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Stormy Cossack Temperament of Alex
Von Hedermann Leads Through
Tribulation to Happiness
t HIH seems to be nn era of
I fesslons, Home of thorn
I some frankly true stories of
lives of men and women.
th I
A to
short time ago we had the lifo Morv
of Princes Louise of Mmony, which
was very frank and wry scandalous and
very entertaining Sow wo have from
the game publish r. O. I'. Putnam's Son.
"My Friendship with Prince Hohinloho."
hy the Harones von Hedemiinn. Any
thing more frank limn thl lady's story
! have not reud In manv 11 long time, not
even except ing that of the Pi Inc-es Louis
aforementioned. The Haiotiiss von Hede
manr. Is still living and she looks lurk
over her past apparently vtl'h no puri
tanical rpret. She was what she was
and that U all there I about ll.
Her father was of the rac of the Cos
sacks of the Don. The famous Maeppa
was one of this race and the Baroness
when she reviows her life seems lo find
herself "such n creoturo ol the steppes,
riding on a foim be!'eck?d ho-re. my hair
a-streatn, into th Ijind of Honinnce."
Her mother's family was of n different
sort, more sober minded ond le-s i omen
tie, although her grandmother, her moth
er's mother, when a young girl took the
veil and was carried off from the -loUter j
by her lover. She climbed the wall of (lie ,
garden and threw herself down to h'ni. !
who was nwalling her on horseback. .
it itohs ,o me a inougn ine i.aroness vou ,
.om smes on no ise, i nc nrsi years oi ;
lerparems marries me wer very nappy. ,
but this happin-ss was soon disturld. ,
for a sad fate hung over the famlly-"o
four children, three died a motirnrul
death. My eldest sister had married tho ,
Count H.; she died on the ww.'dine tour.
and Is buried In Vienna: nrter two ;ears ,
the Count married my other slter, who
took her own life In a violent attack of
fever. My brother lived for a long time
In America, and there shot himseir. And
I ."
Later, as a result of a rright, her mother
became insane and Alex. Ihe writer of
these memoirs, was born in a madho ise.
She never knew her mothpr until she was
IB years old, and her father had long been
diorced from her. The father married
again and the stepmother and her half
brothers and sisters were very unkind
to her and her childhood was a mot
unhappy one.
The Baroness seems to have heen a ,
most beautiful woman and was an un
usually beautiful girl, l'.very man that
saw her apparently fell in love with W.
and she was still in her teens when Herr
von SchefTer, a young officer. at that time
hone trainer to the Duke of Mecklen
burg, fell madly in love with her. They
became engaged and th fathr smllwl ,
upon their marriage, but just at this tim '
he lost all his money and the young lover
wu If not poor yet of narrow means, so
they were forced to resign themselves
to separation.
"I, at 17," writes th Baroness, "with
th world smiling before me, was too
young to suffer very deeply, though thn
Image of my handsom .young lover
haunted me for many a day. Soon I
lft the institute with the testimonial
'She is her own testimonial,' and returned
to my father's hou, full of trust in the i
future. "
Besieged by Two Sutton.
Some rich relations at Augsburg in
vited her to lislt them. "When the sea
son of balls began wn young girls lived
in an uninterrupted whirl or amuemnls.
After one of these balls my unclf app-nril
triumphantly with th intelligence that
he had two suitors for Allele's hand
namely, th banker Krztx-rgor and the
Uaron II The Huron now became our
Irequenl guest and the companion of
our walks, nnd before th neason ended
he begged for my hand. I
was to give him my answer at our iie!t
ball. But the poor fellow, riding by our
carriage, was thrown from his horso and
broke his leg, so that he could not attend
on the falerul evening. I hud scurrely
known how I should unswer him My
heirt had not spoken. nut a
strange thing happened: nt that ball the
banker r.rzberger, too, atkeil for my
hand "
Her was a perpleMtig situation. She
1'iokrd into her heart and found that
she still loved young Scheffer. Then
she went to her father for advice, Of
course he eliminated ."eheffer from the
situation and "weighing the noble birth
of the baron against the wealth or the
banker, hesitated; then Krrberger him
self itpjs-ared upon the scene nnd wooed
me with suoh love and devotion that my
Tatlier cladly decided in his faor. Intle
us the noble could rejoice in the bourgeois
son-in-law I cried, raved, said 'No'
to-day and 'Yes' to-morrow my youth-
fill passion still o.es.sei my heart. Hut
at lart I scolded myself out of romantic
liou-.eu-c, looked at life as it was, weighed
calmlv all the prospects before me Hnd
ended by saying .es, "
On the day of the wedding, as she
entered the church, she stepped on a
thorn which made her foot bleed, a
br.d omen, she thought, nnd truly in this
uni'in with a man twenty-four years
older than herself, "more thorns than
roses were to grow In my path"
lly this husband she had two ebllH ren
but that did not seem to bring them fr
together. They were as far apart as the,
poies. oust ui uus time nacic came'
young f-chelTer "Thus," writes the
Baroness, "did higher power bring us
tocelher; and what had long been ties,
lined came to pass" II was in a small
provincial town where they met and
people talked.
