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" * civis Romanus," and threatened In this very natural and British a Palmerstonian vengeance on all pursait we mast now leave him, and every that had a hand in car- and betake ourselves to other cares tailing bis freedom.
and other characters.
CHAPTER LI.-ON THE CHIAJA AT NIGHT.
The night bad just closed in after “No; not one in fifty--not one & hot saltry day of autumn in in a hundred. You don't seem to Naples, as Maitland and Caffarelli apprehend that loyalty is not a sat on the sea-wall of the Obiaja sudden instinct. It is a thing a smoking their cigars in silence, ap- man inherits. Take my word for parently deep in thought, or some it, Carlo, these men will not fight times startled by the distant shouts to keep a certain set of priests and cries of the populace who around a bigoted old Queen, or crammed the Toledo or the Quarter support a King whose highest amof St. Lucia ; for all Naples was now bition is to be a Jesuit." in the streets, and wild songs and "And if you thought so meanly yells resounded on every side. of the cause, why have you adopt
In the bay the fleet lay at an- ed it ?” chor, but the rapid flash of lan- “Because, ill as I think of the teros, as they rose and fell in the Court, I hate the rabble more. Reriggings, showed that the signal- member, Carlo"-and now he spoke man was at work, and that mes. in a rapid and marked tonem resages were being transmitted and member that, when I joined you, replied to throughout the squadron. I deemed myself a rich man, and I A like activity seemed to prevail in had my ambitions, like the rest of the forts above the city, and the roll you. Had I known what I now of the drum and the bagle-call oc. know-had I foreseen that the day casionally could be heard overtop- was so near wherein I was to find ping all other sounds.
myself a beggar" "What would a newly - come No, no, Maitland; don't say traveller say to all this ?" said Caf- this." farelli at last. “Would he think " And why not say it? It is it was a city about to be attacked true. You know as well as I do by an enemy, or would be deem it that amongst that yelling rabble a town in open revolt, or one given there is none poorer than myself; up to pillage after the assault? I and for this reason, I repeat, I have seen to-night what might might have chosen "my associates confirm any of these impressions.' more wisely. You yourself saw the
“And all three are present," said treatinent I met with this morning." Maitland, moodily. "Your tra- “Ay, but bear in mind, Maitveller could scarcely be more land, what was the provocation you puzzled than we are."
gave. It is no small thing to tell a The other sighed wearily, and King, surrounded by his ministers Maitland went on. “What do you and generals, that he has not one trust, or whom? Is it these boisy loyal and true man in his trainlegions up there, who only muster that, what between treachery and to disband; or that gallant fleet cowardice, he will find bimself that has come to anobor, only the alone, at the head of a few foreign more easily to surrender and change regiments, who will only fight to cut its flag ?"
their way through towards bome." “ There may be some traitors, but "I scarcely went so far as this," the great majority, I'll swear, will said Maitland, smiling. stand by the King."
“ Did you not, per Bacco ? I
was there and heard you. You ac- out my part to the fall of the carcused Laguila to his face of being tain." bought, and named the sam; and * What a strange scene that counyou told Cadorno that you had a cil was this morning!" said Caffacopy of his letter promising to sur- relli, half wishing to draw him from render the flagship to Garibaldi." the personal theme.
" And they listened to me with "What a strange thing to call an admirable patience."
à council, where not merely men "I don't know that; I am cer- walked in and out unbidden, but tain Cadorno will send you a mes- where a chance traveller could sage before the week is over." sit down amongst the King's ad
"And why not before the day was visers, and give his opinion like a over? Are these accusations & man servant of the crown? Do you sleeps upon ?"
even know bis name?" "The
King commanded them “I'm not sure that I do; but it both to reply to your charges for- sounded like Tchernicheff. He mally and distinctly, but not with distinguished himself against the the sword; and he was right so Tarks on the Danabe." far."
" And because he routed some " At all events, was it kingly to ill-disciplined hordes with others tell me of the favours that had been a mere shade more civilised, be bestowed upon me, and to remind comes here to impose his opinion me that I was an alien, and un- on our councils, and tell us how known ?"
We are to defend ourselves !" “ The King was angry."
