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The morning star and Catholic messenger. [volume] (New Orleans [La.]) 1868-1881, March 03, 1878, Morning, Image 2

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reux. we would have let lihim .ll ,te hllta I
woeld sooner haveO Il e rdi e' s d tlrt.; Wh "cial
We eame in this w.y I. the fi.ot of the r jl- 111e , it
tarn. They made . . es. ter pass hirot. Whe wolll
wrgesehed the top. ' esrgeanst, with for row
fem the next stat:on, wise already tere, wa;' old
imfor us. '011en
JWbt is it " asok'd the sergeant. Hu
"A deserter," said iiteir. im di
he.sergeat,,.-a.. Kld tai.-looked at him,
aid said: "Take IllKK to the statlo" t,ng
"loI""aidl Wintir, "be will g" with us to the
datlom on tbe square. Troi
"I will reinforce you with two inen," said Truo
t"asergeant. Kropp15
"We do not need thea, '.said Winter rnKghly.
"We took him ourselves, and we are enoughb IoI alk
P.ard him."
The sergeant eaw that we ought to have all y I
the glory of it, andl he said no more. aid f,
We started cT again, shonldering our arms;
the prisoner, all III tatters and without his thong
ebako, walked in the midst.
We soon camue to the little tqnitre; we ead l lM
0nly to cross the old market jbefore reaching W
the guahrdhouse. Tbh oantuou iof the atsotal na
were firtrg all thee Ilre ; as W' were er ar tinglg
to leave the market.l ne ,f the tlashes lightet p
up the arch ib in front "f nIa ti plrilnur saw or,
the door of the jail at thI left, with iy i great Moue
looksre, and the eIght gave him terrible strengtl;
he tore off his uollar, and tit w hntwloeli frotKm a
ms with both siars streltcid OS t elhit.d. in ot
Winter had hben almost thrown ohwn , bll k ,
he threw himself t OdOC e ntiti tie de.erter, thing
exclaiming, "AlK, oennlttl'], }on wint to Ill n t
away i' ayton
Wee aw io ore, fir the laetnrllr fell to it_ kt
Guard! gu ard '" c sled Cbevrreau. y
All this took bht a u.onrlr', snd half of tl!e
infantry poet were already there ndtier ,are.
Then we saw the prisurer again; he was sit 'Ht
gar on the edge of the stoirway among the down
plears; hlood was tnnoing from his imouth; tern I
mot more than half his waistcoat was left, and mate
e was bent forward, trembling from head to wron
tert sporal
Winter held him by thie nape of the neck, nine.
mad said to Lieutenant obhuindret, who was man
looking on: " A deserter. Lieutenant I Ie as has
ied to escape twice, ht Winter was on and I
-and." know
" That is right," said the lieutenant. "Let "N
t'hem and the jailor." said
Two ioldiers went away. A number of our will I
ssmrades of the national guard had come down ways
bet nobody spoke. owever hard men may be, end.'
when they see a wretch in such a condition, Hl
asd think, "the dy after to-morrow he will be win
hotl" everybody is silent, and a gdod many itm
woued even releae him if they could. My
After some minutes Hlormantler arrived with
hLa woollen jacket and his bunch of ke3 t. .
The lieutenant said to hin, "Lock up this .I
tolmn sert,
"Come, get up and walk !" be said tothe o gh
deserter, who rose and followed lfarnoantier, ongh
while everybody crowded round. aqur a
The jailer opened the two massive doors of into
he prison ; the lprisoner entered without ne- tirin
isotanoe,and then the large looks ad bolts ti
batened him in. it
"Every man return to his plst I" said their "
eonter.ant to nt. And we welit ni tr t nste s uLol
of the mayo(ralty. mr e
All this had oo n piet fie tihnt 1 Iss tot + 1e
thought of uny wife ati c1eildir. Ieul t wh t
oeo above, i. the ar i wan, ri ,o , 1the, m orI trll
smoke, with all that net who wat,r, lhIghitng
and boasting at havting tVae-on a t. h. r, Iurisl {ot
ivgdeeerter, th tli.nghit ttliit I wati tIll t`I I" ' .0,
of this misery PrK t ot n %i ith ni gur i h;io l m I .,
stretched mys.lf on th ceiamp-lli d, anl tl)iu| I'1,t
of all the tro,ible that is inll Ito world, t Z f lt.
