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?Ufi PERSONAL TRAITS?HOW MEN LOVED HIM. ANO WHY HIS KINDLI NESS AND CHARITT?THE CHARM OF HIS RELATIONS WITH SAMOA AND ITS PEOPLE -CURIOUS COMMENTS ON HIM. AND SOME CURIOUS ESTI? MATES AND COM? PARISONS-HIS IN? DIVIDUALITY London, December 18. In almost everything thai has bei ? written "ti Stevenson since his death, there is the noti ?f affectionate regret. It is plain thru ii was loved, not by his friends only, but by bis readers, who, Indeed, became his friends. He had ;.n st:ac! ir.g personality and ho put so much ? G It Into his books that one who know hi-; books well felt that he know th?? man well. I have no other title to say anything abOUl hltn than that which springs from this kind of distant inti? macy. 1 never knew him personally, not? i-\rr saw hltn. 1 wish 1 had. But 1 have known those who knew him. and they, one and all, spoke of him In g way which men very seldom use toward another man. One of these privat'? friends of Stevenson in? scribed to im? years ago g visit he had made i" th?? man he loved at Bornemouth. Btevenson w?is supposed to be dying, "it is really going down to bid htm goodby," said he who went on that melancholy errand (m his return, his face told the story He had seen his friend: "We had very little talk. He was too weak to talk. He lay on his bed, and nothing but his eyes seemed to be alive. It is a question o* days or possibly of weeks Rut his cheerful serenity, his quiet fortitude, his gallantry. llis though ? fui ih ss about others?? cannot gpeak of it." And the tears stood in his eyes as he described the scene. There is a letter in "The Tiroes," signed H., which Is a suitable pendant to it: "Seven years ago I lay 111 In San Francisco, an obscure Journalist, quite friendless. Stevenson, who knew me slightly, came to my bedside, and said, ? suppose you are like all of us. you don'l keep your money. Now. if a little loan, OS be tween one man of letters and another?ehT This to a lad writing rubbish for S vulgar sheet In California!" I don't know that anything can be ailed to that. It can be no surprise to any one who has read those books of Stevenson in which he re? veals most of himself. There are many of them, many with direct autobiographical passages. But such books as the "Inland Voyage" and the "Travels with a Donkey In the Cevenneo" show on every pafte the kindliness of the man. He is at home with every on?? wh >m he meets, and most at home with the humblest His singular refinement of nature never expressed Itself In mere avoidance of what was less refine L H did not hold aloof. Who but Stevenson, In his etate of health, holding on to life by ? thread, would have crossed the Atlantic in the steerage or the Continent in an emigrant train? He dldf It. say th-ise who think most of his literary fame, In search of experiences and of mai Perhaps he did. but 1 always thought the? un avowed motive was one of sympathy with steerage passengers and emigrants, and the wish to make others sympathize. At an) rate, you cannot read his account without seeing that he was touched 1 y the s uff" rings which he voluntarily shared, and that he relieved his own > by relieving others. it was the same in Samoa. He won the love of the islanders by loving them. He was devoted to them and they to him. He io?ight their bat? tles in Europe. Of that ihey probably knew little or nothing. But they knew that he lived among them as one of themselves, and that her.? at least was a white man who had not come*to Samoa to make Money ?ut of them or t ? op? press them.?no, nor even to preach at them, but, so far as he was concern? 1, tu adopt them into the brotherhood of mankind. Samoa was to him the promised land, or rather the land which promised him health and the power of work. He sold to her chiefs "I love the land. I have chosen it to be my horn? while I live and my grave after 1 am dead; and I love the people, and have chosen them to be my people to live and die with.** He trusted them and they hltn. In his inter? course with them there was noith"?? pretence nor patronage. With these children of the S Ut h Pacific Stevenson was a child; wlSI r *:?. i Btr 'tiger than they, but with the simplicity and genuine? ness which children have, and few others have, ?the greatest exceptad. We have sii read of the ceremonies with which the late Emperor of Russia was borne from Livadia i" Petersburg; the people of a great Empire accompanying tbeir ruler to hla grave. It whs a pageant not un? worthy of an Emperor. And not unworthy of Stevenson was the homage of the natives of Samoa, who cut a pathway for his coffin through the dense forest of the mountain side, at. 1 bore him to the lonely summit, where he was burled; with the moan of the ocean as his requiem f ,: all time to come. Such a nature as Btevenson'S Deedl no certifi? cates from anybody, but it Is Interesting to see what is said of him on th?? personal side by m? ? whose strongest side is certainly not the person ?I. I will quote two, Mr. Edmund Qosee and Mr An? drew Lang. "When ho was Struggling ond un? known," says Mr. (Josse, "as son.o of us remem? ber him, he wae f.lways m idest, gay, loyal, al? ways respectful to accomplished merit? always merry under defeat, always pathetically grateful for each crumb of sur cess. When celebrity came Upon him his modesty know no abatement; he never took himself seriously, never adopted pon? tifical aits, never lapsed into the fatuous egotism of the popular favorite." These last are points on which Mr. Gosse is as g ioti a witness as a civil engineer in a patent case. Mr. Lang, who 1s reputed to have