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belong.jiuuile over lo.ine, as Us representative,!
freely and voluntarily, all the property that
light come to him one day, the value of which
was unknown to him, as well as to myself."
Father d'Aigrigny here looked at (Jahriel, as if
appealing to him for the truth of this statement.
"It is true," said the young priest; "I made
this donation freely."
"This morning, in consequence of a private
conversation, which I will not repeat and in
this, I am certain beforehand, of the Abbe
"True," replied Gabriel, generously; "the sub
ject of this conversation is of little importance."
"It was then, in consequence of this conversa
tion that the Abbe Gabriel manifested the desire
to confirm this donation not in my favor, for I
have little to do with earthly wealth but in
favor of the sacred and charitable woiks of which
our Company is the trustee. I appeal to the
honor of M. Gabriel to declare if he had, not en
gaged himself towards us, not only by a solemn
oath, but by a perfectly legal act, executed in
presence of M. Dumesnil, here present?"
" It is all true," answered Gabriel.
"The deed was prepared by me," added the
" But Gabriel could only give you what be
lorged to him," cried Dagobert. "The dear boy
never supposed that you would make use of him
to rob other people."
"Do me the favor, sir, to allow me to explain
myself," replied Father d'Aigrigny, courteously;
"you can afterwards make answer."
Dagobert repressed with difficulty his painful
impatience. . The reverend father continued:
"The Abbe Gabriel has therefore, by the double
engagement of an oath and a legal act, confirmed
his donation. Much more," resumed Father
d'Aigrigny; "when to his great astonishment and
to ours, the enormous amount of the inheritance
became known, the Abbe Gabriel, fathful to his
own admirable generosity, far from repenting of
his gifts, consecrated them once more by a pious
movement of gratitude to Providence for M.
Notary will doubtless remember, that, a'ter em
bracing the Abbe Gabriel with transport, and
telling him that he was a second Vincent de
Faul in charity, I took him by the hand, and we
both knelt down together, to thank heaven for
having inspired him with the thought to offer
these immense riches to the Greater Glory of the
"That is true, also," answered Gabriel, honest
ly: "So long as myself was concerned, though I
might be astounded for a moment by the revela
tion of so enormous a fortune, I did not think for
an instant of cancelling the donation I had freely
" Under these circumstances," resumed Father
d'Aigrigny, "the hour fixed for the settlement of
the inheritance having struck, end Abbe Gabriel
being the only heir that presented himself, he
became necessarily the only legitimate posset sor
of this immense wealth enormous, no doubt
and charity makes me rejoice that it is onorm
ous; for, thanks to it, many miseries will be re
lieved, and many tears wiped away. But, all on
a sudden, here comes this gentleman," said Fath
er d'Aigrigny, pointing to Dagobert; "and, under
some delusion, which I forgive him from the
bottom of my soul, and which I am sure he will
himself regret, accuses me, with insults and
threats, with having carried off (I know not
where) some persons (I know not whom), in
order to prevent their being here at the proper
" Yes, I accuse you of this infamy!" cried the
soldier, exasperated by the calmnes and audacity
of the reverend father; "yes and I will "
"Once, again, sir, I conjure you to be so good
as to let me finish; you can reply afterwards,"
said Father d'Aigrigny, humbly, in the softest
and most honied accents.
"Yes, I will reply, and confound you !" cried
" Let him finish, father, you can speak present
ly," said Agricola.
The soldier was silent, as Father d'Aigrigny
continued with new assurance: "Doubtless, if
there should really be any other heirs, besides
the Abbe Gabriel, it is unfortunate for them that
they have not appeared in proper time. And if,
instead of defendiug the cause of the poor and
needy, I had only to look to my own interest, I
should be far from availing inyself of the poor, I
am obliged to maintain my absolute right to this
inheritance; and I do not doubt that M. Notary
will acknowledge the validity of my claim, and
deliver to me these securities, which are now my
"My only mission," replied the notary, in
an agitated voice, "is faithfully to execute the
the will of the testator. The Abbe Gabriel
de Kennepont alone presented himself, within
the term fixed by the testament. The deed of
gift is in due form; I cannot refuse, therefore to
deliver to the person named in the deed the
amount of the heritage "
On these words, Samuel hid his face in his
hands, and heaved a deep rgh; he was obliged to
acknowledge the rigorous" justice of the no'ary's
" But, sir," cried Dagobert, addressing the man
of law, 44 this cannot be. You will not allow two
orphans to le despoiled. It is in the name of
their father and mothtr, that I speak to you. I
give you my honor the honor of a soldier!
that they took advantage of the weakness of my
wife to carry the daughters of Marshal Simon to
a convent, and thus prevent me bringing them
here this morning. It is so true, that I have
already laid my charge before a magistrate."
