§ 617.Revolution of February

19th century:
§617. Louis Philip's reign and revolution of February (1830-1848): VIII-42.

By avarice, by force and violence
Shall come to vex his subjects the chiefs of Orleans,
Near saint Memire assault and resistance.
Death in his tent, they shall say his sleeping there inside.

(Par avarice, par force & violence
Viendra vexer les siens chiefz d'Orleans,
Pres saint Memire assault & resistance.
Mort dans sa tante, diront qu'il dort leans.)

Keys to the reading:
The chiefs of Orleans: The king Louis-Philip and his princes. The verb Viendra is supposed to agree with the representative Louis-Philip;

saint Memire: the cloister, the street and the block of saint Merry in the center of Paris, Memire being the anagram of Merry (Merri) (Torné-Chavigny, 1860, p.73-74);

tante: = tente (tent);

leans: = léans = là dedans (Littré), there inside.

By avarice, by force and violence shall come to vex his subjects the chiefs of Orleans: «The king Louis-Philip, notwithstanding his immense fortune, says Mr. Guy, always shew himself ready to renew, in favour of his children, these demands of appanages and endowments, each time rejected by the decency of the assemblies.» (Torné-Chavigny, id., p.71) «We have seen these words in the protestation of the national guard against the conduct pursued by Louis-Philip in the question of Orient: it is to be considered that, in the circumstances where we find ourselves, it is no less important to avoid, with the greatest care, to give to a power, slack on the outside, the occasion of showing itself brutal inside.» (id., p.72) «We read in Al. Dumas (II. 213): "The king declares that he will oppose, even by means of the force, the reformist banquet that should take place in the Champs-Elysées" on the 22nd of February 1848.» (id.)

The revolution of 1848: « Among the troops called out to defend the government, the municipal guards, then very unpopular, made a vigorous charge and several on the other side were wounded. The army began to hesitate. At one place the crowd awaited an attack crying, " The dragoons forever ! " The dragoons sheathed their swords. The govemment was afraid to call out the national guards, whom they mistrusted: wherever they were called out they cried, " Reform forever ! " and tried to interpose between the troops and the people. But though a storm was brewing it did not burst yet. The streets were crowded with an infuriated mob, demonstrations were continually taking place, and now and then there was a skirmish with the troops. That was all, so far, but the more enthusiastic among the republicans were making steady efforts to get the populace to rise.

The king slept that evening confident that nothing serious would happen [his sleeping there inside]. During the night the troops bivouacked in the silence of Paris beneath a rainy sky, and the cannon were fixed ready for use. The next morning (February 23rd) the troops, who had spent the night in the mud, were weary and discontented. Barricades had been hastily raised in all parts of the town. There was no desperate struggle like that of 1830. The barricades were attacked without much spirit and were soon deserted only to be reconstructed at a little distance. However - in the part where risings usually took place, in the populous heart of Paris - the battle raged more fiercely: the veterans of St. Merry were fighting against the municipal guard [Near saint Memire assault and resistance]. At the Tuileries no anxiety was felt: " What do you call barricades ? " said the king, "do you call an overturned cab a barricade ? " [his sleeping there inside] However, General Jacqueminot resolved on that day to call out the national guard.

During a reign which was virtually that of the bourgeoisie, the national guard, like the electoral body, consisted only of bourgeois. The governing class alone carried arms, just as they only were allowed to vote. Therefore in the elections previous to 1840 the national guard had been the faithful ally of the government. They had shown themselves no less energetic against the barricades of the first half of the reign than the rest of the troops. But times had changed and everyone was thoroughly sick of Guizot's policy. When the soldiers were called out, they assembled crying, " Reform forever ! " One regiment had inscribed this on its flag; another refused to cry " God save the king ! " A third sent a deputation to the Bourbon palace to try to overcome the resistance of the ministry. At another place when the municipal guards were going to charge the crowd, the national guard opposed them with their bayonets. When the news of all this reached the king at the Tuileries he was filled with surprise and grief. He realised that he had lost the allegiance of the national guard in which he had such absolute confidence, the men for whose sake he had governed !

He then made a first concession agreeing that Molé should form a ministry. It was not much of a concession, for the difference between Guizot and Molé was only a difference in mental capacity and the rivalry for power which existed between them. Besides Molé had already represented the personal policy of the king. The king liked him, and in calling him to the ministry he merely changed the surname of his minister. But there are times when, if a certain name has become universally hateful, such a change is sufficient to pacify the public. Besides Molé was obliged to choose his cabinet in a conciliatory spirit. Paris, delighted to think that the strife was at an end, put on a festive appearance; the streets were illuminated, and gay crowds filled the boulevards when a spark re-ignited the flame of faction.

Near the Madeleine, troops barred the way. A column of demonstrators wished to pass through, and, in accordance with the peaceable feelings just then prevailing in Paris, to fraternise with the soldiers. The officer in command gave the order to fix bayonets: a shot was fired - whether by the soldiers or by the crowd is not known. How many times in French history have such accidents, the source of which is wrapped in mystery, proved the cause of terrible bloodshed ! What sinister results may ensue from the chance which causes a gun to go off and, at the same time, gives the signal for a battle ! [Death in his tent]» (HH, XIII, p.81-82)
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We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 218 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§948).

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