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light, we gave all our sympathies to the he had described himself to me as a French in their hopeless struggle across maker of toys; in support of the statethe Channel ; and it was chiefly for the ment giving me his business card, which Marseillaise that we sometimes parted must still be in one of my pockets. At with our hardly earned half-crowns at the next pause in the music he accepted the door of the Alhambra, where the a cigarette from Sam, and the two fell war-songs were sung nightly to stormy into conversation. Then I found the factions, hissing and applauding the airs card, and read, under the table, furtively: and emblems of the contending armies

ANTOINE BRIZARD, with tremendous vigor, then amiably

FABRICANT DE JOUETS, merging their differences in a burst of 30 RUE DES FRANCS-BOURGEOIS,

AU MARAIS. approval at the sight of the stars and stripes or the British lion. “Ah, Tim, So, joining in the talk, which had turned my boy, how I envy you your first day straight to the all-absorbing topic of the in Paris ! ” Sam would whisper when war, I took occasion presently to address the tricolor took possession of the field. him by name; whereupon he smiled, and He had known the city at what he con- complimented me in very good English ceived to be its best, — in the bright days upon the excellence of my memory. of 1867,- and he was never tired of A rap of the leader's baton sent a dwelling upon those bygone glories for responsive thrill through the great audimy benefit.

ence, and the band struck the first notes One night, coming in late, we found

of the Marseillaise amid a general uproar. the huge theatre very crowded, but, for- Groans and hisses from the German symcing our way to the front, finally secured pathizers only made the applause grow two chairs at a table where a little el. fiercer, and the enthusiasts asserted themderly man - a Frenchman, evidently selves triumphantly at the appearance of sat alone. He made room for us with the singer, a tall, handsome woman, weara courteous gesture, and in his restlessing the Phrygian cap and flowing garblack

eyes there seemed to be a light of ments of Liberty. Coming forward upon recognition ; yet, though his features the narrow platform built out into the were strongly marked, I could not at theatre, she sang her song with dramatic first remember where I had seen him effect and much waving of her tricolored before. “ It must have been in our banner at the refrain, which the house, place, of course," I thought, thereupon including Sam and myself in the front assuring myself that this was the fact rank of it, took up. With a gracious and by degrees recalling the circum- smile she yielded to our demand for a stances. He had brought in a small repetition, rewarding us by a look when sum of French money for exchange, we pounded our table clamorously at her and, as it happened, had applied to me. final recall. I had noticed at the time the trim cut Monsieur Brizard bad applauded, too, of his iron-gray mustache and imperial, but with less emotional fury than our as well as the scrupulous neatness of his own, which amused and interested him. shabby coat, the same which he now “You have heroic sentiments,” he said, wore. I perceived that to keep his chair when all the noise was over. throughout the evening, unchallenged, “ And you ?" returned Sam, raising he had ordered the glass of beer which his eyebrows. he did not want. He was drinking “I also, though I think but lightly sugar-and-water, and as I watched him of the lady there. Pauvre pays! Who stir this gravely with the ivory blade of shall say what or where the end will be ? his pocket paper-knife, I recollected that Look !” and producing a wad of tis

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sue paper, which he unrolled carefully, across the Channel repeatedly. I begged

. Monsieur Brizard took from it a small, hard for permission to serve in this cadark object; then, with a twirl of his pacity of courier, and one day in early finger and thumb, he sent this spinning spring, soon after the insurgents had out upon the table.

gained control of central Paris, the priviIt was a teetotum of about an inch in lege was granted — only to be revoked ; diameter, bearing upon each of its four for at the last moment my youth and sides a design intended to symbolize one inexperience, as I saw, were cast into of the powerful French parties, – the the scale against me, the outlook being golden lily, the cock of the Orleans house, stormy, the mission being a delicate one, the imperial eagle, the liberty cap. "Voi- and Sam Ryeder filled my place. The là la France, messieurs !” said Monsieur balm of mild flattery softened this blow, Brizard, as the eagle fell uppermost ; "a

