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??? OF THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS, AND HOW IT VAS SOLVED. ?ne? ? UT ?DADO Kl AW J aPn U XIV. In IS? lived m fa natie, ?on the banks of the Rhone, th Marquis de Clsmemii. and hia two sous, (tt*f?vn an?l I .oui ?v. They were objecta of ? In tne saine metvs rra ss for hie hut?? be viewed his neighbor, the Cenimene de la Yerbera?? Stern, cold, and arrogant. she ?aroulil have been the general detesta? tion a?? she va? this individui?. haul It n. I her beautify geath - itine. The sets! seperated only by the rivt-r. hero narros- but BV flowing. It ?iK no Iwrner for Valentine ** ? ?. nul from that RROOaent bit inuige I hen? s?? n-,a? ??"ics sepn thrml e fa? tal evenii swim ami fall nt ber feet, ali ed. ??1?* ? hear?! I of tl. ... urn ? I -? be fre? - vas in ? ? all Ik ? ! bai ' :? I - - I her I I ; eitl, Her I of the rei. Th?? tit?? time be itine ? nifl ? >n d?'ep ened st and tonate that be felt that he eould never b*? happy without her. Bef .-d to her his ' heart bad RUT I itself Lo her | ohaxms. ? He WRe wealthy, a splenditi career eras oj>en to him, and be BWOte that Valentiii?? ah hia, Mc DOedlded all hi? matrimonial plans to 'm <?i?l tr Rase, de la \ rie. who bad do sooner l>roach?d then, match-making mamuxa than I -,'r^l. Durii.g the .iiteas' condut't a suddenlj i<> Importune her <!.i igi natio' ittesnpt to influence ber her bappy ?Settlement in ? ? mili.I. Rut it the fa ing unii groaning as if I ? uj>oii the eve of stari ing to death. Sht Iliade arrangements to Is* tern by Um - Attachments and no? tices to quit peered in at Isa Yerls-rie. which .itine, and, with t?-:ir* in h? "God y. from the .'ionie of our ancestor? be? fore your marriage, my darling?!" Kncici.i' thst her pn is suf fseient to freeze any <?uif?-sMiui on ???t daughter'? lip?, DDI never left her alone with Amir??. "Oho? marrie. 1, ' she thought, "they can netti?- the inatter to suit them? selves. I ehall not then In- distuMied by it." She we? ss impatient as Andre, aud hastened the pre |?a rat inns for the wedding. She gave Valentine no op? portunity f?>r reflection. Eighteen months after her niar riage Mme. Fauvel presented her hue? tssnd with a son. But neither tins eluld. nor s second son, born a year after, could malo- Uer forget tl?.? one of all, the poor, forsaken babe who ha?! been thrown upon str?nget ?,, Dinrti ?? ?? ? ii t v\h?? vulued the n. I.i.t not the child for whom it was j-aiti. She would look at her aons, sur ????uhi iri\e. nini ms herself: "W ! ? if the abandoned one itu-rsn wa? g1Ten no ?f hi* brother by Valentine, and, it, h?* belts ved th?tt hi* life ? He wasj lb*? more incliti.<i t-> l?eh-?e. aa he ed un?ler th?* burden of ( rW he aas' Bosnie of stood ln?t??,.'ti him and ?*n f the pal All a taken by <? law, aud ia snre liaput? the of hin entire fortune t" hie ei'l-at a??n, bina. I a fraudulent d??? I bon eel lawyer, M. de Clamernn ha ...1 t?e -aa bentfited hj th? uto posar ? the ? 11 ?? ? et al ? ?. the - ? ? s eb? ? ? ? if the ? ? ? ? 11 ? "? . the futur | un. On. ? hus? band ha. ' ?> the I ? nt hllppi nit brought her a letter, en left ? ?* h.? re fu? I name. Without the faintest presentiment 1 sh? carelessly broke the. seal, aud in an instant was? aln.-.st petrified by the word? Which met her t. ? "Madama w>>uid it ba relying too much upon th | tin* peat to hop? for half an hour of your ? .sorrow, bstwssn two and three, will .1?. myself th?? honor <>f culling up THE MABQ1 is up (I.AM KUAN." Ah! beped and believed that I the fatal peat wa* atoned for, and buried la . and n??w it before h*-r. |.f:l?-s~ and t hi ?