a power of taking detached views, says: "His was a heart full of charity and affection, kind, honest, much suffering, val? iant. A good man as well as a writer of un? equalled charm, a patriot, a her? in hi.? qui t way." This, again, Is the testimony of one who is thought able to keep his feelings under re? straint. Stevenson was not priggish, says Mr. (Josse. Most certainly he was m t. but does Mr. QooSS ? think his attestation necessary to reassure the public mind on that point? He might as arsii de? clare that Stevenson was not a hOUgl breaker, But the subject of prigs and prigglshness is one which Involves peril, or may involve peril. I once heard It stated at a dinner-table; "What Is a prig, and who are prigs?" The man who put the question and thr-e oth-rs sitting by xver^ all notoriously of that species. If you had asked anybody in London to select specimens?, these men would have been named first. And not one of them suspected It. Fi< m which it may be argued that it ia of the essence of prigglshness that the prig should be unconscious of his mis? fortune. And, as I said, the further inference Is that it Is dangerous to Introduce the subject un? provoked. And comparisons are dangerous. Why should Stevenson be likened to Montaigne? The ad? mirable. Frenchman was before till things a sceptic. Stevenson certainly was not. Cer? tain qualities the two had In common, but they were not differentiating qualities. The bent of Montaigne's mind was to the most serious mat? ters. He is a critic of philosophy, of religion. Of life. Not so Stevenson. In pure literature, hardly any two men are wider apart. Steven eon treated literature aa an art, Montaigne as a mere vehicle of thought and a means of im? parting his thought to others. Stevenson's fault as a writer Is over-elaboration; Montaigne's?if It be a fault?that be was colloquial. "I know not anywhere," says Emerson, "the book that seems less written. It Is the language of conversation transferred to ? book.' So that whether you re? gard substance or form, Montaigne and Steven eon arc unlike each other, remote from each other, and frith totally different conceptions of life and of how it ought to be lived. And Mon? taigne Is one of the two or three greatest forces in French literature. To sny that Stevenson is one of the two ..r three greatest forces In English literature would probably seem even to Mr, ''? isse nn exaggeration It is no help to Stevens.ois. fan.?? t.. pul bim beeide thai colossal figure "f th?? Sixteenth century In France. "II" had more common-Sense thati any French? man Who ever lived," sais Saint" Beuve of ?0?? taigne. Is that the note ? f Btev? ns n's . hsracter? 1 don't mean tr.at the Scot was deficient in com? mon-sense but that it was not his dominant trait. Gallantry, kindliness, the love of what is romantic, poetic and perhaps sbove all heroic and adventurous -those wen? the characteristics which Stevenson's friends thought pre-eminently his -the friends who really knew h!ni and really understood the man. A critic who solemnly pro? nounces a laborious panegyric on such g man as Stevenson ?nt^iit t ? he enpahi.? of inking some ! other than a merely lltenrj view: and that l?? erary view, as we have seen, ? perverse and in ...? urate one. Il is noi > i-.v t.. l'in.l ? formule which sde? | quately expr ?see so brilliant and many-sided 1 a nature, ? ?r Is II necessary. A Frenchman might do It. ll.? has th?? genius of formulas snd defini? tions, which the Englishman lias not. Bui at ; least th.? Englishman may refrain from bracket? ing Stevenson with the one Fren hman whom he least resembles ? am nearly as great a sinner a? Mr. <;.-.-.?. for I might have left Mr. ?; sse un? noticed, whli ii would perhaps have been wisest. ?I.? stands in ii" particular relation either to Stevenson or I ? the crltl si thought of the time. Bui I write u* a Journalist, end a Journalist is not expected to c ?? *? p hi naelf with th??;?? higher considerations, nor will anybody care whether h" dow ? ii"?. Hut I take it that if criticism whether of the higher <?r lower kind, is content to attempt ? positive and ? ?t c imperative estimate of the ? al qualities of a writer, posterity may be :rus;,-i t> determine his relative place am ?ng predeces? >r? and contempcrarle? alike. The mean? of Judging and not a Judgment are whal the public solicits, or is lik.ly t.. accept. Of what a\a.l Is it i?? weigh s:e.?ns.n and Thackeray In the tame scalca? Stevenson himself had a nice f ?. tulty ii'il would have beefi the first t.. ice ihe futility of any ?uch process. Let the great dead sleep ,:i peace. There Is no occasion to ask Th ? .?.-ray to li?? s thought more nigh Montaigne In order to mak. ro >m for Stevei The world after nil, hi ? it ungenerous, nor. In the ? ?ng run. unjust. I: d ??? not narrow th?? entrance to Iti Tempie ..f Fame, whl li Indeed is bul a tomb, nor close ;':.?? door? of thst Para lise whl h we .