eople.
" I don't knew," answered Dorry, looking
in a puzzled way at the door.
"All join hands and form a circle!" cried a
Every one arose, and soon the circle stood
"Your dear great great fairy godmother is
coming to see you," continued the voice.
"She is slightly deaf, but you must not mind
"Oh, no, no!" cried the laughing circle,
"not in the least."
"She brings tier white gnome with her,"
said the invisible speaker, "and don't let him
know your names or he will get you into
" No, no, no ! " cried the circle wildly.
A slight stirring was heard in the hall, the
door is opened, and in walked the fairy god
mother and her white gnome.
She Avas a tall, much bent old woman, in
ji ruffled cap, a peaked hat, and a long red
cloak. He, the gnome, wore red trousers
and red sleeves. The rest of hi3 body was
dressed in a white pillow-case, with arm
holes cut in it. It was gathered at his belt ;
gathered also by a red ribbon tied around the
thioat; the corners of the pillow-case tied
with narrow ribbon formed his ears, and
there was a white bandage over the eyes,
and a round opening for his mouth. The
godmother dragged in a large sack, and the
gnome bore a stick with bells at the end.
"Let me into tho ring, dears," squeaked
the fairy godmother.
'Let me into the ring, dears," growled the
The circle obeyed.
"Now, my dears," squeaked the fairy god
mother, "I've brought you a bagful oflo-.ely
things, but, you must know, I am under an
enchantment. All I can do is to let you each
take out a gift when your turn comes, but
when you send me a 'Thank-you,' don't lot
my white gnome know who it is, for if he
guesses your name you must put the gift
back without opening the paper. But if he
guesses the wrong name, then yon may keep
the gift. So now begiu, one at a time. Keep
the magic circle moving until my gnome
knocks three times."
Around went the circle, eager with fun and
expectation. Suddenly the blinded gnome
pounded three times with his stick, and then
pointed it straight in front of him, jingling
the little bolls. Tommy Budd was the
happy youth pointed at.
"ITelp yourself, my dear," squeaked tho
fairy godmother as she held the sack toward
him. He plunged his arm into tho opening
and brought out a neat paper parcel.
"Hey! What did you say, dear?" she
squeaked. " Take hold of the stick."
Tommy seized the end of the stick, and
said, in a harsh tone :
" Thank you, ma'am."
"That's John Stevens," growled the gnome.
" Fnt it back ! put it back !
But it wasn't John Stevens, and so Tommy
kept the parcel.
The circle moved again. The gnomo
knocked three times, and this time the stick
pointed to Dorry. She tried to be polite, and
j direct her neighbors hand to it, but the god
mother would not hear of that.
"Help yourself, child," she squeaked, and
Dorry did. The paper parcel which she drew
from the sack was so tempting and pretty,
all tied with ribbon, that she really tried very
hard to disguise the "Tbank-you," but tho
gnome was too sharp for her.
"No, no!" he growled. "That's Dorothy
Reed's. Put it back ! put it back ! "
And poor Dorry dropped the pretty parcel
into the bag again.
So the merry game went on ; some escaped
detection and saved their gifts ; some were
detected and lost them; bnt the godmother
would not suffer those who had parcels to
try again, and therefore, in the course of tho
game, those who failed at first eucceeded
after a while. When all had parcels, and
the bag was nearly empty, what did that old
fairy do but straighten up, throw off her hat,
cap, false face, and cloak, and if it wasn't;
Urcle George himself, very red in the face,
and very glad to be out of his prison. In
stantly one and all discovered that they had
known all along it was Mr. Reed.
"Ha! ha!" Vney laughed; "and now,n
I starting in pursuit let's see who the white.
j gnome is ! "
They caught him at the foot of the stairs,
and were not very much astonished when
Ed. Tyler came to light.
"That is a splendid game!" declared some.
" Grand ! " cried others. "Fine," "first-rate,"
"glorious," "capital," "as good as Christ
mas," said the rest. Then they opened their
parcels, and there was great rejoicing. SU
NOTES FOR THE LADIES.
Two feminine homoeopathic physicians
have begun to practice in St. Louis.
Miss Longfellow, the poet's daughter, ia
fitting up a Massachusetts room in Yv'ashing
ton's Mount Vernon.
