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my beau.

My hand slips upon the cold, bare stones tim. I want you to get up and turn the gas Becker drew a long breath, and looked of the outer wall of the spiral as I begin my off.”

around with a radiant face: he suddenly felt pursuit, step by step, cautiously at first, the “What do you take me for?"

free and light-hearted as if there were no turn is so sharp, more rapidly as I soon learn “Somebody who does'nt want to be pulled loads to be carried and dragged about on how. out of bed by the heels."

earth, as if every thing floated as lightly as I hear the silken brush of her dress only “Well, I never! Now, Schuyler, just go

the skiff danced over the waves. a little below me now, and, as I follow round to bed, there's a good fellow, and tell me all “Oh, bow beautiful this is, father!” said and round dizzily, I reach down with one hand about in the morning. I'm confoundedly Nannchen, looking up in his face. to stop her.

sleepy just now. I don't see how you had “ Yes," said he ; " and can you even I touch merely the top of her head: I the heart to wake me up."

think for a minute of going away from feel plainly the velvet of her coif, and snatch “I give you your choice, and exactly one here?" at it, hoping thereby decisively to stay her minute to take it in. Either jump up and She had no time to answer, for Wilhelm flight.

turn off the gas, or expect me to tear every rose and begged the helmsman to let him But she is so quick of thought that she sheet off that bed!”

steer. He threw off his coat, removed his unloosens it, and it comes off in my hand. “Now, this is too much.” He furtively cap, said he had rowed and steered a great

I do not care whether I break my head or grasps from underneath at the edges of the deal in his home on the Havel, and eloquent. not now. I am running down in a way cal. bedclothes, which are drawn this warm night ly praised the beauty of his native river. culated to make me mad and irresponsible close up about his neck. “I have half a “ Pshaw!" said Becker, spitting into the when I do once touch her. mind to fire something at you."

Rhine; and, turning to Nannchen, added, in Suddenly I step upon her dress; there is “I dare you to.” I have taken hold of the a low tone: “Now you see how conceited and the rasp of a tear, and, as she turns to free counterpane. “Say your prayers, my friend, bold these Prussians are! He has the impu. herself, I have her at last in my arms. and don't think about breakfast."

dence, while on the Rhine, to talk about the Her hair is brushing my face, her hands And notwithstanding his frantic efforts to Havel, whose marshy water is so thick that are pushing me off; she is trembling violent- keep them as they are, slowly and determined. one can write with it if he dips in a pen. You ly, and almost sobbing.

ly I draw the bedclothes one by one away see into what mire you will get if I don't pull “ Cecile "-I bend down past the fluff of from him, until stark and shining is exposed | you out." her hair to where it is warmer"

to view the entire disguise, including the “Yet, father,” replied Nannchen, “that tiful queen, I will take my reward now.” gleaming corslet and scarlet sash of my Lord is nothing wrong. Every one praises his I have loved ghosts ever since. I don't Ruthven.

bome, and thinks the place where he spent remember much more. I believe it is get.

his childhood beautiful, and that is right." ting lighter at the end of the stair, just at The little velvet coif hangs to-day upon The father looked angrily at his daughter, the other bars which divide us fron, Darnley's my dressing-glass. It has been made over so and then gazed silently down into the waves. room.

as to bold shaving-paper cut to a convenient It vexed him to have his child overthrow all I believe she frees herself at last, and be. size, and twice a year, upon the anniversaries his best ideas as if they were of no value. fore I may snatch her again has crawled be. of the ghost party and of our wedding, Cecile He looked at his daughter, but she did tween these, and, without once having spok- replenishes it.

not see him; her eyes were fixed upon Wilen, is away through the moonlight.

We have heard, since her frolic, of the au- helm, and her father could not help acknowl. I am left caged, the bars here are put so thorities in Edinburgh having replaced the edging that the young soldier was a handclose together; and, as she flies, I beg her to iron bars at either extremity of the secret some fellow. Erect, yet lithe and graceful, wait for me until I may return up-stairs. stairs in Holyrood with solid doors, as a the white vest fitted closely over his broad

But I do not find her at all. Only the greater security against trespassing, and Dun- chest, his muscular arms appeared under the door opening out into the quadrangle is ajar, das bas been as good as bis word in making white shirt-sleeves, his neck was somewhat and shows that she has fled with the rest. up to the guide the loss of his position long but round and firm, his thick fair hair there.

fell over a white forehead, his eyes were blue The next thing I know I am knocking at He is our gardener now at Rock Hill, and and bright, his cheeks bronzed by the sun, Dundas's door at the hotel-not only knock- we love to walk in the garden and question the lips under the brown mustache were fresh ing, but entering.

him about the flowers, just for the sake of and red, and seemed to be still smiling for Dundas is lying in bed, evidently fast listening to his broad Scotch accent.

joy at having kissed Nannchen. asleep.