-a t enitig. <_a if all human tv ill ootlld prevent what was fated to be! It waa la thia hour of aeenrlty, when sha ?mag ?elf pardoned, that th? Stomi burst B] rraglle' editi??.? i?f her fa her every hope. The ?tieadfd day came, and with it the n. ? to h*r sssaaaanesri it was not Gaston whom ihe saw, but his brother. Loots! Her esnotloa waa too deep not to nerve his purpose, and though ahd preserved enough ooolm-?.?* aal t" place herself in his; power, by n<????-pting hi? fiction of . Gaston dying in hi* brother's arms later In Paris, ami .g to him the care of his son, she could not al? together shake him off. On the other hand, ahe dared not corife**, to her husband, who would never bate confidence In her again, ? and ahe re fu ?ed the sympathy of Madeleine The girl had divined that she wa? in diatrese, and had pleaded , to learn the cause. The plotter gave time for the poison to work; when he communicated with her again, it was to ask her to oall un him at his hotel. The poor woman, in the coila, dared not stay away. Here another surprise awaited her. The marquis was not! in the rooms. He who received her! vfjs a cherubic youth, who announced I W-fcBTtT Tn a aw? ? rung her heart, as Raoul Valentine "Wil It was ber castaway - Thi- .s so like l.astou'a that ehe s. . BT of her almost folg youth. ?day that tos bad er f>. bis faithful heart; sh?? saw him stii gent? ly "In Be! Wait for ? Ire, her all were I in this new-found affei-t. in her aaaternal lose her foiiy ?he ?lid i. BOCh u? glance at the thi* yeas wa? abundantly provided with From that was Inex? tricably entangled in the toils by Clameran and Kaoni de I>agor the ? ? him off a* nephew th krht visit the bank? er's wife with Impunity. No remorse ' ast, no appro? h?n*ione for ?he future 1 the, Batlailid present. To her the future wa* to morrow? eternity was the eix teen hour* which must nfors another later- iew. ?ted t<> think that Osston'a death she? th?- present. ber marriage. I no family I have eotisr?T?t?'.l herself exclusively I to Raoul. How gladly would <?he have povor ? ? her huahttnd and ?? ?? ? the thoughta which. but she j ? ?<?k ed at her strane, ? return from the I1 -? sus? pect Kornrthit . : d r-he auspoct. Bth? --.?.bar- j here her aunt went. Bl sh? had been ucee from ' * Pelt for her j - dia .*ed over ? :?? she ' what '? ' tha pen- ' e1 rat : f a girl who ! In her '.er mind, af .-t ion sh?? | ?vhich married i ber s but it wa* him* self tl ? il in ' fe tO ? tranaf??r ? tbe bi bla talons r with a rkin? ? ' ? ? thuai .lone. but * *t the ?? ..tng. ' sha "I ?, and of asan; nevertheless?, I will marry him I vviii fall upon tin?? - my . > presemi ? Indebted t.. reu more tana lif??'.' What would ? ..I JOS pltj .?? me'/ A fasi . : la my aative ? V??u warmly wclcoaaed phan, Bad . .- t.- b*-r. r husband that I owe the fortune vvha h CXCitCS the cupidi ihia wieke.i t laaaernnf Are not Ab.-l und Luci? bspptaeaa of all wie? have been ? ?>??* to me is at stake, ?lo you suppose 1 woubl I will toc?me Ihe tunt?n." - Iggle of s.-lf-_acri ? ? ???? Mm??. Pauvol and her as to which should I? tim. only the more sublim??, luyanse ?ach offered her life to the other, not any sudden impulse, but ?ielib ? y and willingly . Kut Ma the day. a? sh. that holy snthui rifie.? Which ' .'.ning ? t martyrs. \ "ii.o?? con rage; v\. two san fleht the vvorbi ami silence our em hull l?e saved, aunt; ?inly truat in rue.'' The Marquis of 1 ?. ? ? as agree? ably anrpi . sesie* letter from Mme. Pans?t, saying that Bl ted t4> ?'veiything, but must have a little time to carry out the ? A line fr..in Madeleine, at the bot? tom of the letter, assured him that i with her aunt. Poor girl, shs did not apare herself. Tbe next ?lay she took 1'rosp? r aside, and f.? ... him the fatal pram lee to itiun her in the future, and to take upon himself th?? responsibility of breaking their ??ngagemeut. marijuis prudently absented alfa awaiting the propitious mo? ment. At the end of three weeks he met the banker ??t a friei.d's, and wa? in? vited to dianer tat lay. Twenty |M<iple were aea?e.l at the table, and us the d?aert waa . the banker suddenly tan eternarne, ami said: "I ha?? ?? piece of news for you, monsieur. Have you any relatives of your nun. "Vane that I know of. Monsieur." "I am aiirpriae*d. About a week ago X, became acquainted with another marti rail."