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Fort Wayne Weekly Breeze (Newspaper) - October 20, 1892, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Carcassonne. Ilow old am i i m eighty years i be worked both hard and Long. Yes patient As my life has been one Dearest sight i have not seen a it almost seems a wrong. Alas my dreams they come not the i thought to see fair Carcassonne i have not seen fair Carcassonne. One sees it dimly from the height beyond the Mountain Blue Fain would i walk live weary leagues i do not mind the Road s fatigues through morn and evening s Dew but bitter Frost would fall at night. And on the grapes that yellow blight i could not go to Carcassonne i never went to Carcassonne they say it is As Gay All times As holidays at Home the Gentles ride in Gay attire and in the Sun each gilded spire shoots up like those of Kome the Bishop the procession leads. The generals curb their prancing steeds alas i know not Carcassonne alas i saw not Carcassonne our vicar s right to preaches loud and bids us to beware he says Quot of guard the weakest part. And most the traitor in the heart against ambitious s snare Quot perhaps in autumn i can find two sunny Days with gentle wind i then could go to Carcassonne i still could go to Carcassonne. My god and father Pardon me if this my wish Ott ends one sees More Hope More High than he. In age As in his infancy to which his heart ascends my wife my son live seen Narbonne my grandson went to Perpignan but i have not seen Carcassonne but i have not seen Carcassonne. Thus sighed a peasant Bent with age half dreaming in his chair. I said Quot my Friend come g with me to Morrow theye thine eyes shall see those streets that seem so that night there came for a Ahsing soul. The Church Bell s Low and solemn toll he never saw Gay Carcassonne. Wio has not known Iii Quot Arcas Sonsie a translated by ii. E. W. fee. Among the who were in the habit of regularly the Woll known cafe Cle Foy in the palais Koyal in the year 18�?, avas a Little old Man very carefully dressed Alt Hiigli his costume constituted u real anachronism. His head was eur Loed in a warm Quot Welsh wig with a Long thick Cue depending from it Wlinich a j cared alien viewed from behind to resemble a full grown cabbage with the siem still dangling from its circumference. His pantaloons were of Black cloth were met Midway Down his stumpy legs i y Long hessian boots garnished with tassels and Bright As the surface of a polished Mirror a Long Green Waistcoat fell Downwi a in folds so As to cover in part a round and Well developed paunch a Loose and capacious coat of a deep Maroon color decorated with Large Bright Metal buttons and forcibly re minding one of the Era of the Republic Hung Over the shoulders and a hat Bevelled Oil into a sugar loaf form surmounted the wig and completed his Eiju piment. After All however this costume was nothing very extraordinary or indeed very Dii Terent a from that of the hundreds. Of Antii plated men Avo about this e och were to be seen swarming Forth in Fine weather like a Host of innocent Green frogs basking in the Sun after a Spring Shower. The Little old Man in question visited the cafe de Foy every morning precisely at one o clock called for a cup of coff new Ith Cream and a Roll of bread which he always divided into the same number of circular slices. It was necessary however that this bread should be stale and As they knew the particular fancy of the old gentleman in this respect a Roll was carefully reserved for each Day s consumption and put aside for his breakfast the following morning. From this practice the old Man became known among the different by the so Brick Iet of Quot the Man who always ate stale bread the old gentleman s state of existence was so uniform and his movements so regular As to resemble in no Small degree those of an automation. He entered the cafe every morning without looking to the right or the left and proceeded directly to a Little round table isolated and Small and for these reasons nearly always unoccupied. After being served with his breakfast he invariably abstracted two out of the five pieces of sugar which Lay beside his cup and conveyed them into the Dexter pocket of his Green Waistcoat he next proceeded to butter in succession each of the numerous morsels of bread adding if t mistake not precisely the same number of grains of Salt to each and in ate Liis breakfast cautiously abstaining from looking at any of the journals or Erodi cals. Some of the ardent politicians who frequented the place expressed astonishment and contempt at this last Labit and regarded the Little old Man As a very Vandal careless of the Honor and interests of his county. The More judicious and among them myself it re of a different opinion we considered him for precisely the same reasons a very Paragon of prudence and Wisdom. Inattentive to both parties Quot the Man who always ate stale bread Quot pursued the quiet Tenor of his Way without change. One Day toward the close of the year 18�?, the old Man quilted the cafe without paying for his breakfast but As he made no observation in so doing it was supposed that he had forgotten it and would remember it the next morning. The Coffee House keeper however