50 days in office, Biden fulfilled 16 promises

After winning the election, US President Biden said that the first 100 days after taking office are very important. He has formulated ambitious plans, including multiple goals such as fighting the new crown pneumonia epidemic and improving the climate environment. March 10 is Biden’s 50th day in office. The Associated Press published an article that day detailed the implementation of Biden’s “Hundred Days New Deal”. Of its 61 commitments, 16 have been completed and 38 are in progress. Seven items have not yet been implemented.

The Associated Press stated that Biden has made the fight against the new crown pneumonia epidemic his most important task within a few weeks of taking office and has achieved certain results. Biden has fulfilled three public health-related commitments: the promulgation of a mask mandatory order, the return of the United States to the WHO, and the opening of 100 mass vaccination sites. Since Biden took office, the United States has injected more than 75 million doses of vaccine, and is vaccinating at a rate of 2 million doses per day. Biden is expected to achieve the goal of “100 million doses of vaccine within 100 days of taking office” next week. In the field of public health, Biden’s unfulfilled commitments include reopening most schools and expanding medical insurance coverage. The Associated Press pointed out that part of the reason is that the decision to resume school learning lies in the hands of local officials and teachers’ unions.

According to the report, Biden has encountered less resistance on climate policy and immigration issues. He has reversed the policies of the Trump era and fulfilled the requirements including rejoining the Paris Agreement, halting the construction of the US-Mexico border wall, and ending opposition to Muslims. The population is the main country’s citizens’ entry restrictions and other commitments. The Biden administration also announced on the 10th that it would restart the Youth Refugee Resettlement Program, allowing some teenagers from Central America to legally reunite with their parents in the United States. Unfulfilled promises include making infrastructure investment in compliance with environmental protection standards.

In the fields of economy and people’s livelihood, Biden is expected to sign the US$1.9 trillion new crown pneumonia relief bill passed by Congress soon, and has suspended the requirement for students to repay student loans, extended the housing foreclosure ban, and is fulfilling commitments including review The United States has shortcomings in the supply chain of key industries, strengthened “buy American” measures, and reviewed housing policies related to the homeless.

Except for an administrative order to terminate private prison contracts, the Biden administration has not taken major actions in criminal justice reform so far. Although Biden previously promised to establish a police supervision committee within 100 days of taking office, the plan has not made clear progress at the moment. In addition, there are other plans to be implemented, such as the creation of a cabinet-level working group dedicated to promoting union participation, and ordering the FBI to conduct a background review of gun purchases

the world seemed as richly blessed to me as it was this year, “said President Melchers, pointing to the fruit trees in her garden, which were bearing their burdens under the silver swap veils of an early September morning.

Eva von Ostried was also standing on the open veranda, ready to go out. She did not feel astonished gratitude at the sight of these miracles. Something troubled spoke in their gaze. The blessing of this silence, which – although close to the great bustle of Berlin – nevertheless seemed to remain remote and alien from all restlessness, did her good for only a short time. Now she felt tormented again by this isolation. Every hour meant something lost to her. Every day an irreplaceable loss. She secretly savored the trickling delights of her first success and knew nothing of remorse or indignation.

Didn’t the admiring glances of strangers tell her over and over again that she was unusually beautiful?

Wasn’t it therefore also forgivable when the passion of a man and artist was kindled and forgotten at the sight of them?

[S. 31]

The President secretly observed the changing expression on Eva von Ostried’s features. She knew how to read that young face correctly. Concern for Eva’s future did not diminish. The desire to be allowed to stay next to her until self-discipline or a severe disappointment would have swept away all the dross, was in her today too. She felt the young soul closing in on her more and more since her return from Oeynhausen. But she bravely suppressed all bitterness.

Wasn’t it also the fate of the birth mother to gradually lose the child of pain to some strange joy? And did the coming day really have the great importance she attached to it?

“Now go, Eva, and get the little things for our meal,” she said, forcing her thoughts to happier things. “My old friend, Counselor Doctor Weißgerber, has promised me to celebrate your coming of age with us.”

“Oh,” said Eva with a laugh, “what should he do with me? He is old, questionable and wise. ”

A quick look glanced at her.

Was she really so harmless not to suspect the profound significance of his visit, especially on her special day? – The young mouth chatted carelessly on.

