The secret societies of the European revolution, 1776-1876 Volume 1

9780217640251: The secret societies of the European revolution, 1776-1876 Volume 1

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ... colonel, who, knowing that he had given no such order, acquainted the commandant, Toustain, with the circumstance. Toustain divined a plot, and instantly took measures to counteract it. In the meantime the two sergeants had returned to their barracks, and one of them had told Tellier that the captain knew nothing about the order that had been given. Tellier saw immediately that the plot would be suspected, and hastened to warn the officers who were engaged in it. They immediately took off their uniforms, and hurried to the principal gate of the town, the military guard at which was commanded that night by Lieutenant Manoury, who was one of the initiated. The first arrivals had scarcely passed through the gate when Toustain came up with a detachment, arrested a group of officers who were conversing with Manoury, and, consigning them to the guard-room, traversed the outer works, and overtook the fugitives, who had kept on the high road, in order to intercept and warn Lafayette. He called to them to surrender, and advanced towards them, when he was shot by Lieutenant Peugnot, who, with his companions, immediately took to flight. The soldiers raised Toustain, who at first seemed dead; but the Cross of the Legion of Honour which he wore on his breast had prevented the ball from penetrating, and he was able to return to the gate. Manoury was then found to have fled from his post, accompanied by the prisoners; and the commandant could then only turn out the troops, and take precautions against a tumult or a surprise. The police were immediately on the alert, but all the conspirators had fled; and some papers which were seized at an inn in the town, and which it was supposed would throwsome light on the conspiracy, were recovered by a bribe, and...

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