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asleep? An armed launch'll keep the would not have escaped that search beggars under; but we'll create a diver- for ten minutes. They chuckled sion. That's what we're here for -to loudly; the sound of their derisive create a diversion. You watch."
voices came along the water like a The Immortal glided into the richly message of dread. set bay like a leaden messenger of But alas for their hopes of slaughter! wrath. No flag flew from her gaff; The strange uew arrival in the harbor from a distance, allowing for the in- was commencing to salute the flag. experience of any watching eyes, she Well, it was only just; the new Re. might have been taken for any low- public deserved that mark of recogniclass passenger-steamer. A ramshackle tion. But a sudden exclamation from fort on the end of the other sandspit, one of the leaders turned all eyes citythat with the first mentioned composed wards. They were just in time to see the harbor, flung a tattered flag to the a large piece of masonry detach itself breeze as a signal for the approaching from the old palace and fall in dusty craft to display her colors. Kar- ruins. Surprise held them speechless anagh's square face gave no sign that for a moment; then a roar of anger he had seen.
burst from two hundred throats. But Cingleton watched a long straggling a dull blue flash burst from the side line of redcoated, barefooted men rac- of the lead-colored steamer in the bay ing along the sandspit. He held his as if in answer, and a dull boom re. breath as he gazed, for his heart-beats verberated among the sandhills as anthreatened to choke him.
other large lump of stone and mortar Kavanagh whistled unconcernedly. fell giddily. "Always remember the Monroe Doc “Betrayed!" groaned one of their trine, me boy," he said cheerfully leaders, the redoubtable Fuegos him.
"Oh, confound the Monroe Doctrine! self. “The cursed steamer from”—Aren't you going to do anything?" But from where? That he was not
"That I am. The toy fort is asking able to understand. No Power was at us to salute. We'll salute in a little war with Wisteria; every other nation minute. By the way, are there any knew that the country was too busy of four own correspondents' in that with its own affrays to wish to take large city?"
a' hand in the game. Before he could "Blest if I know. But if you're find a solution the whole broadside of afraid of the thing leaking out, I'll the Immortal flashed out with a promise you, once the President gets crunching roar. The entire sea-wall back, there'll be no telegrams sent. of the palace crumbled away into it. And the cables are all cut; they always self like a shut telescope. do that first."
"Back to the city!" yelled Fuegos, "Slainthe! That's all I care about his eyes bloodshot with a sudden fear. We don't court publicity in the navy He knew that he was unable to cope me boy. Unlike some other services with the emergency; more, his men which I needn't particularise, we do knew it. He could see that, for at the our little bit incognito. I think the word of command they threw down time's ready now, Mr. Swainson." their rifles and stood sullenly about in
The ragged army of extermination groups. They were essentially landthat hastened so blithely along the fighters, and had no wish to combat sandspit spread out fanwise, and coni 2111 element they dreaded amazingly. menced an exhaustive search of the "We shall not return to the city," surrounding country. An armadillo exclaimed a score of voices, “to be
buried in the ruins! None but a fool their protector; they fawned about his would give the order!"
knees with ingratiating words. But Fuegos stormed and raved, but his the President turned away. words fell on unbeeding ears. Sud- "A complete surrender only,” he denly the gaunt cruiser swung its said. He was not going to rely on whole broadside, at a range of less half-measures. “Bring the man Fuethan a thousand yards, upon the sand- gos to me." spit. It was enough. Like one man They brought him, digging him out they broke and fled for cover. They of a self-made burrow. He stood like had come to find a sheep and they had a convicted felon before the accusing met with a very ferocious tiger. gaze of the man he had ousted.
Another long stream of figures had “Wash him first,” said the Presiden issued from the city, and was rapidly disgustedly. “Afterwards we will dismaking its way along the sand to cuss his future"; and he turned resowhere the President was hidden. But lutely away from the supplicants to these were not red-coated; they were meet two men who had landed from chiefly women and children, though a launch and were coming in his dimany of them were men. As they ran rection. a hoarse roar rose from them.
"But it was too bad to fire on the "Where is Fuegos?" they asked. city, señor capitan," he said not very "Bid him stop the firing of this devil's severely when Kavanagh was introship."
duced. “Think of the amount of damBut Fuegos knew that he was power- age to my poor people." less, and discreetly remained hidden. “Devil a bit," said Kavanagh with a
“Give us a man to stop the firing!" broad grin. "I only fired four rounds the stream cried, and their voices rose at the old palace, which Cingleton asin wavering shrieks. “Give us a sured me was deserted. Every other man!"
charge was blank.-But where's the The ex-President saw his opportu- lady, Cingy boy?”. nity. He waited until the excited mob S he was coming towards them as he had halted within five hundred yards spoke and the impressionable Irishman of his biding place, and then stepped stiffened like a ramrod. “Bedad, ye slowly forth into the light of day. It lucky beggar!" he whispered, "she was was a risky thing to do, but he had worth solid shot, let alone blank!" won his position as president through “But how can I thank you, Captain knowing how to strike.
