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Cincinnati Weekly Enquirer (Newspaper) - April 4, 1877, Cincinnati, Ohio a vol. Xxxvi no. 36.wednesday morning april 4. 1877. Whole no. 2079.eafi from the Independent statesmen but Tab in the Morin he. What to say i that the baby needs it nor that we make any a Mitt god seems to think lie s needing the smile or the Little 1y my. Lka Deb s. Co a. A Lyon can t help the baby Canon. Bat still i want be to go Down aug look in upon her and read and Pray you know v Only last week she was Skipina round a Pullin my whiskers n hair a climbing up to the table into her Little High chair. A the first night that she took it when her Little Cheeks grew red. When she kissed Good night to papa and Wen away to bodies she a a tis headache papa be better in Momin a a a a. Is Hye a and something in How die said it just made me want to cry. A Bat the Momine brought the fever and her Little hands were hot. And the pretty red us her Little Cheeks grew into a Crimson spot. Bat she Laid her jest is patient is Ever a woman could Takin whatever we give her belter a a grown woman could. A the Days Are terribly Long and slow and she a growing wus in each and now she a jest a a tipping Clear away out of our reach. Every night when i kiss Lier try Lnu hard not to cry Bhe says in a Way that kills me be better in morn in a Bye in a she can to get throw the night Parson so i want Yon to come and Pray. And talk with Mother a Little you a know just not that 1 a i 1 walked along with the. Corporal to the door of his Humble Home. To which the silent messenger before me had also come and if he Hod been a titled Prince i would not have been honoured More than i was with his Heartfelt Welcome to his lowly cottage door. Night Falls again in the cottage they move in silence and dread around the room where the baby lies panting upon the bed. A does baby know papa Darling a and she moves her Little face with answer that shows she knows him but scarce a visible Trace of her wonderful infantile Beauty remains of it was tie fore the unseen silent messenger had waited at their door. �?opapa�?kiss�?baby�?1�?Tsso�?tired�?T�?T the Man bows Low his face and two swollen hands Are lifted in Bahy s last embrace. And into her fathers grizzled Beard the Little red lingers cling while her husky whispered tenderness team from a Rock would wring a baby is to Nick papa but Don want you to cry a the Little hands fall on the Coverlet quot he a better in Mornin Bye and mgt around baby is falling settling Down dark and dense does god need their a ii it in heaven that he must carry iter hence i prayed with tears in tny voice As the Corporal solemnly Knelt with grief such As never before his Greet warm heart had Felt. Of frivolous men and women do you know that 5 round Yon and night alike front the Humble and haughty goeth up evermore the cry a my child my precious my Darling How Cun i let Yon Dio a of hear be the White lips whisper a be bet ter in morning Tower of Perc Emont. George Satili a last Sovel. Cha iter in Henri slept late the next morning and i had no Leisure to talk with him. At nine of clock my wife announced to me the arrival of the countess de Nives. I was just getting ready to shave myself and begged Ladante Chantabul to entertain this client until i was ready. A no a site said a i dare not. I am not fashionable enough. This lady is so Beautiful. She has so Noble an air with so magnificent a Carriage and a horses a True English horses a Coachman who appears like a lord a Footman in very a a fall that flu Cleg you lady of Pyrce Mont a a this is not the time to jest m. Chanta Bel. What Are you doing there trying your razor a dozen times make haste a a i can not Cut my Throat to please you. To Day How eager you Are to see me run after this countess yesterday you blamed me for accepting her As a client so quickly a a i had not seen her. I did not think site held so High a position in the fashionable world. Well Here Are your White Cravat and Black a no indeed we Are country i will not appear in full dress at nine of clock in the a yes yes a tried my wife patting on in spite of note the dress Cravak a i wish you to look like what you Are to Cut the matter Short i was obliged to yield and i passed into my private room where Madame de Nives awaited me. # i had never seen her excepting at a distance and did not expect to and her Stilt so Young and Beautiful. 