An illustration of the story, Picciola by X. B. Saintine. Count Charney was imprisoned by the Emperor of France for allegedly planning to assassinate him. In this image, he is begging the guard to send a letter the the emperor to save a little flower that is growing in the stone. A girl delivers this letter and the emperor realizes that this man could not have him killed and releases him.
Lewis, William D. The Silent Readers (Philadelphia, PA: The John C. Winston Company, 1920)
Courtesy the private collection of Roy Winkelman