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worst members of the National plunged a knife between his shoulGuard by the severity of his dis- ders, and dropped down dead. . cipline; and had he been caught by “The Vicomte was carried into the mob the same day as Clement a neighbouring house, from all the Thomas, who committed the same windows of which the tricolor was offence, would have certainly shared suspended; and the Médecin whom the fate of that general. Though he had just saved from summary elected a député, he remained at execution examined and dressed his Paris a few days after Thiers & Co. wound. The Vicomte lingered for left it, in the hope of persuading more than an hour, but expired in the party of Order, including then the effort to utter some words, the no small portion of the National sense of which those about him Guards, to take prompt and vigor- endeavoured in vain to seize. ous measures to defend the city “It was from the Médecin that against the Communists. Indig- the name of the assassin and the nant at their pusillanimity, he then motive for the crime were ascerescaped to Versailles. There he tained. The miscreant was a Red more than confirmed the high re- Republican and Socialist named putation he had acquired during Armand Monnier. He had been the siege, and impressed the ablest a very skilful workman, and earnpublic men with the belief that he ing, as such, high wages. But he was destined to take a very leading thought fit to become an active part in the strife of party. When revolutionary politician, first led the Versailles troops entered Paris, into schemes for upsetting the world he was, of course, among them in by the existing laws of marriage, command of a battalion.
which had inflicted on him one “He escaped safe through that woman who ran away from him, horrible war of barricades, though but being still legally his wife forno man more courted danger. He bade him to marry another woman inspired his men with his own cours with whom he lived, and to whom age. It was not till the revolt was he seems to have been passionately quenched on the evening of the attached. 28th May that he met his death. “These schemes, however, he did The Versailles soldiers, naturally not put into any positive practice exasperated, were very prompt in till he fell in with a certain Jean seizing and shooting at once every Lebeau, who exercised great influpassenger who looked like a foe, ence over him, and by whom he Some men under De Mauléon had was admitted into one of the secret seized upon one of these victims, revolutionary societies which had and were hurrying him into the for their object the overthrow of next street for execution, when, the Empire. After that time his catching sight of the Vicomte, head became turned. The fall of he screamed out, 'Lebeau, save the Empire put an end to the society me!'
he had joined : Lebeau dissolved it. “At that cry De Mauléon rushed During the siege Monnier was a sort forward, arrested his soldiers, cried, of leader among the ouvriers; but . This man is innocent- a harmless as it advanced and famine comphysician. I answer for him.' As menced, he contracted the habit of he thus spoke, a wounded Com- intoxication. His children died of munist, lying in the gutter amidst cold and hunger. The woman he a heap of the slain, dragged himself lived with followed them to the up, reeled toward De Mauléon, grave. Then he seems to have become a ferocious madman, and to he owed no allegiance, can little if have been implicated in the worst at all injure the reputation he has crimes of the Communists. He left behind of a very remarkable cherished a wild desire of revenge man-of great courage and great against this Jean Lebeau, to whom ability — who might have had a he attributed all his calamities, splendid career if he had survived. and by whom, he said, his brother But, as Savarin says truly, the first had been shot in the sortie of De- bodies which the car of revolution cember.
crushes down are those which first “Here comes the strange part of harness themselves to it. the story. This Jean Lebeau is al- . “Among De Mauléon's papers is leged to have been one and the same the programme of a constitution person with Victor de Mauléon. fitted for France. How it got into The Médecin I have named, and Savarin's hands I know not. De who is well known in Belleville Mauléon left no will, and no relaand Montmartre as the Médecin des tions came forward to claim his Pauvres, confesses that he belonged papers. I asked Savarin to give to the secret society organised by me the heads of the plan, which he Lebeau ; that the disguise the Vi. did. They are as follows :comte assumed was so complete, “ The American republic is the that he should not have recognised sole one worth studying, for it has his identity with the conspirator lasted. The causes of its duration but for an accident. During the are in the checks to democratic later time of the bombardment, he, fickleness and disorder. lst, No the Médecin des Pauvres, was on law affecting the Constitution can the eastern ramparts, and his atten- be altered without the consent of tion was suddenly called to a man two-thirds of Congress. 2d, To mortally wounded by the splinter counteract the impulses natural to a of a shell. While examining the popular Assembly chosen by uninature of the wound, De Mauléon, versal suffrage, the greater legislawho was also on the ramparts, came tive powers, especially in foreign to the spot. The dying man said : affairs, are vested in the Senate, • M. le Vicomte, you owe me a which has even executive as well service. My name is Marc le Roux. as legislative functions. 3d, The I was on the police before the war. chief of the State, having elected When M. de Mauléon reassumed his government, can maintain it his station, and was making him- independent of hostile majorities self obnoxious to the Emperor, I in either Assembly. might have denounced him as Jean “These three principles of safety Lebeau, the conspirator. I did not. to form the basis of any new conThe siege has reduced me to want. stitution for France. : I have a child at home-a pet. “ For France it is essential that Don't let her starve.' 'I will see the chief magistrate, under whatto her,' said the Vicomte. Before ever title he assume, should be as we could get the man into the am- irresponsible as an English sovebulance-cart he expired.