8he was a woman of about forty years of age tall blonde and slender. Her manners were excellent excepting for the Romance of her life which i knew Grotto Modo her reputation was irreproachable. A i come sir a she said a to ask counsel in a very delicate affair and you will allow me to Tell Yon my Story of which Yon probably do not know the details. If 1 encroach upon your time a. My time is yours a i replied and. Having seated Lier in an easy chair i listened. A my name is Alt Dumont. I belong to an honorable but poor family who brought me tin with the expectation of earning my own living. I was s teacher in various boarding schools for Young ladies. When i was Twenty two years old i entered the service of the countess de Nives As governess of her Only daughter Marie then ten years old. A Madame de Nives treated me with much esteem and Confidence. Without her kind consideration i could not have endured Marie a undisciplined character and fantastic caprices. Hite was an unreasonable and heartless child whom no one could restrain. This sad duty was very painful to me and when two years later Madame de hires died commending her daughter to my care i begged the co untie Nives to spare me a task beyond my strength i wished to go away. A the would not allow me to leave he entreated said that without me his Way of living would be broken up and Bis daughter abandoned to the chances of an education that he did not know How to direct i was obliged to yield. He placed me at the head of Els House and Marie who knew the mid be obliged to enter a Convent if i left More restraint upon herself and begged remain. I count de Nives after having be for the companion of his 1 refused on account of the child whose aversion i foresaw would be always ready to burst Forth and when he insisted i took flight without letting him know where i went i remained concealed for several months with some of my old friends. He discovered my Retreat and came to entreat me once More to accept Hia proposal. He had sent Marie to a Convent she accuses me to this Day of having separated 1ier from her father. On the contrary i did my Best to bring her Back to hint. The count was inflexible toward her even on his death bed. Beset by a passion which in spite of myself i began to share pressed by my friends to accept the honorable offer of m. De Nives i became his wife and am now the Mother of a daughter. Her name is Leonie she is seven years old and the living portrait of her father. A i was Happy for i always cherished the hone of reconciling my husband with his eldest daughter when he met with a fall while Hunting which he survived Only a few Days. He left a will in which he made me Marie a guardian conferring upon me the use of his whole income during my life but the income is not Large m. De Nives Fortune came from his first wife. The estate that i control and where i live with my daughter belongs entirely to Marie and the time approaches when this Young person will demand the account of my guardianship contrary to her fathers intention after which she will turn us out of the Here Madane Alix de Nives was silent and looked at me to find out my opinion without giving expression to her own thoughts. A you wish to know a i said a some Means for eluding this sad necessity. There Are none. By m. De Nives will he bestowed upon you the use of All his proper a relying upon your character and loyalty to provide tor the wants and the establishment of his two daughters. He could not Confer upon you the right to dispose of the estate of his deceased wife. Have you brought the will and the two marriage contracts of the count de Nives a a yes Here they when i bad examined the documents i saw that the deceased himself with the idea that he had a right to share to a certain Point in Luis first wife a property. He believed that he had Power to control the income of the de Nives Long As the landed property which returned by Law to Marie was not deteriorated or encroached upon a my husband took advice before drawing up this will a said the countess with doubtful air seeing me shrug my shoulders. A the could take advice Madame out no trustworthy lawyer could have Given him counsel to make a will like a Pardon note it was a a do not Tell me who for i am forced to insist that this lawyer if he is a lawyer greatly misled the countess bit her lips with vexation. A pm. De Nives a she resumed always regarded Marie As a person without judgment or reason and incapable of managing iter affairs. He destined her for the cloister. If he had lived he would have obliged her to take the a pm. De Nives was the victim of an illusion in this Case also ancient families sometimes neglect to gain information on present usage. I have heard that m. De Nives did not always take into account what has been introduced into legislation since 1789 hut you Madame who Are still Young and must by your education have overcome certain prejudices do you admit that a legitimate heiress can he forced to resign her rights and enter a Convent a a no but the Law can place her in ens Tody and deprive her of the Power to exercise her civil rights if Alie has Given proof of a that is another question is Mademoiselle Marie de Nives really insane a quot did you never hear of it m. Chantabul a a i have heard that she was Odd but they say so Many things a quot Public opinion has however its a not a you astonish me sir Public opinion is on qty Side it has always done me Justice it would