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from there, while I kill the dog and finish placed the cantinière upon the litter. We it up!”
went on our way, the dog following my What is going on here ? ” said my un- uncle, pressing against his leg. As to the cle in a strong voice.
tavern-keeper, we heard him behind us, And all the people turned round as if near the fountain, repeat in a mocking they were frightened. The grave-digger tone, took off his cap, two or three others went " The woman is dead. That doctor knows away, and we saw upon the steps of the as much about it as my mattock. The wofountain the cantinière stretched out, white man is finished; whether they bury her toas snow, her beautiful black hair loose in a day or to-morrow makes no difference. pool of blood, her little cask still upon her We will see which of us is right." hip, her pale hands thrown to the right and As we crossed the square I saw the moleleft upon the wet stone where the water catcher and Koffel following us, which comwas flowing. Several other corpses lay forted me; for since nightfall a sort of ternear her, and the poodle that I had seen in ror had seized upon me, especially in the the morning with the little drummer, the presence of the dead, and I was pleased to hair on his back raised up, his eyes flash-have people about us. ing, and his lips quivering, standing at her The mole-catcher walked in front of the feet, was growling and shuddering as he litter with a large torch in his hand. Koflooked at Spick.
fel, near my uncle, seemed to be grave. In spite of his great courage and his * These are terrible things, monsieur docmattock, the tavern-keeper did not dare to tor,” said he, as he walked on. approach, for it was easy to see that if he “Ah! is that you, Koffel ?" said my unmissed his blow the animal would spring at cle. "Yes, yes, the genius of evil is in his throat.
the air; the spirits of darkness are un“What is this?" repeated my uncle. chained."
“Because that dog stays there,” said We then entered the little alley, which Spick, sneering, " they say that the woman was strewn with bits of plaster; the moleis not dead."
catcher, stopping on the threshold, lighted “ They are right," said my uncle in a Jeffer and his sons, who advanced with sharp tone; " certain animals have more heavy steps. We all followed them into the heart and more sense than some men. room, and the mole-catcher, raising his Take yourself off.”
torch, exclaimed in a solemn tone,He pushed him away with his elbow, and “Where are the days of tranquillity, thie went straight toward the woman, stooping moments of peace, of repose, and of confidown. The dog, instead of springing upon dence after labour, - where are they, monhim, seemed to be pacified, and let him do sieur doctor? Ah! they have flown away as he would. Every one drew near; my through all these openings." uncle knelt down, uncovered the woman's Only then I saw plainly the forlorn apbosom, and put his hand upon her heart. pearance of our old room, - the broken No one spoke. The silence was profound. glass, the sharp slivers and sparkling points This lasted for a moment, when Spick of which stood out plainly against the backsaid,
ground of darkness. I understood the “Eh! eh! eh! Let them bury her; is words of the mole-catcher, and I thought not that it, monsieur doctor ?"
that we were wretched. My uncle rose up frowning, and looking “ Jeffer, lay that woman on my bed," the man full in front from top to toe. said my uncle sadly; our own calamities
“Wretch!” said he, " for a few measures must not make us forget that others are still of brandy, for which that poor woman paid more unfortunate than ourselves.” And you as well as she could, you wish now to turning to the mole-catcher, see her dead and perhaps buried alive!" “You will remain here to hold the light
“ Monsieur doctor," cried the tavern- for me," said he; “and Koffel will assist keeper, straightening himself up with an me.” impudent air, “ do you know that there are The grave-digger and his sons, having laws, and that
put the litter on the floor, placed the woman "Be silent,” interrupted my uncle; “your on the bed at the back of the alcove. The conduct is infamous.” . And turning towards mole-catcher, whose brick-coloured cheeks the others, – "Jeffer,” said he, “ carry this took a purple hue from the glow of the torch, woman to my house; she is still alive." lighted them. Ile threw upon Spick a last look of indigna My uncle gave some coppers to Jeffer, tion, while the grave-digger and his sons who went out with his boys. Old Lisbeth
had come to look on. Her chin shook, she The mole-catcher held the arm up in the did not dare to come near, and I heard her air, and underneath, between the bosom reciting the Ave Maria under her breath. and the arm-pit, appeared a bluish opening,
I was catehing her terror, when my uncle from which towed a few drops of blood. called out,
Uncle Jacob, with his lips compressed, "Lisbeth, what are you thinking about probed this wound; the probe could not there? In the name of heaven, are you enter. At that moment I became so attenmad? Is not this woman like all other tive, never having seen anything like it bewomen, and have you not helped me a hun- fore, that my whole soul was in the depth dred times in my operations ? Come! of that alcove, and I heard my uncle murcome! folly has got the upper hand now. mur, -" That is strange !” Go, heat some water; that is all I can hope At the same instant the woman drew a from you."
