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French out. Accordingly, he was not | Had the prince at least been honest about over-much delighted to find Marlborough it, the English would have known where approaching his borders.
they were, and been spared much hard. İo 1705, understanding, to some extent ship, and Marlborough much anxiety. at least, what Marlborough intended, Vil. Bishop Hare, in his unpublished letters, lars, summoned to the command from the suggests that the French at headquarters depths of the Cevennes, took his meas- were well aware of the hitch, and therefore ures accordingly. With what difficulty an did not send Villars the reinforcements adequate force was mustered we learn which he demanded. Villars was “strongly from Voltaire's “Siècle de Louis XIV.” encamped with a wood and two ruisseaus However, somehow or other, fifty-five before him, besides the hollow way be. thousand men were put in the field. “Ex- tween us, which is very deep and broad." cellentes troupes," Villars says, "pleines “ Villars ne pouvait être attaqué de front,”. d'ardeur et de courage," and, as offensive says a French writer in the * Austrasie.” warfare was out of the question on this It would, indeed, have been sheer folly in point, the country beyond Sierck was laid an inferior force to attack him. “We waste. In Sierck and along the heights, could neither make a siege without artilVillars took up a position which he him-lery, nor attack their army without more self described, one or two days before troops." And there the English were, on Marlborough's appearance,
Hungry Hill," as the soldiers christened words : " Here is a fine place to meet an their starvation quarters. “ Sure, never enemy; the best ground in the world to army passed fifteen such tedious days. fight on a good occasion." The French The soldiers will remember this camp, lines stretched from the heights of the one while ; both forage and provisions Moselle, opposite Retel, over Montenach were very scarce, and neither to be had beights, the Coteau d'Altenberg, the after the two or three first days within any Ferme de Künsberg, to the villages of reasonable distance, the country being of Früsching and Kerling, to the brook of itself extremely bad, and made still worse Königsmachern.
by a strange and unnatural season, such A few days after, Marlborough ap-as has not been known even here above proached at the head of his motley force, once in the memory of man.' consisting of English, Dutch, Danes, As Marlborough complains to Harley, Lüdenburgers, Hanoverians, etc., having the weather was exceptionally cold, which crossed the Moselle at Igel and the Saar at might, he thought, accouot for the large Consarbrück. “This march,” says Bishop number of desertions from the English Hare," for the length of it, I consider a camp. He begs that deserters may be masterpiece.” “ The opportunity," he watched for in the English ports, and goes on,
“ should have been tempting for seized and punished “for an example." the enemy to oppose the invaders, had the Of these desertions our commissariat unmarshal had any stomach for it." But fortunately did not get the benefit. For, "stomach ” he evidently had gone. No as Hare writes, if our men deserted home, opposition of any kind was offered. On in still larger numbers did the French the contrary, as soon as the French heard desert to the English, so that the matter of the English being at Perle, they made became serious. There were too many what haste they could to get away from mouths already for the supply of food. Sierck, being fifty-five thousand against “ All this time the poor devils who had our forty-two thousand. “It was divert- taken so much pains to come so far lay ing to see the marshal retiring," writes starving in a cursed camp, under an imposHare. Already at that time the French sibility of doing anything." troops began to desert; so Marlborough The duke grew anxious. was kept pretty well informed concerning not to make complaint, but nobody's couo. their condition. The French retired to tenance speaks more." His entourage Retel, aod Marlborough pushed on to feared that he might be taken downright what he called the “Camp d'Elft”-it ill. At length, under pressure from the should be “ Eft" - of which Castle Men distressed Dutch, who sent express berg was the centre. Here, accordingly, upon express," on the 15th of June, the he fixed his quarters, and here he waited army were given orders to hold themselves twelve weary days for the three thousand in readiness to march. Never was order borses for the artillery, and for the Ger- more welcome. On the fifteenth, at midman troops under Prince Louis of Baden, night, the retreat began, the troops marchto come up. They were, as Hare 'says, ing back to their old camping-ground at
cootinually coming, and never came. Cons and Igel, twenty squadrons guarding
" He uses
“But the maréchal was very | retire from service at the end of the camcivil, and let us go off without giving us paigo. the least disturbance. It happened un. I left Meosberg much less crestfallen. fortunately,” the chaplain.general goes I had had a glorious walk and some fine on, “ to be a very wet night, the first rain views, and had seen an interesting site we have had a long time, till about ten and building. But Ascold de Sierck's next morning. This made a march, which devil must baulk me in some little way, or was in itself very long, exceedingly fatigu- he would belie his character. My friends ing; tho'if the men might have had their at the castle had confided to me that there choice, I believe they would have gone it was a curious old chronicle relating to the rather than stay'd at Elft a day longer.” castle in the possession of an old facteur
