« הקודםהמשך »
IIe, too, laughed, but turned his head | mysterious princess might allow ine still an- ure to meet in the early morning, while the away as I looked. other lodgment in her empty bouse.
dew was on the flowers—she was, at that "Well, we will let you believe in your two Why did I not go? Because I could not. hour, berself rather contending imaginations of the prin. I hugged my pain. I loved the remembrance
* A bud with all its sweetest leaves yet folded." cess until you see her,” said Lady Diana; that wounded me. I could not leave the
only I advise you to cultivate the Lady room, the grounds, the scenes which still “And you are the American artist who Macbeth theory;" and again she laughed. spoke to me of her.
lives in the pavilion, I suppose, are you So I was all wrong. The princess was One morning, after a sleepless night, I not ?" said Luigi's daughter, after giving me probably a large, red-haired blonde, a type I went out early to cut away at my plum-trees. a good look out of the startled eyes, which I hated. I remembered she was from the The morning was glorious; the flowers were noticed had lashes darker than her hair. north of Italy-yes, undoubtedly she was the in their richest midsummer luxuriance. Old “Yes, my dear, I am he; and when your Flora of Titian, and all that sort of thing. Luigi was not yet out. I was alone with the good mother brings me my breakfast this Well, I did not want to see her.
sunrise. Adam in his first morning walk in morning, won't you and she come and eat it But these golden days were numbered. the Garden of Eden was not more alone than with me? I feel, I assure you, very lonely Lady Estcourt got ill. She thought there I. I thought of our great progenitor as I since Lady Diana Estcourt and her mother was malaria at the Villa Lucca. The odor mounted my ladder to cut off a branch that left, and I think I shall go away soon myself." of the Olia fragrans, which has been wasted was interfering with a fruit-laden vine.
“Did you admire Lady Diana Estcourt": to this lower sphere directly from the gates “How lonely he must have been !” thought said my garden-nymph. of paradise, gave her the headache. When I; and, as I thought so, I looked down and “She is very beautiful, very superb, inLady Estcourt got headaches she grew cross. saw what Adam saw-I saw woman in a
deed," I said; "in fact, everybody, every Alfred Courtnay was called away by busi- new Garden of Eden !
thing that comes to the Villa Lucca seems to ness, toward Milan, I believe. Lady Diana Yes, a beautiful young girl in a lilac frock break out with an epidemic of beauty. I lost her interest in water-colors. Alas! color stood looking at the morning-glories. She hear the princess is very handsome, only sbe seemed to be losing its interest in her, for was so slight and delicate that, as she stood never comes here. Have you ever seen ber?" her lovely cheek grew pale, and I thought on tiptoe looking into the airy bells, she was “Who-I ?" said she, rather absently. her blue eyes were less brilliant. Yet she scarcely less aërial than they. I thought of “Oh, yes ! I have seen the princess!" was sweeter and more lovable every day; my friend Hamon's picture of Spring, or Sum- “ Is she, then, so beautiful,” said I, for my and, when she came to bid me good-by, and mer-I forget which-of a young girl who charming companion was silent, and I liked to say that the lessons were at an end, tears stands on one morning-glory drinking dew to hear her talk. She looked more like a stood in those great, pure, honest eyes. out of another.
Greuze every moment. I kissed the white hand she held out “Ah!” thought I, “my friend Luigi has “Well, people differ about beauty. I do to me.
I kissed it, perbaps, two or three a pretty daughter. He has kept her very not find her very fine," said Luigi's daughter. times.
much secluded, or perhaps she has been away The young girl stooped to pick some “ It has been an episode in my life which from home.”
flowers, and then, making me some excuse, I shall never forget, Mr. Thornton," said she, I then remembered that late the evening gracefully fitted down an alley and disap. kindly.
before I had seen a boat stop at the little peared. “ It has been the romance of my life, wharf and some two or three people disem- When I went in to the pavilion to my Lady Diana," said I, firmly; for it was pleas- bark.
breakfast, Luigi's wife was in a great flutter. ant to let her know, now that we were to “Good-morning, my dear,” said I to the I could not ine what had happened to part, probably forever, how entirely I had young girl; for she was looking anxiously at the good, motherly, calm, Italian peasant who worshiped her.
my falling branch. “I will not allow this to had attended to my few wants. The beautiful hand was withdrawn; the fall near you; but perhaps you had better "Well, Annunziata,” said I, “where is your lofty, noble head gave me a salutation; the step away from this neighborhood for a mo- pretty daughter? I have made her acquaintdelicate, red lips gave me a parting smile; ment?"
ance this morning, and have asked her to and, as suddenly as she had come into my “Save the morning - glories !” said the breakfast with you and me.