still be for me if i invoked a take care Madame one must not risk too much the Good reputation Tomt it has taken Long to acquire. I believe that if you should apply for a judgment of deprivation of civil rights against Mademoiselle de Nives you would make partisans on her aide who would go against a does that mean sir that you Are already prejudiced against me a a no Madame i have the Honor to speak to you to Day for the first time and i have never been Mademoiselle de Nives. But examine your situation. Poor and without name but Beautiful and educated you enter into a House whose chief soon a widower marries you after having sent away a witness whose hostile presence could create for you nothing but trouble and sorrow. This witness is Only a child but it is his own daughter whom he sends away and who attributes her exile to you. Yon did you say or it at Best to bring her Back again. It is in Ort Nate also that your husband s will reveals a preference for Yon that effaced All paternal affection from his heart. Certain persons might think that Mademoiselle Marie s Mil Fortune is your work and if she is insane that you have done every thing to make her 1 see m. Chantabul that Yoor ear is open to cruel insinuations against a i swear that it is not so Madame 1 my judgment Springs from the situation in which you Are placed and the counsel you ask of me. Let us go on. What Are the proofs of insanity Given by you step daughter a a there Are More than i could Ever Tell you. Ever since she was ten years old she has been rebellious against All discipline furious against All restraint. Her nature is abnormal capable of every kind of misconduct. I dare not Tell you a a Tell me every thing or nothing.�?�. A very Well. I believe that in spite of the seclusion of the Convent she found Means More than once to have guilty relations with a a you believe this a a and Yon you doubt very Well f i must Trust you with a very grave secret while she lived with the nuns at bios she was discovered to be carrying on an intrigue with some person outside. I had her transferred to the Convent of Clermont which is More severe in its discipline. Do Yod know what she did there she disappeared entirely sending the a letter in which she declares that she car not stay in that Convent that she is going to Paris to enter of her own free will the Convent of the Sacre Coeur where she will remain until the Day of a a indeed Yon Moat allow her to do quot Yea i ask nothing better but i Mno to be astred that this pretended change of Community does not conceal a a elopement or r still worse. I bagged it once the Vermont to Sav that she ran away to my House an then i went immedi i. Is not at the Sacre Csur she was not in any other Convent of the City nor its environs. She has evidently fled with some Man for the traces of very Large feet were seen on the gravel walk of the Garden from which she took her a this is not insanity As it is understand in Legal Medicine. It is simply a this misconduct imposes upon die guardian the duty of finding the guilty person and reinstating her in some Convent of the most severe agreed have you accomplished this a a no. I passed a whole month in useless search and tired out i returned to my Little Leonie from whom i could not be separated any longer. I did not wish to Trust to any one the sorrowful secret that you have just heard hut it is necessary that i should act and i came to ask you what i ought to do. Must i apply to the courts to the police or in what proper Quarter in order to have Marie discovered and snatched from infamy or rather must i keep silent conceal her disgrace and suffer her to ruin me and drive me away from my husbands House in Case this wicked girl should be declared incapable of managing her affairs she will still have to thank me for defending her immodesty under the plea of insanity. In Case i let Lier go unpunished should i fulfil my duty to my own daughter who will he banished and despoiled without my having made an attempt to save her a a you must give me time to reflect and to review the facts with you before i pronounce a but time presses sir Marie will be of age in Twenty nine Days. If any attempt is made it would lie proper to announce to the court and the Public the fact of her disappearance before site gets the Start of me by putting in her claims and entering into a ii Sheds ready to put in her claims and reappears at the appointed time she is not. Insane and every one will believe that site is in full Possession of her reason you would then have nothing hut the charge of misconduct against her. This will be of no Avail from the Day when your guardianship ceases. No text of Law can deprive of Lier rights and Liberty a girl Twenty one years of age who was simply guilty of a Folly a month before. Something else would be necessary to prove that she was deprived of reason besides a love affair through a grating and an escape Over the Walls of a