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The Ohio Democrat,
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OHIO.
THE SONQ OF THE CLOCK.
flttiy. master, a moiuont, nnd hear mo, I
prny,
And murk whnt I Buy,
And tnni'lc trh.it 1 any:
yor yoni-n. 1 liuvo Imllod yon by day and by
nlglrt.
To Md yon do right, do right,
Do right
Tot llttlo yon hood my monotonous sons,
Which wnrnii imnlnnt wrnnu,
Which wnrno aitniniit wrong:
Yon fnrirot thnt you Imvo with each ma
mant's swift niifiit
I.usn time to ropent and do right,
Bo right.
ICrom daylight to darhnoss, from dnrkncai
to llllWII,
I yontlnno to worn,
I onnllnun to warn;
I'm n tlmo-plcoo, tla truo, but my clilofcst
dolbrlrt
Is to
bid ynn do right, do right,
Do right.
Knch vlltrnMnR pnlsn of my being l.i fraught,
With Berlons thought,
With Hcrloiis thought
lort know thnt onch tick of tnlno hcrnldn
the flight
Of a soul Into darkness dn right,
Do right.
Yfluit though tho heart's sorrows, and pas
slotm, and strlfo
Olond dHrkly yoar life,
Cloud dtirkly your llfn;
Oazo Rtondlnstly sunward, whore promises
brtyht
lleeun calmly for those that do right,
Du right,
Though tameless, I'm sinless, Industrious,
truo.
And m should bo you,
And s should bo yon;
Would ( hava u hoart cloudless and Joy.
oui mid bright:
Try, try to do right, do right,
Do right.
Tlioa ponrn not my pleading, good master
unit trlend.
For yon may dopond,
For ynn, muy depend
Thnt tho dawn ot truo happiness follows the
night
Or the day of rosolve to do right,
Do right.
fr. Jl. 8&ibrooh, in Youth's Companion.
AN AFEAUt OF HONOR.
It Wao Settled to tho Satisfaction
or All.
Vonng Ycrsonil had just received his
compiiusion as Lieutenant iu a cavnlry
regiment garnsonod atMotz. Vcrscuil
wns r.'ch, handsome and courageous.
His epaulettes, tho aword which gleamed
at his K'.de, and tho uniform wliich set
oIYUIh n'no figure so admirably, thrilled
him willi joyful anticipation. But now
tho time has arrived for Iiim to join his
reg'ment, and lib must bid farewell, per
haps forover, to his dear, sweet Ernest
ine, whom ho loves more thun fame,
moro than life, almost moio than honor.
Erncstino resided at Chalons with her
.mother. Madamo doUarvillc, thoir mod
est establishment being under the
cliargo of ono old servant. These two
ladies wore interesting through tliuir
merits, nnd also on account of their sit
uation, wh cli wasunforlunale. Ernest
mo embroidered in secret, in order to
procuro for her mother those luxuries to
wh ch sho had formerly been accus
tomed, and which sho now found neces
sary. Vcrsettil aw Ernestine and could not
help loving ono so amiable and beauti
ful. Ho wo generally udmired and
esteemed, and Madame ' do liitrville saw
no reason to forbid his attentions, eo
)ecially as Uks young man was entire
master of his own actions and fortune,
and had folly explained his intentions.
However, ALwlnnio do liarville, a lady
of prudence and delicacy, counseled
somo dolay. "My dear Versouil," she
said, "you should not, without thorough
consideration, thus bind yourself tor
life. Of course wo foel deeply honored
by your love for Ernestine, but, al
though poor, I could not take advan
tago ot your mcxpcr.cucc, to assure to
my child a position whick you might
ono day regret having given her. A
career of distinction lies boforo you.
Servo your country and your King, and
when you understand your sontimonts
nnd find that your mind approvos them,
I will not opposo a love intensified by'
tiuio." Versouil, with tho most heart
felt emotion, assured Madame do Bar
villo that his affection for Ernestine
would endure while lite remained.
During hie journey to Mctz ho thought
constantly of Ernestine. On his arrival
he was wcloomod with tho utmost cor
diality by all tho olHccrs of the regi
ment. This reception flattered his self
love, and his spirits, which had been de
, pressed since his parting from Ernest
ine, recovered something of tlioir nat
ural cayotf. In the evening he attended
:i military banquet. The repast was
excellent, tho wines of the best, and that
disregard of conventionalities prevailed
-which is always noticeablo in soldiers'
gatherings. !oon tho mirth became ox
ccssivo. The spirits of tho guests
sparkled liko tho wiuo which llowed un
ceasingly, Thoy strove to intoxicate tho.
new-comer, who thought himself obliged
to respond to every toast.
Vermsuil, unaccustomed to this riotous'
kind of life, b 'gan to lose his self-control,
and ero long was so far gone as to
kltow nothing of what ho sa'd or did.
Excited by tho champagne anil
tho jests of his friends, his rock
lcssuess soon passed tho bounds of
propr.ety. lacing him at tho samo
table was an old officer, who, though
seventy-six years of age, still hold only
the position of Lieutenant. This wo's
tho Chovalior do Montluc, a worthy
man full of honor and simplicity, but
perhaps, n llttlo peculiar in dress and
manner. Throughout his fifty years of
teovico lie had been adored by the
officers, of his rogiment and bail won
tho respect of nil, although poverty had
always kept him in an inferior rank.
The Chovalior do Moutluo smiled in
dulgontly at tho talk of the young men,
nnd roplicd pleasantly to their railleries
.so long as thoy renin ncd within propor
bounds. TIk) almost rustle simplicity
of his appoaranco struck the muddled
i'anuy of young Versouil, and lip ad
dressed somo Importinent romnrks to this
respeolablo olllcor, forgetting his ago,
ami not yet aware of his merits. As
toulshod that n youth nnd a stranger
should accost him with such unwar
rantable frcodom, the Chovalior du
Monlluii endeavored by u stem
look to command that rosnect
whluh was his duo, nnd which had
nover boforo boon domed him. lint
poor YefHoull wna no longor hinifolf.
