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CHAPTER II.Continued.
I congratulate you!" Rezanov, in
different to his host's ancestral lode,
had lifted an alert ear. His quick in
cisive brain was at work. *rI
Surmg
^H
should
like to stretch my legs over a horse
for a week at a time, and even to climb
your highest mountains. You may im
agine how much exercise a man may
get on a vessel of 206 tons, and it is
thirty-two days since I left Sitka. To
look upon a vast expanse of green
to say nothing of possible sportafter
a winter of incessant rain and im
penetrable forestswhat a prospect! I
beg you will take me off into the wild
erness as soon as possible."
I promise you the governor shall
not-withhold his consentand there are
bear and deerquail, wild duckyour
excellency will enjoy that beautiful
wild country as I have done." Ar
guello wns enchanted, at the prospect
of f^esh" adventure* in. the company of
th^s" fascinating*' stranger, f' But we
are once more at our poor abode, senor.
I ,B^g that your will remember it is
your own.''
They ascended the steps of the
piazza, suddenly deserted, and it
seemed to Rezanov that every sense in
his being quivered responsively to the
poignant' sweetness of the Castilian
roses. He throbbed with a sudden ex
ultant premonition that he stood on the
threshold of an historic future, a pagan
joy in mere existence, a sudden rush of
desire for the keen wild happiness of
youth. Such is the elixir of California
in the north and the spring.
They entered a long sala typical of
its'day and of many to come white
washed walls hung with colored prints
of the Virgin and saints horsehair
furniture,: matting* deep window seats
and a perennial coolness.. The cham
berlain (his eourt title., i|nd the one
commonly attached to his name) made
himself as comfortable as the slippery
chair would permit, and Arguello went
for his mother.
Langsdorff, who had lingered on the
piazza with the priest, entered in a
moment.
"The good padre tells me that this
rose of Castile is the' only imported
flower in California," he cried with en-.
thusiasm, for altho not a botanist there
was a bump between his eyes as big as
a child's fist, and he had a nose like
the-wow of a toy ship..
Man cut
tingsVwere brought from Spain-r^-"
I U"Vfhat difference does it make where
i itv.eaine from'fI 1 interrupted Eezanov,
testify. Is it not enough that it is
i beautiful .but it must have a pin stuck
thru" it Irke some poor devil .of a but-
terflyr'"' Sj
"Tour excellency has also the habit
to probe into things he deems worthy
of his attention,'.' retorted the offended
scientist but he was obliged to closet
his wrath. An inner door opened and
the host reappeared with his mother
and a fair demonstration of her .virtues.
She was a very large woman dressed
loosely in black, but she carried herself
with an air of complete, if somewhat.
sleepy, dignity, and it was evident that
her ueauty had been great. Her full
face had lost its contours, but time, had
spared the fine Boman nose and the
['White skin, that birthright of the high-
s' -"bred Castilian. Arguello presented his
ff family ceremoniously as the guest of
honor rose and bowed with formal def-
W, erence.
My mother, Dona Ignacia Arguello,
Si your excellency, who unites, with me
ip. praying that you will regard our
1 home as yours during your sojourn in
the north. My sister, Maria de la Con
i cepci'on Marcella Arguello, and my lit
tie sisters, Ana Paula and Gertrudes
Budisinda. My brothers: Gervasio
:.-^-soldado distinguido of the San Fran
cisco company Santiago, a cadet in the
...same company Francesco and Toribio,
..^v.whose presence at
thentable-I"
beg you
.v?wi] overlook for whe we are so for
tunate as to be aH together, senor, we
rJB ''cannot bear tobe separated. My old-
\"A est brother, alas!-Ignaciois studying
'*?for holy orders in Mexico, and my sis
ter Isabel visits at the Presidio of San
ta Barbara. I beg that you will be
'seated, excellency." And he continued
.the introduction to the lesser lumina
ries, with equal courtesy, but fewer
periods.
Eezanov exchanged a few pleasant
words with his smiling hostess before
she returned to her' distracted maids
reparing the dinner bnt his eyes
Arguello's declamation had
wandered with a singular fidelity to the
beautiful face of the eldest daughter of
the house. She had responded with a
THE MINNEAPOLI S
humorous twinkle in her magnificent
black eyes and not a hint .of diffidence.
As she entered the room his brain had
flashed out the thought: "Thank heav
en for a pretty girl after these three
abominable years." Possibly his pleas
ure would have been salted with pique
had he guessed that her thought was
the twin of his own. He was the first
man of any world more considerable
than the petty court of the viceroy of
Mexico that had visited California in
her time, and excellent as she found his
tall military figure and pale eold face,
the novelty of the circumstance flut
tered her more.
Dona Concha'' Arguello was the
beauty of California, and altho her
years were but 16 her blood was Span-,
ish, and she carried her tall deep fig
ure and fine head with the grace and
dignity of an.. accomplished woman.
She had inherited the white skin and
delicate Boman-Spanish profile of the.
Moragas, but there was an intelligent^
fire in her eyes, a sharp accentuation of
nostril, and a full: mobility of mouth,
childish, half-developed as'that feature
still was, that betrayed a strong cross
current forcing the placid maternal
flow into rugged and unexplored chan
nels, while' assimilating its fine quali
ties of pride and high breeding. Ger
vasio and Santiago resembled their sis
ter in coloring and profile, but lacked
her subtle quality of personality and
divine innocence. Luis was more the
mother's son than the father'ssaving
his "olive skin a grandee, modified by
the simplicities of a soldier's life, ami
able and upright. Dona Ignacia rec
ognized in Concha the quintessence of
the two opposing streams, and had long
since ceased to impose upon a girl who
had little else but her liberties the or
dinary restraints of the Spanish
maiden. Concha -had already received
many offers of marriage and-regarded
men as mere swingers of. '.incense
Moreover, her cultivated mind was
filled with ideals and ideas far beyond
anything California would yield in her
day.
As Eezanov, upon Dona Ignacia's re
treat, walked directly over to heT, she
smilingly seated herself on a sofa and
swept aside her white voluminous
skirts. She was not sure that she liked
him, but in no doubt whatever of her
delight at his advent.
Her manners were very simple and
artless, as are the manners o^ most
women whom Nature has gifted, with
complexity and depth.