“I would love to go to the big charity concert tomorrow evening, for which a lovable, unfortunately unknown donor has sent me a card ..”

“And me?” Now there was a slight bitterness in the kind voice.

[S. 32]

Eva blushed.

“You also like to enjoy good music ..”

“Of course I do! But I’m too tired now. ”

“What if Mr. Judicial Counselor stayed with you?” The self-wish defeated all other concerns.

“His time is precious, you know that. If he’s already sacrificing lunchtime, I don’t dare ask anything more from him. ”

Eva was silent. But it was as if a chain was hanging on her, which bound the beauty of life for her. After a moment’s hesitation, she turned unpleasantly to do the errands that had been assigned to her.

The President looked after her as long as something of her remained visible. Then she looked through the early mail brought in by old Pauline, missed the promise of the attentive friend and went to the telephone to ask him when he could come tomorrow at the earliest. The head of his office replied in his stead that since yesterday the judiciary had unfortunately been in bed with a bad cold and had a high fever. – That worried her about the other man too. She would have loved to add the postscript to her will, which had long been properly drawn up, which ensured Eva von Ostried’s future. It was an express wish of her late husband that she should hear the advice of his childhood friend, who had been tried and tested as faithful and intelligent, before carrying out any major decision.

So far she had always followed his wish. For the intended foundations, which, in the absence of a legal heir,[S. 33]Her great fortune was destined for wealthy legates, she also needed clever legal assistance. Now it was time to remove a piece of what was already available and use it for a new purpose. The thought of postponing wanted to make her restless. However, getting used to clear, calm deliberation prevailed.

After all, a few days of waiting didn’t matter.

She was busy giving the gifts that were to delight Eva von Ostried tomorrow as festive as possible when old Pauline, who had already served the young Assessor Melchers faithfully, came in and announced the visit of a strange gentleman. It was barely ten in the morning. So the hour for it was unusual. Therefore, the President did not let him invite him in until he had stated his concern.

That was done in a few words.

“He was coming about our lady,” reported Pauline and the initial disapproval had disappeared from her face.

The one who entered soon after was a man of about fifty. His broad-shouldered figure showed the strength and freshness of a person who pursues a healthy job. His face was deeply tanned. Under the bushy brow the eyes looked true and clear. The President liked him even before she’d listened to him. The initial discomfort that it might be one of the many secret admirers of her beautiful protégé turned into a kind of comfortable curiosity. From this honorable person, her darling could not be able[S. 34]there is a risk of danger. When he said his name, she held out her right hand warmly to him.

“District Councilor Wullenweber from Hohen-Klitzig, Köslin District, Western Pomerania,” she repeated with a warm smile. “So – Eva von Ostried’s guardian! How happy I am to get to know you personally. Our correspondence back then was short and unpleasant, wasn’t it? ”

“Yes,” he said, “I firmly believed that you, Madam President, strongly supported the unhappy idea of ​​my ward.”

“Why do you describe him as unhappy, Herr Amtsrat?”

“That cannot be said in a few words.”

“Does this mean that you still lack the time today for a proper explanation that is understandable even for a woman?”

“I already have time, Madam President. My train won’t leave for four hours. My main business, the purchase of an agricultural machine, is very well taken care of. ”

“Oh,” she said, disappointed, “and I thought that you would come to me because Eva von Ostried will be self-employed tomorrow.”

He smiled. That gave his serious, quiet face something infinitely good and lovable.

“I think you are underestimating the worries and burdens of the farmer at this bad time, Madam President. As soon as he turns his back, something stupid is bound to happen. So I don’t want to pose as someone who is solely responsible for the responsibility of his guardian[S. 35]is driven. If only I can’t hide that Eva von Ostried worried me a lot. ”

“Dear Mr. Amtsrat, I share fate with you! Those who love them will watch their development forever with a certain restlessness in the heart. ”

“I never really liked her,” the council admitted frankly, “she had too much from her father for that.”

An understanding smile appeared on the woman’s face.

“Then you must have been very close to your mother.”

“How do you know that, Madam President?” He looked at her in astonishment and uncertainly.

“I sense it with the feeling of the mature woman. – Apparently your father was never your true friend. The daughter is not very close to your heart, and yet you resisted with an almost passionate anger against the continuation of your musical training, once approved by your father, after the famous patron died. So either the highest feeling of responsibility, which you have just denied me – or the promise made to a loved one who has died must be the basis. ”

“It really is. Eva’s mother was the best and noblest woman! ”

“You remained unmarried, Herr Amtsrat?” He nodded wistfully.

