Paris had just heard of the disaster of Sedan. The Republic was proclaimed.

All France was pa madness that lasted until the time of the commonwealth. Everybody was playing at soldier fr country to the other.

Capmakers became colonels, assuming the duties of generals; revolvers and daggers were di large rotund bodies enveloped in red sashes; common citizens turned warriors, commanding volunteers and swearing like troopers to emphasize their importance.

The very fact of bearing arms and handling guns with a system excited a people who hitherto scales and measures and made them formidable to the first comer, without reason. They even innocent people to prove that they knew how to kill, and in roaming through virgin fields still the Prussians they shot stray dogs, cows chewing the cud in peace or sick horses put out to p believed himself called upon to play a great role in military affairs. The cafès of the smallest v tradesmen in uniform, resembled barracks or field hospitals.

Now the town of Canneville did not yet know the exciting news of the army and the capital. I greatly agitated for a month over an encounter between the rival political parties. The mayor Varnetot, a small thin man, already old, remained true to the Empire, especially since he saw a powerful adversary in the great, sanguine form of Dr. Massarel, head of the Republican par venerable chief of the Masoniclodge, president of the Society of Agriculture and the Fire Depa organizer of the rural militia designed to save the country.

In two weeks he had induced sixty-three men to volunteer in defense of their country--marri families, prudent farmers and merchants of the town. These he drilled every morning in front window.

Whenever the mayor happened to appear Commander Massarel, covered with pistols, passing down in front of his troops, would make them shout, "Long live our country!" And this, they n little viscount, who no doubt heard in it menace and defiance and perhaps some odious recoll Revolution.

On the morning of the fifth of September, in uniform, his revolver on the table, the doctor gav old peasant couple. The husband had suffered with a varicose vein for seven years but had w had one too, so that they might go and hunt up a physician together, guided by the postman with the newspaper.

Dr. Massarel opened the door, grew pale, straightened himself abruptly and, raising his arms gesture of exaltation, cried out with all his might, in the face of the amazed rustics: "Long live the Republic! Long live the Republic! Long live the Republic!" Then he dropped into his armchair weak with emotion.

When the peasant explained that this sickness commenced with a feeling as if ants were runn legs the doctor exclaimed: "Hold your peace. I have spent too much time with you stupid peo proclaimed! The Emperor is a prisoner! France is saved! Long live the Republic!" And, running bellowed: "Celeste! Quick! Celeste!" The frightened maid hastened in. He stuttered, so rapidly did he try to speak" "My boots, my box--and--the Spanish dagger which is on my night table. Hurry now!"

The obstinate peasant, taking advantage of the moment's silence, began again: "This seemed hurt me when I walked."

" Then. he hissed in his face: "Can you not are living in a republic." Watch the latest videos on YouTube. stupid!" But the professional sentiment calmed him suddenly. Quick now! Quick!" And when Celeste was gone h thoughts and prepared to surmount the difficulties of the situation. and he let the astonished old couple ou repeating all the time: "Return tomorrow. my friends.The exasperated physician shouted: "Hold your peace! For heaven's sake! If you had washed would not have happened. "You know nothing. seizing him by the neck. return tomorrow. The commander. Do you un "Yes. had a fit of surprise." "Act. My not to say perilous. Here Lieutenant . who ha them in He reflected for s then continued: "It is necessary t Everything depen the curate and ge of them. A republic is proclaimed. with his drum. I have no more time today. They were in their working clothes. You. Tor from even as far uniform at once. then. then? The Emperor has been taken prisoner." While equipping himself from head to foot he gave another series of urgent orders to the mai "Run to Lieutenant Picard's and to Sublieutenant Pommel's and say to them that I want them Send Torcheboeuf to me too. possession of the to me. and p to work together Five minutes late the square just a hunting gaiters o rapidly and follow and a gun over h While the doctor the door closed b "We are forestall reinforcements. The three men arrived together.

No. the baker and the apothecary. Trying to make a target of me! Th shots. it is not the proper time. "Lieutenant Picard. As soon as the last were out the doors closed. talked over and discussed the formed his plan of campaign. his eye fixed on the windows as if he expecte pointed at him. wearing caps. you are. thanks! Execute your commissions The commander turned red. you know that. under his And placing his sword and his revolver in the hands of a soldi measured step. guns that had hung on chimney pieces in looked quite like a detachment of country soldiers. the rolling of a drum was heard. and then the commander called out in a loud voice . turning toward his major. On right. opened. When there were about thirty around him the commander ex state of affairs. The butcher. in a group near by. up their shutters and closed their shops. were heard laughing." the lie Men of influence. you advance to the windows of the mayor de Varnetot to turn over the town hall to me in the name of th But the lieutenant was a master mason and refused. and To beating with fury the three quick strokes of the call to arms. The greater pa scattered. When he was within a few steps of the building the doors at t an entrance to two schools. and a flood of little creat on the other. The grocery alone re Meanwhile the men of the militia were arriving little by little.shut himself up i On the other side of the square. the cap constituting the whole uniform of the c their old rusty guns. disciplined step and then disappeared on a road leading to th The commander drew his sword. poured out and began playing in the open space like a flock of birds. Picard. waving his w at the top of his lungs: "Long live the Republic! Death to trait his officers were. advanced alone to the middl buildings where the enemy was barricaded and. He scarcely knew what to make of it. "You are a scamp. Then. showed its great oak door with the wrought- Then. "I order you to go in the name of "I am not spoiling my features without knowing why. as the puzzled inhabitants put their noses out of the wi steps of their houses. he said: "Now While the inhabitants collected." The doctor. opposite the white closed fro mute and black.

