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PUBLISHED WEEKLY AT
ST. FRANCISV1LLE, LOUISIANA.
The sensible horse is not worrying
himself about the growth of the bi
cycle craze. He knows that horses
will always be needed to draw the
ambulances, avers the Chicago Times
It has been estimated that in Great
Britain the output of books is as fol.
lows: Sermons, one volume a day;
novels, five a day; educational books,
two a day; art and science, two each
every week; histories or biographies,
six a week, and law, one every two
The popularity of novel reading is
strikingly shown in the published re
ports of the library at Providence, R.
I., for the year 1895. Here is the
year's record: Novels issued, 71,654;
history, 6001, biography, 5287; social
science, 3367; art anal music, 3874;
geography, 5706; natural science,
The entertainment of royalty is ex
pensive. An English paper states that
the Earl of Lonsdale is kniown to have
,ipent nearly $1,000,000 in connection
with a four days' visit which Emperor
William paid him at Lowther Oastle
last antutan. They say that Lady
William Beresford paid $150,000 to
entertain the Prince of Wales from
Saturday to Monday at Deepdeene.
A statitician who has been interest.
ing himself in the population of the
earth says that 32,214,000 persons "die
annually; that is, an average of 98,840
a day, 4020 an hour and 67 a minute.
'The annual number of births on the
other hand is estimated at 36,792,000,
an average of 100,800 a day, 4200 an
hour and 70 a minute, so that the
population is increasing at the rate of
3 to the minute.
Nothing succeeds like success, and
that, maintains the New York Mail
and Express, is why the mild and
model dictatorship of General Porfirio
Diaz is good for six years more in
Mexico. He has had a lease of life
that would have dazzled old Santa
Ana, who was the first experimenter
at individual Republican despotism in
the land of the serpent and the cao
tus. Santa Ana never held his job
longer than over one night at the
same time, while Diaz has made his
place practically permanent.
Cycling is to be heartily com
mended to the aged, believes the New
York Tribune. One case is cited of a
man who learned to ride at sixty
eight, and who had covered nearly
2000 miles by the time he was
seventy, with the result that a chronio
bronohial catarrh and gouty eczema
had disappeared. Another at seventy,
suffering severely from lumbagdo, took
to the wheel, and now, at seventy-five,
rides from twenty to thirty miles a
day and never knows a day's illness.
A third, at seventy-four, almost con
fined to an armchair with rheumatism,
began riding a trioycle, and at eighty.
sour was riding 100 miles a day.
The famous suspension bridge at
Niagara Falls, whichwasbuilt in 1855,
is to be superseded by a new steel
structure, with an arch 550 feet long
and 260 feet above the water level.
"The old bridge, built by Roebling,"
says the Chicago Chronicle, "was one
of the modern wonders of the world,
as it was the first suspension bridge
built for the purpose of carrying
railroad trains. The new bridge will.
however, be a greater marvel of soi
ence than the old. It will have two
floors, the upper for railway trains
and the lower for roadway, foot walks
and trolley tracks. The new bridge
will be built on the exact site of the
old suspension affair, but there will.
be no interference with traflis, which
is one of its greatest marvels. The
work will occupy about six months."
The San Francisco Argonaut says:
The palladium of the Louisiana bach
elor's liberty has been ruthlessly
swept away by a recent decision in the
United States Circuit Court, and, if
he has not taken to the woods, he is at
least as circumspect in his dealings
with the fair sex as a Quaker. The
civil law in that State has always
frowned on breach of promise suits,
and refused to recognize them. A cer
tain Mrs. Cheek, however, finding
that her venerable suitor, Herman Pil
ger, woend not fulfill his promise to
marry her, brought suit against him
in the Federal courts, and recovered
heavy damages against him. This de
cision may bring to light many hun
dred breach of promisensuits which
ave laid dormant for years because
Sthe State law recognized no damages
Sor a brauied heark
This year's recruits for the Russian
army number 270,000, which is con
siderably more than the whole British
William Dean Howells, the novelist,
recently declared in a magazine arti
cle that the practice of accepting
"tips" was degrading and un-Ameri
John Burns proposes to have a law
passed by Parliament making it com
pulsory for employers to give domes
tie servants "a character" on dismis
sal. Laws to that effect have long been
in force in France and Germany.
Parisians who went to the Russian
Czar's coronation were astounded at
the unpaved condition of Moscow.
They found that it would cost $30,
000,000 to pave the town, and that
the work would practically have to be
done over every year on account of
the effects of frost.
