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ever in France the infamous privileges and immunities of || have been told that you have ideal theories of government; her aristocracy; it gained representative government. but that you are of those who, if the Constitution were There it would and should have stopped; for a population successful, would not touch the Monarchy. Am I right?" educated under Louis XIV., the Regency, and Louis XV. “ Your Majesty, apart from the partial opinion of could not be fit for a Republic. But the aristocracy fled friends, has been rightly informed,” said Charles Clement the land to bring in foreign enemies—the Church incited respectfully. the rural population to revolt—the King, guided by Marie “Well, then, you are the persons to give me the inforAntoinette and the future Charles X., became a conspirator mation I seek. Rumours reach me of coming insurrece against his people. He held secret correspondence with tion, of an attempt to overthrow the Monarchy. Personthe enemy. He never sincerely adopted the Constitution.ally, I freely offer up my crown ; but I have my children The result was ruin to business, doubt, fear of war, utter to look to–I cannot part with their heritage. But, Monstagnation, starvation, misery, and death for the people, sieur,” continued Louis, "what I ask is this—What do who were in turns cajoled, tricked, betrayed, or oppressed. || the people want ?” The people felt all this, and they took their revenge. “Am I to answer frankly,” said the young man. They did so in a ferocious manner; but they only copied “Frankly as you would to your friend here," replied their kings, who, during centuries, had made Paris a the King, who was perfectly sincere; but who, influenced scene of bloodshed and massacre—who plotted the infamous now by Charles, would in an hour be influenced the other St. Bartholomew for years—who, to the very last, punished way by his wife and the Count D'Artois. with living death their favourites who offended them, and “ Your Majesty,” replied Charles Clement, “must, if who had brought them up in traditions of assassination, you would satisfy the just demands of the people, take murder, massacre, bloodshed, debauchery, infidelity, and back Roloust, Claviere, and Servan, or any such other vice of every kind.

ministers who meet with the approval of the majority of King Louis XVI., a good-natured man, who wanted to the National Assembly.” be popular, but who had not the firmness to be honest and Marie Antoinette made an impatient motion, but the consistent with the nation, paid for his own folly and King staid her. treachery and the crimes of his ancestors.

“I am then a mere tool of the Assembly!” said Louis Marie Antoinette-despotism incarnate in her ideas_|| XVI. reproachfully. perished from not understanding that the day of divine Your Majesty forgets that the Assembly is the nation. right was over, and that if the people wanted a despot, it It would be idle to discuss with your Majesty the abstract must be one of their own choosing. But nothing but the question of the relative rights of kings and people. The terrible intoxication of the time is any excuse--nothing is knot is cut. T'he nation has resolved to govern itself ; a palliative for the execution of this woman, who was but as it requires a chief magistrate to execute the laws, only dangerous in Paris as a flag of conspiracy; who, sent and as, guided by a representative assembly, a king is back to her own country, would have been powerless, and quite compatible with liberty, the nation delegates to utterly without influence in the affairs of France. I con- your Majesty the execution of the laws." sider the man who sent Marie Antoinette to the scaffold, “Better die than be king at that price," said Marie on the same level with Charlotte Corday, who assassinated Antoinette passionately. in his bath a man who had never injured her, and who, “I know not,” said Louis XVI., who loved ease and whatever his crimes and errors, was still a man. tranquillity above everything; "to be king thus were, per

But history glorifies Charlotte Corday, and treats the haps, better than to have the cares and responsibilities of President of the Revolutionary Tribunal as a monster. reigning really. But is it possible ?" He killed a Queen, and Charlotte Corday murdered a Re- “Possible !” cried Charles Clement ; “your Majesty publican.

little knows the people. Take the ministers whom the But I have left Gracchus Antiboul and Charles Clement Assembly shall support, give them your confidence; obin presence of the King and Queen.

serve strictly the Constitution ; do nothing for some time The apartment into which the young Republicans had to excite the people; let things get into their proper been shown was small, and elegantly furnished, while the channel; insist on the instant return of all the emigrants, obscurity of the night was only dissipated by a dull lamp. | under penalty of confiscation ; and your Majesty's throne

