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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.7

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.7
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fyag.' Having faid this, he opened the bag to fhew him its contents. The lord de I^azaran was advifed to return a temperate anfwer* and not difcover his thoughts at once. He replied,. 4 Tie up your bag I fee what is within it, and I have heard from you what Amurat's inten-tions are: within three days you shall have an anfwer, for thefe his demands require delibera-tion.' They replied,'You fay well;' and, in con-fidence of having an anfwer, they tarried three days, I will now tell you what the count de Lazaran did during thefe three days : he got collected and brought to his caftle ten thou&nd head of poultry of all forts, which he caufed to be fhut up without any food whatever. On the day appointed for the ambaffadars to receive their anfwer, he conducted them to a gallery which overlooked a court, bidding them lean over the rail, ant, „ re he gave them his aa*t fwer, he would lhew them fomething new : they, not thinking what he was about, did as he or-dered. Two doors were inftantly opened, when, all his poultry, who had been ftarving for two days, rulhed out ; and the millet bag being opened, and its contents fcattered about, the whole was devoured in lefs than half an hour, and more would have been eaten if they could have had it. ' The count de Lazaran then, turning towards the ambafladors, faid,— My fair firs, you. haw feen how the millet you have brought hither from your matter, with many menaces, has been der youred by this poultry, who would have deftroy- ed


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