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THE WORLD; TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 13, 1887. ,. 1 'JH
8X EMnJ. SOLA.
IVrantUuaStir Turn Wobu tvJ. C Curtirul
Tnamo is Louis Bo-
?lC f$A. 'ou- I atn Mrenty
$JV yean of nge. I was
jf&S&S3$mfr born In tho village of
v8kv Y pK S&tot-Jory, n few
n '111 Mi II N lcB1J0 rom Toulono,
r Ta'u llll lib up t'ie Qoronno
wVwViriI For fourteen years I
Jn'VTjjW'll strnreled with tho
JbuttfccgRyHL oll to earn my bread,
y7 raJMEeel Comfort finally camo,
nlPrSVT and last month I found
A0.-eu.5fcBW myself the richest
ivSffr "YwT 'anner 'n k" noigh
K!avrEiS 0" house seomed
KfcSjBmTiMfc blessed. Happiness
2i dwelt within it. Tho
Bun was a brother to us
end I do not recollect a single bod harvest.
There were nearly a dozen of us on tho farm
inthoso happy daysj myself, still buoyant
and merry, accompanying tho children to
Trorkj my younger brother, Pierre, an old
baohelor, and formerly a sergeant in tho
army ; and my sister Agathe, who lived with
vs since her husband's, death, a portly and
cheerful woman whose laugh could be heard
to tho other end of the Tillage
Then came tho rest of the brood ; my son
Jacques, his wife Bose. and their threo daugh.
, ters, Aimee, Veroniquo, Mario. Tho first was
married to Oyprien Bouisson, a tall and good
natured man, by whom sho had two children,
tho one two years and tho other ton months
old. Tho second had lately been betrothed
to Oaspard Babutoau ; and the third was so
comely and accomplished that she would
pass for a city belle. This mado ten in all.
I was not only a grandfather, but a great
grandfather. When wo were at table I had
my sister Agathe seated at my right, my
brother Fierro at my loft, while tho children
I completed the circle, being ranged accord,
tag to their ages, a row of heads gradually
growing smaller, down to theton.months-old
baby, who was already sating soup like a
And when they began the meal, what a
rattle of spoons in the plates 1 Tho brood
were hearty eaters. And what fun and Jollity
between each mouthful I What a glow of
pride and joy I felt run through my veins
when the little hands reoohod out to mc.
" Grandpa, soma more bread, please j a big
I '' piooe, grandpa."
Ah I those happy days t Our busy house
hold was vocal with sopes of joy. Pierre in
tho evenings invented! gomes and related
Btorios of his campaigns.
On Sunday Aunt Agatho mado shufflo
boards for the girls. Then there wore more
songs that Marie knew and which she song
in angolio tone. She looked like a saint with
her blondo hair flowing around her neck and
her hands folded on her lap.
I had intended to add anothor story to the
house whon Aimee and Oyprien would be
married, and I used to say laughingly that
vo would have to add another after the mar
riago of Veroniquo and Oaspard, so that the
house would ond by touching the skies, if we
Vrero to continue adding to it at every mar
rlage. Wo did not like to leave the old
homestead. "We would rather have built a
Tillage In the garden behind tho house.
When families agree it is so pleasant to live
and die where one has (rrown up.
The month of May had been unusually fine
this year. For a long time there had not
been such a promise of an abundant harvest.
Ono day I took a walk around my farm with
my son Jacques. Wo started about 3 o'clock.
Our meadows on the bonks of tho Qaronno
spread out clad in tho brightest gfoen ; tho
gross was threo feot high, and a willow plant
ed a year bofore was already putting forth its
We then visited our grain orops and vino
yards fields purchased year by year accord
ing as our wealth increased. Tho wheat
fields and vineyards wero in full bloom and
gave promiso of a splendid yield.
Tapping mo on thd shoulder, Jacques
burst into a joyous laugh, as he exclaimed
" Well, father, we shall want for bread and
wino no more. You havo surely won tho
favor of tho Almighty, when he pours down
such blessings on your lands."
