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nell wielded immediately the minds of the greatest there are many generous acts yet to be told of number. The influence of Chalmers was exerted this singular man. over a more educated class. It may be doubted The influence of Dr. Chalmers was of a thowhether, during the later years of his life, O'Con- roughly different and more permanent character. nell's power extended far out of his own party The one moved society—the other re-constructed -if five or six millions of people can with it. The one fought nobly on the surface-the propriety be designated a party. The influence other sought to the heart. The eloquence of the of Chalmers was not so exclusively Scottish or onewas mingled with many rough passages, that sectarian. If it was not the property of a sect, of the other was pure. The theme of the one neither was it the heritage of a country. There was the world principally; chiefly, the other is a great error committed by those who suppose moulded the world by pointing to eternity. The that O'Connell agitated Ireland. He was an one wrought incessantly, but forgot to teach sucagitator, but he found his country agitated. IIe cessors ; the other laboured vigorously, but went entered public life at the period of an armed re- on preparing hundreds, on most of whom a shred, bellion-he had to contend with its dregs. Se though on many a small shred of his mantle was cret associations covered the country--midnight to fall. Some danger exists that the work of murder was a common offence in the land-armed the one will perish at his grave; that of the bodies executed the sentence of secret tribunals. other, even reckoning on the lowest reasoning The wild justice of revenge was the rule of the alone, is secured. They lived in a changing west. The Lynch law of the States was systema- age, and were the instruments of urging forward tically administered in Ireland. Against this many of its changes. The success of the Politistate of insubordination he struggled vehemently. cian is recorded in Hansard. Its monuments are His efforts and eloquence for half a lifetime were Acts of Parliament. These statutes, however, directed against it. He brought the people out reached not to the deep places of society. They into open action. He denounced all secret so- went no lower than ten-pound voters. They were cieties, even those of an apparently harmless, and not shafts sunk into the mass of evil that covers those, also, of an apparently beneficent, character. over Ireland- The success therefore was inTo give consistency to this movement, he aban- complete. doned and even assailed “ Free Masonism." No He, however, taught his people to think and man ever did more in Ireland to fix the brand of act together. Whether his lessons were attended abhorrence on all secret institutions.

with permanent results has yet to be learned. His voice was raised against violence. He taught The first election will give us facts on this subject. that no reform was worth the shedding of blood. But he taught them, at least, the power that they He even seemed to place on life what some might seem already to forget the power of union; and call an extravagant value. From addresses he urged social changes that will yet be adopted, made to great bodies, at periods of excitement, and credited to other men. it would not be difficult to select expressions and The efforts of the Theologian were directed to sentences of a different and of an unjustifiable change men. He regarded their existing pocharacter ; but we have to judge the man by sition in society as a minor matter. He felt his whole acts, and they were pacific.

that as their thoughts changed so would their Murder is said still to be a common crime in position. He struggled after the major good, Ireland. In one way the statement is true. with the knowledge that within it the minor The actual crime exists; and immediately to was included. His combinations were, therethe doer, and the victim, and the public, it is fore, less remarkable for numbers, or for imimmaterial how the crime originates. In trac-mediate and apparent power. They wrought ing guilt, however, we must come to its causes, and more slowly and gradually, because he did not so the causes of Irish crime are principally agra- much move the world, as he moved men out of rian.” The proposals that O'Connell advocated; its beaten tracks. He contested no elections. Ho plain plans of justice, not less sought by Roman issued few political letters. He seemed to rise Catholics than Protestants, would have removed over all these things. But he was the means these causes; and we must not blame a man's of urging forward rapidly new currents of thought. schemes for not rooting out an evil until they be Amidst all difficulties he still saw that his system adopted.

moved ; so he was full of hope and of cheerfulO'Connell himself has been accused of cowardice ness to the end. in his latter years. This was an obvious error. The experiments conducted simultaneously by He had taken life in single combat. There was these men, with a combination of the highest blood upon his hand, and it went with him to powers—with consummate tact—with unwearied Genoa. But a very indifferent judge of men re-energy, and running over half a century, leaves quired only to see the man, and pronounce the on the most unimpassioned mind, in letters deeply charge of cowardice utterly false. Then he was graven, this one fact, that, in liberating a people accused of avarice and trading in politics. He from outward thraldom, the best progress will be loved influence and power. Amongst his coun- made by breaking the inner bonds, and setting trymen, an ostentatious display, an overflowing the spirit free-by doing in the heart and the hospitality, and an open house, were necessaries house, what we want done in the senate and the of his political existence. But he died poor ; and state.



