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10 TUB OMAllA DAILY : SUNDAY , MAY 8 , 1808.
Ashes of Empire. '
By ROBERT W. CHAMBERS.
( Copyright. 180 % by Robert W. Chambers. )
Clmiitrr IV. Con Hun 'il.
Bourke and Hnrewood walked out to the
front door and sat down on the step.
After a short period of meditation Dourkc
Bald : "Jim , do you agree with mo In say
ing that our hostesses arc as Innocent tih
two white kittens ? "
"Why white kittens ? " asked lUrcwooS
argumontntlvcly , and added , ' "of course
they arc. "
"Well , " continued IJourke , "because they
are eo Innocent It would be a slmme to dis
turb them I mean to attempt any fool
flirtation. Wouldn't It ? "
"I don't see why you say that lo mo , "
aid Hurewood , sharply.
"I only meant for myself ns well ns
you that we've got to bo careful. You
know as well as I do that what Is called
flirtation In America Is not understood In
franco. They would taku anything like
that seriously. "
Hnrnwood was silent.
"Of course , I'm more or less susceptible
to a pretty face , " continued Bourke : "so are
you If your reputation doesn't belle you "
"Lot my reputation alone , " Interrupted
"Yes , It's not a subject for analytical dis
cussion. As I say , I'm not Insensible my
self ; but In this case we In short v.'o nb-
solutely must not make asses of ourselves. "
"What's the matter with you ? " Imiuitcd
"Tho matter Is that I think we hod bet
ter bo clear about this situation from the
beginning. Heaven knows wo shall bo luify
enough with our own affairs anJ the/ will
bo with theirs and ns for our lplsr.ro Uouru ,
If wo have any , ilon't you think 'Vo can
employ them moro safely than In hanging
around two dangerously pretty girls' . " '
"Can't n man talk to tlwn without mak
ing love to them ? " demanded Huronood
"Cnn you ? " asked Dourko in bla turn.
Harowood shrugged his shouliir ! > . "I van
behave myself. " ho observed , "If I try. "
"You novcr have , " retorted Uourkc. "It's
as natural to you to make love ns It Is to
breathe. You never are serious and you
usually make mischief some way or other.
You can't say I over Interfered before , but
I tell you , Jim. I think It would bo a d d
Klinnic to trouble the peace of mind of Hlldo
"So do I , " said Harewood. "Let's drop
the subject. "
They stood up , looking at each other.
Harowood colored nnd laughed.
"I can't help It , " ho said. "I've gene too
far already , Cecil. "
"Already ? " cried Dourke , Incredulously.
"Good heavens , " groaned Bourkc , "you
don't mean to say you've begun already. "
"Yes , I'm sorry. It was thoughtless "
"You you haven't made love to her In
these few minutes ? Jim , It's Impossible ! "
Harowood moved uneasily.
"Have you ? "
"Yes , 1 have. "
"Seriously ? "
"Not very. "
"You you didn't kiss her ? "
Ilnrcwood was silent.
Dourke looked at him In amazement.
"Not Hlldc ? "
Harowood didn't answer.
After a moment's silence 'Dourke sat down
on the steps and swore under his breath.
Harowood stood liy , restless and ashamed.
"You understand , Cecil , " ho said. In n
low volco , "that was a confession not a
boast. I'm d d sorry she looked so dainty
and sweet you know how thoughtless I am
nbout such things "
"Oh , hang It all ! " burst out Bourke.