"I did not hear him utter & word." "He was angrier when I handed “No, but he handed in & paper back his patent, and told him that drawn up, by himself, in which he I did not care to be the last-made recommends the King to withdraw noble of a dynasty."
all the forces in front of Capua, " It was outrageous. I was shocked and meet these marauders, where to hear you; and for one so young, they will least like to fight, in the I was struck with the dignity with open. The advice was good-even which he heard you."
though it came from a barbarian. "I don't think he understood In street-fighting your buccaneer me; he was impassive, because he is as good as, if not better than a did not know he was wounded. regular. All the circumstances of But why do I talk of these things the ground favour him. Take him, they have no longer the faintest however, where he must move and interest for me. Except yourself, maneuvre-where he will have to there is not a man in the cause I form and re-form--to dress his line care for."
under fire, and occasionally change “This is a mere passing de- his flank--then all the odds will be pression, my dear Maitland. All against him. So far the Scythian things seem sad-coloured to you spoke well. His only miscalculanow. Wait till to-morrow, or wait tion was to suppose that we will till there be a moment of danger, fight anywhere." and you will be yourself again." "I declare, Maitland, I shall lose
“As for that,” said Maitland, temper with you. You can't surely bitterly, “I am terribly myself just know what insulting things you now. The last eight or ten years say." of my life were the dream; DOW "I wish they could provoke any is the awakenment. But cheer other than yourself, mio caro. But up, my old friend; I will stand by come away from this. Let us walk you, though I care very little for back again. I want to have one the cause you fight for. I will more look at those windows before still serve on the Staff, and play I go.”
" And are you really in love f” way. He sauntered on, rather like asked the other, with more of one seeking to kill time than to astonishment in his voice than reach & goal, and once or twice he curiosity.
stopped, and seemed to reflect “I wish I knew how to make her whether he would go on. At last believe it—that's all,” said he, he reached a spot where a broad sadly; and, drawing his arm within path of light streamed across the his friend's, moved on with bent- street, and extended till it was lost down head, and in silence.
in the thick foliage of the garden “I think your friends are about on the sea-side, and, looking sudthe only travellers in Naples at this denly up, he saw he was in front of moment, and indeed none bat Eng- the great hotel of Naples, “L'Unilish would come here at sneh a sea- verso.” The drawing-room win. son. The dog-days and a revolu. dows were open on a long balcony, tion together ought to be too much and Maitland could see into the even for tourist curiosity.”
well-lighted room certain figures Caffarelli went on to describe the which he persuaded himself he arrival of the three beavily-laden could recognise even through the carriages with their ponderous bag- maslin curtains, which
slightly gage and their erowd of servants, moved and waved in the faint and the astonishment of the land- night-air. As he still strained his lord at such an apparition ; but eyes to mark the scene, two figures Maitland paid him no attention approached the window, and passed perhaps did even not hear him. out upon the balcony. There could
Twice or thrice Caffarelli said be no mistake-they were Alice and something to arouse notice or at- her sister; and so perfect the stilltract curiosity, even to pique irri- ness of the air, and so thin withal, tability, and when he said "I sup- that he could hear the sound of pose I must have seen your beauty, their voices, though not trace their for I saw two-and both good-look- words. ing — but neither such as would "Is it not delicious here, Alice ?" drive a man distracted out of pure said Bella. “These are the glorious admiration. Are you minding me? nights of Italy Maitland used to Are you listening to me?"
tell us of—so calm, 80 balmy, and "ÑO. I have not heard one word so starry." you were saying."
“What was that Skeffy was say“Civil, certainly; but, seriously, ing to you about Maitland as you Maitland, is there not something came up-stairs ?”
asked Alice, more pressing to do at this moment sharply. than to loiter along the Chiaja to "Oh, it was a romour he mencatch a glimpse of the closed car- tioned that Maitland had quartains within which some blonde relled with the Court party. He angel may be taking her tea :" had advised something, or re
Go home, and I will join you jected something; in fact, I paid later on. I have given orders about little attention, for I know nothing the horses. My man will have all of these Italian plots and schemes, in readiness by daybreak. You and I like Maitland much better seem to me most terribly eager to when he does not speak of them." have your head smashed. The King "Is he here now, do you know ?" ought to reward your valour. It “Yes; Skeff said he saw him this will be the only Cross' he will morning." have to bestow."
“I hope and pray he may not Caffarelli turned impatiently from hear that we have arrived. I him, and walked away.
trust that we may not see him." Maitland looked after him for a “And why so, Alice, dearest.?" moment, and then continued his "Can you ask me?"
"I mean, why not receive him why this man's name is to persecute on the terms of an easy intimacy? me. I left Ireland half to avoid it. A person of his tact is always I certainly need not encounter it quick enough to appreciate the bere." exact amount of favour be is held "And if you meet him for in."
