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THE TWO MILLIONAIRES.
THE BANKER AND THE GROCER.
TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN OF ZSCHOKKE, BY SARAH FRY. When I was a young man completing my studies at life was a continual warfare with himself and others, and Jena (ah, woe is me! many and many a year has passed blamed the friends who had not understood him. Others in tears and sunshine since) one of my most agreeable justified the friends, and asked which of his champions acquaintance was old Forest Counsellor Von Rödern, and could honestly assert he could have kept on good terms some of my pleasantest hours were spent in his house. with him for a month. The effects of opulence and inWe used to assemble once or twice a week, a tolerably digence on the minds of gifted and right-minded men large circle, consisting partly of men like himself in the came incidentally under discussion. What would Rousservice of the State“ angesteltle''--though when, and seau have been had lie been born to purple and fine linen where, and how two-thirds of these served I never could - to be served instead of serving ? " I remember a story, make out, nor how the State could want such an army of or rather a couple of stories,” said the Counsellor, “which them, for truly of those“ angesteltle" in most German have some reference to the subject of your dispute. I States their name is legion, and partly of such of the stu- will not say they will settle it, but they may furnish some dents as were less addicted to the uproarious merriment farther argument. Both are singular in their way. One then and now in fashion among the Bürseken. Even was the best-executed practical joke I ever heard of. The some of the “ roaring boys" would now and then like a heroes of both were friends of my youth, and one of them quiet evening at the Counsellor's, by way of relief to their is still one of my best and dearest.” Listen if you like wilder carousals, though somewhat in the proportion of learn if you can! Falstaff's bread to his sack. The Counsellor was a kindhearted, cheerful old man, at peace with himself and all the world, perhaps because the world had gone well with bim, or, perhaps, that from a natural felicity of tempera- Among my intimates at the University of Inbingen, ment he had gone well with the world, never raising his Casimir Morn was the most distinguished by nature and expectations too high either of himself or others, and, fortune; one had given him a handsome person, consitherefore, escaping the ossifying and acidulating process derable talents, and an excellent heart; the other a rich so actively at work with those who have tasted too often banker for a father, that the value of the diamond might of hope deceived, whether with or without any fault of not be impaired for want of a fit setting. Before entertheir own. He never pretended to give entertainments; ing the University he had travelled through the greater the refreshments, besides the glass or two of punch offered part of Germany, France, and Italy. His mind, already at parting, were limited to a cup of coffee, or of the ano-cultivated and enlarged, preserved him from contaminamalous beverage so innocently accepted by our kinsfolk tion by the coarser excesses of the wilder part of his felthe Germans, under the name of tea, and concocted in the low students; while the succouring hand held out, to the proportion of a spoonful of the herb to a gallon of water. more necessitous, attested that his temperance was the Many of the guests used to qualify the mixture with lemon, result not of prudence only but of choice. vine, or vanilla, which I wondered at till I tasted it in Half a year before he left the University, I accompanied its primitive state, and then I held all means lawful which him in the vacation to his father's house. The elder should make it taste of something. There was no want Morn was banker to the Court, and lived in great splenof amusement, though we neither declaimed tragedies, dour in the electoral city of Cassel, where he was visited slandered our neighbours, nor played at cards. There by what are called the first people in the city. was difference enough of age, temper, condition, and cha- Near Morn's house, or rather palace, stood an old deracter among us to give variety to the conversation on lapidated gloomy-looking house, the abode of one Romawhatever subject it chanced to fall; and when the discus- nus, a grocer-a miserly old curmudgeon, who had the sion threatened to become too warm, the amenity of our reputation of possessing the best-filled coffers and the host acted as a kind of general dulcifier of all acerbities, and prettiest daughter in the city. He was said to be a milbrought about, if not an agreement of principle, an agree-lionaire ; yet he continued to weigh out coffee, pepper, ment to differ. One of the most successful means of pro- cheese, and treacle, with his own hand—nay, if he were ducing this desirable result was the Counsellor's reminis disabled, the fair fingers of the fair Caroline were pressed cences of his earlier life. He possessed much of the ta- into the service, for a shopman had never been admitted lents “ de coutier,” so highly valued as an accomplish- behind the counter of Herr Romanus. ment of society by our neighbours. Some of his narra- Casimir Morn and the pretty groceress had played totives I thought worth while transcribing, though I have gether as neighbours' children, and seemed by no means small expectation of rendering them as agreeable to a inclined to drop the acquaintance, now that they had reader as they were to a hearer.
