§697 Hostages murdered (1871): III-48.

III-48 (§697):

Seven hundred captives tied roughly
To murder them by half, the lot being cast,
The near hope shall come promptly,
But not so early as a fifteenth death.

(Sept cents captifs estaches rudement
Pour la moitie meurtrir, donné le sort,
Le proche espoir viendra si promptement,
Mais non si tost qu'une quinzieme mort.)

NOTES: Here is a reasonable solution of Vignois (1910, p.329): « Seven hundred prisoners being roughly tied, they shall cast lots in order to kill them by half. Then a near hope of escaping from their destiny shall come promptly, but not so quickly as the death of fifteen persons.».

To murder them by half, the lot being cast: « They say that after the Commune the general of Gallifet accompanying to Versailles the Federate prisoners, chained with one another, made stop the column at the gate of the Muette, and that, yielding to an anger long contained, he ordered that to fire the ones and spare the others according to that his horse might turn to the left or to the right… This story is substantially true, but concerning the details several points remain to be verified, the documents to consult for about this particular fact, evoked after the event, being wanting among us.» (Vignois, id.); cf. Serman, 1986, p.519.

Seven hundred: A round number for several hundreds, more or less.

Seven hundred captives tied roughly: « It was at the taking of the last federal strongholds, Belleville, that the slaughter was most terrible, while in the parts of Paris already taken the summary shooting of prisoners was going on steadily. Meanwhile long processions of prisoners (forty thousand had been taken) were journeying with parched throats, blistered feet, and fettered hands along the road from Paris to Versailles, and as they passed through the boulevards of Louis XIV's town, they were greeted with yells and sometimes with blows. They were crowded hastily into improvised prisons, one of which was merely a large courtyard where thousands of poor wretches lived for weeks with no lodging but the muddy ground, where they were exposed to all the inclemency of the weather, and whence they were despatched by a bullet in the head when desperation incited them to rebel. The Germans, from the terraces of St. Germain, were watching the spectacle of the taking of Paris, and at night saw the great city which was the glory of France decked with its hideous crown of fires.» (HH, XIII, p.185).

Fifteenth: A round number for sixteenth.

The near hope shall come promptly, But not so early as a fifteenth death: « The last blow was struck on Sunday the 28th, when, at 2.15 p.m., an official circular announced that the insurrection was crushed. The advance of the troops to turn the insurgents'left was happily the means of saving a large number of the hostages  [The near hope shall come promptly] from sharing in the fate of Archbishop Darboy and his fellow-sufferers who perished on the 24th. There had been, however, a sad tragedy enacted in the interval. A group of sixteen distinguished persons [But not so early as a fifteenth death], together with thirty-eight gendarmes, were conveyed from La Roquette to the cemetery of Père la Chaise, and shot there in the night between the 26th and 27th. Among the victims were the Jesuit fathers Benzy, Caubert, and Ollivaint; the seminarists Gard and Seigneray; the missionary Houillon, the abbé Polanchin, the abbé Sabattier, vicar of Notre-Dame de Lorette, and Monseigneur Surat, Grand Vicar of Paris. Again, on Saturday morning, the 27th, four others, names unknown, were murdered in the prison of La Roquette, and there then remained 169 prisoners of whom 54 were sergents de ville, 15 ecclesiastics, and 100 soldiers who had refused to serve the Commune. All these were in momentary expectation of being put to death as their liberators approached. Their executioners were at hand, when, at the instigation of one of the keepers, named Pinet, who acted the part of a hero on the occasion, they barricaded themselves in the prison, and resolved to fight for their lives. Cannon had already been levelled against their defences, after a vain attempt to burn them out, when the troops, now rapidly advancing [The near hope shall come promptly] along the Boulevard Prince Eugene and the Barrière du Trône, came in sight, and the members of the Commune who were present, together with the officials of the gaol and the National Guards, fled panic-stricken. The prisoners were free.» (Rich, II, p.631).
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