ing prisoners, whom we have to take back 6. That is the officers' coupé.”. to Berlin.”

What, my husband's conirades? They “And when will the train arrive, by will not mind being somewhat crowded, if which we go on?"

I ask them.” Saying which she quickly The station-master shrugged his shoul. went to the open carriage window. “Gen. ders. “That I cannot possibly say.” tlemen, have you any room for two strand.

Get out, ladies and gentlemen, geted ladies?” she asked. “We will make out !” shouted the guard, and the station ourselves as small as we can." master politely helped the singer out of " What! our Lucca! our Pauline!” her carriage, telling her she would prob- they cried with one voice. ably have to wait a couple of hours for “Yes it is 1, the unfortunate one whom her train.

they want to leave behind !” she exclaimed The station was filled with soldiers, with comic pathos, quickly recovering her telegraphists, vivandières, and all sorts good spirits. of camp-following, so Madame Lucca sat “We are already ten in this coupé!" down on her boxes and tried to console said a young lieutenant, “ but for you we herself and while away the time by eat. will gladly make room. I will sit on Von ing some biscuits, when sooner than could S. 's knee." have been hoped for, a porter called out: " And I will take Von F

on my "There comes the train from Berlin." knee and make room for your maid,” cried

The bell rang, and in steamed the train, a second. drawing an immense number of carriages. No sooner said than done. Madame

To jump up and run towards a warriage Lucca and her maid stepped in, box and was only the work of a moment, and, hamper were shoved between the feet of leaving Éditha to guard the luggage, Ma- the good-natured officers, and the train dame Lucca cried hurriedly: *Where is started off again on its journey. the guard ? I must speak to him!” Hours passed with scarcely a pause in

“I am the guard how can I serve the merry chatter in the coupé. Suddenly you, madame? 5

the train slackened speed. “I have two first-class tickets for my- Are we already at Frankfort?" asked self and maid. We had to get out here Pauline, who was beginning to get impa. to wait for this train — will you kindly get tient. us places.”

“No, madame, we are still many miles Madame, I am excessively sorry,” fro:n there," answered a captain ;'“most said the guard, shrugging his shoulders, likely we only wait here a few minutes.” “but I cannot help you. The whole train But this was not to be. The train had is filled with horses, soldiers, guns, pro- not stopped at a station, but in the midst visions, and forage, in addition to which, of fields with only a sigoalman's box in as you see, all the soldiers waiting here view. have to be packed in somehow, so there The captain put his head out of the will not be a spare corner for a mouse." window, and asked the guard, who was

“ But, sir, I inust go on," cried Madame hurrying past, if anything had gone amiss Lucca pathetically.

with the train. “We dare not admit any civilians in “No," was the answer, “the signalman this train," answered the guard, politely stopped us, and the colonel found a de. but decidedly. Besides, I have not a spatch telling him to wait here for the moment to spare - this train must start hospital train from Saarbrücken which at once."

would bring him fresh orders.” He gave the signal, the engine-driver “A pleasant prospect,” sighed an en. whistled, when Madame Lucca, rushing sign, jumping out of the carriage and after the guard, cried: "Surely, you will quickly followed by his companions, who have some respect for this pass.'

helped the ladies to alight. The man glanced hurriedly at the pa- “We have had nothing to eat since per and, having read it, bowed respect- early morning. Oh, a kingdom for a fully, saying: “Oh, Frau Lieutenant von horse ! or rather cow, provided it was Rhaden! you want to join your wounded ready roasted.” husband? That quite alters the case ! “Gentlemen," cried Madame Lucca We must try and do what we merr:ly, "I also can make a sacrifice for though how or where to find room for two Germany's good. In half an hour you ladies is more than I can tell.”

shall have something warm to drink.” “Who is in that carriage?” she asked, “Something to drink, here !” they all pointing to a first-class compartment. exclaimed.