Tho eotmtonanoo of the aged Montluc,
iav from ucomlng to him Imposing,
struck him us In tho highest degree
rldloulous. Ho gave unreserved sway
to nil tho foolish ideas suggested by
chaiico and champagne, and nt last
gave expression to a vriltlalsni whloh
oolightrd him ut tho time, but wns fated
to cost hint dear.
Soon nftor tho hour for retiring ar
rl veil and tho company dispersed, Vor
xoull wont Immndlatoly to bed and fell
into a sound sleep, like a man ut the
.idnsn nf ik Yfdl-fmiht. flui'. 'I'lni Tifivt
The next
-.w1W w .. ,Tw. ..-.. -Jf
morning ho roio early, but His mind
woa not so cheerful as usual. Ills first
thoughts woro of his dear Ernestine,
nnd ho roproached hlmsnlf wllh having,
wlillo far from her, ylolilcd a moment
to forgetfitliioss. I fo fait a prosonll
mout that ho should novur sro hoc
again, and a vngun unrest, for which ho
could find no cause, troubled and per
plexed him.
Ills servant onlcred nnd handed him a
letter: ho recognized tho hand of Mad
amo do liarville With what haslu ho
oponcd the wclcomo missive! Ho would
hear of Ernestine, who, perhaps had
added a fow words. Ho was filled with
delight and all sad reflections woro ban
ished. This was tho letter : ,
I'nrdon mo, mv door Vornoilll, for having
until now withhold from you it sorrut. Vou
certainly merit our ontfro conlldnucc, but
my circumstances Imvo tlomiimlcd a rotl
eenco for which my henrt Iiiih reproached
mo. In hollovlng mo thu widow of a veteran
foldlor you woro mistaken. My htiflbnnd
still lives, nnd In near you In your regiment.
I beg of yon, Versouil, to show overy niton
Hon to tho (Jhevnlkr do Muntluo. He Ix tlio
best of men. honttr mid loy (illy pcrsotilllod.
Ho Is dourer to mo than all the world bonlde,
uutl It so many reaionn do not huHIcu to
make you love and tesnect him, hn is tho
father of your holnvod llrurstlue. This In
form nt Ion nntonlshON you, und you itsk, no
doubt, why I urn not known bv ray hus
band's name. It Is mi honoriihlo nnmn
which wo consider It our duly not to bear,
slnco we are without means to maintain It
property, l.onfles witnout nitmuur nnvo de
prived mo of tho wealth whloh wns my In
heritance. Tho Uhcvallcr do Moutluo Is n
younger son, and has no proporty. Hut ho
possesses tno lofty prldo or hi race. lie
suffurs lor my poverty, but ho shall not
blush for It, In a world where to be poor Is
almost n crime. Homo day, perhaps boforo
long, this cruel stutn of things may bo
changed. Then wo will resume our ntimek
nnd position, bpt meanwhile. Krnestlno nnd
t must live In that seclusion betlttlng the tin
fortunate. Thcroforo rovuro mid lovu Mon
ster du Montluc as a father. Ho needs euro,
for he Is old; lie It peihnps somewhat sensi
tive, for ho Is poor. He wiire. above nil things,
of allowing him to suspect Hint you know
his secrot. Ho would never lorglve bin
dnnchteror mvsolf us Inn as h llrud. 1
had not Intended to confide In you, hut nftor
your depnituro Krnestlno bogged of me, with
ivnrs, mu cunsuiuuon 01 intrusting ner iatu
cr to the emu of her best irlend
To her mother's letter Ernestine had
added these words: "I will mcnsiiro the
love of Vcrscuil by the euro ho gives to
my father."
'it would bo difficult to describe Iho
impression made by this letter upon
Vcrscuil. He blushed nnd was dis
tressed while lie its yet but imperfectly
remembered tho scene of tho previous
evening nnd scarcely understood tho
reason of his remorse. What, this old
officer whom yesterday in a lit of drunk
enness ho had treated with such want of
consideration the father of Ernestine!
Gradually he recalled all his foolish
jests and realized how inexcusable It
was for a young person thus to address
nn estimable and unfortunate old man.
As he was reflecting upon tho means of
repairing this injury ho heard a knock
at tho door and tho j-orvnnt announced
the Chovclicr do Montluc. At this name,
at lhs unexpected visit, Versouil was
almost pet ri lied with astonishment.
Ho woiilit have grt-olod Monsieur dc
Montluc, but found no opportunity.
Tho chevalier seated himself without
ceremony, and assuming a stent and
severe expression, gazed lixedly at Vcr
scuil. After a moment of oppressive
silenco Do Monlltto fcaid in a calm,
dignilicd manner:
"Monsieur do Versouil, I have seen
fifty years of service; I have fought for
my country anil my King; I am cov
ered With honornb o rears. Though
fortuno may never distinguish mo from
the crowd," though I die in obscurity,
at least honor will accom
pany mo to tho portals of tho
tomlj. This honor, Monsieur 1j Ver
souil, has served as my guide through a
long and painful life. The only wealth
which remains to me, it is my consola
t'on for tho innumerable hardship.) im
posed upon mo by fate. You, Mon
sieur, at twenty years of ttgo, have jeer
ingly insulted me, rogardless of the
deference which is duo to my gray
bars."
"Ah! Monsieur."
"Do not interrupt mo! If you Und
this discourse over long I will abridge
it. You insulted mo, Monsieur do Vcr
scuil, and 1 have come to demand satis
faction." "You! (Jood Heavens!"
"Yes, I," continued the old officer,
coldly. "D d you think, tir, thnt you
wero attacking a weak and defenseless
old man? You were gri ally mistaken.
Honor is never power'los. It can al
ways Und means to punish insult, nnd
force respect. It can rondor futile all
the advantage? of which youth is to
boastful. I do not ptopoo a light with
swords; vou could not desiro it;
you would not wish to opposo your
strength and skill against a man whose
hand is trembling anil whoso sight is
dimmed bv ago. It is my privilego to
make conditions and select arms. Wo
will throw dice. Monsieur do Vcrscuil,
and ho who throws highest shall blow
out tho brains of tho other."