long sigh, and the dog, that had been quiet The dog had seated himself in front of till then, began to cry with a sound so the alcove and watched, through his frizzled mournful and so wild that one might have hair, the woman extended on the bed, mo- thought he was a buman being. My hair tionless and pale as death.
stood on end. The mole-catcher called * Fritzel," said my uncle to me, “ shut out, — " Be quiet! ” the shutter; we shall have less air. And The dog was still, and my uncle said, you, Koffel, make some fire in the stove; “Raise the arm now, mole-catcher. Koffel, for we must not think of getting anything come here and support the body." now from Lisbeth. Ah! if amidst so much Koffel passed behind the bed and took the suffering we could still have the good sense woman by the shoulders. The probe immeto remain calm! But everything must be diately entered very deep. The woman utin confusion; when the devil is on the road tered a groan, and the dog growled. one never knows where he will stop." “Good !” exclaimed my uncle; “she is
My uncle said this as if he were troubled. saved. Hold! Koffel, see! the ball has I ran out to close the shutters, and I heard glanced in the ribs; it is here under the him fasten them on the inside. Looking shoulder. Do you feel it?” towards the fountain I saw that fresh cart "Perfectly." loads of the dead were going off. I went My uncle came out, and seeing me unin again, all in a shiver.
der the curtain, he exclaimed, “What are Koffel had just lighted the fire, which you doing there ?" crackled in the stove; my uncle had opened “I am looking." his case of instruments on the table; the “ That's good, he is looking now. It mole-catcher. waited, looking at the thousand must be that everything is to go wrong." little shining blades.
He took a knife from the table, and went My uncle took a probe and approached back. The dog looked at me with his shinthe bed, putting aside the curtains; the ing eyes, which made me uncomfortable. mole-catcher and Koffel followed him. All at once the woman uttered a cry, and Then, seized with violent curiosity, I too my uncle said, with a joyful tone, went to look. The light of the candle “Here it is ! it is a pistol-ball. The filled the whole alcove; the woman was poor creature has lost a great deal of blood, naked to her waist, my uncle having just but she will recover." cut her clothes from her; Koffel with a large “ It must have been in the great charge sponge washed her chest and her bosom, of the Uhlans that she received it,” said which were covered with black blood. The Koffel. “I was at old Kraemer's on the dog looked on the whole time; he did not first floor; I was cleaning his clock, and I stir. Lisbeth also had come back to the saw them fire as they came on." chamber. She held ine by the hand and “Very likely,” replied my uncle, who mumbled I know not what prayer.. Within then for the first time thought of observing the alcove no one spoke, and my uncle the woman. Ile took the candle from the hearing the old servant called out to her, mole-catcher's hand, and standing behind really vexed,
the bed he gazed thoughtfully for some • Will you be quiet, old fool? Come, moments upon the poor woman. mole-catcher, come, lift the arm."
