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? Essenes were or were not the early bolical fairy-tale of Pliny, positively 2. Christians ? Of such consequence, we two thousand years before the era of answer, as to have forced the Church Christ. Grant the affirmative of our of Rome into a probable lie: that hypothesis, all is clear, all consistent; Church chose rather to forge a false- and Christianity here, as for ever, jushood of mere historical faet, [in its tifies herself. Take the negative al.
pretended tradition of St Mark,] than ternative-Suppose the Essenes a disI to suffer any risk as to the sum total tinct body from the primitive Chrisand principle of truth doctrinal. The tians of Palestine, (i. e. those particuChristian religion offers two things- lar Christians who stood under the ban a body of truth, of things to be belie- of Jerusalem,) and you have a dead
ved, in the first place; in the second lier wound offered to Christian faith • place, a spiritual agency, a mediatorial than the whole army of infidels ever
agency, for carrying these truths into attempted. A parhelion-a double operative life.
Otherwise expressed, sun--a secondary sun, that should the Christian religion offers--- 1st, a shine for centuries with equal proofs for knowledge ; 2d, a power-that is, 1st, its own authenticity as existed for the a rudder to guide ; 2dly, sails to pro- original sun, would not be more shockpel. Now mark :-the Essenes, as ing to the sense and to the auguries of reported to us by Josephus, by Philo- man than a secondary Christianity not Judæus, or three centuries afterwards less spiritual, not less heavenly, not less by Eusebius, do not appear to have divine than the primary, pretending to claimed No. 2; and for this reason- a separate and even hostile origin. because, as a secret society and for the Much more is to be said in behalf of very cause which made it prudent for our thesis. But say more or say less them to be a secret society, that part say it well or say it ill-the main arof their pretensions could not have gument—that the Essenes were the been stated safely ; not without early Christians, locally in danger, avowing the very thing which it and therefore locally putting themwas their purpose to conceal, viz. selves, with the wisdom of the serpent, their allegiance to Christ. But as under a cloud of disguise, impenetrato No. 1-as to the total truths ble to fierce Jewish enemies and to taught by Christianity, taken in con- timid or treacherous brethren-that tradistinction to its spiritual powers-- argument is essential to the dignity of these the Essenes did claim; these Christian truth. That theory is inthey did appropriate, and therefore volved in the almighty principle. take notice of this : If the Essenes that, as there is but one God, but one were not the early Christians in dis- hope, but one anchorage for man—so guise, then was Christianity, as a
also there can be but one authentic knowledge, taught independently of faith, but one derivation of truth, but Christ; nay, in opposition to Christ; one perfect revelation. nay, if we were to accept the hyper
The order for his arrest did not was to assure himself that a plunge throw Carlo into despair, but into utter from the summit of any of them would astonishment. The world seemed to be enough to relieve him of all his be changed ; light was darkness, and troubles; and the only wish which he men were ombres Chinoises. He felt felt, on entering the huge gate, was, like one in a nightmare. He had that the French would attack the place brought in a French colonel with him, without delay, and give him an oppor. and had intercepted a despatch worth tunity of dying on the breach, and his commission; and what was his re. thus escaping the stigma of shortening ward ? A dungeon, from which he an existence now utterly worthless to might not emerge for the next fifty him. years, if he was not shot by a drum- One part of his wish appeared likely head court-martial within the fiftieth enough to be realized; for, as he aspart of the time.
On unlucky emer- ed the hill, it was evident that the gencies, Frenchmen tear their hair, and
enemy were expected. Workmen Italians weep, but Carlo did neither: were busy in constructing batteries at he was petrified, and when the close the salient points. Engineers were carriage, with a couple of dragoons riding about, marking out ground. at its side, made its appearance, he A battalion of light infantry were was put into it with no more remon. practising at a target on the slope, and strance than if he had been his own the way was obstructed by a long & knapsack.