As mayor. "To the New Republican Subprefect of Dieppe. on the other side of the square and hurriedly sent three dispa Republican Government at Paris". Night came on. Then the doctor hesitated. and mayor of Canneville I shall remain until the t an order from my superiors. go and eat and drink a little something. just try to put me out. he said: "You are a numskull. there will be an opportunity for you to go in. told of the danger run by the commonwealth from remaining in the hands of the monarchistic mayor. They did not feel sure of the revenue of a new republic. "To the New Republican Pr Rouen". one could have believed the two buildings empty. to put in my hand the authority v power."Monsieur de Varnetot?" A window in the first story opened a The commander began: "Monsieur. The party you represent no longer now comes into power." He exposed the situation fully. I am at home in the m Furthermore. asked for orders and signed his name. the disgrace of the ar The lieutenant replied: "I'll attend to that myself. Only leave here a detachment of ten men. But before explaining Lieutenant Picard from head to foot. With a sneer he remarked: "Pardon me. said: "Now. drawing ten francs out of his pocket. Then he returned to his army corps and. overheard this." Ex-Lieutenant Picard. If the Emperor had been taken prisoner. chatting with the watchmaker." M. you are--a goose. offered his devout services. my friends. you are aware of the grea the system of government. What should he do? Make an assau And then was he surely in the right? An idea burst upon him. persuaded that his adversary had retired. there must be a traitor somewhere. Many times he passed before the doors of the mairie and of the church without noticing anything suspicious. Toward nine o'clock the doctor returned quietly and alone to the mayor's residence. so that no one leaves the mayor's house. Under these sad but decisive circums in the name of the Republic. having the air of knowing of an impending surprise." And he closed the windo The commander returned to his troops. And as he was trying to force an entrance with a few blows of a pickax the loud voice of a guard demanded . but if they go out. Otherwise I can't see how you are to get in there!" The doctor made no reply but went away to luncheon. In the afternoon he disposed of offices all about town. following it up with all his titles. I am mayor of Cann authorities. the baker and the apothecary reopened their shops and stood gossiping on the steps. de Varnetot replied: "Doctor Massarel." And he we muttering civilians. The butcher.

Massarel beat a retreat at the top of his speed. Pommel returned with the required linen and a bro which Massarel seized in both hands. de Varnetot and instinctively. She went directly to the commander and gave him many eyes fixed upon her. If they would not go out--in fact. Again he adva him. His heart was beating with joy. Then he saluted his enemy courteousl communicate to you the instructions I have just rec That gentleman. Another day dawned without any change in the situ around awaiting the solution. resolved to settle the thing something energetic when the door of the telegrap holding in her hand two papers." The lieutenant hurried off. What was to be done? The c One thought. he must go a anxiously at the house of the mayoralty. When in front of the door. tortured the doctor. The doctor was going to heart of that oldlegitimist.suddenly: "Who goes there?" M. People from neighbor reputation was at stake. the hand of a man receiv from being stared at. the mayor. especially. it would be would aim. and M. If he s with him dead all contest would cease. hoping tha door remained closed. The doctor demanded with stirring voice: "A little s continued proudly: Here is a communication which I have received from "Old mayor deposed. and turning to Pom napkin and a pole. with lowered head and m as if ignorant that a part of the army was concealed The door opened slightly. And their aim was good. from the neighboring group: "That's all right. r . very good! Pica But an idea shone in upon him. without any salutation whatever. but if the others in there won't go pale. he called out: "Mon The door opened suddenly. Advise us what is most neces " " He had triumphed.

Defeat and shame cling to y ruins of the crumbling Empire the young and radian He awaited applause. exasperated. de Varnet followed closely by his escort. Napoleon on the c commander grew angry. he shouted: "So le Still no enthusiasm was not because of fear or in obedience to an odious he declared: "I do not wish to have the appearance Massarel. told him that some pa There were the two varicose-vein patients. when he appeared. bu intact. seemed to be looking at M. But there was no voice. which made a second hole. Then the doctor. and M. carrying on his right bottomed chair. who ha The old man immediately began his explanation: "T ." And he went towa His maid." And soon the man reappears. the doctor overturned th the bust in a position of triumph. But he dr monarch. no so pointed mustaches extending beyond the cheeks on a hairdresser's sign. The doctor tried ag understand? Be proud of it!" The listless villagers looked at him with eyes unlit b seeking for some wore that could make a grand imp inspiration came. placed it on the g out in sonorousvoice: "Tyrant! Tyrant! Here do you fall! Fall in the dust an called you the Avenge. What was to be done? What was there that would m hand happened to rest on his hip and to come in co inspiration. took the chair. made no reply. amazed. and as the specta commander called to the militiamen: You may now go to your homes. slig be heard he cried: "Hurrah! Hurrah! The Republic tr But no emotion was manifested. he said " Council Hall. The ball entered the forehead. Then. leaving a l he fired a second shot. Massarel met him. and turning to Pommel. brow of Napoleon disappeared in white powder. Ma They remained thus face to face. and bring it to me with a chair. no further word would come.

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