"It even came to on 'explanation'
net ween Mciiener and his commanding
officer, lieu, Hohenhausen, who required
from him a promise lo break with mo,
My husband was naturally the last to
har the Rowip. and oven then, despite
the proof against me, he would Inve
taken no steps toward divorce if he had
,.,.1 l.o u .-...I ... l. . ,
..... i.i-, i.n v-4i hp, nr. linn limirjIHIli-
IIIOUS. Kill, iliflili.nif.il liv KIj i.. I. .it,.
who pin sued me with relentless hatred
he instituted proceedings,
I u-f.u .l.wl... I :l. . .
" '"" aim was 01
':X v,',rT . "', '"'V , 1
wet" leir.iu
" itituiiy 1
cvi me; but 1 ,,r.
lerre'i, win, ti,,, , ,,., ,
Ipe, in win
ke up my exihience under another
I oof
Iter nuslfimi family were telentles.,
twn tt.ireifi nnr not only
I words but with published
but it Will this ueiMliealioll
that led to
the irrenlesl liniiiilnn of l,n,. Ilfn
frienrKhln wild Pri., H.,1,.,.,1.,1,.,
I came- thanks to tho pamphlet -know
the man who saved mo from
moral nnd material ruin nml lo whom,
' for mom than thirty yinrs and up to
tho day of his death. 1 wim a faithful and
devoted friend and confidant.
"This was thn Prince Chlodwlg iCtovis)
v.u Hohenlohe, Schillingf(lr.st, with whom
1 henceforth came into intimate relation,
The world -the great world, I mean
has till now known ne.it lo nothing of onr
friendship, nllho'igh our intimacy was
never any secret to ,i email clrclo or to
the Prince's family
"Now, when so many, many years have
passed by, when my life lias lojt oil resem
blance ton tossing tieim or m the foam
flocked Meed of Ma.eppi, I cm survey
calmly those bygone joys and sorrows.
1 have strength, at this distance, to speak
of them
"Th" pamphlet I h.v.e alluded to was not
, only cucul.-.'ed in cociety by my kind eon
1 ii"ctions but for certain reasons i cached
i the cabinets of the imperial council and
I the embassies and in this wuy came under
the Prince's notice
Met Through a Poet.
The way the lUroness came to meet
this famous man was through tlie poet
Von Hodi'iift-Hit, who lived In an apart'
mel 0miw;, ,1PM Mllriic!l. The poet
very much in sympathy with the
temperamental and b-autitu! Itaronesr
hr n,aril.0 trouM lo thr
,,rint , sympathetic Itngiv.'is:
N hiuhnw. Ime.no a richly
,B,TO,H ftn(1 ,MMioMto na.re ,rftn,.
i,i i... ,.,.!,. ,i ..,....
witli a much old-r mn into absolutely
PliilUtine surroundings. An utterly com- j
monplace mother-in-law, ugly, envious
sisters-in-taw, interniiiiahle conversations
about pickled cucuniliers and jam all
combine to dri. e this y nun creature
to despair."