"What do I care ? , If a girl lets a man kiss
her like that by Jove , she can take the
Hnrewood wanted to speak , but Cecil
"I was mistaken In the girl , that's all ,
She looks as Innocent as a white kitten be
hind a milk Jar and she Is Just as In
nocent. They're nil alike , anyway. Go on
and cpoon It you choose , It's none of my
Hardwood murmured : "Cecil , you don'l
"No , " Interrupted Bourke , "I don't thlnli
you're a blackguard , Jim , hut It's a selflst
pflsttmr , this useless Awakening of t
woman's heart. What I fear Is that you and
Hlldo t\IU get Into a desperate love affair
and It will perhaps leave one of you un
happy. And that won't bo you , you know
"I don't know , " said the other. A qucei
light Hashed in his eyes for a moment , thet
ho laughed. "Anyway , don't take It scrl'
.ously. Wo were standing close togethei
when that d d monkey bit me. Hlldo cried
O ! ' so prettily , and looked BO wluved am
I I Jiut put my arm around her waist ; thei
she looked at mo so well so so Oh , thi
ilovll ! how do I know ; let's forget It , won'
you ? Thcro'aro some things n man ough
to shut up about. "
"I don't ask your confidence , " said Cecil
' -'You're the only man who has over had II
As for this child the whole Incident wa
innocent and harmless enough. I've hal
forgotten It , and she will completely In n
time at all. "
"All right , " said Dourko ; "here come
Winston nnd Sutherland. They're on time
It's Just 10. "
The Mirrored l-'ucc.
Tha household duties finished , the bird
reguled with seed nnd water , Yoletto wen
out , oa she always did , Into the tangled garden
don for a romp with Scheherazade , callln
HllJe to follow , lint Hllde had slipped awa
to her own silent chamber , -where , in th
half light , pale sun spots moved on the low
orctl curtains and one dusty sunbeam slante
through the dusk.
She sank Into an easy chair , head throw
back , eyes wide open , gazing nt nothing i
the motes sifting through the bands of sue
light t the tracery of a vine outside th
window Bill , shadowed on the lowered cut
tain , that moved when breezes swayed tli
leaves. Dut she saw neither shadow nc
eunllght , nor the white walls of the roon
nor the white curtains of the bed. Thei
was but one thing before her eyes Han
wood's fact' , bending close to hers close
Btlll and she lay back In the chair , bread
Consternation for what she had done gai
place to wonder. She etrove to understate
why she attempted to begin at the bcgli
iilng of things. The beginning of things , f <
her , was not far away scarcely an hoi
back. And yet It was no use no use to ti
to remember how It had happened.
A passing cloud blotted the dappled sur
ehlno from the curtains ; tbo room grow vci
dim and still. An apathy , mental nnd pbys
ical , fell upon her ; her eyes drooped unt
tha dark lashes rested on her cheeks ; hi
llinbn seemed lieaVy nnd numb.
Presently the ( haft of eunllght sto
across the duik again ; she raised ono ban
touching her face with listless fingers. Hi
) i > 3 and checks were wet with tears.
There aa a niche In the wall over tt
bed whcro a faience figure of Satnto Hlldn
of 'Carhalx stood , robed In blue and gold.
She turned her eyes to the saint and leaned
forward In the dusk ; but perhaps she had
nothing to say to this other Hlldo of Car
halx ; perhaps she did not know what tt
say , for her head drooped nnd she sank
back In the armchair , Idly twisting her
white fingers. The tears dried quickly , for
there was nothing of bitterness In her
heart , only a constant wonder , nn eternal
childish question , "Why ? " And always before -
fore her she saw Harcwood's face , touched
with an Indefinable smile , bending close ,
closer yet to her own.
Upstairs Harewood himself was sitting
on the edge of Dourkc's bed dispensing to
bacco and liquid nourishment to half a
dozen fellow countrymen who filled the
room with plpo smoke nnd sprawled on the
furniture , listening to Dourke.
Dourkc finished speaking , modestly look
ing nt Sutherland for approval. The latter
touched his grizzled mustache thoughtfully
nnd gazed at the carpetlcss floor.
Spoycr began to speak , but subsided when
Sutherland looked up nt him.
"What Dourko says , " began Sutherland.
"Is something I can neither deny nor ap
prove. He affirms that It Is not possible for
the German armies to Isolate Paris from
the outside world ; ho says that If we remain
In Paris we shall bo nblo to communicate
with our respective Journals , Whether or
not this turns out to be the case I myself
have decided to leave the city. Personally
I don't care whether I'm with the Trencher
or German army. If the Germans Invest
Paris and enter Versailles I fancy It will
change nothing as far ns the censorship
Is concerned. "
"German censors are worse than French ,
If nny one should nak you , " observed
"They're all of a stripe , " grumbled Hare
wood , who had more red pencil on his dis
patches than the rest of the foreign cor
respondents put together.
