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The regent again choked with anger. Law continued. "Go on. Smooth down the back of this animal. Continue to re duce these taxes. The specie of the realm of France, as I am banker enough to know, is not more than three hundred mil lions of livres, allowing sixty-five livres to - the marc. Yet long before this your grace has crowded the issue of our ac tions until there are out not less than twenty-six hundred millions of livres In the stock of our company. Your Brothers Paris, your D'Argenson, your Dubois will tell you how you can make the people of France continue to believe that twice two is not four, that twice thirteen is not twenty-six"' "But this they are doing," broke in the regent, with a ray of hope in his face. "This they are doing. We have provided for that. In the council not an hour ago the Abbe Dubois and Monsieur d'Argen son decided that the time had come to make some fixed proportion between the Bpecie and these notes. We have to-day framed an edict, which the parliament will register, stating that the interests of the subjects of the king require that the price of these bank notes should be less ened, so that there may be some sort of accommodation between them and the coin of the realm. W e have ordered that the shares shall, within thirty days, drop to seventy-five hundred livres, in another thirty days to seven thousand livres, and so on, at five hundred livres a month, until at last they shall have a value of one-half what they were to-day. Then, tell me, my wise Monsieur L'as, would not the issue of our notes and the total of our specie be equal, one with the other? The only wrong thing is this insulting presumption of these people, who have sold actions at a price lower than we have decreed." Law smiled as he replied. "You say excellently well, my master. These plans surely show that you and your able coun selors have studied deeply the questions of finance! I have told you what would happen to-day without any decree of the king. Now go you on, and make your decrees. You will find that the people are much more eager for values which are going up than values which are going down. Start your shares down hill, and you will see all France scramble for such coin, such plate, such jewels as may be within the ability of France to lay her hands upon. Tell me, your grace, did Monsieur d'Argenson advise you this morning as to the total issue of the ac tions of this company?" "Surely he did, and here I have it in memorandum, for I was to have taken it up with yourself." replied the regent. "So," exclaimed Law, a look of surprise passing over his countenance, until now rigidly controlled, as he gazed at the lit tle slip of paper. "Your grace advises me that there are issued at this time in the shares of the company no less than two billion, two hundred and thirty-five mil lion, eighty-five thousand, five hundred ind ninety livres in notes! Against this, your grace is good enough to agree with me, we have thirteen hundred millions of specie. Your grace, yourself and I have seen some pretty games in our day. Look you, the merriest game of all your life is now but just before you!" "And you would go and leave me at this time?" "Never in my life have I forsaken a friend at the time of distress," replied Law . "But your grace absolved me when you forsook me, when you doubted and hesitated regarding me, and believed the protestations of those not so able as my self to judge of what was best. And now it is too late. Willyour grace allow me to suggest that a place behind stout gates and barred doors, deep within the interior of the Palais Royal, will be the best resi dence for him to-nightperhaps for sev eral nights to come?" "And yourself?" "As for myself. It does not matter," re- CATARRH CANNOT BE CURED [Copyright, April, 1902, Emerson Hough.1 RHEUMATISM. CHRONIC RHEUMATISM CURED. 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But it some times doth seem that, no matter how sin cere be one in one's endeavors, no matter how cherished, no matter how successful for a time ma?/ be his ambitions, there is ever some little blight to eat the face of the full fruit of his happiness. To-mor row I shall perhaps not be alive. It is very well. There is nothing I could de sire, and it is as well to-morrow as at any time." "But surely, Monslour L'as," Interrupt ed the regent, with a trace of his old gen erosity, "if there should be outbreak, as you fear, I shall, of course, give you a guard. I shall indeed see you safe out of the city, if you so prefer, though I had much liefer you would remain and try to help us undo this coil, wherein I much misdoubt myself." "Your grace, I am a disappointed man, a man with nothing in the world to com fort him. I have said that I would not help you, since 'twas yourself brought ruin on my plans, and cast down that work which I had labored all my life to finish. Yet I will advise this, as being your most immediate plan. Smooth down this France as best