"It Js now two years and more that we hay0
Been excited over the prospect of this visit,',' she
said. "But It you will tell jne what you Have
been doing, all this time I, at least.. will for
give you for'you will never be'able to imagine,
senor, how- I long to hear of the great world.
I stare at the map, then at the few pictures
we hive, I know many books of -travel by
heart, bnt I am afraid my Imagination is a
poor one, for I cannot .conjjire up great 'cities
filled with peoplethousands -of people. Dios
de mi alma a, world where there 'is something
besides mountains and water, grain fields, or
chards, forests, earthquakes! and. climate. Will
yon. senor?"
"For quite as many hours as you will listen
to me. I propose a compact. You shall "^Im-
prove my Spanish. I will impart all I know of
Europeand of AsiaIf your curiosity reaches
that far."
"Even of Japan?"
FICTION SUPPLEMENT.
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1906.
[Second Installment]
REZANOV
By GERTRUDE ATHERTON.
[Copyright 1906 by Gertrude Atherton. All Rights Reserved.]
There was a -wicked
sparkle in her eye.
"I see you already have some knowledge of
the cause of my detoy."- :Hisf'.,voice was even,
bnt a wound smarted, "It Is quite true, scn
orlta. that th first embassy to Japan, from
which we hoped GO much,-. was a hnmiliatinj
failnre. and that r'was played with for. six
months by a people
whom we h'a regarded as
a nation of monkeys. When my health began
to suffer from the long confinement on shin
boardwe had previously .been fourteen months
at seaand I asked to be permitted to live
on shore while my claims -to an audience were
under consideration,' I Was removed with my
suite to a cage on a strip of land nearly sur
rounded with water, where I had less liberty
and exercise than on shipboard. Finally I had
a ridiculous interview with a 'great man,' In
which I accomplished nothing but. the preserva
tion of what personal- dignity a man may while
sitting on his heels- The superb presents of the
czar were returned to me.' and I wrts politely
told to leave: .^Japan wanted neitlwr the friend
ship' of Russia: nor her gimcrscks. That, sen-
OTita. is the history of. the first1
Russia em
bassyfor the tentative, visit of Adam Lanxmann
twelve years befrtre ean.be dignified by nrt such
titleto Oriental water*. It is to he hoped that
Count Golofkfri, Who was to undertake a Kimilar
mission to Ohtna, has met with a-better fate."
Underneath 'the'polished armor of a man who
was a corn-tier when, he chose and the dominat
ing spirit Always, he was hot and quick of
temper. His light cold eyes glowed with re
sentment at the dancing light in hers, as he
cynically gave her a bald abstract of the un
fortunate mission. He reflected that commonly
he wonld have fitted "a different mask to the
uglv skull o-f fact, biit this young barbarian,
as he chose to remrd her. excited the elemental
truth in him. defying him to aonear at his
worst. He was astonished to see her eyes sud
denly soften and her month tremble.
"It must have been hateful experience
hateful." Her voice, beginning on its usual low
soft note, rose to a hoarse pitch of Indigna
tion. "I should have fcfTled somebody. To he
a man. and strong, and caressed nil one's life
by fortuneand to be as helpless as an Indian.
Madre Wos."
"I shall take ...my revenge," said Rezanov
shortly i but the vpound closed, and once more he
became aware of the poignant sweetness of Cas
tilian roses.. Concha wore one in her soft dusky
ha{r. and another where the little round jacket
of white linen, gayly embroidered with pink, met
on her bosom. But if sentiment tempted him,
he was quickly poised by her next remarks. She
uttered them in a low tone, altho the animated
conversation of the rest of the partyDavidov
alone romping on the piazza with the children
would have permitted the two on the sofa
to exchange the vows of love unheard.
"But what a practice for your diplomatic
talents, excellency. Poor California. At least
-let me.be the first to hear what you have come
for?" Her voice dropped to a soft cooing note,
altho her eyes twinkled. "For the love of God,
senor. I am so bored in this life on the edge of
the wprld. To see the seams and ravelings of
a diplomatic intrigue. I have read and beard
of many, but never had I hoped to link my
finger in anything subtler than a quarrel be
tween priest and governor, or the jealousy of
Los Angeles for Monterey. I even will help
youif you mean: no harm to my father or my
country. And I am not a friend to scorn, senor,
for my blessed father Is as wax in my hands,
the- dear old governor adores me, and even Padre
Abella, who thinks himself a great diplomat,
and is watching us'out of the corner of his eye,
while I make him believe you pay. me so
many compliments my poor little
headr
roundBueno, senor.'4
turns
As she raised he voice
she plncked the* rose from her-dress and tossed
^it to Resanov. Then she lifted her chin and
pouted her childishe lius at the smile
0tRMeanovewas.
clos to betrayingironical his surprise
but as he cherished a belief that the souls of
all pretty women went to school to the devil
before entering upon earthly enterprise, he
wondered that he bad been open to the illusion
of complete ingenuousness in a descendant oi
one of the .oldest and subtlest civilizations of
earth Within that luminous shell of youtn
there'were, no doubt, whispering memories of
men and women steeped in court intrigue to
the eyes, of triumphant beauties that had
lived for love and their power over the pas
sions of men as ardent as himself. It was
quite possible that she. might be as useful as
she desired. But bis impulses were in leash.
He merely looked and murmured his admira
tion.
"Better ask, what chance have 1, a ae
fenseless man, who has not seen a charming
woman- for three years, against such practiced
art? If you can hoodwink a Spanish priest,
and manipulate a: governor who has Won. the
confidence of the most suspicions.... court in
Europe, what fortune ..for a barbarian of the
north? tess than with Japan 'I should think.
He divested the rose of its jjhortns and many,
tight little buds, and thrust, the stem under-,
neath the sar of St. Ann. Sije lifted her chin
again and tossed her head.
"You do not trust me, but you will. I
fancy it 'will be'.'before iongfor it is quite
true that the' Californians are not so easily out
witted. Andeven' did I not help you, I
would notI vow, senorbetray you. Is it
true that Russia is at war with Spain?"
^What??'" "Have you not heard? It was for that we
were all sc excited this morning. We thought
your ship might be the first of a fleet.?'