In her modest abod. at l. Kail!ra.e
the I;'.ronc.s, to quol" h"r own story
wa-"livin.t miserably with the child which
Schffer's love had gien me. I'or day
at a time I ate nothing but bread and
coffee; little did I dream that my life
was being observed with compassionate
sympathy from a Iioumi opisisite. 1
was no longer living with Scheffer. Not
that our love hud waned ah, no! Our
beamiful boy Hermann had but
strengthened our mutual attachment, and
we had Htrhen with all our might for a
legal union. Alas! there was no happy
issue for our plans, for we were con
fronted by countless hindrances, ond
above all by the inflexible severity of the
Church According to her morality, we
might by no mrons marry, and nil I'teps
taken by SchelTer- evun his attempt lo
force the dean's consent at the pistol's
mouth were entirely fruitless "
One day i messenger birnjgnt a bouquet
to t.'i Karlstrasse, A similar "floral greet
ing" arrived the next day, and so for many
d'O's. always anonymous and mysterious,
until, sh" writes, "at lasi 1 found in the
heart of a lily u note with ihe hunibje
petition of an admiier to be permitted
to make my acquaintance " Half curi
ous, half indignant, she was puzsdirig
over this mystery when a ring came
at the door.
" gentleman entered I relt at once
that it was my unknown flower giver. I
saw before me u man not tail, but very
pleasant to see, with nn attractive face,
wonderful eyes and n noble bearing 1
was capuvaicu ny ine son, sweet tone
n vojce
Hon) the Prince Appeared.
"T.racious Indw. fnrvlv.. iirj
I am the Count I. nnd have been Impelled
to write to you. 1 have lu-ard so much
about you that the overpowering desire
to make your acquaintance has silenced
my reasoning faculty. Hut il my pres
ence is displeasing to you I am leady to
I withdraw '
"He did not withdraw, and he came
j again
I "He became my rrequent guest -.whenever
his occupations irmltled we spent whole
.evenings in delightful conversation at my
umall abode In tho Karls.rasse, Ah.ifth..
walls of that. Iool. nun .,.. lit 1 1
. . . . " nun
Could siMaU Thev Wolllrl toll t h ,.....l.l
..i !. ..ii , ..
. m . , .
eaeiuaviiriieinenie nml who Ity his spell
flntw fnrlli flm nnn llrlntinnu . n ..I.... . i
v" .ii i, w. n uitahinifii
mid persecute!! woman, Almost lllieon-
wlously 1 gradually lold him or mv whole
uiriiioiNi 11011 wiienooi . 1 h.-siti i.,i 1,.
Iinniheehlldl-hve.irsai mv I'nel.. s,.hni - 1 ...
It'r s, ine sweet, liaiuiy 1 vs I Hit I hw.,1
Ihtough them I mid him of mi' school
. 1..'.. I 1 1 ,- ...I . - . . I
. in- 1 in on v, in. n my nn, 11 ior N-hefier
begun fi w.ih ii.iiiii'iiI in 1,1,
lo eotillde
he urged
with spokriimy pani-lon in Oil, mini, but
ni" on. 'I will nml imit know nil about
; you' -unci so t continued my laic"
1 To the supposed Count I.. she toll tho
story of her life. Including Ihn affair with
Schrffcr. Trom him. shu told Count I sho
h'd it thousand llm"t resolved lo break
olT, but ns soon as In" appealed in his
-beauty nnd his youth, as soon ns his
arm weal round mo my good resolutions
were forgotten, and tho spell of love po
se.p(l !!.! Willi its wild electric limbic "
, The Count listened with a sympathetic
j ear not only to this but to the story or her
visit to Palestine with her cousin, who had
lovingly esKiused her cause. They trav-
vutu MI 'imio. ill uwioui, .ii. lurui. ."uuin
Carmel. "The sight of nil these holy places (
made no Impression on me from the tell-,
(.lous rsihit r view, but their historic
and picturesque sides enchanted me."
Count 1.. wus fnscinaled, thrilled, ,
and declared thai ho intended to be her
true frlcn I lorover He asked niist Ions
iubout things slie had not told him.
Tell mo -Is It true that, a short lima
r.go, you applied to King ludwlg to save
you from your distressed condition?'
"At this reminiscence my eyes tilled with
tears ' Ves, 1. proud women as 1 nm, was
bilged to beg for a loan, and from the
king himself! Vhen, after the divorce,
I came for the first timo to Munich, I met
King I.ldwig in the Arcade. Whether
it was I myself, or my chestnut plaits, I
know not, but tho king looked round
nfler nn nnd smiled good naturedly.
