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freshed himself by a walk in the evening, and finished the The next day Devereux appeared at table as usual, his day by readiug a letter from, or writing one to his second self. countenance overshadowed with a yet deeper melancholy,

An accidental circumstance procured him another and he was as silent as before. Morn, who felt unacamusement shortly after. The rooms next to his in the countably attached to him, endeavoured, by everything in hotel where he had taken up his abode were occupied his power, to enliven him. When he could be induced by a foreigner, whom he usually encountered at the table to talk, Devereux seemed quite a different person--his d'hôte, where he never spoke ; and, after retiring for the features brightened, his whole deportment became atnight, Casimir used to hear him walking up and down tractive in no common degree. The two young meni his bed chamber for hours together. The stranger was a went out after dinner to walk together, and Morn was pale, elegant young man, apparently about Morn's own still more charmed with his new acquaintance. Devereux age, was attended by two servants, and had lived nearly was more than an agreeable companion ; his mental three weeks in the town, where, however, he seemed powers, considerable in themselves, had received every neither to know nor wish to know a single individual. advantage from cultivation. The stores of ancient and He bore the name of Devereux-an Englishman, there- modern literature were familiar to both, and formed, fore, Morn concluded, and, one day, addressed him in his with the fate and laws of nations, their chief topics of native language, partly out of a good desire to enliven discourse. When Casimir had finished his day's task, the melancholy-looking stranger, and partly because he Devereux came constantly to his room, and remained, was glad of an opportunity to practise his English. till deep in the night, in conversation with him. ' of the

The Briton looked at him with surprise and some ap- promised loan not a syllable was said on either side. pearance of pleasure, and answered courteously but Morn spoke openly of himself, of his past and present briefly, and then fell back into his former silence. During hopes and prospeets. His companion was less communithe dinner, Casimir observed the stranger casting pene- cative ; but he learnt so much, in return, that Devereux trating glances towards him, and, when it was over, he had left his native land consequence of a tragical occame suddenly up to him, saying, “Will you allow me to currence, deeply affecting his future life, and was travelspeak with you a moment alone ?"

ling in the hope of dissipating a heavy sorrow! Casimir took him immediately into his own room. The intercourse of the two young men taught Morn,

“ I am about to make a very odd request to a stranger," for the first time, the value of a friend. His letters to began the Englishman, abruptly ; “but it will not be the fair Romanus were almost as full of praises of his mended by circumlocution. A letter of credit I expected Devereux as of love for herself. His pretty mistress was to find here has been delayed by some strange accident. half jealous of the agreeable stranger. In the meantime, I have a pressing necessity to set out immediately for Am- Morn's louis d'ors came to hand, and were immediately sterdam, and I am without money. Can you, or will carried by him into Devereux's room.

The latter gave you, lend a hundred louis d'ors ? On my arrival at Am- him, in return, a written acknowledgment of the obliga. sterdam, you shall receive it again directly, with what in- tion, and the address of his family in England. terest you please.”

“ If I die before I can repay you," said he, " that is, Casimir was taken somewhat by surprise. He ex

within a few weeks, forward the paper, with this letter, pressed none, however ; but, after a short

directly." I have not so much about me; but I could procure it

He put a sealed letter into Morn's hands as he spoke, within fourteen days."

and then turned the conversation to some indifferent sub“ You will oblige me more than I can express ; you ject. They parted shortly after, almost in silence, with save me from a most unpleasant embarrassment,” re

a fervent pressure of the hand, and carrying with them Lurned the Englishman, who shook Morn heartily by the remembrances and feelings beneficial alike to both. hand, and left him. The whole affair had scarcely occupied five minutes. When he was alone, Casimir began to feel

CHAPTER IV. he had been a little over hasty in his promise. A hun

THE ELECTORAL BIRTI-DAI. dred louis d'ors wero neither more nor less than the fourth part of his whole property, He shook his head. The Eng- The loss of Devereux's society was more felt by Morni lishman's face announced honesty; he looked like anything than he thought possible after so short an acquaintance. but an adventurer ; still, a hundred louis were the fourth He had parted with a companion whom he really loved part of his capital, and to put it at once in the power of a friend, whose views and sentiments harmonised so ada total stranger, on the strength of a pleasing countenance, mirably with his own, that in losing him he seemed to lose was rather a thoughtless proceeding.--"Well," was the the better half of himself. His official labours became conclasion of Morn's soliloquy, “well, my opinion is that more then ever a necessity to him; they served to divert he will not deceive me ; and if he should ?-well, it will and calm his thoughts. Devereus and Caroline filled his be the first time in my life, and the last."

heart entirely. “I am really a most fortunate man,” Apparently this was not the only grief the stranger had cried he, in his enthusiasm of love and friendship. "I on his mind; for, notwithstanding the promised assis- love, and am loved by two of the noblest beings in the tance, Morn heard him at night again pacing his chamber world.” in the same unquiet manner, and uttering heavy sighs, After the lapse of seven busy months, the report of almost groans.

