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Page) his the heroic bearing, that never flinched in the thickest of
the battle, and which always inspired his men, not only to duty, but to ardor. I
visited him this afternoon in a house where he had been conveyed after his
wound, and where he was dying. Stretching out a pale hand, a hand known of long
friendship, a hand whose grasp was always an honor , but which was doubly
precious and tender at such an hour, he said,
" 'Good-by,' with the words
added, 'I am going fast.'
"`Indeed, indeed, General, I hope
it is not so bad as that."
" 'Such is fate,' was his reply,
as the shadow of more than mortal suffering passed over his face and darkened
it. His suffering was soon after relieved by an opiate, and his death was
At the time of his death General
BIDWELL commanded the Third Brigade, Second Division, Sixth Corps. He died at 3
P.M., October 19, 1864.
GENERAL CUVIER GROVER.
WE give on
page 733 a portrait of
General GROVER, who lost an arm in the
battle of Cedar Creek. General GROVER is
a native of Maine, and graduated at West Point in 1850, with the rank of Brevet
Second-Lieutenant of Artillery. At the beginning of the war he had for some time
been performing military duty in Utah, but immediately he was recalled and
assigned to a command in the Army of the Potomac. He commanded a brigade under
General HOOKER in the Peninsular Campaign. April 14, 1862, he was appointed
McCLELLAN'S Peninsular Campaign, in which he
distinguished himself, had terminated, he was assigned to the command of a
division. In the latter part of the year he was transferred to the Department of
the Gulf, where he commanded a division of the Nineteenth Corps. With this
command, in the following summer, he participated in the siege of Port Hudson.
In July the Nineteenth Corps was recalled to Virginia, and General GROVER,
retaining his old command, entered upon a new field of conflict in the Valley—a
field to the glory of which he has greatly contributed. He was wounded on the
19th, while leading a charge.
BEFORE PETERSBURG AND
ON pages 724 and 732 we give
illustrations relating to the campaign in front of Petersburg and Richmond. The
cut on page 724 illustrates the visit made to the front, October 17, by
Secretaries STANTON and FESSENDEN, accompanied by Ex-Collector BARNEY with his
successor SIMEON DRAPER. These distinguished visitors, attended by Generals
GRANT, MEADE, and HANCOCK, Chief Engineer General BARNARD, and others, proceeded
to the scene of the late advance made by the Army of the Potomac to the left of
the Weldon Railroad. On their way they visited the excellent fort on that road
named after the late lamented WADSWORTH. They seemed highly delighted with what
they saw, and examined the fort at great length. The sketch was taken by our
artist while the group of officers were standing on the bastions looking toward
General WARREN'S head-quarters at the " Blick House,"
Two illustrations given on page
732 represent GENERAL BUTLER'S HEAD-QUARTERS and the mode of SIGNALING BY
TORCHES across the James River. General BUTLER'S head-quarters are in the
encampment furthest to the left. It is at these quarters that the signaling is
observed by means of a telescope. The messages from the high signal tower on the
other side of the river are read by the sergeant or officer at the telescope,
and the reply is signaled by the man with the torch.
THE evening of the 15th of
February, 183—was a gala night in Paris. "Don Giovanni" was to be performed at
the opera by an assemblage of talent rarely announced for one night, even at the
opera house of Paris or in the great opera of " Don Giovanni." Yet it was not
the names of the artistes that most attracted the attention as one read the
bills—nobler and more celebrated names caught the eye. They were those, of the
reigning king and queen—Louis Philippe and Marie Amelie. The affiches announced
that they would honor the opera with their presence on that evening. They had
been but a short time restored to their native land, and this was their first
appearance at the opera since the "three days" of July had placed them on the
throne ; for this reason as many Orleanists as could obtain tickets had secured
them for the opera of the 15th February to hear "Don Giovanni" and to see their
king and queen. About six o'clock carriages were to be seen conveying their
gayly-dressed occupants to the classic building. An unusually hand-some equipage
stood at the door of a large house in the Rue des Champs Elysees, evidently also
for the purpose of taking some fashionables to the opera. This carriage and
house belonged to the Baron de V---, who was just then standing at the bottom of
he noble staircase inside the mansion, calling playfully to his wife, telling
her that the carriage was waiting.