Ieu,of Hafrl, of miy ohildren, who tiiight, etr- it
hap., come day, be arrested for nut liklh g chin
war. 1
These reveries lasted till daylight. I heasrd
00 longer the shouts of laughter or the joke, o
ofthi rsgainll·s. Now and then tihey io llli '"
eome and sheako lte, a" i say," (;o. Mosles ac' u
--l your brandy jug d The sergeant gto s )oni dill
leave." Ii
But I did nut wish to hear them.r
About tour o'clck in tthe morning, our er tie
eanal caution havitig dc n onted the h litao.sill,
of myV nieFits. Boarcely rtlh aiL ' itlla hav
cea-ed. moo
Btactly at seven we were relieved. We h
went down, one by one, our mnakets on our tei
shoulders. We were ranged before the mayor- ala
alty, and Captain Vigneron gave the orders: aor
"Carry arms! PresnIt arms! Shoulder armsl stt
Break ranks li Ie
We all dispersrd, very glad to get rid of Lot
glory, I
I was going to roun at once to the casemates hi
when I had laid aside my musket, to find the
Borie, Zeffen, and the children ; but what was del
my joy at Peeing little Basel already at our alo
door I As soon as he saw me turn the corner, not
be ran to me, exclaiming : "We have all come an,
back I We are waitng for youn I" die
Istooped to embrace him. At that moment he
Zemhen opened the window above, and showed
me her little Eadras, and eorIe stood laughitig If
behlnd them. I went up quickly, bleselng the trh
Lord for having delivered us from all our in
wmosles. th
xov. It
I still think it one of the happiest moments di
of my life, 'rite. Scarcely had 1 come up the
tairs when Zelen and Borle were in my arms; gr
the littleonesclurg 1tomy shoulders, and 1 dr
felt their lovely full lips on my cteeks ; Safel
held my hand, and I could not speak a word, t
but my eyes tilled withi tears.
Ab if we hlad had cnaruch with us, how th
happy we should havey lee i
At length 1 went to lay aside my musket, w
andh hang mycarridge-box in the alcove. The t
children were ;aughiig, and i ,y was in the se
house once more. And when I catle back in a
my old beaver cap, and my large, warm wool
len stockings, atd eat down inl the ,Id arim-i
ohair, in front of tihe little table set .itl ,
poringers, in which '! ito'n was pouring the t
coop; whena was again in the iidt of a11
these happy faces, bright eyes, eti oul toelretel
ed hands. I could have sung like it nld lark o:
his branch, over the nest where his lilt e ones
were etaign tdinr beaks j nd Ilal ping their e
wings. I
I blessed thermo iii my heart a hundred times
over. Sorle, tl:iu now in my eyes what I wae
thinking, said: "l'hey are al together. Mo*ee, i
jadt as they wonr a terday ; the Lord has ro- k
yevd e t hel." o
"'Yes, blesoald be tle name of the Lord, for
aver snd ever :" I r-iulicd.
While we were at breakfast, Z%,ffeu tlil me
about their going to the large casemliate at the I
barracks, how it was full of Ireolle streticled on
their mattreses in rvery dirrction--the criet
ofeome, the fright of oihers, the torment from 1
the vermin, the water itropping fromii thi atiOh.
the crowdsof ohildren who eould not s:e,.p,
and did nothitig bho cry, the latnentatiotio u
five or six old men who kelut olliung oit, "Ab!
our last bour has conie. Ab: how colll it 5'.
Ah I we shall never go henue--it is all over'' - 1
Then suddenly the lereli hllence of all. when:
they heard the catnon atoot ten o'ciock--uhe
reports, coming slowly st lirst, thun like the
roar ofa tenpest--the tlsKhei, which coill be
eeeu even through the bliudai' u of tile gate,
and old Christiue tEfig tellit'g her beaus as
loud a If slhe were in a procr'nion, and the
ether women responding together.
As she told m i this._ flicn cla~p!. ber it
]edras tightly, ~ tlue Iheld l)aovd on "'y
knees, emnbracing him as I tbought to myslf.
"T]ee, my poor olldren, yun haveh ben through
Sgl'eat deal I"
Notwiihstarding thejly of seieg that we
were all safe, the tbougtht of the deserter in
hiedungeon at the towo-house would come to
me; be too had parental And when you
thick of all the trouble whieb a fhther and
nehb hrae i. briaglng up a 6lid, of the
--,1 -·..i
xigllts .petit ill aR thin. hliii orin, if their brota
arre' wht,.: L' i s ak, of tl.rer !.he. io hseeing .o tC
him growing up; and then ima:hiie to yeaor- no s
self n'.. (.1,1ht oIldiers satting around al tabl 1, this.
try hir1, Mud coolly send hial to be shot he- lhari
hnild the e'stioll, it nlnkes you ashudd .r, ie n
pecially when you say to yourself : "Bit for leavi
inn, this boy would have been at lihherty; h lot ni
would beon the road to Lie village; to-mor- row.
row perhaps he would have reached the poor give
old people's door, and have cailod out to them, peels
'Open it is 1 :"boy.
