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MM. Erckmann and Chatrian Fall Out.

The literary partnership of nearly half a century which has existed between tho two famous Alsatian fictionists MM. Erckmann and Chatrian has been broken irrevocably (says the Paris correspondent of the ' Daily Telegraph'). The two collaborators have fallen out, and tho quarrel, which has been going on for some time, is related and described at length by M. Georgel, who, it must be premised, is a friend of M. Chatrian. It appears that M, Erckmann has never had anything to do with the dramatisation of the plays taken from the stories which he wrote in conjunction with his colleague, these works having been prepared for the stage by M. Chatrian and two Parisian writers. M. Erckmann, in fact, never visited Paris, but lived in Phalsbourg, and duly received his share of the profits accruing from tho representation of ' L'Ami Fritz' and other pieces. While the profits were plethoric M. Erckmann received them without murmuring, but as they beganto fall off he objected to any payment being made to tho playwrights who assisted M. Chatrian. His nephew, M. Alfred Erckmann, a member of the General Association of Alsace-Lorraine, was sent to Paris to see M. Chatrian on the subject, and induced the latter to pay him over L 930. M. Georgel declares that but for him M. Chatrian would have signed everything that was asked of him, including a complete renunciation of his rights in tho literary partnership of "Erckmann-Chatrian." The affair, moreover, was not submitted to the Society of Dramatic Authors, but to a lawyer who was a friend of M. Alfred Erckmann. _ Such is the ugly version of tho caso according to M. Georgel, who takes the opportunity of doing what is vulgarly called " showing up " M. Erckmann, who, he says, is a German at heart; who culled the French living in

Alsace-Lorraine bad names (< and who ran away to a place of safety in the German positions during the bombardment of Phalsbourg, leaving his own Bister to face the danger alone. The same sister, by the way, had lost her reason during the first bombardment of Phalsbourg in the year before Waterloo. M. Georgel adds that there is a German officer—an enemy, but an honest soldier—who saw Erckmann during the siege of Phalsbourg, and was disgusted at his conduct. M. Chatrian has always remained a staunch patriot, and his sons are in the French Army.

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MM. Erckmann and Chatrian Fall Out., Issue 8039, 16 October 1889

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MM. Erckmann and Chatrian Fall Out. Issue 8039, 16 October 1889

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