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The Dwarf Makes an Early Call.
From one of the watch towers of the town
rang the clear note of a trumpet, a tribute
?>r me|.?dv. occasioned by the awakening In
the east. As the last clarion tones re
re hoed over the sleeping village a crimson
rim appeared above the horlson and soon ]
the entire wheel of the chariot of the sun
K'kI rolled up out of the Illimitable abyss
and began Its dally race across the sky.
The stolid bugler yawned, tucked his trum
pet under his arm. and, having perfunctori
ly performed the duties of his office,
tramped downward with more alacrity than
he had tolled upward.
About the same time the sleepy guard at
the town gate was relieved by an equally
drowsy-appearing trooper; here and there
windows were tiling open, and around the
well In (lie small public square the maids
l?'i(aii to congregate. In the tap room of the
tavern the landlord moved about, setting to
rights tlie tables and chairs, or sprinkling
fresh sand on the floor. The place had a
stale, elose i>dor, as though not long since
vacated by an inabstlnent company, a sup
position further borne out by the disorder of
? ti: furniture, and the evidence the gather
ing had not been over-nice about spilling
the contents of their toss-pots. The host
had but opened the front door, permitting
the. fresh, invigorating air from without to
enter, when the duke's plaisant. his cloak
ov-T his arm. descended the stair, and, ad
dressing the landlord, asked when he and
1 5s companion could be provldefl with
"Breakfast!" grumbled the proprietor.
"The maids are hardly up and the iires
must yet be started. It will be an hour or
more before you can be served." ?
The Jester appeared somewhat dissatis
fied. but contented himself with requesting
the other to net about the meal at once.
"You ride forth early." answered the man
In nn aggrieved tone. '
The plalsant made no reply as he strode
> to the door and looked out; noted sundry
signs of awakening life down the narrow
street, and then returned to the tap room.
"You had a noisy company here last
night, landlord?" he vouchsafed, glancing
around the room and recalling the laughter
and shouts he had heard below until a late
"Noisy company!" retorted the Innkeeper.
"A goodly company that ate and drank
freely. Distinguished company that paid
freely. The kind's own guards who are act
ing as escort to Kobert. the Duke of Frled
Witid. and his bride, the princess. Noisy
The young man started. "The king's
fcuards!" he said. "What are they doing
The other vigorously rubbed the top of a
table with a damp cloth. "Acting as escort
to the duke, as 1 told you." he replied.
"The duke is here also?"
"Yes; at the chateau. The princess had
become weary of travel; besides, had
sprained her ankle, I heard, and would have
it the cavalcade should tarry a few days.
They e'en stopped at my door." he went on
ostentatiously, "and called for a glass of
wine for the princess. 'Tis true she took
it with a frown, but the hardships of Jour
neying do not agree with grand folks."
These last words the Jester, absorbed in
thought, did not hear. With Ills back to
the man, he stood gazing through the high
window, apparently across the street. But
between the two houses on the other side
of the thoroughfare was a considerable
open space, and through this, far away, on
the mount, could be seet; the chateau. The
sunlight shone bright on turret and spire;
Its walls were white and glistening, its
outlines, graceful and airy as a fabric of
"And yet it was a handsome cavalcade,"
continued the proprietor, his predilection
for pomp overcoming his churlishness. "The
princess on a steed with velvet housings, set
with precious stones. Her ladies attired in
eastern silks. Uehlnd the men of arms;
Francis" troops In rich armor; the duke's
sokiiers more simply arrayed. At the
head of the procession rode "
"Have the horses brought out at once."
Thus brusquely interrupted, the innkeeper
stared blankly at his guest, who had left
the window and now stood In the center of
the room confronting him. "And the break
fast?" asked the man.
"I have changed my mind and do not
want It." was the curt response.
The host shrugged his shoulders disagree
ably, a* the plaiaaat turned and ascended
GROWTH OF DRUG HABIT
RECENT ENGLISH COURT CASES
SHOW ITS DIRE EFFECTS.
On Incurable Disease ? Sufferings of
Horphine Victims When De
prived of Their Potion.