After that I often saw him go by my
window, and If he happened to look up,
tho same smile would play about his
mouth, and a kindly nod soon followed.
King Ludtfig Lied Her.
"'Opposite lo m lived Piloty, who had
begged me to sit for tho arm In one of his
picture? When I was returning one day
from his studio, King l.udwlg cumu along,
anil, incredible as it may appear, he
addressed nie unite simply. AHor that
he visited me rrom lime to timo merely
us he said Tor the pleasure ol talking
with me "
The King, she told him frankly, had
sent her money nlieti she was in despair.
Kven the blacksmith with whom she
lodged in the country took pity on her
and gave her enough money lo return
to Munich Kvening after evening Count
1, passed happily with the Baroness von
Iledemann. Now comes the story or a
discovery which she made in tho summer
of IPfll when she was invited by friends
"ll was their reception day, and we
were assembled in the drawing room;
guests were coming and going,
"'Prince fhlodwlg von Hohenlohe-Schil-ling-furst,'
announced the servant at Ihe
"Through 'he curtain came my friend
came Count 1,,, with a lady on his arm,
who was introduced us his wife. 1 gazed
at lum speechless.
"As soon ns ho came near me I managed
lo whisper, 'It is you, my friend, my
father confessor? Why that mask, that
incognito, for me? You are the famous
"'Later,' he said quickly. 'I will tell
you all luter!'
"When you receive this letter I shall be
already in Munich, whence I depart in a
few minutes, I implore you, do let mo
have u word, to my houso, saying when
. I Ol.'iv eonie lo mm vnn Vmt n.r.l.....
I.. I.r..l ' h
. II.
i mi i. nt' i
I received immediately after
my return rrom H.ilvburg. Since 1 had
known 'Count I.,' fur the Prince von
Hohenlohe, my almost regained tran
quillity had been a thing of the past.
Whither was s.ieh an ucniiuintii shlo.
hieh already threatened to 1I01 'elon
dangerously, likely to lead me,' A fulnl
Hope ol beginning a imiv hre with the
Count I,
tun! gradtml'v grown 1111 in mv
heart As a friend an'l conlldant he had
become o..uevi'.siwrjici mo that I con-
ycr pfji&tt showing hunting uji6E of tto
tcmplated with horror the vol. I thai u
breach Willi him would create, 'Hip
feeling which attracted me lo this fasci
nating talker had nothing in common
with tho glowing asion which had
hound fii! in the pnt lo Scheffer; that
'had slumbered with time nml had left
with mo only the memory of a drcim of
love, lu which I neemcd lo play rather
I lie part or onlooker than heroine. It
had been bill a fairy hilo' I, u lillle, inex
perienced 'Princess lloschl'd ' Sehe.Ter,
a Ipiudsoino young prince who, had
awitkeued mo from Bleep and transplanted
me to a strange, unknown woridl Mill
iron I r.i minimi fi.v ll I.I 11 ll 1 1 1 v . v n -
cuinstiinoes had matured mu (illicitly.
Humiliation, need, grief, pangs ol con-,
science, and above ull an ever growing '
longing for my forsaken childron, had
ploughed deep- furrow. In my heart." j
, ...
tier inn0s tver uroipn.
After this dN-overv or thu identity of I
Count l., "itittar conflict," she writes,
"rnged in my spirit. Prince von Hohen-1
loho could not be to mo what I hud dared I
to hope for from Count I.
th" future with terror for an in
ward voice relentlessly reiterated: 'If
you fall now you are lost forever. But
then other tormenting reflections' oc
curred to me. My wings wcte broken;
Uko a wounded bird I must drag them
after mo in the dust; morally I wiis already
dead. What hope was there of lifting my
self from the abyss to my former lot y
station? What prospect of ever coining
safely to port? All ways wore closed t
me. Was I to stand hetuvfoi th as a pari.ih
by the roadside? to enjoy not one ol'
thoso delights for which my heart so
yearned? Youth, beauty and high birth
had destined me to play a leading part
in the world, to tuko glory and admira
tion as my due-uti.l now whit fate
loomed before me? In dreir monotony
to pine or or what .'
