THE LION OF BASALT
"Ora voglio contare la morte del Tribuno." -- Vit. di Cola di Rienzi, lib. ii. cap. 24.
"Now will I narrate the death of the Tribune." -- Life of Cola di Rienzi.
THE CONJUNCTION OF HOSTILE PLANETS IN THE HOUSE OF DEATH
On the fourth day of the siege, and after beating back to those almost impregnable walls the soldiery of the Barons, headed by the Prince of the Orsini, the Senator returned to his tent, where despatches from Rome awaited him. He ran his eye hastily over them, till he came to the last; yet each contained news that might have longer delayed the eye of a man less inured to danger. From one he learned that Albornoz, whose blessing had confirmed to him the rank of Senator, had received with special favour the messengers of the Orsini and Colonna. He knew that the Cardinal, whose views connected him with the Roman Patricians, desired his downfall; but he feared not Albornoz; perhaps in his secret heart he wished that any open aggression from the Pontiff's Legate might throw him wholly on the people.
He learned further, that, short as had been his ab-