Mires, the French banker.
--Mires, the great French banker, illustrates the ups and downs of life quite as aptly as the princes and potentates who in this century seem elevated only as a target for the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
Mires, only twelve years ago, was desperately poor, and utterly unknown; Mires, within the last year, has been a name constantly in men's mouths; he rivalled the Rothschilds in wealth and in the magnitude of his financial operations; he was one of the powers of the French Government
; he bought out the great Parisian journal Constitutional,
and wished to control public opinion as he had done stocks; he married his daughter to a Prince de Polignac
, a scion of one of the proudest houses in France
; he negotiated or attempted to negotiate in his own name the great Turkish loan, and thus by his endeavors to bear on his shoulders the weight of a sinking Empire, brought upon himself the notice of the world.
To-day, Mires lies in a Paris jail, and none so poor as to do him reverence; his fortune is gone, his power is annihilated, his rival Rothschild
has triumphed, his good name is sullied; and his princely son-in-law has offered to relinquish to the creditors the dowry given by Mires when he made his daughter Princess