§692 Napoleon III prisoner in Wilhelmshöhe; Commune of Paris (1870-1871): V-100.

V-100 (§692):

The arsonist shall be caught by his fire,
From the fire of heaven at Carcassonne and Comminges:
Foix, Auch, Mazères, a high old man shall be made to escape,
By those of Hesse, Saxons and of Thuringia.

(Le boutefeu par son feu attrapé,
De feu du ciel à Carcas & Gominge:
Foix, Aux, Mazeres, haut vieillart eschapé,
Par ceulx de Hasse, des Saxons & Turinge.) 

NOTES: The arsonist shall be caught by his fire: « The arsonist in the German question, Napoleon (III) has been caught by the fire he had kindled.» (Torné-Chavigny, 1876a, p.37).

« The Declaration of War, as delivered to the Prussian Government, was published by the Cologne Gazette. The following is a translation: “ In fulfilment of the orders which he has received from his Government, the undersigned Charge d’Affaires of France has the honour to make known to His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs of His Majesty the King of Prussia, the following communication: ‘The Government of His Majesty the Emperor of the French not being able to regard the design of raising a Prussian Prince to the throne of Spain as anything but an enterprise directed against the territorial security of France, found herself under the necessity of requiring from His Majesty the King of Prussia an assurance that such a combination should not be carried into effect with his consent.’ His Majesty the King of Prussia refused to give this assurance, and stated, on the contrary, to the Ambassador of His Majesty the Emperor, that he reserved to himself for that eventuality, as in all others, the power of taking account of circumstances. The Imperial Government could not but perceive in that declaration on the part of the King reservations (arrières pensées) which were threatening for France and the general balance of power in Europe. A second fact gave still more gravity to that declaration – the announcement made to all the Cabinets of the refusal to receive the Emperor’s Ambassador, or to enter into further conferences with him. In consequence the French Government felt it to be a duty to take steps for the immediate defence of its injured honour and interests, and to adopt all the measures required by the position of affairs. Consequently, from this time it considers itself in a state of war with Prussia.”» (Rich, I, p.9). « The formal declaration of war was published at Berlin on the 19th [of July, 1870].» (id., p.204).

« The King of Prussia, on the other hand, contented himself with the simple affirmation that he drew the sword “ to ward off a wanton attack.”» (id., p.8). « The King of Prussia’s proclamation to his people was published in the Prussian Staats Anzeiger of July 21st.» (id., p.9).

Cominge: = Comminges, the basin and valleys of the Garonne up the town of Toulouse (cf. MacCarthy, Bescherelle).

From the fire of heaven at Carcassonne and Comminges: Foix, Auch, Mazères, a high old man shall be made to escape, By those of Hesse, Saxons and of Thuringia: Napoleon III [a high old man] was made prisoner in the hands of the Prussians [those of Hesse, Saxons and of Thuringia] in September, 1870, to eventually escape his confrontation with the insurgent Commune of Paris and in some provinces in 1871 [the fire of heaven at Carcassonne and Comminges: Foix, Auch, Mazères].

Carcassonne and Comminges: Foix, Auch, Mazères: These places are not where the Communard insurrection took place, but they show by metonymy (as a kind of sign signifying the other through their neighborhood) the places of real insurrection, Carcassonne referring, in fact, to Narbonne,  Comminges, Foix, Auch and Mazères altogether to Toulouse. This form of expression indicates also that the insurrections failed at once.

The towns where the Commune of Paris incited its inhabitants to stir up were Lyons, Saint-Etienne, le Creusot, Toulouse, Narbonne, Marseilles and Limoges (Seignobos, 1921b, p.302-305).

« The commune had not succeeded in inciting other towns in France to rise in rebellion, except St. Étienne, Lyons, and Toulouse; there was also a rising in Aude: but these had either failed or been speedily suppressed.» (HH, XIII, p.184).

« … the aborted insurrectionary attempts of Marseilles, of Lyons and of Narbonne.» (Noël, 2010, p.69). « … the beginnings of insurrection in Lyons, Marseilles, Toulouse being terminated, as Thiers has promised them the Republic.» (id., p.71).

Hasse: = “ Hesse. State, central Germany. The name goes back to Hassi or Hatti, the Roman name of a people who originally inhabited this region. Their own name means “hat”, and is thought to relate to their long hair, which they bound up on their head in turban-like fashion. The German form of the name is Hessen.” (Room).

Turinge: = “ Thuringia. Region, southern Germany. The region takes its name from the Thoringi or Thuringi who formerly lived here.” (Room) (cf. Duby, p.118, carte A; Penguin Atlas, II, p.248).

Those of Hesse, Saxons and of Thuringia: « About the end of July, three great armies, strategically disposed for carrying the war into France, were advancing to the frontier, and they amounted in the whole to some half-million of men, with some 1,500 pieces of artillery. Besides these, there was the Army of the North, watching various points that were supposed to be menaced by the naval operations of the enemy, and certainly 100,000 landwehr gathering in the interior to protect the lines of railway, etc. First Army, under General Steinmetz, composed of the following corps d’armée: - 7th Westphalians, 8th Rhineland, 10th, Hanoverians, … Second Army, under Prince Frederick Charles (but nominally commanded by the King), composed as follows: - 1st, East Prussian, 2nd, Pomeranian, 3rd, Brandenburghers, 4th, Prussians, Saxons and ThoringiansThe Third Army, under the Crown Prince of Prussia, was composed of the following corps: - 5th, Poseners, 6th, Silesians, 11th, Hesse and Nassau. Bavarian, Baden, and Wurtemburg Contingents. …» (Rich, II, p.245-246).
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