train of waggons, loaded with provi-2 Thetwenty-four hours of his journey sions and stores for the fortress. over the heavy and broken roads of the Twenty-four hours'transitions make country through which the campaign a vast difference in sensations. Carlo had been already fought, seemed to would once have bounded like a young him interminable ; but all things have leopard at the sight. His share of it an end, and the dawn of the second now consisted in his being met by an morning showed him the place of his adjutant, who politely assisted him to si destination, the fortress of Erlach- alight from his vehicle, preceded him, Glaringen, covering its mountain-top without a word, through a sort of like a distant cloud. Germany has labyrinth of bastions, ravelins, and nothing finer than its locale, and the covered ways, and, after ascending a huge ramparts cresting the precipices long flight of stone steps, led him to a coloured by the rains and winds of tower overlooking a horizon of forest, ages ; the ranges of heavy guns, look- with a precipice of a hundred and fifty ing down from their embrasures on feet within an inch of his window. the defiles in all directions; and the • Why am I brought here?" Carlo rewhole standing in an amphitheatre of peated almost by intuition. But the hills skirted with forest, and shooting adjutant's business was not to answer, up a thousand marble pinnacles, make but to lock him up. The officer bowed, it at once the most formidable and the pointed to a chair, table, and bed, most picturesque of all the defences with the look of a man who had proof the Rhine border.
vided all that was necessary for human But what are all the displays of na- satisfaction, turned on his heel, and ture or art to those in whose minds withdrew. Carlo heard the key turn they are connected with the dungeon ? in the lock, as if it turned in his heart
. As the carriage wound its slow way He made a rush at the window; but up the road, that twined like a huge though nothing could be more effectual snake in spirals on the face of the than the precipice below it for break; mountain, the fortress reminded him ing. the necks of a whole imperial
nly of some of those spots where the staff, huge iron bar across the casedemons of the - Inferno" kept their ment as effectually precluded the atpincers and tongs hot for recreant tempt. He had nothing for it but to Cardinals, and Mussulmans refusing rail at destiny. to be converted with the sword at their “ Why am I here?" had been his throats. The only glance which he solitary question to the dragoons, gave at the height of the ramparts, whenever he could catch the ear of
those functionaries. But dragoons The adjutant attended his walk of have other things to do than answer fifty yards, back and forward, on the the questions of prisoners ; and be- rampart daily; the old grenadier
sides, Austrian dragoons having but brought up his daily meal, but no di two earthly occupations, eating and mute in the Seraglio was ever more Ca smoking, iheir time was too busily dumb than either. This began at
employed to indulge his curiosity, length to be absolutely intolerable ; at even if they had thought it worth their and Carlo, on the third day, was on
Why am I here?" was his the point of making up his mind, either z cry in his new apartment ;-a cry so to seize the adjutant's sword, and as. ERL often repeated, that, if it could have sault the whole corps de garde, or to me made an impression on the walls, it take that jump from the ramparts
would have been read there by all pos- which would make all the talkers of et terity. Yet one little incident per- this world indifferent to him, when
plexed him scarcely less than his own the whole scene changed. e incarceration. It now recurred to As he was sitting with his feverish
him, that, just as the carriage was forehead between his hands, medi. leaving the camp, a group of mounted tating on the chances of this final officers had ridden rapidly by, among escape, his ear was caught by an whom was the Archduke, and close unusual tramp of feet. During the at his side a physiognomy which singu- day he had heard carriages rolling larly reminded him of his little Cor. over the pavement; drums beating to poral. "Could the Hulan have been arms, and the hurry of newly-arrived acquainted with the cause of his ar- troops. It was now evening, and he rest?” The idea grew,
saw from his grating a crowd of offi. other shapes. « Could he have been cers moving along the rampart. At the cause ?--could he have been at their head walked a broad, strongonce a French deserter and a French made veteran, covered with orders, spy?-could he have contrived to get and, though stooped a little by some himself put on the Archduke's staff, seventy winters, yet exhibiting the for the purpose of being a spy ?-and haleness and vigour of the old soldier. yet, after all, might not the Corporal The group stopped at the foot of have found some means of distinguish- the tower, and the old officer briskly ing himself in the incessant fighting of mounted the stair, preceded only by the campaign, and thus obtaining the the inflexible adjutant. The key rank which the services of a single turned in the lock, the door was night bad obtained in his own in- thrown open, and Carlo started up to stance ? Thus was broken up the meet his visiter. web, fine as it was. Yet he remem
“ I am Major-General Von Sharl. bered a glance from this personage heim, the governor of the fortress," as he passed along, which had so much was the brief announcement. of triumph, sneer, and burlesque in it, inspecting the garrison on my arrival, that he was convinced of his identity: I have come to see how matters go on
Theunlocking of his door announced with the prisoners. Have you, sir, the arrival of his dinner; nothing any thing to complain of?” could be less calculated to foster a « Complain of ?-Every thing!" habit of luxury. The attendant was was the indignant answer. what remained of an old grenadier ; a
am I here?” human body, which having bequeathed The old general was evidently not a leg to one battle, and an arm to an. prepared for this style. He looked other, bad reserved its last services for round in amaze to the adjutant, who, the attendance on the state prisoners however, answered only by throwing of the fortress.