There is one thistle in the centre of the They landed at Rheinau. The island was The moon shines in here also, but, not prettiest flower-bed, which he will never root quiet and lonely; it contained only one farmcontent with its light, I walk deliberately to up, Cecile loves it so.

house, and nobody was at home except an the gas-jet and set it aflame. When this is The children love it too, and they call it old man-servant, who was taking his noondone, I hasten to inspect his sleeping counte- the “pincushion flower."

day nap in the stable. But the belmsman

had brought several bottles of wine, and they I stand some little time gazing down upon

were soon sitting on the grass talking and him without uttering a word. Not an eyelid | NANNCHEN OF MAYENCE. laughing merrily; only the porter jeered at stirs, not a feature. He is stretched at full

the whole party for drinking their wine sitlength, limp with innocence, ingenuously ab

ting on the ground, and rowing out to an stract.

island, when they could have been so much “Will you be kind enough to conjugate

more comfortable at an inn. It vexed him THE

most of all that Nannchen and Wilhelm could presently, in a tone resonant with solemnity. proposed, as there was still time, that sing so well together. No answer.

they should row to Biebrich. The sugges- When evening closed in, they set out on “So you are asleep, are you? I suppose tion was joyfully accepted; Becker shrugged their way home, and Wilhelm now showed your consciousness is just now as obsolete as his shoulders, but went with the rest of the that he really could row well; and very handthe dodo or the primitive ox?" party.

some he looked as he managed the oars so At this, he starts a little, and opens up They entered the boat. Nannchen sat lightly. The belmsman nodded gayly to him, at me two eyes which are very drowsy, and beside her father, Wilhelm opposite to the but Becker scarcely vouchsafed him a single remarkably void of speculation.

aunt, and the uncle at the helm. The skiff glance. “Holloa !” he cries, “where'd you come floated lightly down the Main into the Rhine. When they landed, Nannchen's father took from? It's queer-I was just dreaming of Around the boat were numerous others filled her hand, and, with a “Good-by, all,” left the you. I thought you'd gone mad, or some- with gayly - dressed people, singing merry others standing together, and walked with hier thing or other.”

songs; and the sun shone so brightly, the toward home. “So I have. And you'll be the first vic- waves sparkled, the shores gleamed, and In the evening Becker was sullen, for it

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Fered him that the affair was not ended—nay, They did not sit idly side by side; Nannchen Wilhelm lying frozen in the snow; but conperhaps just begun. He was not sure that was collecting the clothes, and she took Wil- soling letters constantly arrived, and she he had not been taken by surprise: had he helm's shirts first of all and ironed them out wanted to give them to her father to read, pot promised to speak to Meister Knuss. of their turn.

but he would not look at them; he was anman?

Nannchen, unlike Wilhelm, submitted to gry with the Prussians who can write so That very evening a letter came from the separation calmly. She promised to go well. Wilhelm, in which the latter said he was very down to the railway-station when the regi. The day before the storming of the Düppel grateful to Herr Becker for having offered to ment left; she would show her father and redoubt, a letter arrived at Gartenfeld, whose speak to Meister Koussman, but it was no every one that she belonged to Wilhelm. The concluding lines were: “I remember your longer necessary : by a lucky accident he had latter was obliged to go away very soon, but words, 'Keep a brave heart '--you may rely met Meister Knussman on the river-bank, and could come back again for an hour in the

upon me. Amid the hail of bullets I shall was going to work with him early the next evening. Nannchen's father, uncle, and aunt, always repeat them, and, if I fall, I send you morning.

sat in the room together; as it grew dark, a thousand loving messages. I do not want “ These confounded Prussians are lucky," | Nannchen entered, holding Wilhelm's hand. you to grieve away your life for me; make said Becker, as he went to bed.