Cabinet and Privy Counsellor, Von Bitterblolt, was ended, " The man is very unhappy; he must be worse off than and the Commissioners returned to the electoral tesiI am," thought Morn. “A mere money embarrassmont dence. His Highness, the Elector, was so well content can never cnuse such heavy sorrow, He shall have the with the work that he bestowed heaven knows what order louis, however,

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an addition to the pension of the two reverend seniors | diets, hope; through his silent help, others, with not half who had served as ballast to the official vessel. Secretary his talents or acquirements, had gained credit and subMorn was the only person forgotten; he had done nothing stantial reward ; young Von Bitterblolt had been made for a recompense, but deserved it. The Counts of Bit-Chamber President for the very service Morn had perterblolt, indeed, father and son, were profuse in expressions formed. He saw that his industry, his talents, his knowof gratitude, and to prove it, invited him to dinner. ledge, availed him nothing. Men who were not only Fraulein Von Bitterblolt also found the Secretary exceed- | ignorant and incapable, but known to be so, passed him ingly agreeable; if he had been of noble, instead of ple- everywhere in the race, if they had “connexions," or beian origin, he might, perhaps, have found the daughter had found some surer way of recommending themselves more grateful than the father. So soon, however, as the than by merit and service. Cabinet Counsellor remarked the interest the young lady To Caroline's hand he must renounce all pretension. took in the handsome Secretary, be held it advisable By the perversest of all destinies, her constancy and unto invite him seldomer, and gradually not at all. Morn swerving faith but added to his sorrow. His social creed found it necessary to put the Minister modestly in mind had received a cruel shock. The egotism of the greater of his promise of an appointment in the newly-acquired part of mankind, the vant of integrity in their relations province, whereupon his Excellency elapped him on the with each other, appeared in their full hatefulness. The shoulder in the most friendly manner in the world, and recollection of all the promises made but to be broken, the assured him he would take care of him.

hollow professions, the false stniles, all the spoken and "I have spoken of your talents and services more than acted lies of the last six years, made him sick at heart. once to his Highness,” said he. “Wait till the birth- All that he had hitherto laboured to excuse in othersday, when the greatest number of advancements are made; their prejudice, their rapacity, their paltry pride, their I make no doubt your name will stand first on the list." enry, their shameful blackening all better and purer

How could Morn feel less than satisfied? He looked than themselves, now shone out in all their native ugliupon his patent as good as made out, particularly when ness. He could no longer deceive himself; the greater the Minister proceeded to ask him what kind of place part of the employés of — looked on their offices and would be most agreeable to him. He thought of Caroline, emoluments but as the means of indulging their arrogance, and replied with great frankness that he would certainly their ambition, and animal excesses. prefer remaining in the residence. “It shall be thought With respect to his plans for the future, all was unfarther of,” said his Excellency. “I should gladly have certainty. Even had he been so inclined, it was no seen a man like you, my dear Mr. Morn, in one of the longer in his power, with his diminished resourcos, to first posts in the new prorince; but if you prefer remain- labour gratuitously in his present employment; and it ing with us, I am afraid it will be rather more difficult was repugnant to him to seek any other in this city. He to provide for you suitably in the capital. However, we longed to flee far away to seek some distant village, where

The old Chamber Counsellor, Balder, might, none knew him, and carn a living by the labour of his indeed, be pensioned off. Would that suit you?”' hands. It was sweet to dream of shunning all mankind

“I would not wish for more," returned Morn, his face as long as life should last, and think only of Devereux and glowing with pleasure.