ceased to be children. The banker, however, began to The conversation fell one evening on Rousseau's writ-make somewhat of a wry face at the familiar tone of the jogs, and his own character-his morbid susceptibility, young people towards each other. He was aspiring in his scorn, whether real or affected, of the rich and his views, and thought of purchasing a patent of nobility; great—his proud poverty-and the contradiction between and then, with the magic Von before his name, and his bis misanthropy and his zeal for the reformation of own handsome face and figure, his son might look for a society.
better quartering in his escutcheon than a sugar loaf and Some defended the unhappy philosopher, whose whole Swiss cheese parted per pale. The grocer, on the other
THE GROCER RISES IN THE SCALE--THE BAXKER KICKS
hand, might perhaps have held it expedient to keep the
CHAPTER II. fies from buzzing too near his sweets; and, no doubt, it was with this view that he always charged Casimir treble the usual price, whenever he made the purchase of any of the other's wares the pretence for entering the shop. Caroline Romanus was a diligent correspondent. CasiBut Casimir, who was honestly and seriously in love, had mir was informed of everything that happened in the no intention that affairs should remain on this ambiguous good city of — except what he most desired to know footing. On the contrary, he gravely assured his father - viz., that Herr Romanus had changed his mind. But that if ever he brought home a wife it must be Caroline
no ; the old man was as immoveable as the wooden negro Romanus, and Caroline assured her father that no young at his own door. His son-in-law must be a grocer : he man was endurable to her eyes saving and excepting Ca- had said it, and he stuck to it. The only consolatory simir Morn. The banker loved his only son. He had no- part of Caroline's letter was the concluding paragraph thing personally to object to the roses and the lilies, for
“ After all, we can wait a little ; I am only sixteen, and get-me-not eyes and raven curls of Caroline, and saw
you three-and-twenty." something greatly to admire in her father's million.
Four months had thus passed away, when one morning Finding his son resolute, he was inclined to give way. Casimir burst into my room with an open letter in his Herr Romanus had, on his side, nothing to say against the hand, and consternation in his countenance. It was from banker's son. His father carried on the first business in the banker Morn, and contained this laconic and astoundthe electorate; and when, to these considerations, was ing information :-“I am a bankrupt and a fugitive : I added, that the lovers had already sworn fidelity to all must leave directly. I am going to England, and eternity and beyond, it must be confessed that the mar
thence to the West Indies. The ten thousand florins, riage was highly expedient. Who would have guessed secured to you by the enclosed paper, you will receive that we were all reckoning without our host?
on application. It is all I have been able to save for The unlooked-for obstacle arose in the shape of a grave you from the wreck." proposal of Herr Romanus, that his future son-in-law
Very naturally, such an unexpected blow of fate had a the handsome, graceful Casimir, the darling of the fair, tendency to lengthen the visage even of a lover of threewith all his university honours blushing thick upon him-and-twenty. The sum transmitted was not a third part should forthwith renounce the flowery paths of literature, of his mother's fortune which had been secured to Casiforsake the thornier crown awaiting the successful pursuit mir. I attempted some words of consolation. He made of severer science, and, donning a white apron, serve a sign to me to be silent, and passing his hand rapidly over sugar and snuff for the remainder of his days! Herr his brową" Do not mistake me,” said he, faltering; "it Romanus had no faith in any pursuit above or below a is not the poverty I feel, but the disgrace. And do not counter. Learning was nothing in his eyes ; “the ser attempt to console me for either : for one there is no vice," no better than legalised thieving ; banking, gam- consolation, and for the other no need of it. I should bling according to law.
