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WAITING IN HOPE.
Two lovers stray'd beneath a churchyard yew,
Where autumn fields spread wide to left and
Their beam were brave, and light with hope; and
Their eyes deep auswer'd deep, In still delight.
The golden eorn stood sheaf "d uhu the land;
A golden dye shot ruddy o'er the trees;
The setting sun sent forth his flaming baud
Of painted cloud-curs floatliiK with the breeze.
The murmur laden gale, with whispers kind.
Wont sighing round the twain like sort regret;
The evening's balm came watted in the wind.
And klss'd the brows where love's first seal was
lireen graves lay scattered round the lorlng pair.
Where poppy-flt.wer, hU head all glowing, rears;
Forgotten graves, once shadow" d by despair.
Now blended with dim dreauisof long-dried tears.
The church- a poeui in stroug granite stoue
A Tillage church, all ivy-clad and grey.
Sent out its chimes In many a boding tone.
And warn'd the lovers of the closing day.
Yet still they Rat, hand cleaving unto hand.
And passion's tones were heavy in the air.
When twilight deep'nlngo'er the autumn land,
Wrapp'd its dim mantle round the clinging pair.
Ambitious he. and sighing sere for fame;
His earnest eyes wore flx'd upon that gold.
Save when he sought and found an answering flame
Of fervent love within his sweet one's soul.
She long'd and waited for her lover's fame;
In him she breathed, and hoped, and lived her
To see Immortals woven with his name
She would have died, nor sought to Ik? his wife.
Oh, they were poor, these lovers of my tale;
No gold of earth had fallen to their share:
The lover with his nightly toll wax'd pale.
And she with hoH9 deforr'd, and calking care.
His home was in the city, vast and proud.
Where toilers toll for Same, and gold, and bread;
There, "mid the eager, struggling, strivlug crowd.
lie work'd and watch'd in hope, though oft iu
So tar the goal where hangs the victor's crowu,
So dusty lire's highway, so steep the road.
Injustice holding patient merit down.
While pride and poverty alternate goad:
He was a sculptor, with a poet's mind;
Beneath hlshaud the marble glow'd with truth.
Beauty with truth anil subtlety combined
Oh, might he but prove famous In his youth!
While life is young, while blood runs red aud
While hope lteats high and ardor is awake,
While strength of manhood battles with the storm
Oh. might he now, if only for her sake!
She dwelt among the corn lands and the flowers.
Her father the ioor pastor of the place, '
Aud numerous little brethren taz'd her powers;
Her mother long had slept in death's embrace.
The red-llpp'd flower-cups fill'd apace with dew.
Their wild blooms swaying iu the fresh'nlng gait,
The shadows devpeu'd to a darker hue.
And told that night was stealing up the vale.
'Another time when we stand here." he said,
"May yonder portals uie for thee and me ;
nil then. Heave u's grace descend upon thy head.
My love my life my wife that art to be !"
He left the village In the early morn,
Wheu silver mist clung round the autumn wood.
And rose as incense o'er the sheafted corn,
Like thankful prayers for harvest rich aud good.
The village thatch, the village dogs, the barn.
The cattle grazing by th
The solemn chunh tower, and the cheerful farm,
He gaiu-d on all with wistful tender look.
Aud clinging to his hand to chide his fears.
And paint his hoj.es with Fancy's pencil gay,
The pale, fair girl held back her rising tears.
And spoke of joys on some new dawning day.
Again we gaze upou that village tower;
The autumn wealth is gather'd from the land.
The folded heavens with coming teuicst lower.
And wrapp'd in spotless snow the dwellings stand.
The hell souuds o'er the fields ; the village street
is soon astir, though biting is the air
What liell V Alas ! no pealing cadence sweet.
Chiming of wedded love, aud bridal pair.
It is the touching, mourning, awful ouud,
Wliirh speaks of spirits summou'd home to Ood,
of dearest faces hidden under ground
Alt : who can stoop and humbly kiss the rod !
And sec the sculptor carried to his rest.
Before the field was won, or he could gain
The bread to take the maiden to his breast,
)r grabp the gay but thorny crown of fame.
And broad the portals ojten'd for him now ;
h, he hud striven to write his name on earth ;
To bind immortals round hi aching brow.
And cast a halo o'er his native hearth.
In vain! In vain! now laid iu that dread sleep
Which lasteth till the coming of the Lord,
He leaves the loving eyes to fade aud weep.
