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WATERBUllY EVENING DEMOCRAT, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1895.
rRo,v r WALUJt 5Tpycg Primrose fL'opytight. 1S85. by the Author. I'HAFTKR II. After a pleasant voyage the Russia arrived, mid onn May morning I walked into tho Northwestern r.i'hvay statiou in Liverpool to take the tram for Lon don. Going to tho station. I bought my ticket, for Frankfort that old town I was destined to see so much of during tho next few years. On my journey I would pass through Cologne, and from there the railway skirts tho bank of tho Rhine. I traveled through relirium and some parts of Germany by daylight, and was, as most Americans are who travel on the continent, shivked to see the em ployments of women. Soon after leav ing Brussels I saw the. to me, novel Fight of a number of women shoveling coal, handling tho slvovel like meu. In other places I piw them laboring in the brickyards, digging and wheelinr clay, and everywhere they were to be teen Yvo-king at. men's work in the fields. A traveler in my compartment proved a most 111U rt a;uin;; companion, fie de wxilied hiii.sfiif to me a one who went rbout patter:'-!; over a 1- t of antiquities and fooling arovin.l generally. But my friend, the petti ring old an tiquary, pave mo four'thiug of a sn? tiriso. At Chalons all of onr follow travelers iu the conn 'art meiit left us. I Two of then- were voluble Frenchwom en, and thoy koi h it up with a;tiar.i'ag energy for thi' sir hours from Unis.-ols j o t "h-.S.i i s Ar e:'.-v unusual sva liar I of the car there would bo a volley of "Hon Dions !" and ear piercing excla xnations. and it was certainly a relief when tilt y left. P.riiigang out a b.ix of cipa:.- and my companion producing a rlatk of wine. WO soon became confidential. Presently, to my great amusement, my old anti quary, warmed by the wine, confided to Hie that he was a detective police otVu-er and chief of the secret service at Ant vorp; that ho was then working cn a famous ease and had boon shadowing one of the ladies who had journeyed vith us from Brussels, liefore leaving BrusseLs he hart discovered his quarry was to quit the train, aud as he had to po on to May. nee had turned the business over to a ocrfech rate. I was young, amino doubt he thought luoiimccout. t'ert.iiu'iy he iiid not with hold his co'.if.th - v Tins it. the case he. Was itivesfgiiting : There was a vw'iihhy gentleman of tho name of Van Tromp 1 ving in Ant werp, a widower. 1') oars of age. tho father of a growv.x.p iainily am I ma;ey timts a grnndtather. It had been ins custom to g to I'asiei'-B.eleu every mihi nuc, KpeiKorg money f eiy b th in pleasure :; ol in il.o famous gambling resorts there. The la.-t tune he had met a woman. I null- s .riser, 'to. one CI tho raanv ai i eitt aressi s to no i"i!Ut there. and b UUO ini'.ltUtite.'l. was a descend. m: of This Van Tr. rap w; old Admiral Van Tr. mighu life ami death nip. v no. in ' he si niggle between Holland and Spinn. and in t!:e two wars vith K: gland. '.!'" :irst v :.t ti Cr mwell ruled, the second win. it the scvend Charles was Mil the i'lt.Hie. held up the far.ie and gh ry of Holland. In one case ho swept the pn ml na ie-of Spam from tho m-.s ;md caiT'cd the I'ut.'h fl.ig liromid the world. In tho other lie wa.s only vanquished after st ubboni sea fight. lasting far ".. s. This Van Tromp was the heir i !' ihe fame and the wealth of all The Van Ti mps., and b. ;h h.ad gone on a; evr.aalati':.-: f- r :' 0 years. The self styli il count. s k-.ew all this, and, as tb.e sequel shews, knew her man. She was -10. had been beautiful, was Etill comely, with g "d (ice re, fair hatred, but with steel VI .a- yes. She spoke many languages an-i had dwelt In every hvu fro.n l' t rsbttrg to l'a: as. It is needless to tell how hey first met or of the intimacy that sprang up be tween them, but I will merely say m passing that within five days of their first meeting he had given her a magnif icent diamond bracelet which had 1" on iu his family more than a century. This alarmed his two daughters, who were terrified at the nu ie sea-, ieiou that their father was m eari'.eat and might possi bly present them with a stepmother, above all a comparatively yening step mother, and, so far