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Eugene Sue and tils Work.
The veteran critic and dramatist, M.
Ernest Legouve, has recently published
in the rm;M wimo chapters of a forth
coming work, to lit entitled "Etudes e:
Sovenirs de Theatre.'' In the last lie
tells us quoit cui ions anecdotes of Eu-
0Mttl lie and Sm Uad the same
sister, but were nqelations. This lit
tle genealogical puzzle is time explained:
The original VI. and Mdme. Sue had
one daughter Flora Sue. They became
divorced, and both married again. M
Sue's son by lu& txaMtd marriage was
Kugene Su Mdme. Sue's son by her
second marriage waa Fi nest Legouve.
Thus Flora Sjue was lister to two men
Who were no filiation- whatever to each
other. Neither M. Sue nor Mdme. Le
gouve cultivated eaen .other s acquan-
tance; but Mils girl, a DKiUtitul and
harming creature who died young.
was equally devoted to noth ner broth
ers. and supplied the Pond or union
which brought them together. At. 1
gouve therefore knew Kugene Sim from
boyhood to manhood, and waft probably
the moat intimate friend that strange
being ever had. The enthusiastic sym
pathy and admiration for Mie some
times took strange forms. One eren
ing as he was entering his rooms after
a walk he knocked against some swing
ing object in the dark, which moved as
he touched it. Sue lights a candle and
what does he see f The two legs of
man who had got into his rooms, no
one ever knew how, for the purpose of
hanging himself there. The mail, Who
was quite dead, had a bit of paper
clenched in his nana, on which was
written, "I kill myself in despair of the
future. It seemed that death would be
less hard if it came under the roof of
the man who loves and defends us." A
great compliment truly, but one which
Sue could probably have done with
In 1841 an enterprising Parisian
publisher sought out Sua to shew him
an English illustrated work on the
Mysteries of London, which had re
cently appeared. lie suggested that u
work of the same sort on Paris would
have every chance of success, and ask
ed Sqe if he would w rite it for him.
Sue was not much tempted by the
idea of providing the text for an illus
trated serial which was what the of
fer amounted to but finally decided
to set to work. Shortly afterward M.
Legouve received a letter from Sue,
along with a little brown notebook
containing about 200 pages of manu
script. The manuscript was the first
part of "The Mysteries of Paris," and
the latter was to ask Legouve's opin
ion on the story. "It lias amused me
greatly to write it ; bnt will it amuse
other people to read it ? That is the
question." Legouve read it according
ly. "The first chapter was a sort of
prologue, which interested me but
little. But when the real story began,
when I read the first, the second, the
third, the fourth chapter, I felt as if an
electric shock. My hands trembled as
I held the paper. I did not read the
pages, I devoured them. There were
Fleur de Marie, the Chourineur, the
Schoolmaster it was half the first vol
ume of 4 The Mysteries, of Paris.' My
answer may be guessed: 'Enormous
success, the greatest you have ever
had. Send me the continuation.' Sue
wrote back: ' I am truly delighted
with your answer ; but aa to the con
tinuation, I should find it hard to sen 1
you that, as I don't know what it is
going to be myself. I wrote what I
sent you by instinct, without knowing
where I waa going. Now I mnst set
to work to find ray way.' An article
in a newspaper put him. on the right
track. When the first instalment ap
peared hi the Dtebatu, M. Consideraut,
editor of tle Dnnwratic Paciflqnc, hail
ed the new story as a Veritable liter
ary event. 'I see what are the author's
intentions,' said he (he knew more about
them than the author himself). ' He
is setting foot on a road that has never
been explored. He is undertaking to
paint the sufferings and the needs of
the laboring classes. M. Sue has been
called the novelist of the sea ; to-day
his title is, Novelist of the People." '
1 sent the article at once to Sue.
' Thanks,' he wrote back, ' I have had
a talk with the author, and now I see
clear.' "
A novelist of the people must I e ac
quainted with the people; and th s ac
quaintance Sue now Bet himself to ob
tain. He bought a blouse, a cap and a
pair of big boots, and thus equipped
haunted the workmen's quarters, the
cheap restaurants of the barrier, and
the drinking shops at night. In this
way "The Mysteries of Paris" came to
be written. Once he had taken up
this idea of being the novelist of the
people, it interested him, and he adher
ed to it; but it came to him in the first
place from without, as a sort of acci
dent. It was in this fashion that all
his novels were written. His chief
romances were written by instalments,
"The Mysteries of Paris," for instance,
appeared as the daily feuilleton of the
jDelato, und t often happened that he
would put his personages into an ex
traordinary and Impossible situation in
the feuilleton that was to appear
on the next inorning Without having
any idea of how he was to get them
out in the feuilleton that was to ap
pear on the next morning but one.
