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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
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 last of the Abruzzi planned to leave his ship sent out if the entire programme had been in some quiet and safe harbor, and then executed. with sleds send on to the north a series of The Stella Polare would have passed a exploring parties. The sled journey of second winter in the Bay of Teplitz had Nansen with one companion, by which he not an accident rendered it necessary to reached latitude 86° 14', was an incident, return. The ice broke around the ship while it was th: chief idea of his young and threw it with force upon the near land, friend and admirer. The ship, at a fixed breaking a hole in the side a foot and point, was to be the storehouse of provis- a half long. For twenty-four hours the
. ions and the starting-point for sled jour- water entered and the case seemed desneys. These journeys were to be at first perate, until a new movement of the ice slow and short, gradually extending in lifted the ship up on a strong glacier. time and length, finding the way and es- The carpenters then worked for their tablishing depots of provisions. This was lives, using the woodwork of the interior the same plan as that of Greely, who by of the ship. This was in September. A sleds reached latitude 83° 42' in 1882. habitation on the land was made from the The difficulties overcome by Louis of Savoy ship’s sails and some of the woodwork, and Captain Cagni are best understood and a stove in the center reduced the by Nansen, who gave them both the most temperature to seven degrees below zero, enthusiastic welcome on their arrival at centigrade. But, without, it was fifty-two Christiania. They reached latitude 86° 33' degrees below, and during the exercises in one-third of the time employed by with the sleds this extreme cold froze two Greely and one-half of that taken by fingers of the Duke and one of Captain Nansen. The sled journey made by Cap- Cagni, while all the men suffered more or tain Cagni, which reached the nearest to less.
less. One hundred and twenty dogs shut
From “L'Illustrazione Italiana."