afl physique went, a magnificent tuiimal. with promise of a long life, so long that her rights of dower would make a cut in the Van Tromp e.'tates and treasures winch might well cause the old admiral to rouse himself from his three century eleep in llordroeht church and once ! more walk these glimpses of the nifou ' ill protest, of the sacrilege. Then the scandal ef a oonsitess advon- i turess becoming a Van Tromp head of that family too! They knew of the pen chant of the eoimuss imd cared nothing for it until, with a feeling akin to horror, they observed at tho dress ball one uight the count, ss airing the his toric bracelet. It would require a vol ume to relate the scene's that followed in tho Van Tromp domicile on this paralyzing disoovei v, but prayers, tears and histrionic t uch s were all met by the still id reply of Van Tromp. "I please juyself. " As a last resort the daughters apjval ed to the countess. jrt'emiR all their ready cash and a pension if she would only disappear. Hut visions of tho Van Tromp diamonds and of the Van Tromp bank account were in her head, and she was deaf to every appeal. In fact, she depised these heavy, matter of fact Du'eh ladies and rather gloried to think that she would soon be the female haul of the Van Tromp house and step mother to these two highly respectable flames, who would perforce have to live in her shadow. But then of course the cotuitoss was a woman, and it is to be feared that even Rood women love to triumuh over others. Sho of course eonta tiave no love for this portly old penllemau of 70. But it is pitiful to think he was madly infatuated.- Tho poor old man, in spite of his-anromau-fie appearauce, had warm blood in his veins and plenty of romance in his heart. At last, in spito of potwip and opposition, they were married, and then instead of settling down, as the happy groom had hoped, to a life of wedded bliss in one of his country houses at llordroeht. Lady Van Tromp insisted tin spending her honeymoon in Palis. There they went, and the very day of their arrival the bride, resumed a liaison with a beggarly count, who. not being an actual criminal, yet was written black enough in the books of the Paris police and f or whom tha countess had as warm an admiration as one of her cold, calculating nature was capable, of feeling. Van Tromp speedily found his dream of bliss blown to the winds, but he was not so blind as not to see that his wifo not only did not love him. but was false, to him as well. Poor old Van Tromp felt he had made his last throw for happiness, and. hoping against hope, dreamed she in time would learn to ap preciate his devotion and would Jove him. and so tried to persuade himself of her truth. The first anrjiyersary of the marriage found them at Baden Baden, and there tho unhappy husband, tlnukinp to give his wife a pleasant surprise, entered her chamber at nu un usual hour, hearing a diamond necklace for a present, and found her in a posi tion which could no longer leave any doubt as to her fa .hlessness. Seizing, a chair, lie felled her companion, who nev er stirred again, but tho shool. w as to great for tb.e husband, who himself fell to the llo a- ard instantly expired, the d. v'.ors fr.id of heart disease, and I think thoy were vipHt. This event w as only a few wei'.-s old. Tlv w ill had been read, uiid. it w a.s found, that he had ht- '-al'iy leit eveiythingto "my wif- Elizabeth. " Here 'my friend, the chief of police and a distant ri lative of Van Tramp, came to the front, eetermined quietly on his own ace nmt t inv s; ig.it e l.adv i Van Tromp. lie found this last was at i least her third venture on the stormy sea of naf r'Tvony. He ha i a fancy that j sane oii'i of her husbands mi phi ft 11 be living and undisoo erod. If this could bo proved, then her marriage to Van ; Tromp wais no marriage, and the ducats, dollars and diamonds 1 eqi.e..! inal by an Tromp to "my wife. Khr itx th. " i would instantly melt into air into very thin air. s far as the countess was eon- cerr.ed, provided, of c airse. they had ! not a. 