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messenger, once in, would probaplaything in the hand of fortune!” We bly be unable to get out again, and I examined the toy, which was highly fin- could not be spared from my post in ished, with the facet lines picked out in London; but it remained a blow, nevergold. I gave it a twirl, and our com- theless, though, in view of Sam's evident panion smiled, but shook his head doubt- glee, I counterfeited a good grace and fully, when the eagle came again. "Per- uttered no remonstrance. Sam made his haps,” he muttered.

way into Paris not without difficulty, and “Where did you get the thing ?” Sam there he was forced for a time to stay, asked.

precisely as had been predicted; then, Monsieur Brizard tapped his forehead. owing to circumstances which he regard“Here,” he said ; "that I might diverted as favorable, his stay was prolonged myself a little. C'est une idée, ça, — le through all the wantonness and ferocity

toton politique.” So, with an air of pride of the second Reign of Terror, until, with in his invention, he tried it once more, a few hours of desperate street-fighting, watching its fall eagerly, and shrugging the Commune, yielding inch by inch behis shoulders in comic distress when the fore the resolute Versaillais, had become lily turned up. “Zut!” he cried, as the a mere historic memory. Sam lost none house was stirred into fresh excitement of these rare opportunities, which led by the Wacht am Rhein. “Je m'en vais. him into many scrapes. More than once, Au plaisir, messieurs.' Sweeping the through his insatiable curiosity, he was fickle instrument of prophecy into his arrested as a spy and dragged to headpocket, he made off hastily, and I saw quarters, where a look at his passport no more of him for many a day. sufficed for his release. Armed only with

Time went on, bringing the capitula- this document, he watched the Vendôme tion of Paris, the long armistice, the Column fall, and, rushing into the crowd, melancholy treaty of peace, the entry of pocketed that fragment of bronze which the Germans to the Place de la Concorde. now serves as a paper-weight upon my Then followed the fierce ascendency of table. On the terrible 23d of May, the Commune, whereof no man could while the Tuileries burned, he prowled foresee the issue. During these troubled the streets all night, hovering near the months, communication with Paris, al path of death and destruction like a carthough nominally resumed, proved un- rion bird ; and if he was not actually in certain and hazardous. But Markham & at the Commune's downfall, during the Wade, whose watchword was enterprise, final struggle of the Place de l'Opéra, desired to make the most of this advan- five days later, he must have been close tage, and, having little confidence in the upon it. I need not say that I still envy mails, sent messengers back and forth him these dreadful experiences.

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It was on the following morning, Mayest of the crowded counters I frequented. 29, 1871, that I was summoned by the Coming back, I found that the tide had partners into their private room and turned: the partners were already gone, asked how I should like to serve as spe- the staff hilariously bent upon following cial messenger to Paris by the night their example; the whole place was in a express. I replied that I should like whirl, through which I put the finishing nothing better.

touches upon my own task, while one by “You have never been in Paris, Gar- one my fellow-clerks noisily took leave. ner, I think ?” continued Mr. Markham, During the next half-hour Mr. Flack kept smiling at my eagerness, as I plainly per- up a dispute with Wilmot, the cashier,

I ceived.

whose accounts had obstinately refused "No," said I gloomily, fearing that the to balance. They counted and recounted admission might once more turn against their rolls of money, until at last the

error was brought to light. Then, after “ Then it will be a good plan to im- their exchange of congratulations, Mr. prove your opportunity,” broke in Mr. Flack turned to me. Wade. “Send your passport up to the Come, Garner, man, look alive! It's legation for a visé at once, and go pre- time you were ready. Off with your pared to stay on for a day or two. See coat, and let me buckle on the harness all you can and learn the ropes. When for you.” things are settled, we shall need you He held in both hands a wide belt of there."

chamois leather lined with pockets, the “Thank you,” said I, overjoyed. “And flaps of which were buttoned down over my instructions ? "

the money he had packed away in them. “May be summed up in one word, As he strapped this around my waist,

