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pel, with a step still slower and graver beneath the weak croak of the accoma than on the preceding day. He offi- modating pastor.

But this accommociated himself to assist the presiding dating pastor read their thoughts better cardinal, with such calmness and tran- than they did his, and was silently prequillity, that all were astonished. Not paring for them the metamorphosis of one flash of the hurricane at work within Sixtus the Fifth. him gleamed in his eyes; the most in- He again compared himself to Etna, quisitive glance could read nothing but no longer, as formerly, in its isolation, a pious unconcern on his impassible but Etna in the plenitude of its power, countenance.

Did he not conceal, like the giant of He passed through to the hall of the Sicily, a consuming fire beneath a brow Conclave with the same indifference, and of snow? Was he not about, like Etna, took his place amongst the electors as if to manifest himself by a sudden and rethe interests to be discussed had no re- verberating eruption ? like it, to reign ference to him.

over Italy? Scarcely separated by a At length the scrutiny commenced. few minutes from the thrope, after so

Although the result was known be- long a career these last minutes were to forehand to each, the attention of the him centuries ; so wearisome seemed to august assembly was not the less pro- him the lengthened deception; so irkfound, and every glance was eagerly some was it, not to shew himself in his fixed upon the Sicilian, to detect on his true character--not to lay aside for ever iron brow some sign of joy or hope. his borrowed mantle. But faithful to himself to the last se- Thirty bulletins had issued from the cond, neither look nor gesture betrayed urn, each of the thirty bearing his name. his internal intoxication.

The thirty-first, the thirty-second, the Twenty times had the fatal hand thirty-third, were inscribed with the plunged into the urn, and one name same; and all presaged to the austere only had been drawn out,—that of the Franciscan of Petralia the honour of Sicilian. Proclaimed by the Secretary unanimity accorded formerly to the faceof the Conclave every time, it smote as tious Archbishop of Bologna. This was a battering ram against his invincible the opinion of the Conclave; the four heart, so loudly that every stroke seemed following suffrages but confirmed it,to deprive him of breath; but the all the four were his. It was the same struggle was to himself alone; it was with the thirty-eighth. internal only; had neither communica- The secretary had just read the tion nor echo from without, and its vio- thirty-ninth bulletin, which, like all the lence was invisible. Thus concentrated, rest, bore the name of the High Peniit was but the more terrible, and the tentiary; only one vote then was want. occult torture for an instant was so do- ing, and that supreme vote the hand of lorous, so powerful, as to be almost the scrutator was drawing from the urn, triumphant. Beneath these repeated when the Austrian cardinal entered. shocks, the stout heart of the Sicilian “ I have the honour,” said he, in cold trembled ; at the thirtieth stroke he felt and sinister accents, “ to inform your himself giving way, but at the instant Highnesses that the emperor, my masof being overthrown he was ashamed. ter, gives the exclusion to the High Could he without ignominy, without Penitentiary." being wanting to himself, belie at the So saying, he sat down. last hour the falsehood of forty years ? What a turn of the wheel ! The He collected then in one last, one super- Conclave were astounded, and in conhuman effort, all that remained to him fusion. The cardinals spontaneously of physical and moral energy: he made quitted their seats, and disorder reigned a buckler of his pride, and his pride throughout the hall. Never had a more saved him. Preserved by that from unexpected exclusion disconcerted their his fall, he found afterwards, in the intrigues; they could not believe it ; grandeur of his destiny, a surer and they were fain to suppose it a trick, or a more dignified support.

mistake, so unsuspected was the High Whilst these tempests were rife within Penitentiary by them, so proverbial was the heart of the future pope, the electors his political nullity. deemed his inertia and immobility, stu- But the Austrian ambassador was pidity. They already congratulated better informed. themselves upon a choice that was to Every eye was turned towards the make themselves masters of Rome, and object of this inconceivable interdict. indulged in ideas of wealth and renown The same in defeat as in victory, the


Sicilian had neither changed his attitude the noise of the waves beating against nor his countenance; impassible beneath the shore; the distant sound of an echo, the weight of the veto, as beneath the that renewed from behind us the roaring weight of the tiara, he rose with gra- of the sea, as if the beach had suddenly vity, and crossing the hall with dignity, become an island unknown to navigators. went direct to the Austrian cardinal, to The extraordinary appearance of the whom he said, embracing him—- What sunset, at the approach of the tempest, do I not owe to your Highness, for the brought back to our remembrance our fortunate intervention that has freed me excursions in the western Hebrides of from the burden on the point of over- Scotland, amidst the whirlwinds of the whelming my weakness ?” At these north. words he withdrew to his cell, with the After journeying for two hours, we same measured and tranquil step with came in sight of a few cottages forming which he had left it; and of all those the entrance to a valley, and which who so greedily rivetted their glance on might have been fancied gloomy walls the intrepid monk, not one could boast raised for dykes to the wretched fields to have surprised in his voice, gesture, annually devastated by the waters. A or features, the most insensible altera- small number of earthen mounds, partion.

tially destroyed by a recent inundation, It was thus that the information of attested the unavailing efforts of man to the Austrian spy snatched the tiara from oppose barri to the ocean, and gave the brow of the Bastard of Sicily. us a sad presage of the fate awaiting the Bedford, Jan. 26, 1835. B. E. M. poor inhabitants of this sea-beaten shore

on the first tempest. Beams of wood,

thrown across a kind of galley, served TRAVELLER'S NOTE UPON

for a bridge over the river of Tourville, TOURVILLE,

and conducted to a few half-abandoned huts forming the hamlet.

