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smith's shop in the neighborhood muscle was in a moment relaxed, was broken open, and almost before and as I sprang up, he rolled backI was aware myself, I was armed wards on the pavement. The fury with a double-barreled gun and a of excitement was now upon me, and brace of pistols, and provided with hearing some shots still ringing withpowder and ball. The shop from in the guard-house, I was rushing which these instruments of slaugh- towards it, when I perceived the multer were procured was one at the titude pouring forth, and a thick end of the Rue de Vivienne, and smoke, with some flashes of fame, as I came out, I paused to consider streaming from the windows. The
I should now turn. “Let guard-house was on fire, and in an us go to the Corps de Garde near instant the whole sky was in a blaze. the Exchange, " cried one of the I stood to look at it, for a moment, men who had been near me all the as the fire light flashed and flickerday. “ Lead on, mon brave,” he ed upon the dark and demon-like continued, laying his hand on my figures that surrounded the pile, shoulder, ** you shall be our cap- and on the various dead bodies that tain.” I looked round.for my brother, lay in the open space the people had but he was no longer there, and I left, as in awe, between them and followed the man's suggestion. As the destruction they had wrought. we went, by the advice of one of the It was a fearful sight-sweet mePolytechnic School, we put out all mories of peace and home rushed the lamps, and spread the cry every upon my brain—I shuddered at my where to do the same. It was now own deeds, and turning from the quite dark, and our number increas- whole vision of excited passion beed at every step as we advanced. fore my eyes, I ran as hard as I Opposite the Corps de Garde, at could to reach my home. the Bourse, a small body of sol Oh never did I feel the thought diers was drawn up, and two or of returning to the secure arms of three torches were lighted. A her I loved, so exquisite, as at that warning to stand off! was given, as moment ! and I flew up the stairs soon as the troops heard our ap- rather than ran. I opened the door proach, and as we still advanced, and entered. Mariette was kneelincreasing our pace, a volley in- ing by the cradle of our child. She stantly followed. A ball whistled did not hear me come in. I proclose by my ear and made me start, nounced her name. At first she but I still rushed on; and the sol- made no reply ; but then turned diers, seeing the multitude by which round with a face that will haunt they were attacked, attempted to me to the grave, and pointed to the retreat into the guard-house. We cradle. I sprang forward and lookwere upon them, however, before ed. There were traces of blood the doors could be closed, and a and bloody bandages strewed about, terrific struggle took place, man to and round the poor infant's white man. One strong fellow closed and delicate shoulder were the comwith me, and the strife between us presses and dressings of a fresh soon grew for life. Our feet slip- wound. ped, and we fell together, rolling “Good God, Mariette," I exover and over, wrapped, with a claimed, “how is this? How ?"sort of convulsive fold, in each oth- “I heard firing in the streets," she er's arms. All thought was out of the answered, with an awful degree of question ; but suddenly getting one calmness, “ I feared for
husband of my hands free, I brought the -ran out to see ; and not daring muzzle of a pistol close to my op- to leave it all alone, I took my ponent's head, and fired. For an child to death. I had scarcely instant his fingers pressed more gone a yard, when a shot struck it tightly round my throat-then every in my arms."
Through the whole of that dread- purchase anything else. Mariette ful night, Mariette and I sat by the ate little while I was there, but she cradle of our dying child-silent as assured me that she had plenty, and the grave, with our eyes fixed upon that she generally took something its pale and ashy countenance, and while I was gone in the middle of hardly daring to lift our looks to- the day. Grief and anxiety had wards each other. From time to worn her sadly ; the lustre had time it gave a faint and torturing quitted her eye, and the rose had cry, but in general, seemed in a left her cheek ; and she looked at panting sort of sleep, till towards me so sadly, so painfully, as I went four in the morning, when the away, that every time I determined breathing stopped, and I know not it should be the last. At length what
grey shadow fell over its calm the royal troops were beaten out of sweet face. I did not think it was Paris, and the palace where mondead; but Mariette threw her arms archs had reveled fell into the round my neck, and hid her eyes hands of the people.' A few of the upon my bosom.