The maritime provinces of Spain
are helping out the Government in
the acquisition of a navy. Seville
and Barcelona have already collected
money to buy a warship each, and
subscriptions are being vigorously
pushed for the same purpose in Ma
laga, Cadiz and Tarragona.
Once in five years the Mayor of
Newcastle, England, is rowed up the
river in an Elizabethan barge, and,
landing at a village green kisses the
prettiest girl he sees and gives her a
sovereign, to clinch Newcastle's right
to the foreshore. Some of those old
English customs are not so very silly
Three great life insurance com
panies whose home offices are in New
York City have policies in force
amounting to more than $2,580,000,
000. The similar engagements of the
twenty-six principal American life
companies exceed $5,881,000,000. The
grand total of American life insur
ance policies in force, those of the
assessment companies and orders in
cluded, is reported to be $13,048,452,
The Pittsburg Chronicle Telegraph
notes that of the long list of philan
thropists who have given $1,000,000 or
more to the cause of higher education
in tis country, only one is a college
graduate. The single exception is
Seth Low. Girard, Peabody, Cornell,
Cooper, Rockefeller, Rich, Parker,
Hopkins, Clark, Drexel, Vanderbilt,
De Pauw, Lick, Stanford and the
others had not the advantage of col
lege education, but they appreciated
the value ot such a training enough to
assist other men to obtain it.
Herr Albert Joly, formerly a confi
dential messenger of Prince Biemarck,
who entrusted him with the carrying
of documents and telegrams of special
importance, died at Schonhausen re
cently. He was well known in Berlin
as "the Black Rider," his hair, his
clothes, his horse and the bag in
which he carried his missives being all
of that haue. Prince Biemarok gener
ally took him with when he traveled.
When the Prince resigned in 1890
Herr Joly also left the public service,
and was appointed Keeper of the Bis
mark Museum at Schonhausen, to the
arranging of which he devoted his last
An ideal, but we are assured quite
necessary, state of cleanliness for
healthful school rooms requires that
the floors shall be dampened and
swept every day, with all the windows
open; the dusting to be done the next
morning with a damp cloth. In addi
tion to this cleaning, Dr. Adams, who
is President of the Orange County
(New Ybrk) Medical Societies, be
lieves that at least every other day the
floors should be thoroughly scrubbed
with soap and water. The various
women's clubs throughout the conn
try, whose members are interested in
the work of the public schools, will do
well to find out how near the school
rooms where their children spend the
greater part of their waking hours ap
proach this state.
"Real Estate Mortgages in the Unit
ed States" is the title of a volume just
issued by the Census Bureau, the work
having been delayed until now on ac
count of the rush at the Government
Printing Omce. According to this
publication, during the decade of 1880
1890 there were 9,157,747 mortgages
filed, representing an incurred debt
of $12,094,877,793. During this time
acre tracts were covered by 4,747,078
mortgages, representing a debt of $4,
896,771,113, and 4,770,639 mortgages
were placed on lots to secure an in
curred debt of $7,198,106,681. With
in the same period 622,855,091 aores
were covered by 4,758,268 mortgages,
not stating the amount of debt secured
by them, and 8,027,031 lots were coy.
ered by 4,778,075 such mortgage
The Adventures Abroad of a Painter from
BY SIDNEY LUSKA.
The cause of the uproar proved to be
Emerging into the Bischofsplatz from
the side street that I had followed, II
found a great crowd gathered before the
3Marmorhof, shouting"Death to Conrad!"
and "Where is Mathllde?" with all the
force of its collective lungs. The Mar
Inorhof was the residence of Prince
Conrad, brother to the reigning Grand
Duke Otto-reigning, indeed, but now
very old and ill and like to die. The
legitimate sucecessor to the throne would
have been Otto's granddaughter Ma
tlhilde, the only surviving child of his
eldest son, Franz Victor, who had been
dead these ten years. But the Grand
D)uke's brother, Conrad, was covetous
of her rights-covetous and, as her
friends alleged, unscr.)ulout; and iti
she were but out of the way Co:ºrad
would come to reign. Rumor, indeed,
whispered that he had made three actual
attempts to compass her death: two by
poison and one by the dagger, each,
thanks to some miracle, unsuccessful.
But a fortnight ago, upon the first out
break of fatal symptoms in poor old
Otto, Mathildo had mysteriously disap
peared. Her whereabouts unknown, all
the world was in a great commotion.