"I have heard no such rumor, and you may
dismiss it. Russia is too much occupied with
Napoleon Bonaparte, who has had himself
crowned- emperor and by this time is probably
at war with half Europe"
She interrupted him with flashing eyes. The
pink In her cheeks had turned red. The thin
nostrils of her pretty Koman nose fluttered like
paper. "Ah," She exclaimed, again with that
note of hoarseness in her voice. "There is a
great man, hot a mere king op a throne his an
cestors made for him, Fafpa hates him because
he has seized a throne. Ay yi! Dios! you
should heat, the words fly when we go to war
together. But I-do not care that"-r-she snapped
her firm white fingers^"for'all the Bourbons
that are in Europe. Bonaparte! Do you know
him ?I Have you seen, him
"I have :8jh\ him insult poor Markov, our
ambassador to France, when I can assure you
that Wlookecj l'ke! neither a demigod nor a gen
tleman. When you have Improved my Spanish
I will tell you many anecdotes of him. Mean
while, am I to assume that you reserve your ad
miration for the man that carves his career in
defiance-* the rusty old machinery?"
"I do! I do! My father was of the people,
a poor boy. He has risen to be the most power
fnl,of'all Californlans, altho the king he adores
he+er "makes him Gopernador Proprietario. I tell
him- lie should be the. first to recognize the genius
-and the ambitions of a Bonaparte. The mere
thought horrifies him. But in me that same
strong -plebeian blood makes another cry, and if
'my^-fattier had but enough men at his back and
the wTu to make himself king of the Califor-
niasMadre de Dibs! how I should help him!"
"At least I know he
thanr
aown-io the ship. Take me for a walk. I
have much to say.'?
Santiago, who had not been asked to form
one of the escort upon the return of the Rus
sians to the Juno.for the night, felt injured
and sulky, and deigned, no reply.
"If you do not. I'll not braid your hair
tomorrow." said. his sister, giving his arm a
little shake .and'he-succumbed. The inxuriant
trusses' of the male I Arguellos were combed and
braided and tied with a ribbon every morning
by' the Wotoen of .the family, and Concha's-.
Angel's were,-the gentlest and deftest. -And
Cdncha and Santiago were more intimate tbari
even the rest of that nnited family. Ttiey
had studied and read together, were equally
dissatisfied with their narrow cxtetertce. an
bitions for a wider experience. Santiago -con:-
soled himself with cards and training roosters
for battle, and otherwise as a man may. He
'Was but 1~ this haughty seveTe-loolring young
Jridalgti. but while In some, respects many years
-older ".than his sister.. in others he was young
er, for he possessed none of her illuminating
instinct.
She led hinv thru a- postern gntc. round the
first of the dunes, ami they were alone in a
waste of sand.... Then "she demanjled abruptly:
"What do votj
tblnk-
he is pulling their befuddled old intellects about 'V)
to suit himself. The Czar Paul was a lunatic
and they murdered him, but meanwhile he. signed
the ukase. The Czar Alexander, who is not S0r
bad nor so silly as the others, thinks there is
no man so clever as Rezanov, who addresses
him personaUy when sending home i passports^
Do yob know -what aU that means-? Your-r,
plenipotentiary is npt. only a chamberlain at
court' a 'brdvy. counsellor and. the .czar ..himself
on this side 3f ihfe world, but tiiiiW*fp!
tions and. reforms, are c&nchidM. and, ^9 i 2
of the wealthiest-men in. Russia, he Wflrreturn
to St jPetersburg and- become so High and
mighty that a., princess would snap at b'
And you aspire! I never heard such nonsense.
"His'excellency told me much of this,' re
plied Concha Iffiperturbably. VAnd I. am sure
that he cares nothing for princesses and will.
marrv whom he most admires. He would not: A
say, but I know he cared nothing for that poor
Little wife, dead so long ago. It was a marriage
ds conveyance, such as all the great- world.iS--
accustomed to. He wiU lqye. me, nwre,tlnr
all the fine ladies lie has wer seen. I feej itr
I know it! And I arii quite happy.
"Do vou love, him?" asked Santiago, looking i
curiously at his sister's flushed-- and glowing
faee It seemed to him thatishe had never...,.
looked so young. "Many have loved you.-I
haBI begun to think you had no heart for men.
no wish for anything but admiration. And
now you give your heart iua day to-this Rus
sian-who must be nearly fcfe**^'^
"I have not thought of my heart at all. But
I could love hfni, of course. He JB^BO *fe-',.
some, so kind, so grand/ so gay! But-love i
fw%eb'and^wives-has no^ my' mother said
feto ^ow I thmk only ofcSt*.Petersburg! ota
oid-f
she knows
thought Rezanov,r abetter the inne door was
thrown-open and another bare room with a long
table laden with savory food on a superb silver
service was revealed. "And If I know anything
of women I can trust bevfor as long as she
may be necessary, at all events."
me,f
m.
*Santlago whispered Concha. "Do not go
..V. 'T":^*"
of: our illustrious vis-
itor?" i
"I like him. Hi woujd wring your neck if
you got in his way, but has a k,ihd heart for
those that call blm master. I like that sort
of a man.': I wish he would' take me away with'
him."
"lie 6ha}l-Hn of these days, Santiago miof
let me -whisper ft She pulled his .ear down
to her lips. "He wjlt marry me.' I feel it
I know it. He has talked to me the whole
day. He has told'me grave secrets. Not even
to you wouldl reveal them. So many, have
loved mewhy should not he? I shall live in
St. Petersburg, and se all Europe!thousands
of peopleDios mio! Dios mlo!"
-i-"
"Indeed!" Santiago, still unainiable, re
sponded to this confidence with, a sneer. ".You
aspire very high for a little girl of the wilder
ness, without a fortune, and only half a coat--,
of-arms, so to speak.. Do you know that this
RezanovDr. Langsdorff has told us all about
himis a great noble, one of the ten barons
of Russia, aid a chamberlain not merely by
the accident of birth, but in accordance with
a decree of Peter the Great that court' titles
should be bestowed as a reward for distinguished
services alone? He "got 'a-, fortune in his youth
by marriage with a daughter of Shelikovthat
Siberian who founded,'.the Russian colonies in.