National Guard and a few of the It was nearly mid-day on the common people were selected, as Wednesday, when one of my com- to a post of high honor, to guard panions came to tell me that the the Tuileries during the night, unman who, it was reported, had been der the command of a student of seen with me the day before, had the Polytechnic School, I was one been killed by a shot on the Boule- of those fixed upon ; and having vards, and I hastened after the mes- sent, by a comrade, a message to senger to ascertain the truth, for Mariette, which he forgot to delimy brother had not yet reappeared. ver, I remained for the night in He led me to the door of the Ex- those scenes of ancient splendor. change, over which the tri-colored There was something awfully meflag was now flying in triumph, but lancholy in the solitary palace, and on each side of the gate was stretch- a feeling of compassion for the deed a dead corpse, and the first I throned king grew over my heart saw was indeed my brother. Rage as I sat in the midst of the magnifiand
revenge took possession of my cent halls that he might never see whole heart. I joined the brave again. As soon as men who were marching down to lieved the next morning, I flew to the Place de Greve ; and from that Mariette. She had passed a night moment, I entered into every act of of the most dreadful anxiety, my the revolution, with all the enthusi- comrade having, as I have said, asm, the zeal, the fury of the rest. never delivered my message. Her It is needless to detail every scene eye was hollow and her cheek was I witnessed, and every struggle in sunk, but all seemed forgotten which I shared. Suffice it, I was when she beheld me safe ; and. in most of those that occurred-at seeing me fatigued and faint, she the taking and re-taking of the made me eat some bread and drink Hotel de Ville-at the storming of a glass of water, almost weeping the Louvre, and at the capture of that she had not something better the Tuileries. The enthusiasm to give me. amongst us was immense and over
Ås the last bit touched my lip, powering ; and the moderation and vague thought struck me that she heroism with which it was conduct- had had none herself, and I insisted ed, reconciled me fully to the revo on her telling me. She cast her lution. From time to time, I ran arms round me, and assured me home to soothe and console my with a smile, that it did her more poo: Mariette, and to snatch a good to see me eat than to take anymouthful of bread, for our purse was thing herself; but I at length drew now so low that we did not dare to from her that all our money was
we were re
expended, and that she had not tast- ---that she did not think she could ed anything for two days.
eat it she had anything : but oh ! I thought I should have gone I could not deceive myself. I saw distracted ; and after remaining for famine on her cheek, and heard a few minutes stupified as it were, faintness in her tone ; and after a I ran to the printing-house to see if long fit of thought, I determined to I could get work, and induce the go to Monsieur V
-, the great overseer to advance me a single bookseller, who had been so kind to franc to buy some bread for my me while a boy. I told Mariette poor Mariette.
The office, howe- my errand, and as Paris was now ver, was shut up, and I knocked in nearly as quiet as ever, she willingvain for admittance. I then turned ly let me go. to the lodging of one of my fellow It was a long way, and I had to printers, who might lend ine, I cross the whole city, so that it was thought, even a few sous. I hur- late when I arrived. Even then I ried up the narrow dirty staircase found that Monsieur V-was out; where he lived, and went into his but the servant told me I could see room ; but the sight I saw soon him the following morning at nine. convinced me he wanted assistance With this cold news I was forced to as much as I did. He was sitting return; and no one can conceive at an uncovered table, with five what a miserable night I spent, children of different ages about thinking that every hour was an him. His cheek was wan and hol- hour of starvation to the dear crealow; and as I entered, he fixed his ture by my side.
She lay very haggard eye upon the door, while a still, but she slept not at all, and I little girl kept pulling him importu- felt sure that the want of rest must nately by the arm, crying, "Give wear her as much as hunger. me a piece, papa-I will have a When I rose, however, she seemed piece of bread.” “ Lend me a rather sleepy, and said she would franc,” cried he as soon as he saw remain in bed, and try for some reme ;
my children are starving--I pose, as she had not closed her will pay you when I get work." eyes since Monday. It was too
I told him my own condition ; early to go to Monsieur V-, so but he burst forth in the midst, as if I hurried first to the printing-office, seized with a sudden frenzy, trem- for I hoped that the tranquillity bling with passion, and his eye glar- which was now returning, might ing like that of a wild beast.“ You have caused Monsieur Manson to are one of the revolutionists too, resume his usual business. I only God's curse and mine upon you ! found the porter, who told me that See what your revolutions have there was no chance of the house brought! My children are starving opening again for weeks at least, if Levery artizan in Paris is beg- not months, and with a chilled gared and unemployed. I am starv- heart, I proceeded to the house of ing-my wife is dying for want of Monsieur Vmedicines in that bed-all these Admission was instantly granted dear infants are famished ; and all me, and I found the great bookseller by your cursed revolutions!: Out sitting at a table with some written of my sight! Begone ! for fear I papers before him, on which he was commit a murder."
gazing with an eye from which the With a heart nearly breaking I spirit seemed withdrawn, to rest returned home, and folding my poor upon some deep absorbing contemMariette in my arms, I gave way to plation within. He was much changtears, such as had never stained ed since I had seen him, and there my cheeks before. She tried to
were in his appearance those indessoothe me—and smiled--and told cribable traces of wearing care, me that really she was not hungry which often stamp, in legible cha
racters, on the countenance, the mis- that ever infected them with the fortunes which man would fain hide spirit of change.—To tell you all in from all the world. There was a one word : within an hour from this certain negligence, too, in his dress, time I am a bankrupt, and I am which struck me, but as he received only one of the first out of thoume kindly, I told him all my sor- sands. Those thousands employ rows, and all my wants.
each thousands of workmen, and As I spoke,
fixed upon me thus the bread of millions is snatchwith a look of painful and intense ed from their mouths. I do not say interest, and when I had done, he that revolutions are always wrong; rose, closed the door, and took a but I do say that they always bring turn or two thoughtfully in the a load of misery, especially to the room. “What has ruined you," laborious and working classes—and said he at length, pausing before now leave me, good youth. There me, and speaking abruptly, “bas is a five-franc piece for you. ruined me.
