Young Carthaginian | G. A. Henty | Historical Fiction | Speaking Book | English | 8/8

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Typically, Henty’s heroes are boys of pluck in troubled times, and this is no different. Detailed research is embellished with a vivid imagination, especially in this novel set in the Punic wars, about which knowledge is limited: “…certainly we had but a hazy idea as to the merits of the struggle and knew but little of its events, for the Latin and Greek authors, which serve as the ordinary textbooks in schools, do not treat of the Punic wars. That it was a struggle for empire at first, and latterly one for existence on the part of Carthage, that Hannibal was a great and skilful general, that he defeated the Romans at Trebia, Lake Trasimenus, and Cannae, and all but took Rome, and that the Romans behaved with bad faith and great cruelty at the capture of Carthage, represents, I think, pretty nearly the sum total of our knowledge. ” (from the preface)

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chapter xxii of the young Carthaginian this is the librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit recording by Ravi Shankar the young Carthaginian a story of the times of Hannibal by George Alfred Henty chapter 22 the lion Malchus was sleeping soundly that night when he was awakened by a low angry sound from the lion he looked up and saw by the faint light of a lamp which burned in the hall from which the niche liked bed chambers of the principal Slade's opined that the animal had risen to its feet knowing that dosel as it was with those that knew the lion objected to strangers the thought occurred to him that some midnight thief and entered the house for the purpose of robbery Malchus took his stuff and salad out the lion walking beside him he traversed the hall and went from room to room until he entered the portion of the house inhabited by Flavia and the female slaves here he would have hesitated but the lion continued its way crouching as it walked and its tail beating its sides with short quick strokes there was no one in the principal apartments he entered the corridor from which as he knew issued the bed chambers of the slaves here he stopped in sudden surprise at seeing a woman holding a light while two men were issuing from one of the apartments bearing between them a body wrapped in a cloak Sempronius stood by the man directing their movements the face of the person carried was invisible but the light of the lamp fell upon a mass of golden brown hair and Malchus knew at once that it was clotilda who was being carried off malkov sprang forward and with a blow of his staff leveled one of the slaves to the ground Sempronius with a furious exclamation drew his sword and rushed at him while the other stave dropping his burden closed with Malchus and threw his arms around him for a moment Malchus felt powerless but before some Peyronie's could strike there was a deep roar a dark body sprang forward and hurled itself upon him leveling him to the ground with a crushing blow of its paw and then seizing him by the shoulder and shook him violently the slave who had held malkos loosed his hold and fled with a cry of fright the female slave dropped the light and fled also blue tilled by this time had gained her feet quick love Malka said seize your disguise and join me at the back gate some peroneus is killed I will join you as quickly as I can by this time the household was alarmed the shout of Malchus and the roar of the lion had aroused everyone and the slaves soon came running with lights to the spot Malchus checked them as they came running out fetch the net he said the net in question had been procured after the line had before made an attack upon the slave but had not since been required Malchus dead not approached the creature now for although he was not afraid for himself it was now furious and might if disturbed rush among the others and do terrible destruction before it could be secured the net was quickly brought and Malchus with three of the most resolute of the slaves advanced and threw it over the lion which was lying upon the prostrate body of Sempronius it sprang to its feet but the net was rounded and in its struggle to escape it fell on its side another twist of the net and it was helplessly enclosed the four men lifted the ends and carried it away cutting a portion of the net Malthus placed the massive iron collar attached to the chain around its neck and left it saying to the others we can cut the rest of the net off it afterwards then he hurried back to the scene of the struggle Flavio was already there what is Aldous Malchus she asked here I find some Polonius dead and one of his slaves senseless beside him they tell me when he first arrived you were here I know nothing of it lady Malchus replied save that the lion aroused me by growling and thinking that robbers might have entered the house I arose and searched it and came upon three men one I leveled to the ground with my staff the doubtless he is only stunned and will be able to tell you more when he recovers I grappled with another and while engaged in a struggle with him the third attacked me with a sword and would have stained me had not the lion sprang upon him and felled him the other man then fled and that is all I know about it what can it all mean Flavia said what could some prunus with Tuesday's be doing in my house after midnight it is a grave outrage and there will be a terrible scandal in Rome tomorrow the son of a praetor and a friend of the house she then ordered the slaves to raise the body of Sempronius and carry it to a couch and to send it once for a leech she also bad them threw water on the slave and bring him to consciousness and then to bring him before her to be questioned where is my daughter she said suddenly has she not been roused by all distr one of the female slaves stole into Julia's apartment and returned