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THS ALGONAf IQWA, NOVEMBER 19, 1890, m-EXILES. BJJSSUN: STORY. , , Whoever 1 c6nld have seen him, wrapped 5 ttp m his skin garments, his head covered f with a fur hood descending to {he base oi " his heck, a hatchet and an auger stuck in his leather belt, a keg under his arm and a gun on his shoulder, and, besides, finding the means to drag after him a saw, a sack of biscuit and packages of cartridges, would certainly have taken him for an Arctic Robinson CrUsoa. One evening, the Yakoute guides arrived, making a greaA noise with then? thirty-two dogs ahd awakenipg.the echoes of the Polat Sea. Yermac Was overjoyed; he could return to his plan of escape; ahd, this time, under much better conditions, thanks to Yegor's absence. Only one thing clouded his elation and that was his inability to take back the fugitives with him. But he knew their route; from Yakoutsk, by employing the government couriers, it was possible to spread the alarm over the entire coast of the Pacific Ocean bordering upon the Gulf of Anadyr. In the spring, Yegoi and his companions would reach this locality only to be captured. The guides, to whom Yermao related in his own fashion the abduction of Nadege and little Ladislos, and the departure oi Yegor Semenoff and M. Lafleur In search ol them, thought that their employers would never find their way back to the hut, or that, finding themselves brought by their pursuit nearer the Pacific than the Arctic Ocean, they would not retrace their steps They seemed, therefore, to consent easilj enough to what the chief of police desired They, however, demanded three or fom days to reach a final decision; this time, besides, was necessary to rest the dogs. Yermac, on the point of realizing his hopes, resolved to utilize these few days. H« brought away from the whaler, with the aid of a narta drawn by several dogs, whicl were replaced by others on completing eaci trip, everything that had a commercial value i if taken to Nijni-Kolimsk, especially th« powder, tho harpoons, and tho arms. Afterwards, ho caused to bo buried near the spot where his son reposed the bonos gath ered up hero and thevo on the deck and it the betwceu-decks of the vessel, thus carry ing out Yegor's pious intentions. CHAPTEH.— XXXII.— NADEGE AMONG THE TCH- ODKTCHIS. Three hundred and fifty miles to the east of the Bay of Tchaounsk is situated theBaj of Kolioutchine, whoro the Vega wintered from the 27th of September, 1878, until the 18th of July of the following year. Everybody now knows the surprising history of the expedition commanded by Nor- denskiold, the result of which was the revelation of tho existence of a north-east passage. It is cert linly tho greatest geographical achievement since tho discovery of America. It is known by all how tho Swedish savant, after several voyages of exploration to the north of Russia and Siberia, succeeded in reaching Behring's Strait and the great ocean, thus demonstrating tho truth • of a very ingenious hypothesis, namely: that along the coast of Siberia was a navigable .channel, caused by the abundant warm waters discharged during the summer by the vast Asiatic rivers. Nordonskiold, whilo wintering ten months In the Bay of Kolioutchine, lived among the Tchouktchis, a people very little known now, long foared by the other Siberian tribes with whom they came in contact, and whose reputation for ferocity has, -no doubt, hew greatly exaggerated. Tho illustrious Swedish traveler was not the first to penetrate into tho Tchouktchi peninsula. In 1828, Lieutenant Wrangel, ol tho Russian navy, since admiral, wont as far as the Island of Kolioutchine, and even before tho Russian navigator, tho celebrated Cook had, in 1778, discovered North Cape (Nordenskiold's Ciipe Irkaipi) and the Island of Kolioutchine which he named Burney's Island. In 1791, Captain Billings, after having disembarked on the shore ol the Bay of Saint Laurent in the Soa of Ok- hotsk, went by laud to tho Bay of Koliout- chine and then to Cape Chelagsk, It was from the accounts of Wrangel and his lieutenants Matiouchkine and Kozmine, as well as from what he knew of the expeditions of Billings and some others less known, such as tho merchant Chalaourofl, Of Yakoutsk, and Captain Saritchoff, that Yegor had fixed upon his route. He was not ignorant of the fact that the Tchouktchis were a people to be foared and to be looked out for, but never had tho terrible possibility of an abduction witb armed hand oi Davidoff's daughter entered among his apprehensions, Tho unfortunate N'idege, confined in the double tent of tho chief of a tribe established to the south of tho Bay of IColioutchine, 'now no longer hoped for deliverance if it V,«we not effected by tho intelligence and counflKO