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The Companions of Jehu

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FEB. IB, 1»t5.

Copyright, 1894,
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I. Ey Eamille 1

II. The Diligence from Geneva 10

III. Citizen Fouch^'s Report 24

lY. The Son of the Miller of Lequerno . . 33

\. White and Blue 43

YL Retaliation 50

YII. The Diplomacy of Georges Cadotjdal . . 71

YIIL A Marriage Proposal 91

IX. Sculpture and Fainting 100

X. The Ambassador 116

XI. The two Signals 132

XII. The Gave of Getzeriat 144

XIII. An Empty Bush 160

XIY. The H6tel de la Postb 169

XY. The Mail-Goach for Ghamb^ry 187

XYL Lord Grenville's Reply 194

XYII. A Ghange of Residence 207

XYIII. Looking for a Trail 220

XIX, An Inspiration 230

XX. Reconnoitring 240


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How Moegan's Peesentiments were real-
ized 247

Roland's Revenge 256

Cadoudal at the Tuileries 263

The Reserve Army 270

The Trial 286

How Am:6lie kept her Word .... 301

The Confession 316

Invulnerable 323

Conclusion 334


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Let us leave our four hunters on the road to Lagny, where,
thanks to the passports which they owed to the kindness
of the employes of citizen Fouch^, they exchanged their
post-horses for animals of their own, and let us see why
the First Consul had asked for Roland.

As soon as Roland left Morgan, he hastened to obey
the order of his general. He found the latter standing
thoughtfully before the mantelpiece. At the sound of his
entrance General Bonaparte lifted his head.

"What did you say to each other?'* he asked, 'trusting
in Roland's habit of answering his thoughts.

" Oh," said Roland, *' we paid each other all sorts of
compliments, and we parted the best friends in the

*' How did he appear to you 1 "

" Like a perfectly well-bred man."

*' How old do you think he is 1 "

"About my age; no more.''

" Yes, I should think so. The voice is young. Ah,
Roland ! have I deceived myself 1 Is there to be a young
royalist generation 1 "

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" Oh, General," replied Boland, shrugging his shoulders,
** it is only a remnant of the old one."

" Roland, there ought to be another one, which would
be devoted to my son, if ever I have a son."

Roland made a gesture which signified he would not
oppose it. Bonaparte understood the gesture perfectly.

" It is not enough that you do not oppose it,*' said he,
" you must contribute to it."

A nervous shudder passed through Roland's body. " In
what way. General 1 " he asked.

" By marrying.*'

Roland burst out laughing. " Good ! With my aneu-
rism 1 " he said.

Bonaparte looked at him. " My dear Roland," said he,
" your aneurism looks to me like a pretext for remaining

"Do you think soT'

" Yes ; and as I am a moral man, I want everybody to
be mamed."

** Then I am immoral, I suppose ! " said Roland. " Per-
haps I cause scandal with my mistresses ! "

** Augustus, " returned Bonaparte, " made laws against
celibates. He deprived them of their rights as Roman

"Augustus — "


" I will wait until you are Augustus. You are now only

Bonaparte approached the young man. " There are
names, my dear Roland," he said, placing his hand upon
the shoulder of the other, " which I do not care to see
extinguished. And the name of Montrevel is one of

** Well, General, suppose that by caprice or fancy or


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obstinacy I refuse to do what you say, — is there not still
my brother 1 "

" What ! your brother ] Have you then a brother 1 "

" Yes, indeed, I have a brother. Why should I not
have a brother ? "

" How old is he 1"

" Eleven or twelve years.'*

" Why did you never tell me about him 1 "

*' Because I thought the doings of a child of that age
would not interest you particularly."

"You are mistaken, Roland. I am interested in every-
thing that concerns my friends. You must ask something
of me for this brother.**

"What, General?"

" His admission into a college in Paris."

" Oh, you have beggars enough about you without my
swelling the number."

** Understand, he must come to a Parisian school ; and
when he is old enough I will put him into the military
school, or some other school which I may found between
now and then."

" Upon my word, General," replied Roland, " at this
very hour, as if I had guessed your good intentions with
respect to him, he is on the road to Paris, or very nearly

"How is that 1"

" I wrote three days ago to my mother to bring the
child to Paris. I wanted to choose a school for him with-
out saying anything to you about it ; and when he was
old enough, I intended to speak to you of him, always
supposing that my aneurism had not carried me off before
that. But in that case — "
"In that caser*
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you which would recommend to your care mother, son,
and daughter, — the whole family."

