German, bon; très bien. I will soon show 66. Send those fellows down from the you that my French education was not heights !' cried General von Stülpnagel, neglected," and forth with she began in and this we succeeded in doing, after the purest French to tell him she was heavy fighting. The French were driven quite ready to pay him anything he asked down, and dislodged from the villages for the rooms and beds, but that if he Vionville and Flamigny, which we took was obstinate and refused to admit her on possession of. At one o'clock, however, these terms, she would very soon have they occupied the wood of Saint-Arnould, him and his French household turned and from thence fired such deadly volleys out; and to prove she was not speaking on the Brandenburgers that they fell like without authority, slie showed him the gnats round a candle. At half past three, French side of her pass. This had a Prince Frederic Charles came on the magic effect, the Frenchman at once field and rode down our lines, shells and pulled in his horns, and soon she was in chassepot bullets Aying so closely around possession of two nice, airy rooms and him that several of his staff were hit. comfortable beds. It is true he asked an The prince now took command, and until enormous sum for them, but he was some four o'clock the artillery had it all their what taken aback when Madame Lucca, own way. Then came the order : ‘Baywithout any hesitation, paid for them at onets to attack! March.' We had only once in bright friedrichs d'or.

waited for this. The removal of the patient, as well as 6. Hurrah!'shouted thousand of voices, the settling of Madame Lucca herself, not and with lowered bayonets we rushed on to forget the precious hamper, was hap- to the impudent red trousers. Ah, Ma. pily effected before night.

dame! that was a cutting, shooting, and For ten days Madame Lucca nursed bayoneting! Lieutenant von Rbaden, her husband indefatigably, and notwith his sword swung high in the air, and not standing all the disagreeables attendant heeding the perfect storm of shot and on wounds, never left his bedside. Her shell that fell around us, was in the front, maid every day cooked and prepared a leading us on and shouting, ' Don't give portion of the compressed vegetables and way, my brave lads, we must have that soups, which the patient could only take wood before dark. Suddenly I saw his in spoonfuls at a time ; but thanks to good swo l-arm sin - he stood as if transnursing, his health improved rapidly. fixed ! Quickly running up to bim, I saw

Madame Lucca had once asked her hus. blood streaming down his face. band to tell her how he had got wounded, "Herr Lieutenant,' I cried, touching but as speaking was still very difficult to his arm, you have been hit. He never him, he told her to ask Sergeant Walter, heard me, he was completely stunned, who had been beside him at the battle of gazing fixedly upwards, and still grasping Metz, and who could give her fuller de his sword, as if about to give a blow. I tails than himself.

took hold of him gently, expecting every The man was afterwards wounded in moment he would fall, and shouted loud the leg, and was now in the hospital that enough this time to rival the cannon, Von Rhaden had left. So one day when "Herr Lieutenant, you are hit!' At her busband was sleeping quietly, Ma- this he turned slowly towards me. Ah, dame Lucca sent for the sergeant, as he Goädige Frau, how those few seconds had was now able to get about with the help distorted his face ! and trying to collect of a stick.

himself, he said almost inarticulately, for We will give the account of the battle the shot had lamed his tongue, in the worthy man's own words,

Sergeant Walter, I think I have had "It was on the 15th of August,” so he about enough of it.' began, " that the French left Metz, to try 56. I think so too, Herr Lieutenant; you and force a passage to Verdun, the em- are badly wounded — is there anything I peror and his son in their midst. But can do for you?' surrounded on all sides by the Germans, Take

my watch and this diamond ring they could make no head, and the em- to my wife and tell her — that my last peror on the morning of the 16th, by a thought circuitous route, made the best of his way " Here he became insensible, and it was to Châlons. It was well he did, for on the all I could do to hold him up. I shouted afternoon of that day we overtook Ba- to two of my comrades, and with their zaine's army at Mars-la-Tour. The enemy help carried him to a spot where at least had possession of two villages, a fort, and he would be out of the way of cannonthe surrounding heights.

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“I placed my knapsack under his head, I am not the least bit afraid, and whenever covered him with my cloak, and then I think of my poor wounded husband, I rushed off to vent my'rage on those mis- feel quite blood-thirsty. I would give erable French, whom you may believe I anything to see the enemy closer. Can did not treat to many sugar-plums! you tell me where I could get permission

“ By nightfall the battlefield and the to go?” victory were both ours, and as soon as I " The only person who can give you could,'I hurried back to the place where leave to visit the outposts is the Etappen we had left our wounded officer, but just Commandant, Captain H-, of the as I was stooping over him to see if life Uhlans." was extinct, bang went a spent chassepot “Where are his quarters ?” bullet into my leg, and down I fell sense. “In that house on the hill yonder.” less beside him.

