hy--How the Revolution robbed France--The rural reign of pillage and murder--Horrors committed in the provinces during 1789--Arthur Young and Gouverneur Morris on the general depravation and lawlessness--The National Assembly a mere noisy 'mob'--The outbreak of crime which preceded the Terror--The truth about Madame Roland--Her hatred of Marie Antoinette and her thirst for blood--The legend of the Gironde--Brissot de Warville on robbery as a virtuous action--The relations of the French Revolution to property--France more free before 1789 than after it--The laws against emigrants--Girls of fourteen condemned to death--Emigration made a crime, that property might be pillaged--How Irène de Tencin defended the family estate--The story of the Saporta family--The Laonnais in the 18th century--Wide-spread ruin of its churches, convents, and châteaux--Destruction of accumulated capital--How syndicates of rogues stole bronzes, brasswork, and monuments--The story of two châteaux--The bishop's ch&acir
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