from you the fact that I have some important matters to A WILD evening air rose from the waves that wash transact ere sunrise, but till midnight I am disengaged, the shores of Malaga, awakening the guitars of many and entirely at your service.” merry musicians, who either whiled away a lonesome That suffices," said Fadrique; "for by midnight all hour in the ships that lay at anchor in the harbour, the tones must be hushed, with which I intend to take or who chanced to be in somo suburban villa with its leave of what is dearest to me in this my native place. beauteous gardens. Their melodies, vying with the tunes But that you may be so acquainted with all the particuof the feathered songsters of the grove, seemed to greet lars as beseems a generous comrade, listen to me attenthe return of evening's refreshing coolness, and were tively for a few short minutes :wafted, as it were, on the wings of the gentle zephyrs that

“Some time before leaving Malaga for the purpose of breathed from ocean over the adjacent paradise. Some joining myself to the standard of our great Emperor, in groups of soldiers reclining on the beach, and who intended order to assist in spreading the glory of his arms throughout to pass the night under the canopy of heaven, that they Italy, I, according to the custom of young knights, was might be ready to embark at earliest dawn of day, forgot, in the service of a beautiful young Lady of this town, through the charms of the pleasant evening, their former called Lucilla. She had at that time barely arrived resolve to devote these last hours, which were to be spent at the threshold which separates childhood from maidenon European soil, to the comfortable enjoyment of re- hood; and whilst I, a mere boy, just capable of freshing slumber. This purpose had, however, given way to handling a sword, presented my homage in a friendly, jovial carousings; the scene assumed the appearance of boyish manner, it was received by my young mistress in a military mess; soldier-songs were sung; flaskscontaining a way equally friendly and childlike. I soon after took generous Xeres-wine were opened and quickly emptied; my departure for Italy, and, as you who have since then whilst the air rang with the “Vivats" occasioned by been my companion in arms well know, have been at drinking the health of the great military toast of the day, some warm engagements, and travelled over many an enthe Emperor Charles V., who at this moment was besieging chanting corner of that delightful country. Amid all the that pirate's nest, Tunis—and whom these soldiers were shiftings and changes of my course, I always had the destined to join as a reinforcement.

image of my mistress deeply imprinted on my memory, and The merry troops were not all countrymen. Only two never, for a moment, lost sight of the promises I made companies were Spaniards; the third consisted entirely her at departure ; though, to tell the honest truth, I was of Germans; and doubtless many squabbles had arisen on actuated by a feeling of honour, inasmuch as I had pledged account of the difference of customs and idiom. But now my word, rather than by any very ardent or immoderate the common dangers of their approaching voyage and ex- glow of feelings in my heart. On recently returning to my ploits, as also the pleasurable sensations produced by the native town, after having wandered, Ulysses-like, through mild southern evening, served to tighten the bond of fel- so many strange and various regions, I found my mistress lowship among them in free undisturbed concord. The married to a rich nobleman here. Love now yielded to Germans tried to converse in the Castilian idiom, the maddening jealousy—this all but omnipotent child of Spaniards in German, nor did it occur to either the one or Heaven, or of the infernal regions, spurred me on to track the other to ridicule the oddities of speech which now and Lucilla in all her walks: from her home to church, from then were heard in tho community. They mutually as- thence to the door of any of her friends, thence again to sisted each other; considering only the pleasure of the com- her home, or to a circle of ladies and knights-in short, panion addressed, the speakers used the idiom most fami- as indefatigably as opportunity would possibly permit. liar to their respective hearers.

When, however, I became convinced that no other young At some little distance from the boisterous group, a knight was in her train, and that she had devoted all the young German officer, Lleimbert von Waldhausen by name, affections of her heart to the husband, not of her choice lay reclining under a cork-tree, gazing at the stars with indeed, but that of her parents, I was perfectly satisfied, fixed look, and thus apparently quite estranged from that and would not have importuned you now, had not Lucilla spirit of social hilarity which was wont to characterise whispered into my ear, the day before yesterday, implorhim, and render him a favourite among bis comrades. ing me not to provoke her lord, who was of a very irascible Don Fadrique Mendez, a brave young Spanish captain, as well as bold temper; that although not the least and usually as grave and thoughtful as the other was danger could ensue to her, whom he fondly loved and cheerful and affable, solemnly accosted him in the follow- honoured, yet his rage would burst forth the more furiously ing manner.

