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'Neath the Hoof of the Tartar The Scourge of God   By: (1794-1865)

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'NEATH THE HOOF OF THE TARTAR

[Illustration: Portrait of Jósika]

'Neath the Hoof of the Tartar

OR

THE SCOURGE OF GOD

BY BARON NICOLAS JÓSIKA

ABRIDGED FROM THE HUNGARIAN BY SELINA GAYE

WITH PREFACE BY R. NISBET BAIN

SANS PEUR ET SANS REPROCHE [Illustration] SECOND EDITION

And Photogravure Portrait of the Author

LONDON JARROLD & SONS, 10 & 11, WARWICK LANE, E.C.

[ All Rights Reserved ]

1904

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE INTRODUCTION 7 I. RUMOURS 15 II. GOOD NEWS OR BAD? 35 III. MASTER STEPHEN'S PAGE 50 IV. MISTAKE THE FIRST 69 V. AS THE KING WILLS 89 VI. MISTAKE THE SECOND 104 VII. AT THE VERY DOORS 120 VIII. THE BETTER PART OF VALOUR 133 IX. "I WASH MY HANDS" 146 X. LIBOR CLIMBS THE CUCUMBER TREE 167 XI. "NEXT TIME WE MEET" 181 XII. DEFENDING THE CASTLE 199 XIII. CAMP FIRES 216 XIV. A FATAL DAY 228 XV. DORA'S RESOLVE 240 XVI. THROUGH THE SNOW 253 XVII. A STAMPEDE 274 XVIII. AUNT ORSOLYA'S CAVERN 288 XIX. FATHER ROGER'S STORY 297 XX. LIKE THE PHOENIX 312

INTRODUCTION.

Baron Miklós Jósika, the Walter Scott of Hungary, was born at Torda, in Transylvania, on April 28th, 1796. While quite a child, he lost both his parents, and was brought up at the house and under the care of his grandmother, Anna Bornemissza, a descendant of Jókai's heroine of the same name in "'Midst the Wild Carpathians." Of the young nobleman's many instructors, the most remarkable seems to have been an emigré French Colonel, who gave him a liking for the literature of France, which was not without influence on his future development. After studying law for a time at Klausenberg to please his friends, he became a soldier to please himself, and in his seventeenth year accompanied the Savoy dragoon regiment to Italy. During the campaign of the Mincio in 1814, he so distinguished himself by his valour that he was created a first lieutenant on the field of battle, and was already a captain when he entered Paris with the allies in the following year. In 1818, at the very beginning of his career, he ruined his happiness by his unfortunate marriage with Elizabeth Kalláy. According to Jósika's biographer, Luiza Szaák,[1] young Jósika was inveigled into this union by a designing mother in law, and any chance of happiness the young couple might have had, if left to themselves, was speedily dashed by the interference of the father of the bride, who defended all his daughter's caprices against the much suffering husband. Even the coming of children could not cement this woeful wedding, which terminated in the practical separation of spouses who were never meant to be consorts.

[Footnote 1: Baró Jósika Miklós élete és munkai.]

Jósika further offended his noble kinsmen by devoting himself to literature. It may seem a paradox to say so, yet it is perfectly true, that in the early part of the present century, with some very few honourable exceptions, the upper classes in Hungary addressed only their servants in Hungarian. Latin was the official language of the Diet, while polite circles conversed in barbarous French... Continue reading book >>




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