* Artbewgh --,. piment enough ti anything. (Temer?n was h?i taken alsick that l?t? Rai with pale '? s blank lo<>k. silently ?.'? ring at M. Fauvel. But he soon recovered enough aelf ? ol to say. hut ? ietlly : Indeed. ? itThngt Clamerai! may e* Des Understaud the t la." ; M Fauvel wan noi sorrj to have th. tipper? unity of annoying a guest who?? iati?? pretine, ana bad pit.ue?! h "Marquis or not." be replied, "the Cannes'? ta? la ?jueati.m seems to be able th?? till*?." be rieh?" "I ha* e ? auppoes that he is j aery w. iltby. I have ><t for thir? ? ?.000 frati'-? But this Mase ? tetrayed Dd ,. he ha?i had eulil ciant ver his aelf-? aion. Ring could now I him off hi ? ?? queried, carelessly. "I knOW v-vhc ? He must ??? the son of my father's sister, whose hus? band lived nt Rnvans. I ?appose, up? on his return ' It have taken hi- which m.Tr ? than hlx fa' fa being, if I The iwnker I . memoran* diim his seat, went rot or ( be, "I hope ? re of inviting rdered ? draw reat ?>u rnnn Ing from this that ?g to *"l shall acqiiaintnt ? ' ? fail At last the dim ? as the ? Wht er Rttcinptetl I .1 their ??] "Tl ? tnak? "\\ i ? bone yet. Wnj thai muddl? headed tn ('lamer?n Hfi. tion. He ?aw M moran? du m "V. . il. hurriedly u an ? ad: I ? th?? r plain ? ? hia p'. "? ? I not It be ? ???rriwj);c?i he know that tine'a ?. flinl out. If he t take ? of it our case la not .le??! "11..w is ed at bhl ally's cun "That la a dang or OUR thing to do. ' he M I "Ti? 1 aa sitting dow ? .-..la folded. And, ' to running awa Ht the first aus of alarm it * ??? iinl**<"iilt "W hi fa for him?" "I am." "<>h. ' Inmsrnn'n ?udaeity ? e.i him. "Hut . 1 going to do?" DD inquireil. :.t | silence. "?ou will ol . ,? in.? by remaining j quiet. 1 will Rind ? i:g?-r, and .iip." As th? ? at Bnoela door Clame. "Now here, and during in . j int iiiiiit I at your He the Rseet dntil \ nsneh aayou | ,.? t.. h?*r, and, a?H?v?? all, don't in.t ilgt m any folly; . Keep your 1 ? morrow will be at iHoron talking with tide Dee After leavii . ae ?le la Ver? bene, Oaston . i.l.-rwent great p?-ril ifticulty in etfe?-ting bis ?-s? Bui for the ?xperlence.1 and faith? ful Menon] he never woul.l h:ive suc ad in ernba \ -?mg. Having 1. f? fais mothcr's jewels with Valentine. Ihn sole fortune, consisted of not quite a thousand francs, and ith this paltry sum in his pocket, the niunlTT of two men, a ft? from justice, and with no prospetti <>' earning a livelihood, he took paassg?i for Valparaiso. Before Or ton bad i?cen <m board the Tom Jones forty-eight hours he ?saw that chance had cast him amona' collection <>f the most depraved bandita and cut-? h roa ta. The vessel, which seemed to have re? cruited at all pointa of the compass, possessed a crew composed of variety of thievish knaves; each try had contributed a specimen. Hut (?aston'a mind was undisturbed as to the obarsctrr of the people with whom his lot was cast for several months. The Tom Jonee set aail for Val? paraiso, but certainly went in s roundabout way to reach her destina ition. |Ba^^^~ The reel fact wee thst Cap?. Wart h proposed visiting the gulf of (iuiueu. (iaaton soon ?aw that he waa sere Tpg bis spprenticeMbip on a ala ver. one] ?T the d?any ???G?? which made im? mense fortune? by carrying on th?