The heart to quiver "gainst the two-edg'd sword.
Oh, will she die, and rest tier weary head.
That pale, fair head, beside her lover fond ?
No, she will live her life till youth bus fled.
Waiting in hope for that which lies beyond.
HUNTERS OF THE CHAMOIS.
The day was beginning to break ; a
large grayish band stretched across the
eastern horizon, and as it advanced
towards the zenith, the stars of the night,
veiling their modest brightness, extin
guished themselves one after another,
boon the hardly visible sun shot up its
lines of fire and gave to the rock which
crowns the peak of Rawsberg the appear
ance of a mass of crude gold. The valleys
were enveloped in a heavy, mist, which
was colored with opaline tints by the first
rays of the sun. At intervals, the breeze
that was springing up made this mist un
dulate in immense waves, and at times
separating them, permitted the black
masses of the forests below to be seen.
There were two hunters in the foot-path
which winds up the flanks of Rawsberg
both young, both clad in the livery of St.
Hubert. But it was only necessary to
glance at them, to see that both had not
been born in the same rank, and were not
called to play the same roll in life. Of
medium height, the one who walked in
advance was gifted with the vigor and
agility which distinguishes the mountain
eer ; his foot and his leg had the supple
ness and the certainty of the foot of the
chamois for bounding from rock to rock
and making his way on the very verge of
ma complexion, aimougn
blond, like that of the greater part of the
children of Germany, was bronzed by ex
posure to the air and the sun's rays. The
second personage was tall and slender-
too tail and too slender to be vigorous : his
hair and his youthful beard were light, and
the paleness of his complexion showed that
he had breathed the atmospheres of the
talom oftener than the bracing air of the
mountains, and also, the involuntary ap
prehension against which he struggled
when the path was narrow and dangerously
near the edge of the precipice, proved that
he was more accustomed to tread the carpets
of the palace than the rolling stones of
From time to time the first of the t o
hunters turned around in order to assure
himself that the other was making his
way without accident. When, by the
frightened look and the pearly drops of
sweat on the brow ot the latter, he saw
that he was likely to be attacked with ver
tigo, he would go to his assistance, and
giving him his hand, enable him to get
over the dangerous places. However, as
these manifestations of solicitude neces
sarily multiplied, a smile might be seen on
the lips of the leader, indicating a disdain
for the weakness of his comrade and a
sense of his own superiority.
The ascent was becoming more and more
difficult, and more and more perilous. All
trace of any passage by man had disap
peared. The experience of the first of the
hunters was necessary to find a way over
the huge boulders which sometimes forced
the two men to climo almost perpendicu
larly over them and sometimes to leap
from rock to rock over the great crevices
which separated them.
After a half hour of these gymnastics, the
young man's forces were visibly exhausted,
and he panted for breath. In a short, im
perious tone of voice, indicating the habit
of commanding, he ordered the hunter to
halt ; and putting down his carbine and
disembarrassin g h iuiself of the hunting-bag
that he wore slung over his shoulder, he
seated himself under a projecting rock.
"Zounds ! Meinherr Wilhem," cried the
mountaineer, with a shade of ill humor,
"your legs are longer than they are strong
it seems. If we make a halt every five
hundred steps, the chamois will have left
the pastures ; and you are not exactly fitted
to go in search of them after they have
retired to take their siesta. Make haste,
then, my boy, to catch your breath, and let
He whom his companion called Meinherr
Wilhcm. glanced with surprise at the for
mer, and exhibited an ill-suppressed irri
tation ; evidently he was not accustomed
to be treated with such familiarity.
"We will start when I give the order,"
replied he ; "and I will give you the order
when I find my self sufficiently rested. You
asked a frederic d'or to guide me in search
of the chamois ; you have your money ;
the rest concerns only myself."
"Pardon," replied the .hunter, whose
physiognomy had again taken its bantering
expression, " but it is precisely because I
have received your money that I wish to
earn it, in enabling you, I will not say to
kill, but to discharge your carbine at the
finest chamois that ever bounded over the
Rawsberg ; and if you do not carry his
horns back to Berlin, I do not wish you to
be able to accuse Stephen Raubvogel of
your ill luck."
"Bah!" said Wilhem, uncorking his
drinking-bottle. "Perhaps they will be
complaisant enough to meet us half way.