Sutherland laughed , returning his plpo
to the morocco case , and looked at Dourko
with kindly eyes.
"As long as you nnd Harowood are ex
pected to stick to the French army , " ho
said , "I suppose you ought to stay In Paris.
As for Winston nnd Shannon and George
Mnlet they are free to go where they
please ; and If I'm anything of a prophet
they had better steer clear of Paris. "
"You mean you think that there'll be
nothing much to see In Paris ? " asked Hare-
Sutherland caressed his double chin.
"There will bo plenty to see perhaps
moro to see than there will be to eat , " he
Dourko raised his glass Impatiently , sayIng -
Ing : "Well , hero's to you , prophet of evil. "
Sutherland smiled at him and picked up
"I'm an old codger , " said the great war
correspondent. "I need the luxury of a.meal
nt least once a week. Perhaps I'm un
reasonable , but I'm not fond of horse flesh ,
either. Dourke , If you think you ought to
stay In Paris" ho held out n heavy sun
burned hand "I'll sny good-by and good
luck to you and to Harewood , the hare
brained suckling of journalism. "
In the laughter and shouts of "Here's to
you , Jim. Don't let the censor bully you.
Take away his red pencil , " Dourke Jumped
to his feet and shook hands with them all.
"Good luck , all of you , " ho cried heartily.
"Jim and I will take our chances. "
"I don't get my stuff through any way , so
If we're blocked up hero It won't matter , "
said Harowood. As ho followed" them to the
door Speyer offered him n flabby hand.
"I wish you luck , " he said , with a furtive
sneer. "I know this house. You will be
well lodged. The ladles are delightful. "
Harowood withdrew his hand roughly.
"What's that ? " ho demanded. Dut
Speyer hurried away down the stairs , arm
In arm with Stauffcr , whose weak blond face
was convulsed with laughter.
"Did you hear what ho said , Dourke ? "
asked Harewood. "I didn't know he'd ever
been hero. What a sneaking , sneering
brute he ! s. "
"Who cares , " said Dourko. "We're not
obliged to see him , are we ? Well , Jim ,
what do you think , shall wo stay hero ergo
go with the others ? "
"Oh , of course , If you Insist on stayIng -
"Dut I don't , " laughed Dourko.
"You don't ? What about our Instruc
tions to rpmaln with the French army ? "
"Pooh ! " said Dourko. "We can cable
that It's Impossible. Shall we , Jim ? You
were EO anxious to go , you know yester
"I wish , " said Harowood , In sudden Irri
tation , "that you'd stop grinning. No , I
won't go. I'm not a confounded weather
"Except In love , " observed Dourke. "Don'l
lose your temper , Jim , and don't dangle
around Hllde Chalals. Now , I'm going down
to the city to see what's up. Want tc
como ? "
' "No , " said Harewood , shortly.
Dourko nodded , with unimpaired cheer
fulness , and put on his hat.
"Anything I can do for you ? No ? Well
tell our hostesses I'm lunching en vlllo
I'll be back to dinner at 7. Dy the way
I think I'd better Bell our horses Sow
don't you ? "
"I don't care n damn what you do , " sale
Harewood , sulkily.
Dourko nodded again and went out , whis
tllng. Ho understood the younger man
and he would have laid down his life fo
him any hour in the day , knowing tha
Harewood would do the same for him.