Kavanagh?” asked Isabella de Cordeza. "Here is such a man," he said sim. -"And you, Mr. Cingleton?" turning ply. He had seen a well-known figure to that worthy. on the bridge of the cruiser, for he "Oh, I've done nothing," he said, had been watching the experiment blushing before her gaze. "It's all through glasses. Now he waved his Kavanagh here." arm, and the sustained roar of the The sailor broke in excitedly: "Satcruiser's broadsides died away into pal- isfy us both, Miss de Cordeza. Let pitating silence.
me be the best-man a month bence." "Here is such a man," said the Pres- She looked at Cingleton, and then her ident again.
eyes dropped. He strode resolutely to The crowd paused in astonishment her side. at his daring. Then a simultaneous "But for a best-man to be required shout of "Viva el Presidente!” went up there must be a husband. No one has through the air. He was their savior, asked me yet."
"That's all right," was all Kavanagh Suddenly she laid her band in his and said. Then, taking the President by smiled into his eyes. the arm, he led him away.
Kavanagh's book, The Effect of Ar"Four rounds of armor-piercing shell mor-Piercing Shell on Masonry, is now has won me a world-wide reputation," an accredited classic in all the navies be explained to the mystified South of the world. Sometimes people ask erner. "I'll tell ye what I intend to bim where he got his information; but do"; and he explained volubly.
he only winks, and says it was at a Cingleton looked at Isabella, and she wedding. Then they say he has been was very full of a sweet confusion. drinking.
THE MONTAGNINI DISCLOSURES.
The French newspapers, led by the them. It may be asked why Roman Figaro, are full of extracts from the Catholics themselves should produce compromising documents of Mgr. Jon- all this evidence of the shady negotiatagnini, recently the agent of the Vati- tions of the Vatican agent in Paris. can in Paris. These documents reveal The answer, of course, is that publicaorganized attempts, sanctioned directly tion was inevitable in any case, and by the Vatican, to stir up resistance to the Roman Catholics thought it better the Separation Law (which, right or tactics to accept the responsibility at wrong, is after all the law of France), once. By so doing they seem to say:and they teem with evidences of petty "Here are these much-debated papers. intrigue, ignoble suggestions about We do not approve of everything our public characters, and snippets of pri- agent did, but, after all, such are the vate conversations never intended for ways of diplomacy. There is nothing the use to which they were put. The venal to be proved against him or the publication of these things in newspa- Vatican. It is useless for the French pers anticipates the work of the Par Government to hold these papers any liamentary Committee of Inquiry. But longer over our heads. Now you know no political secret is safe in France for the truth. If the French Government many weeks, and it might have been are defiant, so are we.” We do not foreseen that if the Committee did not impugn the value of these tactics in publish a Report within a very short the circumstances. But we do think time of its appointment, it would be that British Roman Catholics will be forestalled. There was always the pos- unable to read these disclosures withsibility that the Vatican, to which the out deep pain, if not with a good deal documents were addressed, would pub- of vicarious shame. The whole spirit lish its copies without waiting for the of the secret negotiations was sordid. French Committee to act. This is in In our opinion, the affair shows cona sense what has happened. A clusively the debasing effect of aspiraFrench Roman Catholic journalist in tions after secular power on the Holy touch with the Vatican, . Julien de See, and the unfitness of the Vatican Narfon, is publishing a series of arti- to wield that power. The story of cles in the Figaro (itself, of course, fa- the Montagnini papers is a tangled vorable to the Roman ('atholic cause one, and for the sake of clearness we giving the gist of the documents, and shall try to retell it as simply as posin some cases exact quotations from sible.