She requested that they should be formally some other man happy, but you will not be For several days the porter was so sullen betrothed; but, for the first time, failed to so happy with any one as with me; and if I and angry that he could no longer join the obtain the support of her uncle, who, speak. ¡ die, throw the ring I gave you into the Rhine others at the “ Ship,” where he drank his ten- ing before her father, said:

on the anniversary of the day that we all o'clock pint of wine, in abusing the Prus- “ If you are agreed, it is not necessary, went to Rheinau. It seems to me now as if sians; he sat in silence, for he did not know and if one should perhaps be deserted by it were a dream that there was ever such a whether he might not be obliged to bite the the other, it is better for you not to be be happy day on earth. I expect such days will sour apple, and take a Prussian for a son-in-trothed."

come again and again in heaven. And now, law.

In spite of her aunt's persuasions-she, farewell; don't grieve too much; all may yet, If he had been aware how many happy too, seemed to desert her cause—Nannchen please God, be well. Many a bullet passes hours Nannchen and Wilhelm had talked would not be dissuaded from going to the by many a man, as we have often sung. Fareaway during the leisure evenings, how doubly railway-station. Her father said he would well a thousand times, and if I die tell your happy she was to see him at work at his stay at home, but secretly followed her. father he must forgive me if I ever offended trade of cabinet-maker, and how contented Standing apart under a shed, Wilhelm placed him. Farewell a thovsand times.” the work made Wilhelm, who now had the a ring on his Nannchen's finger, they kissed This time Becker was obliged to hear the two greatest boons a man can desire, love each other, and as they looked up, a shooting. | letter. He said nothing for a long time; and labor-and he knew how to value both star darted in a wide curve through the sky and, when Nannchen gazed at him with tear. -as I said before, if her father had known over their heads.

ful eyes, at last muttered : this, wbich he perhaps suspected, he would The regimental band played merrily, loud "I wouldn't have supposed a Prussian have been still more provoked. Becker was cheers resounded through the air, and Nann. had so much heart.” already beginning to reflect upon what he chen said:

Days and nights elapsed, but no news should do the following Sunday: he did not “I believe and you believe that we shall arrived. The victory was in every one's wish to ramble about in the opan air to be true to each other; and now farewell, keep mouth, but nothing could be learned of Wil. places where he really did not want to go, an a brave heart, remember me to your mother, helm. Nannchen ventured to go to the comobject of ridicule to others and himself, and and write to me."

mander; she secretly trembled as the quaryet he did not know how to manage.

The cars rolled away, the cheers of the termaster mumbled over the list of killed and Early Sunday morning, just as he was soldiers drowned the rumbling of the wheels, i wounded, often glàncing over the top of the about to leave the house, Wilhelm came up. then a sudden silence fell upon the scene, paper at the waiting girl. One man named He made a military salute, and said :

and nothing was heard except the rushing of Becker had fallen, but he was not called Wil. “ Will you allow me to walk a little way the river, which is not perceived amid the belm, and did not come from the Havel. No with you! I have something to tell you." noisy sounds of day. Now, for the first time, one could give her any further particulars.

“But I am in a great hurry," replied Nannchen wept bitterly, and she knew that She now wrote to Wilhelm's mother, but she Becker.

Wilhelm was weeping too, but she also knew also replied that she was full of anxiety, and " So am I," said Wilhelm.

he would regain his composure as quickly as bad received no tidings. So the porter was ed to walk through she.

The first steamer went down the Rhine, the city in broad daylight with the soldier, She went home. At the door her father now freed from its fetters of ice. When the who very politely kept on the left side. Wil- met her. He consoled her, and stoutly de- boat's bell sounds for the first time every helm said that the troops had unexpectedly

clared that there would be no war, yet he se- one is full of joy, all life is thawed out, the received marching orders ; his regiment was cretly wished he might be wrong, and was al- world is open again. The spring was beau. going to Magdeburg, and it was said that most angry with himself for hoping the Prus- tiful, the flowers bloomed, the birds sang; war was to be declared with Schleswig-Hol. sian would be shot; he had never wished but nothing could cheer Nannchen, and she stein. anybody harm before in all his life.

was angry with her uncle when he said Wil. Becker looked at him with a sarcastic that's the way with us," he said, buttoning helm had certainly been taken prisoner; he smile.

