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With Cousin Albert it was very differ- sually violent outburst. He sat there very ent indeed! He had gone at Easter to calmly, sending forth clouds of blue smoke live in the university town, and although from his weerschaum pipe. the same was not distant over an hour's “Yes,” he said, at last, in a very calm ride in the cars, yet he pretended that he tone of voice, “you are right, Louise, could not possibly come to see us more it's a bad thing, this twinge and sharp pain than once a fortnight on Sundays; and in the legs — hang the gout!" when he came, he always had so much “ H-m! Heaven be thanked! he admits news to tell us, knew so well and so that I am right for once,” said Aunt adroitly how to engage the attention of Louise. all, that Uncle Zachary never once thought “ For if I had not the gout in these of reprimanding him until the very last old bones, Louise,” he continued, “I moment, when Albert had to leave again. should certainly have imitated the boy at
Sometimes the incessant censures of the your very first words, and run off; and two aunts became so tiresome to me that you might have gone on with your pleasI did not heed them any longer, scarcely ant chit-chat until bedtime, without the answered their interrogatories, and quietly least fear of being disturbed." left the room. Then Uncle Zachary was Aunt Louise's face grew purple. “ IIow triumphant! “Character, that boy has !” uncivil!” she said; “ but what can you I once overheard him say, after I had expect of a man who has passed his whole gone. “Character! Woman's talk affects lifetime among soldiers and foresters ? " his nerves. Was very much like him-I “ Thunder and lightning!” Uncle Zachwas."
ary now flew up. Don't speak ill of sol“Were you, indeed ? ” burst out Aunt diers and foresters, if you please! They Louise. “A glorious example it is, which are men at any rate, by Jove! while your you set up for that mischievous boy's emu- jaundiced bookworms — well, never mind; lation! You say you were very much like maybe there is some good in them too. him? Well, true enough! You were Don't profess to know much about it; never willing to take good advice! And rather keep silent on what I don't underwhat was the result? They crippled your stand. Would that other people did so arm in battle, and then- instead of likewise.” choosing the law for your profession, as “ H-m!” threw in Aunt Louise, sreeryour father and grandfather before you ingly. “Well, then, since I am supposed had done, – oh, no! no persuasion, no ad- not to understand it, I shall not fail to ask vice, no entreaty would avail — you must for information of the learned high-forestneeds be a forester; work and delve for er, and begin forthwith, at that. Would thirty years, and then receive a pension, you permit me to call it wrong, that your together with gout, rheumatism, catarrh, lovely nephew went to get a saw, file, and and the Lord only knows what else. In hammer, of Master Brandt, the joiner; that your old age you had, of course, to take a he went into the garden with them, and wife unto yourself. There's character in there, during a whole hour, while I wanted that, too, isn't it? You have never de to take my usual nap, sawed, filed, and served so good a wife, and do not deserve hammered, making a most terrible noise; to have so lovely a child as Hildegard is, and that I, on going into the garden aftereither. No! upon my word, when I see wards, found the large path completely this old man taking sides with Leo, it is strewn with pieces of wood, - so much so, enough to madden any one. I have noth- that no decent person would have thought ing but vexation and trouble the whole of walking there? Was that right?” day long with both of them, and it is hard " II-m! nonsense summer vacation; to tell which spites me the most, the uncle what is the boy to do in his leisure or the nephew."
hours?" During this philippic, of which I lost not “ Take a book, or do what he pleases; a word, I had stood behind a glass door, but he surely ought not to disturb me." and, when it was over, I gently raised the • You are right, Louise, - quite so; he curtain in order to see what sort of a face ought not to do that. I am glud to see Uncle Zachary would make at this unu-l that you are right sometimes, at lidt; it
appears as comical to me, though, as the after all, “ if he will only imitate your militwenty-ninth day of February. But do tary jargon, you are very easily pleasedl.” you believe that your scoldings will do any “Oh, if you could but accustom yourgood? You have not even told the boy self to use this brief and terse mode of what you complained of, but scolded him expression, it would surely restore the roundly, generally."
peace in our house." My uncle seized the bell and rang it; “ You have indeed a great deal to the servant-girl entered the room. boast of your military profession, - a crip
“Go and call Leo,” he said to her; “I pled arm.” want to see him here immediately.” “Louise, don't begin again. When I
With lightning rapidity I glided along became a soldier nobody asked any questhe corridor, down the back stairs, and tions whatever. Thero were other and when the girl came into the yard, she better people than I left dead on the field, found me busily at work in the stable, and and for that scratch on my arm, I considdelivered her message. With an air of ered myself more than repaid by the iron the utmost unconcern I went up into the cross and a lieutenant's epaulettes; moreroom.