Convent. Madame de Nives listened to me attentively. And her glance questioned me with grievous intensity. Was she avaricious of Money and Comfort to such a degree As to risk everything to escape restitution was she moved by maternal love or by one of those feminine spites that prevent the understanding from following a prudent course her Beauty had at the first View a character of distinction and serenity. At this moment she was so agitated inwardly that she caused in me a vague sensation of fright As if the Devil in person had come to ask me How to set the four Corners of the world on fire. My scrutinizing look made her own hesitate. A sir a she said rising and taking a few Steps As if she had cramps in her limbs a you Are very hard to persuade. I expected to find in you counsel and support. I find an examining magistrate who wishes to be More sure than i am myself of the goodness of my a it is my duty Madame. I am not at the commencement of my career i have no need to gain a name by putting my Talent at the service of the first occasion that presents itself. I do not like to lose a suit and All the eulogies which the whole world could Heap upon me a for having pleaded skilfully would not console me for having accepted the defense of a bad a it is because such is your character a replied Madame de Nives in a caressing tone a it is because you have a reputation for scrupulous integrity it is. Finally because a cause sustained by you is almost always a cause gained beforehand that i desired to Trust mine to you. If you refuse it will he a great precedent against a if i refuse Madame it is very easy to keep secret the step you have taken in coming to see me. Choose whatever course you please and i will act in conformity with your a then you refuse to go further a a i have not refused i am waiting for you to furnish me proofs that will satisfy my a you wish for More details about Marie de Nives Well this is her history. I have told you her character Here Are the the countess sat Down again in the easy chair and spoke thus a at eleven years of age this unhappy child was already an inexplicable compound of delirious Folly and profound dissimulation. You think these two traits of character Are incompatible. Yon Are mistaken. Marie pretended to add re her Mother and perhaps she did love her after her own fashion. But she never cared for the trouble she caused her if she could Only run at random and play truant with the Little peasants of the neighbourhood. Neither did she care for her mothers suffering when she risked her life in dangerous sports with boys. She mounted the horses in the Fields and galloped without Saddle or bridle at the risk of serious accidents. She climbed Trees she fell and came Home with her clothes torn to pieces often she was wounded. Here was the delirium the passion of a violent a it was a Little i have been told the character of her a possibly sir. He was passionate and impetuous but he was sincere and Marie is skilfully deceitful. She will invent All kinds of stories to Lay upon others the blame of her faults. When her Mother died she was a prey to a despair that seemed to me sincere but a few Days after she began again to play and to run a she was eleven years old at that age one can not weep for a Long time without a violent reaction in the direction of Active life that sometimes happens even to grownup personal a very Well sir you Are pleading for a i Tell Yon i am not acquainted with a it is certain that you Are repossessed in her Favot by some one. Wait a moment you have a relation a Niece i think who was with her at the Convent at i oms it was a Young lady Pardon me i have forgotten her name. Marie called her the dear Little i could not help starting such a Lively commotion was produced in my brain. The person concealed the evening before at Wrallie s House concealed perhaps for a month to whom she had said do not let him tee you quot a a the quid pro quo Between Jacques and my Sony that Hope of marriage announced by Jacques to be perhaps confided to my son m a month those prints of great boots on the Gavel walk of the Garden of the Clermont nuns was the great Jacques Ormonde the perpetrator of the abduction woe Miette Ormonde the longtime Friend of the Convent Hie receiver a what is the matter m. Chant Abeir said Madame de Nives who was Weto tag me. I had instinctively put Ray hand to Ray Ore i am Irving to remember. Truly i can not recall that Mademoiselle Ormonde my Niece has Ever spoken to me of Mademoiselle de a then i will a do so. I am a when Marie said that i sincerely mourned for her Mother she seemed to change her opinion in regard to me and bursting into tears she embraced me thanking me for having taken faithful care of the dying. I believed that better feelings had taken Possession of her heart she deceived me. When she heard her fatties beg me to remain she became disagreeable and outrageous. I then resolved to go away and