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must be required to deliver up to us immediately the might smile at the following order, if indignation ships and everything belonging to the nations at war permitted, on such a subject, one light thought with us." It is but too well known how these hints, or ral, that you consider the glory of the fine arts as attached

“ The Executive Directory is persuaded, citizen-gencorders, were fulfilled to the very letter. But the to that of the army which you coinmand. To them Italy Popedom, and the power of his Holiness, were not owes, in a great measure, its wealth and its fame; but at once annihilated. Bonaparte already knew

the time is come when their reign must be transferred to

France, in order to establish and embellish that of liberty. mankind, and the power of religious feeling, what- The National Museum must contain the most celebrated ever the religion may be in which men have been productions of all the arts, and you will not neglect to

enrich it with those which await the present conquests of bred ; which is rooted in their hearts, and has taken the army of Italy, and the future ones which are yet rehold of their imagination ; the religion of their served for it. This glorious campaign, while placing the fathers, their country, and their childhood whether Republic in a condition to give peace to its enemies, must it be that of Catholic, Jew, or Mahommedan. Be- and combine with the splendour of military trophies the

also repair the ravages of Vandalism in its own bosom, sides, there were already symptoms of religious charm of the beneficent and cheering arts. re-action even in France itself; and, though still

“ The Executive Directory, therefore, invites you, dating his letters by the new Republican calendar, and transmit to Paris the most valuable objects of this

citizen-general, to choose one or several artists, to select he saw that France was again becoming Roman kind, and to give precise orders for the enlightened exeCatholic. It was, therefore, too late, although it cution of these dispositions, concerning which it wishes

you to report,

Carnor.had even been safe-three years too late to crush and destroy the Bishop of Rome, as if he had been

We see none of the general's letters in reply to the ordinary sovereign of a petty principality, and such requisitions ; but it appears that he did not the politic young general of the republic became neglect Carnot's orders. From Parma, an agent the protector of the Holy See. “Bonaparte," says

writes to him :our editor,

“I lose no time in sending back your courier, and re

plying to your letter of the 27th. The celebrated picture Aware of the boundless influence of the Pope and the of St. Jerome, by Correggio, with the four best that could popish clergy over all Catholics, had for some time taken be found here, will be packed to-morrow, and sent to pains to gain their goodwill-perhaps foreseeing, in those Tortona. As for the others, I repeat to you that it is prophetic visions which might already have begun to float indispensable, if you would make a good selection, that before his imagination, to what advantage that influence you should send me some connoisseur from Milan, for I might some day be employed."

might be deceived, knowing nothing of painting, and No long time had elapsed, when victory having having no one to consult.” given France the power to dictate, he sought to

The erer-memorable Bridge of Lodi had been renew friendly negotiations with the hitherto refrac-passed, and the fate of Italy decided. We find tory court of Rome. Cacualt, the agent or envoy

little on the subject from Bonaparte to the Direcof the Republic, was still at Rome, and had stated tory. The official bulletins managed all that ; but to Napoleon that the difficulty of destroying the Carnot, become for the moment an enthusiast, colossus of Rome" might not be so great as was

thus greets the victors :imagined, by "going coolly about it, and taking "Immortal glory to the victors of Lodi! Honour to nothing from the priests but the temporal govern- the general-in-chief, who prepared for the daring attack

on the bridge of that town, by going through the ranks ment.” Bonaparte was again the better states of the French warriors, and exposing himself to the most man. He requested Cacualt to signify to his Holi- murderous fire of the enemy, and disposing everything ness the willingness of France to negotiate. He for victory! Honour to the intrepid Berthier, who rushed

on at the head of that fierce and formidable republican had been ordered to settle every difference either column which overturned and overthrew the enemy! by force of arms or amicable treaty ; and he con- Honour to Generals Massena, Cervoni, Dallemagne, to tinues :