Wo often jokod pleasantly in referring to
our post privations. Jacques was right. I
must indeed havo won tho favor of somo
saint on high, or of the Almighty himself, for
wo wore tho luckiest of all the people around
us. When a hail storm camo it stopped just
at the boundary of our fields. If our neigh
bor's vineyards were blighted ours seomed to
bo surrounded by a wall of protection.
In tho end I came to imagine that this was
only just. Having nevor injured any ono, I
began to feel that tnis happiness was my due.
Boturning home wo crossod some land that
we owned on the other side of the vitiligo.
Some mulberry plantations wero thriving
admirably and somo almond trees were in
full bloom. When wo should havo money
enough to spare we would purchase the
intervening fiolds, and so connect and round
oil all our lands.
Chatting gayly as we went concerning our
good luck, we soon reached home. Ono of
our cows had added to the numbor of our
stock whilo wo wero away. Everybody
rushed out to see the new arrival. Aunt
Agathe hurried forward despito her portly
form. Tho children gazed at tho little visi.
tor ouriously. And wo all thought that this
little croaturo's coming was another added
blessing. Wo had lately enlarged tho stables,
that now housed about 100 head of cattle,
besides a large number of sheep and horses.
" Come," I exclaimed, " this is a luoky day.
We will open a bottle of old wino on the head
Just then Boso took us aside to tell us that
Gospord, Voronlquo's betrothed, had oomo
to deeide on tho wedding day. Sho had kept
him for dinner. Gaspard, the eldest son of
a farmer of Moranges, was a tall youth of
some twenty years, and known throughout
that portion of tho oountry for his prodig
ious strength. At a f Ho in Toulouse he vau
?uished Martial, the Lion of the South. But
or all that he was as retiring and bashful as
a ohild, and blushod every time Veroniquo
looked him straight in tho face.
I told Boso to coll him, as ho was in tho
yard holping tho servants to hang out some
clothos after a big wash.
When he entered the dining-room, where
wo were sitting, Jacques turned towards me
and said: "Speak, father."
" Vory well," I answered. "So you havo
come, my boy, to fix on the great day ? "
" Yes, that's it, Pero Bobleu," ho replied,
his oheeka crimsoned.
" You noed not blush, my boy," I contin
ued. "If you wish it shall bo on Bte.
Felioite's Day, July 10. My poor dead wife's
name was Felioite, and it will bring you good
luck. Well, is it settled?"
" Yes, on Bte. Felioite's Day.Pero Bobieu,"
whereupon he shook Jacques and myself by
the hand with a heartiness all his own, and
the. ruorrrvrg still SAsnxn wildly: alono tub nolo.
then ho embracod Boso, calling hor mother.
This stalwart youth with tho formidable
fists loved Veroniquo more dearly than his
life, and he often told us if we rofused her
to him he would never survivo it.
" Now, then," I resumed, " you must stay
for dinner. To tho table overy ono. I am
weak with the hunger."
There were eloven of us at tho table that
evening. Gaspard had been placed beiido
Veronique, and he used to sit looking at her
between tlmos. quite forgotful of his plato,
and so happy in being near her that every
f ow momonts tho tears wellod into his eyes.
Oyprien and Aimee, who had been only throo
years married, smiled. Jacques and Bose,
who had boon housekeeping twonty.flvo
years, seemed more grnvo, though onco in a
while thoy, too, could bo caught oxohanging
furtive glances of tenderness. As for mo, I
seemed to grow young again in watohlng
those two lovers, whoso happiness throw a
halo of Paradise around our table.
Ah I what a joyous repast wo had that oven
ing 1 Agathe, always ready for a laugh, per
petrated several jokes. Thon our gallant
Piorro ventured to relato ono of his lovo
affairs with a young lady of LyonB. Luckily
this was at dessert when overy ono was talk
ing at onco. I had brought up from tho cul
ler two bottles of old wine, we all drank to
tho good luck of Gaspard and Veroniquo.
Good luck with us meant never to quarrel,
to havo plenty of ohildren and acqulro riches.
