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ritual visitants, threatens to stiletto the adept; there are many, ever lounging about such() who, overcome with the ingratitude of the places—scan and comment on the foreign world, concludes to quit;—at least, in the coat-of-arms-ogle the fair foreign woman, words of his Inquisition biographer, "he fled who timidly recoils from their gaze, timidly from Palermo, and overran the whole earth." responds to their reverences, as in halls and
We may see how he has grown-how, as passages they obsequiously throw themselves in ordinary mortals, he advances step by step in her way. Ere long, one moneyed do-no-even he, the favorite son of the higher in- thing (from amid his tags, tassels, swordtelligences, learns as he goes. How is it, then, belts, fop-tackle, frizzled hair, without brains that wo can have no full-grown inspiration; / beneath it) is heard speaking to anotherthat we know of no perfection that we “Seen the countess ?-divine creature that!" only go on towards it? Can it be that pro- Indeed, one cannot but wonder that any phets and priests really do learn, and that should question the unity of the race, at even now, men may grow into the future? least, of those known as civilized.” In a Might not a more thorough and scientific se- small way, or in a large way, how this thing minary for this purpose be established than ever goes on--on church steps, on Broadany we now have theologic, thaumaturgic, ways, in Metropolitan Halls, Congresses, the theosophic, or other variety? It is a ques- Palais-Royal, at home and abroad! And tion easier asked than answered.
men do yet call this "reverence for the sex," “The Beppic Hegira brings us down in and holy sentiment; and indulge in halleEuropean history to somewhere about the lujahs to that hoary myth, "a gentleman period of the peace of Paris "-(A.D. — ), of the old school ;" while woinen—God help supervening upon which is a portentous time us—women loving it, hate those who, hating - the multitudinous variety of quacks that, it, hate hollowness and hell. With slight along with Beppo, overran all Europe dur imagination, then, one may see how imporing that same period - the latter half of tant an element this “divine creature" must the last century. It was the very age of have become in any conjuration or mystic impostors, cut-purses, swindlers, double gau- “ renovation of the universe," which the high gers, enthusiasts, ambiguous persons, quacks mystagogue might be impressed to set on simple, quacks compound, crack-brained or foot. Enough, that she helped and learned with deceit prepense, quacks and quackeries the arts of prophecy and perfection faster of all colors and kinds. How many mesmer- than her master! But we read-alas! alas! ists (so speaks this strange author), magi- —"As his seraphic countess gives signs of cians, cabalists, Swedenborgians, illuminati, withering, and one luxuriant branch of incrucified nuns, and devils of Loudun! To|dustry will die and drop off, others must be which the Inquisition biographer adds vam- pushed into budding." He, the indefatigable pyres, sylphs, rosicrucians, free-masons, and count, is not idle. "Faded dames of quality an et cetera. . Consider your Schropfers, Cag-(over all Europe, all creation) have many liostros, Casanovas, Saint Germaids, Dr. wants: the count has not studied in the Grahams, the Chevalier d'Eon, Psalmanazar, convent laboratory, or pilgrimed to the Count Abbé Paris, and the Ghost of Cock-lane! St. Germain, in Westphalia, to no purpose. -as if Bedlam had broken loose !"
