Irene is of weaker mould; poor child, I have robbed her of a lover, and now --mdash;
"You are right; let Irene go. And in truth we may well disguise from her the real cause of her departure. Change of scene were best for her grief; and under all circumstances would seem decorum to the curious. I will see and prepare her."
"Do so, sweetheart. I would gladly be a moment. alone with thought. But remember, she must part to-day -- our sands run low."
As the door closed on Nina, the Tribune took out the letter and again read it deliberately. "So the Pope's Legate left Sienna: -- prayed that Republic to withdraw its auxiliary troops from Rome -- proclaimed me a rebel and a heretic; -- thence repaired to Marino; -- now in council with the Barons. Why, have my dreams belied me, then -- false as the waking things that flatter and betray by day? In such peril will the people forsake me and themselves? Army of saints and martyrs, shades of heroes and patriots, have ye abandoned for ever your ancient home? No, no, I was not raised to perish thus; I will defeat them yet -- and leave my name a legacy to Rome; a warning to the oppressor -- an example to the free!"
THE ROTTENNESS OF THE EDIFICE
The kindly skill of Nina induced Irene to believe that it was but the tender consideration of her brother to change a scene embittered by her own thoughts, and in which the notoriety of her engagement with