The Lexington Leader (Lexington, Okla.), Vol. 31, No. 21, Ed. 1 Friday, September 30, 1921 Page: 7 of 8
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
THE LEXINGTON LEADER
:|l ABBE CONSTANTIN
By LUDOV1C HALEVY
Charles E. L. Wingate
wan born In Faria
on the flmt of
January, 1834. Ill*
luther wan a
c I e ver, vernal lie
writer of verse,
and drama; hln
llalevy, wan for
mnny yearn anno-
elated with the
opera; heave the
double and early
connect Ion of
I.udovlc with the
the age of 6
might have been
neen playing In
that "Foyer de la
Danne" with which he wan to make bin
readern no familiar.
At eighteen he Joined the ranks of
the French administration and occu-
pied varloun ponta.
In the aprlnk of I860, being commln-
nloned to write a play for the manager
of the Varieties, llalevy anked the col-
laboration of Henri Mellhac, and the
proposal wan Immediately accepted,
thun beginning a connection which con-
tinued for more than 20 yearn.
The Joint work of the two anthorn
had a great vogue, but Halevy In bent
known to more recent readern by his
"l/Abbe Coastantln," published soon
after the conclusion of the Franco-
llalevy died In Paris on the 8th of
WITH a step still valiant and
firm the old Abbe Constan-
ts walked along the dusty
road of the little village where for
more than thirty years lie had been the
cure. At the entrance of the castle
of Longueval he stopped and mourn-
fully regarded the big blue posters
fixed on the pillars.
They announced the sale of the
castle, the former home of the cure's
dear old friend, the marquise, who had
And the result of the auction?
The great estate bought by two en-
"Do you know who they are?" asked
Madame de Lavardens.
"Yes, Mrs. Scott is an American pos-
sensing a colossal fortune. Ten years
ago Mrs. Scott begged in the streets
of New York, they say. They are rich
parvenus who amuse themselves by
throwing handfuls of gold out of the
window, and who will turn up their
noses at us and care nothing for our
traditions or our life."
Such was the story.
But when young Mrs. Scott and her
beautiful sister arrived, to take pos-
session of the castle and called Im-
mediately upon the abbe, he learned a
different tale. Religious, generous,
amiable and lovable they proved.
And they were certainly beautiful,
particularly the younger sister, Bet-
At the cure's little home they met
Jean Keynaud, the son of that gal-
lant doctor of the village who, while
advancing with the soldiers in the war
of 1870 to carry on his work of mercy
side by side with his dear old friend
the abbe, had suddenly been struck by
a bullet and killed on the spot. Jean,
Inherited the noble traits of his father,
was beloved by the whole village.
But he was poor while the American
sisters were immeasurably rich.
As acquaintances and friendships
grew, very pleasing it was to the
gentle, lovable old cure to learn that
his new parishioners were most anxi-
ous to extend their benefactions among
the poor in the hamlet, asking him,
Indeed, to be their medium.
They had, indeed, been poor until
nn Inherited silver mine made tliem
fabulously rich. Now, they had hosts
of admirer*—Mrs. Scott because she
was frankly flirtatious; and Bettina
because, as she realized, the fortune
hunters—-thirty-four of them she
counted, including a French duke and
a Spanish noble—sought bur wealth.
And when, one day, they all went
over with Jean to visit the little
church, and Bettina at the organ
played a reverie of Chopin, good gentle
Abbe Constantln's heart was filled
with such joy that the tears came to
But all this left a deep problem in
Jean's mind—"Which of the two sis-
ters is the prettier?" At first he was
convinced that it was the coquettish
Mrs. Scott who charmed him the more;
then he would see Bettina, smiling and
blushing amid th« sunlit clouds of her
floating hair, and he would declare to
himself "I was mistaken, the prettier
was Miss Percival." . . _ .
The days went on and Jean and Bet-
tina were often thrown into each
other's company. What resulted is
best pictured in Miss Percival's own
remark to her sister when one day
"He is the first man, positively the
first, in whose eyes I have not read
•Oh, how glad I should be to marry
that little body's millions I'"
And then as Mrs. Scott went np-
fitnlrs to kiss hrr sleeping children,
Bettina remained long leanlnt, on the
balustrade of her balcony.
"It seems to me," said she, tpatl
am growir® to be very fond of s
One day when Jean was telling
his < xf.ectation8 of promotion and the
probability that he should wander
from garrison to garrison, finally com-
ing back to the little house that was
his father's, as au old colonel on half
pay, she exclaimed:
"Always quite alone?"