With loftiest condescension he stoops to imThe great, the inexplicable, the mysterious part somewhat of his supernatural secretsBeppo, being now fairly afloat, let us try to for a consideration. Rowland's Kalydor is comprehend how he has begun to touch upon valuable ; but what to the beautifying water the edge of those trade winds, which shall of Count Alessandro! He that will undertake drive him along toward the golden Indies, to smooth wrinkles, and make withered, green Ophir, and the land of promise, for which the parchment into a fair carnation skin, is he men of this world do so hunger and thirst. not one whom faded dames of quality will
He married a beautiful Seraphina, after-delight to honor ? Or, again, let the beautiward countess, graceful and lady-like, once fying-water succeed or not, have not such the daughter of a girdle-maker, and named | dames (if calumny may in aught be believed) Lorenza Feliciani. Every one, simple or se- another want? This want, too, the indefatidate, knows that it is best to hunt in couples. gable Cagliostro will supply-for a considerWhat one has not the other may have. So ation. For faded gentlemen of quality the Seraphina had beanty, lightness, buoyancy, count likewise has help. Not a charming and could float up her count when the de- countess alone, but a “wine of Egypt" (Canmons and barpies of a certain troublesome tharides not being unknown to him), sold in devil, called law or justice, seemed bent up- drops, more precious than nectar; which, on his swift destruction. Could she not, too, what faded gentlemen of quality will not “ enlist the sympathies of admiring audi-purchase with any thing short of life. Oonences"_by her sweet smiles and « artless sider, too, what may be done with potions, ways," gain belief, and "a wish to believe ?" washes, charms, love-philters, among a class More than that, could she not turn the heads of mortals idle from their mother's womb," of young and old ? “noble" perhaps, perhaps &c., &c. “ignoble”-“moneyed do-nothings" (so says It is well to know, once for all, that the this writer), whereof in this vexed earth count, chief-priest of his order—which yet thrives, and if not great, deserves to be call- | itive state of innocence, lost by his original ed for its number, Legion-made money out sin. It must be understood that this maof this his enterprising trade; that he was sonry was founded by Enoch and Elias, had enabled to pay his way; to ride post with been corrupted by the Egyptian priests, but the ever potent “ voucher of respectability, a was now restored to its pristine vigor by its coach-and-four,” with out-riders and beef- last and greatest Grand Cophta, and includes eaters, and couriers and lackeys, and the oth-not only men but women, of whom the er paraphernalia which the greedy tooth of Countess Seraphina is Cophtess. man desires which helps one forward so we cannot do better than to gain some infar toward happiness, provided always that sight into the forms and symbolic practices " there is no heaven above and no hell be- of these worshippers; and especially will neath," of which let each first make sure ; those who desire to practise this or any short and more than all, let such as wish to travel and easy way to perfection or happiness, be this road, take great courage from the con- glad to learn what has been done, and thus templation of this one model.
| be encouraged to begin. We must hasten to the year 1776, a year in the Essai sur les Illuminés, printed in rather noted in our annals, and in that of Paris in 1789, are the following details quotEngland, perhaps, independently of this the ed by this before-mentioned known author.* “first visit” of the famed Count Cagliostro to These bear an air of truth and probability its shores, which happened then. Should it which will win for them easy admission. have so chanced that he had lived now, Many of them are not unlike what we have would he have stopped there does the reader seen amongst us during the few past years. think? Having an insight into their national “They take a young lad or a girl who is character, and finding “great greed and in the state of innocence: such they call the need," and but small heed, what might he Pupil or Colomb: the Venerable communinot have done on this transatlantic shore, cates to him the power he would have had whose free people can so nobly cherish even before the fall of man; which power consists its Barnum, its its ! But let names mainly in commanding the pure spirits : these go. We make the most of what we have, and spirits are to the number of seven. It is if not equal to the greatest, the fault rests not said they surround the shrine, and that they on our shoulders. We are not responsible for govern the seven planets. Their names are the past, if for the present or future.