6 caution,'” Mr. Markham answered. he explained that the contents included “You will wear a belt containing French nearly equal proportions of notes and money, — twenty thousand francs, more gold, and that he had distributed the or less, which Mr. Flack will hand

you latter along the belt, to “even up” the at the close of to-day's business. You weight, as he expressed it. Nevertheless, will deliver this at the Rue Saint-Arnaud the weight so adjusted was considerable, the moment you arrive. That's all.” and at first I felt as if every step must

“Except to bring back whatever may betray my unwieldiness. But I soon grew be handed you in one, two, or three days, accustomed to this new sensation, and according to the turn of affairs,” added when I had put on my coat again no Mr. Wade. “Be guided by that, but one would have observed the slight halt make the most of your visit.” And so in my gait, or suspected any unusual feathey dismissed me.

ture in attire. The day was unusually busy, even for “Here's your demnition total !” said a mail-day, and we were all up to our Mr. Flack, handing me a memorandum eyes in work, of which I would have of the sum I was to carry. “ Francs, undertaken a double share cheerfully, in twenty-one thousand, five hundred ; or view of my approaching journey. At pounds sterling, eight hundred and sixty, luncheon-time I stole an extra quarter of roughly speaking. You 're worth more an hour to pack my light luggage, and, than ever before in your life, my precarrying this down to the office, I stowed cious. Come on! Give me those traps it away under my desk there, since I of yours. You must get aboard, youngwas to take the train at Charing Cross, ster, get aboard !” close by. Toward seven o'clock I bolted As we stepped out into the rush of the what passed for my dinner at the near- Strand, a fierce gust of wind lifted my

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companion's hat, but he threw up his left few moments, he had not proclaimed his hand just in time to save it.

nationality. When the guard examined “ Tim, my boy, are you a good sail- our tickets, the foreigner observed that or?” he inquired, jamming the hat down mine was for Paris, and commented upon over his eyes.

the fact. “I go only to Calais,” said he, “Oh yes. Why do you ask?” I an- “to conclude certain trifling affairs, and swered.

then to Belgium. Moi, je suis Belge. “Why? Bless your little heart, do And you are English, are you not?” Inyou forget you ’re on an island ?” Mr. clined to caution, I yet saw no reason for Flack rejoined. “And it's going to be being ungracious, and so answered that a naughty night to swim in. Lear's fool, I was American. The information apact third. I played him twice: once in peared to interest my fellow-traveler, and Derby, once in Manchester.”

it led him into a flow of compliment upon “How did it go ?" I asked absently, the nobility of our race, which, despite with a glance toward the stars, few of its extravagance, caused my blood to tinwhich were visible.

gle pleasantly. But though he asked no “Go? I was great in it, great, I other questions, the familiar, personal tell you ; and it's the best part in the tone of the conversation made me unpiece, too, bar the king. Heigh-ho!” easy. This he probably perceived, and Then, sighing at the remembrance of his as we went gliding on through Kent his former greatness, he led the way into the talk trailed off to the weather, which station, tossed my luggage to a porter, certainly gave him a good excuse for the and demanded a “ first-class return” for change of subject. The night was dark Paris, with an accent of pride upon as a pocket; rain had set in, and the big ordinal number. “The house always drops were driven sharply against the travels. first,'" he explained, lest I should window-pane by the rising wind. fail to be duly impressed.

membered Turner's picture of the train We hurried on to the barrier, through in a storm, and shivering, though it was which he seemed to have the right of not cold, drew the overcoat which I had way. “Going across?” asked its guard- thrown off around my knees. My new ian, with a nod.

acquaintance stopped talking, and settled “Not I; it's only the lad. Old Eng. himself snugly into his corner. land's quite large enough for me, this drowsy, nodded, slept for one half-minseason, thank you.”