America. The "wife died almost immediately,
but the baron's influence remained with Shell
kovfor his influence at court was even greater
!and after the older man's'death,, with his
mother-in-law. who is uncommonly clever Sheli
kqv's schemes. were'-'.but sketches, beside' Reza--
noVs, Who from merely a courtier and a gay Wood
about town developed into a great man of
business, with an ambition to correspond. It
was he who got the Imperial ukase that gave
the Russian-American company its power to
squeeze all the other fur hunters and traders
out of the northeast, and make' Rezanov and
everybody belonging to it so rich youx head
would swim if I told you the number of doub
loons they spend in a, year. Nobody
has ever been so clever at managing those^ cud
beasts of autocrats as he* 'J They think him
merely the accomplished courtier^ a bralliaht
dilettante, condescending patron, of art and,
letters, a devotee of pleasure and all the time. 0
WF^TfV'S
dress a foot h%h studded .with.,.jewels. ropeSf
or^ian^onds a pearls-I made Mm tefi.me
hnw the "-great ladles dressed. Ah! there is
the pWeot -being a gjrl-^o think, and
dream of^ll those 'beautiful' things not ot
when the wife must live always for the hus
band and children. That comes soon enough.
And why should JL-not have all! all!there is.
shuttle in life for the girl, "seems to me
SUr that I have had nothing. VThen ho asEs
n?c-to marry- bSn he will tell me of the fine,
Sing 1 shall, have and the. groat- sights I
stallT witnessthe ceremonies at cowt, the win-.
,-4e* Streetswith snowsnow, Santiago!where
'the great nobles drive fpui- horses thru the drifts
'like 'little bills and are wrapped .-in furs like
bears I The grand military parades-iow I.
Bhall' laugh wb'enl think of our: poor little
prasidios wjth -their dozen officers strutting
^bout--" She. stopped aKufttfyTajfl &%
wildly into tears flung herself into-her brother
arms "But I neveP could leave you! And
myfather! my mother! an! all! Ay, Dios de
mi alma! what an ingrate I ami I should die
of homesickness! My Santiago! My .Santiago!
Santiago patted her phflosophically Yon
are not going tomorrow," he reminded her.
"Don't cross your bridges until you come to
them. You might take' us all with _you, oC
spend every third year or so in California. And
meanwhile remember that high and mighty
chamberlain has not yet asTred for the-honor,
of an alliance with the house of ArgueUo and
that your brother will match his best fighting
cock against your new white lace mantilla
from Mexico, that he is not meditating any
project so detrimental to bis fortunes. Console
yourself.with the reflection that if he were.
our father and the priests, and the governor
himself, would, die apoplexy. He &*4[gfc
tie-^a member.of the Greek rfitrrch! Hasttton.:
lost thy iB&M-V Cbnchita Dry your eyes and
cwne' home:to' sleep, and let us hear no more
of nrarriage with a man who is not only a
'barbarian of the- north" sind- a .heretic, but so
proud' he dbies not think a Califorman good
^^dglVt^^^jp^pr decks.**-'
i. '".V .0....:. iv.
lit was lqag'before'''Eezanov slept that night.
Tht- usual chill had-corse.in from the Pacific^as
the \vent..do-wu.:and .the dis-tingiiished vlsLto
hafl intimatedn''Wth -bis hosts that lie shouldr like
to:
exercise fchore until ready fo his
delested quarters: but Arguello dared not in the
nbscbee of his father invite the foreigner eyen
to" sleep in the house so lavishly offered iu the
i "ill
2
r'l
11
j a a
til*
r
ill
morning altho he had sent such an abd"ia.n
of provisions to the ship that the poor san&C?
were deep in sleep, gorged like boa-constrictors
and he could safely promise that while the
Juno remained In port, ber larder should never
be empty. He shared the evening" bowl of
punch in the ca in, then went his way lament
ing that he could not take his new friends
with him. 2
Rezanov paced the little deck of the Juno to
keep his blood-in stir. There was no moon. The
islands aid promonteiies on the great sheet of
water, were black save for the occasional glow
of an Indian earapfire.. There was not a sound
but the lapping of the waves,' the roar of the
distant breakers. The great silver stars' and
the little green stars looked down upon a solitude
that was almost primeval, yet mysteriously dis
turbed by the restless currents in the brain of a
man .who had little in common with primal
force?.
Rezanov was uneasy on more scores than one.
He was annoyed and mortified at. the discovery
made over the punch bowlthat the girl he
Vad taken to- be twenty was but sixteen. It
was by no means bis first experience of the
quick maturity of southern womenbut sixteen!
He had never wasted a moment on-
Dona Concha had listened to this eloquent
haranguethey sat alone at one end of the
fong lalt^while Luis at the other toiledI over
his letters to the governor and his father ad
vising toem of the formidable honor of toe
Russian's visitin exactly the temper he would
S choW Her fine eyes had melted and run
over at the moving tale of the suffering of the
servants of the companyuntil his own had soft
ened in response and he had impulsively kissed
her hand-
thepersonaldilated
snoke
w,i rieen a
beauty of 20
I
a chi before
and altho he was a man of imagination, and
notwithstanding her intelligence and dignity, be
could not reconcile properties so conflicting with
any .sort of feminine ideal.
And the pressing half of his mission he had
confided to her! No man knew better than he
the value of a tactful and witty woman in the
political dilemmas of life more than one had
given him devoted service, nor ever yet had be
made a mistake. After Beveral hours spent in
the society of this clever politic dissatisfied
girl he had come to the conclusion that he could
trust her, and had told her of the lamentable
condition of the creatures in the employ of the
Russian-American company of their chronic
state of semi-starvation, of toe scurvy that made
them apathetic of brain and body, and eventu
ally would exterminate them unless be coma
establish reciprocal trade relations with Califor
nia and obtain regular supplies of larinaccous
food acknowledged that he had brought a cargo
of Russian and Boston goods necessary to toe
well-being of the missions and preaidios, and
that he would not return to the wretchedIpeopje
of Sitka, at least, without a generous substiturt
of breadstuffs, dried meats, peas, beans, barley
and tallow. Not only had he no longer the
courage to witness their misery, but his ior
tune and his career were at stake. His entire
capital was invested in the company he bad
founded, and he had failed in his embassy to
Japanto the keenest mortification of the czar
and the jubilation. of his enemies. If he left
the emperor's northeastern dominions unreclaimed
and failed to rescue: the company from its pre
carious^condition, he should hardly care to return
to St. Petersburg.
had and flashed as he
'hh apprehensions and when
he had given her a practical explanation of his
reasons fof eoming to California she had given
him advice as practical in return.