From the London News.
Public attention has recently been drawn
to the drug habit by cases in the courts
Some time ago a man and woman were
placed in the dock together. Their condition
of nervous distress was pitiable, and they
Implored the magistrate to allow them to
have morphia. Their sufferings were so
acute that the request was eventually
agreed to. and the immediate result was
marvelous. Their misery and dejection dis
appeared, and for a lime at least they seem
ed perfectly restored. More recently a man
charged with dishonest dealing told the
magistrate that he was a victim to cocaine,
and while under the influence of the drug
did not know what happened. Inquiries
show that the vice is much more common
than is generally imagined. Naturally it is
Intended to be a secret sin, but the victim
of the habit quickly becomes mentally and
physically demoralized to an extent which
renders the services of the doctor impera
On this subject Or. Forbes Winslow
speaks with the authority of one who has
made a close study of the disease for many
years. To a reporter he entered into the
matter at some length, and during the In
terview quoted from a number of works
which he has written on the subject. "In
my opinion," he said, "one of the chicf
causes of degeneration in the human race
is indulgence in opium, or the drug habit.
In China there are upward of three mil
lions of opium eaters, and the number is
gradually Increasing. In one year the value
of opium which was sent into Kngland was
over 1400,000. One curious thing lit refer
ence to the drug is that It takes hold of the
individual absolutely; It degenerates h'm,
and makes liim quite unfit for the ordinary
duties of life. The first symptoms are feei
ng* of content and slight excitement, fol
lowed by laughter of an Involuntary nature.
. .. . flrst staK? t,le smoker has feelings of
delight, while the temperature Is Increased
( irc.uinstances which happened long ago
present themselves In all I heir orlgi
nallty, and the future appears bright.
As the hal*t increases this feeling of exal
tation is followed by depression. At flrst
the complexion, and particularly the eyes,
present a brilliant appearance, but after
ward the face becomes intensely pale and
generally Insensibility supervenes."
Victims of Cocaine.
"Do these conditions apply also to those
who are addicted to cocaine?"
"Yes. entirely: When I was in New York
some time ago I spent a good deal of time
in the Chinese quarter, and it was a most
ordinary thing to see Kuropean women
there who had become fascinated by the
habit hanging out of the windows. They
had become Its victims to such an extent
that they were Incapable of leaving the
quarter. Many of them were ladles."
"Does the drug habit assume serious
proportions here in England?" "Yes. it is a
very common thing, chiefly among the
ladles. Usually It Is taken in the beginning
to allay pain. Without doubt a large
amount of laudanum is consumed by the
upper classes In conjunction with alcohol.
It is a hard and fast rule that a dipso
maniac is also addicted to the morphia
habit, but not vioe versa."
"You mean that a dipsomaniac who is
deprived of drink would try to get drugs
! >?Mt that a victim of the drug habit does
| not care about alcohol?" "Exactly."
"Is the habit increasing In this country?"
"Very much. As long ago as 1872 no less
than :??,211 pounds of opium wen? Im
ported into Kngland, and if the indulgenco
was measured by this standard the decline
and fall of the social system might be con
"What about the effects?" "Well, they
are many. As I have already stated, in
the early stages the drug produces beauti
ful feelings and visions. The feelings of
the eater are not merely pleasurable; he
experiences great delight and brilliant
fancies, which transcend all real and
healthy impressions. Without doubt many
painters have done fine work under the in
fluence of opium. At first only h small
quantity Is taken, but as the fascination
takes hold of the victim the size of the
dose is Increased, and amung the most fre
quent effects are hallucinations of hearing
The Idea of being in communication with
8atan Is most common in these cases. But
eventually the victim becomes degraded in
mind, physically demoralized and mentally
diseased. In some asylums in America 83
per cent of the patients were opium eaters
There Is no doubt also that It stimulates to
crime. Frequently it happens that the vic
tims of drugs will steal things when there
is no Inducement to do so. In Singapore 80
per cent of those confined In the house of
correction were opium smokers, and the
offenses of which they were guilty were
nearly all against property."