the chiefs of brigade Saluce, Dupas, and Sugni, to adju

tant-major Toiret, of the third battalion of the grenadiers! * Wishing to give the Pope a mark of the desire I have Glory to the gallant second battalion of the carabineers, to see this long war terminated, and an end put to the to those victorious grenadiers who decided the issue of calamities which attict human nature, I offer in an hon- 1 that battle! Glory to the brave division commanded by ourable manner still to save his honour and the head of General Augereau and to its leader! Glory to the comreligion. You may assure him verbally that I have missioner of the government Salicetti! always been against the treaty that has been proposed to “Yc have conquered, French Republicans, ye have him, and especially to the manner of negotiating; that it saved your country, ye are consolidating the Republic." is in consequence of my particular and repeated applications that the Directory lias charged me to open the way

One may forgive, nay, sympathise, with what to a new negotiation. I am more ambitious to be the follows :-“Yo are annihilating that monstrous saviour of the Iloly See than its destroyer."

coalition which would have swallowed us up." Here, again, the young soldier manifested that But we cannot pretend to give any adequate extraordinary and precocious capacity for states- account of this remarkable correspondence, though manship which gave earnest of his future greatness. confining ourselves to the letters of the two princiIn the meanwhile, with the counsels of Carnot for pal personages, Carnot and Bonaparte ; so, with his guidance, so far as he felt it convenient to fol- one or two more significant extracts, we must conlow them, he was overrunning Italy, recommended, clude our notice of a work which demands much as he advanced, " to strike, and strike hard," and, closer and fuller examination. as a first duty, to pillage without scruple. One The head-quarters of the French army Fere now

at Milan, and the Italian States read, one by one, the above letter before us, when we find Bonatheir coming fate. The Venetians were to suffer parte charged with duplicity, dissimulation, and for their tardiness, or lukewarmness, in the cause dishonourable dealing, how is he to be acquitted ? of the French Republic; between whom and the A previous letter had announced to Carnot that Lustrians, they were placed in no little perplexity. two millions in gold, part of the contributions levied They had permitted, Bonaparte alleged, Beaulieu on the conquered territory, were already on the road to occupy a fortress though in this instance the ac- to Paris, and Carnot directed the General to transcusation was like that of the wolf to the lamb, mit another million to the army of the Rhine and which had drunk of the stream beneath the place Moselle, and acquainted his correspondent that the where the wolf lapped. Bonaparte says

Directory had authorised the Minister of Finance to " From a conversation which I had this morning with draw upon Genoa for ten millions, adding, that in M. Azara, minister of Spain, sent by the Pope, it ap- these ten millions are included other pillage already peired to me that he had orders to offer us contributions. I shall soon be at Bologna. Is it your pleasure that I exacted and expended, and the produce of “the should then accept from the Pope, as the price of an jewels, diamonds, plate, &c., sent to Tortona.” armistice, twenty-five millions of contributions in cash, Venice was also to be drawn upon, but as a guaranáve millions in kind, three hundred pictures, statues, and manuscripts in proportion, and that I insist on the re

tee was to have assigned the desperate debt incurred lease of all patriots confined for revolutionary acts ? I by Holland, for being wrested from the Stadtholder shall have sufficient time to receive your orders, since I by the arms of the French Republic, and converted shall not be at Bologna for these ten or fifteen days. "As soon as I was apprised that the Austrians were at

into the Batavian Republic. Peschicra, I knew that not a moment was to be lost in The Senate of Venice demurred to this requisiinvesting the place and depriving the enemy of the means tion ; but Carnot persisted, and in reply to Bonaof provisioning it. A few days' delay would have entailed upon me a siege of three months. The battle of Borg- parte's letter quoted above, still fancied that it might lzetto and the passage of the Mincio put that place into be possible to borrow 12,000,000 tournois, and kindly oar hands two days afterwards

