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Father d'Aigrigny, mingled with so calm and
eerene a daring, that the reverend father and the
princess were quite confounded by it. They Ml
themselves overawed by this little old man, so
sordid and ugly. Father d'Aigrigny kurw
tuo w U the custom? of the Company, to believe
his humble tecretary capable of assuming to slid
'denly these airs of transrendant superiority with
out a motive, or rather, without a positive right.
Late, too late, the reverend father perceived, that
this subordinate agent might be partly a spy,
n-it-tlv fin ovnurium o.l fiFsUtallt. wIlO. i Vol-'! 1 II l!
I'""'.' -1 v ,v
to the euiistitrtiuus of the Orlor, had the power
and mission t depose and provi.-ionally repli.ee,
in certain urgent eases, the incapable person over
whom he was stationed as a guard. The rever
end father wa not deceived. From the general
to the provincial", and to the rectors, of the col
leges, all the superior members of (he Order
have stationed near them, often without their
knowledge, and in apparently lh lowest capaci
ties, men able' to assume their functions at any
given moment, and who, with this view, con
stantly keep up a direct correspondence with
From the moment Kodiu had assumed this
position, the manners of Father d'Aigrigny, gen
erally so haughty, underwent a change. Though
it cost him a good deal, he said with hesitation,
mingled with deference: You have, no doubt,
the ri-rlit to command me who hitherto have
commanded." Rodin, without answering, drew
from his well-rubbed and greasy pocket-book a
slip of paper, stamped upon both sides, on which
'were written several lines in Latin. When he
had read it, Father d'Aigrigny pressed this paper
respectfully, even religiously, to his lips; then re
turned it to Rodin, with a low bow. When he
again raised his head, he was purple with shame
and vexation. Notwithstanding his habits of
passive obedience and immutable respect for the
will of the Order, he felt a bitter and violent rage
at seeing himself thus abrutly deposed from pow
er. That was not all. Though, for a long time
past, all relations in gallantry had ceased betw een
him and Mine, de Saint-Dizier, the latter was not
the less a woman; and for him to suffer this
humiliation in presence of a woman was, un
doubtedly, cruel, as, notwithstanding his entrance
into the Order, he had not wholly laid aside the
character of men of the world. Moreover, the
princess, instead of appearing hurt arid offended
by this sudden transformation of the superior
into a subaltern, and of the subaltern
into a superior, looked at liodin with
t. of enriositv minded with interest.
As a woman as a woman, intensely ambitious,
seeking to connect herself with every powerful
influence the princess loved this strange species
of contrast. She found it anions and interest
ing to see this man, almost in rugs, mean in ap
pearance, and iguobly ugly, and but lately the
most humble of subordinates, look down from
the height of his superior intelligence upon the
nobleman by birth, distinguished for the ele
gance of his manners, and just before so consider
able a personage in the Society. From that mo
ment, as the more important personage of the
two, liodin completely took the place of Father
d'Aigrigny in the princess's mind. The first
pang of humiliation over, the reverend father,
though his pride bled inwardly, applied all his
knowledge of the world to behave with redoubled
courtesy towards liodin, who had become his
superior by this abrupt change of fortune. But
the ex-socius, incapable of appreciating, or rather
of acknowledging, such delicate shades of man
ner, established himself at once, firmly, imper
iously, brutally, in his new position, not from
any reaction of offended pride, but from a con
' sciousness of what he was really worth. A long
acquaintance with Father d'Aigrigny had revealed
to him the inferiority of the latter.
" You threw away your pen," said Father d'Aig
rigny to Rodin with extreme deference, "while
I was dictating a note for Rome. Will you do
me the favor to tell mo how 1 have acted
wrong ? "
" Directly," replied Rodin, in his sharp, cut
ting voice. "For a long time this affair appeared
to me above your strength; but I abstained from
interfering. And yet what mistakes! what pover
ty of invention; what coarseness in the means
employed to bring it to bear ! "
" I can hardly understand your reproaches,"
answered Father d'Aigrigny, mildly, though a
secret bitterness made its way through his ap
parent submission. " Was not the snccess cer
tain, 'had it not been for this codicil? Did you
not youself assist in the measures that you now
blame ? "
"You commanded, then, and it was my duty
to obey. Besides, you were just on the point of
succeeding not because of the means you had
taken but in spite of those means, with all their
awkward and revolting brutality."
