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BY gfARY BEVEREUX
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY DON C WILSON
When Lafltte and Grelolre were
Ushered Into Napoleon's cabinet, and
the former's eyes fell upon him he
had for so many years longed to see,
his first sensation was that of pain.
The slender form was gone, lost
In the personality of the stout, middle
aged man, who, lounging In a velvet
cushioned chair, looked at Lafltte
carelessly coldly, as at an entire
His appearance and attitude bore
out Greloire's remark, that it was
waid the emperor was "strangely in
different to everything." Every line
of the listless face and relaxed form
As the ex-soldier approached and
bowed low, a faint smile lightened Na
poleon's repellent expression, and he
said graciously, "Grelolre, I am
pleased to see you, and to know that
you have not forgotten one who
thought highly of you in more pros
perous days. Who Is this you bring
"Sire, Captain Jean Lafltte, of Lou
isiana," answered Grelolre, after a
moment's hesitancy; and Lafltte, com
ing forward, bowed respectfully.
"Jean Lafltte," Napoleon repeated
elowly, looking, not at the former, but
at Grelolre. "I have heard the name
before, but not to the wearer's credit.
I ask you, Grelolre," and his voice
took a yet Icier note, "you, who are
his sponsor, why Captain Jean Lafltte,
of Louisiana, dare present himself
"I, Jean Lafltte, will answer your
question, Sire; I, Jean Lafltte, of
Louisiana! And I say to the man
whom my boyish heart adored, and
whom my man's heart loves, that I
dare present myself to him because
I have ships, gold, men, at my com
mand, and all these, with my own
life, are his, If he can And use for
There was a short silence, and one
"I, Jean Lafltte, will answer your question, Sire."
that seemed heavy, after the passion
ate voice had ceased. Then an Icy
tone made sharp contrast as the em
peror said, "These ships, men, and
gold, Captain Lafltte how Is It that
you come to have them?"
Lafltte found It difficult to control
himself to make his voice and bear
ing accord with the respect he felt,
and had but now expressed, for the
man whose sarcastic calm turned
back the Impetuous torrent of his
feelings. But the tone In which he
replied was quiet, although husky
with repressed emotion.
"Despite, Sire, the tales which have
distorted my name and acts, and
which I perceive have reached your
ears to prejudice you against me, I
claim that what I have of property
was personally gained by legitimate
means In trading, and also by war
fare which was perfectly honorable
In Its way. I have come with the
same heart for whose love you once
cared, to pray that you let me serve
you, if I may, and die happy, In win
ning back the peace of mind a reck
less boy threw away."
K new light swept like a softening
hand across Napoleon's austere face.
. Captain Lafltte, you are right." he
said, with an entire change of voice
and manner. He extended his hand;
and Lafltte, with a rush of new emo
tions', bowed deeply, and pressed It
to bis lips.
As he raised his head, the emperor's
fingers tightened their clasp, and he
rose to his feet.
"A man 'whose heart can treasure
such love for me during all these
many years Is surely one who should
not be misjudged," he said, looking
up Into the younger man's face;
"most surely not by me, and at such
a time as the present."
. As he uttered 'he final words he
placed his arms around Lafltte's
shoulders and embraced him.
A volume of emotions spoke in that
"Sire, my. whole heart Is grateful
for these words of confidence and
esteem. ..No one can realize better
than myself how grave was the mis
take I made; and no man would make
srreater sacrifices to undo it"
"Tut, tut, boy," replied Napoleon,
with ail his old air of affection, and
tapping the shoulder upon which one
of his hands still rested, "when you
have reached my years you will know
better than to waste time and
thoughts in useless regrets. Let the
past go, Jean, my lad, and look only
Into the future."
The emperor resumed his seat, and
resting his hands upon the arms of
the cbalr, stared straight before him,
while Lafltte stood looking down at
the seated form.
"And may I not do something for
you?" urged Lafltte, making a final
"No no. Go, you and Grelolre;
you must leave me, for I feel It un
wise that you remain another mo
ment. You can do nothing nothing,
for me. But I am glad to have seen
you both of you; and I thank you,
Jean, my valiant ghost from the past,
for your offer and your love."