Houh thoughts are enough to make one wild. well
I did not lare to speak to my wife and chil- mart
dlren of the poor fellow's arrest; I kept my well
thinghts to myself. W
Without, the detaohments from La Roulette, you
Troi-Maisora. and L% Foutaine-do-Chateasu' i t.
pan'ed through tLe street, keeping step. dresi
groups of children ran about the city to find man
th:e pieces of shells ; neighbors collected to e I
talk shout the event's of the night-the roofs Tb
Itorn "T, chimneys thrown dowu, the flights aorer
tIley ha1d had. We heard tbhyir voices rising "N
anid falling, and tueir shouts of laughter. And thin)
I have since Msee that iL i' always the same lift I
thiug after a bomblardment; the shower is the a
forgotte'n 'ts moon as it is over, a:;d they cx- of."
olalm. : "IInris ! the cur'imy in rooted I"
While we were there meditating, some ooe strie
oamet u thUe Mtnir. We listened, and our ser- erab
geant. with his uslnket on his shoulder, and lie Yu
eicape and gaiters covered with mud, opened the was
idoor, exelaintitig : "cond for yout Father s:cr
Mouses! (Good for you!-You distsnguished this.
yourelf tact nlh t i " mutt
"11 ! what i. it., i rg"iant t" asitil my wa ife xp
in atC.r.i*hiitenit. Mii,
"Wiait! ilha lie not told l , a of the famous Fu
thing Ieo did, Madamies, rl I I as hu lnot told done
you,1 that the ational guard Mosn', on patrol '! ii
altout nilli, o'clocuk at thte I,' itl action. iI
very actl It s on LI't Iit'nanit Stlliudc't s . t
stl avit !'' il
"ullt I was not :alon:e" I exclaiw03d in deePlistr; .:au,
ithre i were four oIf ns." and
"Iati ! You di.covred te the trank. you weon ing
downl into their. iicihes, yon carried the laun had
tern I Father Moseis, you most nit try to TI
make your good deed seem Itha; 3ou are man
wrong. You are going to hb named for nor- of th
poral. The oourt-uiartial will sit to-morrow at tbei
nine. He easy, they will take care of your It
man !'" cr0
Imagine, Fritz, how I looked; o8rle, Zeffan, burl
and the childreu looked at me, and I did not 1
know what to say. won
"Now I must go and change my clothes." ite
said the sergeant, shaking my hand. "We er,'
will talk about it again, Father Moses. I al- A
ways said that you would turn oat well in the our
end." pri
He gave a low laugh as was his custom, M
winking his eyes, and then went across the bsl
passage into his room. Thil
My wife was very pale. taxi
"Is it true. Moses e" she asked after a min- hes
rte. onil
"lie l I did not know that he wanted to de- I
sort, Borle," I replied. "And then the boy in t
ought to have looked round on- all sides ; he of ii
ought to have gone down on the Hospital T
square, gone round the donghills, and even o'ct
inro the lane to see if any one was coning ; he son
brougrht it on himself ; I did not know any N
Sthig, I- " Iforj
lint Sorle did not, let tue Ii,i hl. Ing
S"Ruin qulickly. Mi c to Itirglt's !" she x- di
I ulal rud ; "if th is r n in fil et h i. blood w ,l tsl r
Ihe uponl oanr ohildri. ~hMailz haute-, dio ot !'L
ltoe in iiiu tio.' ing
FShe rl eiuied her i::lint., and I wel't out, lIlO h chi
I troIh' h IId.
