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Chapter NumberVI
Chapter TitleA SENTENCE.
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Full Date1889-11-28
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Newspaper TitleIllustrated Sydney News (NSW : 1853 - 1872)
Trove TitleBy Order of the Czar. The Tragic Story of Anna Klosstock, The Queen of the Ghetto
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CHAPTER VI.

A SENTENCE.

During the remainder of the day Czarovna was like a place torn with some internal calamity, and full of a dread of worse to come. To typify the community as one man, it was as if he were

stricken with the first symptoms of the plague, and knew that his hours were numbered, and that he would die in dreadful agony. Police and soldiers ostentatiously paraded the little town. The Governor and his staff took up their quarters at the old house of the Ghetto. ' It is on the scene of hostilities,' said Petronovitch, ' and will serve as a convenient court of justice; for we must needs have prisoners. Unless these cursed Jews give up the murderer, Ferrari, they shall smart for it ; he cannot have left Czarovna ; he is in hiding. I will whip every cursed man and woman of them, but I will have the ruffian they are concealing/

Anna was permitted her liberty on condition that she held no communication with her father or with Losinski. Petronovitch had her watched

iii the hope that she might unconsciously lead them to their quarry, How could she obey thè Governor's inhuman order ! The sentinels who guarded her father in an upper room of his house prevented her from seeing him ; but there was no officer to bar her way to the humble lodging of Losinski, whither she flew for counsel and

advice.

' Oh, if we could but leave this place !' she said. ' If my father gave them all he possesses, would they release him and give us our liberty to go

forth and starve ?'

'Be comforted, my dearest/ said Losinski, . we have only one resource, bur Heavenly

Father/

' But will He hear us ? Oh, will He hearken to our prayers ?'

She was distraught, the poor child-mad with fear, and with a dread she dared not speak of. Petronovitch had addressed her in soft, if not kindly words. She would rather he had spat upon her.

' God will surely help us/ said the rabbi ; ' it cannot be that so much true religion, such a good

and honourable life as your . father's shall not find approval in His sight, and therefore pro- tection ; and it cannot be that such love as He has permitted me to be blessed withal shall be blighted/

' Oh, my dear love/ exclaimed Anna, ' I sometimes fear we are not His chosen ; that after all we did crucify Him whom we should have accepted.

'Nay, Anna, thou art beside thyself.!'

'Surely I am/ she replied, wringing her hands; 'passing the great crucifix by their church, it seemed to me as if the eyes of Him in His agony sought mine and that he pitied me.' .

' For God's sake, Anna, no more of - this, lest the judgment of Heaven fall straight upon

us.'

'Say not "lest it fall," dear love/ said Anna j 'surely it has fallen. I am homeless, my father a prisoner, and I am going mad, for I know they will take thee from me. Hark ! they are coming !'

She fell fainting into his arms,

and as he laid her upon a seat. . and called the woman of the

house, the police knocked at £he

door and entered.

' You are my prisoner-come ! '

said the first officer.

' "What is my offence ?' asked

Losinski.

'No words/ said the officer, laying a rough hand upon him ;

' come !' .

Losinski was hurried before the Governor, who attacked him with brutal effrontery as ' a con- spirator, a traitor, a cursed Jew ' ; and repeating the very

words of caution Losinski had used in addressing his flock, ' I am cruel, am I ? I am not the weak fool your previous Governor was, eh ? No justice or charity is to be expected from me ? You denounce the faithful servant of His Imperial Majesty to your people, do you ? You would foment a rebellion, would you? Speak, Jew ; what have you to say ?'

' Arraign me before the judges in open court, and let me know the charge you bring against me, and I shall know how to defend myself.5

'I do arraign you now, before this Court Martial, this Council of War,5 said the General, waving his hand so as to indicate his staff, who bowed their heads with the sxibmissiveness of slaves. ' Do you deny the truth of what I allege ? You shall see that I am just if I am severe, as it behoves justice to be in these days of con- spiracy and rebellion. Stand forth, you Judas,

there !'

He named him well-the witness-for he was a member of Losinski5s flock-a half imbecile, God- forsaken wretch, whom the police had suborned by threats and money to betray the rabbi.

' You heard this Losinski warn his flock against me, the Governor, appointed by our holy father,

the Czar ?5

' I did,5 said the witness.

' He said they might neither expect justice nor charity from me ?'

' Yes/ replied the poor creature.

' You hear, Jew ? You shall see how just I am, how generous are my brother councillors. What have you to say ?'

' May I ask your witness, my unhappy brother, a question ?'

' You may/

' Did I advise anything but gentle submission to the new Governor-a careful observance of the

law ?'

cNo,5 said the wretch. cOh, God forgive

me !'

(Continued on page 31.)

BY ORDER OF THE CZAR.

(Continued from page 9.)

' Stand up, Judas/ said tho Governor. ' That eant, "Be careful how you rebel, but rebel; li't do it in the open daylight ; but the Gover

Petronovitch is unworthy of his position ; lie a tyrant. His Imperial Majesty has sent '^"o'st you an unjust and cruel officer ; rebel Uinst him, but have a care, do it secretly." yó" Losinski, are a cut-throat Jew-a rebel, a traitor to tho State-and for this I will make an «ampie °f vOU- ^ou are condemned to receive fifty Wows of thc knout in the public place of exe- cution ! Officers, remove him and let Iiis punish- ment take place with all convenient speed ; direct (],e Commander of the District Prison to attend 11S at the Palace of the Government within the

losinski staggered under the sentence, and

turned pale to the very lips.

'Mercy! mercy!' he cried; 'do not condemn llie on the evidence of a miserable wretch such

as this/

He pointed to the suborned witness as he spoke, and the poor creature turned away his head and

sobbed.

'Why ask me for mercy, said the Governor, with a cruel sneer, ' since I am a tyrant, without pity, without remorse ?'

'I did not say so/ the rabbi replied, ' and what- ever I said was in the cause of peace.3

'It is m tho same cause that thou art con- demned/

' Great God !' exclaimed the rabbi, casting Iiis oves upwards, ' help me, for Thy name's sake for her sake, for the sake of Thy poor servant,

Anna !'

' Away with him V exclaimed the Governor, and the next moment the rabbi, beside himself with grief and terror, was dragged into the

street.

(To bc continued.)

When the Tay Bridge was opened, a couple of impecunious young printers wrote to the Edinburgh manager of the North British Kailway, suggesting a cheap trip on the day of the approaching event. They enclosed a sketch poster displaying, in attractive style, their idea of the cheap trip. Instead bf a formal reply, in a few days the printer's apprentices had an autograph letter from the manager, thanking them for the hint, enclosing a poster announcing the cheap trip and a couple ot: free passes ; and when the day came these two young printers had the satisfaction of being accompanied by nearly

100 excursionists ! Printers have ever been public benefactors, and they generally begin

young.