"And fhe cure?" "The usual method
the stairs. "Unprofitable travelers," mut
tered the landlord, following with his gaze
the retreating figure.
Hastily making his way to the room of
the young girl, the Jester knocked on the
"Are you awake, Jacqueline?"
"Yes," answered a voice within.
"We must ride forth as soon as possible.
The duke Is at the chateau."
"At the chateau!" she exclaimed In sur
prise. Then after a pause: "And Trlbovi
let saw us. He will tell that you are here.
I will come down at once. Walt." she add
ed. as an after thought seized her.
He heard her step to the window. "I
think the gates of the chateau are open."
she said. "I am not sure; It Is so far."
"Do you see any one on the road leading
"No." came the answer.
"Nor could I. But perhaps they have al
Again the Jester returned to the tap room,
where he found the landlord polishing the
"The horses?" said the fool sharply.
"The stable boy will bring them to the
door," was the response, and the Innkeeper
held a pot In the air and leisurely surveyed
the shining surface.
Deliberately the man replaced the re
ceptacle on the table, ana, pressing his
thumbs together, began slowly to calculate:
"Bottle of wine, ten sous; capon, twenty
sous; two rooms " when the Jester
took from his coat the purse the young girl
had given him. and. selecting a coin,
threw It on the board. At the sight
of the purse and its golden contents the
countenance of the proprietor mollified; his
prlcie forthwith varied with his changed
estimate of his guest's condition. "Two
rooms, fifty sous; fodder, forty sous"? he
went on. "That would make-"
"Keep the coin." said the plalsant, "and
have the stable boy make haste."
With new alacrity, the innkeeper thrust
the pistole into a leathern pouch he carried
at his glrdie. A guest who paid so well
could afford to be eccentric, and If he and
the young lady chose to travel without
breakfast. It was obviously not for the pur
pose of economy. Therefore, exclaiming
something about "a lazy rascal that needed
stirring up," the now Interested landlord
was about to go to the barn himself, when,
with a loud clattering, a party of horsemen
rode up to the tavern; the door burst open
and Trlboulet, followed by a tall, rugged
looking man and a party of troopers en
tered the hall.
Swiftly the Jester glanced around him; the
room had no other door than that before
which the troopers were crowded; he was
'airly caught in a trap. Remorsefully his
thoughts flew to the young girl and the
trust she had reposed In him. How had he
rewarded that confidence? By a temerity
which made this treachery on the part of
the hunchback possible. Even now before
him stood Trlboulet, bowing Ironically
"1 trust you are well?" Jeered the dwarf,
and with a light, dancing step began to
survey the other from side to side. "And
the lady?is ahe also well this morning?
How pleased you both were to see me yes
terday !" assuming an insolent, albeit watch
ful. pose. "So you believe I had run away
from the duke? As if he could get on with
out me. What would be a honeymoon
without Trlboulet t The maids of honor
would die of ennui. One day they trick me
out with true-lovers' knots! the next, give
me a Cupid's head for a wand. Leave the
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of the dose by a sliding scale. The victim
deprived of the drug Is often in a state of
mania, and without relief would frequently
lose his reason. It Is a well-recognized
fact by all the leading authorities that In
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"How do these people manage to get hold
of the drugs?" "They make all sorts of
excuses. Of course, they have to get a
doctor's order, but they reveal very great
cunning and resourcefulness in securing
duke!" he repeated, bombastically. "Trlbou
let could not be so unkind."
"Enough of this buffoonery!" said a de
cisive voice, and the dwarf drew back, not
without a grimace, to make room for a per
son of soldierly mien, who now pushed his
way to the front. Over his doublet this
gentleman wore a somewhat frayed, but
embroidered cloak; his broad hat was
fringed with gold that had lost Its luster;
his countenance, deeply burned, seemed
that of an old campaigner. He regarded
the fool courteously, yet haughtily.
"Your sword, sir!" he commanded, In a
tone of one accustomed to being obeyed.