On these occasions Legouve would re
ceive a note begging him to read a
proof of the feui Ileum enclosed, and to
hit upon soino way of continuing the
story. Sue would be with him at 6,
and they could talk over the matter.
Legouve would read the feinlleton,and
when Sue arrived would commonly be
obliged to tell him that he hud landed
his story in a perfect qui de sac, and
that there was no way eut of it.
"Bah!" Sue would say, "let us talk it
over a little. Suppose my characters
to le real people, and that they really
were in this position. They would
get out of it, somehow, would
they not? Well, we must find out how
they would do it." Then would follow
an animated discussion of about two
hours' duration, each suggesting, argu
ing and making objections to the
other's suggestions. Finally, after all
this travail, Sue would see bis way
clear, and go off in high spirits to sup
ply his next instalment of "copy" for
the inevitable printer's devih
At llirmingham, England, W. G.
George, pedestrian, wen he 1,000
yards handicap from the scratch in
2.18. This beats the lieet" amateur
record in the world, Mtora having
done the same dfttaactf in 2.18$.
George is ooming to the Tinted States
to compete with MyefrB. -
The Owosso Times.
CI "kt
The Kichmouil ( Va.) DispaUh publishes the
followiug CeutenuhU ode, which has been Bet
t music by Prof. Moeenthal, of Philadelphia,
aud is to be sung by a choius of 275 folces at
tbe Y rktown celebration.
Hark! bark! dowa tbe ceutary's long-reaching
To those transports of triumph those rap
tures Of ho it '
Tbe voices of main and of mouutain combined,
Iu glad resouauce borne on tbe wings of tbe
wind :
The bass of tbe drum, aud the trumpet tbat
Through the multiplied ecbees of jubllent hills!
Aud mark! bow tbe years, melting upward
like mist.
Wh cb the breath of some splendid enchant
ment has kissed,
Rereal on the ocean, reveal on the shore,
The proud pageant of conquest that graced
tin-in of yore.
Where blended forever iu love or In fame,
See! tbe standard which stole from the star
light Its flame,
And type of all chivalry, glory, romance
The fair lilies, the lumiuouB lilies of France!
U! stubborn the strife, ere the conflict was
And tbe wild-whirliug war-wrack half stifled
the suu!
The thunder of cannon that boomed on tbe
Hut re-echoed far tbuuders pealed up from the
Where guarding his sea-lists a uigbt on the
Bold De (irasse kept at bay the bluff bulldogs
or draven-
Tbe day turned to darkness, the night changed
to lire.
Still more fierce waxed the combat, more
deadly the ire
Undimmed by tbe gloom, ah! behold where
they ride,
In majestic advance, o'er tbe red battle tide.
Those, banners united in love as in fame
The brave standard which drew from the star-
beams their tlame.
And type of all chivalry, glory, romance
The fairjlilies, the luminous lilies of France!
No respite! No pause! By the York's tortur-
tured hood
Tbe gray Liou of England is writhing in blood!
(Jomwallis may chafe, and coarse Tarletou
As be sharuens his broad sword and buckle
his spur
"This blade, which so oft has reaped Rebelc
like gram,
Shall now harvest, for death, the rude yeoman
Vain beast! for ere sunset he's flying in fear.
With the rebels he scouted Close, close in the
The Freuciion bis II ink hurl such volleys of
That e '011,1 iloucBHttvi'n redoubt must be grow
ing too hot.,
Thus wedded in love, as united in fame!
Lo! the standard tbat stole troni the etarlight
its flame,
An i type of all chivalry, glory, romance
The fair lilies, the lumluous lilies of Frauce!
o! morning superb! when the Beige reached its
See! the suudawn outbloom like the Alche
mist's rose!
The last wreaths of Binoke from dim treuches
Are trausformed to a glory that smiles on the
Joy! Joy! Save the wan, wasted front of the
With his twttle flags furled and his arms t rail
hut low.
Respect for -the brave!
Iu grim silence
Aud lu silence they pass
with bowed heads
from the field.