The emperor, as he spoke, leaned
forward In his chair; and there was a
caress In his smile and tone, as well
as in his touch upon Lafltte's hand.
"If ever a time should come. Sire,
when I can serve you, may I have
the honor and happiness of receiving
your commands?" was asked longing
ly. "And you would come to me?"
"Come to you?" said Lafltte, in a
tone so emphatic that the emperor
made a gesture of warning. "Yes,
Sire, through all the ships England
might seek to interpose."
"If this be so, Jean, then perhaps
you may some day hear from me.
Meanwhile your adopted country (and
I hope I may some time see it) is at
war with England, my most Implac
able enemy; and the conflict may af
ford you an opportunity for freeing
the name of Lafltte from obloquy.
And, when this is done, I would ask
of you to assume again your rightful
name the one belonging to your fa-
ther's title and estates."
"My father's name and estates,
Sire? Surely these are but phantoms
of the paHt, with which I, Jean La
fltte, can have no connection."
The speculative eyes turned a smil
ing glance upon him as the emperor
said, "It Is scarcely a safe thing to
aver what may or may not lie In the
future. You, who seem so desirous of
serving me cannot you promise me
"Indeed, yes. Sire," was the fervent
answer as the speaker bent to touch
with his lips the hand pressing his
"Be it so. Now" and the clasping
hand released Its hold "you must
leave me; and be sure to remember
my wish that you remain with Murler
until you hear from me. Good night,
Grelolre. Gcod-night, Jean.
The gray eyes and dark ones ex
changed a last fleeting glance of part
ing as Lafltte, following Grelolre from
the room, paused an Instant In the
doorway to look back.
Lafltte, quartered In one of Madame
Teche's dimity-hung chambers, slept
intle that night. He reviewed again
and again the meeting with Napoleon,
until his brain was In a turmoil of
thought that banished sleep.
If the emperor would go to Amer
ica, might not he, Lafltte, be the
means of getting him there In safety?
It was late when Grelolre went to
sleep, still half conscious of the foot
steps In the room next to his own;
and he awoke to see Lafltte standing
by his bedside.
"It Is scarcely an hour after sun
rise, Grelolre, and I regret to disturb
you. But a messenger has Just left a
package with me, together with a
written message from the emperor, re
questing that you and I leave the Is
land now, as speedily as possible."
"So?" said Grelolre, rubbing his
eyes. "Then It is best that I leave
this comfortable bed. Did you say
the emperor sent you a packet?"
"Yes. And when I tore off the outer
wrapping. I found upon the Inner one
his request that I should not exam
ine it until we had left the island.
What do you suppose can be the
meaning of this?
"Walt, mon ami; watt until you
open the packet Then I must tell
you something that has escaped my
mind until now."
Breakfast was soon despatched;
and, after thanking Madame Teuhe
for her hospitality, -her guests took
their leave, pursued, until out of hear
ing, by voluble farewells and urgings
to come again.
Murler walked with them to the
beach, which they found deserted,
with the full tide rolling In over the
pebbled sand In a hushed way, as If
its mood were depressed.
Lafltte, drawing a scarlet handker
chief from his pocket, waved It above
his head; and the master of the fishing-smack
replied with a speedy hul
loa that came faintly across the
The fisherman beached his boat
near Grelolre, who now called to
them, and stood waiting as they
strolled along to join him.
The captain of the smack was
easily induced to land his passengers
on the French coast; and they were
scarcely under way before the former,
asking Grelolre to accompany him,
went below,- to open the package.
- It was somewhat bulky, and as his
fingers broke the last wrapping, a
collection of papers, some of them
discolored by years, others evidently
of more recent date, fell upon the
cabin table. And in their midst shone
the dull gold frame of an ivory
For a second Lafltte stared at this;
then, picking It up, he looked intently
at the gypsy-like face of the portrait.