"'You caD fall no lower,' whhpsivil the
voice in my long, sleepless nights. Take
the hand that offers; he is a noble friend:
ho gives you love, friendship and will
give you consideration and ,..i(ie or place
"Cm "iU.'.rii ... '
1 i-iiuii t-A.CT 1 .....1 v.i-i.iwii.." j
5 and 7 o'clock. Ai,i-.. vos .
That was tho end or her striving. He
camo. "All struggles, nil scruples van
ished as soon as he lookod in my face with
his charming smile, his clear blue eyes "
The Princo talked to her and suid
"You possess all tho quililiiu which 1
most highly tinzo in a woman, which I 1
have ever sought and many limes had
imagined I had found -feminine grace
and masculine understanding, specially
did your hatred of deception and your
instinctive lovo of truth delight 1110,
am very honest with myself and I try to
, .it.. ...:n. t .....
oe. equany so w,m oiue.... au.i inns 1
will make you no vain prom ses. 1 cannot.
. my ,,., ,.. r. "' ' my arm in
lean on nnd trust to for protection ihtough 1
.1 ,l . M I
an your nie.
'I ho Princo stopped for an instant; then I
in Mines 01 ueep ninoiiou, ine.in Willi
all else, Alex; be my true friend and I will
cherish you forever. Bo mine; lifo with
out you now seems empty and desolate
to ine, for in you 1 lind I ho ono for whom
my heart and soul is longing. Do not
withdraw from ine your conlideni.ii; it
has Imh'oiiih us necessary in me 11s are my
active p.iit in the higher interests of
mi.nkiM.I ni.il ll,,, -nl.ar.. ..r .. ..,.11.1....
activity "
i -a.. : mm If
and I regarded V I
Abandoned All Conflict.
ttnprescft by the trill h in his words
nnd thn eiiei'nv in his glov.Mig eyes her I
soul ".ib.indon.'d all Ihe conllic! of the I
recent days. In that hour my whole life J
was altered My frioad lifted me from
my critical situation lo the level of his
own; he hecamo my rcfugo, my protection;
nml l.li tmn lirfiiurh! tuti ii4if onlv llw
desire I Joy but n Isn't ho r.-spccl of all the
s the repiidiited
Krhcri'er 1 was an
".vol hi iiro'ind me.
,,r ll... I,, .'r.ilmv.,.,i
outlaw; as the Irlcnd of Printo von Hohen-
lohti I was courled, eseeiHl!y by those
who hid formerly turned from mo. The
yel')' illlli VldU'lU WllO lltll pUrslled 11)0
wtI) r,,pnow, hatred, such as the fubri-'
,,,. nf t10 ....mphiot'nnd my people-In-1
aw Ilow nude attempts to approieh me.
forpn,., hoped to obtain through me some
rnvor r..om ,l p iriIu.0. i-i.ejr attemntu
N.miray tmaVnllitiR Tho paltry
.,.r.,In,i . .,w .i,ih vj
hiielv tbrnst to,, fm-n 'li inld.i. wot.ld
now have been proud nnd honored to
tulto me to Its arms If It could have known
that In the year.i to come the Prince -
,!lVfll.j in MllirtP.t Vrciillmt c ,
Miristry. liepnwntiuive in the Itelchstag.
l.nril l.i..nlm, ,.,t f l.,.I I
. " ' I .1 lilt' Ullll
Chancellor of lue Kmpim nnver took a
single political step, never delivered a
speech without having asked me, tho
oiks' disdained, for my counsel,"
Prince von Hohenlohe was now in his
forty-fourth year. He was married, to
be sure, and apparently happily, and he
lived on good terms with his wife, but
il seems that ho could be fond of his wile
.is well as cieotect lo his mistress. While
tho Baroness von Iledemann was still
enthralled by tho Prince sho met the Swiss
1 poet Heinrich I.euthold, who wrote
amorous verses, but who played with
, hl.r , , "Mv relations
. with ,,rlllw vo Mlclloh0i , MV noth.
j mR ()f my lmtvnw (,i,., ,.jinocl ,,
me a certain reserve toward I.eitthnld.
alas! only heightened his pas-
The Prince was not or a Je.ilo'ii. nuture
and urged h"r to go and seek her "sick
Achilles'' when he sent for her The
poet wroie to her lint if sho did not re
turn Ins love he would go in.id. and when
sho told this to ihe Prince, he said, "My
lovely child, men don't go mad or die
Tor love." Hut il seems that l.euthold
" : oeeaiise
l" "lra"H maciiy insane, uuu when sheiilm shots that the natives had taken asiof limn iiuiil it rcichc-
w 111m again He waa 111 a stiuitjacket,
Friend and Confidante of Germany's
Statesman Prince, Who Wished
to Marry Her at Eighty
I H" cried like a i-lillil when ho saw her,
though he did not entirely recognize
'it, said, "Now that I have seen you
ugidn, 1 am glad to die, And ns u matter
of fact he dlil the next day.
