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Ch. 2: Adamas, Diamond

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TEE "PITT'' OR "REGENT" DIAMOND.           85
finished, hanged himself—a most appropriate finale to the tale.
The robbery of the Garde Meuble, already alluded to (Sancy), was effected under the most suspicious circum­stances as regards the keepers : who were supposed to have acted in the interest of the royal family. The Regalia, including gold plate of almost incalculable value, had been sealed up by the officers of the Commune of Paris, after the massacres of the 10th of August. On the 17th of the following month, the seals were found broken, the locks picked by means of false keys, and the cabinets empty. The thieves were never discovered ; but an anonymous letter directed to the Commune gave the information where to find the Regent, together with the nobje Agate Chalice of the Abbot Suger (which had been buried in the Allée des Veuves in the Champs Elysées), the latter stripped of its precious gold-mounting. Both these objects were too well known to be convertible into money without certain detection ; hence this politeness, on the part of the thieves ; but everything else had disappeared for ever. The fortunes of Buonaparte may be said to have been founded upon this Diamond : it was verily the Bock upon which his empire was built, for after the famous 18th Brumaire, by pledging the Regent to the Dutch Government, he procured the funds indispensable for the consolidation of his power. After he became emperor, he wore the Diamond set in the pommel of his state-sword : doubtless holding that to be a more significant and needful article of his imperial para­phernalia than either crown or sceptre. One is tempted to indulge, after old Pliny's fashion, in profound reflections upon the direct influence of this remarkable gem in raising to the helm of government of the two hostile nations ; in one the Corsican adventurer, in the other his once equally renowned adversary William Pitt, whose accession to the
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