'tually passed into her clutches. In i fact, they were 1 gaily hers, for the will had boon admitted to probate. Those of i the faintly object in:: could offer no val id opposition, and she had been put m possession, but by a strange nerrleet on her part left every, bin r inta ".. save a ' dip' -it of e'oo.OOO sodden iu the Rink of Am-teril.mt. wha"h she soe.irvd and , sot out 1i -r N.vi'-s with a now lover, i The detect: o w hom I will a" Am st el d.-ooercd that she had tit Wen mairr.ed when only 15 years o'a! to a young Swiss in cieneva. who seen left her and Pe'd t America. Jba had su!vo- queut .y was my i r if h. the Sw '.nine o to il as In was ' I-linoHa lin; .ver Ills wiiei Ho suspiv r only a.lno. a ,.1 a. r.'s that n. ba in i mmunioai . tliaa -lie. :u :. He had toilo. pie- to lVr.-. and was new :.s Atn-u-: 1 il ti into at i it Iv his 1' gal wife. l .-s iri mi Na li it her !o . r I Nui, ::iii .-g. aeet her liisl d ' lie oi ra Tin re shi i h'T wav ved. to l.ti-'raiiii main a t of hers, there w . but she had ai ra; ;ed t id ft i re nds w days wiili seme F.vi ry moveni nt -.Id be watcb.ed, w hi she made ,e Amstel. g. iiig mi to ( clews, intent! i formed til.'.'. A: the t ram all i i to i nu r it an i ing to wit in ss 'ol .gno to lo k up si me . 1 1 w a it ll'.el e Ul til ill ' had departed, and w hen d at Cologne h" p. epos. d taih.w mv lady on. la p- i a meet mg 1 etw veu lu r hojed for husband. Hap and ihe much. pily wo had arrived ill Cologne at tins pomt in tin' story, .Tad as Aiiist'd was lo retrain here we had t sav goodl y. b;,t f. r th whale 'CO iii'tniiesoi' mv Ma we walked up ai d down the plat form tiilk'ng eagerly el the ease. I bad become much interested, so deeply ni di od that iuid I had leisure 1 cot taiuly Clonal have turned amateur detective mill joined Amstel. The tram sta. ted. and. promising to write me in New York the outcome of the case, we .shook hands warmly and parted. He wrote me twice, and the fol lowing year I returned to Kurope and met Amstel at Brussels. We had a very delightful time together, during which he told me tho sequel of tii" Van Tromp episode. Insutid of one. the countess had two husbands living, but the Van Trou.ps preferred to buy off the woman at a good round sum ret her than have a public, scandal. Amstel interviewed the countess and ' gave her the choice between arrest and a full release of all claims on the Van Tromp property for the nun of 100,000 puidon. She made a hard light, but at last gave in gracefully. But. my chapter has grown tov? lonp already, mid I w ill close !t with the remark that I myself met the lady at Wiesbaden m lisTl and became acquainted with the brilliant adventuress. She will appsar again iu the sequel. The last face that I saw at the Cologne statiou was that of Amstel. lit up with smiles as he waved his hand iu adieu. Sitting ooiily m the corner of the car riage, eager to see all that was to be seen, I found, as all tourists do, much to eharm and delight. But my thoughts were on the bonds I had to sell, and I was plad enough w hen at 5 o'clock onr train drew iuto the depot at Frankfort My reader will recall that payment upon all United States bonds payable to bearer, as mine were, could not be stopped, and so far as the innocent hold er was concerned he was perfectly se cure. But tiie custom anioup bunkers j was, whenever any bonds were lostJ by theft or fraud, to seud out circulars con taining the numbers, asking that any ; parties ottering them might bo ques tioned and held. But as American bonds were 60ld in millions all over the oon- tineur, ana were passing ireeiy rroru hand to hand, as a matter of fact little or no attention was paid to such circu lars; but, of course, had strangers of disreputable nppearanco offered bonds in large sums the lists might have been scrutinized and awkward questions usked. Therefore I felt a trifle nervous and determined to run uo ohtuico of los ing my bonds, at least not nil of them. So I resolved to po to Wicibadoii, some 15 miles away, stop at. some hotel under a different name, leate the bonds there, and take tho morning train for Frank fort, conduct my negotiations, and re turn to Wiesbaden every evening. It was at this time easy to lose one's iden tity in Wiesbaden, for tho town then was, along with Baden-Baden, tho Monte Carlo of the continent, and ad-ventui-ers, men aud women, from all over Europe fl,eked there hi thousands to chance their fortune in the gjuiblinp halls. Although a little in advance