Then triumph transcendent!
So Titan of
That some vowed it must startle King (ieorge
on his thnme:
: wedded in love, as united in fame!
See! tbe standard tbat stole from the Htarlleht
lis flame.
And type of all chivalry, glory, romance
l he fair line, tbe luminous lilies of t ranee!
When Peace to her own timed the pulse of the
And tbe war-weapon sunk from the war
weai ied hand,
Young Freedom, upborne to the height of the
She has yearnel for so long with deep travail
of soul
A song of her future raised, thrilling and
Till the woods learned to hearken, the hill
slopes to hear,
Yet, fraught with all magical grandeurs that
On the hero's high hope, or the patriot's
What Future, tho' bright, In cold shadow shall
Tbe stern beauty that haloes the brow of the
Sil wedded in love a united iu fame!
ee! the standard that stole from the starlight
its flame, 1
The type of'all chivalry, glory, romance
Tbe fair lilies, the lumiuous lilies of Frauce!
Prince Kamoutsine was one of the
most brilliant officers of the court at
St. Petersburg. lie was seen at - m v
review, inception, und official ball.
Even-where, in fact, where a young
oHieer of the guards eotlld be seen witb
advantage to himself, and yet, in eight
years, he had only a captain's rank, ac
companied with the unenviable reputa
tion of being the most incorrigible fel
low in the way of practical jokes t hat
ever wore a uniform. No one under
stood better than Be the art of carry
ing out successfully the most astound
ing, audacious joke. Already he had
been three times exiled from the capi
tal for having gone a trifle too,far, and
had also received a severe reproof
from a high quarter, with the advice to
keep quiet and "efface himself," that
he might be forgotten. This to a man
like Kamoutsine was simply impossible;
for even at the risk of losing rank, pro
motion and fortune, his jest was a ne
cessity to him, and have it he must.
All foreigners, provincial officers, and
ignorant country people he 'scorned ut
terly, regarding them as quite unwor
thy his attention. The young captain
flew at higher game, selecting his vic
tims from the 'haute volee.'
Our hero had so far profited by this
adTice that tne Emperor Nicholas, who
appears to have been somewhat defi
cient in a sense of humor, and by no
means appreciative of a practical joke,
sent him one fine morning the order to
retire to his estate and there to remain
the space of one month, 'to give him
self time for reflection,' as the order
was wooded.
Kamoutsine was allowed three days
to make all his arrangements and to
reach his destination. The place of
exile was twenty -four miles distant
from Saint Petersburg by post-chaise,
He began by spending two days in bid
ding good-by to his friends.
lie had been promised four gen
la i n hs us a gnai 'l of honor; the ante
cedents of the yuiing prince quflte justi
tied this precaution, apparently so in
suiting; he having passed his last period
of banishment in a well known restau
rant in the costume of a waiter, where
be had been seen and recognized by all
of his brother officers, who iiad laughed
while keeping the secret, until the ex
piration of the sentence.
Kamoutsine went from house to
house, receiving here the ironical con
gratulations of one, there the laughing
condolences of another. Toward the
evening of the second day he presented
himself to take leave of the Countess
Damerof, one of the most popular and
charming of the court beauties.
Will you not dine with usV said the
pretty countess, as be rose from his
chair after a lew minutes' conversa
tion. A thousand thanks! but it is quite
impossible, unless you extend the invi
tation to my gendarmes.'
Your gendarmes? What can you
possibly mean r
'My body guard, tor which 1 am in
debted te the imperial munificence.
They ought now to be at my house. In
an hour we shall, all live of us, be roll
ing along the road to Kamoutska, the
home of my ancestors. When 1 say we
shall roll 1 am wrong, 1 should have
said we shall glide; with this beautiful
snow the sleighing is delightful. It
will not be a long journey; I shall dine
at home to-morrow.'
Unhappy Prince!' said tlie Countess
with a merry laugh. 'You are not pol
itic in allowing yourself to be banished
at the height of the carnival season.
The Governor's ball will have to go on
without you, it seems,'
Ah ! the ball true enough, I had
utterly forgotten it; you see, Countess,
the depth of my disgrace. It is to-morrow?'
To-morrow evening at 10 we shall
all be dancing without you. Now,
pray, do not go and hang yourself,' ad
ded the pitiless tease.
Kamoutsine stood silent, twisting
his moustache with a thoughtful air.
'You are going?' he asked, abruptly.