“Yes," said he, "she is a beautiful " A beautiful creature," said the mole- woman, and has a noble head. What a catcher, “ and very young still.”
pity that such creatures should follow “How pale she is!” said Koffel. armies! Would it not be much better
I went nearer, and saw the woman as to see them in the midst of a virtuous white as snow, her chest raised up, her family, surrounded by fine children, with head thrown back, her black hair loose. Ja kind husband whom they would make
happy? What a pity! But, after all, out what he had left and what was missing; since it is the will of the Lord
and when it was found that a large number He went out, calling Lisbeth.
of the Republicans, the Uhlans, and the “Go and get one of your chemises for Croats had passed through the houses from the that woman,” said he to her, "and put it back, and had emptied them of everything, on her yourself. Mole-catcher, Koffel, the indignation was universal, and then I come; we will go and take a glass of wine, comprehended how right the mole-catcher for this day has been a rough one for us all." was in saying, "Now the days of calm
He went down to the cellar himself, and ness and peace have flown through these came up at the moment that the old servant holes,” arrived with her chemise. Lisbeth, finding
All the doors and windows were open in that the cantinière was not dead, had re-order to see the havoc; the whole street gained her courage; she went into the al- was encumbered with furniture, with carcove and drew the curtains, while my uncle riages, with cattle, and with people, who uncorked the bottle, and opened the cup- cried, " Ah, the scoundrels! Ah, the board to take out some glasses. The mole- brigands! they have taken everything!" catcher and Koffel seemed to be pleased. One was seeking for his ducks, another I, too, drew up to the table, which was still for his hens; another upon looking under spread, and we finished supper.
his bed found a pair of old shoes instead of The dog looked at us from a distance. his boots; another, on looking up his chimMy uncle threw some mouthfuls of bread ney, where the morning before hung his at him, that he would not take. At that chitterlings and his bacon, saw it empty, moment the church clock struck one. and went into a terrible rage. The women,
" It is the half hour," said Koffel. in despair, raised their hands to heaven, and
“No, it is one o'clock. It is time for us the young girls were dismayed. The butto go to bed,” replied the mole-catcher. ter and the eggs and the tobacco and the
Lisbeth came out from the alcove; we potatoes, and even the linen, all had been all went to see the woman dressed in her stolen; the more they looked, the more chemise. She seemed to be asleep. The things were found missing: dog was resting with his fore-paws on the The greatest anger of the people turned edge of the bed, and looked also. My uncle upon the Croats; for after the general had passed his hand over his head, saying, passed by, having nothing to fear from any
"Come, don't be afraid; she will get complaints which might be made, they had well. I will answer for it.”
hurried into the houses like a band of famAnd the poor animal seemed to under- ished wolves, and God knows what it had stand, and gently moaned. At last they been necessary to give them in order to incame out again.
duce them to go off, besides all they had My uncle, with the candle, accompanied taken before. the mole-catcher and Koffel quite outside; It was indeed very sad that old Germany then he came back, and said to us, — “Now should have soldiers more to be dreaded by go to bed; it is time."
her than the French. The Lord preserve “And you, monsieur doctor ?” asked the us from ever again having need of their aid! old servant.
We children - Elans Aden, Franz Se“ Me? I shall watch. This woman is pel, Nickel, Johann, and I – went from in danger; and beside, they may want me door to door, looking at the cracked tiles, in the village."
the broken shutters, the battered sheds, and He went to put a log into the stove, and gathering up the rags, the cartridge-papers, stretched himself behind it in the arm-chair, and the balls flattened against the walls. rolling up a strip of paper to light his pipe. The finding of these things pleased us so
Lisbeth and I each went up to our cham- much that we had no thought of returning ber, but it was not till very late that it was home before nightfall. possible for me to sleep, in spite of my About two o'clock we met Zaphevi great fatigue; for from half hour to half Schmouk, the son of the basket-maker, hour the rumbling of the cart, and the glare who held his red head high, and seemed of the torches upon the windows, warned prouder than usual. He had something conme that they were still passing with the cealed under his blouse, and when we asked dead. At last, at early dawn, all these him, — "What have you got?” he showed us sounds ceased, and I fell sound asleep. the stock of a great Uhlan pistol. Then
the whole band followed him. He marched v.
like a general before us, and to each one The village should have been seen the whom we met we said, " He has got a pisnext day, when everybody wanted to find tol," and the new-comer joined himself to
our troop. We would not have quitted I began to think that my uncle might be Schmouk for an empire. It seemed to us anxious about me, and I went on alone, that the glory of his pistol was reflected not without turning again, for it seemed as upon us.
if stealthy steps were pursuing me, and I Such truly are children, and such truly did not dare to run. are men!