Arael, Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, Uriel, 20'Twas in England that the master develop- biachel, Anachiel." Nothing certainly can beed most bravely the art of prophecy; per- gin more favorably. We learn that " she the haps finding there a demand for his supply- Colomb," can act in two ways, either behind such, according to some, being the only law a curtain, behind a hieroglyphically-painted of God or man. It is enough to know that screen with table and three candles, or behe does a trade in foretelling the lucky lotte-fore the Caraffe and showing face. If the ry numbers by means of his “occult science," miracle fail it can only be because she is not whereby at least he put money in his purse,“ in the state of innocence,” An accident and satisfied good-natured men that as there must be guarded against. Surely our mystio were gulls, and necessarily a guller, he above professors, both clerical and lay, will take all others deserved praise and not blame; the heed to these things. Much may be learned. whole thing, this life, being really a juggle, Cagliostro accordingly (it is his own story) and the smartest fellow of course the best brought a little boy into the lodge, son of a juggler. As man goes on he developes, so nobleman there. He placed him on his knees many think-90 did Cagliostro, and in his before a table, whereon stood a bottle of pure growth he reaches to masonry-Egyptian ma- water, and behind this some lighted candles. sonry-and in “sworn secrecy” finds a new He made an exorcism round the boy, put his Talisman, for which men will pay five guin- hand on head, and both in this attitude adeas each. He resolves to “free it from all dressed their prayers to God for the happy vile ingredients, and make it a new Evangile.” accomplishment of the work. Having then “No religion is excluded from the Egyptian bid the child look into the bottle, directly the society'—for is it not certain that religion child cried that he saw a garden. Knowing pays ? Charity too, pays, as we shall see by- hereby that Heaven assisted him why this and-by. No religion is tabooed-none-all is so proven he does not explain), Cagliostro who admit the existence of a God, and the took courage, and bade the child ask of God immortality of the soul, may, for the small the grace to see the Archangel Michael. At sum of five guineas, be certain to gain "per- first the child said, “I see something white; fection by means of a physical and moral re- I know not what it is." Then he began generation." He promises them by the for- jumping and stamping like a possessed creamer or physical to find the prime matter or ture, and cried, “Now, I see a child like my. philosopher's stone, and the acacia wbich con- self, which seems to have something angelisolidates in man the forces of the most vig-cal (l)” All the assembly and Cagliostro himorous youth, and renders bim immortal; and self remained speechless with emotion. ..... by the latter or moral, to procure them a (How like this is to what we at this day have Pentagon which shall restore man to bis prim- .T. Carlyle.
seen.] The child being anew exorcised with hour passes in this painful attitude. After the hands of the Venerable on his head, and which fatiguing trial, plaintive cries are heard; the customary prayers addressed to Heaven, the funeral pile takes fire, yet casts only a he looked into the bottle, and said he saw his pale light; the garments are thrown on it sister at that moment coining down stairs, and burnt. A colossal and almost transpaand embracing one of her brothers. That rent figure rises from the very bosom of the appeared impossible, the brother in question pile. At sight of it the five prostrated men being then hundreds of miles off. However fall into convulsions insupportable to look on: Cagliostro felt not disconcerted; said they the too faithful image of those foaming strugmight send to the country-house, where the gles wherein a mortal, at hand-grips with a sister was, and see if they chose!
sudden pain, ends by sinking under it. Do some still doubt? Time nor paper will “Then a trembling voice pierces the vault, allow us to allay that doubt. We must, as and articulates the formula of those execrable rapidly as we can, introduce what may yet oaths that are to be sworn : my pen falters: be useful in certain cases of the like kind, I think myself almost guilty to retrace them.” either in whole or in part. It is the intro- Strange as it may seem, we stop here with duction of a novice into the holy Mysteries. Monsieur the Author. Strange too that some
“The recipiendary is led by a darksome deny the reality of all this and tell of inagic path into a large hall, the ceiling, the walls, lanterns and science-stranger still that men the floor of which are covered by a black are who believe all-all—'tis to them a spascloth, sprinkled over with red flames and modic miracle, and he is an infidel of course menacing serpents; three sepulchral lamps who doubts. Strange too is it, that men do emit from time to time a dying glimmer, and not see here the monstrous power of what is the eye half distinguishes, in this lugubrious called Symbolism, and that they should not den, certain wrecks of mortality suspended help nor hinder; who say, Let the world go by funeral crapes; a heap of skeletons forms-who cares! Men live and women too who in the centre a sort of altar; on both sides say, “There's something in it"-there must of it are piled books; some contain menaces be! and is there not? Figure now all this against the perjured; others the deadly nar- boundless cuningly devised agglomerate of rative of the vengeance which the invisible royal arches, deaths' heads, hieroglyphically spirit has exacted; of the infernal evocations painted screens, “columns in the state of for a long time pronounced in vain.
innocence, with spacious masonic halls-dark, "Eight hours elapse. Then phantoms, trail-or in the favorablest theatrical light-and-dark: ing mortuary vails, slowly cross the hall and Kircher's magic lantern, Belshazzar handwrisink in caverns, without audible noise of trap-tings (of phosphorus), plaintive tones, gungdoors or of falling. You notice only that beatings, hoary head of a supernatural Grand they are gone by a fetid ordor exhaled from Cophta emerging through the gloom-and them.