* sla>. trade. Although this discovery filled Gas Ton with indu'iiHti-m and shame he w^? prndent enough to conceal his i m pression - When Gaston had been with Cnpt. i. about three years the Jones stopped at Kio .laniero for a month, to lay in siippl.es. He uow de? cided to leave, the *hip. II.* poesesseil 12.04?? francs, as his share of the protita, when he landed at Brasil. A? a proof that the slave track repugnant to his nature, he left the slaver the moment he possed ?? lit tie .1 with which to enter ??om?? honest business. But be ? longer the high minded, pi -ton. who had BO devotedly Inveii ami periled his lif0 for tbe little fairv of La Verberle. Three years, after which be ha?! pledged himself to return, had pasead; t?ng him. Before deciding <>u any definite pro? ject he w ' a int ima te f al Beencaire t.. learn what bad ? during . b-ence. He also wrote to his fath? why he bfl rurod the many bleb he had sent to him by returning sai would he replfa ad of a . d an r from I. This ? It told him that hi? father was that his brother had left . marrie?!. and that at for ??r. in the w..ri.' family, no and di? But all!" he < of moti ity. illy, after lo ? lion ? end ? niaii. ? II? him to ?return erty ? ?? it h him. ? . ft#? ??. >??-.? i?f it will, th?? intention of us of tad la ?ly in hi* n?'w borni ?r a bu.y, .minatimi 0??-r the pas?. ?I . hi ni ? He r> ad t i.? ? the ???? ? ? Btnotb "M\ r!" . servant In 1 1 I his and held I ? int.? 11.. le him. with bis . lasped in tl?? Louis : at his ' a fond mother eou just : from the battlefl? \ .?u married, I.?? "Then v\o will ba d k?rep h We will live together like tw. I ay iif< and ? itj-o bal can of your faC n* youth, and I feri and al the night ? acron "1 think you look the j *'\\ oui?! y ?>u ! >g ? ? y.?? ? ?? ? "? ?.*-1.11 ?. ?. \ u ara ? ai y And Louis ? -?. ? He h had an old, worn-out, used-up ap pearaii????. while Gaston, in spite of h s iten face, waa a robust man. in t lie full m ty of hia prii. "We must thai k Provi r this happy nu ? days ago a friend of mind returned from the baths, anil mentione?! d heard 1 ? .|?ns <>f ? eran _ m th.? nses. ITes can ? I inst . d thai ?>ost..i bad our nanee, i th?* next train, an?1, finally found BSJ way I.? Then you tlid not expocl to ?re in?? ?.'" "My dear broth? r. bOU OOUld I hope for that? I thought that you were drowned H yenrs ago." "Drowned! Ml!?:, de lu Verlier.? taliily tolil you of my es4'at>e. She promised that she would go herself, ??at day, ami tell my father of my safety." Louis Hssnined ? dl*t.reaeeil look, as if he hesitated to tell the sad truth, and ?aid. In a regretful t "Alas! ahe nev?-r toi?! ua." Canton'? eyea flashed ttith Indlgnn tion. He thought thai perhaps Valen? tine h??<1 lieen glad t<? get rid of him. After i? b>ng ??Irin??? < ??sten arose, and walked up und down the room as if to shake off a feeling of sadness, then lit? Bald, cheerfully "W?dl. it i? of n?? use to mourn over the oasi. All the memories in th?? ? *?* world, good or bed, are not worth one slentl? r h 'he future; and thank Loti, we ha hf future lvefore us past, and enjoy It*"? ??." QnatoR kept up an antaten noted ?? of questiona II?? v.ished tt? know all that bad happened ?luring bis I "What about Clamernn?" he ab? ruptly aske?I. he tell the truth, or not" "1 have sold Claineran," he finally be chateau, t? "Yes." "You acted as you thought l?**it." said (?aston. sadly, "bul it sec: me that if I be la yo*ar ? thould have kept the ?>id fa ?)ur lived there for ma ? ? HS, and our father lies buried there." far* face remained clouded he went on: Ah. 1 see what annoy? you, mv dear Ijou?s; you are rich, and think thai I aa ?<. and too proud to ac ?ept anything from vu. Is it not Is ? | ;tt this question. How coubl he reply so as not to commit himself?" "I am not rich." he finally aaid. ' The salary of an office whb h I hold in Paris is all that I h* ?qx-rt m?