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THE WANDERING JEW.
nt tcituRNK mc
TIIK LAST STROKE OK NOON'.
At the cry uttered ly Gabriel, the notary had
stopped reading tho testament, and Father d'Ai-
grigny hastily drew near the young priest. The
latter rose trembling from his seat, and gaze
with increasing stupor at the female portrait.
Then he aid in a low voice, as if speaking to
himself, "Good Heaven! is it possible thut nature
can produce such resemblances? Those eyes so
proud and yet ho sad that foreheud that pale
complexion yes, all her features are the same-
nil of them I
"My dear sou, what is the matter? "said Fath
er d'Aigngny, as astonished as hamuel and the
"Eight months ago," replied the missionary,
in a voice of deep emotion, without once taking
hia eyes from the picture, "I was in the power of
the Indians, in the Rocky Mountains. They had
crucified, and were beginning to scalp me; I was
on the point of death, when Divine Providence
sent me unexpected aid sent me this woman for
"That woman!" cried Samuel, Father d'Ai-
grigny, and the notary, all together.
Rodin alone appeared completely indifferent
to this episode of the picture. His face con-
traded with angry impatience, he bit his nails to
the quick, as he contemplated with agony the
slow progress of the hands of his watch.
"What! that woman saved your life? " asumed
"Yes, this woman," replied Gabriel, in a still
lower and more trembling voice; "this woman
or rather a woman so much resembling her, that
if this picture had not been here for a century
and a half, I should have felt sure it was the
same nor can I explain to myself that so strik
ing a resemblance could be the effect of chance.
Well," added he, after a moment's silence, as he
heaved a profound sigh, "the mysteries of
Nature, and the will of God, are impenetrable."
Gabriel fell back into his chair, in the midst
of a general silence, which was broken by Father
d'Aigngny saying, " it is a case of extraordinary
resemblance; that is all. my dear son. Only, the
natural gratitude which you feel towards your
benefactress, makes you take a deep interest in
this singular coincidence."
Rodin, bursting with impatience, here said to
the notary, by whose side he stood. " It seems
to me, sir, that all this little romance has nothing
to do with testament."
"You are right," answered the notary, resum
ing his seat; "but the fact is so extraordinary,
and as you say, romantic, that one cannot help
sharing in this gentleman's astonishment."
He pointed to Gabriel, who, with his elbow
resting on the arni3 of the chair, leaned his fore
head upon his hand, apparently quite ab
sorbed in thought. The notary continued the
reading of the will, as follows:
"Such are the persecutions to which my
family has been exposed on the part of the Society
of Jesus. '
The Society possesses at this hour the whole of
my confiscated . property. I am about to die.
May its hatred perish with me, and spare my
kindred, whose fate at this solemn moment is my
last and only thought.
This morning I sent for a man of long-tried
probity Isaac Samuel. He owes his life to me,
and every day I congratulate myself on having
been able to preserve to the word so honest and
excellent a creature.
Before the confiscation of my property, Isaac
Samuel had long managed it with as much intel
ligence as uprightness. I have entrusted him
with the fitfy thousand crowns, returned to me by
a faithful friend. Isaac Samuel, and his descend
ants after him, to whom he will leave this debt of
gratitude, will invest the above sum, and allow it
to accumulate, until the expiration of the hun-dred-and-fiftieth
year from this time.
The amount thus accumulated may become
enormous, and constitute a royal fortune, if no
unfavorable event should occur. May my de
scendants attend to my wishes, as to the division
and employment of this immense sum!
In a century and a half, there happen so many
changes, so many varieties of fortunes, such a
rise and fall in the condition of the successive
generations of a family, that probably, a hundred-and-fifty
years hence, my descendants will belong
to various classes of society, and thus represent
the divers social elements of their time. .
There may herhaps, be among them men of
great intelligence, great courage, or great virtue
learned men, or names illustrious in arts and
arms. There may, perhaps, also be obscure
workmen, or humble citizens perhaps, also,
alas! great criminals.
However this may be, my most earnest desire
is that my descendants should combine together,
and, reconstituting one family, by a close and
sincere union, put into practi e the divine words
of Christ, " Love ye one. another."
This union would have a salutary tendency;
for it seems to me that upon union, upon the
association of men together, mutt depeud the fu
ture happiness of mankind.
The Company, which so long persecuted my
family, is one of the most striking examples of
the power of association, even when applied to
There it something so fruitful and divine in
this principle, that it sometimes forces to good
the worst and most dangerous conbinations.