When ho had gone , Harowood threw him
self on the bed , both hands behind hi
bend. Perhaps he was Interested In tbj
single fly that circled above the bed , some
times darting off at n tangent , Eometlme
cutting the circles into abrupt angles , bu
always swinging back again as though BUS
ponded from the celling on an invlslbl
He thought of Bourke already wonderlni
at his own bad temper ; ho thought of thi
war of the folly of Saarbruck. the never-to
bo-forgotten shambles of
least , ho Imagined ho was thinking of thesi
things , in reality , a vague shape was haunt
Ing him , vague flngers touched his own
shadowy eyes questioned his , u name soimdei
in his ears , again and again , until the qule
beating of his heart took up the peislstcn
He roused himself , went over to tbj
mirror nnd stared at hla own reflection
Sclf-dlsEust seized him ; ho was sick of him
self , of his own futility , of his life si
utterly useless bicauao BO absolutely selfish
That was the strangepart of It to him
nobody else seemed to bo aware how solflsl
ha WM. Ho himself knew it , but ther
was ono thing he had not known , name ) }
that selfishness la the first step towan
cowardice. True , he was. cool enough unde
Ore he never hesitated to risk his ski ;
when it came to the routine of bis profes
lon. He oTcn risked it needlessly , for sheer
perrerscncBs , and his reputation for reck
lessness was a proverb among his fellows.
Ho had been known to bring n stricken
comrade In from the fighting line. Thinking
over the episode later ho knew that ho had
been actuated by no high motives ot self-
sacrifice ; ho had done it simply as part of
the circus. Ho was rather surprised when
they praised him , for everybody cUe was
under flro at the same time , and bo know
that If he had not been thcro In the line of
his own profession , and any one bad asked
him to go out-and risk his life in that way ,
ho would have Indignantly refused.
At times his recklessness amounted to im
becility in the eyes of his conferees. Suth
erland , commenting on It ono evening , ob
served that Harewood was troubled with an
annoying malady called "youth. " Out this
recklessness , when he showed it , was not
Ignorance of fear. It was self-disgust. There
were many other occasions when , being on
good terms with himself , he bad taken the
tendcrest care of his precious person , This
solf-Bollcltudo was not normal prudence tt
was a form of fierce selfishness that attacked
him like an Intermittent disease. Some day ,
ho was thinking now , it might attack him
at the wrong moment , and nt such moments
the hesitation of selfishness Is known as
As ho leaned there before the mirror. lookIng -
Ing blankly Into his own handsome eyes ,
something of this came to him in a sudden
flash that shocked htm ; for the Idea of per
sonal cowardice had never entered his mind.
The bare possibility of such a thing made
him loathe himself. He gazed , startled , at
that other face In the mirror as though he
had detected a criminal a secret assassin
of himself who bad fawned nnd flattered him
DIDN'T YOU CRACK MY HEAD LA ST NIGHT ON THE RUE D'YPUES ? "
.hrough all these ycars- treacherous thing
lint now suddenly leered at him , unmasked ,
malignant , triumphant.
In that bitter moment , as ho stared back
t the face In the mirror , bo realized for tha
rst time In his life that ho had detected
Imself. Hitherto his fits of depression and
epentanco had been followed by nothing
iut self-contempt , which led to reckless-
ess. Now ho saw more ; he saw his own
; oul , warped and twisted with egotism ; ho
; aw the danger of the future , the posslblll-
.les of'ruln nnd disgrace , the end of evcry-
.hlng for a man in this world detected cow-
rdlco ! <
And he realized something else , something
till moro amazing ; ho realized that for the
ast ten minutes there had been two faces
n the mirror before him one , bis own ,
lombro and marred with boyish cynicism ,
.ho othes a vaguer face , a face of shadows
'alntly tinged with color a dim , wistful
'ace , pure and sensitive as a child's a face
nhoso wide , brown eyes were fixed on his ,
asking n question that his soul alone could
Ho straightened up with an effort. Pres-
intly ho began to pace the room. Who was
his girl this child that haunted the sol-
.tude of his egotism whose memory per
sisted among nil other memories ? Had ho
.larmed her ? Had the Idle caress of a mo
ment left him responsible ? In the Impulse
.o answer this ho turned to cynicism for aid ,
but It gave him no aid , and when he tried
.o understand why this thought should oc
cupy him It suddenly occurred to him that
thuro existed such a thing as moral obliga
tion. When ho had clearly established this
.n his mind ho went further and found that
ho himself was amenable to the moral law
nnd this surprised and attracted him. A
girl , then , had certain moral rlghta which
a man was bound to respect ! The proposi
tion was novel and interesting.
