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I know not, but if he is a man and not a demon-if his habitation is the earth and not the air-he cannot and he shall not escape us. It is not to be thought of, that a man shall thus beard and bully a host, his equals, and that they shall submit in sullenness and fear. It were better that we should all studies solemnly defy,' save how to reach and wreak our vengeance on this cold scorner, than that we should endure this repulse and separation, as dangerous as disdainful. Will you not join in requiring that Harold be brought before the council, before any other business is entered upon?"

"Certainly, I will; and give my best efforts to enforce the resolution after it is adopted. I must leave you now," I continued, rising from my seat. “By-the-by, I have a delicate affair upon my hands to-night, and I do not care to have it known that I am in town. You need not, therefore, mention to any one that you have seen me; and I will announce myself in the morning as having just arrived. Good night."

This conversation had been carried on upon my part in a whisper, which, though as audible as the natural voice, was more secure from detection; for not only is there less character in a tone of whisper, but also few are accustomed to hear that sound from another's lips and are not capable of recognizing it accurately when it is heard, The person with whom I conversed, had, I believe, no suspicion whatever that he was sitting beside the man, whom of all but one he most detested, and was displaying the most hidden secrets of his counsel to the very man whose destruction he was meditating. I felt somewhat afraid that our colloquy, if farther prolonged, might be interrupted either by the entrance of some one who would force me to a part which I could

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not sustain, or by the individual himself whose title I had assumed. I had gained all the information which I was most anxious to possess, and had no motive to continue the conversation. I, therefore, left the apartment, and taking my way back through the gambling-room, which was still crowded, regained the narrow entry and thence issued into the street. No one was visible, and the scene was as quiet as I had left it. I walked rapidly on without pausing, until I had passed several streets and got entirely out of the region of the club-house. I then turned my steps homeward, revolving in my mind the conversations to which I had been listening, and considering the facts which they placed before me.

CHAPTER VIII.

The time is o'er of brooding and contrivance,
For Jupiter, the lustrous, lordeth now,
And the dark work complete, of preparation,
He draws by force into the realm of light.
Now we must hasten on to action, ere

The scheme, and most auspicious positure

Parts o'er my head, and takes once more its flight.

THE PICCOLIMINI.

THE knowledge which I had acquired respecting the position and intentions of the party whose relations in respect to myself and Tyler were of the utmost concern to me, was highly important, and reasonably favourable. The attitude of the detached portions of a party which had once, like the eye and arm, been formi. dable because of their union, seemed now to be one of fixed hostility. The language by which Tyler had, on the night of his separation from his former friends, defied and spurned the associates of his schemes, seemed to indicate an assurance on my part that no future or possible contingencies could even render it desirable for him to reunite himself for any purpose with those whom he now flung off with reckless contempt. His words had the effect of declaring that having used the labours

of his fellows while he needed them, he had now looked through the events which were in advance, and that thenceforth their course must be apart. On the other hand, the spirit prevailing among those who found in anger that argument of independence which the other discovered in interest, was equally opposite to coalition and a restoration of confidence ;-there was a possibility, however, that the calmer but not less imperious voice of policy might arrest what passion had resolved, and preserve at least a condition of indifference and inaction between the parties, if it did not avail to bring friendship back. But this, my observation of the motives and feelings which were likely to influence action in this case, did not much incline me to apprehend. The person bearing the name of Morton, whose conversation I had overheard in the entry, had indeed urged the destruction of Tyler upon considerations of injury and revenge, a suggestion the less excited sagacity of him whom he addressed had effectually put to flight;and indeed so undigested a scheme of blind irritation was in no event likely to be adopted by men casehardened against emotions so natural and so barren. The view taken by Williams-which I endeavoured to strengthen and enforce, although he spoke with feelings of ardour which in some sort resembled the tone of the others, was yet in its object and consequences essentially different. It proposed to pursue and bring to light the individual who had thus entrenched himself in the impregnable solitude of intolerant selfishness, and to compel him to render service to the necessities of those whose powers he had employed and whose peril he had scoffed at. This was precisely the purpose I was wishing to accomplish, and if I could inform myself of

their success, and learn what proceedings resulted from it, I should be compelling those who hated me to work out the ends I sought. So far, therefore, as the main object of my hopes-the discovery and display of Tyler -was concerned, I had no occasion to perplex myself with personal exertions, which at the best could not but be hopeless and hazardous, but might rest while others contended, careful only at once to perceive and profit by the progress which their labours effected. When, however, I recalled the ominous counsel of Thompson not to apply to the police, and called to mind the suspicion which some remarks already alluded to had excited in my mind, that such a connexion was existing between that body and those who were its most appropriate subjects, as would render abortive any attempt to array one against the other, I almost doubted of the possibility of making a valuable use of the circumstances which seemed to be so opportunely wrought. It would be necessary to organize by my own private efforts a sufficient force to secure the benefits which were thus prepared. And this I determined to collect, and to be dependent only on my own resources, and not upon powers, whose relations being unknown, could not be relied on, and in whom confidence would always be tainted and disturbed by suspicion. A strength that would renounce the mutual dependence and irresolution of ordinary associated action, and incorporate the errant purposes of many into the unity of its own earnest resolution, was the only power that was fitted to cope these bold and eager adventurers. And such I was prepared to summon. I would devote the whole energies of my being to the triumphant termination of the contest in which I was enlisted. I would expel timidity

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