l thy u: ly .lir ''i taI:t: I hlio ll not ioid Blar- lit
gllit t homlew : fortlniUately, Ion1 oprincg hii dioor, A
in the iist it or of .lit. old Cttailncio * Hi.oise, I wil
I ,.,w the b',rt-ir Vee'nalire shavingl hitm, in the
1ii uidct of it Id b ks and l ali'.rne whit. ilih ttt
turrgue wan sitting witli the towel at his n
g chinl. Ti
" Ah ! It in von, tonies!" he exclaimnt, in a ki
1 g'a-l tone. "What givus me the pleasule of a Wo
!n viit, frioml yoult"
I' cIome to ask a favor of youi. lirtanot." sel
<l "If it is for money," said he, "we shall have or
0n ditfl3nlty." mi
lie laughed, and his servnt-woman Mario thi
Loriot, who heard us from the kitchen, opened on
r. the door, and thronuher red head-gear into the I
o . ' a woe a
, have ditliculty ! We owe Venenaire for three io
montt s' shaving; do not we, Vosonaire ?" eel
ie bhe said this very seriously, and Burgmot, in- pu
nr stead of being angry, began to laugh. I have mi
,r- always fancied that a man ot his talents had a
p: sort of need of snch an incarnation of human -
1s1 stupidity to laugh at, and help his digestion. to
lIe never was willing to dismiss this Marie mi
of Loriot. to
In short, while Vesenaire kept on shaving Ile
tea him, I gave him an account of our patrol and pl
nd the arrest of the deserter; and begged him to
as defend the poor fellow. I told him that he at
ior alone was able to save him, and restore peace, th
er, not only to my own mind, but to Borle. Zeffen, h:
me and the whole family, for we were all in great il
distress, and we depended entirely upon him to w
hnt help us. w
red "Ab I you take me at my weak point, Mosest at
ug If it is possible for me to save this man, I must
the try. But it will not be an easy matter. Dur- tl
our ing the last fortnight, desertions have begun- ai
the court-martial wishes to make an example. et
It is a bad business. You have money, Moses a
give Vesensire four sons to go and take a
its drop. a
the I gave four eons to Vesenaire, who made a a
ns; grand bow and went out. Borget finished
d 1 dressing himself. t
"nel "Let us go and see I" said he, taking me by o
)rd, the arm. b
And we went down together on our way to
low the mayoralty.
Mainy years have passed since that day. At, r
het, well! it seems now as if we were going under C
The the arch. and I heard Burguet saying: "HIey,
the sergeant I Tell the turnkey that tho lrisoocr's
in advocate is here !"
oul Ilarmantier catoe, loiwed, and opened the
irn tidoor. We went down into the dungeon full of
iitl utitesbh, and saw in the right-hand corner a tig- I
the ure gathered in a healp on the straw.
fall "'(lt iup !" said Ilarmnantier, hebre is your ad
wchi vacate "
i ol Th1 3 poor wretch moved and raised himself in
nes he duarkuee s. lturget leaned towarrd him and
heir cld : t..,ilue ! 'late courage I have come to
talk with you about your defence."
mla And the other began to sob.
was When a mal has ibeen knocked down, torn to
0en, tatters, beaten till hie cannot stand, wbeo he
ire- knows that the law is agalset him, that be
must die withont seeing those whom he hloves,
for- he becomes as weak as a Lbatiy. Those who
maltreat their prisiiners are great villains.
Ime "Let on see I" said Barguet. ' Sit down on
Sthe te side of Sour camp-hed. WVhat is your name i
on Where did yon ome freom Ilarmantier. give
tries ttit man a little water to drink and to wash
rom himselft"
aro. 'Ite buo mitme, M. Iturgoet; he has some in
ul,. the corter "
f "Ah, well I"
"A! Compoe yourself, my boy!"
t i The uioSre gently he spoke, the more did the
p' -oor fellow weep. At last, however, he 4aid
bhu that his family lived near Gerarmer, in the
-the Vrges; that his fiather's name was Mathien
the Hchlu, and that he was a iAhermlan at Netour
id be newer.
gate, lloriet d.rew every word unt of hI oi.oth;l i
ads as lie wanted to kLnow every partsoular ab,,ut his I
1 the father aimd Uotlher, his brothers and sisters
I remembler that his lather had served under
i ie le thelllsibi. and had even been naonded at.
