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best counsels were to be had from the the largest stock of pheasants in the Yorkshire jockey, and not from the whole world perhaps ; and I, that decorated and cordoned throng who love field sports as no man ever loved filled the anti-chambers.
them! Eh, Stubber ?" and he turned To elevate the groom to the rank of abruptly around to seek a confirmapersonal attendant; to create him a tion of what he asserted. Either Chevalier and then a Count, were all Stubber did not fully agree in the easy steps to such a Prince. At the judgment, or did not deem it necestime we speak of, Stubber was chief sary to record his concurrence, but of the cabinet-the trusted adviser the prince was obliged to reiterate of his master in the knottiest ques- his statement, adding, “ I might say, tions of foreign politics--the arbiter indeed, it is the one solitary dissipaof the most difficult questions with tion I have ever permitted myself.” other states, the highest authority in Now this was a stereotyped phrase home affairs, and the absolute ruler of his highness, and employed by him over the Duke's household, and all respecting music, literature, field who belonged to it. He was one of sports, picture-buying, equipage, play, those men of action who speedily dis- and a number of other pursuits not tinguish themselves wherever the game quite so pardonable, in each of which, of life is being played ; smart to dis- for the time, his zeal would seem cern the character of those around to be exclusive. him--prompt to avail himself of their A scarcely audible ejaculation, a knowledge--little hampered by the something like a grunt from Stubber, scruples which conventionalities im- was the only assent to this propose on men bred in a higher sta- position. tion-he generally attained his object “ And here I am," added the prince before others had arranged their plans testily, “the only man of my rank to oppose him. To these qualities he in Europe perhaps, without society, added a rugged, unflinching honesty, amusement, or pleasure, condemned and a loyal attachment to the person to the wearisome details of a petty of his Prince. Strong in his own administration, and actually a slave -conscious rectitude, and
What the fiding regard of his sovereign, Stub- deuce is this? My horse is sinking ber stood alone against all the wiles above his pasterns.
Where are we, and machinations of his formidable Stubber ?" and with a vigorous dash rivals.
of the spurs he extricated himself Were we giving a history of this from the deep ground. curious court and its intrigues, we “I often told your highness that could relate some strange stories of these lands were ruined for want of the mechanism by which states are drainage. You may remark how ruled. We have, however, no other poor the trees are along here; the business with the subject than as it fruit, too, is all deteriorated-all for enters into the domain of our own want of a little skill and industry; story, and to this we return.
your highness remarked the It was a calm evening of the early appearance of the people in that vilautumn, as the prince, accompanied lage, every second man has the ague by Stubber alone, and unattended by even a groom, rode along one of the They did look very wretched, and alleys of the olive wood which skirts why is it not drained? Why ian't the sea shore beneath Massa. His every thing done as it ought, StubHighness was unusually moody and ber? Eh ?” thoughtful, and as he sauntered care- “Why isn't your highness in Bohelessly along, seemed scarcely to notice mia ?" the objects about him.
“Want of means, my good Stubber; “What month are wein, Stubber?" no money ; my man, Landetti, tells asked he at length.
me the coffer is empty, and until September, Altezza," was the this new tax on the Colza comes in, short reply.
we shall have to live on our credit, “Per Bacco! so it is, and in this or our wits-I forget which, but I very month we were to have been in conclude they are about equally proBohemia with the Arch-duke Stephen ductive.” --the best shootivg in all Europe and “Landetti is a ladro," said Stubber
"He has money enough to build a new wing to his chateau in Senarizza, and to give fifty thousand scudi of fortune to his daughter, though he can't afford your Highness the common necessaries of your station."
"Per Bacco! Billy, you are right; you must look into these accounts yourself. They always confuse me."
"I have looked into them, and your Highness shall have two hundred thousand francs to-morrow on your dressing table, and as much more within the week.”