despise myself if the mere loss of wealth could sadden the The banker was furious. His son, to whom his na- future to me. Help to divert my thoughts for to-day, tural and acquired advantages, and his own connexions if you can ; to-morrow I shall not need your help." with the Court, opened the way to the first employments On the morrow, I had invited a few of our common in the State, who had already been named Referendary to friends to drink a glass of punch in my rooms : Casimir the High Court of something or other—for the first six was of the party; and one of the most cheerful. He remonths without salary certainly, but with the positive lated his misfortune himself; and if pity and vows of assurance of speedy advancement ;-and now came this friendship till death could console one for unmerited illridiculous old grocer, with the preposterous demand that luck, he had plenty of it. Only one of the company, he should renounce all these splendid prospects (the patent Engelbert, one of the best heads amongst us, came up to of nobility included), and sell treacle and herrings at three him laughing. “You are all fools together," said he. farthings a-piece to the worthy burghers of - Was “For my part, I congratulate you that you are rid of your ever a lover reduced to such an absurd dilemma before ! cumbersome money. You will find out now what you are At three-and-twenty, it is hard to say what would not be really good for, which you never would have done had undertaken for a fair and beloved maiden ;-batteries you remained the rich banker's son ; and I know you are might be stormed, wounds and death defied, a desert held sterling! A millionaire, a prince, and a pretty girl, are as a paradise, Satan himself dared to mortal combat ; three things of which one can never say whether, setting all might be borne ;—but to sink from a minister of aside the strong box, the tinsel, and the fair face, they state in expectation, to a seller of tea, coffee, tobacco, have any intrinsic value or not.” and snuff, was worse than battery, desert, death, and There was a general outcry against Engelbert's opinions. the duel!
I myself saw only a sort of crazy enthusiasm in the docIt struck mo as somewhat odd, that instead of breaking trine he here advanced, particularly when he went on to off at once with the absurd old humourist, the proud saybanker should in private counsel his son to capitulate. “ If I had the formation of society, only born blockCaroline, however, herself opposed her father's whim. heads, those crippled in body or in mind, and old people
, It was agreed that Casimir should return to the Uni- should receive money from the State ; and when they versity for half-a-year; and, in the meantime, every en- died, it should return to the State. On the other hand, gine should be set to work to soften the heart of Ilerr those young and rigorous in mind and body should not have Romanus, including tears, fainting, and threats of going a farthing. They should feed themselves by the sweat of into a consumption,
their brow, We should then soe real greatness, instead
of the tawdry trumpery that goes by the name amongst | apother tune from that, young man,' said he, twirling us. The servants of the State-generals, priests, and his queer-looking wig round and round upon his head, as the rest-should be simply clad, live on simple food, and he was wont on similar occasions." Your father, Herr. dwell in modest houses, that the real value of the men Casimir, is a clever fellow !, He would make a capital might be understood, and the people no longer misled by Finance Minister! What would you wager, now, that he the tags and frippery now used to disguise their moral has brought his sheep to dry land in time ?” and here poverty. The wisest, the bravest, the most active, the Romanus dropped the fiugers of his right hand into the mnost virtuous, should be called the richest, for they are hollow of his left, with a significant look, as if counting,
In my, L'topia, the poor in spirit should be the money. " How long is it to be before he makes his apmuillionaires. But we live in a perverted world. It is pearance amongst us again as a rich man ?” siid that Fortune is blind in her gifts. ; But I say that Casimir coloured deeply, “ His father," he said, what we call her blindness is Divine wisdom : to the “ had been unfortunate-thoughtless, perhaps--but he blockhead is given wealth; to talent and merit, the was no deliberate deceiver.'' beggar's staff-only as a due adjustment of the balance." When Romanus saw that Casimir was really unable to
• What,"scried one of the auditors, “ shall I then la- | pay the eight thousand dollars, he demanded, without ce boar for nothing. I rejoice, in my powers of mind and remony, all he had in part payment at least. body, becagse, by their exertion, I may acquire power 6. How, then, am I to live ?'' asked the young man. and wealth.”