over, my wound and my cross have “ Attention!” said Uncle Zachary, who assisted me greatly in my promotions in cherished a special fondness for the remi- the forest service. Just remember; your niscences of his military career.
husband did much the same thing; he “Ay, ay, sir!” replied I, drawing my- also was a student in the year ’13.” self up straight before him, for I knew he “Yes, but in '16, he, like a good fellow, would feel flattered.
went to the university, finished his studies, “You have made a most fearful din in always avoided giving offence, never comthe garden to-day, with all sorts of non- promised himself, made a fine career, and, sensical carpentering."
whenever, by any chance, something ex“Ay, ay, sir !"
traordinary came in his way, he, as I said "Made the large path almost impassa- before, avoided it by my advice, and I am ble, and disturbed Aunt Louise in her proud of it.” sleep."
• Yes, until finally he went out of your “Sorry, - I never thought of it.” way," growled my uncle.
"Must not happen again. Under • Be silent, you wicked man! Ah! it is stand?"
enough to craze me, and I am silly to “ Shall not happen again."
bear with you. I shall move into the city “ Your word on it?"
to be near my son. I can live without “My word on it.”
you, and should have done it long ago, " And now forward march into the gar- had it not been for Hilde, whom you do den! Clean the path with your own hands, not understand how to bring up." – understand ? — so that by supper-time “Nor you either, permit me to say. everything looks decent and neat.” IIands off my Hilde! You need not trouble
“Ay, ay, sir!” and, like an orderly, I yourself about her; understand ? Lydia turned on my heels and marched out by looks after her, and when her state of the glass door, but retraced my steps at health does not allow her, then nobody the lower end of the corridor, and re- does. And I tell you the little creature samed my former post, in order to listen shall grow up in God's own glorious nato what was coming next.
ture, shall live to be what God may make “There, now, Louise," said Uncle Zach- her; but, spoiled by nonsensical talk, her ars, “ that has lasted just three minutes, young mind shall not be; I will not have and you may sleep every afternoon hence- it! Comprehend ?” forth until the day of judgment, without “Oh! perfectly. You want to make a any further disturbance from the boy; great lady of her, that is, to marry a baron now, tell me, was not that better than some fine day. Nothing short of this will scolding for a whole fortnight?"
do. Perhaps I shall have well, I shall "Well," she said, evidently impressed say no more. Are you not satisfied with with the idea that my uncle was right, having made your poor sister wretched by
your pride; are you willing to sacrifice ter a disconsolate widow; now, will you your daughter also ? Does Lydia's exam- tell me, wherein Lydia's disgrace, as you ple not suffice yet, — the shame she has call it, consists ? " brought upon the whole family?”
Uncle Zachary had grown perfectly “ Thunder and Mars!” roared Uncle calm the longer he spoke, and his last Zachary, “what shame is it Lydia has words were uttered with a certain emotion brought upon us? Answer! speak! or I even, for which I scarcely gave the old tell you, Louise, there will be a sad end- grumbler credit. Aunt Louise felt, eviing to this. Well, why don't you speak? dently, slightly disconcerted, for it took Come, answer me quick!"
her more than one entire minute to find a I stood behind the glass door, pale, and suitable answer; and that was a most with clenched fists. The reader will read- rare occurrence indeed. At last she ily appreciate my feelings: the Lydia, of seemed to have found another sore point, whom Aunt Louise was speaking, was my for she said, triumphantly, mother.
“ But her dowry; she certainly might “Oh, dear me!” cried Aunt Louise, this have brought that back with her.” time really frightened, “ what is the mat Uncle Zachary remained silent, and ter with you? Can, or will you no longer looked much troubled. listen to plain common sense ?
“Might I ask,” he inquired, “ in what “I insist upon knowing what disgrace respect that concerns you at all? ” it is poor Lydia has brought upon us!” It was now my aunt's turn to look emloudly exclaimed my uncle; “ or by – barrassed, and she found no other reply,
“And is it not disgrace enough, her than,leaving our house as the wife of a baron, “Well, I am sure, it does not exactly and returning to it, ten years ago, as a concern me. You are quite right. It was widow, without a penny, without a pen- you who wanted her to marry the baron; sion, and, what is worse, largely in debt? why, I have not been able to discover to Don't you call that most disgraceful?” this day!”