"I shall not meet him, I don't " It is of myself I am thinking intend to go out so long as we are -Dot of him," said she, with some- here, and I trust I can refuse to rething of resentment in her tone. ceive him when at home."
“ If you speak this way, Alice, I “I had almost said, Poor fellow!" shall believe that you care for bim.” "Say it by all means; compas
“The greater mistake yours, my sionate -- console him too, if skeff dear Bella."
bas no objection." “Well that you did once care "Oh, Alice !" for him, and regret the fact, or re- “ Your own fault, Bella, if I say gret the change-wbich is it " provoking things. No, mamma,
“Neither, on my honour! He added she, to some remark from interested me-I own to that; but within ; "our secrets, as you call pow that I know bis mystery, and them, cannot be overheard ; for, first what a vulgar mystery it is, I am of all, we are talking English; and half ashamed that I even felt an in- secondly, there is no person whatterest in him."
ever in the street." "Gossip would say you did
Lady Lyle now made her apmore, Alice — that you gave him pearance on the balcony, and soon encouragement."
afterwards they all re-entered the " What an odious word you have room. Maitland sat hours long on impressed into your service! but I the stone bench, watching with indeny it; nor was be one to want it. tense eagerness as a shadow would Your adventurer never does." pass or repass behind the curtains “Adventurer!"
and there he remained till all the “I mean in its least offensive lights were out in the hotel and sense ; but really I see no reason the whole house sank in silence.
THIRTY-FOUR years ago the name let on something like equal terms, of Alfred Tennyson was only known' and you will find their number ento a small circle of admirers; larged to four by the lenient, and and the worthiest of these did not confined to two by the severe. It long remain to cheer his friend's was different fifty years ago. Then labours by his sympathy and gener- it might be hard for bystanders, ons praise: but departed, leaving seeing so many doing worthily in to him a double legacy of enduring the race, to assign to each aspirant regrets and precious memories to the place he had a right to occupy, ensbrine in noble verse. A few Now we are getting used to see one years later, and Alfred Tennyson man standing alone in the foremost had still to content bimself (like rank, and none stepping forth to other and get greater poets) with challenge his right to that pre-emihoping to find "fit audience, though nence. Thus, alike by his merit and few;" perhaps, too, at times to his good fortune, has it come to pass complain that the fewness of an au- that Mr. Tennyson has been for dience does not, of necessity, insare some time the elect poet alike of its fitness. But he “ 'bated not & the British Court and of the British jot of heart or hope." He sent nation; that be wears worthily on forth volume after volume clad in living brows that laurel which Hope's livery-one, too, robed in has before now 'only come in time darker hues of mourning; and to grace a poet's bier; and that, if while he did so, bis circle of ad- he needs any fresh assurance that mirers widened, till it has at last in his case the many have heartily become extensive enough to include accepted the verdict of the few, he nearly all who can read English. has only to inquire of his publisher Doubtless the hushing of political how many copies of 'Enoch Arden' strife, and the absence of formidable he has sold in the short time which competitors, have contributed to bas elapsed since its appearance. this result. The bards who sang The Laureate has been gratefal while Arthur Wellesley fought, were beforehand to his admiring readers. noinerous enough to form separate He has written (we do not say it in schools, and to divide the literary any of the bitterness of his own world into hostile camps of ad- misanthropic hero) “to the purmirers and detractors; whilst that pose, easy things to understand," catholic spirit which, appreciating for the most part; and things, too, various styles of beauty fairly, which they will be the better for should have meted even-handed jus- understanding. There is little to tice to them all, was often hindered bewilder the reader in his new volin its exercise by prejudice and party- ume. He will find in it no such spirit. It is far otherwise now. gusts of passion as drive confusing The British public has wisely ceased clouds over the clear moonlight to inquire into its poets' political in Mand;' which poem a young opinions; and there are few rival lady of our acquaintance, finished candidates for the distinction of perusing, uncertain whether its being its chosen bard. Call upon heroine were dead or alive. No any good jadge to reckon up the metaphysics, no bits of recondite names of men still living, who might philosophy, no puzzles like the 'Pa(their fates favouring) have con- lace of Art;' no mystic forms like tended with Tennyson for his chap- those perplexing maidens in the
Enoeh Arden, &c.' By Alfred Tennyson, D.C.L., Poet-Laureate. London: Edward Moxon & Co. 1864.