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Yes, here,” she replied laughing, wealthy parents, and engaged to a rich "coffee, real Mocha! two pounds of which banker's daughter. Poor fellow, he is I fortunately have in my travelling-bag. sadly in need of refreshment.” Here, Editna, go and ask the signalman Madame Lucca, cup in hand, hastened for the largest cooking utensil he has, fill to the carriage indicated, where in a it with water there is the well close by hammock lay a young man, very pale and

and bring it to me on the grass yonder. exhausted, carefully covered up to his But now about the fire - I am afraid, chin. gentlemen, I must ask you to supply the “ I have brought you some coffee,” said wood.”

Madame Lucca in her sonorous voice. “ The whole battalion to cut wood,” | The sick man opened his eyes, but did shouted the captain laughingly, and in not stir. “ Can I raise you up?" she cona few minutes the broken pieces of an tinued, gently placing her hand under his old garden-seat were placed at the feet head. of the Kaffee-Köchin, "for Germany's “No, no! where is my servant?” he

cried anxiously. Editha now returned, carrying a tripod " There is no servant here, dear sir, so and a well-polished brass kettle filled with pray allow me to help you as a sister of water. The ensign produced a bundle of charity, and I will try not to hurt you," love-letters, which he put under the pieces urged Madame Lucca. of the old bench, and soon merry flames The sick man faintly shook his head, sparkled and rose round the kettle, which and again looked anxiously round, as if was eagerly watched by the group of offi- seeking some one.

“ Your major has just informed me,” “It sings! it bubbles ! hurrah! it boils !” she continued, “that you are very severely cried one after the other, and no strainer wounded; but he also told me that you being at hand, Madame Lucca emptied are a fortunate bridegroom,* so I hope it the contents of her tin into the boiling will not be very long ere you will be well water, which soon diffused a most fragrant enough to embrace your fair bride."

Tears started into the young man's “Now, cups, cups, gentlemen!” ex. eyes, and with a convulsive sob he claimed the kind-hearted fairy; but the cried, signalman only possessed two of these “Oh! I have lost both my arms !” articles de luxe, which were at once set Frau Lucca was deeply touched at aside for the use of the ladies, while the these words, and it was with difficulty she rest brought glasses, jars, leather and kept back her own tears. horo drinking-cups, all of which were “ Poor, poor fellow !” she cried, “ you filled by Madame Lucca by means of a have indeed offered a heavy sacrifice to punch ladle.

your fatherland;” and her kind compas. The coffee was still very hot, and was sion so completely won his confidence, placed on the grass to cool, when, like that he gladly allowed her to raise his General von Ziethen out of the wood, up head and moisten his parched lips with rushed the hospital train, with a shrill some coffee. whistle.

As she afterwards learned from the maThe major in charge jumped out of his jor, he had had both arms shot away at the carriage, and following the fragrant aroma shoulders by a shell. of the steaming Mocha, approached Ma- The rest of her journey was continued dame Lucca with the petition that she without any further interruption, and it would kindly spare some for his wounded, was late in the evening when the train who had bad nothing for eight hours. reached Saarbrücken, where Madame

“I am afraid, then, genilemen, I must Lucca and her maid got out; the officers ask you to forego your own enjoyment," bade a friendly farewell to their “Comshe said, turning to her comrades, and rade Frau von Rhaden,” and with many the words were scarcely out of her mouth good wishes for a speedy meeting with before each officer was beside the train her husband, they hastened away in search carrying the most welcome refreshment to of their respective quarters. the wounded.

Turning to a porter, Madame Lucca " I thank you in the name of all my sick asked him where she could get a night's charges,” continued the major, '“ but lodging. would beg your special care for a severely wounded comrade in carriage 245. He is • The term bridegroom is always applied to an ene a one year's volunteer, the only son of gaged man in Germany.