-.ill Im? mortality. Stevenson will fin l entran ??? snd find his righi place, ll?? will take it not b? ause if his similarity to some other, bul because of his Individual merits,?because he ii Btevenson. _Cl. YV. B. II. MI! SIDNET COLVIN'S ACCOUNT oP H ?? ?.ATEI*. M? n ?I? STEVENSON'S PLACE IN LITERATURE His SPIRITUAL KINSHIPS HIS TWO CHIEF FAILINGS HIS IMAGINATIVE AND LITERARY LIFE HIS LITERART METHOD! AND THE LESSON OF THEM. London, 11 cember 19. far different from the lucubrations "f either Mr. Lang or Mr. Goose is the letter of Mr. Sid? ney Colvln In today's i'... Hall (Josette." Mr. . Colvln's aim is different, Hlc is s letter meant j t.. bring consolation l Btet ? n's friends and to the public, it li remarkable that his name . not .nee mentioned in Mr Colvln's half-column, That is a kind of literary tour ?le fi.r???? which would have pleased "the brilliant spirit whl ?. ha? jut passed sway," What Mr. Colvln has to tell us Is that ills friend sgornot desire I of days; trat death has overtaken him st such a time and In such a manner as ??? would him? self have wished. II.? always hoped f< r an early and sudden death. During ih<? last tw. ?v?? monthl this wish had grown UDOS him. Bay? Mr. Colvln: " ? hay no taste for old ago.' lu? \ r ? spring, wlH-n ho n-sll'/el that bis life might, after all, I.?? prolonged to th?? normal span. ? was menni ?? die young, and the ,.? ds do not love me." And again, ? d ? not ilk?? th- t ?nso'ntlons of ige." ? ?" not enjoy getting eld?riy.'" What it is much lees pleasant to hear '? I he went ..? working and overworking for iiore money, Mo bad a larg?? in . :;;??. but spent large? ly; buyltlg land, building, planting, lea 11 tig ever a hospitable life, and ever giving. Bo it was that he felt himseir bound to the necesslt) of continual production. He would listen t., ?. warnings. Nature's or other. And he dies from brain pressure, brought on i??. overwork. ? ? r11 >? tin? other day one of hi? friends was rej ilctng that Stevenson, unlike Bcott, would never It el the obligation of production for th- sake ..f earning money. It is sold ?? ...?? ..f the tele ci ? that h.? was haunted by the fear of waning p ?pulartty, That also may bay?? spurt?.1 him on. His pride was touched. Imaginary .?* was the rear, So long as he lived. Stevensons positi m In literature might seem uncertain. ? lyrg?? criti? cism is not the strong feint of th toe English writers who act nest directly on thi public opin? ion of the time. There were partial verdicts and hesitating verdicts, and ? .t long ago, in a parodica! "f repute, you might have seen Steven? son spoken of in the tone which Mr. Train uses toward the Minor Potts, of whom be numbers fifty or sixty. His death compels the most care? less wrltir to take a survey ,,f his work; to Judge him as a whole, and not by this or that particu? lar book. It is as when the life-work of .1 painter is collected Into a gallery. S" soon and so judged, Stevenson takes s placa apart. The itimo noe variety of his writing produces Its due effect. Th?? variety of his writing was duo to the variety of his mind. English he was not, mod? ern h?? was not He escaped the limitations of m ?? and of time. A follower of Duma-, of Scott, said tii?? critics, time and igaln. Hi sold so himself, out of an anxi ms loyalty to those whom he r?? lOgntSOd as masters in literature. If not his masters. At times h?? was a follower, or began by being a f ?Uower, If that word is to be used. It Is far truer to say that he drank at th .s?? fountains, or In a French phrase which Is as act irate as French phrases in matters of criticism commonly an-, n s'Inspirali at those sources. If he had Imitaten Dumas or Imitated Scott, he would never have been Stevenson, Thi re would have been no "Treasure Island," Still loss a "Kidnapped," or a "Master of Ital? ianit?.?." The last niniod book itself supplies the one criticism which Stevenson's greatest admirers must admit to DC tru?. It would probably be his masterpiece but for the grotesque ending, and there is often in Stevenson an element of the grotesque, or of the sangrenu the Kreuch word again expressing the defect more exactly. This ran away with him when h?? lost 'control Of It. I suspect he wa? COnsdOUS of his own failing. I seem to remember that he has commented on It, but I cannot remember white. So, on the whole, "Kidnapped" remains bis masterpiece. There bis Ronlus Is to be seen at Its best, or, at least, tn its most perfect ond flawless expression. Perhaps it will presently be thought not tin least of his merits that In a prosaic age he was a writer of romance, and that the Influences amid which he lived had not extinguished his Imag? inative genius. Romantic, Imaginative?those are the two words which express qualities and stato? of being the most remote from us as we near the end of a scientific century. Stevenson was not of his own time, yet of his own time In? takes possession as one who comes, to his right? ful Inheritance. No doubt he profited by the In? fluences to which he never submitted,?he was not a Scotsman for nothing. He has precision, sense, a lucid method, and many other thins:? which are of the period, and chief among them a knowle.lRe of th" value of evidence. Take what romance ?if hi? you will, If you ?rant him his premise you grant him the whole. Hi? logic is inflexible. His feet are Just ;i< firmly plant.??! in Fairyland U am.nig Hi" rocks and heathe;? thr.oigh which Alan Bre k conducta David Baltour. it?? sail himself of "TreaMirx?? Island" that there was but on?? incident he C lUld not d.feni. He thought it doubtful whether his one-ieggeii her.aid have climb?? the stockade. it is this closeness ? f grip, this unflinching ad? herence to the laws h" lays down for himself, tills fashion for verisimilitude, and his unwearied pains In working out every problem mechanically and mathematically, which In pan explain his hold upon the real.?., and tin- reader's power >?f belief. i If. takiiiK for granted th" great Kifts of imng Ination end poetic Invention, one were asked to name In addition t.? his veracity one other trait on whi.h his fame d? pends, I sh lui 1 gey distinc? tion. He had and the two by no means always go t ?getht r d itlnctlon of mind snd eli ? distinc? tion of methods; In other words, style. Then we touch the ultimate tc.is m. Mr might have had .