"Why quite alone? I certainly hope
"You intend to marry?"
"Yet you have refused several good
opportunities. Tell me why."
"Because," he replied. "I think it
best not to marry rather than to marry
"And I think so, too."
She looked at him; he looked at her
and suddenly, to the great surprise of
both, they found nothing more to say
—nothing at all.
But now Jean is no longer tranquil;
with impatience and at the same time
with sorrow he sees the moment of his
departure approach. Yet how could
he stay and resist the temptation of
As an honorable man Jean felt for j
Bettinu's money horror, positive hor-
In Rettinn's mind the sensation of
love had come at the same time that i
it hud to Jean's. But, while he, horri-
fied, had cast it violently from him,
she on the contrary had yielded in all
the simplicity of her perfect innocence
to this flood of emotion and of tender-
As Bettina grew more tender, Jean
become more gloomy. He was not
only afraid of loving; he was afraid'
of being loved. "He felt he ought to
remain away, but he could not; the
temptation was too strong.
He tried to avoid Bettina at recep-
tions and even to leave without saying
"If I touch her hand," he thought,
"my secret will escape me."
His secret! He did not know that
Bettina read his heart like an open
When Jean descended the stairs
these words Were upon his lips:
"I love you, I adore you, and that
is why I will see you no more!"
But he did not utter them; he actu-
ally fled into the darkness.
Bettina standing in the hall door
and taking no notice of the rain driv-
ing across her bare shoulders, watched
"I knew very well that he loved
me," she thought, "but now I am very
sure that I, too—oh! yes! I, too "
Meanwhile Jean hastens to his dear
old friend the cure to tell him that
he is going away immediately to Paris
to seek exchange into another regi-
ment, to leave the little hamlet forever.
And then in his emotion he confessed
to the abbe that he adored Bettina.
"It is a madness which has seized
me," he exclaimed. "Ah! if she were
"Do you know what I think, .Tean?"
exclaimed his good friend. "Jean, I
believe that she loves you."
"And I believe it, too; but that is the
very reason I must go. Her money is
the great obstacle."
At that moment someone knocked
gently at the door.
It was Bettina.
Going directly to Jean she cried,
"Oh, how glad I am you are here."
Then she took both his hands in hers
and addressing the cure she said, "I
have come to beg you, monsieur le
cure, to listen to my confession."
And to herself she way saying, "I
wish to be loved! I wish to love! I
wish to be happy and to make him
happy! And since he cannot have the
courage, to say it, I must have the
courage for both 1"
"I am rich, monsieur le cure," she
continued, aloud, "very rich, but 1
love money most for the good which
it allows me to do. So I have the care
of this money, and I have always
Tlshed that my husband should be
worthy of sharing this great fortune
in order that he should help me make
good use of it. I thought of another
thing, too—'He who will be my hus-
band must be someone I can love!'
There Is a man who has done all he
can to conceal from me that he loves
me, but I do not doubt that he loves
me. You do love me, Jean?"
"Yes," said Jean in a low voice, his
eyes cast down, looking like a crim-
inal, "I do love you."
"I knew It very well, but I wanted
to hear you say it And now, Jean.
I say to you, 'I love you!' Do not
come near me, yet. Before I came
here I thought I had a good stock of
courage, but you see I have no longer
my firm composure of u minute ago.
And now, monsieur le cure, I want you
to answer me. not htm. Tell me, If
he loves me and feels me worthy of
his love, should he not agree to be my
Jean," said the old priest gravely,
"marry her, it is your duty."
And as Jean took Bettina in his
arms the girl continued, "You have
often told me, monsieur le cure, that
Jean was almost like your own sou.
Now you will have two children, that
A month later Bettina, In the simplest
of wedding dresses, entered the church.
The old cure snld mass. Jean and Bet-
tina knelt before him. He pronounced
the benediction. Then floated from
the organ the same reverie of Chopin's
wnui. Bettina had played the first
time she had entered that village
church, where was to be consecrated
the happiness o* her life.
And this time it was Bettina whl
Copyright, 1919. by the Post fMblUhln*
Co. (The Boston Post). Copyright In th
United Kingdom, the Dorolptons. lt Col-
onies and dependencies, under the copy-
right act, by tbe Post Publishing Co.,
Boston. Mass., U. 8. A. All rlghu T9-
CHILD'S BOWELS WITH
CALIFORNIA FIG SYRUP
Hurry, mother I Even a sick child
loves the "fruity" taste of "California
Fig Syrup" and It never fails to open
the bowels. A teaspoonful today may
prevent a sick child tomorrow. If con-
stipated, bilious, feverish, fretful, has
cold, colic, or If stomach is sour,
tongue coated, breath bad, remember a
good cleansing of the little bowels Is
often all that is necessary.