Caroline, as of two nobler spirits among thousands of “Excellent,” said the Minister, and dismissed him miserable creatures, all so many willing sacrifices to the with the best grace in the world.

meanest passions. According to the custom of the place, Gilded by such hopes, the winter glided away. Caroline and the people amongst whom he had lived, Morn ought was as faithful and fair as ever ; and if ever mistrust to have put a good, or at least a smiling face, upon found entrance in Casimir's heart, a look or smile from his disappointment, congratulated others on their better the opposite window made it summer again. At length fortune, and tried to knit up again the ravelled skein of eame March, the long-looked-for month that had given his claims and expectations; instead of this, he wrote a his Highness, the Elector, to an admiring world. The laconic note to the head of his department to signify his list of promotions was published; patents for new ap- renunciation of the office he held in the service of his pointments made out; the streets were full of people Highness, the Elector of endorsed all the documents riding and driving about to congratulate or be congratu- relating to it in his possession, and then went to bed and lated. Morn made a point of remaining at home, that he slept soundly. might not miss the messenger from the Electoral Chancery. The eustomary “compliment” for the bearer of the The next morning, the servant of the house brought princely graces lay wrapt in paper ready on the table. him two notes and a bouquet of snow-drops. He now reNoon, evening; still no messenger. His servant was collected that it was his birth-day, and breathed a heavy despatched to the court printer for the list-no such name sigh. One of the notes was from Caroline, the other from as Morn was to be found, and no messenger came to cor-President Von Bitterblolt. Morn knew the handwriting reet an error of the press. Dinners and balls in honour of both. “First for the bitters," said he, and opened of the day were given in all parts of the city ; the streets the President's billet. Almost unconsciously to himself, were gay with lights and music ; nobody troubled them- a secret hope had found a corner of his breast to nestle selves about poor Morn and his frustrated hopes. Ho sat in, that his loss would be regretted, that he would be endown in the pouting corner of his sofa, and groaned from treated to do nothing hastily, that he would try to retain the bottom of his heart.

him by giving new and surer expectations: he had half Morn had not passed a more unhappy night since his forgiven him already. Nothing of the sort. His Excela father's death. Six long years had he served the State lency the President “ regretted, in courteous terms, that faithfully and diligently, fed only on the thinnest of all Mr. Morn had taken such a resolution, acknowledged the

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receipt of the documents, and remained his humble ser- , the unhappy girl had only escaped their persecutions by vant." "So that is the reward of six years' gratuitous her sudden death. Whisper of suicide got about. The service," said he, bitterly, and he flung the President's official betrayed and wretched lover forced his treacherous friend verbiage aside. Caroline's note accompanying the bouquet into a duel; they fought at Calais, where Devereux had was kind as ever, but there was a tone of sadness in it. been left for dead upon the field. Many months elapsed The same topic of consolation had been so often repeated before bis outward wounds were healed ; those of the He went to the window, Caroline was already at hers: mind were incurable. His physicians had recommended Casimir pressed the flowers to his lips and his heart, and travelling; all places had become alike to him ; and, unable retreated to his musing corner again. This city he must, to find rest in any, he had wandered almost all over and would leave, and try his fortune elsewhere. Many Europe, when an accidental delay in his remittances had were the projects he revolved in his mind. His only grief detained him in the town where he had encountered would be the parting from the angel of his childhood—the Morn. tenderly-beloved Caroline. He was still engaged in a

It was now Casimir's turn to relato what had befallen long and most touching conversation with her in imagina- him since their meeting, and he had now, at least, the tion, when a loud knock at his door, and the voices of satisfaction of detailing his wrongs to a sympathising ear. several persons without, aroused him from his reverie. You have been deceived only by the common herd of The door opened, and four men stumbled in, bearing be- egotists, the rabble of humanity, but I by the friend of my tween them two large and apparently very heavy chests. infancy. Your beloved yet lives, and lives for you the To the question of where were they to put down their silent grave hides mine; you may find a remedy, I neve burden, Morn answered by another-where did they get You would gladly renounce the world you say-do it froin? It belonged to the gentleman who had just so, but let me share your solitude. But, I repeat, your come post to Morn's first thought was of Deve

casc admits of remedy." reux; and Devereux himself it was, who entered in his “ Remedy, what remedy ?" echoed Morn. travelling dress, just as the porters left the room. heaven, my dear Devereux, how little you know of people

“I have been long enough away to learn your full in this country.” value," was Devereux’s exclamation, when the first greet- “ The people in this country are very like the people ings were over ; " let me take up my abode with you at in every other country,” replied Devereux. “I can put once ; you will find room for a friend.”

it in your power to take a revenge worthy of them at Devereux's sudden appearance was balm to the wound- | least,” added he, after a pause, and with a bitter smile. ed heart of Casimir : joy almost deprived him of specch,

** How so?” “I have but this room and a bed-room,” said he ; “if you ‘Only give me your word to throw no obstacle in my can find accommodation on so small a scale, I shall be way, and I will bring the whole pack on all fours in a but too happy to share them with you."

very short time.

