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her servants, sold her horses, and gone to tide of favor was turned to her, and a new Germany with the two barons. She was career of ambition was opened to the adfound by her creditors in the best hotel in venturer, which was in the end to termiFrankfort; but when the scandal came out, nate in her ruin. the landlord begged them all to depart; Other characters now appear on the and the brilliant princess would have found scene. Puland had at length succumbed herself in difficulties, had not an unexpect- to Russia; the patriots were dispersed, and ed helper appeared on the stage.

the greater part had attached themselves The reigning prince of Liinbourg had a to the fortunes of Prince Radzivil, at Manprincipality of about two leagues in ex- heim, from whence he had sent one of his tent, but kept up all the rank of a sove- surest friends to offer the services of the reign. The Count Rochefort was the Poles to the Sultan at Constantinople, who grand-marshal of his palace, and hearing was then at war with Russia. Among the the story he told of the woman he wished followers of the Prince Radzivil was to marry, the prince set off to Frankfort to young man named Domanski, very handsee her. She was just leaving the hotel; some and intelligent, who had greatly disand her beauty and eloquence made a most tinguished himself by his bravery on the powerful impression upon him. He paid a batlle-field. In the month of December, part of her debts, guaranteed the rest, 1773, during the absence of the Prince of and installed her inmediately in the Cha- Limbourg, the so-called Princess Tarakateau du Neusess with Baron Schenk, until nov paid a visit of a few days to Maubeim, her remittances should arrive from Persia. and wet. Domanski, who straightway fell Day after day she increased her empire deeply in love with her. Scarcely bad she over the credulous prince; it was not diffi- returned to Oberstein thau a stranger look cult to see that he had fallen in love with up his residence in the village, and when her, but the offer of marriage was still un- the shades of evening drew on, was seen to spoken. Weeks passed away, when one wander near the castle, where a person morning the eyes of the princess were red very like the princess, enveloped in a manwith weeping, and she owned that she had tle and hood, inet him. Love was for her had a letter that morning from her guardi- but a ineans to an end, but she needed this an, Prince Galitzin, desiring her to return young man's help to advance her designs; to her uncle in Persia, as he wished to and showing her warm sympathy for liis marry her. This had the desired effect; nation, and her hatred for Catharine, she the prince prayed her to give him her hand; wished to appear to the world as the legitiand she appearing as much surprised as mate heiress of the Russian throne. joyful, asked for the delay of a few days to Radzivil was the first person to whom consult her guardian. In short, the prince Domanski imparted the secret with which was completely enslaved to her will; she he had been entrusted; with the eloquence made him an accomplice in her projects, of love he succeeded in bringing him over and lie assisted lier to build up the system to his views, so that Radzivil wrote to the of invention she had conceived. But the princess, saying, “I regard the enterprise more he gave himself up to her, the more of your highness as a miracle of Proviindifferent did she become; his fortune dence, wlio watches over our unfortunate was spent, his temper was bad, and she be. country, by sending her so great a lieroine.'' gan to entertain other views; nothing more The auihority of this testimony allowed no was said of the marriage, which seemed to one to doubt the birth of the princess; her be indefinitely postponed. But about this history was believed by the Polish retulime new l'eposts were industriously circu- gees, and even in Paris, to such a degree lated regarding her birth. She was said to that Oginski sent a friend to inquire into be none other than the Princess Taraka- the truth at Oberstein. It is easy to undernov, daughter of the Empress Elizabeth; stand why Radzivil gave hinself up to the having been placed in a convent, where delusion, since it raised new hopes of a they had tried to poison her, she was after- revolution in Russia, when the war was wards seni to Siberia, where she was saved being carried on with vigor on the Danube. by the kindness of her guardians, and sent He resolved to go to Venice, that he might to the Persian court. This story was ac- be nearer to the Porte, and proceed with companied by such exact details that the bis negotiations; and as various difficulties

had arisen to prevent his secret interviews was the will of the Empress Elizabeth, dlewith the princess, it was arranged with signing her as heiress to the crown, and Domanski that she also should meet Rad- the Duke of Holstein as her guardian. She zivil in that city, to place herself in com- proposed to publish these papers, but munication with all parties.