"Sir you are severe," said Father d'Aigrigny.
" I am just. One has to be prodigiously clev
er, truly, to shut up any one in a room, and then
lock the door! And yet, what else have you
done? The daughters of Gem ral Simon'- im
prisoned at Keipsic, shut up in a covent at Paris!
Adrienne de Cardoville? placed in confinement.
Sleepindutr.' put in prison Djalma? quieted
by a narcotic. One only ingenious method, and
a thousand times safer, becau-e it acted morally,
n'ot materially, was em ployed to remove M.
Hardy. As fo your other proceeding? they
were all bad, uncertain, dangerous. Why? Be
cause they were violent, and violence
provokes violence. Then it is no hom
er a Mnue of keen, --kili'ul, pcr-ewr-
uj; met:, seeing through the ! nkn -
ni w h icii
they walk, but a match of li-tie'iil-, in bioa-l lav.
Though we should be always in action, we should
alwavs shrink !'i'n view, and et you oniM Im 1
no belter plan than to draw universal afeniioM
to us bv proceedings at once open and deplorably
notorious. To make them more secret, you c.ill
in the guard, the commissary of police, (he gaol
ers, for your accomplices. It is pili.ibi", sir;
thing but the most lull i.tut success coiiM
A4Nr the Top U krrp Hit Hl Wrtl
I."nJcii, April :i - The Home r ri
(xitulcnt of tht lUiijr ChMMilfle y:
"Au't.hithti Mrlliu-:li, 'I dele
gait of thr K umn C.ilhoHo church In
tin' l'iitiJ Stati. I a cuViril ,t tl
i'n to ah-Vxio (rum t I il im n.trat iiim
of sjmnnO y with Sa'n w h a h i inild
fXi'tte the I'rotr-1 u.t M-nt mi r.t f tlie
lull it S'u t elnl the Roman I 'nth
1'it' i. Apr '. .M It l , iii.no r - -il
tliiC -( i ' i -'i i" ' ' - l: M' x if" i n
ill :i w ! it In ' li - 1. 1-: r'.liu: ii n o' arm
n ! f ! i v jin hi t 1 e i.-hi- lii.l.ani
i. a i - ill 1 1 u i ! i:jr irj Mi
. ! w . f i . i-!--'i.t iff ! r. pilar raviury
! Ir : - n; U r ih.- I-I t -r.
cover such wretched folly; and thi
"Sir," said Father d'Aigrigny, deeply hurt, for
the Princess d Saint-Dizier, unable to conceal
the sort of admiration caused in her by the plain,
decisive words of Rodin, looked at her old lover
with an air that seemed to say, " lie is right;"
"sir, vou are more than severe in your judg
ment; and, notwithstanding the deference 1 owe
to you, I must observe, that I am not accus
" There are many other things to which jou
are not accustomed," said Rodin, harshly inter
rupting the reverend father; " but you will ac
custom yourself to them. You have hitherto had
a false idea of your own value. There is old
leaven of the soldier and the worlding fermenting
within you, which deprives your reason of the
coolness, lucidity, and penetration that it ought
to possess. You have been a fine military officer,
brisk and gay, foremost in wars and festivals,
with pleasures and women. These things have
half worn you out. You will never bo anything
but a subaltern; you have been thoroughly tested.
You will always want that vigor and concentra
tion of mind which governs men and events.
That vigor and concentration of mind I have
and do you know why? It is because, solely de
voted to the service of the Company, 1 have al
ways been ugly, dirty, unloved, unloving I have
all my manhood about me! "
In pronouncing thfse words, full of cynical
pride, Kodm was trulv leartul. 1 tie 1 rincess le
Saint-Dizier thought him almost handsome by
his energy and audacity.