"Blow out your brains! Better a
thousand times perish," cried Vertouil,
beside himself, walking tho floor in vio
lent agitation.
"You need not spare me," roplicd
the old man proudly; "should fate
favor mo I will not sp'aro you. Mon
sieur do Voraeuil, good morn ng. This
evening nt eight o)look wo w,ll meet
upon the rampart; bring a friend."
With theso words tho Chovnller do
Montluc departed, slamming the door,
and leaving the unfortunate Versouil in
tho deepest distrust. Alas! againRt
whom was ho about to tight? Against
tho man whom ho ought most to revere,
and protect: against an old man;
against the father of ono so dear to
him!
"No. no!" ho said to himself. "I will
not accept tho duel, I can not; I must
not accept it, but tlion, what would my
comrades say? What would Monsieur
do Montluc think of mo? Alas, what
caul do?"
Tho inexporioneo of Vorsouil added
still more to tho difficulty of his situa
tion. At firt ho thought of seeking
Monsieur do Montluc, humbly acknowl
edging his fault, making every apology
and offering nny reparation except thu
fatal one. "But no," ho rollceU, "It is
too late. Tho Chovallur do Montluc
has fixed upon it combat where noithcr
sido has advantage, slnco tho decision is
in tho hands of fato. Excusos would
seem to arise from fear. I would bo a
coward In the eyes of my comrades."
Ho shuddered at tlio Idea.
"Well," ho said after n moment of
thought, "I Imvo decided. I accept tho
duel with all its conditions. Heaven is
my witness that tho dread of tlcatli had
no part In tho cruel Indecision which
tormonlcd mo, and I swear"
lie formed at thin moment a gnnorous
resolution which calmed tho tumult in
his soul.
But new reflections soon phiugcd
him Into now anxiety. "What will
Eruostlno say when sliu loams that her
lover has died by tho hand of her
father? How alio will griovo! How
criminal sho will think mu! O, If sho
could only know all that is passing in
my heart, nnd tho firm rcsolvo I have
just formed!
'Insloiul of giving tho Chovalior do
Montlun tho care and protection which
my darling wished, I havo publicly out
raged him. What misoryl It 1 die I
sluill bear to tho grave tho ecoru ami
hatred of Ernestine Tho thought Is
insupportable" Ho iormoil Iho plan
of writing at once to Madamo do Mont
luc, and explaining tho trim condition
of nfl'alrs. "When I am dead," ho
said, "she will read my lotlnr to Ernest
hie: Ernestine will weep for mo anil
will not dosplso mo. Hut why should I
inform them In ndvnneo of a sorrow
thoy will learn too soon? Why hasten to
carry despair to my dnrllngNs heart?"
Flnn.lv ho went to his writing desk
nnd iitntto a will, glng nil his wealth
to Madamo do Montluc nnd Ernestine.
After signing and sealing this docu
ment ho left tho house, to lind, if possi
ble, some rcl'ot from tho anguish which
overwhelmed It'ni. Ho walked through
tho streets of Molz, not caring whither
ho wont, tho moro unhappy that ho
had no friend in whom to confide his
sorrow.
He must find a second. Whnt officer of
fhe regiment will rondor him this serv
ice? Ho Is a strangor, wlillo the
Chevalier do Montluc possesses tho con
oral regard. Ho cought tho First Lieu
tenant of tho regiment. "Ho is :i wlso
man," he said; "perhaps ho can glvo
tno fomo advice"
Tho First Lieutenant reosived him in
u cold and reserved manner. Versouil
commenced the eonversat on by saying:
"you sen in me, Monsieur, the most un
happy of men. I havo tittlio very outset
of my sorvico In tho regiment
incurred tho bad opinion of all.
Yesterday I forgot myself so far as to
treat with unpardonable disrespect, the
ohlest of tho officers. I havo failed to
show the consideration duo to his ago
nnd his excellence To-day I fully un
derstand my fault, and would give my
last drop of blood iu reparation."
Ho then spoke ot Ida intcrviow with
the Chevalier do Montluc, and tho duel
which was to lake place, and added: "I
hail not boforo scon the Chevalier do
Montluc, and did not know that he was,
of all men, tho ono to whom I most
owetl honor and deforonce. and now
that I know It, I must ha held up to ridi
cule or must die by his hand."
"There is no alternative," said the
First Lieutenant. "You havo insulted
tho Chevalier do Montluc. He roijuesls
ho demands reparation; nothing less
excuses would not satisfy him; and you
would be lowered in our estimation.
Willi us, Monsieur, apologies are only
allowed to men who havo proved thetn
tielves courageous. Morever, I w 11 not
conceal from you, that if you refuse tho
duel you must leave tho regiment, and
if you kill tho Chevalier do Montluc,
whom ve all lovo as a father, then also
you must leave tho regiment."
"What," cried Verseuil, havo you no
other advice to ofTer mo? I came to
Mctz tilled with tho brightest hopes. I
thought that I could win the regard of
my comrades. I know Hint 1 merited
their esteem nnd friendship, ami now,
from tho first day I am forsaken an
outcast! If blood would satisfy you:"
lie went on in u sort of fury; "If "I had
to tight, Monsieur, against you, against
tlio bravest officer in tho regiment,
against you all. you would see if I
lacked courago; but the Chuvttliur do
Montluc!" lie ended in a torrent of
tears.
Tlio .First Lieutenant, who until then
had appeared unmoved, was deeply
touched by the situation and prief of
tliis ntcrcsting young man. lio know
him to bo brave, and understood that
fear of death was not the cause of his
distress and tears. Ho took tho hand
of Verseuil ami said to Iiim:
"Monsieur tie Verseuil, you have won
my ympathy and may rely upon my
friendship. I will try to arrange this
unfortunate affair, but I can not assure
ynn of the success of my endeavors. Tho
thovnlicr do Montluc is tlio lie-tof
men, but ho is extremely sensitive where
hip honor is involved. " His ago renders
him all tho moro exaet'ng on this point.