you may. Remit more taxes, as I said. Depreciate the value of these shares gently, but rapidly as you can. Institute great numbers of perpetual annuities. Juggle' temporize, postpone, get for yourself all the time you can. Trade for the people's shares all you have that they will take. You can never strike a balance^ and can never atone for the egregious error of this over isue of stock which has no intrinsic value. Eventually you ^nay have to declare void many of these shares and withdraw from the currency these actions for which so recently the people have been clamoring." "That means repudiation!" broke in the regent. "Certainly, your grace, and in so far your grace has my extremest sympathy. I know it was your resolve not to repudiate the debts of France, as those debts stood when I first met you some years ago. That was honorable. Yet now the debts of France are immeasurably greater, rich as France thinks herself to be. Not -all France, were the people and the produce of the commerce counted in the coin, could pay the debt of France as it now ex ists. Hence, honorable or not, there is nothing elseit is repudiation which now confronts you. France is worse than bankrupt. And now it would seem wise if your grace took immediate steps, not only for the safety of his person, but for the safety of the government." . "Sir, do you mean that the people would dare, that they would presume" "The people are not what they were. There hath come into Eurpoe the leaven of the new world. I had looked there to see a nobler and a better France. It is too late for that, and surely it is too late for the old ways of this France which we see about us. You can not presume now upon the temper of these folk as you might have done fifty years ago. The Messasebe, that noble stream, it hath swept its puri fying flood throughout the world! Look you, at this moment there is tumbling this house which you have built of bub bles, one bubble upon another, blowing each bubble bigger and thinner than the last. Mine is not the only fault, nor yet the greatest fault. I was sincere, where others cared naught for sincerity. Another day, another people, may yet say the world was better for my effort, and that there fore at the last I have not failed." A. B. HERRMAN, Court House Store, 400 Second Ave. So., n S^^^^.ii . I iHnlf I, ft-'mi, . , 1, i-V ,, .'- - ,- - , .-Vi,, I , -,,- .Tfn. -, tta-^uj-j,. 1, ,. -ff. 1' - if irf*..j CHAPTER XI. The Breaking of the Bubble'. It was the evening of the day following that on which John Law and the regent of France had met in their stormy inter view. During the morning but little had transpired regarding the significant events of the previous day. In these vast ^and excited crowds, divided into groups and cliques and factions, aided by no bulletins, counseled by no printed page, there was but little cohesion of purpose, since there was little unity of understanding. 'The price' of shares at one kiosk might be cer tain thousands of livres, whereas a square away, the price might vary by half as many livres so impetuous w as the ad vance of these continually rising prices, and so frenzied and careless the temper, of those who bargained for them. ....:. Yet before noon of the day following the decree of the regent, which fixed the value of actions upon a descending scale, the hews, after 'a fashio'n of Its' own, spread ES.S5.00.- r" *- ' - ""4't-rf*53kkf rapidly abroad, and all too swiftly the truth W M generally known. The story started In a rumor that shares had been ottered and declined at a price which had been current but a few moments before. This was something which had not been known in all these feverish months of the Messasebe. Then came the story that shares could not be counted upon to real ize over 8,000 livres. At that the price of all the actions dropped In a flash,, as Law had prophesied. A sudden wave of san ity, a panic chill of sober understanding swept over this vast multitude of still un reasoning souls who had traded so long upon this impossible supposition of an ever-advancing market. Reason still lacked among them, yet fear and sudden suspicion were not wanting. Man after man hastened swiftly vately his shares before greater drop' in the price might come. He met others upon the same errand. Precisely the reverse of the old situa tion now obtained. A s all Paris had fought to buy, so now all Paris fought to sellj The streets were filled with clamor ing mobs. If earlier there had been con fusion, now there was pandemonium. Never was such a scene witnessed Never was there chronicled so swift and utter reversion of emotion in the minds of a great concourse of people. Bitter indeed w as the wave of agony that swept over Paris. It began at the' Messa sebe. in the gardens of the Hotel de Sdison, at that focus hard by the temple of Fortuna. It spread and spread, edging out into all the remoter portions of the walled city. It reached ultimately the ex treme confines of Paris. Into the crowded square which had been decreed as the trading place of the Messasebe System, there crowded from the outer purlieus yet other thousands of excited human beings. The end had come. The bubble had burst. There was no longer any System of the It was late in the day. In* fact well on toward night, when the knowledge of the crash came into the neighborhood where dwelt the Lady Catharine Knollys. To her the news was brought by a servant, who excitedly burst unannounced into her mistress' presence. "Madame! Madame!" she cried. "Pre pare! 