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Desprez's vanity. By the time coffee and Jean-Marie himself so little and so was over, the poor doctor was as limp as weary, that it had taken him a great while a napkin.

to bundle it up-stairs to the Desprez' “Let us go and see the ruins," said private room; and he had just set it down Casimir.

on the floor in front of Anastasie, when They strolled forth into the street. the doctor arrived, and was closely folThe fall of the house, like the loss of a lowed by the man of business. Boy and front tooth, had quite transformed the vil- hamper were both in a most filthy plight; lage. Through the gap the eye com for the one had passed four months unmanded a great stretch of open snowy der-ground in a certain cave on the way to country, and the place shrank in compari- | Achères, and the other had run about five

It was like a room with an open miles as hard as his legs would carry him, door. The sentinel stood by the green half that distance under a staggering gate looking very red and cold, but he had weight. a pleasant word for the doctor and his “ Jean-Marie,” cried the doctor, in a wealthy kinsman.

voice that was only too seraphic to be Casimir looked at the mound of ruins, called hysterical, "is it. It is!” he he tried the quality of the tarpaulin. Aluted. “Oh, my son, my son!” And he

H’m,” he said, " I hope the cellar arch sat down upon the hamper and sobbed has stood. If it has, my good brother, I like a little child. will give you a good price for the wines." You will not go to Paris now,” said

"We shall start digging to-morrow," Jean-Marie sheepishly. said the sentry.

“ There is no more fear of “Casimir," said Desprez, raising his snow."

wet face,“ do you see that boy, that angel “ My friend,” returned Casimir senten- boy? He is the thief; he took the treas. tiously, "you had better wait till you get ure from a man unfit to be entrusted with paid.”

its use; he brings it back to me when I The doctor winced, and began dragging am sobered and humbled. These, Casihis offensive brother-in-law towards Ten-mir, are the fruits of my teaching, and taillon's. In the house, there would be this moment is the reward of my life.” fewer auditors, and these already in the Tiens,” said Casimir. secret of his fall.

R. L. STEVENSON. “ Hullo!” cried Casimir, “there goes the stable-boy with his luggage; no, egad, he is taking it into the inn.

And sure enough, Jean-Marie was seen to cross the snowy street and enter Ten.

From All The Year Round. taillon's, staggering under a large hamper.

The doctor stopped with a sudden, wild hope. 6. What can he have ?” he said.

NATURALLY, after Cellini's release us go and see.” And he hurried on. from prison, his first works were for his

" His luggage, to be sure," answered patron the cardinal, until the time caine Casimir. “ He is on the move thanks for the latter to return to France, and then to the commercial imagination.”

they all set out together. After the usual " I have not seen that hamper for – for quarrelling, which was unavoidable wher. ever so long,” remarked the doctor. ever Cellini' was concerned, they reached

“Nor will you see it much longer,” Florence, and then Ferrara, where the art. chuckled Casimir; "unless, indeed, we ist abode for some time, doing work for the interfere. And by the way, I insist on an duke of that place, until the Frencii king examination."

began to grumble at his non-appearance, " You will not require,” said Desprez, and he pursued his journey, leaving, of positively with a sob; and casting a course, behind him, the memory of divers moist, triumphant glance at Casiınir, he quarrels. began to run.

At length he did reach Fontainebleau, “What the devil is up with him, I won- and had an audience with the king, who der?” Casimir reflected; and then, curi. gave him a most gracious reception; but osity taking the upper hand, he followed when it came to a question of setting to the doctor's example and took to his work, and the settlement of a salary, Cel. heels.