He must withhold from her father #nd the
governor the fact- of his pressing need thej
were Mgh officials with an inflexible sense ot
-dutv. and did all they could to enforce ttelaw
against trading with foreigners. He -was to
Stain the fiction of belting the globe, but
that^he had indulged in a dream of com
mecnil relations-for a benefit strictly, mutual
between neighbors as close as the Spanish and
toffi tt fflrfea. .Thisjvould toterew toem
-Ivhat would not. on-the-edge P? the world?
S JlJni.* ttaatoE una" 23J2J
S mrernnrfiit. Not (or personal saiuthey
ui
of the aiwJ
of birth an Dee a the
-iSS. 4o? SSaS Stler COOK of IBS
perwnce ot ^^e ea agteca
aiplomat. a ^s7,%,^Z^\ShT with activcornets
?hed'n1eha0nere
ffi
enemiest
& CrTfaisingenuou^
the meaner. tut noducive to broad opu
^And rrfert i^tomuLblft: Chilstianity.
S^^rSaL^aBa tfz
ft-*^^ats 2*"=*
mid n.vory oeun"e lt bu
W
Sft howevet precocious
common stranger she met HS- *"2awit*
fundamental humamtytnatw Uo
&M SStfJKT^Sl no taste for the
role of heartbreaker.
But the girl had proved her timeliness would,
if ttustwortoy, be of further gg,**^^^
iLfSr and the.governor toward such of his
"SSi^Jn Ift'ad- any intention of revealing
i
carefully his- conversations with
JSr StftlK-Wlm-
bad met Madame de Stael and other has bleus,
apd given them no more f his society than
politeness demanded, but altho astonished at the
amount of Information this young girl had as
similated, ho found nothing In her manner of
wearing her intellectual crown to offend his
fastidious taste. She was wholly artless In her
love of books and of discussing them and noth
ing in their contents had disturbed toe sweetest
Innocence he had ever met. Of the little arts of
coquetry she was mistress by inheritance and
much provocation, but her unawakened inner life
breathed the simplicity and purity of the ele
mental roses that hovered about her in his
thoughts. Her very uususccptibllity made the
game more dangerous if it piqued him-and
he aspired to be no more thun humanhe
either should have to marry her. or nurse a sore
spot in his conscience, for the rest of his life
and for neither alternative had he the least
relish.
He dismissed the subject at last with an
impatient shrug. Perhaps he was' a conceited
ass, as his English friends would say perhaps
the governor- would be more 'amenable than she
had represented. No man could forecast events.
It was enough to be forearmed.
Hut his thoughts swung to a theme as little
disburdening. His needs, as he had confided to
^.Concha, were very pressing. The'dryor frosfen
fish, the sea-dogs, the fat of whales, upon
which the employees ot toe company were
forced to subsist, in the least hospitable of
climes, had ravaged them with, scorbutic dis
eases until their numbers were so reduced by
death and desertion there was danger of de
population and the consequent bankruptcy of
the company. Since June of the preceding year
until his i departure from New Archangel in the
previous .month, he had been actively engaged
in inspection of the. company's holdings from
Kamchatka to Sitka: reforming abuses, estab
llshing schools.and libraries, as well as meas
ntes to protect the fur-bearing animals from
reckless slaughter both, by the promuschleniki
and marauding foreigners punishing and banish
ing the worst Offenders against the company's
laws encouraging the faithful, and. sharing
hardships \with them that sent memories of
former luxuries and pleasures scurrying off- to
the realms of fantasy. But his rule would be
Incomplete and his efforts, end in failure if the
miserable Russians and datives in toe employ
of the company were not vitaliaed by proper
food and cheered with- the hope of its per
manence.
In Santiago's story of the Russian visitor's
achievements and status there was the common
mingling of truth and fiction the exalted never
fail. to inspire. 'Rezanov, altho he had accom
plished great ends against greater odds, was
too little of a courtier at heart ever to" have
been a prime favorite in-St. Petersburg' until
the accession of a ruler with whom he had
something in common. A dissolute woman and
a crack-brained despot were the last to appre
ciate an original and independent mind, and the
seclusion of Alexander had been so complete
during the lifetime of his father that Rezanov
had barely known him bv sight. But the czar
ovitch. enthusiastic for reform and a passionate
admirer of enterprise knew of Rezanov, and no
sooner did he mount his gory throne than he
confirmed the chamberlain In his tremendous
enterprise, and two years later made him a
privy counsellor.'" invested him with the order
of St. Ann and chose him for toe critical em
bassy to the verdant realm with the blind and
gateless walls.
Rezanov had conquered so.far in life even less
by address than by demonstration of abilities
very singular in a man of his birth and educa
tion. When he met Shelikov, toe Siberian fur
merchant and trader, during the latter's visit to
St. Petersburg In 1788. he was a young man
with little interest in life outside of its pleas
*nres. and :a patrimony that enabled him to
command
theme tdignit-ygreat
no
extent.
Russia, and convince
of
would
screeri ahd'abit Mm thru vaoiity andJ ove of
tntH-ue A^tei- the dinner, in the seclusion of
intrigue, .A-TJ.^. i explore for the
SS-Sof nermentofnVtulfty. Corfcha bad told
i .f Itt 3-0'C Arguello's ambition that his
children toTtfcfr^ yon ^should have the edua
Uon he h"d been forced'to acquire-in his miin
he had taught them himseU, and not
wu landing his pW, and the disapproval
the priests, had permitted them to rend the
bistories, travels and biographies he Mccived
Once a year from the City "of Mexico. Rezanov
,ft a P-iS 5-w gJl
and barel
to maintain th of his rank Shelikov^y
"plan-to obtain a monopoly .of the fur trade in.
