Andreas Hofer L. Mxfchlbach

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Andreas Hofer  by  L. Mxfchlbach

Andreas Hofer by L. Mxfchlbach
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1809. The year 1809 had come- but the war against France, so intensely longed for by all Austria, had not yet broken out, and the people and the army were vainly waiting for the war-cry of their sovereign, the Emperor Francis. It is true, not a fewMore1809. The year 1809 had come- but the war against France, so intensely longed for by all Austria, had not yet broken out, and the people and the army were vainly waiting for the war-cry of their sovereign, the Emperor Francis.

It is true, not a few great things bad been accomplished in the course of the past year: Austria had armed, organized the militia, strengthened her fortresses, and filled her magazines- but the emperor still hesitated to take the last and most decisive step by crowning his military preparations with a formal declaration of war.

No one looked for this declaration of war more intensely than the emperors second brother, the Archduke John, a young man of scarcely twenty-seven. He had been the soul of all the preparations which, since the summer of 1808, had been made throughout Austria- he had conceived the plan of organizing the militia and the reserves- and had drawn up the proclamation of the 12th of May, 1808, by which all able-bodied Austrians were called upon to take up arms.

But this exhausted his powers- he could organize the army, but could not say to it, Take the field against the enemy! The emperor alone could utter this word, and he was silent. And he will be silent until the favorable moment has passed, sighed the Archduke John, when, on returning from a very long interview with the emperor, he was alone with his friend, General Nugent, in his cabinet. He had communicated to this confidant the full details of his interview with the emperor, and concluded his report by saying, with a deep sigh, The emperor will be silent until the favorable moment has passed



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