of her adopted brother. Ladislas, without being forced to do so, had followed hor, hoping to bo able to pi-o- tect and be useful to hor. Tho young girl's abductors numbered sovon. Among then was tho old Tchouktchi who had asked hospitality of the exiles a few days before. They wore commanded by a young chiei established temporarily at tho Baj' of Tch- aounsk, but whose permanent fishing quarters wore at tho Bay of Kolioutchino. Tho Tohoukfchi kamakay, finding himsoU much too near the wintering place of the white men from the west, gave the signal for departure and wus followed by all those belonging to his tribe, tho richest taking with them their slaves, descendants, doubt less, of former prisoners of war. Nadoge, treated at first with some consideration, made this new journey in a well covered narta, having beside her hor dear Ladislas, whom she pressed to her bosom as if she feared they would snatch him from her. Numerous dogs drew the narta, excited by a slave who van on foot beside the vehicle. As the tribo advanced towards the east, Ladislas, whoso intention from the first had been to steal away and, return tc the hut to inform Yegor of tho route takes by Nadego's abductors, saw with terror the lengthening of the i-otid he would have to pass over to carry out his plan. He wished to quit Nadoge, but she retained him, explaining to him that, while there was still uncertainty about the locality ty which she was being taken, he ought not to abandon her. If he departed at once, how could he inform Yegor i Bettor would it be for him to remain with hor, depending upo? the devotion and activity of her betrothed U flud them. On leaving Capo Cholagsk, the coast wai seen to be covered with villages composed of a dozen touts each, %U0 sometimes, oi even less. These were', t Cements of the flexed Tchouktphis, who dwell up,ou the borders. o{ tho sea «u4 are distinct from thi Ttwir teuta wore JfovttW4 of P«le« orwhali noticed that these cone shaped habitations bulged out tow iri J 3 the north, but were flai to the opposite aide. On this side was i 16W opening which served ns a door and Was closed by n skin curtain. A seconjl Opening at tho top o j each tent gavepassagi to the smoke. finally, they arrived at the Say of Kol- ioutchine, where was already a portion of the tribe. There, Nadege and Ladislas were Installed in the kamakay's tent, which was larger and much more comfortable than the others. The chief's first two wives were' In this tent. These short statured shrews, with black eyes, long, braided hair, and yellow- brown complexions, who bore a strong resemblance to the Esquimaux of Greenland, divining in Nadege a rival, overwhelmed her with work, maltreated her and Insulted her in every way. There was within and at the extremity of the first tent, upon a Wooden platform about a foot high, a second tent of much smaller dimensions, a sort of alcove kept well heated by means of a lamp fed with seal oil, This second tent was the lodging place of the kamakay's two wives. The latter forced Nadege to remain in the exterior tent, always very cold in spite ol the fire for cooking purposes; yet the unfortunate young girl breathed there an atmosphere less vitiated than that of the alcove, In which the dark beauties of the Tch- ouktchi peninsula were somewhat too much at home. Tho roughest work, such as bringing snow to be melted for water for household use and gathering up along the coast drifted wood or, in default of that, moss, bones, or whale ribs to feed the fire, fell to Nadege. Tho kamakay's wives also occupied her in tho construction of a kind of net, made of leather strings, to bo employed in catching seals, or in the preparation of engines Intended to capture wolves; those were pieces of whale whiskers bent double after their ends had been sharpened; tho whisker thus prepared is sprinkled with water which is promptly converted into ice. Then tho confining strings are out, the ice sufficing to solder together tho two extremities of tho whisker, mid tho whole is covered with grease. Tho wolf throws itself upon this bait and swallows it. Tho heat of its stomach melts the ice, the whale whisker springs out and its sharpened ends kill tho animal. The kamakay strove to maintain harmony in his household by administering blows to his two wives. Not knowing any other language than his own, he had not yot succeeded in communicating to Nadege his projects In regard to her otherwise than by counting in English up to threo, at the same time pointing in succession to his two wives. He thus gave her clearly to understand that he reserved for her the honor of becoming his third wife. "One, two, threo I" he frequently repeated to hor, opening ouo after another throe fiu- gors of his left hand. Poor Nadoge feigned not to