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KATE CAREW MEETS A DUELLIST
AND EMERGES UNSCATHED
Hubert Henry Alexandre Kistemaeckers, the French Writer,
Who Has Acquired Some Repute as a Firebrand,
Proves Gentle as a Lamb in His Encounter with
the American Interviewer, Whom He Re?
ceives in His Dismantled Apartment.
li\ K\Tl. CAMEff.
fans. Pebruary li
HUBERT lll.NUV kLEXANDRl
KlfTTKMAECKERfl Is young
iiuf.'ii Henry Alaxaadre Kiste
? ?;,.;- is sarneat
and moreover, he !s vhat Is knowi
? ir country as a hustler.
I', believes In the mission of the ?Stag*
is on a!l ports of conunitt?'? s WhlCl
. tj vith (?Metrical matters, literary mat?
lera and eoctal matters Why. be is evei
I of <?ne committee for "'rreservatioi
. lust T; ??'iculosis." which isn't niucl
i hex . bt t he couldn't i.? H? taking I
In it when he was invited.
?.i.:?- b toks and plays and ess.?:-s
ht is sensitive about 1:1s v. orki SO, H
'.t rary lionor is toucbtsd, he jusi
svnda .?. challenge to t ? toucher to meet
it r: c rtaln pla? re where there win u
?- for two ??r"i coffee for one.
h DUEL THAT "PETERED" OUT
Only ;i coupla of months apo. you ma)
? r, hi had .? duel on his banda *?
..in critic said mean things abo ?t I
?.?1 1rs at the ''o.'iii'dlc l'l.. '
he cal.lift Stand it. lie sent a
""ncun.ati??ue" to the critic anil ?all?.!
him out n. ?fair held, ?aid critic wasn't
rig any. though, and be present
to c?rtalo oflkials
These gentlemen, authorities on points
? '.?nor. gave the matter their '?
? Ed? ' ition. and flectded that the duel
a is unneceaaary and that lbs honor of
Hubert Henry Alexandre wut atil Intact,
the almost duellists gravel) -book
hands and parted with never a single
? lo? .-truck on either side, b it ?? 11 dead
I) i.i s la their hearts and ths ?lay goes
ne rrily on at ths Com?fdle I :
I never had intervn ! ., I? Hist be?
nd 1 ? re* ar.d me for s ttrej cater
i would glare at me nom under heavy
ra ??lid Would .??".al. .n a volee o?
That's the way they all look and ta,,i
!? i ?.- novela anyway, and one must
A PLEASANT SHUDDER.
I bad a nice little prickly feeling of
anticipation as I drove out to the Kiste
? K? i - ilat.
BuppoSS 1 ?Should Inadvertently say or
write something that touched his honor -
What would he do'.' He'd be so at a logg
not being able to send me a challenge.
Thanh g<oednesa tlmee haven't changed
enough for that as yetl
I thought it all over carefully, and I
?.???1 1 wouldn't take any cha?es, just
m case?so kindly note the guarde?! atti
of tins interview.
While 1 was pondering on how to soothe
the troubled spirit of Hubert Henry A ? ?.
andre ?-hould I luid him In fretful mood,
l", my taxi stopped! It was a taxi motor,
too, a much more expensive vehicle than
;: taxi voiture, and taken for the 'express
1 ri o c of baving time, so the puuse was
1 l'Ut my head out of the window and
i ? .red forth from my goggles.
The irext street was black with people
In holiday clothes and mood. There were
- waving, and in the distance I could
a rhj tlimicaliy moving masa and ?ooukl
r the strains uf the lYgnch ..atiuii_,i
1 am about fad up with the axil way? of
the Paria chauffeura and i knew well this
i ii'j c.'irld ?SUl ' ttl ?'Hid ?Ml gpa
the crowd if he wished, so I shrilled out
" him: "Vite vite, ?jo on:"
ib? di'in't even bother to answer; Just
Waved his band toward the people and
1 sat ba?**h and waited.
Nothing ?loing. ?and the prectoua min?
utes which should have been speeding j.je
on my way were flitting Idly by. I Wl
A hot Hush mantled my cheek, MbI?
means that I was as mad a? 1 could b
i leaned out again
"You must be able to go around son
other way." 1 declared.