0 IU)' Fler~n; that iIis ollest brother had died in
iSylf, Rnuiss: that lie himself was the second sn
rough taken from bonhi I,y the conscription, and that
there were sltill at iome three sisters younger
at we thani hlmself
ter in 'I his came from himn slowly; he was so pros.
me to treted by Winter's blows. that he moved and
a you aenk down likhe a sonlless body.
and There was still another thing, Frita, as you
if the may tbhLnk-the boy was jonagl sad that
- . . . - .- n . 1
brought to ny uind. thbeday, when I osed tog'. "11
,o twohuts frout Poua'sbrg to Marmoutler, tI tion.
mo Sotrle--Ah, poor wrelh! As he tol all It
this, ,obtinlg, with his ff.ce in his hands, my th:t
heart nultiv within il. tan
l irguet w, qoite overcome. When we werre of
leaving, at the end if an boor, be said. 'Come, self,
lot ns to hopeful! You will be tried to-mor- at 3
row.--l)o't despairl llarmantler, we most mlmp
give this man a cloak; it is dreadfully cold, es- first
pecially at night. It is a bad boainess, my short
boy, but it is not hopelesm. Try to appear ma lto
well as you can before the audience; the court- me:
martial always thinks better of a man who is
well.dresed. B
When we were out, he asid to me: "Moses, reax
you send the man a clean shirt. His waistcoat atth
to t. rn ; don't forget te have him decently Alt
dresied every way; soldlers always judge of a noth
man by his appearance." bri
"He eany about that," said I. brigi
The prihun doors were closed, and we went resim
acrt"- the market. was
"Now," sald Bnrguet, "I must go in. I muet the
think it over. It is well that the brother was "
left in Itusaia, and that the father has been in said
the servioe-it is something to make a point myT
of." ye
We h'ad reached the corner of the Rampart was
street; he kept on, and I went home more mis- t ior
erable than before. hio
You cannot imagine, Fritz, how troubled I ch
wao; when a man has always had a quiet con- iug
scielnco t is terrible to reproach one's self, and nivo
thilk : "If this nan is shot, if his father, and core
mothler, and sister', nnd that other one, who is froa
oxpctitg hmlll are made miserable, thou, l'id
Mr so, wilt tLt the case] of it all I" eld
F.,irtnate;y t1 hre wars no lack of work to be thin
doe at home ; Sorle had just opened the old No
*tI,,o to begin to Pell our orandies, and it wans bad
1,t1_ of rIe. ''or a week the keepers of loin
f cl, lsta. - bons,' and 1ls na-I na i
%.t it t,, ill their c; s '; they were on the poino: piny
II, hnttioGa opriLop. Imaginethecrowd!The; ogre
,:3oe in a row, withtheir Jugs and little coksli
and pitcher.._ The uld topers name too, stick- way
ing out their olbows; Borle, Zeffoo, and Safel in m
had not time to aer "e them.
The sergeant said that we must put a police- ing
man at our door to prevent quarrels, for some dee
of them said that they lost their turn, and that him
their motey was am good as anybody's. esa
It will be a good many years before such a quit
crowd will be seen again in front of a Phals- ran
burg shop. th
1 had only time to tell my wife that Borguettho
would defend the deserter, and then went down bem
into the cellar to fill the two tuna at the count- A
ter, which were already empty. ori
A fortnight after, Sorle doubled the prioc; bet;
our first two pipes were sold, and this extra thai
price did not lessen the demand. on
Men always find money for brandy and to- won
Sbacco, even when they havenoue left for bread. ea
This is whygovernmentaimpose their heaviest that
taxes upon theae two articles ; they mightb fo
heavier still without diminishing their nie- the
only, children woul" starve to death. tei
I have seen thib-I have seen this great folly
in men, and I am astonished whenever I think male
3 of it.nd
I That day we kept on selling until seven smn
o'clock in the evening, when the tattoo was tha
a sounded.
My pleanre in makuing money had made re on I
forget the deserter ; I did not think of bin, doh
ngiln till after suplp"'r. when night net in ; but aid
I did not say a word about him; we were all eo wel
I ttld and eo dnliltlied w,'h the day's proli's ext
t 'at w',' did r:ot wans ti be troubled with think- ow
ig of su'ch t,hing :; it after Z.tfen and the fac
I clhiliro had retired. I told ,erle of our visit to, '
the prisuor. I ttid her, too, that t B"gouthaid tai
hl",'", whict:: snd'- h:.r vu-y happy.