Thus, the missions have thrown a scanty but
pure and generous light on the darkness of this
Company of Jesus founded with the detestable
and impious aim of destroyine, by a homicidal
education, all will, thought, liberty, and intelli
gence, in the people, so as to deliver them,
trembling, superstitious, brutal, and helpless, to
the despotism of kings, governed in their turn
by confessors belonging to the Society."
At this passage of the will, there was another
strange look exchanged between Gabriel and
Father d'Aigrigny. The notary continued:
'"If a perverse association, based upon the
degradation of humanity, upon fear aod despotism,
and followed by the maledictions of the people,
has survived for centuries, and often governed
the world by craft and terror how would it be
with an association, which, taking fraternity and
evangelic love for its means, had for its end to
deliver man and woman from all degrading
slavery, to invite to the enjoyment of terrestial
happiness those who have hitherto known noth
ing of life but its sorrows and miseries, and to
glorify and enrich the labor that feeds that state?
to enlighten those whom ignorance has de
praved? to favor the free expansion of all the
passions, which God, in His infinite wisdom, and
inexhaustible goodness, gave to man as so many
powerful levers? to sanctify all the gifts of
Heaven: love, maternity, strength, intelligence,
beauty, genius? to make men truly religious,
and deeply gratefully to their Creator, by making
them understand the splendors of Nature, and
bestowing on them their rightful shage in the
treasures which have been poured upo .stf
Oh! if it be Heaven's will that, in a century
and a half, the descendants of my family, faith
ful to the last wishes of a heart that loved
humanity, meet in this sacred union! if it be
Heaven's will that amongst them be found chari
table and passionate souls, full of commission for
those who suffer, and lofty minds, ardent for
liberty! warm and eloquent natures! resolute
characters! women, who unite beauty and wit
with goodness oh! then, how fruitful, how
powerful will be the harmonious union of all
these ideas, and influences, and forces of all
these attractions grouped round that princely
fortune, which concentrated by association, and
wisely managed, would render practicable the
most admirable Utopias 1
What a wondrous centre of fertile and gener
ous thoughts! what precious and life-giving rays
would steam incessently from this focus of
charity, emancipation, and love! What great
things might be attempted, what magnificent ex
amples given to the world! What a divine mis
sion! What an irresistible tendency towards
good might be impressed on the whole human
race by a family thus situated, and in possession
of such means!
And, then, such ajbeneficent association would
be able to combat the fatal conspiracy of which I
am the victim, and which, in a century and a
ialf, may have lost none of its formidable power.
So, to this work of darkness, restraint, and
despotism; which weigh heavily on the Chistian
world, my family would oppose their work of
ight, expansion, and liberty!
The genii of good and evil would stand face to
face. The struggle would commence, and God
would protect the right.
And that these immense pecuniary resources,
which will give so much power to my family,
may not be exhausted by the course of years, my
heirs, following my last will, are to place out,
upon the same conditions, double the sum that I
have invested so that, a century and a half
later, a new source of power and action will be at
the disposal of their descendants. What a per
petuity of good!
In the ebony cabinet of the hall of mourning
will be found some practical suggestion on the
subject of this association.
Such is my last will or rather, such are my
When I require absolutely that the members
of my family should appear in person in the
Rue Saint-Francois, on the day of the opening of
this testament, it is so that, united in that solemn
moment, they may see and know each other. My
words may then, perhaps, have some effect upon
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W. A. SAUNDERS.
Attorney. Merchants National Bank.
SHERIFF'S SALE. By Tlrtue of an order
of ale Issued out of the district court
for Douglas count;. Nebraska, and to me di
rected, I will, on the 12th day of April, A.
D. 1SCH. at ten o'clock A. M. of said day. at the
EAST front door of the county court house,
in the city of Omuha, Douglas county, Ne
braska, sell at public auction to the highest
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order of sale as follows to-wlt:
Lots four (4) in block IK, and lot five (5) In
block 184 of the Original Plat of tbe city
of Omaha, as surveyed, platted and record
ed, all situated In Douglas county, state of
Said property to be sold to satisfy Wal
ter B. Keeler, plaintiff herein, the sums as
follows, to wit:
On lot 4 in block 134. above described, the
sum of fl.80T.00, together with an attorney's
fee of 1189.70;
On lot 5 In block 164, above described the
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erick Linton, her husband. John Morris, Will
iam Morris and Frank Crisp, co-partners do
ing business as Ashurst. Morris. Crisp A Com
pany. John Whlttaker Cooper and William
Issac Shard are defendants.
Omaha, Nebraska. March 11th , 1897.
JOHN W. MCDONALD,
8heriff of Douglas County, Nebraska.
W. A. Saunders, Attorney.
Keeler vs. Linton, et al.
Doc. 56; No, 179.
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