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a profitable little flutter on the Stock on the search for the victims of their Exchange. The rank of the tempted hideous speculation wherever ignorance official need not be high. It is enough and poverty facilitate the commerce in if he has access to official papers. female flesh, Mosevitch Weysmann was Very often an employé of the lowest already known in 1880 throughout the rank has habitual access to most im- South of Russia and in the Balkan portant information indeed: when he States as one of the most skilful and is an habitual copyist, for instance, and ruthless partners in the white-slaving when he enjoys the confidence of big- enterprise. Amassing a considerable ger men.
The third-class official of the fortune as a purveyor for the houses French Foreign Office who supplied of the trade between Buenos Aires and Maimon with scores of important se- Calcutta, Mosevitch aspired after new crets was mere copyist. He was worlds to conquer.
He travelled not well paid of course; but he had through the entire Ottoman Empire, rather expensive tastes. So Maimon Western Europe, and both Americas, paid him a regular salary; and he North and South. Returning to the showed the spy whatever came into special regions of the partnership, he his hands. "But there was no treason next settled in Cairo, where a "Turkish to France. The papers were used only Café” included a complete organizafor private purposes. Maimon had tion for debauchery of every descrippledged his word of honor to that.” tion which could be combined with his The cosmopolitan from Mesopotamia original industry. Visiting Odessa to had relations in every city of Europe. renew acquaintance with kinsmen and He had documents about the Bagdad allies, he was encouraged to open a Railway, about the Potsdam interview. branch of his Cairo establishment in He was ready to sell his secrets in the the South Russian port; but a narrow markets of diplomacy or in the markets escape from arrest and punishment at of the evening Press. The spy was as the plaint of foreign Powers whose subaffable as he was accommodating. jects had suffered by his enterprise as
No more extraordinary and symptom- white slaver, warned him to fly from atic example of the international spy Russia and the unwelcome attentions could be constructed by the most fertile of the local chief of the secret police, imagination than has been chronicled Inspector Tchebanof. Assuming the in plain matter-of-fact before a War- familiar part of “refugee from persecusaw tribunal of police in the case of the tion,” Mosevitch escaped to England sinister and extraordinary personage, and devoted himself to all sorts of subMosevitch Weysmann, who has just terranean practices during several been sentenced to imprisonment for a years. characteristic crime. Mosevitch Weys- Then occurred a transformation. An mann-observe the instructive blend of ingratiating and peculiarly well-inSlavic and Yiddish elements in the formed stranger presented himself in Moses, Vitch, and Weysmann of this the capital of Roumania to the Russian name-came of a family of cosmopol- Lieutenant-Colonel Boudzilovitch, miliitans settled in Odessa, and having the tary attaché at Bucharest. Producing a most extensive relations of perquisition mass of notes on all kinds of Balkan and business around all the coasts of political movements, Mosevitch perthe Black Sea and in the Eastern basin suaded the military attaché that he of the Mediterranean. Allied to the could keep the Russian Government informidable and disgusting confederacy formed upon most of the intrigues of the white slavers, who are always which are always germinating in the
Balkan soil. Not only the Russian, always in quest of spies. At Yildiz but the Servian and Bulgarian Lega- Kiosk Mosevitch met the cognate Maitions accepted the services of the spy. mon who is now under lock and key at Pretending, or authorized to act as
Then he appeared at Peters"Financial Agent of the Russian Min- burg, accompanied by financial brethistry of the Interior," Mosevitch took ren from Italy, in order to effect a advantage of the revolutionary disor- financial reorganization and extension ders in Russia to push his audacity to of important houses of debauch in the extraordinary lengths. He had Russian capital. Protected
by his sumptuous mansion in the Bulgarian functions as secret political spy he becapital alongside of the Turkish Min- lieved that he could extend the white istry. Cabinet ministers, deputies, slave trade in Russia under conditions leading journalists, foreign ambassa- of exceptional favor. But something dors consulted his Excellency Mose- occurred to direct the attention of the vitch Weysmann. He was continually Russian police to the enterprising costravelling between Vienna and Con- mopolitan. He tried to escape, as he stantinople. At the same time his had escaped from the Odessa police inwife, a former mistress of one of his spector, but, alas! Mosevitch was fated houses of ill-fame, contrived to obtain this time to be prosecuted. Though the confidence of Queen Draga of Ser- no proofs could be obtained for the via, who was then exposed to peculiar thousandth part of his infamies, enough anxiety through the lack of an heir to was known to send to a cell in a RusKing Alexander II. The famous "false sian gaol the international spy, the pregnancy" of Queen Draga was ar- white slaver, the foster-parent of a ranged by Mosevitch and his worthy fictitious Crown Prince, the host and spouse, and "an heir-apparent" was guest of diplomatists and statesmen, procured for presentation to the Ser- the confidant of Abdul Hamid, the acvian nation as the child of miracle of complice of Maimon of Paris, the prosthe House of Obrenovitch.
perous, the persecuted, the all-blackAfter the catastrophe in Servia, guardly Mosevitch Weysmann, the cos. Mosevitch entered into confidential re- mopolitan pearl from Odessa. lations with the Sultan Abdul Hamid,
tionist, sent to the United States to in- and the Theory." But none appeals tercept a letter gone astray, of the to more varied emotions than the first, rich American who falls in love with which describes the welcome of "Mr. her, the scheming rascal who valets Greatrax's Baby" and his own initithe lover, the burly frontiersman who ation into the fellowship of fathers. Ilis brother to the valet, the variety ac- lustrations in characteristic vein by tress who coquettes with the frontiers- Rose O'Neill add to the attractiveness man, and sundry minor characters, Crit- of a dainty volume which one would tenden Marriott has woven a light, in- fain buy to give away by the dozen. genious tale which many readers will Houghton Mifflin Co. find diverting on a summer afternoon. J. B. Lippincott Co.
