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FREDERICK THE GREAT’S BODYGUARD.

TO TUE EDITOR. Sir, — Permit me to correct an error which I find not contradicted in leading English and colonial papers. It was not Frederick 11. who kept his guard of giants, but his father, King Frederick William I. ; The great Frederick was far too sensible a man to fancy great grenadiers as his bodyguard, the same as his father did. Of this monarch, we have it in history , that he got very tall men by stealing ( them, if he could not get them by fair means. I suppose this was his particular hobby. Any visitor to Berlin can still see in the guard room of the Royal ' Castle the pictures of those splendid specimens of humanity. Frederick 11., on ( ascending the throne, pensioned them off at , once, as useless articles of war. , There is an anecdote in regard to these ] giants, reported by Field-marshal Vcn Shellendarff, a distinguished general of Frederick William I. One day the King met a very strong, tall, healthy woman", and said to her “Can you read”? The woman 1 could do so, but, knowing the peculiarity of | the King, said “ No.” He then wrote an | order to the Commandant of Berlin: “ Marry , this woman at once to the tall Irishman, Sullivan, of my Guards.” Tho woman, "smelling a rat,” gave this paper to an old female whom she met and directed hur to the Commandant, and to tho great joy of the old creature she was married by force to ! a handsome young soldier. Tho rago of the | King can bo imagined when ho found J one of his pet Guards thus married to an old woman. But ho behaved hand- | somely all the same to the couple, ] who were afterwards employed in clean- ] ing the Royal Castle. The great Frederick was a far seeing statesman, who, on becom- < ing king, saved everything for his future I fight with Austria. For instance, his father • had the banisters of the staircases in the * royal castle made of solid silver, but Frederick took them away and had them made of wood, heavily silvered, and got money out of them for his wars. Thus these stairs remain to this day. Many interesting relics still remain at Potsdam of this great king- ( for example, his billiard table, his (lute ] (which ho never neglected in prosperity or adversity); and in tho Berlin Museum are his ] sword and war boots—the latter mended ] by sealing wax. But your English readers can have no t better authority on the life of this remark- ® able king than Carlyle’s well-known work. | Surely Prussia has been blessed with a race . of groat kings, who have firmly established the German Empire, which has risen from a its ashes as a Pbrcnix from the embers of the s old so-called Holy Roman and German r Empire, under the Hapsburga of Austria.— hj I am, etc., J.H. 1 Dunedin, October 17. 1

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FREDERICK THE GREAT’S BODYGUARD., Evening Star, Issue 8042, 19 October 1889

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FREDERICK THE GREAT’S BODYGUARD. Evening Star, Issue 8042, 19 October 1889

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