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did. Messengers were despatched after him, Cellini was now in great favor; he really overtook him, and brought him back, owo worked hard, and his Jupiter and other ing to their using threats of imprisonment, gods progressed rapidly. The king took of which he had had quite enough to last a personal interest in them, visiting the him his life, and which was the inost po- artist's atelier, and gave him an order to tent argument that could possibly be em make a gold salt-cellar, as companion to ployed in his case. The question of emolu- bis cup and basin. He had a model ment was soon settled; he was to have the ready – one he had made in Rome at the same salary as Francis had assigned to request of the Cardinal of Ferrara — and Leonardo da Vinci (seven hundred crowns with this the king was so highly delighted, annually;); to be paid, besides, for all that he ordered his treasurer to give Benwork done for the king, and to receive a venuto one thousand old gold crowns, present of five hundred crowns to defray good weight, to be used in its manufacthe expense of his journey.

ture. He duly received them, but he says His first commission from the king was that the treasurer, on one pretence or a magnificent one, but from its vast scale other, delayed payment till night, and then it cculd scarcely be carried out by an art instigated four bravos to rob him. It is ist who was then forty years of age. It needless to say that such odds were nothwas no less than to make twelve candle. ing to Cellini, and that he reached home sticks in silver, the height of Francis him. in safety with his precious burden. self, of six gods and six goddesses, and The king, indeed, seemed unable to the artist was assigned the Tour de Nesle show sufficiently his regard for the artist. as a residence.

He gave him letters of naturalization, and Cellini at once set to work on his mod made him lord of the Tour de Nesle. He els, and arranged about the payment of visited him in company with Madame his two assistants, but he could not get d’Estampes, and it was at her instigation possession of his residence. It had been that Cellini received orders to do someassigned previously to the provost of thing wherewith to ornament and beautify Paris, Jean d'Estourville, who, however, Fontainebleau. For this he designed ade no use of it, and would not allow some magnificent gates,

ut he made an Cellini to occupy it, in spite of repeated enemy of the favorite through not consultorders. So Benvenuto complained to the ing her in the matter. He endeavored to king, who abruptly asked him who he mollify her by presenting her with a beauwas, and what was his name. Surprised tiful cup, but she would not see him, so he at this reception, he did not at first re. went off in a tiff, and gave the cup to the ply, but afterwards staminered out that Cardinal of Lorraine - which, of course, his name was Cellini; on which the king further embittered his fair enemy. To told him that if he was the same Cellini make matters worse, he turned out, iseck who had been described to him, he had and crop, a man who had taken up his better act like himself, he had the king's residence, without permission, in a porfree permission. On this hint he set to tion of the Tour de Nesle, and who hapwork, and very soon was in residence at pened to be a protégé of madame’s. This, his new abode.

of course, was never forgiven, and it was He then made full-sized models of Ju- war to the knife on the lady's part. piter, Vulcan, and Mars, and got three She set up a rival artist in opposition, hundred pounds of silver wherewith to Primaticcio; was always dinning in the commence his work. Meantime he fin. king's ears, day and night, his superiority ished a silver-gilt cup and basin — which over Cellini, and succeeded, at last, in perhe had begun for the Cardinal of Ferrara suading Francis to let Primaticcio exeimmediately on his release from prison cute Cellini's designs for the gates at and they were of such beautiful workman- Fontainebleau. Cellini heard of this, and ship, that, as soon as he had given them at once called on his rival; and having to his patron, the latter presented them tried, without effect, moral suasion, to into Francis, who in return gave the cardi. duce him to relinquish his proposed task, nalan abbey worth seven thousand crowns threatened to kill him, as he would a mad a year. The king, besides, wanted to dog, when and wherever he met him. make the artist a handsome present, but This course of reasoning succeeded where the cardinal prevented him, saying he gentle means failed, and Primaticcio would settle a pension of at least three begyed rather to be considered in the hundred crowns yearly on him, out of the light of a brother.