"She has fle:l and is in hiding," surmised
some people, "to escape the designs of
her wicked uncle." "No," retorted others;
"but he, the wicked uncle himself, has
kidnaped her, sequestered her, perhaps
made away with her. Who can tell?"
As an inquiring stranger, the situation
interested me; and, from the top of a
I OAZED UPON TIIS DEEP-VOICED TEUTONIC
convenient doorstep, 1 gazed upon this
deep-voiced Teutonic mob with a good
deal of curiosity. It must have num
bered upward of a thousand individuals,
compact in its center and near the pal
ace, but scattering toward its edges.
"A sea of faces, a sea.of pale, frowning
faces," I thought, and I realized for the
first time in my life what a perfect meta
phor that is-a sea of faces. No other
imaginable phrase could so exactly
have hit off the scene before me; a. sea
of faces, a surging, troubled sea. Young
men's faces, for the most part; many of
them quite beardless.
"Students from the university," I
My own station was at the very out
skirts of the assemblage, the station of
a casual spectator. Sharing my friendly
doorstep with me, there were a couple
of sharp-faced priests, two or three
prettyish young girls - bare-headed,
presumably run out from some of the
neighboring shops-and a young. man
with a pointed black beard, rather long
black hair, and a broad-brimmed, soft
felt hat, who looked as if he might be a
member of that guild to which I myself
belonged, the ancient and honorable
company of artists.
To him I addressed a question:
S"Students, I suppose?"
"Yes, their leaders are students. The
students and the artisans of the town
are of the Princess' party. The arnmy,
the clergy, and the country folk are for
He had discerned from my accent tlhait
I was a foreigner; hence, doubtless, the
fullness of his answer.
"It seems to be a harmless nmob
enough," I suggested. "Tlhey make a
lot of noise, to be sure; but that breaks
"There's just the point," said he.
"The Princess' friends fight only with
with their throats. If. she had some
bone breakers among them, the present
complication could never have arisen."
But meanwhile the multitude contin
ued to shout, in keys so diverse as to
exhaust the chromatic scale:
"Give.us our Princess!"
"Where is the Hereditary Grand
"Where is Mathilde?"
"Down with Conrad!"
"Shame on Conrad!"
"Death to Conrad!"
And sucioh like, so that for Conrad, on
the whole, it must have been a bad
quarter of an hour.
Presently,. however, camne the sound
of a bugle winding in the distar,3a. T'he
sound drew nearer and nearer. Pretty
soon the bugler in person appeared,
gorgeous in uniform, mounted upon a
beautiful white horse, advancing slowly
up the Bishofsplatz, towards the crowd,
trumpeting with all his might.
"What is the meaning of that?" I
"That is the signal to dlisperse," an
swered mray companion. "He looks like
a Major General, doesn't he? But he's
only a trumpet sergeant, and he's fol
lowed at a hundred yards by a battalion
of infantry. His trumpet blast is by
way of warning. Disperse quietly, it
says, and all will be iorgiven. Tarry
and the soldiery will arrive and make
things hot for you."
"His warning does not seem to pass
unheeded," I remarked.
"Oh, they're a chicken-hearted lot,
these friends of the Princess," he as
Already the mob had begun to melt.
Of mob, properly speaking, in a few
minutes, nothing was left; only a few
stragglers in knots here and there,
among them my acquaintance and my
self. He was a handsome young fellow,
with a thin, dark face, bright Drown
eyes, and a voice so soft that if 1 had
heard without seeing him. I should al
most have supposed the speaker to be a
"We too had better be off," he said.
"And prove ourselves also chicken
hearted?" queried I.
"Oh, discretion is the better part of
valor," he returned.
"But I should immensely like to stop
and see the advent of the military," I
"Ha! Like or not, I'm afraid you'll
have to, now," he cried. "Here they
With a murdurous tramp-tramp, the
soldiers were pouring into the Bischofs
platz from the side streets leading to it.
"We must take to our heels," said my
"We were merely on-lookers," said I.
"Conscious innocence!" laughed he.
"Nevertheless, we had better run for
it." And with our fellow loiterers we
began most ignominiously to run away.
But before we had run far we were
stopped by the voice of an officer.
"halt! Halt! Halt, or we fire!"
As one man we halted.
The officer rode up to us, and with
true military taciturnity vouchsafed not
a word either in question or explana
tion, but formed us in ranks of four
abreast, and surrounded us with his
men at arms. Then he gave the coin
mand to march. We were perhaps two
dozen captives all told, and a good quar
ter of our number were women.