The older I am,' he is accustomed to
say, 'tho moro I should be respected.'
(Jo to vonr room. Monsieur du crsouil.
and soek to recover your tranquility, I
will soon rejoin you."
The First Lieutenant did not lose n
moment. Ho wont to tho Colonel's
quarters and found all tho officers to
gether. After somo active debating It
was agreed that young Verseuil owed
full reparation to tho estimable Cheva
lier du Montluc, and that he should
make public apology for tho ill-timed
jot which had oftended tho brave of
ficer. Thoy then summoned tho Chov
nller do Montluc. Tho Colonel, as
spokc-mun for the cntiro regiment, rop
rosentod to tho chevalier tho youth and
inexperience of Vorscuil, tho drunken
condition Into which his comrades hail
beguiled him, tlio remorse of tho young
man. who promised to make amends
by irreproachable conduct in tho future,
and linally tlio hardness of tho tonus
imposed a duel whoro ono of tho two
must per eh for nn unimportant offense,
simply a youthful imprudence Tlio
Colonel ended by tagging thu Chevalier
do Montluc, in the linina of the regi
ment, to condescend to accept Ver
scuil's apology, and not exact so cruel
an atonement for so slight an injury.
Monsier dj Moutluo listened impass
ively to this speech, and repliotl calmly.
"Colonel, if I woro rich and young I
could pardon him, hut I am old nnd
poor, and, therefore, moro than others
a target for insult front those who can
boast of youth and fortune. I havo for
thu protection of my namo only my
courage and my honor, and I will main
tain them while ono dropof blood Hows
in my veins. The youth of Monsieur
do Versouil is no excuse If he woro of
my agu I would not exact from him a
respect wliich ho would not owe me
His inexperience has need of a losson,
and that which 1 will give him may
provo of somo valuo if ho docs not die
to-day the victim of his own temerity.
As to the duel which I have proposed," I
acknowledge tho conditions to bo se
vere, but could 1 find anj moro gentlo,
nnd at tlio samo time as just? Thoy aro
tlio only ones whoro tho weapons bo
como equal iu tlio trembling hands of
ago and the firm grasp of youth. Uc
side, what is in question, Monsieur lo
Colonel? Tho death of Monsieur do
Versouil or myelf. If I preserve my
honor I count for llttlo the 1 1 f j of a
man, and I count my own for nothing.
'Therefore gentlemen, do not urgo mo
lo accent thu apology of Monsieur do
Verseuil; honor does not permit it.
Chance will this ovoning tloc.de which
of us must perish." ,
At this assertion spoken steadily nnd
without tho slightest Indication of ox
citnmout, tho officers lost hope of
softening tlio sovorlty of Monsieur do
Montluc.
Tho disappointed Lieutenant rotiirnou
to Versouil, who awaited hint in great
agitation. Versouil saw from tho ex
pression of his friend that tho - old man
persisted In his fatal resolution. "I see,
Monsieur," ho said, "that no arrange
ment can bo mado."
"No, my young frlond," replied tho
LleutQiuint; "you must prepare to satis
fy the ehovnllur, 1 regrot it, fur as I
Bald boforo, If you kill him you will bo
obliged to leave tlio regiment."
"Wo will sco about that," said Vor
snnll. "Hut llsiuu a moment, Mon
sieur; you tiro mi honorable man and I
baliuvo 1 uiiu, with coiilUloucp. toll you
a eccrot, Iho more Important thnt it Is
not my own. The wlfo and daughter
of tha Chovalior doMontluo live at Cha
Inns In tho deepest retirement, under
tho assumed names of Madame nnd
Mademoiselle do Hnrvllle I lovo the
young Ernestine desperately, nnd
eho returns my nffcetion, 5lndamo
do Montluc opprovos of our mutual
love Ernestine at tho end of
this campaign, In which I had hoped to
harvest somo laurels, would havo re
ceived my name nnd fortuno In grant
ing mo her hand. Monsieur do Mout
luo Is Ignorant of my lovo ami my plans,
and by a strange fnlnllly ho will, per
haps, destroy this evening thn mini who
had hoped to call him father. You nt.v
imdorstnnd, Monsieur, the causu of my
sorrow, nnu tno tears you inivcscon mo
shed. Should chance pronounco my
death warrant, what would bu tho
despair of Ernestine? What would she
think of her lover killed in it duel by
her father? I beg of you, Monsieur,
wrlto to her for my sa'ko when I have
ceased lo live, and' explain the details of
this catastrophe. Abovn all. portray
mo as more unfortunate than guilty,
and lw sure to say that I died loving
her."
With these words, drawing from his
bosom tho will which gave nlfhls wealth
to Madamo and Madamolsolla dc Mont
luc, ho placed It iu tho hands of tho
Lieutenant as a snered charge Tho
First Lieutonnnt pressed Verseuil to
his heart and promised to fulllll
his last request, when .sud
denly the clock struck eight.
It was tlmo for the fatal meeting. Ver
souil heard it calmlv; ho rolled on tho
promisi! of tlio Lieutenant Ernestine
would know all. Mon over, tho thought
that his death would insure to her all the
bcuclits hitherto denied by fate, the
thought that in dying ho would enrich
her as he would have enriched her hail
ho lived, did not fall lo ullbrtl him somo
comfort.
He soon arrived with his new friend
at thu appointed place All tho officers
of tlio regiment wero already thoro and
had made renewed but vain' attempts to
alter tho decision of Montluc. To tlio
arguments of his comrades the old sol
dier had but one reply: "Honor de
mands it." At the appearance of Ver
feuil, impressive silenco reigned among
the spectators. All eyes wore directed
toward tho young man, whoso counte
nance full of sweetness and dignity,
proclaimed a noble spirit, and whoso
linn bearing showed a heart free from
all fear. Verseuil went up to thu
Chevalier do Montluc nnd said to him,
smiling: "Monsieur lo Chevalier, this
is my first attempt at tho gamo of
chance"
"You may not find it altogether
imiising," rcpl cd tho Chevalier, icily.
