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The Human Telegraph part 1

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Boleslav Prus (Alexander Glowacki) (1847-1912)

Alexander Glowacki, known and loved among his people under the pen-name Prus, was born near Lublin in Poland, in 1847. His first novel was published in 1872, and from that time until his death in 1912, his literary activities were uninterrupted. He was a very prolific writer.

“He believed in humanity, in civilization, in the creative power of good and light. He demanded national self-education… he yearned for the training of the will of the people, to whom he proclaimed that each man must find in himself the source of strength and energy.” Prus’s short stories are especially characteristic of the man’s nature and art.

This story is translated—for the first time into English—by Sarka B. Hrbkova, by whose permission it is here printed.

The Human Telegraph

On her visit to the Orphanage recently the Countess X witnessed an extraordinary scene. She beheld four boys wran

The Massacre of the Innocents part 8

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Round
the churchyard a multitude gathered in front of a long low green farmhouse. The
proprietor wept bitterly as he stood in his door-way. He was a fat,
jolly-looking man, and happened to arouse the compassion of a few soldiers who
sat near the wall in the sunlight, patting a dog. The soldier who was taking
off his child made gestures as if to convey the meaning, “What can I do? I’m
not to blame!”

One
peasant who was being pursued leaped into a boat near the stone bridge, and,
with his wife and children, rowed quickly across that part of the pond that was
not frozen. The Spaniards, who dared not follow, walked angrily among the reeds
by the shore. They climbed into the willows along the bankside, trying to reach
the boat with their lances. Unable to do so, they continued to threaten the
fugitives, who drifted out over the dark water.

The
orchard was still thronged with people: it was there, in the pres-ence of the
white-bearded commanding officer, that mos

The Massacre of the Innocents part 7

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One
family, who had concealed themselves in the cellar of a large house, stood at
the gratings and wildly lamented, while the father desperately brandished his
pitchfork through the grating. Outside, an old bald-headed fellow sat on a
manure-heap, sobbing to himself. In the square a woman dressed in yellow had
fainted away, her weeping husband holding her up by the arms against a
pear-tree.

Another
woman, in red, clutched her little girl, whose hands had been cut off, and
lifted the child’s arms to see whether she could move. Still another woman was
escaping toward the open country, the soldiers running after her among the
haystacks, which stood out in sharp relief against the snow-covered fields.

Before
the Four Sons of Aymon confusion reigned. The peasants had made a barricade
while the soldiers encircled the inn, unable to effect an entrance. They were
trying to climb up to the sign-board by means of the vines, when they caught
sight of a ladder behind the

The Massacre of the Innocents part 6

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There
had been a kermesse in this house: relatives had come to feast on waffles,
hams, and custards. At the sound of the smashing of windows they crouched
together behind the table, still laden with jugs and dishes.

The
soldiers went to the kitchen and after a savage fight in which many were
wounded, they seized all the small boys and girls, and a little servant who had
bitten the thumb of one soldier, left the house and closed the door behind them
to prevent their being followed.

Those
who had no children cautiously came forth from their houses and followed the
soldiers at a distance. They could see them throw down their victims on the
ground before the old man, and cold-bloodedly massacre them with lances or
swords.

Meanwhile
men and women crowded the windows of the blue farmhouse and the barn, cursing
and raising their arms to heaven as they contemplated the pink, red, and white
clothes of their motionless children on the ground among the trees. Th

The Massacre of the Innocents part 5

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The
parishioners inquired of him in undertones, “What does he say? What is he going
to do?” Others, seeing the curt: in the orchard, emerged cautiously from their
huts, and women hastily came near and whispered in small groups among
themselves, while the soldiers who had been besieging the inn, came out again
when they saw the crowd assembling in the square.

Then
he who held the innkeeper’s child by one leg, cut off its head with a stroke of
the sword. The peasants saw the head fall, and the body bleeding on the ground.
The mother gathered it to her arms, forgetting the head, and ran toward her
house. On the way she stumbled against a tree, fell flat on the snow and lay in
a faint, while the father struggled with two soldiers.

Horror to the accompaniment

Some
of the younger peasants threw stones and wood at the Spaniards, but the horsemen
rallied and lowered their lances, the women scattered in all directions, while
the curd wi

The Massacre of the Innocents part 4

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They
made their way toward the Golden Sun and knocked at the door. It was opened
with some hesitancy, and the Spaniards entered, warmed themselves before the
fire, and demanded ale. They then left the inn, taking with them pots,
pitchers, and bread for their companions, and the old man with the white beard
who stood waiting among his soldiers.

