Italy from the Alps to Mount Etna . to provethe contrary, it must beallowed that though theRepublic might be free inother respects, yet in thistribunal she had a powerwhich could only be com-pared with that of Robes-pierre or the bloodthirstyMarat. All crimes againstthe security of the state—(and, therefore all crimes !)—were subject to their jurisdiction.The Doge himself, was liable to feel their mysterious power. In secresy and silencethe witnesses were examined; in secresy and silence the sentence was carried out; and,in order still further to simplify their proceedings, three Inquisitors w

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Italy from the Alps to Mount Etna . to provethe contrary, it must beallowed that though theRepublic might be free inother respects, yet in thistribunal she had a powerwhich could only be com-pared with that of Robes-pierre or the bloodthirstyMarat. All crimes againstthe security of the state—(and, therefore all crimes !)—were subject to their jurisdiction.The Doge himself, was liable to feel their mysterious power. In secresy and silencethe witnesses were examined; in secresy and silence the sentence was carried out; and,in order still further to simplify their proceedings, three Inquisitors w
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Italy from the Alps to Mount Etna . to provethe contrary, it must beallowed that though theRepublic might be free inother respects, yet in thistribunal she had a powerwhich could only be com-pared with that of Robes-pierre or the bloodthirstyMarat. All crimes againstthe security of the state—(and, therefore all crimes !)—were subject to their jurisdiction.The Doge himself, was liable to feel their mysterious power. In secresy and silencethe witnesses were examined; in secresy and silence the sentence was carried out; and,in order still further to simplify their proceedings, three Inquisitors were moreovernamed of whom no one was allowed to know the persons or the residence. But theyexisted ; and their invisible omnipresence lay like a dark ban upon mens spirits. The complete truth about Venice cannot be learned in the lofty Ducal Palace wherethe ceilings are full of gold, and where art, free and untrammelled, created her masterpieces.We must go down even as far as the Pozzi, into the dungeons below the level of the. BRIDGE OF SIGHS. K 2 68 ITAL Y. water ; or we must mount into the hot leaden cells (the Piombi); then we begin toconceive what was the secret canker gnawing at the root of all this beauty—then wefeel with unspeakable horror what is the shadow on the conscience of the proud Queen ofthe Adriatic. But this shadow is necessary to the perfect portrait. Who does not knowwhence the Bridge of Sighs derives its name ? that wondrously elegant arch which spansthe Rio del Palazzo, leading from the noblest beauty to the deepest misery! And whocould see the fearful Piombi unmoved ? It was a smiling May morning when we first visited them ; first theprisons, and then the tor-ture chamber, on whoseceiling the hook may stillbe seen to which the un-fortunate wretches werehoisted up; and whosefloor is paved with smoothstones in order that theblood should easily bewiped from it. We shud-dered. I thought of the timesof Dandolo and Morosini.I pictured to myself the lastn

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