“A few times later I wanted to get out of this loneliness and yet never managed to get over miserably failed attempts. That means: don’t understand me[S. 36]not correct. The other part didn’t notice anything. It was just by myself that I fixed the story. That was enough. – I couldn’t forget Eva’s mother. ”

“Forgive me if I research. It is not naughtiness. How could it come that you did not allow yourself to be moved by so much depth and loyalty – even if there was initially no love in return? ”

His gray head tilted on his chest.

“When I got to know her, she already belonged to the other person. And I was his friend and next-door neighbor. You know .. no friend like you and me now, demand him. We were both much too different for that. I was brought up to a simple father, fourth and youngest boy, to the strictest work and fulfillment of duties since the first pants – he, the only one of the beautiful, brisk and reckless majoratherr on Waldesruh. But if you jump barefoot together over the stubble for years, lurking in the alder bush for the bittern or nightingale nesting because some country braid has twisted the stupid boy’s head – well, something like that works by itself. My father also has the brisk old man Often helped out at Waldesruh without paying particular attention to the interest. So it came that he who otherwise could be very haughty and graciously tolerated me as his son’s playmate. My brothers have taken shelter in other provinces. Except for one who happily starved himself to major and, after a hunting accident that put an end to his military craft, here in Berlin with his two children did not have an enviable existence. The farmers sat[S. 37]on good, small farms that feed man, woman and child. You have already passed away. – Through the inheritance of an auntie, I was able to take over the paternal domain after my old man lay down to die. – A year later, the beautiful, great, reckless father Ostried shot himself through the head. His son, who was with the Pasewalker Cuirassiers, had to take off his uniform. That required a family determination. He did it reluctantly, although he still enjoyed himself as much as he possibly could. As soon as the year of mourning was over, one party followed the other. Of course, the field did not come into its own. But, I can tell that my telling is too lengthy, Madam President. ”She shrugged off.

“I’m also interested in the smallest thing in your history, Herr Amtsrat. And we have plenty of time. The look you just threw at the door is supposed to express the question about Eva von Ostried, isn’t it? ”

“That’s right again. Isn’t she still with you? ”

“Otherwise you would have known differently for a long time. She’s just getting all sorts of things for her birthday now. Unfortunately, I am no longer fit for physical exertion. – Afterwards I hope you will definitely be able to see them. ”

He rocked his head slowly.

“I don’t value that, Madam President. I would either be touched – or helpless – towards her. Both could not bring the lack of respect. – No, just leave! If it happens by chance that it comes as long as I am there, I will of course not shirk it. ”

She understood him again.

[S. 38]

“Now go on,” she urged.