saying that her mistress was sound asleep on her couch an expression of doubt crossed Flavius face but she only said do not disturb her and then thoughtfully returned to her room it was not until an hour later that the prisoner was sufficiently recovered to be brought before Flavia he had already heard that his master was killed and knowing that concealment would be useless he threw himself on the ground before Flavia and that he and another slave had been brought by simpuru nears to carry off a slave girl acting on his instructions they had thrust a kerchief into her mouth and wrapped a cloak around her and were carrying her off when a man rushed at him and he supposed struck him for he remembered nothing more and then with many tears implored mercy on the ground that he was acting but on his master's orders at this moment the praetor himself arrived Flavia having sent for him immediately that she had ascertained that some peroneus was dead he was confused and bewildered at the suddenness of his loss I thought at first Flavius said that he must have been engaged in some wild scheme to carry off Julia though why he should do so I could not imagine seeing that he had my approval of his wooing but Julia is asleep not having been wakened by the noise of the scuffle it must have been one of the slave girls ah she exclaimed suddenly I did not see clotilda she struck a bell at her attendant entered go she said and summon Clothilde here in a few minutes the slave returned saying that Clothilde was not to be found she may have been carried off by the other slave lady I said but Malchus was there and he would pursued fetch him here but while cos2 was found to be missing they must have fled together Flavia said there was an understanding between them doubtless Marcus feared that this affair with your son might cause him to be taken away from here perhaps it is best so and I trust that they may get away but I fear that there is little chance since no slaves are allowed to leave the city without a pass and even did they succeed in gaining the open country they would be arrested and brought back by the first person who met them but that is not the question for the present what thank you my friend what to me to do in this terrible business I know not said the Prater with a groan the honor of both our families is concerned Flavia said calmly your son has been found in my house at night and slain by my lion all the world knows that he was a suitor for Julia's hand there's but one thing to be done the matter must be kept secret it would not do to remove Sempronius tonight for the litzer might be stopped by the watch it must be taken boldly away in daylight send for slaves whom we can trust and order them to be silent on pain of death I will tell my household that if a word is breathed of what has taken place tonight I will hand whoever disobeys me over to the executioner's when you have got your son's body home you can spread a rumor that he is sick of the fever there will be no difficulty in bribing the leech then in a few days you will give out that he is dead and none will be any the wiser the preacher agreed that this was the best plan that could be adopted and it was carried out in due course and so well was the secret kept that no one in room ever doubted that some peroneus had fallen victim to a fever Julia's anger in the morning when she heard that the ghoulish slave girl and the carthaginian were missing was great and she hurried to her mother's room to demand that a human cry should be at once made for them and a reward offered for their apprehension she had when informed of the scenes which had taken place in the night and of the death of Sempronius expressed great astonishment and horror and indeed the news that her accomplice had been killed had really shocked her the sentiment however had faded to insignificance in the anger which she felt when as the narrative continued she heard of the escape of the two slaves a story scene took place between her and her mother Julia boldly avowing that she was the author of the scheme which had had so fatal a termination phylidia in her indignation at her daughter's conduct sent her away at once to a small summer retreat belonging to her in the hills and there she was kept for some months in the strict seclusion under the watchful guardianship of some old and trusted slaves Malchus having seen the lion fastened up had seized the bundle containing his disguise and hurried away to the gate where co tilled was awaiting him how long had she been she said with a gasp of relief I could not get away until the lion was secured he said for I should have been instantly missed now we will be off at once booth had thrown large clubs over their garments and they now hurried along through the deserted streets occasionally drawing aside into by lanes as they heard the Tramp of the city watch at last after half an hour's walking they reached the wall Malchus knew the exact spot where he had hidden the rope and had no difficulty in finding it they mounted the steps and stood on the battlements the centuries were far apart for no enemy was in the neighborhood of Rome Malchus fastened the rope around little done lowered her down over the battlements when he found she had reached the ground he made fast the end of the rope and slid down till he stood beside her they proceeded with the utmost caution until at some distance from the walls and then shaped their course until after a long walk they came down upon the type of another city they had by this time broken and Malchus bad Clothilde enter a little wood to change her garments and dye her skin he then proceeded to do the same and rolling up the clothes he had taken off hid them under a bush / tilled soon joined him again she wore the dress of a peasant boy consisting on a tunic of rough cloth reaching to her knees her limbs face and neck were dyed a sunny brown and hair which was cut quite short