his coat—“that's the way with us when we was surely sensible enough to allow himself ** The Prussians declare war! Nonsense! are betrayed into unnecessary follies." to be captured rather than shot. It's nothing but talk. The Prussians never Wilhelm sent a letter from Magdeburg, in “He never did that,” said Nannchen ; fight.” However, he did not feel obliged to which he said that they were in garrison, and "he would rather die.” express his opinion, but walked silently on the rumors of war had ceased. But, when the At last, on the Sunday after Easter, a letbeside the soldier, and, when the latter asked leaves were falling from the trees, a letter ter came from Flensburg. It was in a stranhim if he would allow him to bid Nannchen came which said, “We shall march to-mor- ger's hand, and ran as follows. farewell, nodded-he could not prevent him; row.” Nannchen moved wearily about her no father can protect a girl who does not pro- work, and involuntarily sang, “To

morrow " DEAR NANNCHEN : Forgive me for not tect herself. we shall march away, away, away."

being able to write to you. I did not want For the first time in his life, Becker stum

to give you any news until matters had adbled in unloading the ship, and fell flat on

vanced so far." the ground.

The winter campaign was a hard but (A mist dimmed Nannchen's eyes when “That comes of not thinking about what many warm-hearted letters passed to and fro she read this, but she passed her band over one is doing," he said, rabbing bis knees and between Altoona and Mayence.

them and continued :) elbows.

Nannchen was full of sorrow about the "For your sake, I preferred to die rather Meantime, Wilhelm was with Nannchen. severe winter, and in her dreams often saw than be a cripple, though I know you would

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not have deserted me. God will forgive me Is what I have said so silly ? Speak. What Nannchen sat quietly on deck. She read for having thought less of my mother than are you crying about ? Crying is no answer.” the letter orer and over again, then rubbed of you. The case stands thus : I received “ Father, I don't want to leave you in an- her folded handkerchief over her face, as if a bullet in my right arm, and they wanted to ger," Nannchen faltered at last.

to efface all traces of sorrow, and looked take it off, but I insisted I would rather die “And I don't want you to leave me.” brightly around her. “ How wide and beau. than be a cripple. And to-day the doctors “ Then I must do so secretly.”

tiful the world is, and yet yonder a good man said it could be saved, but whether I shall “Secretly !”

is lying in a quiet room suffering intense ever be able to use it they do not yet know. He rose and put his hands on his lips. pain! But now he must easily overcome it Dear Nannchen, don't grieve too much about There was a strange mental conflict reflected all, for today, at this very hour "-Nannchen it, remember that I might have died. Have in his face, and he said, at last:

had inquired at the post-office~"he will reno anxiety, I shall be well cared for. The

secretly, and you won't go ceive the letter with the news that she is lady who writes this to you is a doctor's wife. alone. You will go with me, and I shall go coming. How delightful it is that people can She is from Berlin, and a Jewess. But all with you. So long as my eyes are open, I

write to each other!” people are alike in war, and .ought to be so will see where you go, and where you are, After leaving Bingen, the father joined his in peace. She looks like your friend Fränz; , and where you stay. Be calm. Drop my

daughter and said: she, too, bas short, black curls and a kind hand. Why do you want to kiss it ? This “Won't you drink a glass of wine, too? heart. She does not turn away when I talk is all nonsense. I am your father, I shall go The captain has some that's very nice. He

But she cannot stay with me with you. But say nothing about it; let the only made me pay half the passage-money, long. In a week the doctors say I can be people gossip when we are gone. Pack up and I have remained an honest man. Now moved from here. I have begged to be taken what I want quietly; we will go down the I'll imagine myself an Englishman looking at to my mother. Write to me here at once, Rhive early to-morrow morning on the first our Rhine." and, after a week, to my mother's care. I boat. I want to see how the river looks at Becker was very gay and asked a young hope you will not have a crippled husband, Bingen. Tuere-that's right, now you have man, who held a red book in his hand, to but perhaps I shall no longer be able to work your own bright face again. Your mother tell him the names of the cities and moun. at my trade. I don't know what I ought to was just the same. I never saw her weep tains. Nannchen was delighted to see her say. Tell me what you think of it, and your but twice, and afterward her face was as father in such good spirits. The day was father, too."

bright as the sky after a thunder - storm. beautiful, not even the smallest cloud ap

There, now, we have talked enough for the peared in the sky, and Becker exclaimed: When Nannchen had read this letter, she present; there will be plenty of time on the “Don't you smell any thing ? I think I did not sit still, but went hastily about her way.”