Emma Abbott carries a dagger on the stage
valued at 516,500. Many a man, not a Mac
beth, wouldn't object to clntch that kind of
Rev. Mr. Swing says " that a novel is the
world's truth with a beautiful woman walk
ing through it." Generally, we may add,
with a man after her. Christian Union.
Mrs. Mackay, the bonanza person, is pre
paring to entertain two hundred guests at a
costume assembly in Paris. A large tent
will be erected for the occasion in the garden
overlooking the Arc de Triumphe.
William Thompson was fined $25 by Jus
tice Frost, of Glen Cove, N. Y., for throwing
his arms around Mrs. Snsie A. Monfort and
attempting to kiss her. She slapped his face
and cut him under the eye with her ring.
Washington girls are very anxious to
know whether President Arthur intends to
remarry. One of them says : "Well, if he is
going, to, I wish he would. It would he a
leap .from the purgatory of doubt to the para
dise of certainly."
They were riding in the horse-car past the
poet's door when one of the ladies remarked:
"That's Longfellow'3 home." "Is it?" re
sponded the other carelessly. "Yes," said
the first, "and don't yon admire 'Excel
sior?'" "No, I don't," replied lady No. 2,
with energy: "I hate it. There's nothing
like curled hair, after all, though husks ain't
so bad ; but I wouldn't have excelsior again
in the house." Boston Transcript.
A woman walked into a St. Louis news
paper office with a manuscript entitled "The
Birth, Mission, and Destiny of the Great
American Republic, as Foreshadowed in the
Sacred Scriptures and the White Horse of
Revelation, So Vividly Foretold in the
Gorgeous Symbolic Language of St. John."
While she was talking to one of the clerks
somebody stole the production, and no
amount of advertising was sufficient to
bring it back.
HINTS TO HOUSEKEEPERS.
White Sauce fok a Pah: of Fowls.
One and a half pints of milk, one and a
half ounce of rice, one strip of lemon ; peel
and pound the milk and rice together ; put
it back into the stewpan to warm, add the
mace and the seasoning, give it one boil and
serve. This sauce should be of the consis
tency of thick cream. A simple and in
Gixgep.-Sxaps. Melt a quarter of a
pound of butter, the same quantity of lard ;
mix them with a quarter of a pound of
brown sugar, a pint of molasses, a couple of
teaspoonfuls of ginger aud a quart of flour ;
dissolve a couple of teaspoonfuls of saleratus
in a wincglassful of milk, and strain it into
the cake ; add sufficient flour to enable yon
to roll it out very thin, cut it into small
cakes and bake them in a slow oven.
Oyster Omelet. Whisk six eggs to a
stiff froth, then add by degrees, a cup of
cream or milk, salt to taste ; have ready one
dozen fine oysters, cut them in half. Pour
the egg into a pan -of hot butter, and drop
the oysters over it as equally as possible;
fry a light brown and serve at once. It
should never 1 turned.
A Good Sauce foi: Steaks. One ounce
of whole black pepper, half onnce of allspice,
one ounce of stilt, half ounce of grated horse
radish, half ounce of pickled shallots, one
pint of mushroom capsup or walnut pickle.
Pound all the ingredituts-finely in a mortar,
and put them into tho catsup or walnnt
liquor. Let them stand for a fortnight,
when strain off tho ltqv.or and bottle for use.
Either pour a little sauce over the steaks,
or mix in the gravy.
Ytixtf.i: Salads. (1) Slice a cold boiled
or baked best root; arrange it in slices over
lapping each other; pour a mixture over
made with cream, a very little vinegar,
pepper, and salt; garnish the dish with
horse-radish and hard-boiled eggs, whites
and yelks separate. (2) Slice some cold
boiled carrots: arrange them in a dish with
a dressing made with cream and lemon juice,
or oil and vinegar, with pepper and ealt;
garnish the dish with hard-boiled eggs
shredded, with minced parsley and capers
and chopped olives. (3) Pick the Sower
from one or two cold boiled cauliflowers
dispose them in a dish, and pour over the
some dressing made with cream and lem1
juice, or oil and vinegar, with pepper
salt to taste; garnish with minced paryi
powdered sweet herbs and capers.