“As yet I receive no salary from my appointment.” “ That,” replied Engelbert, " is to dig for sand with My heavens !" whined the miser, "you are a learn-. a spade of pure gold. You will end by sending a bulleted man, Herr Casimir. . You may be secretary to somethrough your own head.”
body; but what is to become of me? Oh! I am a poor, "I care, little for power or wealth,” said Casimir. ruined old man, driven out of house and home.
If I am “I am quite of Engelbert's opinion, I will be of some to lose all this monstrous sum, I and my poor child must worth by myself, and am content if my merit be acknow beg from door to door.”' ledged."
Indeed, are you really poor ?"' cried Morn. No, “ You are not at all of my opinion,” cried Engelbert. you shall not beg. Take my little capital into your " How acknowledged? What is it to me if I shine like trade, and give me Caroline's hand. Make of me what the sun, and the world maintain I am as black as a coal ? you will. Industry and economy will soon make up for Hlen are self-seekers through feebleness of mind ; and the past. We shall be the happiest people in the world.” tone troubles himself really much about the other. We Casimir said this with so much warmth and evident must love them but out of compassion."
sincerity, that the old grocer was, to use a homely phrase, “ No, no,” exclaimed Casimir; “ man is naturally fairly dumbfoundered. good and noble, and, therefore, my fellow-men are dear " What,” said he at length in his harshest tone, " is
I should not like to live in a world, such as it it a matter of rejoicing that your honourable papa then appears to you."
has cheated me out of my whole property? And, to reward ** Poor Casimir Morn, you are born to misanthropy,” such honest dealing, I shall give you my daughter, shall I? was Engelbert's reply.
Your humble servant! If your worthy father has made " You are all dreaming together,” said I, interposing. me a beggar, I will hold no beggar's wedding in my The world is neither so good nor so evil as you make house, I promise you. Be so good as to take yourself off it out. Everything has its light and dark side ; rain to- will you ?. And, if I may be so bold as to ask a favour, day, sunshine to-morrow. Take, like reasonable people, I would beg that you never darken my doors again. I the life as it is, not as you wish it to be, and learn mo- wash my hands of you. I have not brought up my girl deration in all things. The middle path is the best.” to fling her into the arms of the first fellow without a Engelbert laughed, and patted me on the cheek, as
penny in his pocket that has the impudence to ask her.” one does to a child who talks with an affectation of pru- And this was the result of poor Casimir's interview dence unsuited to its years, raised his glass, and, clinking with Herr Romanus. it against mine, “ Rödern,” said he,“ you are a capital fellow ; you will get on famously with your moderate plan, and always swim with the tide ; rejoice in clean saddling clothes, and cry over broken soap bubbles. You will find things neither too right nor too wrong."
I relate this conversation because the result made it remarkable. Engelbert, as it turned out, had spoken Whichever way the unfortunate young man turned, he like one inspired, and prophesied to us all round. hcard execrations on his father's name. Those who, during
Casimir returned to His father's splendid the banker's prosperity, had been his basest flatterers, house, with all belonging to it, had been already sold. now distinguished themselves by the bitterness and vioThe whole city cried out upon the runaway banker, and lence of their reproaches. In consequence, the news of pitied the son, except the old grocer. He had lost eight his father's death, which reached Casimir a few months thousand dollars by Morn's bankruptcy. At first, he had after, brought with it a kind of melancholy consolation, comforted himself with the hope that Casimir would be notwithstanding his unfeigned sorrow. The unfortunate able to make it up to him out of his mother's fortunc ; banker died at Antwerp of inflammation of the lungs, but, when the young man frankly confessed that the which had been neglected probably in the overwhelming, sune cause had deprived him of the greater part of this griefs and vexations consequent on his bankruptcy. The fortune, the old man laughed deridingly. “Whistle me death of Morn at least put an end to the storm of hos
HOPE AND CONSOLATION.