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Meanwhile he was hard at work on the out the interloper, and threw his goods king's salt-cellar, and when his Majesty out of window. He then went straight returned to Paris, he presented it. As it to the king, told his story, was laughed was of remarkable workmanship, a de-at, forgiven, and had fresh letters given tailed account of it will be interesting. It him, securing him still more in his poswas of pure gold, and represented the session. earth and the sea, the latter being a fig. For this the king was amply repaid by ure of Neptune, holding a trident in one the strenuous exertions of the artist, and hand, and in the other a ship, which was the Jupiter, the first and only one of that to hold the salt. Under this were four nobly devised set of candelabra, was finsea-horses with their tails interlaced, be- ished; and in spite of Madame d'Estam. sides a variety of fishes and other marine pes's intrigues, was shown to Francis at animals, whilst the water, with its undu. its best advantage. He was in raptures lating waves, was enamelled green. The with it, and talked largely of rewarding its earth was a beautiful nude female figure, creator, but nothing came of it but one holding a cornucopia in her right hand, thousand crowns, which were partly for whilst in her left she carried an Ionic previous disbursements. temple, which served as a War broke out between Francis and Under her were terrestrial animals and the emperor Charles the Fifth, and the rocks partly enamelled, and partly natu. king not only consulted Cellini as to the ral gold. This was fixed on a base of defences of Paris, but gave him a comblack ebony, on which were four figures mission to do all he thought necessary to in mezzo-relievo of day and night, and of ensure the city's safety, but he resigned morning and evening. It is needless to his task, when his old foe, Madame say that Francis was delighted with it, d’Estampes, prevailed on the king to send and Primaticcio slunk off to Rome, under for Girolamo Bellarmati. Her enmity the pretext of studying the Laocoon, and still pursued Benvenuto, and she other ancient works of art there.

worked upon the king that one day he Cellini was now forty-three years of swore he would never show the artist any age, and in the zenith of his fame and more favor. An officious friend carried working powers. He enjoyed the favor this speech to Cellini, and be instantly of Francis to an extraordinary extent, and formed a resolutio to quit the kingdom. the king, on his visits to the artist's stu: Before he could do so, however, he had dio, was astounded at the magnitude of many alternate hopes and fears. Some. his conceptions, and the excellence of his times Francis would load him with praises, execution. On one occasion be ordered at another he would scold and reprimand seven thousand gold crowns to be paid him severely, and it was, at last, only him, but the cardinal of Ferrara prevent through the instrumentality of his old ed its payment, and satisfied the king friend, the Cardinal of Ferrara, that he at with his reason for so doing, that if Ben-length succeeded in quitting Paris. His venuto was made rich, he would probably departure, though nominally a pleasurebuy an estate in Italy, and would leave trip, in order to visit his sister and her whenever the whim seized him. Possibly daughters, was, in reality, a figlit; for he the same reasoning prevailed when, a left his furniture and other goods behind short time afterwards, Francis promised him, to the value of fifteen thousand him the first vacant abbey whose revenue

He endeavored to carry away should amount to two thousand crowns a with him two magnificent silver vases, but year -- but Cellini never received it. he was pursued and compelled to sur

Madame d'Estampes's hostility, how. render them. ever, was not yet allayed, for, as she ob. He seems to have bad, for him, a quiet served, “I govern the whole kingdom, and peaceable journey, the only excite. and yet such an insignificant fellow sets ment be records being a terrific hailstorm, my power at defiance ; so she persuaded the hailstones beginning of the size of the king to grant to a perfumer, one of ounce bullets, and ending by being as big her creatures, the tennis-court of the as lemons; nay, afterwards they found Tour de Nesle. He took possession in some which a man could hardly grasp in spite of protest; but Cellini so harassed his two hands. him by assaults every day with stones, However, his party suffered no harm pikes, and muskets (firing only blauk car with the exception of some bruises; tridge), that no one dared stir from the which under the circumstances was not to place. This method was too slow, and be wondered at; but, as they journeyed one day our hero stormed the place, drove onwards, they found the trees all broken


down, and all the cattle, with many shep- mind his work, and finish the statue of herds, killed. They reached Florence Perseus. without further mishap, and there Cellini This statue, or, more properly speakfound his sister and her six daughters all ing, group, however, did not progress well.