As If there were a doubt of it ! All
Petersburg will be there. The new
Governor makes his debut. He is
from Irkoulsk, you know, and his en
tertainments there were celebrated far
and wide. It will be a superb ball.
The imperial family will be there, and
I mean to be on the spot to see them
'Countess,' said Kamoutsine, tender
ly, leaning on the arm of her chair,
will you give me the honor of the first
waltz ?
'Are you mad?' said the Countess,
throwing herself back in the chair.
'No more than usual; but I repeat
my question, for you have not answer
ed me, will you do me the honor '
'But, my dear Prince, you will be at
home at that time. You will be sleep
ing the sweet sleep which always fol
lows a winter journey; your housekeep
er wil have made your tea, and you
will have taken it, and '
'All this little detailed interior,
Countess, rests on the hypothesis that
1 shall be at home. But I am not at
home, and if I am at the Governor's
ball, will you give me the first waltz f
The Countess, very much puzzled,
looked inquiringly at Kamoutsine. She
saw he was serious a most unusual
thing witb him aud she was touched
by it.
'With pleasure,' she answered grave
ly. You will not give it to anyone else.
At the first sound of the music I shall
be there to claim it.'
Prince,' said the Countess, in -a voice
full of terror and tendernos, 'you are
staking your head !'
'Which is hardly worth a waltz with
you. I shall be more than paid if you
only keep your promises' murmured
Kamoutsine, as he rose.
"I hope all this is only a jest," said
the Countess with a troubled smile.
"Will you lay me a wager that I
will not be there V" eaid theyonngman
With a low IkiW.
"No yes I do not know. One nev
er knows with you.";
"I trust to your generosity, Countess,
and I like to think you will hold to the
wager. Good-by till to-morrow;" and
stooping be touched his lips to her
hand and dissappeared, without giv
ing her the opportunity of replying.
As he had prophesied, the (iendarnies
were awaiting his return. A kibitka, a
sort of close-covered sleigh, stood be
fore the door, and he entered it with
out giving these four representatives
of armed force any opjMirtunity of din
ing, at which they grumbled a little,
but quite in a respectful fashion, as
1ecame them in the presence of a su
perior; for, though Kamoutsine was
their prisoner, he was none the less
their superior hierarchically.
Never was a short journey so crowd
ed with mistakes; the valet decbambre,
who .had gone on in advance, acting as
courier, must have been either drunk
or crazy perhaps both, for at the first
relay stations the horses were not ready,
the positions were not prompt in
short the early part of tbe night was
a series of misadventures, among which
the absence of supper was by no means
the least important.
Toward midnight the spell was
broken. The kibitka, drawn by good,
strong animals, rushed like the wind
over the smooth, even surface of the
snow, but no supper appeared. At
last, long after midnight, t he everlast
ing question 'Is there anything to eat f
obtained a reply in the affirmative.
Kamoutsine, who up to that hour laid
been sleeping peacefully, awoke, rul
bed his eyes, and invited his guard to
sup with him.
It was a dainty, delicious ineal. On
the table were huge jugs filled with
foaming kruiss, which had
sparkling effervescence of champague
and, to tell the truth, it was cham
pagne, slightly altered for the occasim
by the addition of a generous quantity
of the strongest alcohol, which in
about twenty minutes produced such
an effect upon the four gendarmes,
after their prolonged fast, the extreme
cold of the outside atmosphere, and the
intense heat of the post-station, that
they were all lying on or under table,
snoring in chorus.
Kamoutsine, taking his pelisse and
valise, quietly went out and jumped
into a peasant's sleigii standing before
the door. The wretched little animal
iiroke into a rapid trot. Excellent re
lays were in readiness at every station.
and at 8 o'clock in the morning our he
ro drove triumphantly into the capital,
from which he had been so cruelly ex
iled. Before the door of the restaurant,
where he had once oocupied the osten
sible position of waiter, was a travel
ing kibitka, sufficiently bespattered
with mud to suggest the idea of a long
journey. ivanioutsine entered the
house quickly and changed his uniform
tor a civilians suit, which was iu
readiness, came out and sprang into
the kibitka. His faithful valet, who
had not left him for a moment, gath
ered up the reins and drove at a fur
ious pace which he never slackened till
he brought up at the palace of his ex
cellency the Governor-General of the
l'he servants rushed out, and treated
Kamoutsine as if expecting him.