"Ah, mon DIeu! How came' the
emperor by this?" he cried choking
ly, the sight of the beautiful face,
which Margot had taught him to love
as Ihe mother whom he had never
known, making the past more real
than the present.
Grelolre, who was. lighting a cigar,
said dryly, "Examine the papers, and
If they do not tell you, perhaps I can
Lafltte glanced at them hurriedly.
They comprised his parents' marriage-
certificate, and all the other papers,
together with the Jewels, that had
been in the small Iron box so many
years ago. There were also more re
cent papers, showing that the prop
erty In Langtiedoc had been released
from sequestration, and held In trust
by Napoleon, emperor of France, for
"Jean, son and heir of the Baron ,
and sometimes known as Jean Lafltte,
of Louisiana, In North America."
All the documents were there, show
ing in detail the legal proceedings, in
stituted and perfected under the Con
sulate, and confirmed under the Em
pire. As the last paper fell from his
hand, Lafltte burled his face in his
crossed arms amid the heap of pre
cious things upon the table.
All the past was rolling In upon
him, a sea of living reality, so distinct
and Intense tjut the present appeared
aim anu vaporous.
What had, but last night, seemed
to him legitimate In the light of his
every-day world, as he met its events,
now looked honor-stained when con
fronted with the appealing sweetness
of the pictured face that had repre
sented to his boyhood all that was
best and purest, and the present sight
of which had brought so vividly be- i
fore his mental vision the dimmed
face of faithful Margot, and that ;
proud, stately man he had known as
father, of whom he could recall no
word or act dictated by other than a
sense of the highest honor toward bis
And Bonaparte, the Idol of his
youthful heart, but for so many years
doubted and mistrusted, he had ob
tained and treasured these proofs of
the wayward boy's position as that
father's son and heir, while the son
himself was risking In alien lands the
sacrifice of his rightful name and
An anguished silence kept him
mute; and Grelolre, as If understand
ing this, said nothing.
(To be continued.)
SOME PRANKS OF LIGHTNING.
Fantastic Tricks Played Upon Unfor-,
tunate Victims. j
One of the fantastic tricks which
lightning plays upon its unfortunate
victims is a kind of flashlight pho
tography. There are numerous In
stances of this which are more or less ,
"authenticated," but they seem almost
too wonderful to be believed. One
of these is of a young man in New
Jersey who was struck by lightning '
and was taken in an ambulance to the
hospital at once. There seemed to be
no wound except a small mark on the
back, but while the doctors and
nurses were examining him a picture
began to develop on the skin. Soon
before the wondering eyes of the
watchers appeared a perfect picture
of the figure of Christ nailed to the
crocs. The explanation is that on the
wall opposite the bed on which the
young man lay was the picture which
was reproduced on his skin.
Another Instance Is of a man who
was struck by lightning, and on his
chest were red marks resembling the
tree with all its branches under which
the man was standing when he was
killed. From France comes the story
of a peasant girl who was driving a
cow from the pasture when she was
overtaken by a storm, and she and
the cow took refuge under the tree. A (
bolt killed the cow and stunned the '
girl. When she recovered conscious
ness she found on her chest a picture
of the cow she had been driving.
The chatelaine of the castle of i
Benatonnalre was sitting in a chair
In her salon when the chateau was
struck by lightning. She was quite
uninjured, but on the back of her
dress was found a perfect copy of the
chair on which she bad been sitting,
down to Its minutest ornament These
are a few of the many strange pranks '
which lightning plays upon us.
THE 8TRAIN OF WORK.
Best of Backs Give Out Under the
Burden of Dally Toil.
Lieutenant George G. Warren, of
No. 3 Chemical, Washington, D.' C,
savs: "It's an honest fact that Doan s
Kidney Pills did
me a great lot of
eood. and if it
were not true I
would not recom
mend them. It was
ine strain 01 mi
In that brought
$in on kidney trouble
lng Doan's Kidney Pills I have lifted
600 pounds and felt no bad effects. I
have not felt the trouble come back
since, although 1 had suffered for five
or six years, and other remedies had
not helped me at all."