of this portion of my history. I will hero relate an adventure of niiuo thero some years after the period of which I am speaking. I w ill, however, preface ray narrative with a brief account of the history of the place. The city of Wiesbaden, pre vious to tho Franco-Prussian war of 170. wr,s t he chief town of one of those petty principalities which were plenti fully sprinkled over the face of Europe. Since tho old Roman days the town had been famous for its hot springs, and con sequently for its h,i baths, and a good many people during tho winter par ticularly losorted there to bathe and to drink the waters. As a matter of ?onrse. the townspeople, a.s the eus'om of such places is, have recorded many a m:.re1ous cure, ranging all tho way from headache to hydrophobia. But still tb.e town wa.s of little iinportar.ee save livaily. The petty ruler, with a title lorn -or than his income, lived in the pre tentious castle, beguiling the time by sin. 'toig c'ln ap cigars or order! up on haiiqre's wh v-o pie' e do resistance eon sistedof gob-.a.te. o gans mid karteffelti, tho unlucky bird bo ng tribute in kind fr. iru the f.umv.u d of some peasant sub i. ct living in a miserable hut on black 'broad. Beat a change, was impending. A mighty wi.aird 1 1 visited the pl:uv. with an eyi ties of the plan ar l a ! was 1Y,'!' "o gr. it gan.bl burg. Va.t achifvei'aetc quick to see the pess'hili sitnarian, with a bruin to ma! ti exeoute. His name - r- oae. ihe hi ad of the eg e-;.ibli.-luiu nt. at Hoin as were his ambition and , he was a man of the sim- .lrst ta tes. To sev' him a: I i 'fian have in his 'hi fash.ii ti' (i sr.-eiaoles r. one would have country advecste whoso wt. o of a practice of i yea,'-, w ;'h at: old pip aire to haul hi; i around fin in e! i i n" t . client, hade:! s lie had been it i;i ti e ,e,-.-ot: n . f the .;g halV. the ('a ino at on the t:i taken him wiliest ri" I'.n'OO the". ano the Be'"- til!' : H..V. 11 ut Win 1 in- MS- hi V.' : ."li.illO !al wa .1 ma.', orv a 1 pi- V: r v l. ' l. nt man. a m we at i w . i. lit e n and w i .h n.t a-.-! !i table and i !e ' had a wine llie autocrat of e. nton'ed h.i-n-ianlis- msnoaal direeie.l a Inure .-. wh ..r :.. ! Mass as itit sipn wh . k. n; mach 111.5.0 tll.lt f id . -a m slv d iV e 11 ). is, mod il, or. di-o. r. 1 idv and liiotui niiiaiglllg ill than an after s or a. qu.et h the count rv ir. ti.--. 1 ut i.aual I'oii l.g 1.. ie ex. una r game i i rive wiih his wile th lav s. 1 bus th fis-t i pa:;:! til a.saials MViety so r.a'.uo I iiai he 1. ., .k, d llig the fi and. fascin Hi:? 'C'.e is Franc 's Blanc with per i:i.:t ;c w it. -lie 1 t iio thousand . ; batti -ilies and moth.- of ivh tii .r wings in too tt rr.iio gl 'kvoi in his I csiiio. winio i .1 a enieal observer, ilospis mIs eurami'.red with rouleite atod wiili rou go et no'r. th.":; he w a.s not afraid of. 1 tlii't w s ii s br. av a-1 : ' ending moi'.pv. To coni ss iMi'ls be laid it n,i: lav- ". tho einl bo drew all llerope !i n Still In ader ;uid stall laid the foundations of the to Wi, fba -aer ho fortune that uhimateiy grow to colossal prop' rtioiis. But he did not make Wies baden lanwus without ke-n opposition, lie maul" the fortune of the beggarly Prinee Karl and. t he whole bnngi y eia'w d of royal highnesses in spite of them selves. At ivory fresh opposition ho simply opened his purse and a golden shower foil on ilu m. It roqu.ied a h.ud head to w ithstand the attacks made on 1 ;?u when it be came known that he had bought up both prince and municipality and pro posed to make Wiesbaden pur exeellrnce tho gambling city of the continent. But, dos i;e i f all. he pushed on his plans to waa.ilerf al smvess. A great p.u'k was laid out and stately buildings aiose. ail dedicated to the goddess of chance. Slim was the chance the votaries of the game had in his gorgeous halls. He threw out his money m millions, hut ho knew the weak, foolish heart of man, the egotism of each and every one of us, that leads ns to ignore for ourselves the immuta ble law of numbers. So he counted up on his reiuri'S, aud never counted in vain. As I say. lie had a hard head to with stand the attacks made upon him. liv ery day the p, st brought hundreds of letters containing prnposit ious or threats from people who hid lost