 As the street was still deserted, the
commanding officer sent off some horsemen behind the houses to guard the
village on the side facing the open country, and ordered the footmen to bring
to him all children two years old or under, as he intended to massacre them, in
accordance with what is written in the Gospel of St. Matthew.

The
men went first to the small inn of the Green Cabbage and the barber’s hut,
which stood close to each other in the central part of the street. One of them
opened the pigsty and a whole litter of pigs escaped and roamed about through
the village. The innkeeper and the barber came out of th

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The
sisters of the dead woman and various other relatives got into the cart, and
the curt: as well, for he was old and very fat and could walk only with the
greatest difficulty. They drove off into the wood, and in silence reached the
wide open fields, where they saw the dead soldiers, stripped naked, and the
horses lying on their backs on the shining ice among the trees.

They
went on toward the farm, which was still burning in the midst of the open
fields.

When
they reached the orchard of the burning house, they stopped short before the
garden gate and looked upon the terrible tragedy. Korneliz’ wife hung, naked,
from the branches of a huge chestnut. He himself climbed up a ladder into the
branches of the tree, below which his nine little girls awaited their mother on
the lawn. Korneliz made his way through the arching boughs overhead when all at
once, outlined against the bright snow, he caught sight of the crowd beneath,
looking up at him.

The Massacre of the Innocents part 2

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After
deliberating a long while in the churchyard, they decided to hide in the wood
which the Spaniards were to come through, attack them if they were not too
numerous, and recover Petrus Krayer’s cattle and any booty they might have
taken at the farm.

The
men armed themselves with forks and spades while the women remained with the
cur£ by the church. Looking for a favorable place for an ambuscade, the men
reached a hilly spot near a mill at the edge of the wood, where they could see
the fire glowing against the stars of night. They took up their position under
some enormous oaks by the side of an ice-covered pond.

A
shepherd, who was called the Red Dwarf, mounted to the top of the hill in order
to warn the miller, who had already stopped his mill when he saw flames on the
horizon. But he allowed the peasant to enter, and the two went to a window to
look out over the countryside.

Dwarf went down

The
moon shone down brigh

The Massacre of the Innocents part 1

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Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949)

Maurice
Maeterlinck was born at Ghent in 1862. He studied for the law, but left for
Paris after a short career as a lawyer. In Paris he became acquainted with
several writers who exercised considerable influence over him. Maeterlinck’s
chief contributions to contemporary literature are his plays and his essays.

The
Massacre of the Innocents was the earliest published work of this writer. It
appeared in 1886 in a small magazine. It is a skilfully constructed tale, in
which the background and details are strikingly similar to the early paintings
of the Flemish school.

The
translation, by Barrett H. Clark, was made especially for this collection.
Originally reprinted by permission of the author.

The Massacre of the Innocents

On
Friday the 26th of December about supper time, a little shepherd came into
Nazareth crying terribly.

Some
peasants who were drinki

Bulgarian Monasteries

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Let your customized tours Bulgaria start. On that first day of tours Bulgaria we travel to the Rila Monastery. It is not far from the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, which is 120 km away. (private guided Sofia tours)

As soon as we reach the monastery, we check in into a hotel in the region, dinner and overnight.

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Bulgaria Vacations

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Khans, Tzars, Orpheus, Spartacus, Thracians, Levski, Botev … All of them start with capital ‘B’ for Bulgaria. These are also the places that you can see on your Bulgaria vacations.

Bulgaria is the Thracians – great warriors and horsemen that were feared and outsiders respected them. It is also the country of accomplished artists and farmers who grew wealthy from trading jewelry, copper and gold. Their fierce weaponry is in archaeological museums around the country. Anyone who likes to see it, can do it there. Many tombs, discovered mainly in central Bulgaria – the region of Kazanlak and Shipka, reveal the Thracians’ rituals, their beliefs. A gold mask and a bronze head of a Thracian King have been found there.

