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Manasseh A Romance of Transylvania   By: (1825-1904)

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Manasseh

A Romance of Transylvania

Retold from the Hungarian of Dr. Maurus Jókai Author of "Black Diamonds," "Pretty Michal," "The Baron's Sons," etc.

By Percy Favor Bicknell Translator of "The Baron's Sons"

Boston L. C. Page & Company 1901

Copyright, 1901 BY L. C. PAGE & COMPANY (INCORPORATED)

All rights reserved

Colonial Press Electrotyped and Printed by C. H. Simonds &. Co. Boston, Mass., U. S. A.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE vii

I. FELLOW TRAVELLERS 1

II. A LIFE'S HAPPINESS AT STAKE 13

III. AN INTRUDER EXPELLED 19

IV. A BIT OF STRATEGY 24

V. HOLY WEEK IN ROME 34

VI. THE CONSECRATED PALM LEAF 52

VII. AN AUDIENCE WITH THE POPE 60

VIII. AN UNWELCOME VISITOR 65

IX. THE ANONYMOUS LETTER 79

X. THE FOURTEENTH PARAGRAPH 90

XI. THE DECISION 103

XII. A GHOSTLY VISITANT 109

XIII. A SUDDEN FLIGHT 127

XIV. WALLACHIAN HOSPITALITY 137

XV. BALYIKA CAVE 158

XVI. A DESPERATE HAZARD 179

XVII. IN PORLIK GROTTO 188

XVIII. TOROCZKO 198

XIX. A MIDNIGHT COUNCIL 213

XX. MIRTH AND MOURNING 231

XXI. THE SPY 245

XXII. THE HAND OF FATE 256

XXIII. OLD SCORES 266

XXIV. A CRUEL PARTING 292

XXV. SECRETS OF THE COMMISSARIAT 302

XXVI. SOLFERINO 307

XXVII. AN HOUR OF TRIAL 314

XXVIII. A DAY OF RECKONING 318

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE.

A few words of introduction to this striking story of life in Szeklerland may not be out of place.

The events narrated are supposed to take place half a century ago, in the stirring days of '48, when the spirit of resistance to arbitrary rule swept over Europe, and nowhere called forth deeds of higher heroism than in Hungary. To understand the hostility between the Magyars and Szeklers on the one hand, and the Wallachians on the other, a state of feud on which the plot of the story largely hinges, let it be remembered that the non Hungarian elements of the kingdom were exceedingly jealous of their Hungarian neighbours, and apprehensive lest the new liberal constitution of 1848 should chiefly benefit those whom they thus chose to regard as enemies. Therefore, secretly encouraged by the government at Vienna, they took up arms against the Hungarians. The Croatians and Serbs, under the lead of Ban Jellachich and other imperial officers, joined in the revolt. The most frightful atrocities were committed by the insurgents. Hundreds of families were butchered in cold blood, and whole villages sacked and burned. These acts of massacre and rapine were especially numerous on the eastern borders of Transylvania, among the so called Szeklers, or "Frontiersmen," in whose country the scene of the present narrative is chiefly laid... Continue reading book >>




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