“Yes, and at one of these proud celebrations, a mournful-looking baroness came with her daughter. He had invited me too, and – God knows – how it came about, I showed up even though I’d canceled dozens of times before. – Until then, I didn’t know much about how lovely a woman can be. Because almost all of the long-braided people in our village had rain noses and rough, red faces. I wasn’t one of the most talkative either. But I couldn’t get any sound out that day. I didn’t even find one congratulation when my friend – Hasso von Ostried – introduced me to the old baroness’ daughter, who seemed unearthly beautiful, as his bride. – I then heard her sing too. My God – we never had enough time for music. That’s why I didn’t know anything about her magic beforehand. He has shaken everything in me awake and big. But it couldn’t live. When I stumbled home long after midnight, I knew that I loved Hasso von Ostried’s bride – and never, never wanted to go back to his house. You never – never meet again. And after all, I went there, quite voluntarily, because I knew that she would soon need someone who meant it faithfully and well to her. On which she could definitely count when the merciless cross became too heavy for her weak shoulders. – Because he, who was destined to do so by the means of God and justice, only looked after her for the first few years. Afterwards there was plenty of other things. – The hunt – beautiful horses – also a couple of women who couldn’t hold a candle to him. Nor did he want to get over the fact that When I stumbled home long after midnight, I knew that I loved Hasso von Ostried’s bride – and never, never wanted to go back to his house. You never – never meet again. And after all, I went there, quite voluntarily, because I knew that she would soon need someone who meant it faithfully and well to her. On which she could definitely count when the merciless cross became too heavy for her weak shoulders. – Because he, who was destined to do so by the means of God and justice, only looked after her for the first few years. Afterwards there was plenty of other things. – The hunt – beautiful horses – also a couple of women who couldn’t hold a candle to him. Nor did he want to get over the fact that When I stumbled home long after midnight, I knew that I loved Hasso von Ostried’s bride – and never, never wanted to go back to his house. You never – never meet again. And after all, I went there, quite voluntarily, because I knew that she would soon need someone who meant it faithfully and well to her. On which she could definitely count when the merciless cross became too heavy for her weak shoulders. – Because he, who was destined to do so by the means of God and justice, only looked after her for the first few years. Afterwards there was plenty of other things. – The hunt – beautiful horses – also a couple of women who couldn’t hold a candle to him. Nor did he want to get over the fact that And after all, I went there, quite voluntarily, because I knew that she would soon need someone who meant it faithfully and well to her. On which she could definitely count when the merciless cross became too heavy for her weak shoulders. – Because he, who was destined to do so by the means of God and justice, only looked after her for the first few years. Afterwards there was plenty of other things. – The hunt – beautiful horses – also a couple of women who couldn’t hold a candle to him. Nor did he want to get over the fact that And after all, I went there, quite voluntarily, because I knew that she would soon need someone who meant it faithfully and well to her. On which she could definitely count when the merciless cross became too heavy for her weak shoulders. – Because he, who was destined to do so by the means of God and justice, only looked after her for the first few years. Afterwards there was plenty of other things. – The hunt – beautiful horses – also a couple of women who couldn’t hold a candle to him. Nor did he want to get over the fact that only looked after her for the first few years. Afterwards there was plenty of other things. – The hunt – beautiful horses – also a couple of women who couldn’t hold a candle to him. Nor did he want to get over the fact that only looked after her for the first few years. Afterwards there was plenty of other things. – The hunt – beautiful horses – also a couple of women who couldn’t hold a candle to him. Nor did he want to get over the fact that[S. 39]the child finally born was a girl and had no brother. – She – Eva’s mother – grew pale and miserable from year to year. He laughed when someone warned him about it. Their comforters were music and – me! She confessed that to me – three days before her death, which must have been very quiet and gentle, because nobody in the castle noticed it a little earlier than until it was all over. ”

“And she did not want Eva, if the beautiful talent were transferred to her, ever to exercise it publicly,” asked the President, when he was silent for a moment.

“She took my promise to her grave, Madam President.”

“May I know what this consisted of, Herr Amtsrat?”