"What are we in for now?" I wondered
"God knows," replied my friend. "A
night in the Castle of St. Michael, at
any rate," And he shrugged his shoul
"Ah, that will be romantic," said I,
feeling like one launched upon a li~e of
He was quite right. We were marched
across the town, through its narrow
thoroughfares, over its sharp paving-,
stones, and into the court-yard of the
Castle of St. Michael. By the time we
got there and the heavy oaken gates
were shut behind us it was nearly (lark.
"Here you pass the night," announced
our officer. "In the morning-humph!
we will see."
"Do you mean to say they are going
to afford us no better accommodation
than this?" I demanded, apostrophizing
the powers of the air, rather than any
But the dark young man took it upon
him to reply. "So it seems," said he.
"Fortunately, however, the night is
w"arm, the skies are clear, and to gaze
upon the stars is reputed to be most
ecevating for the spirit."
Our officer, his brief but pregnant
harangue concluded, had vanished into
the castle, leaving us a corporal and
three privates for a guard of honor.
We, the prisoners, gathered together
in the middle of the court-yard, all of us,
and held a sort of impromptu indigna
tion meeting. The women were espe
cially eloquent in their complaints.
Two of these women I recognized as
having been among my neighbors of the
door-step a half hour since, and we ex
changed compassionate glances. The
other four were oldish women, who wore
caps and aprons and looked like do-.
"Cooks," whispered my comrade.
"Some good burghers will be kept wait
ing for their suppers. Oh, what a lark!"
Our convention finally broke up with
an informal resolution to the effect that,
though we had been most shabbily
treated, there was nothing to be done.
"We must grin and bear it. But let
u.s make ourselves comfortable as we
may, and seek distraction in an inter
change of ideas," proposed my mate.
He seated himself upon a barrel that
lay lengthwise against the castle wall,
andl motioned me to place myself beside
"You are English?" he inquired in an
abrupt, German way.
"No, I am an American."
"Ah, it is the same thing. A tourist?
Have you b'en long in X-?"
"For heaven's sake, what have you
found to keep you here three days?"
"I am a painter, and the town is
"Stilllife! Nature morte!" he cried.
"It is the dullest little town in Christen
dom. But I am glad you are a painter.
I am a musiciar.n-a fiddler."
"I suspected we were of the same
general clan," said I.
"Did you, though? How funny! But
I also seemed to scent a kindred soul."
"Here is my card. If we're not be
lheaded in the morning, I hope we may
see more of each other," I went on.
He took my card, and, by the light of
tilhe match he struck for the occasion,
read aloud from it: "Mr. Arthur Wain
wright," pronouncing the English name
without difficulty. "I have no card, but
my name is Sebastian Roch."
"You speak Euglish?" was my infer
"Oh. yes, I speak a kind of English!"
he confessed, using the tongue in ques
tion. He had scarcely a trace of a for
"You speak it uncommonly well," I
"Oh, I learned it as a child, and then
I have relatives in England," he ex
"Do you suppose there would be any
objection to our smoking?" I asked.
"Oh, no! let us smoke by all means."
I offered him my cigarette case. When
we had our cigarettes afire we resumed
"Tellme, what, in your opinion, is the
truth about Mathilde?" I began. "Is
she in voluntary hiding? Or is her
uncle at thle bottom of it?'
"Ah, that is too hard a riddle!" he pro
tested. "I klnow nothing about it, and
I have scarcely an opinion. But I may
say very frankly that I am not one of
her partisans. She has no worse enemy
"What! Really? I am surprised at
that. I thought all the youth of X
were devoted to her."
"She's a harmless enough little per
son in her way, perhaps, and I have
nothing positive to charge against her.
Only I don't think she is made of the
proper stuffl for a reigning monarch.
She is too giddy, too light-headed, a sort
of mad-cap hoyden. Sjho thlnks too lit
tle of her dignity. Court ceremonial is
infinitely tiresome to her; and the slow,
dead life of X- she fairly hates.
Harmless, necessary X- she has been
known to call it. She was never born to
be the motionless figure-head of this
tiny ship of state; and with such a crew!
Oh, you should see the ministers and
courtiers! Dry bones and parchment,
puffed up with tedious German etiquette!
She is too easily bored, too fond of
amusement. She was born to be a Bo
hemian, an artist, like you or me. I
pity her, roar thing,-I pity every one
whose destiny is to inhabit this dreary
principality-but I can't approve of her.