the islands and territories ""added by his coni
panv to Russia, possibiy thruout the
entiref
session, thus
pos-
preventin E the destruction sa
bles, seals, otters, and .'foxes' by small" traders
and foreigners, interested him at once or possi
"bly he was merely fascinated at first by toe
shrewd and dauntless -representative of a class
with which he had never before come in con
tact The accidental acquaintance ripened into
intimacy, Rezanov became a partner In the
Shelikov-Golikov company, and married the
daughter of his new friend. After the death
of'-'his'father-in-law, in 1705, his ambitions ana
business abilities, now fully awake, prompted
him to obtain for himself and his partner rights
analagous to those granted by. England to the
East India company. Shelikov had won little
more than half the power and privileges he had
solicited of Catherine, altho- he had amalga
mated the two leadiug companies, drawn in
several others, and built ships and factories, the
latter protected by forts. And if the regnant
merchants made large fortunes, the, enterprise
in general suffered from the rivalries between
the various companies,:and" above all from laci
of imperial suppport.. a'
Rezanov, his plans made.- brought to bear an
the considerable influence he was able to com
mand, called upon all his resources of brain' and
address, and brought Catherine to the. point of
consenting to sign the charter .he^needed. Be-:
fore it was ready for the imperial signature
she died.- Rezanov was forced to begin again
with her. Ill-balanced and intractable son. Nata
lie SeMkov, his famous mother-in-law. ithe old
shareholders of the company, and *he many
new ones, that had subjscribed to Rezanov'e am
bitious project, gave themselves up to despair.
For a time the outlook was dark. The personal
enemies of Rezanov and the bitter and persist-,
ent opponents ofthe companies threw themselves
eagerly into the ^seale- with tales of the bru
tality of the merchants .and the threatened ex
tirpation of the fur-bearing animals. Paul an
nounced his intention rbf'aboIish all the com
panies and close the colonies
t'o-- trader,s
big and
little. i~':
But the enemy had a very subtle antagonist
in Rezanov. Apparently dismissing the .sub-.-
ject he applied'himself to gaining^ personal
aseendaticy/: over- 'lihe erratic but. impressionable
czar No one in the opposing camp could com
pare with lton. in that fine balance of charm
and brain which:.was his peculiar gift, or^in,
the adroit manipulation of a mind propelled
mainly by vanity. He studied Paul's moods
and character, .discovered that after some sense
less act Of pppresslon he suffered from a cor
responding remorse, and was peculiarly sus
ccptibh* to 'any Phm that would increase his
power and- add lustejr to his name. The com
mercial and. historic advantages of prosperous
northeastern possessions -were artfully instilled.
At the opportune moment Rezanov laid before
him a eheine, firature in every detail, for a
great company that would
addoftothtoe
wealth or
Europ sound com
mercial sense and immortal wisdom of its sov
ereign.
fi, ithont more ado h-e obtained his
tififlrtcr.
This 'momentous instrument granted to^ the
''Russian-American Company under our High?
est Protection," "full privileges, for a period
of twenty yearns on the coast ot northwestern.
America, beginning from latitude 55 .degrees
norto. and including the- chain. of islands ex
tending from Eamchatka northward, and south
ward' to Japan the exclusive right to all en
terprises, whether hunting, trading or building,
and to new aipcoyeries with strict prohibition
from profiting from any' of these pursuits, not.
only to all parties who might engage in theih
on their own respousibiliry, but ateo to those
who formerly had ships and establishments
there, except those who have united with the
new company." ATI private traders Who refuse
to Join the company were to be allowed to
sell their property and depart In peace.
Thus was formed the first trust company of
America and toe. United Statea nev^basbad
so formidable a menace^ to"Ber territorial great.
K
4
a-i
W is
:-'The.
THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL Wednesday, October 10, 190^.
ness as in this Russian nobleman who paced that
night the wretched deck of the little ship he had
bought from one of her skippers. Perturbed
in mind at his recent failures and immediate
prospects, he was no less determined to take
California from the Spaniards cither by ab
sorption or force.
Ou bis way from New Archangel to San
Francisco he had met with' his second failure
since leaving St. Petersburg. It was his in
tention to mov the Sltkan colony down to the
mouth of the Columbia river, not only pressed
by the need of a more beneficent soil, but as
a first Jn8idious advance upon San Francisco
bay. Upon this trip it would be enough to
make a survey' of the ground and bury a cop
per plate inscribed: "possession of the Rus
sian empire." The Juno had encountered ter
rific storms. After three desperate attempts
to reach the mouth of the river, Rezanov had
been forced to relinquish the enterprise for
the moment and hasten with his diseased and
almost useless ,crew to the nearest port, ..It,
was true that the attempt could be made again
later, but Resahov, sanguine of temperament,
was correspondingly depressed by failure and
disposed to regard It as an ill omen.
An ambassador inspired by heaven could bare
accomplished no more with the.Japanese at that'
medieval stage of .'their development than he
had done, and the most Indomitable' of men
cannot yet control. the' winds of heaven, bat
sovereigns are rarely governed by logic, and
frequently by the favorite at hand. The privi-.
lege of writing personally to the czar, In his
case, meant more and. less than appeared on
the surface. It was a measure to keep the*
reports of the company out of the "bands of
the admiralty college, its bitterest enemy, and
always jealous of the civil service. Neverthe
less, Rezanov knew that be bad no immediate
reason to apprehend the loss of Alexander's
friendship and esteem, and if he placed the
company, in which all the imperial family had
bought shares, on a sounder basis than ever
before, and doubled Its earnings by. insuring
'the health of its' employees, he would meet,
when in St. Petersburg again, with practically
no opposition to his highest ambitions. These
ambitions he deliberately kept In a fluid state
for the present. Whether he should aspire to
great authority In the government or choose
to rule with the absolute powers of the czar
himself these already vast possessions on the
Pacificand to whose expansion there need be
no limit Within the boundaries of his own will
would be decided by events. All bis inherited
and cultivated Instincts yearned for the bril
liant and complex civilizations of Europe, but
the new world had taken a" firm hold upon his
bumaner and appealed more Insidiously to his
despotic. Moreover, Europe, torn, up by that
human earthquake, Napoleon Bonaparte, would
lose the greater half of Its sweetness and
savor. AU that, however, could be determined
upon bis return to St. Petersburg in the au
tumn.
