The Story of the French Revolution

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Swan Sonnenschein, 1890 - France - 122 pages
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Page 64 - Grievances ; and for answer got hanged on a 'new gallows forty feet high,' — confesses mournfully that there is no period to be met with, in which the general Twenty-five Millions of France suffered less than in this period which they name Reign of Terror...
Page 45 - ... to me equally unadvisable. It is impossible to think of fighting under the walls of the capital : the 10th of August has divided France into two parties, of which the one is attached to monarchy, while the other desires a republic. The latter of which, it is useless to dissemble, the minority in the state, is the only one on which you can depend when we come to the combat. The other will refuse to march; it will agitate Paris in favour of the foreigners, ^hile your defenders, placed between two...
Page 14 - Citizens, there is not a moment to lose ; the removal of Necker is the tocsin for a St. Bartholomew of patriots ! This evening all the Swiss and German battalions are coming out of the Champ-de-Mars to slaughter us ! There remains for us only one resource ; let us rush to arms.
Page 38 - Coblentz, the duke of Brunswick published a manifesto in the name of the emperor and the king of Prussia. He reproached those who had usurped the reins of administration in France, with having disturbed order and overturned the legitimate government; with having used...
Page 46 - Those who were deemed innocent of treasonable practices, and were 'enlarged' with the cry of 'Vive la nation!' (Long live the nation), were received with embracings and acclamation, but woe betide those who were conducted to the entrance in silence. Upon them the pikes and sabres at once fell, in some cases veritably hewing them to pieces.
Page 46 - Entrance was demanded by an improvised court, which, once inside, with the prison-registers open before them, began to adjudicate. The prisoners were severally called by name, their cases decided in a few minutes, after which they were successively removed nominally to another prison, or to be released. No sooner, however, had they reached the outer gate than they were met by a forest of pikes and sabres. Those who were deemed innocent of treasonable practices, and were 'enlarged' with the cry of...
Page 29 - ... labour in that district, inscribed upon the rolls of the municipality and the National Guard, and not engaged in domestic service. They had to take the civic oath of fidelity to the nation, the law, and the King.
Page 55 - ... Varennes — a silence which was the precursor of the judgment of kings by the nations." The countenance of Louis, on entering the hall, was firm and manly, and he looked round upon the assembly with an air of resolution. As he stood at the bar, the president said to him, with a faltering voice, " Louis, the French nation accuses you : you are now about to hear the reading of the act declaratory of the charges. Louis, sit down.

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