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THE COURT CARRIAGES Leaving St. Stephen's Cathedral after the special service in honor of the day. him ceased so furiously to rage together. and nowadays old Emperor, leading the Much had been lost-including Lombardy life of incessant state-toil in the Burg at and Venice—but much was steadily being Vienna or down in the villa at Ischl, is preserved. Hungary soon was saved to “the father of Austria,” and day and Austria's name. He threw himself into night thinks of “only one thing, before the business of governing as a business. God—how I can aid you, my people, and His brilliant education and intelligence, a hold you indeed viribus unitis." personality so simple and winning that it But, whatever the inner character or has often been said that “no man or outer personality, whatever the honest woman can ever fail to love Franz Joseph struggles in his vicissitudes and noble if the Emperor looks once into his eyes,” efforts and successes as a prince, have the natural probity and dignity of his char- won Franz Joseph his people's regard, acter—these traits came more and more it is the extraordinary group of private to the front. The sky has never cleared. misfortunes that has drawn his subjects It is full of thunder and lightning. But to him. Therein especially comes the no storm is likely to break over the white human element and personal leverage. head of the now venerable prince, who The mysterious suicide, or murder, of his little by little has won the boundless con- only son (the very sort of prince, in many fidence of a nation that doubts almost traits and in early popular acceptance, in everything else. What will become of truth “born," to succeed such a father) Austria-Hungary after the death of Franz was a tragedy such as is rarely met in all Joseph we cannot easily foresee. The history. We must go back to the White present fusion, almost out of hand, may Ship for a like example. Aside from such become confusion. Hungary, the pre- a matter as Rudolph's death, the internal dominating kingdom, now only nominally difficulties and disappointments of the dependent on Austria, may have the most Hapsburg family connection have been important hand to play; and it may win countless, all the while the Emperor was the whole game. But there will be no growing old. The assassination of his war so long as the faithful, hard-working, wife-a wife whom he always loved and
esteemed, in spite of the eccentricities of Clerical party-an ingredient of no benefiher life after sorrow for Rudolph had cent kind. A thousand stories are current shattered it forever—was a climax that of his quiet, sincere charity and goodness only a strong nature could support. Now, to everybody, even to the undeserving. lately, the marriage of the heir to the “A good old man " indeed! It is love throne under morganatic conditions has which furthers love, even if it does not been a cruel disappointment, and an ad- beget it. The love of this prince for his ditional touch of incertitude to the throne. subjects, united with his unwearied sense Many royal husbands and fathers, wives of duty to their welfare, maintains the and mothers, furnish examples of men and Austro-Hungarian Empire, more than anywomen meeting the griefs that are human thing else, in a fair show of integrity. to all, irrespective of rank. But the sor- “All my people know," runs the Emperrows of Franz Joseph as a son, husband, or's letter to Dr. Koerber, after the birthfather, uncle, and much else, give him a day processions and illuminations and most melancholy place in the group of rejoicings, “ that I have dedicated my sad-hearted royalty.
whole life to them. ... God the AlHe has concentrated himself on his mighty bless and preserve the bond which life-work as his great distraction. “I encircles my people and me!" It is no live in my people ” is his motto, as much empty and policy-framed communication as the one he specially chose for his reign and prayer. There is just now an unusu
- Viribus Unitis”-a phrase spoken by ally bright row of strong sovereigns, who him, let us say, not so much in irony as are admirable men and women, across the in hope. Hours long, day by day, he is civilized world. Anarchy is an insult at his desk. Nothing is neglected. Now to the sentiment linking many a throne and then even the humblest peasant can and race. Franz Joseph of Austria is a get a personal interview ; an appeal, it truly noble and elevating example among may be, if justice has miscarried. The all his best contemporaries. Certainly it life of the good old man is as blameless is to be hoped that even if he may not as it is full of industry. His tastes are live to see his discontented subjects at simple, and in food, clothing, amusements, one with one another—that is not likely, all such matters, he is the pattern almost alas !—the bullet of an assassin will not to an extreme, especially in extravagant be aimed at a heart that, as he once wrote and ever-running-into-debt Austrian soci- to one of his Ministers, “would long ago ety. He is profoundly religious. In fact, have broken did I not believe in the love the Emperor's strong religious feeling is of God and of the people for whom he undoubtedly an unlucky factor in the has bid me work as long as I can."