"Well done, Billy; you are the only fellow who can unmask these rogueries. If I had only had you with me long ago! Well! well! well! it is too late to think of now. What shall we do with this money? Bohemia is out of the question now. Shall we rebuild the San Felice? It is really too small; the stage is crowded with twenty people on it. There's that gate towards Carrara-when is it to be completed?--there's a figure wanted for the centre pedestal. As for the fountain, it must be done by the municipality. It is essentially the interest of the townspeople. You'd advise me to spend the money in draining these low lands, or in a grant to that new company for a pier at Marino; but I'll not; I have other thoughts in my head. Why should not this be the centre of art to the whole Peninsula? Carrara is a city of sculptors. Why not concentrate their efforts here-by a gallery? I have myself some glorious things-the best group Canova ever modelled-the original Ariadne, too-far finer than the thing people go to see at Frankfort. Then there's Tanderini's Shepherd with the Goats. Who lives yonder, Stubber? What a beautiful garden it is!" And he drew up short in front of a villa, whose grounds were terraced in a succession of gardens, down to the very margin of the sea. Plants and shrubs of other climates were mingled with those familiar to Italy, making up a picture of singular beauty, by diversity of colour and foliage. "Isn't this the 'Ombretta,' Stubber?"
Yes, Altezza; but the Morelli have left it. It is set now to a stranger-a French lady. Some call her English, I believe.
"To be sure; I remember. There was a demand about a formal perun'ssion to reside here. Landetti
advised me not to sign it-that she might turn out English, or have some claim upon England, which was quite equivalent to placing the Duchy, and all within it, under that blessed thing they call British protection."
"There are worse things than even that," muttered Stubber.
"British occupation perhaps you mean; well, you may be right. At all events, I did not take Landetti's advice, for I gave the permission, and I have never heard more of her. She must be rich, I take it. See what order this place is kept in; that conservatory is very large indeed, and the orange trees are finer than ours."
"They seem very fine, indeed,” said Stubber.
"I say, sir, that we have none such at the Palace. I'll wager a zecchino they have come from Naples; and look at that magnolia. I tell you, Stubber, this garden is very far superior to ours.'
"Your Highness has not been in the Palace gardens lately, perhaps. I was there this morning, and they are really in admirable order."
"I'll have a peep inside of these grounds, Stubber," said the Duke, who, no longer attentive to the other, only followed out his own train of thought. At the same instant he dismounted, and without giving himself any trouble about his horse, made straight for a small wicket which lay invitingly open in front of him. The narrow skirting of copse passed, the Duke at once found himself in the midst of a lovely garden, laid out with consummate skill and taste, and offering at intervals the most beautiful views of the surrounding scenery. Although much of what he beheld around him was the work of many years, there were abundant traces of innovation and improvement. Some of the statues were recently placed, and a small temple of Grecian architecture seemed to have been just restored. A heavy curtain hung across the doorway; drawing back which, the Duke entered what he at once perceived to be a sculptor's studio. Casts and models lay carelessly about, and a newly begun group stood enshrouded in the wetted drapery with which artists clothe their unfinished labors. No mean artist himself, the Duke examined critically the figures before him, nor was he long
mand. "I am but a very indifferent artist. I have studied a little, it is true; but other pursuits and idleness have swept away the small knowledge I once possessed, and left me, as to art, pretty much as I am in morals-that is, I know what is right, but very often I can't accomplish it."
in perceiving that the artist had committed more than one fault in drawing and proportion. "This is amateur work," said he to himself, "and yet not without cleverness and a touch of genius too. Your dillettante scorns anatomy, and will not submit to drudgery; hence, here are muscles incorrectly developed, and their action ill expressed." So saying, he sat down before the model, and taking up one of the tools at his side, began to correct some of the errors in the work. It was exactly the kind of task for which his skill adapted him. Too impatient and too discursive to accomplish anything of his own, he was admirably fitted to correct the faults of another, and so he worked away vigorously-totally forgetting where he was, how he had come there, and as utterly oblivious of Stubber whom he had left without. Growing more and more interested as he proceeded, he arose at length to take a better view of what he had done, and standing some distance off, exclaimed aloud, "Per Bacco! I have made a good thing of it-there's life in it now."
"So indeed is there," cried a gentle voice behind him, and turning he beheld a young and very beautiful girl, whose dress was covered by the loose blouze of a sculptor. "How I thank you for this!" said she, blushing deeply as she curtsied before him. "I have had no teaching-and never till this moment knew how much I needed it."