Thus you may easily perceive, noble brother, “Pardon me, senor, if I disturb your meditations. that I could not avoid proving my utter contempt of all Since, however, I have frequently had the pleasure of wit- personal danger, by following Lucilla's footsteps still more nessing your heroism and brotherly attachment in many closely than before ; and by serenading her each night an hour of need, I address myself to you in preference to under her flowery lattice, until the morning star began to any one else, for the purpose of requesting the assistance make ocean's waves his mirror. This very night, at the of your knightly service this evening, provided that this hour of twelve, Lucilla's husband journeysto Madrid, after does not interfere with your own arrangements.” which time I purpose entirely to avoid the street in which

Dear Friend," replied Heimbert, "I will not conceal | he lives ; till then, however, I shall commence, as soon

on me.

as dusk will decently permit, ene incessant serenade of many words with each other; for, notwithstanding that love romance before his house. Of course, I have my she frequently came unattended, I could do nothing else suspicions that not only he, but also Lucilla's brothers are than walk by her side in mute astonishment and ecstasieg. prepared to give me a soldier-like reception, and there. At times she sang a song, and I also one. On informing fore, Senor, have thought fit to enlist your valiant sword ber yesterday that our departure was nigh at hand, it in this brief adventure."

seemed as though dew sparkled in her soft blue eyes. I Heimbert now took the Spaniard cordially by the hand, too must have appeared quite overcome, for she said, as it and said : “Vo prove to you, dear friend, how willingly were to console me : ‘Honest and unassuming soldier, I I undertake to execute your wishes, I will exchange con- will trust thee as I would an angel. After midnight, ere fidence for confidence, and relate to you an agreeable ad-to-morrow's dawn invites you to your journey, I permit you venture that happened to me in this town, at the same to take leave of me on this very spot. If you can obtain time engaging the favour of your assistance in a little some faithful, discreet comrade to accompany you and scheme after midnight. My tale is brief and will not prevent disturbance on the part of strangers, it will be all detain us longer than we otherwise should have to wait, the better ; as there may be many a tumultuous soldier till twilight shall have set in with deeper and more traversing the streets on his return from a farewell lengthened shadows.

banquet.' And now Fortune has provided me with just On the day we entered this town, I took a fancy to such a comrade, and I go to the lovely maid with double promenade up and down the beautiful gardens which pleasure.” surround it. It is now long since I first set foot in these “Would that your adventure were replete with peril," southern climes, but I am almost constrained to think said Fadrique, " that I might be enabled, practically, to that the dreams which nightly transport me to my prove to you how much my life is at your service. But northern Fatherland contribute greatly to render every come, noble comrade, the time for my adventure has body and everything that surround me here strange and arrived.” astonishing. At least I know that every morning, on And enveloping themselves in their capacious Spanish awaking, I am as much lost in amazement, as though I mantles, both young captains bent their steps hastily had just arrived. In such a mood, I wandered, on that towards the town, Fadrique having meanwhile put a day, among the aloes, laurels, and rose-laurels. Suddenly handsome guitar under his arm. I heard a scream, and a young lady, slender in figure and dressed in white, fell into my arms in a fainting fit, whilst her companions ran about in the greatest alarm and con

CHAPTER II. fusion. A soldier can generally collect himself in a short

The night-violets before Lucilla's window had already space of time, and thus I immediately became aware

begun to breathe out a refreshing odour, when Fadrique, that an enraged bull was pursuing the damsel. I lost who leant against the corner of an old church-like edifice not a moment in swinging the fair one over a hedge then in full blossom, vaulted over myself after her, when the tuned his instrument. Heimbert had placed himself not

on the opposite side, which spread a huge shadow around, animal, blind with fury, rushed past ; nor did I ever

far from his comrade behind a pillar, having a naked learn anything respecting its fate, except that some young sword under his mantle, and looking about on every side knights, in a neighbouring square, had been intending to

with his bright blue eyes, resembling two watchful stars. practise with it, previous to the regular bull-fight, and