No. quite out of the question.
How I nated thai chauffeur! I bellc-v
he felt it, because he got down from h
perch and, putting his head in at the wli
?low, he opened up a conversation wit
me for soothing purposes.
Inddentall) he told me what was ha?
It Seems that the new President c
Prance was taking a buggy ride from hi
?rstwh?e home to the Klysee Palac?
wl ? r? he la t" ?have lodglngi for sevc
years unless Franco lias a revolution o
?becomes i monarchy m the mean time.
There he was. "1 Monsieur Pointait,
distinguished and affable.
'I'o t.ll the truth I couldn't sec tn<?r
; than th.? top of his hat. but that lookci
ail right, .'Uni distinguished and affable !
[the proper way to d.s.iil'C a President
(whether yon tiava ?Men him or not.
Monsieur Palli?rea was driving aiom
witli him, fur company, 1 suppose, and t?
explain some of the difficulties of th
??".-?tien, nia.? !??
THE NEW AND THE OLD.
The in omet and the outgoer, kind of ?
Ne? V',?:' and <'l?l Year .iTcct, like thi
last Lord Mayor '-I London anil his SIM
? soi who always appear logetbei it
publie ?.v. e. ;i n) OW.
?Finally the last "Vue PolncaraT re
sounded, Ibe crowd beban t?> melt awa]
and my chauffeur had no fjrther excus?
foi not moving on, so he mounted hi?
s..?t with a pleased squint out of one eyi
taximeter, which hadn't kept itll
!'?! .?erii watching It all the while. I
nlwaya ?i??, though It's very painful tc
see your pennies ticking away lemor-e
We made up for some of the list time,
; so that every one we pass? .1 ?had h naITOU
I escape, bul i was ?pretty late when i ar?
rtVOd, all the same, atid 1 was WOfllOd,
Maybe Mr. Ktstemae**!*?**rs would resent
a a- 'i slight and would rtf.ise t?> tee me
' 1 gave a nervous little tough as i aakt :
1 If monsieur were chez lui
it seems he was. and It aoemabe didn't
i even know 1 was late.
HE WAS ON THE MOVE. TOO.
To i BOO, the Pi. Mddent'a moving day hap?
pened to be Kistenlaechera's also, and oat?
I urally he ha i a good deal on hi? mind.
I There wer?' gloctrtelang an<l niechani? -
in the hall '?nil there wen packers m the
[drawing room and huge cases everywhere,
la fed there was just enough furniture
' in the salon for me to lad a chair for
I myself and to leave another one by n
big old umpire table for Hubert Henry
I am s'ire It was a very nice drawing
room before it was undressed. There vv> re
I handsome bits still scattered about lu it.
I But you know what an apartasen! looks
I like when you're moving out of it. Well,
Ithll looked Just like that, and it was do?
BEAT HER TO THE APOLOGIES,
in came Monsieur Kistenm.ecken and i
Jumped up leady to ghe as many apolo?
gies for my tatdiness a- a fluent school?
girl who fears punishment, but the gen?
tleman forestalled roe. He began bis tlrst,
and i never got mine in at all,
Would I be kin?! enough to pardon the
state c.f tic room ami would i mind the
packers being Iheri while w?.- talked?
of course i wouldn't in fed i was m
relieved that i wouldn't have ?flinched if
-I BRLIEVE IN THE MISSION OF THE STAGE."
"I HOPE YOU WILL QUOTE WHAT I SAY CORRECTLY."
the moving van It ' I been ?placed h
with i s, or us vv Ithln it.
Then ?the Carne t _OUng Writer wen
over to tell the men to bi ai noiseless a
possil'l?? In their work
He movi-i quietly, ?gracefully, carryini
him? Il far !-? tter than moi t Frene
do, pel hap as a I? . lilt Of bll militar?
training; which doran't always achlev?
the tarn?? i Keel here.