"And this is your work, then ?" said the Duke, who turned again towards the model. "Well, there is promise in it. There is even more. Still you have hard labour before you, if you would be really an artist. There is a grammar in these things, and he who would speak the tongue must get over the declensions. I know but little myself"
"Oh do not say so," cried she, eagerly; "I feel that I am in a master's presence."
The Duke started, partly struck by the energy of her manner; in part by the words themselves. It is often difficult for men in his station to believe that they are not known and recognized, and so he stood wondering at her, and thinking who she could be that did not know him to be the prince. "You mistake me," said he gently, and with that dignity which is the birthright of those born to com
No," said he, laughing pleasantly; "I follow a more precarious trade, nor can I mould the clay I work in, so deftly."
"At least you love art," said she, with an enthusiasm heightened by the changes he had effected in her group. "Now it is my turn to question, Signorina," said he, gaily." Why, with a talent like yours, have you not given yourself to regular study? You live in a land where instruction should not be difficult to obtain. Carrara is one vast studio; there must be many there who would not alone be willing, but even proud to have such a pupil. Have you never thought of this?
"I have thought of it," said she, pensively, "but my aunt, with whom I live, desires to see no one, to know no one-even now," added she, blushing deeply, "I find myself conversing with an utter stranger, in a waystopped, overwhelmed with confusion, and he finished her sentence for her.
"In a way which shows how naturally a love of art establishes a confidence between those who possess it." As he spoke, the curtain was drawn back, and a lady entered, who, though several years older, bore such a likeness to the young girl that she might readily have been taken for her sister.
"It is at length time I should make my excuses for this intrusion, madame," said he, turning towards her, and then in a few words explained how the accidental passing by the spot and the temptation of the open wicket had led him to a trespass, "which," added he, smiling, "I can only say, I shall be charmed if you will condescend to retaliate. I, too, have some objects of art, and gardens
which are thought worthy of a visit." “I am culling a souvenir, madame,”
“We live here, sir, apart from the said he, plucking a moss-rose as the world. It is for that reason we have lady passed. selected this residence,” replied she, I will give you a better one, sir,” coldly.
said she, detaching one from her "I shall respect your seclusion, bouquet, and handing it to him,--and madame," answered he, with a deep so they parted. bow, “and only beg once more to “Per Bacco ! Stubber, I have seen tender my sincere apologies for the two very charming women. They are past. He moved towards the door as evidently persons of condition ; find he spoke, the ladies curtsied deeply, out all about them, and let me hear and with a still lowlier reverence he it to-morrow;"--and so saying, his passed out.
away, thinking The Duke lingered in the garden, pleasantly over his adventure, and as though unwilling to leave the spot. fancying a hundred ways in which it For a while some doubt as to whether might be amusingly carried out. The he had been recognised passed through life of princes is rarely fertile in surhis mind, but he soon satisfied himself prises ; perhaps, therefore, the unthat such was not the case, and the common and the unusual are the singularityof the situationamused him. pleasantest of all their sensations.
STUBBER knew his master well. There ister, Capreni, the Secretary for was no need for any perquisitions on Foreign Affairs, and General Ferrucio, his part ; the ladies, the studio, and the War Minister,---a venerable ecclethe garden were totally forgotten ere siastic, Monsignore Abbati, occupying nightfall. Some rather alarming in- the lowest place in virtue of his humtelligence had arrived from Carrara, ble station, as confessor of his Highwhich had quite obliterated every ness. He who of all others enjoyed his memory of his late adventure. That master's confidence, and whose ready little town of artists had long been the intelligence was most needed in the resort of an excited class of politi- emergency, was not present ; his title cians, and it was more than rumoured of Minister of the Household not that the “Carbonari," had established qualifying him for a place at the there a lodge of their order. Inflam- council. matory placards had been posted Whatever the result, the deliberathrough the town-violent denuncia- tion was a long one. Even while it tions of the government-vengeance, continued, there was time to despatch even on the head of the sovereign, a courier to Carrara, and receive the openly proclaimed, and a speedy day answer he brought back ; and when promised when the wrongs of an
the Duke returned to his room, it was enslaved people should be avenged in already far advanced in the morning: blood. The messenger who brought Fatiguied and harassed, he dismissed the alarming tidings to Massa car- bis valet at once, and desired that ried with him many of the inflam- Stubber might attend him. When matory documents, as well as several he arrived, however, his Highness knives and poinards, discovered by had fallen off asleep, and lay, dressed the activity of the police in a ruined as he was, on his bed. building at the sea shore. No arrests Stubber sat noiselessly beside his had as yet been made, but the autho- master, his mind deeply ponderingover rities were in possession of informa- theevents which, although he had not tion with regard to various suspicious been present at the council, had all charcters, and the police prepared to been related to him. It was not the first art at a moment's notice.