'Tis horrible! 'Tis Impossible! All is at an end!" "What mean you, girl?" cried Lady Catharine, displeased at the disrespect. "What is happening? Is there fire? And even if there were, could you not remem ber your duty more seemly than this?" "Worse, worse than fire, madame! Worse than anything! The bank has failed! The shares of the system are go ing down! 'Tis said that we can get but three thousand livres the share, perhaps lessperhaps they will go down to noth ing. I am ruined, ruined! W e are all ruined! And within the month I was to have been married to the footman of the Marquis d'Allpuez, who has bought him self a title this very week!" "And if it has fallen so ill," said Lady Catnarine, "since I have not specuated in these things like most folk, I shall be none the worse for it, and shall still have money to pay your wages. So perhaps you can marry your marquis after all." "But we shall not be rich, madame! W e are ruined, ruined! Mon Dieu! we poor folk! W e had the hope to be persons of quality. 'Tis all the work of this villain Jean L'as. May the Bastile get him, or the people, and make him pay for this!" "Stop! Enough of this, Marie!" said the Lady .Catharine, sternly. "After this have better wisdom, and do not meddle in things which you do not understand." Yet scarce had the girl departed before there appeared again the sound of run ning steps, and presently there broke, equally unannounced, into the presence of his mistress, the? coachman, fresh from his stables, and none too careful of his garb. Tears ran down his cheeks. H e flung out his hands with gestures as of one demented. "The news! cried he. "The news, my lady! The horrible news! The system has vanished,the shares are going down!" "Fellow, what do you here?" said Lady Catharine. "Why do you come with this same story which Marie has just brought to me? Can you not learn your place?" "But, my lady, you -do not understand!" reiterated the man, blankly. " 'Tis all over. There is no Messasebe there is no longer any system, no longer any Com pany of the Indies. There is no lqpger wealth for the stretching out of the hand. 'Tis all over. I must go back to horses I, madame, who should presently have associated with the nobility!" "Well, and if so," replied his mistress, "I can say to you, as I have to Marie, that there will still be money for your wages." - "Wages! My faith what trifles, my lady! This Monsiur L'as, the director-general, he it Is who has ruined us! Well enough it is that the square in front of his hotel is filled with people! Presently they will break down his doors. And then, pray God they punish him for this that he has done!" , The cheek of Lady Catharine paled and a sudden flood of contending emotions crossed her mind. "You do not tell me that Monsieur La's is In danger, Pierre?" said she. "Assuredly. Perhaps within the very hour they will tear down his doors and rend him limb from limb. There is no punishment which can serve him right him who has ruined our -pretty, pretty system. Mon dieu! It was so beautiful!" "Is this news certain?" "Assuredly, most certain. Why should it not be'? The. entire square in front of' the v Hotel de Soisspn fs packed, Urfless my lady needs me, I myself must" Hasten thither to aid in the punishment of this Jean La's*" "You wiil stay here," said Lady Cath- i UrPPi*'* '\ ^?i*~*i3& # away to sell pri- **- * ^, w fc^ v ^ -* *$& i ? feV? s-^f a,,^ -^A^il**-*-'* * arine. "Wait! There may be need! the present, go!" Left alone, Lady Catharine stood for a moment pale, and motionless, in the cen ter of the room., She strode then to the window and stood looking fixedly out. Her Wli61-i figure w as tense, rigid. Yonder, ovor there., across the gabled roofs of Paris, they were clamoring at. the door of' him who had given back Paris to the king, and France again toxits people. They were assailing himthis m an so long un faltering, so insistent on his ambitions, soso steadfast! Could she call him steadfast? And they would seize.him in spite of the courage she Knew would never fail. They would kill, they would rend, they would trample1 Would crush that glorious body, abase the lips that had' spbke'so' well of love! The clenched Angers of Lady Catherine broke apart, her arms were flung wide in a gesture of resolution. She turned from the window, looking here and there about the room. /Unconsciously she stopped be fore the great cheval-glass, that hung against the wall. She stood there, look ing at her own image, keenly, deeply. She saw