|Newspaper Title||The Herald (Fremantle, WA : 1867 - 1886)|
|Trove Title||A Bet and Its Consequences|
: THE STORY-TELLER. A BET .AND ITS CONSEQUENCES. CIIAPTElK II. Through Louis Yolkmnar's patronage and pecuniary assistance, his tailor, who had at one time been reduced to poverty, was. now in a good position. This Au dermatt was a Swiss, who, though cliig ing with all his soul tu his Alpine home, had found a bond that held him fast in 'the plains of Northern Germany,-the powerful bond of love. He had married a respectable girl, and begun business in Sasmall way, but as his family increased mnore ramidly than customers and profit, lhe descended step by step until he be 'tame a patcher of old clothes. He "c6n sidered himself fortunate when, at last, lie obtained some pieces of work from a fashionable tailor in the town, and was thereby enabled to increase the comforts of his good, affectionate wife. One day Andermatt was sent by this tailor in the .town, and was thereby enabled to ini crease the comforts of his good, affec tionate wife, One day Andermatt was .sent by this tailor to Volkmar's with a coat; and Louis, whose heart was always warm and sympathetic, seeing his pale, haggard cointenance, began to talk with him, and the honest Swiss told his history truthfully. "Would you not like a good business ?" asked Volkmar. "Yes, indeed," replied the Swiss, "but I have not tle means. To have a' good business, one must have a good chop in a lively street; that requires 2noney, and I have none." - S" Well, then," said Louis, "ifyou will prove to me that you are a good work man, I shall supply the money requisite for starting you in business. Take my measure now, and make me a coat." A flush of juy mounted to the pale cheeks of the man, and tears stood in his eyes, - . . .. . - .
.anaiermatt tooK ius measure, went away, and very soon returned with the coat made ini the newest fashion. It fitted'admirably. Louis kept his promise Andermatt took a shop in a good street) and ordered a stock of the best cloth. His good work, added to the recommen dation of Folkmniar, soon brought him' so much custom that. he was able to pur - chase his house, and to employ a con piderable number of workmen. One day when Andermatt was measur ing him for a coat, Louis said, "You know how I appropriated the money I made by my wager; but it has struck ,me that ihe most needy families have, .peri-haps from a feeling of pride, shrunk from our inquiries. If you know of any one, I will very willinigly assist them." '" Oh," said the h6nest tailor, - "you are led by Providence to the right place. Yes, I do know a family such as you seek ; but-you must giveme a few minutes to tell their sorrowful tale. You knowvhow -badly the situation of registrar is paid. -The man I am thinking about was a registrar, and out of his small income -had a wife and two children to support. The man was the whole day in the count jig-house, smothered in dust, and in a part of the building where there was .very little light, and a great deal. of; damp. Out of an income like his, you! know that nothing can possibly remain for da's of want and illness; and you know how provisions have been raised in price during the last few years. Well, the salary of the poor man was not in creased, and his perquisites became .fewer. So it went with the poor man as it does with me when a coat is a misfit- lie hia only to endure. Their living be came scanty, and for weeks they never saw meat on their table. At length their troubles reached a height. The good fellow, whose eyesight had long been failing, and who had been trying to pre erve it by the aid of spectacles, became stone blind. HI e was dismissed with a F mall pension, and no one inquired further about him."
Louis listened to the tale with increas Sympathy, and at the last .sentence a deadly chill for a moment took possession Sof his limbs. "But this did not end his troubles," .~otii.ucd Andermatt. "The mother be came ill, and lay for months unable to work. DearMr. Volkmar, do not think -that I am praising myself myself when I say that the family would have starved if I had not supported them. What y-ou did on a large scale for. me, I have done in a small way for the family Koch. In the meantime, Christine, the elder of the two childrol, grew up, and the nmother, by the help of a gracious God, recovered. Then came better times for the poor family. I say, dear Mr Volk mair, when the good God .sends suffering, he alwfays sends a helping angel Here was one, bodyand soul; only wings were wanting to make her complete; and this angel was the daughter. Is spite of her trouble, night-watching, and hard work, the charming girl bloomed like a rose, but hid her beauties beneath a veil. Few anow her: virtu,es.'' " Andermatt, Anolermatt," crie d Louis, ' what would your excellent wife .say . to ,uch an animated description if she heard you ?" ?eard me !" exclaimed the tailor; '"why, I only repeat lier own words. Sshe: is m< re delghted with her than my self,- for she knows herbettor. Only yesterday she said to me that she had never seen such a beautiful face; and do you know-" Andermatt could not pro ceed. S-"Now," said Louis, " why do the words stick in your throat ? Out with them !" " Yes," said Antermnatt, " if you will uot take it ill to h:?r ywhat a alkaitive w.omau says. '" Does it concern nie then?" asked LIouis. "Yes, indeed," replied Andermatt. :tHas your.ife, tfhen, said anything bad about me, that you cainot tell me ?" -,demanded.Louis. : ""'Bad!--no," cried Andematt;. anyth ing bad I That would be impossible. I :would tell you, but you might be angry. Mow, do youk now, she said, If I were t,, choose a man in this wide world fov this leie'l, this jewel, this angel ii human 'orinit would be Mr. * Louia V1lkmar.' "nd .tiat yo did not wish to tell! e " F.ald Louis. " Tell your wife I 1 8" ". t '