“ Advance, gentlemen, and be seated,” said Louis XVI., | is founded upon an unshakable rock.” pointing to the chairs placed close to himself and the “I believe it ! I believe it !” said Louis XVI., almost Queen.

wildly, without seeing the scornful smile of Marie They bowed, placed their hats on a chair, and advanced | Antoinette. to the seats offered them; while Marie Antoinette fixed her “ Your Majesty must forbear, above all things, to exereyes somewhat kindly on them, especially on Charles. cise the veto granted by the Constitution—" Deeply impressionable herself, and full of the rich affection “ But must I sacrifice the one-half of the clergy ?" said of a woman, she understood the feelings of the young man. the King hastily. Perhaps, as a woman, none more loveable was ever known “Your Majesty will remember that the Assembly has than Marie Antoinette. Her whole soul was love, romance, only passed a decree against those who have refused to passion. But Louis XVI, understood nothing of such swear to the Constitution,'' answered Clement. sentiments; and his wife had to seek in friendship—her “I know ; but they believe the oath required of them enemies say in other love—the outpourings of her heart. to be contrary to their consciences."

“Gentlemen,” said the King with some slight hesita- “I only answer your Majesty's questions.” tion, “I am fully aware that I do not count you among “ I know it, and I thank you. But, tell me, young my friends ; but, at all events, you are loyal enemies. I man, are there not those who seek my life ?" -and Louis have heard high praise and warm praise of you both, 1||XVI, looked at him with a scrutinizing air.

gone?"

CHAPTER V.

“There are, but very few; and those will never have || will because you conceive France could be happier withpower to carry out their will, if your Majesty and the Na- out him.” tional Assembly go on in harmony together.”

The King turned to his wife; and the two young men, “But then the National Assembly will be the real mas- much moved, bowed respectfully, and advanced towards the ters of France."

door indicated to them. “ Sire, they are France; while, excuse me, you are but Like many others, they had been much won by the the representative of a thing gone by—the irresponsible monarch’s bonhomie, and both felt deep regretthat, with and forcible rule of one over many."

good intentions and well-meaning instincts, the King “ Bat," cried the Queen, impetuously, “ are not the fac- should not have had firmness, decision, and resolution. tious, the agitators, afraid that we may succeed in restor- | They knew that one half-hour's conversation with Marie ing the royal authority, as it came down to my royal hus- | Antoinette, would cradicate even the memory of the adband, when the fever of rebellion is

vice they had given, and determine Louis XVI. to those “ No, Madam," replied Charles Clement, mildly, “ be- futile attempts at absolutism which sent him and his canse they know the time is past for that. No reign of Queen to the scaffold. the bon plaisir can again last in France. The day the Etats Genereux met the Monarchy, it was ended. That which is dead can never be brought to life.” "But why do the populace hate me?—why sing they

THE INSURRECTION, atrocious songs under my very windows ?" added Marie It was four o'clock in the morning, and the insurrecAntoinette, with tears of grief and rage.

tion of the day was already making its preparations. Dan" Because your Majesty is accused of being against the ton, a map of Paris before him, sat in the small room of nation, of wishing to restore the regime of Louis XIV., || an obscure cabaret, near where once stood the Bastille, even by means of foreign armies; because your Majesty is surrounded by his lieutenants. The room was small, and accused of giving absolute and hasty councils ; because the it was therefore as full as it could hold. A solitary lamp, people, who feel rather than reason, accuse you of carrying || placed so as to illumine the map, alone lighted this cave, on secret correspondence with our enemies.”

whence was to issue sedition and terror, Louis XVI, listened almost wildly; while the Queen There were present Santerre, the popular brewer of the baried her face in her hands.

Faubourg St. Antoine ; Legendre, the semi-butcher, semi" They want my life,” she cried ; "let them take it." sailor; Panis and Sarjent, two members of the Muni

“No, Madam,” replied Charles Clement, " they wish cipality, who brought the assent of Petion to the deeds of your Majesty to be the mother of her people, to join with the day; Huguenin, Alexandre, Marat, Dubois, Crancé, the father of his people, as your royal husband has been Brune, Mormoro, Dubuisson, Fabre d'Eglantine, Chabot often called, in procuring them happiness, tranquillity, the ex-monk ; Laregnie ; Gonchon and Duquesnois, who good government, and peace; they ask no more. represented Robespierre; and Carra, Rolondo, Henriot,

" Young man,” said the King, solemnly, “and I ask | Sillery, Louvet, Laclos, and Barbaroux, who represented honest and good advisers ; can I take the Petions, Ro- || Roland and Brissot—who, like Robespierre, never comprolands, Clavieres—who betray me to the mob—and trust mised their persons in the details of such affairs. them ?"

