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A REMABKABLE ST ORY.

The Paris correspondent of the "Ohlo&go Tribune " la responsible for the following tale : —Whan the Emperor Napoleon 111 was writing his ' Life of Cwjar, and was oasting ambitions glances at a chair m the Academy, a poet {"whose name shall be unknown to fame) wrotQ a few verses on the Eraporor'a Work, referring to him ea the " greatest C»iar of these later years." In return the Emperor cent him a splendid diamond ring and an Invitation to call at the. Tallerlee. When the poet came the Emperor received him afftotlon* ately v and after some conversation asked him if he was married. "No, sire." " And why don't you get married % See here. Would yon marry a young lady, beautifa'f of ardent disposition, and with a handsome dowry, if yoa meet suoh a one. who was willing to have yon ?" " Yes, sire : I should only be too happy. " " Well, then, come here to-morrow nlgnt at ten ; I will present yoa to her." At the appointed time v the poet again pre- ' tented himself at the pnlaoe and wai »d---mlttod to the Eoapjror'a presenae. The. Emperor was m atreajt dress, and at onoe pat on a large cloak aod a bat that concealed his identity, and led the poet to a s!de t door. There they entered a coaoh, and were driven to a bijou villa that stood m the midst of Bpaoloup grounds In a retired part of the elty. I 1 Ijfy. dear Marl»," Bald the Emperor, f • allow me to present Mr——, who domes t ft a anltor for your hand." Then he left the room, Tiie poet did not repent his bargain. He found the lady ready to accept his wooing, and knowing that the Imperial favor depended upon bin discretion, he did not eeok to learn her past history." There were guletly married a few weeks later, the bride's dowry befog 500,000 dola The poet was never again Invited to the Tutlerles, however, nor did he ever again have a perional Interview with thtj Emperor, bat he soon, received, to his surprise, an appointment to the diplomatic service m a distant part of the world. Thlß he accepted, and went there to live, his wife, of coarse, aooomp»nylng him. His career there was a prosperous one, and he remained there until bis death, which occurred aix or seven years ago. His widow then returned to Parla, and became the wife of a Rnaiian nobleman. On the oooaolon ofr&e post dlplomate's death, a remark' waa made by General Floury, the oonfldentlal friend and bnatneas agant of the late Emperor. " He was a lucky ohap," said Pleura, "to get auoh a wife ; and it was a hard bit of luck for the Emperot to have to pay auoh a prioa to get rid of bo charming an enoambrance."

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A REMABKABLE STORY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1988, 6 November 1888

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A REMABKABLE STORY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1988, 6 November 1888

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