Father d'Aigrigny, feeling himself overawed,
invincibly and inexorably, by this diabolical be
ing, made a last effort to mist, find exclaimed,
Oh! sir, these boastings are no proofs of valor
and power. We must see you at work.
" Yes," replied Rodin, coldly; "do you know
at what work ? " Rodin was found of this inter
rogative mode of expression. " Why, at the work
that you so basely abandon."
" What !" cried the Princess de Saint-Dizier;
for Father d'Aigrigny, stupefied at Rodin's au
dacity, was unable to utter a word.
" I say," resumed liodin, slowly, " that I under
take to bring to a good issue this affair of the
Iiennepont inheritance, which appears to you so
" You ? " cried Father d'Aigrigny. " You? "
ii j '
" But they have unmasked our nianu uvers."
"So much the better; we shall be obliged fo
" But they will suspect us in everything."
" So much the better; the success (hat is diffi
cult is the most certain."
" What ! do you hope to make Gabriel consent
not to revoke his donation, which is perhaps
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riri iii.l jo ir Atljn o' t'le World
mid I Bin tt.'ll i!ci"il ; 'ar heyiiiul my
ex pel t tlionn.
Tin? man wlm pniice Martin Luther
and ri'iirU (JililxjiHor Inland In 11 huye
It Ink's patriotii-m to taml out
ajrainst papal tyranny.
To Cur, 'uiim l,ial inn t-orvr.
Tnl.i-Ca-i iiii'Ih iiiuiv ( utli in ir loo i.r 'JiW
If C C 0. fall to rlirp. ilr.iifi.'MH !- fun. I iiimih-t
" I mean to bring into the coffers of the Com
pany the whole of the two hundred and twelve
millions, of which they wish to cheat us. Is that
" It is clear but impossible."
"And I tell you that it is, and it must be, pos
sible. Do you not understand, short-sighted as
you are! " cried Rodin, animated to such a degree
that his cadaverous face became slightly flushed;
"do you understand that it is no longer in our
choice to hesitate? Either these two hundred
and twelve millions must be ours and tlen the
re-establishment of our sovereign influence in
France is sure for in these venal times, with
such a silm at command, you may bribe or over
throw a government, or light up the llame of
civil war, and restore legitimacy, which is our
natural ally, and, owing all to us, would give us
all in return "
" That is clear," cried the princess, clasping
her hands in admiration.
" If, on the contrary," resumed Rodin, " these
two hundred and twelve millions fall into the
(Continued on page .".)
J. T. PATCH,
AtUiriu'y, ltuoiii 21 I'atlerMon Bltick.
In On' liiMtrli-t Court of Douglm county,
In On? matter of tin" estate of Charles II
Tn l.viiin K. Simulillnl and UiiKerC. Kviiuh:
You are hereby nolltled lliat the IHmrlrt
Court of llouiilas county. Nebraska, made
the fiillowlnn older In the above entitled ao
tli.n. towil :
Now thin c.aune oomlnu on for hearlnir on
I lie reiiorl. of the administrator of the above
f state of the ale of the W. at one half of Lot
K uliteen UNI I'elbam I'lace, an addition to
the oil v of Omaha, NebraHka. for the purpose
of paying debts and expenses or ailininisi ra
tion In pursuance of a license iiranled bjr
this court ou the l.lth day of November. Is'.',,
mill Ii miiii'Hrlnir bv said report thai sulil
ore-liulf lot w at, mlil on the 11 th day of April,
In'.is, to Kimiia ('. Holiin for the mini of live
hundred dollars i.m cusii in iianu paiu; n
Is therefore ordered that all persona inier
eatetl In said estate be notified f HUPt ar be
fi.re me :il Court Itm in Nc. 7. of the lllstrlcl
I'l.i.rt i,f I ouirliis ( iiimtv. Neliriiska. on the
Hitli dHy of Miy. Is'.is, at IU o'clis'k. . m . of
said day to show cause If any why said sale
should, not be confirmed and a deed executed
to 1 '.e purchaser therefor, by service of this
orilir. publication or aiiiei ue in tne weesiy
Amuiii an on nmi-ri sKicnis.