"To whom should I give it?" asked the
"To the Vlcomte de Grulse, commandant
of the town. I lutve a writ for your arrest
as a heretic."
"Who has lodged this Information against
"Trlboulet. That Is, he procured the
duke's signature to the writ."
"And you think the duke a party to this
farce, my I^ordT' said the fool, with as
sumed composure. "It has not occurred to
you that before the day is over all the vil
lage will be laughing at the spectacle of
their commandant?pardon me?being led
by the nose by a Jester?"
The officer's sun-burned faoe became red
der; he frowned, then glanced suspiciously
at Trlboulet, whose reputation was France
"This man waa the duke's fool," screamed
the dwarf, "and was imprisoned by order
of the king. His companion who is here
with hjm was formerly Jestress to the
princess. She is a snroereas and bewitched
the monarch. Then bar fancy seised upon
the heretic, and, by heo dark art, she open
ed the door of the del* Dor him. Together
they fled; she from!. tt>? court, he from
The commandant looked curiously from
the hunchback to th*:aeotsed. If this were
acting, the dwarf wai die master of the
art. i! i: it.
"Besides, his hasten* cleave the village,''
eagerly went on TrtBoulttt. "Why was he
dressed at this hour*? Ask the landlord If
he did not seem und*ly-fhurried?"
At this appeal thfc Innkeeper, who had
been an interested spectator, now became a
not unwilling witness.
"It Is true he seated hurried," he an
swered. "When he'"ftrsi came down he
ordered breakfast, f 'liaripened to mention
the duke was at the:dhat?au. whereupon he
lost his appetite with suspicious sudden
ness, called for Ills horses, and was for
riding off with all haste."
From the commandant's expression this
testimony apparently removed any doubts
he may have entertained. Above the
heads of the troopers massed in the door
way the duke's plalsant saw Jacqueline,
standing on the stairs, with wide-open,
dark eyes fastened upon him. Involuntar
ily he lifted his hand to bis heart; across
the brief space glance melted Into glance.
Persecuted Calvin maid?had not her fate
been untoward enough without this new
disaster? Had not the kins wrought
sufficient ill to her and hers in the
past? Would she be sent back to the court,
the monarch? For himself he had no
thought but for her, who was nobler even
than her birthright. He had been thrice a
fool, who had not heeded portentous,warn*
lngs?the sight of Trlboulet. the clamor of
the troopers?and had failed to flee during
the night. As he realised the penalty of
hla negligence would fall so heavily upon
SARDINES ARE SCARCE.
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From the New York San.
Reports just received from all along; the
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her a cry of rage burst from the fool's lips,
and he sprang toward his aggressors. The
young girl became yet whiter; a moment
she clung to the baluster; then started to
descend the stairs. A dozen swords flashed
before her eyes.
She drew In her breath sharply, when as
If by some magic the anger faded from the
face of the duke's fool; the hand he had
raised to his breast fell to his side; his
blade remained sheathed.
"Your pardon, my lord," he said to the
commandant. "I have no Intention of re
sisting the authority of the law, but If you
will grant me a few moments' private au
dience in this room I promise to convince
you the Duke of Priedwald never signed
"Let him convince the council that exam
ines heretics," laughed Triboulet. "I'll war
rant they'll make short work of his argu
"I will give you my sword, sir," went on
the Jester. "Afterward, if you are satisfied,
you shall return It to me. If you are not,
on my word aa a man of honor, I will go
with you without more ado."
"A Calvinist, a jester, a man of honor!"
cried the dwarf.
But narrowly the vlcomte regarded the
speaker. "Pardleu!" he exclaimed gruffly.
"Keep your sword! I promise you I can
look to my own safetly." And, in spite of
Trlboulet's remonstrance, be waved back
the troopers and closed the door upon the
plalsant and himself.
Outside the dwarf stormed and stamped.
"The jester is desperate. It is the noble
count who is a nonny. Open, fool-soldlers!"
This command not being obeyed by the
men who guarded the entrance, the dwarf
began to abuse them. A considerable in
terval elapsed; the hunchback, who dared
not go into the room himself, compromised
by kneeling before the keyhole; at the foot
of the stairs stood the girl, her strained
gaze fastened upon the door.