smell the vineyards, which are in bloom now. work in the garden ; yet, no sooner did she Nannchen arranged every thing carefully Thirty years ago there was a magnificent return to the house, than she read the letter in the house and garden. Once she started vintage; it was at the time we were mar. over and over again. It all seemed like a in surprise, for she found herself singing. ried." dream. But she was at last forced to realize She sang while Wilhelm was lying severely Tears glittered in his eyes, and he winked that it was the truth.

wounded. But she had a feeling of certainty his lashes very hard, for the stern, rude man When her father came that evening, and that now all would be well, and the happiness cherished a loving memory of his dead wife. Nannchen read the letter aloud, be again sat of being once more at peace with ber father When the steamer stopped at Neuwied, in silence for a long time, and at last uttered sparkled in her face, so that her aunt, who Nannchen said : the words : “The Prussians provide well for had come from Kostheim to console her, “Wilhelm's uncle lives yonder in the valtheir wounded. Now, Wilhelm can be beadle looked at her in astonishment. She would ley." That was the only time she spoke of or toll-keeper in Poland, where the people go scarcely believe that Becker could be so ami- him ; she did not wish to irritate her faabout wrapped in sheepskins ten months in able ; but she was wise, too, and instantly ther, who was unusually gay. the year. Do you feel inclined to marry him said that the journey down the Rhine would During the railway journey he was as. and live where you will hear nothing all the cost very little; she would give her brother. gloomy and irritable as he had been cheerful year round, except the whistling of the wind, in-law a pass belonging to her husband, who, while on the Rhine. and see nothing except a few carts with half- as helmsman, always had a free passage on “ There," he said to Nannchen, “ you see starved horses ? The inbabitants of that the steamers.

what we are coming to. And you want to country don't believe that there is any such Early the next morning, the father and stay in such a country!” thing as wine in the world.”

daughter went to the Rhine and gazed at the “What is the matter, father?
river and the gleaming landscape. Becker Surely you can read. Read that."

easily obtained permission to leave his work Nannchen read a placard fastened on the Quiet days elapsed, and Nannchen did for a few days; he had never asked it before. wall of the railway station Beware of not say another word about Wilhelm. Her | Many of his companions were present, as pickpockets ”—and laughed. father often looked at her in surprise, and Becker only took a ticket to Bingen. This “Do you laugh ? ” exclaimed her father; was both pleased and vexed with her reserve. served a double purpose : for, in the first “and it seems to me as if I felt strangers' But his principal thought was: “She is a good place, his comrades did not know where he hands in my pockets all the time, and they girl, she won't allow herself to be helped in was going; and, secondly—as he explained wanted to steal the heart out of my body. any thing.” But he was also to learn that she to Nannchen on the steamer-on leaving Bin Zounds! what are we coming to ?” would not allow herself to be opposed in any gen, where he was not known, he could con- He buttoned his coat closely up to his thing; for, one day, when a letter came from tinue the journey under his brother-in-law's throat, but the next moment tore it open, ex-. Havelstadt announcing that Wilhelm was

claiming : with his mother, Nannchen said:

O father, can you do that, travel under “They have robbed me of every thing al“Father, I have arranged every thing, a strange name? People"

ready, my pocket-book and money are gone." the business can go on without me; I shall “Don't say it; you are right, I only fan. * Father, what is the matter with you ? go to Wilhelm tomorrow."

cied I could do it. Cost what it will, I'll pay You gave them to me." “So you will go to him without even my personal freight. And it won't be reck- “ Did I? Yes. Have you got them ? asking me ?"

oned by weight,” he added, smiling. “There, Look and see. There are a great many peo“Dear father, what shall I ask, when I now, it's all right. Put your uncle's pass in ple running about, and every one of them am determined not to be persuaded to change your pocket, that I may not lose it."

may be a pickpocket." And they sailed on down the Rhine.

“ That may be the case at home." Don't say

* Dear father.' When people Until they reached Bingen Becker stood Becker was silent for a time, and then talk in that way, they needn't begin with on the deck beside the helmsman, and helped began to abuse the Prussians, who were al• Dear father.' Did you understand me? him turn the wheel. He was glad to have ways in as great a hurry as if the world was Why is your nimble little tongue so quiet? | sometbing to do.