reckoned without his Host in this supposition for the next Day and the next Day and the next Quot the Man who always ate stale bread Quot regularly pocketed his two lumps of sugar beat his accustomed March pulled up his hessian boots and did All that he had been accustomed to do with the exception of paving his Bill. This change in his usual practice continued for a week and at the end of which time the to Rhetor of the coffeehouse ignorant of the name or residence of his debtor determined upon presenting him with a Bill the More especially As the Little Man gave no explanation of his conduct or made any allusion to this remarkable change in his ancient habits. Dominic the chief waiter of the establishment had become accustomed to the old Man in Conse enc of the Little trouble he gave and his quiet and gentle Demeanour. Dominic imagined from the circumstances of his not diminishing the expense of his breakfast that the Good mail was merely Labouring under some temporary embarrassment so that partly from calculation and partly from Good feeling Dominic determined to become responsible to the proprietor for the past and future breakfasts not doubting that the embarrassment would shortly cease and the Little Man would soon Settle his arrears and a perhaps accompany the settlement with a gratuity for the accommodation. But Dominic was deceived in his calculation of time ten months elapsed without any allusion to the matter or offer of payment. The Coffee House keeper and his a Aiters began to shrug their shoulders and make Long faces at the risk poor Dominic was running. Dominic himself cd Josed to these daily doubts began to think that he had acted too liberally in becoming responsible for a Man whose debt seemed destined logo on accruing forever when one Day the old Man Avit Hout any explanation demanded his account settled it in full and after a careful calculation handed to the waiter in addition the sum of Lif teen francs six sous As his gratuity at the rate of one Sou a Day for ten i months of which four contained thirty one Days. If interest alone had guided the conduct of the head waiter it must be confessed that he had lamentably failed in the result for in Fraise the contributions to the waiters Are All laced in one general Cash Box and at the end of a certain period the proceeds Are divided among All the servants of the House the master first helping himself to the lion s share at this rate therefore Dominic s recon Ense would probably a Uno Iuit to a solitary sixpence. Dominic knew this but was satisfied with the Reward of his own heart he the inked the old Man graciously Foi the Aynu it placed the gratuity in the common receptacle and transferred the other moneys to his own stronghold for he had previously Aid Day by Day the Chi cases of the l breakfast from Liis own pocket. The Little Man followed Dominic s movements with his eyes at the same time beating us on the Tai be a Mai cd somewhat longer and vehement than was his wont but by no word or movement did he afford an indication of having understood the Liberal conduct of the waiter in his l half. About the close of the same year three or four Mouths after the liquidation of this singular debt the proprietor of the cafe who had amassed a Fortune announced his intention of Disi Osing of the establishment and retiring from Trade. Hearing this intention announced in the cafe the old gentleman made a sign to Dominic who was in attendance to approach and Egan a conversation. Dominic was As much Siu prised at this sudden fit of Loi Juanity As though one of the stucco figures on the ceiling had opened its Mouth and had asked for a cup of Coffee. But Dominic was destined to be even More surprised at the nature of the conversation. "3ry Friend Quot said the Little old gentleman to the head waiter Quot you arc a Good fellow and i wish you Dominic bowed and elevated his shoulders with that slight movement which May be interpreted and Libi Tum to mean Quot i am much obliged Quot or Quot it is of Little Consic Juwence to the old Man took the former Enji Lunation and continued Quot Dominic i am sure you have been economical i know this and much More of which i do not speak because i am too Well acquainted with the value of words to throw them away�?1 know you have saved Money Dominic bounded Back a step or two and the action hardly needed to be interpreted. Quot he is about to ask me to lend him Money Quot thought the head waiter. The questioner appeared to divine the thoughts of the waiter his visage was for a instant distorted with a Grimace of Avrich the Model May be seen in the figures of the a Middle arcs Avrich decorate the porch of some gothic Church. Quot Dominic Quot he continued "1 see that i am Light you have Money in the funds. This is excellent and now to reply to my question shortly and to the purpose. Do you think from your own knowledge that an intelligent Man desirous of improving his circumstances would find this a favourable speculation in which to risk a capital so Large As that demanded by your Mas Quot ter for his business Quot Dominic was pleased to have an Oigt port Unity of talking on a subject which entirely occupied his thoughts. Quot if Quot said he the purchaser understood the business