tility, and the worthy people of - even found some | feet the very dirty pavement before the low, dark, strongcspressions of pity for the son at last.
flavoured shop of grocer Romanus; and what was more, Casinsir's courage rose again, after the first stunning to shed the light of their countenance on the cunning, effects of the blow, with that elastic vigour natural to his miserly, old curmudgeon himself. A beauty like Caroline, age. When the storm had somewhat blown over, he ad- and the heiress of a million, was well worth the sacrifice dressed himself for employment to some former friends of of all the genealogies, orders, and diplomas in - Yet, his family, and met with civil reception from all. His neither counts, barons, knights, state, war, court, chamber, appointment as Referendary to the Electoral Chamber justice (civil and criminal), finance, police, church, or pubwas confirmed.
lic instruction-privy or public counsellor, could touch “ You must study at the law, Roman and financial,” the heart of the old grocer, or his charming heiress. On said the Minister, “and I will think of you in time. Of the one hand, lerr Romanus adhered with the obstinacy course, as youngest in the office, you must work without of a whole herd of mules to his resolution of finding or salary. But, in a year or two, I hope we shall be able to making his future son-in-law a grocer ; and on the other, do something for you. You are still very young ; one the damsel herself was as indifferent to the galaxy of cannot expect much at four-and-twenty!"
stars in the Court firmament as if they had been so Morn was well contented for the time. He fixed him- many farthing rushlights in her papa's shop. self in a respectable citizen's house, right opposite the All her pretty coquetries, her winning glances, and once splendid dwelling of his family — less haunted by gracious smiles—for which counts and counsellors looked the memory of former magnificence than allured by the and sighed in vain-were lavished, unasked for and by the vision of Caroline's blue eyes and rose-tinted cheek; dozen, on the honorary junior Referendary of the Electoral for, although the old chandler had prohibited him from Chamber. crossing his threshold, he could not prevent eyes from This ought to have been consolation enough; but, visiting as they listed.
when two more years had passed over his head, without Casimir's sitting room and that used by Caroline Ro- bringing any alteration in his prospects, Casimir's brow manus were, by good fortune, exactly opposite, and when began to cloud sometimes, and other sighs than those of the sun shone, not a corner of either was invisible to the love to steal from his bosom. Old Romanus was as imother. Each knew when the other came in or went out, moveable as a rock to lovers' entreaties, and the Minister how they were employed, when they were glad, when seemed to have forgotten him altogether. Mora was an they were sorry. After the fashion of maidens of her admirable labourer in the official vineyard, a man of the class in Germany, Caroline's constant seat, when not em- strictest honour, of the clearest head-these were facts ployed in household duties, was perched up at the window; that no one ventured to gainsay—and yet, when a place so there was nothing very remarkable in her preferring became vacant, no one thought any more of the untainted her knitting needles to all other employment. Never, honour, the clear head, and gratuitous labours of the uneven among her country-women, was there such an inde- paid Referendary, Casimir Morn, than if there had been fatigable knitter.
no such merits in existence, or no need of them in the Within a year's time, the language of looks and electoral city of -- People had their sons, or their signs had been brought such perfection that all they nephews, or their cousins thirty times removed, to prothought, wished, hoped, or feared, was mutually under- vide for ; young men, who had neither served half so long stood, without exchanging a word.