M? : tail .'ind alender, with well define?
featUr? : , lOft, lull ?lai i. ?. ? s and liali
atid a pointed black beard. Except fo
that l-canl he didn't ?seem In the leas)
Lien h, end I've t Ince i? ? n told thai h?
is not really a Loin 1 i ? n- v.'iii n, ..lily ;
naturalized one. Ho is a Belgian b)
His clothes were distinctly English, ai
mo t PailiIan ivn fa.or Biitli i> mad?
garments at the momrat He bad on ?
dark blue serf, lounge "it With a purpli
tie, purple stockings, ?and nl< ??, comfort?bk
f? It slip; ? i -
Forgive him the f?H Slippers, because
they really gave a homey tOUCb to th?
dismantled place. Th? y ?made me feel
that he. a! least, way going t?> t-c
"It serins In be the M of Mil'.' with
you," 1 Chirped, as he r? lui n? ?I lo in?.
"The ist of May." be ?repeated, as if
rather stai II. 1.
HAD ANOTHER SIGNIFICANCE.
Then i remembered that though Ihe 1st
of May i,; a bannie moving day with us,
it isn't that at ail bare. M th.- ?i,,?,
when the Socialists and Syndicalist Bnd
trades unionista moot and march and sing
the "International?. " Every ?good ?Pari
Ian always fears th" worst on the 1st ot
May. but nothing much happ? ns. eaeopt
a few broken bOOdl and BOOM Bin '
I hastened to ic'bvc Mr. KlStO?I?OCfc?
era's inln?! as to th?' slginlloanoe <?f m)
feeble little j??ke, ami when ?be bad grasped
It lie smiled pleasantly, so pleasantly In?
deed that It is dil?i? ult for in?- to bellev?
that he has the testy disposition attribu?
ted to him.
Anyhow, lie Wfig U gentle gg :? |.,mh
that moving day, ami he t?.?.k me most
acrloiihly, Which w.is a- It BhO lid be
I guess he tales most everything seri?
ously, as a matter <>f tact, ami if be drifts
over to us will bo sine t?i Im,it.? him as
a "highbrow," because be will t? n us boom
eerlous things about oureelves.
HAD NOTES ON HIS MIND.
As I say, i had ?Mated myoelf ?m one of
tiie few remaining < hair?, but my position
didn't suit him. !!?? gave a wave of hi
hand toward th? Empire table and said
"I think you had better sit there, ?o
you ?an take your OOtOS mor?- easily."
Now, I don't OSUall) lake notes, but 1
waant going t.? croog nun in ?anything, so
I sat down at the lull],- with a pencil
?delicately poised in my hand.
"Is there anything in particular y??u
would Ilk?' t<? talk to m?- about'.'" Baked
Hubert Henrj Aleanndre, leaning ?ver ?the
"(th. tlure are Just a few general ?pos?
tions I should lik?' to put to you," 1 in?
formed him glibly.
Hi? fute fell u little.
i am afraid i gras ?i dlaappatnuneat tr
lim. Ha had hoped w?? ?rould eonverm
00 .?-?mie iiiie liravv and ?bstiuse SUbJOCt
neral chit-chat was got in hie ?Una
However, h? ha;, ?beautiful l'l?ti'h ma ".
go be pull? ?i himself together nmi
v ... quit? polite about it, though he did
.?'? a little tartly:
i hope you grill goote what I fay cor
r ?i-, i have i" t faith In reporta nn?i
i in translations especially."
i think be xrut about to sdd "and in ail
?.f the newspaper ill?." but h?> took on?'
look al my perfectly earnest if not pei
fectly beautiful faoe, and wen? no further.
"i assure you I'll be very careful,*' I re?
marked with dignity, "but d."s thai situ
? ion i" tranalattona mean yon have not
I'.en pleased with the adaptation?; of your
III v. 'I..i '?'l'iinb?"?c'?"
PLEASED? MAIS. PAS DU TOUT!
"Pleaaad!" he lifted eyea gad hands t??
heaven. "Pleeeedl Really, how could 1
bel In England, ?lO ?be sure, they ?lid
11. ipslale the play fairly a?curat??ly, and
though it was dlftlcult to make the chur
scten seem consistent outside od ln-nb
irroundlngg, they did iretty well with it.
but in Ana?na tliey 'adaptad* the play.
quelle horreur! They lift not a trace of
m', people <"? my them., it seems to pan,
It was a failure, and I can unite in,?In?
"Thli is very mteregtlng,** i oboarved
"i . <? alwayi xtottdered what Preach play?
grrtghta felt when they realised the awful
thing! WS ?I" to their work. If I wr<
?me of von I'd learn English myself and
handle ajq own stuff for export."