Fadrique sang : that this had occasioned its unceremonious course through the gardens.-We now stood quite alone, the lady still

In merry May upon the meadow, insensible in my arms, whom to behold was to me such an

Graceful stood a flow'ret bright; enchanting sight, that I never in my life felt at once so White and ruddy-soft and slender, delighted, and yet so sad. At last I laid her gently on

'Twas my youthful eyes' delight. the ground, and sprinkled her angelic brow with water

Its praise I frequent sang the while,

It blossomed 'neath my secret smile. from an adjacent fount. I remembered, indeed, that under these circumstances the fresh breezes of the sky should gain admittance to the alabaster bosom and neck, but I

Far, since then, and wide I've wandered,

In dangerous and bloody ways; could not venture on such a step in the case before me- My wanderings o'er, to home returning, being too entranced with looking at her.

I sought my flower of carly days. “ She expressed her thanks in words both graceful and

No more it grew in open air. modest, and called me her knight, but I still stood like

Transplanted was my flow'ret fair. one enchanted and could not utter a syllable, so that she must have almost taken me to be dumb. At last, how

Surrounded by a golden railing,

I marked the bright, secluded spot; ever, I found words to address to her, and from my heart

Seemed thus to me the gardener sayingproceeded a request that the lovely maiden would often

“Admire the flower, but touch it not ?" deign to be found in this same garden; I told her that in

The golden rails to him I grant, a few weeks the service of the Emperor would oblige me

Give me my flower-my flower I want. to go into sultry Africa, and besought her to grant me the bliss of seeing her lovely features till then. Regarding Yet while around I'm wandering, me partly with smiles, partly with tenderness, she nodded

Sadly I touch my lyre's soft string ; assent. In compliance with the cagerness of my request,

And, as before, thy loveliness,

My flow'ret loved and lost, I singshe has faithfully kept her promise, and appeared to me The gardener can't deny me this, almost every day, though we have not exchanged very

Nor rob me of this secret bliss.





“ We will soon see that, Senor,'exclaimed a man, ap- Meanwhile, Don Fadrique, who, though he pressed his proaching Fadrique, unperceived, as he thought; who, opponent hard, had nevertheless been generous enough however, having ascertained the stranger's proximity not to wound him, practised one of those dexterous feats through a signal given by his vigilant companion, replied common to skilful swordsmen. Striking his antagonist's with the utmost coolness

weapon out of his hand, he tossed it up in the air, and “ If, Senor, you are desirous of having a lawsuit with adroitly catching it again near the point, politely premy guitar, allow me to intimate that, on such occasions, sented the handle to the other, with these words my instrument is furnished with a steel tongue, which has Take it, Senor, and I hope that our affair of honour already rendered some important legal services under is now ended, as, under these circumstances, I may consimilar circumstances. To which of the two, then, are fess to you that my presence here, at this moment, is you willing to address yourself at present-the guitar or solely for the purpose of showing that I fear no sword in the advocate ?"

the world. The cathedral clock is striking twelve, and I Whilst the stranger, somewhat puzzled, still main- give you my word of honour, as a knight and a soldier, tained silence, Heimbert had made up to two muffled that neither does Donna Lucilla, in the slightest degree, figures, who stood at a little distance, as though they favour my suit, nor will I ever again, were I to remain a were stationed there with the view of intercepting his hundred years in Malaga, sing love ditties from this spot. comrade's retreat, should he feel disposed to make his Have no scruples to order your travelling carriage, and escape. “I presume, gentlemen,” said Heimbert in a

may God bless you." jocular manner, " that we are all here on the same

Having taken leave of his discomfited opponent with errand, viz., to prevent any one from disturbing the grave and solemn courtesy, he went away. Heimbert conversation of those two noblemen. As regards myself, followed him, having previously shaken hands in a friendly at least, you may rest assured that whosoever manifests way with the two young strangers, and addressed them the slightest wish of interrupting them receives my as follows:—“Oh! no, gentlemen, let it never enter your poignard in his heart. Take courage then ; I fancy we head to interfere in an honourable duel ; pray, remember shall fulfil our trust nobly.” The two figures hereupon that." bowed courteously, though with evident embarrassment, He soon made up to his companion, and walked at his and were silent.