Then wo had some singing. Gaspard sang
several lovo'songs in tho patois of tho prov
ince, and Marie was finally asked to sing a
hymn. This sho did standing, in a soft mel
low voice that ravished tho oar.
By and by I went over to one of tho windows,
and Gaspard having joined mo I said t
" Is there anything new in your neighbor
hood?" "No," ho answered. "Thero has boon
somo talk of the heavy rains for tho past few
days, and many people think that they will
cause great damage.
" In f act, a f ow days boforo it had rained
for sixty hours without ceasing. Tho Ga
ronne was greatly swollen sinoe the evening
before, but wa had confidence in it, and so
long as it remained within its channel we
could not consider it a bad neighbor. It ren
dered us suoh valuable sorvioes. It was such
a broad and smooth expanse of water. And
then people are not inclined to abandon their
homes, ovon when tho roof is about to fall."
" Bab I" I ropliod. shrugging my Buouldors,
" that will amount to nothing. It is the sanio
thing every yoor. Tho river rises in its fury,
sweeps wildly along, and thon, subsiding in
a single night, roturnB to its old channel and
flows on innocently ob a lamb. You will
seo, my boy, that wo will laugh at all this
by and by. Look, thoro nover was a moro
With a wavo of my hand I pointed to tho
sky. It was 7 o'clock, and the sun was set
ting. Ah, what an azuro blue. Tho heavons
woro an immenso bluo oxpanso, with tho buu
softly sinking in golden glory. An nhnos
uhero of dreamy joy Boomed to stretch to tho
limits of tho horizon. Nover had I soon tho
village sinking to rest in suoh placid poaco.
A rosy tint lingered on tho tiles of tho nouses
and died away in tho dlBtanoe. I heard tho
laugh of a neighbor and tho voioos of chil
dren at tho turn of tho road in front of our
house. Furthor off I oould catch, softened
by tho distanco. tho lowing of tho cattlo re
turning to thoir stalls. The hoarBo roar of
tho Garonne continuously filled thu ear, but
it seemod to mo like tho voico of silonco, so
familiar had it grown to mo now.
Gradually tho sky took on a doeper shado
and tho villago seemed to Bink into moro
quiet repose. It was tho ovoning of a beauti
ful day, and I was thinking that all our hap
ilnoss, our abundant harvest, our pleasant
mine and Voronlquo's approaching marriago,
all showering down on us from above, camo
with the sarao purity and loveliness as this
soft and splondid scone. A benodietion
seemed to envelop us with tho adieu of the
I roturnod to tho company in tho room.
The girlB wero laughing merrily. Wo woro
smiling at thoir innocent pleasantry, when
all at onco, amid tho quiet Bcena without, a
terrible cry resounded in our tars :
"Tho Garonne I Tho Garonne 1"
Wo rushed out precipitately and looked in
the direotion from whence tho cry camo. In
tho distanco wo beheld two men and threo
women, one of whom was carrying on infant
in her arms, rushing madly over tho rough
road. Now and then they turned to look
behind them, with terrified faceB, as if pur
sued by a pack of wolves.
" What in the world is tho matter ?" asked
Oyprien. " Can you see anything, grand-paV"
"No, no," I answered. "The leaves do
not oven stir." '
In fact, tho cntiro country to tho furthest
boundary of tho horizon was as calm and
peaceful as usual. But I had scarce ceased
speaking when an exclamation burst from us
all. Behind tho fugitives, among tho groves
of poplars, in tho midst of tho tall herbage,
we suddenly saw what nppenrod to bo a hugo
mass of grayish aud spotted wild beasts ad
vancing w ith an appalling roar. From ovory
side thoy onuio, wavo chasing wave, in gallop
ing confusion, a mass of foaming waters,
seething, boiling, flinging thoir white crests
in tho air and shaking tho earth in thoir
Wo in our turn now uttered the despairing
cry: "Tho Garonne I ThoGaronno!"
Tho fugitives still dashed wildly along tho
road. Thoy could hear tho ruBtiing waters
gaining on thorn at uvery stride. Tho waves
now advanced in ono long, serried line,
tumbling and crashing like the thunderous
din of an army closing with the enomy.
