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and his colleagues and the members of her household, the whole Assembly had been driven Empress began her attempt to out by the mob, and that the escape. Extreme Left and the mob had To reach the street through gone to the Hôtel de Ville to the courtyard, which was divided proclaim a republic, and them- by an iron fence from the Place selves its ministers, with General du Carrousel, was impossible, Trochu for president and com- for the place was full of people. mander-in-chief. The count de- They were obliged to return, clared his willingness to see and to hurry along the whole what could be done, if a reason- length of the gallery of the able number of troops could be Louvre. The party by this found who might be depended time had dwindled down to the upon to make a stand for her. Empress, Madame le Breton, The Empress replied promptly and the two foreign ministers; and firmly, that not one drop the others had dispersed to seek of blood should be shed for her safety in their own way. The or for her family. She resolved Empress and her friends reached to depart at once, if it were the door opening into the Place still possible. By this time it St. Germain Auxerrois, opposite was about 3.30 in the after the church of that name.
Outnoon, and the crowd which side the gate there is a short had gathered round the palace passage, with a tall iron railing already filled the palace grounds. on each side, leading to the The old Tuileries resembled a street. But that street was full gigantic ship in a heavy sea. of people crying · Déchéance !' The roar of the human billows and Vive la République !' The echoed through the deserted little party paused and hesitated halls and apartments. Voices before they ventured to open could be heard on the main the door; but there was nothing staircase, and the clatter of to be done, except to go forward. muskets on the stones below. The crowd could be heard The flag on the cupola had behind them; to return would been hauled down, perhaps in have been to fall into their the hope of diverting the atten- hands. The venture must be tion of the mob by suggesting made. The gentlemen opened that the Empress had already the door cautiously, looked out got away. But it had no such into the street with dismay, and effect; the voices and tramp the two ladies stepped forwards. of footsteps came nearer and They were not studiously disnearer. There was not a mo- guised; indeed, they were too ment to lose. Accompanied thinly veiled, for one of the inby Madame le Breton, sister to evitable gamins, catching sight General Bourbaki, Prince Met- of the ladies, cried out, either in ternich, M. Nigra, and a few jest or mischief, 'The Empress !'
Fortunately, no one heeded the had come to seek protection cry, and still more fortunately, under his roof until they could a close fiacre was drawn close to leave Paris. Dr. Evans was the kerbstone of the pavement. more astonished than might The Empress and Madame le have been expected; for, enBreton entered it, and giving a grossed in his patients, he was fictitious address to the driver, ignorant of the sudden and rode away in safety. It was a complete change of affairs. At most critical moment, and one first he could not believe that shuddered to think of what there were any grounds of alarm would have been the fate of for the personal safety of her these two women if they had majesty. He asked the ladies fallen into the hands of that to remain, and putting on his excited mob. The recollection hat, he went into the streets of a narrow escape gives one a for a short time. On his return pang of terror sharper than any he was quite convinced that felt during the danger itself. the Empress had not left the
The perils of the Empress palace a moment too soon. He“ were not yet over; as they behaved like a most loyal and drove down the Boulevard gallant gentleman, counting the Haussmann, the Empress asked risk to himself as nothing. He her friend if she had any money, desired them to remain his as she herself had not her purse. guests until such time as he Madame le Breton brought out could compass means to get hers, and found that it contained them out of Paris. Fortunately, three francs only; and then the two ladies (strangers to his serterror seized them, that they vants) were expected to arrive would not have enough to pay in the course of a few days. the driver. They decided to The Empress and Madame le alight at once, to avoid all Breton were to personate these danger of a dispute, and they pur- ladies — arrived unexpectedly. sued their way on foot to the Mrs. Evans was in the country, house of Dr. Thomas W. Evans, and the Empress, as an invalid, the celebrated American dentist. kept her room. They had to wait, like all other As soon as it was practicable, visitors, until he could see them. the doctor went out in his Some time elapsed before they carriage, ostensibly to pay prowere called, and then, being fessional visits as usual, in ushered into the presence of reality to prepare the way for the doctor, Madame le Breton passing the barriers. He drove closed the door and turned the to the Pont de Neuilly, where key, and warning the doctor to he was stopped and questioned; make no exclamation that might he declared he was going to be heard, she introduced the see a patient, and ought neither Empress, and told him they to be stopped nor questioned.
He announced his name and patient whom he was taking to profession. One of the guards a maison de santé, requested recognised him, and said he him to find a room that could ought to be allowed to pass not be overlooked, and furnished without question or passport. with shutters to the window and The doctor begged them to locks to the door,—a request look at him well, that they which was very willingly obeyed; might recognise him, as he and here the Empress and would probably have occasion her companion gladly took reto pass and repass the barrier fuge, while the doctor and the frequently. He drove on, and friend who accompanied him returned after a while without went out to make arrangements hindrance. The Empress and for continuing the journey. He Madame le Breton remained at sent his own carriage and horses the doctor's house. The doctor back to Paris. put his wife's wardrobe at their After their departure, he endisposal, as they had escaped gaged another carriage and pair, without any provision of neces- with a careful driver, to be ready saries. When Dr. Evans con to start in an hour for a certain sidered that the barrier might château, belonging, as the doctor be passed by him with tolerable said, to a relative of the afflicted safety, he informed his guests lady. While the fresh carriage of his plan. The Empress was was being prepared, he returned to be a highly nervous patient, to his charges, and made them whom he was taking to a maison take some refreshment. The de santé; Madame le Breton Empress was told of the destinawas the friend who had charge tion of the carriage, and she was of her. On reaching the barrier, desired to show a great objecthe carriage was stopped, to tion, and to become so angry account for the doctor's com- and restive, that the route would panions. He pointed to the have to be changed for another, Empress, and made a sign that which the doctor would give at she was a person of unsound the proper time.