"Abliiti. i iic o'clock, its (ld's bl-,esing, we IL
I ware ill aileep. ge
av. geI
You "an n blivu, i'ritz, that I did not .'"k wi
i much i'at ni ight. noiwt wtluvtaudivg my fatigue. mi
'TIl thoghtl of t'e ieePorter tuormented lul. I flr
a k ?iw that, if b, 'iinld he shot, Zel'enu and orle ev
a would be inonooulslel.bI
And thenl how often should I reproach my
self for this maar's' death in times of misfortune att
;e or in my old age, when I should not have a nid
minnt"'a peace! How often should I ha,"" aid
io that it was a judgment of the Lord, that it was co
id on account of this deserter. maI
ie So 1 wanted to do immediately all that I fto
re in my old shop in the muark t with my lantern. m
selecting epaulettes and my best clothes. I ma
n. put them in a rapkin and took them to Har
re mantier at doa, break. th
a The sreoial council of war. which was called
an -I do not know why-the Vestose council, was e
to meet at 9 o'clock. It was composed of a re
ie major, president, four captains and two lien- fo
tenants. Monbrun, the captain of the foreign
ng legion, was judge-advocate, and Brigadier D.
ad phot, recordar.
to It was mtonihing how the whole city knew Pc
he about it beforehand, and that by seven o'clook hi
se, the Nicaises. and Pigots, and Vinatiers, etc., at
in, had left their rickety quarters, and had already hi
!at filled the whole mayoralty, the arch, the stair- tt
to way, and the large room above, laughing, mf
whistling, stamping, a if it were a bear-fight fe
eel at Klein' ion, the " Ox."
nat You do not see things like that nowa-days, n
r- thank God I Men have become more gentle to
o- and humane. Bat after all these ware, a de- g
lie. serter met a ith less pity than a for caught in t
ta ; a trap.or a wolf led by the muzzle.
a As I saw all this, my courage failed; all my
admiration for Burguet's talents could not keep n
a me rom thinking:
ed " The man is lost I Who can save him, when i
this crowd haa come on purpose to see him i.
by condemned to death, and led to the Glaciere
bastion ?"
to I wais overwhelmed by the thought.
I went trembling into Harmantiet's little
Ai, room, and said to him,: "This is for the desert
der e.; take it to him from me."
ey," All right!" said he.
cr's I asked him if be had coonlidence in Bur
guset. He shrugged his shoulders, and said: :
the " We must have examples."
II of The stamping outside continued, and when
fig- I went out there was a great whistling in the I
balc'ny, the arc'h, and everywhere, anud shouts I
ad- of " Moses ! hey, Moses ! this way !"
liBunt I did not torn my head, and went home
Ifin very sad.
and Sorle handed me a nummons to appear as a
Sto witness before the court-martial, whi-b a gen
darme hbd jlet brought; and till nine o'clock
I esit meditating behind the stove, trying to
n to think of some way of escape for the prianer.
hi Safel was playing with the children; Zeffen
I h and Sorle had gone dlown to continue our sales.
s, A few minutes before nine I started for the
who town-house, abihob was already so crowded
that, bad it not been for the guard st the door,
n on and the gendarmes soattered within the build
met ing, the witnesses could hardly have got in.
give Just as I got there, Captain Monbrun was
shb beginning to tead his report. Burguet sat op
posite, with his head leaning on his hand.
Ts in Tbev showed me into a little room, where
were Winter, Chevrenx, Dubourg and the gen
darme Fiegel; so that we didn't hear any
thing before beirg called.
the On the wall at the right it was written in
md large letters that any witness who did not tell
tie the truthb should be delivered to the council,
hien and mutter the same penalty as the aecused
our- 'Tbis made one consuaider, and I resolved at once
to oonceal nothing, as was right and sensible.
th ; The gendarme al-o informed es that we were
It his forbidden to speak to each other.
r A'ter a quarter of an hour Winter was sum.
tnder moned, and then, at intervals of teln minates,
d at Cthevreux, )Dubounrg and myself.
vd in WheifTiUThTiTflT5?cimt(r toIltwou thejudges
son were all in their places; the mj ir had laid
Ithat his hat on the desk befor' l.im ; toe recorder
inger was mending hie pen. I:rguet looked at me
calmly. Without they were stampiung. and
prom. the major said to the brigadier:
d and *' Inlorm the public toat if this noise con
tinune I aball have the mayoralty oleared."