An almost perfect silence prevailed. Danton had been “ There are patriots in the National Assembly," an- | recognized chief, and he issued his orders. Panis and swered Clement.

Sarjent were sent to rouse the Faubourg St. Marceau and “ There are,” said the King, mournfully ; “but, with the neighhourhood of the Jardin des Plantes; Laregnie was few exceptions, they have resolved to have done with roy-detached to the Faubourg St. Jacques, aided by Malard, Isalty. Can I take to my councils those who would make ambert, and Gibon, who had been at work all night; while of me another Charles I ?”

the rest rapidly dispersed to their respective neighbourCharles Clement paused, as if seeking a reply.

hoods to awaken the masses, to give them a direction and "I love France, I love my people,” continued the King, || a password. energetically; " and if I knew the way to make them happy, Soon Danton remained alone in the little room, looking I would. I cannot undo the faults of my ancestors." out upon the place covered with the ruins of the Bastille,

" I know it,” said Charles in a low tone; "your Ma- upon which the dawn was slowly breaking. And Danton jesty's position is a difficult one. The Revolution is un- | began to think. That wondrous man who, with honesty and chained, and to stop is impossible. All we who lead it can | principle, might have mastered the Revolution, wanted the do is to direct it to as calm a port as possible.”

austerity and contempt for money which characterized “Do your duty," answered the King sadly, " do your Robespierre. He was purely ambitious. Ambitious of power, duty, gentlemen ; and I will seek to do mine. God has fond of pleasure, good living, women, wine, and, above all, given me a terrible task, and, be it what it may, I will not of the intense excitement, of the mortal wear and tear of shrink from it."

revolutionary times, which is manna to a man of a certain " And your Majesty will triumph," said the Queen, with order of genius. Danton scrupled not at means. He that buoyant confidence which so often misled her. worked for the people, whom he despised, because he

"We shall see, for time alone can say,” replied Louis thought them the best ladder for himself. Robespierre XVI.; “ and now, Monsieur Clement, if you will pass loved the people, was a fanatic, a Luther in his belief in through yon door, you will find friends. They are fortu- | the truth of his principles, and sanctioned crimes from the nate to have you as such, for you at least are honest and rigid logic of his mind, which placed before it an end to be sincere; you do not work against me, and profess to be reached, no matter how. Danton scorned blood; Robesready to do anything in my service. Go; and if we never || pierre bathed in it. Danton cared not who perished, so ho meet again, remember that Louis XVI. bears you no ill- rose triumphant.

Danton had, therefore, now but one thonght-leep // of blood, a plumed hat heavy with feathers, a belt with anxiety for the success of his conspiraey. Neither he nor pistols, and a swordl. the Girondins, under whose impulse lie acted in a great “ It goes bravely,” said she, fiercely ; " and to-day we measure, had any very clear or defined notion of what they will laugh at the Austrian.” day was to lead to Most of them simply desired to hu- “ It marches,” replied Danton, kissing the lovely but miliate the King, and force him to abandon all connection frail and terrible creature; " but until the honr comes for with the accursed coalition, at the head of which his bro- | business, let us not talk of it. Sacre bleu! I have talked thers were striving to lead foreign armies to the conquest || all night. Wine there, of the best ; Theroigne, breakfast of France. The King had for some time been playing with with me.” the Assembly, delaying, gaining time, evidently deluded And the terrible Tribune, who was waiting there to set by the Queen into the belief that an Austrian army would his scal on the death-warrant of the Monarchy, at once be in a month in the capital.

sented himself with the Aspasia of the Faubourg St. The Court and the National Assembly were two moral | Antoine; had up such refreshments as the house forces in presence. The Court relied on foreign bayonets ; i could afford—which, in consideration of the patronage the Assembly on the army of the people, and they were of the rich demagogues, was of the very best character invoking the people to show their forec. Who, under the —and forgot for half-an-hour, in the pleasures of the circumstances, can blame them?

table, and the society of a pretty woman, the whole busiBut on Danton's shoulders rested the responsibility ifness in hand. the insurrection failed; and multitudinous thoughts came At the end of about three quarters of an hour, a knock to his mind as he stood, gloomy enough some of them, at the door roused them to remembrance of what was when he was suddenly interrupted.

dawning. “Good morrow, Danton!” said a sweet voice behind “ Enter,” said Danton, filling his glass. him.