Will you both life, Lady Diana Estcourt went out of it. girl, as she stepped away while I lowered the come?" Yes, went out of it forever! already falling bough.
“Ah, holy saints !” said Annunziata ; The Villa Lucca resumed its quiet, and I “Yes," said I, gallantly, “if only that you “the signor little knows what he has done! returned to my Correggio. The Madonna have admired them;" and I then threw the That was madame the princess herself, and looked at me reproachfully. I had neglected | bough over the trellis which she had just bere she comes !” her; and, as I tried to catch the subtile charm quitted, and descended myself.
At this moment my pretty Greuze, mi which Correggio has infused into all his “So you are my friend Luigi's little daugh- Hamon, my Spring personified, stepped laugh
. women, I failed. I thought of a pair of ter, I suppose ? And you came home last | ingly into the pavilion, accompanied by a bog great, blue eyes, of heavy, chestnut, wavy evening, did you? Well, you are out early of about six years, and a tall and very dignihair, of lilies and roses, and of that spirited this morning!”
fied lady. turn of the head-in fact, I dreamed of Lady She lifted her eyes to my face, and looked “ Ab, Mr. Thornton, forgive me. I did Diana, and she spoiled my work. at me with an amused expression.
not intend to mystify, still less to frighter I went off and pulled on the lake. I even be- “Perhaps," said she, “I am always an you. Forget, I beg of you, that I am the sought old Luigi, the steward, to let me prone early riser. Did Luigi—I mean my father, princess, a title that frightens everybody, and his trees; I tried various minor industries tell you to prune these trees ?
is a heavy one to wear. Call me here--it is known to artists, in order to recover my tone. “Yes; he was doing it laboriously one my pleasure-Madame Louise, and only use Nature treated me kindly, and the long wil. day, and I came to help him-your father is the etiquette which always comes naturally derness of garden offered me an unending op- getting old.”
to every well-bred man of the world when portunity for work. I was a very successful “Yes, and very indulgent," said the girl, he talks to a lady. My friend here, Madame pruner, so Luigi thought, and I did good ser- laughing.
Sermoneta, will do me the justice to say that vice to the plum-trees. I rose early, and She was very pretty, there was no doubt, I am always frank, and mean what I say." worked late. There was a pain at my heart so delicate, so slender, so young, with the “The princess is to be obeyed in whaterer which I could not exterminate readily ; and soft, wavy, golden hair seldom seen except in she may com
mmand," said the lady-in-waiting, in my close room, wbere she had sat so re- very young children, and gray eyes which had | making a deep obeisance. cently painting by my side, it was unen. a startled look. Her lilac-muslin dress was There were two alternatives open to me: durable.
knotted round the waist with a ribbon, and one was to jump into the lake and sink or I often asked myself why I did not leave her long, loose sleeves fell back from her swim; the other was to make a bow and an the Villa Lucca; why not give up copying white, slender arms, which had yet to reach apology, and blush it through. I chose the the Correggio until another summer; this their fullest beauty. She was exactly a creat. I latter alternative. It was not my fault if &
princess chose to look like a gardener's seating Madame Sermoneta in an alcove, led family, in which there is a title pending, but daughter, in the simplicity of her dress, and the conversation toward Lady Diana.
Diana-no, she is a queer girl; I think she to come out alone, at four in the morning, “Lady Diana told me that you pictured never liked me very deeply;" and the false, into her own garden, although I confess I me to yourself as Mary Queen of Scots, and beautiful, changeful eyes took on another felt very like a fool when I remembered my perhaps as Lady Macbeth," said she, laugh.cloud, such as I had seen sail over them beundue familiarity. ing.
fore. It never chanced to me to see the prin. Yes," said I, “ here is a sketch which I I had nothing to say; I was the merest cess again alone — Madame Sermoneta was made of your probable highness ;” and I stranger end waif in this society, with which always with her.
showed her one of my careless sketches. accident had mixed me. Nor was I astonThis, however, put a slight restraint on It was rather as Ristori looked then (twen- ished, as the fact became patent before me, the cordiality and sweetness of her manners ty years ago, now), and as I had seen her at that Courtnay and the princess were going and conversation. She was delightfully agree- the theatre in Florence. She recognized the through the same “Comedy of Errors” which able-full of talk on all subjects. She chat- resemblance to the famous tragédienne, and I had seen played before. ted about the politics of Europe, as another laughed even more heartily.