" Do not count on that, Meinherr," ex
claimed the hunter. ' If you were in
search of the little silly hares on 3-011 r sand
plains, 1 would not discourage you ; but
the game of these mountains is not suffi
ciently versed in the art of politeness to
do that. The chamois will the less decide
to dewend, as he does not suspect the honor
that a personage of your importance wishes
to do him. For, Meinherr Wilhem," con
tinued he, in a chaffing manner, "you be
long to the annv, do you not ? I would
be willing to wager that you do, and, fur
ther, that you serve in the cavalry."
lou nave guessed right.
"Oh ! I knew it at once, bv vour light
and easy walk. And 3-011 are an Ensign,
at least V"
"Better than that, Raubvogel.''
"Pshaw ! Lieutenant, then?"
" Better still."
" You have not reached it j-et."
' But 3011 are still too voung to com
mand a regiment," replied the hunter
with an air ot doubt.
"I had two of them under my command
six years ago, when I had the glory of an
nihilating the armies of the modern Attilia,
under the walls of Leipsic. But let us
leave this subject," added the young man,
who was taking a draught from his bottle.
Mv rank in the army concerns vou but
little. Take a drink of this brandv.
which I brought back from the campaign,
and let us continue our way."
Raubvogel took the flagon, and was
about to raise it to his lips when a peculiar
hissing whistle was heard in the distance.
Dropping the bottle on the ground, and
springing behind the rock which sheltered
them, he exclaimed in a voice vibrating
with agitation :
" Fall flat on your face, Keinherr Wil
hem ; flat on vour face ! Zounds ! You
were born under a lucky star. There are
the chamois coming to us. Stretch your
self out behind that stone, and keep as
quiet as the hare when it hears the hunter
He had not finished speaking, when a
herd of seven or eight chamois emerged
from a gorge several hundred yards dis
tant, and then stopped. Frightened either
by the attack of some larger animals, or
by the appearance of another huntsman,
they had fled, leaping from rock t o rock
and promised to pass within short range
of our two companions.
Couching behind his shelter, Raubvogel
had already carried his carbine to his
shoulder, and was carefully adjusting it,
according to the custom of people of his
profession : "Aim at the large male who
leads the flock, Meinherr Wilhem," he
is the general of the chamois. I will choose
another in the rear. 7
The animals started on again with the
rapidity of an arrow, but were almost im
mediately stopped by a large ravine too
wide to be leaped over. In an instant
Wilhem aimed at the large leader, which
had been pointed out to him by his com
panion and fired. The chamois staggered
for a second under the shot, then turning
to the left, he bounded away down the
side of the mountain followed bv the rest
of the herd. Raubvogel, however, firing
in nis turn, Drought down the last of the
chamois, which seemed to be killed in
stantaneously, and laid stretched out inert
on the stones.
"Quick! quick 1 Meinherr Wilhem,
cried the hunter triumphantly. "As for
mine, it is only necessary to nick him ud.
but yours I have an idea that he will lead
us a long chase.
" By the three Kings ! I am sure
wounded him badly," replied the young
man, panting witn emotion.
"Of course ! but let us hasten after him
To think that if Heaven does not come to
our aid, such a superb animal will serve
for the supper of some peasant in the
valley ! A nice piece of business that
would be, Meinherr Wilhem ! "
While speaking, the two hunters had di
rected their steps towards the snot where
the dead chamois lay. Raubvogel did not
take the trouble to look at his victim, but
taking on his hunting-bag and his vest
he threw them over the animal, in order
to keep away the eagles, who would other
wise attack it while they were away : then
preceding his companion they made their
way over the rocks in the direction in
which the chamois had fled. The hunter
walked along, bending over and examin
ing the ground carefully for the blood
marks. " You aimed a little too high and
too far in the rear, Meinherr," said he
after an instant ; "you hit the animal just
above the hind shoulder ; see, the mark of
the blood is at the edge ot the print of the
hoof. However," he added after taking
several steps, "even if the bone is not
broken, the wund is none the less grave.
He bleeds profusely, and the blood is red
and frothy ; here is another imprint of his
toot, more bloody still, it his strength. is
exhausted, we have some chance of find
ing him, and you may yet be able to boast
of 3-our good fortune, Meinherr Wilhem.
