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A BURIAL; AN OCCASION TO BE BORN AGAIN

 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:02 am    Post subject: A BURIAL; AN OCCASION TO BE BORN AGAIN Reply with quote

In the spring of 1832, although the cholera had been chilling all minds for the last three months and had cast over their agitation an indescribable and gloomy pacification, Paris had already long been ripe for commotion.
  As we have said, the great city resembles a piece of artillery; when it is loaded, it suffices for a spark to fall, and the shot is discharged.
  In June, 1832, the spark was the death of General Lamarque.
  Lamarque was a man of renown and of action.
  He had had in succession, under the Empire and under the Restoration, the sorts of bravery requisite for the two epochs, the bravery of the battle-field and the bravery of the tribune.
  He was as eloquent as he had been valiant; a sword was discernible in his speech.UGG boots clearance uk
  Like Foy, his predecessor, after upholding the command, he upheld liberty; he sat between the left and the extreme left, beloved of the people because he accepted the chances of the future, beloved of the populace because he had served the Emperor well; he was, in company with Comtes Gerard and Drouet, one of Napoleon's marshals in petto. The treaties of 1815 removed him as a personal offence.
  He hated Wellington with a downright hatred which pleased the multitude; and, for seventeen years, he majestically preserved the sadness of Waterloo, paying hardly any attention to intervening events. In his death agony, at his last hour, he clasped to his breast a sword which had been presented to him by the officers of the Hundred Days. Napoleon had died uttering the word army, Lamarque uttering the word country.
  His death, which was expected, was dreaded by the people as a loss, and by the government as an occasion.
  This death was an affliction. Like everything that is bitter, affliction may turn to revolt. This is what took place.
  On the preceding evening, and on the morning of the 5th of June, the day appointed for Lamarque's burial, the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, which the procession was to touch at, assumed a formidable aspect. This tumultuous network of streets was filled with rumors. They armed themselves as best they might.ugg outlet
  Joiners carried off door-weights of their establishment "to break down doors."
  One of them had made himself a dagger of a stocking-weaver's hook by breaking off the hook and sharpening the stump.
  Another, who was in a fever "to attack," slept wholly dressed for three days.
  A carpenter named Lombier met a comrade, who asked him:
  "Whither are you going?" "Eh! well, I have no weapons."
  "What then?"
  "I'm going to my timber-yard to get my compasses."
  "What for?"
  "I don't know," said Lombier.
  A certain Jacqueline, an expeditious man, accosted some passing artisans:
  "Come here, you!"
  He treated them to ten sous' worth of wine and said:
  "Have you work?"
  "No." "Go to Filspierre, between the Barriere Charonne and the Barriere Montreuil, and you will find work."
  At Filspierre's they found cartridges and arms. Certain well-known leaders were going the rounds, that is to say, running from one house to another, to collect their men. At Barthelemy's, near the Barriere du Trone, at Capel's, near the Petit-Chapeau, the drinkers accosted each other with a grave air. They were heard to say:
  "Have you your pistol?"UGG outlet store
  "Under my blouse." "And you?"
  "Under my shirt."
  In the Rue Traversiere, in front of the Bland workshop, and in the yard of the Maison-Brulee, in front of tool-maker Bernier's, groups whispered together. Among them was observed a certain Mavot, who never remained more than a week in one shop, as the masters always discharged him "because they were obliged to dispute with him every day."
  Mavot was killed on the following day at the barricade of the Rue Menilmontant. Pretot, who was destined to perish also in the struggle, seconded Mavot, and to the question:
  "What is your object?" he replied:
  "Insurrection."
  Workmen assembled at the corner of the Rue de Bercy, waited for a certain Lemarin, the revolutionary agent for the Faubourg Saint-Marceau. Watchwords were exchanged almost publicly.
  On the 5th of June, accordingly, a day of mingled rain and sun, General Lamarque's funeral procession traversed Paris with official military pomp, somewhat augmented through precaution.
  Two battalions, with draped drums and reversed arms, ten thousand National Guards, with their swords at their sides, escorted the coffin. The hearse was drawn by young men.
  The officers of the Invalides came immediately behind it, bearing laurel branches.
  Then came an innumerable, strange, agitated multitude, the sectionaries of the Friends of the People, the Law School, the Medical School, refugees of all nationalities, and Spanish, Italian, German, and Polish flags, tricolored horizontal banners, every possible sort of banner, children waving green boughs, stone-cutters and carpenters who were on strike at the moment, printers who were recognizable by their paper caps, marching two by two, three by three, uttering cries, nearly all of them brandishing sticks, some brandishing sabres, without order and yet with a single soul, now a tumultuous rout, again a column.UGG boots outlet
  Squads chose themselves leaders; a man armed with a pair of pistols in full view, seemed to pass the host in review, and the files separated before him.
  On the side alleys of the boulevards, in the branches of the trees, on balconies, in windows, on the roofs, swarmed the heads of men, women, and children; all eyes were filled with anxiety.
  An armed throng was passing, and a terrified throng looked on.
  The Government, on its side, was taking observations.
  It observed with its hand on its sword.
 
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