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Chapter NumberIX
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Full Date1877-12-01
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Newspaper TitleAlexandra and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express (Vic. : 1877 - 1908)
Trove TitleThe Prince and the Watchman: An Adventure on New year's Eve
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THE PRINCE AND THE s WATCHMAN. AN ADVENTURE ON NEW YEAR'S EVE. 8 (FnoM TIIrs GEaRMaN). a (Continued). CHAPTER IX. Whether it was that the increasing a cold of the New Year's night increased the effect of the winelie had drunk, or that his interview with Hose liad excited him more, certain it is that the wiliulness of the princely watchman gained the upper hand. lie stood still sit the corner of a street among a crowd of people, and blew his horn so suddenly sind shrilly that the women staried back and screamed. and the men stood still with fear. Then Julian cal;ed the hour and sang The business of our bustling town Has fallen quite away, Our very maidens, lair or dark, Now see no wedding day. The goods are dress'd as well as they can, But they do not reach the proper man. " That is really impudent to compare I ils to goods! " cried some female voices in the crowd. Some of the men, how ever, laughed heartily. "Sing it again," cried some merry fellows. "Bravo, watchman! "shouted others. " Do you venture, fellow, to insult our women in the open street ? " said ii gay young lieutenant, who had it pretty girl on his arm. " Herr Lieutenant. the watchman only sings the real truth-so much the worse, " said a stout young miller, " anl the very girl you haue on your arm confirmsit. Ha! young womrn.n, do you know mel Do yon know who I ami? Is it proper for a betrotlhed bride to go about the streets at night with other men ? To-morrow I will tell your mother that I can have nothing Inore to do with you." The girl hid her face, and pulled at the arm of the officer to get him away, but he was too doughty ai warrior to take to flight so easily before the milier ; he wished to maintain the Ionour of his cloth, so he let fly a volley of oaths, which the miller returned with inerest, and began to swing his sick. Suddenly a pair of stout cudgels in the hands of sturdy citizens were raised warnintgly over the officer's Ihed. and it broad shouldered brewer thus addressed him : '" Hers Lieutenant, begini no strife here on account of that bid girl. I know the miller: he is an honest man. lie is in the right, and as sure as I live the watchman is in the right too. An honest citizen and tri.desman cannot and dare not take a girl of our town for his wife. They all want tot ise above their station. Instead of ett.lndmg to kitchen and cellar, they run to plays and con certs ; instead of mending stockings, they read romances; neverything in the house is in disorder, and they ioaiionade about theol streets dressed tilu like princesses. They laing no dowry into the louse, except a routphle of fine dresses, lace and ribbons, romances, and luai ness. I speak from experience. I ihuuld have been tmarried long ago if our girls were not so spolled." 'I he lieutenant withdrew his weapon slowly before the cudgels, and mut tored, ill-naturedly, " So one must listen to the preaching of the citizen pack too!" " What do you mean by pack ? " cried a smith, who brandished one of the cudgels. "You noiele idlers, that we pay end feed with our taxes, will you dare to speak of pack 1 Your own blind behaviour is to I?luesi tor all the ill-luck. If you had only learned to pray andl work, there would not be half so many old maid'." The crowd went on incrensing; more young officers joined it ; then more workmen and master'. Boys made snowballs, and let them fly in among them, that they too mightr have their enjoyment of the fray. Th'lle first hall hit the noble lieutenant on the nose: he took it for the attack of the vulgar pack, raised his stick angin, and the fight begun in earnest. The prince hid only listened to the beginning of ile quarrel, ind, good. humoured anil luughinug, hai long ago betaken himself to snot ler street, caring little for the cansequences of his song. He next came to the palace of the Finance Minister. Bottomless, with whom, as Philip hmid learned, lihe was not on the best of terms. The windows were all lihghted ; the wife of the minister entertained a large company. Julian, in his satirical rhyming hUinmor, planted himsrlf opposite the witdows, and gave a tremendous blast of his hoatn. Some ladies andt gentlemin, hwnlvg at t?I' moment nothing better to do, opened the window to liPten to thu watchman "Sing us sometlingi good in honor of the New Year," said one of the gentlemen, calling down to Julitan. This call brought more of the ciinpany to the windows, andt among others the countess herself. Jilhan calledl the hour in the usual way; tihen sung. loudly and distinctly : All you who sigh, opprors'd witth debt, And to fail have not the wit, Boseechl the kitng a single day As treasurer to sit. Te strips the country tare of p. If, But never wants for golt himasetl. "'Tis enough to make one faint ! W'ho is the mean wretch who dares to do such a thing? " criedi tie ctountese. " Frau cotuntess," replied Julian, in disguised voice, aind speaking wth a Jewish accent, "' I w slied to do yo aII little plouasuro. I hag pardon; I am the court Jevw, Abralham Levi. Your Excellence kinows me already." " You, me!" crited an angry voice from the window. . You lying wretchl,! How can you be Abraham Levi? Iam Abraham Levi m3sa.lf: You are an impostor." " Call the watchman I Let the fellow be arrested I " shouted the minister's wife." At these words all the guests left the windows; but neither did the prinice stand still; on the contrary, lhe tookl his way as quickly as possible through

some little cross streets, and was soou secure from his pursuers. A swarm of servants and some under secretaries rushed out from the palace, and ran about seeking the slanderer. Suddenly some of them called out, " We've got him ! " and the others ran at the call. They had seized the real watchman of the beat, who had been innocently trudging along. Ieu wes instantly suirroiunded, overpowered, and, in spite of his ro-istnuce, dregged away to the guard house to answer for his sarcastic t hymes. The officer on duty appeared perfectly astonished, for another watchman who protested his innocence, had just been brought in who bld caused a dreadful fight between officers sand town's-people, by singing mocking rhymes about the women. The newly-taken prionner could con fess nothing ; but, on the contrary. he nIsisted strenuously, that a number of young people, who had probably drunk too much wine, had suddenly fallen on him, hindered him in the performance of his duty, and dragged him there. In vain did one of the secretaries repeatI the whole verse which had raised the rightful anger of the countess and her guests. The soldiers present burst into a shout of laughter ; but the honest watchman swore, with tears in his eyes, that such a thing had never come into his head. (To be continued )