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of peace and religious tolera- Wallenstein was about to go tion increased their animosity, into winter quarters, that the just as his attempts to maintain first ominous signs of the Emdiscipline and prevent plunder peror's distrust appear. In antagonised many of his sub- requiring the general to send ordinate officers. Another cause him a state of distribution, so of offence arose out of the vic- that he himself might arrange tory of Steinau, Wallenstein's the quartering, he hints his military masterpiece. Here, dislike that an appearance drawing the Saxon forces away (might be) given to foreign from the Swedes by a clever nations that we possess only feint, he lay concealed by the divided power in own Lusatian mountains, allowing dominions, and have a colthe Saxons to overtake and league on the throne.” Soon pass him. Then, turning sud- after, Ferdinand, while maindenly on the Swedes under taining a friendly correspondCount Thurn, he surprised and ence, determined to deprive surrounded them. Caught un- Wallenstein of command. prepared, and given half an The plot thickened, and the hour to decide, Thurn capitu- Italian officers, for whose mililated on terms that the officers tary qualities and brigandly should be allowed to go free ways Wallenstein had often and the men take service under expressed his contempt, comtheir captors. But the court bined with the Spanish and of Vienna had such malice Bavarian elements to work on against their old enemy, Count the Emperor's fears, until, late Thurn, that their chagrin over in January 1634, Ferdinand his release was not mollified sent a secret commission to by Wallenstein's witty explana- Generals Gallas and Piccolotion: “It were well if the mini, depriving Wallenstein of allies had no better general; command and declaring him and at the head of the Swedish an outlaw, to be taken “ dead army he will be of more use or alive.

The conspirators to us than in prison."

saw the risk of giving notice Following up this victory of dismissal to a victorious with a promptness such as he general at the head of a great had never shown before, and a and devoted army, while their strategic insight unparalleled greed was inflamed by the in his age, Wallenstein swept prospect of dividing the spoil through Silesia and down the of his vast estates ; the EmOder. He was on the verge peror also was probably not of cutting off the Swedes from unwilling to cancel by a single the Baltic when recalled by blow his debt, not merely of the short-sighted entreaties of gratitude, but of twenty million the Emperor and Maximilian, florins. Rumours must have fearful of the danger to Bavaria. reached Wallenstein, for after It is just after this, when calling his officers together,

and signing with them a joint five Irishmen and two Spaniards. declaration of their “entire The next evening several of devotion to the Emperor,” he Wallenstein's chief adherents despatched two messengers to were invited to sup with Gordon the Emperor to advise him of in the citadel. The gates were his readiness to resign and to closed after they had entered, appear anywhere to answer any guards posted to prevent escape, charges. The messengers, how- and eighteen dragoons placed ever, were intercepted by Picco- in the rooms adjoining the lomini, and when the proclama- dining-hall. But no move was tion of outlawry was posted up made until the dessert had been in Prague, Wallenstein realised placed on the table and the his full danger. He determined servants dismissed, when, the to seek the protection of the signal given, the dragoons allies, and sent a messenger to rushed out and slew the unthe Duke of Weimar to ask for armed guests. aid, which, through suspicion of The first act of the tragedy a ruse, was at first refused- over, the conspirators held a surely proof that he had not council, at which Gordon made been engaged in treasonable a plea for clemency, but was intrigues. Meanwhile Wallen- overruled by Butler. Towards stein, quitting the army, set midnight, Butler, followed by out to meet them, with only Captain Devereux and six Irish a small escort of infantry and dragoons, went to Wallenstein's dragoons, the latter under quarters, the latter going upColonel Butler. This Irish offi- stairs while Butler waited becer sent his chaplain secretly low. It is said that Wallento Piccolomini to inform him stein had just dismissed for the of the move, and to promise night his astrologer, Seni, who aid in frustrating Wallenstein. had declared that the stars On the second night, the 24th still foretold impending danger. of February 1634, the party Devereux broke into the room, arrived at the frontier fortress and Wallenstein, who, aroused of Eger, held by two Scottish by noises, was at the window, officers, Colonel Gordon and turned to meet the assassin. Major Leslie. To them Wal- Too proud to parley, dignified lenstein told what had hap- to the last, he opened his arms pened, and left it to them to to the blow, and received the accompany him or not as they thrust of Devereux's halberd thought proper. Gordon and through his chest. Leslie agreed to do this, but To cover this deed of base that night Butler showed them ingratitude to the

to orders he had received from whom he owed all, the Emperor Piccolomini, and the three and his satellites prepared an pledged themselves to the mur elaborate account of Wallender. Into the conspiracy Butler stein's “conspiracy” against brought seven other officers, the Empire, among the many


charges being that he had surrounding this man "whose negotiated with Gustavus, and character," in Schiller's words, that he “not only employed “obscured by faction's hatred Protestants in his army, but and applause, still floats, unallowed them free exercise of fixed and stationless in histheir religion and estates tory,”suffice it that we can trace this last true! Though his- a spirit of toleration solitary torians — even German his- in the welter of the world's torians, until Doctor Förster a bitterest religious and fratricidal century ago obtained access to struggle, akin rather perhaps the archives of Vienna-swal- to the twentieth century than lowed this official concoction to the nineteenth century spirit; without query, the House of a striving after the national Austria knew its weakness, and unity which was to be realised sought to bury the affair in two and a half centuries later ; oblivion. When Frederick the a grasp of the grand strategical Great asked Joseph II., “How truth that military success is it really was with that story of not an end in itself, that force Wallenstein,” the Emperor is but one instrument of war cryptically replied that "he policy, and that the true objeccould not possibly doubt the tive is to ensure a progressive honour and integrity of his and prosperous continuance of ancestor.”