Announce therephew of his Excel
euev,' saiil Xamoutsiue, calmly.
They hurried up the stairs with his
valise, while lie followed them without
lne Governor-General hurried for
ward to meet him.
My dear nephew,' he cried, 1 voiding
out his arms, 'you are welcome indeed.
1 have been expecting you for a whole
'I beg your pardon, my dear uncle, I
have been unavoidably detained, but 1
will explain all later -
' 1 es, yes, 1 understand, but how you
are altered! 1 should never have known
you. You must be very tired?'
I have been three nights on the
road, to lose no time in reaching you.'
Poor boy! Come and have some
tea? I was just about taking my
breakfast. Your aunt is still asleep.
You know, of course, that there is a
ball te-night?' -
Indeed! a ball! 1 did not know; I had
not heard; but my traveling dress I
cannot, it Will be impossible.'
Then you have brought no dress
Y'es, but it is with my luggage,
Which I have left to be forwarded.'
Ah! well, you ean easily get one
froin a tailor it is not as if we were
in a little provincial town; one can get
everything here; come and get some
And the General hurried his suppos
ed nephew into the dining-room, and
while serving the boiling tea, which
Kamoutsine swallowed without wait
ing to be pressed, he asked a thousand
questions about tbe family, bis friends
at Odessa, whence he was supposed to
have just arrived.
Kamoutsine replied with perfect
self-possession and assurance. He nev
er allowed himself to be caught nap
ping, and on this important occasion his
resources did not fail him.
'Good heavens! how you are changed,'
cried the General. '1 never should have
recognized you. And yetyoa resemble
your mouher.'
'So they i ell me,' answered Kamout
sine carelessly, not at all embarrassed.
'I, of course, am no judge.'
'You were about so high,' said the
General, pointing to the table. I think
you were only 5 years old.
Four years and eight months, exact
ly, my dear unjcle.'
, 'You tee quite right. What an ex
traordinary memory you have! But tell
me, is your Aimt Elizabeth -'
'I beg your pardon, my deaf uncle,
but I am nearly dead with fatigue; as
I think I told you, I have been travel
ing three nights consecutively.'
'You did indeed tell me so, and am
very thoughtless in forgetting, it. Your
chamber is ready for you; go directly to
lied. Year aifnt will excuse you.'
'And if I should not wake till the
'That is of no consequence, If you are
only in season for tbe ball.'
lint my dress coat I cannot go out
for one, and I confess '
'Don't disturb yourself in the least,
my dear boy. Hand your .clothes to the
servant, everything will be in readiness
for you, and you will only have to make
your toilet when you wake.'
Kamoutsine was conducted to his
chamber, when he comfortably went to
bed, after taking from his portfolio a
'etter he had received a day or two pre
vious, and which had been his source
of inspiration.
We started day before yesterday,"
wrote one of his brother officers on
leave at Moscow; 'the nephew of our
new Governor General has just arrived
from Odessa, and the very first night
he was thoroughly fleeced by some gam
blers at ecarte. He has lost more than
he has taken with him, and, as he is
not at all a bad fellow, he has constituted
himself a prisoner on parole till he re
ceives funds from Odessa.
'We go in time to see him, and we all
offer him our sympathy repeating the
same little phrases of condolence; but
he has not even shown himself for forty-eight
hours. The most amusing
part of it is that he has a deadly terror
of his uncle, the new Governor, and no
one can imagine why, for he has never
seen him since he was a child; but he
would rather die than confess his esca
pade to him. There are still ten days
I or a fortnight of his voluntary seclu
sion, aim iie is j 1 1 si mioi enougn tonoiu
out to the end."
In ten days,' says Kamoutsine, fold
ing the letter, 'I shall be quietly set
tled where ? Perhaps on the road to
Siberia. Bah! we will go to sleep now
and after ? Nom venous ce que nous
His dinner was served in his cham
ber, under the pretext of fatigue after
which he made his toilet, finding the
suit provided for him a capital fit. Set
ting himself in a comfortable easy chair
near the window, he watched the arriv
al of the carriages as they drew up in
line before the entrance. On the car
peted steps was a confused mass of
velvet and satin drapery; there was the
sparkling of diamonds, the fleecy glim
mer of priceless laces, and the brilliant
uniforms' of his brother officers; he
could even hear the tinkling of the
plate as the supper was being laid in
the adjoining room, and remembered
with a tender melancholy that he
should not be able to eujoy it. Then
began the hideous sounds from the or
chestra, the maddening noise which al
ways precedes the music.