thaink her heartilyv f,' her good wishes."' He was silent a momenti then he said, "But you have gone .from l-the.: chief point." " You are. right," said: A?deriat~t; " one more:trouble they had. The soni, who is veiy clever, was anxious togo tb school; but they required money to .send him. Both mother and dauighterworklced hard all daiy;. yes, even into the nighlt; but you kniw a needlewoman scarcely earns the water that she drinks; and, for the' seho6ling; they have had to take the money they owe for rent, which has been running on nearlp two years." " And howv.much do they owe ?" asked Louis. " Well," said Andermatt, "they have only two little rooms and a small kitcheni, that one can scarcely turn round in. - .-" About that.I don't iwant to know," said Louis; "' orilythe sum." "' Seventy thalers," was the reply; "And the street ?" he asked " Wilhelm Strasse," replied Ander matt. ".And -the number ?" he Bontinued. "Number 511, four stairs up," said the tailor. "Registrar Koch.' ' And the owniier of :the house ?" said Louis. . . '" "'"Mark Hirsch," Was the reply.' " A Jew ?" demanded Louis. ''"Yes, but a 'warm-hearted, honourable man," said Andermatt? " one who has God in hisheart, whose.religion is not a pretence." - ' All honour to him!" said Louis. " And his business ?' " A linen-draper," said Andermatt. "Tell me,. Andermatt," said the young man, " does this man know me by sight ?" "I cannot say with certainity," he replied. :"'I buy a great deal of lining of him, and Ihave.often told him of you. The mouth cannot keep back what the heart will send out." "Now, dear Andermatt, cannot. you leave gossip alone ?" saidLouis. " You know I don't like people to talk about me."
"But I Lust express my love and *gratitude-" said Andermatt. "Not a word about that," said Louis. " i have a commission to give you." Louis went to his desk, counted out some money, and, rolling it up, gave it to Andermatt. " Here is the money," he said. "Give it to the honest Hirsch, and tell him to give an acquittance to the Registrar Koch. But mind what*I say-if you tell him where the money comds from, .you shall never again come into my presence. " I can be quiet for once," said the honest Swiss, as hie pressed .the hand that gave the money. " The secret will not be let out," he added, as he took his hat and walked towards the door. "Andermatt, stay a moment," said. Louis, seriously, and with emphasis. " Tell your wife .nothing about this." " Your command is sacred," said the tailor. ." The Lord Will reward." " Andermatt bowed and went away, and Louis stood a long time at the window smoking his cigar, and playing with his fingers on the panes of glass ; he then walked up and down the room, and at last threw himself in a corner of the sofa. The words of the tailor had :not fallen into the sea; they had moved the soul of the young man most deeply. When he began to think about anything, suddenly the image of the young girl stood before him. The words "jewel, pearl, afigel in human form," 'haunted him contin ually. For along time Louis sat still; he then rose,opened the door, and called out "Caspar" and his faithful servant ap peared. " Caspar," said Louis, " have you an old-fashioned coat of mine, trousers, and hat ?"
Caspar thought for a moment, then said, "Yes, there is your olive-green one, which you used to like; and I have a dozen old hats of yours." " Go, good old man, and brush the coat and trousers well," said Louis; and the hats were shall I find them ?" " I believe in number fourteen," said the old man ; and he went to fetch the key. An hour afterwards Louis looked at himself in the glass. He had removed his swatch and everything that would give the slightest idea that he was greater than an usher in an elementary school. So equipped he started. It was abou four o'clock in the afternoon, and a clear, warm July day. He arrived at the house of the linen-draper, Hirsch, without meeting an acquaintance. When he en tered the shop, Mr. Hirsch, an old man apparently, came to him and asked what he wanted. " I want some linen," said Louis, very modestly; " but not the very finest, only a strong kind ; not too coarse." i " Your are right, sir," replied Hirsch; "the finest calico is not.the most durable. :I can show you some, very durable; a very rare thing in these days, when every thing is made for show." He then went into the back shop and brought a piece. "' Are you a judge of linen ?" " I do not understand it," replied Louis. " I mustleave it entirely to your honest advice and good name." The cloth was cheap, and the bargain son. struck.