*." "Yol yOD * mtral to p?v in?? ?ily inheritai: that is anhand; you are not ncting as R brother should.*1 \jonAm hung hi? head. Qua une? the truth, irden to you vim must me mad! I>i?l I not tell you I am 'hat you ? ? lron-v titule h i. of my fortune. I>>? you think th.it I WOttM nave risi?' n-iitv In an experiment >.f ' a failure, and * >f me if I bad - '1 | led money ? yield? ?f eight; ?and francs. its in ? four band red lit aa peri ? Esonda trembled with pleasure DOW the e\t? ?ver tiitu ton had fluallv broached the nul which had caused him so much anxiety, ami he determined that it i now be ex-plained before their conversation ended. "Who l? your agent?" ha asked, enee. Ut deposit? ed tl :t my l'aria tsanker'e." ?Ins I stoker a fr?en?! ?>f yours?" r heutd of him until my I Pan ?nmemied him to in? aa an fa .'.able man; be and stm Of the financier? in .une ie Fauvel, and he Bea? DD e Prove? Although ?? ? r hearing al ? raoei Raythlng, Rad desaiailned to be> ? ??.....? I w this Utnker?" sake?.! ? by reputation." his ,\c?p: when yo turn er a IT ai r s before establishing yourself here t<> ? :ul the thi? un? announcement of a st? j? which w?vuld prove lus utter was at In answers g look be gtlk] irg t?. Pai ?iiii.ly I am. Wh?, should I ii??t "There la no ? ? ? " " I hat. bough 1 hin. never been there. Hut I am called there by intere?!. ??? eacri be hi The truth ??*. I undei le. ?i?? is ?irherie it u?! I wish to see her." "? sileni and t bought ?11 ?? then aai?I. I will tell you. Louis, whj er, ? left ?.ur family j? in her charge, and 1 w . t, recover th.-! "I"., von intuid, after a tape? - t?. ?'ami the SI jew . U **i SS or r ? t her no. I only I t he ? ling her I must see her because Ix-eatis. G really laeedt" "Hut how will yon flnd her?" MOh! that is eeey enough. Am can tell me th?* name of her hua band, then I will go to see her. 1'er the shortest , tinti ont would I?*? t?i writ?- to Reaucaire. I will . to- mor? Louis trembled like a man who had just made ? narrow eseepe from tenth H?? wen knew thai he would bave to fly the country if Canton lesi Bed the truth It was necessary to prevent it ever reaching him this ??id?? of 11?.?? grave, A few day:. aft?r frustini was sud? denly taken ill. Ft XVH. He hntl a sort of vertigo, and was so di//? that ha was forctrd to lie "I know - the matter," said "I have often been ill in this ' R V . ouple of hours' sleep ill <ure me. I will go to baa, and you <\m send aomc ons to awaken DM when dinner Is rea<!y. Lud*; I shall be all right by thai time." At fix -ame time he ordered Mtn.i el, his old Spanish servant, who had lived with him for ten years, to pre? pare him stime lemonade. The next da* a appeared to be much better. He ate hia breakfast. am) win a ??out to take ? walk when the pains of the previous day and denly returned. In ? more violent form. Without consulting his brother Louis sent to i?l?iron for Dr. C? whose wonderful cures et Eaux Tiennes had won him a wide reputa" The doctor decir.red that there was no danger, anil merely pcuacrthed a dose ot valerian, sud s blister with some ?Trains ot morphine sprinkled Bttt In the middle of the night all the symptom.? suddenly change*! for the wortr. The pain in the h? ? I by a fearful ????? ? ami the *ick man thus suffer??.I torture in trying to get hi*? breath: dav break found him still tossing rest trom j How to pillow. When Dr. C? - came early in the morning he appeared very much sur prieed at this change for the worse. He Inquired if ?hey bad not ailmin i*tere?l an .wertlose of niorphi Manuel said ;hnt he had put the blister oa his master, ami the doc? tor's direction? had b*-en sccurately followed. The doet4?r attor having examine 1 ????. ami found hi?