nor deserved half so well, were continually put over his Cheered by the glad eye and radiant smile of the fair head; and if he made any complaint, he was answered by and faithful Caroline, young Morn laboured with unwea- a silent shrug, or a head-shaking at the nepotism of some ried diligence, not only in his own peculiar vocation, but brother-official, or grave exclamations at the ingratitude was always ready to assist the superiors in office, who of great men, sweetened, perhaps, by a vague assurance having easier employment and more pay, found, of course, that although the omission of his name had been unavoidless leisure, with their accounts, memorials, minutes, &c. able this time, another he might depend, &c. &c. &c. He stood, therefore, high in the good graces of his No sooner, however, was the complainant's back colleagues, every one eulogised his talents and acquire- turned, an the complainee was amazed at the asments, asked his advice, and accepted his services; and, surance with which such claims were advanced, as if in return, no one in the city received more invitations to Mr. Casimir Morn really looked on himself as their balls, soirées, and pic-nics.
equal, as if his pretensions admitted of any compariThe fathers praised his ready head and ready hand, the son with those of Von this, and Von the other! daughters declared that he sang admirably, waltzed If people of that class were wanted they would be divinely, and declaimed like an angel, in their private called for, and so forth. With all his clear-headedtheatricals ; but alas ! in spite of this universal favour, ness, Morn was of those thoroughly good-hearted people Casimir Morn remained, at six-and-twenty, the generally- who forgive as easily as they are injured. In the blindesteemed but unpaid junior Referendary of the Electoral man's buff game of fortune, somehow they are always Chamber of
buff--are paid for real hard service by a friendly pressure “ Never mind, as Caroline's unfailing topic of con- l of the hand or a cordial word-and run through fire and solation ; “you are but six-and-twenty, and I am just water for their friends, to get nothing but the singeing nineteen.” The lovely Caroline was now in the full and the sousing for their pains. They cannot comprabloom, and beyond dispute the fairest maiden in the city. hend such a thing as smiling treachery ; and the astonishThe fame of her beauty and her probable wealth even ing readiness with which some will be guilty of the basest reached the Court, Princes and Counts, with unimpeach- compliances, for the meanest objects, is absolutely inable quarterings, condescended to press with their noble credible to them, Morn looked willingly on the bright side of human life, and would gladly have ignored the be a new survey made of the doinnin with all its regalities, existence of the shadow altogether. The belief in the rights, and privileges, and a certain conformity of adminismoral purity of his fellow-inen was a positive necessity tration introduced, and projects for a new system of taxafor him.
tion, suitable to the nature of the acquired lands, and tho He bere his lot, therefore, with patience, if not with exigencies of the State, be drawn up. His Highness has pleasure—at least so he said to himself, “ his merit was already appointed an extraordinary commission. The acknowledged and loved." That it should be so often affair, my dear Mr. Morn, is a delicate and a difficult one. and so oddly passed over in the distribution of the loaves The two Chamber Counsellors at the head of it are men and fishes of office, did certainly appear to him unjust; advanced in life. They will never bring the business to yet in his own heart he doubted whether, after all, the an end. I have said as much to his Highness. But they fault might not be his own. Ile thought his services are old and faithful servants of the State, and cannot be ought to speak for him instead of his lips ; he was not passed over ; though, between ourselves, my dear young fond of showing himself in a great man's antichamber, friend,” in a charming tone of confidence added the Count, which, indeed, he seldom or never entered, unless busi- “ two more unfit men could scarcely be found. To give ness called him there ; courteous and obliging by nature perhaps a little more vivacity to their proceedings, it has and habit, he was yet more frank in the exposition of his also pleased his Highness to join my son to the commisopinions than beseemed an expectant; and, more than all, sion, though, I give you my honour, I really opposed the he had an honourable reserve in speaking of his circum- appointment. I thought it my duty to do so. But stanees ; and if he allowed his acquaintance to think him, princes, you know, my dear Sir, do not love contradiction, or to pretend they thought him much richer than he was, and our excellent Elector is no exception. Unfortunately, the weakness had its origin in a pardonable if not a my son's health is exceedingly delicate. I foresee the praiseworthy motive. Perhaps others were esteemed more business will be horribly spun out, and that must not be. in need of advancement than himself, and therefore he I have, therefore, thought of associating you, my dear was passed over.-Poor Morn!