. The proveditor came in pointed out how the money might be raised, by great haste to justify himself: I gave him a very ill reception. I declared that I should march to Venice, to seizing the funds which the King and Government complain in person to the senate of such a manifest trea- (and the people too) of England had in the Treasury ctery. While we were talking, Massena had orders to of Venice. There might here be breach of faith, of cnter Verona at whatever cost. The alarm at Venice Fas extreme. The Archduke of Milan, who was there, national honour, but what was that? In concluimmediately fled to Germany.

sion, Carnot was “highly pleased” with the chi**The senate of Venice has just sent to me two sages of canery displayed by the General to the Proveditorthe council, to ascertain definitively how matters stand. I repeated my complaints to them; I also referred to General of Venice and the two “

sage senators," the reception given to Monsieur; I told them that, for Decrees were issued by the Directory, nethe rest, I had given you an account of every thing, and gotiating the amount and modes of payment of that I knew not how you would take the matter: that, when I left Paris, you expected to find in the republic of whatever it chose to levy on the conquered States, Venice an ally faithful to principles; that it was not and the Commander-in-Chief was as active in such without regret that their conduct in regard to Peschiera departments as in the field. General Vaubois was believed that this would be a storm which it would be to be sent to occupy or garrison Leghorn, and the possible for the envoy of the senate to lay. Meanwhile, detailed instructions for his conduct, drawn up by they agree with the best grace to supply us with every thing Bonaparte, are certainly a curiosity. After giving necessary for the army.

If your plan is to extract five or six millions from minute directions for putting the batteries which Venice, I have purposely provided this sort of rupture command the harbour into a proper state of defor you. You might demand it by way of indemnity for the battle of Borghetto, which I was obliged to fight in fence, the important points of his multifarious duties order to take that place. If you have more decided in

are thus alluded to:tentions, I think you ought to keep up this subject of “ He will spare no means for keeping Leghorn in perfect quarrel, inform me of what you design to do, and await tranquillity; he will act in such a manner as to attach to the favourable moment, which I will seize according to himself the troops of the grand-duke of Tuscany, on whom circumstances : for we must not have all the world upon he will keep a constant eye; he will keep himself in good our hands at once.

harmony with the governor; he will refer to him all mat“ The truth of the affair of Peschiera is, that Beaulieu ters of detail, pay him great respect, especially in private, basely deceived them: he demanded a passage for fifty but preserve a great superiority over him, especially in Inen, and made himself master of the town.

public. Should there be plots at Leghorn, or anything "A commissioner of the Direetory is come for the con- else involving the existence of the French troops, he will tributions. A million has been dispatched to Basle for then take all the measures necessary for restoring tranthe army of the Rhine. You have eight millions at quillity and punishing the evil-disposed. He will not Genoa; you can reckon upon that. Two millions more spare either persons, or property, or houses. were going off for Paris; but the commissary assured me “ In all the difficult affairs that may happen, he will that it is your intention that the whole should go to consult citizen Miot, minister of the French Republic at Genoa."

Florence, who will be able to give him useful informaAnd this “ truth of the affair,” Bonaparte well tion. knew, when he bullied the Proveditor-General, ter- tion with which he is charged: being the first agent of the

“ He will protect the consul in the interesting operarified the Senate of Venice, and kept alive a pretty Republic at Leghorn, he will attend to all the interests of little quarrel, of which citizen Carnot might avail the Republic, and report to me on all the abuses which it himself either to fine, confiscate, or deal with as

may not depend on him to repress.