one's peace-time policy in after But what were the exact years. “Germany turns ever plans maturing in that gigantic to Wallenstein as she turns to brain, is and must remain one no other leader of the Thirty of the unfathomable problems Years' War ... such faithfulof history. Oxenstierna, even, ness is not without reason. perhaps the best-informed man Wallenstein's wildest schemes and ablest judge of character were always built upon the of the time, declared long after foundation of Germany's unity. that he could never comprehend In the way in which he walked the object Wallenstein really that unity was doubtless unhad in view.

obtainable. . . . But during the In the whole of history no long dreary years of confusion parallel exists to the strange which were to follow, it was career, and stranger mentality, something to think of the last of this many-sided genius, com- supremely able man whose life pound of Julius Cæsar, Bis- had been spent in battling marck, and an unknown against the great evils of the quantity. Wallenstein is land, against the spirit of reunique.

ligious intolerance, and the Yet through all the mystery spirit of division."




THE children came down to of knives that would not cut, breakfast without looking at knots that refused to be untied. the sideboard ; parcels had We knew better than to offer long ago passed into the do- to help them. Irene had hers main of " fish-ponds." We open first, Val being handiwere telling the Brebis how capped with the butter-knife. badly Uncle Bliss had behaved Two square collector's boxes, at the Potters', and they list- of beautifully grained white ened open - mouthed to the deal, light as cardboard, smellneglect of their porridge. “Did ing of camphor, cork-lined inhe bring his own flask?” Val side. The Goliath beetle almost asked. Glances of covert de- completely filled the first, a light passed between him and fearsome hammer-headed inIrene. They, too, were of the sect, but exquisitely streaked pro - Bliss party. Ghost of about the head with chocoCuckoo Lane, their hero had late and cream. I have seen become something of a dragon- smaller birds. But the papilio slayer !

was bigger still, nine inches The Brebis was horrified. between wing-tips.

between wing-tips. And how “My dear, I do hope he will it shone ! Poor purple emnot come here. I don't think peror! There was just room I could bear it.”

between the tails—which reHe will come all right,” minded me in their disproporAngela said.

tionate length of Uncle Bliss' “How can we keep him out dress-suit—for the blue birdof the house?” she asked me. winged butterfly and the dead

Say we are not at home? leaf insect. There was a chorus of dis- In their excitement they quite tress from the children. Evi- forgot the other box. Quick, dently Ursa Major was in the Val! It's the antelope's horn. ascendant.

How clumsy! Take care, or However, we had another you'll break it. I'll fetch constellation up our sleeves. Mummy's scissors."

“ Who's blind ? What are Irene was off like the flash those bulky packages on the of a kingfisher to the drawingsideboard ?"

room. But Val, with a mighty There was a scramble as of wrench, tugged the string round terriers. “ Parcels ! Two! the end of the parcel, and From Marjorie !” A confusion slipped it off, scattering the

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cloth with wood shavings. He They had forgotten the witchhad it out before Irene re- doctor's name. However, the turned, and held it up in horn was Chimbashi now. The triumph. It was the antelope's children explained how it had horn.

belonged to a wizard who, by Irene flew to it. She and putting his shadow into it, Val kept turning it round and obtained everything he desired trying to look into it at the and became a greåt king. same time, searching for the “How tremendously interestshadow. “Can you see it?” ing!” said the Brebis. “Yes, there it is." “Hold it It was rather interesting, still.” “Look, it has gone." when you came to think of it,

Apparently it came and went this translation of Chimbashi like other shadows.

from witch-bound Africa to “Can you see it, Daddy?” quiet Homersfield, where noth

I pieked it up. “ Yes, the ing more predatory invaded shadow's there all right. It our life than a rabbit in the seems to be moving.”

kitchen garden. Angela thought she could see “It gave him great power a white shadow.

over his enemies," Val con. Then Aunt Hudson examined tinued. it, but could see nothing, only “ He tortured and burnt darkness. It seems all sha- them, and when they were dow," she said. “I must look dead he jumped on their at it in a good light with my corpses," added Irene. glasses."

“My dear!” protested the Val handed it to Jessie. Brebis. “Can you see a shadow in- The children had been readside ?” he asked.

ing adventure books. Heaven Jessie could not. It was knows what visions of sorcery rather a test whether one could and midnight incantations see that shadow.

Chimbashi conjured up, alarms, “I hope it won't get out,” ambushes, massacres, tribal reI said. “We don't want a volutions, superstitious dread ! witch-doctor in the house up- Irene concluded, “And the setting things.”

chief put his captives to the "Upsetting things ?" The most hideous forms of death. Brebis was mystified.

Some he disembowelled while “Turning the milk sour, they were still living." breaking the crockery, setting My dear, please do not tell the chimneys on fire, scaring me any more. Who ever can the maids."

have put these dreadful ideas Angela suggested a cork. into your head.”

“But why?” asked the be- But it is all right now,wildered Brebis.

Irene added soothingly, to allay She had not heard Marjorie's the Brebis's

The story of—Chimbashi, was it ! shadow can't do anything now VOL. CCXVIII.-NO. MCCCXVII.

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