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try, without protection, and without pecuniary resources; but with a price set upon his head, so that it was the interest of all who had ever known him to detect the young exile, and drag him back to the bar of popular judgment, where little chance of mercy awaited him, from those bloody and ferocious men, who had taken the reins of government into their own hands.
Compelled as the duke now was to take every precaution to prevent his being known in those very countries, which he had so lately traversed as a successful military commander, we behold him with only one faithful servant for his compan ion, travelling on foot, from place to place, and leading with his own hand the only horse he retained, in order that his servant, who was feeble, and suffering from indisposition, might be conveyed with less fatigue.
It was during one of his excursions in the Alps, while attended by this faithful servant, that the duke presented himself at the door of the monas tery of St. Gothard, and asked for shelter and protection for the night." What do you want?" ask ed a capuchin friar from a window above. "Some nourishment for my companion and myself," re plied the duke. "My good young man," replied the friar," we do not admit foot-passengers here." But still the duke remonstrated, saying, he would pay whatever was demanded. "No, no," said the capuchin again, "that little inn is good enough for you," and, pointing to an humble shed, where some muleteers were eating their Alpine cheese, he closed the window upon his illustrious visiter. Among the many curious and interesting events
which are related as having occurred to the noble exile, during his wanderings in Switzerland, it is not the least wonderful, that he should have bent his young and lofty spirit to the duties of a teacher in the college of Reichenau, situated at the confluence of the Upper and Lower Rhine. He was admitted into this establishment in his twenty-second year, after having submitted to the most rigid examination under an assumed name; and here he remained for the space of eight months unknown to any one, except the president of the college, teaching geography, history, the French and English languages, with mathematics, and other branches of education. Here, too, he not only succeeded in the faithful discharge of his academic duties, but he also inspired the inhabitants of the place, with so high an esteem for his talents and virtues, that they appointed him their deputy to the assembly of Coire.
But in this peaceful retreat the duke was followed by the melancholy intelligence of his father's unjust and untimely death. Overwhelmed with affliction, he sought relief from change of scene, and with this object set forth again on his travels, through many of the northern countries of Europe; visiting every scene worthy of his curiosity and interest; avoiding neither danger nor fatigue, but conforming, so far as was desirable, to the rude and simple habits of the people, among whom he associated on equal terms; and throughout the whole of his perils and privations, keeping his ever-active mind open to observe and understand everything which could add to his already extensive fund of knowledge and information. Sad
"LOVE ME, LOVE MY DOG."
"Love me, love my dog," said little Marianne Greyburn, one day, as she drew her old favorite within her arms; and when the first pleasure of her caress was over, she pressed him still more closely, with a somewhat altered look, repeating often the same familiar saying in a peculiar tone of voice, which implied that she was not altogether satisfied with something which had just transpired.
"Never mind," she added, patting the quiet animal upon the head, and stroking down its shining hair, "never mind, if they do treat you badly, Nero, they would treat me in the same manner if they dared; and though the steps are just washed, and you are forbidden to go in, we can sit more happily beneath this tree than we could in the queen's palace. So never mind, old fellow, we will love one another all the better because nobody else cares anything about us."
Now Marianne's dog Nero, though a very faithful and affectionate creature, was particularly fond of walking in and out of Mrs. Greyburn's handsome hall; and it so happened on that day, that he had received a somewhat severe reprimand from the servant, whose business it was to keep the hall clean, seconded by Mrs. Greyburn herself, who had called him a troublesome old creature, and
even threatened to have him sent away. But, worst of all, Mr. Greyburn having come in while the various charges were being made against the dog, he had taken his whip from its usual place, and as the terrified animal scampered away, had applied it, as Marianne verily believed, to the legs of her poor favorite. From such an accumulation of sufferings and wrongs, she had consequently escaped with her friend, to bemoan his distress, and to ponder upon the words of the old adage, “Love me, love my dog;" words which she very tenderly applied to her own case, believing herself to be a person deeply aggrieved.
These trying circumstances decided Marianne Greyburn upon writing immediately to her married sister, at whose house she was about to visit, to request that her dog Nero might be the companion of her journey; and she added to this request a hope that for her sake he might be received and treated kindly by the family.
Some young people would have thought such a request rather an impertinent one to make, seeing that Marianne was not much acquainted with her sister's husband; but the young lady in question was a little too much accustomed to think herself and her own affairs of more importance than anything else, and therefore she sent of her letter without showing it either to her father or her mother.
The answer that Marianne received was more favorable than might have been expected. Selina, for that was her sister's name, was not fond of pet-dogs, and Mr. Wentworth, her husband, had a decided objection to them; but they had both ta
ken into account the probability that Marianne might be dull at their house, where she could have no young companions, and they therefore cordially agreed to comply with her request, and even sent an express invitation for old Nero, promising that he should be treated with all possible respect.
"I begin," said Marianne to her mother, as she was packing up her trunk, "to think I shall like Mr. Wentworth, after all, at least better than I ever did before. It is really kind of him to ask my dog as well as me, and flattering too."
"I am afraid you think as much of the flattery as of the kindness," observed Mrs. Greyburn. “Had I been in your place, I should hardly have taken him, notwithstanding the invitation, for you must be aware it is only given to please you."
"And what can be so agreeable as to find people will put themselves out of the way to please you?" asked Marianne.
Nothing," replied her mother. "But the question of importance in such cases, is, whether we will take advantage of such kindness, by inflicting upon our friends what must be an annoyance. However, I will consent in this instance to let you do as you like, because I want you to know from your own experience how kind and excellent a man Mr. Wentworth really is."
"I dare say he may be both kind and excellent," replied Marianne, in a sort of under tone, "but I don't expect to be able to like him very much, for all that."
The fact was, Selina Greyburn had ventured to choose a husband for herself, while her younger sister was at school; and what was a still greater