* He will live in suitable style. Ile will frequently seemned good to the Executive Directory. With I have at his table the officers of the grand-duke and the

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consuls of the foreign powers: an allowance shall be "It is asserted, citizen-general, that the marble bust granted to him for extraordinary expenses.

of Marcus Aurelius is at Pavia: it is for the interest of the “He will appoint an officer to superintend the harbour: arts that it should be transmitted to France : the Direche will appoint a commandant of each fort; he will keep tory commands you to cause all necessary precautions to privateers under a severe discipline, and see to it that be taken that it may arrive without damage. they respect the neutral flag, especially the Spanish. He

Carxor." will have daily accounts rendered to him of the reports of

The stolen goods were coming, and Carnot was the sentries; he will inform me regularly of all that passes in the country where he is, and send me a report of all grateful:-

Most Lik45 news from Corsica that reaches him. He will write to

" The exquisite productions of the fine arts, of the the imperial fiefs around the city to induce them to recog- dispatch of which you give us notiee, will add to the nise the Republic, and he will acquaint me with the num- splendour of the trophies of the army of Italy, ber of those fiefs, their population, their wealth, and the “We must at once embellish and enrich France with spirit which animates them. Ile will keep up severe all the valuable monuments and all the interesting pro-" discipline among his troops; he will make a point of hav. duetions of those flourishing countries.”!!!!! ing all the soldiers in barracks, and not allowing any one, from the general to the lowest employé, to lodge at any The civil servants of the Republic attached to inhabitant's."

the army, the Commissaries, and Commissioners The penetration and sagacity of Bonaparte, at appointed to raise the contributions and supply the this early stage of his career, are shown in his esti- army were worthy of their vocation, but might mate of his Generals. It is thus he reports of have been forgiven if they had not as freely and them to the Directory:

adroitly cheated their employers as they plundered " I think it useful, citizens Directors, to give you my the Italians. Their conduct made Bonaparte, as, opinion of the generals employed in this army: You will he tells the Directory, “blush to be a French see that there are very few who can be of service to me. " Berthier-Talents, courage, character-everything

man.” In short, they were rogues, all roundin his favour,

“thinking," Napoleon said, " of nothing but thieves “ Augereau-A great deal of character, courage, firm- ing." But complaints of dishonest and peculating Tiess, activity, habit of war; is beloved by the soldiers, lucky in his operations.

Commissaries were not at that period confined "Massena-Active, indefatigable, daring; has quickness to the French service and this might pass, if of apprehension and promptness in decision.

the Commander-in-chief and the Executive Diree! “Serrurier-Fights like a soldier, takes nothing upon himself

, firm, has not a very good opinion of his troops; is ill. tory could be exonerated. "Despinois-Soft, without activity, without daring, has The volumes close with the end of the year 1797, not fighting habits, is not liked by the soldiers, docs not and the secret articles of the treaty of Campo For--fight at their head; has, for the rest, hauteur, intelligence, and sound political principles:fit to command in the interior. mio, transmitted in substance to the Directory.

“ Sauret—Good, very good soldier, but not enlightened There was to be peace with Austria and Italy, aud enough to be general; not lucky.

France was to be left free to combat England alone. “Abatucci—Not fit to command fifty men.

“Garnier, Meunier, Casabianca-Incapable; not fit to The conquest of England, the last of many gains to command a battalion in so active and so serious a war as the French Republic enumerated by her victorious this. “Maoquart-A brave man, no talents, fiery.

General, is thus alluded to :

-1,13911 A “Gauthier--Fit for an office [bureau); never was en- Lastly, The war with England will open to us an gaged in war,

field of activity more extensive, more essential, more. “Vaubois and Sahuguet were employed in the fortress- glorious. The people of England are of more worth es; I have transferred them to the army: I shall learn to than the Venetian people, and their liberation will forever appreciate them; they have both acquitted themselves consolidate the liberty and happiness of France ; or if we extremely well of the commissions that I have hitherto force that Government to peace, our commeree, and the s given them; but the example of General Despinois, who advantages which we shall procure for it in the two was all right at Milan, and all wrong at the head of his worlds, will be a great step towards the consolidation of division, orders me to judge of men by their actions." liberty and public prosperity.

