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DR. RASTOUL.

The Argus gives the following sketch of the career of Dr, Rastoul, who lately escaped from Hew Caledonia with 20 other Communists, in a boat they had managed to build themselves :—: — \ Dr. Rastoul, who has just succeeded in effecting his escape in company with other rlcportcs from the Isle of Pines, was one of the most prominent members of the Commune during the memorable 73 days of 1&?1* He was a member of the Commission of Public Services, and distinguished himself by the vigor of his administration, and uniformly recorded his vote in favor of energetic-, measures. ' ; He* is a native of Marseilles, is about five and forty years ft age, and was- edtlcatcd for the medical professsion. He commenced practice in Paris in 1866, having established himself in the Quartier St. Martin, where he soon became popular owing to his"'winning face and agreeable manners. He has the southern temperament, like Gambetta, and embraced the cause of the Commune with such ardor that he was selected as mcrftero en chef of the ambulances. When the Commune fell, "Dti Rastbttl was of course a marked man, and shared the fate of his late colleagues at the Hotel de Ville. It is a singular fact that most of those were either provincials or political exiles from foreign countries. All tlierevo* lutions in Paris from that of 1780 downwards have been the work of Strangers. Mirabeau, Lafayette, Camille Desmonlius, Hubert, Rwbesbierre, Conthon, Henriot, Foquicr Tinville were provincials, and Marat was a Swiss. The Provisional Government of 1830 did not contain jv,.single Parisian ; that of 1848' only ftro! Of the eleven members of the so-called " Government of National Defence," in 1870-1, MM. Ernest Picard and Henry Rochefort were the only ' Parisians ; and sixty-six of the eighty members of the Commune were provincials. "In revolutions and in the events they bring about," observes M. Maxim e Ducamp "the true-born Parisian succumbs under the mass of provincials that surrounds him, and all the more easily that he* does Hot evteJLHry to fight. He shrugs his shoulders, uplifts his arms, and exclaims, ' Mon Dieu, what is to become of us V " The bourgeois is a pitiful coward, and hence the, facility with which revolutions are brought about by reckless and dare-devil dcciasscs from the provinces and from foreign ctrttutrHs, who have nothing to lose and everything to gain by turning' society topsy-turvy.

A Missouriau , who attended ..pijaver* meeting with his daughter felt 'compelled to rise Tip and' 'remark*.*-'-" 1 ivant to' be good and go to heaven, but if thrtse 'fellers don't stop winking at Mary, there will be a gtHtl deal of prancing' artnnM hbre'ftic fust thing they know. ' ' >- '- <!l<t< It must make a man feel mean to pay an old debt because he thinks he is going to die and then have the doctor pull him through all right.

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DR. RASTOUL., Evening Post, Volume XI, Issue 37, 13 April 1875

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DR. RASTOUL. Evening Post, Volume XI, Issue 37, 13 April 1875

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