|Chapter Number||I (cont.) - II|
|Newspaper Title||Alexandra and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express (Vic. : 1877 - 1908)|
|Trove Title||The Prince and the Watchman: An Adventure on New year's Eve|
THE PRINCE AND THE d WATCHMAN. p AN ADVENTURE ON NEW YEAR'S EVE. C (FBos TnE GEtuAN). SContinuedJ. S" You are a very good son," said old Gottlieb. . "And then I have been thinking," continued Philip, " to-morrow is New b Year's Day, and I want to die with t you and be merry. Perlihaps mother has not a roa-t in the pantry '" b " Not exactly a roast," said Frau Kate; " but there's a pound and a halt of beef, plrnty ol potatoes. and qevioned rice for soup.. And to drink, we havo a couple of bottles oe beer. Only come, Philip; we can dine very well, I and drink each other's healths too. Next week there i ill he New Year's gilts for the watchmen, and we lmay make ourselves very comfortable." "Well, so much the better for you," said Philip; " but is the horse-rent paid ? " Old Gottlieb shrugged his shoulders. "There are twrnty-two florins that I've Paved," said Philip, laying them on the table ; " I can do wihout them. Take them for a Now Yonr's gifts, andt now we can all face the NHtx Year with u courage and good humour. Ilenven f grant that we may all live through it, r beal'hy and happy. Heavon will pro vide for both you and me after." Frau Kate had tears in her eyes, and kissed him. "Philip," said old Gottlieb, "you are real comlort and stuff to our old age. God will re vnrd you for ir. Continue I to be an lhonest man nnd love your parents, and a blessing will not lie wanting. I wish you nothing for the New Year but tlint you may preserve your good, kii.d heart, and thitt is in t your own power. With II good con .science you will be rich enough. What you cost me as n child is alnost all paid back," he continued, reftrring n to the household book. " We hlve al ready received and spent three hundred and seventeen floiins out of your savings." " Three hundred and seventeen florins !" cried Frau Kate in the greatest astonislimnnt Then turning compassiotnately to Philip, she said in a softer voice, " Child of my heart ! I'm sorry for you; yoe. I'm very sorry for you. If you had been able to keel) that sum, and lay it up for yourself, you might have brought a piece of ground and set up as gardener on your own account, and ntiiried good little Rose. That cnn't be now. But com fort yourselt, it will not be so long now." " Mother," said Philip, frowning a little, " what are you talking about ? I love Rose as my life, but I would give up a hundred Roses for you and my father, I can never get any other parents, but I may get another Roso; though, among a thousand, Widow Bittner's Rose is the only one I care for." You are right, Philip," said the old man ; loving and marrying are hardly duties, but to support poor old parents is a duty. To sacrifice one's self, one's passions and likings for the happiness of parents is filial gratitude. God will reward you, Philip: He will make you rich in heiirt." "'If the time does not seem too long to the girl to wait, and she does not forsake you," said Frau Kate, " all will be well. Rose is a very pretty girl, and though she is poor, she will cer tainly not lack wooers: for she is be sides a good girl,and understands houso keeping." "Don't be afraid, mother," said Philip;," Rose has told me solemuly that she will never take any other hus band but me; neither has her mother anything against me. If I could set up for myself to-day, and provide for a wife, I might marry Rose to-morrow, that I am ceruain of. The plague is, that the old widow forbids us to see each other as often as we would like. She says that would not be proper. But I think, and so does Rose, that it is proper. So we have agreed to meet to-night, at twelvo o'clock, at the great gate of St. Gregory's Churcl, for Rose spends the Now Year's Eve with some of her friends, and I am to see her home." The neighbouring clock now struck a quarter to ten, and Philip took his father's watch-cloak from tie warm stove, where it had been carefully laid for him by his mother, and wrapping himself in it, he equipped himself with his horn and batton, and went off to his post. CIIAPTES II. Philip stalked moajestically through the snowy streets of the town, where as many people were abroid as if it were still day. Number of carriiges were driving about, end all the houses were brillantly lighted up. The nativity and life cheered up Philip. He blew his horn lustily, called out " ton o'clock," and sang his stave in the quarter of the town appointed him. It is even now customary in many German towns tor the watchman, after calling the hour, to sing a verse, appropriate to the time of night and state of the weather. Philip, however, lingered longest, and with many happy thoughts, before a certain house near St. Gregory's, where he well now that his Rose Swas spending the night with her friends. "Now she hears my horn," he thought to himself. *Now she thinks ot me, and forgets perhaps both gaime and talk. If shbe only does not forgets to elve o'clock at the church gatel" As he finished the round of his beat, Plhlip always returned to his beloved house, and looked up to the lighted windows. Now and then he descried female forma, and then his heart beat quicker; ho though he saw Rose. When the forms themselves disappeared form the window, he watched the lengthened shadows on the wnlls and ceilin~, trying to find out which was Rose's ishadow, and what she was
doing; it was certainly not very pleasant standing there, in frost and snow, making observatsiions; but what can frost and snow do to a lover ? And now-a-days watchmlan are as romantic in their loves as ever a tender-hearted knight of old in hcollards and romances. Philip first perceived the influence of the cold as it struck eleven, anid hbe had again to begin his round. His tooth chattered with the cold; lhe could hardly blow his horn and call out the bour-ho would bave liked very much to go into an alehouse and warm himself. As Philip was going throughc a lonely little strteet, lihe lmet ia atrtnge figure wrnappedn n a scarlet silk mantle ; he had a tblack macck or, his face, lnd jauntily stuck on the side of his head was at round hbut, fantsatically orna mented with a brilliant nigrette, and ni high waving plume of feathers. Philip1 tried to keep clour of the mask. but he stopped right heforo hlrm. (Tb be continued.) TiROAuT AFFECTIONS AND lTOAsRENEFeS. All suffering Iron, irritations of the throat and hoarseness will be agreeably surpristd at the almost immetdiate relief aitlrded by the use of " trowl's lrunichini Trochee." These famous lozenges Ire now sold by most respectable chemists in this country at Is 1id per hix. P'eople troubled with l" hacking cocugh," a "sIli ht ccld," or bronclhial aflifctions. cannot try tllere tcoo soonl, cs simlilar troubles if shlowed to prouress, result in striouis Plul mnonary cnd Asnthmaticc atlectiaolns. ,ace that the words " Ir-rwn's roncnehial Troches" are onil the G eoverllllent Strlamlp arocndl each I ox. - Manufactured by Jonll 1. Itcown & SoNs, Boston, United States. Depot, 493 Oxford strc et. Ldonlci. Fi.oRILrNE 1I-FOL TnlcE TEETHI AND Bt.lr:ATu.-A few drops it liquid "Floriline" ,priokled on a wet tooth-brush produces a plecasant lather, which thrroughly cleanses the teeth from all pnlrasites or impurities, hardti s the gums, prevents tartar, stops dIcay, gives to the teeth a peculiar pearly hliteness. and a delightful fragrancoe to the breath. It removes cll unplrasant odour arising from decayed teeth ir tobacco smoke, "The. Fragrant Floriline," being composed in part of honey and sweet herbs, is delirious to the taste, arind the greatest toilet discovery of the age. 'Prico 9s cd, of all chemists and per fumers. Prepared by Ilenry C. Gallup, 493 Oxford street, London.