To get sight of a chamois so easily, to hit
him at the first shot, ana to carrv him back
with 3'ou is an excellent day-'s work for any
The perspective that Raubvogel present
ed to him animated Wilhem very deci
dedly. His pale cheeks became tinted
with a deep red. His eyes sparkled, and
at the same time his strength seemed in
creased tenfold ; he clambered over the
rough rocks and made his way through
the difficult passes with an ardor that the
hunter was forced to temper.
But after they had traveled about a
thousand yards, the latter began to show
6igns ot impatience and of spite, which
attracted the attention of the young man.
VY hat is the matter, blister Raubvo
gel? " said he, " Have you lost trace of
our chamois ? Do you think that he has
strength enough left to escape us after
" When 'the chamois takes the trouble to
mark in blood3' letters the path he has
taken, Raubvogel does not lose trace of him.
The animal you wounded has not five
minutes more to run ; he vacillates on his
legs like a man who has taken too much
beer, hook at the imprint on this sand,
and see lu w he struggled to maintain his
equilibrium But, in spite of all that,
Meinherr Wilhem, I begin to believe that
we never shall have the pleasure of re
galing ourselves on his venison.
"Aud why not, if 3'ou please?"
" Because he has gone straight to the
Vallev of Bodo ; because lie has risked a
leap over the Rosstrapp, and because, like
all those who have attemped it before him,
he is at this moment in the gulf. He will
be eaten b3r the fishes of the water, instead
of by the eagles of the mountain ; for us
he is none the less lost.
"And wLat is the Rosstrapp? " deman
"It will not be long before vou will
have made its acquaintance, and then I
will tell you, replied the hunter.
In fact, after the3r had advanced about
one hundred yards, and turned round a
huge rock which had masked the horizon,
they found themselves suddenly before an
immense and seemingly bottomless gorge.
It was over three miles long, and appeared
like a gigantic cleft made by some great
convulsion in the first ages of the world.
The eye which essayed to sound the depth
f the abyss perceived only the blackish
and wet stones, from between which
sprang out those parti sit? plants that vege
tate only iu the orifices of deep, damp
crevices of this kind. The bottom of this
singular opening lost itself in the dark
ness ; and the roaring of the torrent be
low, which was invisible to the eye, added
to the awfulness "of the scene.
Although the young man was not in a
contemplative mood, the view of this pas
sage produced on him a decided impression,
aud he remained absorbed in his reveries.
Raubvogel, in the meantime, had knelt on
a stupendous flat stone, which extended
over the side of the gulf, and peered in
tently into its depth. After a moment he
" Well, he has made the leap," said he
with a sigh of regret ; "and now if you
wish to cany back 3-our game, which it
is the glory of a hunter to do, you will
have to go after him 3'ourself to the bot
tom of the ravine, for it is a work which
does not tempt me."
"Bah!" replied the young man, smi
ling, " I will add two freddrics to the one
I gave you this morning."
4 Neither for two nor for ten. I refused
more from a young Englishman, who
wished to carry to his own county the
crown of gold, which many years ago,
preceded our chamois in his fall.''
"What crown of gold?" demanded
Wilhem, with curiosity.
"The story which I promised 3rou, and
which I am going to relate, will tell you,"
said Raubvogel, seating himself on the
"A long time before ths town of Wolf
enbuttel wras built, a King who ruled over
the country had his castle vhere our village
isto-da3r situated. This King had a daughter
named Elfride. As she was beautiful, and
her father commanded the plain as well as
the mountain, suitors for her hand were not
wanting ; but as she was as proud as she
was handsome.she refused '.hem all, young,
noble and valiant as they vere. The King,
who was beginning to grow old, under
stood the necessity of leaving the Govern
ment in virile hands, and became impa
tient at her caprices. One day, deciding
to end the delay, he accorded the hand of
the Princess to the Burgrave Bodo, who
had asked her in marriage, and swore by
his sceptre that the union should be accom
plished. Among the nobles who had as
pired to the hand of Elfride, there was not
one for whom she experienced a greater
antipathy. The Burgrave was no longer
young, he had never been handsome, and
he had the reputation of being wicked and
brutal. However, the King resisted the
supplications and the tears ot his daughter,
and in due time she became the wife of
Bodo. The evening of the marriage cere
mony, towards the end of the feast, when
the freely-flowing wine began to thicken
the speech and obscure the vision of those
present, Elfride, who during the formalities
of the occasion, had remained quiet and
thoughtful, fled from the hill, descended
to the stables, leaped on the back of her
favorite horse, which was in readiness for
her, and urged him at the top of his speed
toward the mountain. But the Burgrave,
soberer than the rest of the guests, and
somewhat suspicious, did not fail to notice
the disappearance of her who was to be
long to him from that night, and at once
began to search after her. A groom in
formed him of what had just taken place.