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"Let me sell you some of our cele
brated beautlfier for babies." said the
I don't care for any," replied the
busy mother. "Why don't you try next
door? That lady has a baby."
"Ah, madam, but your baby is so
much prettier. I am sure our prep
aration would show off to more advant
age if you bought a package."
"Dear me! How much is it? Chi
He Probably Knew.
Mr. Hardnut I admit, sir, that my
life has not been what it should be,
but I truly and unselfishly love your
daughter, and if ever I give her a mo
ment's pain I hope I'll be made to
suffer torture for it
Old Gentleman (warningly) Oh,
you will. You don't know her. New
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Weight c-f a Dinner.
It has been seriously asserted by
many people that we are naturally
lighter after a meal, and they have
even gone the length of explaining
this by the amount of gas that is de
veloped from the food. Average ob
servations, however, show that we lose
3 pounds and C ounces between night
and morning; that we gain 1 pound 12
ounces by breakfast; that we again
lose about 14 ounces before lunch;
that lunch puts on an average of 1
pound; that we again lose during the
afternoon an average of 10 ounces, but
that an ordinary dinner to healthy
persons adds 2 pounds 2 ounces tc
Why the Hermit Kingdom.
Oppressed by her neighbors for cen
turies and overrun with war; her peo
ple decimated; her cities, her temples,
add her libraries sacked and de
stroyed; her nobles and maidens
driven off to China, and her artisans
to Japan; the most ambitious and un
scrupulous of her subjects constantly
stirred to intrigue and conspiracy by
foreign powers, It Is small wonder that
Korea has endeavored to shut herserf
off from the world, and, by becoming
the "Hermit Kingdom," has effectually
barred the way to all progress. From
W. F. Sands' "Korea and the Korean
Emperor" In the February Century.
Some men hustle almost as hard for
a Job as some women hustle for a hus
band. It Is the lucky man that tells you
there Is no such thing as luck.
By Mother's Food and Drink.
Many babies have been launched Into
life with constitutions weakened by
disease taken In with their mother's
milk. Mothers cannot be too careful
as to the food they use while nursing
their babes. The experience of a
Kansas City mother is a case in
"I was a great coffee drinker from
a child, and thought I could not eat a
meal without It. But I found at last it
was doing me harm. For years I had
been troubled with dizziness, spots be
fore my eyes and pain In my heart,
to which was added two years ago, a
chronic sour stomach. The baby was
born 7 months ago, and almost from
the beginning, it, too, suffered from
sour stomach. She was taking It
"In my distress I consulted a friend
of more experience than mine, and
she told mi to quit coffee, that coffee
did not make good milk, I have since
ascertained that It really dries up the
"So, I quit coffee, and tried tea and
at last cocoa. But they did not agree
with me. Then I turned to Postum
Coffee with the happiest results. It
proved to be the very thing I needed.
It not only agreed perfectly with baby
and myself, but It Increased the flow
of my milk. My husband then quit
coffe and used Postum. quickly got
well of the dyspepsia with which he
had been troubled. I no longer suffer
from the dizziness, blind spells, pain
la my heart or sour stomach. Post
um has cured them.
"Now we all drink Postum from my
husband to my seven months' old
baby. It has proved to be the best
hot drink we have ever used. W
would not give up Postum for the best
coffee we ever drank. Name given
by Postum Co.. Battle Creek, Mich.
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FRESH AIR FOR
Most Effective Weapon
The following abstracts from an ar
ticle by J. E. Stubbert, M. D., in the
Medical Record, should receive wide
and careful attention. No doubt if
these ideas could be carried out, the
"white plague" would be robbed of
much of Its terror:
In ancient times it was highly Im
proper to expose a tuberculous pa
tient, especially one beyond the first
stage, to a breath of fresh air except
on the mildest days in summer, while
the night air was dreaded and avoided
as the plague. Then the more observ
ant and thoughtful men noticed that
those who lived more in the open air
did not die as quickly as the hot-house
patients, and they began to urge an
outdoor life and moderate exercise
as a prophylactic as well as a cure
for those in the early stages of con
sumption. Those In the more advanc
ed stages were allowed fresh air only
when it was at summer temperature,
but even this was better than being
kept Indoors in warm, ill-ventilated
rooms the whole year.