The old miser shall give you his “But how is it you confine yourself within such nar- daughter, the Minister shall offer you all the ribbons and row limits ?” asked the Englishman, greatly astonished. trumpery in his gift, and that without witchcraft. Fair

“ They are quite as extensive as my means permit,” and virtuous maidens may be won by other qualifications answered Morn, smiling.

than beauty or honesty ; honours and dignities are not But, I have been greatly deceived. I thought you always, or often, the reward of talents, or knowledge, or must be rich, as you parted so readily with a hundred industry.” Louis d'ors."

• But explain yourself a little--what is it you propose A friendly heart is always rich to a friend. It was to do ?!' a fourth of my whole property. If you had asked for more “Oh, the means will be very simple. Come, your you should have had it. You wanted it.”

word that you will not thwart me in my project of making Devereux looked at him for some time in silence, and fools of the dignitaries in this good and electoral city. I then advanciug, grasped his hand with an earnest cordi- will use no dishonest means." ality more expressive than words. My servants I will “Well, be it as you will, I have little reason to spare despatch to the next house,” said he, “but I remain them, heaven knows! What is your plan of operations?" with you in any corner you can spare. llad I been aware

“I must first know my men. Let me become acquainted how you were situated, I should not have come upon you with the field before I show my line of battle. As a preso suddenly.”

liminary, however, you will do me the favour to make use The matter was soon arranged, a bed prepared by the of my new carriage ; I shall put another pair of horses to side of Mora's, and a supper bespoken from the next it to-morrow; you must drive about, while I keep in the tavern. Before the night was passed, the hearts of both back ground, and draw the public attention on you as were freely poured out to each other. Devereux related much as possible. As to your lovely neighbour, gire her his own history. He had been passionately in love with a to understand that you have had a large sum bequeathed young lady who returned his love, but whose family, from you in England.” some causes too long to explain here, wero on the worst Morn shook his head, not altogether pleased, and yet terms with his own. A mutual friend of the families, De- unable to restrain his laughter. He had given his word vereux's oldest and best loved companion, had offered his to humour Devereux's whim, and as to the sentence of mediation; and Devereux himself, in the unsuspicious con- the “residence,” when the hoax should be known, he fidence of friendship, had done everything in his power to

troubled himself little about that. Whatever were the facilitate his meetings with his mistress. The lady's charms results

, he had made up his mind to leave the dominions of had proved too powerful for the friend's faith ; he sought his Highness the Elector. Perhaps the punch, which had her for himself, and won so far upon her relations, that I servod as a supplement to their repast, might bave had

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a little, and only three quarters of an hour's drive from On the following morning Devereux was early up and the residence. Heavens, what sums it has cost me in imdressed.

provements. I have an account here--ah, no, confound “We will begin operations this morning,” said he. it, I have the worst memory, I must have left it in my "Ah, Morn, you may be happy again, but I"-his brow desk; but, my dear fellow, why not come and see for yourclouded, and he was silent for some minutes. “Well, self-come, give me your promise-name your time." I must look for consolation in the happiness of my friends Much in the same style did the noble couut run on for herceforth. With you and your Caroline I will hope at some time longer. Morn perceived that Devereux had least for peace."

really commenced operations, as he said. He promised Morn would fain have obtained some further explana- gravely to come and look at the estate at his earliest convetion of his strange freak, but Devereux was immoveable— nience, and Count Krebs took leave with the most lavish ranished, he kuew not whither, shortly after, and ap- assurances of regard. At dinner time, Devereux made his peared no more for the greater part of the day. Instead appearance, evidently extremely diverted with the farce he of Devereus came his German servant, Felix, to present was acting. Morn, on the contrary, was more depressed. himself to his new master, and set forth his new qualifica- “ You will make mankind yet more contemptible in my tions.

eyes," said he. “ Not a week ago, this very Count Do not forget the principles, faith and honesty,” said Krebs held me unworthy of a look. I was never more Morn, when he had listened to the enunciation of his surprised than when I saw him enter my room." valet's capabilities.

“ If men seem more contemptible to you, my friend,” “ llonesty, I can promise you, Sir," was the answer, answered Devereux, “the fault is their's, not mine. "and fidelity you will inspire me with.”