"If that's BO , " ho said aloud , "life is not
an Impromptu performance , but a devilish
serious rehearsal ! "
Ho lighted n cigarette and walked to the
door. "If that IB the proper solution of
life , " be thought , "It's not as amusing as
my solution , but perhaps it wasn't meant
to bo. " Ho blow a succession of smoke
rings toward the celling. "Anyway , seeing
in that light there does not appear to be
much opportunity for introducing side steps
of one's own. "
Dy this time ho had reached the head of
the stairs outside the landing. "No side
steps , " be repeated , "no gags , no special
ties. I'm to keep time to the fiddle. That's
my business. "
His mind was clear now his heart lighter
than the zephyrs that blew fitfully through
the open shop door. Llfo in earnest should
begin for him a lifeof renunciation , self-
suppression , an even , equitable lite , orderly ,
decent , and , above all , morally unselfish.
_ As ho set foot on the last stair , preoccu
pied , entranced , hypnotized at the spectacle
of his own moral regeneration , Hllde turned
the corner of the stairway. She blushed
when she saw him and hesitated , a dis
tracting picture of perturbation.
Ho had made up his mind to ask forgive
ness , to assure her of his esteem for her ,
to acknowledge his inexcusable fault. That's
what be bad como down stairs for. But
now , when he looked at her , ho realized
that it was too late. There was nothing
be could say which would not hurt l > cr.
The quality called tact Is highly developed
in the selfish. This is not a paradox ; gen
erosity has nothing to do with tact. Hare-
wood's regeneration had not aa yet robbed
him of his tact , so he said :
"I was going into the city. Have you
any commission that I could execute ? "
"Thank you , " said Hllde faintly.
"Perhaps , mademoiselle , you sister- "
"Thank you , monsieur. "
Ho acquiesced with a bow. "Monileur
Dourke nnd I would esteem it an honor to
bo intrusted with any commission from
you , " ho said stlfjly and marched down tha
stop * Into tho'lAtreet.
"Dut , monsieur , jrou have forgotten your
lint ! " cried Hlld .
In the absurdity ot the situation his dig
nity collapsed . .amlj ho tunic.1 around hot
with chagrin , liiido stool in the doorway
scarlet with cotifuilon ; far a second they
faced each other , then gravity fled and ft
gale ot laughter > srvept the last traces ot
"Is luncheon r.flaa } ? " asked Harewood , ro-
nscendlng the st 'p . "My feelings are hurt , "
ho instated ; "antomoletto Is the only balm I
will consider. " oRUdo smiled a little and
took courage. ' ;
"Tho balm is ready. " she said ; "Yoletto
and I bavo finished luncheon. Will you
como into the dining room ? "
The luncheon was n modest affair ; a bottle
of white wine , a frothy omelette , a bit of rye
bread , nothing more , , But to Harewood ,
sitting there opposite Hllde , it was enough.
If Hllde appeared charming In embarrass
ment , she was delightful In her shy mirth.
Moreover , ho had never believed that ho
could be so witty for surely ho must have
been exceedingly witty to stir Hllde to
laughter as capricious and sweet as the
melody of a nesting thrush.
Yolette came in from tha garden smiling
and wondering a little.
"Hllde , " she exclaimed , "what is so
funny ? "
"I suppose I am , " said Harewood , "tho
laughing of Mile. Chalats Is as melodious
as It Is disrespectful. Ah , but now I must
ask your advice on a very grave question.
How are wo to address you which Is Mile.
Chalats and which la Mile. Yoletto or Mile.
Hlldo ? "
"You may take your choice , " said Hllde
with n bright cmlte , "because you see wo
ore twins. Only , " she added , "I feel millions
of years older than Yolette. "
Yoletto protested Indignantly and for a
moment they all three chattered like spar
rows In April , laughing , appealing to each
other until Yoletto fled to the garden again ,
her hands pressed over both oars.
"Well , " said Hnrewood , "nobody has
answered my question after nil. "
Htlde's eyes were brilliant and her cheeks
aglow ns she watched Yolette through the
"Perhaps if would be simpler , " said Hllde ,
"to call us both by our first names. " She
rose and opened the window that faced the
"Yoletto , " she called , softly.