'We aro playing for large stakes "
Tho two seconds loaded the pistols.
Tho chevalier's second held tho dice
box; ho was to mako the first trial, and
tho ono of tho principals who claimed
tho highest point t-hould blow out tho
bra'iis ot ins adversary.
Tlio chevalier's second shook tho dieo
lor a long time before giving them their
futal liburty, but linally thoy escaped
and rolled upon tho rampart. The two
seconds and all the officers hastened to
see what po.nt the chevalier had thrown.
It was tho numb.H' ten. All eyes wero
bent in deep sadness upon young Ver
seuil, who appeared unmoved, although
thoro were ten chances against two that
ho must die. Tho First Lieutenant,
Vorsnll's s-econd, took tho box nnd dico
with a trembling hand; he shook tho
dice with an almost convulsive move
ment, and lot them suddenly escape
from their prison. All look with trepi
dation; they hardly breathe; Vcrscuil
has also thrown thu'number ten. They
must again solicit chance, who seems
unwilling to pronounce upon tho fate of
two beings equally interesting, ono
through liis age tintf character, tho other
through his personal advantages and
youthful promise.
Just at tno moment when IJe .Mont
lne's second took up the dico to renew
tho terrible game, a letter was brought
to the chuvalior. He glanced at tho ad-,
drcs and deep emotion was dopietcd on
hjs countenance. It was tho writing of
his wife He a-skotl Verseuil's permis
sion to read tills letter from onosodcar.
When ho had finished he returned to
Versouil and said quietly: "I am ready;
let us mako another trial."
Monsieur dc Montluc's second took
the dico and shook them thoroughly;
thoy rolled on tho sand and showed tuo
number seven. Tho uncertainty was
renew; all wished to stop so long and
harrowing contest, but it was loo late.
Verseuil's second took the dico in his
turn, and threw tho number nine
At this decision all hearts wore thrilled
wttlt deep horror. ' Verseuil's second
placed a loaded pistol in bis hand, ami
tho old Chevalier do Montluc approached
his adversary and said calmly: "Mon
sieur do Verseuil, make ttso of your
privileges."
"Yos" cried Verseuil. Hinging his
pistol ovor tlio rampart. ''Yes, idonsieur
do Montluc, I will mako use of them.
Come, gentlemen, come, you who wero
witnesses of tlio involuntary indignity
which I offered lo this respectable gen
tleman at a time when 1 was deaf to tho
voice of ro.ison,' be also w tncsscs of tho
comploto reparation which justice,
honor, and till the sentiments of my
heart ohligo mo to render him! Mon
sieur do Montluc," ho said, addressing
tlio old man, "tho -victory wliich I owo
to chance gives mo the right to confess
to you my fault. I ackuowlcdgo it
humbly, nnd implore you to pardon
mo."
Tho old ofllcor could not resist thn
appeal. His eyes filled with tears, and
in a transport ho could not control, ho
throw hlnisjlf in tho arms of Verseuil,
who cried: "O my father!"
Tills oxelamat'on was followed by a
moment of silence, then Verhouil added,
in tones enruost ami compasslnmttu:
"Yes, you will allow mo to call you by
that dear and saored namo; you do not
know, Monsieur do Montluc, what
tics bind mo to you; thoy can
not bu broken save with thoso that
attaoh mo to 1 fe You havo at Chalons
a daughter nh! do not blush; it is
with prldo that you should hear thu
namo of Ernestine. You should bo es
pecially proud of the title of husband
and father. May it bo permitted tho
tendorost alleotion to repair thu wrongs
of fortune toward our dear Ernestine?
I lovo her, wo lovu each other. I am
Irno and havo tho disposal of my estate
Crown our mutual titleetion."
All tho officers wero deeply moved by
this unexpected scone; thoy crowded
around tho aged Do Montluc, who
hctimed to unreflecting upon Vcrsouil's
oiler. At last tho bravo and venerable
'loltlior, taking Vorsoiill's band, said to
him: "Monsieur do Versouil, your con
duct has boon that of u gonorous and
honorable young man. I ran under
stand now what your position must
havo been. Lovu forbatio your taking
my life, and the scron'ty with which
you came to thu rendezvous proved
tutu you would imvo nouiy t-iiurlflccu
yourself. I roproach myself for all you
must Imvo fiiiiruriid, but honor com
manded It thus. Howuvor, I can but
recognlzo sugh iloleiaoy ami groiilnois
of oul
'A fow darn ago t would not havo
given you my daughter. 1 was poor,
nmi tins pardon, wiiicn x now grnnt
with nil my henrt, would perhaps have
socmid Interested, but now, thank
Heaven, my position Is changed, At
the moment when wo hazarded our
cliancos for life, you saw mo rrcolvo a
letter ovor which I grew pale and
troubled. That letter was from my wlfo
who has just arrived hero with my
danghtor Ernestine"
"llonvons, Ernestine."
"My older brother," continued Mon
sieur do Montluc, "my older brother,
who hns ovor treated mo with profound
Indlfl'orence, hns lust died childless, and
I am his heir. My daughter, therefore,
Is rich. Fur this reason, Monsieur do
Vcrscuil, 1 do not hcsltato to give her
to you. Othcrwtso Erncsllno could
never havo been yours. Honor would
not have permitted It. Hut let us hast
en to embrace those so dear to us."
Mons'cur du Montluc then took Vor
scuil's arm, calling htm son, nnd they
went together to join Madame and
Mndeinolscllo do Montluc.
Aflor tho first expressions of patornnl
affection Do Montluc related to Ids wlfo
and daughter tho story of the duel, at
which recital they shuddered with ter
ror. Verseuil depicted In his turn tho
agitation of his soul, and they wept in
sympathy. Somo time after, tlio regi
ment of Verseuil wns called to Germany.