Princo Hohenlohe. ns overy one knows,
i wu8 One 01 IDS greaieM OI Herman SliUL'O-
men. though I boliovo Hanoverians prefer
' called Hanoverians rather than (ler -
' 'r-an". He round time to write poetry
to tho beauilful Alex.
"Von are my oasis." ho said so often.
, "My heart sings w hen I see you: you give
1 me lluhi. ih.. ,i.nn ..r vonth -vou are
mv fairest world, mv neuce on earth.
"With your forget-me-not eyes you
can charm back the spring Into my soul;
,.t, i. ai.. i 1....1, ....
often, beautiful Alex, I look up to you
as to a goddess who In her glory has
errlngly descended to me, poor mortal,
because she g.ned compassionately on the
urgent weariness of my life and thought
she would like to brighten my arid path
with her golden rays. Son how you
revive in the old politician the bygono
days of poetic fantasy!"
Tim trlno no fr,.l f tUa rnnillrif
...v ' ..... " "' ' .......
and had a charming cottage at Alt-Aussee,
where he loved to spend part of Ihe sura-,
j "It was the most delightful timo for
I both of us. The Princo loved tho quic
tudo of this rural place, where he could
give himself up entirely to tho welcome1
easo of country life. ' The Princess, on
, tho contrary, with her love tor social
i gayetlcs, preferred to go to one. of the
'cures' or to str.y in Vienna with her
brother-In-luw. Prince Constantine. Her
I husband, though ho disliked such rest-
less ways himself, was too kind and con-
sidernte to ralo nny objection; Indeed,
! no one at nil suspected how uncongeni.il
i Ihe lifo was to him. His enjoyment
; began when ho had settled his family
down in some fashionable "Had" nnd
could escape to tho tranquillity of Alt
I Aussco.
"Near Alt-Aussee there is nn enchanting
' little spot called 'the Market der Marktl .
surrounded by hlllu and woods, filled
with light nnd sunshine and there T,
spent the summer when Prince
Hohenlohe was nt his villa."
The Princo and the Baroness not only
rode horseback through tho woods, but
drifted idly on the calm surface of Ihe
"Wo fastened our horses to tho
,"aural irecs nnu sanit nowii in me
"'You lovely thing! Now, with your
loosened hair, your blazing eyes, you seem
like some wild Amazon at the heed of her
warliko troop, awaiting only the signal
, of her leader. In such moments 1 feel
ns if you belonged to another world than
this petty common placo ono of ours.
I And yet I may call you mine, my cry
I own.'
I "The sun had meanwhllo climbed high
and was mirrored in tho calm surface
of the lake that smiled at us so allur
ingly. "Wrapped in the brown mantle of my
hair I let myself float slowly with the
current. lying motionless with closed
eyes. An ineffable senso or well being
thrilled me through and through. Sud
denly I felt two arms go round me
heard a whisper 'My lovely Ale.l'
By this time Prince Hohenloho and the
Baroness von Iledemann foresaw that
their relationship could net remain fur
ever a secret.
1 "We therefore decided that I should
leave Munich and go to my friend.', th"
von U- - s nt Salzburg. 1 remained
there nearly six months, but our separa
tion was not so prolonged, for the Prince
, visited me as soon and as often as was
fitting, nnd when it chanced that he was
alone at Srhlllingsfilrst I would go over
there and we would snd a day in the
, quiet isolated castle.
"Ono visit was to cause us and me in
' particular -nn unpleasant surprise.
j "We were sitting in tho Prince's study,
talking eagerly, when we heard the sound
of whells.and look ing out of tho window
saw to our unbounded astonishment
tho Princess getting out of her enrriage.
