|The department of spies was in the old
days considered one of the most important branches of the public service. Spies were
employed not only to bring intelligence about enemies' movements, but also to assist in
The spy service and authoritative books on
State craft should be deemed as the two eyes of the king.
The duty of a king is to learn at once all
that happens at all times to all people.
The standard of efficiency laid down was
The intelligence-men should watch closely
all the executive officers of the State and the relatives of the prince as well as those
that were known to be not well disposed towards the prince.