Madame Sermoneta's brow looked very woman would bave talked about the fashions. Turning over the leaves of my book, she clouded as she stood about or sut with her She knew about art, and books, and music, came on the first sketches I had made of the
tapestry far enough off to not hear their and was altogether the queerest mixture of beautiful face of Courtnay.
whispered talk, yet near enough to preserve courtly elegance and bizarre love of freedom, “ Alfred Courtnay!” said she, and her the inviolable etiquette. The princess clung and almost Bohemianism, that I ever met. face was covered with the deepest, most in- to Courtnay's arm with a far more delicate She was a European celebrity in this respect, tense blush.
and womanly appeal than had the proud, tall, as I afterward found out. Sbe, too, had the “Yes," said I, “and here is the finished English girl, whose attitude had struck me, great gift which Lady Diana bad had—she portrait. Lady Diana and I painted Courtnay but there was the same adoration for the could put a man at his ease at once. There at the same time; he said we wanted to save man in both their faces. was no condescending affability—there was a the expense of a model; Lady Diana, as was He was one of those magnetic people born sincere sympathy. I soon found that Alfred natural, regarding their relations, gave him to be loved by women, born to be spoiled by Courtnay was right-she was one of the most a much better expression than I did. I was them, born to deceive and make many of beautiful women in Europe. This appearance not fortunate in the expression, but what do them unhappy. of extreme youth was but another charm ; you think of the portrait ? ”
I must do him the justice to say that he although she had really only reached the I had busied myself turning the picture seemed thoroughly in love with the princess. twenty-third year of her age. She took round from the wall, and when I again looked It would have been hard for any man pot to much interest in my copy of Correggio, and at the princess she was as pale as death. have loved the gay little creature, who had a gave me an order for a copy of the “Madonna “It is very good—very like him," said butterfly's love of freedom, and who always della Scodella," at Parma, to be done at my she, coldly; “but what do you mean by their seemed, amid the restraints of rank, like a leisure. So we were on friendly terms at relations?'"
bird in a gilded cage. She was, too, as an once.
“Only that they are betrothed, I suppose, individual, very admirable and fascinating, All this followed our first breakfast in from their manner, and from what Lady Est- and there was something positively pathetic the pavilion, through the month which suc- court told me."
in her adoration of him. Once I saw her flit ceeded Lady Diana's departure. Perhaps I Here, fortunately, the little duke managed away from the shaded seat where they had owed something to the friendship which im- to pull down one of my easels, and to make a been together for the whole morning, and mediately sprang up between me and the great noise.
bring him back a bunch of violets. He re. young duke, the heir to so many possibili. The princess roused Madame Sermoneta, warded her with that look and smile which I ties. As he is a very great personage now, I and, taking her son by the hand, bade me had noticed as so radiant and expressive. hesitate to remember that he was a bullet. “Good-morning," and retired.
She put her hands over her own eyes. headed little boy, not at all like his beautiful I did not see her again for two days, dur- “Don't look at me that way," said she, “I mother, and quite full of the dispositions of ing which time I reflected deeply on what I cannot bear it; your eyes scorch me.” a spoiled child; but he liked a male compan- had observed. Courtnay's change of manner She was a woman of such ethereal presion, a big playfellow, and I liked him. Twice when he spoke of the princess had impressed ence, so delicate, so refined by nature, that in the course of our acquaintaince did I fish me at the time, but was it possible that a she could show her love without losing one him out of the lake, thus altering, perhaps, man who pretended to love Diana Estcourt particle of her dignity and womanhood. the whole face of European politics. Twice could love another woman? I could believe There was about her, too, the courtly breeddid I deliver him from perilous situations on it of Courtnay more than any man I had ing, the elegance of a woman of the highest the roof of the pavilion, whither his Italian ever seen, for there was a subtle falseness rank, the first element of which courtly valet dared not follow him. He disported behind his curious eyes; I looked at my pict- breeding is simplicity. It seemed strange to himself in my painting-room to his infinite ure, yes! I had painted it there without me to be looking out into this enchanted satisfaction, and, like most spoiled children, knowing it.
garden, this “ Forest of Ardennes,” and to obeyed me better than he did any of the peo- I was thinking this over and summing up bave seen two Rosalinds fit before me, both ple wliom he was bound to obey.
all I knew of him, and working away at the in love with one Orlando. Sometimes I shut Even the small suite whom the princess same time at my copy, when I again heard my eyes and asked if I were not dreaming; had brought with her took away from the his sweet voice and English accent pro- there is something very intoxicating in this privacy of my palace of indolence, and Inouncing my name. He came in, handsome Italian air; it gets into the blood. There are shut myself up much with my work. Guests as the morning, fresh, fascinating, and man. so many legends floating in it-there are would come and go, of whom I knew noth- | ly, disarming criticism.