announced my determination but her father said she should go into a Convent and she threw herself at my feet to beg me to remain. Two Days later she resisted and abused me again. Her fear of the Convent could not overcome her hatred and a bad character aversion provoked perhaps by yours natural impetuosity the unreasonableness of childhood inconsistency in passion i Grant All this but i do not yet see any proof of mental a wait. When Lier father during my absence had put her in the Convent telling her that she should never come out there were i am told outbursts of despair. The nuns treated her with great gentleness and kindness. She very quickly made up her mind and As they talked to Lier of the happiness of a religious life she told them that she was inclined to try it. 81ie appeared really to a pc very pious and the nuns were fond of Lier. When m. De Nives after our marriage brought me Home i went to make inquiries concerning her. She was entirely engrossed with amusements and very Idle she Learned nothing hut they believed her Good and sincere. I asked to see her. She received note kindly for she imagined i was going to take her Home. I was obliged to Tell her that i would give a Good account of her conduct to m. De Nives and would plead her cause but that i had received no permission to carry her away immediately. A when the Superior called me Madame As a Mark of respect Marie asked Why she did not say Mademoiselle. It was wrong to allow her to remain ignorant of my marriage and that i was henceforth Madame de Nives. It was necessary to explain the matter to her. She fell into a transport of ungovernable rage and had to be carried away by Force and shut up. Her fury subsided As quickly As it came. She was thirteen and a half a rears old. She wished to enter at once upon her novitiate and could hardly be made to comprehend that she was too Young and that while waiting she must strive to improve. A she worked for a year but without method and like a person whose brain is not susceptible of the least application. The teachers Tell me that she was not malicious but slightly idiotic. They were Only half mistaken she is idiotic and malicious. A i tried to believe them and was the dupe of her submission. She wrote a letter to her father deficient in composition and Ortho Graphy such As u child six years old would have written to Tell him that she had decided to take the vows next year and that she Only asked to see once More the room where her Mother died and to embrace her Little sister Leonie. I begged m. De Nives to f rant her this favor and offered to go for her. He refused emphatically. A never a he said. A on the Day after her mothers death she threatened to set the House on fire if i married again. She wished me to swear not to give her a step in other. She had her head full of the servants gossip in regard to you. She declared if i had other children that she would strangle them. She is mad dangerously mad she is Well off at the Convent religion is the Only restraint that can Calm her. Write to her that i will go see her Sorn years hence when she has taken the a in the mean time m. De Nives died with out having revoked his decision. Marie manifested a violent sorrow but resisted the advice of the nuns who wished her to write to me. They told her from me that i was disposed to take her Home if she took the least step to conciliate me. She rejected the advice with perfect fury saying i had killed her father and Mother and that she would rate ice die than put her foot in the a does she really accuse you of this a a she accuses me of almost every crime. How can this furious hatred and theae outrages be reconciled with the Devotion she manifested at the same time however i still believe in her religious vocation. These terrible and insane beings can Only find alleviation in the Mystic a i think exactly opposite. The Mystic life exasperated the troubled mind. It is no matter a notwithstanding her apparent Devotion to religion Marie began As she grew older to Long for wordly Joys and one Day it was discovered that she was carrying on an amorous correspondence outside the Convent with a student whose name was unknown but whose orthography was parallel with her own. Therefore i removed Marie who was becoming too Large to incur such dangers she was nearly fifteen years old to the cloistered Convent of the nuns of Clermont. She seemed at first rebellious afterwards very gentle and then very much taken up with amusements. She changed her character and disposition every fortnight. I have All the letters of the Superior which describes her As a person whose insanity is beyond question. Marie is not even fit for a nun. She will never be restrained by any Rule she is wanting in intelligence Ana the least reasoning exas it rates her she Lias also nervous attacks which Border on epilepsy she cries appears As if she would tear herself in pieces tries to kill herself. She inspires