"What , dear ? "
"Shall M. Harewood call us both by our
first names ? "
"Yes , " laughed Yolette , "but he must be
very formal wlth'Scheherazade. "
Harowood looked around at the girl be
side him , nt her brilliant color , at her eyes
vague and sweet under their silken fringe.
"Then I am to call you 'Hllde , ' " ho snld.
He had not meant to speak tenderly.
" " stammered Hlldo "It is
"Oh , , merely n
BUT , MONSIEim ! YOU HAVE FOR-
aOTTEN.YOUn , HAT. "
matter of convc lquco , isn't it ? " Sue had
not meant to say tbnt , either.
They closed the window nnd stepped bach
into the room. After a moment's silence
Hilda said "It you are going into the city
will you do something for moT"
"Indeed I will , " he answered quickly
touched by tbo sudden confidence. She
banded him a coin a silver franc. Her face
"It Is for tbo ambulance , " she said. "We
could not give it last week. The bureau IB
opposite tbo Luxembourg palace. Will you
drop it into the box ? "
"Yea , " he replied , gravely.
"Thank you. Shall you come back to
dinner ? "
He. said "yes , " lingering at the door
Suddenly that same tmpiuso seized him tc
take her in hta arma again. The blood stung
his cheeks as hla eyes met hera. Her beat
dropped a little. He know ihe would no
resist. He know already she felt tbo caress
ot his eyes. The color deepened nnd paled
In her cheeks , but ho did not stir.
Presently he heard a volco hla own
volco saying : "Then adieu. Mile. Hlldo. "
She nnswcrcd , with an effort : "Adieu ,
A moment Inter ho was in his own room ,
standing before the mirror , facing his own
reflection with n lighter heart than ho had
carried for many a day. "D n it ! " ho said ,
shaking his fist at the mirrored face , "I'll
show you who is master ! " The form In the
glass smiled back , shaking a clenched hand.
In the Cltr.
As Hnrewood crossed the rue d'Yprcs and
lassed along the facade of the barracks
opposite the rue Malaise , ho met the Mouse
'nco ' to face.
"O ! " ho cried , "so you're the gentleman
who broke my head ! Now do you know I
think I'll break yours ! "
The Mouse's face not only expressed gen
uine amazonfent. but rlghtcouj Indignation ,
ind his protestations of Innocence appeared
0 bo BO sincere that Hnrowoxl hesitated ,
ono hand twisted in tuo frl'.oiv'r. collar , the
other drawn back for a hearty ctiff.
"Monsieur , " moaned the Mouse in nccenU
1 pained astonishment , "what Is It you do ?
Vould you assassinate a stranger ? Helo !
help ! Police ! "
"Didn't you crack my l.ea-1 last nliht on
ho Hue d'Yprca ? " demanded Hnrcnvood.
"I , monsieur ? " exclolniu.l tha Mouse , ovsr-
: omo nt the
enormity of such an accusa-
lon "I a father of a . amliyl no you taku
no for some prodour of the outer boulevards
because my clothes are ol 1 anil stained by
he sweat of labor "
Hero ho relapsed into a snivel.
Harewood's hand fell fiom the Mouso'i
hroat. Ho looked nt tha fellow , puzzled
ml undecided , but not convinced. The
louse's right hand began to move , very
lowly , almost Imperceptibly , toward his
"Monsieur , " ho whined , "I am overcome
I am hurt I am '
Harewood sprang back in the nick of
Imo as a knife Unshed close to his pyes.
"Tlcns pour toll Vu done , cretin ! " mut-
trcd the Mouse , darting at him nraln , and
sain Ilarowood leaped back ieforo the
'road glitter of the knife.
Thnn , In a moment , the Mouse turned ,
c-uttled across the street nnd iled down
he Hue Malalso ; uftur him sped two police
gents , flourishing their short svmlu nnd
lllng the silent street with cries of "A
'assassin ! A 1'nssassln ! "
Harewood , much Interested : md excited ,
vntchcd the flight of the Mouse with mln-
; led feelings of uneasiness nnd admiration.