There tho young man covered himself
with glory, nnd when tho campaign was
over ho innrr'otl Ernestine Tlioir Imp-.
plncss continued as long ns tholr virtues
endured, thnt is wlillo thoy lived, and
tho sweetest ponce blessod and adorned
a union solemnized, as it were, on tho bat
tle field. Translated from the French, in
Albany Journal.
ODD DECORATIONS.
Htranc Things In a Wilmington (Del.)
Crmntery fm Colored Tropic-
An obsenro path, scarcely detected in
the rank grass, loads to one of tho
burying grounds for colored people at
Wilmington, N. C. Never woro gath
ered stranger tokens of nflectiou or of
superstition in a resting ylaco for the
dead. Ono grave that rccontly attract
ed tho attention of a visitor was that of
an old man of ninety, in tho center of
tho mound wns partly buried tho bus
of a hugo doll. There was n little mar
ble headstone, from which dangled thn
rusted frame of a child's toy wiro cra
dle At tho btiso of tho stone was a
pair of toy llntirons, while at the foot
of the grave wero n pair of andirons
and a cast-iron keltic and stuck in tlio
ground a huge carving knife
At ono sitlo was a child's grave Set
in thu middle of tho mound above this
was a largo bowl, and a few plates were
scattered about, with hero and there
cup nnd saucer. Thero wero also upon
this grave a sugar dish and somo
knives said forks. Another gravo was
proviuou wun iwo large pitctiors, a
tureen, some smaller pieces of crockery
nnd a keroscno lamp, with chimney and
shade and wick and oil, in readiness for
lighting. Another mound had a soup
tureen, a collection of knives and
forks a small hatchet, a pan for frying
hoccakc, a gridiron, two teapots and a
lamp. Another had a still larger as
sortment of plates, cups nnd tauccrs,
nnd two hugo platters. It was rimmed
with clam shells, nnd in lamps it was
particularly rich, hav'ng a row of three
On tho next gravo a set of table casters
was tho most prominent object. Tlio
grave of a Baptist minister, wliich was
oramented with a fine headstone, was
supplied with a moustache drinking
cup. On another gravo were a couple
of pails and somo toy figures of horses,
cows and goats, while another was com
pletely hidden from sight under a col
lection that defied description.
Scattered all about the burying
ground were lamps of all sizes, with
match safes handy. Vases were plenty,
antl there wero a few plaster of Fans
busts. On ono gravo an alarm clock
was the most conspicuous object, and
on another a pair of largo llatirons. On
almost every grave wero bottlos con
taining medicine iV. Y. Sun.
HOW TO READ.
Advl-mblltty or Wrlllnc u Short Abstract
After Hit rertisnl of a Work.
Nobody can bo sure that ho hns got
clear ideas on n subject unless ho has
tried to put them down on a piece of
paper In independent words of his own.
It is on excellent plnn, too, when you
havo read a good book, to sit down and
write a short abstract of what you can
remember of It. It is still a better plan,
if you can make up your mind to a
si ght extra labor, to do what Lord Staf
ford and Gibbon and Daniel Webster
did. After glancing over tho title, sub
ject or design of a book, these eminent
men would take a pen and writo rough
ly what questions they expected to find
answered in it, what difficulties solved,
what kind of information imparted.
Such practices keen us from reading
with tlio eyo only, gliding vaguoly over
thu page, and thoy help us to place our
now acquisitions in relation to what we
knew before It is almost always worth
while to read a tli'ng twicc'over, to
mako sure that nothing lias bcenmissod
or dropped on tho way, or wrongly
conceived or interpreted. And if tho
subject bu serious, it is often well to ljt
an interval elapse. Ideas, relation-),
statements of fact are not to be takon
by storm. Wo have to steep them in
tho mind, iu tlio hope of thus extract
ing their inmost essence and signifi
cance If ono lets nn intcrvnl pass,
nnd then returns, it is surprising how
clear and ripo that has become which,
whon wo loft It, seemed crude, obseuro
and full of perplexity.
All this takes trouble, no doubt; but,
thou, it will not do to deal with idoas
that wo find in books or olsowhcre, as a
certain bird does with its oggs leaves
them iu thu sand for tho sun to hatch
and chance to rear, l'coplo who follow
this plan possess nothing bolter titan
ideas half hatehod nnd convictions reared
by uco dent. Thoy uro liko a man who
should pace up nnd down tho world in
tlio delusion that he is clad In sumptuous
robes of purple and velvet, when, in
truth, ho is only half covered by the
rags and tatters of other people's cast
off clothes. John Morley,
A Cheerful Hack-Driver.
An Invalid from Hostoncnmo to Flor
ida far his health. Ho was confined to
his bed at first, but i-oon rcoovorod suf
ficiently to tnko n rldo in a hired lmck.
The liiiok-drlver was very polite and at
tentive, mid whon lie helped the Invalid
out on their retain lo thu hotel, the lat
ter Hiild:
"Imm very much obliged, I think I
shall require your services ngaln pretty
soon."
"You bet yon will. I drlvo the only
honr.$o in this town." Druke'a Travel
era .vagarine,
CAN'T DE BELIEVED.
Mr, Itlnlim's f.nln Ktntrment Iteicnrdlnrr
CIvll-SiTVlro Itefnrni Applied In tliti
Tot of Ills I'ulillu llccoril und Known
Chnrnclpr.
It was hoped thai Mr. lllalno would
be permitted to rollro lo the reflective
shades of his Augusta home, after re
ducing tho Republican plurality iu
I'eiuisylvaiila from 81,000 to 15,000,
without being cnllotl on to deny nny
of thu reports of his stum)) orator'.