comprehend— and comprehended only too well. "One, two, throe 1" resumed the kamakay, with his repertoire of gestures. Then, impatient at not advancing with greater rapidity in his murltal aflairs, ho swallowed bumpers of American whisky and retired to the heated alcove. The kamaktiy had made the acquisition of a white reindeer, intended to bo offered as a sacriilco by the tribe. This immolation wus to take place on the first day of the new moon. Ladislas sometimes climbed upon the animal's back, with a secret design that may be guessoJ, and rode it hither and thither. One evening, tho barking of a dog was heard outside the tout. Nudege and Ladislas recognized tho bark of With, as tho ani- niul did not howl like tho Siberian dogs. Davidoff's daughter, full of hope' and joy, thought that Yegor h:id at last arrived to deliver her. But no one appeared. The dog continued to bark in the night. Then Ladislas persuaded Nadego that the moment for him to flee had come. Mounted upon tho white reindeer, he would put forth all his strength, following tho sou us closely as possible, to rouch Capo Bnriiuoff and tho winter hut. Wab -would guide him. Perhaps, he would not have to go very far to find Yegor, for it was not to bo supposed that tho dog had come alone such u long distance. , Nadege, deceived in hor expectation, consented to everything the child wished, and, that very night, uftor having supplied himself with several enormous pieces of rein- door meat cooked in seal fat, he ran after the reindeer intended to be sacrificed, which tt'as w.uiucinng around tho tents. He easily caught it, mid roJo uway towards the west, procodod by \Viib. 'J.'ha yonn',' Pulo, gifted with extraordinary oT w.ll, and possessing, be- si'.ics, u ro ; luiujt'uutilim which permitted him to bravo the rigors of the cold and all sorts of privations, was quite capable of successfully executing this mad enterprise ol devotion. ClIAPTEll XXXIII. — THE Fl'OlTIVES AND TUB KAMAKAY. The chief of police hud induced tho two Yakoute guides to consent to quit tho win- tor hut and depart for Nijni-Kolimsk. Yur- mac abandoned u portion of the provisions they hod brought, especially the fish intended to servo as food for the dogs, uutl cuusocl the nartas to bo loaded with largo quantities of tobacco, sugar and gunpowder and some pieces of cloth, tho whole coming from the whaler Hugo mid Maria. Nevertheless, the guides had obtained a postponement of the dopurturo for a few days ; they had now no reason whatever tc urge for a further adjournment. Besides. Tekel and Chort had bocomo convinced that their employers would not return to the hut. They, therefore, made no further resistance. The day for tho departure arrived. It was a lino winter day, entirely clour. not too cold, and, in fact, all that travelers in such desolate regions could wish. Yermao was radiant with satisfaction ; ut last he was about to resume in regard to the fugitives all his advantages ! His final orders given, ho paid a farewell visit to his sou's grave, But when he returned what was his surprise? Little Ladislas was there! The child, already informed by the Yakoutes oi the impending abandonment of the hut, had immediately commanded them in .the name of Yegor Semonoff not to obey Yermac He feigned that Yegor had sent them orders by him to rejoin him with the uartas at the Bay of Kolioutehine, bringing witb them the chief of police, peaceably or forcibly. It was in vain that Yermao, seeing all his trouble about to como to naught, strove to resist. He was obliged to yield. The dogs ol the nartas, already turned in the direction of the west, were brought around towards the east. The loads of the sledges were judiciously kept RS they were l?y the little Pole, who thought that the tobaocc a.nd powder would be valuable articles oi ftdjpd, only g few 991 forgetting the manuscript of DavidofTs last poems. The white reindeer was abandoned, 6 trifle foundered ft Is true, but out of all danger of being Sacrificed by the Tchoukt- chis. , The nartas Started On the journey. Wab once more seenied to Wish to act as guide. It was necessary, In the first place, accord- Ing to Ladislas' account, to reach the Bay ol Tchaounsk, without going too far from the coast. Then, with the aid of the dog, they would, perhaps, find the tracks of Yegor and M. Lafleur. Nadege, iinhappier than ever since the disappearance of Ladislas and the White reindeer, was subjected to all kinds of ill treatment, She passed her days overwhelmed With the most repulsive tasks, and her nights In tears. She suffered from hunger and cold, disgusted by the unsavory food offered her and refusing to take a place In the common alcove. Night and day she remained hi the exterior tent, where the cold made itself terribly felt. The poor