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Told by the Death's Head

A Romantic Tale

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Author: Mór Jókai
Published: 1902
Language: English
Wordcount: 87,870 / 254 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.5
LoC Category: PH
Downloads: 1,093
Added to site: 2011.01.02
mnybks.net#: 30056
Origin: gutenberg.org

Take a good-sized scoundrel--with an imagination--condemn him to death on twenty-one charges; and, while the death penalty hangs above his head, command him to tell the story of his life in twenty-four chapters. The result will be as "Told by the Death's Head,"--exciting, incredible, with touches of grim humor, and more than a touch of burlesque; but, on the whole, a little wearisome, perhaps, to a public that has had a surfeit of such good things.

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exclaimed the high-born gentleman. "It would make the carrying on a war an easy matter."

From the day it became known that Constable Hugo possessed that never-failing treasure, a magic coin, and was in league with the all-powerful bocksritter, he rose in the esteem of his fellows.

Meanwhile Ehrenbreitstein and Coblentz continued under bombardment from the Frenchmen. The enemy's fire-pots never failed to find the grand-duke's quarters, notwithstanding the fact that he changed them every day. This at last became so annoying that treason began to be suspected, and the duke offered a reward for the detection of the spy who gave the information to the enemy. That a spy was at work in the German camp was beyond question, though the outlets of both cities were so closely guarded that it would have been impossible for a living mortal to pass through them. Nor could the treason have been committed by means of carrier-pigeons, for, whatever of domestic fowl-kind had been in the cities had long since been

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