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chen listened patiently, and only begged him When they were approaching Havelstadt { but nobody thanked him—on the contrary, not to speak so loud. But one man, who sat he wiped the perspiration from bis forehead he was not noticed at all. in the carriage, heard the Rhinelander's with his sleeve and said :

As he stood still on the shore, watching words, and replied:

“For what are we coming here?"

the building of a large boat, and remarked “You Rhinelanders seem to us rather “I don't understand you, father."

that people did very differently on the Rhine, frivolous, as we seem to you too harsh and “ These confounded Prussian railroads the carpenters scarcely looked at him, and stern. When we see you standing on the make such a noise that a man can't hear his worked steadily on; he even thought they banks of the Rhine with your hands in your own voice. Nanncben, for wbat shall we say made contemptuous remarks about him. pockets, we think there can be no love of we have come here ? "

He could not help complaining to Nannwork in these careless, easy-going people, “ To visit Welbelm."

chen that the people here were not at all who appear to have a touch of the French “ And as what?"

friendly, but was startled when she told him nature, and yet you are industrious in your “I am his betrothed bride."

that he now saw for himself how it seemed “ Then what am I?"

to be looked upon as a stranger. He had * Thank you, kindly,” replied Becker.

“ His father-in-law."

never treated the Prussians any differently at “ You are coming to North Germany for “So you are determined, even if he is a home. the first time, and I again see that we North- cripple, and no longer has the Prussians' Wilhelm had made wonderful progress Germans have only one friend."

only friend. You have heard that they have toward recovery during the few days of Nann. ** Indeed—and who is that ? " po friend but work."

chen's stay. “Our work. It is our only friend. Pay “ Then he will have me, and we can do The father saw that it was useless to attention, and you will see how busy every something; if nothing else, we can keep an struggle against the marriage, and now said one is. We have no time or inclination for inn."

he would make no further objections, but good-natured idleness. We are harsh to oth- When the broad Havel appeared, Nann- Wilhelm must go with him to Mayence. But ers, but also to ourselves." chen exclaimed:

the mother declared that Wilhelm was her The man got out of the car, but the * Father, look at all those beautiful white only child, and she could not let him leave words he had uttered lingered with the swans!” Becker nodded, and Nannchen her. Rhinelander. “ The North-Germans have no continued : “ They are not black at all.”

“But suppose he had been killed in the friend but their work! There is something “Why should they be black ?"

war?” said Becker—" then you would have in that!"

“Because the Havel is so black that one been obliged to give bim up." When Becker began to complain that he can dip a pen into the water and write with “That is something over which we have could no longer get a drop of good wine- it."

no control. The king requires his services, the people had nothing but gin, and made “You are very merry,” said Becker. He and our Lord disposes of his life; that is enwine they called Spanish, and the French red wanted to add, “You are making fun of tirely different.” wine was really only medicine, and no wine at your father;” but he was really glad that his Becker looked at her in surprise. She all; besides, one had scarcely time to drink child was in such good spirits, and, to tease did not plead with him, but talked authoritatte fiery stuff-Nannchen took a large bottle | her, answered: “The Prussians make every tively. Even the women in Prussia have a and glass from her basket. thing out of tin; those are tin swans.”

touch of the soldier. “This is from home," said her father. They found Wilhelm sitting in a chair. He went angrily down to the wharf, from “And you are very much like your mother. “I can only put one arm around your

which a boat was to be launched that I don't know why it is, but it seems to me as neck," he exclaimed ; " but wait, the other day. if I were now traveling to meet her in the will soon be well."

Strange! There was no merriment orer other world.”

Becker was much pleased with the ap- the work ; every thing was done silently and For the first time he told his daughter pearance of the bouse and people, especially dryly. how he had made her mother's acquaintance. of Wilhelm's mother. It was a great joke

Becker moved nearer. She had come down the river on the market- when she put Bierkaltschale * on the table. “Get out of the way, man; you don't beboat, which at that time still came down the | All day long he laughed at the enormity of long here," said one of the workmen. Main. He carried her chest for her, and they eating beer - soup; but he saw that people

Becker stared at him in astonishment, talked together on the way.

When she liked it, and was only glad they did not com- Should he knock the man down! But he wanted to pay him, he refused the money, pel him by their persuasions to enjoy it, too. would not do that for his daughter's sake. and said: “Now you owe me something: are But he found that the Prussians did not urge He only pretended not to understand, and you willing to be in my debt ? ” She nod. their guests to eat and drink. They offered quietly stood still. The man went on the ded.

the dishes, and, if otbers did not like them, other side, and a lad came up and seized a When both had saved something they said no more. They did not exclaim, “Just stay. bought the little house in Gartenfeld. try it! You'll be sure to like it," etc.