side full of ardent expectation, and with so violent a palOn the whole, the coolness which the two soldiers had pitation of heart that he could not utter a syllable. Don evinced throughout the whole affair entirely disconcerted Fadrique Mendez likewise was silent ; only when Heimtheir three antagonists, who were at a loss how to com- bert stopped at a neat garden gate, and, pointing to the mence the affray; all doubts upon the subject were, how- heavily-laden orange branches, said, “This is the spot, ever, dismissed, when Fadrique, tuning his guitar anew, dear comrade !" Only then did the Spaniard opon his prepared to accompany his instrument with his voice. This mouth, as in the act of asking a question ; but he immark of defiance and contempt, as though there were no mediately seemed to have changed his purpose, and only danger or even shadow of danger, at last had the effect replied—“Of course, according to our preconcerted arof exasperating Lucilla's husband—for it was he who had rangements, I shall stand sentry at the gate till dawn; I taken his stand at Don Fadrique's side to such a degree give you my word of honour for that.” that, without any further delay, he drew his sword from Thereupon he began to march backwards and forwards its scabbard, and exclaimed, in a voice almost stifled with before the gate, with his drawn sword like a sentinel, rage—" Draw, or I will thrust you through the body in whilst Hoimbert, trembling all over, slipped into one of an instant.''

the walks partially obscured by the densely overhanging, “ With all my heart,” said Fadrique composedly; fragrant foliage. " there is no necessity for you to threaten mo thus ; you might have spoken to me more civilly.” Then carefully depositing his guitar in one of the niches of the edifice, He had not to seek long for the lovely constellation which he seized his sword with his right hand, saluted bis op- he felt was destined to guide the course of his whole ponent after the approved manner of fencing etiquette, future life. A delicate figure, whom Heimbert soon and put himself on the defensive.

recognised to be the object of his love, approached him At first the two muffled figures, who, as the reader will at a little distance from the gate, in tears (as the full probably have already conjectured, were no other than moon, just ascending in the heavens, showed), and yet Lucilla's brothers, stood motionless at Heimbert's side, smiling with such tender grace that her tears resembled but when they saw Fadrique pressing upon their kinsman, a festive ornament of pearls rather than a veil of sadness. their gestures were strongly indicative of a desire to in- Full of feelings of felicitous joy, as well as deep anguish, terfere in the matter. Heimbert, noticing this, bran- the two lovers walked in silence side by side along the dished his powerful weapon in the clear moonshine, and blooming hedgerows; now, a stray branch, rocked by the said

gentle evening breeze, brushed the lyre under the maiden's “I beg, gentlemen, that I may not have to practise arm, producing a soft murmur that mingled sweetly with upon yourselves what I so lately alluded to ! I trust Philomela's notes; now, her taper fingers flew over its that you will not compel me to take any steps ; but, in chords in seraphic flight. The shooting stars seemed to the event of there being no alternative, I shall, without dart forward in unison with the flighty tones of the lyre. a doubt, keep my word.”

0! how replete with heavenly bliss was this walk to both The two young men, on hearing this speech, stood mo- the lovers ; no impure feelings, no unhallowed desires, tionless and perplexed by the mingled firmness and trusty disturbed the current of their meditations. They walked fidelity of Heimbert's words.

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their pleasure, and so little desirous were they of ought fancied that a fragrant kiss breathed upon his mouth. else but each other's company, that even the transitory | On collecting his wandering senses, he saw that Donna nature of present delight receded into the background of Clara had disappeared ; the vault of heaven was begintheir memory.

ning to be tinged with beams faintly shed from the east, In the centre of this charming garden, a grass plot, de- and Heimbert, with a world of proud feelings in his corated with well-chiselled statues of Parian marble, con-breast, returned to his expecting friend at the gate. tained a fountain shodding its melodious jets around. At its edge, the lovers seated themselves, taking a refresh

CHAPTER IV. ing gaze, now at the stars of heaven, reflected by the kindly moon in the calm blue waters, now regarding each

“A word with you,” said Fadrique, sternly, to Heimother's features, glowing with healthful beauty.

bert, on coming out of the garden, and presented the The maiden fingered her guitar, whilst Heimbert, point of his sword at his breast in a fencing attitude. moved by emotions unintelligible to himself, sang as

