On the return of the Bourbons
, one of his old friends, the Marquis de Pombreton, formerly lieutenant in the Black mousquetaires, returned to him--so he said--twelve hundred pistoles which he had lent to the marquis for the purpose of emigrating.
It might be so under the Bourbons
, but at present" --
The people only gave him power that he might rid them of the Bourbons and because they saw that he was a great man.
And believe me, they are reaping the reward of their betrayal of the Bourbon cause.
At this time the luxury of peace under the Bourbons
had eclipsed the warlike luxury of the days when France shone like a vast encampment, prodigal and magnificent because it was victorious.
In that memorable struggle for superiority between the rival houses of AUSTRIA and BOURBON
, which so long kept Europe in a flame, it is well known that the antipathies of the English against the French, seconding the ambition, or rather the avarice, of a favorite leader, protracted the war beyond the limits marked out by sound policy, and for a considerable time in opposition to the views of the court.
There were too many English or French steamers of the line of Suez to Bombay, Calcutta to Melbourne, and from Bourbon
to the Mauritius, furrowing this narrow passage, for the Nautilus to venture to show itself.
Louis de Bourbon
, Prince de Conde, who, since the death of his father, Henri de Bourbon
, was called, in accordance with the custom of that period, Monsieur le Prince, was a young man, not more than twenty-six or twenty-seven years old, with the eye of an eagle -- agl' occhi grifani, as Dante says -- aquiline nose, long, waving hair, of medium height, well formed, possessed of all the qualities essential to the successful soldier -- that is to say, the rapid glance, quick decision, fabulous courage.
As to the time, it is easily fixed by the events at about the middle years of the seventies, when Don Carlos de Bourbon
, encouraged by the general reaction of all Europe against the excesses of communistic Republicanism, made his attempt for the throne of Spain, arms in hand, amongst the hills and gorges of Guipuzcoa.
It is just to mix equal quantities of Mocha, of Bourbon
coffee, and of Rio Nunez.
le Cardinal de Bourbon, who, for the sake of pleasing the king, had been obliged to assume an amiable mien towards this whole rustic rabble of Flemish burgomasters, and to regale them at his Hôtel de Bourbon, with a very "pretty morality, allegorical satire, and farce," while a driving rain drenched the magnificent tapestries at his door.
Nothing was to be heard but imprecations on the Flemish, the provost of the merchants, the Cardinal de Bourbon, the bailiff of the courts, Madame Marguerite of Austria, the sergeants with their rods, the cold, the heat, the bad weather, the Bishop of Paris, the Pope of the Fools, the pillars, the statues, that closed door, that open window; all to the vast amusement of a band of scholars and lackeys scattered through the mass, who mingled with all this discontent their teasing remarks, and their malicious suggestions, and pricked the general bad temper with a pin, so to speak.
Why, look you, in the affair at Brignais some four years back, when the companies slew James of Bourbon
, and put his army to the sword, there was scarce a man of ours who had not count, baron, or knight.
or rye, or cunningly aged blends, constituted the pre- midday drinking.
Mauritius offers an apparent exception, where I saw the Rana Mascariensis in abundance: this frog is said now to inhabit the Seychelles, Madagascar, and Bourbon
; but on the other hand, Du Bois, in his voyage in 1669, states that there were no reptiles in Bourbon
except tortoises; and the Officier du Roi asserts that before 1768 it had been attempted, without success, to introduce frogs into Mauritius -- I presume for the purpose of eating: hence it may be well doubted whether this frog is an aboriginal of these islands.