-til the reni end if he bad n il had styl?, nil inif?ht have been unavailing, He wus quite aware i.f it. He described In well-known passages the pain? he t""k t ? learn to write ami what kind of pains; what mistake? li" mad" and how finally he found the right road. If he never served a seven years' spprent'.cfeihip to any master, a? did Guy de Maupassant :?? Flaubert, he toiled el hi? own ti ide for near seven times ?i ven. His whole life frmi boyhood to his death wa? pen! In hinten?.' . ? write H? wrote and re? wrote. To ?? ? 'lcar end to be expressive and al? a*ays to be b ; lose were hi? primary alms. Afterward came color and plcturesquenese, end the rest. He had, as he s.i>s. a wager with him? .-? If, gn i he ? ? lt. The best sn? ;d ?te In Rudolf Lehmann'! " \ ? its' llemli : n es" . ? ol Th ? keray. Lebm inn, a Gern Ih, told Thackeray he had learned t.. reed English fi ?m I Pair." "And thai was where I learned to write ?." ? ible novelist It Is ? u tr itlpn ol the divera of renlua St? . en? ; w mid have laid I ? tingle bo k that it had taught him to write. But Thack ray, whose nature was of ? more mietei il kind. ??? ? te, si la k;. iwn, ? ntlt ? illj und? ri ire; thi pi Int? r*s ?!? ? II ar iltlng il t:>?? door ? ?? pj . ani ihe magasine waiting, Patience and the -ta Ho ; nd . rimental habt ? ..t Bt? . were not ins. ? ? nt r up ? no <? imparti ? ? ? ? ;?; on thli one point Each knew best what c ?uld d ? bei :, snd t. .??. But Rteveni m li the writer whn ?? pro essci the young writer may 1 ike ? a pattern, r u le, igaln, kn >w not the ? f h s ni .?t.? m ?re than his reader knew It, Th.? enten ? grea under his pen lile'? so man) ? - ? Stevens m c ii ? bat? descilb? ? to you m and stag ( the sti u lure I es !i sen? tence and of ii h paaaage, for he h ? I rhythm, not ' in ?? onlj, bul ?' I ? ??? . and the ? fi porti in, on a greal scale, as Fi ; th >ugh ali um r?ns . is ? Th > mg ? tit? r maj ? ? 1er ? ? lhal ; uni? ? ? ? ?? a J ?urn ??-'. In which case perhaps he he l ?? tt< ? noi Th?? ??. ?? dltl'ins of .1 umollsm and of Liti il art ? I Ihe same, an) ar?? pi b b ?? Irr ?? liable ?? ? - when J ? ? ? ? Use ? in th* le'. wa>. ? ? Litera! .1 m nollai ? ? sible, r?an pie, in !?'? 11 R? nan ... t?.??? two la not I I will 'p. ? ? passag? In which Ihe s Uh ir of the ? ? " ? ? early g al ''il?: All ? through ? : ith ? ? ? known sn i poli ? of a? ind ' ' my o? pi Ivate h was to ? I kept always two ??? res t ' wr.t.? It As I '.v ill ? ,i:d ?,?. is fitting whs) ? m? with appi pria te ?.ri? arhen I - it by the madslde I ? . I ? .? . : read, or o | . ati 1 s pei ? i. ? te down tl . rami moral p ting stani Thu ? ? ?? ? . it I rrote was foi no ultori' f u-? . It waa written ? nai I u ? practl It we not so mu h il it ? ??? : he ? t . ?.?? a:?. Milli ir Ith' ugh l alahed ihat, t ... . I had v. wi ! ?!?:? ' i \ ? ? . corn to ?. It Is plain lhal he ? ? ,,? ??,,? t ' writ? . he waa lean g all \nd ?.?? ? ? as is ihe line betwi en J ? an ? I.It? rat iir??. evei y s rd of I . ? Id f r the y oing Journalist, if he have In hi ? making of o man of kttei -. well ap ? ? ? ? ? If he ?. fore ? '? p. ? t ? i:\ .? and die ? office, be may still practise these glmplc rules with great profit to hlttu ? If and I his res I.-ih \ great ? ??su ;?. -is?? ; ???. ??? ?. they ar?? nev r many, l ? , but he will learn to hand;?? his tool ? ? ? . are th r a ij In which he muy barn; Ihl-i i- me II ma) ? : also that Btevenoon s/as bora with an Ini for language: with s nal irai skill in ? ? and us?? of words, if be hai token no paini h< a ild have written better than mosi men He thought it worth while to t ik?? Immense pain? in order to write better than almi s? ,,? h? res ? In order lo wri:.?. Th?i gas le of which he .111 not seek t. kn.? ? - rol With all his creative faculty, he hai ine critical faculty and he put ii at the ervl ??? of the ? reati ve. Few ? m il . thai A Iti ai chill ?.ft? ? si ips the flow of blood In the veins and congestion follows. In Stevens . ?? ? ngestlon, th?i s was bul the Inevitable suggestion rs salonall) inevitable if the artificial rather than th?? ortla tic, It does not spoil his popularity either with th?? general or with the Judl lous. Mr. I.mg says ; truly: "All his admirers were enthusiast! a shippers, from t l : ' Mi Matthea \\ p id he won everj ? ite." Very ilk ly Mr, Ling means ? fling si Mr, Arnold, ii whom he often ; bas g fling; bul never mind I/?; Matthew Arnold 1 stand as the Impersonation of modern tCngllsh I criticism He. t.... was both poet and critic, ? tut ? will end as ? began. \u Btevenson's art ?n subsidiary, G? ond II all, above II all, was Ihe beautiful natun ? ed Itself In hi? a? I ! the m..re completely ?>? luse !iij art mi<?i com ? piote, yet whl ii wa? ?f Itself and In iis.df beauti? ful, and With or Without all WOUld have W0? Hi?? lasting affectl ? of all who knew the man and of > i.ii who read his b ? >ks. <?. W. s. coi.OUED iOClETT is WASHIXBTOX. From Tu?? Phils lelphla Pn Tn?-re is a distinct upper else? among the colored population of tVashlnjti. entrance Into which is as .ilflii'iiit as ?.? New-York'? "Four Hun.ir??.!." It la composed of non end women of high education an I e. .ti .',??'. il.1,?? xx.-tlth. BlthOUgh Wealth II HOI ll rerpiisit.? to admission Into the sacluslvs circle There ar.? lawyers, physicians, architects, minis? t. : , teacher? and member? of nearly every proie? ?Ion G.?|???????? nt. ?? Poi th? tie."? part th??) sttend I on?? nf ??? church????, where fn?liiiin >.in? ?'