The scanty crowd that gathered along the
Ino of pursuit took up the cry llko u pack
f lank hounds , nnd Harewood. whoso
hnracter was composed of contradictions-
ami whoso sporting Instincts were always
vlth the under clog , found himself watching
he Mouse's flight with a sudden sympathy
or the tnttt-red creature. The Mouse ran ,
doubled , twisted and wriggled Into the Pas-
age do I'Ombre , the pack nt his heels , and
inrowood hastened back toward the lluo
d'Vpres , knowing that the Mouse must pass
As Harenood stood at the head of the
street , suddenly the Mouse rounded the cor
ner nnd to Harcwood's surprise came
tralght toward him. His face was haggard
and dusty , his legs dragging , his single eye
iloodshot and sunken. Ho had thrown
away the knife , his cap was gene and his
jreasy coat streamed out behind him , laying
jaro a bony throat. When he saw Hare
wood thcro came over his face such a look
> f blank despair that the young fellow's
icart melted. At the same moment they
both caught the roar of the crowd sweeping
: hrough the Hue d'Ypres.
That tho'Mouso expected Hnrewood to-trlp
: ilm up us he passed was evident , for he
swerved out Into the street on the right.
"Turn to the left ! " shouted Harewood ;
'I'll not stop you ! "
The ragged fellow hesitated , panting , his
solitary eye burning in Its socket.
"That way ! " motioned Harewood , and he
waved htm toward a narrow alloy separating
Lhe Itue Pnndoro from the parade of the
Prince Murat barracks. It was a cul-de-sac
a trap and the Mouse knew it.
"Run , you fool ! " urged Harewood , seizing
the Mouse's arm ; "here , throw me your
coat , quick ! Don't be afraid ; I'll not hurt
you. Stand still ! " Ho stripped the tattered
coat from the Mouso.'s back. Hung it into the
fUio Malaise , then shoved the Mouse Into the
Crouching there close to the parade grille ,
: ho Mouse heard the chase pass at full
speed , heard a yell ns the crowd found his
coat In the Rue Malaise , and then the clatter
and trample of feet , which died away down
the Passage do I'Ombre. Harowood laughed.
'An rcvolr , my Innocent friend , " ho said.
"If you can't get away now , your hide's not
worth saving. "
The Mouse gazed at him with a face abso
lutely devoid of expression ; then , without a
word , ho crept out of the Impasse and glided
away toward the city.
Whatever was capricious and contrary In
Harewood's nature was now in the ascend
ant. He chuckled to himself over the eva
sion ot the Mouse and the paradoxical if
not unjustifiable part ho himself had played
in it. Why he had done it ho did not stop
to Inquire whether from pure perversity ,
or from a nobler , if equally misguided mo
tive or was It the impulse of a gentleman
sportsman whoso instinct Is to save the
quarry for another run ? He did not trouble
to ask himself. Ho walked on toward the
Boulevard 'Montparnasse , pleased with the
memory of the exciting spectacle ho had wit
nessed , laughing to himself now and then ,
until he 'remembered Hllde and the mission
she had intrusted to him.
Ho felt in his pocket for the silver franc ,
drew It out , and examined it. His face was
sober now. He held the coin a moment ,
turning It over between his flngers , then
dropped It into the other pocket , along with
hla key and knife. And , as ho had decided
to keep it for himself , In its place bo dropped
another coin Into the ambulance box , op
posite' the Luxembourg palace , a coin of
gold ins'tcad of sliver for Hllde's sake.
The streets ot Paris presented a curious
spectacle for a city that was on the eve ot
investment by n victorious foreign army-
curious because they appeared to bo so ab
solutely normal. Omnibuses and cabs were
running as usual , the terraces of the cafe
were crowded with gayly dressed people ,
all/ the shops were open , children romped
and played in the Luxembourg gardens ,
exactly as though the emperor still sat in
In tbo Rue do Tournon an organ grinder
filled the street with the strains of "Deux
Aveugles" and "MIgnon. " Along the Rue do
Medici double lines of cabs stood , the cabbies
yawning on their boxes , while on every side
street fakirs cried their wares , narchauds
do plalslr , venders of ballads , lemonade
sellers with their wooden clappers moved
along the gilded Iron ralljngs of the Luxem
bourg under the shade of the chestnut trees.
