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Aune: Then tomorrow I should have lost the position I hold in my house and among those near and dear to me — lost my influence over men of my own class — lost all opportunity of doing anything for the cause of the poorer and needier members of the community?
Francis-Joseph, now in the eventide of a singularly sad and stormy life, and of a reign that was inaugurated by a most sanguinary civil war, reminds one, in spite of the hereditary title of “Apostolic Majesty” conferred upon his forbears by the Papacy, of nothing so much as of the publican of the parable going up to the temple to pray, so deep and unaffected is the humility with which he approaches the altar or kneels at the priedieu in the chapel of his palace, or beside the tombs of those most near and dear to him.
They stayed with us last night and today until this evening about 5 o'clock; it was like parting with a near and dear relation to tell them goodbye, poor Mrs. Barr! her's has been a sorrowful lot, and she is so lovely, so ladylike and admirable, Mrs. Morancy too, her youth blighted, I could not but love her.
A laurel wreath crowned the portrait of a beloved hero, near and dear to many in the room; whilst over its frame hung, worked in scarlet berries,
Among the latter were Professor Guyot and M. de Pourtales, who remained, both as scientific colleagues and personal friends, very near and dear to him all his life.