???????, | n? it doe? in the ?well ??? bit? congregation? of the city. They hav? high-priced preacher?, well-paid eholi . iini'v "'piippcl building?, snd altogether ar? jus; as excSusfv? in their msnnei of worship si they are In their lodai pat vail-. The Been? al OM ! ?.f th> ? fashionable colored rhurche* on ? Sun.lax morning is Intere?Inn and InatrucUve, Carriage? roll up to the door, draxvn 1.x prancing hi.rs.-s an.l ?Htt. iiriK with polished steel and gilt Men and women .les.???tel xvii.i ,ir?? dressed In th" txtreni.t fashion, and who wear their fine clothes a? though they wer? sccuetom?KJ to them. It l? noi an lufre- ? ?lut-nt occurrence t, (Ind tin- coachman of one ?:' ihe?.? turnouts to be u l.i-whti-kcr?"! Irishman or ? Englishman This upper crust of colored society In?:? Its SWSlI ! ball?, afternoon t?Ms and other social functions. ? There I? n< aitemtit to ai?" customs or manner* of | ? the whites, and no attempt hi made IO Intrudi in tiieir aoclety, It esn siso be ?aid thai ? he? Intrusi.m ; of whites Is noi to|, ral? ?? in th? Colored circle. Th.? ; educateli color."! ??<?? and xvunien ?re pr?m?l af their sttalnment?, snd sre as avers? to ? mixing ut the raes as the whites themselves it ihouM be Bald, however that the ante of the colored population are of mixer! blood. Tin re BIS few purc-bloO.lt il tifgroi-H among th?in._ MOLLIFIED From The Indianapolis Journal "??h, JagKH." protest,-.1 Mr?. I.iishfnrtli. "I lilil ho j hop?? yOU WOUld corn.? Ii..m?? salici to-night." "Clad I didn't." thickly responded Mr. I.u?h forth. "It I? w?irth th?? effort of K"ttln' tanke.I any time to be able lo se.? 'sgOOdlookln' woman '?.you are doable." the BBEFOEBIBLB Pr.RSOs. From The Indianapolis Journal "When I K"t to heavsa," ?aid the ?mall boy who ha* but lately begun the BtUdy of Oenest?, "(he flrat thin? I am goliiK lo .Io la to hunt uu Adam and give him a lkklng." TUE CHIEFTAIN.11 SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN S NEW OPERA. From The St. .lames'? Budget. Brightness?, lightness, tunefulm - ond local (?..?or may be takep as tin- leading ? horscteristlcs of ih?? new conile opera at the Bavoy Th atre, by Mr. K. C Human.1 and Sir Arthur .Sullivan, pro? duced before s crowded and appreciative audience on wo.in? sday. The plot may b" thus briefly suiauamriaed: Mr. Peter < ? ri ut; goes for a photographia excursion In tii.? Spanish mountains. v,hor.? ho i.-; captured by a tand of brigando, whoae chieftain has disap? peared, 'rio? law of these gentry is that If the chieftain does not return within a certain time, any stranger arriving In Unit midst on a given day is ciocie,? |peo facto ? hleftaln, and be) omes the affianced husband of their chleftalnesa. Under pressure of pointed guns, pistols and daggers, Mr. Origs accepts th?? Inevitable lio i a: on< ? established a u?..? affianced huaband or Inez de ???aa, tho chieftain's deserted wife. The gang boa captured, ond holds prisoner pending ransom, Hita, a young Kngllsh lady, to whom Count Vas? ques I? engaged, .md for whom re cue In- ven? tures disili-? ? it:;,, th,? robbers' den. Having sent th- ransom, he it; I Rita an ? '.? taed, leaving poor 0rlgg with the ladronea. The Couni then sending money :?: ?;:.-;:, ? ransom, th?? poor man Is r. i-i '? ? on ? iri |i ?? ? ?,; .m ? the li idlng la? droni s ; . dl ?? ? ? r. ? irch ..:' t?o ?, missing chieftain. Ferdinand, who la tryini to quii Spi::.. To a\..id recognition, Ferdinand ?< ime? th.? .lis. -? iWd - ?-. ' %;?\ - ? SeA-.. fllllil I A.VIi THE HAT of s ieKy he falls In a Ith and ? 1rs. ?Srlgg, nd. The | 01 Com ?ostello, o Counl Kita, ? .? U married v. if? . are also boni \ m".>:i. Th? ? to ex? plain to his real ?a that would ? ufflan l Spani h bride, 14.1 hl ' help ilo by Uns a ? a hei all ?.?.?' I'tifortunati ly, In? ? md the lad th? Ii temporal ? ? 1 ? ? Mr and ? p al. 1 il The play o| * WLfJ&CJ ib? ? ' ' LA I and very preti) ? ?ti "ludi ? Cedro ? ? Tl Is 1*1 Mr. Hrott I 11 the la? ? ? ? ff orni Hita I ..:, m 1 Ings .1 ?h? ? ?? bells,' Ih? '.'.hi. im;? ful th ilnn ile. ?" ? l'r< \ . I . .? (Ml ' ' G ... : e of a Iflei i'i' ?' "1 Ih bandii Mr ? . m h an : Mil i . m a ti.?.?- .. I ?pea r a ? ? I I . .< ? . ? ? . - ? .rr it.? . contlvlty, the 1 mimi ngi) pi i\od by \ 1 I ?? ?.? ? bent. II?? esplalm ? in ?? . ,:t. melj funn? ..?, ? .1 ' . 1 taking a 1 ? . ..? .1 I loin 1 d ii.? ? Some exec 10 ?? ? ili ?? p ??: ih< band II ind the -? 11 ? ron ot the lut." with wl op? 1.1 style un th.? irrival m the CoUliI and hi ?????? ? ? : ,?? Th? ???.:. open* on Up inietti II ??? i ? ; ? ? , "i Inn, .11 a pli lai. ?.|??. . . lire M Uh ? u?tic la ? li ? mi. ?? ?: ?!. al Pound? rnti M ila fi I ni. ; ' xxiih refrain of "l'p In ? Kai Vfter a plesaant Johnston, ai M.traaiuli -, numb, ?. ai? 1 l'i.m a ? ' i\ " M - ' I iff ? ' a charm ??.? .? 11 ippy Und?." wl ? ' ;?'.?.. harp ? ? ?. Count and Rita th--n ??? .?? 11,? ,? : ! happy meut ? " ? ' itivi nt de? (??.?.tu?. In l'ai -h?? Kngl li, ile I In I ? ii. it not.f t?.. I',:., t '.'.ni" ihem. G?..?. tin- iti ?. break out .? ;?> wh?! era? un doulili ? . .? bit of ili? even ... ? . u "Ah ? u ' .'? ?. une pei innalre,' ? ?? te. il itili Pre?en and m burles.|ue ..f grand ?". ra, Mr Pound? ?? I Mi Ht. J entered tl . . t.. Ih" ipil It of I qiialnl ????? air WS? I in 'ul. ?ofl ?? ' being ?uni e Ith m ich ? li" ail,?. again and in iln Tb ? ? ?. . ? ? ? ?- .. ? pUl nini,? -".ne ?.? G??: :.:. ? ?: i, t! 'i quelli ? .f tii?? loi? . a (?ourler, li . ipah.c han la ?if ?? ? ?, ? ? .? r th" ? ing xx ? ? ? I il' ??? U Ollt. To a ? ??' 1 a..??.m pan Imeni Ml?? Floi r ? . Do'lj >;?. lu?-?. ?Ing? .n la nt) '.'.il ,: l' ,,, a x ?x a.-i.il- on? "T ??? ' mithin? in Th.