Exactly at 10 o'clock a servaut enter
ed hurriedly.
'Monsieur, his Excellency sends me
to say that it is time for you to come
down to the ball-room.'
As he descended tbe crimson-carpeted
stircase in a quiet, leisurely fash
ion, as became a member of the family
the national hymn announced the ar
rival of the Emperor. Mingling in the
crowd, he entered the ball-room. In
one quick glance he recognized the
pretty Countess Damerof, who, some
what pale and nervous, stood, with her
eyes lixed on the door of entrance. In
an instant he had asked his uncle to
present him. The Countess hardly
glanced at the young civilian; she was
absorbed so in watching for a uniform
of the Guard.
'Countess.' whispered the voice of
Kamoutsine. With a start, she turned
and looked into his face.
'Permit the nephew of the Governor
to claim your promise.'
His arm was about her waist, and
they were lost in the whirl before she
could reply. At the first pause, she
said, with a merry laugh, though evi
dently considerably agitated and ex
cited; 'How absurd you are in citizens'
As they made the tour of the large
saloon Kamoutsine met the astonished
gaze of a pair of eyes that were well
known to him, and before his evolu
tion was half completed thirty persons
had recognized him in spite of his dis
guise, and the little murmur of excite
ment which invariably accompanies a
secret joke pervaded the groups gathered
here and there.
Aa he led the Countess to her seat
he ligatly pressed her hand, say
ing: '1 have won my wager, and I shall
return to claim it as soon as the high
powers will permit me.' ,
The Countess blushed and was si
lent. I have risked my head, as you did
me the honor to say to me yesterday.
Will you prove yourself a 'bonne pay-
'1 will try, if you are not too unrea
sonable.' 'I will be generous,' he said with a
laugh. 'Au revoir,' and with a low
bow he turned toward the door, but
was detained by the Governor, who
immediately presented him to the
Your Excellency, permit me to pre
sent my nephew, who has just arrived
from Odessa.'
"Charmed,' murmured the Minister
with an abstracted air, and raising his
eyes but Kamoutsine had disap
peared. 'A little peculiar,' said the General,
by way of apology; 'provincial, as you
Suddenly an aide-de-camp appeared,
hurried and excited.
'The Emperor wants you instantly,
your excellency, addressing the Min
ister, 'His Majesty is furious!
'What is it?' in vain asked his Ex
cellency, as he followed the messen
ger. 'Kamoutsine is here,' said the Em
peror, in not the most gracious
Y'our Majesty! can it be possible?'
He is here, I tell you! Have him
arrested instantly and find out how he
came here.'
The Minister rushed off to the host.
'Kamoutsine is here!'
Who is be? who is Kamoutsine?'
'The young mau who has just re
ceived sentence of banishment. Make
haste! The Emperor is furious!'
'Heavens and earth!' cried the Gov
ernor, gesticulating violently.
Suddenly turning to the first func
tionary he saw he exclaimed:
'Kamoutsine is here. Arrest him in
stantly and learn how he came.
The order was transmitted.and every
body was questioned.
Have you seen Kamoutsine?'
Certainly,' said somebody; 'I saw
him waltzing with the Countess Damerof.'
NO. 16.
'Madame, you have beeu se en waltz
ing with Kamoutsine. The Emperor
is very angry; he desires to know with
whom he came.'
Not with me, most certainly, an
swered the Countess, carelessly. '1
nave only waltzed once, and it was
with the Governor's nephew from
The Governor General hurried up,
half distracted. Touching him on the
arm with her fan, the Countess said:
'General, did you not present your
nephew to me ?'
'Certainly, certainly, Countess; but
that has nothing to do with the pre
sent question. I am in search of Ka
moutsine. The Emperor is most in
dignant, and is determined to know
who brought him.'
The Countess turned her back. At
this mdment tbe court minister ap
peared, repeating, 'The Emperor is
'I know it only too well,' exclaimed
the Governor.
'Are you not ashamed to involve me
in such an abominable hoax ?'
Hut, your Excellency, I do not un
derstand how.'
'I tell you the Emperor is furious!'
and the Minister rushed off in a rage.
t mally a young aide-de-camp, taking
pity on his confusion and despair,
'Your Excellency, it is you who are
responsible for his appearance.'