Iialrd this llth day of April !!
J. KAVVCKTT. .Indite.
Hoc. (II: no. :i3rt. 4-1.1-4
w. ii. Ki;ssi:iJi.
Allorney.f 111 New York Life ItiilldiriK,
CM KK It I'S SA I.K..-Hy virtue of a Ind plurli s
i,nliT nr sale Irissned out or tbe distrw
c.iurt fur I)oiik1h county. Nebrska. aid to
me illre. iei . 1 will, on the Ullli (lay nr May
A l. l'.'s. at- ti-n o'clock A M. of said
,hiv. at I he KAS'I' front, door .f the ciiuniy
court house. In the cltv of Omaha. IioiikIiis
ci'iin'v- N'bri-ka. M'llalpublr auction to
i be lilirhesl lilild'T for cash, tbe nreperiy
scribed in said older of sale as follows, to
Tl.n , :. si or. e In, If of I lie soul II west ii ti art I'
i K 1 S. VV ',i aed ihe wist foriy-nlne and
Hi- Iini i V.i ;;ili ucreR or I r e west one- b iir or t lie
soutbeasi iiuarteriW. li S. K ' i al I In n-elli n
iiiimlier e jhl. isi ai.d t lie iioroi nineteen m
nrriv of I be vest twenty-four and iw 1 (Hi
::i iisi acres of the nor liwmt iiiiatler or t lie
ruirtheiist ouarter i.. VV, '4 of X. 'O I
sect ion number seventeen OTiull In T wn
ship sixteen iMl north of Km ire thirteen ibl
i ilsI of t lie Sin b Principal Meridian cont ain
Inn one hundred and for.y elrlil and ;;ii Iw)
ills . H i acres more or less as surveyed, ano
recorded all situated In Ioui0ii8 county
stiilf. of Nebraska.
Said properly to be Hold to uttlsfy Mlchl
on Mutual Life Insurance Co puny, plain
tiff herein, the mini of four thousand elvht
hundred and ibirtv-slx and li.-liri im.s.h, n
riollara liidirment. with Interest thereon at
rate of ten illn per cent per annum from May
41 n. ihwi;
To mitls'y Saloina Howinan defendant
herein the sum of eiKhl hundred and ninety
six and !."- Itat ifniH I n dollars Judiiinent, with
interest t hereon at rate of ten i lUi pt r cent
iter unnnrii from MllV ,ird lH.Iri:
And to satisfy said Michigan Mutual Life
Insurance Company, plaintiff bereli, the
further sum of one hundred and thirty-nine
and (Hi-Km 'in,' lii dollars judgment for taxes
paid thereon by said plaintiff in order lo pro-ij-ei
Its lien thereon with interest on forty
six and il'i-lno 'iliiO.)i dollars from July:ird
ts'.'t. at ten (lui per cent per annum, and In
terest on the sum of ninety three and Wl-HH
dot ars at the rateof ten ilm per cent
per annum from Oeeernber 2?th, lsii.V.
To iatlR'y the further umn of one hundred
and eiKhty two and ;;'l-10u iil;.l) dollars
costs herein, together with accrulnir costa,
according to a ludenient rendered by the
district court of said Douglas county, at Its
May term. A. Il issnl. In acertaln action then
and there pending, wherein the Michigan
Mutual Litfn insurance Company Is Plaintiff
and Ju la K. Vandercook. .lames K. Vander
cook The Mutual Investment ('ompany.
.li lt ri L. I'lerce Kecelver of the Mutual In
vestment Company and Saiou.a Kowuutn are
Omaha, Nebraska. April l.jth. Wh.
JOHN VV. McDoNALI),
Sheriff of Douglas County. Nebraska.
W. II. Russell, attorney.
Mich. Mot. Life Ins Co v Vandercook etal.
Doc. :l: No. 1st. 4 I.Vfl
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