• Why am I here ?” himself into a more inflexible perpenwas the question mechanically put on dicularity. There was a silence of a his entrance. But the old grenadier's moment, during which the features of duty was to set his dinner on the table, the old man's face seemed to move and beyond that he had neither eye, with some sense of the burlesque of hand, nor tongue. If Carlo had no the situation. At length he broke conception before of the nature of dis- out into a fit of laughter. cipline, he now learned the lesson to “ Ha, ha! Why, this is capital,
Those living for adjutant. Why did you not tell me years between walls become all brick. what prince of the empire you had
his full content.
in custody." Then, turning to Carlo, ruin; and thirdly, with having forged “ Sir, I must really beg 4 thousand an order from the commander-inpardons for having intruded myself chief, by which the safety of the into your presence; but I was not Swabian contingent was compromised, aware of your rank or your wrongs. and several brave battalions, with their
The general laughed again, and the general, lost to the army." adjutant echoed it, but without dis- The unfortunate hearer's first feels turbing a muscle of his iron pbysiog- ing was utter surprise ; his ears rang nomy.
with strange sounds, the light left his Carlo's indignation had now given eyes, his limbs tottered, and, but for way to a sense of his circumstances, grasping at the table, he must have and he now repeated his question in a fallen on the ground. But he bad a more moderated tone.
fund of vigour in his mind, which had The general looked at him with a not been called forth in the life of stern eye.
“ Well played, sir, I con- routine which he had hitherto led, fess. You are a clever person, and act Circumstances in this world do every simplicity with a remarkably natural thing, and he now began to find the air. I confess I was taught to expect use of difficulty. something of this, but I acknowledge • By whom has that paper been that you surpass even your description. signed ?” he asked, in a resolute tone: Pray, sir, what and who are you?" “ By Ludwig Banstetten, major on
Carlo's astonishment at this con. the staff of his Highness," pronounced tempt was unbounded. He made a the adjutant. stride or two towards the general. A light flashed across Carlo's mind. The adjutant made one step in ad- He remembered to have heard the vance, as if to be in readiness for the little corporal, in his vanity, tell some support of his principal in the coming camp stories of his exploits under collision. But the collision came not. assumed names, and among these one The flame was exhausted, and the un, in wbich Ludwig Banstetten figured fortunate aid-de-camp, after a mo- with great effect. Why he had re. ment's struggle with himself, sank on sumed a name which made discovery his seat in utter exhaustion. The genpossible, was not easily to be accounted eral's suspicions were only the more for; but the distinct recollection of die awakened.
the physiognomy which glanced on “ So, sir,” said he, “ you reverse him from among the group following 20 the usual system. You give us the the Archduke, convinced him that he farce first and the tragedy after. But had fixed on the true author of his ill come, lay aside these follies, which fortune. Yet why should his ruin can never impose on men of sense, have been necessary?
A second and let me hear what you have to say thought settled this difficulty, like the for yourself. What! still speechless. former. Carlo had in his possession Adjutant, hand me the report from the secret which would have hanged the etat-major of the Archduke, the corporal. The evidence of his
The adjatant produced the paper, having been in French pay, was too and read with a voice as precise as if plainly furnished by the skirmish on every syllable came by beat of drum. the banks of the Rhine; and of course
• Carlo Sebastiani, Imperial Hulan, it was the Frenchman's object to defer ordered into the custody of the major- bis own hanging, by putting Carlo in general commanding the imperial for his place if possible. tress of Erlach-Glaringen, on charge Nothing could be clearer to the of being a French spy."