was blackened dyes were largely in use by the Roman ladies and Malchus had no difficulty in procuring those necessary for their disguises I don't think anyone would suspect you'd go told he said even I should pass you without notice what a pity you have had to part with all your sunny hair it will soon grow again she said and now Marcus do not let us waste a moment how I am in terror while those dark walls are in sight we shall soon lead them behind Marcus said encouragingly there are plenty of fishermen's boats moored along the bank here we shall soon leave Rome behind us they stepped into a boat loosened the moorings and pushed off and malkos getting out the oars brewed steadily down the river until there neared its mouth then they landed pushed the boat into the stream again lest if it were found fastened up it might give a clue to any who were in pursuit of them and then struck off into the country after travelling some miles they turned into a wood where they lay down for several hours and did not resume their course until nightfall Malchus had before starting entered the kitchen and filled a bag with cold wheat oatmeal cakes and other food and this when examined proved ample for four days supply and he had therefore no occasion to enter the villagers to buy provisions they kept to the seashore until they're near teresina and then took to the hills and skirted these until they had left the state of Latium they kept along at the foot of the great range which forms the backbone of Italy and so passing along somnium came upon the vault Ernest having thus avoided the Roman army which lay between kapwa and Rome their journey had been a rough one for by the winding road they had followed along the mountains the distance they traversed was over 100 miles the fatigue had been great and into us well that clotilda had a Gaulish training after their provisions were exhausted they had subsisted upon corn which they had gathered in the patches of cultivated ground near the mountain villagers and upon fruits which they picked in the woods twice – they had come upon the herds of half wild goats in the mountain and Malchus had succeeded in knocking down a kid with a stone they had not made very long journeys resting always for a few hours in the heat of the day and it was ten days after they had left room before from an eminence they saw the walls of kapwa how can I go in like this clotilda exclaimed with a sudden fit of shyness we will wait until it is dusk Marcus said the die is fast wearing off and your arms are strangely white for a peasant girls I will take you straight to Hannibal's Palace and you will soon be fitted out gorgeously there are spoils that are stored up to clothe all the women of Rome they sat down in the shade of a clump of trees and waited till the heat of the day was passed then they rose and walked on until after darkness had fallen they entered the town of kapwa they had no difficulty in discovering the palace where Hannibal was lodged they were stopped at the entrance by the guards who gave a cry of surprise and pleasure when Malka revealed himself at first they could hardly credit that in the dark skins present their own commander stood before them and as the news spread rapidly the officers of the Corps on down and saluted him with joyous greeting while this was going on Clothilde shrank back out of the crowd as soon as he could extricate himself from his comrades Malchus joined her and led her to Hannibal who hearing the unusual stir was issuing from his apartment to see what had occasioned it the shouts of long live Marcus which rose from the soldiers informed him of what had happened and he at once recognized his kinsmen in the figure advancing to meet him my dear Malchus he exclaimed this is a joyous surprise I have been in vain endeavoring to get you out of the hands of the Romans but they were obstinate in refusing an exchange but knowing your droid nurse I have never given up hopes of seeing you appear someday among us but whom have you here he asked as he re-entered the room accompanied by Malchus and his companion this is clotilda daughter of Alura dias the chief of the Orkin tribe marcus replied and by a fiance Dwight her father has been defeated and killed by posthumous and she was carried as a stave to Rome their good fortune and the gods threw us together and I have managed to bring her with me I hide remember you of course Hannibal sent to the girl and that I joked my young kinsman about you it is well indeed but we must see it once about providing you with proper garments there are no females in my palace but I will send at once for chakras who is now captain of my guard and who has married here in kapwa and beg him to bring hither his wife she will I am sure take charge a few and furnish you with garments Clothilde was soon handed over to the care of the italian lady and Malchus then proceeded to relate to Hannibal the various incidents which had occurred since he had sailed from Capua for Sardinia he learned in return that the mission of may go to Carthage had been unsuccessful he had brought over a small reinforcements of cavalry and elephants which had landed in brooch him and had safely joined the army but this only repaired a few of the many gaps made by the war and was useless to enable Hannibal to carry out his great purpose Hana's influence was too strong Hannibal said and I foresee that sooner or later the end must come I may hold out for years here in southern Italy but unless Carthage rises from her lethargy I must finally be over power it seems to me Malka said that the only hope is arousing the Gauls to invade Italy from the north I know nothing of what is passing there Hannibal said but it is clear from the disaster which is befallen our friends the organs that the Romans are more than holding their own north of the Apennines still if the diversion could be made it would be useful I suppose you are desirous of