In front of the inn of “ The Two Kegs," Each of us boasted of the dangers he had the windows of which were bright in the run during the great battle. “I heard the midst of darkness, I made a stop. The upballs whistle,” said Frantz Sepel; “two of roar of the drinkers reassured me. I them came into our kitchen."
looked through the small, open casement “And I saw the general of the Uhlans window into the hall, where there was the galloping with his red cap on," cried Hans hum of a great many voices, and I saw Aden; "that is much more terrible than to Koffel, the mole-catcher, Monsieur Richter, hear the balls whistle."
and many others, seated at the pine tables, What made me proudest was that the their shoulders bent, as they leaned on Republican commandant had given me some their elbows, with jugs and 'mugs before cake, and had said to me, “ Swallow that them. boldly!"
The angular figure of Monsieur Richter, considered myself worthy to have a with his hunting-jacket and his cap of pistol like Zaphevi, but no one would be- waxed leather, gesticulated under the hang
As we passed by the steps of ing lamp, in the greyish smoke. the town-house, Schmouk cried out, These are the famous Republicans," Come and sec !
said he, those terrible men who were to We mounted the great staircase behind overthrow the world, and whom the glorious him, and in front of the council-room, which shadow of Field-marshal Wurmser is suffiwas pierced by a square opening as large cient to disperse. You saw them bend as the hand, he said to us, Look! the their backs and stretch their legs! How clothes of the dead are there! Father many times I have told you that all their Jeffer and monsieur the burgomaster carried grand enterprises would end in catastrophe! them there this morning in a cart."
Mole-catcher, Koffel, haven't I said so ?” We staid there more than an hour look “Yes, you said so!” replied the moleing at these clothes, climbing on each catcher, but that is no reason for talking other's shoulders, and gasping, Let me so loudly. Let us see, Monsieur Richter. look too, Hans Aden, it is my turn!” Sit down and call for a bottle of wine ;
The clothes were heaped up in the middle Koffel and I have each paid for ours. That of the great deserted hall, under the grey is the first thing." light of two high, grated windows. There Monsieur Richter sat down, and I went were Republican hats and Uhlan caps, home. It might then have been seven shoulder-belts and cartridge-boxes, blue o'clock; the alley was swept, the windows roats and red cloaks, sabres and pistols. were mended. I went first into the kitchen, The guns were leaning against the wall on and Lisbeth, seeing me, exclaimed, —“Ah! the right, and farther off was a row of here he is ! ” lances. It made us shiver to see them, She opened the door of the chamber, and I have kept the remembrance of it. saying in a lower tone, Monsieur doctor,
After an hour, and as night was coming the child is here." on, all at once one of us took fright and “That is well,” said my uncle, who was began to run down the stairs, crying with a seated at table. · Let him come in." scared voice, “ Here they come !" Then And as I was about to speak loud, the whole band dashed down the stairs, “ Hush!” said he, pointing to the alcove; running with hands, stretched out, and “ sit down. You must bave a good aptumbling over each other in the darkness. petite."