girl saw herself wasting away and she thought that nothing but death could end her woes. One morning, the daughter of the poet Davidoff, become the servant of a savage with the near prospect of being his wife, was cooking reindeer meat in a east-iron pot, placed over the fire in the centre of the little circle of stones forming the hearth In the midst of the tent. While she watched the boiling, with her delicate hands .he emptied the intestines of the animal, to obtain from thorn and put aside as delicacies certain grOen particles resembling minced iplnach. She was aided in her toil by a greasy and til-smelling old domestic, who suffered from very acute pains in her left side and back. The old woman at length drew her long Jacket over her head and, seating herself on the ground before the young girl, begged her by gestures to rub the affected parts of her body. The tawny skin of tho invalid could not bo seen for a thick coating of fllth. Nadege was forced to comply with her request, whilo serving the breakfast to tho throe principal persons of the tent, the kamakay and his two wives, whoso heads and breasts alone protruded from the hangings of the alcove, tho rest of tho bodies, very thinly clad, remaining within. The breakfast was composed of raw seal liver, a bowl of blood, yot warm and smoking, from the same animal, and a dish of suur-krout made of fermented willow leaves. One of the wives, the least tattooed, whose name was Nuketou—the other was called Kokerjabin—was quieting with a resonant "Ah-la-Yahl" a weeping infant at her breast. ' While eating the polar sauer-kraut, she washed its face by licking it, precisely as does an animal. Three warriors, armed with pikes pointed with walrus tusks, were present as visitors. Seated on the ground upon skins, they exchanged with the inhabitants of the alcove their reflections on the tall white strangei with flaxen hair. In a corner, a second servant—a slave— with arms bare and red with blood to the shoulders, was engaged in cutting slices ol seal fish. Near her, another woman—a neighbor, perhaps—was chewing a reindeer skin to give it pliancy and render it fit for the manufacture of boots and gloves. Beside the platform, dozed a slut surrounded by a litter of pups, tho plaintive cries of which mingled harmoniously witb the howls of the frightful infant the wife ol the chief was consoling. The snow was falling without, stifling every sound and scattering occasional flakes about the hearth through tho opening at the top of the tent. The snow intercepted the light to such an extent that tho flames of tho hearth illuminated with ruddy reflections tho lofty interior of the habitation. A host of things—utensils, dishes, and clothes—encumbered the tent more thar they furnished or adorned it. They were, to enumerate them more particularly in the disorder in which everything pz-esout >cl itself confusedly to the sight; a huge le .thoi . net, different fishing engines, tho iuo - i it ible drum of the chamans, wooden plates s ;at- torcd a little everywhere, a pail and tr. ug if also of wood, pipes, iron knives ana a hutehot, some stone tools recalling those ol the primitive ages of humanity, two or three copper coffee-pots of American importation, a wolf's skull suspended by a strap (without doubt, some amulet), and two seal-skin bags, veritable leather bottles having preserved the shape of the animal and containing an ample supply of seal oil; thrown over ropes were some summer garments, very light and impermeable, made of walrus intestines; suspended from the poles blackened by the smoke which formed the framework of the tent, and extending from one to another, were strings of dried fish and slices of soul fat; in another place were beavei skins from America, and the fur of red and whito foxes, all of which were destined tc figure at the fair of Irbit or that of Ostro- voye; in tho corner was a leather boat, like tho kayak of the Esquimaux; in another corner lay a quantity of reindeer antlers still fixed to the frontal bones; and hero and there were huge logs of drift wood, driven into tho ground to serve as seats. After breakfast, tho kamakay, whose name was Tuhikiue, summoned the slut to him by whistling, and placed about its neck, as a sacrifice to the spirit of evil, a garland ol dried moss. At this moment, from the round hole at the top of the tent, some one—a visitor- spat upon the hearth. All present raised their heads, even Nadege, who was becoming familiar with the manners antl customs of tho locality. Tho kamakay uttered an invitation to en- tor, and the visitor, who had not seen from without tho low doorway, masked us it was by tho snow, descended without ceremony through tho chimney, sliding down one of the poles. I-k fell at the feet of Nadoge, who