'I indeed ! really this was too much
a mere aide-de-camp to presume to
jest in this fashion with the Governor
General !
'You presented him to the Countess
Damerof !'
'Indeed 1 did not. I presented my
nephew to her.'
'But, your Excellency, your nephew
is not your nephew; he is Kamoutsine,
and you can now see why the Emperor
is so angry.
Throwing himself on a seat, the Gen
eral held his head in both hands.
'What an idiot I am P he exclaimed,
and all the time I saw he bore no re
semblance to any member of the
A last it was known who brought
Kamoutsine, but to arrest him was a
more difficult matter; he had evaporat
ed in his haste, taking with him the
ess coat the Governor had taken the
trouble to procure for him.
He had, however, the generositv to
leave in his chamber the letter which
fully cleared the Governor from any
compliciiy. This letter was immedi
ately taken possession of and shown to
the Emperor, who condescended to
laugh; certainly the trick bad been well
played. But there are limits to imper
ial endurance. The police were dis
patched in every direction. Twenty-
four hours had passed before it occur
red to them to seek him in his place of
exile, whee he was found at last in
the home of his ancestors, quietly read
ing a foreign review and taking his
'You have failed in respect to your
sovereign,' said the Chief of Police.
I! in what way?'
In allowing yourself to be seen at
the Governor's ball.'
Come, now this is cruel! how can
any one have the heart to make game
of an unfortunate exile? It is now
nearly forty-eight hours since I obeyed
the order of banishment!'
You have intoxicated your gend
armes ?'
A libel! they intoxicated themselves.
Do you really believe that it is a diffi
cult matter to intoxicate gendarmes.
'But you intoxicated them in order
to escape.'
'Another libel! When I saw them
sleeping so heavily I came here by my
self. It is rather humiliating this be
ing led about by gendarmes.'
But you presented yourself at the
residence of the Governor after receiv
ing your sentence of banishment.'
'Who has told you this story?'
'Thirty persons, at least, saw you
Then thirty persons have been the
victims of a most extraordinary illu
sion, for you can sec for yourself that
I cannot have left this house for two
That may be so," said the chief.who
began to ask himself if he were losing
his eyesight; 'but my orders are to take
you to St. Petersburg.'
Kamoutsine scanned him with a
haughty expression.
This must be a joke, and a very poor
one it is; but it seems that I must obey.'
During the journey he maintained so
well this air of injured dignity that
the guards were thoroughly convinced
of his innocence.
The Emperor had laughed, therefore
Kamoutsine received no severer pun
ishment ban three months in the fort
ress; but not this time in the palace of
the Governor, who remained bis bitter
life-long enemy. New York Eceniny
Post." from tlie French of Henry (Jre
Ville. Wm. Gale, the English pedestrian,
finished his great feat of covering 6.
000 quarter miles in ,000 consecutive
ten minutes at New York and contin
ued on the track until he had added
fourteen additional quarters to his won
derful record. All through, from the
beginning his condition was MP
mal, except once when he took cramps.
The fastest quarters was made in 2:07;
the slowest in 9:12. At the finish
Gale wanted to bet $500 to $1,000 that
he could "begin right off" and cover
500 miles in seven days.
The wife of a manufacturer tn Elgin,
111., hearing that her carriage horse,
which was being used in a team, had
been overloaded and beaten witn a
board by the driver, called the teamster
into her husband's office and soundly
horse-whipped him till he begged for
Personal Notes.
A correspondent of an Eastern paper
says that General Itobert C. Schenck,
"now racked with pain, spends most of
bis time upon a sick bed."
Gen. Grant's brother Orville who
died recently iu au asylum, lost his
reason aftei the Ghicago lire in which
he lost a large property.
A bust of Gerrit Smith, by Gushing,
of New York, has been presented to
the Oneida Historical Society of Utica,
on the part of a daughter of the philan
thropist. The united weight of two Vienna
dwarfs recently married in Vienna is
thirty-eight pounds. He is thirty-one
Jears old, and twenty-eight inches
igh ; she twenty-nine inches high.
John Miller, of Cleveland, Ohio, who
has heroically saved from drowning at
different times nearly 108 persons, has
heen presented with auo d medal worth
$150 by the Cleveland Board of Trade.
The inventor of the modern bicvele
and tricycle, Mr. James Starley, who
was a gardener in early lite, has lust
died in England. He gave the world
the spider wheel," which is said to
have made a complete revolution in
the wheel world.
