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Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

Robert Louis Stevenson

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. . .Deluc (head-master) is a National Guard, and he said he had only his own and he wanted them; but he said he would not fire on them.  Then they asked for wine, which he gave them.  They took good care not to get drunk, knowing they would not be able to fight.  They were very polite and behaved extremely well.

‘About 12 o’clock a servant came for a boy who lived near me, [and] Deluc thought it best to send me with him.  We heard a good deal of firing near, but did not come across any of the parties.  As we approached the railway, the barricades were no longer formed of palings, planks, or stones; but they had got all the omnibuses as they passed, sent the horses and passengers about their business, and turned them over.  A double row of overturned coaches made a capital barricade, with a few paving stones.

‘When I got home I found to my astonishment that in our fighting quarter it was much quieter.  Mamma . . . Read More