She, too, by-the-by, is a fiddler. She
is said to play the violin very well. My
own thought is-boware of fiddling mo:l
" You hint a Nero," said i.
"Yes. I've no doubt she'd fiddle over
the ashes of X- with the best will in
the world. Say a Nero crossed with a
Haroun-al-Raschid. I fear her reign
would be marred by many a queer mid
night escapade, like that of the merry
caliph, only without his intermixture of
wrong-righting. She'd seek her own
amusement solely, though to seek that
in X- , pshaw! You might as well
seek for blood in a stone. Oh, she'd
make no end of mischief. The devil
hath no agent like a woman bored."
"That's rather true," I agreed, laugh
ing. "And Conrad-what of him?"
"Oh, Conrad's a beast, a squint-eyed,
calulating beast, there's no doubt of
that. But a beast might make a good
enough grand duke; and, anyhow, a
beast'is all that a beastly little grand
duchy like this deserves. However, to
tell you my own secret feeling, I don't
believe he'll have the chance to prove it.
Mathilde, for all her ennui, is described
as most tenacious of her rights, and as:
a shrewd little 'body, too, down at the
bottom. That is inconsistent, but
there's the woman of it. Oh, she's in
consequential to a degree! I can't help
suspecting somehow that unless her
uncle has really killed and buried her
she will contrive by hook or crook to
come to her throne. For my part, I'm
sorry. I should prefer to be ruled by
Conrad. But 1 would not bet my money
on him, all the same. Have you ever
seen him? He has the funniest, ugliest
squint in Europe."
That night was very long, though we
accomplished a lot of talking; very cold
it seemed, too, though we were in mid
summer. I dozed a little, with the
stone wall of the castle for a pillow. At
daybreak our guards were changed. At
six o'clock we were visited by a dapper
little subaltern, a lieutenant, who looked
us over, asked our names and sundry
other personal questions, scratched his
chin for a moment, reflectively, and
finally, with an air of inspiration, bade
The gates were thrown open, and we
issued from our prison free.
"It's been almost a sensation," said
Sebastian Roch. "Well, so one can ex
perience almost a sensation, even in
S- ! Live and learn."
"You are not a patriot," said I.
"My dear, dear sir, I am patriotis!'
personified. I am identified with my
country heart and soul. Only I find it
dull. If that be treason, make the meet
of it. I could not love thee, dear, so
well, loved I not dullness less. It is
not every night that I am arrested and
sit on a barrel smoking cigarettes with
an enlightened foreigner. The English
are not generally accounted a lively
race, but by comparison with the in
habitants of X- they shine like
"Idare say so," I acquiesced. "But
I'm not English. I'm American."
"So I perceive from your accent," an
swered he, impertinently. "But as I
told you once before, it amounts to the
same thing. You wear your rue with a
difference, that is all."
"Speaking of sensations," said I, "I
shall die if I don't drink a cup ot coffee."
"You'II find no public house awake at
this hour," said Sebastian.
"Then I'll wake one up," vowed I.
"What! and provoke a violation of the
law? By law they're not allowed to be
open between midnight and 7 o'clock."
"Olh, laws be hanged. I must have a
cup of coffee."
"Really, you are delightful," asserted
Sebastian, putting his arm through
Presently we came to a beer naill, at
whose door I began vehemently to bang.
My friend stood by, shaking with laugh
ter, which seemed to me disproportion
ate to the humor of the event.
"You are easily amused," said I.
"Oh, no; far from it; but this is such
a lark, you know," said he.
By and by we were seated opposite
each other at a table, sipping hot coffee,
1served to us by a sleepy kellner in a
soiled white apron.
As I looked at Sebastian Roch, I ob
served a startling phenomenon. The
apex of his right whisker had become
I OBSERVED A STAITLINO Pn~EOOrNOON.
detached from the skin and was stand
ing out half an inch aloof from his
cheek. 'lhe sight sent a shEiver down
my spine. It was certainly most un
natural and eerie. His eyes were bright
and honest; his voice was soft and re
fined; he spoke English like a man and
a brother; and his character, so far as I
had got at it through his talk, seemed
whimsical and open; but his beard, his
dashing, black, pointed beard, which I'm
not sure I hadn't been envying him a
little, was peculiar; and instinctively I
felt for my watch. It was safe in its
place, and so was my purse. Therefore
at the door of the blerhaus, in due time,
we bade each other a friendly good-by.
He promised to look me up one of these
days at my hotel.
"I have enjoyed your society more
than you can think," he said. "Some of
these days I'll drop in and see you,
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