II? noihled. "A good Idia," he said, ap?
provingly; "thai li Just what we should
do, and. Inde??d, It Is a gnat mortification
lo m?- that T do not Know Ifngllsh. it Is
ahgmeflri that a civilised man should not
understand a language ?rhlch le spoken all
" er Hi?- ??oiM, guide rrom the fact that
su? ii knowledge would prevent our being
? ittlrely at the mercy of oui tranalatora^"
and h?.- glanced signtticaiitly at my blank
Ami thlg to me!
TRIED TO ESCHEW NOTES.
I put dOWn a fOW notes. Just to show
bun I meant well; th? n 1 Hashed out, "I
?Ion t Ilk?- taking noted. I think it kill??
. ?li?. ? i sation."
II.? >li?! not gnawer, and I ttacMed I had
better ?lash ?Joe/a every aentencg that fell
from his lips, though, as a matter of
fact, my Shorthand mind is always better
than my longhand Angela
So I .-?libbled busily, .vhlh.? he wat? In.1
me with mor? approval.
"Are you writing anything nowf i
asked When I had llnlshed.
?<ih, yea," he Npllea. "I am busy on
tWO phi's on?' for Min.?. Simone iilitl the
othei i??r Pur gag."
1 don't kn.iw who Darggg |?. but he
Boomed to think 1 woiil.l, ,?,, | ,||,| ,M,t
"five myself away. Hut If I haven't got
the name ipilte as It sho ilil bfl I hope he
grill overlook It this time.
"Ar?r they ??eiiou? play.?.'" 1 purgUOd.
"Serious."' he repeat? ?1 t..edi(atlvely.
"V?s, i hhouid call till-in serioua"
"Ho you write witli a view to the Mis
.ion of tlie Sta?e?"
This took some explainliib'. but when h?
got the Mea his fsc? lightened up with
?the enthu lasm of an Earnest Writer.
I?.i vou km.w it? W.-ll, It's a fine en?
thusiasm ?beeauoc it i-? Impersonal.
"1 believe IB UM Mission of the Stage,"
h?? answered. The theatre bas always
had a great Influence, and it abould i
more powerful than sver at ti e moment,
fur certainly more ?people fraou?ant it than
ever before, .-in'! th it In proportion to th?
Increase In population, ?f course. Yes, I
I ippoee I write with that in vl??w. I
think plays should deal with problems
The) Should never be preachy, but ?the)
should manage i" Inculcate g""d Ideas
without that, or aithout seeming like
tracta. The publie soon dlaouverg an?;
appi ? ' latea g.i Ideas."
ii? paus?.i just tin? fraction of s second
to :-.??? if m;, pencil travailed over the
?pap? v. and I obe) ed 111 ? - pause.
HIS FAITH IN THE PUBLIC.
"i'o you really Bod thai the public ap?
preciates k??"?i ideaat" 1 asked a little
"? ?ii. ves, bul ve?, indeedt" answered M,
Klstemaecken with conviction.
"Well, ?lo .vu yourself write for tin
higher intelllgei.r lust the average *>i
the man m the street.?
He ?stroked big silky beard; yen might
oven toy, he massed i th.j Iowm part ot
m i..ce, as be ieplied:
"i ?i"i e my id? as are ?for the high? I
Int. Illgence; at any rate. I trust t v .
?themaelvei are "i the hlgh-eal quall?ly? '
m.-aii them.to ?be, though sometimes the)
are concealed in t?nmes wht.'h are ordi?
nary. i think this i- boat, for <?ne must
write !?? Interest the average man, and if
his interest Is loused he Bees and appre
? ..it? i the under!) ?ng ideas."
Again the almost imperceptible pause,
ami I gol v.iy bu.-y unler those cum
Wat? llf'll ?V.'S.
AN EMPHATIC INTERRUPTION.
slum: bang! crash)
It wa-. only an armful of books dropped
by an OXpodltlOUl pifk? r, but 1 jumiu'd fi
toot, ami Henry Hubert AI? Bandre's
nerves didn't seem to to noten proof,
Hg slanted his right ? ? y throw toward
"Very unfortunate,*' be murmured apol?
