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Last Evening We Walked Over The Castle.

An interesting Swiss woman, who has taught herself English for the benefit of her visitors, was our _cicerone_.

She seemed to have all the old Swiss vivacity of attachment for "_liberte et patrie_."

[Illustration: _of a interior space of hewn stone with high vaulted gothic arches._]

She took us first into the dungeon, with the seven pillars, described by Byron. There was the pillar to which, for protecting the liberty of Geneva, BONNEVARD was chained. There the Duke of Savoy kept him for six years, confined by a chain four feet long. He could take only three steps, and the stone floor is deeply worn by the prints of those weary steps. Six years is so easily said; but to _live_ them, alone, helpless, a man burning with all the fires of manhood, chained to that pillar of stone, and those three unvarying steps! Two thousand one hundred and ninety days rose and set the sun, while seedtime and harvest, winter and summer, and the whole living world went on over his grave. For him no sun, no moon, no star, no business, no friendship, no plans - nothing! The great millstone of life emptily grinding itself away!

What a power of vitality was there in Bonnevard, that he did not sink in lethargy, and forget himself to stone! But he did not; it is said that when the victorious Swiss army broke in to liberate him, they cried, -

"Bonnevard, you are free!"

"_Et Geneve?_"

"Geneva is free also!"

You ought to have heard the enthusiasm with which our guide told this story!

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