such fear that they Are forced to shut her up. This Convent will furnish All the proofs i need and i have already a certain Quantity that i will place in your hands if you accept the defense of my legitimate a and if i did not accept what would Yott do Madame would you renounce a Pursuit that offers serious dangers to both parties i am willing to believe that the proofs held by you in Reserve Are overwhelming Saint Mademoiselle de Nives. Even if i Mit that you could succeed in finding out her hiding place and that you have the Means of Disho Noring her in establishing the truth of a shameful Folly do you not fear that the advocate who will defend her cause will impute to you the misfortune of this Young woman sacrificed by her father repulsed persecuted tit will be said driven to despair by your hatred if you wish to follow my advice you would go no further you would ignore Mademoiselle de Nives flight and await her approaching majority. If she should not appear at that time your cause would become better perhaps Good. You would have a right to search out the place of her concealment and to put the police on her track then we should probably find incontestable proofs of her incapacity. We would make the most of Thorn. I should have to More conscientious scruples. Re i beg you to reflect in before i came Here a replied ves in an unmoved tone re Aud a a solved to listen to no counsel it in both my own and my ruin. U i await events they he favourable but if they Are not so if Marie in spite of her misconduct is acknowledged to be capable of managing her property i have no defense against her a a and you positively wish for it whether she is innocent or not you wish for her Fortune at any Price a a i do not wish for her Fortune which remains inalienable. I want the management of it according to my husbands a very Well you Are not taking the path that leads to Success if you attempt to bring Dishonour upon the heiress. In your place i should wait for her appearance and then Endeavor to make a Compromise with a a Liat Compromise a a a it her reputation is really lost you can make her feel the Price of the generous silence you have kept and perhaps induce her to refrain from demanding the account of your guardianship up to the present a sell my generosity i would rather have open War but if there is no other Means of saving my daughter i must resign myself to it i will reflect sir and if i follow your advice will you Promise to serve me As an intermediate agent a a yes. If you can Lilly prove that your stepdaughters reputation is lost and that your silence is necessary. I shall then act in her interest As Well As yours for you do not appear to be generous for the pleasure of being a no sir i am a Mother and i will not sacrifice my daughter in order to be acceptable to my enemy. But you speak of the account of my guardianship. Has she then a right to demand a very strict account a a without any doubt and As she has been brought up in the Convent it will be easy to establish very nearly what you have spent for her education and maintenance. It will not he a Large sum and if i am rightly informed the income of the de Nives estate exceeds thirty five or forty thousand francs a year a a that is exaggerated a a the rents will give evidence. Suppose it Only thirty thousand francs. Have you calculated the amount during the twelve years that you have enjoyed the income a a yes if i am forced to restore this income i am absolutely ruined m. De Nives did not leave a Hundred thousand francs of with that if you Are not forced to make restitution for the past and if As i believe you have been prudent enough to be economical in your expenditure you will not live in poverty Madame. You Are considered an economical and orderly person. You have education and talents you will yourself attend to the education of your daughter and you will learn to do without luxury or procure it by your labor. At All events you will both enjoy an Independent and worthy existence. Do not involve yourself in the disastrous Issue of a lawsuit which will not bring Honor to your character and will Cost you very dear i forewarn you. There is nothing so Long Ami so difficult As to exclude from the exercise of her civil rights one even much More alienated in her mind than Mademoiselle de Nives apr years to a i Xvi 11 reflect a replied Madame de Nives a was i promised. I thank you sir for the attention you have Given me and i ask Pardon for the time you have lost in listening to i conducted her to her Carriage and she set out for the de Nives estate situated five leagues from room on the Road to Clermont. I remarked for i have a habit of remarking every things that the English horses that had dazzled my wife were thoroughly worn out animals and that the servants in livery were very shabby. It was evident that this woman sacrificed nothing to luxury. Chapter v. My wife and son were waiting breakfast for me. A i shall not take breakfast a i said to them. A i will merely Swallow a cup of Coffee while Bibi is being put into the Tilbury. I shall not return till three or four while i gave my orders i examined my son stealthily. His features seemed distorted. A did you sleep Well a i asked. A never better a he replied. A i found my pleasant chamber and my comfortable bed a what Are you going to do this afternoon a a i will go with you if am not in your Way.