iheir money and demanded it return with tierce threats, pitiful supplications and warn ings of intended suicide, place, date aud hour carefully specified, so thero could lie no mistake, and more than one at tempt was made upon his life. But the equanimity of Francois B'uucwat! equal to all .adventures. Threats, prayers, temptations, left him untouched. This man of ice. self possessed, cold, indift'or snt to the rum of the thousands of vic tims of his will, had a fad or a fauQj. It was for raising red and white rosso, aud while the mad throngs were flutter ing in frenay around the tables in his halls at Homburg. Wiesbaden and Moute I Carlo he. hoe or trowel in hand, would t training ana transpiantlnp his roaea, solicitous over an opening bad or d- ! plcring the raTapes of an insect, or, again, refuwug all invitations, he 'wotild sit down with his wife to a dinner of boiled turnips and bacon, waahed down : with a ploss of vichy wateir and milk. This was the town aud these the scones coufttautb occnrrin.tj there. Now for my adventure. In 1S70. jnrt before the warclnnd burst, coverimj all that part of the world, I was stopping for some weeks at the Hotal Kansau. It stands in the main street, opposite the park pate lending to tho Casino. All ths world went to Wiesbaden to b amused. However fashionable frivolity and view may be elsewhere, hero it was strictly do riguenr, and to pretend to decency and sobriety would bo to stamp ons's pelf a heathen ond barbarian, all un versed in the glorious flower wreathed Primrose Way of our orb. The daily routins for the throng be gan with coffee in bed at 8 p.m.; then dressing gowns were donned, and the baths in tho nudargronml floors of the hotel were sought and a bath had in ths hot mineral waters which wora con ducted to all the hotels direct frora the hot springs of the town. Half an hour in the bath, then a liht breakfait, pre paratory to sallying out fes an hour on the Spazierganp around the quollen to drink ho water, listua to tho band, see and be seen, but, above all, to gos sip and tell lies. At 11a. m. th gam bling began in the Casino, and with a rush the scabi aronnd tho table would bo lill'd. Then speedily there would bo rows behind rows of ea,ger players or spectators, and what a sight it all was to the cool headed observer 1 At the time of which I speak many were my idle days, in which I was free to seek pleasure. I used to find much euj.ymont in frequenting ths Caoino to w ateh the people aud to piuy tho rokt of "looker on in Vienna," which, by the way, is a star role and therefore rather agreeable. One evening while watching tho ronpe et noir I noticed a lady jtuit in front of nuv magnificently dressed in all save that there was an entire absence of jewelry. She was literally dressed to kill. and. although, near f 0. yet to tho casus! observer she seemed no more than to r rvrn less. She was a well pre served woman of the world and was known a the Conntess do Winr.erele. This was the adventure's who had mar ried Van Tromp some two years before. What a career had been that of this worn an ! Jsbo had been mistress from first to last a d r.ru men, noblemen, diplo mat:', soldiers, but being an inveterate pambler one after another savr, with dismay, tho cash, estates, diamond, carriages, costly fur." and laces ho show ered upon her ail po whirling into the aver open maw of tho Casino or in the ilrawing re?-.! games of the boncoa in Paris or Petersburg. Oim bravo youth, mi efaorr in the Frrts.n.m guard, had. m IMS ttiiafr.ntioa rer the countess, and impvegtiab'o. as lie thought, against bankruptcy by re-a.-on of his real for uaic, tried to satisfy her cravings for splendor of mt uvhi;o and hov infatua liou for gambling. The rtisult waa that one day the crack ef a pistol phot was heard in the oontiio.ss' chamber, and the servants rashoig iu found the yonug bankrupt eh .id. lying across tho bod. with a bullet through, the heart. Tho next day a horde of clamorous creditor iKSuped tho house, wherw the eouawss calm r t '1.1 them shi" hud sent for hor bankers and on thn morrow thoy would be paid. That niht bis comrade buried their dead friend with militury honors, j At midnight the cortege pa! the ho ; tel. and all ryes watched the lovely c en ti toss robed in white as