“If I am mistaken in all these calculations, my heart We meet with one solitary instance of good na

is pure, my intentions are upright; I have silenced the ture in Bonaparte's correspondence. He addressed interest of my glory, of my vanity, of my ambition. I five lines to the French Minister at Basle, desiring have kept in view the country, and the Government alone; him to attempt the restoration of the property of mited confidence which the Directory has been pleased to

I have answered in a manner worthy of myself the unliGeneral Laharpe-confiscated when he became a grant me for these two years. Republican—to his orphan children. Carnot also “ I think that I have done what every member of the showed policy or liberality in one instance. He di- Directory would have done in my place.

" I have merited by my services the approbation of rected that Oriani, a celebrated astronomer of Milan, the Government and of the nation ; I have received re- ! should be protected, and that the General should, peated marks of its esteem. I have now no more to do : wherever he went, visit and pay attention to men

but to mingle again with the world ; to grasp once more,

the plough of Cincinnatus ; and to set an example of eminent in science or art. There were, indeed, no respect for magistrates and aversion for military rule

, bounds to Carnot's admiration of art, or desire to which has destroyed so many Republics, and ruined plunder its treasures from the Italian towns to desire to do everything for the liberty of the country.,;

several states.-Be assured of my devotedness, and my. enrich Paris. Could he but then have foreseen the

“* BONAPARTE, day of retribution and restitution! Could he have A fitter close could not be found to these reforeseen the Consulate—the Empire ! But it was markable volumes than this dignified and Roman punishment enough that he saw both their rise and farewell—this sincero expression of respect for fall. The following is an entire letter;

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(Continued from our last.) The Halian's mention of a night attack, and the firm | am not without arms, gentlemen;" so saying, he dragged decided tone in which he spoke, produced a startling his last saddle-bag into the adjoining room, to which he change in his two companions.

had already hurried his luggage since the closo of Mary's sale How so? What do you mean?” exclaimed the book- story, and deaf to all intreaties, he shut and bolted the seller, turning deadly pale, and rising in alarm, whilst the door behind him. stevard gazed at him, aghast and speechless, some dawn- Great was his companions' consternation, and biting fears beginning to clear up the mists of his somewhat terly did they repent having so inconsiderately banished dease comprehension,

the stranger from their room. "You, Sir," said the stranger, first answering the “Alas ! that I should ever have been obliged to leare bookseller's query,

have never ceased vaunting the my family and quiet fireside, to expose myself to such feetness of your good horse ; and you,” he continued, ad- enormous perils," groaned forth the steward in the bitdressing tho steward,"“ if I am not mistaken, have pis- terness of his heart, " and that for no good that is ever

l'it tols.

likely to accrue to me from my risks." Sancta Varia: do you think I ever load them ?" cried “My poor Dorothea,” said the pale young man,

with tłe now terrified steward, expanding his pale blue eyes quivering lips, “what will become of her if harm befall to theit utmost ea pability, the roseate hue that had for- me ?" saten bis cheeks to refugiate itself in his capacious nose, “What would my family-nay, the Count himself, do rapidly tarning to blue.

if my earthly career be thus cut short ? Where will he *** And bow am I to get at my horse ?" piteously added find a man so trusty, so able, so devoted, so courageous, the nô dess frightened bookseller. ,

-ach! ach!" and he wrung his hands in despair. " Certainly neither ünscen por unprevented," said the If I come not back she'll break her heart!" Hero Italian,

the bookseller drew out his pocket handkerchief, unablo “What then shall we do?''

any longer to control his emotions. . Aeh: ach!" sighed the steward; "but we must be “I am only sixty-three," said in a lamentable tone his mistaken—it cannot be that we are in any danger here.”' old companion.

Let us fly this minute,” cried the bookseller, making She is only nineteen," sighed forth the bookseller. tastards the door with uncertain steps.