He called a number of his friends to his
assistance, and mounting their horses,
they darted away after the fugitive with
the rapidity of lightning. Elfride, who
had arrived at the part ot the mountain
where we are now, heard behind her the
gallop of the black whirlwind of cava
liers, and saw the sparks which the iron
on the horses' hoofs caused to fly from the
rocks. Tired ot invoking since the morn
ing, God and the saints, desperate and
almost crazed, she addressed herself to the
Prince of Darkness : "Satan, Satan,
come to my "aid," she cried ; "rather than
belong to the Burgrave. I give myself to
to thee ! " She had not finished speaking
when a frightful commotion shook the
mountain to its foundation ; the Rawsberg
seemed to separate in two parts, and the
great cleft which vou see before, xnn
opened between the Princess and her pur
suers. The latter stopped short : the Bur
grave alone, intoxicated with love and
with rage, burying his sours into tli airi
of his courser, tried to leap over the abyss.
The spirit of the animal was so great that
he gave a tremendous bound, touching
this stone with his fore feet. m.ikinr t.h
marks you will see here : but he fell bar k
the horse and rider were swallowed up in
the gulf, which since that time has been
called the Rosstrapp."
"And the Fnncess?" demanded "Wil
hem, who had listened with interest to t Via
legend of the chamois hunter.
"She was never seen afterward, either
here or elsewhere, and it is suDnosed that.
the devil, who does not have such a wind-
tall every day, did not delav in claiming
the victim who gave herself to him. But
a few days after, a herdsman, who was
drawn by curiosity to the edge of the
crevice, perceived some distance down, the
crown that the Princess wnm it u-:i
hanging on a projecting stone. The King
who had been notified of the fact, at once
repaired, with his court, to the nlace : one
of his servants descended in the gulf by
means of a rope, but the instant he reached
out his hand to sieze the crown, it detached
itseu and rolled down to the torrent below.
Since then it has been sought a nmhor
of times for there have not been lacking
iiiusc who nave wisuea 10 possess it but
"I can well beiieve that," replied the
young man, "for the crown must repre-
"Yes, and more than that Meinherr
Wilhem ; all the old people of the coun
try here will tell you that it is written on
high, that he who possesses that crown
shall reign over Germany entire."
A silence of several seconds followed
these words : they had produced on Wil
hem a perceptible impression, which he
endeavored to hide, but which the move
ment of his lips and the expression of his
eyes plainly revealed. He approached the
precipice, and bending over its edge,
gazed for some time in its sombre depths ;
then turning to the hunter he said, in a
vibrating voice, "Raubvogel, I must have
that crown." The hunter became grave
and thoughtful and then answered :
No! no! All of those who have
attempted to rescue it have met with mis
fortune ; as well ask me to sieze that cloud
which floats above our heads."
"This morning," replied Wilhem. "you
did not think it possible to see the chamois
before attaining their pasture grounds, and
3-et 3rou lodged a bullet in one of them not
tar trom here. Try," continued he. in a
strangely persuasive voice, "try without
fear this perilous descent, for not only will
you run no risk, but you will certainly
"Ah ! it seems that the elements figure
among the squadrons 3'ou command,
Meinherr Wilhem," said the hunter, re
turning to his bantering tendencies.
llis companion did not appear to hear
him. but continued :
"I must have that crown, Raubvogel !
Put it in my hands and you shall be rich !
Place it on m3r head and you will have
served the Divine will."
This last movement astonished the
hunter without moving his resolution : he
replied to it with a smile which expressed
oetter than words his incredulity. After
a moment's pause, he answered :
"In my quality of good Christian. I
would ask nothing better than to be agree
able to God, the master of us all ; but in
asmuch as He Himself has not declared to
me His desire that I should break my neck,
I shall continue to hesitate. Yet," said
he slowly, "perhaps we may come to
an agreement. I love Eva, the daughter
of Deitrich, the rich farmer : he has prom-
lseu 10 give ner to me when 1 shall be able
to put down five hundred frederics on his
table. Enable me to present myself at the
house of old Deitrich, and I will see. One
could well risk his neck for such a prize
"Uh ! said the young man. whose
eyebrows gathered when he heard the
price the hunter placed on his services.