sho appeal cd. i her bosi m heaving with motion, while ' she w nviu a farewell ro her dead lover. Ton minutes latfr she fled throtajfb. the bark door aud over the garden wall, ' fail" g into the aim rf another lover ' w ail mg there. Ho himself d.d le't go tho way of Xo. 4. hut half of his for tune did. so i no morning, leaving a po , lite note of farewell, he, tulting for com - pan ion ;1k litvssiug maid of hit mis irtss, embai'krd for America. At the time I met. her the ennnross' reputation was too well known f.nd her beauty too much fallen off for her to make any more proud cxtohe. A local : banker at Wiesbaden became veTy frieud- ly. How ever, the friendship Ioki all itd j warmth when the bauker's stout wife one day caught them together, and lmv- mg already provided herself with a j whip iu anticipation visited them both with a jealous woman's rage and a i sound tlu-,hiup. Now tho countess eprnt har time i around the tables, following the win i ners and petting douceurs from theni. ' These were by no means small, most of i them 1 einp gifts pure and rlmplo, giv en from mere goodness cf heart or shser ! prodigality, far there were too many gay and beautiful women flocking ; aromid icr.dy to smile cn winners in the game for the counters now to make ' even a temporary conquest. However, ' at this period she lived well even ox- travagtmtly but, of course, saved noth 1 iiip. As related. I first mot the countess j her at the tablo whore the game was going on. She had just staked and lost her Inst pulden. Sho was betting on the black, and four times in succession, the red had won. She turned, and looking '' iu my face implored me to bet a double Frederick on the red. I instantly placed the money on the red and won. She begged mo to transfer the stake to thu black. I did so and black won. Placing her hand on the stake, she said, "Sir, leave it ; black will win again. " Sure enough, it did. She seized the cash, $S0, aud handing mo a double Frederick i said iu her most bewitching manner. "Oh, sir, bo generous and let me keep this!" I said, "Certainly, madsm. " She promptly staked it. and in two turns of the cards it was gene. Wo met several times the next few days, but merely bowed without speak ing. One afternoon, entering the Mnsik Sual, I took a small tablo, and brdoriug a bottle of wine sat down to listen to the music and watch the throng. The countess came in, and seeing me alone came stxaiaht to me. shook bands warm. ry ana sat a iwn. l, ai course, mviioa hsr to bar a glass of viae. We aoon finished that bottle and ordered mother. We had whs " waa to me a mast amus ing talk. Bin waa a character had been everywhere ad spoke all the modsru languages. She eiunxred nae tbet 1 wac a very charming man. In paying y WU I incautiously displayed a gold pier or two, and, soeinj aha was going to ask mfi to give hur quo, I saved u or th troublo by placing cue in her hand. la time we techno quite good friend. Twice I paid her board bill in order to rescue her wardrcbo from tits elatchee of bar landlord, and once I savel bar from tho band of aa irate washerwom an. When, altar a tinut. I Vrt Wiesba den, I left bet- aa gey, aa prooparoau and i4 extravagant as ever. I did not see Wiosbaden again for over two years, bat the second wook of Janui-ry, lbTS, found mo thero. TSm Proabian govamuiaut now rakid in the town and refused to runow tho license of M. Blauo. It had expired 14 days be- fore myarrivaL What a eiange had i fallen on the tows! Th Casino was nt The Pino TVa gloomy and cold ; the gay orowda had j Ced. AH the life and movement of the ' street and promenade waa forever a j thing of tho past. I had located thore I imply as a prscaution, disposing of i large amounts cf bonds in Frankfort, 15 miles away, and returning to Wiaba 2en each night. At this time I pet up at the Hotel Victoria, near tho railroad station. One Saturday, going np to Frankfort rather late, my btuaneaa de tainud ins until ivftJsr dark- Oti reaoh ing the station I happened to look into tho third class waiting room, and there I s,ied a figure alone that looked famil iar. I soon TrziraiB& the eoiir.tM). From her appoarasoe and sorrouiidinga it was plain that Lb are was now no wealthy lover at hoc beck and call. L 5Bns she looked so onhappy I gave her a cordial gristtug, wbiok ske rorunied rather wearily. It waa very cold, and I waa clad in fur from kead to foot ; be- I, of course, vit:ii her to ?uii'? a flnss of Uijllf. tides, I was apparently on the full flood tide of ferrur.f. having with mo then a very largo rum of money . senior which she ivuie larva had for the asking. 