time he had heard of that formidable It was an hour after midnight conspiracy, which, under the title of when the council met, and the Duke the Carbonari, had established them. sat pale, agitated, and terrified at the selves in every corner of Europe. table, with Landetti, the prime min- In the days of his humbler fortune “ Which means,
he had known several of them inti- crime and infamy. In his own early mately ; he had been often solicited to experiences he had perceived that join their band ; but while steadily more than one of these had exparefusing this, he had detected much triated themselves suddenly, carrying which to his keen intelligence savored away to foreign shores considerable of treachery to the cause amongst wealth, and that, too, under circumthem. This cause was necessarily stances where the acquisition of recruited from those whose lives re- property seemed scarcely possible. jected all honest and patient labor. Others, he had seen, as suddenly They were the disappointed men of throwing off their political associates, every station, from the highest to the run into stations of rank and power; lowest. The ruined gentleman--the and one memorable case he knew, beggared noble—the bankrupt trader where the individual had become the -the houseless artizan--the homeless chief adviser of the very state whose vagabond, were all there ; bold, destruction he liad sworn to accomdaring and energetic, fearless as to plish. Such a one he now fancied he the present, reckless as to the future. had detected among the advisers of They sought for any change, no his Prince, and, deeply ruminating matter what, seeing that in the con- on this theme, he sat at the bed-side. vulsion their own condition must be “Is it a dream, Stubber, or have bettered. Few troubled their heads we really heard bad news from Carhow these changes were to be ac- rara? Has Fraschetti been stabbed, complished—they cared little for the or not? real grievances they assumed to re- Yes, your Highness, he has been dress—their work was demolition. stabbed, exactly two inches below It was to the hour of pillaye alone where he was wounded in September they looked for the recompense of last--then it was his pocket-book their hardhihood. Some, unquestion- saved him; now it was your Highably, took a different view of the ness's picture, which, like a faithful agencies and the objects ; dreamy follower, he always carried about him. speculative men, with high aspira
that you disbelieve tions, hoped that the cruel wrongs
the whole story." which tyranny inflicted on many a Every word of it.” European state might be effectually “ And the poinards found at the curbed by a glorious freedom---when Bocca de Magni ?" each man's actions should be made “ Found by those who placed them conformable to the benefit of the there.” community, and the will of all be "And the proclamations ?" typified in the conduct of each. “Blundering devices. See, here 'There was, however, another class, is one of them, printed on the very and to these Stubber had given deep paper supplied to the Government attention. It was a party whose sin- offices. There's the water mark, with gular activity and energy were always the crowu and your own cypher on it." in the ascendant-ever suggesting “ Per Bacco! so it is.
Let me bold measures whose results could show this to Landetti." scarcely be more than menaces, and “ Wait a while, your Highness; let alvocating actions whose greatest us trace this a little further. No effect could not rise above acts of arrests have been made." terror and dismay. And thus while
“None." the lenders plotted great political “Nor will any. The object in view convulsions, and the masses drearned is alrearly gained; they have terrified of sack and pillage, these latter dealt you, and secured the next move." in acts of suicidal assassination---the “What do you mean?" vengeance of the poinard and the “Simply, that they have persuaded poison cup.
These were the men you that this state is the hot bed of Stubber had studied with no common revolutionists; that your own means attention. He fancied he saw in them of security and repression are unequal neither the dupes of their own ex- to the emergency; that disaffection cited imaginations, nor the reckless exists in thearmy ; and that, whether followers of rapine, but an order of for the maintenance of the government men equal to the former by intelli- or your safety, you have only one gence, but far transcending the last in course remaining."