The History of Switzerland, for the Swiss People

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C. S. Francis & Company, 1855 - Switzerland - 405 pages
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Page 41 - Tell was on the rock, the boat out about the lake. The freed man climbed the mountain, and fled across the land of Schwyz ; and he thought in his troubled heart, " Whither can I fly from the wrath of the tyrant ? Even if I escape from his pursuit, he has my wife and child in my house as hostages. What may not Gessler do to my family, when Landenberg put out the eyes of the old man of Melchthal on account of a servant's broken fingers ? Where is the judgment-seat before which I can cite Gessler, when...
Page 39 - Schwyz and Unterwalden, in a small bushy meadow at the foot of the rocks of Seelisberg, opposite the little village of Brunnen. It is called Rutli, from the clearing of bushes ; there they were far from all human habitations. Soon each brought the joyful news that death was more desirable to all the people than so shameful a yoke. When, on the night of 17th of November, 1307, they came together, and each of the Three had brought with him to the meadow of the Rutli, ten true and honorable men, determined...

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