wished first to send a copy to the comThe announcement of her speedy depart- mander of the Russian feet, then lying in ure plunged the Prince of Limbourg into the Bay of Leghorn, Alexis Orloff, who despair, but since her higher rank had was discontented with the empress, and been proclaimed, he had been more sub- whom she hoped to gain over to the party. missive than ever. The Countess Sangas- This strange society, brilliant with hope ko, a relative of Radzivil's, wrote from and martial ardor, filled Ragusa with aniParis, informing her of the approbation mation. The princess daily revealed fresh with which Louis XV. regarded her pro- adventures-her refusal to marry the Shah, ject, and her rights to the Russian throne. her travels through Russia in men's attire; Notwithstanding the extreine want of mon- and as there existed in Ragusa a nobility ey in which they were, the Prince of Lim- which dates from Charlemagne, they were bourg succeeded in raising sufficient to all ready to lay down their lives for her take them to Venice in princely style; and honor. Not a suspicion was listened to; as if to seal the union which he regarded and when a stranger ventured to speak in sacred, he gave the princess a deed ein- terins not too respectful, Domanski called powering her, in case of his death, to take him out, and after slightly wounding him, his title.

forced him to leave the town. Raulzivil had been waiting for her for But the year 1774 was fatal to sovereigns: two months. A splendid suite of rooms Louis XV., the pope and the sultan all had been prepared in the palace of the succumbed, and the last was succeeded by French ambassador. The day after her ar- a less warlike ruler, who soon concluded rival he paid her a ceremonious visit, ac- a peace with the Russians. This was a companied by a number of Poles in their deathblow to the calculations of Radzivil; rich costume, which she returned on the the old reports against the princess began following week to his sister, the Princess to circulate; the officers were weary of the Morawska. Her incognita was kept up by quiet life they led in this small town, and a very thin veil; and among the young though the object of their former adiniraPolish and French officers, her birth was tion was treated with respect, she could freely spoken of, and they proposed to fol- not fail to perceive a change. Always low her to Turkey. They were warm ad- ready to take the initiative, she announced mirers of her wit and beauty, and aston- her intention of going to Rome. Edward ished with the deep acquaintance she Montagu gave her a letter of introduction showed with the politics of European na- to Sir W. Hainilton, the English ambassations. Her acquaintances were numerous,

dor at Naples; and accompanied by the among others, Edward Wortley Montagii, faithful Domanski, Czarnowski, and a Jesthe son of Lady Mary Montagu, a man of uit nained Chanecki, she arrived at Naples. eccentric character, who had lately become Lady Hamilton, the first wife of the a Mohammedan.

English minister, received her with open But again the necessity for ready money arms, and offered her apartments in her Was felt; after a few advances, the Bank own house; but she felt she must have of Venice was closed against her, when more retirement, and passed on immedithe idea occurred to Radzivil that she had ately to the capital. Here, taking a sebetter remove to Ragusa, that she might 'cluded house, and avoiding the crowd of be nearer to Turkey. He persuaded the strangers, she only received the visits of French consul to give up his beautiful some Polish Jesuits, making herself recountry villa for her use, and this then be- markable by the large gifts she made to came leadquarters for the discontented. the poor, though reduced to great difficulRail zivil bore all the expenses, and dined ties herself. In fact, for some time she daily with the princess and inany distin- lived on the sale of brevets of orders foundguished guests.

She showed him some ed by the Prince of Limbourg, who had documents which establisbed her right to left her long before, and lived in great rethe imperial throne: the most important tirement and disgust at his palace.

The winter of 1775 was an agitated one the port of Leghorn. lIe invited the cene in Rome; the conclave could not agree sul and his wife, with the principal people, upon a pope, though Cardinal Braschi was to a banquet, which took away all idea of almost certain to be elected, in consequence treachery. Orlof, the princess and her of his well-known incapacity. It was very friends were in the first vessel, the consul important to the princess to gain the head and the rest of the guests in the second. of the Jesuits, Cardinal Albani, but he, Thinking only of the spectacle, she did not like the rest of the Sacred College, was