"??h. it s all right." 1 :ai!, Just as If I
rather liked it.
He passed one band over big brow.
rumpling ins hair a little, i ?am ?afraid
the noise ?lid dtetraei him fearfully, but
be was so patient he would not eomplain.
lie is such a gentle, kindly, long suffer?
lag s-.ut that I simply cannot believe tbut
in ??..?; .ni, there I i sait that before.
When qui? I was rectorad i asked him
what books bad most Influenced hi. Ill?
?i al v career.
"Tiie winks of Bhakespoare and Dumaa
nis" he told in?: prompt l\.
They do love Shakespeare over here
They don'l .se<m t?? i??.- able to act t?im
?satisfactorily, ?bul they toad him und
study him moiu than wo Anglu-?axoiu?
.1... I believe.
"Those are fairly oppuolte Influences."
"Ves. (hey are; but those tWO writers
mail?' me III.?I in.v self."
"Not your own espertonoea then?"
"No. not altogether; and f am not one
The Maker of Books and Plays and Essays Proves To Be
an Earnest Young Person Who Believes That the
Stage Has a Mission and That Life Is Full of
Melodrama, and Whose Chief Dread ?Seems
To Be the Fear of Being Misquoted.
of those who believe that a writer mus
exp?rtenos things to write or them ade
QUately. Hg must observe, and he mus
have Loundl.ss sympathy and under
standing ; reading an*? study will help hll
the rest of tlie way. The same thing I
true of the actor, who must have as we!
a depth of ? ersonal emotion."
"Do you se: Inspiration from pe?iple to
"Yes. sometimes?not from one persoi
for one character, though; rather aev
eral people become a composite sort o
peraon. it is an Intangible thin? and ?lifii
cult t?> explain.''
"I think I understand." 1 gggWad I.In
DRAMATIC INSTINCT'S SOURCE.
"As far as the dramatic *nstiti?'t is con
cerned," be continued with interest, "tun
la born, not ina?!c. 'I'll" literals faculty
li,. power of observation and adapta'!"!,
can ail be Improved by study ?and work
hu* the actual dramatic liistln?'t must !??
the birthright <?f the dramatlet or he can
: "i hope t" o'lllevc."
"I.lf?? Itself Isn't very dratnatle iio.va?
days," I ?said scntentlously, "'so 1 BUPPOS?
tii" Inatlnot has to bo more dttreloped thai
ever in the modern playwtlclit."
"Life not dramatic?" esclalmed Han?
: :? ur Klstemaechers in surprise "Why, l
find it even melodramatic. What about
these bandits and their socapadeaT ?'an
the sixteenth century show ?anything mot?.
thrllllnK "f Its kind'.'"
"No. nut they're c.\< optional," I rcmou
"Oh, no; I dnr.'t think SO. Tie world
is full ..f drama, and there is plenty of
il for ti.e playwrlghl ?if to-day
and those wi.o follow him. Thlnh <>i" the
rBycnol?jf-1?*a] and parjrehto forceo trhlcb
we are hi t b ginning to ui*4eratand!
Thlnh of, the cm <;u??st of tie air an 1
what that will mean! Why, life in tit,
century teams with drama:'*
WAITS FOR THE INSPIRATION.
"How ?Song doe-? It take you to write a
"tfiiim-umm?that dependa. T always
wait for the Idea first. I do got try to force
It. It must 1"? spontan??ou.s. When it
comes? the emotion ?acr.-I work night
and day till I have finished my play."
"Don't you get tired'."' I ask? d, with
sympathy in my v..in?, for I could Just
picture him pale and tense and drawn,
with his fitnooth hair rumple?! and his
. M CtoU-Jod with latiKU' . That a the
way he'd be sura to take it.
"Ve-, I g?t ?Ireadfully tired," and his
volco had a weary note at the thought
"In fact, I'm always tired. I go through
;.'? that way. My idea of hgppinase Is to
have nothing to do."
WORKS AT HIS COUNTRY PLACE.
"Do you do most of yo ,r work In
town'."' 1 continued.
"No, I can't work at all In town. The
whirl of people and affairs bothers me. I
have a country placo where 1 do all my
Ills eyes traveled to a charming land?
scape over the table, and mine follow d.