44 And what answer did you receive ?" said the
44 That my deposition was not sufficient for the
law to remove thse young girls from the convent
in which thy were, and that inquiries would be
44 Yes, sir," added Agricoh, "aud it was the
same with regard to Mdlle. de Cardoville, detained
as mad in a lunatic asylum, though in a full en
joyment of her lfason. Like Marshal Simons
daughters, she too has a claim to this inheritance.
I took the same steps for her, as my father took
for Marshall Simon's daughters."
44 Well ? " asked the notary.
" Unfortunately, sir," answered Agricola, "they
told me, as they did my father, that my deposi
tion would not suffice, aud that they must make
At this moment, Bathsheba, having heard the
street-bell ring, left the red room at a sign from
Samuel. The notary resumed, addressing Agri
cola and his father: 41 Far be it from me, gentle
men, to call in question your good faith; but 1
cannot, to my great i egret, attach such import
ance to your accusations, which are not supported
by proof, as to suspend the regular legal course.
According to your own confession, gentlemen,
the authorities, to whom you addressed your
selves, did not see fit to interfere on your deposi
tions, and told you they would inquire further.
Now, really, gentlemen, I appeal to you; how can
I, in so serious a matter, take upon myself a re
sponsibility, which the magistrates themselves
have refused to take?"
44 Yes, you should do so, in the name of justice
and honor!" cried Dagobert.
41 It may be so, sir, in your opinion; but, in my
view of the case, I remain faithful to justice and
honor, by executing with exnctmss the last will
of the dead. For the rest, you have no occasion
to despair. If the persons, whose interests you
represent, consider themselves injured, they may
hereafter ha?e recourse to an action at law,
against the person receiving as donee of the
Abbe Gabriel but in the meanwhile, it is my
duty to put him in immediate possession of the
securities! I should he gravely injured, were I
t act in any other manner."
The notary's observations seemed so reasona
ble, that Samuel, Dagobert and Agricola were
quite confounded. After a moment's thought,
Gabriel appeared to take a desperate resolution,
aud said to the notary, in a firm voice: "Since,
under these circumstances, the law is powerless
to obtain the right, I must adopt, sir, an extreme
course. Before doing so, I will ask M. l'Abbe
d'Aigrigny, for the last time, if he will content
himself with that portion of the property which
falls justly to me, on condition that the rest shall
be placed in safe hands, till the heirs, whose
names have been brought forward, shall prove
their claim ? "
" To this pr position I must answer as I have
done already," replied Father d'Aigrigny; 44 it is
not I who am concerned, but an immense work
of charity. I am, therefore, obliged to refuse the
part-offer of the Abbe Gabriel, and to remind him
of his engagements of every kind."
44 Then you refuse this arrangement?" asked
Gabriel, in an agitated voice.
"Charity commands me to do so."
44 You refuse it absolutely ?"
44 1 think of all the good and pious institutions
that these treasures will enable us t establish for
the Greater Gl ry of the Lord, and I have neither
the courage nc-r the desire to make the least con
cession." 41 Then, sir," resumed the good priest, in a still
more agitated manner, " since you force me to it,
I revoke my donation. I only intended to dis
pose of my own property, and not of that which
did not belong to me."
"Take care, M. l'Abbe," said Father d'Aig
rigny; 44 1 would observe that I hold in my hand
a written, formal promise."
" I know; it, sir; you have a written paper, in
which I take an oath never to revoke this do
nation, under any pretext whatever, and on pain
of incurring the aversion and contempt of all
honest men. Well, sir! be it so," said Gabriel,
with deep bitterness; "I expose myself to all the
consequences of perjury; you may proclaim it
everywhere. I may be hated and despised by all
but God will judge nit! " The young priest dried
a tear, which trickled from his eye.