Ask your druggist for genuine "Cali-
fornia Fig Syrup" which has directions
for babies and children of all ages
printed on bottle.. Mother! You must
say "California" or you may get an
imitation tig syrup.—Advertisement
Rotation of Venus.
Observations of certain dark spots
i>n Venus by Prof. W. H. Picketing
appear to indicate a rotntion period of
(58 hours. lie states that the motion
of the spots was not from west to
east, but from north to south, implying
that the axis of the planet lies very
nearly In the plane of its orbit.—Scien-
WONDERFUL GAIN IN
Hall's Catarrh Medicine
Those who are In a "run down" condi-
tion will notice that Catarrh bothers them
much more than when they are in good
health. This fact proves that while Ca-
tarrh is a local disease, it is greatly in-
fluenced by constitutional conditions.
HALL'S CATARRH MEDICINE is a
Tonic and acts through the blood upon
the mucous surfaces of the body, thus
reducing the inflammation and assisting
Nature in restoring normal conditions.
All Druggists. Circulars free.
F. J. Cheney & Co., Toledo, Ohio.'
"Tall" Story Disproved.
The hoiuzln, one of the strangest
birds of South America, is notorious
for Its bad oiior. Some authorities say
it Is so frightful that the bird can only
be skinned under water. These sto-
ries are denied by Dr. C. W. Beebe of
New York, who has not only skinned
hoatzins but also eaten them.
Just say to your grocer Red Cross
Ball Blue when buying bluing. You
will be more than repaid by the re-
sults. Once tried always used. 5c.—
Warden—What is your last wish?
Condemned Man—I want to learn
how to speak Chinese.
Young Woman Only Weighed 76
Pounds—Now Weighs Over 100
and Is Gaining Every Day.
"Before I began taking Tanlac I only
weighed 70 pounds, I now weigh over
one hundred and am gaining every
•lay," said Miss LaBue Davis of Chat-
"1 bought my first bottle of Tanlac
at Gas City, Ind., and it helped me so
much that I continued using It. I have
always been very delicate and suffered
a great deal from stomach trouble and
rheumatism. I rarely ever had any ap-
petite and simply could not relish any-
thing. I fell off until I only weighed
7(1 pounds and was so tliln I' looked
perfectly awful. This Is the condition
I was in when I began taking Tanlac.
"Oh, I feel so different now. Even
my complexion Is improved. My appe-
tite Is good and I can hardly get
enough to eat. Tanlac Is simply grand
and I can truthfully say It Is the only
medicine that has ever done me any
Tanlac Is sold by leading druggists
SALE OF CALOMEL
"Dodson's Liver Tone" is Taking Place of Dangerous,
Sickening Chemical, Say Druggists
When a Mobile doctor cnme to visit
the Robinson family by whom he had
been summoned he found Mrs. Robin-
son in bed, her dusky face decorated
with bandages. Mr. ltobinson was sit-
ting In stolid misery by the bedside.
"Cheer up, Sam," said the M. D.
"She'll pull through all right."
"Don' yo' go tryln' to cheer me up."
answered Mr. RoblnsOn, darkly, "fo*
It's onpossllile, doctor. Heah Ah has
her Insured against accidents of all
kinds only fo' days ago ahd paid down
mah $5, an, befo' ile week is out she
falls downstairs wld a bucket of coal
and now look at her, all busted from
end to end 1"—American Legion
Every druggist In town has noticed
a great falling off In the salt of
calomel. They all give the same rea-
son. Dodson's Liver Tone 19 taking
"Calomel Is dangerous and people
know It." Dodson's Liver Tone Is per-
sonally guaranteed by every druggist
who sells It A large bottle doesn't
cost very much but if It falls to give
easy relief In every case of liver slug-
gishness and constlpntlon, just ask
for your money back.
Dodson's Liver Tone is a pleasant-
tasting, purely vegetable remedy,
harmless to both children aud adults.