There are several plans by which
the victim of tuberculosis may con
tinuously breathe pure, fresh air by
nlgnt as well as by day. Sleeping out
In the open air is not harmful to a
large majority of tuberculous people.
Millet, of Brockton, Mass., reports
the cases of five patients whom he
recommended to Bleep out of doors at
night. They were allowed no roof
over their heads except In rainy
weather. They wore soft felt hats
and cotton nightshirts, sleeping under
ordinary bedclothes in beds arranged
on the roofs of their houses. Im
provement was noted in two weeks.
Coughs disappeared, temperatures be
came normal, respirations were easier
and weight Increased rapidly. No at
tention was paid to dampness and
drafts, and heavy dews were regarded
as inconvenient simply because of the
necessity of drying the bedclothes.
Sleeping In a small room with an
open window does not appear to be
nearly so beneficial to the patient as
when the nights are passed on a ver
anda or in a tent where there is a
free circulation of air on all sides. If
a patient were fortunate enough to
have a large room with a southern ex
posure and 'containing one or two
open fireplaces, in addition to large
windows on three sides, which might
be opened at night, he might derive
approximately the benefit incident to
McGraham, of South Carolina, pre
fers the circular to the army tent, and
thinks it better to place It on a plat
form two feet from the ground, and
to do without carpets and draperies.
Draperies are not necessary, but rugs
add greatly to the comfort and con
venience of those In 111 health, and
their use can be made perfectly safe
by exposing them to the sunlight for
a few hours daily.
Special Hospitals for Consumptives.
A hundred years ago the city of
Naples, Italy, erected a larfce hospital
for consumptives, and required the
isolation of all persons suffering from
this disease. It Is only recently, how
ever, that the authorities of modern
cities have become awakened to the
importance of this sanitary measure.
Recently a number of cities have
taken steps for the establishment of
hospitals especially for the treatment
of cases of consumption by the so
cahed "open-air method." Excellent
results are reported from this method
The German government has a
large central committee numbering
more than thirteen hundred persons,
organized for the purpose cf erecting
hospitals for the treatment of tuber
culosis. This committee has under its
supervision seventy-four such hospi
tals, and last year treated over thirty
thousand patients, of whom eighty per
cent were returned to their homes
practically cured after remaining in
the hospitals on an average of a little
less than three months.
An Extra Good Appetite.
A good appetite is a symptom of
good health. An extra good appetite
is sometimes a symptom of constitu
tional disturbance somewhere. A sam
ple letter sent to the "Questions and
Answers" column of a prominent
health Journal was something like
"I am troubled with pimples, not to
a great extent, but still very annoying.
They appear principally on the fore
head, but occasionally on other places.
I often feel languid, and tire easily,
and cannot gain flesh, although I have
an extra good appetite. Still I am
not sick, and have not been iu bed for
a day In my life. Age, nineteen years.
Will you kindly advise me what you
think would remove these pimples?"
There Is little doubt but that the
extra good appetite" alluded to af
fords the key to the situation. The di
gestive organs have more than the;
can take care of, and consequently do
not properly take care of anything fur
nished. There will be frequent bead
aches, skin disorders and alternate con
stipation and diarrhea with such per
sons. Pimples are a natural result of
such depraved blood conditions.
With many people the habit of
hearty eating Is continued when the
warm spring days come. Food which
was appropriate when the thermomet
er was at zero is continued in the
same quality and quantity when the
thermometer rises to ninety degrees
in the sun, and averages above sixty
all day and night The person who
loses hi appetite under such a condi
Available for Conflict t
"White Plague" if
tion Is on safe ground. The person
with an extra good appetite will havo
to exercise self-control or be placed
on the retired list to learn wisdom by
Tobacco injures men and kills chil
dren. The Chicago school board has
been having a medical examination ot
certain pupils before allowing them to
take part in certain athletic sports.