Thus ended, owing to German dilatori. (that is, a postman) at Sierck; that chronness, a “poble enterprise," a plan which, icle, of course, I was anxious to see. With if carried out, must have altered the posi- some difficulty I found the facteur, who tion of the contending countries materially had lent the manuscript to the curé for for the year, and might have ended the inspection, and for the preparation of a war. Marlborough felt his disappointment notice to be published. The curé was keenly, as Villars puts it," almost like a most civil, and asked me, as French curés, defeat.” At any rate, he did not wish to when they are students, are fond of asking, be misunderstood by his opponent, and so what was the correct pronunciation of cerhe wrote to Villars: “Rendez-moi la jus. tain English words, carefully laid by for tice de croire que ma retraite est la faute such an occasion. But the manuscript du Prince de Bade et que je vous estime turned out to be a poor, incorrect copy of encore plus que je ne suis fâché contre something I had already seen at Metz. I lui." Villars makes fun of this as a mere was much questioned about the inhabitants pretence. He pretends that the army of the castle. “Est-ce qu'on a été comunder Marlborough was overwhelmingly plaisant?” “Very,” I was bound to reply. superior in numbers to bis own, that the And back I went along that route de whole German contingent was with the Thionville, which has been called le gréduke, and that the latter, to put it in plain nier de Mets, and had ample opportunity English, "funked" a battle. The English of satisfying myself of the truth of the quitted the camp, he says, in such absolute Lorrain saying which, not without justice, silence that he was not aware of it till too affirms that “les plus beaux villages borlate, or he would have been down upon dent le cours de la Moselle.' them. He wrote to his king : “Il me
HENRY W. WOLFF. semble que Dieu, protecteur des armes de Votre Majesté, avait marqué à ce grand nombre d'ennemis les termes qu'ils de. vaient respecter. On les a empêchés de mettre le pied sur vos terres. Le poste
From The Speaker,
THE OMNIBUS. que votre armée a occupé était précisément sur la frontière de ses états."
ALL that follows was spoken in a small Villars turned the duke's stealthy de- tavern, a stone's throw from Cheapside, parture to good account for a laugh against the day before I left London. It was a poor Lorrain envoy who was brought up spoken in a dull voice, across a greasy as a prisoner by his outposts, having been tablecloth, and amid an atmosphere so seized with a safe conduct from Marlbor. thick with the reek of cooking that one ough in his hands. There was another longed to change it for the torrid street Lorrain envoy with Villars at the time. again, to broil in an ampler furnace. Old The latter said, “ Tell your master what Tom Pickford spoke it, who has been a has happened to you, and that the same clerk for fifty-two years in Tweedy's East fate awaits himself according to the deci- India warehouse, and in all that time has sion which he may make in his alliance never been out of London ; but when he between France and the emperor.". takes a holiday, spends it in hanging about
Marlborough pushed on to the Nether. Tweedy's and observing that uolovely lands, and still managed to obtain laurels place of business from the outside. The in that year. But he felt it difficult to get dust, if not the iron, of Tweedy's has enover his disappointment at Mensberg. tered into his soul; and Tweedy's young When he reached Dryborn, he wrote to men know him as "The Mastodon." He the duchess and to Godolphin, expressing is a thin, bald septuagenarian, with sloping to the former his sense of humiliation, and shoulders and a habit of regarding the to the latter his desire to be allowed to pavement when he walks, so that he seems
to steer his way by instinct rather than | it, to feel the beat now. Well, the 'bus sigbt. lo general he keeps silence while was packed, inside and out. At least, eating bis chop; and on this occasion there was just room for one more inside there was something unnatural in his ut. when we pulled up by Charing Cross, and teraoce, a divorce of maoner between the there he got in a boy with a stick and
a speaker and his words such as one would bundle in a blue handkerchief. expect in a Sybil disclaiming under stress “ He wasn't more than thirteen; bound of the god. i fancied it had something to for the Docks, you could tell at a glance ; do with a black necktie that he wore in and by the way he looked about you could stead of the blue bird's-eye cravat familiar tell as easily that in stepping outside to Tweedy's; and with his extraordinary Charing Cross Station he'd set foot on conduct io refusing to-day the chop that London stones for the first time. God the waiter brought, aod limiting bis lunch knows how it struck him - the slush and to cheese and lettuce.