But meanwhile he. must succeed with these
Californians, or they might prove, toy soldiers
as they were, more perilous to his fortunes
than enemies at court. He could not afford
another failure, and news of this attempt and
an exposition of all that depended upon it was
already on toe road to the capital of Russia.
He "bad known, of course, of the law that
forbade the Spanish colonies to trade with
foreign ships, but he had relied, partly upon the
ose he could make of the orders given. by toe
Spanish'. king at the request of toe czar regard
ing the expedition under Krusehstern, partly
upon bis OWn wit and address. But altho the
royal order had insured him. immediate hospi
tality and saved him many wearisome formaii
ties,: he .had already discovered that toe Spanish
on the far rim .of their empire had lost nothing
of their connate suspicion. Rather, their isola
tion-made them toe more: wary. Altho they lit-'
tie appreciated the richness and yarlousness of
California's soil, and- not at all this wonderful
bay that, could: accommodate'the"combined navies
of' Jhe world, pocketing several, the" pious zeal'
of the. clergy In behalf of the" Indians, .and th
general policy- of Spain to hol'd all of the west-'
era hemisphere that disintegrating forces ivould
permit, made her as tenacious of this vast -terri
tory she hud sb sparsely populated as had she
been aware that its foundations were of gold,
conceived that its climate and soil were a more
enduring source of wealth than evef she, would
...cor.rtnd again. If Rezanov was without- a pro
phetic sense of the formeraltho he had'taken
note of Arguello's casual reference to. a vein of
silver and lead in toe Monterey hills-^-no man
ever more thoroly'. appreciated toe visible -re-
sources-of California-than he. Baranhov, chief
manager of the company, had talked with
American and British skippers for twenty-years,
and, every item he had accumulated Rezanov bad,
extracted. Today he had drawn, further in-'
formation from Concha and her brothers and
their artless descriptions as well "as this in
comparable bay had filled him wHth enthusiasm.
\Vhht a gift to Russia. What an achievement
to his immortal credit. The fog had rolled In
from the Pacific in great white waves and
stealthily enfolded him, obliterated toe sea and
the'land. But he did not see it Apprehension
left him. Once more he fell to dreaming. In.
the course of a few years: the company Would
attract a large- population to the mouth of the
Columbia river, be strong enough to make use...of
any favorable turn iri European politics and
sweep down upon California. The geographical
position of Mexico.-the arid and desolate -herb
less and waterless wastes intervening, would pro
hibit her sending, any considerable assistance
overland and, all' powerful at court by that"
time he wonld take care that the Russian navy
Inspired Spain with a distaste for remote Pa
i dfic waters. He had long-since recovered from
the disappointment induced by the orders com
pelling him to remain in the colonies.^ The,
gieat company he had heretofore regarded aaerely
as a source of income and a .means of^-^ad-^
vancing his ambitions, he now\^e*ed w$-his
child. Even during toe, marches oyer jywzen,
swamps and mountains, daring th eJrlribW:., win-%_
ter in Sitka when he -had become familiar
fcWith illness and- even with hunger his .ardor
|itad grown, as".well as his deterjnmajion tar
-ftotce Russia into the front rank of commer
cial Europe. The United States he barely
considered. He respected the new-country for
'the independent .spirit and military'genius that
lui'd routed so powerful a nation .as Great
Britain, but he'toought of her only as. a new
and tentative civilization on the .far .shores of
the Atlantic After some experience
Russians were-to call at the house^ of
ie comandante.on their way to the mission
aid Concha 'herself made the chocolate with
Which they Were to be detained for an hour It
was another Sparkling:' morning, one of the tew
ffhit camo between ,wmter .and -summer, sttm
mer and winter, and made even this bleak
peninsula a hmd of enchantment before the
tratle winds took the sand hills up by their
foundations .and drew them down to Yerlm
f,
is
a -a & ^3,
Buena, submerging the battery'.and every green
thing by the way or the great fogs rolled
doWn from the rule lands of the north and in
from the sea, making the shivering Sap Fran
ciscan forget that not ten miles away the sun
was as prodigal as youth.. For a few weeks
San Francisco had her springtime, when the
days were warm and the air'Of a wonderful
lightness and brightness, the atmosphere so
clear that, the flowers might be seen on the
islands, when man walked with wings- on his
feet and a song in his heart when the past
was done..with, the future, mattered not, the
present with its ever-changing' hues on bay aia'd
lilll," its cool electrical breezes stirring imag
ination and pulse, was all in .all.
And it was in San Francisco's springtime
that Concha Arguello made chocolate for the
Russian to whom. she, was' to. give a. niche In
toe history ,of her land and sang at bet
task. She whirled toe molinillo In each cup as
it was filled, whipping toe fragrant liquid to
froth, pausing only to scoUl when bet serf ant
Stained One of the dainty saucers or enps.
Poor Rosa did not sing, altho the spring at
tuned ,hcr broken .spirit to a gentler melancholy
than when the winds howled and the fog was
cold in her marrow. She had been sentenced
by* the last governor, the wise Borlca, to eight
years of domestic servitude in the house of
Don Jose Arguello for .abetting her lover
the murder of his wife. Concha, thoughtless
in many, things, did what she could to exorcise
the terror and despair.that stared from the
eyes of the Indian, and puzzled her' deeply.
Rosa adored her young mistress and exulted
even when Concha's voice rose In Wrath for
was not she noticed by the loveliest senoritt
in aU" toe Californias, while others, envious,
and spiteful to a poor ghi no. worse than then
selves, were ignored?
Concha's cheeks were as pink as the" Castilian
'roses that grew even before the kitchen door
and were quivering at the moment under the Im
passioned caroling of a choir of larks. Her
black. eyes .were full of
dancingthe
the Imprisoned sun-flecks1
Wn^a fold
tof travel
in Siberia, and knowing the immensity ..and
primeval conditions of northwestern 'America,
he did not think it probable toat .th little
cluster of states, barely able to walk alone,:
would Indulge in dreams of expansion for many
years to come. He had heard of the projected
expedition- ot tewis: and* Clarke .to \the mouth
'of'--'the' Columbia, butperhaps* ne was too'
Russianhe did not take any adventure serious
ly that lmd not a mighty nation at its back,
And as it-was almost the half of a century
from that night before the-American flag flew
over the custom house of-Monterey,* there is
reason to believe that Russian aggression under
The leadership of so energetic and. .resourceful
a'spirit as Nicohoi! Pctrovich de Rezanoy was
In a fair way t6 make history first in the New
Albion" of Drake and the California of the in-
compTetent "Spaniard.
lights,
under rosebushelik
and never had indolent Spanish hands moved
so quickly.
