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recrossed the Neisse, and took gorget and military scarf on, to the mountains. On reach- he was ready to perform his ing them they sat down to de- character, and Trenck fitted liberate, after which Trenck cut himself for his by cutting his a stick to assist his friend in finger, smearing the blood over limping forward, when he him his face, shirt, and clothes, self was compelled to desist and making his friend tie his for a while from carrying him. hands loosely behind him. All They then resumed their jour- this preparation, however, was ney, and wandered about for thrown away, for the peasant hours, up to the middle in to whom Schell applied knew snow, without being able to his person, and had heard of discover a path. When day his desertion with Trenck. But broke, and they were expect though detected, they obtained ing to find themselves on the their purpose. While Schell frontier, they heard the town kept the man in parley, Trenck clock of Glatz, which painfully went to the stable, from which convinced them that they had he brought out two horses. gone astray, and were still in Saddles were not to be had, the midst of danger. They but his entreaties prevailed on were, in fact, only seven miles the peasant's daughter to profrom Glatz, and had still twice cure him bridles; and thus that distance to travel before mounted, they proceeded on they could get beyond the reach their way. of their enemies.
Their appearance without They were now so nearly saddles or hats—for they had worn out with hunger, cold, and lost their hats in leaping from fatigue, that it seemed impos- the rampart-exposed them to sible to proceed much further great risk in the broad daywithout some assistance. Trenck light. Nor, indeed, did they resorted to the following strata- pass unknown. As they were gem to procure the necessary approaching the Austrian conrelief from the inhabitants of fines, they were seen by Captain two houses, which were about Zerbet, one of the officers who three hundred paces from them had been sent in pursuit. But on the hill-side. He was to the officers were all so linked act the part of a deserter, and together in the ties of friendSchell that of the officer who ship, that, Zerbet fortunately had arrested, wounded, and being alone, the fugitives were bound him, but whose horse safe. He called out to Trenck, had been killed, and his ankle - Make to the left, brother, and put out in the scuffle, and who you will see some lone houses; therefore wanted a cart for the they are on the Austrian fronconveyance of himself and his tier; the hussars have gone prisoner. As Schell had his straight forward ;' and he then
moved on as if he had not Austrian cousin at Vienna was seen them. Their last trial abandoned at once, as he feared was the passing through a town that such a measure would which was garrisoned by a hun afford grounds for believing dred and eight foot soldiers him to be a traitor. He had and twelve horse, for the ex soon reason to be satisfied with press purpose of seizing de his decision; he learned that serters. Having traversed this his cousin was closely impridangerous spot unchallenged, soned and under prosecution. they soon reached the Bohe- At length he determined upon mian town of Braunau, and travelling on foot, with Schell, had nothing more to fear. through Bohemia, Moravia, and
Thus, after fifteen months' Poland, to the neighbourhood confinement and repeated fail- of Königsberg, for the purpose ures, did Trenck recover his of seeing his mother, and obliberty. "Never in all my life,' taining from her some money; says he, "did I feel pleasure after doing which, he designed more exquisite than at this to enter -into the Russian sermoment. My friend had risked vice. The journey was not a shameful death for me, and less than between seven and now, after having carried him eight hundred miles, and it was at least twelve hours on my to be performed in the depth shoulders, I had saved both of winter. This plan, however, him and myself
. We certainly was afterwards a little modified: should not have suffered any instead of proceeding direct man to take us back again to to his mother's, he resolved Glatz alive. Yet this was but first of all to solicit assistance the first act of the tragedy of from a married sister, who which I was doomed to be the lived in Brandenburg, on a fine hero, and the mournful inci- estate near Landsberg, on the dents of which all arose out of, river Watha. To reach her and depended on, each other. residence, the two fugitives Could I have read the book of were compelled to coast along fate, and have seen the forty the whole north-eastern frontier years' fearful afflictions that of Silesia ; and as she resided were to follow, I certainly on Prussian territory, though it should not have rejoiced at was on the very verge of it, this my escape from Glatz.' they had some cause of appre
The fugitives were detained hension for their safety. three weeks at Braunau by the Many were the adventures lameness of Schell. During into which this daring man this time, Trenck deliberated and his companion plunged in as to the step which it would effecting
At be most prudent for him to Czenstochow, a good Samaritan, take. The idea of joining his who had given them food and
shelter, informed them that a querors took a watch, a hat, carriage had arrived with an and a musket. The approach officer and soldiers sent to ar- of a coach and six compelled rest them. All precautions them to leave the other unwere taken to prevent capture ; rifled. He was the officer but early on the second morn who headed the party; and ing after leaving the town, they they afterwards learned that saw a carriage before them, he had in his pocket a hundred which they knew to be that of and fisty ducats. their pursuers. The Prussian It was not 'until February, emissaries were standing round after wandering for six weeks, it, pretending it was fast in the that Trenck, with Schell, arsnow, and they called out for rived at his sister's house ; and help. Well aware that this was then, to his bitter disappointa stratagem to entrap them, ment and indignation, he was Trenck and his companion went refused admission, and turned about thirty yards out of the from the door.