drizzle, the ugly shop-fronts, the horses Having pulled the lettuce to pieces, he slipping in the brown mud, the crowd on pusbed bimself back a little from the the pavement pushing him this side and table, looked over his spectacles at me, that. The poor little chap was standing tben at the tablecloth, and began in a in the middle of it with dazed eyes, like dreamy voice :
a hare's, when the 'bus pulled up. His. « Old Gabriel is dead. I heard the eyelids were piok and swollen ; but be Dew's at the office this morning, and went wasn't crying, though he wanted to. Inout and bought a black tie. I am the stead, he gave a gulp as he came on board oldest man in Tweedy's now - older by with stick and bundle, and tried to look six years than Sam Collins, wbo comes brave as a lion. dext; so there is no mistake about it. “I'd have given worlds to speak to Sam is looking for the place; I saw it in him; but I couldn't. On my word, sir, I bis eye when he told me, and I expect should have cried. It wasn't so much be'll get it. But I'm the oldest clerk in the little chap's look. But to the knot of Tweedy's. Only God Almighty can alter bis bundle there was tied a bunch of cotthat, and it's very satisfactory to me. I tage flowers - sweet williams, boy's love, don't care about the money. Sam Collins and a rose or two - and the sight and will be stuck up over it, like enough; but smell of them in that stuffy omnibus were be'll never write a hand like Gabriel's, not like tears on thirsty eyelids. It's the if he lives to be a hundred; and he knows young that I pity, sir. For Gabriel, is it, and knows I'll be there to remind him his bed up at Shepherd's Bush, there's no of it. Gabriel's was a beautiful fist - so more to be said, as far as I can see; and small, too, if he chose. Why, once, in his as for me, I'm the oldest clerk in Tweedy's, spare bours, he wrote out all the Psalms, which is very satisfactory. It's the young with the headiogs, on one side of a folio faces, set towards the road along which sheet, and bad it framed and hung up in we have travelled, that trouble me. Some. his parlor, out at Shepherd's Bush. He times, sir, I lie awake in my lodgings and died in the night -oh, yes, quite easily. listen, and the whole of this London seems He was down at the office all yesterday, filled with the sound of children's feet and spoke to me as brisk as a bird. They running, and I can sob aloud. You may found him dead in his bed this morning. say that it is only selfishness, and what I
“I seem cut up about it? Well, not really pity is my own boyhood. I dare say exactly. Ab, you noticed that I refused you're right. It's certain that, as I kept my chop_to-day. Bless your soul, that's glancing at the boy and his sea-kit, and not on Gabriel's account. I am well on his bunch of flowers, my mind went back in gears, and I suppose it would be nat. to the January morning, sixty-five years oral of me to pity old men, and expect back, when the coach took me off for the pity. But I can't; no, it's only the young first time from the village where I was that I pity. If you must know, I didn't born, to a London charity school. I was take a chop today because I haven't the worse off than the boy in the omnibus, for money in my pocket to pay for it. You I had just lost father and mother. Yet it see there was this black tie that I gave was the sticks and stones and flower-beds eighteenpence for; but something else that I mostly thought of. I went round bappened this morniog that I'll tell you and said good-bye to the lilacs, and told about.