recognized in the intruder—Tekel! Tho young girl uttered a cry of surprise and joy. "And Yegor Semeuoff ?" demanded she, pi-ecipitatoly. "He is here!" answered the guide; "with M. Lafleur, the lad, and the chief of police | r "Is it possible?" exclaimed Nadege. "What do you want!" said the kamakay to Tekel, astonished at this conversation in a language he did not understand between the young girl and the intruder. "What do I want?" said Tekel, in the tongue of the Tchouktchis; "you shall know Immediately. Where is the doovi" Nudege had already removed from the entrance to the tout the reindeer skin Which closed it. Without, some one had cleared away the snow which obstructed, the doorway. The little Pole entered first, BndtbreV himself upon the young girl'f neck. Then the kamakay saw in this invasion of bis domicile some trouble for himself. He grasped his batase (a long iron blade fixed in the end of a rod) and advanced towards the meddlesome visitors. The three Ire, ieft their places" and ranged tnoin»oi*es behind him. Yegor, M. Laflonr, and Yferniaci penetrated successively into the tent Yegor sav» only the poor Nadege weeping With joy and clasped her warmly to his bosom. M. Lafleur Went straight to the Itainakay, in 'j'hott he inspired respect by his decided attitude The Parisian drew his pistols from his belt, and, preparing himself at need to sustain an attack, told the guide to explain to the chiel the reason of their presence. While they separated Wab from the slut with the garland of dry moss, which the animal, had seized by the neck, thus prematurely beginning hostilities, Tekel announced to tho kamakay that he had before him tho relatives and friends of tho young Russian girl abducted from Cape Baranoff, and that ho would do Well to give hor up without resistance. "But I want her for my third wife," objected tho kamakay. "There is the man who is going to marr^ her," said Tekol, pointing to Yegor. The kamakay cast at the latter a look ol defiance; then ho took a position like a warrior who is ready to sustain his acts witb arms in his hands. "I could kill him like a dog," said Yegor, seizing one of his pistols, ''but I wish to dc him the honor of accepting his challenge. Toll him to advance," added ho, addressing the guide. "Advance, if you have the courage I" r said the Yakouto, to the chief of tho Tchoukt- chis. The kamakay took two stops backwards— ho recoiled that he might tho bettor advance —manipulating his bataso so that ho inighl full on Yegor und thrust tho blade of his wenpon into his stomach. Naclogo, quick us lightning, turned aside the blow by grasping tho handle of the arm, while Yegor resolutely took aim at his adversary. But Yormnc interfered. Pushing away Yegor's pistol, ho placed himself between him and tho native chief. From tho moment the chief of police had been constrained to follow Ladislus and the two Yakouto guides through tho country ol the Tchouktchis, ho had lived inulor the dominion of this thought: would it not be possible to utilize tho relations existing between the chiefs of the native tribes of the peninsula and the Russian government, to obtain tho arrest of the fugitives and their detention until he should be propai-ed to take them back to Yakoutsk? Ho hud come to believe that • this wns feasible. In consequence, ho wns about to use the authority of the Czar, more nominal than real, at first, for the benefit of Yegor and his companions. If he succeeded, the fugitives would afterwards bo at his discretion. Such wore the reasons for his interference. When tho two adversaries became in a measure calm, Yermuc, with the aid of tho Yakoute interpreter, declared to the kama- kay that the Russian law •prohibited the subjects of the Czar from having more than one wife, and that, besides, tho violent act of which he had been guilty in abducting the young girl whom they had found in his tent was liable to severe punishment. To be continued. FRAUD CHAUOJil). Insurance OftlcialH Involved in a Scandal in Chicago. CHICAGO, Nov. 12.—Attorney General Hunt filed a bill this morning to wind up the affairs of th_e Mutual Fire Insurance company, of Chicago, and to sob aside the deed of assignment executed a couple of weeks ago on the ground of fraud. Serious charges are made against the officers and directors of the company. Wl N 1C I.KK FOll CHIEF J USTIOE. A Milwaukee Lawyer Talked of to Succeed Judge Cole. MILWAUKEE, Nov. 12.—There is a movement on toot among members oi: tho Milwaukee bar to present a Milwaukee candidat" for the chief justiceship of _the state. Tim man upon whom the minds of many lawyers are concentrating 1 is Gen. F. C. WinIder, than whom there L> said to be no n.liler lawyer in the city, Winkler is a republican. AT IlEST IN AKLINGTON. The Remains of Gen. Crook Received in Washington. WASHINGTON, Nov. 12.