eoe The brigadier went cut at ones, and the major
"National guard Moses. make your depos.l- and
tion. Wbat do you knowt be d
I told it all simply. The deserter at the left, wife,
between two gendarmes, seemed more dead hope
than alive. I would gladly have acquitted him we ei
of everythin ; hut when a mao fears for him- teget
sell, when old officers in fll dress are scowling of the
at on00 as if they could see through yon, the were
simples: and best way is not to lie. A father's show
first tlhought should be for his obildreno lu that
short, I told everything that I had seen, oath- or Ge
lug more nor leess, and at last the majorcalid to the o
me: B
"That is enotgh ; you may go." away
But seeing that the others-Winter, Chev- whbo
reoz, Dabonrg-remained sitting on a benoh with
at the left, I did the same. gray
Almost immediately five or six good for- his h
nothips began to stamp and murmur, "Shoot that
him! shoot him I" The president ordered the some
brigadier to arrest them, and in spite of their gram
resistance they were all led to prison. Silence eleve
was then established in the court-room, but moru
the stampings without continued. outsi
"Ju:dFeAdvooate, it is your turn to speak," other
said the major. signi
This judge-adveoate, who seems now before the fj
my eyes, and whom I can almost her sepeak, every
was a man of fifty, abort and thick, with a must
short neck, long, thick, straight nose, very enem
wide forehead, shining black hair, thin mons- argu
Caches, and bright eyes While he was listen line
log, hie head turned right and left as if on a conle
pivot; you could see his long nose and the stre:
coruer of his eye, but his elbows did not stir Be
from the table. He looked like one of those not
large crows which seem to be sleeping in the hold
fields at the closoof autumn, and yet see every- neve
thing that is going on around them. coot
Now and then he raised his arm as if to draw liber
back his sleeve, as edvocastes have a way of take
doing. He was in flil drse, and spoke ter- were
ping arrd lookin'g as the people to see if they draw
agreed with him; n:.d if he saw even a slight was
grimace, he beIgaun again at once in some other med
way, and, as it wore, obliged you to understand
in spite of your-elf.
As he went on very slowly, without hurry
ing or forgetting any thing, to show that the
deserter was on the road when we arrested P.,
him, that be not only had the intention of
escaping, but was already outside e f the city,
quite as guilty as if he had been found in the PE
ranks of the enemy. As he clearly showed all
this, I was angry because he was right, and I
thought to myself, " Now, what was there to Wol
be said in reply."
And then when he said that the greatest of Part
crimes was to abandon one's flag, because one
betrays at once his country, his family, all
that has a right to his life, and makes himself 28
unworthy to live; when he said that the eonut
would follow the conscience of all who had 226.
heart, of all who held to the honor of France;
that he would give a new example of his zeal
for the safety of the country and the glory of
the emperor; that he would show the new re
ormits that they could only succeed by doing Pc
their duty and by obeying orders; when he
saidall this with terrible power and clearness,
and I heard from time to time a murmur of as- W
sent and admiration, then, Fritz, I thought
that the Lord alone was ab'e to save that man.
The deserter sat motionless, his arms folded
on the dock and his face upon them. He felt, 86..
doubtless, as 1 did, and every one in the room,
t and the court itself. Thcss old men seemed Ms
o well pleased cn they heard the judgoe advocate coI
e express so well what had all along blei r Seir
own opinion. Their faces showed their sati- T0
u faction. Drv
'l his lasted for more than an hour. The cap- c
,i taic sometimes stopped a moment to give his B.
audience time to reflect on what he had said.
e I havr alwa s thought that he most have been _e
an attorney-getu.rat, cr something more dan
gercus still to deserters.
I rememuiber that he said in closing, "You
, will make an example! You will be of one
, mind. Yon will not forget that, at this time,
I firmness in the court is more necessary than -
le ever to the safety of the country."
When he sat down, ench a murmur of appro
bation arose in the room that it reached the
ie stairway at once, and we heard the shouts out
a side, " l'ie I'Empercur I"
id The major and toe other members of the
as coonoll looked smilingly at each other, as if to 71.
say, " It is all settled. What remains is a mere
I formality!" I1
Th sthont5 without increased. This lasted
D. more than ten minutes. At last the major
I said ; c
S "Brigadier, if the tumult continues, clear
the town-house ! Begin With the court-room I" R
ad There was silence at once, for every one was
as curious to know what Burguet would say in Vi
a reply. I would not have given two farthings I1
D. for the life of the deserter.
" Counsel for the prisoner, you have the e1
on floor !" said the m-jor, and Barguet rose. se.