(Continued on page S.)
MUr of AdmUMratltM
la lb ruuaiy Court of IVula cuia jr. N
traa. ) lb matu-rnf I ha Mlat uf d.rJ J.l'un
rckn, il'i'riftt d ;
Al pim Int. rfled In nd nitlt ar
lu-rvti- ao Ili-M at a prflllon baa Iwi al (1
la M our aiU-Kinn that aU OnwrU
dlrl leaving ao laxl al 1 any iryln (or ail
nil la ration u oil liiavalaia. aud that If tlirf
tail to a,.prar a aald IViurt ou th iitb day
uf A pill, aws. al a o'clock A. .,t-i n'Ui.l
ib aald i"l Ion. I ho Court mar (rani ilia
a moan ran adminl.lra luaii- aaldvilal
U Augulua B l!orek n or soma other
autlabia yt-raou and pmctuwl to a art Wtm lil
tbrroof. 1YJ V. Uaxiik
W. A. S.UMKH.
A'torney. Merrbanla National Bunk IM
OlimiKr" KAIK-Bjr virtue of an
O order of aala laaurd out of tha diaUU l
court for Douglaa county. Nflrak and
to l ie d! ,-t.l. I will, on the l"Oi itay i.f
May, A. ll. I", at tn o'clta-k . H. of aald
day. at lb KAST front door of tba eoualy
court botian. In the city of Omaha. Houglaa
county, Meuraxka. anil at public auction to
tba liltflir.l bidder for caah, lha prouorty da
acrlbcU in aald order of tale aa followa. to
It: lot four 4i. block three hundred aud all
trou I'lmi la tneurUlnal plat of tba rlty of
On aba. aa aurveyrd. plaltfil at d renordrti
and all wing ulluaud la lHiuglea county,
atair of Ntt ra'ka.
Ha Id property U b aold toaatlafy Harry J.
Twlulln plalnllfT berrln. tha auiu of Kitty
all at.il 78 lui THi o lara Judgtuan , with
In If nut thrroon at the rale of ten lluipnr
cunt pi r annum froiu Hoptenilxtr 27. I7, lo
rd dt-r wild aa athirnry'a foe of He and
a7-llUir'ia)dollara whlcn aat' ainiiunla ar
a lirat lira upou aald above deacrlbt-tl prop
erly. lo nullify tha further auui of alxtoen
and W U4 ill BUI dollura conta herein, to
gether with accruing coNta. aurordiug ton
judgment rendered by the dimrlct court of
aald iHiugla county, etui of NoLranka at
tla Heptetulx r toriu A O., IHI'7. In a certain
action 'hen ami there pending, wherein
Hurry J. Tw uilng ' plaintiff and The Aniei
Ickii Siillounl Habk of lliu-.t Nebraska a
corporation oigB?"d under the lawa of tha
I'nitrd Stale,, eaniuel C Curt a aud Kate
Hlrd Curim are d fendnuta.
Omaha, Nebranka. Ai.tlHtb.
joiim w. Mcdonald,
. Sheriff of Douglaa Couuty. Nebraaaa
W . A, ShiiuiIith, atlorney.
TwiniluK vs. Am. Mil.. lUnk et. al.
Doc. til. No fc'x. 1. 1. SC. 4-8-5
J. T. I'ATCH.
Attorney, Koom 32 I'atter-ion Block.
In the District Cjurt of Douglas county,
In the matter of the estate of Ctmrlea It.