She had unexpectedly returned from a
"'Oh. I should liko to leave thecastle
1 as quickly as possible!' I said in some
, agitation.
"'No, you must stay you cannot go
I now,' was his decisive answer, upon
I which ho left the room, and in a few
minutes reenterod with tho Princess.
"Dearest Marie, permit me to present
10 you our guest, tne ifiironess von
"After the usual banal phrases tho
Princess invited mo with charming cor
diality to' stay for dinner; I sought a pre
text to excuse mvself, but she said smilingly:
The principle of telegraphy weuld appear
lo have been anticipated by the savage
tribes c.f .Urica in the heart of Africa.
This barbaric, system of communication,
nt once practical nnd effective, survives
lo 1I1U day and its value has been tested
many times.
French exploiem seem lo have been tho
i first lo bring Ibis system to the knowledgo
of rivllkrod people, lly means of It news 1 graphio language,
of important events in tho interior of Ihe ; .n AnioWrun inis-ioi-iiry w. r'-i-,:
Sudan reaches all the trading ports on the unioug tho Banitos discovered that t
const inn veiy short time. villages had means of convoying m-
Ihe communication Is made by means , Kigesfrom oneehief tnanniherornf tram
of various instruments, tho most com-1 mlitlm- tin, imni-.,,!, . of ,i.r.mi nrc.
mon ones being hortu. tomtoms nnd
, whistles. The horns are made ol solid
ivory, hollowed out of elephants' tusks.
The mouthpiece in at the side. Th"sn
trumpets lire of various sixes, but the
favorite ones nie very long nnd
seven distinct notes, produced by plug -
i ging thn mouthpiece with corks if differ
ent sizes. The ordinary tomtom is a hollow
bit of wood, with a goatskin stretched
I over ono end,
The following instance illustrates the
I manner in which this native telegraph
is employed, The post commander nt
Stanley Tails was onco informed by a
'tiutive of a neighboring village that a
I provision tiain had beeuultni lied I wo (lavs
before uta point hii miles furl her down the
Congo. A week Inler ihe lurty arrived
and continued ihe story in pail
They hail rem bed the scene of the
alleged nUacli at the nnu. tepoiled but
Indlcatioiui of a conllict with lobberH
a conllict with lobberH
, (.ntinuissoz lo vieiix proverbc; ' Qui va?
' la chaw, pnrd sa place.'
, .um i siayeu iiii uio evening. Atmr
which bhows thnt tho Princess xtm in-
deed a gralide dame.
ill" imiuiirai " ;.i,inci in
j mother love. Klin conuldors her relation
. with the Princo ".i marriage In the highest
senso of the word." and she writes:
I "Vrom thollrst daysof our acqualntanes
I to tho day of his death there was forgd
j between us an unbroken ichnin or relation,
shins-impulses of passion, friendly emo-
!tions. arguments upon art, llteratum.
political projects; each Is charged with
memories tor mo. nut aiongsioo this
I temietuous ocean there lay In my soul
that tranquil lake, In whoso depths was
hidden what was best and holiest In me
my maternal Instinct. Perhaps it had
been thus powerfully developed, thus
, Intensltlcd to a vcritaDio passion, by the
fact that no mother s oyea had watched
, "ver my own childhood, and that llfo had
I KKt Kho,wn nB ithlng of Its ruth-
' ICSfinCSH."
T.I . fT
I) i i iii-' . i ii iiuiiviiiiii? uiuuuonn
von Iledemann !i..d two children, a boy
and a girl, both now happily married.
,"My daughter," she writes, "became a
girl of enchanting loveliness. Sho was
the fairest child of lovo, blue eyed, golden
' linired, with n clear, radiant face, and
repose in all her mo'cments. And how
glad It mado mo to find In her nothing
of my stormy Cossack temperament,
but her father's cooler, moro restrained
nature. With delight I saw in her the'
imago of the beloved man, his character
expressed nnd transfigured by her woman
hood." The Prince loved f!Ise!a Idolatrously;
with ever renewed admiration ho would
g.rze at her lovly little face, which lookd
out from its golden frame of hair like a
pastel of the eighteenth century; nnd he
often said, "When this captivating child
rushes to meet me, nil joy and welcome,
I feel the freshness of my youth return."
Adored by Ihr Daughter.