"What! a daughter?"

" Yes, my sister.'*

'* Have you then a sister also 1 **


"How old is she?"

" Seventeen."


" Charming.^'

" I will find a husband for her."

Roland began to laugh.

" What is the matter ? " asked the First Consul.

" I am going to put a sign before the great door of the

" And what- will you put on that sign ? "

" * Marriage Office.' "

" Oh, yes ; but if you do not want to marry, that is no
reason why your sister should remain single. I do not
like old maids any better than I do old bachelors."

" I do not say. General, that my sister intends to re-
main an old maid. It is enough for one of the Montrevel
family to incur your displeasure."

" Well, then, what do you mean ? "

" I mean that if you like, since the thing concerns her,
we will consult her upon it."

" Ah, ha ! Is there some provincial lover ? "

" I cannot say that there is not. I left poor Am^lie
fresh and smiling, and I found her pale and sad. I shall
have an explanation with her ; and since you wish me to
repeat it to you, I will do so."

" Yes, on your return from la Vendee. That is right."

" Ah, am I going to la Vendue ? "

" Is that like marriage ? Do you dislike the idea ? "


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'' Not at all."

" Well, then, you are going to la Vend^"


" Oh, there is no hurry. You can start to-morrow

" Very well."

" Sooner if you like."

" Tell me what I am to do there."

" Something of the greatest importance, Roland."

" The devil ! I hope it is not a diplomatic mission ] "

" Yes, it is a diplomatic mission for which I want a
man who is not a diplomat."

. " Then I will do beautifully for you. Only you must
understand that the less of a diplomat I am, the more pre-
cise instructions do I need."

'* I am going to give them to you. Do" you see this
map 1 " He showed the young man a large map of Pied-
mont lying upon the floor, and lighted by a lamp hung
from the ceiling.

" Yes, I see it," replied Roland, who was used to the
First Consul's unexpected turns in conversation. " That
is a map of Piedmont."

" Yes, it is a map of Piedmont."

" Then it is a question of Italy ? "

*' It is always a question of Italy."

" I thought it was about la Vendue."

" Secondarily."

" Oh, General ! you are not going to send me into la
Vendee while you go to Italy yourself, are you ] "


" Very well ; I warn you that in that case I should de-
sert, and come to rejoin you."

" I should permit you to do so ; but let us go back to

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*' I beg your pardon. General, that is the first time you
have spoken of him/'

"Yes, but I have been thinking of him for a long
time. Do you know where I am going to beat M^las ]'*



" Wherever you meet him,"

Bonaparte laughed. " You silly boy ! " he said with the
most intimate familiarity. Then bending over the map
he continued : " Come here."

Roland bent down near him.

" Here," said Bonaparte, " here is where I am going to
meet him."

" Near Alexandria 1 "

" Two or three leagues from it. At Alexandria he has
his hospitals, his artillery, and his reserves, and he will
not go far away from them. I must strike a bold blow.
I shall obtain peace only on this condition. I shall cross
the Alps," — he pointed to the great St. Bernard, — "I
shall fall upon M^las when he least expects me, and I shall
rout him entirely."

" Oh, I will answer for it.*'

" But you understand, Roland, that I cannot go away
with my mind at ease if there is a disturbance in la

" Oh, that is what you mean ! Down with la Vendue !
And you are going to send me there, I suppose, to sup-
press it."

" This young man said some very serious things to. me
about la Vendue. These Vend^eans are brave soldiers,
and they are led by a man of brains, — Georges Cadoudal.
I offered him a regiment, but he would not accept it."

** He showed very bad taste."

" But there is one thing which he does not suspect."


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"Whol Cadoudair'

" Yes. It is that Abb4 Bemier has made overiares to

"Abb^ Bemier r*

« Yes.''

"Who is he?"

