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an arrogance, which the proud and bold-spirited Burgomaster was the last man to bear with patience. He did, however, command himself so far as to explain and utterly refute everything that was laid to his charge; but when he was told that his conniving at Jocelyn's escape, however innocent he might be, was an act of contumacy towards their High Mightinesses, that merited condign punishment; when he was twitted with the undue sumptuousness of his establishment, and jeeringly informed that the rich cargo of the Vrouw Roosje had turned his head; when he was desired to answer the frivolous and vexatious questions put to him, with the respect due to his superiors,-the wrath, which had for a long time been gathering heat, at length boiled over in a loud slap of his hand upon
the table, and a furious exclamation of : “ Donder ende Blixem! Superiors !" This startling exordium was instantly followed by a torrent of vituperative eloquence, wherein their High
Mightinesses were told they were pettifogging hucksters, and paltry pedlars, and cozening cos termongers, fitter for the shop-board than the Council-board, and much better qualified to cure red herrings than the diseases of the state: at the conclusion of which harangue, he snapped his fingers at them in scorn, and sate down fuming with indignation.
The Philistines were not more astounded when Samson shook their own temple about their ears, than were these Cæsars of the Counting-house at the storm they had brought down upon their heads. To beard them thus in their own hall, was to deny Diana at Ephesus; the sacrilegious offender was ordered instantly to quit their presence, which he obeyed with an angry dignity, lifting up his ample figure, puffing out his cheeks, surveying them with that sort of look, which a lion may be supposed to cast at the barking curs whom he has just felled with a blow of his paw; and ejaculating, as he got to the
door : “ Hey, Slapperloot ! Superiors !" No sooner had he disappeared than a furious debate ensued as to the punishment to be inflicted for so daring an outrage on the constituted authorities. Not contemplating that their High Mightinesses could ever be pelted with such opprobrious epithets, the law had provided no penalty for the offence. Under these circumstances they undertook to supply the omissions of the Statute Book, by condemning him to a smart fine and a month's imprisonment, claiming to themselves the praise of egregious magnanimity, for not visiting him with a much heavier judgment.
To the month's imprisonment, although he knew it to be perfectly illegal, and it prevented his superintending the unlading of his darling Vrouw Roosje, he might have submitted with that sort of patience which arises from consoling oneself with projects of future revenge; but they touched the apple of his eye when they fingered
his cash. Lavish as he was in expenditure, he could not bear to witness the waste of a single stiver; to be robbed of it was ten times worse ; and this was a wholesale instance of both, combined with insult, illegality, and oppression. He paid the money, however, still considering them his debtors, and looking forward with something of a Shylock satisfaction, to the moment when they should give him blood for his gold.
At the time of his examination, his illustrious friend, De Witt, who was no less distin guished as a commander than as a statesman and patriot, had been absent at sea, successfully fighting the battles of his country. He was now returned, and the worthy Burgomas ter immediately confided to him the wrongs he had suffered, and the plans he meditated for humbling the pride of his oppressors. Both were staunch Republicans ; conceiving the war with England unnecessary, as well as impo litic, they had strenuously opposed it from the
beginning; and they were now, more than ever, anxious to terminate it, as they saw that it was throwing all the influence into the hands of the Orange faction, whose designs were well known to be inimical to the liberties of Holland. For the accomplishment of their first object, a peace between the two countries, they employed as their agent a Frenchman named Buat, who had originally been appointed, by the Prince of Orange, a captain of the Horse Guards; and having subsequently married a Dutch woman of fortune, and appearing to be well affected to the States, was by them confirmed in his command. In vivacity, quickness of parts, and a remarkable aptitude for intrigue, this man was admirably adapted to their purpose; but he had one besetting sin, which at times utterly disqualified him for an enterprize that required vigilant secrecy and self-possession, Such was his addiction to wine, that he occa sionally suffered its treacherous influence to ob