notice that her vessel was soon separated shut up in his cell until the election was from the rest. Orloff quietly retired, and concluded. But the Jesuit Chanecki man- she and her associates were surrounded by aged to pass a note through the window, soldiers. The captain of the vessel came forinforming him that the Princess Elizabeth ward and disarmed them, at the same time was in Rome, and wished for his advice on announcing to ber that she was a prisoner. a very important matter. Ile sent one of Her papers were seized at Pisa, and her his wost trusted friends, Roccatani, who servants arrested. came away seduced to allegiance, if not The princess fell into a profound disconvinced; other friends were gained over couragement, and did not speak a word. who gave her temporary help, but she was She was confined in one of the admiral's soon overwhelmed with her former diffi- rooms, and his servants attended on her. culties. In this emergeney she remem- During the evening a man threw her a bered the kindness of the Hamiltons, and trinket that she had given to Orloff. “Is wrote the letter that was to bring her to it an a lieu ?" she asked. Ile did not reruin. She said she was on the point of go- ply, but waited. She wrote a few hasty ing to Turkey, through Vienna, and lines, iind two hours after received an orwished to borrow a considerable sum on ange wrapped up in a paper, saying that the revenues of the Count of Oberstein. Orloff was a prisoner like herself, and Sir W. Hamilton did not liesitate to do her praying her not to despair. From this this service, but wrote to the consul at time she seemed to be more tranquil. Leghor to assist liim, enclosing the letter The next day Admiral Greig set sail; of the princess. This the consul showed Orloff was left at Leghorn. When they to Orloff, with whom he was intimate, and reached Cronstadt, Galitzin himself came the latter at once guessed that this was the on board in the dead of the night, and adventuress who had sent hiin some mys- took the prisoners to the fortress of St. terious despatches a few months before. Peter. When he interrogated the princess, He at once resolved to make her his she burst into a fit of anger, and asked by prisoner.

what right she had been arrested in a forThrough a banker in Rome, he offered cign country, and subjected to such treather large advances, and then sent his adju- ment. When she was calmer, she related tant to apologize for not being able to pay all she knew of her former life: her Polish his bomage in person to the princess, and friends were persuaded that she was the to entitat her to visit Pisa, where he could daughter of the Empress Elizabeth. Two see her frequently. She was easily per- points she left unexplained-her real birth, buaded, though Dominski tried to open and the origin of the papers she had sent to her eyes, and warned ber of the treachery Orloff. The empress was very angry that of Orloff. • When,” said she, haughtily, her councillors could gain nothing more “have I been accustomed to consult you? from the interrogatory, and showed her I go where my destiny calls. If you are anxiety by writing out twenty reasons to afraid, remain here." "My life belongs prove that the so-called princess was a to you,'' he replied; “I shall follow you Pole, and the daughter of an innkeeper at everywhere. She was received in a splen- Prague. At the same time she ordered her didly furnished house at Pisa, and the de- to be placed in an icy dungeon, deprived of votion which Orloff showed her seemed to the necessary clothes, and only fed with a partake of love; indeed, there are many in- morsel of bread. dications that lie deceived her by a false They next tried to convict her through marriage.

Domanski, who still showed a passionate To celebrate this event, Orloff wished to attachment to her, and promised favor give her the spectacle of a naval tight in to both if she would confess the truth.

Notwithstanding her miserable situation, and the want almost of air and food, she still refused to speak or explain. Seeing her death approaching, she asked for a priest of the Greek Church. Catharine chose one, and spoke with him an hour before he went; but the princess soon discovered that his errand was to make her confess, and with an imperious air cut him shori, saying, “Recite ine the prayers for the dying." She died two days after, in

the year 1775. Curiously enough, no effort was ever made to prove that the real Prineess Elizabeth was dead, or how it had occurred. The body was buried with the greatest secrecy, and every one sworn to silence. Domanski was sent to Siberia, but died on the way; and her servants, after a few months' detention, were conducted to the frontier, and commanded never to enter Russia. So ends an unexplained episode in Russian history.


BY J. Y. M.

I look far away o'er Sierra's white crest,
As if to beholed the calm sea of the west;
But my vision is weary, and falters and faints,
And lights by the way on the land of the saints.
A score of clear streams, o'er the plains far and wide,
Are sparkling like gems on the brow of a bride;
While far to the south warıd, the fair peaks of Spain,
Like icebergs, arise from the glittering plain.
Those leaves of the forest, so yellow and sere,
Still wave o'er the launts of the roebuck and deer.
Were Luna to publish the region most blest,
She would hover to-night o'er this mountain's white crest.
() maid of my heart, 'tis the air of the free!

This spot shall be sacred to love and to thee.
Mount Lincoln, Fairplay, Colorado, October, 1873.