The witty count was pointed out to me by the master of 'The answer pleased, aud Felix was installed with Morn the hotel where I sent my servants, as having horses under the same conditions as those agreed upon with De- which he was desirous of parting with, and the animals vereux.

are really worth what I gave for them. When the hotelTowards noon Count Von Krebs's name was announced. keeper heard that they were for you, and that you had The young courtier advanced to Morn with open arms. become a rich man, he praised you up to the skies. “My dear fellow, how are you ?—It is a whole century When I inquired about an estate, a broker made his bow since we met. First let me congratulate you on your ac- in less than a quarter of an hour, and offered me ten, at quisition, though it is my own loss. Ah! my two glorious least, every one being, as he swore, a perfect paradise. bays. But your Homme d'Affaires is a clever fellow Count Krebs swore, by all his gods, that you were neither up to every point about a horse ; you have a glorious pur- more nor less than a saint; that you deserved, years ago, chase. Upon my soul I loved these two creatures as my to be made Prime Minister; that things would have loukheart's blood ; if I had not outrun my incomo confoun-ed very different in the Electorate, and nobody knows dediy of late the Elector himself should not have had them what besides. It is long since I have been so much for bis whole stud.”

amused. Come, my friend, cheer up, and play out the “ llave you been paid, my lord count,” stammered play. We must make all the puppets dance to the same Morn, his face flushing scarlet, “or must 12"

"All right my dear friend, not a word of that,” cried In due time, Devereux's splendid new equipage drove the count; “I came with a very different purpose. Baron up to the door, with Felix behind, in a rich livery. Von Wolpern would insist upon my recommending his Count Krebs's horses really merited his eulogium ; they place, Dreileben, to you, as your agent there says you are were superb animals. The whole street was in commoon the look out for an investment; but on my honour, tion, almost every inhabitant loitering about the causethough I could not refuse one friend, it goes against my way, or standing at their windows, to discover the owner conscience to palm off such a desert on another. It will of so magnificent a “turn-out.” But, when Morn apnot bring one-and-a-balf per cent., and he asks a hundred peared, and was assisted in by his gaily-attired servant, and fifty thousand guilders for it. Do you know the place there was no end of the conjectures and inquiries. It as all p'

will be easily supposed that the fair Caroline was neither "No," said Morn, curious to hear what would come the least anxious nor the least interested. next.

“I'd give these six kreutzers, ay, that I would, the “I entreat you, then, by all that is sacred, to go whole six, to know whom that carriage belongs to," said and look at the wilderness; not a hamlet to be seen old Romanus, jingling in his hand tho kreutzers he had for some miles round, nothing under your windows in front just received for a red herring. but the Rhine, nothing behind but mountain and forest. “ That is easily learnt,” replied his daughter. “Frau One look will be enough to frighten you off the bargain, Weber ( Morn's landlady) must know.unless you have a mind to send a bullet through your To be sure, she must, my child," said the old genhead from sheer ennui, before you have lived there a tleman, buttoning up his coin in a great hurry, as if he month; then, indeed, you could not do better than buy feared to be taken at his word," and I'll go and ask Dreileben. Now, with the property Dame Fortune has her--that costs nothing." fung in your lap, you are entitled to look for something “O, my heavens, who should it belong to but to the Rebetter. There is my estate, for instance, a real princi- ferendary! Haven't you heard of his extraordinary good pality you must admit--a splendid locale, in the midst of luck then? Well, I don't begrudge it him, for he is really corn fields, a soil like a garden, right of forest, vineyards, l an angel of a man, and has just got a whole waggonful of



gold from England. They say he's now the richest man The father and the son laid their heads together. Tho in the dominions of our gracious Elector. His servant Privy Counsellor took the first opportunity of praising told me so himself, and he had it from the English mer- the rare talents and services of the ex-Referendary to his chant who is stopping in the house."

Highness the Elector. Such a man must, by all means, The old miser stared with leaden eye and open mouth, remain in the service of the state, particularly as Morn as if suddenly afflicted with lock-jaw, and, without had lately gained a large fortune by some fortunate specuanother word, went home again, and sat himself down lations in England. It would be a shame if so much in silence in the grimy leather-bottomed chair in the wealth should be squandered out of the country, &c. dc. back of his shop. Caroline came dancing down to hear "Hum,” said the Elector, “I was wondering what the news. For a long time, her father gave her no an- made you all so suddenly zealous in Morn's favour. The swer. He had made it a law to himself never to mention Finance Minister, Rabe, was quite eloquent inh is praiso Morn's name.