"They must be near the window," mut
tered Triboulet in a disappointed tone, ris
ing. "What can t$iey be about? Surely he
will try to kill the commandant."
But even as he spoke the door was sud
denly thrown open, and the vlcomte ap
peared on the threshould.
"Clear the hall!" he commanded sharply
to the surprised soldiers. "If I mistake
not," he went on, addressing the duke's jes
ter. "your horses are at the door."
"You are going to let them go?" burst
"I trust you and this fair lady"?turning
to the wondering girl, who now stood ex
pectantly at the side of the foreign fool?
"will not harbor this Incident against our
hospitality," went on the vlcomte, without
heeding the dwarf.
"The king will hang you!" exclaimed Tri
boulet. his face black with disappointment
and rage, as he witnessed the plalsant and
the jestress leave the tavern together. "Let
them go and you must answer to the king.
One Is a heretic, who threw down a cross;
the other I charge with being a sorceress."
A terrible arraignment In those days, yet
the vlcomte was apparently deaf. Hat In
hand, he waved them adieu; the steeds
sprang forward, past the soldiers and down
"After them I" cried the dwarf to the
troopers. "Dolts! Joltheadst"
Whereupon one of the men, angered at
this baiting, reaching out with his Iron
.boot, caught the drawf such a sharp blow
he staggered and feU, striking his head so
violently he lay moHowl? on the walk. At
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for this year Is ruined. When the first
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that the sardine fishery of the year was
likely to prove a failure the chamber of
commerce of Bordeux appointed a commit
tee to Inquire into the condition of the in
dustry. The committee has made a pre
liminary report, in which, while confessing
its Inability to explain the scarcity of sar
dines, It says that, in its opinion, the sad
condition of the fishermen is partly due to
They have never adopted Improved mod
ern appliances for catching sardines, but
gates of the chateau and leisurely wending
their way downward.
An Encoontcr at the Bridge.
Some part of the Interview with the com
mandant which had resulted In their re
lease the jester told his companion as they
sped down the sloping plain in the early
silvery light which transformed the dew
drops and grassy moisture Into veils of
mist. Behind them the chateau was slowly
fading from view; the town had already
disappeared. Around them the singing of
the birds, the cooning of the cushat doves
and the buzzing of the bees mingled In
dreamy cadence. On each side stretched
the plain, which, washed by recent heavy
rains, was now spangled with new-grown
flowers; here, far apart In sequestered
beauty; there, clustering companionably in
a mass of color.
"Upon the strength of the letter from
the emperor the vlcomte took the responsi
bility of allowing us to depart," explained
the fool. "In It his majesty referred to his
message to the king, to the part played by
him who took the place of the duke, and
what he was pleased to term my services to
Francis and himself."
So much the plalsant related, but he did
not add that the commandant, with Trlbou
let's words in mind, had at first demurred
about permitting the jestress to go. "Vral
Dteu!" that person had exclaimed. "If
what the dwarf said be true? To cross the
king!?and yet." he had added, cynically,
"it sounds most unlike. Did Aladdin flee
from the genii of the lamp? Such a magl
clon Is Francis. Chateau, gardens?'tis
clearly an Invention of Triboulet's!" And
the fallacy of this conclusion the duke's
plalsant had not sought to demonstrate.
Without question the young girl listened,
but when he had finished her features hard
ened. Intuitively she divined a gap In the
narrative?herself. From the dwarf's slur
to Caillette's gentle look of surprise con
stituted a natural span for reflection. And
the duke's fool, seeing her face turn cold,
attributed it. perhaps, to another reason.
Her story recurred to him. She was no
longer a nameless Jestress. An Immeasur
able distance separated a mere plalsant
from the survivor of one of the noblest, if
most unfortunate, families of France. She
had not answered the night before when he
had addressed her as the daughter of the
constable. Motionless as a statue had she
gazed after him, and, remembering the
manner of their parting, he now looked at
"All's well that ends well." he said, "but
I must crave indulgence. Lady Jacqueline,
for having brought you Into such peril."