By Charles G. D. Roberts
That chokes my sight-
Ah, now I know why stirs
No more my breath!
My mouth is stopt with dust
My dream with death.
Where is this seed of sel!
I clutch to hold ?
Will it dissolve with me
Into the mold?
It slips. . . . Ah, let me sleep,
Worn, worn, outworn-
So to be strong, when I
THE DUKE OF THE ABRUZZI
unexpectedly after only eleven achieved a world-wide reputation. Em
months' absence in the northern ploying his own private fortune to prepare seas, surprised even the most hopeful be this expensive expedition, and abandoning lievers in his polar expedition. His strong all the small pleasures of his age and rank, ship, the Stella Polare, was provisioned for Louis of Savoy has set an example to the three, and could even have remained away wealthy young men of Italy. five, years. None imagined that he could When, at noon of June 12, 1899, the so soon have accomplished the purposes Stella Polare set sail from Christiania, no of the expedition, and still less that he one expected it to return this year, and could have surpassed the polar record of Nansen believed that it would be absent the great Norwegian mariner Nansen. at least two years. It was thought that The Duke has been received in Italy with the whaling-boats of Norway, which go far enthusiastic joy. Italians felt a natural north, might perhaps bring some news of pride that one of their race and one of it; but on September 6, 1900, it touched their kingly house should have succeeded the northern port of Norway, and soon told in such a difficult and perilous undertak- its own tale of disaster happily overcome, ing.
of hardy journeys over ice and snow on This young man, born at Madrid when sleds drawn by dogs, of hardships from his father, Amadeus of Savoy, was King cold and hunger and the loss of several of Spain, studied at the naval college members of the ship's crew. Unlike in Leghorn. He was the first to reach the Nansen, who expected to be carried to the summit of Mount St. Elias on the Pacific, Pole by the great current running from the islands of Siberia to Greenland, the Duke the Pole, was not to have been the 1 of the Abruzzi planned to leave his ship sent out if the entire programme had be in some quiet and safe harbor, and then executed. with sleds send on to the north a series of The Stella Polare would have passe exploring parties. The sled journey of second winter in the Bay of Teplitz ! Nansen with one companion, by which he not an accident rendered it necessary reached latitude 86° 14', was an incident, return. The ice broke around the si while it was the chief idea of his young and threw it with force upon the near la friend and admirer. The ship, at a fixed breaking a hole in the side a foot a point, was to be the storehouse of provis- a half long. For twenty-four hours ions and the starting-point for sled jour- water entered and the case seemed d neys. These journeys were to be at first perate, until a new movement of the slow and short, gradually extending in lifted the ship up on a strong glac time and length, finding the way and es. The carpenters then worked for th tablishing depots of provisions. This was lives, using the woodwork of the inter the same plan as that of Greely, who by of the ship. This was in September. sleds reached latitude 83° 42' in 1882. habitation on the land was made from The difficulties overcome by Louis of Savoy ship's sails and some of the woodwa and Captain Cagni are best understood and a stove in the center reduced by Nansen, who gave them both the most temperature to seven degrees below ze enthusiastic welcome on their arrival at centigrade. But, without, it was fifty-t Christiania. They reached latitude 86° 33' degrees below, and during the exerci in one-third of the time employed by with the sleds this extreme cold frozet Greely and one-half of that taken by fingers of the Duke and one of Capt Nansen. The sled journey made by Cap- Cagni, while all the men suffered more tain Cagni, which reached the nearest to less. One hundred and twenty dogs si