Cape Ahi has doubtless derived its (Translated from the French). imitative name from the groans of the We had heard much at Dieppe of a shipwrecked, or from the murmur of the hamlet on the coast remarkable for its waves breaking at its feet. It, however, situation, traditions, and ruins; this was shelters a small bay capable of affording sufficient to prompt the wish to visit a refuge to the fishermen against the Tourville. We set out towards the close violence of the east wind; for there are of one of those dubious autumnal days few dangers near which Providence when the general agitation of nature seems has not placed a resource and a hope. ominous of storm and hurricane. The It was probably this little haven, known arrangement of the clouds, the sudden to the mariners, that induced several gusts of wind, and the purple and livid families to construct near it their fragile sky, all confirmed the dismal foreboding. tenements, so open to dangers by sea We, however, pursued our way over a and shore: thus it is that misfortune rocky road, across the high steeps bound- founds colonies. ing the Manche, the unvaried whiteness This hamlet, disinherited of the gifts of their immense masses opposing a of nature, was, however, placed near a strong contrast the gloomy but protection that allays all anxieties, and changeable hues of the restless waters consoles every sorrow. It had a temple, beneath. The wreck of an unknown whose walls for many centuries defied the world, they have that death - like ste- storms that ravage these coasts; but it rility, the characteristic of past creations, fell a short time ago by the agency of a whose vital powers are extinct. Their different tempest. The north wind conparts without homogenity, adhesion, or tented itself with whistling through its power, brittle as the calcined bones domes, and the sea with beating against whose colour and fragility they imitate, its foundations; but men destroyed it. appal the imagination with the inertia What remain of its ruins belong to of their ashes. The steeps of la Manche the brilliant period of the revival of the already bear the impress of the end of arts. The shaft of a column bearing an terrestrial things; it is an ossuay of fifty iron cross, still standing, presents round centuries, which Ocean has drifted to its upper portion a triple row of pearls these shores as a mighty monument of and shells, sculptured with much eletime finished, rolling onwards to the gance. This imitation of the producgates of infinity. Rocks covered with a tions of the sea is in graceful harmony yellow and mournful-looking short grass; with its shores, and gives rise to thoughts


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of soothing melody. There is something and inaction on it which they carry everyprompting to a reflection on the uncer- where : all is in a state of inertion and tainty and heedlessness of life, in the poverty; but if this people neither cresolicitude of the artist who spent his ates, preserves, nor renews, it neither time to entrust his monuments to the injurés nor destroys. They at least sands of the sea, and to decorate a allow time and nature to act for thembreaker!

selves.”. The terrific aspect of the sea continued to increase. We are acquainted INVASION AVERTED BY STRATAGEM. with few sites that present a sterner, DURING the Pindarrie war, says Mr. front to the glance or the imagination Thornton in his work on India, the Burthan Tourville in this state of stormy mese were in communication with several atmosphere; it reminded us occasionally, of the belligerent native chiefs, and were of the moving sands of Saint Michael, even prepared for an invasion of the and of the barren shores of the Lido ; frontier of Bengal. This was averted by and never did the melancholy character a stratagem. The Marquis of Hastings of a landscape more dispose our minds to. had received a rescript from the Burmese give ear to the superstitious traditions monarch, requiring the surrender of all of the spot.

B. E. M. ; provinces east of the Bangrutty. The

projected hostility' was evidently a meaRHODES.

sure concerted with the Mahrattas. Lord

Hastings sent back the envoy with an RHODES," says M. de La Martine, intimătion that the answer should be con“ rises like a bouquet of verdure out of veyed through another channel. It dethe bosom of the sea : the light and clared that the governor-general was too graceful minarets of its white mosques well acquainted with his majesty's wiserect themselves above its forests of dom to be the dupe of the gross forgery palms, of sycamores, of plane, carob: attempted to be palmed upon him, and trees, and fig trees. It attracts from afar he therefore transmitted to the king the the eye of the navigator to those deli: document fabricated in his august name, cious retreats, the Turkish cemeteries, and trusted that he would submit to conwhere one sees the Mussulmans lying on dign punishment the persons who had the grassy tombs of their friends, smok- endeavoured to sow dissension between ing tranquilly, like sentinels waiting to two powers, whose reciprocal interest it be relieved.

was to cultivate relations of amity. By “ The oriental character of its bazaars; this proceeding the necessity of noticing the Moorish shops, constructed in sculp- the insolent step of the Burmese monarch tured wood-work; the street of the was evaded, and that sovereign, on hearknights, where each house bears the arms ing of the defeat of his Mahratta allies, of ancient families in France, Spain, was content to remain at peace. Italy, or Germany, still preserved entire on its doors, all interested us. “ Rhodes still exhibits some splendid Grace," if the Duke speaks to you,” said

“ Be sure you remember to say

« Your remains of its ancient fortifications, and the landlord of an inn in a borough town, the rich Asiatic vegetation which crowns

where the nobleman alluded to was moand envelopes them, imparts more grace and beauty than are to be seen at Malta. mentarily expected, to an ostler of recent

date in the concern. Whilst Boniface An Order that could allow itself to be driven from such a magnificent posses- looking as pleasant as a primrose at

was yet speaking, up rode the Duke, sion, must have received its death-blow. It seems as if heaven had formed this ginable with every thing about him. As

Christmas, and in the best temper imaisle as an advanced post on Asia. Any fate ordained it, the Duke, before disEuropean power who was master of it would hold at once the key of the Archi- mounting from the fine courser he bepelago, of Greece, of Smyrna, of the Dar- strode, called the ostler to him, who, with danelles , and of the seas of Egypt and the instructions just received full in his

mind, ejaculated with the greatest soSyria. I do not know in the world a better maritime military position, a finer lemnity as he approached. For what I climate, or a more prolific soil. The

am going to receive, the Lord make me Turks have stamped that air of indolence

truly thankful!”


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