-tt." Al a Wh??:? the noel ? |? Iti??' ? ? nc'ul a?: 1 n In th* matter of dialogue ani lyrics, Mi klurnind . .m. xx ?.; . n ??; ih? Ine vi t,i .... :, with ? ?. ? :?? ??. ? ' lb? rtlan opera A rcga ? ? t hi n.u ? ??. (hunch perhap ?omewhal dls-ippolnttng In th.? .' ? net. in tin? second u Is generali] \??\ _? . 11, and quite equal to sir Arthur Bulli?, in at to b t t sTRASi.f RE COT E BY. From Th" UMldoa S; ' il n To return t.. ? roln ? ? ? ? :?? ??.? ?,,?.???-. ??.?? ar.? tempt? d t., ?upplemeii our con'emporsi ? bud by a ?tory which Ii quit? ?? reti ,rkab'c unj thai h ix?.- hitherto appeared in It? column?, and whlcb, t., the ?. it of om b ?II? f and ? ?? ??. ??, ;. ? , ? absolutely p?< w ? ?'?:??^? \ ?? ? case m st. ?, t r?burg, ?'hl '? h pat tu n Ib land al '?< r ? ?? ng th? lati engraved upon i?. Thi.- cig iret?i ?" ? ??. Itti ? ?n prop? ri\, w ?? ?lo'.en fi.; by hii n il lu rev.on. Bom*, yeir? a . rward, A, r.-h?c visiting .m old illver ?hop In St. Petersburg rame upon the clgarette*cas? sgsln The coincidence ?? ? curious, but, when oni lu beri reckoned bp th?? chu.? ? BgalrMl Iti occurreni II ? II b? found not ? reo unlikely one, after s!l And ??? there are people, xx?? believe, who, putting together several cane? of a similar character, would ok?? to find In them ? proof of some my?tertou? igencj working toward some un?een and myeterl iu? end. ? FBEXCB MLSBPISO WOMA.X, From the Paris R?publique I'ta ? ? At the llttli x.i.i.;? of ?'?? nelle?, ? ar st Quen? 1,1,, then ?- a >.;.. l'in,? xx.au in xxli.. I? all.??;.?,I to have been ssleep foi no ?? a period than twelve ? ..,?. Her nun? . Marguerlti Rouj nval Twelve ysars sgo Marguerite, then .? young snd beauti? ful gui of Iwcntj on? year? of sge. wa* delivered of a chl.d, iMildi died aim ? mn edlati ly after It ? birth. Some of the vlllai lp? would lux?" ,t that tii?? child had been murdered, and ?o peraistenl were Hi rumor? that at length a police magi trate determined to Investigate the matter, Ac ompanled i,x ? couple of policemen, he cnlleii on th? young mother. At the llgfil ol the r??;i emen ihe fainted away, and it Ii alleged that evci ?inco ?he ba? been in a cataleptic st.it.?. Only once when needle? were stu.k in her liesh, hs ihe evei utter? ? ? lound during thsl time. The doctors ?????? ti ?? I In \???? to awaken her bj means ol electric batteri .. She l? artificially ? d four time? ? day ?.in pepsin and milk. It l? seid that offers hav? ?? en ? lade t.? her family by enterprising ?bowmen in France and America, wIij want to exhibit her publicly. TOPICS IX PARIS. HEN OF TMK TIME. ??G'???.?G AM? DB LESSKPfl TMK ?G?? OF OR 1.KAN'S KEaLKCTBO A NKW l'HKSIKKNT OK THB BOCIETB DBg QBM1 DI I.KTTHKS. Paris, December 20. Mem t?os of the dnath of the Duc de Horny. Which occurred nearly thirty years ago, ha?*? been vividly recalled during tbe last week by the ??,ois.? >r' M. Auguste BurdoSU. Both breathed their bui In the palace known gg the Petit Bout*? bon, m I while holding the office of President of the Lower H u- of th<? National Legislature. Moreover, just as Napoleon in was the last per? ; m to s hli half-brother alive, so was If. Cost mlr-Perli r the la.-<t one to bid farewell to his tried .m I trusted friend, M. Burdesu. There la an o?d aaytng in Europe t ? the effect that when : man is visited by the head of the Suite. his case Is Ind.l hop less, and that death fo!? .? train of th dlgtlngulsbed caller. The great Talleyrand, when dying, refused to nuke. his peace with the Church until the esresaon ?us if King Louis Philipps had convinced nini end was really at hand. The three es with the halberd on the marble floor with which th ?? rgt lusty apparelled "suisse." or hall-porter, of the ? til Bourbon gava notice ? irrivs ' tii Emperor may ho considered as having constituted the leatb-knell of th?? Duo le Horny, and when on Tuesday afternoon Issi th ? peiiple ; ? the pal ? ??? bi ar ? tha c imlng of the Prerld nl of the Republic announced In a Imitar manner they pr . ired for the worst. No greater contrast can be Imaginad than that which ?v ted between M Burdesu and tho Due ,\ ? La h may be considered as having em? ; the p.? ullarlttes of th.? epoch In which he lived, and of th? regime of which he formed ispl -cays .1 : ?.? ? ?? spite of the Presi? f the Cha >ei I ?? putlea o upylng only the third place kn orde? of precedence, coming the President of the Senate, yet he is in ... possessed f a rar Rreater degree of pre? .ii Importance than ? : rmer. The Due .! ? Horny was th?? son of ? Queen and the ockn viedged natural brother ?f his sovereign, whereas H. Burdesu was the ? ? ? . ;? sllkwe ?\,'???. an I b.'X in lif?? as a ? or? poster's apprentice, The manners of the Duke were ? ?se of a grand seigneur, the oerfecUon of ? ? ; .md ..f high-bred ssvolr-fslre. wberssa those \; Burdeau gsve evidence of his very humble ? ? latter, how? ver, leaves behind him a . -iy and unblemished - . ?Ting p' ?. while thd DtlC M ; ? left an inn?? use fortune, notoriously I by meani that wore questionable his tiamo b???njr synonymous for everything thai was cynical in an unscrupulous and tiofari? us us.? of Btate secreta for peraonsl wuh ail that, ?; Duke was Just as nec ind n lisp rtsabli to Napoleon I' n< M. B?rde u vN.is t. M Caalmlr-Perter?If If. Iturdeau was more honest than his ' ' prcde ai tbe Calais Bourbon it ?? be. auso th?? ? ? . :i nenl Is more honest than that of the Empire. ? ? h of these two Presidents of the ?er h id been the men of their time, and that M Burdi tu -? uld have '"ft ?.chini hin so I ? name I noi and Integrity speaks arel] f the present regime, end must be a source ?? ution ' . all ?f-?? ' len is ??' Pi enee. Thai M de Lesseps ?- r ? ? ? ?. 