A tall man, of commanding aspect, with an air of reckThe Tribune of the people turned. The society of a less dissipation, entered. woman was the very thing to make him forget the thoughts It was the Marquis de St. Huruge. which burned within.

“Welcome,” cried Danton to the agitator of the It was Theroigne, or Lambertine de Méricourt.* This Palais Royal, scarcely less influential with the masses beautiful young woman wore a riding-habit of the colour || than himself.

* The true history of this woman is thus given in Lamertine's || their conduct. Sometimes she spoke at the Cordeliers. Camille admirable and picturesque work, the “Girondins:”—“Theroigne | Desmoulins mentions the enthusiasm her harangues created :de Méricourt, who commanded the third corps of the army of the Her similes,' says he, 'were drawn from the Bible and PindarFaubourgs, was known among the people by the name of La it was the eloquence of a Judith.' She proposed to build the Belle Liegoise. The French Revolution had drawn her to Paris, palace of the representative body on the site of the Bastille. as the whirlwind attracts things of no weight. She was the im- . To found and embellish this edifice,' said she, 'let us strip pure Joan of Arc of the public streets. Outraged love had ourselves of our ornaments, our gold, our jewels. I will be plunged her into disorder, and the vice at which she herself the first to set the example;' and with these words she tore off her blushed, only made her thirst for vengeance. In destroying the ornaments in the tribune. Her ascendancy during the emeutes was aristocrats, she fancied she purified her honour, and washed ont so great, that with a single sign she condemned or acquitted a her shame in blood. She was born at the village of Méricourt, victim, and the Royalists trembled to meet her. During this near Liege, of a family of wealthy fariners, and had received a period, by one of those chances that appear like the premeditated finished education. At the age of seventeen her singular love- vengeance of destiny, she recognized in Paris the young Belgian liness had attracted the attentions of a young seigneur, whose gentleman who had seduced and abandoned her. Her look told chateau was close to her residence. Beloved, seduced, and de- | him how great was his danger, and he sought to avert it by im. serted, she had fled from her father's roof, and taken refuge in ploring her pardon. My pardon,' said she, ' at what price can England, from whence, after a residence of some months, sheyou purchase it? My innocence gone, my family lost to me, my proceeded to France. Introduced to Mirabeau, she knew through | brothers and sisters pursued in their own country by the jeers him Siéyes, Joseph Cheniér, Danton, Rousin, Brissot, and Camille and sarcasms of their kindred; the malediction of my father, my Desmoulins. Romme, a mystical republican, infused into her exile from my native land, my enrolment amongst the infamous mind the German spirit of illumination. Youth, love, revenge, caste of courtesans, the blood with which my days have been and and the contact with this furnace of a revolution, had turned her will be stained, that imperishable curse attached to my name, inhead; and she lived in the intoxication of passions, ideas, and stead of that immortality of virtue, which you have taught me to pleasures. Connnected at first with the great innovators of '89, || doubt. Is it for this that you would purchase my forgiveness ? she had passed from their arms into those of rich voluptuaries, who Do you know any price on earth capable of purchasing it?' The purchased her charms dearly. Courtesan of opulence, she became young man made no reply. Theroigne had not the generosity to the voluntary prostitute of the people, and, like her celebrated forgive him, and he perished in the massacres of September. In prototypes of Egypt or Rome, she lavished upon liberty the wealth proportion as the Revolution became more bloody, she plunged she derived from vice. On the first assemblage of the people, deeper into it-she could no longer exist without the feverish she appeared in the streets, and devoted her beauty to serve as excitement of public emotion, however her early leaning to the an ensign to the people. Dressed in a riding-habit of the colour Girondist party—and she also wished to stay the progress of the of blood, a plume of feathers in her hat, a sabre by her side, and Revolution ; but there were women whose power was superior two pistols in her belt, she hastened to join every insurrection.