BY LIDE CHIURCIIILL. "By the love we cherished, by the hopes that be no hard matter for one to imagine himperished,

self in heaven while listening to such muBy the smile that ever answered mine,

sic as that." Give. O give some token, ere my heart be broken,

“You are right," replied the lady adThat will lead my weary soul to ibine."

dressed; “and I always feel when I listen Tue beautiful queenly head was erect,

to her as if she meant what she sung, for the bosom rose and fell, and the glorious she sings with so much feeling.” dark eyes were full of passion as the sing- But where was the girl, or woman, rather's voice floated forth, filling the apart

er, whose wonderful voice thus held capment with matchless melody. The song

tive the of that restless crowd, and Was finished, and Clemeuce Worthington caused each listener to forget time, place, moved away from the piano, but for a mo- everything but that he was listening to ment tbere was a stilluess like the lush of strains as sweet as were ever drawn by the death in the room, for no one stirred, or capricious breeze from the far-famed scarcely breathed. The spell which that Eolian harp ? almost alivive music had cast over the bril- She had passed from the house to the liant throng assembled in Mrs. Sinclair's garden, leaning on the arm of a tall, dark, elegant drawing-room could not be thus handsome man, and now, when the pale easily dispelled. At last the silence was moon and twinkling stars look down on broken by a gentleman who had stood the sleeping flowers, she is listening to a

tale of love as passionate and ardent as the “ How gloriously she sings! It would heart of Carl Delisle can dictate.

near the instrument.

as he

“ Clemence darling," he says,

Along a lane thickly bordered by shrubbery presses the little hand which lies so con- walked Carl Delisle, but he was not alone, fidingly in his until the rings on her fingers for on his arm leaned one of Italy's fairest cut the tender flesh, “I did not mean to daughters. She was very beautiful, with speak to you of my love until my return her clear dark skin, dark, dreamy, passionfrom Europe, when I hoped to have some- ate eyes, and superb form. Carl Delisle thing to offer you beside; but while you knew that Cornell Pernoe loved him, for were singing, your voice thrilled me every act of hers showed it. For many through and through, and I knew that I months he bad seen her daily, and be was must speak or die. Clemence, I shudder fascinated, intoxicated by her wondrous when I think how madly I worship you, beauty, until he believed be loved her. for has not God said, “Thou shalt lave no To-night, at this romantic hour and in this other gods but me?' And I fear, ay, I romantic spot, he determined to tell her of know that I love you better than anything his passion, and ask her to becone his wife. in heaven or on earth. But you do not an

He had taken her hand, and words of passwer by word or look; is it possible that sionale entreaty sprang to liis lips, but ere you do not love me? Speak at once, my he could utter them, from a house not far beautiful one, and tell me if you will be distant came the sound of a piano, and a my wife."

clear rich voice sang: There was a world of tenderness in

"By the love we cherished, by the hopes that those dark magnetic eyes, as Clemence perished, Worthington lifted them to Carl Delisle's By the smile that ever answered mine, face, and said, in that low sweet tone he

Give, 0 g ve soipe token, ere my heuit be broken, loved so well to hear:

That will lead my weary soul to thipe" “Carl, you ask me to be your wife, but I The hand he held was suddenly dropped, will not promise now. I do not deny that and the words he was about to utter died I love you with my whole heart, and I on his lips. Ile saw before him in imagwould ask no greater blessing than to know ination a brilliantly lighted drawing-room, that I was wholly yours. To-morrow, dear and a sea of human faces, but fairest Carl, you start for Europe, to be absent

among them all, the sad but beautiful face three years. lf, when you return, you can of Clemence Worthington. le reneucome to me and say that no other woman bered the scene in the garden, and le rehas listened to words of love from your menıbered her words, too: “If, when you lips, and that you love me then as fondly return, you can come to me and say that as now, I will become your wife whenever no other woman has Jistened to words of you wish. I will not bind you by a prom- love from your lips, and that you love me ise; I leave you free as air. It remains then as fondly as now, I will become your with you whether I ever become your wife.” wife whenever you wish.” How near le

“ Then I am sure to win you," he cried, had come to losing her! The thougbt “ for no other woman will ever hear a word made him shudder. His companion bad of love from ine.”

been listening to the music, and did not He folded her in his strong arms, and notice his agitation, but she wondered kissed her cheeks, lips and forehead, and what made him so silent as he walked after once more declaring that he loved her home with rer. beyond everything else, he released her, That night, ere le sought his bed, he and they returned to the drawing-room, wrote a long lender letter to Clemence, in and mingled freely with the guests for the answer to one which he had received from rest of the evening. And that night they her some months ago. He told her all, parted for three years.

and humbly begged her pardon for ever Italy! Land that ivspires the poet's song being untrue to her even in thonght. Half and the artist's pencil! land of cloudless a year after this lie returned home, and skies and balıny breezes! Dear, dreamy, soon after became the happy liusband of delightful Italy, our story next opens with- the peerless Clemence. He often asks bis in thy sunny limits!

wife to sing the song which saved him It was evening. Flowers sent forth their from a life of misery, for, without her love, fragrance on the dewy night air, and the he declares it must have been so. Who golden stars bung over the beautiful earth. shall estimate the power of music?

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