Paolo and Francesca di Rimini ; there are all ing, and I only saw my hostess when she After the usual salutations and the nat. the sweet heroines of the “Decameron ; ” chose to summon me. She and Madame Ser. ural inquiries for Lady Diana, Courtnay said, Lucrezia Borgia's golden bair floats through moneta, and the little duke and myself, took | in an off-hand manner :
one's brain; Beatrice Cenci, Vittoria Colonna, some walks, sails, and rambles together, and “By - the - way, Thornton, my friend the deepen and darken the tragic sky. Where she returned my invitation to breakfast by princess says that you misunderstood the shall one begin or end with the romance of inviting me to dine. She was always the relations of Lady Diana and myself; you sup- Italy. “All this is a fancy,” I thought; “I same pretty, little, young girl in hier appear- posed us betrothed; it was nothing, I assure have known no noble English lady, po prinance and manner toward me, but toward her you, but a cousinly flirtation ; Diana has for- cess, no handsome, false, wandering knight; people there was an unmistakable change of gotten me before this, and, indeed, I doubt it is an old tale bave been reading, and I manner. Even to Madame Sermoneta she if she ever thought much of me. Her mother shall awake to reality;" was a princess.
As I did so I saw Courtnay and the prin. “05!” said she, “have you not heard ? hair, gave him, in spite of his rather ordinary cess in the immortal attitude of the “ Cupid So sad, the prettiest girl in England ! such an aspect, an appearance of simple, rough dig. and Psyche,” sealing their betrothal with a heiress-such a position! Lady Diana Est-nity. sacred kiss.
court is dead! our last letters brought us The prince opened the conversation. It In an hour after this event the princess the news. Her mother thinks she was poi- was at first unimportant, as are all conver. honored me with a visit, and told me she soned by the malaria somewbere here in sations. The marshal tried to lead the talk had decided to marry Mr. Courtnay. She Italy, at some villa or other. Well, these gradually toward politics, but then the prince deemed it due, perhaps, to her dignity, that old Italian houses are unhealthful, no doubt; instantly changed the subject. The marshal's I, who had necessarily seen much of their I would not like to pass a summer in one of efforts to accomplish the aim of his visit were intimacy, should know of her determina- them—would you, Mr. Thornton ?"
utterly vain. The more serious he was, the tion.
I got away from my garrulous friend, and more frivolous became his adversary. There There was no reason why she should not walked off into the shaded alleys. I thought was a sort of struggle between them, a strug. marry him, except the will of her royal of the tail girl with the chestnut hair, and gle in which, as may be imagined, M. de Tal. brother-in-law, and that she was determined the proud, fine carriage of the head. I leyrand had all the advantage. If the marto brave. Brave it she did-to the wonder thought of the generous, cheerful, and brave shal attempted to speak of alliances to conand scandal of all Europe. They took the heart.
clude, or of treaties to sign, the prince talked little duke, my bullet-headed young friend, And then I thought of the black eyes of the corps de ballet of the opera, or of other away from her, and educated him for his gh and the beautiful smile, and the faithless things of the same diplomatic importance. position, but I fear she did not care much. character, that had brought her her doom. A “How shall I open the question with 1. She had not loved his father, and the ma- bitter feeling came over me, almost a blas- de Metternich ?” said the marshal, at last out ternal instinct was not much developed in phemous wish that he might suffer as she had of patience. this strange, beautiful, wild little princess. done.
