In May the King of Poland returned the visit of Frederick William. He came with a numerous retinue and in great splendor. During the past year his unhappy wife had died; and he, then fifty-five years of age, was seeking to bargain for the hand of Wilhelmina, hoping, by an alliance with Prussia, to promote53 some of his political schemes. The wicked old Polish king was much broken by age and his 鈥渢errible debaucheries.鈥?He had recently suffered the amputation of two toes from an ulcerated foot, which no medical skill could cure. He was brought into the palace at Berlin in a sedan, covered with red velvet embroidered with gold. Wilhelmina had no suspicion of the object of his visit, and was somewhat surprised by the intensity of his gaze and his glowing compliments. Diplomatic obstacles arose which silenced the question of the marriage before Wilhelmina knew that it had been contemplated. 鈥淢y situation forces me,鈥?he said, 鈥渢o give them this trouble, which they will not have to suffer long. My life is on the decline. The time which I still have belongs not to me, but to the state.鈥? Though Fritz wrote a legible business hand, was well instructed in most points of useful knowledge, and had a very decided taste for elegant literature, he never attained correctness in spelling. The father was bitterly opposed to Latin. Perhaps it was the prohibition which inspired the son with an intense desire to learn that language. He took secret lessons. His vigilant father38 caught him in the very act, with dictionary and grammar, and a teacher by his side. The infuriated king, volleying forth his rage, would have caned the teacher had he not in terror fled.5 135期双色球开奖 鈥淢y situation forces me,鈥?he said, 鈥渢o give them this trouble, which they will not have to suffer long. My life is on the decline. The time which I still have belongs not to me, but to the state.鈥? 鈥淚 am permitted,鈥?the embassador said, 鈥渢o offer your majesty the whole of Austrian Guelderland. It lies contiguous to your majesty鈥檚 possessions in the Rhine country. It will be a very important addition to those possessions. I am permitted to say the whole of Austrian Guelderland.鈥? 鈥淚 have not the least desire,鈥?the king replied, 鈥渢o aggrandize myself in those parts, or to spend money in fortifying there. It would be useless to me. Am I not fortifying Brieg and Glogau? These are enough for one who wishes to live well with his neighbors. Neither the Dutch nor the French have offended me, nor will I offend them by acquisitions in the Netherlands. Besides, who would guarantee them?鈥? Berlin was almost defenseless. All Saxony was rising in arms behind Frederick. The invader of Silesia was in danger of having his own realms invaded and his own capital sacked. Frederick was thoroughly roused. But he never allowed himself to appear agitated or anxious. He ordered Leopold, the Old Dessauer, to march immediately, with all the troops he could rally, to the frontiers of Saxony. He even found it necessary to detach to the aid of Leopold some corps from his own enfeebled forces, now menaced by an Austrian army twice as large as he could oppose to them. 鈥淢y situation forces me,鈥?he said, 鈥渢o give them this trouble, which they will not have to suffer long. My life is on the decline. The time which I still have belongs not to me, but to the state.鈥?