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“A night's lodging ! repeated he, time to tell you how sorry he was not to looking at her in surprise ; "there is no be able to offer the ladies a better night's chance of a lodging anywhere in Saar: lodging, especially Madame Lucca.” brücken. The whole place is crammed "Why, how did he know my name?' with soldiers.”

cried she, very much surprised. “ And I am so tired!” exclaimed Ma. “Well, when I went to ask him for the dame Lucca. “Don't you know of any blankets for some ladies, a lieutenant place where we could rest for the night? stepped up to him, mentioned your name, No matter how small or poor, I would re- and told him how you had made coffee for ward you well.”

the wounded out in the open field. Then The porter shoved his cap on one side, the colonel exclaimed: Bravely done! scratched his head, thought for a moment, As I cannot do more for her confort, I and then said,

will at least station a guard outside the “I have just come from my cousin's, engine-house, so that she may rest undisthe shepherd's hut - "

turbed during the night.' So now, ladies, Well, let us go to him."

sleep well, and may you have pleasant No, no; there are already twelve men dreams." there, and the church is filled with prison. “One moment, my friend," cried Ma. ers! The only place that, oddly enough, dame Lucca. " Is there no means of is not yet filled up is - he hesitated. locking the door of this place ?"

" Well - is what? "she demanded. “No, madame, for the last tramp who “ The engine-house

there I could ar- was shut up here, wrenched off the lock range you a good bed of clean straw or and ran away. For this reason you are to hay, if you think it is respectable enough.” have a guard, so you may rest in peace,

Respectable enough? and why not?” saying which the man took his departure. “Because, madame, in peace time we “ Editha," whispered her mistress when often shut tramps up there."

they were alone, we must not both go “My good man, that won't trouble me to sleep at once. I will watch till midin the least - but could you not get us night, and then you must relieve me, for, some blankets ?"

as you have heard, the door cannot be “Oh yes,” answered the porter. "I fastened, and the night is no man's can get plenty of blankets from the offi- friend." cers, if I say they are required for ladies.” “I know a remedy, Frau Baronin!

“Here is a louis d'or for you, mon ami. cried Editha joyfully." I will shove the Hurry away at once, lest this last refuge hamper before the door and put our box be taken from us for military purposes." on the top. That will at any rate make a

With grateful thanks the man hastened little barricade. See! there it is done!” away, followed by the ladies.

A poor defence against a serious at'Hi, look here, Fröhlens!” called out tack," smiled the prima donna. another porter, “here is a box and a ham. Soon the two travellers were comfortaper. Do they belong to you ?"

bly wrapped in the warm blankets on their “ Please to carry these things to the en- extemporized bed. Just as Morpheus gine-house," said' Editha with great dig- closed their eyes, however, a loud knocknity, as she followed her mistress to their ing was heard at the door. improvised lodging.

" Gracious Heaven, have pity on us ! “The engine-house?" muttered the man. we are lost, we are lost!” cried ihe maid, “Surely it is not anything contraband ? making one spring to the door and seating The box is light enough — but the ham. herself on the boxes to increase the reper! Der Tausend ! that is heavy." But, sistance. " Who is there?" she contin. nevertheless, he did as he was told. ued, feeling thus reassured.

The porter proved a man of his word. “It is only me, Lieutenant von L-, Quickly spreading some fresh clean straw your travelling companion,” was the an. in the small dark space, he went away, and swer. “ I have just come to tell you that in less than a quarter of an hour returned, you may sleep in peace, as I have placed laden with soft, warm blankets, out of a guard before the engine-house, by the which a couch, not at all to be despised, colonel's orders." was soon arranged.

Feeling secure by the knowledge that “There, ladies !” said their impromptu they were guarded, mistress and maid attendant, rubbing his hands together, again lay down and, thoroughly tired out, well pleased. "Now I will fetch you a did not wake till four in the morniny; lantern, for which the colonel has given when suddenly drums began to beat, bu. me a wax candle, begging me at the same Igles to sound, words of command were


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shouted out- warlike noises were heard | have got as far as Saarbrücken, but here all round: something extraordinary must the story has come to an end.” be going on in Saarbrücken.

