The Black Tulip

The Black Tulip

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The Black Tulip

The Black Tulip

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While John de Witt was ascending the stone staircase which led to the cell of his brother Cornelius, the presentiment of the fair Rosa was being fulfilled in the action of the burghers, who were doing their best to get rid of the troop of horsemen which was in their way.

The populace perceived this, and appreciating the good intentions of their militia, shouted lustily, “Hurrah for the burghers!”

M. de Tilly on his side, prudent as well as firm, was parleying with the burghers, under the protection of the cocked pistols of his squadron, explaining as clearly as he could that the orders given him by the States directed him to guard, with three companies, the prison square and its approaches.

“Why this order? Why guard the prison?” cried the Orangeists.

“Ah!” replied De Tilly, “there you ask more than I can answer. They gave the order, ‘Guard the prison,’ and I guard it. You, gentlemen, being almost soldiers yourselves, will know that an order is not a matter to be discussed.”

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