After they mind, who must not be excited had left the hotel and proceeded or alarmed. The guards, who some distance on their road, the recognised Dr. Evans, court- Empress began a lively quarrel eously drew back, and made with the doctor, and the alteramicable signs of wishing him cation between the 'insane lady' a safe journey. This first dan- and her friends became so vioger passed, the carriage pro lent, that the doctor desired the ceeded to St. Germains and carriage to stop, and tried to Maunt. There the doctor persuade the lady to alight and drove to an hotel, and having walk a little, which she refused told the proprietor that one of to do, and objected vehemently the ladies in the carriage was a
to going in the direction of the
château, whither she seemed to of the two, but the owner was know they were taking her. absent. They then went to the The driver remonstrated, and Gazelle; it belonged to Sir John said his horses would take fright | Burgoyne, Bart. On telling if such a clamour were con- him their story, and begging tinued, upon which the doctor, him to give a passage to the apparently driven to despair, Empress and her friend, he at ordered the horses' heads to be first absolutely refused to be turned and driven to the town mixed up in the matter, having on the next stage, where the possibly some fear that it might carriage was sent back.
somehow become a source of The same precautions were national complication ; but the used at the hotel as before. perilous situation of the fugitives Another carriage and driver was urged, and it was insisted were procured, and the party that all risks should be run to proceeded on their journey to perform an act of common wards their real destination, humanity. Sir John at length which was Déanville, where consented, only stipulating that Mrs. Evans was then staying the Empress and her friends for the benefit of sea air. At should not come on board until each stage a fresh driver and the last possible moment before carriage were hired, and the the vessel was ready to sail, in other sent back. The party order to avoid the danger of had one or two narrow escapes, the yacht being detained if but the Empress was more for attention were attracted to her tunate than Marie Antoinette passengers. and the royal family in their It was a prudent arrangement, attempt to escape. She was for vague suspicions were afloat never recognised, and at the in the town, and the Gazelle end of two days, fatigued and received visitors who were not harassed, and with dangers and welcome guests; but as no one difficulties still before them, but was on board save the rightful so far safe, the little party arrived owner and his crew, the baffled at Déanville, and drove to the searchers went their way. The apartments of Mrs. Evans. Empress and Madame le BreHere the ladies remained, and ton, accompanied by Dr. Evans, found such repose as they were got safely on board, and the capable of taking, while the Gazelle set sail. doctor, accompanied by his The perils by land were over, friend, went to see what means but the perils by sea were yet existed to enable them to leave to be encountered. A fearful the port and cross the Channel. tempest arose, the most terrible
There were two yachts at and destructive that had for a anchor in the harbour. They long time been known in the first went on board the larger Channel. It was in that same
storm that the fine new ship the Evans learned that the Prince Captain went down with her Imperial was at Hastings; and commander and all her men, thither the Empress insisted on a catastrophe which moved the going that same evening. For heart of England more than the many days the mother and the loss of a battle. The com- son had been ignorant of what mander who then perished was i had become of each other. the son of the venerable Field. Not one sympathetic heart Marshal Sir John Burgoyne. but must sympathize in that
The little Gazelle behaved meeting of the mother and gallantly, but the peril was fear-child, after events in which all ful. The ladies were lashed in their grandeur and pomp, and their berths, and there remained the very empire of France itself, during the whole passage. At had been broken to pieces and midnight, all hope of saving vanished away. either the vessel or the crew As as possible, Dr. was given up.
But the storm Evans endeavoured to find a that destroyed the Captain suitable residence for the Emspared the Gazelle, a little craft press and her son. Finally, not more than thirty-five feet in Camden House, at Chiselhurst, length. Seldom have those in was agreed upon. The owner, ‘perils of the great deep' had a on learning for whom it was more wonderful or unhoped for desired, offered very generous deliverance. The Gazelle rode terms, and at Camden House out the storm, and reached the the Empress and the Prince harbour of Ryde about three Imperial found a haven of rest; o'clock on Thursday afternoon, and the hazardous task which the 8th of September.
Dr. Evans had undertaken was That afternoon the party successfully completed. went to Brighton. There Dr.
STORY OF COMMUNISTIC PRISONERS. We were political prisoners - only by a bridge. Round its 300 of us,-in the fortress of circuit runs a rampart, on which Port Louis, a part of that line the casemates abut. The enof fortifications which was built trance is opposite the bridge, by Sully to defend the French that is to say, facing the penincoast from Brest to La Rochelle. sula on which stands the little At high tide the fortress is en- town of Port Louis. On the tirely surrounded by the sea, left are the offices of the prison and communicates with the land authorities, and the residence of