These women, called the furies of the guillotine, She was the first of those who burst open the gates of the Inva- | stripped the Belle Liegoise of her attire, and publicly flogged her lides, and took the cannon from thence. She was also one of on the terrace of the Feuillans, on the 31st May. This punishthe first to attack the Bastille, and a sabre d'homme was voted | ment, more terrible than death, turned her brain ; and she was her on the breach of victors. On the days of October she had conveyed to a madhouse, where she lived twenty years which were led the women of Paris to Versailles on horseback, by the side but one long paroxysm of fury. Shameless and bloodthirsty in of the ferocious Jourdan, called 'the nun with the long beard.' her delirium, she refused to wear any garments, as a souvenir of She had brought back the King to Paris—she had followed, with- the outrage she had undergone. She dragged herself, only coont emotion, the heads of the gardes du corps stuck on pikes as vered by her long white hair, along the flags of her cell, or clung trophies. Her language, although marked by a foreign accent, with her wasted hands to the bars of the window, from whence had yet the eloquence of tumult. She elevated her voice amidst she addressed an imaginary people, and demanded the blood of the stormy mectings of the clubs, and from the galleries blamed Suleau,"

to her own.

“ Welcome, citizen sans-cullotes," replied the Marquis; || lence when it served the purpose of their rivals, the " and doubly welcome to thee, my bonny Theroigne. This Jacobins. This day they acted together. is a great day—a splendid day. The King will learn And now groups of workmen began to assemble. Out what it is to tamper with his people."

they came from their dark and gloomy holes, where always * But," cried Danton, a little excited by his libations, dwell the sons of poverty and labour—the hand which " but will the Assembly know how to act when thus backed rears up fortune for the favoured few; and who had seen by the people? They are talkers, not actors." the misery, ignorance, and degradation of that terrible

* Don't fear, my friend,” said Huruge with a sinister | mob, debased and trampled on by violence and power, smile; " they must act. The whole royal fournée dis-had neither wondered nor blamed their taking their hour of patched, they must do something."

revenge. They came from the Faubourgs St. Marceau, " You don't mean to touch the King ?" asked Danton, and the Quartier St. Jacques, from Popincourt, Quinzefiercely.

vingts, De la Greve, Port an Blé, the Marché St. Jean, “What are we rising for but to have an end of the and, most of all, from the suburb of Antoinc, so terribly chatean," observed the Marquis, sullenly.

famous in history. * Bah !" said Danton, "you must have a puppet. As Here dwelt the great army of the Revolution, composed Fell Louis XVI. as Louis XVII. All we want to let him of thousands of workmen, honest artisans, who were insursee is, that if he has the name of master, we have the gents because they were poor, miserable, abandoned, dereality. He will learn that to-day.”

spised. No people can be moved to insurrection or turbu" You may keep veto if you like," cried Theroigne ; lence who are happy. Happy, they are content--and a « bat I demand the Austrian."

contented people acting against a government is nonsense * What for ?" asked Danton, fiercely.

When the humbler classes shall be well paid, well lodged “ To march through all Paris, and show her what well clothed, well educated, demagogues will have no inhorels poor mothers live in, while she conspires against fluence—until then they are patriots. But government them in her palace."

cannot do all this, it is said. Of course not; legislatures “But why this hate ?"

have enough to do in making laws for the well-being of "Is she not one of us ?" said Theroigne, repeating the those who have, without troubling themselves with those popular opinion about Marie Antoinette ; " and how dares who have not. she live, respected and surrounded with luxury, in a Soon the crowd became terrific. All kinds of dresses palace, while we are pointed at as lost and worthless might be distinguished, but rags predominated. There Kentures?"