—The remains of the late Sl.ijor-General Crook were brought to the city this morning and interred with military ii mors in the National cemetery, at Arlington. KOCH'S METHOD. A Report on It Will be Made ThU Week. BERLIN, Nov. 12.—Prof. Koch's report on his consumption cure will appear at the end of the week in the Deutche Medi- caiiische Wochensieshrift. The particulars were published today of a case r>f lupus of the face treated by Dr. Libberertx. in Frankfort, by Koch's method. The case is progressing satisfactorily. The first effect of the treatment was to cause the lupus ulcers to swell and discharge u. serus liquid, after which scabs formed as in eruptive fevers. The doctor will renew the injection when the scabs fall. Minister von Gossler has given 200,000 marks for the erection of a special hospi- tol for the treatment of consumptives by the Koch method. Wellington llarrioks liurned. LONDON, Nov. 12 — The Wellington barracks of the guards were destroyed by fire toclaj . Over twenty persons were injured by jumping from windows. Powderly in General Favor, DENVEH, Nov. 12. — In the Knights of Labor general assembly it is the universal feeling that Powderly will be re-elected. Closing. OPOKTO, Nov. 12. — Flour mills here are closing in consequence of the decree prohibiting the importation of foreign wheat. *IAY END IN A DUEL. Hot-headed Mexicans Close a Debate With u Challenge, CITY OF MK*ICO, Nov. 12,— There was a sensational scene in congress today over a discussion between Deputies Romero and Esteva , which finally resulted in a challenge to fight a duel. Good M»u Gone. LONDON, Nov. 12.—Pr. Hannay tary of the Congregational — ' end. BRIDES OF THE ORIENT. Many Circassian Beauties. Try Wedlock in the East But Pew Like it. The Wonderful Wife of the Khedive and How She Saved His Scepter. Interesting: Experience of a Saucy Irish Actress in a Harem at Cairo. The recent rescue of thejyoung woman. Miirie Marillies, from thn harem of a high Morocco dignitary, and her return to her friends in Algeria calls attention to the fact that several European women have been, and are, among the willing consorts of Mohammetan potentates. There is only one Fovereign today of the many who adhere to the Moslem faith, who is known to have only one wife, and she is acknowledged by all the world as his queen. That ruler is Iwefik. the khedive of Egypt. The woman who holds this exceptional place in the palace of a Mohammetan prince, is Etnineh Hamen, on her mother's side the daughter of a Circassian slave, her father be- in gone of the bravest officers in the service of Ismail, the predecessor and father of the present khedive Emineh ha» played no unimportant part in the politics of the world. That she holds her husband's heart within her sole keeping alone proves her to be a remarkable woman. Sho is a lovely type of womanhood, not a Cleopatra, but rather a Josephine, but with greater ability than Josephine displayed in retaining the affections of the lord of her youth. She is one of the most notable women that the east has given to history, and ought to be pre-emineTit over the mediocre queens of the day and generation. It was Emineh who guided tho khedive ariirht in the dark days of 1882, who upheld his courage when he felt like surrendering to tlu rebel army, and who prompted him to extend no terms to the insurgents, who then had nearly complete possession of the country, except absolute submission to him, their sovereign, he being at the time almost without a soldier. It is true that. Emineh knew, or felt, that England would come to the rescue, but it required more than ordinary prescience, especially in an oriental, to foresee the bombardment of Alexandria and the victory of Tel-el-Kebir. SAVKD BY III8 WIVE. The story of Twefik's escape from his villa near Alexandria, when Arabi Pasha was endeavoring to get possession of the persons who stood between him and a throne, is worth telling. It was Emineh who, with her faithful attendants, met at the villa gate the horsemen of Arabia, and throwing aside for a moment her womanly reserve, forbade them to enter, saying that Twefik had already departed. Her regal tone and commanding air overcame the persistence of the officers, who had been sent to arrest the kliodive, under the pretense of escort; and he went back to Arabi without having fulfilled his mission. This gave Twefik the required time to take refuge with his loyal fleet. Y/hen Twefik was once in power at Cairo and Arabi a prisoner, Queen Emineh was an eainest pleader that the life of the arch rebel should be spared, and her plea had probably as much influence in procuring the penalty of exile instead of death, as the interference of England. Slio has always kept her