prisoner's conceptions, and nothing Carlo gave a cry of wrath, like a more eloquently argued on the spot; roused tiger.
yet he failed of convincing the gover. The inflexible adjutant went on :- nor. The despatch from headquarters “ He is charged with the several was, to that gallant though not very, offences of having acted as guide to brilliant personage, like the law of the enemy in their passage of the the Medes and Persians, perfectly in Rhine, of having betrayed the regicontrovertible. The idea that Major ment of Imperial Hulans into an am. Banstetten, the favourite officer of the bush, from which nothing but the va. favourite general of Austria, could be lour of the men and the consummate a Frenchman and a spy besides, seem, skill of their colonel saved them from ed altogether ludicrous; and the old
ir man bade him good-night with a look ved this morning on your case, state : une that implied no slight doubt of the that the Archduke is more indignant *** state of his brain.
at that part of the game which you Still the conference had produced have played than all the rest ; but I 1. its effect. The prisoner's ardour and waste time. Undone as you are, and
vividness of feeling were novelties by your own fault, I feel a kind of
among the inmates of a German bas- compassion for one forfeiting his life * tion. The eloquent force with which so early ; with your appearance and w he pressed his points, exceedingly intelligence, you might have risen to mi puzzled the major-general, who was something: ? more positive than profound ; and the The old man's voice dropped, and
manly and classic nobleness of his he turned away for a moment. countenance, strongly assisted the in. Carlo clasped his hand in strong fluence which the interview was be. emotion. ginning to establish for him in the General," said he, “ I thank you weatherbeaten sensibilities of the old for this sympathy. I have no friends, commandant of himself and his dun- and as little hope. The world and I geon.
have no more to do with each other ; All this was visible in the next in- yet,” he recollected himself, “can it terview. The interval was brief-it be denied that I brought a French took place next afternoon. The gen- prisoner of rank to headquarters, that eral came with an open letter in his on him I took an important despatch, hand. His step was now slow, and and that this service ought to free me his look wholly the reverse of the from the odious charge of a traitor ?" bluff buoyancy of the day before. The general's pale visage flushed.
"I am come, young man,” said he, He rose from his seat, and paced the upon a duty which I wish I could narrow apartment with angry
strides. have avoided. I might have done it, “ Young man,” said he, « I felt it is true, by other hands; but it struck some interest in you, from your plaume, that, bad as the news is, you might sibility at our first interview ; but you, feel even still more uncomfortably in have now extinguished every thing of hearing from one of my officers. You the kind. You knew well what you have fortitude enough to hear it like a were doing when you introduced that
scoundrel to headquarters. You knew Carlo declared himself ready to re- that he was the chief of the enemy's ceive
any intelligence that would elu- staff, and expressly sent to be taken. cidate his extraordinary detention. He was not twenty-four hours in the
" The despatch, young man, is camp when he began to play his tricks şimply an order that you should be with the Archduke's secretaries-conbrought before a garrison court-mar- trived to get possession of some se tial to-morrow.”
crets of the highest importance to the General, I am ready this moment; future success of the campaign-and, but I must not die disgraced. I de with the fool whom he had corrupted, mand that General Von Staringer be managed to make his escape just five summoned to my trial. He knows my minutes before he was to have been conduct in the attack on the French hanged.” columns. He will clear me of the in- Carlo stood, the picture of blank famous charge of having led him into despair, cold and silent, with his eyes
fixed above. “ You shall have all the advantages “ Ay, I knew that you could not say which the court can give ;. but Count a word to this. Well, you are right," Staringer's testimony is not available. remarked Yon Sharlheim. “Keep what He has been carried prisoner into you have to say for to-morrow. You France with his officers.
will want all your plausibility before Then, at least, can I not lay my. it is over.” He hurried from the cell statement before the Archduke? He at the words, and rushed down the is honourable ; he will not suffer the stairs. The adjutant, imperturbable as son of his old friend to die the death ever, locked the door with the air of of a felon!” exclaimed the prisoner. a machine, and followed him. Carlo
Ay, there, young man, I must tell sat down to write a farewell letter to you fairly, that nothing is to be hoped his mother. for. The letters which I have recei. How long he remained engaged in