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"Unto Caesar"   By: (1865-1947)

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"UNTO CÆSAR"

BARONESS ORCZY

By BARONESS ORCZY

"UNTO CAESAR" EL DORADO MEADOWSWEET THE NOBLE ROGUE THE HEART OF A WOMAN PETTICOAT RULE

GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY NEW YORK

[Illustration: "LOOK INTO MY EYES NOW!... DO THEY LOOK AS IF THEY MEANT TO RELENT?"]

UNTO CÆSAR

BY BARONESS ORCZY

AUTHOR OF 'THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL', 'ELDORADO'

[Illustration: Coin inscribed C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT]

"RENDER THEREFORE UNTO CÆSAR THE THINGS WHICH ARE CÆSAR'S; AND UNTO GOD THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD'S"

ST. MATTHEW XX. 21.

NEW YORK GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY

Copyright, 1914, BY GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY

TO ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. 1 CHAPTER II. 9 CHAPTER III. 19 CHAPTER IV. 30 CHAPTER V. 39 CHAPTER VI. 54 CHAPTER VII. 72 CHAPTER VIII. 83 CHAPTER IX. 107 CHAPTER X. 119 CHAPTER XI. 128 CHAPTER XII. 146 CHAPTER XIII. 155 CHAPTER XIV. 161 CHAPTER XV. 183 CHAPTER XVI. 193 CHAPTER XVII. 199 CHAPTER XVIII. 204 CHAPTER XIX. 209 CHAPTER XX. 212 CHAPTER XXI. 220 CHAPTER XXII. 226 CHAPTER XXIII. 233 CHAPTER XXIV. 239 CHAPTER XXV. 247 CHAPTER XXVI. 257 CHAPTER XXVII. 267 CHAPTER XXVIII. 277 CHAPTER XXIX. 286 CHAPTER XXX. 296 CHAPTER XXXI. 321 CHAPTER XXXII. 329 CHAPTER XXXIII. 343 CHAPTER XXXIV. 355 CHAPTER XXXV. 370 CHAPTER XXXVI. 376

"UNTO CÆSAR"

CHAPTER I

"Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion...." PSALM XLVIII. 2.

And it came to pass in Rome after the kalends of September, and when Caius Julius Cæsar Caligula ruled over Imperial Rome.

Arminius Quirinius, the censor, was dead. He had died by his own hand, and thus was a life of extortion and of fraud brought to an ignominious end through the force of public opinion, and by the decree of that same Cæsar who himself had largely benefited by the mal practices of his minion.

Arminius Quirinius had committed every crime, sunk to every kind of degradation which an inordinate love of luxury and the insatiable desires of jaded senses had suggested as a means to satisfaction, until the treachery of his own accomplices had thrown the glaring light of publicity on a career of turpitude such as even these decadent times had seldom witnessed ere this.

Enough that the end had come at last. A denunciation from the rostrum, a discontented accomplice thirsting for revenge, an angry crowd eager to listen, and within an hour the mighty, much feared censor was forced to flee from Rome to escape the fury of a populace which would have torn him to pieces, and was ready even to massacre his family and his womenfolk, his clients and his slaves.

He escaped to his villa at Ostia. But the Emperor Caligula, having duly enjoyed the profits derived from his favourite's extortions, hurled anathema and the full weight of his displeasure on the man who had been not only fool enough to be found out, but who had compromised the popularity of the Cæsar in the eyes of the people and of the army. Twenty four hours later the imperial decree went forth that the disgraced censor must end his days in any manner which he thought best seeing that a patrician and member of the Senate could not be handed over to common justice and also that the goods of Arminius Quirinius should be publicly sold for the benefit of the State and the profit of those whom the extortioner had wronged.

The latter phrase, though somewhat vague, pleased the people and soothed public irritation, and the ephemeral popularity of a half crazy tyrant was momentarily restored. Be it said however, that less than a month later the Cæsar decided that he himself had been the person most wronged by Arminius, and that the bulk of the profits derived from the sale of the late censor's goods must therefore find its way into the imperial coffers... Continue reading book >>




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