them to be in flower by the time I came " I came down in a 'bus as usual. You back. I said to the rose-bush, • You must remember what muggy weather it was up be as high as my window next May; to ten o'clock though you wouldo't think you know you only missed it by three
inches last summer.' Then I went to the cheating myself all these years; that, in cow-house, and kissed the cows one by fact, I was mad all the while, and have no one. They were to be sold by auction the stable reason for existing - 1, the oldest very next week, but I guessed nothing of clerk in Tweedy's! To be sure, there it, and ordered them not to forget me. would be my parents' head-stones in the And last I looked at the swallows' nests churchyard. But what are they, if the under the thatch — the last year's nests churchyard itself is changed? and told myself that they would be filled “ As it is, with £300 per annum and again when I returned. I remembered enough laid by to keep him, if I fail, an this; and how I stretched out my hands to old bachelor has no reason to grumble. the place from the coach-top; and how at But the sight of that little chap's posegay Reading, where we stopped, I spent the and the thought of the mother who tied it two shillings that I possessed in a cocoa- there, made my heart swell as ! fancy put and a bright clasp-knife; and how I the earth must swell when rain is combroke the knife in opening the put; and ing. His eyes filled once and he brushed how, when I opened it
, the nut was sour; them under pretence of pulling his cap and how I cried myself to sleep, and woke forward, and stole a glance round to see if in London.
any one had noticed him. The other “The young men in Tweedy's, though passengers were busy with their own they respect my long-standing there, make thoughts, and I pretended to stare out of fun of me at times, because I never take the window opposite ; but there was the a holiday in the country. Why, sir, I dare drop, sure enough, on his hand as he laid not. I should wander back to my old vil. it on his lap again. lage, and
Well, I know how it would " He was bound for the Docks and be then. I should find it smaller and thence for the open sea, and I, that was meaner; I should search about for the bound for Tweedy's only, had to get out flowers and nests, and listen for the music at the top of Cheapside. I know the that I knew sixty-five years ago, and re. 'bus-conductor a very honest man — member ; and they would not be discover. and, in getting out, I slipped half-a-crown able. Also every face would stare at me; into his hand to give to the boy, with my for all the faces I know are dead. Then blessing, at his journey's end. When I I should think I had missed my way and picture his face, sir, I wish I had made it come to the wrong place; or (worse) that five shillings, and gone without a new tie no such spot ever existed, and I have been and dinner
A TURKISH “DAUGHTER OF THE REGI. placed at the Maria College for young girls MENT.
:"— The St. Petersburg correspondent at Warsaw. Twelve years have passed and of the Daily News tells the following pretty Maria Kexholmskaia has become a pretty story of a “ daughter of the regiment.” Dur- girl, and has just finished her college studies. ing the Russo-Turkish war a private in the The regiment gave a fête in her honor a few Kexholm Regiment when in Bulgaria found a days ago; then a state dinner, during which little Turkish girl about four years old, who the oldest non-commissioned officers of the had been abandoned by her father and mother. regiment, in the name of all the privates, preThe soldier took the little one to his officers, sented a holy image, and in the evening there who resolved to adopt it. The child, who was a ball. As a sign of her gratitude, Maria was suffering from want of food, soon recov- Kexholmskaia presented the regiment with a ered, and told her protectors that her name large velvet cushion, on which she had emwas Aish. As soon as peace had been signed broidered in gold the monogram of the regiand the Russians were allowed to enter Conment and exact copies of all the decorations stantinople the colonel bought a quantity of and medals the regiment has received for its dresses for “the young lady,” and “a hat gallantry; In one of the corners she had emwith a real garden of flowers upon nit.' When broidered “Masha (or Maria) Kexholmskaia, the regiment returned to Warsaw the officers 24th January, 1878 - 19th June, 1890." The resolved to do their best for the girl. They emperor of Austria is the chief of the regiimposed upon themselves an income-tax of ment, and it is supposed that he will do someone per cent. and resolved to pay to "the thing to show his interest in the daughter of Aish fund " ten copecks of each game of his regiment, who is now staying with Gen. cards used at the regimental club, etc. Aish, eral Panjoutin, commander of the rith Divi. who meanwhile had been christened under sion, the officer who commanded the Kexholm the name of Maria Kexholmskaia, was then | Regiment when little Aish was found.is
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