“That is the main thing so that you can finally understand me and my harshness at the time. You must know that she never complained to me about her husband. That is why this last one shook me so much. She didn’t want anything for herself or her beauty. Year in and year out she went in a white dress and I don’t think she had anything else to wear. Some people cracked jokes about it and said they were secretly saving up to give their dear husband a couple of bottles of real champagne every year, of which the bottle cost 30 marks back then. I was the only one who was allowed to learn the truth. At the very end – as I said. I want to repeat your words to you. “You should watch over my daughter,” she asked and when I had to quietly point out Eva’s father, only whispered:[S. 40]Life. The Ostried family laws, however, require that underage daughters be assigned a guardian when they marry again. In a way he is attached to her, “she continued,” because one day she will be very, very beautiful. That makes him proud. Otherwise – internally – he constantly feels uneasy, Eva and he are too much alike. She is vain and selfish like him – already now – and .. “Here she has hidden her face in her hands, as if she were ashamed of her confessions,” I almost believe that she would not come into very firm, loyal hands, that she too the terms of honor are not so precise. Therefore – as long as you have power over her, do not allow her to train the talent that I had to bequeath to her – the voice, the beauty of which has long been announced to my ears, into a profession. It would become a bad blessing for her. – I never thought of anything like that myself. The very thought of showing me publicly, of being admired and stared at by everyone – made me pain. – But if she continues to develop into her father’s daughter, this is precisely what she will ardently long for … “Yes, that’s how she spoke, Madam President. Finally she handed me a package that I had to give to her daughter when she was of legal age. It was five hundred marks. How much privation could it be? Remember, she didn’t take a penny from the housekeeping. Whatever the garden threw away, the lord of the castle got right on his desk – if the merchants hadn’t already confiscated the products for goods that had long since been delivered. Just a hundred marks a year – I never thought of anything like that myself. The very thought of showing me publicly, of being admired and stared at by everyone – made me pain. – But if she continues to develop into her father’s daughter, this is precisely what she will ardently long for … “Yes, that’s how she spoke, Madam President. Finally she handed me a package that I had to give to her daughter when she was of legal age. It was five hundred marks. How much privation could it be? Remember, she didn’t take a penny from the housekeeping. Whatever the garden threw away, the lord of the castle got right on his desk – if the merchants hadn’t already confiscated the products for goods that had long since been delivered. Just a hundred marks a year – I never thought of anything like that myself. The very thought of showing me publicly, of being admired and stared at by everyone – made me pain. – But if she continues to develop into her father’s daughter, this is precisely what she will ardently long for … “Yes, that’s how she spoke, Madam President. Finally she handed me a package that I had to give to her daughter when she was of legal age. It was five hundred marks. How much privation could it be? Remember, she didn’t take a penny from the housekeeping. Whatever the garden threw away, the lord of the castle got right on his desk – if the merchants hadn’t already confiscated the products for goods that had long since been delivered. Just a hundred marks a year to let everyone admire and stare at me – made me pain. – But if she continues to develop into her father’s daughter, this is precisely what she will ardently long for … “Yes, that’s how she spoke, Madam President. Finally she handed me a package that I had to give to her daughter when she was of legal age. It was five hundred marks. How much privation could it be? Remember, she didn’t take a penny from the housekeeping. Whatever the garden threw away, the lord of the castle got right on his desk – if the merchants hadn’t already confiscated the products for goods that had long since been delivered. Just a hundred marks a year to let everyone admire and stare at me – made me pain. – But if she continues to develop into her father’s daughter, this is precisely what she will ardently long for … “Yes, that’s how she spoke, Madam President. Finally she handed me a package that I had to give to her daughter when she was of legal age. It was five hundred marks. How much privation could it be? Remember, she didn’t take a penny from the housekeeping. Whatever the garden threw away, the lord of the castle got right on his desk – if the merchants hadn’t already confiscated the products for goods that had long since been delivered. Just a hundred marks a year that is how she spoke, Madam President. Finally she handed me a package that I had to give to her daughter when she was of legal age. It was five hundred marks. How much privation could it be? Remember, she didn’t take a penny from the housekeeping. Whatever the garden threw away, the lord of the castle got right on his desk – if the merchants hadn’t already confiscated the products for goods that had long since been delivered. Just a hundred marks a year that is how she spoke, Madam President. Finally she handed me a package that I had to give to her daughter when she was of legal age. It was five hundred marks. How much privation could it be? Remember, she didn’t take a penny from the housekeeping. Whatever the garden threw away, the lord of the castle got right on his desk – if the merchants hadn’t already confiscated the products for goods that had long since been delivered. Just a hundred marks a year the lord of the castle got on his desk right away – if the merchants had not already confiscated the products for goods that had been delivered long ago. Just a hundred marks a year the lord of the castle got on his desk right away – if the merchants had not already confiscated the products for goods that had been delivered long ago. Just a hundred marks a year[S. 41]it received it from a foundation on the part of the deceased mother. So that’s where she got this together. – I’ve invested it well, and here it is. It turned out to be a thousand marks. Not much. I was told that after her death the widower of a beautiful actress bought a single coat for three times as much. – But it’s worth a lot more than millions. This rare, brave woman’s heart is attached to it. Do you want to tell your daughter all this? – I can’t do it like that. I would have to think again and again … this is Hasso Ostried’s daughter … and I would see the picture in front of me that I often had in reality.

“Do not forget your youth, Herr Amtsrat.”

“Your mother was also young and beautiful as an angel and pure and gifted,” he grumbled.

“Maybe happy too. – Do you know then, Herr Amtsrat, whether it didn’t make her feel very happy that you were devoted to her?

“I never thought of that.”

“And it is so close! I think that she always felt your fine, strong love and that she gained unlimited trust in you because you kept yourself in check. A[S. 42]Woman does not constantly ignore the deepest sense of man. Otherwise she would have collapsed under her burden. ”

He sat very still. His broad, sunburned hands were heavy on his knees.

“If it were true,” he said a few times to himself, “that would be nice.”