1 t.ad. "Come, connuise; lat bo go to gether fcri cWis tu Wiejhadt. " fhe reiphad teat ahu lived at Bieborich. a small town on iLjj Rhine, four milea below- Mayouoe, aud four milus frosn Wies baaon. As tiw uuiii was sraning I bade bar paodt-y. b;t uisd pjVTKiiiwien to cell on her the nit Cay, she gtriK her ad ilr w as Hotel Pollrvue. The iwiit monxing was vwy cold, but I eiujtryed tiiat ; n, uJT a lifht breok fact, 1 startud evtr the hills for a walk to the town, M-iiving thare aeon eartor noon. I fonnd tiie hotvl a tifth rao one. and, entrt-ing, was shown to ti room of the counters. Whiit a char.ge fT her from the past I Her room was a small one. plastered, but uwpapered, and with a f aw trtieles of furnirnre cf the cheap est. Tta poor woaian was too evidently in a sraw of frighfcfal oppression, and well sba mitrht Ihj. Hers hud been, a butterfly erirtence, life all cue stuiiiMt holidcy. no hos tam given to ferrnne, no bond taken against future wreck rr eAainge. Like tho butterfly, the had roatiod firm flow er to tower, sipping tho awoot uuly, r, ii'mj tha oriaket, hail miuiily fipod all the tuminw tluvuh. thiiikui,- atutahlna and bloom ctsrnaL Even when youth and btauty bud fiod an-i lorers no lon ger stood ready to attend aud serve abe gs-c py harvest &ld on the iloors of Uua Va sino. but mIu-a th Ciuice lights at Wisbcden went out tbna for the eouutets h.ad thu winter indued oouie. My walk huu given me nouietbiug of an appetite, aud it now being S o'uLuk I at oueo proposed to hiivo dinner. 1 my turjirico site said she had already dined, aiid upon my remarking that it waa curly for Jaiiunr she replied that it wu, bst aa she wus cwing juiw a hutl bill she femrad to give any trouble last the landlord might present bis bill, und in dufttult cJf ptiyniwal khe wai liable to ; amt and a very ousiderabls iuipris- oiunens. I ntud hardly tell my rftialara tiwt they do tiioo vkinga diiiemntiy in Germany Uitui with us. I could aaily : atfevd to be gMisrous vith other people's , money and did uot niean to see the eouuteaa sufier for a hotel bilL Ringing ; the bell. I told the waiter to bring me j some dinner aud a bottle of wine. The ' oorrntess looked very uneauy over my , order. Of late years she had keen life from the soamy side and had observed to much ol1 tho fahtenetiK and cruelty oi men that aim bod apparently lost all faith in them and no doubt thought me ' an adventurer, one who might possibly dine and order exponsiv wituw, "leaving her to face an angry landlord. While dinner was being prvpured she told me sho was in the greatost distress, had not j even a single kreutner to pay postage, I and. woret df all, was owing for two weeks' board. She had uo means to fly, I no place to tlv to. and if she remained incarceration awaited hor. She had for weeks been writing ev- ; erywhero to every one she had known, former lovors, disiant bnt long cegloct ed relatives. The result dead silence. no response from anywhttre. She at last was alone, caught in the world's great snare, with no friendly hand to shel ter or to save. It waa a sight to read ' this woman's face. There swept over it I all aha annttinafaur wotm mt vaararisi ovaa- ! misbt have benos aud the gloomy shadea of despair. Beth proprietor and waiter appeared to aot the table ; it was foe one, bat wineglasses for two were hrooght tuisolioited. They were ofS- akiualy anxious to please "your high note, " as tfcey ohrisaaad me. Tho euiutUsu eat looking gloomily out i ef tlie witulow aeroas th Hbiue, whiht ' I wetchd lujr Cuue until aa infiaite pity far tbe shipwrooked soul filled my mind. Itefivw owing tho waiter, I went to the window, and, otxutdiug by her ebair, I : eoid, "Don't worry any tuore, ermnts6 ( I will pr yocr bill. " At tiie urns time, drawing from aei inner pocket I bode oBoraiued with uoti, I placed cer ! fxl 100 fouiuc notes in ber lap, saying, j "Tbio one is for your board bill, andths I other aix are for yor