No resource road, and replied that they now presented itself but to turn could not spare time to stop. their course to the eastward, Their enemies immediately and proceed to Ebling, that drew out their pistols, and Trenck might open a communicame upon them at full speed. cation with his mother. On Trenck turned round, and shot his journey he was compelled the foremost dead upon the to leave Schell, who was too spot. Schell was less fortu weak and ill to advance farnate; a ball wounded him ther, in the hands of a peasant severely in the neck. Another woman, and to make his way of the assailants fled from alone to his destination. He Trenck, who overtook him was reduced to almost the last after a chase of three hundred extremity when his weary feet yards, and cut him down with entered Ebling; there, howhis sabre. While Trenck was ever, he was most hospitably thus occupied, Schell, disabled welcomed by his old tutor, a by a cut on the right hand, captain in a Polish regiment, had fallen into the power of who wrote so powerful a letter the two remaining Prussians, to the mother of Trenck, that who were dragging him to the she hastened to embrace him ; carriage. On seeing Trenck,
On seeing Trenck, and through her liberality he however, coming back victori- was speedily placed in a posious, they relinquished their tion to which he had long been prey, and escaped over the a stranger. fields. One of them never From Ebling Trenck jourreached home, he having been neyed to Vienna, picking up mortally wounded. From one his friend Schell on the way, of the dead men the con- for whom he procured a com
mission in the regiment of Pala- bate, Trenck would have been vacini, and gave him also a on his voyage to Riga, had not sum of money to enable him the treacherous Abramson preto join his regiment in Italy. vailed on him to remain a few Trenck soon lest Vienna in dis- days longer. On the last night gust at the treatment he had of his intended stay, he had received from his cousin,-who but just got into bed, when a had attempted his assassination loud knocking was heard at the both secretly and by duelling,-door, which was followed by and entered the Russian ser two of the city magistrates and vice, in which he remained twenty grenadiers bursting so several years, successfully elud- suddenly into his room that ing various snares laid by his he had not time to use his enemies to get him again under weapons. Resistance, indeed, Prussian power. In 1754, how would have been unavailing, ever, his capture was finally for he had no one to aid him, effected, by the treachery of his three servants having alone in whom he placed entire ready been secured. He was confidence.
conveyed to the city prison, In the spring of that year his where he remained twenty-four mother died, and he made a hours. Here he was visited by journey to Dantzic, that he the traitor' Abramson, who hymight settle the family affairs pocritically condoled with him, with his brothers and sister. and promised to move heaven Having completed his family and earth for his deliverance. arrangements, and secured a The deceiver played his part passage for Riga in a Swedish so well, that he induced the vessel, he would shortly have prisoner to place in his hands been out of reach of his ene- property to the amount of seven mies, had he not been circum-thousand florins, to prevent it, vented by the most infamous as he pretended, from being treachery. The traitor who seized. On the following day betrayed him was an Austrian he set out from Dantzic, resident at Dantzic, a man guarded by an escort of dranamed Abramson, on whom goons. At Lauenberg, in PomeTrenck placed implicit reliance. rania, he was handed over to The King of Prussia had re- the custody of thirty Prussian quired that Trenck should be hussars, by whom he was congiven up to him, a demand veyed to Berlin, and from thence with which the magistrates of to Magdeburg, where he was the city hesitated to comply; thrown into a dungeon. and a correspondence took My dungeon,' he says, 'was place upon the subject. The in a casemate, the forepart of magistrates finally yielded. which, six feet wide and ten feet While the question was in de long, was divided by a party
wall. In the inner wall were eleven months, I felt from two doors, and a third at the ravenous hunger. I could easily entrance of the casemate itself. every day have devoured six The window in the seven feet pounds of bread; and every thick wall was so situated, that twenty-four hours, after having though I had light, I could see received and swallowed my neither heaven nor earth; I small portion, I continued as could only see the roof of the hungry as before I began, yet magazine; within and without must wait another twenty-four this window were iron bars, and hours for a new morsel. How in the space between an iron willingly would I have signed a grating, so close and so situated, bill of exchange for a thousand by the rising of the walls, that ducats, on my property at it was impossible I should see Vienna, only to have satiated any person without the prison, my hunger on dry bread! For or that any person should see so extreme was it, that scarcely me. On the outside was a had I dropt into a sweet sleep, wooden palisade, six feet from before I dreamed I was feastthe wall, by which the sentinels ing at some table luxuriously were prevented from conveying loaded, where, eating like a anything to me. I had a glutton, the whole company were mattress, and a bedstead, but astonished to see me, while my which was immoveably ironed imagination was heated by the to the floor, so that it was im- sensation of famine. Awakened possible I should drag it, and by the pains of hunger, the stand up to the window; beside dishes vanished, and nothing the door was a small iron stove remained but the reality of my and a night-table, in like manner distress; the cravings of nature fixed to the floor. I was not were but inflamed, my tortures yet put in irons, and my allow- prevented sleep, and looking ance was a pound and a half into futurity, the cruelty of my per day of ammunition bread, fate suffered, if possible, inand a jug of water.
crease, from imagining that the 'From my youth I had always promulgation of pangs like these had a good appetite, but my was insupportable. bread was so mouldy I could serve every honest man from scarcely at first eat the half of sufferings like mine! They it. This was the consequence were not to be endured by the of Major Reiding's avarice, who villain most obdurate. Many endeavoured to profit even by have fasted three days, many this, so great was the number have suffered want for a week of unfortunate prisoners; there or more, but certainly no one fore it is impossible I should beside myself ever endured it describe to my readers the ex- in the same excess for eleven cess of tortures that, during months. Some have supposed