very rapidly, for Cellini was not liked, and Cosmo de' Medici, the duke of Tuscany, he was thwarted wherever it was practireceived him with the greatest kindness; cable, while both the duke and duchess sympathized with him, and promised him would fain have kept him at work sign. almost unlimited wealth, if he would buting and making jewellery for them; in fact work for him, and it was settled that his he was obliged to bribe the duchess with first task should be a statue, either in little presents of vases, etc., to try and marble or bronze, for the square before gain her influence to obtain more help on the ancient palace of the republic, the his great work, and especially to counterPalazzo Vecchio. Cellini was forty five act ihe machinations of his arch-enemy, years old when he made the model of his Bandinelli. It was of small avail, for the famous Perseus, which is now at Florence, duke, displeased with the slow progress in the Loggia dei Lanzi.

of the work, bad, some eighteen montbs He settled upon a house, which Cosmo since, stopped supplying money, and Celat once purchased and presented to him, lini had to find his men's wages out of but the irritable artist must, of course, at his own pocket. So, by way of consolathe very outset, quarrel with the duke's tion, he thought he would murder Bandiservants, and, consequently, some delay nelli; but when he met him, other ideas occurred before he could begin his model. prevailed, and he spurned him, thinking But everything was at last arranged, even what a much more glorious vengeance it down to bis salary, and he entered for would be to finish his work, and thus conmally into the Medicean service.

found his enemies; and Bandinelli afterStill, even in his beloved native town wards offered him a fine block of marble, he was not happy, for Baccio Bandinelli, wherewith to make a statue. the celebrated sculptor, was either jealous This, however, did not make them of him, or he of Bandinelli, and they were friends, for both being once in the duke's always at feud. He kept good friends presence, Cellini told the duke plainly with his patron, made a colossal model of that Bandinelli was a compound of everyhis head, executed some jewellery for the thing that was bad, and had always been duchess, and worked hard at his Perseus; so; and then he went on to criticise most but he was always at daggers drawn with unmercifully his rival's statuary, and to some of the ducal suite, and just now it overwhelm it with ridicule. At the same was with the steward, who, he says, time, however, he made him stick to his suborned people to charge him with a hor. promise, and insisted on the delivery of rible crime.

the block of marble, out of which he There seems to have been no attempt carved a group of Apollo and Hyacinthus. at a prosecution ; but Cellini felt it decid- This delighted the duke, and he begged edly advisable to quit Florence for some him to leave the Perseus for a while, and time. So next morning he departed, with devote himself to sculpture; and Benve. out telling any one but his sister, and nuto did so, carving a Narcissus out of a went towards Venice. From Ferrara he block of Greek marble. wrote to the duke, saying that though he The duke had some doubts as to Cel. had left Florence without taking leave of lini's ability to cast a large statue in him, he would return without being sent bronze, but the artist assured him of his for. At Venice, he visited both Titian powers, promising that it should be per. and Sansovino, and also Lorenzo de' Me. iect in every respect except one foot, dici, who earnestly advised him to return which he averred could not be cast well, to France, instead of going back to and would require to be replaced by a Florence. But Cellini, having written the new one. duke his version of the cause which drove The casting was a series of accidents. him from his native place, and judging His shop took fire, and it was feared the that the outcry against him had somewhat roof would fall in; then from another subsided, returned as suddenly as he had side came such a tempest of rain and left, and unceremoniously visited Cosmo, wind, that it cooled the furnace. Add to who, although at first he seemed dis- all this, that Cellini was taken suddenly pleased, soon entered into good-humored ill of a violent intermittent fever, and conversation with him, asked about his every one will perceive that things were visit to Venice, and ended by bidding him almost as bad as they could be. LIVING AGE.