reign. Therefore he should not “The Médecin who told this story preside at his councils ; he should I had the curiosity to see myself, not lead his armies. The day for and cross-question. I own I be personal government is gone, even lieve his statement. Whether De in Prussia. The safety for order Mauléon did or did not conspire in a State is, that when things go against a fallen dynasty, to which wrong, the Ministry changes, the
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State remains the same. In Eu- light and terror of the world ;-in rope, republican institutions are a word, the Parisians.-Votre tout safer where the chief magistrate dévoué, FREDERIC LEMERCIER." is hereditary than where elective.'
“Savarin says these axioms are It is a lovely noon on the bay of carried out at length, and argued Sorrento, towards the close of the with great ability.
autumn of 1871: upon the part of “I am very grateful for your the craggy shore, to the left of the proffered hospitalities in England. town, on which her first perusal Some day I shall accept them of the loveliest poem in which the viz., whenever I decide on domestic romance of Christian heroism has life, and the calm of the conjugal ever combined elevation of thought foyer. I have a penchant for an with silvery delicacies of speech, English Mees, and am not exacting had charmed her childhood, reas to the dot. Thirty thousand livres clined the young bride of Graham sterling would satisfy me—a trifle, I Vane. They were in the first believe, to you rich islanders. month of their marriage. Isaura
“Meanwhile, I am naturally com- had not yet recovered from the pelled to make up for the miseries effects of all that had preyed upon of that horrible siege. Certain her life, from the hour in which she moralising journals tell us that, had deemed that in her pursuit of sobered by misfortunes, the Parisi- fame she had lost the love that had ans are going to turn over a new coloured her genius and inspired her leaf, become studious and reflective, dreams, to that in which .. . despise pleasure and luxury, and live like German professors. Don't The physicians consulted agreed believe a word of it. My convic- in insisting on her passing the tion is that, whatever may be said winter in a southern climate ; and as to our frivolity, extravagance, after their wedding, which took &c., under the Empire, we shall be place in Florence, they thus came just the same under any form of to Sorrento. government–the bravest, the most As Isaura is seated on the small timid, the most ferocious, the smoothed rocklet, Graham reclines kindest-hearted, the most irrational, at her feet, his face upturned to the most intelligent, the most con- hers with an inexpressible wistful tradictory, the most consistent anxiety in his impassioned tenderpeople whom Jove, taking counsel ness. “You are sure you feel of Venus and the Graces, Mars and better and stronger since we have the Furies, ever created for the de- been here ?”
THE STORY OF VALENTINE;
AND HIS BROTHER.
PART 1.-CHAPTER J.
Two ladies were seated in a great strong, with the vigour in it of madim room, partially illuminated by ture life, just roughened here and fits and starts with gleams of fire- there by a touch of age, which gave light. The large windows showed it an aigre doux of distinct characa pale dark sky, in which twilight ter-and came from an ample dark was giving place to night, and shadow in a great chair, turned toacross which the brown branches wards the fire. The other, which of the trees, rough with the buds gave forth only monosyllabic sounds of March, tossed wildly in a hur- of assent or wonder, sweet and tenricane of wind, burdened with der, but feeble, belonged to a smallintermittent blasts of rain — rain er person near the first, and facing that dashed fiercely against the her—whose countenance, turned towindows a handful at a time, then wards the window, showed like a ceased till some new cloud was pale whiteness in the dark. This ready to discharge its angry shower. was the central light, the highest Something fiercely personal and tone in the picture, except the pale furious was in the storm. It looked gleaming of the sky from the winand felt like something not addressed dows, and the fitful red flash from to the world in general, but aimed the fire. individually by some angry spirit “Richard's story," said the of the elements at the people who stronger voice, “cannot be suplived here high up above the brawl- posed to be very interesting to any ing Esk amid the brown wintry but ourselves. If it is for mere woods at Rosscraig House.