how it all acts, not only directly through "The novice remains four and twenty hours the foolish senses of men, but also indirectly in this gloomy abode, in the midst of a freeze connecting itself with Enoch and Elias, with ing silence. A rigorous fast has already weak-philanthropy, immortality," &c. Let such ened his thinking faculties. Liquors prepar- as will now say there is nothing in it-someed for the purpose first weary and at lengtb thing there is, for a thoughtful man to conwear out his senses. At his feet are placed sider well of, asking himself what also does three cups, filled with a drink of a greenish this of clairvoyance, and spiritual knockings, color. Necessity lifts them to his lips : invol- and Jenny-Lind manias, and Jerkers-truly untary fear repels them.
mean? and what kind of a person am I who "At last appear two men : looked upon as have had part and lot with these ? the ministers of Death. These gird the pale But the lofty science of Egyptian Masonry brow of the recipiendary with an auroral- flourishes, lodges are established over Eucolored-ribbon dipped in blood, and full of rope, and the Grand Master travels hither silvered characters mixed with our lady of and thither, “mounts to the seat of the VenLoretto. He receives a copper crucifix, of erable, and holds high discourse, hours long, two inches length: to his neck are hung a on masonry, morality, universal science, disort of amulets wrapped in violet cloth. He vinity, and things in general, with a “subis stripped of his clothes; which two minis- limity, and emphasis and unction," proceedtering brethren deposit on a funeral pile, ing it appears from the special inspiration erected at the other end of the hall. With of the Holy Ghost.” He is received with blood on his naked body are traced crosses. shouts and exultation-every where the great In this state of suffering and humiliation, he heart of man thrills at the coming of this sees approaching with large strides five Phan- mystic symbol, wbich contains—cunningly toms armed with swords, and clad in gar-enfolded, as their eyes can and do seements dropping blood. Their faces are vail- every virtue, every greatness-is he not ined: they spread a velvet carpet on the floor; deed the Incarnation of these, and therefore kneel there, pray; and remain with out to be worshipped ; such gift of reverence is stretched bands crossed on their breasts, and in the heart of man, and to such things does faces fixed on the ground in deep silence. An he again and again bow down!
To go on. Cheers, and the ravishment, employs himself in curing sickness, in illumiof thronging audiences can make him maud- nating ignorance?" We at the present day lin; render him louder in eloquence of theo- know nothing like it; the mere giving of a ry; and “philanthropy," "divine science," few surplus hundreds or thousands to certain "depth of unknown worlds," "finer feelings Slavery, Anti-Slavery, Peace, Temperance or of the heart'—and so shall draw tears from other societies, is benevolence of the “rockmost asses of sensibility. “The few reason-ing chair" species is not to be mentioned ing mortals scattered here and there, that see with this, of the self-denying Cagliostro's dithrough bim, deafened in the universal hub-ving into cellars, and mounting into garrets, bub, shut their lips in sorrowful disdain, con- to seek and to save-at the risk of not only
fident in the grand remedy, Time.” So says life but comfort—the first of which happily our author, and can we blame him? Will the was not thus sacrificed:nor indeed on the reader allow the current of this prosperity whole was comfort lost sight of, as the “ coach to be checked for one moment by a certain and-four with liveries and sumptuosities bears Count M? One of the chosen few at War- witness." There is often profound wisdom saw, who having spent the night with the in this thing called public or newspaper chari“dear Master," in conversing with spirits, ty. Does it—or does it not-pay? had returned to the country to transmute The favorite of the gods, he who holds metals perhaps—perhaps to do other mighty high discourse with spirits, and to whom is works. Count M. seems to have been afflict- opened the hidden secret of earth and heaven, ed with doubts, to have supposed that by finds ready acceptance-backed as he is by sleight-of-hand the "sweet Master” had sub- charities, by elegancies: finds acceptance with stituted the crucible with melted ducats, for the poor, the ignorant to whom he ministers the other-carefully filled with red lead, but also “ with a mixture of sorrow and “smelted and set to cool," "and now found indignation" it is recorded, among the great broken and hidden among these bushes” —and not only they, but among the learned, the whole golden crucible standing in its "even physicians and naturalists.” It does place. “Neither does the Plenagon or Elixir not seem worth while to expend sorrow and of Life, or whatever it was, prosper better- indignation upon this fact, not at all new, as our sweet master enters into expostulation- we now fifty years farther along have discoswears by his great God, and his honor, that vered; for we can show our physicians and he will finish the work and make us happy.” naturalists, and also our priests and prophets, In vain—"the shreds of the broken crucible in small crowds with whom marvels find aclie there before your eyes”-and the usurper ceptance. We shall see more of them by has its place. That “resemblance of a sleep- and by. ing child, grown visible in the magic cooking But one among the rich and great, was of our Elixir, proves to be an inserted rose- the Cardinal Prince Count Rohan, Archbishmary leaf. The Grand Cophta cannot be gone op of Strasburg. “Open-handed dupe," as too soon."