Every precaution, ho now tells us, wns
taken to innku these reports conform not
lo what he said but whnt he wished pub
lished mat lie iiutisiiiii, and y el olio re
port got abroad that has called for a do
nlul from the champion denier of thu
country. Ills speeches wero nceiiratoly
reported, ho lulls us, for the Philadel
phia Press by skilled stenographers,
unit yet. a spcecn ot ms ai mint
ltigton, I'n., has been so "per
verted" that hu has been accused
of "repudiating tho Clvll-Servleo re
form with a sneer." It Is unfortunate
for Mr. Blaine thnt the public is used
to his denials, antl tnkes them for just
what they aro worth "springes to
catcli woodcocks." Since his ccle
1rated denial of April U-l, 187fi. of any
interest in certain railway projects, ox
cupt us as an Investing purchaser,
was proved false in the face of
Congress and of the world by his own
letters, no person or politician lias ever
aecepieii as true any ueniai uy iir.
lilainu in any thing i'n which he had
an interest. Peoplu may admire Iiim
and political managers "may worship
Iiim, but no one places any dependence
on his word or disiugenuottsuess. His
reputation for veracity lias been shat
tered into too ninny fragments to be
patched into a water-holding vessel
again.
'In regard to tho matter of his pres
ent denial, ho is entitled to thu widest
circulation of his tleclnrcil conversion
lo tho principle of Civil-Service re
form, it is so adroitly put that wo re
peat his words. "It is scarcely neces
sary to say." he writes, "that I have
nuver repudiated reform in tlio civil
service, nor a oaten my iiiicrc-c incre
in." When it is recalled that Mr.
Blaine, as Speaker of the House of
Representatives, appointed tlio coin
mil leo on the subject which toma
hawked Iho reform and executed the
historical wnr-daneu over its corpse,
the true inwardness of ills use of thu
word "repudiate" may bo perceived.
Ho never had any part in the reform
to repudiate lie never took any fa
voring interest in it to abate From
the day hu appeared in Washington :i3
a lobbyist for tho Spencer rifle' manu
facturers to thu presunt time, the wholu
tenor ot his utterances and practices
have been inimical to the reform.
His political life antl methods have
been ono sneer at it,
body would believe
lo say, with Henry
"1 approve tlio
and to-day no
liim wero ho
Cabot Lodge:
principle that
those offices
employment in
iu the civil service the duties of which
are administrative and not political
should be open on etpial terms to
overy citizen without regard to party.
If elected, I should favor thu speedy
extension of the present reformed sys
tem to all offices and employments "of
tiie Government to which' it 'is applica
ble, and I favor tho repeal of thu laws
which vauiito a lnrgo number of non
political offices every four years, and
the substitution therefor of'n tenure
during good behavior."
Even if Mr. lilainu were to make
such a declaration ns this the people
would not believe he meant it, and
politicians would exchange winks with
Mr. lS'....ni! behind tho people's back.
All his prattle about aping English
eivil-servico methods is demagogy, for
Mr. lilainu is too able a man not lo
know that the part of wiso statesman
ship is to take leaves from tho experi
ence of overy nation and people "now
struggling with tho problem of gov
ernment or that over sank beneath the
weight of false loaders und selfish
statesmen. His idea of American Civil-Service
reform is embraced in the
Jneksoniau maxim: " To tho victors
belong tho spoils." Chicago A'cws.
A Conclusive Explanation. S5T
Northern Republicans who wonder
that thoir party has so littlu strength
among tho whites of tho cotton States
would find a sufficient explanation if
they should contrast tlio condition of
these States under Democratic rule
with tlio situation when the carpet
baggers wero in power. Take Ala
bama, for instance. When tho Silen
cer gang controlled tho Slate there
were constant collisions butween the
races, Iho finances woro demoralized,
thu school system was in a wretched
plight, and tho aspect of affairs was so
discouraging that many good citizens
wero removing to other States. Now
harmonious relations exist between
whites and blacks, thu cost, of govern
ment Ii.is been lessoned; the tax rate
lias been reduced, antl returning pros
perity not only has arrested thu exodus
of citizens but has begun to attract im
migrants from other States and coun
tries. Host of all, thu school system
has been greatly improved, ami Gov
ernor O'Nual was able to say in his re
cent message to thu Logislaturj that
"no other Statu appropriates so large
a proportion of its taxes lo public
schools, nnil in no other is thn school
fund so economically handled or so
nearly all paid lo those who earn itiii tho
school-room." The Governor also gave
the assuranco that "as prosperity gives
them ability, thu peoplu will Increase
tlie resources of the school systum and
Its usefulness." A'. Y. Post.
What He Would Do.
If tho appuals of thu Plumed Knight
to tlio war prejudices of tho people
mean any thing thoy moan that if the
Republican party can get back Into
power with him at Its head an ullompt
will bu mado to control thu Southern
States from Washington, as was thu
cusu during thu Administration of Gen
eral Grant. As a result of Unit polloy
thu South became solid. Business de
pression was everywhere noticeable
ami tho majority, of tlio peoplu woro
inipovuriiliud. Nuitlier whites nor
blacks madu nny progress, und nonrly
nil of tho formur slave States were
given oyer to turmoil ami disaster.
What infatuation is it that induces a
man who wishes to stand well with tho
peoplu to Btrivo to turn tliom back lo
thn old regliiiu of blood, despair and
rum? From tlm standpoint of thu
Northuru Republican nothing could hu
more .short-sighted than the rcndoptlnu
of a polloy which would luivu no othur
result than that which matin It ab
horred by every body oxeupt tho con
soluuculess adventurers who profited by
tholr country's borrows and shaiiiu.-
Chicago licraltl,
A Hliilnu paper says: " Thu
Amnriumi voter thinks," Hu duos. Uu
thinks Jim Ulaiiio Is no man for thu
Pfusldonuy, VMaajo Times,
CLEVELAND AND FRIENDS.
Absurdity of tho Clinrffen of l!jin.ilon
In tlio Ofllclnt I'nmllr,
When certain critics of tho Adminis
tration aro short of other ammunition
for their guns, they fall back upon tho
oft-repeated charges of iinptcasantnosti
In tho relations belwccu tho President
and tho mciiibors of his Cabinet. How
nbstird most of tho stories of this char
acter oro when confronted with tho
facts! And none Is moro absurd than
tho ono which Is often repeated, that
tlio President Is a sort of potty despob
who has changed tlio official relation
of Cabinet officers from the old one of
advisors to that of clerks in charge,
though not In control, of thu several
departments.