“Il-m! h-m!” Uncle Zachary replied, in “Nor is it necessary at all that you a more conciliatory tone, “I have to catch should." your meaning first of all, Louise. You call “ And it was you, again, who gave that a disgrace then, do you? Well, if your hard-earned money, in order that she you look upon it in that light, you are not might have a befitting dowry. I have entirely wrong; especially, if honor con- racked my brains ever since to find out sists solely in having a full, round purse, why you committed that piece of folly." a house full of all sorts of superfluities
“Louise, it did not concern you then, from top to bottom, and a linen-press, and does so still less to-day.” holding linen sufficient for a whole army
· But, brother, do listen to reason, pray. corps. Yes! if that is honor, then, indeed, Would it not have been much better if are you quite right in saying that our she had brought back the dowry, which , Lydia, who has brought back to her old nobody could have touched, and lived on home as unsullied a name as she took the money? Or—" away with her, has disgraced you. But, “ Listen, Louise; I am now going to tell me seriously now, Louise, if a spark give you one more answer, but I will be of good common sense is left in you, whipped if it is not the last; afterwards. which I am inclined to doubt, — tell me, you may talk for full three months to a I say, how it can possibly be our Lydia's day, I shall not answer back once. You fault, that her poor husband, one of the would like to know why I spent my last most honest men in the whole kingdom, penny in order to give our youngest sishas been swindled out of his estate; that ter the necessary dowry? I repeat what in the midst of his career,
which would I said before, - this does not concern you, have been a brilliant one, for he was one and that must be enough. Next, you of the bravest officers of the whole army, wish to know why Lydia did not bring – a fall from his horse should put an her dower, which was perfectly secure, untimely end to his life, making our sis- back with her? I shall tell you: because
I did not want her to do it; you under-, boy, your Albert? I trust, there will be stand that? Because I wanted her to pay some trifle left for my sweet little daroff all her husband's debts with it; under- ling." stand? But why I wished all this, that, “I!-!!-" stammered Aunt Louise, again, is none of your concerns. Unfor- “who has told you that ? ” tunately, the sum proved insufficient; I “You! you! yes, yourself, of course! had no more to give, and took to saving. Must I needs give it to you black on Alas! that takes a long, long time. But white, that you are the most fault-finding let us have patience. I hope soon to be person, but have the best heart in the able to do it; and if I can possibly save world ?" the expense of a trip to some watering My aunt was mute with astonishment, place this summer"
this turn of the dispute took her con. "Heaven have mercy upon us !” Aunt pletely by surprise. Louise interrupted him, lifting her hands “But why, for conscience' sake," she in utter despair. “This man is crazy, per- replied, at last, "might she not also have fectly insane! Oh, I see it all now! had your savings during the last ten years ? That, then, is reason why he is so It is true, she shall not be left emptystingy, why he has not made me a handed in my will; but why give all that birthday-present these six years! I sup- hard-earned money to those wretches posed he was saving up money for his who have ruined our brother-in-law ?" daughter, and gave him credit for one “That, Louise, is a matter you do not good trait in his character at least; and understand. Where ignorance is bliss, now,-oh, it is too bad !— for the benefit -,' you know the rest; let that suffice. of the baron's creditors, merely, is he sav. And now, it strikes me, we have done ing to the very neglect of his own health !” enough fighting for one day.”
“When you have done, Louise, take a “I think so too. But tell me, pray, is glass of water; you have worked your not the expression, good-for-nothing boy, self into a perfect heat, and I want to go which you made use of, when speaking of on. By next year, God willing, all the my Albert, rather a severe and unbecomdebts will be paid, and then, — well, then ing one ? " it's over and I have nothing more to do." Uncle Zachary rose, took his cane, and * But your daughter, man, - your own commenced singing
“ Luetzow's Wild child?"
Hunt.” My aunt repeated her question; “Louise, just look at me for a moment! but, without answering her, he left the Are you not rather a silly little woman room; and I, deeply moved by all I had with your never-ending babble ?" heard, ran down into the garden. “Rudely spoken, as usual.”