“Please, doctor, look well after my hus. “When I recovered consciousness I band, and before he wakes I shall have had found myself here in the hospital, and a good look at the French képis. I will heard, to my delight, that Lieutenant von go at once to Captain H- and ask for a Rhaden was not only alive, but here, pass and an escort." though several papers had reported his " I very much fear" – began the docdeath. For eight hours he lay on the bat. tor. tlefield, amidst the dead and dying, and I “Oh, I will manage him! Au revoir ! still think it was a miracle they ever Do not say anything to my husband if he brought him back with any life in him." should wake ere I return, in case he may

This ended Sergeant Walter's story, to get anxious. I shall be back in time for which Frau . Lucca had listened with coffee, to which I invite you to join us. breathless attention. His lifelike de-Addio, Signor Dottore !" scriptions bad roused fresh fears for her As she hurried off to the captain's husband's recovery, but the doctor, who quarters, the doctor looked after her, just then came in, assured her there was shaking his head and smiling to himself: no fear for his life, and if once at home, “A very child's nature, light-hearted, but with her careful nursing, would soon re. self-willed too." cover bis strength.

The captain was just reading the pa. After the sergeant had gone, Madame trol's report, according to which a battle Lucca asked the doctor if her husband was expected near Sedan. An aide-dewas a wake.

camp had brought him orders to strength. “ No,” he replied," he is still in a sound en the outposts on the heights of Pont-d. sleep, and I have told my assistant, who Mousson, and to do his utmost to prevent is with him, to let no one disturb him, as the French troops, scattered round there, perfect quiet will do more for him than from re.forming, anything. Even you, dear madame, I An orderly came in and announced: must beg not to come near him during the “A lady from Berlin wishes to speak to next three or four hours, and to leave him you." entirely to me.”

“A lady!” exclaimed the captain, sur. “ I will do whatever you think best,” prised. • Did she give her name ? " she replied, “but, my dear doctor, I can. "Frau von Rhaden, also known, she not sit here doing nothing. Is there any says, by the simpler name of • Pauline.'" thing fresh going on?

“ Die Lucca ! " cried the captain, jump“There has been another cavalry skir- ing up and himself going to open the misli," answered the doctor, “ only a mile door. from here, in which the French, as usual, “Madame,” he said, “I am both sur. have been defeated.”

prised and delighted to welcome you to “Was that where you went to this morn. my quarters. î heard some days ago ing with the soldiers ?" she asked. that you had started from Berlin with the

Yes, I went with the foremost out- praiseworthy, intention of taking your posts to the heights. Everything there wounded husband home, but have not had showed the fury of the fight that had tak- time to wait upon you,” and with these en place. Now our outposts are only words he placed a chair for her. about eight hundred paces from the

If the mountain won't come to me, I French, so that with a good field-glass one must go to the mountain so you see I can plainly distinguish their képis.” have had to turn Turk for the nonce," she

“ I have brought my glass with me," answered, seating herself. quickly said Madame Lucca.

“ Could I “Before anything else, how is your not go and see this French outpost? I husband ?"


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“ Thanks for your kind inquiry - he is | Frau Lucca, her sunshade in her right getting better every day, but not strong hand and glasses in her left, walked enough yet to undertake the journey bravely on, humming that air out of “Fi. home, though the doctor gives me hopes garo: of being able to move brim in the course Dort vergisze leises flehen, süsses Wimmern, of a few days."

Da wo Lanzen und Schwerter schimmernAnd now, what is the Berlin world doing?

the Uhlans following behind. “They drink coffee, dine and almost After half an hour's rough walking sleep at Litfasz's, so as not to lose a sec. through hedges and across ditches, they ond in seeing the latest telegrams that reached the first line of outposts, where are put up there. But not to waste your the sentries, like moles, had thrown up time, Herr Rittmeister, I inform you at the earth, to protect them from the eneonce that I have come here with a peti- my's fire. tion."

The first they came to were Saxons, “May I ask what it is? If in my pow. and one of these, looking in perfect er, it shall be granted.”

amazement at the lady, exclaimed : “Jess“I just want to visit the outposts and es Strambach! If the Prussian women have a look at the French."

are so courageous, no wonder the FrenchThe captain thought he could not have men run when they see these Amazons' heard rightly • You wish to visit the husbands!” outposts ? Surely you cannot be in ear- To which Madame Lucca replied in the nest! The theatre of war is very differ- broadest Viennese: “You are not quite ent to that of the opera !”

right, my friend! I am Austrian born, a “Oh I know that! - on the battlefield Prussian by inclination but, above all, a the chassepot bullets take the soprano, real and true German.” the mitrailleuses the baritone, and the Even on their way thither, single bul. shells the bass parts ! But I should like, lets had come across from “over the just for once, to hear such a concert.” way,” but fortunately had passed harm

“ And what if a bullet hit you?” lessly over their heads. Now, however,

"Oh, no fear! French bullets are much when the party halted, thus giving the too polite to do that. Please, please, Herr French a mark, the bullets began to fall Rittmeister, give me a pass and a couple thick and close, one of the pennants was of Uhlans! To go away from the seat shot from a lance and the horses began of war without seeing the enemy would to get restive. be as bad as to leave Rome without see- The sergeant rode up, saluted, and said: ing the pope. So please don't refuse "Frau Baronin, if I remain here a quarme!