It surprises me that none of us broke our “ Yes, uncle." necks, our fright was so great. I was the • Where do you come from ? " last, and though my heart beat with in “ I have been looking about the village.” credible violence, I turned round at the “ That is well, Fritzel; you have given bottom of the steps to look again. All was me some uneasiness, but I am glad you grey within the vestibule; the little dormer have seen this wretchedness." window on the right lighted the black steps Lisbeth brought me a good plateful of with an oblique ray; not a breath broke soup, and while I was eating it my uncle the stillness under the gloomy arch. At a added, distance in the street the sounds died away. | “ You know now what war is. Remem
ber these things, Fritzel, to abominate them. But at the same moment something seemed It is good teaching; what we see when we to struggle ; Lisbeth, who held the lamp, are young remains with us all our lives.” drew back, and the woman, very pale, her
Ile was making these reflections to him- eyes opened, raised herself up, calling self, and I kept on with what I was doing, out,-"Jean, Jean, defend yourself; I am with my nose in my plate. After the soup, coming." Lisbeth gave me some vegetables and some Then she opened her mouth, uttered a meat, but the moment I took up my fork loud cry, “ Vive la Republique ! ” and fell what did I see seated close to me on the back. floor but a motionless creature staring at My uncle came out much agitated, and me! This startled me.
said, " Don't be afraid, Fritzel," said my un "Lisbeth, quick, quick! go up-stairs to cle, smiling
the closet — the grey phial with the glass Then I looked and saw it was the cantin- stopper! Make haste!" And he went ière's dog. He sat there very sedately, back. with his nose up in the air, his ears hang Lisbeth ran.
I kept close to the skirts ing, watching me with an attentive eye of my uncle. The dog growled. The wothrough his frizzled hair.
man was stretched out as if she were dead. “Give him some of your vegetables and The old servant returned with the phial; you will soon be good friends," said my my uncle looked at it, and said in a quick uncle.
tone, He made a sign to him to come near us. " That is it,- a spoon!" The dog came and seated himself near his I ran to get my spoon. Ile wiped it, chair, and seemed much pleased by some poured some drops into it, then, raising little pats which my uncle gave him on his the woman's head, he made her take what head. He licked the bottom of my plate he had put into it, saying with extreme genand then began again to stare at me with a tleness, solemn air.
“Come, come! take courage, my child, Toward the end of supper I was just take courage!” going to get up, when some confused words I had never heard him speak in so genwere heard from the alcove. My uncle tle, so tender a tone; my heart was touched listened; the woman spoke extremely fast by it. and low. Those confused mysterious words The woman sighed gently, and my unin the midst of the silence moved me more cle extended her upon the bed, raising the than anything else had done. I felt my- pillow, after which he came out, looking self turn pale. My uncle, his head bent, very pale, and said to us,fixed his eyes on me, but his thoughts were “Go to sleep now; leave me alone; I elsewhere; he was listening. The dog also shall watch." turned around.
“But, monsieur doctor,” said Lisbeth, In the crowd of words that this woman“ last night also — " spoke, some were more distinct than others. “Do you go to bed,” repeated my uncle, “My father -- Jean --- killed - all, all — the in a vexed tone. “I have not time to listen country !"
to your talk. In the name of Heaven let Looking at my uncle, I saw his eyes me be quiet. This may become serious." were troubled, and his cheeks trembled. We were obliged to obey. He took the lamp from the table and ap As we mounted the staircase, Lisbeth proached the bed. Lisbeth came in to all in a tremble said to me, -- "Did you clear the table; he turned round and said see that unfortunate woman, Fritzel? She to her, -- " The fever is beginning." is perhaps going to die. Well! see! she
Then he drew aside the curtains. Lis still thinks about her Republic of the devil. beth followed him. I did not stir from my | These people are true savages. All we chair; I was hungry no longer. The wo- can do is to pray that God may forgive man was silent an instant; I saw the shad- them.” And she began to pray. ow of my uncle and that of Lisbeth on the I knew not what to think of all this. curtains; my uncle held the woman's arm. But after having run about so much and The dog was with them in the alcove. I, muddied myself up to my backbone, once alone in the dark room, was frightened. in bed, I slept so soundly that the return of The woman began to talk louder. It the Republicans themselves, their firing by seemed to me then as if the room grew platoons and by battalions, would not have darker, and I went nearer to the light. I waked me before ten in the morning.