The revived interest in Poe will en
sure a welcome for the edition of "The The title of R. E. Vernède's story Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe" “Quietness of Dick” will not, it is to
which Mr. J. H. Whitty has edited, and be hoped, mislead the boy readers for
to which he has prefixed a memoir conwhom it is intended, into the assump
taining a good deal of fresh information that it is an over-quiet tale.
tion. Mr. Whitty has had access to the contrary, there is plenty of excite
the files of the Richmond Examiner, ment in it, and plenty of humor and
the unpublished “Recollections of Poe," both of a genuine and unforced qual
written by F. W. Thomas, his associate ity. We do not recall that Mr. Ver
on the Examiner, and to Poe's own nède has before essayed to write for
final revisions of the text of his poems. boys, but youngsters of from fourteen
From these sources he has been able to to eighteen whose happy lot it is to
gather several hitherto unpublished come upon this book will hope that he
poems by Poe, and some others atmay go right on, writing more like it.
tributed to him, and some fresh biThe book shows the same cleverness
ographical material. Mr. Whitty also which characterizes the author in his
furnishes full notes and a variorum writing for older people; and, from the
text of the poems,—this last a task of frontispiece which depicts the upset of
great difficulty and labor, as Poe conDick and Tod to the closing chapter
tinually revised his verse, and few of which describes their capture of “Cap
his poems appear in the same form in tain François," there are no dull pages.
any two different editions. AltoHenry Holt & Co.
gether, Mr. Whitty's laborious Mothers and fathers, grandmammas searches and comparisons, representing and grandpapas, aunts and even un- the toil of many years, make this the cles will enjoy Mary Heaton Vorse's definitive edition of Poe's writings in studies of "The Very Little Person."
The illustrations include a porThough the story is continuous, each trait never previously reproduced, a of its chapters is complete in itself- view of the Southern Literary Mes“The Smile," "The Conquest of the senger building at Richmond, VirFeet," "The Passing of the Shadow," ginia, which is still standing, a picture and the rest of the eight-and each will of the desk at which Poe wrote, and a make a delightful half-hour's reading
facsimile of a fragment of a poem. for the family group. Most amusing Houghton Mifflin Co. of all, intensely realistic and up-to-date, with its picture of the scrupulous Intensely realistic is Gustav Frensyoung mother and the contemptuous sen's latest book, "Flaus Hinrich Baas, grandmothers looking on, is "The Baby The Story of a Self-made Man." Of
sturdy peasant stock from the lower exaggeration is "People of Popham,' by Elbe, young Klaus is left at fifteen, by Mary C. E. Wemyss, author of "The bis father's death, the man of the Professional Aunt." Simple and sathouse, with debts to pay. With ex- ural, full of a gay humor which often traordinary vividness of detail are de- flashes into real wit, with an undertone scribed the laborious months spent in of tenderness and pathos, it is one of working about the Hamburg wharves; the most charming chronicles of village the three years of broadening ambition life ever written, Among its characand capacity as a clerk in a commis- ters are Lady Victoria herself, at sion merchant's office; the period of Great Popham, whose doctor manages military service during which Klaus her so beautifully, knowing exactly the finds time to read and to acquire some kind of disease a well-bred woman can knowledge of languages; the four years have; Sir Popham, who, like lots of in India, where he is sent to look up an simple men, would like to be thought abandoned tin-mine; the return to civ- wicked; beautiful Mary Howard with ilization, the delight in home-comforts her optimistic, improvident husband and the ill-considered marriage with a and her adoring children; Mrs. Dare, narrow, prim young girl in a town too the vicar's wife, explaining to the newsmall to afford any scope for enterprise comer, who asks if there is any work and too conservative to sympathize she can do, that we have hangings for with it; the estrangement and separa- all seasons of the church's year; Mr. tion; the old firm in Hamburg saved Gray, the curate, of whom Lady Victofrom failure, and its rapid, but not in- ria is sure some one must once have credible, success under his manage- proposed to him—it leaves a look and a ment; the marriage to the daughter of cautiousness which is unnatural-she one of the partners; and, finally, the can always tell; Mrs. Durnford, the daring venture in Shanghai to retrieve doctor's wife, who labors under the dethe blunder of a brother-in-law with lusion that there is virtue in saying more respect for tradition than for in- exactly what she thinks; her daughter, itiative. As the record of the expe- fresh from a school in France, with the riences which make the successful busi- sort of eyes that mean trouble for ness man, one can hardly praise the some one; the Miss Franklyns with book too highly. But the parallel and their miniatures, black chairs inlaid equally detailed record of the emotions with mother-of-pearl, and herbaceous and adventures of adolescence, and of border; old Betsy Marker, who was the episode intervening between the counted a good washer-up once; Mrs. two marriages, will give offence to Mangle, the excellent cook, Mangle, readers whose consciences acquit them the first-class butler, and their pathetic of either narrowness or primness. Not little encumbrance; Ruth, the donkey, only the hero's practice, but his theory, to whom one thistle in the mouth is no runs directly counter to the received doubt worth all the purple distances in standards of morality, and the frequent the world—all these are sketched with and quite uncalled-for intrusion of deft, loving touches by Christian smutty little stories into the narrative Hope, herself, in the opinion of her forbids one to excuse its vagaries as faithful Jane, “not exactly a maiden those of an idealist. The Macmillan lady, for maiden ladies are elderly, as Co.
a rule," but with a ripened discrim
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