“Come and see my cabinet of Chinese When I returned to my hotel a packet of curiosities," answered Talleyrand, coolly. I rolled up my canvas, kissed the band letters, and a package from my banker, The prince had really a very fine collecof my hospitable and distinguished hostess. awaited me. Oh! how differently from the hand I bad I opened them and found a letter from Poor marshal! be was obliged to endure kissed before !--but she was my queen !-and poor Lady Estcourt. Its black borders fee- all the pagodas, to admire all the teapote, left the Villa Lucca.
bly indicated the broken heart and the gloom and go into ecstasies before all the screens. I heard from a distance of the royal rage which had settled down on the poor mother. Talleyrand watched maliciously the ill-dis. and of my princess's determination. I read “I send you a parcel which poor Diana guised impatience of the old soldier, who si. of the marriage in Galignani, and I sent as directed to you just before she died," said lently but heartily cursed all the lacquered my humble gift-my portrait of the favored the letter.
waiters and mandarins past, present, and to bridegroom. It brought me an autograph I opened it; it was ber water-color sketch come! letter of thanks, with a “likeness of a king- of Courtpay-not a word of explanation. It “That is all,” said the prince. ly crown ” on the pote-paper.
was a mute appeal to me to forgive him. I "At last! Heaven be praised !” thought And then I thought-ab! had I ever understood it-it was like the dead Elaine the marshal, and his face beamed with satis. ceased to think of Lady Diana Estcourt? I floating down to Astolat with her speechless faction. knew how she had loved this man, I knew guardian ; words were not needed.
Talleyrand saw this gleam of joy, and he that such a woman would love but once. I
hastened to add :
M. E. W. S. did not dare to write to her; what should I
“Ah! I think that I have forgotten the say if I did ? My silent sympathy must
most curious thing in my collection, the right float to her through the air, I could not speak
slipper of the Princess Fo-Aio, the daughter it.
of the Emperor Ton-Kang. I forgot also the I heard that she and her mother had re- OR, THE THREE DIPLOMATISTS. little sailing-vessel, which is an exact model turned to England, both in ill-health. She in
in miniature of those that navigate the Yelill-health! — that splendid physique — that
(FROM THE FRENCH.)
low River." noble and grand development? The wound
And Talleyrand related the history of the must have been sudden and sharp, and aimed was after the events of 1830. The slipper, and then entered into a long disserat a vital part, to have let out that vigorous leading question of the day was to per- tation upon the progress of navigation in well-being.
suade Austria to accept the Revolution of China. The marshal, who could no longer I was wandering around through Parma, July, and the change of dynasty. To con. restrain his impatience, fidgeted nervously Bologna, Ravenna, Padua, and other dear old duct this difficult negotiation, the govern- from one leg to the other. Italian cities, for a year; my copies were com- ment had chosen Marshal Maison, a brave “You are tired," said the prince, bring. pleted. I was about to return to America, old soldier of the empire, but more used to ing forward a chair. “Will you not take a when I determined to go once again to the the tactics of war than to those of diplomacy seat?" Lake of Como, and to see again the Villa and politics. The marshal accepted reluc- At this the marshal lost all patience. Lucca. But at Caddennabia I heard that the tantly the post confided to him, and, before “Sacrebleu!” he cried; “for more than Villa Lucca was let to a Russian princess, who his departure, he turned his steps toward the an hour you have been telling me stories that did not allow strangers to intrude, so I went hotel of Prince Talleyrand, in order to re- do not concern me, and showing me tops that to the Villa Carlotta, which so much resem- ceive from the Machiavel of the Rue St.-Flo- I despise! And whenever I try to talk of bled it in position, and in the arrangements rentin his last secret instructions.
my mission you instantly beat a retreat. Do of the grounds, that I could almost rehabili. When the marshal was announced, the you know that I strongly suspect you, M. le tate old memories, and see again the fair prince was at work in his library. When he Prince, of making a fool of me?" shapes who had peopled for me the most ro- heard the name of his visitor, his sly little These words were uttered still more enermantic and poetical of garden solitudes. face assumed an expression of malicious getically than we have written them.
As I was looking at the “Cupid and glee, like that which is visible on the feat. “Your mission!” replied Talleyrand, Psyche" of Canova, I noticed an English ures of a naughty child when he sees a calmly. “Ah! of course, my dear marshal
, group, and recognized a lady whom I had chance of tormenting a dog or a bird. let us talk of it. Why did you not mention met at Florence, a friend of the Estcourts. He hastened to change his dressing-gown it sooner ? " She shook me cordially by the hand, and of wadded brown silk for a more appropriate
" How sooner ?