were blacksmiths and tin-men, painters and glaziers, Thus spake the outcast from among women, & class | débardeurs and sailors; there were builders and carpenters; who have no pity, no mercy for those of their own sex who there were stonemasons and wheelwrights; there were sin, and yet are not touched with the brand of shame; woodmen and charcoal-burners ; there were paper-stainers, sho are frail with impunity, and who receive all honour jewellers, and all the mass of trades which abound in a great and love. The popular opinion is, that such was Marie city ; there were a whole rabble of thieves and beggars, Antoinette; but with that we have nothing to do ; | the scum of society; there were National Guards, Invalides, chatever her faults as a woman, as a wife, as a queen, and gens d'armes ; there were women, young girls, and she expiated them.

children, and creatures who seemed scarcely of any sex, “Theroigne," replied Danton, “ you are a fool. If one and all thin, and pale, and haggard, like the people of a finger be laid upon the person of King, or Queen, or city in a famine. Princes, our plot is ruined.”

There was no work; and men lived on morsels of black “ If they outlive the day,” replied St. Huruge, bread all day, or on the charity of such men as Santerre, plans are abortive."

who would distribute 300,000 francs of bread in a day to " Do as you will,” said Danton ; “I wash my hands of the suffering poor. all connivance in anything like assassination.”

Rags and uniforms mixed freely together, and every “We shall see,” was the answer of St. Huruge, who minute the crowd became denser. Fresh recruits came looked expressively at Theroigne ; but Theroigne was for up every instant, and the whole city seemed there ready to the moment the "friend” of Danton, and she appeared in- march against the King they despised, and the Queen whom Auenced by his words.

they hated. A dull murmur on the Place de la Revolution now gave Suddenly Santerre, mounted on a huge horse, and in token that the army of the insurrection was collecting the uniform of an officer of the National Guard, appeared St. Huruge and Theroigne went out to reconnoitre, and on the Place, and surrounded by a staff of men, the leaders Danton once more remained alone.

of the sedition. This revolutionary chief went round haIt was dawn, and several battalions of the National ranguing the people, bidding them be calm and solemn, Guard had taken up positions on the outskirts of the to march in regular columns, and, above all, to be silent. Place de la Bastille, their arms piled, not to resist the as- Then his staff hurried about, forming the columns as well sembling of the people, but purposely sent by Petion to as possible, with an ease which belongs alone to the Parifraternize with the masses, and swell the vast mob whosian mob. Flags were placed at the head of every differFere about to fill Paris with insurrection. They were | ent body, which, once organized, took its station wherever picked battalions, selected by the Girondin Maire, who sent, and waited for the orders. played a part which, beside that of Danton and his friends, A terrible sight was this. The marshalling and enrevas infinitely disgraceful. They were free men, free to gimenting of the army of sedition proceeded as regularly ut as they thought fit ; while he was a magistrate, whose as would the laying-out on a field of battle of an army of first duty was to preserve order. Great talkers about regular troops. peace, law, and order, the Girondins only disliked turbu- Time passed rapidly, and the numbers svelled prodi,

our

CHAPTER VI.

scene,

giously. Danton came out, and examined the aspect of the A roar of applause greeted him.

ADELA AND MIRANDA, It was eleven o'clock.

More than twenty-five thousand were assembled ; While these terrible events are preparing one of the and Danton signified, by a sign of the head, to Santerre, scenes in which our hero was destined to play a conspic that it would do, and then hurried away to prepare the cuous part, Charles Clement and Gracchus Antiboul were fashionable quarters of the town for what was coming. actors in a different drama.

And now began the march of this wild and hideous When the door closed upon the King and Queen, and army, whose weapons were as diversified as their costume. || the two young men turned round, they could scarcely There was first of all, the favourite arm of the Faubourgs, I speak from the emotions which filled their bosoms. the tremendous pike; there were lances and swords, On a canopy sofa, in a large and splendidly furnished hangers and cutlasses, spits and axes, sledge-hammers and apartment of the palace, reclined Adela des Ravilliere, saws, knives and levers, crow-bars and wedges, spades and her hands pressed upon her beating heart. Beside her mattocks, sticks, poles, bars of iron, and tongues most ter- || sat the Countess Miranda, Miranda was thinner and rible. There were hollow eyes and sunken cheeks ; eyes || paler than she was used to be ; but still the beautiful, that spoke of sorrow and suffering, cheeks that told of magnificent being she had always been. Adela, more starvation and hunger ; there were arms that would have womanly than in times gone by, had gained in loveliness, worked if they could ; and all combined to make one of the “ Charles !" half shrieked Adela, leaping from her seat, most fearful spectacles which the eye ever saw,