“ What do you mean?” asked the grand The barricade was quickly removed and duke, laughing. Madame Lucca stepped out, just as Lieu. “Well, you see, I am stopped here for tenant von L-came spurring up on want of a conveyance to go further. I his fiery chestnut, reporting hurriedly: therefore beg and entreat of your High“There is an alarm, madame, the French ness to help me." won't wait any longer — they want an- “That, dear lady, is I fear impossible, other beating ! Everything has gone on, with the best will in the world,” answered and I have been left behind to report to he pityingly; "for at this momeat there you. Au revoir ! but stop - I had very is nothing at hand but the baggage-wagon Dearly forgotten to tell you that your hus. which follows us with the servants." band is in the hospital at Pont-à-Mous. " Your Highness," said the prima donna son,'

quickly, “your servants seem to have * And how far is that from here?good strong legs, could not a couple of

About ten miles ; * but, pardon me, I them go on foot to Pont-à-Mousson, and am called away, 'The knight must forth to then there would be room for me and my his doughty deeds.' Adieu !” and off hemaid ?” galloped like a bullet out of a chassepot “Certainly,” answered the grand duke rifle.

good-humoredly, “but I could not think The aspect of Saarbrücken was indeed of offering Frau Lucca a seat in a bag. desolate when the troops had left. See. gage-wagon.” ing an old man coming along, Madame “Serene Highness,” exclaimed Ma. Lucca asked : “My good man, is there no dame Lucca, “ bad driving is better than carriage here I could get?”

good walking. If that is your only ob. "Not even a wheel!” gruinbled the old jection to the baggage-wagon, please orman, without pausing.

der down three men, so that I, my maid “One question more," she begged. “Is and baggage, may mount.” any of our army still here?”

The grand duke laughingly complied, Only the Grand Duke of Oldenburg; shook her heartily by the band, excused there he comes up the street with his himself that he could not do more for staff. Bon jour,” and off he went. her, and rode off. Madame Lucca and

Quick, Éditha! this is our last hope,” her maid got up, and the wagon slowly cried Madame Lucca, and both ladies rumbled off to Pont-à-Mousson. making a bold front stepped out into the It was late the following day when they street.

at last reached the town, having passed The grand duke rode slowly along in thirty-six hours in the wagon, sleeping in earnest conversation with one of his offi- it and narrowly escaping several dangers cers, the rest of his staff following. that we have not room to relate.

"Good morning, your Highness," said But where to find the sick man? The the prima donna in a loud voice.

whole of Pont à Mousson was converted The grand duke, surprised, pulled up into a huge hospital, and nearly every his horse and, looking down at her, said: house had the Geneva flag. Frau Lucca "Can I be mistaken? no, surely it is went indefatigably from one to the other, Frau Lucca our prima donna! Many a till at last she gotihe information : “ Lieu. time have I had the great pleasure of tenant von Rhaden severely wounded. hearing you at the opera."

First floor – room No. 9.". “Your Highness, I am delighted that This confirmation of her fears seemed you graciously remeinber my insignifi. to take away her courage : Severely

In Berlin I am introduced to wounded,” cried she, scarcely above her dukes at court; here, however, I must do breath. it myself in the open street. I have the “We hope to pull him through yet,” honor, etc. ... Pauline Lucca." said the doctor reassuringly: “ pray, ma

“Delighted, I am sure,” exclaimed the dame, do not lose heart; all will go well, I duke, touching his cap; " but what brings bope." you here in the midst of this terrible “Do you think it will hurt him if he war?"

sees me suddenly at his bedside ?” asked “I have come to fetch my husband, the anxious wife. who lies wounded at Pont-à-Mousson. I “I am half afraid of it," answered the

doctor. “ Both wbile delirious, and when • A German mile is four English miles. waking he has called out your name in


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cessantly. Follow me up the stairs, but Yes, of my wife — of Pauline! It only after I have prepared him can I was like reality — I saw her stand at my allow

to go into his room."

bedside, bending over me with tears in She waited a few minutes in the corri- her eyes, as she whispered, “ Adolph."" dor — the doctor opened the door and And what if the dream were a realwhispered: “He sleeps; please come in ity?” questioned the doctor. very gently."