* That is the view from my study win?
dow. In Mm country," he Informed me.
"-Delightful.*1 I exclaimed.
Ami so It was. a gentla, peaceful,
Bieen-gray hillside. wh??re on?: rmiM for
pret the anxlOtlea and the turmoil ..f i
I am s'il" wh.'Tt he Roes down t!>. ???? i |
cherlghgg no hitter thoughta of anv ene,
and, gnyhow, i don't i?< u?ira but there, i
didn't mean to mention it again.
Then 1 feit I shoubl like t,, |?.? .,? -what
aucb a aober-mlnded person would
to the parlous state of th?: l?'ren< h I l|
to-iia", ai.'i witt its future is Ukel) to b? .
to i ttaggid foi lits ?i? we,
"1 think we will revert to Shakespeare'!
Had of drama in a very few years." h?
said. "Kven Frenchmen will tire of th?
everlasting theme of an Unfaithful hug
bind or ?Wife; of the unhealthy, silly |0V.
affairs which prevail In the theatres to
day, and we will go back to general
subjects; bsoidoo, as I have said, our gut?.
Joctl ??i? multiplying all UM time. Imag?
ine the play ot Ilfty years hence-oyw
much new matter It may contain."
"Why not write a play of that iort
"I am not sure that I could attempt a
play, bul I have finished a story of fifty
years hence, it is galled The City in th?
Air," and Is laid In tlio time when aero?
planes will bo Just as common aa th?
motor 'buses of to-day, which, by tu?
way, will probably be relics o? barbarism"
at that period."
SEEMED ANXIOUS TO SUIT.
The i ?? ken wore putting on their ?men
and ?going away, an?! Monsieur Klste
maeckerg gave an anxious look at my
i,oi.s to s.-e? if 1 had enough from him.
tor 1 am sure he had lots of things todo
?around the house. So I put my pencil and
hook out of right as 1 timidly suggested;
"I rather wanted to aak jvu someth?n?
about critics In Franco and their pr>3
rogativas, but of course If you woulc
lather not answer"
I hesitated, hoping for the best, but
alas, Hubert Henry Ala-nadie made gg
vi not i.ear mo; be spoke of etbH
i . he smiled in gunny fashion aga.r
an?! tai?! with a little Mlk '?>:
"1 hope you won't mls?|uota me t?*
much. J'v- bad gUCk unfortunate expert
1 <J like to sec the interview ?ffia
It Is fir : !.' ?I."
' ? I would like to ask >ou abou
m Taris," I murmured mechan!
?Still no fingWCTi and I ga.e it up.
PICTURE IDEA SCARED HIM.
"Yon Bhall sen the interview," i sau
cheerfully "I hop.? you won't mind the:?
?being boom pictures of jou m it-just
ok- t? lies, you know."
H,- looked quite startled at the idea.
"What, you are going t? sketch meat
well:'' he protested In a "this la to?
much" I '
"A mere nothing," I a*.?'.red him, war
Ing my band airily In a manner I havi
h? r-. it is very t*-sy ?nd
? i.ti.e ?and kelps out a tpeeoa
.t didn't baVO the ?M-M-ggg tt*
at? rit.:; ?'it? ?t up v. him t'? it I had hoped.
at i reproachfully as om
who has been d( ? yet he cou!'
BOgra any moment that I was golm
t?. dran him if be bad Ilk? ?i to look at my
Utl i..-ils and ask a question or two.
HE ACCEPTED HIS FATE.
?Everything hun? In the balance fer a
few s-????!.?!-. than Im d?. ;??? ?! t<j face all
Hi at was coming to him, though h? ahoolt
>. | | gi ?veiy as he said:
"I ?never ev?*n have my photograph
y ?:i see."
???h. well, ti.at is so different" I <i*
wlth ivy moot super! r HfiM?
?TMi tfUl at all, you know; la
fit you won't raeltee it ?has happened Ml
- r ar.il !:i print."
??o laughed quite i ?--?nsider?
Ing bon C' ; roeoed he bad bet g a moment
"W. I), don't ?:?. htW,m h?
-'? kg tststt
am ? ?bad ti fit I to be ?o
?i . r ! - ? I "n i:i your
?a you i ' wdf-dl*"
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