She flushed. "Do you persist in that fool
ishness?" she returned, quickly.
"Do you deny the right to be so called?"
"Did I not tell you?the constable's daugh
ter Is dead?"
"To the world! But to the fool?may he
not serve her?"
His face was expectant; his voice, light
St earnest. Her answer was half sad.
If bright, as though her tragedy, like
those acted dramas, had its less somber
lines. And In the stage versions of those
dark, mournful pieces were not the softer
bits introduced with cap and bell? The
fool's stick and the solemn inarch of irre
sistible and lowering destiny went hand in
have clung to antiquated methods and out
fit. If they had been up to the times the
committee l>elieves that the catch would
have been sufficient, ^t least, to avert the
almost complete failure of the season's
work. The committee suggests that better
appliances be at once Introduced and also
that fishing be stopped on the banks that
are favorite resorts of the sardine during
the spawning season. The sardine fisheries
along the coasts of Spain and Portugal are
said to be yielding well. These sardines
are regarded as inferior to those of th?
French coast, but they may prove to ?*?
very useful this year In eking out the
diminished supply of the French and
hand. Everywhere the tinkle of the tiny
"Poor service!" she retorted. "A dis->
"One I am minded for," he replied, a sud
den flash In his eyes.
She looked away; her Hps curved.
"For how long? she said, half mockingly,
and touched her horse before he could re
What words had her action checked on
his lips? A moment was he disconcerted,
then riding after her he smiled, thinking
how once he had carelessly passed her by;
how he had looked upon her but as a will
A child, forsooth! His pulses throbbed
fast. Life had grown strangely sweet, as
though from her look, when she had stood
on the stairs, he had drawn new sest. To
serve her seemed a happiness that drowned
all other Ills; a selfish bond of subordina
tion. Her misfortunes dignified her; her
worn gown was dearer In his eyes than
courtly splendor; the disorder of her hair
more becoming than nets of gold and coifs
of Jewels. He forgot their danger. The
broad plain lay like a pleasure garden be
fore them; fairer In natural beauty than
Francis' conventional parks.
And she, too, had ceased to remember the
dwarf's words, for the Joy of youth is
strong, and the sunshine and air were
rarely Intoxicating. There was a stir
ling rhythm In the movement of the
steeds. Noiselessly their hoofs beat
upon the soft earth and tender
mosses. The rains which elsewhere had
flooded the lowlands here but enliv
ened the vernal freshness of the scene. The
air was ? full of floating thistle-down; a
cloud of insects dancing In the light, parted
to let them pass.
At the sight of a bush, white with flowers,
she uttered an exclamation of pleasure, and
broke ofT a branch covered with fragrant
blossoms, as they rode by. Out of the
depths of this storehouse of sweets a
plundering humming bird Hashed and van
ished, a Jewel from nature's crown! She
held the branch to her face and he glanced
at her covertly; she was all Jestress again.
The cadence of that measured motion
shaped itself to an ancient lyric In keeping
with the song of birds, the blue sky and the
Little heedest thou my pain."
He bent his head listening; he could
scarcely hear the words. Was It a sensj
of new security that moved her; the reac
tion of their narrow escape; the knowledgo
they were leaving the chateau and all dan
ger behind them?
Boom! Far In the distance sounded the
discharge of a cannon?Its Iron voice the
antithesis to the poet's dainty pastoral. As
the report reverberated over the valley,
from the grass innumerable insects arose;
the din died away; the disturbed earth
dwellers sank back to earth again. Tho
song ceased from the young gill's Hps, and,
gazing quickly back, she could Just distin
guish, above one of the parapets of the
chateau, a wreath, already nearly dissolved
In the blue of the sky. The Jester, who
had also turned in his saddle, met her look
"It sounds like a signal of some kind??
salute, perhaps." he said.
"Or a call to arms?" she suggested. mm4
he made no answer. "It means pursuit!**
(To be continued tomorrow.)
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