On the Boulevard St. Michel , however , the
backwater ot the human tide that ebbed and
surged ceaselessly across the right bank of
the Seine bore on its surface some Indica
tions that the nation was at war. Hero and
there flame-colored posters clung to kiosks
and dead walls ; proclamations , calls to
arms , notices to the national guard , and
now and then an insulting placard directed
against the emperor. Here , too , some fakirs
wore trying to sell scandalous pamphlets
attacking the Imperial family , alleged ex
posures of tbo secrets of the Tullcrlcs , and
even blackguardly verses directed against
the empress and her child. To the credit of
the Latin quarter , these creatures found few
customers , and were finally hustled out of
the streets , even before the ordinance of the
police directing the confiscation of luch
literature and tbo proper punishment for the
offenders. But thcoo posters and appeals
were not the only slcna ; of war visible nlonft
the Boulevard St. Mlchnt. BnUnllonn of the
national guard were making an unusually
noisy exhibition of themselves , parading iu
front of the Sorbonne , drums nnd bugles
drowning the roar ot traffic on the boulo-
yanl. In the cnfes , too , strangely weird uni
forms began to appear uniforms as ridicu
lous , for the most part , ns the people who
were them Independent companies organiz
ing for the ( letciiM ot the city , styling them
selves "Enfnnts do Montrougo. " "Vcngcurs
do Montparnasse , " 'Scouts of St Sulplco"
all squally , vociferous nnd unanimously
As for the city itself , it was strangely
tranquil after a night ot celebration over
the safe return of Vlnoy's Thirteenth corps ,
and a morning of rejoicing nt the news that
the United States had Instructed its min
ister , Mr. Wnshburne , to re.cognlzo the fait
accompli and consider himself in future as
accredited minister to the republic of
France. In the Cafe Cardinal a few co-
cottcs still were miniature American flags
in their buttonholes , and hero and there ,
over the entrances to cafes and concert
halls , the stars nnd stripes waved brightly
In the September sun.
As for n very serious comprehension of
the situation , so far as the public went ,
there was none. On the 3d ot September ,
after the news of the emperor's capture nt
Sedan bad been confirmed by the Comto
do Pllakon , the Parisians occupied them
selves with an amusement always congenial
to the true Parisian a riot. This riot ,
which has passed into history as the revo
lution of the 4th ot September , was re
freshingly bloodless and amazingly deci
sive. It swept the dynasty of Napoleon HI
from France , It made the emperor a legend
nnd it proclaimed the republic through the
medium ot M. Qambetta's lusty lungs. In
other words , the French people committed
the enormous folly of swapping horses whllo
crossing n stream , and , -when In the face
of an enemy flushed with victory , the Pari
sians laid violent hands on the throat of
their own government nnd strangled It ,
oven Moltlio must have relaxed his stern
visage nt the hopeless absurdity of such n
people. For , if the government had erred ,
was that the time to reckon with it ? An
established government represents , at least
theoretically , a basis and security that a
revolutionary government cannot have In
tlmo of Invasion nnd instant need. And ,
after all , by what right was the republic
proclaimed ? There had been no appeal , no
plebiscite , no majority had exercised the
right of suffrage , not n vote had been cast.
Violence alone had decided the fate of a
government which also had been founded
On the fatal 3d of September Paris was
still quiet , perhaps stunned , by the news
of the frightful disaster at Sedan , but , In
the minds of the people , the revolution was
already a thing accomplished. Neverthe
less , there was still time left to save the
solo prerogative of Importance at that hour
the right of national representation. It
was merely necessary that the Deputies
should frankly accept the proposition ad
First Announcement of the abdication of
Second Nomination by the Chamber of a
government for the national defense.
Third Convocation of a constltuanto as
soon as circumstances permitted.
( To Bo Continued. )
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