For more than 10 gave me the latest news of an agreeable garb, and he then limped to the salon where hour--" American and English circle in Florence. the marshal awaited him. The latter was “I did not understand. I was afraid of She was a great talker, so it was not immedi-standing, clad in the uniform of bis grade. boring you by talking business. What I did ately that I was able to ask for Lady Diana. His stern, manly face framed in long, white was for your sake, for you know that busi
ness is my element. You were about to re- an hour, it is true, and, above all, a great frivolous subject to another, finally turned mark--"
many things foreign to the subject under dis- upon women. “ That I am about to leave for Austria, cussion. Talleyrand had already proved that Oh,"
," said Prince Talleyrand, “I know a and that,"
to the marshal, and Metternich proved it to marvel of beauty to whom nothing is com" Austria--a fine country! a very fine
It was impossible for him to in- parable.” country!”
troduce a single word of politics during the "I,” said M. de Metternich,“ know a wom. " And that in Vienna-"
thirty minutes that tbe interview lasted. an wlio is fairer than the fairest!” “ Vienna, a charming city! I am confident “I am obliged to leave you, sir," said the “ And I," said M. de Nesselrode, the enthat you will like it ! ” minister; the half-hour is past."
voy of Russia, “can cite a person who cer“I will see M. de Metternich_"
The die is cast,” thought the marshal; tainly bas no rival!" “An excellent fellow, though perhaps a “I have nothing more to do but to return to “ There exist apparently three incomparlittle ceremonious. We led a very joyous France."
able beauties," then said M. de Talleyrand, life together.
That reminds me of an ad. Suddenly a thought struck him. M. de who had spoken first; “but I do not doubt venture"
Metternich was on the point of leaving the that mine is the handsomest of the three." “Allow me to observe, M. le Prince, that
"No; it is mine." we are talking of my mission."
“I have a message for you from M. de “No; mine.” “ Well!” Talleyrand."
“ It is easy to see that you do not know “What am I to say to M. de Metter- “ What is it?"
the person of whom I speak." nich ?"
The marshal hesitated.
the one whom I mean." “What are you to say to him ? " “What is it?" repeated the minister.
“If you bad seen mine, you would not “ Yes."
“ Peccadille," said the marshal, in despera. talk so enthusiastically of the beauty of the “I really do not know." tion.
others.” “What! you do not know ? "
At these words, M. de Metternich let go Thus commenced, the conversation grad. “I had not reflected when I told you that. the door-knob, which he had already grasped, ually grew animated, and finally degenerated You will say to him—" and quickly retraced bis steps.
into a quarrel. “ Well?" “ Peccadille, did you say?"
“We are absurd, gentlemen,” said at “ Only one word.”
“Yes, M. le Prince, from M. de Talley- length M. de Talleyrand; "there is a very " And that is-?" rand."
simple means of solving the difficulty: let us “ Peccadille!”
“Oh, then that is very different. Why bring these three mysterious beauties to“ Peccadille?"
did you not say so before? To-day it is im- gether." “ Yes.".
possible for me to remain with you, because, "An excellent idea, but difficult of exe“Permit me to take my leave of you, M. as I have already told you, the emperor is cution." le Prince," said the marshal, perfectly beside waiting for me, but tomorrow I will receive “Not in the least. This is opera-night; himself, taking up his bat and going toward you, and we will converse long and seriously, i I offer you my box. Each of us will write to the door as he spoke.
and believe me, sir, I will do all that is in my his goddess, and, when the three are met to“I wish you a pleasant journey. Above power to aid the success of your negotiation.” gether there, we will arrive.” all, do not forget to say · Peccadille' to Met. The marshal remained utterly bewildered “Bravo !" ternich, and to say it from me.”
by the mysterious effect of the name he had Talleyrand rang, and sent for pen, ink, and The marshal departed in a tremendous pronounced.
paper. Each of the men wrote a note and rage, and Prince Talleyrand returned to his That evening there was a ball at the court. gave it to a footman, ordering him to take a library, rubbing his hands gayly.
M. de Metternich approached the marshal, circuitous route when he left the botel, in Arrived in the Austrian capital, the French humming, as he did so, an old opera air :
order to baffle the curious in case he was fol. envoy was extremely well received; he was
" Peccadille, loaded with all sorts of attentions, and en
Another bour passed, and then the three
Si gentille," etc. tertainments without end were given to bim,
guests set off for the opera. but of any interview with the minister there He seemed in high good-humor, and con- Arrived at the door of the box, M. de Tal. was not the slightest question. More than versed for a long time with the French envoy. leyrand motioned to M. de Metternich to enter once already he had solicited an audience, The next day the promised interview took first, who in turn went through the same cerand his request had alw
been refused un. place. Shortly afterward the marshal returned emony with M. de Nesselrode. Each of them der one pretext or another.
to France, having accomplished his mission in repeated : The old marshal cursed diplomacy, and the most satisfactory manner possible.
“ After you, sir." loaded it with all the insulting epithets of It now only remains to us to solve this “M. le Prince, I could not think of it." which he had made a rich collection in the riddle, which is what we are about to do.