indeed a woman fit for sweet usages of love, comely and rounded, deep bosomed, her oval face framed in the piled masses of glorious red-brown hair. But her wide, blue eyes, scarce seeing this outward form, started into the soul of that other whom she witnessed. It w as as though the lady Catharine Knollys at last saw another self and rec ognized it! A quick, hard sob broke from her throat. In haste she flew, now to one part of the room, now to another, picking up first this article and then that which seemed of need. And so at last she hur ried to the bell-cord. "Quick," cried she, asi the servant at length appeared. "Quick! Do not de lay an instant! My carriage at once!" good"coin which he brought here to Paris I agent, 127 Guaranty buildtng.Minneapolis. CHAPTER XII. That Which Remained. As for John Law, all through that fatal day which meant for him the ruin of his ambitions, he continued in the ipy calm which, for days past, had distinguished him. H e discontinued his ordinary em ployments, and spent some hours in sort ing and destroying numbers of papers and documents. His faithful servant, the Swiss, Henri, he commanded to make ready his apparel for a Journey. "At 6 this evening," said he, "Henri, we shall be ready to depart. Let us be quite ready well before that time." "Monsieur is leaving Paris?" asked the Swiss, respectfully. . "Quite so." h.- "Perhaps for a.stay?of some duration?" "Quite so, indeed, l^nri." "Then, sir," expostulated the Swiss,' "it would require a day ors for me.to prop erly arrange your luggag^." "Not at all," replied Law. - "Two valises will suffice, not more, 'and I shall per haps not need even these." "Not all the apparel, the mony coats, the jewels" "Do not trouble over them." "But what disposition shall I make?" "None at all. Leave aill these things as they are. But stay-this package which I shall prepare for youtake it to the regent, and have it marked in his care and for the parliament of France." Law raised in his hands a bundle of parchments, which one by one he tore across, throwing, the fragments Into a basket as he did so. ,:. "The seat of Tancarville," he said. "The estate of Berviile the Hotel Maz arin the lands, of Bourget "the MargJiiisat of Gliarlesviile the lands of Orcher the estate of Rolssy-^Gad! what a number of them I find." "But monsieur," expostulated the Swiss, "what is that you do? Are these not your possessions?" "Not so, mon ami," replied Law. "They once were mine. They are estates in France. Take back these deeds. Dead Sully may have his own again, and each of these late owners of the lands. I wished them for a purpose. That purpose is no longer possible, and now J wish them no more. Take back your deeds, my friends, and bear in yifcir minds that John Law tore them in two qtnd thus canceled the obligation." "But the moneys you have paidthey are enormous. Surely you will exact restitution?" "'Sirrah, could I not afford these moneys?" "Admirably at the time," replied the Swiss, with the freedom of long service. "But for the future, what do we know? Besides, it is a 'matter of right and Jus- tice." ? "Ah, mon ami," said Law, "right afjd justice are no more. But since you speajc of money, let us take precautions as 0 that. W e shall need some money for o*kv journey. See, Henri! Take this note anti get the money which it calls for. But no! The crowd may be. too great. LdCk in the drawer of my desk yonder, and taJte out what you find." . r: - The Swiss did as he was bidden, but at length returned with troubled face. "Monsieur," said he, "I can find but a hundred louis." 5 ' "Put half at It back," said Law. "We shall not need so much." "But, monsieur, I do not understand." "We shall not need moro than fifty IQUIS. That is enough. Leave the rest," said Law. "Leave it where you found it." "But for whom? Does monsieur soon return?" "No. Leave it for him who may be first to find it. These dear people without, these same people whom I have enriched, and who now will claim that I have im poverished them, these people will demand of me everything that I have. 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If you are asked by a druggist to take something else, demand the medicine which you know is best the medicine which has made the greatest number of curesthe medicine whose record is unequalled by any other medicine, exclusively for women, in the world, LydiaE. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound. with him. The coat on my back, the wheels beneath me, gold enough to pay for the charges of the inns through France that is all that John Law will take away with him." The arms of the old servant fell helpless at his side. '.'Sir, this is madness," he expostulated. ' "Not'so, Henri," replied Law, leniently. "Madness enough there has been in Paris, it is true, but madness not mine nor of my making. For madness, look you yonder." He pointed a finger through the window where the stately edifice of the Palais Royal rose. 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