Strange True Stories of Louisiana eBook

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Again, in the early spring of 1824, a man driving cattle from Attakapas to Bayou Sara told him of two little girls named Mueller living in Attakapas.  He was planning another and bolder journey in search of them, when he fell ill; and at length, without telling his sons, if he knew, where to find their lost cousins, he too died.

Years passed away.  Once at least in nearly every year young Daniel Miller—­the “u” was dropped—­of Woodville came down to New Orleans.  At such times he would seek out his relatives and his father’s and uncle’s old friends and inquire for tidings of the lost children.  But all in vain.  Frank and Eva Schuber too kept up the inquiry in his absence, but no breath of tidings came.  On the city’s south side sprung up the new city of Lafayette, now the Fourth District of New Orleans, and many of the aforetime redemptioners moved thither.  Its streets near the river became almost a German quarter.  Other German immigrants, hundreds and hundreds, landed among them and in the earlier years many of these were redemptioners.  Among them one whose name will always be inseparable from the history of New Orleans has a permanent place in this story.

VI.

CHRISTIAN ROSELIUS.

One morning many years ago, when some business had brought me into a corridor of one of the old court buildings facing the Place d’Armes, a loud voice from within one of the court-rooms arrested my own and the general ear.  At once from all directions men came with decorous haste towards the spot whence it proceeded.  I pushed in through a green door into a closely crowded room and found the Supreme Court of the State in session.  A short, broad, big-browed man of an iron sort, with silver hair close shorn from a Roman head, had just begun his argument in the final trial of a great case that had been before the court for many years, and the privileged seats were filled with the highest legal talent, sitting to hear him.  It was a famous will case[26], and I remember that he was quoting from “King Lear” as I entered.

“Who is that?” I asked of a man packed against me in the press.

“Roselius,” he whispered; and the name confirmed my conjecture:  the speaker looked like all I had once heard about him.  Christian Roselius came from Brunswick, Germany, a youth of seventeen, something more than two years later than Salome Mueller and her friends.  Like them he came an emigrant under the Dutch flag, and like them his passage was paid in New Orleans by his sale as a redemptioner.  A printer bought his services for two years and a half.  His story is the good old one of courage, self-imposed privations, and rapid development of talents.  From printing he rose to journalism, and from journalism passed to the bar.  By 1836, at thirty-three years of age, he stood in the front rank of that brilliant group where Grymes was still at his best.  Before he was forty he had been made attorney-general of

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