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TWO KINDS OF COMAGE
The Timely End of a Blood-
Thirsty Prince of Russia.
"Wat-ches, good wat-ches !"
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"Hey, youse, beat it!" exclaim
ed the policeman angrily; and
the peddler, casting a look of ab
ject fear upon the man in blue,
hurried off at a run.
"These East-side peddlers have
not a grain of courage," I remark
ed to my cafe friend.
"Perhaps they have courage of
a different ordei;," he answered
musingly. For instance :
"Six o'clock was the execution
hour which Prince Nicholaievitch
had set for;his daily amusement
when he was sent to Tomsk to put
down the rebellion there. At that
hour every evening his gallows
bore their fruit of death, while
the prince, standing in the center
of his troops, bared his head to
the national anthem that struck
up as the traps fell.
"Of all the savages that bore
the czar's commission, none out
, ranked the prince in bloodthirsti
ness and rapacity. He was a thief,
but a butcher as well. Even his
own troops revolted from the
wholesome .. murders which he
committed on the wretched citi
zens. " 'If it were not for him there
should be no moreJcilling'declar
ed a grizzled sergeant-major.
'But who can face the prince in
his fury and "refuse to ohey him?
He has stripped the town bare,
he has hanged his thousand, and
yet still he kills and kills.'
"Certainly the revolutionaries
were cawed. Nay, the prince, it
was said, had even sighed over
the end of his work and asked to
be transferred to some more for-''
midable district, when a man was
taken by night at his very bed
side, armed with a loaded pistol.
He was a mean little man, the
prototype of that peddler whom
you saw just now.
"So amazed was 'the prince at
this audacity for, but for the
vigilance of the dog that slept
under the couch, he would have
paid with his life for his misdeeds
of cruelty that he forbore to
torture the assassin. He even
smiled encouragingly as he or-
dered him to be hanged upon the r
gallows in the public square at
6 o'clock on the following after
noon, as though to say: 'Your
life must pay the penalty. But 1
have respect for you, my revolu
tionary friend, as one brave man
for another.' And at a few min
utes before 6 the man was
brought forward in the center of
the hollow square of troops, and
Prince Nicholaevitch, addressing
hinvwith ironical deference, ask-
ed whether he would send some
message to any whom he might
" "The condemned man placed
his hand to a secret pockt in his
shirt and pulled forth a great;,
gold watch, such as is seldom'
seen in Russia. The prince's eyes
glistened as he gazed on it, and
he marveled how the man could"
have concealed it.