" I'm coming, I'm coming," was
the answer to this appeal; "don't be in such a hurry!"
As the last piece of advice was
proffered the speaker appeared at the top of the stairs.
She was a dark beauty of about
one and twenty, and was dressed purely in white. She came fluttering down
stairs, chattering meanwhile to her handsome husband, who stood looking
admiringly at her.
"Now I'm quite ready, so please
don't scold. I've only got my bracelets to put on, and those I want you to clasp
for me. Here's the case, if you'll take them out, and here's my wrist. Now,
suppose I were to lose them in the crowd, what would our good mother say ?"
A smile was the only answer the
baron vouchsafed, as he took the bracelets out of their case and clasped them on
the fair white arm of his bride.
They were very costly, being each
composed of three rows of valuable table diamonds, while in the centre of either
glittered a spray of heart's-ease, artistically formed of smaller diamonds. The
brace-lets were rendered more precious to their possessors by the fact of their
having been in the De V--family for three generations. They now by right
belonged to the dowager baronne, but she had insisted on giving them to her son
for his bride, who therefore wore them on such occasions as the one we are
The Baron and Baronne de V—
stepped into their carriage, and in a few minutes were entering their box at the
opera. The house was already full, although it still wanted fifteen minutes to
the time announced for the overture to begin. At length the members of the
orchestra took their places, and the peculiar, subdued sound of tuning stringed
instruments was heard. Still the royal box was empty, and all eyes were turned
toward it in eater expectation. In another moment applause burst from the pit
and gallery and the entire house, as Louis Philippe and Queen Marie Amelie,
attended by a large suite of officers and ladies and gentlemen of toe court,
appeared. The king and queen bowed graciously in return for the homage paid
them, and then took their seats, at which the rest of the company did the same,
and the overture commenced.
The queen looked unusually happy,
and seemed to take a lively interest in all around her. Site not only gazed at
the stage, but the boxes also came in for a share of her penetrating
Suddenly she bent slightly
forward and looked in the direction of the box that contained the lovely young
Baronne de V—. The latter was leaning forward, her right hand raised, a finger
of which touched one of her dimpled cheeks, deeply interested in the fate of "
Don Giovanni," and quite absorbed in the beautiful music.
Her husband had noticed the
queen's gesture, and was aware that she had observed his wife, and when the
queen turned away he laughingly told her of it.
"Nonsense !" cried the bride ; "
don't fancy such absurdities."
The truth of what her husband had
said, however, soon forced itself on her mind, for at that moment an officer,
dressed in the same uniform as those at-tending the royal party, drew back the
curtain he-hind their box, and stepping forward, said, " Pardon, madame, but her
majesty's admiration and curiosity has been so roused by the sight of the
beautiful bracelets you wear, that site has commissioned me to come and request
you to spare me one for a few moments for her closer inspection." The pretty
baronne blushed, looked up to her husband for his approval, then unclasped one
of the bracelets and handed it to the officer, feeling not a little flattered at
the attention and distinction the queen had conferred on her.
The last act of the opera began,
and at length the last scene ended, yet the bracelet was not re-turned. its
owners thought the officer had doubtless forgotten it, and the baron said he
would go and make inquiries concerning it. He did so, and in a few moments
returned, though without the bracelet.
" Adele,"said he to his wife, "it
is very strange, but not seeing the officer who took your bracelet, I asked one
of the others, who has been in the royal box the whole evening, and he says your
bracelet was neither sent for nor fetched."
The baronne looked aghast. "
Francois," she said, " that man must have been an impostor. He was no officer,
but an affreux thief."