After the rupture of diplomatic rela- der seals and entrusting them to the tions between the Vatican and the Ambassador of a foreign Power. The French Republic, Mgr. Montagnini re French Government provided for the mained in Paris unofficially as the safety of their own archives in Rome representative of the Pope. He was in this way. However, the Vatican charged with a special mission.-to seems to have suffered nothing by its bring to bear all possible quasi-diplo- omission. No papers of the former matic influences on public characters, Nuncio were seized. The whole matto work secretly in the interests of ter was debated in the Chamber on the Church in her struggle with the March 20th of this year, when M. Government, and to report regularly Ribot, speaking for Roman Catholics, to the Vatican on his labors. He lived admitted that the Government had a in the Rue de l'Elysée, under the right to expel Mgr. Montagnini, but shadow of the palace of the President described the seizure of papers as not of the Republic, and his house was a only unnecessary, but as an examcentre for all the lieutenants of the ple of maurs déplorables. On the next Vatican policy. As M. Clemenceau day the Committee of Inquiry into has said, Deputies before a debate in Mgr. Montagnini's papers was apthe Chamber used to go to Mgr. Mon- pointed. tagnini and say: "To-day I am going t'pon the appointment of the Comto make a speech. What must I mittee the French and the Vatican say?" Priests, too, took instructions · Press began a campaign of recriminafrom him, and these instructions were tion. The Vatican, speaking through quite incompatible with the observ- its inspired organs, threatened counterance of the law of the land. The at revelations. One would think that tention of the Government was at these organs must have been seriously tracted to the Rue de l'Elysée, and a alarmed before undertaking to prove judicial action was begun. The Gov- that the French Government had ernment did not think that because asked the Pope to use his power to adMgr. Montagnini was a priest he was vance French interests at certain forabove the law of the country in which eign Courts, or, having failed in that, he chose to live. His papers were had deliberately stirred up Anti-Clerseized, but in the seizure there was dis- ical feeling in Italy, and also in Spain, crimination. The archives, or diplo- by the promise of concessions in Momatic papers proper, which had an ac- rocco. If those charges have any knowledged sacrosanctity as having foundation, now would be a good time belonged to a properly accredited dip- to produce them in detail. M. de Narlomatic representative, were not read. fon in his articles in the Figaro says All papers of this kind were handed that it would be childish to contend over to the Austrian Embassy in keep that the Holy See did not interfere in ing for the Vatican. The only papers French affairs after the rupture, but which were read and translated re- he argues that the intervention did corded the unofficial intrigues of Mgr. not exceed the limits of propriety. He tagnini himself was expelled from believes that the French Government of diplomatic relations. Mgr. Mon- will gain nothing in the end by their tagnini himself was expelled from diplomatic poaching. At the same France. It is not clear why, when dip- time, he deprecates Mgr. Montagnini's lomatic relations were broken off in "unfortunate habit" of recording pri1905, the Vatican did not take the ordi- rate conversations. As to these unnary course of putting its archives un fortunate habits, our readers will be able to say whether they agree with ists." So the extracts go on, with M. de Narfon's considerate judgments numerous reports of conversations after reading a summary of them with foreign diplomatists and other One of the principal figures in the doc- traits piquants. uments is M. Piou, a Clerical Deputy We may give an extract from a let. and the president of the so-called Ac- ter written by Cardinal Merry del Val tion Libérale, which is the organiza to the Archbishop of Lyons as an extion of militant Roman Catholics. M. ample of the direct intervention of the Piou, it appears, bought three Paris Vatican in elections. We quote the newspapers. A telegram from Cardi- translation published in the Times: nal Merry del Val urges Mgr. Montagnini to do all he can to secure the
Eminence, - your whole attention
is called to the capital importance of election of M. Piou at Rennes. Cardi
the next political elections in France. nal Merry del Val writes to thank M.
On that account, in order to have an Piou for a keg of old brandy, and sug easy conscience before God and man, gests that the Pope would welcome it is necessary to employ every means one too. Mgr. Montagnini gives par- that can improve them, even if those
means happen to be a little energetic. ticulars of several needy politicians
Now the Holy See has been informed whose services might be enrolled for
that the League of French Women, suitable remuneration. M. Clemen
having its headquarters at Lyons, inceau, he says, is greatly in want of dependently of the good works which money, and he has heard from a good form the principal object of its zeal, source that it would be possible to intends also to occupy itself with the come to an arrangement with him, but
next elections not only by collecting
money, which is praiseworthy, but by an enormous sum would be necessary.
distributing it to candidates of its That note is dated 1905, before M.
choice, which cannot be approved of. ('lemenceau took office. The papers In fact, the tactics to be observed in contain no reference to the journey to the next elections were pointed out to Rome of Madame X, who was said to
M. Dechelette (at that time Vicar-Genhave gone there on behalf of the Gov
eral of Lyons and to-day Auxiliary
Bishop of that diocese), and require ernment, but was not received at the
agreement and co-ordination among all Vatican; but they allude to other secret the anti-Bloc forces. Thus, if the envoys alleged to have been sent by League chooses its own candidates the Government after the rupture. At and supports them with the money the elections Mgr. Montagnini shows
collected, it will introduce confusion himself opposed to the Deputy Abbé
in the electoral struggle, and in real
ity will do more harm than good in Lemire, well known all over France
the Catholic camp. In order to avoid as a devout priest and a good Republi- this it is necessary that your Emican. He also states that M. Berteaux. nence should persuade the ladies that the ex-Minister for War, quarrels with it is a good thing to collect money, his family on religious matters, and
but it should be handed to your Emi
nence with every confidence, you that his wife, son, and daughter once
promising them that you will employ refused to dine with a relative of M. it exclusively for electoral purposes in Combes. He calls the president of the the manner that you may judge most Sillon, the Republican Roman Catholic prudent and most advantageous." organization (which is trying to apply the principles of the late Pope Leo M. Clemenceau has written two morXIII.), a "revolutionary.” He calls dant letters to the editor of the Figaro the Bishops who are for trying to ap- about the references to himself. It ply the Separation Law "submission is impossible to imagine a Prime Min