Now, Fritz, if I bad an idea that I could re
uw peat to you what Barguet said, for a whole _
ch hour, to save the life of a poor conscript; if I
o., should try to depict his face, the sweetness of
dy his voice, and then his heart-rending cries, and
ir- then his silent pauses and his appeals-if I had I
such an idea, Ishould consider myself a being R
;ha full of pride and vanity I - l
No, nothing finer was ever heard. It was 15
ye, not a man speaking, it was a mother, trying do
tie to snatch her babe from death I Ah I what a
de- great thing it is to have this power of moving at
in to tears those who hear as ! But we ought not en
to call it talent, it is heart.
my " Who is there without faults Who does at
sep not need pity ?" C
This is what be said, as he asked the conncil '7
ben if they could find a perfectly blameless man;
aim if evil thoughts never camesto the bravest; if m
are they had never, for even a day or a moment,
had the thought of running away to their na- S
tive village, when they were young, when they Q
tle were eighteeo, when father and mother and the t
art- friends of their childhood were living, and they i.
had not another in the world. A poor child
without instruction, without knowledge of the
br- world, brought up at hap-hazard, thrown into
,id: the army-what could you expect of him
What fault of his could not be pardoned
hen What does he know of country, the honor of
the his flag, the glory of his mejesty 1 Is it not
ruts later in life that these great ideas come to
him 1
ame And then he asked those men if they had not
a son, if they were sure that, even st that mo
s a ment, that son were not oommitting an offence
ten- which wars liable to the punishment of death.
lok lie said to them: -
g to "Plead for him I What would you say
nor. You would say, 'I am an old soldier. For
fen thirty years I have shabed my blood for F'rance.
ales. I have grown grey upon the battle-fields, I am
the riddled with wounds, I have gained every
ded rank at the point of the sword. Ah, well I
nor, take my epaulettes, take my decorations, take i
aild- everythlrg ; but save my child I Let my blood
. be the ransom for hie offense! He does not
was know the greatness of his crime; be is too
op- young; he is a consoript; he loved us; he
longed to embrace us, and then go back again
here --he loved a maiden. Ah ! you, too, have been
gen- young I Pardon him. Do not disgrace an old
any- soldier in his son.'
'Perhaps you could say, too, '1 bad other
n in sons. They died for their country. Let their
Stell blood answer for hie, and give me back this
noil, one-the last that I have left !'
"Thie is what youn wolr saey, and far better
one than I, becanse you wrnuld be the father, the
ible. old soldier speaking of his own services I
were Well, the father of this youth could speak like
yon! lie is oan old soldier of the Republio I
sum- e went with you, perhaps, when the Pros
ates, sieans entered ChampagnHe ! He was wonoded
at Fleornas lie is an old comrade in arms !
dges Hea oldest son was left, bleind in Rassial"
laid And Brgoet turned pale as he spoke. It
order seemed as if grief had robbed him of his
t me strength, and be were about to fall. The
and sileOnce was so great that we heard the breath
irg (brooughout the coourt-room. Toe deeer'er
oon- sabbed. Eoverybody thought, "It is done
Borguet need say no more I It must be that
major he has gained bis cause I"
But all at eue he bqegan again in another
and more tender manuer. Speakioe slowly,
be described the life of a poor peasant and his
wife, who had but one cnmfort, one solitary
hope on earth--their child! As we listened
we saw these poor people, we beard them talk
ti gather, we sew over the door the old chapean
of the time of the Republic. And when wa
were thinking only of this. suddenly Burgnet
showed os the old man and his wife learning
that their son had been killed, not by Russians
or Germane, but by Frenchmen. We heard
the old man's cry I
Baut it was terrible, Fritz 1 I wanted to run
away. Theoooree of the counoil, several of
whom were married men, looked before them
with fixed eyes, and clenohed hands; their
gray monstaohes shook. The major had raised
his hand two or three times, as if to signify
that it was enough, but Borguet had always
sometbing still more powerful, more Just, more
grand to add. His plea lasted till nearly
eleven, when besat down. There was not a
murmor to be heard in the three rooms nor
outside. And the Judge advocate on the
other side began again, saying that arl that
signified nothing' that it was onfortunate for
the father that his son was unworthy, that
every man clang to his cbi'dren, that soldiers
must be taught not to desert in face of the
enemy ; that, if the court yielded to such
arguments, nobody would ever be shot, discip
line would be utterly destroyed, the army
could not exist, and that the army was the
strength and glory of the country.
Burguot replied almost immediately. I can
not recall what he said; my head could not
hold so many things at onno : but I shall
never forget this, that about one o'clock. the
conto! having sect vs away that they igjht de
liberate-the prisoner meanwhile having been
taken back to his cell-after a tow minutes we
were allowed to return, and the major, stand
S4oIgndhfalatform where oonseriptions were
Irawn, declared that the aouos l', Jen Batvlo,
was acquitted, and gave the urder for his im
mediate release.
(To be continue.!.)
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