" hve hundred is almost too much : sav
two hundred and fifty frederics ; that is a
greater sum than an3' mountaineer has
" Pshaw ! exclaimed Raubvogel, with
a ourst 01 laughter; "here is Meinherr.
the General, who wishes like a Jew. to
cheapen the life of one of his fellows."
' You shall have your five hundred fre
derics," answered Wilhem, whose face
became colored with deep red.
The hunter started, but he replied in a
tone of mistrust, which he took no pains
10 conceal :
The word promises, but it is the purse
" The word gives, also, when it fall
from royul lips, Raubvogel, and he who
promises you 3'our five hundred frederics
belongs to a ro3ral family-.
" You ! "
" My name is Frederic Ludwig de Ho
benzollern. and I am the second son of
your King, Wilhem III."
The royal prestige is so great in old Ger
many, that, in spite ot the skepticism
which he had till then affected, the moun
taineer was profoundly and visibly moved
by the revelation ot the rank of his com
panion. He raised himself quickly, and
having respectfully uncovered, remained
standing, with his head bowed, before the
" You have the right to claim the crown
ot nitride, your Highness, said he ; " it
is to you and 3'ours that it belongs. Under
3rour incognito, 1 did not suspect 3'our
real position. Pardon me for having
spoken of recompense. I was ignorant of
whom I was addressing It onl3r remains
now tor 3-ou to speak to be obeyec."
The future Wilhem I., who was already
imbued with certain ideas of predestina
tion, was touched by the devotion and
abnegation of his guide ; he hesitated 1
moment and seemed to waver in his deter
mination ; but the ambition to possess the
precious treasure outweighed the sentiment
of humanity which reproached him for
exposing the life of a fellow man for
the satisfaction of a caprice.
" Make the descent " said he. at length,
"and I will give vou five hundred frede
rics ; but if 3Tou bring me up the crown of
Elfride, you shall receive one thonsand
This promise, which gave the lie to the
reputation of parsimony which had alread3r
been attributed to Prince Wilhem, electri
fied the chamois hunter.
" There is a cabin below here a short
stretch," he exclaimed. " I will run and
bring some people and some ropes. In a
quarter ot an hour 1 will be bacK, your
Highness, and soon you shall hold in your
hands the crown twice blessed, to which
I shall owe the joy of possessing Eva, the
blonde. And may God protect the future
sovereign ot Germany."
This enthusiastic homasre on the nart of
Raubvogel caused a gleam of satisfaction
to pass over the face of the 3-oung Prince.
vv nen me hunter had disappeared behind
the rocks, he walked uo and down bv thp
side of the Rosstrapp, glancing sometimes
at the yawning gulf beneath his feet, some
times at the clear blue sky of the horizon.
What was passing in the mind of this
3'oung man for whom fortune reserved
such a strange destiny whom fate was
going to place on a throne to which he
hail no right to pretend, and who, later,
with no other merit than eood sense uni
ted to a firmness almost bordering on ob
stinac3', was to be the Emperor of a uni
ted Germany, and the leader of her victo
rious armies? He was too narrowlv
religious to be without superstition ; and
perhaps the idea of see'ng in his hands
the crown, to the possessor of which, the j
popular belief gave the government of an
immense countiy, divided at that moment
among twenty ditlerent sceptres, occupied
a prominent place in the vague and con-
wseu aspirations 01 rnnce w Hhera.
Raubvogel soon returned, accompanied
by four herdsmen of the neichliorhood.
who brought a great quantity of rope.
yjac ena 01 it was tied around a firm rock, !
the other was let down the precipice. The
hunter assured himself that it touched
the bottom ; then kneeling, he made a
short prayer, and carrying only his iron
staff to protect himself against the sharp
stones to which he was exposed by the
svtaywigoi tne rope, ne resolutely de
scended into the abyss.
Lying down and bendintr over the edcrp.
Of the Rl)SStraDD. the assistants whim w.
down, and soon lost sight of him in the
heavy mist whic rose trom the bottom of
the gulf ; the movement of the rope above
indicated that the descent continued, and
that the courageous mountaineer had not
reached his objective point. At lensth
the rope became motionless, and the quar
ter of an hour which followed was full of
anguish for the watchers. Raubvogel had
arrived at the rushing waters below, and
nad stin to explore the bed of the torrent,
of the depth of which he was ignorant.