You see I have not much time, for ter of an hour longer with my Uhlans, I I must be back for four o'clock coffee, shall not bring back a single man unwhen my husband will want me.”

wounded; for the sight of a Uhlan always Really, madame, I am very sorry, but makes the French spend a fabulous I cannot grant your request. I should amount of ammunition.” never forgive myself if I allowed you to Even as he spoke a bullet grazed his run into such danger."

horse's ear, making it bound wildly in the “ If you only hesitate on that account, air. I will absolve you in writing from all re- “ For heaven's sake," cried Madame sponsibility,” saying which she took a Lucca, startled, “ don't let any one's life piece of paper from the table, wrote a bę endangered on my account! Pray, few words and handed it back to the Ritt. gentlemen, turn and ride back as fast as meister. “Here is your warrant,” she you can, and take my very best thanks to said, “and if that does not suffice, here your captain.” also is my pass from the minister, by There was no need to repeat her comwhich you will see that every one is to mand. The Uhlans having received in. further my wishes to the utmost.” structions to obey the lady in everything,

“Of course if you thus insist, I must dashed away with lightning speed, and give in," and without further delay he were soon out of sight. Shortly after handed her a pass, told off a sergeant their departure, the enemy's fire also and ten Uhlans as escort, and the whole ceased. party were quickly en route to the heights. Madame Lucca was 'now able to look

It was the 30th of August, the sun was round, and taking advantage of the quiet, streaming down hot and fiercely, and went on till she reached one of the fore

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most sentries. Here she found an old, piece of that shell to take home in re. shot-riddled stump, on which, being rather membrance of this hour." tired, she seated herself, and taking out “A piece of that shell! that you cerher glasses was plainly able to see the tainly shall have,” cried the man, and in a glistening of the French bayonets at no very few minutes he brought back some great distance.

splinters of the burst shell, which he most The ground between the French and politely presented to her, and which MaGerman outposts was literally ploughed dame Lucca herself triumphantly showed up with shot and shell.

to the writer of this sketch. The sentry, an old soldier, after gazing On her return to Pont-à-Mousson, she for some time in perfect amazement at heard a soldier remark : “ She is bulletthe unwonted apparition, left bis shelter proof, she must be a witch ! ” ing earth work, and stepping up to her, In the mean time her husband had said: “Gnädige Frau, what can you want awakened, and was awaiting her with here?"

great anxiety. “I have just come to have a nearer “ Are you already awake, Männchen ?" view of the battlefield," she answered she cried, entering his room as if only quite unconcernedly.

returning from a walk. “ Hein!” muttered the soldier, “ will “But Pauline” - he began in a tone of you please look at the old trunk you are remonstrance. sitting on.”

She quickly interrupted him. “I did that before I sat down."

“ Dear Adolph, you know the doctor “ And what do you suppose has riddled said you must not speak much while your and torn it so ?”

tongue is still so swelled. Is it not so, “I suppose the enemy's bullets," she Herr Doctor ?" replied composedly.

“Yes, yes,” he answered laughingly, " And, notwithstanding, you sit there?"" but just think, madame, what rejoicing

“ Well, if a sofa had been at hand, I there would have been in Paris, if a tele. should of course have preferred it.” gram such as this had appeared: The

This impressed the old man immensely, German barbarians have no longer a “Potz! Donnerwetter!” he cried, "if Lucca, and the Berlin public have lost you are so courageous you shall certainly their Pauline. We have shot her out of have some plums," saying which he dived revenge !"" into his newly washed bread bag and “ Yes, indeed, Linchen," again begao taking out a sinail basket of splendid yel. Von Rhaden. low plums, offered them to her.