Under tho first shock throe poplars wero
snapped to pieccB, thoir tall foliage sinking
and disappearing in the foamy waters. A
boardod hut was engulfed; a wall crumbled to
pieces, and carts and wagons wore swopt
away Ilk wisps of straw.
But tho waters seemed abovoall topursuo
the fugitivos. At a turn of tho road, whero
tho ground was low, tho waves suddenly
rushed in, forming a vast sheet of water and
completely outting off all retreat. Still tho
frightonod group (lashed on, splashing
through tho rising sea with giant strides, but
no longer shrieking, although mad with ter
ror. Tho waters had reached their knees. A
hugo wavo now Hung itsolf on the woman
who was carrying tho baby. Both wero
sw allowed in an instant.
"Onick! quick 1" I cried. "Wo must got
into the homo it is solidly built, and wo
havo nothing to fear."
But prudonco.soou coinpcllod us to soek
rcfugo in tho second story. Wo mado tho
glrlgo up flrBt. I insisted on going up last
myself. Tho houso was built on a hillock
that overlooked tho road. Tho wator now
ovorspread tho courtyard and continued to
rise. But wo wero not much alarmed.
" Bah 1" exclaimed Jacques, to reassure tho
llttlo company, "it will bo nothing, after
nil. You remember, father, how somo years
ago tho wator overflowed tho courtyard just
lilto this. It rose a foot and gradually sub.
" Still, it will bo very hard for tho crops,"
" No, no, it will amount to nothing," I ro
plled, on seeing tho tearful, beseeching oves
of tho women. Aimco had put her two chil
dren to bod, and, in company with Veroniquo
and Mario, was seated bctddo tho pillow.
Aunt Agatho talked of mulling some wino
that sho had brought up to rovivo our droop,
ing courage. Jacques and Bose woro stand
ing together looking out of tho window. I
was at tho other window, with my brother,
Oyprien and Gaspard,
'' Oomo up," I callod to tho two servants
who woro splashing about in tho yard. " Do
not stav down thoro to bo all wet."
" But tho cattle," thoy cried. " aro fright
ened, and will kill themselves in thoir stalis."
"No.no; oomo up at onco. We'll boo to
the cattlo by ond by."
Tho roscuo of tho cattlo was imposslblo
should tho disaster continue to increase.
Still, I thought it useless to add to tho fears
of tho company. I even forcod myself to ap.
pear in the beBt of spirits. With my elbow
leaning on tho window sill, I chatted aud
pointed out the progross of tho flood.
Tho river, after its first assault on the vil
lago, flooded every Btreot and lane. It was
no longer a charge of dashing waves, but a
slow and irresistible suffocation. Tho hol
low in which Saint-Jory lay was now a vaBt
lako. Tho water in our yard was ovor
throo feet deep. I saw it slowly rise, but I
insisted that it remained standing, and I even
went so far as to argue that it was subsiding.
"You will be compelled to stay hero all
night, my boy," I said, turning to Gaspard.
"But tho roads may bo dry again in a few
hours' time." Ho looked at mo without
making any reply, his face deadly pale. I
afterwards saw him fix his eyes on Veroniquo
with a look of inexpressible anguish,
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TONY PASTOR'S GEEAT SHOW;
AUDY AND AWW1K UUgntttJ-ALOERT qUVBti.
ARE YOU A JUDGE? 9
The woollen fabric now dleplaiyad. la nur FsbbbbI
Trlntlon-a rcqnlr B Jade la deurmla tbatf H
They are, and we rnarauitee them to bt , H
ererr one the Terr Oneat EMQLIBII AUD i'H
MCOTCII SUlTINOrt Imparted. Ai-BI
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TWENTY DOIliES j
we will make to YOTJIt OBDBK 11 rail tH
rtUlT OF CLOTHES aa would coat In aMoru t?rawai
Inr way Fifty Dollara. Thla la at HPBOIAIt tH
HALE, nnd never In the hlatorr af our basin 4aafl
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