All the faces were deathly pale, all the
mouths remained mute. Prince Wilhem
could no longer control his agitation, and
moved about in a levensh anxiety, which
was plainly 'to be seen in his changed and
almost haggard appearance.
I5ut now a shout of triumph was heard
nbove the roaring of the torrent, and five
loud hurrahs at once responded. The rope
began to sway anew.
1 he hve men, their eyes fixed on the
sombre curtain of mist which concealed
the lower part of the abyss, for a time
could distinguish nothing ; but at the end
of a few minutes, they saw an indistinct
torm which became more and more de
fined ; it was he whom but a short time
before they had believed lost. Raubvogel,
who was remounting with an astonishing
vigor. More pale han ever, the forehead
f the Prince was bathed in a heavy
sweat. The hunter continued to advance.
He was not more than fifty feet from the
surface, when the j-oungest of the herds
men cried :
"He has the crown ! he has the crown
of the Princess Elfride ! See my friends,
11 is on nis arm, wnere it throws out as
much fire as the mid-day sun !"
Poor Raubvogel heard him.
He had indeed the crown. But in the
intoxication of his triumph, forgetting to
be prudent, he let go his hold with one
hand of the rope, in order to wave his tro
phy, and at thesame time cried, " Hurrah!"
This enthusiasm was fatal to him.
The spectators saw the other hand of
the unfortunate man slip the length of the
rope, then his form disappear. They
heard a long, loud cry of despair and of
death, then the dull heavy thud of the
falling body, which broke itself on the
Raubvogel, the brave chamois hunter,
was lost in the torrent of the gulf.
Prince Wilhem was deeply moved by
the unhappy result of the adventure, and
departed from the place in great sorrow.
He had only caught a glance of the crown
of Princess Elfride ; but it did not prevent
him trom, being hailed fitty-one 3-ears later,
in the palace of Louis XIV., at Versailes,
Emperor of Germany. Tramlatei from
the Paris Figaro for the 2ieu York Tims.
IMPRISONED IN HIS OWN TOMB.
THE LATE WILLIAM XIBLO'S ACCIDKX
TAL XIGIIT IN GREEN WOOD CEME
TERY. About fifteen years ago, the late
William Xiblo, of Xiblo's Garden, built
a handsome tomb in Greenwood ceme
tery. He expended a great deal of
money upon it, and it naturally became
one of the attractions of that pensive
resort. Among the eccentricities of
the veteran managers was that of visit
ing this tomb on sultry Sunday- after
noons, and sitting there, novel in hand,
until the shadowing of the grand path
before the door showed hinithat even
ing was near. One day Mi. Xiblo
passed through the lodge-gate as usual,
saluted the attendant in his customary
courtly style, and wandered away.
That night Mr. Xiblo did not return
to his home 111 this city. Nothing was
thought; of it as he had such a number
of friends whom he might visit and
remain until late, but when the morn
ing showed the room unoccupied and
the bed undisturbed, the alarm siezed
the household. Search was made ; the
clubs, the places of public resort, the
theatres all were visited. He had not
been there the night previous. Then
one remembered the visits of the Green
When those who were searching for
Willuim Xiblo reached the gate of the
cemetery they were met by the man in
harge. He remembered that Mr.
Xiblo had been there so many days be
fore that it become a custom. What
was the matter ? Mr. Xiblo lost '
"Come to think of it, I didn't see him
go out of here when I locked up. He
must be in the tomb.'
The tomb has an ornamental door let
into the solid rock surroundings. It is
massive, thick, uninviting and seems
just the aperture for a perpetual home
for the dead. Beyond it is an airy apart
ment, in which the sunlight filters.
Mr. William Xiblo entered his favorite
resting place that summer afternoon so
long go, he sat in his accustomed seat,
opened his book and fell to reading. The
wind rose, the vault was rilled with air
until a propulsive force was generated,
and then, suddenly, there came a short,
sharp click, with semi-darkness after it.
Mr. Xiblo was shut in. Tho vault
door had sprung to.
He was found sittine composed in the
tomb, aad by no means so much agitated
as was any one of those who were look.
ing for him. He explained the accident,
his shrieks for assistance and then h
relapse into a calm and nhilnsnnhiVai
consideration of the circumstauces. He
knew that no one could hear him call,
but he felt that the active brains of his
friends would seek him out, and that
sooner or later he would be liberated.
iVew 1 ork Mercury.