Hush, Adolph,” she interrupted him, Many thanks, good comrade," she “you really will get toothache if you said laughingly, and was about to take speak so much. Here, Editha, bring in one, when the man called out: “A shell the coffee quickly," and the patient made - stoop.” Instead of stooping, however, no further attempt at lecturing, knowing she only looked curiously round, and of old, as he said, that "what Pauliochen asked “Where?At that instant, the bad once determined on, she always carshell burst within a hundred paces of ried through, no matter at what cost to them.

herself.” I should really advise you to with A few days after the battle of Sedan, draw now, madame, for the French have' Lieutenant von Rhaden, carefully banevidently seen you,” and he hurried her, daged and well wrapped up, started for somewhat unwillingly, behind his earth. Berlin, accompanied by his wife and her work.

maid. Here she waited for about a quarter of At Neuendorf, near Mannheim, a Beran hour, but no further shot came.

lin banker asked Madame Lucca what had “ The Parley-vous seem satisfied,” said brought her there in this time of danger, the soldier, "and I would advise you to to wbich she replied: “I have just been make the best of your way back while to fetch my old man from the seat of war, they are quiet. The bouquets they send for I think I shall nurse him better at us from over there are not composed of home than the sisters of mercy could do carnations and roses."

in the hospital." “ Yes, I think I have seen enough of Four months after these events Mawar's handiwork," said Madame Lucca, dame Lucca became the happy mother of "but before I go I should like to have a la charming little daughter.





From Longman's Magazine. and baggage, hundreds of one and tons of ACROSS THE PLAINS.

the other. I feel I shall have a difficulty LEAVES FROM THE NOTEBOOK OF AN EMI: the scene must have been exceptional, for

to make myself believed; and certainly it was too dangerous for daily repetition. It was a tight jam; there was no fair way

through the mingled mass cf brute and MONDAY. - It was, if I remember living obstruction. Into the upper skirts rightly, five o'clock when we were all sig; of the crowd porters, infuriated by hurry Dalled to be present at the Ferry Depôt of and overwork, clove their way with the railroad. An emigrant ship had ar. shouts. I may say that we stood like rived at New York on the Saturday night, sheep, and that the porters charged another on the Sunday morning, our own among us like so many maddened sheepon Sunday afternoon, a fourth early on dogs; and I believe these men were no Monday; and as there is no emigrant longer answerable for their acts. It mattrain on Sunday, a great part of the pas. tered not what they were carrying, they senyers from these four ships was concen- drove straight into the press, and when trated on the train by which I was to they could get no farther, blindly distravel. There was a babel of bewildered charged their barrowful. With my own men, women, and children. The wretched hand, for instance, I saved the life of a little booking-office, and the baggage child as it sat upon its mother's knee, she room, which was not much larger, were sitting on a box; and since I heard of no crowded thick with emigrants, and were accident, I must suppose that there were heavy and rank with the atmosphere of many similar interpositions in the course dripping clothes. Open carts full of bed. of the evening. It will give some idea of ding stood by the half hour in the rain. the state of mind to which we were reThe officials' loaded each other with reduced if I tell you that neither the porter criminations. A bearded, mildewed little nor the mother of the child paid the least man, whom I take to have been an emi- attention to my act. It was not till some grant agent, was all over the place, his time after that I understood what I had month full of brimstone, blustering and done myself, for to ward off heavy boxes interfering. It was plain that the whole seemed at the moment a natural incident system, if system there was, had utterly of human life. Cold, wet, clamor, dead broken down under the strain of so many opposition to progress, such as one enpassengers.

counters in an evil dream, had utterly My own ticket was given me at once, daunted the spirits. We had accepted and an oldish man, who preserved his this purgatory as a child accepts the conhead in the midst of this turmoil, got my ditions of the world. For my part, I baggage registered, and counselled me to shivered a little, and my back ached stay quietly where I was till he should wearily; but I believe I had neither a give me the word to move. I had taken hope nor a fear, and all the activities of along with me a small valise, a knapsack, my nature had become tributary to one which I carried on my shoulders, and in massive sensation of discomfort. the bag of my railway rug the whole At length, and after how long an interof Bancroft's '“ History of the United val I hesitate to guess, the crowd began States,” in six fat volumes. It was as to move, heavily straining through itself. much as I could carry with convenience About the same time some lamps were even for short distances, but it ensured lighted, and threw a sudden flare over the me plenty of clothing, and the valise was shed. We were being filtered out into at that moment, and often after, useful for the river boat for Jersey City. You may a stool. I am sure I sat for an hour in imagine how slowly, this filtering prothe baggage-room, and wretched enough ceeded, through the dense, choking crush, it was ; yet, when at last the word was every one overladen with packages or passed to me and I picked up my bundles children, and yet under the necessity of and got under way, it was only to ex- fishing out his ticket by the way; but it change discomfort' for downright misery ended at length for me, and I found myand danger.

self on deck under a flimsy awning and I followed the porters into a long shed with a trifle of elbow room to stretch and reaching downhill from West Street to breathe in. This was on the starboard ; the river. It was dark, the wind blew for the bulk of the emigrants stuck hope. clean through it from end to end; and lessly on the port side, by which we had here I found a great block of passengers entered. In vain the seamen shouted

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