You are mistaken, my dear comrade," said the Gerfollows:

man jestingly. “It is I, your friend, and not a medMaiden, tell, O tell me name,

dling stranger, as you at first supposed.” Reveal by what undying flame

“ Think not, Count IIeimbert von Waldhausen, that I This heart is scorched, till it can bear

mistake you for another,'' replied Fadrique.
Of life no longer any share :
Would'st thou be kind, then tell to me,

word has now been kept, my sentinelship has expired, Maiden, if love has found out thee?

and I must request you, without further delay, to draw, Suddenly, he paused, and a blush, caused by fear that

and defend your life, whilst one drop of heart's warm his boldness had given offence, overspread his face. The blood circulates through our veins.”' maiden also reddened, and, turning her face slightly from drawn sigh, “I have frequently heard that in these

" By all the Saints,” said Heimbert, with a deepthe instrument, accompanied it with her voice, thus :

southern lands there are sorcerers who confuse people's heads by magic words and enchanting spells, but I have

never experienced it to be true, till this day. Recollect Tell me, ye stars, bright shining, Mirrored in the fountain's tide,

yourself, my good comrade, and accompany me back to Who is the maiden sitting

the shore." And the youth its brink beside ?

Fadrique smiled grimly at these words, and answered, Needs the maiden tell her name?

“Dismiss that idle conceit of yours, and learn what Tells it me this blush of shame?

cause I have to challenge you thus to mortal combate

Know that the maiden who met you near the entrance of The knight's name first discover,

this my garden, is my own sister, Donna Clara Mendez. Fair Castille, who on the day Of thy most famous battle,

Hasten, then, to handle your weapon, and give me saFought at Pavia.

tisfaction. Highest in the rolls of fame

No, not for the world,” said the German, without Heimbert is the hero's name.

ever touching his sword ; “you shall be my kinsman,

Fadrique, but not my murderer, and much less will I
Conqueror in that proud battle,

become yours.”
And in hundred fights beside,
He sits now by the fountain,

Fadrique's only reply was an impatient shake of the
Donna Clara at his side.

head, and an angry thrust at his comrade, who still stood Now the hero knows her name,

immoveable, and said, “ No, Fadrique, I cannot find it in Needs she feel the blush of shame ?

my heart to harm thee; for, besides being the brother O, as to that Pavian affair,” said Heimbert, blush- of her on whom my best affections are concentred, you are ing as decply as before, but not from the same cause, probably also the same who discoursed to her of my deeds, “upon my word, Donna Clara, it was a mere trifle, a bit during the Italian campaign, in such honourable terms?” of preparatory exercise, nothing more ; and, if I ever “ When I did so, I was a fool," muttered Fadrique, in chanced to encounter peril or difficulty, I could never accents dictated by passion. “But do thou, cajoling, merit such joy as I now experience in your company! | chicken-hearted coward, draw thy sword.” Ah ! now I know your name, and may lisp it, lovely Fadrique had scarcely uttered these words, when Clara ! But do tell me who it was that mentioned my Heimbert, exclaiming, " Let who will bear it longer, I little adventures to you in so flattering a manner, and I cannot,” and foaming with rage, made his weapon leap will carry him in my arms henceforth.”

out of its scabbard, and now both combatants thrust at Does the noble Heimbert von Waldhausen imagine,” each other like madmen. replied Clara, “that the grandees of Spain send not their The contest was of a far different character from that sons into the hottest part of the fight at Heimbert's in which Fadrique had shortly before been engaged with side ? You must have noticed them, Senor, during some Lucilla's lord. They were well matched; either young period of the engagement, and why may not some kinsman soldier was an able swordsman; boldly breast was opof mine have related your exploits to me ?”

posed to breast; like rays of light both blades dashed Meanwhile, a small bell was heard sending forth its against each other, now this, now that, making a passado silvery voice from a neighbouring palace, and Clara quick as lightning, and as quickly parried sideways by the whispered, “'Tis high time, I must be gone; adieu, my opponent, The left foot stood firmly rooted in the love !" And, with tears in her eyes, but a smile on her ground, the right either advanced for a desperate thrust, ruby lips, she curtsied to the young soldier, who almost or receded into a position of defence. From the circum


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