Becker saw that the man was coming be sure it only stood there on sufferance ; for One morning Becker said to his daughter: too near, and shouted loudly, “Go away! if a war should come these houses must be “Now I have it; you can't stay here; no Zounds!” torn down. vines thrive in this place.”

The man turned at the shout, and at the “But every thing in the world is only on “ I'm not a vine."

same moment the stay broke, and he was ly. Bufferance," said her father, in conclusion, “ You know what I mean.

But take care,

ing under the boat. and then was silent for a long time.

people here bave not and know nothing about A loud cry burst from the crowd. But The father and daughter, who had always the two best things in the world. Do you Becker was quickly on the spot, raised the lived on such good terms, thought that on know what I mean?”

boat with superhuman strength, and released this journey they understood each other's “ No."

the man.

Becker supported the boat on his heart for the first time.

“Then take heed. They have no wine, shoulder a moment, then gave it a push which The father expressed this feeling once by and can't laugh.”

sent it into the water that dashed foaming saying:

"I am glad you are in such good spirits, around it. The old man's coat was torn from " It is doubly hard that we must part just father.”

top to bottom. He stood panting for breath, at this time when we love each other go “Good spirits !

I'm not in good spirits and gazed around him. The man who had fondly. Tell me, am I a hard-hearted faat all."

just ordered him away came up and said : ther?"

This was perfectly true. He walked about “What are you doing? You don't belong "No, indeed."

the little city and along the bank of the Havel, here." " Then promise me that, if he is a cripple, as if everybody ought to thank him for hav.

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se your thanks ? " you will leave him." ing left the beautiful Rhine to come there;

He swore and raved at the Prussians, "I can't promise that, father."

pouring forth all the wrath that was in his Becker relapsed into silence again.

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the doctors is to be chiefly gathered. “ Calm yourself, Herr Becker. I knew Becker joyously touched glasses with the The writer selects toe criticisms of conyou in Mayence, where I was sergeant. It is

sumptives to emphasize bis remarks, for sev. true that you startled the man, and he fell On reaching home Becker said that the eral good reasons.

It would seem that the under the boat in his fright. But you brave- Prussians were really a very good sort of peo- treatment of consumption is among the most ly rescued him again, and are worthy of all ple. And there are fine ships on the Havel important labors of a physician's life, and honor. You have shown strength such as is too. But, after all, it is not so cheerful as therefore one upon which he directs, or not easily to be found. Come into my office. the Rhine."

should direct, his best powers of observation. I'll send to your son-in-law's house for anoth- The vines, which had blossomed so beau. It would also appear that, relatively, the diser coat."

tifully, gave good wine in the autumn. The ease is it simple one; that its general reme. When the porter was seated in the office, wedding was celebrated in the house of Nann. dies are few; that little difference of opinion the man whom he had saved came in, thanked chen's aunt, at Kostheim, and Fränz was exists as to the kind of remedies, and that him, and then, turning to the harbor-master, bridesmuid.

the disease is commonly of such slow develsaid :

Just before the departure of the young opment that it can be seized and expurgated “I think this gentleman deserves the couple, Becker had another vexation, which, long after it has established a. fast hold in the medal for saving a life.”

however, was quickly changed to joy. system. In each and all of these: particulars Becker did not know whether he was in “Wilhelm," he said to his son-in-law, it demonstrates its openness to attack and jest or earnest. But the harbor-master re- one thing is fortunate, you will no longer defeat, and the cases are comparatively few plied : be obliged to be a soldier."

where it seizes upon a human being and hurCertainly. And if Herr Becker wishes “ Thank God, I am not disabled,” replied ries him into his grave, in spite of all prompt it, I'll report the matter to the government." Wilhelm, “I am still in the Landwehr! And aid and care. 6. That's enough ; I want nothing more.” I must remain there."