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Places to see and things to do on Bulgaria vacations are waiting you to discover them. These are Rila Mountain that gave home to the Rila Monastery, the magnificent holy cloister, unity of spirituality, cultu

Bulgaria trips

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Since antiquity different tribes and peoples have inhabited the territory of Bulgaria. The country’s many ancient settlements and burial mounds are a proof of that. Present-day Bulgaria was also a cradle of some of the earliest civilizations in Europe. Evidence of that is the oldest gold ornament people have ever discovered. It was unearthed in the Chalcolithic necropolis near Varna. Certainly these are all also available to be visit in your Bulgaria trips.

From the age of Ancient Thrace we have inherited valuable cultural monuments, including tombs such as the Kazanlak tomb, the Aleksandrovska tomb, and the Sveshtarska tomb. We have also inherited treasures (the Panagyursko, Rogozensko, and Valchitransko treasures, among others). Last but not least are the sanctuaries and temples that remind us of times long gone. The holy places at Perperikon, Starosel, Kozi Gramadi, Begliktash, and elsewhere.

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Mystical Bulgaria Tours

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Bulgaria is one of the best places you can visit and really enjoy. It’s a small country but profoundly rich in history and amazing nature. This is due to the many miracles it hides – some of them known, others unknown. Not only your eyes will be wide open for the beauties of that small, ex-communist country but you will also have your hearts set on mystical Bulgaria tours again. In short, tour Bulgaria to explore it.

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One of those miracles is Krustova Gora (Cross Forest) – the legend says people get cured on that holy place while sleeping. What monks there say is you only need to remember what you saw in your dream after you woke up the next morning. Then you let energy work for your cure. For years this place has been known for its healing power and the thousands of miracles that ha

Coastal Bulgaria holidays

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Working is part of man’s nature. Relaxing is as well. Some love the silence, peacefulness of the mountain while others are absolute lovers of the water, and noisy places with many people. They love the scent of the sea, the sound of the waves. They also love the endlessness of the water, the always hungry seagulls… To them we recommend coastal Bulgaria holidays.

Not until the 1960’s was the Black Sea coastline of Bulgaria developed for mass tourism. At first, mainly the officials of the Communist party benefitted from the few resorts. Soon after that new and sophisticated resorts began to appear quickly attracting tourists from all over the world. Also, the Bulgarian seaside is generally thought of as one of the most reasonable and affordable summer destinations in Europe. In addition to it, the beautiful nature and moderate an

Adventure Balkan Tours

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Bulgaria mountain tours

If you haven’t been to Bulgaria yet, it is time to think about it and pack your luggage. Then, as soon as possible, go for Bulgaria holidays! One of the best ways to do it is to join adventure Balkan tours.

Bulgaria is a small country but with a big arsenal of interesting and adventurous offers for a holiday-long-to-remember. (daily tours Sofia)The geographical position and the nature of the country give many opportunities for different adventure Balkan tours. The country is part of the Balkan Peninsula or the Balkans (as it is known). The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch from the east of Serbia. Then go to the Black Sea at the east of Bulgaria. The Balkans have always been a centre of attraction for historians, history-lov

Ski resorts Bulgaria Pamporovo

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Travel to famous ski resorts Bulgaria

Where to go for ski resorts Bulgaria?

Surely, Pamporovo. Pamporovo is a modern and one of the widely famous ski resorts Bulgaria, which makes it popular for ski holidays Bulgaria. It is not far from the city of Plovdiv, the second biggest in Bulgaria, after Sofia, – only 85 km away. (walking guided tours Sofia)It is considered the sunniest resort with more than 100 sunny days in winter and mild climate. This is due to the fact that the resort is located close to the Greek border. Pamporovo offers exceptional natural beauty and excellent conditions for recreation. It is one of the gorgeous places to visit in Bulgaria in winter. Pamporovo is in the foothills of the Rhodope Mountains

Ski holidays Bulgaria Bansko

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Ski holidays Bulgaria in Bansko

Bansko is a charming historic town with a stunning alpine background. It is a very popular Bulgaria destination among Bulgarian and foreign tourists. Being part of the National Park Pirin, Bansko offers a great location for both summer vacations and ski holidays Bulgaria. Since 1983 the park had fallen under the protection of UNESCO.

The town of Bansko is in the foothills of the most beautiful and towering part of the Pirin Mountain. It has a population of 12 000 people and sits at an altitude of 935 m. Bansko is only 160 km away from the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia and is definitely one of the best-preferred skiing resorts in Bulgaria. (Sofia tour guides)

Bansko is among the best places for ski holidays Bulgaria and it attracts many foreign and Bulgaria tourists in the winter season. The total leng