* breath heavy and Irregular, prescribed a heaw dose of sulphate of qttlatns; he then retiretl. anying he would re? turn th?? next As ???? a.* the d.n tor ha<1 cone Gas ton sent f.?r a friend I lawyer, to come to him as *>>'.?? ais possible. "For HeavenO *ake. vvba' <!?? ' with a Inquired Louis. 1 iranl hi- adrice, brother, 11 ans?? es; extremely ill. Only tim? id fools are superstitious about mak? ing their wills, if I defer it ai.v loug er I may be suddenly taken without having arrnuged my affairs. I rather have the lawyer a* ul then my mind would he Ul ? did not think he was ., to die; but. ? y ??f life, determined to be prepared the s ? imperili bis life, ami l?evri f.? ?? with l any fear now. In* will while ill ?t Hot?' be him his part !f his for? tune ahouM bi .ations now fill???! Hr ?r.a- m a I d.brioua ex? cdternrnt often felt by persoiu? sud? denly raised from p. afflu? ence Whether i.aston lired or d? ? wa? Ui?* lawful ;x?ss. an in? oli.?? .?f twenty-fiv?? thousand fra ?without counting the eventual pi th? iron works. ?- a time in his lif?' had he h for wealth. His Vat VMS he? were Biirj?-_???e?d. What more coubl he want? Ala?! he want.si the I en? riches; they had too late. This f<?rtunr. fallen from t h?? skies?, ehnuld ! Wh.?: and angi Tina uni? - ?lappine*? se ? eiit by amai fate as a put;. Or hi* past sin? U I coul?! ?*.? asora tarribls than tin- haw t it l?e >vn vile ; Althougli his told hltn ?bin cry he blar: ? eritlr.dy fo i-ea* ent torture. Ye?*, he b?-Id re | spotisible for the horrible BttttaUoO in Wh. t if. letters tn Kaoul for * :.rev*?*<l a -of his mind, uti.l revealed glimpee? of mg evil. ? ? t Ir torneai from hi? search for his tir**t L?v??. as ht proved by culling for h?-r in the in 1-?? ? he was suffer? ing th?? worst pal lie gr. ?? ' tbe moat ear a ful nursing aptosna chang??.!. but showed no improvement. Each utt?i?k vas mor. 'han the preceding. At midnight ? turn.??! vv-ith ren? ? nee. and a fatal tcnnitintioii aseuaed Inevitable, pala left him in ire, h?? was growiag w? moment. His mind wander?*?!, and his feet ?* ? On 1 be four? ?lines*, after lying in a stupor for several hours, be re? vived auhVieuth to aaahe Louis prom? ise to enrry on the iron works, em bmeird him for the last tim sunk buck on his pillow in a ?lying A? the bell tolled f?ir ???.?? he ?, Iv breathed hit last, murmuring, soft ly: 'In three years, TalllllllBB. wait for me." Loarda was in reality Manjuis of (lamer?n, and l***?i?les was a mil? lionaire. ?? Inter, having ma*!?* ar ?"ungu_aeata with the suglnsor in rye af the iron work?, to attend to ? thing ?luring his alwem e, he t..ok his s,-?t in the train for Paris. 11?? had seal the following telegram to Raoul the night previ?? "I w ni ace j <>? I ( ??\!?? ? ?: Will During the month of Louis' ah? ..ivel was in a state of romperaiive sappia. la mother and wife? this nure, innocent woman, in ?pit? of her first und only fault tranquillity. She felt as one timler the hs-hsaaes af eachautaaeut, while reveling in th?? sunshine of filial love, which almost bore ICter of a lover"- . for Kaoni? de? was ardent aid constant, his manner so tender and winning that m. Would hers t? ken him for Mme. Fau vel's suitor. As she was stili at her romitry seat, ami M. Pan* d wen? morning at nine o'clock, and did not return till *i\. she had Ihe who her time to <:< Kaotil. When she had spent tin* morning with him at his house in Vesin?et she would often tiring him home to dine and pause the evening With I All his past faults were f?>rgiven, or rather the whole blame of them was laid upon (lamer?n, for, now that he was absent, had not Raoul once more become her noble, generous, affection? ate son, the pride and consolation o. her life? Raoul enjoyed the life he was lead? ing, anil took such an intere?t in th? jmrt he wua playing?, that bis act