some term him—now out of favor with the Already it has been said that “ Charity Queen Marie Antoinette (after that beheaded pays," philanthropy, benevolence, all these and called unfortunate). Banished from his sometimes ? if one sows his bread on the beloved Paris and the sunshine of royalty, waters shall he not expect its return after what should he do but to regain his pedesmany or after few days?—the sooner the tal ? necessary no doubt, for the glory of God, better for your Cagliostros, your Barnums. and his church; necessary at least for the Shout it daily to an envious world—“Am Count Rohan. Cagliostro is all powerful I not a charitable man? If I have done he will help the Cardinal Prince-not only wrong myself (as who has not?) has not a by philters and charms, but by prophecies great deal of good groun out of my wicked from the gods, who speaking through their ness? I have therefore done my share, for earthly oracle, will of course (it paying best), which if the world has paid me in praise promise success and not failure. The Archand pudding,' it is no more than it has done bishop tries all things, and at last the farbefore, and will do again!" Take courage! famed " diamond necklace," upon the queen,
Cagliostro doctors -heals--the poor, for which no woman's heart can withstand, not nothing !-even gives them alms-does a great even the queen's. Sad to tell, the miserable deal of good—who but he? At Strasburg in queen knew nothing of the necklace; and only the year 1783 (year of our peace with Eng- the Ma’lle De la Motte, styled countess, by suland), he " appears in full bloom and radi-perior arts had outjuggled Cagliostro himself, ance, the envy and admiration of the world. Cardinal Rohan, queen and all: the diamonds In large hired hospitals he with open drug- were gonethe queen's character blackened, box (containing “Extract of Saturn'), and even cardinal, cophta, and countess, all in the Baswith open purse, relieves the suffering poor; tille, where they lay some nine months (year unfolds himself lamblike, angelic, to a believ- 1781), disastrous months, when “high sciing few, of the rich classes. Medical mira- ence” wasted itself in eating out its own heart. cles have at all times been common, but what Cagliostro escaped, was let go—but a plunmiracle is this of an occidental or oriental dered, banished, suspected high priest, was Serene-highness that regardless of expense,' quite another thing from a golden cophta, with
the foreign coat-of-arms, serene countess
THE MURDER OF LATOUR. and open purse relieving the unfortunate. WRITTEN FOR THE INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY MAGAZINE Cagliostro now fits to England, to Bale, to
BY HON. W. H. STILES.* Brienne, to Aix, to Turin, he wanders hither THE cabinet remained in deliberation at and thither; we cannot follow him. The end I the Ministry of War, situated at the corof all, the lofty and the low, must come per of the square called the Hof. The tide that seems drawing near to Cagliostro toom of insurrection now rose to an unconquerable but how? not in ruddy splendor as of depart. height. The nearest shots of the retiring ing day, not quiet, serene, as of nature sink-cannons, the advancing shouts of the infuriing to restrather like the disastrous death ated people, warned the ministers that all deof the bleeding shark it seems: his brethren, fence was rapidly becoming hopeless. The his friends-sharks of his own kind, of all building itself still offered some means of rekinds, high and low-rush upon the wounded sistance, and there were two cannons in the shark, as to a banquet to which they were court; but at that crisis was issued a written bidden. He is exiled here, he is persecuted order, signed by Latour and Wessenberg, “ to there-imprisonment, despair, degradation cease the fire at all points," and given to haunt him—the houseless, unfortunate-now officers for distribution.t It was in vain. vagabond, once renovator of the human race, | The popular torrent rolled on toward the seat and friend of lords and friend of gods and of government, which was destined ere long princes. Such is gratitude! such is popular to be disgraced by atrocious crime. The favor! a thing to be bought and bargained minister of war, Count Latour, prepared for for, to be given when not needed. Such, no defence. The military on guard in front of doubt, Cagliostro decided !