11 ? I likewise hive died s. poor s? t.. leave his large family entirely de ? ' upon the annuities voti d to them a year :!:?? Rues Canal Company has served I ? ? tun .th away any remaining bitterness on the part of tin \i<"lms ..f the Panama Canal dlass ler sgalni the chief organiser and promoter of the uiif rtunate company, Indeed, sorrow for the death ?? "Le Orand Prancsls," and gym? pathy for his wl low and cl Idren are so deep and rsal that Ihe press of evi ry shade of politi? . il ..pini, p G teeming With abuse of the Pr.?s| for not giving son,?? public manifestation . f his participation In the : ?as sustained by the nation in the demise of M do Lesseps. People however, lhal t!'?? Prest.lout if the Ho. publlc Is not his own master, that he Is far more tightly bound down by rod tape, conven? tlonality, precedent and etiquette than any mon? rch ir r ynl personage, and thai he i.? not free to follow ti,?? di? tales ..f hi* feelings and tbe lm ; of Ins Inart. It Is to this, and to this alone, thai waa attributable tii" apparent la? difference on the pint >?f President Ciirnot at th.? time of tii?? .?bscijuies of Marshal Max Mah,.n. when ail ehi ?fa of S'tate gave publie manifesta? ti..ns of their sorrow, ?ave Franca*! Executive, xx !i. did not even pontptMM ih?? enti ? tainni'Mit and feetlvitlea at the Ely??!! oa the day of th?? fun? t il; und it Is t ? this, too, that is due the ab lence f anj token *xf regret by President Parler among those which the demiai of If. ?if L?'s?epa his . ail.d forth from every crowded head In the . ivillsi ? world. Very Mink...? is the Indifference which ttic ????<? ..f tii" r>ukc of Oilcans at Brussels has called forth m circles h??r.? formerly known a.? monarchical. Finding th.? peuple who consti? ti!:?.? hla father*? followers strangely reluctant to . roes ih" Chan lei, hs determined t,? take up for a sh..rt tini?? his abode in UM Belgian capi? tal, with the avowed purpose of receiving any ..f th" adherent! of hi? cause who mlfrht choose t> cali mon htm. t???? preparation? whi?di ha made for this reception were on a meal elaborate tie, ?.?? having hired the entire first Boor of the big Hotel de Flandres for the purpose, and hav? ing summoned to his side ih" Due Decaaei and . ther young Frenchmen In order in do duty as ?? iialt- and gentlemen in waitina; during th" reception. Instead "G his adherents nocking in large numbers, a expected, barely thirty re? sponded to his Invitation, the only one of any iinpi.i inn.. being ili? "id Duo de Broglia. In ? : . ?h ? who!? reception has fallen Hat, proved ? dismal ii.is??... and servad to impress upon everybody the fart that the monarchical senti? ment died otti in France with the ?lemise of th" Comte .?<? fuis, ir additional proof of this were needed, i: would be the utter Indiff?rence mani? fested by tii?? press and by '.in? public with re? gard ' ? Hi?' sayings ami doings of this young and Inexperienced pretender, who has >i me noth? ing to make himself .1 favolile with the p?opi??, and does ? 1 even enjoy tin? reputation for re spi lability which constituted tlie main stroinj hold "i' hi:? father upon th?? 1 mids of a large see? tion "i" tin Fri neh bourgeoisie; Aurelian Bcholl, who lins ju.?t been elected President of ths Bod?t? de? dens de I.-'ttres, the m .st important literary organisation In Pans, ? although of provincial birth, the typical Paristaa wiio imparts to ins literature all that lightness, that wit, tii.it amusing cynicism and bugou fur which th.? boulevardlera arc celebrated. H?? \* a ?Iugular!) clever free lance of th?? pies? and noted r.ir his readlnega 10 bach up the statement* of his trenchant ????? with hi? squnUy skilful sword, ills .m? 1 ??. have been numerous und ?unie of them sensational! Mpectally that which he fought with , the I'omie de Dion, whose conduct toward the 1 ill-fated Ducbeeee ii?? Gt??|??? h?? had held up I t.? bttbllc obloquy In the pre??. He lives almost 1 entirely on the boulevard? and practically makes his home in the oiuha and famous cabarets. Somewhat of a swashbuckler, he prides himself in believing neither in Ood nor In the devil, and passes for a cynic who h. s no illusions and to whom nothing Is sacred. Ils writings have been most prolific. Not only has he published numer ous novels, but I have also known him to be wrlu ing simultaneously for no less than twenty papers? He has also figured as a nowspap t proprietor oasi ?idltor, his strangest venture in that respect be Iijr "La Na?ade,*1 an india-rubber print intended for bathers and meant to bo toad In the water. Hut It is as a chroniqueur that ho Is best knowtj? and so fond is ho of hi., profession that when (lambetta, who was exceedingly fond of him and an intimate friend, offered h'm th?? lucratif? post of Consul-Genernl ti Antwerp, he declined It. rather thin lernst his belosed Paris. ? ? Joined the ranks of the Boulsnglsta St on- tini.?, but only remained with them : a' a few days. On finding that their programme was. in his opinion, subversive, he courageously Wl ite as much to the papers, saying that h<? like 1 Boulanger rery much but that he liked Franc more, thai a.- a lad he had scinone coup d'?.?. (thai of ??"?? ini that he had no wish to witness anotsjir. As s ronroisa tlonallat, Aurellan Schoii ?- most brilliant and in? terrstins;, ani when he posses over t" lbs ma? jority French literature and. above all, Par?.