“It is true,” affirmed the President. “By the way, how did Eva’s father react to you later?”

“It was remarkably short and unfriendly when we happened to meet at the borders. I did not enter his house again. ”

“Do you see now that I am right? Although he did not love the dead woman with real fidelity, the thought that you had meant more to her than he was unbearable to his vanity. ”

“In a letter he left, he expressly appointed another guardian, such as me, if I should survive him, and his daughter would still be under the age at that time. At the same time he was fully informed of the wishes of the dead. ”

“So how did it come about that you became one anyway?”

“Well, he had become known to the gentlemen of the court over the years. His indifference has always forced his numerous creditors to turn to the great authority for public law in the end. His reputation had also deteriorated since he was living alone with his daughter. But the one he suggested as a guardian for his Eva was just as reckless a loose bird as he was. ”

[S. 43]

“He must have thought of his relatively early death. How else would that letter have come about? ”

“A great ride after a busy night brought him severe pneumonia, from the consequences of which he died after a few weeks. His nature defended itself against the Grim Reaper for a surprisingly long time. During this time of boredom and perhaps also of thoughtfulness, the above-mentioned document, which does not contain any other important information, was created. ”

“Did he immediately agree with his daughter’s decision and the generous offer made by his friend, the well-known royal chamber singer? Eva’s view, which vigorously affirms this, is not authoritative for me in this respect? ”

“Yes, I believe it too! The knife was at his throat. Gradually even the most devout of his creditors saw that the board of trustees was inexorably restricting him. They withdrew more and more from him so as not to add any new ones to the old stupidities. For he had something intriguing amiable that often enough dazzled even the most sensible. – He never turned to me. And that’s the only thing I give him credit for. – He knew the enormous income of the Kammersänger, who, like him, came from an old noble family, and probably – determined by the splendid prospect for the daughter, through which his situation had to finally improve again – the requested permission to move Berlin willingly have given. Incidentally, Eva is supposed to be with the family there[S. 44] have heard. The artist’s wife was praised for her time as a good housewife. – Of course you will know more about that, like me? ”

“At that time Eva was completely absorbed in her art and apparently paid little attention to the patron’s wife, who seemed to her to be prosaic. In any case, the fact that she immediately broke up the household after her husband’s death and – regardless of Eva – moved to Munich and has never since asked about her by a line, has sufficiently proven how loose the bond between them was has been..”

“All in all, Eva von Ostried will have realized by now that I meant well with her?”

“Unfortunately I can’t say yes!”

“I took the fact that she made no further attempt to retune me for wise insight.”

“How little do you know the daughter of your beloved dead! There was another reason for their silence. I made it clear to her that I didn’t trust you to change your views quickly, and I put her off to the future. She was smart enough to be modest for the time being. ”

“So after that you seem to support her wishes, Madam President? After the strong impression I received from you, that is incomprehensible to me. ”

“You too would have changed your mind if you, like me, had to convince yourself of the seriousness of your endeavors. And now even your own mother. I haven’t owned a child. And yet I feel that each[S. 45] can and also wants to step back from us, she realizes that it is a hindrance to the child’s true satisfaction. ”

“You should be right about that. Frau von Ostried was probably a shy, quiet woman to herself. But if she had had to see that the daughter suffered badly from the refusal of her permission, she would undoubtedly have given in. ”

“Now I understand you less and less.”

“That is difficult for you too. We live in to different circumstances. For you, the limit, which I regard as the horizon, has remained just a pseudo-concept behind which infinity expands. And there is growth in your life even without blessings and rain. All my life I saw clear air, the horizon and the development of everything through sun and rain … I went to the theater once and never again after that. It repelled me. Have a laugh about it. A woman stood on the stage and revealed to strangers everything that she usually shamefully deals with on her own. – It made her feel like she was undressed. – This feeling gave me the guideline. Nice and good! There may be a lot of art in it. I do not understand that. But also a lot of untruthfulness and exaggeration. In addition, in the family of my only surviving brother, a daughter who had a great affinity for music and art was lost. It was very close to me. The children of my other brothers, of whom I also told you, died prematurely. Now I only have one nephew, with whom I never really got warm. ”

[S. 46]

That a man who knew life with all its hardships, renunciations and temptations would judge public behavior from this point of view touched the President. Of course it might be quite out of fashion – yes, in the eyes of most people it might seem ridiculous. It showed her the high, moral worth of this man, whose unconscious, child-pure chastity fiercely resisted display of emotions.