so As to be Able to attend to his own interests and if he were not irom pulled to borrow the Purchase Money on extravagant terms he would find the business a Quot Well and Why do you net Purchase it Quot Quot merch i with what Quot Quot with your Quot with my savings they do not altogether amount to ten thousand Quot ten thousand francs How Long have you been in service Dominic Quot Quot i have carried the Napkin for Twenty three years. I am now Quot you Are a Good fellow As i said the Man who could amass ten thousand francs by adding Sou to Sou would soon be Worth a million at the head of a House like this. Decidedly it must be so. Dominic i know a person who could assist you with a loan How much do you want Quot nothing. I would not incur a debt of two Hundred and Twenty thousand francs the risk is too great and the interest would probably absorb All the profit. I would rather continue a waiter a few years longer and retire upon a Small annuity than running the risk of marching to prison in the shoes of a Quot you speak sense my Friend but leave the matter to the old Man then adjusted the folds of his boots and departed without another word. The next morning he came half an hour earlier than was his custom. Dominic commenced arranging his table. Quot where is the proprietor Quot said he. Quot in his Cabinet Quot said Dominic. Quot conduct me to Dominic moved Forward to show the Man the Way his heart beat with violence. Although he had passed the whole of the preceding Day in trying to convince himself that the old Man was weak in his intellect and was trifling with him still his perplexity returned when he beheld the air of Assurance and determination with which Quot the Man who ate stale bread Quot proceeded about the business. When Uliey were both arrived in the presence of the proprietor the old Man commenced the conversation without further or capable. Quot How much do you demand for your establishment Quot said he. Quot before i reply to your inquiry Quot said the pro Riemor who suspected some mystification or scene of Folly Quot before i reply Foy our demand and enter upon the affair with you suffer me to ask Akhom i have the Honor to address Quot Quot you Are right. When two parties Are about to enter into a contract it is first of All necessary that they should Noav and Piave Confidence in each other. I am the Baron rage let sex commis sary general of the armies of the Quot Baro i Kage Letl Quot said the proprietor boating. "1 know the name i have seen it lately in the Quot no doubt in relation to a injunction obtained by my indignant family to prevent me from avast big my Fortune. They say that i am a fool and that my lil reality has its origin in imbecility. During ten months a Lille the inquiry avas going on my pro Jerry avas entreated and i refused to touch the allo Avance offered me. Since then the in airy has terminated in favor of my sanity and having again catered upon the administration of my property i avas Eual it led to refund to this exe Eilent Man the Little sum he had the generosity to disburse for me. Now that w Noav each other let us return to business. Arhat sum do you demand for your establishment r Quot two Hundred i and Tav Euty thousand Quot it is not perhaps too dear and yet you Avold jul Bably have no objection to leave some of the Purchase Money on mortgage. But listen to me. The times Are unsettled and the most solid establishments Are at the mercy of revolutions and Tavo Hundred thousand francs now Are better than Tavo Hundred and Paventy thousand in a prospective. Here then Quot he continued draving an old portfolio from his pocket Quot is two Hundred thousand francs in notes of the Bank of France. If these satisfy you the affair is finished. This is my Avay of transacting business and in my time i have completed More important bargains in fewer Dominie and his master both seemed stupefied with sur it Rise. The Baron appeared to enjoy the confusion and rubbed his hands and repeated the Grimace to Avrich we have alluded. Quot i am villing to agree Quot said the proprietor Quot but it is necessary that the matter should be arranged by a Quot achy so is not the Sale executed in Good form by the three parties present Quot but Avitie respect to the interest Quot murmured Dominic in a smothered tone of voice seizing the Baron s coat Quot it is necessary Quot Quot Bah Quot replied the old Man Quot i do it to oblige a Friend and am no usurer. Give me your acknowledgement a i desire nothing else. But As i have no intention of making you a present of Tavo Hundred thousand francs i will arrange it in such a manner that you shall not Long remain my Dominic fell from his Elevation and Quot the Man Avo always ate stale bread Quot descended to the Coffee room. While the buyer and seller Avert preparing then serves to Register the Transfer of the property he swallowed Trau Juilly his cup of Coffee Avit Hout forgetting the Tavo pieces of sugar to be transferred to his pocket beat a Superb March on the table dream up his boots and departed friends to finish by a dash of the pen a Transfer of the Tavo Hundred thousand francs. In a Cav Days Dominic avas installed in his Nav dignity. The Little old Man continued to take his customary breakfast in