Referendary, as secretary to the commission. Your exHe still lived opposite Romanus's house, and the blue penses, of course, will be paid ; and if my son, with your heaven of Caroline's eyes still rained on him light and assistance, accomplishes his task, as I have no doubt he life. One morning in March-it was his birth-day-and will, to the satisfaction of his Highness, it will create a she made her appearance early at the window, wearing in most admirable opportunity for bringing your uncommon her bosom the nosegay of snow-drops, of which she made merit to the observation of his Highness. I have already a yearly imaginary offering to her lover. To-day you are proposed to myself the pleasure of conferring on you the eight-and-twenty, and I twenty, she telegraphed-the first vacant office in the newly-acquired domain.” pretty fingers lingered in tracing the last word. Twenty Morn, as may well be supposed, readily closed with is not a desperate age, certainly; but yet, when a girl has the offer, the motives of which he perceived easily enough. not only made up her mind for the last four years to be The two elderly gentlemen were a couple of superannuated married, but actually fixed on the man, to turn her back old blockheads, only thrust in to give a colour to the upon the “ teens” is a step in a maiden's life, particu- appointment of the young Von Bitterblolt, a raw youth larly when we consider that another twenty might pass not long from the University, totally ignorant of that or before Krämer Romanus would alter his mind. In the any other business. From these premises might be deIleantime, Caroline's beauty was at its height; by a neces- duced the very obvious conclusion, that the whole weight sary deduction the next step must be downwards, and “I the employment must fall on the shoulders of Mr. am growing an old bachelor,” sighed Casimir. He Secretary Morn. No matter, he was not afraid of labour; turned from the window, and sat down on the sofa with no doubt the Minister must feel the weight of his services, his back to the light.
and would reward them accordingly! The exceeding liberality of the Count in paying his expenses was not at
present a matter of indifference to him. As he had served Some one knocked at the door. It was a servant of the State for four years without fee or reward, the interest Privy Counsellor Count Von Bitterblolt, &c. &c. &c., of his little capital had been insufficient even for his wbe brought a gracious intimation that his lord wished to moderate expenses. Every year saw consequently a porsay a few words in private to Referendary Casimir Morn. tion of the capital itself sunk, which again diminished the " A few words in private" from Count Von Bitterblolt, interest, which tended farther to the impoverishment of the confidential minister of his Highness the Elector, was Mr. Casimir Morn. no small honour. Casimir flew to him on the wings of He took a tender leave of his Caroline, and left euriosity and expectation. He was received by the with the noble Commissioners, full of the most animating favourite with extraordinary graciousness. The Count hopes. It will be taken for granted that he had previhad the gift of appearing excessively amiable and con- ously arranged a plan of correspondence with his beloved, descending towards his inferiors when he wanted to gain and even this was not so simple a matter as it may at a point by them, and as outrageously insolent and arro- first appear, since the cunning old millionaire, by way of gant when his point was gained ; he not only, like another teaching his daughter the right value of money, had hit great man, his countryman, threw away the peel when he upon the admirable plan of never giving her a farthing ; had sucked the orange, but kicked it into the gutter. consequently, the cost of the correspondence fell wholly
" It is his Highuess's wish, my dear young friend," upon Morn. Casimir's life in the capital of the new began Count Von Bitterblolt, “that his newly-acquired province was pretty much what it had been at the Electoterritory should as much as possible be principally assimi- ral. He laboured hard in his vocation, made few aclated to the old, In ursuance of this object, there must quaintances, that he might avoid useless expense, re