but a little while ago.” "Oh, Lord!” groaned he, at last, "to think of such This speech went like an arrow to the Privy Cour.a piece of luck befalling a paltry, lounging, good-for- sellor's heart; for the Baron Von Rabe had also a nothing son of a good-for-nothing father, who has cheated daughter to marry, and he, too, wanted money. me out of my whole property ; while a poor old honest “ Rabe even maintained,” continued his Highness, man like me must toil and moil night and day to scrape“ that Morn, as secretary to the commission of survey in a few pence together. Is that justice, is that the reward the new territory, had done the whole work, while others of honesty ?” and he looked ready to cry.

pocketed the reward and the credit." “But who knows whether it's true or no ?" said the The Privy Counsellor smiled with affected indifference, worthy elder, brightening with the thought. * Waggon while turning sick with fear and rage ; and swore in his full of money ? pooh !—from England ? pooh !--by a lucky heart of hearts, war to the knife to the Finance Minister speculation ? pooh, pooh, pooh! I was not born yester-Von Rabe. Morn, in the meantime, had received an inday, Frau Weba.” And Herr Romanus plucked off his vitation to pay the Finance Minister a visit. queer-looking little jasey, twirled it about, as in great “I am delighted, my dear Sir, that my heartfelt wishes mental agitation he was wont, and rubbed his hands to for your advantage seem likely at last to be fulfilled," gether till the dry, withered member threatened to ignite. said the Minister, with his most gracious smile. “There

Many were the conjectures and remarks to which was a strong opposition somewhere. I was never more Morn's gay equipage gave rise that day. It had even ex- surprised than when I heard you had been so unaccouncited the notice of the Elector, as Morn drove past the tably passed over. I felt it my duty to make a represenpalace. On the two succeeding days the “excitement” tation on the subject to his Highness the Elector himself ; increased. Devereux bad given out that his friend had in fact, I told him frankly that the post of Presidont ef gained a considerable sum in England ; and when he be- the Chamber, which Von Bitterblolt contrived to approgan to inquire about an estate, the word considerable ac- priate to himself, was yours by every rule of justice. In quired a more considerable" meaning. Count Krebs, consequence of my remonstrance, his Highness has been who always dealt in superlatives, swore by all the saints graciously pleased to fix you in my department; and I in the calendar, that Morn was become the richest indi- have now the honour to present Privy Finance Counsellor vidual in that part of Germany; he played with his hun- Morn with the diploma of his appointment." dred thousands; he must own whole provinces in the Morn laid the diploma on a table near him without East and West Indies, &c. &c. There is nothing to opening it ; thanked the Minister for his condescension ; which people like better to give credit than to the incre- and with a smile, that was bitter in spite of himself, dible. It is no uncommon thing to see an upright, begged leave respectfully to decline all and every appointsimple-minded man, held very cheap ; but to take a fool ment of the kind. or a lunatic for a saint, is the easiest thing in the world. He was scarcely at home again" before the carriage of People can find absurdity in the wisest man, with all the Count Von Bitterblolt stopped at his door. facility imaginable ; but let a Cagliostro undertake to You see I have come in search of you myself at last," work a miracle, and he is run after by high and low. If said the Count, bestowing a paternal embrace on Casiit had been said, Morn had got a hundred thousand mir. “Where have you hidden yourself this century ? guilders, people would have doubted—but millions, that We must not forget each other in this way. Von Rabe produced conviction at once.

has played me a shameful trick in getting you appointed "It is intelligible enough now why Morn gave up his in his department instead of mine. I shall never forgive place as Referendary,” said the President Von Bitter- him for it. Apropos, my daughter will never forgive me, blolt, to his father, the Privy Counsellor. “ I thought at if I forget her message. She gives a ball on Wednesday, first that he had taken offence at the omission of his and charged me to give you a special invitation. You name among the promotions."

will not fail her, I hope ; ladies, you know, will not hear “ In fact, it is awkward enough that he was passed of disappointments on these occasions." over," returned the Privy Counsellor; “but who can Countess Ida Von Bitterblolt met with one this time, always tell how things may turn out? We might have however. Casimir Morn met the Privy Counsellor's sumade room for him well enough. There's your sister, perabundant courtesies with cold politeness ; and his Estoo. I really think the girl has taken a fancy to him, cellency was beaten out of the field for the present, though and, as the matter now stands, she could hardly do better not absolutely deprived of hope for the future. Morn's for herself."

misanthropy was on the increase : he dospised alike their “ Nor for any of us, papa. Could not we find some present flattery, and their former scorn ; of the two, the excuse for the past ?"

fattery was the more offensive, and the moro his would


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