the war office were withdrawn into the He is sore bested, and begins “to confess yards, with two pieces of artillery loaded himself to priests," for a man must do some with grape. The gates were closed, the milithing in his extremity. It avails him not; he tary distributed to the different threatened is at last in the gripe of the holy Inquisition points, and the cannons directed towards the at Rome, in the year of our Lord, 1789, De- two gates; soon the scene of battle bad cember 29," and must match himself with a reached the Bogner Gasse, immediately unpower which this world knows something of: der the windows of the war department; face to face, hand to hand, at last. Have the ministers in consultation heard the cry, they juggles equal to his juggles, miracles" The military retreat." The great square of equal to his-high science equal to his-le- the Hof was soon cleared, the soldiers retiring gions of angels equal to his?-enough that by the way of the Freyung. The guards and they have dungeons, and sbirri-and in his academic legion pursuing ; the military comcase, hearts harder than the nether mill-mander's quarters in the Freyung are soon stone-not to be softened " by demands for captured. The retiring military not being religious books”—assertions of the divinity of able to escape through the Schotten-Thor, as the Egyptian Masonry-proinises of wonder- they had expected, that gate being closed ful revelations-oaths, Aatteries, or any of and barricaded, they cut their way through the mystic paraphernalia of the now power- the Herrn Gasse. less professor and prophet: they will not let! So intent were the respective combatants, him ont! but rather will introduce him to a either in retreat or pursuit, that the whole new art, that of becoming a Christian, and tempest of war swept over the Hof, and left get him, the toughest in a tough time, into that square, for a short time, deserted and heaven as they best can. Did they find Loy- silent. ola's twenty days sufficient, and was the ar- But that stillness was but of short duraticle then turned out of hand complete for that tion; a few moments only had elapsed, when other state? The Inquisition biographer does a number of straggling guards, students, and not dwell upon this, it was perhaps as well. people, came stealing silently from the GraWe learn at last that he died in the year 1795, ben, through the Bogner, Naglus, and Glosand went, the writer says, “ Whither no man ken Gasse, on to the Hof, and reinoved the knows!” So ended a Magician!
dead and the wounded into the neighboring New HAVEN, Feb., 1852.
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tria, which we have mentioned elsewhere in this number BITTER WORDS.
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instrusted to Colonel Gustave Schindler, of the imperial BY R. H. STODDARD.
engineers, an efficient officer, as well as a most amiable and TITTER words are easy spoken;
accomplished gentleman, and one well and fuvorably known D Not so easily forgot;
in the United States, from bis kind attention to AnieriHearts it may be can be broken
cans who have visited the Austrian capital. The colonel Mine cannot!
was in the act of passing out of the great door of the war When thou lovest me I adore thee;
office, which opens on the Hof, when the mob reached that Hating, I can bate thee too;
spot. Recognized by his imperial uniform, he was instantly But I will not bow before thee
surrounded and attacked. He receiver many blows on the
head, inflicted by the crowd with clubs and iron bars; was Will not sue!
most severely wounded, and would probably have been Even now, without endeavor,
killed but for the timely interference of one of the rabble, Thou hast wounded so my pride,
who, riding up on horseback between the colonel and tho I could leave thee, and for over
mob. shielded him from furtbor blows, and fnally effected Though I died!
surto, inflicted by thnded, and woulde of one of the and tho