Frederick did what he could to divert the attention of the court at Reinsberg by multiplying gayeties of every kind. There was feasting, and music, and dancing, and theatric exhibitions, often continuing until four o鈥檆lock in the morning. In the mean time couriers were coming and going. Troops were moving. Provisions and the materiel of war were accumulating. Anxious embassadors watched every movement of the king鈥檚 hand, weighed every word which escaped his lips, and tried every adroit measure to elicit from him his secret. The Danish minister, Pr?torius, wrote to his court from Berlin: 鈥淚 am sure we shall,鈥?replied Corinna. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 the omnibus going.鈥? pk10北京赛车7码计划 鈥淚 am sure we shall,鈥?replied Corinna. She laughed at his outrageous mimicry of a modest little girl鈥檚 accent. It will be remembered that Prince Charles was at the head of a strong Austrian army, on the western banks of the Rhine. It numbered over fifty thousand combatants. The King of France had pledged himself to press them closely, so that they could not recross the Rhine and rush into Bohemia to thwart the operations of Frederick; but, unfortunately, Louis XV. was seized with a malignant fever, which brought him near to the grave. Taking advantage of this, Prince Charles, on the night of the 23d of August, crossed the Rhine with his whole army. It was bright moonlight, so that every movement was as visible as if it had been made by day. But the French officers, glad thus to be rid of the Austrian army, preferring much that Frederick334 should encounter it in Bohemia than that they should struggle against it on the Rhine, went quietly to their beds, even forbidding the more zealous subalterns from harassing Prince Charles in his passage of the river. It was then the great object of the French to take Freyburg. The withdrawal of Prince Charles, with his fifty thousand men, was a great relief to them. These were his last words. He fainted, and, after a few gasps, died. It was about two o鈥檆lock in the afternoon of Tuesday, the 31st of May, 1740. Thus the soul of Frederick William passed to the spirit land, in the fifty-first year of its sojourn here on earth. 鈥淢y dialogue with the king was very lively; but the king was in such suffering, and so straitened for breath, I was myself anxious to shorten it. That same evening I traveled on.鈥? 鈥淎nd yet,鈥?thought he, as he puffed his cigarette smoke in the clear air, 鈥渂eyond this little spot lies a world of unceasing endeavour and throbbing pulses and women of disturbing beauty. Such a woman on her meteoric passage from one sphere of glory to another has flashed before my eyes to-night. Why am I here pursuing an avocation, which, though honest, is none the less greasy and obscure?鈥? In 1797 he again visited Canada, and examined the country from Quebec to Montreal, on both sides of the St. Lawrence, and then up the Ottawa as far as the Chaudiere Falls, studying carefully the navigation of the Ottawa, and its fitness for settlement. 鈥淚 am sure we shall,鈥?replied Corinna. Corinna interrupted. 鈥淲hat pernicious nonsense are you talking, Fortinbras? You鈥檝e got love on the brain to-night. Neither Martin nor I are worrying our heads about it. Love be hanged! We鈥檙e each of us worried to death over the problem of how to keep body and soul together without going back to prison and you talk all this drivel about love鈥攁t least not to me, but to Martin.鈥?