• My father died at eighty-five, and I am only sixty"Hold? What are you about ?" said the Italian, three.” Here the worthy steward burst into a passion of "Had you never entered this place it would have been tears, whilst his young friend chimed in with his sobs. wiser, But as it is, '

precipitation would only seal your The scene was every moment augmenting in pathos. doom."" ar ritni ione ut

To add to their terror, the storm without, which had been As neither of his companions offered to stir, and he gradually rising since sunset, now blew a hurricane ; the would not for worlds harc crossed the threshhold alone, thunder rolled at intervals, the lightning played through the arguments of the stranger prevailed ; and, without the large, desolate apartment, throwing into fantastic further discussion, the bookseller returned to his seat. shape with strong light and black shadow the few objects

“And now, gentlemen,” continued the Italian, who, it lighted upon. Their lamentations grew louder and although his sallow countenance grew paler, gave no louder, and their sorrow was increasing in violence, when other outward signs of emotion than might be betrayed by it was suddenly checked by the strange sounds that prothe compression of his lips and the lighting up of his eye, ceeded from the stranger's chamber. Ever since he had "suffer me to retire to the separato apartment you were been there he had shown quite as much restlessness as on kind enough to provide for me."

the previous eve; but so long as they heard nothing remark"Ob! No! no !-you are without defence!" screamed able, the two Germans were too much wrapped up in their the steward, to whom the sight of the foreigner's calm- fears, and busy with their own complaints, to pay the ness and collected air gave the only scrap of courage ho least attention: but now, even in spite of their critical could muster, now such horrid doubts had taken posses- situation, their curiosity became roused, and their tears sion of his soul. " Let us remain together—we can always ceased to flow as they listened intently to the smallest be some protection to you ;” and his trembling hand movement of their singular associate. Previously they sought that of the diminutive stranger, but only caught had distinctly heard him dragging the furniture all about the inordinately long queue which, according to the fashion the room, and they naturally concluded he was barricadof the day, depended from that worthy's dark shock ing himself in ; now, however, to their extreme surprise, head.

they fancied they heard him unpacking. They camo "And I will stand by you to the last," murmured closer to the door-listened more attentively--they wero in faint accents the young bookseller, making a desperate not mistaken. The trailing of ropes and unlocking of effort to take hold of him.'

padlocks was too familiar a sound not to be recognised, " Thank you—thank you both,” said the stranger, They immediately decided he was seeking his pistols; but shaking them off; "but I will tell you, for your conso- when the unpacking continued for so long a space of timo lation, that I am better prepared for the strugglo than that it rather seemed like the operations of a traveller you fancy—perhaps better than yourselves." Here he returned home after a journey and setting all to rights gave thiera one of his peculiar and sneering smiles. "I about him, and when the bustle increased from minute to