Ah, impossible,” murmured the sick She stepped in, her looks anxiously man; “I would as soon fancy an angel searching for her beloved husband; but from heaven coming here to me.” what a picture met her eyes! In a small, Madame Lucca could contain herself close room stood a bed, to judge by its no longer. “ Adolph, I am here !" she length only intended for a child, on which cried in a voice choked with tears, falling lay a tall, manly figure of at least six feet, on her knees beside him. the legs hanging over the end, the head We will not further describe this scene; and face bandaged, leaving notbing visible suffice it that the doctor, by means of but a nose and mouth, fearfully swelled, persuasions and threats, brought Madame and the color of lead.

Lucca to her former composure, telling “Is that my husband ?” Frau Lucca her of what real use she could be. asked in a broken voice.

“And cannot my husband take any. Yes, that is Lieutenant von Rhaden.” thing?" she inquired, having received ber

She sank down on a chair, covering her instructions. “I brought a hamper of face with both her hands.

compressed vegetables and soups," with Madame," said the doctor reproving- an involuntary sigh at the meagre fare. ly, “I should not have allowed you to “ Coffee, coffee! I only want coffee,” enter here, had your husband not often stammered the patient. told me that his wife was a woman of “Oh, I am a professed cook in that!" great bravery and self-control.”

she cried, quite recovering her gaiety. At this she rose, her face still very pale, “ In a very short time you shall have as but otherwise quite composed.

good a cup of Mocha as you ever drank My husband shall see that he was not in your life.” mistaken in me," she said firmly, and The doctor ordered a coffee-pot to be went towards the bed. “Adolph!” she brought, and in a quarter of an hour the whispered, stooping down, "your Pauline fragrant beverage was steaming in the is here."

cups. Hush, be sleeps,” warned the doctor. The patient, as Madame Lucca after.

Impossible, his eyes are wide open,” wards related with great satisfaction, had she returned.

no less than five cups of this coffee, she “Only the left one; the sinews of that herself feeding him. eye were torn by a shot, so that he can- Her next was to secure better not shut it or move the eyelid. His lest rooms and softer beds. The doctor as. ear is deaf; and the left side of his mouth, sured her there was only one house in indeed the whole side of his face, is pow. Pont-à-Mousson that was not fully occuerless."

pied by soldiers, and this belonged to a “And will he always remain so ? ”asked French official, who had hitherto resohis wife anxiously.

lutely barred out every one. The doctor shrugged his shoulders. This put Madame Lucca on her mettle. “We must hope for the best,” he said. " What,” she cried, “shall a French

“Pauline ?” murmured the patient al. man be better lodged than my sick hus. most inarticulately.

band? I will see what my pass from “Pray, madame, go behind the head of Count Eulenberg will do,” and putting og the bed,” said the doctor quickly. “ Your her hat and gloves, she added : “Adolph, husband is about to awake, and your un- you shall soon be in better quarters.' I expected appearance here might do him am going to try the effect of some good harm.”

sound German on the Frenchman." The patient moved again, and the doc- So saying she left the room and was tor came and felt his pulse.

soon at the Frenchman's door. After You have had a good sleep, baron; repeated ringing it was at last partly do you feel

opened by a thin, tall man in a figured " A little,” he whispered. “I had such dressing.gown and tasseled nightcap. a pleasant dream."

“ Mein Herr," she began in German, “Of your wife? — you called out her “ I want two rooms and, if possible, three name.”

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