his usual impassive manner when one Day As he avas leaving the room he deviated so far from his usual custom As to approach Dominic Avo was enthroned in the seat of Honor and address him with the following words Quot Dominic Quot said he Quot i think you have warm Quot perhaps Quot said Dominic fixing his eyes upon the Baron As though he would read his thoughts. Quot i see Quot said the other Quot you have them when the occasion demands it. You Are rights i am pleased with the reservation. I find you have not lost your heart. Marriage is the most important affair of a Man s life. Dominic you must get Quot i have already thought of it sir Quot said Dominic Quot a wife would be a great source of Comfort and Economy it would save the expense of a Dame de comptois True Quot said the Baron you have need of Aid and counsel you shall have them. Be ready at 8 o clock this evening i will Call for you and we will pay a visit together. Quot the appointed hour arrived and with it the Baron. Dominic was ready and accompanied 3ionsieur rage let in a Hackney coach to that Quarter of decayed veal the the Faubourg St. Germain. Here they stopped at the door of a House of mean appearance and having ascended several flights of stairs entered a Small apartment where they found Tavo ladies who received them with marked attention. Quot Madame Dupre Quot said the Baron to one of them with the appearance of Friendly familiarity Quot this is the Avo thy Man of whom i have spoken and in whose ave fare i Hope to interest you. Dominic Quot continued he turning Tavard the cottage House keeper Quot this lady is the widow of a Man Avo has rendered me Many an important service. She has promised to extend her favors to you and Avill permit you to visit her at while Monsieur rage let was making these introductions in due Foi in the daughter of Madame Dupre Avi Iose name was Rose and Avo Avit Hout being exactly Beautiful possessed All the freshness and Bloom of the fio aver a Hose name she bore regarded Dominic Autentia Ely and he in return bestow red upon her a Large share of his attention. The result of this double Ina estimation appeared favourable to both parties for Dominic avas Avell formed and with Good features and his countenance reflected the goodness and gentleness of his heart. He had but the meanness of the apartment and the simple and inexpensive dresses of the ladies somewhat disappointed Dominic. He avas anxious at the earliest possible moment to return the Baron s loan and indeed thought from a hint that the Baron had dropped that it avas his intention to introduce him to a lady of property Avo could do something to Avard the liquidation of his debt. Thu next Day As the interview had been satisfactory Betavee the Young people the Baron announced to Dominic his plans in full. He stated the nature of the services done him by the elder Durts and his desire As the family Avert left in reduced circa instances to discharge Trio obligation Avit Hout alarming their delicacy and this he thought he could Best do by effecting marriage Between Dominic and the daughter of his Friend. Dominic avas satisfied Avith this explanation and arrangement the Young lady seemed truly amiable and desirable As a partner for life and before a a Eek had elapsed Dominic made a formal offer of his hand and heart and avas duly accepted. The marriage avas soon after solemnized and the same Day after his customary breakfast the Baron beckoned to Dominic to approach. Quot you have done Avell Quot said he Quot you have married without interested motives a woman Lesii Ous and capable of rendering you Happy. I told you i should find the Means to cancel the debt you Pavc me it is the Davry of Rose. And continued he tearing the 200.000 franc Bill in pieces Quot i destroy the acknowledgement you gave for the Money. Enjoy it and be Dominic full of gratitude Avold haae have thrown himself at the Baron s feet but he avas already out of the door. Quot Tavo or three such acts Quot he muttered to himself As he aval ked swiftly Wavay Quot and i shall die contented and these Are what my relations Call prodigal dilapidation of my Dominic verified the prediction of the Baron and became a millionaire. He improved the establishment of the palais Royal and having brought it to its present state of perfection sold the property for 500,000 francs. He is Noav a retired citizen residing in a Noble hotel in the Rue St. Honore distinguished chiefly for the simple probity of his character. Rose and he have never forgotten nor hesitated to acknowledge their obligations to Quot theman who always ate stale Jiovell Trout catching. Sullivan county n. Y., adhere wild land May be bought at less than $5 an acre and where Many Trout streams Are unreserved has an extraordinary Story of a Brooklyn sportsman Avaio found himself at the Edge of a Trout Hole literally swarming Avith fish Ashen he was unprovided with tackle. He gave a despairing glance at the fish and avas about to pass on Ashen a most unsportsmanlike idea came into his head and the next moment he yielded to the temptation. The Stream avas narrow a and the sportsman was Broad so taking off his trousers he tied the legs into sacks and going to the narrowest part of the Trout Hole Down Stream he