“What could I have done about it,” she said after a while of silence. “It is too deeply rooted in her. I would have lost her completely. Now I can at least keep it for a while longer. ”

“But she has nothing but the money that I put in your hand beforehand, Madam President, and I was told how high the cost of a thorough training is. But the spending should not stop there. A considerable sum, so to speak as security of existence, must also be available. Sometimes there is no income. Sometimes the clothes cost more than the total gaming fee. ”She couldn’t help smiling at his ardor, behind which there was a bit of triumph.

“I’m rich,” she finally admitted. “In fact, very rich and have no physical relatives to take care of. That often hurt me bitterly. I thought that gracious Providence sent me Eva von Ostried as compensation for many things I had been deprived of. Well, disappointments came afterwards too. In a sense, she must be like the father you described him to me. Even if everything is more lovable and softer in her. I could[S. 47]Do not act any differently than what I ended up doing. The moment I took her into my home, I made a promise to myself that I would take care of her. – In April of next year she will start seriously studying again. I want her to receive the funds to the end and a well-rounded capital for the things you mentioned. I’ll fix that in the next few days. ”

“Then I talked most of the things in vain, Madam President.”

“Don’t believe that, Herr Amtsrat. I will pass everything on to Eva in the appropriate hour. It will take root. There is not much to be done with her with severity. But if the good core stirs – says the gratitude and especially the inheritance of her mother – a great purity in feeling and intuition – then she can be astonishingly docile and soft. The memory of her dead mother, awakened anew by the repetition of your words, will protect her. ”

“She must have completely forgotten what little she learned about music,” objected the councilor. “She has been with you for three years.”

“And you really mean that during this time I would not have at least received what I had achieved? I wasn’t that short-sighted and narrow-minded. I kept her an important teacher, and even if I did not allow time-consuming lessons – precisely because she was supposed to get used to the fulfillment of certain duties – I always foresaw this end to return. So there weren’t any lost years in this respect either. ”

[S. 48]

“The times ahead will be troubled for you, Madam President. And you are unlikely to have any support from her in old age. ”

“I don’t think I need you either, dear Herr Amtsrat. I come from a short-lived family. Actually, I’ve been sticking to it for longer than a particularly harsh doctor told me about ten years ago. I am also ready at any time. But first I want to visit a dear young friend in her home town, around the first green of spring next year. I kept putting it off. Now I am determined to do it. And do you know who else I would like to visit on this occasion? This thought is brand new .. A good, loyal person who has been the best and most reliable friend. His clod is very favorable to my way. If I guess right, hardly an hour’s train ride from the Pomeranian seaside town where my friend lives. Do you want to know his name? His name is Amtsrat Wullenweber and he is solemnly asked whether he might have me for a day? ”

He beamed, genuinely delighted with his faithful blue eyes.

“I like it, Madam President! I want to have everything cleaned from the floor to the cellar and my old Klidderten should show what a real, good West Pomeranian housekeeper can do. ”

“For God’s sake,” she laughed happily, “that will certainly be made impossible. One day, without prior notification, I join with a small travel bag[S. 49]To you and I will be grateful if you give me a seat at your table and at most a dish of Dabersche potatoes with fat buttermilk. Because you must know that my dear husband’s first judicial position was in Köslin, which is also in the district of Köslin. Some thirty years have passed since then. At that time we also had neither the time nor the inclination to make friends on the neighboring estates. My husband’s department was very extensive. A lawyer who would have taken the numerous contracts and wills from him did not want to settle down for fear of not finding a sufficient living. ”

“And now you two have long been sitting there who are in good friendship with each other.”

“You know the small, clean town very well, of course?”

“Of course, Madam President. As is well known, the nests back there are not that thick. With my young gray horses, I can complete the story in just under three hours. ”

“How strange is Providence. I am inclined to regard all of this as something that Eva von Ostried must become useful and pious. Perhaps you will soon get to know them better and in the course of time come to love them as much as I do. ”

“That would hardly matter to her. I sensed that her father must have spoken of me in a tone that could not inspire confidence or respect. ”

[S. 50]

“And yet I ask you with all my heart at this hour not to let our problem child out of your sight if the prophecy of that doctor happens to me surprisingly quickly.”