Take a spoonful-at night and wake up
feeling fine; no biliousness, si<j)s head-
ache, add stomach or constipated
bowels. It doesn't gripe or cause in-
convenience all the next day like vio-
lent calomel. Take a dose of calomel
today and tomorrow you will feel
weak, sick and nauseated. Don't los«
DIKTKMI'KK A MONTI HOUSES «ui (fox fully treated with
Spohn's Distemper Compound
With the approach of fall and winter horne* are again mora
liable to contract contagious diseases—DISTKMI'Blt, INFLU-
ENZA, COUGHS and COLDS- As * preventive against these,
an occasional dose of "SrOtlN'S" In marvelou«ly effective. As
a remei'y for cases already suffering. "HI'OIIN'H" is equally
effective, (live It as a preventive. Don't wall. 60 cents and
$1.20 per bottle at drug storeg,
bl'011 N MEDICAL COMPANY t.OMlKN, INDIANA
PUTTING IT UP TO AUNTIE
"Gibraltar of America."
The city of Quebec Is sometimes
called the "Gibraltar of America," be-
cause of its well-nigh impregnable po-
sition and strong means of defense,
both natural and artificial.
Why does it take two to make a
quarrel if a man and bis wife aie one?
When a man is angry he doesn't
want to be just.
Small Girl's Interrogation, Consider-
ing What It Implied, Was Some-
Nine-year-old Ruth had very thin
hair, but still it was long enough to
come to her waist, and she was proud
of it. The family tried to get her
to have It bobbed, hut she stubbornly
refused. One night Aunt Nora's
young man, who, by the way, hap-
pened to possess a great charm for
Ruth, arrived. Auntie, thinking that
he might be able to persuade her' on
this occasion, secretly informed him
of the affair, and then when Ruth
came into the room mentioned the
fact that she wished her niece to have
her hair bobbed. He took the cue,
and Immediately told of how thick It
made hair to hnve It bobbed. Ruth
listened a minute and then looked at
auntie's mass of pinned-on curls.
"Well, auntie," she said sweetly,
"which one of us shall try it out
Preferred to Pay the Fine..
One Saturday morning a little hoy
told the children's librarian that he
had a hook at home that should he
returned to the library that day.
"llut how much would the tine he
If I kept the library book until Mon-
day?" he asked her.
"I would be two cents, Jimmy, but
you don't wish to pay a tine. You
live such a little way from here. Why
don't you run home and get the book?"
"No slree," snld the boy. "I don't
want to go home. I'll get a hath!"
It takes a second to start a lie and
a year to catch it.
The last straw usually gets blamed
for the whole load.
When a man gets married some
woman starts bossing.
The Great Purchasing Power of
By making Dr. Price's Baking Powder with Phosphate instead of Cream of
Tartar, we are enabled to offer it at a surprisingly low price. You now pay only
25c. for the large-size 12-oz. can of this pure and wholesome baking powder.
A Gift from Your Grocer
An opportunity cannot last forever, and so we say, go to your Grocer today and
receive — free —a copy of the New Dr. Price Cook Book with your purchase of
Phosphate Baking Powder
For a large size can, 12 oz.
With Dr. Price's Phosphate Baking Powder and this Cook Book, a new joy will
come into the home — wholesome baking, economical baking, easy baking.
Recipes for every occasion, breakfast, lunch, dinner. New hints, new delights,
all are included.
Just one of the Recipes from this Neu) Cook Book:
LUNCHEON OR SANDWICH ROLLS
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
6 teaspoons Dr. Price's Baking Powder
1 tablespoon shortening
VA cups milk
Sift together flour, salt and baking powder; rub in shortening; add milk, and mix with
spoon to smooth dough easy to handle on floured board. Turn out dough; knead quickly
a few times to impart smoothness; divide into small pieces; form each by hand into
short, rather thick tapering rolls; place on greased pans and allow to stand in warm
place 15 to 20 minutes; brush with milk. Bake in very hot oven. When almost baked
brush again with melted butter. Bake 10 minutes longer and serve hot. If a glazed
finish is desired, before taking from bven brush over with yolk of egg which has been
mixed with a little cold water.
These rolls make excellent sandwiches, using for fillings either lettuce and mayonnaise,
sliced or chopped ham, chopped seasoned cucumbers, egg and mayonnaise with a very
little chopped onion and parsley, or other filling desired.
Dr. Price's Baking Powder is guaranteed to contain no alum. It is the most
wholesome low-priced baking powder you can buy!
On Sale at all Grocers
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Newspaper.
Denison, Mrs. E. A. The Lexington Leader (Lexington, Okla.), Vol. 31, No. 21, Ed. 1 Friday, September 30, 1921, newspaper, September 30, 1921; Lexington, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc110903/m1/7/: accessed April 12, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.