Tho writers who aro eontlnunlly
putting nllont assurtlons of tills cluir
actur know very well that they can not
bu dented r.r. cathedra. Thu President,
and the sovcrnl members of his Cab
inet nlono enn with n knowlcdgo of
thu facts dispute such assertions, but
for tho President, or any member ot
his official family, to enter into a de
nial of such allegations would bo in
compatible with the dignity of tho
offices thoy hold. Forttinaluly, how
ever, tho common sense of the Amer
ican public can bu reached, oven though
direct denials from the interested per
sons can not bu hnd. The logic of.
facts in this as iu other matters is in
disputable Whnt nre flic facts ns to Mr. Cleve
land and his Cabinet that nre known
or may bo learned by every one? Mr.
Clovoland came into office ns President
without practical experience of National
Administration. Ho selected ns his Cab
inet officers three men of loiigexpcrionco
in national affairs as Representatives
and Senators in Congr.'ss; threo whoso
services in tho higher line of political
organization hnd mado their names
household words in their party, and
i.lie seventh a jurist of unquestioned
ability and respectability. Tills Cab
inet, thus selected, hu has hold intact
for nearly two years, longer than any
President since Van Ruroii, except;
Presidents Fillmore and Pierce, who
did not change their Cnbincls at all.
and Ruchanaii. whoso Cabinet lasted
three years without a change in its per
sonnel. Harrison changed the mem
bership of his Cabinet in tho first year
of his administration. Polk in thu first;
yoar reorganized hi. Lincoln changed
Ids Secretaries of War iu tlio first year
after his election. Grant changed lii.s
Secretary of State antl of the Interior
within a month, and Hayes within two
years changed his Secretaries of War
and of thu Interior, his Postmaster
General and his Attorney-General.
In spite of assaults upon almost;
overy member of his Cabinet, wliich
havo been characterized by nialiee,
mendacity and violence, Mr. Cleve
land's olhoial family in the twenty-first,
month of its establishment remains tho
same as it wns when ho gathered it
about him on Marcli ), 188.
In viow of thoso facts alone, can nny
thinking person credit tho nssortiou
that thoro havo been serious differences
in Mr. Cleveland's Cabinet or that ho
has treated his Cabinet officers with
disrespect? Is it credible that Secre
tary liuyard, with his seventeen years
of cxpurionuo of public life, would sub
mit to bo treated ns a mere executive
clerk by a man who was a novice in
National a flairs when he had nttninud
lo tht! degreo of master? That Mr.
Lamar, a representative statesman of
tlio South, who was a national
legislator ero Mr. Cleveland had
east his first vote, would permit,
himself to bo thus slighted?
That Mr. Manning. Mr. Cleveland k
friend and counsellor before tho Presi
dency had dawned upon his wildest,
ambition; his guiding spirit in later
days and tho manager of his cam
paign for election to the office of
Chief Magistrate, would brook such
treatment now? Each of thoso threo
has had excellent opportunities to
withdraw from the Cabinet, without,
trouble, had thoy wished it, and yot
they remained 'beside thoir clii'ef.
Surely, tho common sense of tho
American people will assume that
these men did remain because thov
desired to assist that chief iu adminis
tering the laws of tho land, not as ex
ecutive clerks, but as advisors and
counsellors. And so with all the
others.
And in liko manner with regard to
tho stories of dieord and disagree
ment within the Cabinet. Tho stand
ing of the gentlemen who compose it,
and tlio fact that they show no disposi
tion to retire from it, ought to be suf
ficient proof that thero is no founda
tion for statements which discredit,
their high character, and wliich go un
contradicted by them, for the solu rea
son that the dignity of the office thoy
hold does not permit of tlioir stooping
to resent such imputations. Ar. Y.
Graphic.
CAPTURED FACTS.
In 1881 Ihu Republican Presi
dential ticket lucked just tun votes of a
clear majority in the old Bay State In
188S it will lack 10,000 votes of riot a.
majority, but a plurality. Tho next
Presidential vote of Massachusetts will
13 cast for a Democrat. Two years
liencu Now Hampshire, Massachusetts
and Connecticut certainly, nnd Maine,
undor certain conditions, muy bo
found iu tlio Democratic column.
Good, faithful, united work will ac
complish this glorious result. Boston,
Ulobc.
Grovcr Clovoland is ono of Iho
strongest men intellectually and in all
that goes to maku up the genuine
statesman that has occupied thu Presi
dential chair since thu days of Wash
ington, and hu is daily growing in in
tellectual girth, in far-seeing wisdom,
and In tho all'eetion of the thoughtful
and law-loving peoplu of tho land, but
ho has arrived at Ids presunt eminence,
not simply by his attention to thu Civ-11-Survieu'law,
but by his broad nnd
stalesmnn-llku action on all questions
of public policy with whluh hu litis been
called upon to tlaulSclmu (Ala.)
Times.
Tlm difficulty which Mr. lilaino
hns in opening his mouth without
well, without being inaccurate, scorns
to bu constitutional in Its origin. If it
wero not, oxpurluiiuu of thu troublo it
has caused him would put him on his
guard. His mind seems to bo thor
oughly sensational, and thu result is
that hu finds it impossible to tall; with
restraint or moderation. Every phrase,
must bu moro or luss explosive. This
blundering of his about thu English
clvil-servleu, which is putting so nuiuy
of his supporters to shame, is a good
Illustration of this weakness. Tho
truth is that his Intellectual outfit is
Just good oiiough for thu editorship of
a country nuw.spnpor, but his onurgy
and ambition turn imlurtalniiig social
qtiulltiuo linvu carried him out of his
hphurs, ami given him u ooiisplmioiiK
iies:? in which his dollolonclos boeomo
painfully evident mid keep him in pty
potunl hot wutur. xY. J", lost.

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