The baron smiled as his little
wife jumped so speedily at such a conclusion, and persisted that the bracelet
was safe and had really been sent for by the queen, and that the officer whom he
had consulted was misinformed.
But woman's penetration had
guessed rightly, as the morrow proved.
As the bracelet was not
forthcoming the next morning, M. de V spoke to the Chief Inspector
of the police on the subject, who quite coincided with madame's opinion as
to the valuable ornament having been artfully stolen. The baron was greatly
annoyed, and ordered the inspector to advertise for it in every direction,
offering a reward of 3000 francs to the person who should restore it. The
inspector promised to do all in his power toward the recovery of the bracelet,
as well for the sake of society at large as the satisfaction of his employers.
But three months passed away—350
francs had been spent in advertising—and still the missing bracelet was not
It was growing dusk one evening
in May, when a servant informed Madame de V that monsieur
the Inspector wished to speak to her or monsieur the Baron. As the latter
was out, Madame de
V went down stairs to speak to
with whom she had had many previous interviews on the subject of the diamond
bracelet. As she entered the room he bowed in the respectful manner peculiar to
hint. "I believe I have some good news for madame this evening," he said. His
voice was rather singular, somewhat resembling a boy's when changing. Madame de
V— had ( often remarked this peculiarity before, so it did not strike her that
evening. "The detectives," he continued, " en-gaged in the business have met
with a bracelet in a Jew's second-hand shop at Lyons so exactly the same as
madame's, that it only remains for it to be identified before we can claim it as
madame's property. My object in coming this evening is to ask madame to allow me
to look at the other, that I may be able to swear to the one at Lyons being its
The baronne, overjoyed at the
idea of recovering her lost property, tripped out of the room, and soon returned
with the remaining bracelet. The inspector took it carefully in his hand and
proceeded to examine it minutely. "The bracelets are exactly alike ?" he
inquired of Madame de V----.
"Exactly," repeated the baronne.
" I believe I have learned the
pattern thoroughly," said the inspector, musingly; "yet there may
be some difficulty in not having
both bracelets together to compare them one with another."
" Wwhy not take this to Lyons,
then?" suggested the baronne.
"Ah, Madame, it would scarcely do
to trust even a police inspector after having been deceived by an officer in
"Oh !" laughed Madame de V--; "
do you not think I would trust you, Monsieur Inspecteur, after all the interest
and trouble you have taken in the matter? Take the bracelet, and I hope you will
bring me both back ere many days have passed."
The Inspector still hesitated,
but at length consented to do as the baronne wished him, and went away, bearing
the sparkling ornament with him. On her husband's return the baronne, of course,
told him of the joyful discovery.
A week, however, passed away
without the Inspector's arriving with the stolen property. One morning,
therefore, the baron called on the Inspect-or to make inquiries respecting it.
The latter seemed very much surprised on being asked if the brace-let had been
brought from Lyons. "What does Monsieur mean ? I never heard any thing about the
bracelet having been found at Lyons ; it is surely a mistake. Monsieur has
misunderstood Madame la Baronne."
"You had better come yourself and
have this strange mystery cleared up, M. Inspecteur," answered the baron,
sternly. "Madame is at home, and will be happy to assure you herself that it is
no mistake that you called and informed her of the diamonds having been traced
The Baron and the Inspector
repaired to the Pate des Champs Elysees, where they found Madame the V-- at
borne, as her husband had said. She con-firmed what he had already said about
the Inspect-or having called one night at dusk, and having in-formed her that
the bracelet was supposed to be at a Jew's second-hand shop at Lyons.
The inspector smiled
incredulously as he said, " Does Madame really think that I called at dusk,
after business hours, when all the world is out, or enjoying itself with company
at home? Bah! I do my business in business hours. The disguised officer most
probably thought he could do another little stroke of business in an official
uniform of an-other cut--the villain ! Mais—I am afraid Ma-dame will never see
either of her bracelets again after this."
The inspector's words came but
too true. From that day to this Madame la Baronne de V----'s diamond bracelets
have never been heard of.
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