The Empress Euaenie was at Darm
stadt on July 4th in the strictest priv
acy as the Marchioness Brennes. She
visited the mausoleum af Princess Alice,
on which she laid a wreath. She is
now at Baden, living in complete re
tirement. A paper in Chicago having said that
that city uses 70.000,000 gallons of
water daily, the Baltimore American re
marks that "half of that amount ss
made into beer, and the other half ii
used to scald the bristles off of hogs."
The American editor has evidently nev
er been there, for beseems to have lost
none of his bristles. Providence Press.
President Chadbourne, of Williams
College, is rather a lively gentleman.
Besides attending to his presidential
duties, he has during the past year ed
ited Three volumes for the New Eng
land Historic-Genealogical Society, su
perintended tbe construction of an
eight-mile canal in connection with
North Carolina gold mines, and run a
cotton mill.
Three years ago Lieutenant-Governor
Tabor, of Colorado, was only the pro
prietor of a small supplv store in a
mining camp, and provided two miners
wiin lood and outht tor a prospecting
tour around Eeadville, stipulating for
a certain interest in any claim they
might find. They soon discovered the
Little Pittsburgh Mine, from which Mr.
Tabor derived a large fortune, since
which he bus been so successful in min
ing operations that he iu estimated to
be worth several millions.
Francis Scott Key's grave at Freder-
ck, Md., is shabby and neglected. Ja
cob Englebrecht, once Mayor of Fred
erick, and a much honored citizen,
kept up until his death, five years ago, a
curious ceremony in memory of the po
et. Every Decoration Day he would
go to Key's grave and, standing beside
it, sing "The Star Spangled Banner."
The tones always attracted a large
number of people, who, catching the
inspiration of the old singer, would
snatch up the refrain and send it ring
ing among tne vaults and tomos or tne
Corporations Have Souls.
A certain class of journals are con
tinually harping upon the "crushing
monopolies which they assert are
'grinding the poor." It seems to us
that these writers overlook much that
is of importance in dealing with this
subject and studiously ignore the bene
fits that are derived from the vast en
terprises that our leading capital
ists project. It is patent to every ob
server that the so-called monopolies
are the means of opening up the vast
resources of our country to a degree
that would be impossible without their
aid; thus making desirable homes for our
rapidly increasing population in local
ities that are not already overcrowded,
and where industry may thrive without
being hampered by the crystalization
that marks our older settlements. Our
grand railroad system furnishes the
means of a ready market for every
manner of productions. The farmer
upon his farm, and the artisan in his
shop all located at points remote from
the market centres where living is ex
pensive may avail himself of the help
of these "monopolies" to procure the
higher reward for his labor that he can
Secure in our large cities, .That our
capitalists receive an unequal compen
sation for their outlay is a mistaken
idea. Capital must be remunerative
as well as labor, and the men who in
vest their millions, in fact receive but
a small percentage in comparison with
the ample reward of the producer; and
to secure an eventual profit they must
invest largely in directions that are oft
en unretnunerative for years. The
rivalry among our great projectors of
ten stimulates them to undertakings
that involve serious risks. One of the
greatest railroad projector on the con
tinent, Moses Taylor of New York,
never realized even a fair percentage
on his investments, and the same may
be said of many others. In forwarding
these schemes skilled labor finds its
largest reward and reaps the first and
often the ouly benefit, except that which
is derived by the country at large from
the permanency of the plant. Thous
ands ii m hi thousands of common labor
ers are employed, and houses are built
for the toiling masses from the fruits
of our great enterprises. The example
of many of the most wealthy citizens
of our country, who have risen from
poverty to affluence, is a stimulus to the
young men of our land, and serves as a
beacon star to light the way and en
courage them to greater endeavors.
Our corporations and our millionares
?re most of them generous in their
treatment of the poer. Not a day pass
es but they are called to relieve
the unfortunate, and worthy claims
upon their bounty are rarely treated
with inconsideration. We do not deny
that instances to the contrary can be
pointed out, but we confidently assert
that they are the exception rather than
the rule. I-iet this subject be treated
reasonably and il abuses have crept in
let them be fairly presented, and they
will be cheerfully considered and speed
ily remedied by the corporations and
capitalists who command these
schemes. The interests of capital and
lalor are mutual and can never be di
vorced. Marin Newt.

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