“You will have noticed that I am a clumsy person, Madam President.”

“One whose simple word is the deed, Herr Amtsrat.”

“But also a stranger to the world and a clumsy one.”

“So you hesitate?”

“If the route and destination are in the haze, the journey usually goes wrong. I don’t see what I could do to help her. ”

“That is also hidden from me for the time being. But it may very well happen that some event will make her helpless. I want to discuss this case with her tomorrow too. She should turn to you when she can no longer go on alone. ”

“If she does that, Madam President, I will advise and help her to the best of my knowledge. My word on that. ”

“That’s enough for me. Thank you very much, Herr Amtsrat, and now let’s have a glass of that old heavy wine, the last bottle of which has been waiting for a worthy moment in the cellar for a quarter of a century. ”

Leap of thought
The new day was also bright and full of golden light. Eva von Ostried stood under a particularly blessed apple tree. A piece of blue sky and the be[S. 51]The limited distance pushed through the tangle of branches and fruits. Proud dreams pushed away every obstacle. She felt free like never before, although nothing had happened to her except that today she was twenty-first. Of course, she also thought of the serious work to come. But more of the other, for which she longed inexpressibly.

To be rich – adored – envied was their pursuit. She always hated this restriction and having to worry. The dream of countless days, the conscious and unconscious longing of nocturnal dreams, applies to the splendor of a carefree serene future. Only after the President’s generous promise did she realize with a shudder that her life would have been missed and broken had the benevolent woman not promised to pave the way for the future.

At the very thought of this possibility she shook a horror again. Perhaps then, forced by her longing, she would have tried to find the missing funds herself at any cost. But it was nicer and more comfortable this way!

She nodded to the sun and cheered brightly – stretched out her arms and playfully reached for the blinding circles.

“Fame should fill both hands with gold.”

Her name sounded from the porch. The president waved impatiently to her.

“Where are you, Eva?”

Then the dreams flew away. But what remained was still delicious enough. Gifts – kindness – and admonitions. This too! Eva von Ostried heard it seem[S. 52]bar attentively when Frau Melchers told her about the old councilor Wullenweber and everything that had been said between them. She thought to herself:

“Before I ever turn to the narrow-minded, sullen neighbor, I’d rather go hungry.”

It certainly seemed unthinkable to her that this terrible thing could actually happen.

When she received her mother’s inheritance, she cried.

It was so infinitely little. Her father had often lost more than three times as much in one night at the game. But it touched her! The faded memories filled with vivid colors. –

Your fine, small, quiet, tender mother! – As she grabbed Paul Karlsen in the darkness of the common waiting room, she suddenly had to remember her – begging her for help. – She had forgotten about her father then. He was only there for the fun hours. – She held the money, lost in a dream, and kept looking down at it.

“What are you going to do with it, Eva,” inquired the President curiously. “It’s best to carry it to the bench today.”

“I’m not giving it away,” said Eva hastily. “In my jewelry box, which unfortunately contains nothing but your little golden brooch, it will lie and wait patiently.”

“What then, child?”

“That I turn it into something beautiful. I already know what. For example a part in the adorable hat with the heron that we recently saw[S. 53] The saleswoman said that a ruling princess could safely carry it. ”

“Is that how you wanted to throw away this painstakingly scarred mite of your good mother, Eva?”

“Just scold! – The thought remains beautiful and seductive. There is a princess, or at least a millionaire, they would say and turn around to look at me. And would almost burst with envy. And I laugh myself half dead and am happy. ”

Then that lack of understanding, which was often fought against and which did not understand the real value of money, broke through again. Apparently she was invincible. The President shaded her eyes with her right hand. Surely it was not possible that she could determine Eva von Ostried’s future inheritance without her old friend and legal counsel.

Eva von Ostried never felt for a moment that she had uttered something wrong. She ran happily towards the post office, which had just been pushed into the box attached to the grille after the long echoing ring tone. Soon afterwards the President was holding a letter addressed to her. The writing on the envelope was alien to her. She opened it without any particular hurry. The warmth of her heart, which was often activated outwardly, brought the pleading cries of distress into the house almost every day. When she had skimmed the few lines she turned pale and said softly and tenderly:

“You shouldn’t have called me in vain.”