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Dresbach, Glenn W. (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Vol. VIII, No. 2 (November 1910)

Needham, Maurice
Harnoff, watcher of the night,   pp. [unnumbered]-5



The Wisconsin Magazine
Volume VIII.
NOVEMBER, 1910
Number 2
GLENN W. DRESBACH, Editor-in-Chief
C. C. CHAMBERS, Athletic Editor
THEO. R. HOYER
WILLIAM B. KEMP
CHESTER C. WELLS
ROBERT E. COLEMAN
HARRIET MAXON
WALTHER BUCHEN, Assistant Editor
OSCAR NADEAU, Illustrating Editor
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               Entered at the Post Office, Milwaukee. Wis., as mail matter
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        Published at 385 Broadway, Milwaukee, Wis., by The Wisconsin Magazine
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Harnoff, Watcher of the Night
       THE PRIZE STORY OF THE COLLEGE BOOK STORE CONTEST
                   MAURICE NEEDHAM
   The River Vistula slips foaming
quietly through the mill race in the little
town of Danzwerderin the Valley of Ver-
laun, on its way to the Baltic sea. Far-
ther south, in Poland, the river is not so
quiet; it tumbles over rocks, rushes swiftly
against curbing banks, and makes itself
known by its roar.    But having once
escaped into Germany, it reaches Danz-
werder, and flows as smoothly and as crys-
tal clear as the simple peasants could de-
sire. During the late sixties I was sent
there in the employ of the government to
look up the record of a Polish revolution-
ist who was said to have lived there under
the name of Harnoff Czand some ten years
before. In countries of old Europe they
keep close track of such individuals. But
the one of whom I speak had eluded the
police and it was only after a tedious trac-
ing of evidence that Danzwerder was dis-
covered to be the last place where there
was any record of him.
  I had learned by experience that it was
wiser in north Germany to take my lodg-
ings with some peasant family rather than
attempt comfort in a village inn. While
the fare of the peasants is simple and
rough, it is good and wholesome, and one
is sure of a clean bed. Besides, I rather
enjoyed observing these poeple in their
intimate home life. The first warning of


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