" May I inquire your name ?" saidt rirsch. "Leopold Vogelmann," replied Louis, as he took out the money, and Hirsch seemed astonished. L" May I ask your profession?" con tinud, Hirsch. S4 teacher," was hie reply. " 'Good, Mr, Teacher, I am pleased with you," said Hirsch. " All young people do not pay when they purchase." "I lnever take anything for which I carin'dt pa," w4s the ireply. "'I buy no tlifign without mioney." "A A rare customer !" said -the draper, " and very honest. You will come to something in the world. That is the right way to rise." " I believe it, said Louis, interrupting him. " . am a stranger here, Mr. HiPsch, aind know no one wlho makes shirts. Per-. haps you would be so good as to iifo?rm " Tosu,; I?mn glad," said hie. "I can serve you here in this house. Good work ---honest people."
" 'Vl?hore can I fintd them?" said Louis. " Will you, take the linen yourself?" said ir?such. ".Yes,'" replied Louis. 'Otto," cried Hirsch to a yoirg. man, " come and attend to the shop. I im going up.stairs with this young man." They went up together to the fourth stoiy of the house, and Hirsch knocked. The door was opened, and they entered a small but clean and comfoi?table room. The furniture seemed very old, but clean liness and order prevailed through out thie room. In an old arm chair, such as people used fifty years ago, and are now used in thile country, sat, dressed in a'clean over-coat,, an old man whose appearance indicated blindness. Hirsch.bowed, and all rose at his en trance. ",Keep your- seat, Mr. Koch," said Hirsch, as he placed the blind man again in his arm-chair. " You are very kind,- Mr. Hirsch," said lie; " but. if my hearing has not deceived me, you are not alone." ""Mr. Vogelman nwill not be offended" said Hirsch. " IfI am not mistaken, he does not care for-ceremony. Is it not so ?" he said,. addressing hims.lf to Louis. "T beg you will not pay attention to me," said Louis. At'that moment ad side door opened, and a youhg girl appeared. Hirsch ad vanced' to her and shook hands. Any one could see'that.the old man stood in high favour Wvith his tenants. Louis's eyes restedon thegirl. .' Yes," he said to himself, " this is indeed a pearl.": She was of middle height, had a good figure, and her head and faue were angelic. Louis felt that he had never before seen: so beautiful a woman, and the purity of her soul beamed out of every feature. " I bring a customer," said Hirsch, " Mr. Vogelmnanii, a teacher. He wants a dozen shirts made ; he has bought the linen of me. He is a stranger here. He begged me to bhoose a good place. Christine, come and look, and tell if I have not choosen well." Hirsch took the parcel from Louis, opened it, and showed it to her. " He left it all to me," he continued, " He understands nothing about linen. It could not be expected thathe would." The girl felt the cloth, and ,in a sweet voice, said, " Yes, it is a good one--very nice texture." " Do you hear that, ]Mr. Yogelmann? Christine always speaks the truth; it is the real truth that she speaks," cried Hirsch, delighted. ".'Do you wish to have the shirts soon ?" she asked, turning blushingly to Louis.-" I am not in a hurry," here e1Ad,,
" WYould six weeks be too long ?" she asked. " No," he replied. A kindly old women walkedforward: it was the mother. She looked at the mater ial, and praised it. " But," said she, "we should like a pattern shirt." " I'd beta wager the teacher did not think of that," said Hirsch. " Just like the men !" said Christine; "they understand nothing of these things." ' "You will win your bet then, for this is the first shirt I have ever ordered," saidLouis. -" Quite right; " remarked Hirsch. " Poor mother has seen to that: every where the same tale." : "May I bring the pattern to-morrow ?" said Louis. "I live too far away to be able to 5ring it to day. About this time 'to-morrow : will that do ?" " Oertainly," replied the mother. "And if you will have the goodhess to tell us how they are to be marked " L. V.," he replied. Louis would very willingly have re mained; but lHirsch said, "Now we must go. Go.od evening." When they got down stairs Louis said, "That appears a very happy family." " Hapy !" exclaimed Hirsch; "you're greatly inistaken. Cares and sorrows walk with them, sleep with them; but the Godof Israel lives still, and some times sendsto the pious a dove with an olive branch. These poor people-for they are as poor as Job, but as upright owed me. two years' rent. Now, Mr. Vogelhann, the old Hirsch has a heart, ard would not be liard on them. Well, this morning there came the tailor Ander matt, a pious, good man (God bless him!) and brought from- an unknown hand the entire rent, and bogged me to give them an acquittance. You may imagine how I ran up stairs with the news, and youmay fancy their delight. The girl stood as pale as death, her hands folded on her breast, and tears t~rikling down her cheeks. But nothing touched her so much as the tears of the old man. They all wept, even the old Hirsch. ' God bless the man,' said the old blindKoch, ' -who has rolled away this mountain from my heart !'-' Amen, Amen !' cried both mother and daughter." Louis was deeply moved; then, seizing the hand of the good old Israelite, he pressed it and hurried away. (To be continued.)