"Mini,s
Mira," she cried to
the*
luckless Rosa.
Tt* i the third time tho hast spil the
chocolate. Thy hands are ot wood when they
should be of air. A soft bit of linen to
clean them, not toat coarse rag. Dios de ml
alma. I shall send for Malia."
"For the love of Mary, senorlta, have pity,"
wailed Rosa. "Thereseethanks to the Virgin
I have poured three CUDS without spilling a
drop. And this rag is of soft linen. Look. Dana
Concha. Is it not truer"
"Bueno take care toon leavest not one drop
on a saucer* .and. Ifwlll forgive thee* not
kiss my hand'how, foolish one.' How can I whirl
the molinillo Be always good and I will burn
a candle for thee every time I go to the
mimitnn The Russians go to the mission this
morning. Hast thou seen the Russians, Rosa?"
"I have seen toem. senorlta. Did I not serve
at table yesterday-*?'.' i__-
"True I had forgotten. What didst thou
think of them?" 'v
"What .matters it.to. such, great folk -what
a poor Indian girl thinks of them?. They are
very fair, which may be the:
fashion in their
country but I am not accustomed to it: and I
like not beards."... i _-
"His excellency wore no beardhe who sat on
my mother's right and opposite to nte-'
"He is very grand, senorlta more grand toaa
the governor, who after *11 has red hair and is
old. He is even grander than, Don Jose, whom
may the saints preserve or than the. padres at
the mission. Perhaps he is a khig. like oar
king and natural lord in Spain. (El rey nuestro
senor natural.) Is he a king, senorlta?"
"No but be should be. Rosa, thou mayat
have my red cloak that, came from Mexicolast
year! I have a new one.and that is^too smaU.
I had Intended to give it to Ana Paula.^bht
thou art a good..girl and should, have a-gay matt:
tie for Sunday. like toe other_ girls.. X, have
also .a red ribbon for the
Rosa spilt half the contents of the chocolate
io on the floor and Concha'gave, her a sound
box-on toe ear. However, she old not dismiss
he?, a sentence for which the trembling girt
^^ke^re^uickly/'^cried^he lady of
canriceT "They come. I
heartoe them.t
But this
enough for the first. Mak res and beat
with toe molinillo as I have xlone.
and Malia._
to-tn hrltaff all to the corridor..
SheT ran to ber room and her1
mirror. Both
e^ sm^ll, the former little more .luxurious
E.n toe cell of a nun. But the roses hung
window, the birds bad built, in the
eaves.-and over the wall the sun shone in. In
otTcoraoT was an altar and a crucifix. If toe
wans were rough': and. white, 'they *were. as
STOUCSS as the hands" tliat^hook
twteted'vhlght tne^anei &<** W
K^MP
ear *?'"Se 'mUm fashloi'.-Of- the.
that. I-find it detestable.',*
P?^
dowser.eitherL'nthedan6tou#
California^8adha maid and we. '-and? the.", tall shellf comb1
K-aef^t-nCre^^&^R
the head-dress fcito' 'he^:Jong, .Spanish pins,
dlles"ted the stentf of .twb ihalf-bWtf roses.^of
thef^toorjs ar^torust.' the* obliquely thru
toe knot., Her* dress- 'xwas jpf pimple white
-to^n*.nde with a very,. full skht apd little
round" Jacket, hut -embroidered-.by her own
deft fingers with' the color she loved best.
She patted her frock,-Toned^dowto* ber sleeves,
and Went out to the "corridor" to stand de
murely behind her mother as toe %ssians,
ported'by Father Rampu AbeUa, rode into
^ItezanOT^'had intended merely to pay a call
of ceremony upbn-toe .h"ospltaBle.Arguellosi^ bnt
after he had dismounted and kissed toe hands
of the smiling senora and her beautiful daugtt
ter he was nothing loath to linger, over A cop
"^It^was^seTved iut there In the sha^e o-t#e
vines. Rezanov and Concha, "sat on the railing
and. the man stared -over his cupa the^glrl
with the roses touching heajiCheek and ruffling
^"Do you like chocoiate, senor?",' asked Concha,
who was not in toe intellectual mood of y
jerday. 1 made It myselfI and.-my poor
^'"It is the most -delectable foam. I '^a*e ever
tasted. I am interested to "know*.toat it, has
the solid '.foundation of a .name. Whjkt Is the
matter-with yOuir ,Rosa?" '_- A
"She is an unfortunate. ,Her lover .killed his
wife, and it Is said that Xe is jotv innocent
Wself The lover serves .to chains for eight
years and she is with us that we may make
httre'pent and.keep her from furtoer aim .She
fa very unhappy and will marry toe ma^ when
his punishment is over. I am very^rry* fOT
^"Fan'cy yon living 'close' to".fa!
'woman 'like
tsag&jb
"Why?if I can do her gooff=-itaasmake her
ppy,. sometimes?' tje *&
happy
Doese
tSlk ibpufe i^fe-i^jer^ek-^,
she ever
ishe cam here!? !V, i a
"Oh. no sBe is ar itoo '*W^' ,^nce only,
when-'l told l|er I* would ptayj-% Aer ^Jfie
mission, she asked ...me to buVa^ a cand*^ that
her lover might serv hi* senieifce- more quick
ly and'eome out and mariy-her. Will-you light
one for her today, Pt2l^'J
:i, ^n^^iL
"With the greatest pteasnrt If .yon-, really
want your maid to marrf a ma2i whp no dotfbt
wffl mnrdcr her for^ths saBevof some ober
"OhT surely not H^e %es Ae^J T^know ttiat
manv-men love more,-than once,, Wit When they
*are punished like toat, toey ..rrmst -remcmiber^'
'Ts^it true toat jm are onty 1#? Is that
an impertinent question? I ,^-flo*- help St.
Those years are so ..few, and so
has gone Into that Kttie 3-teaa.'*j
ich wisdom
i Be Crmtinnect Sext jSuadayj
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