and darting towards him. First marched the Faubourgs, some in uniforms with “My own, my long-lost Adela!” said the young man. guns, pistols, and bayonets. These were commanded by The lovers were clasped in one another's arms in silent Santerre. Then came the mixed rabble, of all kinds and rapture; while Miranda and Gracchus Antiboul embraced shapes, and the head of these was the Marquis de St. IIu- cordially. Miranda looked on them as if in triumph. ruge. The rear was brought up by the very refuse of the “ There she is,” she exclaimed, as Charles Clement, his mobấthin old men, women, children, the pariahs and out- eyes beaming with rapture and delight, seated himself becasts of society-armed against it, because it knew them | side Adela on the sofa, “the same frank, pure heart you not. Theroigne de Méricourt, a sword in hand, a musket knew her.” on her shoulder, and seated on a cannon drawn by a num- “How can I show my thanks,” said the young man, ber of men, led this forlorn hope of the day.

taking the Countess's land, “ to you, to whom I owe so Some went by the boulevards, some by the quays and much?” the Pont-Neuf, but all tended to one point.

“By making the best of husbands to dear Adela," reThe Tuileries was the castle they were about to plied the Countess in her soft rich tone, tinged, despite storm.

herself, with a shade of melancholy regret. Nothing was wanting to excite the masses. Inferior “Can I still hope for that happiness?" said Charles. demagogues, Rossignol, Brierre, Gonar, Jourdan Coupe- "I am your wife already," answered Adela, tenderly; Tete, Lazouski, flew from rank to rank, inflaming their || and laying her hands in his, “whenever you like, I am ardour ; while at every step the arrival of reinforcements ready to go through the ceremony." added to their confidence.

Then, be my own beloved—and my Lord Duke ?" But the flags, most of all, showed the character of the “ The Duke," said Miranda, while Adela became sadsedition. They were terrible, Some just, some foul. dened with the word, “has never recovered, until within a

“ Sanction or death,” cried the mob, and a flag an- few days, the shock of the taking of the Bastille. Since swered to their words.

he has been here, however, he has been gradually recover“ The recall of the patriot ministers" was written on ing. IIe sleeps above in the very roof of the Palace, and another.

as we heard there might be disturbances, we wish to keep “ Tremble, tyrant ; thy hour is come,” was one of the him there.

To-morrow you

shall see him." first hints that the death of the Monarchy was the real “ You must leave the palace," replied Charles, solemnly. object of the movement.

“ Why?" Marie Antoinette was the intense antipathy of the “ All in it are doomed,"answered the young man ; masses ; and a man bore her effigy, depending from a day-to-morrow, they may escape, but they will not long. gibbet-awful prophecy !

Miranda, Adela, the Revolution has only begun." “ Beware the lanterne," was written on it.

“But what want the people?” said the Countess, A band of ferocious women, lost to all sense of shame, || bitterly. human ghouls, bore on high a guillotine, on which was “ Countess,” said Charles, earnestly;

can you ask written “ National Justice on Tyrants, Death to Veto me? They want honesty, candour, and truth in this and his wife."

palace. They want the King and Queen to abstain from Dire were the crimes and the wickedness, terrible the carrying on correspondence with the enemies of the nation. responsibilities of the Monarchy, which had bred all this ; || They have not this, as you must well know; and as neither for no just man can find a word of excuse. The errors King nor Queen will be, the one firm, the other patriotic, and vices of royalty and aristocracy made this population. || the people will do without both.” It was but meet it should reap what it sowed. I pity the “But the foreign army, led by the Count of Provence high who perished. I pity more the people who could be and the Count d'Artois, must be near Paris; I saw the what the Paris people were in 1792 and 1793. It was Queen mark its stages on a map." not their fault.

“ Hush!” cried Charles, hurriedly;“ tell me not guch It was now nearly mid-day, and the insurrection had things. Such an act as that, proved, would bring her to reached the neighbourhood of the Palace of the Tuileries. the scaffold."

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