poeikix mooey. ' ' X I need not att'Ciupt to picture hr auiae i meat and iielig5it. firwinly no woman ' was ever more grateful. We bad a long aatiTevaatioa, and I was talking to hr ! like a brutiiar. Peihaus had the still boon beaatiful aud young lay manner ...... L. ? " '" - hi'OtiiQrly. I told hor she had Aanoed and bub, but at loot, the tame bad coma for toil, and attaced sho should go to Braesels. Wbieb is aver thronged with tottriatc, whare bT knowledge of lan gnaffes and her ravoir faire could be node available in cue of the many (hops where gireerurks are sold to travelers. I advised her to oCer a small prcminm for a posiUrji. Tbi?i she said the would do. In Bayir?; goodby I prcaniaed to aea br axaiu Uie next night, bat I found a telepnan awaiting me on my arrival at ; my hovel vbioh called me to meet two of my companions at Calais, and I waa forced to leave by am early train. Tho " next time I aaw the conntees was in Newpate. ftie viffitied me there and was in pn-fnot detair ever ray position and her tnalabry to stirve me. Pot thoea who may care to know more of her I will t?y that, following my advice, aha went to Brussels and obtained a posi tion in a tourist exche.nge and within a year married the proprietor, who waa a councilman and a man of considerable local importance. Sho made him a good wife and became a true mother to hie five daughters. Whan he died he made her guardian both of them and of hia wealth. She became very religions and to the last was a devout member of the Roman church. Hie died in 1S8C, 18 years after the episode at Bieberioh. He ashes rest in the little arraveyard of th Convent dos Soeurs de Ste. Agnes, on tho Charleroi road, two miles from the city, and on her monument is engraved I TO EIJZABETH. : ; Tho Tlnved Wife, l'vuu nail Trw. Ph : ; Servfa God uid lins Crone to Live With ; ; th? Ang.-lJ. j ',v7' pro tr. rotmsTT.Tf.i Bt Pl!5. Ecbbie (in a sober mood) Oh, m.ira- ! mo, I wish I only had all the money ; I've Hpent for sweets. ' Mumnm pmuilyi My boy wonld i put it hi his savings bunk, wouldn't hef Robbie (deliberately) Xo, mamma. I'd buy more sweets. Botjton Homo ; Journal. A Mru ,7oko. i First Doctor Thst wns a moan jok ami) one played on Firkins. &oeond Doctor What was that? FHrst Doctor Why, some one tele graphed htm to hurry to Niagara fall to remove a cataract, and he never tum bled till he got there. New York World. i j A Mere Nothing. i "You seem excited, dear. What hat '. happened?" roar Jack Murray ! I have just ra- ei"td him. " j "Oh, dont mind a little thing like ! that. Why, I reject him every six i months." Loaisvillo Cosrrier-Journal. Part Bench rnrnnnnlnts. " Wot's the good of a corab anyhow?" j queried Yattorilon Miidmle, turning hia I tnhcr side to the sun. I "I nover could get it rrongh my 'head," resrwr.iled lreozie V rambler, blinking at a keep off the grass sign. I Viergo Vrfbrme. An Otostele. First Lady Is it. a fact that yon ar going to marry Herr Kieveriezakoffski? rVcond Idy Certtiinly, as soon aa I have learned how to pronounce hia Masse. Wooausaacbrfrt. Of Cr. Miss Modesty Have yon a hook call ed "Guide to Lot letter vTriting?" Fhoitkver1- Is 't yourself, miss? Kiss Modasty Ke ; it's for my grand mother. Vit-Bits. A Matter of Time, flho It e!yn in-var be. All 1 can promise yen is a mere BMaaiatanccshlp. T.e Tiien umopt my oer of marriage. I will crrtft into nw eerjuaintanceshlpi fast eatrejb. Indianapolis Journal. JLixl Matu! buck (roui seanding sea Wlh a luatrf ijililt taa Ana a aiuxiurx kUcd itU klMpless nifthta la tmrfTv pmoim. sad tuoDaalkn tolt, Xzrd aanty m-occ' tiiat war airaoat flghtt Per ae sanies tt Ui ou Laa nan. i Ciiulaaan Snqnlrer. 1 A Matter of HuklaeM. "I will wttlutraw my auit," remarked young Jobson ac be oouatrd up his cash and found that H cotTeapondBd with tha sum on his pawn ticket. Boston Horn Journal. HtorolMM, bnt !ta Files. There my h mlrrobea ta a Visa Thtn mal: bvi little perturbation. Tot 1ovct tay. Kah nam and mis. There era jio Cuia oo eIat1on. New York World. Vbe Eojr Viaw. KlHy I avs Jbck Hardin kissing you fcuuiH iiov Well, 1 gua I can staad La U kbe can. Detroit Fre Proas. Trausturred. I praa niy !uit to call on tier. My truiu.Ts are lu craasea. I ann on b r tu preas my ealt .W And ch4 bar aaura laaraasea. .