single hold upon Twefik, and the nous • i li.l of the Egyptian monarch id a mocH "i! domestic bliss. Hois wrapped up i . ...i- and Abbas, his only son and heir. The excellent domestic habits of Twefik are all the more singular in view of the fact that his father, ex-Khedive .Ismail, is a man of very different character. Among his numerous wives Ismail counts not less than three of European origin. Educated in Paris, Ismail seemed to imbibe the vices while he eluded the virtues of western civilization, and if a woman impressed his fancy she was offered the chance to join his harem, When the harem became too crowded ".smail divorced a certain number, usually elderly ladies, and had them, married to his officers. The honored official was expected to receive this evidence of the royal bounty with deep gratification. If'he did not he heard from Ismail later. One of these genHemen, Mustapha Bey who was being rapidly advanced in the sunshine of the royal favor, had the daring to evince some repugnance when his selected wife was presented to him. Mustapha was himself a young man, and presumably had an eye in another direction. He was soon afterward ordered to a command in the most sickly part of the Soudan. Goaded to desperation Mustapha attempted a rebellion against the khedive, whose forces, however, soon put an end to the uprising, and young Bey, once one of the most promising and brilliant officers in the Egyptian army, perished mis erably. STAGE STJtUCK. The visit of an English theatrical troupe to Carlo not long after Ismail's promotion to the thrown was quite an event in Egyptian society, especially as the physical drama was then in earlier stages of development, and its living illustrations were still comparatively youthful. Ismail went and saw and was conquered, more particularly by the simple attractions of an actress known by the stage name of Clara Knollys. Clara, whatever her mil name may have been, was of Irish origin and had a temper as well as good looks. The offer made in bohalf of Ismail might have dazzled a more scrupulous woman, and she consented to be added to the indefinite list of royal wives. At first she was given to understand that she woulu be permitted to enjoy some of the liberties accorded to her sex in western countries, but Ismail was of loo selfish a disposition for this to last, and one day Clara's black attendant brought her a peremptory order to confine herself to the harem. This was too much for Clara. After the command had been translated to her, the attendant thought for a moment that she was going into a fit. But she wasn't—at least it was only a fit of temper. Brushing aside the sable shadow she darted from the women's apartments, an,d into the hall where Ismail 'was just then giving an audienee, fortunately tor Clara, to the British envoy. The khedire was seated cross-legged on a divan, and the pnvoy near him, both talking TBB amount of deemed The attendants rushed up -with drdwfi swords and Clara would soon have been carved, but for the prompt interposition of th« British officer, who saw fhat the •Woman was a fellow-subject of the queen. She was permitted to go unharmed, and is probably still ethibiting her charms upon f he variety stage. Soe wao a sultana just three weeks. WEALTHY IN WIVES. Ismail has, howeve_r, one German and two Greek wives on his list who have ad- heard to him, or rather he to them, in all changes of fortune. The German is the daughter of a former officer in the Egyjpt- iau army who joined the Moslem religion and adopted a Moslem name. As she has never known ;a civilized career, the righti enjoyed by women in her ancestral land, she is satisfied with her lot as are oriental women generally. The two Greeks are sisters, presented to Ismail when very young by the sultan of Turkey, and there is no reason to believe them discontented with their fate. At any rate, after the deposition of Ismail, when he removed with his household to Naples, ( any and all his wives had liberal opportunity to desert their husband. Only one is known to have taken advantage of the privilege, and she was an Arab, now married to a merchant of Gaeta. Ismail's polygamous mode of life, it may be mentioned here, caused no end of trouble in Naples, and it was in deference to Italian public opinion that the sultan required the ex-khedive to take up his abode under the shadow of the porte. The sultan of Turkey, Abdul Hamid, although admittedly a man of unusual intelligence, and, for a_ Turk, enlightened ideas as to his imperial duties, continues to be eminently Turkish in his domestic- circle. White, or to speak more correctly, European women form the majority in his marriage list, and quite a scandal was occasioned not long ago when an appeal was made to friends in England by a well