II t daughter seems to have adored her,
for she writes
-jf i Hit broodins over hnppv memoriei
, spoil: Mu-ions. nnd fliela hear., mo
speak of biteh things, !u r blu" -yee laugh.
,i she s.i--: 'InevMia-nb'.o Mamma!
! Vou and spoilt HIu'-Ioms' You're ju-t the
.,.,,,,0 .i.-cair.pr-n i t-vrr. i,tr'to)iitiK out your
imnoii lo friindn. acquaintances.
even Eiirmi-r. generously uhk' and with
never a Ihoucht nf relf-reekuig. "Tu
ns miijnurs ti.','- leu ni.irrone du feu. "
"'If yo:,' hadn't been the most devoted,
self-Micrillcing wife to dear pnpn, you
might pei hups now c Hut mil
just to be my youthful mamma, always
ardent for the beautiful and nnbln waj
of thinking. Do you ine.in to tell mo ih.'t
you really belong to our prosaic world,
yen happy linker of happinc. you giver
of all blrs 'iius will, t'10-e eager hand?"
"And I clasp my laughing daughter in
my ami" "
At last Die IVineem von Hohenlohe
tiled. The Prim e was now 111 old man and
not far Irien denli himself. Ifo had
reached the age r,f eighty, but with lh"
dentb of hi'i wife he d"-ired lo m il ry l!i
i!nrntic von lli-lemaun, who write-,
"I lelt nnselr compelled to reftlsn my
poor friend his l.i-t request. My heart
all but broke wi.i n 1 stood to hear Irnm
liN lips this unjuM reproach, nml could not
defend riyself: 'If you won't share the
list days i t mv lifo with me, 1 t ir. bieak
now, once and for all '
""Thoo I'ist t;esj)jiiring words of th"
Prince sounded pitilessly in my ear n
1 lelt him silting, broken and cru lied. 111
his great chair in the study. Black specks
whirled bef.ire in eyes. More than thirty
year.) of my lire had I dedicated to this
man, with all my heart and soul 1 hvl
served him and at tho ond t ho v were the
words I had to hear. In that moment I
forgot every tiling love, friendship, moth
erhood. . . Almost crazy. I went from
the Willielmstrnssetothe river, and threw
myself without n moment's hesitation
over the bridge "
After his dmth and tho marriage of
her children, tho Baroness spent her life
between doing social work and her chil
dren whom she vUi's alternately.
I'or the last year the Baroness has been
living in n chapter houee.
"I dwell," she write?, "among happy
memories, wl.uh outshine the sad one'!
My life waa rich in Joy and sorrow, and
to-day I want for nothing that existence
can ol'.Vr lo 11 mother.
"My past ll. liUe a dream behind me
like a tale in which the Good Knlry mndn
desirc3 which ,'eemed imossib!o conw
And here the story ends. It is a strange
tale but true and interesting because of
its point ot view.
had been Hmd at a herd of antelope
At a later period, when an ofl'm" w
Trench Congo cair.e to grief in tii rap '.
the accident was icported tho next mci'
ing at 11 village l? miles dUnnt.
Among the lSengala tribe a ser of
xylophone is iisiyl with four rotes, bv
means of which the unlives coniinunii .i e
OVer d'cnl ilislm s In n liitiil ni t it -
The Busutos hollow out a large gouid
and thoroughly dry it Then kid-sin
as hard and as thin 11s parchment h
stretched across ihe hollow of this gout-o
I When beaten with a padded drum s'ics
1 this gives forth a sound that e.m be ills-
tinctlv nenrd at a distance or rrom live
lo eight miles.
In every village there is a class or men
who ure utilised as scouts. Among ihe
there ure always i-omo trained to the 11-1
ol the gourd drum. 'Ihe code is what
might be called an African Morseiilphibet
and is beaten on the drum in the opm
air .(
'Ihe sound is carried across the 11lles
, mui ulcus to the neM villaae. wlie'e u H
intcrpri'ted by another scout. II' th"
1 passage is for H dli.tunl iliage he repeal
ii ,,11 his drum 11ml in thii. w.iv it is inn i' I
troni village lu villitge. wnh v. rv little ios
int. 1111 1 re.ic hen the ncr"U iw
whom it is intended.
'N'on. non. re.stez, llaronne;

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