curiosity, Mary- " The drawing-room was large, “ Curiosity !"—there was a tone lofty, and full of old-fashioned fur- of reproach in the soft repetitionniture which would have enchanted a reproach and an appeal. a connossieur. The two ladies, who “That was unkind. I did not were its only occupants, were scarce- mean it. I meant interest, friendly discernible at first, though the ship; but Mary, Mary, friendship firelight, gleaming about among the is weak, and interest a poor bit still life, caught here a green reflec- feeble echo of feeling to them that tion from a wonderful cabinet of are all bound up in one life as I rarest Verni-Martin, and there en- have been in my son." tangled itself in the bevelled sides Here there was a little pause, of a strange old mirror, used to re- and then the younger voice anflecting wizards. It was more easy swered, faltering, “I have known to make out these accessories of ex- him all my life. I have seen few istence than it was to identify the men but him- " two voices which occupied and This was preliminary to the story reigned over this still and darkling which old Lady Eskside had begun chamber. They were in one cor- to tell when I opened to you, genner of the room near the fire; one, tle reader, the door of this great the prevailing voice, was soft but dim room. She was deep in it by
the time we shadows entered, among that for Richard's wife? I thought the shadows, to listen. And most she was some shopkeeper's daughter of us can figure to ourselves what a some scheming, dressing, half-bred mother would be likely to say of woman that had made her scheme her only child—the child not of to marry him because his father her youth even, which puts a kind was Lord Eskside—though, heaven of equality between mother and knows, it's a poor enough lordship son, and brings them together, as it when all's said. Perhaps we wowere, upon one table-land of life, men are too apt to take this view; sooner or later—but the child of naturally, when such a thing hapher mature age, and therefore al. pens, we think it the woman's fault ways a child to her. What she —the woman's doing. But, Mary, said of him I need not repeat. The Mary, when I saw the girl- " reader will make acquaintance with “You freed her," said the other, the man for himself, a different with a sighing sound in her low creature from the man as seen voice, “from the blame?” through his mother's eyes.
“ The blame !" cried the old lady, “Perhaps it is not a thing to re- with some impatience ; then, sinkmark to you,” said the old lady, ing her voice low, she said hurriedly who was old enough not only to re- -"the girl was no shopkeeper's tain a Scotch accent, but to use oc- daughter, not even a cottage lass, casionally a word peculiar to the nor out of a ploughman's house, or north,-“but, Mary, you are not a a weaver's house, or the lowest you bit girlie unacquainted with the can think. She was out of no world. You will recognise Richard house at all — she was a tramp. in this that he married the woman. Mary, do you know what that
- God forgive me! I'm sorely means ?-a creature hanging about tempted to think sometimes that the roads and fields, at fairs and vice is less deadly for this world races, wherever the roughest, and than virtue. You know what most the wildest, and the most misermen would have done-they would able congregate—that was Richard's have taken the girl as they would wife---" have gathered a flower, and neither “Oh, Lady Eskside!” she nor one belonging to her knew “You may well say, Oh! As better, nor expected better ; but for me, if I had ever fainted in my my Richard, God bless him! was a life I would have fainted then. She fool, Mary,-he was a fool! His was a beautiful creature; but the father says so, and what can I say sight of her brought a sickness to different? He has always been a my very heart. She was like a fool in that way, thank God! He wild hunted thing, frightened to married the woman; and then he death for me and everything that sent to me when it was all over was civilised-looking out of her and nothing could be mended, to wild black eyes to see how she come and see, for God's sake, what could escape-shrinking back not was to be done."
to be touched as if she thought I “And you went ?”
would give her a blow. Blame! “I went after a struggle ; I could you might as well blame a deer that not thole the creature,—the very it let itself be taken, poor, bonnie, name of her was odious to me. It panting, senseless thing! I blamed was a ridiculous name — a play- nobody, Mary ; I was just appalled, actor's name. They called her neither more nor less, at the man's Altamira. What do you think of folly that had done it. Think of a