At last, Prince Metternich entered. course of his military career. Driven out of In 1814, three statesmen, namely, MM. In an arm-chair at the front of the box all patience by these delays, he solicited an de Talleyrand, de Metternich, and de Nes. sat a solitary lady, but one, we must say, of audience in such a pressing manner that it selrode, were met together in Paris, and were the most dazzling beauty. was at last accorded to him. The day was engaged in settling the grave questions which “ What does this pleasantry mean, sir !" fixed as well as the hour.
had arisen out of the fall of Napoleon and asked M. de Metternich, brusquely, of Prince “At last,” thought the marshal, “ I shall the entrance of the allied powers into France. Talleyrand, who followed him. be able to explain myself.”
Those grave interests took up nearly all “I was about to ask you the same ques. At the momert he entered the minister's their time, and yet they occasionally found tion,” said, at the same time, M. de Nessel. cabinet, Prince Metternich was in the act of means to escape from the preoccupations of rode. crushing a dispatch between his fingers. On diplomacy, saying among each other, “ Let “And I was about to address it to you, seeing the marshal enter, he glanced at the 118 put off serious matters till to-morrow.” gentlemen," replied Talleyrand. clock, and said :
One day the three diplomats were assem- “Why did you send off my note only?" “ Marshal, I regret deeply that I am able bled at a gay dinner. Toward the end of the “ It was mine." to give you but very little time. His majesty repast, they dismissed the servants in order " You mean mine." the emperor has sent me an order which sum. to talk more freely ; and certainly no one “Frankly, gentlemen, I do not understand mons me to him in a few moments; I can only could have recognized in the jolly comrades, the situation." devote half an hour to you to-day. Another saying merrily all the foolish things that were “Here is the explanation," then said the time I may be more fortunate.”
inspired by the fumes of wine, the grave men fair unknown; and, drawing from her glore “A great many things can be said in half who, that very morning, had been occupied three little folded papers, she presented one an hour," thought the marshal. by the affairs of a part of the world.
to each of the three statesmen. A great many things may be said in half The conversation, after roving from one í All the notes bore the same address.
That address was Peccadille."
not, of course, presume to criticise any of a collective wisdom, a collective conscience, When MM. de Metternich and de Nessel. bis conclusions without a serious study of greater than that of the wisest and most virrode were about to leave France, they met them; and it is only after such serious tuous citizen, and by which the prosperity of for a last conference with Prince Talley- study and long deliberation upon his prem- the commonwealth can be secured and prerand.
ises and conclusions, that I bave come to served. Such a blessed consummation can. “ We are about to separate," said the lat. the conviction that his deductions regarding not be effected very soon. The world has ter. “Do you not think that it would be as
the details of governmental function are too yet to witness the experiment of a true de. well to establish a means of understanding narrow for his definition of that function, mocracy: a government in which do good each other from afar as we do when we are viz., "the maintaining of men's rights." By citizen can be disfranchised - none taxed together?"
the term rights, Mr. Spencer repeatedly de. without representation. “ We can write."
clares in his "Social Statics" that be means Until the experiment of such a govert. A letter may be lost, and that is com- the “general liberty to exercise the faculties." ment is tried, and possibly some time after, promising."
He does not believe that organizing chari- we shall continue to hear on all sides this "We might establish a correspondence in table institutions, regulating commerce, the clamor of indignant protest against the idef. cipher."
postal service, or in any way guaranteeing ficiency, the mismanagement, and the corrupa “ That has the same drawback. There instruction to the people, are legitimate func- tion of government officials. Everywbere are keys to all knowu ciphers."
tions of the state. “ The government by men act, and write, and talk, as if the people “Let us invent new alphabet."
coining money,” he says, “ diminishes men's constituted one power and the government “ That is not much more certain."
liberty of action in the same way as by any another; as if the people must wage eternal “ Then what can we do?”
other trade restriction in short, does war against the encroachments of their com. Might we not, as is the custom during wrong ;” also that “a government cannot mon enemy—the government! This is itwar, fix upon a common watch word, and ac- undertake postal functions without reversing deed a pitiable spectacle for the philosopher. cord all credit to the envoy who shall repeat its essential function." Nor would be bave Will it require an eternity for men to realize to any one of us this word from one of the the government undertake the construction that the shame of their republican goveroothers ?"
of public works, harbors, light-houses, etc. ments is their own shame? The truth is, “Let us choose a word, then. But what In this connection he says: “ The imposition that the rage for wealth, for“ making mouer shall it be?"