" He is the son of a peasant of Anjou, and is perhaps
thirty-three or thirty-four years old ; he was cur^ of St.-
Laud S Angers at the time of the insurrection, and he re-
fused to take the oath, and went among the Vend^eans.
Two or three times there has been peace in la* Vendee.
Once or twice it was thought to be conquered, but it was
a mistake. There was peace with the Vendeeans, but the
Abb^ Bernier did not sign the peace. La Vendue was
dead, but the Abb^ Bernier was alive. One day la Vendue
was ungrateful to him. He wanted to be named General
Agent of all the Royalist armies of the interior ; Stofflet
opposed the decision, and caused Count Colbert de Maule-
vrier, his former master, to be nominated. At two o'clock
in the morning the Council' separated ; and the Abb^
Bernier had disappeared. What he did on that night
God alone knows ; but at four o'clock in the morning a
republican detachment surrounded the house where Stofflet
was sleeping, unarmed and defenceless, and at half-past
four Stofflet was taken ; a week later he was executed at
Angers. On the next day D'Autichamp took the chief
command, and the same day, in order not to make the
same mistake as his predecessor Stofflet, he named the
Abb^ Bernier General Agent. Do you follow me 1"

*' Perfectly."

" Well, the Abb^ Bernier, General Agent of the belli-
gerent authorities, and endowed with full powers from the
Comte d'Artois, has made overtures to me."

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Do you not think that is very bold on the part of Abb6
Bernier ] Do you accept his overtures ? "

** Yes, Roland. If la Vendue will give me peace I will
restore its churches and give back its priests."

^* And they will sing the ' Domine, salvum fac regem.' "

'*That would be better than singing nothing at all.
God is all-powerful, and will decide. Does the mission
suit you now, after I have explained it to you ] *'


**Well, here is a letter for General Hedouville. He
will treat with the Abb^ Bernier as general-in-chief of the
army of the West ; but you will be present at all the
conferences. He will be my mouthpiece ; but you will be
my thought. Now go as soon as possible. The sooner
you return, the sooner M^las will be beaten."

*^ General, I only ask time to write to my mother."

'* Where will she leave the diligence 1 ''

" At the H6fcel des Ambassadeurs."

" When do you think she will get there 1 "

'* It is now the night of the 21st of January. She will
arrive on the evening of the 23d, or the morning of
the 24th."

" And she will be at the H6tel des Ambassadeurs 1 "

"Yes, General."

" I will see to everything."

" What I you will see to everything 1 "

" Certainly ; your mother cannot stay at the hotel."

" Where will she stay, then 1 "

"With a friend."

" She knows no one in Paris."

"I beg your pardon. Monsieur Roland, she knows citi-
zen Bonaparte the First Consul, and Josephine his wife."

" You are not going to bring my mother to the Luxem-
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" No, I will take her to the Rue de la Victoire."

"Oh, General!"

*^ Come, that is decided. Go now, and return as soon
as possible."

Roland took the First Consul's hand to kiss it ; but
Bonaparte drew him quickly towards him. "Kiss me,
my dear Roland," he said, " and good luck to you."

Two hours later Roland was in a post-chaise on the
road to Orleans. The next day at nine o'clock in the
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At almost the same hour that Roland was enterlDg Nantes,
a heavily loaded diligence stopped at the inn of the Golden
Cross in the principal street of Ch&tiUon-sur-Seine. At
that time diligences were composed of only two compart-
ments, — the coup^, or front part, and the inside. The
rotunda is a modern invention.

Scarcely had the diligence stopped when the postilion
leaped to the ground and opened the door. The travel-
lers came out. These travellers amounted to seven in
number : in the inside three men, two women, and a
nursing child ; in the coup^ a mother and her son.

The three men in the inside were — one of them a
doctor, from Troyes ; another a watchmaker, from Geneva ;
and the third an architect, from Bourg. The two women
were — one of them a chambermaid, who was going to
meet her mistress in Paris ; and the other a nurse. The
child was in the care of this latter person ; she was taking
it to its parents. The mother and son in the coup^ were
— the mother, a woman about forty years old, still pre-
serving traces of great beauty ; and the son, a child of
eleven or twelve years. The third place in the coupe was
occupied by the conductor.

The breakfast was prepared according to custom in the
great dining-room of the hotel. It was one of those break-
fasts which the conductor, doubtless in agreement with the
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The woman and the nurse got down to go to the baker's
and get a little warm bread, to which the nurse added
for herself a sausage with garlic ; and then they got back
again into the carriage, where they quietly took their
breakfast, — thus saving the cost of the meal at the hoi&l,
which was doubtless too much for their purses. The
doctor, the watchmaker, the architect, the mother, and her
son went into the inn, and after having quickly warmed
themselves as they passed by the great kitchen fire, en-
tered the dining-room and sat down at the table. The
mother contented herself with a cup of coffee and a little
fruit; the child, delighted at the opportunity of proving,
at least by his appetite, that he was a man, bravely at-
tacked the breakfast. The first moments. were, as usual,
given to satisfying the demands of hunger. The watch-
maker from Geneva spoke first.