Boys and girls were subjected to the
same examination. Not one girl was
found unable to pass, while a large
number of the boys, in almost every
case smokers, were found to be in a
physical condition which made violent
exercise of any kind very dangerous.
Twenty-one out of a hundred were
found unfit, and all but three suffered
from some form of heart trouble. Al
most without exception the unfit ones
were cigarette smokers.
How to Earn Sound Sleep.
All doctors are not so careful of
the welfare of their patients as they
might be. Here Is a story of one who
went to the limit He is the proprie
tor ot a famous health resort not far
from . When he receives a pa
tient for treatment he says:
"Now, I want it understood that un
less you do exactly as I say, there la
no use of your staying."
This rule sometimes requires him to
be very harsh, but he never hesitates.
He acts on the theory that he can bet
ter afford to offend a single patient
and lose him that to have that pa
tient go back home and tell his friends
Dr. So-and-So had done him no good,
relates the Washington Star.
Not long ago a well-known clergy
man went to this resort for treatment.
The doctor looked him over upon his
r.rrival and said:
"While you are here you must take
long walks every day."
"But I can't take walks," replied
the parson. "I haven't done any walk
ing for years. My heart won't stand
They argued the question quite
warmly. As the clergyman and doc
tor were good friends, the latter was
more lenient than usual. However,
ho bided his time. The next after
noon the physician said to the clergy
man: "It's a nice day. I would like you
to go horseback riding with me."
Riding they went. When they were
about eight miles from the sanitarium
the physician said: "Oh, doctor,.. won't
you get me that flower" by the road-1'
side? I don't like to leave this
As soon as the- clergyman was on
the ground the doctor galloped off1
with both horses, and the clergyman,
was compelled to walk back to thai
sanitarium. Upon his arrivel he was'
very angry, and was for packing up
and leaving at once. There was no
train that night, so he was forced to
stay a few hours longer. The next
morning he came down radiant and
"Doctor," said he, "I was pretty
sore at you last night, but I forgive
everything. I have had the first good
sleep I have enjoyed in months. Here
after I'll obey your order Implicitly."
TIMELY VEGETARIAN RECIPES.
Cream of Celery Soup Ingredients:
Celery tops, 1 quart cream or rich
Method Put tops In saucepan, cover
with water, simmer one hour. Drain,
return water to pan, add milk and
stalks, simmer one-half hour longer,
season to taste, remove celery, thick
en to consistency of cream. Serve
Chill Sauce Ingredients: One
quart strained tomato, 4 tablespoon
fuls minced celery, 3 tablespoonfuls
minced onion, sugar.
Method Put all together in sauce
pan, let come to boll, set on back of
range and simmer two hours. A
small piece of lemon peel and a cup
of chopped tart apples will greatly
improve the flavor. Cook till apples
are done, remove lemon peel, cool,
Candled Sweet Potatoes Boll pota
toes till tender, remove Jackets, ar
range In oiled baking pan, sprinkle
with powdered sugar, brown In slow
Sweet Potato Cutlets Pare pota
toes, cover with boiling water, boll
twenty minutes, drain off half the
water, and cook till soft. They should
be almost dry when done. Mash or
put through rlcer. Form In shape of
chops, sprinkle with powdered sugar,
and brown in medium oven. Serve
with sugar peas.
Porkless Baked Beans Wash beans,
place in heavy pot and boll five min
utes. Salt to taste. Bake twenty
four hours In slow oven, keeping bare
ly covered with water. When done,
the beans should be of a uniform
dark brown. Longer cooking will im
prove. Potatoes Lyonnalse Chop cold boil
ed or baked potatoes. Season with
salt while chopping. Stir In onions
and parsley minced. If too stiff, thin
with nut cream to consistency desir
ed. Turn into oiled baking pan,
smooth, brush with cream, brown.
Serve in squares.
Turnips Stewed In Cream Pare
young turnips, cut In dice. Simmer
till nearly done. Drain off nearly all
the water. Add enough cream to
barely cover. Salt to taste.' Simmer
till tender (don't boil). Thicken