a weighed do Avn the Waistband Avith stones and propped Avide the natural Entrance to the trousers Avith Stout Sticks. Then wading into the Stream above the fish he had the satisfaction of driving the a Hole Shoal into the gaping Mouth of his netted garments. Approaching cautiously he snatched the trousers from the water and Laid their writhing limbs upon the Bank. His conduct was most unsportsmanlike but those who ate the Trout overlooked this Little matter of new York Sun. _ Well again. Mother Quot is Johnny Judson Well yet Little Dick Quot i guess so. I heard his Mamma scolding amp a this Mornin Quot consciousness in writing. Self Conclo Asness May Yeti Yon a poor writer and a bad speaker. Richard Grant White writes As both writing and speaking Are the expression of thought through language the capacity for the one. Joined to the incapacity for the other is naturally the occasion of remark and has i believe never been accounted for. I think it will be found that consciousness which generally causes More or less embarrassment of one kind or other is at the Bottom of this apparent incongruity. The Man Avaio writes in a Clear and fluent style but who when he undertakes to speak More than to say be or no or what he would like for dinner hesitates and utters confusion does so because he is made Seu conscious by the presence of others when he Speaks but gives himself unconsciously to the expression of his thought when he looks Only Upun the words which he is writing Ile who Speaks with ease and Grace l it writes in a crabbed involved style forgets himself when he looks at others and is occupied by himself when he is alone Ilis consciousness and the Effort that he makes on the one hand to throw it off and us the other to meet its demand upon Iii i. Confuse his thoughts which throng and Jostle and crash instead or Quot my ing Onward with one consent together. Mere consciousness has had much to do with the charming style of Many women s letters. Women s style when they write books is generally bad with All the varieties of badness but their epistolary style i it As generally excellent in All ways of excellence. A letter written by a Bright cultivated woman and she need not be a highly educated or a much instructed women but merely one whose Intercourse is with cultivated people and written merely to Tell you something that Iuit ests her and that she wishes Yuri to know Avith much care about what she says and no care As to How Slu says it will in twelve cases out of i Baker s dozen be not Only irreproachable Correct in Obj ression but very charming. Some literary women though ice. Are Able to carry this Clear fluent idiomatic English style into their books. Mrs. Jameson Charlotte Bronte and perhaps George Eliot prominent instances in Point. Mrs. Trollope s Book Quot the Domestic manners of the which in air her name known and caused it to i c detested unjustly in this country. Written in this delightful style Casy allow Iii and Clear like a Beautiful Stream a electing from its Phi id surface a wherever it passes by adding in the reflection a Charm to the image we Iii is not in the object and distorting Only when it is dimpled by Gayety or Crisp red by a How of satire or a Ripide of humor. It is Worth Reading Only for its style. It May be studied to advantage and emulated but not imitated for All about it that is worthy of emulation is inimitable. Or. Anthony Trollope s Mastery of our language was inherited but he did not come into Possession of quite All the maternal estate. 1 say that mrs. Trollope s Book had been unjustly censured because All her descriptions were True to life and were evidently taken from life. She described however Only that which struck her As Peculiar and her acquaintance with the country was among the most uncultivated people. Sara it a coincidences. Whenever coincidences Are under discussion Captain a. E. Anderson of the Hudson River Steamer Mary Powell tells of two Odd cases which he tan up against Quot one Dav during the summer of lh8i. His Steamer was lying at the foot of a Estry Street. Poughkeepsie when a Man boarded her and said to the Captain Quot i have lost my trunk and cannot Tell if it was taken off the boat or Captain Anderson Luite naturally asked Quot what is your name Quot Quot a. E. Anderson Quot was the reply. Quot my initials and surname returned the Captain. Quot my full name is Ambrose a tinge Anderson Quot was the stranger s next retort. Almost dumbfounded he found that the Captain s name was the same letter for letter. The same afternoon an elderly Laily boarded the Mary Powell at new Berg remarking to the Captain As she handed in her ticket that her name was Mary Powell also. Upon carefully inspecting the ticket with the Captain s name upon it she continued "1 see your name is a. E. Anderson. My Maiden name was Anderson and my father s full name was Ambrose Eltinge the Mary Powell s Captain fled in terror declaring that his boat was . Louis Republic. A healthy Trade. The Healthiest Trade is said to be that of a Waller a Man who attends to the pans in Salt works. If he Falls in he Dies but while he lives he is free from cholera smallpox Scarlet fever and probably influenza
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