"Upon my word, citizen," he said, — for in public
places people still called each other citizen, — " I am not
ashamed to confess that I was not at all sorry this morn-
ing when I saw daylight."

** Perhaps you cannot sleep in a carriage 1 " asked the

" Oh, yes, sir,'* replied the other. " On the contrary,
I usually sleep right through. But my uneasiness was
too much for my fatigue."

** Were you afraid of tipping over 1 " asked the architect.

" No, I am very lucky in that respect, — so much so
that it seems to be enough for me to be in a carriage for
it to be incapable of tipping over. No, it was not that
at all."

** What was it, then 1 " asked the doctor.

" It was because they say at Geneva that the French
roads are not safe."

" That depends," said the architect.


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"Ah, that depends]" echoed the man from Geneva.

" Yes," continued the arcliitect. " For example, if we
were carrying with us government money, we should be
very sure of being stopped, or rather we should have been
stopped already."

" Do you think so ] " said the man from Geneva.

" Not a doubt of it. I cannot imagine how these Com-
panions of Jehu are so well informed ; but they never
miss one."

The doctor nodded.

" Ah, so you also are of the opinion of this gentleman 1 '*
said the man from Geneva to the doctor.

" Entirely."

'* And if you knew that there was government money
in the diligence, would you be madman enough to go upon
it yourself?"

" I confess," said the doctor, *' that I should look at it

" And you, sir 1 " asked the watchmaker of the architect.

"Oh," replied the other, "as I was called by very
urgent business, I should have gone just the same.''

" I have a good mind," said the man from Geneva, " to
have my valise and trunks taken off, and wait for to-mor-
row's diligence, because I have about twenty thousand
francs worth of watches in my boxes. We have been
lucky until now, but one should not tempt God."

" Did you not understand, sir," said the mother, join-
ing in the conversation, " that we ran no risk of being
attacked, — or at least this gentleman said so, — except
we were carrying government money 1 "

" Well, that is just the case," replied the watchmaker,
looking uneasily about him. " We have some with us.*'

The mother grew a little paler as she looked at her son.
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" What I We are carrying some 1 " replied the doctor
and the architect at the same time. *' Are you very sure of
what you are saying 1 "

" Perfectly sure, sir."

" Then you should have told us sooner, or else told us
in a lower tone now," said the architect.

" But,*' replied the doctor, " perhaps the gentleman is
not quite sure of what he says."

" Or perhaps he is joking," added the architect.

"God forbid!"

"The people of Geneva like a good joke," continued
the doctor.

" Sir," said the man from Geneva, hurt that any one
could have thought that he was joking, — " sir, with my
own eyes I saw them put it in."


"The money."

" And was there much of it 1 "

" I saw them put in a good number of bags."

" But where does this money come from 1 "

" It comes from the treasury of the bears of Berne.
Perhaps you know, sir, that the bears of Berne had an
income of fifty or sixty thousand pounds."

The doctor burst out laughing.

" Gentlemen," said the watchmaker, " I give you my
word of honor."

"Carriage is ready, gentlemen," cried the conductor,
opening the door, — "carriage is ready. We are three
quarters of an hour late."

"Wait a moment. Conductor, only a moment," cried
the watchmaker, — " we are holding a consultation."

"About what]"

"Shut the door. Conductor, and come here."

" Drink a glass of wine with us, Conductor."


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" With pleasure, gentlemen," said the conductor ; " a
glass of wine is not to be refused/'

The conductor held out his glass, and the three trav-
ellers touched theirs to it. Just as he was going to carry-
it to his mouth the doctor stopped his arm.

" Conductor," he said, ** is it really true 1 ''


"What this gentleman has just told us." And he
motioned towards the man from Geneva.

"M. Feraudr'

** I did not know what the gentleman's name was."

** Yes, sir, that is my name, at your service," said the
man from Geneva, bowing. "F^raud & Co., watcli-
makers, Rue du Rem part. No. 6, Geneva."

"Gentlemen," said the conductor, **the carriage is

" But you have not answered us."

" What the devil do you want me to say 1 You have
not asked me anything 1 "

" Yes, indeed ; we asked you if it was true that we
were carrying in our diligence a considerable sum belong-
ing to the French Government."

" Tattler ! " said the conductor to the watchmaker,

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