To I. yd in K. Spauldlng and Roger C. Rvana:
You are ti reby notltied that the District
Oourl of Douglas county. Nebraska, made
the fo lowlng order In the above entitled ac
Now thli- cause coming on for hearing on
the report of the uilminlNtralor of the above
ratiite of I he rale of the W- St one-half of Lot
K gbtreii (Ihi IVIhiim I'lace, an addition lo
the city or Omatni, iNcnrahka, ror tne purpoae
of paying debts and expenses of administra
tion lu pursuance of a liceuse granted bjr
this court on the lilih day of November, Im'.'i,
and It appearing by sutd report that aald
iv e Imlf lot wastolil nn the lit h day of April,
lm. to KiiimiL ('. Ilohiu for the iiiiu of Uve
hundred dollars liMJOl cssb In hand paid; It
U t htrefnre orilnred that nil uersous Inter
ested In said estate be untitled to mipear be
fore me at Court Uo in No. 7, of the District
Oitiirt of LouiiIhs ("mtntv. Nebraska, on the
ltltli day of M ty. 1MH, at 10 o'clock, a. m., of
sain oiiy to snow causi it any wny saiu ie
shotiliLiiot be confirmed and a dfcd executed
to t .e purchaser therefor, by service of this
order, pubiicai lonoi same to ue in inn weesiy
A mehu'a N on nou-resluentt
Dated this Ulb day of April IsiiH.
J. FAWCETT. Judge
Doe. 61: no. ;i2H. -lM
W. It. Ill SKi ;Mi,
Attorney, flu New York Life llulldlng.
c KB I K1"S SALE.- By virtue of a 2nd ulurlcs
" order of sale Isssued out. of the district
court for Douglas county, Nebrsska, and to
me directed. 1 will, od me t.n aay or may,
A. D. lM'H. at ten o'clock A M. of said
dim in the RAPT front, door .,f the county
court house. In the city ofOniHtta. Hooplas
county. N-brisk a. sellat publ c auction to
the highest bloiler for cash, tne trcieriy ue-
ocriuea in suia orui r oi sain naiouowafw
The east orie-hi If of the southwest quarter
IF, W U H-r.d the west, forty-nine and
SMWrml i4 :ini acres of the west, one h lf of the
amnliPHM iiuiirtenW.H 8. K. 'alall In ectl ri
number eiMhl IN ai u iuh norm uineienu tim
aens of the west, twenty-four and M lou
14 IIS) acres of the nor hweBt, puuiier of th
northeust iptiirtr tN. W. '4 of N. K. ) of
section number svtneen all In T wn
sblp sixteen ll'lt portn of Itange thirteen I lilt
eai.t of i ho el xt b Principal Meridian cont ain
ing one hundred snd for y fight and Ml IWI
(14 ;iui acres more or less as surveyed, iinu
recorded, nil situated in Kougias cotimy
stale of Nebraska,
bab) properly to be sold to satisfy Mlchl
van Mutual Life Insurance t'o uiiriv. plain
tiff herein, the sum of four thousand et ht
hundred and Uilrty-slx and 7-100 cf4H.mil. I
ilollars ludement. with Interest, thereon at
rate of len till) per cent per annum frcin May
To ratis y Saloma llowman defendant
he-eln the soin of cluht hundred an I ninety
six and !." lufltH!' l i) dollars judgment, with
Interest thereon at rate of icn (401 percent
per annum from May .Ird W.ia;
And to satisfy raid Michigan Mutual Life
Insurance Oompany. plalntltr hcrel-i, the
further sum of one hundred and thlrty-n ne
and IW-lUdiSIIi.l Htb do'lars judgment for taxes
paid thereon by said plaintiff In or Jer to pro
tect its lieu thereon with Interest on forty
six and OJ-100 $4u:o dollars from July 3rd,
lsV4, at ten (10) per cent per annum, and In
terest on the sum of ninety three and HI- 1W
it i:i HI) dol sirs at. the rat of ten (Id) per cent
per annum from December 2?ih, ls'fi.
To satls'y the further sum of one hundred
and eighty two and .Tl-I) (tl;ui dollars
costs herein, together with accruing costs,
according to a Judgment rendered by the
district court of said Djuglas county, at Its
May term, A. I) iKWi, In a certain action then
and there pending, wherein the Michigan
Mutual Life insu-ance Company Is nlaintlff
and Ju la E. Vandercook. James K. Vander
cuok The Mulual Investment Company,
J i hn L. fierce Kemlver of the Mutual In
vestment Company and Siloiua llowman are
Omaha. Nebraska. April h. lsns
John w. Mcdonald.
Sheriff of Douglas County. iebraska.
W. H. Htiss. II. attorney
Mich Mut Life InsCo vs. V'anaercook etal.
Doc 54: Nn. IS I. 4-1 l
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