ute, again for another, until, aroused by In this patronizing manner I was de- a draught of air, I started up, to find that posited in the corner of a first-class car- the coat had slipped from my knees, that riage, otherwise vacant; Mr. Flack waved the train stood still, and that the Belgian a last farewell from the platform; and was peering out of the open window into the train rumbled out over the murky the night. My mind reverted to my belt, Thames to the Surrey shore and back whither one hand instantly followed it. again into the Cannon Street station, on Convincing myself by the sense of touch the Middlesex side, close under St. Paul's. that all was safe, I asked why we had Here we found other passengers, one of stopped and where we were. whom, entering my compartment, seated “ We are at Dover, — that is all,” said himself opposite to me, somewhat to my “the guard comes for our tickets. annoyance, though he seemed inoffensive Now we move on, — to the pier. Good enough. He was a fussy, self-important God! what a night! Oh, this cursed little man of middle age, disposed to talk sea, I have no love for it at best." freely, with an accent that would have I laughed lightly. Here was I, at last, betrayed his foreign origin, even if, in a on the point of embarking for France.

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What would be a wave more or less to neither curtains nor partitions. These me? The cockle-shell mail-boat chafed couches were already well filled, the only and tugged at its mooring restlessly. In vacant places being at the stern, where, spite of the storm there were many pas- rolling up my overcoat for a pillow, I sengers ; and I had no sooner set foot wedged myself between my two companamong them than I encountered my old ions, - in good time, for five minutes friend Monsieur Brizard.

later the cabin floor was crowded with He stopped his nervous pacing of the recumbent figures in various stages of quarter-deck to hail me with a degree seasickness. Our own retreat was very of warmth which I cordially returned. dimly lighted, and we congratulated our

“You are going home?” said I. selves upon its comparative seclusion.

“Yes,” he sighed, “ to what is left But the motion soon proved excessive : of it, if that should be permitted. The poor Monsieur Brizard, frankly yieldthing is not so easy yet, they say, for using to it, turned pale and moaned, while who are Parisians. We are scrutinized the Belgian hid his face, suffering in siat Calais, it appears.”

lence. Before long, the atmosphere, the “Surely you have your passport ?” sights and sounds of these close quarters,

“Oh yes,” said Monsieur Brizard, began to tell upon me, good sailor that touching his breast-pocket, from which a

I was.

I lay flat on my back, dreading corner of the document protruded; “ with even to move; then, indifferent to all my visé for Paris, all in order. Yet even but my own pain, I shut my eyes and so, I doubt. The moment is a troubled tried to sleep off the dull headache of one; the best of us, I am told, lie under which I gradually grew unconscious. At grave suspicion."

last, the pitching and tossing diminished The Belgian had come up, and his perceptibly, and our limbo stirred into readiness to talk asserted itself at once. life with a general sense of relief. We “Bah!” said he ; "they magnify these were nearing Calais. Vaguely aware of difficulties in London. I can assure this at first, I found presently that the monsieur that we honest men need have Belgian, who had occupied the inner no anxiety. A Parisian friend of mine place, was already up and engaged in passed through yesterday without ques- the friendly task of infusing courage into tion; and he was a patriot of the newest the limp, spiritless soul of Monsieur Brisort, a so-called friend of liberty." zard. I lent him a hand, and together

“Ah, so much the better, then," Mon- we raised the sick man to a sitting possieur Brizard replied. “Since monsieur ture. He looked like a white shadow of does not disturb himself, and, like me, himself.

His clothes, all awry, hung returns to his native land”

round him in wrinkles. As we shook them "Oh, moi, je suis Belge!” rejoined the into shape, a paper fell from his breastother, setting him right.

pocket. The Belgian stuffed it back, reThen for the next few minutes we marking severely that he should have an chatted pleasantly together upon our eye to his passport. This speech acted short voyage and its prospects, after the like a spur. Monsieur Brizard sprang manner of fellow-passengers.

to his feet, and proceeded to feel in all But the moment the steamer cast off, his pockets. I immediately thought of conversation became impossible ; indeed, my belt, which had slipped out of place there was no remaining on deck with any a little, but as I quietly adjusted it the comfort. The wind, rain, and spray soon

weight reassured me; and just then, swept it clear, and we were forced be- Monsieur Brizard, declaring that he had low into an obscure cabin furnished with lost something, turned back to the berth, a continuous line of berths which had where in a moment he found a small roll

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