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Excerpt from book: THE AVENGER. " Why callest tbou me murderer, and not rather the wrath of God burning after the steps of the oppressor, and cleansing the earth when it is wet with bloodV" That series of terrific events by which our quiet city and university in the north-eastern quarter of Germany were convulsed during the year 1816, has in itself, and considered merely as a blind movement of human tiger- passion ranging unchained amongst men, something too memorable to be forgotten or left without its own separate record: but the moral lesson, impressed by these events, is yet more memorable, and deserves the deep attention of coming generations in their struggle after human improvement. not merely in its own limited field of interest directly awakened, but in all analogous fields of interest: as in fact already, and more than once, in connection with these very events, this lesson has obtained the effectual attention of Christian kings and Princes assembled in Congress. No tragedy, indeed, amongst all the sad ones by which the charities of the human heart or of the fireside have ever been outraged, can better merit a separate chapter in the private history of German manners or social life than this unparalleled case. And on the other hand, no one can put in a better claim to be the historian than myself. I was at the time, and still am a Professor in that city and university which had the melancholy distinction of being its theatre. I knew familiarly all the parties who were concerned in it—either as sufferers or as agents. I was present from first to last, and watched the whole course of the mysterious storm which fell upon our devoted city in a strength like that of a'West Indian hurricane, and which did seriously threaten at one time to depopulate our university, through the dark susp...  
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