�?�, a you would be in my Way i speak frankly. I Hope to Tell you this evening that you will never be in my Way Aplin. And even now i ask you not to go Amity because i May return at any moment to give you this a you Are going to see Emilie father i beg you not to question her not to speak to her of me. I should suffer mortal agony to have her come Back to me after having welcomed another. I have reflected i do not love her i never did love her quot a a a a i do not expect to see Emilie. I am going on professional business. Not a word of Emilie before your Mother Madame Chantabul returned with my Coffee. While taking it i asked Henri to examine the old chateau and choose the apartment he wished to have arranged As a rendezvous for Hunting. He promised not to think of any thing else and i took my seat alone in my Little Cabriolet. I needed no servant to drive the peaceable and vigorous Bibi and desired no witness of the step i was about to take. 1 set out on the Road to room As if i were going to the City then turning to the left i penetrated the Shady roads that Lead to Champ gouge. 1 marked out my course but As i a giving counsel it is necessary to take into account the character and the temperament of persons Inore than the facts and the situation. I reviewed in my mind the antecedents qualities and faults of my Nephew Jacques Ormonde. The son of my sister who was the most Beautiful woman in the country Jacques had been a very Beautiful child and As he had Good nature we All adored him. It is a misfortune for a Man to be too handsome and to be constantly told of it. The child was Idle and the Young Man grew foppish. What can be More agreeable at the age when one thinks of love than to read a Welcome bold or bashful in Earnest in every Case in All the women a eyes Jacques had a precocious Success his herculean strength did not exert an unfavourable influence upon his character but his intellectual strength succumbed to this cautious Reading a if without cultivating my moral being i attain with the greatest ease the Triumph which is the feverish aim of youth Why need i spend time and trouble in improving myself a thus he did not study and his utmost attainment was some knowledge of Bis own language. He Poese aed natural intelligence mid that kind of facility that consists in assimilating the top of the Basket without caring for what there is in the Bottom. He could talk about every thine la a Lively Way and pass for an Eagle in the eyes of the ignorant am to was brought up in the country he was Wall acquainted with the produce and culture of too land. He know All the secrets of the Hosae jockey and made the up oct of his cattle and commodities the peasants looked upon him to a Sharp fellow and consulted him with reaped his proverbial honesty with honest be Otic his familiar and cordial frankness and his a wearying desire to oblige made him a general favorite. It was a common saying among the peasants that the great Jacques was the Best the handsomest and the most Intelli fent gentleman to be found among the trn s and villages in the neighbourhood. A after finishing Bis College course where he had Carni nothing he went to Paris to study Law where he devoted himself to a life of worldly pleasure. His years of study were a perpetual fete. Rich generous eager for a Good time and always ready to do nothing he had numerous friends squandered his income wasted his youth health brain and character and gave us great uneasiness while seeing him prolong indefinitely his pretended studies. But at the Bottom of All this thoughtlessness my Beautiful Nephew inherited with his blood an effective Means of safety. He had an inborn love of property and when it was Plain that he must quit this Guy life or encroach upon his capital he returned to the country and did not again leave it. His estate of Chat Gousse was Well rented but the lease had run out and he managed to renew it with a considerable increase in the rent without driving away his tenants even under these conditions he found out the secret of making himself much beloved. He formed a plan for building a Fine House but be was in no hurry to carry it out. Vig Nolette the paternal mansion fell to his sister Emilie a share. It was a habitation charming for its simplicity a luxuriant enclosure of Flowers and fruits in a country adorable for freshness and Beauty in that Fertile Region that extends Between the River Morge and the latest eruptions of lava from the dome mountains toward the North. Miette was so tenderly attached to this dwelling where she had closed the eyes of her parents that she preferred to give up to her brother the larger portion of the landed inheritance and keep the Vineyard and House of Vig Nolette. She lived there alone with my aged sister Anastasie during Jacques absence and eared tenderly for this Good aunt who died in her arms leaving to her All her property consisting of a Hundred thousand francs invested in government funds. As soon As Miette came in Possession of this legacy she wrote to her brother then in Paris a i know that Yon Are in debt As you have directed our notary to sell your Meadow and Woodland of Chestnut Trees. 