The revolution we have all I can give you, and that, in fact, just past through has been great I steal from my creditors. I pity and glorious in its character, and all you from my soul, and the more, the world must look upon it with perhaps, because I feel that I need admiration ; but it has made you pity myself.” and me, with hundreds, nay thou The five-franc piece he gave me, sands, of others--beggars-ay, ut- I took with gratitude and ecstacy. ter beggars. It is ever the case To me it was a fortune, for it was with revolutions. Confidence is at enough to save my Mariette. I at end throughout the country, and hastened home with steps of light, commerce receives a blow that only pausing to buy a loaf and a takes her centuries to recover. The bottle of wine. I ran up stairs—I merchant becomes a bankrupt--the opened the door. Mariette had artizan starves. I have now seen not risen. She slept, I thoughttwo revolutions, one bloody and I approached quietly to the bed. extravagant, the other generous and All was still—too still. A faintness moderate, and I do not believe that came over my heart, and it was a at the end of either of them, there moment or two before I could ascerwas one man in all France who' tain the cause of the breathless calm could lay his hand upon his heart that hung over the chamber. I drew and say, that he was happier for back the curtain, and the bright sumtheir occurrence ; while millions in mer sunshine streamed in upon the want and poverty, and millions in cold-dead-marble cheek of all that mourning and tears, cursed the day to me had been beautiful and beloved!
LORD CHESTERFIELD AND PRESIDENT MONTESQUIEU.
FROM AN UNPUBLISHED LETTER OF Diderot's. Lord Chesterfield and President deny, but he insisted that these two Montesquieu met while traveling in qualities were not to be compared Italy. Both these celebrated men together. were formed to attract, and an inti This dispute had lasted several macy soon took place between them. days, when they arrived at Venice. By the way they were continually The president was very busy, went disputing on the character of their about every where, saw all that was two nations. His lordship admitted to be seen, made inquiries, chatted, that the French possessed more ésprit and at night wrote down his obserthan the English, but asserted that vations. One evening he had been they were deficient in common engaged for an hour or two in his sense : this the President did not usual occupation, when a stranger
called and asked to speak with him. His lordship calmly listened to He was a shabbily-dressed French- him and said: “Quite right, my
dear President ; but compose your"Sir,” said he, “I am a coun- self a little, and let us coolly talk tryman of yours. I have lived here over your adventure." for these twenty years, but my “ You are out of your wits,” reheart is still attached to the French, plied the President: “How can I and I have always felt highly gratified be composed, when my life is hangwhenever it has been in my power ing by a thread ?" to render any of them a service, as
But who is the man that has so I now can you. In this country a generously exposed himself to the man may do whatever he pleases, most imminent danger in order to so he avoids meddling with affairs of save you? There is something state. An indiscreet word against mysterious in this. Frenchman, or the government may cost him his no Frenchman, the love of country head, and more than a thousand does not impel a man to so perilous have fallen for no higher offence. a step merely out of kindness to an The state-inquisitors observe all utter stranger. You are not acyour steps—you are watched-you quainted with the man ? " are dogged wherever you stir-all “I never set eyes on him before.” you do is noted—they are thoroughly “ He was shabbily dressed, you convinced that you write. I know
?" for certain that you will have a visit, “Very shabbily." perbaps to-night, perhaps not till
“ Did he ask you for money-a to-morrow. Bethink yourself, sir, crown or so—for his warning ?” whether you have really written No, not a liard.” anything, and remember that one " That is still more strange : but innocent line, on which a false con- how does he know all the things he struction is put, may cost you your
you life. The only reward I require for “ Indeed, I can't tell ! -perhaps a service which I consider not quite from the inquisitors themselves.” unimportant is, that if you meet me “ 'That tribunal is the most secret in the street, you will not appear to in the world; but, setting this aside, know me, and that, if you should not how came this man in contact with be able to escape, but be apprehend- it ? ” ed, you will not betray me. With “He is probably one of its spies ?” these words the man retired, leaving Hardly. Is it likely that they Montesquieu in the greatest con- would make a spy of a foreigner, sternation.
that this spy would dress like a The first thing he did was to go to beggar while following a profession his writing-desk, collect all his which for its very baseness ought to papers, and commit them to the pay him well; that he would betray fames. He had scarcely finished his masters, out of kindness to you, this business, when Lord Chester- at risk of being strangled if you are field came hoine. He could not taken and accuse him, and of being help noticing the extraordinary agita- suspected of having warned you in tion in which he found his friend, and case you escape ? No, no, my inquired what had happened. The dear friend, this is all fudge.” President told him what kind of a visit “ How then can you account for er he had just had, that he had burned it ? ” his papers, and ordered his chaise “I have been long considering to be in readiness by three o'clock the matter, but I can make nothing in the morning, as he was resolved of it.” to quit without delay a place where They had both racked their brains a longer residence might be attend- to no purpose for all sorts of conjeced with such dreadful consequences. tures, and the President still persist