taking your bride back to her tribe such as my wish certainly Malka said as I have told you Hannibal I have made up my mind never to return to Carthage it is hateful to me that team submission to the Intolerable tyranny of hano and his faction her sufferance of the corruption which reigns in every department her base ingratitude to you and the army which have done and suffered so much the lethargy which she betrays when dangers are thickening and her fall and destruction are becoming more and more sure they have sickened we offer I have resolved as I have told you to cast her off and to live and die among the Gauls a life rough and simple but at least free but it seems the Gauls have again been subjected to Rome Hannibal said on this side of the Alps Marcus replied but beyond they are great tribes who have never as yet heard of Rome it is to them that little smothered alongs and we have settled that we will first try and find her mother and persuade her to go with us and that if she is dead we will journey alone until we join her tribe in Germany but before I go if it would be possible try and rouse the Gauls to make another effort for freedom by acting in concert by driving out the Romans and invading Italy you will I trust Hannah will not oppose my plans assuredly not well cos I sympathize with you and where I injure and without ties and responsibilities a high would fain do the same it is a sacrifice no doubt to give up civilization and to begin life anew but it is what our colonists are always doing at any rate it is freedom freedom from the corruption of the intrigue the sleuth and the littleness of the decaying power like that of Carthage you will be happy at least in having your wife with you while the gods only know where I shall see the face of my beloved Emil say yes Malka s' follow your own devices Carthage when she flung you in prison and would have put you to such a disgraceful death forfeited all further claim upon you you have rendered her great services you have risked your life over and over again in her cause you have repaid tenfold the debt which you incurred when she gave you birth you are free now to carry your sword where you will I shall deeply regret your loss but your father has gone and many another true friend of mine and it is but one more in the list of those that I have lost follow your own wishes and live in that freedom which you will never attain in the service of Carthage the next day the marriage of Malthus and clotilda took place hannibal himself joined their hands and prayed the gods to bless their union three weeks later hannibal arranged that a body of a hundred Carthaginian horse should accompany Malchus to the north where he would endeavour to raise the Gaulish tribes they were to cross into Apulia and travel up the east coast until past the ranges of the Apennines and then make their way across the plains to the Alps a dozen officers accompanied him and these were to aid him in his negotiations with the Chiefs and in organizing the new forces should his efforts be successful to the great joy of Belkis on the very evening before he started Nessus arrived in the camp he had when Marcus was at home been employed with the other Carthaginian soldiers on the fortifications Malchus had once or twice seen him as with the others he was marched from prison to the walls and had exchanged a few words with him he had told him that he intended to escape but could not say when he should find an opportunity to do so but that if at any time a month passed without his seeing him nessus would know that he had gone the extra rigor with which the prisoners were guarded had led necess to suspect that a prisoner had escaped and a month having passed without his seeing melkor's he determined on making an attempt at flight so rigorous was the watch that there was no possibility of this being done secretly and therefore one day when they were employed in repairing the foundations of the wall outside the city nessus seized the opportunity when the attention of the guards was for a movement directed in another quarter to start at the top of his speed he had chosen the hottest hour of the day for the attempt when few people were about and the peasants had left the fields for an hour's sleep under the shade of the trees the Roman guard had started in pursuit but nessus had not overrated his powers gradually he left them behind him and making straight for the Tiber plunged in and swam the river he had followed at the right bank up to the hills and on the second evening after starting made his appearance at kapwa when he heard the plans of Malchus he announced well as a matter of course that he should accompany him malkos pointed out that with the rewards and spoils he had obtained he had now sufficient money to become a man of importance among his own people Nessus quietly waved the remark aside as if it were wholly unworthy of consideration the cavalry who were to accompany Marcus were light-armed numidians whose speed would enable them to distance any bodies of the enemy they might meet on their way with them were thirty lead horses some of them carrying a large sum of money which Hannibal had directed should be paid to Marcus from the Treasury as his share as an officer of high rank of the captured booty the rest of the horses were laden with costly arms robes of honour and money as presents for the Gaulish cheese these also were furnished from the abundant spoils which had fallen into the hands of the Carthaginians Hannibal directed Malchus that in the event of his failing in his mission he was not to trouble to send these things back but was to retain them to win the friendship and goodwill of the Chiefs of the country to which he proposed to journey the next morning Malchus took an affectionate farewell of the general and his old comrades and then with Clothilde riding by his side for the women of Gaul were as well skilled as the men in the