1 do not want you to encroach upon your property. I have Money if you wish for a Hundred thousand francs they Are at your Jacques debts did not amount to half that sum. They were paid and he returned resolved never to run in debt again. He decided to live at Vig Nolette with Emilie who was left entirely alone by the death of her aunt and he put off his plan of build ing at chair Gousse until Emilie a marriage took place. During the two years that he had lived with her his Gay life had taken on a character strangely practical. He carefully concealed his wild adventures from the Good Emilie this was easily accomplished As she lived in absolute retirement and hardly Ever let her Home. He had Hunting rendezvous in All directions and he joined with his friends in pleasure parties in every season of the year. Jacques had nearly reached his thirtieth year Ami had never spoken of marriage. He was so Happy in his Liberty and used it so Well he was growing very Stout his complexion once fair As a girls had taken a purplish Luster in striking contrast with his Silver blonde hair. He had one of those faces that one sees afar off with High color Large features an aquiline nose which was set off by two natural Marks on the skin once charming now looking a Little like warts. The expression Watts always Lively amiable but too sparkling to become tender. The Mouth remained healthy but the Charm of the smile was effaced. It was easy to see that wine and other excesses had Cut Down the Flower of a youth still susceptible of abundant growth and Henri defined very justly the impressive agreeable and slightly grotesque apr Tearance of his Cousin when he said quot he is a Buffoon still Young and having recapitulated All this to know How i should open fire upon him i arrived at the Entrance of the farm. The workmen told note that m. Jacques was in a Wood near by and offered to Call him. I entrusted Bibi to their care and went quickly in search of my Nephew. Chapter i. I expected to see him engaged in Hunting and i found him extended on the turf and sleeping under a tree. He slept so soundly that i was obliged to touch him lightly with the end of my Cane to Waken him. A nah Uncle a he cried starting with a bound upon his great feet a what a pleasant Surprise and i am so glad to see you. I waa just thinking about you a a that is to say you were dreaming about note a a yes perhaps i was asleep it is no matter you were in my thoughts. You seemed to be angry with me that is not True is it a Why should i be angry a a because it is a very Long time since i have been to see you i am so Busy a i see that plainly. Fatigue has overpowered you and you Are therefore forced to take a siesta no matter a come and see my plans Uncle you must give me a another time. I come now to ask you for information. You know i am told a Young person whose name is Mademoiselle de Nives a Jacques started at this brusque attack. A who told you so Uncle i am not acquainted with a but you know persons who Are acquainted with her since Bette is one of them. 8he must talk to you sometimes of her old Friend at the Convent a a yes not stay. I can not remember. You would like what would you like to know a a i want to know if she is an this brutal word fell like a second Stona on Jacques head and his Vermillion complexion grew slightly Pale. A idiot Mademoiselle de Nives an idiot who pretends to think to a a the head of a family who came to consult me this morning As one of his sons wishes to demand this Young period in marriage soon As she comes out of the Cou vent. We this father had heard that the was not in the Possession of her she was epileptic insane or imbecile. A indeed a replied Jacques who scarcely1 recovered from his Surprise began to put himself on guard a i do not Knoyer. How should i know a a then if you do not know any thing t must find Miette who will by better informed and will be willing to give me the information i Here was a new trouble for Jacquee. A Miette will go to your House a Uncle. There is no need of your going to eee 1 a Why should i not it is not very Fen a she is probably not at Home to Day. Fief id ame purchases to make at a it is no matter if i do not find her i will mix. Well is r

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