Ever since the day on which I had over“Yes, Louise, I am rough, and I know heard the dispute between Uncle Zachary it. I also know that you are a very quar- and Aunt Louise, a perceptible change relsome person; but a heart we have for all took place within me. I began to think that, — all our family have. Do you sup- seriously for the first time. Not that I pose that I should calmly look forward to mean to say I ceased to be a conscious my death, did I not know that my Hilde young rogue; but many a mad prank was was properly cared for?”
committed notwithstanding, without my "Is she, indeed ?" asked my aunt, med- participating in it, or, better still, without itatively; "and may I ask by whom?" my having a just claim to its authorship
“There is our heavenly Father, first of as hitherto. That testimony I can, at any all, Louise."
rate, give myself. The discoveries I had " That is true,"
made regarding my family busied my “ And next comes — "
young brain a good deal; some hints “Well, I am very curious to know dropped by the speakers on that memorawho!”
ble occasion, which I had heard, but left “By Jupiter! are you not here,” ex- unheeded before, had united with others claimed my uncle, “with a snug little for- in my head, and from this combination tune of fifty thousand thalers, which is resulted a network of suppositions, which surely too much for that good-for-nothing might have given rich food for thought to
a less serious character than my own. , which the previous evening dragged fearUncle Zachary's indescribably tender affec- fully slow, now flowed from my pen tion for my mother; the sacrifices he had quicker than ever, and it was not quite imposed, and was still imposing upon him- five o'clock, when I finally put my name self, — touched my heart deeply, and from to this masterpiece. What was I to do the moment that I left my lurking-place now? My relatives never rose before near the glass door, a sentiment of pro- half-past six; I did not feel in the mood found gratitude towards the old gentleman for studying any longer, and to go back to inviluntarily took possession of my heart, my room I felt not in the least inclined. anı: subsequently manifested itself in every I stayed where I was, meditated a few posible way. Even Aunt Louise -I minutes, and all of a sudden the Leo of haruly know why - had become dearer to old awoke within me with irresistible me, and I tried, earnestly and sincerely, force. The idea of taking a walk through not to vex her any more.
the streets of the little town, at fire o'clock in the morning, became so intensely attractive, that I hesitated not in carrying it
into execution. II.
But how was I to leave the house, all
the doors being locked ? “Never mind," SUMMER was advancing rapidly. II thought; “ what are walls made for, worked hard, for at Michaelmas I hoped but to be climbed ?” No sooner said than to be promoted to the upper class of our done. I cocked my little green cap on school, and had, as yet, much to make my head.
- a cane I must surely up for what I had neglected during the have but where to get it? Stop a mopreceding winter, when skating and sleigh- ment, I saw and seized Uncle Zachary's. ing had been my favorite pastimes. My Off I went, up into the chestnut-tree first; regular hours for studying were the early along the big branch to the top of the morning hours, from five till seven o'clock; wall; threw the cane into the street, then and my favorite place for them was the slid down the wall outside, holding on by garden pavilion, which Uncle Zachary my hands; then gave a jump, and was had had built, and which was a source of fairly in the open street. The world conintense displeasure to both my aunts, be- tained no happier mortal at that moment. cause, — well, because they declared it to I marched proudly off, looking with surbe an ugly thing. My uncle, in true prise at the deserted streets and the closed huntsman's style, had ordered the pillars, blinds. How delightful! Next I saw our supporting this light structure, to be made lame milkman just coming to town with of trunks of trees, with the bark still on his dog-team; here and there also, a serthem; but, although it made the exterior vant girl opening a door, gaping and of the pavilion very attractive to almost stretching herself. Now I passed in front everybody, my aunts insisted upon its be- of the High School, where all was shut up, ing utterly deroid of taste. The stuffed quiet and deserted. It seemed to me an stag, and deer-heads, which here and entirely new world, which, methought, I there peeped out from between the pillars, had but just discovered. I could scarcely were greatly disliked by those ladies, and believe that any living mortal before me the whole pavilion to them was a most ever had walked through our streets at unpleasant place of resort; they would that early hour. have much preferred a vine-covered arbor, After a while people began to make such as their father and grandfather had their appearance, rubbing their eyes, and rejoiced in before them.
walking rapidly in the direction of the One fine morning, I awoke at an unu- | town-gate. That reminded me that twensually early hour; the thought of a Latin ty-five minutes past five o'clock a railroad composition which I had to give in that train passed by there, — the early train, very morning, although scarcely begun which I had never seen yet., I followed ret, having sadly disturbed my dreams. in the same direction the others took, and The fresh morning air secmed to affect my in five minutes arrived at the station. spirits exhilaratingly, for my writing, Strange, the station at that hour looked to