What has happened?
But what was he doing here? Has the prince himself comealready? Tell right away what has happened. Better wait till Pan Volodyovski comes back; for itis more his affair, and it is a pity to move the mouth twice to repeatthe same story. I was resting my horses, and he had stopped for the night. An hour would have been short for our talk. He complained also? He gave himself out as asmall noble in pigskin boots, and said that he went with horses to thefairs.
But though he had a number of horses, his story did not seemclear to me, for neither his person nor his bearing belonged to ahorse-dealer, and I saw a fine ring on his finger,--this one. Zagloba struck himself on the side and cried: "Ah, you gypsied that outof him!
By that alone might I know you, Jendzian, at the end of theworld! This ring Pan Kmita gave as atoken that what he said was true; and very soon I will repeat his wordsfaithfully to your graces, for it seems to me that in this case ourskins are in question. Three men killed; Yuzva Butrym cut up, barelybreathing! He is a man with the strength of a bear! Enough of this!
Balance for balance, life for life; but now anew reckoning! He has killed my men, fallen upon good soldiers; thatwill be set to his account before our next meeting. As to aid, my men tried to give aid; butit was hard for them, for in the tumult they did not know whom to beatand whom to spare, and therefore they suffered. That I came away withmy life and my sacks is due to the sense of Pan Kmita alone, for hearhow it happened. Laterthis will appear; but meanwhile let them come together, in God's name,or the voevoda of Vilna will take them one by one like lobsters from anet.
But of what kind? He advises us to keep in a body.
Wh at harm tous may rise out of that? But in such a case he would not be slipping past in disguise, and towhom,--to the Swedes. I do not know whither he is going,why he is slipping past in disguise; and it would be idle to break myhead over this, for it is some mystery. But he gives good advice, warnsus sincerely: I will swear to that, as well as to this,--that the onlysalvation for us is to listen to his advice.
Who knows if we are notindebted to him again, for safety and life? It isdifferent in our case! One squadron may slip through, and even with onewe had to open a way through Pilvishki with sabres. It is another thingwith Kmita, who is slipping by with a few men; but when the princehetman passes with a whole army?
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The hetman of himself has troops enough againstyou, but he is waiting for Swedish reinforcements, so as to go with theauthority of the King of Sweden; for then if the Northerners attackhim they will have to strike the Swedes too, and that would mean warwith the King of Sweden. They will not venture to make war withoutorders, for they fear the Swedes, and will not take on themselves theresponsibility of beginning a war. They have discovered that it isRadzivill's purpose to put the Swedes forward against them everywhere;let them shoot or cut down even one man, there would be war at once.
The Northerners themselves know not what to do now, for Lithuania isgiven up to the Swedes; they stay therefore in one place, only waitingfor what will be, and warring no further. For these reasons they do notrestrain Radzivill, nor oppose him. He will go directly against you,and will destroy you one after the other, unless you collect in onebody.
For God's sake, do this, and beg the voevoda of Vityebsk to comequickly, since it is easier for him to reach you now through theNortherners while they stand as if stupefied. I wanted to warn youunder another name, so that you might more easily believe, but becausetidings are given you already from another, I write my own name.
It isdestruction if you do not believe.
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