of taxes for other purposes than maintain. whereby to gain social supremacy, is pre“Let us see.”
ing men's rights is as much forbidden by | venting the growth of the nobler desire for “ Patriotism?”
our definition of state-duty as is a system of national honor and prosperity. Men every. “ Bad."
national education, or a religious establish- where decry politics as something worth · Fraternity ?” ment.”
only of the low, the intriguing portion of the
It seems to me that Mr. Spencer's defi. community. Clearly, as long as the “sover· Loyalty ? "
nition of the function of government applies eigns” of a republic are ashamed of haring “ Impossible."
simply to the most primitive form of politi- any thing to do with politics, they will con“ Then what can we take ?"
cal union, where tribes band together for tinue to pay very dearly for the kind of pro“A proper name would be best."
the sole purpose of mutual protection in tection which legislative sleighit-of-band af. Very well, then, let it be a proper name plundering outside tribes, and for defending fords them. -but there are so many. Could not a mis- their plunder from reprisal ; unless, indeed, Under such circumstances it is natural to take arise thr gh a lapse of memory? we interpret his definition more broadly than suppose that the people will oppose any ex“I have it, gentlemen-I have it !” said he himself interprets it. Forms of govern
tension of the functions of government; since Prince Talleyrand, at that moment.
“ I will
ment, under the laws of evolution, develop the assumption of new duties implies not only give you a name which neither of us three according to the universal order of growth further taxation, but the moral certainty that will ever forget, I am certain."
from simplicity to complexity. We know the duty assumed will be badly performed, " What name is that?"
that the complexity of the functions of so. and the money wasted. The only object, “ PECCADILLE!”
ciety, like those of the individual, increases then, must be to reduce the work of the gos. in direct ratio with the development of civil. ernment to the minimum ; that of guarentee
ization. Government is nothing more than ing to the governed the “general liberty to WHAT ARE THE FUNC- the expression of the functions of society exercise the faculties.” The attitude of the TIONS OF GOVERNMENT?
under a mutual compact or constitution. victims of government seems to express: The maintaining of the “ general liberty to " You let us alone. Don't demand too much
exercise the faculties," is a little vague, at money for your amusements, and you are AVING lately published an article ad. least to the ordinary student. Man placed welcome to do what you like. All we want
vocating certain supplementary public on a desert island is never in a more free is the liberty to make money, to grow as instruction under the direction of the govern- condition “to exercise the faculties," the much as we like about official corruption,' ment, and that article having excited criticism only difficulty being that he cannot exercise and, when abroad in monarchical countries, in the Journal, I feel it not only my right to these faculties except his environment be to swagger about 'our glorious institu. be heard further in explanation of the princi- adapted to them. ple involved in the proposition, but that it is It cannot readily be admitted that when the Seriously, it does seem that the concepmy duty to prevent, so far as I may, the class- government—that is, society in its corporate tion of the function of government is in dan. ing of certain social scientists—who are at is. capacity-bas placed itself in a position to re- ger of becoming sadly demoralized. Our sue with Herbert Spencer upon the question | pel invaders and to hang or otherwise punish forefathers declared it to be, among other of the functions of government-with those certain kinds of crime, it has exercised all the things, “ to promote the general welfare and visionary and ill-disciplined agitators who function that it can, in the nature of things, secure the blessings of liberty" to their prs.
so little faith in the laws of things legitimately possess. To be sure, the wisdom, terity. Now, whatever evils have beset our and so much faith in themselves, that they the justice—the moral sentiment of the govern- country, none will deny that it has been, at would chain earth and sun together, lest cen- ment generally—cannot be greater than that least, a great and prosperous country. Our tripetal force should fail."
of the community; no philosopher's stone institutions, or our conditions, by whatever For myself, and many others who are of a constitution can produce golden conduct pame we may designate them, have secured pursuing the study of social science, we re- from leaden instincts;” but in the wise wealth, education, and social culture, to a gard Herbert Spencer as one of the first in- choice of our public servants — if ever we larger proportion of the population than have telligences that the world bas known—if not become wise enough to know how to elect the the conditions in any other country; and it indeed the first in all the essentials of the most able-we shall have the necessary con- is but fair to suppose that the wisdom and ideal philosopher. Those who voluntarily ditions for bringing to a focus the moral the moral sense of the fathers of our coun. yield to him so grand an admiration, would forces of the community. The result will be try, by the natural law of progress, were