Most of the other great universal sickAnd when Becker went through the little As has been stated, this at first vexed nesses are more complex, more violent, and city in his other coat he was another man, Becker, but he said to his brother-in-law, as are susceptible to more methods of treatand all the people were different. Every one | if he had changed his mind :

Physicians differ radically in their nodded to him, and he was welcomed with “These Prussiaus are an obstinate but estimates of the remedies that may be applied delight in his son-in-law's house, bither the excellent race."

to them, and if one be attacked by a disease news had already penetrated.

that belongs to one of these classes, he will The harbor-master came, and several oth- This story happened ten years ago. One receive a certain kind of treatment just as er men with him; they invited Becker and might almost say a hundred years ago; for he happens to call a certain doctor. With the whole family, as it was still broad day. have we not lived through a century since consumption, however, the case is entirely light, to go on the first pleasure-trip in the 1864 :

different. The same general prescription new boat to the island of Werder. The doc.

that is good for the New-Englander is equaltor also arrived, and gave Wilhelm permission to make one of the party. And Nann MIS MANAGEMENT BY ly good for the Old-Englander

, and also equal.

ly good for a native in Africa. Dry air, even chen exclaimed:

PHYSICIANS.

temperature, nutritious food, and strict watch “Look, father ; to-day Wilhelm will wear

on a few of his habits, and any physi cian can

instruct him, if he can talk at all. The main air for the first time.”

the noted

course that he should take is laid out before Becker nodded. They went down to the Carolina, he became impressed with the fact him as straight and clear as any path in any wharf as if in a triumphal procession. The that the relations which existed between the medical task. black-and-white banner was raised on the invalid sojourners there and their physicians But the charge against the men who have new vessel, and the party sailed merrily at home were, in a number of cases by far proved themselves to be culprits is not that away.

too large, of a wrongful and mischief-making they do not see and understand this course“The water is a beautiful blue," said character. It was distressingly common to such a charge would fall to the ground of its Becker, dipping his hand into it; “I never meet those who were able and willing to lay own weight if it were brought against chilthought so before."

at the door of their medical advisers the dren. The accusations are far more important Nannchen and Wilhelm nodded to each responsibility of a greater part of their ills, since they deal with faults infinitely more other. And now the party began to sing- and who did not hesitate to denounce, in the terrible than ignorance, i. e., carelessness and only military songs, for the men knew no most emphatic language, a certain lament- neglect of duty. Remember, we are others ; but Wilhelm and Nannchen joined j able ignorance, or something worse, that bad speaking of the experience of some consumpthem. Becker was not a little surprised to find governed the advice that had been given | tives in the hands of their physicians, nos such rich land on the island, and the harbor. them.

of the innumerable unfortunates who have to master told him that formerly the whole had To even the coolest and most dispassion. complain of the other great ills, and whose been mere marshes, but that a long time ago ate observer, one accustomed to see faults in miseries and disappointments must be greater numerous inhabitants of Holland had immi. both parties to any issue, there must finally as their troubles are more complex ; and do grated there, and how every thing was now come, after he has heard the tales that many not forget that we are dealing with well-taught cultivated.

patients can tell, the conviction that there is men and a simple disorder that has simple Becker was forced to confess that even on a class of men among the medical practition- cures. the Rhine there were no handsomer or finer ers of the higher orders who should be shorn The charges, then, are these : that many fruit-trees.

| of their titles, and thus prevented from doing physicians fail to study the patient while they “And you are here too,” he said to the further harm in the community.

imperatively order new courses of life; that vine.

The invalids who visit Aiken are those they turn enfeebled persons adrift in regions All sat joyously together. Native beer who seek an equable climate to aid them in wbose qualities and properties they (the plıywas drunk, and at last, as Becker could not their endeavors to throw off pulmonary dis- sicians) know little or nothing of; that they relish it, wine, And Becker again heard orders. There is a large number upon whom do not tell the truth to those who seek the wise words, which harmonized with those these disorders have settled but lightly; a truth; and that they withhold it, not from a spoken on the railway; for the harbor-master large number who are conscious that they are fear of the patient's inability to bear it, but said:

in danger; and a smaller number who know from an aversion to implicate themselves in "Take notice, Herr Becker; this is also perfectly well that it must be the work of a cases whose issues, being doubtful, may bring a parable. With you on the Rhine wine is miracle if their strength is restored to them discredit upon themselves ; that they fail drunk from open casks; with us from corked and their lives preserved. It is from the most signally to bring to bear upon the and sealed bottles. But the wine is the lips of some of the members of these two last- questions of general treatment the cool,

his bademe of bonor on his breast in the open DURING, recente risit of the writer to

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