-.an journalism sill suff"r an Irreparable 1 Then? his been a regular procession "f people during the last week t., the c lundi of state for tho purpo.?.? of pros? .itin? petitions for perrnlsaton to change their patronymics. In ? ? h case they have borne the nam?? of Dreyfus, a very . >mmon name, especially among those of Alaatian and Hebrew descent. The faci is that the nam.? of Dreyfus ha? bee me ? ? red with so much op? probrium, t'usi by rese ? of the court-martial againsl Captain Dreyfus of the headquarters staff for treachery, and se ondlj by the arr'-st of Editor i'ajnill?? Dreyfus, of the "Nation," for blackmailing, that persons bearing this name ha?.??? been actually dismissed from their employ? m^nt ?t subjected to ostracism and contumely, although In no wis?? related ? ? either of the two prisoners. There la even s case on ? ??? rd of a leading tradeaman here who has Just broken off his daughter's engagement solely on the ground that bei Banc?'l nani.? of Dreyfus was OVtr shadowed by too mu h disgrace. ? WHITE SLAVE. FATHER ROSeiONOLre ESCAPE. ' Pairo Letter Id The London Oropblc. I was Introduced to l-'ath.-r RosalgnoU b> Mijor vVlngate the day after his arrival in Cairo. The father came Into th?? room bent. 111, and weak, still suffering from the effects of his terrible rush for life through the desert; he was in that dosed condition which a man must be In when, after months of overstrung nerves, anxieties. risKS of capture, death by beheading, or perishing of hug? ger or thirst, he at last finds himself In th?? midst of civilization and plenty. Repeatedly be had to be asked to tak?? a s.a? ?? fore doing BO, for II. on? day it is difficult to grasp I you. who have for lifteen year; been 0 aptIve, slave, the menial of s iva,?.?-. IK al with those around you. As h?? ?al In front of m?? with his hands folded, slttlm,' on the ver? edge "f the chair as If afraid to ... . ? mself comfortably, he gave me the idea that lie was st.ll lo mind .11 ti.?. Bou dan, that thi-- v. 1- onl) s dream about his ?scape, and that h?? would soon wak?. up smarting with the blows of the lasa which awaked / FATH Kit ROSeiOSOLt. him for >ears. His eyes seemed to wander ren.d the'place trying to decide whether he was not laboring under som.? optical delusion. He had tee groa teat difficulty Is tin line words in h.s. mother tOOgVS Italian to express the -:mplest sentences, and at once reverted to Arabic, prefacing eacS reply with the term of salutation with which he had for years replied to th.? qusettsa? of Mg < ??P tors. When told that a ?r. at English paper wis-h?d 10 publish his portrait, he merely situi. 1 0O0]Ul0S> cen.e bow??.! his head as if to the inevitable, -nd OS thoiijrh he had 00 power I'? refuse. It was a study t j see the changea Which ? ISM over Father RoSStgnOlt's face when he do:.tic 1 one? again the robes h.? had escaped In, while the ; > toirraph was to be taken by one of those red coatg whose cornimi had boon ??? anxiously looked I rward to elsht years a(?o; th?? features > Imaged at so ???. the eyes glistened, ani now. for the ftrst tint?, he seemed to resila? that he really he I - ?; '? trut MAJOR G R. \\ ???',?TE, 1? E 0 the Mahdlst uniform wa- pat on again for the pur? iMses of photography only, snd thai the .?: ? --alt which he had been provided \>ith to travel to Coir? ! from the frontier In would in a few hours' ne* rue piace to bla prteatlj rob a Tin? socape of the nuis, father Ohrwalder, and ? ?????\ Pather Rosslgnotl >'?'??' sil planned ?>\ M?J r W Inga te, u s. 0., with the greateoi ?ecr* ? Th.re is probabl) no one living ?roo knows -.> much about j the Upper N;ie un I its people as docs Major Win aate, and being on Ara..? scholar, h? ?- able to lay all his plans without outside aid excepting that I of the KUKie be ?elects On caci ocsoolon h*1 ?'?*; , arranged th?? escape ol in. captives, be has Blnu? ' . drawn up the Arab..? contract with the suido, sealed : this up. mil w lit.sl patiently for nioiuns for new? I as to how his plan? wi re ?ucooedtns, ??'"' then soaso tine morning the world Is Informed that >et aa? I other ol the Mali.list captives has reached Egypt I Por the present escape Major \\ innate employed I Abdulla Mohammed ??mar. of the Ashisb sed en of tiie Abada tribe, who ?as born at Darau, near A-Mun. This guide, though In ? misure paid tar ? his undertakitiK. eertslnl) deserves a medal fr.an one of th.? bussane societies al home, but. as/or? tunately, uK that be oil do must, tor the time b# Ing, remain .1 sealed io..k. tl I? Interesting to know that one of th.? witnesses to Major ?VIngOteO !???* nature In the contract with this mau was Father Ohrwalder himself then only lately returned to Egypt, unnecessary to s.iv (hat s different guide has been employed en e ich it cani >n, for once he ha? effected the ?scape ot a prisoner he forteti* h.s life should he over return to the Soudan. During ,.m talk .1 moot Interesting episode took plac. .Major Wtugato carried into the room what appeared to be a hatter >d old caldron, and yet thi? very thin? WSS used in the same way as the Turks of old used th?? b inner ,.f the prophe;. It Is the shell of an old drum made, aw the inscription informs ua, TOO ?ears a?? by tbe King of llenl Untata; **) years later this drum of victory ?s? wrootad from tho t'maya bv tne King of Abyssinia It ?as later cap? tured from the Abyswinians by the King *>f Senaar, and In IM3 wa?' capuired by "the Mal. li. This very object was the talisman reni around the tribes under a ?troiiK ?scort to incite them to a rsUglous and vic? torious war; It was taken at'th'? recapture of Tokar in 18*1. and Is now the property of Major Wlngate. It was with no unmix a feelings thai Father ???? slgnoll looked once again upon the old relic which hod. with It'i essoclatians and the superstition? sur? rounding- it. cost thousands of Uves and kept kiss prisoner tor llftceo years.