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Ill in bed, news came to him that his | jeweller's honest opinion of their value. work was spoilt, so he got up and went to Cellini could not but answer this appeal the workshop, where he found the metal in a straightforward manner, and replied cooled, owing to deficient firing. This that they were not worth above two thoube at once remedied, and, with the addi- sand crowns, at the same time pointing tion of some pewter, the metal soon be out to the duke how much his consort

desired them, and how she had asked him Hark! a loud report, a blinding glare of to aid her in obtaining them. So when light, and when men had come to their the duchess once more asked for them, senses, they found that the cover of the she was refused, and was told that Ben. furnace bad burst and flown off, so that venuto's opinion was that the money the bronze began to run. Quick! tap the would be thrown away. The duchess was metal; but it does not flow very quickly, but a woman; she gave him one look, it must be made more fluid. A number shook her bead threateningly at him, left of pewter plates and dishes were pro- the room, and never forgave him. She cured, and into the furnace they went, got her pearls though. A courtier, more some two hundred of them. Then the supple and pliant than Cellini, begged the metal ran kindly, and the mould was duke to buy them for his wife. He chose filled, and nothing more could be done a happy moment, stood a few blows and but wait with patience for its cooling. cuffs, and then the indulgent husband

The mental strain relieved, Benvenuto yielded, and the pearls were bis wife's returned thanks to Heaven for the suc property: cessful issue, then forgot all about his The duchess could not now bear the fever, and found he had a great appetite ; sight of Cellini, and the breach between so he sat down with his workmen and en- them was widened by his refusal to give joyed his meal, drank “success to the her, to adorn her room, the figures of casting," and then to bed, to arise quite Jupiter, Mercury, Minerva, and Danae, cured, and capable of eating a capon for which he had made to go with his Perseus. his dinner.

Her influence made itself felt, and even Two days afterwards came another the duke sensibly cooled towards our hero, anxious time. Had the casting been suc- and at last he found access to the palace cessful ? Piece by piece it was uncovered. very difficult. Yes, all went well until the foot was But the crowning honor of his life was reached, which was to be imperfect. at land. His Perseus was to be shown What a disappointment! the heel came to the people and judged by their verdict. out fair and round, and all Cellini's Proud, indeed, must have been the artist learned lecture to the duke went for when be viewed the crowds which, from naught. Yet, still, on uncovering it, came before daybreak, poured forth to see and a little cry of joy, for were not the toes admire his work. There was no adverse wanting, as also part of the foot ? Who criticism there - no petty or factious now could say he did not thoroughly un-jealousy. The people beartily and honderstand his business? And so his pa- estly admired the creation of their fellowtron and the duchess fully admitted when citizen, and felt a truly fraternal pride in they saw the work.

owning him as one of themselves. The After this a little rest was permissible, duke himself, concealed at a window, lis. and a journey to Rome was the result, tened to the remarks of his people, and Here he saw Michael Angelo, whom he in was so pleased, that he sent his favorite, vain induced to take service with Cosmo Sforza, to congratulate Benvenuto, and de' Medici. But St. Peter's was to be tell him that he meant to signally reward built, and nothing could persuade its cre- him. His pride must have been gratified ator to leave it. Malice had been busy to the very utmost. During the whole during Cellini's absence, and on his re. day the people showed me to each other turn he found the duke very cold towards as a sort of prodigy;” and two gentle. him; but although he managed to over- men, who were envoy's from the viceroy come this, an incident was about to hap- of Sicily, made him most liberal offers, pen which was to make the duchess, on behalf of their prince, if only he would henceforth, his implacable enemy. go with them. Verses, Latin odes, and

She wanted the duke to buy a string of Greek poems were written by the hun. pearls for her for six thousand crowns, and dred, and all, with any literary pretenbegged Cellini to praise them to the duke. sions, vied with each other in producing He did so, and the prince was wavering some eulogium on Cellini. as to the purchase, when he asked the At length, sated with praise, he longed

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