known Englisl^actress of the lower grade who had tried life in the harem and got tired of it. The sultan does not iceep Ms wives prisoners. The influence of western civilization is felt in the recesses of the imperial palace, _ and the women enjoy a liberty at -\yhich, twenty years ago, the chief of the faithful would have stood aghast. Each lady has her day for receiving friends, and her name appears on the outer door of the apartments reserved for her use. She goes abroad in the streets, attended, of course, but not without the chance of admiring and being admired. More than one tragedy in Constantinople in recent years has testified to the truth of the latter part of the above sentence. A DOUBLE TKAGEDY. Abdul Hainid had no fairer inmate of his harem than the mother of the Princess Salihe. Of Bulgarian origin, this lady attracted the attention of-'.a Turkish pasha, who took her by force from her parents and made her a birthday gift to his imperial master. Her original name is not known, but her Turkish name signified the Pearl of, Light, or something to that effect. The intrigue that led to her fate has been clearly told, but general gossip in Constanti- t nople is that she smiled on a young Hun- j garian officer then in the service of the sultan, and who had exchanged his ancestral religion for that of Mahomet, It also appears that for_six months the couple met at intervals outside of the palace. A rash remiirk of the young officer aroused suspicion and he was arrested without ceremony and compelled (o confess, Turkish fashion while two executioners eachjhad one end of a bowstring which passed around his neck. When no more ' admissions were to be extorted from him the bowstring completed its work and the remains of the victim were thrown to the dogs in u secluded suburb of Constantinople. As lie had loner before abjured his Christian allegiance, nothing could have been done for him in the way ,of intercession, even had warning been received o£ his intended fate. As for the Pearl of Light, rnen whispered bo one another with pale lips, that about midnight on the day that her admirer met his doom, a boat shot out into the Hosphorus froai the water-gate of the sultan's gardens, and a sack containing a burden, and heavily weighted, was dropped into the moonlit waters. The Pearl of Light was never seen again among the ,fe- n.ale consorts of Abdul Hamid. The Persian'shah, Nassr-de-dine, created amusement during his first European tour by his readinoss to marry any good-looking woman to whom he was introduced, from the princess of Wales to a chorus girl. When he attended the^heater in London he expressed his desire to transfer a whole troop of lightly clad dancers to his preserver at Teheran, although after using'an opera-glass he was willing to leave several at home. The shah did not carry off any English women, but a sprightly girl, Charlotte Duprez, wnom he Paris, is said to have followed him to ' Persia at his personal request. Nominally she was engaged as tutor for the shah's favorite daughter, Tadjes-Saltaneb. Really she was added to the list of wives, After a year's stay in the Persian, capitpl, Charlotte returned to Franca and went back tojjher native village in Maine • with a good sum of money to her account, According to her story, Nassr-ed-dine treated her well, indeed too well for the peaceV of mind of the senior wife, a laJy with a _ difficult name, who recently became blind and traveled to Vienna with a vain purpose of having her light restored. The lady by all sorts of pretty tricks and persecutions made life unbearable for the French woman, who at last secured 3 leave of absence from her rsluctant lord on the pretense of visiting her aged parents, promising to return after seeing them, Charlotte had seen enough of life in Persia. Nassr-ed-dine's generousity made her independent, as fortunes go in rural France, and she settled down to the quiet village life she had deserted only at the dictate of necessity, During his vecenj; visit to Europe, the shah made many inr quiries for his French wife, for whom he, evidently still retained a sincere attach.* ment, but the inquiries met with no satisfactory response. The sultan of Morocco is not by $ny means a reformer, but he is one of the shrewdest politicians in Africa, and, wbils ; keeping European powers at arm's ItaigpL he has no desire tp give any of them—<$». pecially France—an excuse toi hostility, Sqharaf Pa»ha was much astounded his majesty, instead of extending tfee i of good will, ordered him placed arrest. Marie was restored to her f. who, supposing she had been carried-; the desert, haa given up all thoug seeing her again, and Soharaf only- his lite by the prompt property. if tJ

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