Obstinacy is the heroism of little
Seven million people are said to
have died from the famine in China.
Twenty-four million dollars will
ie coined at the Philadelphia mint this
-Portions of Germany and Belgium
were recently shakea up by a lively
The public debt of Great Britain,
is er the last official statement, is
Never marry but for love, but see
that thon lovest only what is lovely.
Tir-Ti- t- "
rr uitam Jt'eixn.
Respect is the result of a lifetime.
whereas a single silly act often wins
one a reputation.
A Birmingham youth recently
skated 200 miles in 24 hours in a rink
for a wager of 75.
Two little children, in London,
were lately burned to death as the re
sult of playing with matches.
Nothing is beneath you if it is in
the direction of your life: nothing is
great or desirable if it is off and away
trom that. Emerson.
At Erie, Pa., tramps are sentenced
to thirty days' hard labor in the chain
ing, and the law is said to work with
The first successful attempt to as
cend Mount Blanc on the Italian side
was recently made by four members of
the Italian Alpine Club.
A new peal of 12 large bells is be
inir placed in position in St. Paul's
Cathedral, Loudon. The largest tenor
bell weighs 02 hundred w-eight.
Experiments with war balloons are
going on at Woolwich, England, and
are to be continued for several months.
The telephone is used to communicate
trom captive balloons to a committee
It is a most important lesson, and
too little thought of, that we learn how
to enjoy ordinary life, and to be able to
relish our being, without the transport
of some passion, or the gratification of
some appetite. Steele.
Thourgueneff says: " In a century
there won't be a king in Europe, ex
cept, perhaps, in England, and there
iie will be nothing but a pageant a
political mummy shown to the popu
lace at so much a head.
The thirty-second report of the
British Commissioners in Lunacy shows
that the number of "registered lunatics,
idiots, and persons of unsound mind in
England and Wales" has increased from
3(5,702 to 0S,538 in the last 19 years.
A woman of Steele County, Minn.,
had her husband and son killed by light
ning five years ago. She married again,
and her second lord was killed by light
ning a few days ago. Indeed, both hus
bands were very much struck with her.
German sugar-beet manufacturers
offer $40 per ton for dried sugar-beets,
delivered at their sea ports. At this
price, their culture, preparation and
freighting would leave a handsome
profit t American farmers and ship
In the International Prison Con
gress, which opened at Stockholm on
the 20lh of August, Dr. Wines, of this
city, as Vice President, delivered an
address giving an extensive resume of
the progress of prison and criminal re
form during the last seven years in all
In Bulgaria a new baby is first
salted thoroughly, as if it were a cod
fish, and then it is wrapped up. After
that an omelette is made of three eggs;
black pepper is sifted over this, and the
child's head is poulticed with the pre
paration. The purpose of this is to
harden the skull against sunstroke.
The buffalo plains and the middle
portion of the continent, together with
the Pacific States, are rapidly taking
the place of Texas as the great feeding
grounds, and are leading in the produc
tion of beef. Tiie estimated returns
for this year give Colorado o50,00'j head;
Wyoming 225,000; Utah 3."0,000; Wash
ington, 2,000 ; Montana 300,000 ; Ore
gon 17",000, and California 650,000.
Mine. Quentin-Proffit, a matri
monial agent in Paris, lately sued
Prince and Princess Galitzn for 0,000
francs, for trying to make a match for
their son and failing. Her bill was:
Carriages, 432 francs; cost of toilets,
1,000 francs; money expended, corre
spondence, &c, 150 francs; honorarium,
4,418 francs; total 0,000 francs. The
court thought it was too much, and
allowed her only 500 francs.
Capital punishment has been abol
ished in Switzerland, and the punish
ment for murder ordinarily amounts to
live or six 3'ears' imprisonment. As a
consequence the most atrocious crimes
have become quite frequent. One of
the latest cases is that of a vagrant
Italian, who brutally murdered an un
protected woman in her husband's ab
sence, in order to get her money, which
amounted to about $10.
A sailing-car is frequently used on
the Kansas Pacific road to transport
the track-inspectors in their tours of
observation. On such a road, extend
ing over long stretches of level, treeless
country-, there is little difficulty in
catching a forwarding breeze a con
siderable part of the time by skillful
use of a sail, and often making the,
speed of a fast express train.