The Reign of Terror: A Collection of Authentic Narratives of the Horrors Committed by the Revolutionary Government of France Under Marat and Robespieere Written by Eye-witnesses of the Scenes, Volume 2

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L. Smithers and Company, 1899 - Correctional institutions
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Page 219 - Hymn, and a thousand other horrible compositions of the sort. Simon dressed him in a red cap and a carmagnole (a small tight jacket), and made him sing at the windows so as to be heard by the guard, and taught him to utter the most dreadful blasphemies and curses against God, his family, and the aristocrats.
Page 210 - ... instigation of her husband, but she subsequently was tortured with remorse at her cruel falsehood. This denunciation was made on the 19th of April ; she was allowed to see her daughter the next day. On the 20th, at half-past ten in the evening, my mother and I had just retired to rest, when Hebert arrived at the Temple, accompanied by several other municipal authorities : we rose with precipitation. They read to us a decree of the Commune, by which they were ordered to search our apartment with...
Page 228 - ... moment. He might, indeed, have washed himself, for he had a pitcher of water, and have kept himself somewhat more clean than he did; but, overwhelmed by the ill-treatment he had received, he had not resolution to do so, and his illness began to deprive him of even the necessary strength. He never asked for anything, so great was his dread of Simon and his other keepers. He passed his • days without any kind of occupation. They did not even allow him light in the evening. This situation affected...
Page 231 - I asked the municipal officers what had been done with her: they said that she had been to take the air ; I then renewed my demand to be confined with my mother, as I was now separated from my aunt: to which they replied that they would mention my request. They afterwards brought me the key of the press containing my aunt's linen: I asked them to send some to her, as she had none with her ; they told me it was impossible. Observing that, whenever I asked the municipal officers to be restored to my...
Page 209 - Not being allowed to see my daughter," replied he, " and also because I observe certain individuals among the municipal officers, who do not conduct themselves well" — (he alluded to those whom he had observed whispering to my aunt and to my mother.) He was asked to give up their names, which he did ; and moreover affirmed that we were in correspondence with some persons outside. As a proof of this assertion, he said that, one day at supper, he had seen my mother, in taking up her handkerchief,...
Page 211 - ... a physician ; they assured her that the attack did not in the least signify, and that her maternal tenderness caused her to be alarmed without reason : they, however, mentioned my brother's illness to the council, and demanded, in my mother's name, to have him attended by my physician, Brunier. The council made light of my brother's illness, as Hebert had seen him at five o'clock, without any fever : they peremptorily refused to send Brunier, as he had been denounced a short time before by Tison....
Page 197 - Force. At three o'clock we were suddenly alarmed by the most frightful cries : the king had only just risen from table, and was playing at trictrac with my mother, which gave them an opportunity of speaking to each other without being heard. The municipal officer who was on guard in the room behaved very well ; he closed the door and the window, and drew the curtains, to prevent our seeing what was going on outside. The men who were at work in the Temple, and Rocher the turnkey, joined the mob, whose...
Page 224 - She answered that she knew the municipal officers whom they mentioned, both by name and by appearance, but that we had never had any relation whatever with them. She denied our having any correspondents outside, and replied with still more contempt to the disgusting things respecting which they interrogated her. She came back at four o'clock. Her interrogatory had lasted only one hour, and mine three : the fact was, the deputies soon saw that they could not intimidate her, as they had hoped to do...
Page 182 - They now sat down to table, and after having supped, and drank heartily, they brought out their cords, and diverted themselves awhile, in tying each other as they intended to tie the prisoners. I then conducted them to the rooms where the prisoners were lodged. They instantly fell to work, tying the poor trembling wretches two and two.
Page 195 - ... and anger. He bade them all go in ; he arrested and carried off Clery's fellow-servant, whom they never sawagain, though he got off with a month's imprisonment. While the valet was packing up his clothes, the guard kept shouting to the King, "The drum has beat to arms : the alarm-bell is ringing : the alarm-guns have been fired : the emigrants are at Verdun. If they come here, we shall all perish ; but you shall die first.

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