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minute, the wondering Germans were lost in conjoctures. I made that the old man could not but follow his example, The circumstance had, however, one good result for only insinuating the clause that real danger must have them—it enabled them to forget, in some measure, the been incurred. alarm that had nearly distracted them. The thought “ That'll not fail,” said the stranger, “ of that rest never once occurred to their minds that they might profit assured. I wish I could be as secare of your gratitude by the example of the foreigner, barricade themselves in, as I am that there will be cause for it. Now listen to and make at least a show of resistance. Indeed, had me. Do not follow me into my chamber, but sit so near they possessed sufficient coolness to take such a deter- to it as to be able to rush in at the very first alarm. I mination, they would still have rejocted the plan as shall leave my door but half closed for the purpose. unsafe, and only likely to aggravate their danger. As it Remember, the moment you enter to hide yourselves was, a happy change had come over their spirit. Timid behind the first object of concealment you find. Mind, minds possess a property highly agreeable to them in gentlemen, I expect you to be as true to your word as I depressing circumstances, and which consists in disputing, shall endeavour to be to mine." So saying, he withdrew, or completely denying, the existence of dangers which gently pushing the door to without absolutely closing it. they know neither how to face nor avoid. From having The Germans dragged their portmanteaus quite close to given way to utter hopelessness, they suddenly passed to the door, and cowering down upon them, began, for the fresh doubts and new hopes. The transition was so first time, to agitate the question between them, whether congenial to their nature, they felt so relieved by the idea they had not as much to apprehend from their singular of having been misled by their own weakness, and that associate as from the bad Peter Stieber himself, but withthe Italian had excited their fears merely in jest—for out being able to come to any final conclusion or resolve. they could not otherwise account for his coolness and his Another heavy quarter of an hour passed without anysmile-all these considerations were so encouraging as to thing arising that could justify their uneasiness. They banish from their breasts the unpleasant feeling which had, were already beginning to grumble at the comfortless but a moment before, such entire possession of them. night their companion had again contrived to inake them They thought themselves gradually into perfect com- spend, when suddenly the door flew open, and Mary, with posure, and became altogether occupied with the creak- a wilder look than she had yet worn, rushed towards ings, pullings, haulings, and various other extraordinary them, noises the Italian continued to make, and which, had not " What on earth brings you here so late ?'' said the the Germans been convinced by their own eyes of his steward, rising, in surprise and no small fear, for Mary being the solitary tenant of the apartment, they could looked like a ghost with her ashy cheek, and large, fierce never have ascribed to one individual alone. Indeed, it eyes. was to them a perfect wonder what he could be about, “ I heard you talking so late that I thought you would and their surmises concerning this mysterious person never retire to rest,” she said, “and came to ask if you prolonged their conversation until a very late hour. lacked anything to make you comfortable ;” but whilst True, his movements were of a nature not to suffer their she spoke she threw a rapid glance first at their persons, curiosity to relax. Now he seemed to be climbing the then all round the chamber. walls--now to be scrubbing the floor now to pile up There was something so strange in her investigating furniture, and then again to knock it about. At last he look that both the men quailed, terrified, before it. seemed fairly tired out,-a pauso ensued, -the eyes of Suddenly a smile of satisfaction crossed her face but the Germans were fixed on the door,-the bolts were such a smile--it turned their hearts sick to behold it. withdrawn, and he appeared before them with so serious She then gavo a slırill, piercing whistle--the hurried an aspect as again to chill the hearts of the two com- tramp of heavy feet was heard along the passagem a panions.

pause ensaed, then she clapped her hands three times, • They have delayed it long," he said ; " longer than and several men poured into the room. I had expected, but now they will soon come. How is At first the Germans were rooted to the spot with it, gentlemen, that I find you so unprepared ? Have you bewilderment; but this sight brought back their senses, nothing wherewith to defend yourselves? Or have you and they both rushed with one accord into the Italian's not the spirit to do so ?” he concluded, with a flashing chamber. Here all was total darkness, and the light they eye.

had left in the other room suddenly going out, they were If there were anything to dread,” said the steward, compelled to grope their way along the wall, each en"we have no means of averting our fate; but I do not sconcing himself, as the Italian had recommended, behind see what real cause we have to give way to such terrors. the first object that afforded protection. That they found It is near twelve by my watch, and yet nothing has such provided for them in a moment of so much agitation stirred in the house."

as permitted their judgment no play, and left them “Come, sir, do not throw your life away in that abandoned to the mero mechanical impulse of instinct,

I doubt not it is very dear to you. I have my proved how wisely the stranger had calculated his plan of treasures, too, but unfortunately they are not of a nature defence. A bedstead raised up against the wall on either to make me very rich.” A bitter smile passed over the side the door formed the outworks behind which the Italian's face as he spoke these words. “A bargain is a friends crept, and from whence, in comparative security, bargain-will you pay me well if I am the means of they could catch a clear view of the extraordinary scene saving your lives?"

that was going on; and happy was it for them that The bookseller unhesitatingly replied "Sir, you shall astonishment and the excess of terror kept them mute. not name any sum within my power in vain, if you but The room was, as we have said, of pitchy darkness, restore me to my Dorothea.” This proffer was so warmly | except a small focus of light, which grew every moment


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