management of horses he started at the head of his posse he followed the route to marked out for him without any adventure of importance he had one or two skirmishes with parties of tribesmen allied with Rome but his movements were too rapid for any force sufficient to oppose his passage being collected after ascending the Seacoast the troops skirted the northern slopes of the Apennines passing close to the battlefield of Trebbia and crossing the pool by a Ford ascended the banks of the Orcas that reached clotilde's native village a few ruins alone marked where it had stood Marcus halted there and dispatched Scouts far up the valley these succeeded in finding a native who informed him the Brunhilde with the remains of the tribe were living in the forest far up the slopes the scouts delivered to them the message with which they were charged that Patil and Marcus with a Carthaginian force who are a talker the following evening the Nilda and her followers came into camp deep was the joy of the mother and daughter the former had long since given up all hope of ever hearing of clotilda again and had devoted her life to vengeance on the Romans from her fastness in the mountain she had from time to time let her followers down and carried fire and sword over the fields and plantations of the Roman colonists retiring rapidly before the Garrison's could sally from the towns and fall upon her she was rejoiced to find that her child had found a husband and a protector in the young Carthaginian still more rejoiced when she found that the latter had determined upon throwing in his lot with the Gauls all that night mother and daughter sat talking over the events which had happened since they parted but a Nilda could give Malchus but little encouragement for the mission on which he had come the Legion of posthumous had indeed been defeated and nearly destroyed in a rising which had taken place early in the spring but fresh troops had arrived dissensions had as usual broken out among the Chiefs many of them had again submitted to the Romans and the rest had been defeated and crushed Brunhilde thought there was little hope at present of their again taking up arms for some weeks Malchus attempted to carry out Hannibal's instructions he and his left tenants accompanied by small parties of horse rode through the country and visited all the Chiefs of Cisalpine Gaul but the spirit of the people was broken the successes they had gained had never been more than partial the Roman garrison towns had always defied their efforts and sooner or later the Roman legions swept down across the Apennines and carried all before them in vain Malchus told him of the victories that Hannibal had won that southern Italy was in his hands and the room and Dominion tottering in reply they pointed to the garrison and the Legion and said that were room in a source Strait she would recall her Legion for her own defence and no arguments that Malchus could use could move them to lay aside their own differences and to unite in another effort for freedom winter was now at hand Malchus remained in the mountains with the organs until spring came and then renewed his efforts with no greater success than before then he dismissed to the Carthaginians with a letter giving Hannibal an account of all he had done and Bantam find their way back to CAPA by the road by which they had come Brunhilde had joyfully agreed to his proposal that they should cross the Alps and join her kinsman in Germany and the remnant of the tribe willingly consented to accompany them accordingly in the month of May they set out and journeying north made their way along the shore of the lake now called lago de guadarrama pass with the Trentino came down on the northern side of the alps and after journeying for some weeks among the great forests which covered the country reached the part inhabited by the tribe of the churu c2 which Brunhilde belonged here they were hospitably received foreign elders family were among the noblest of the tribe and the rich presence which the ample resources of Malchus enabled him to distribute among all the chiefs at once raised him to a position of high rank and consideration among them although accepting the life of barbarism marcus was not prepared to give up all the usages of civilization he built a house which although it would have been but a small structure in carthage was regarded with admiration at wonder by the Gauls here he introduced the usages and customs of civilization the walls indeed of being hung with silk and tapestry were covered with the skins of stags bears and other animals slain in the chase but these were warmer and better suited for the rigor of the climate in winter than silks would have been the wealth knowledge and tact of Malchus gained him an immense influence in the tribe and in time he was elected the chief of that portion of it dwelling near him he did not succeed in getting his followers to abandon their own modes of life but he introduced among them many of the customs of civilization and persuaded them to adopt the military formation in use among the Carthaginians it was with some reluctance that they submitted to this but so complete was the victory which they obtained over a rival tribe upon their first encounter when led by mal 'kiss and is able a tenant necess that he had no difficulty in future on the score the advantages indeed of fighting in solid formation instead of the irregular order in which each man fought for himself were so overwhelming that the tribe rapidly increased in power and importance and became one of the leading peoples in that part of Germany above all Malchus inculcated them with a deep hatred of Rome and warned them that when the time came as it assuredly would do that the ruins would cross the Alps and attempt the conquest of the country it proves the German tribes to lay aside their disputes and join in a common resistance against the enemy from time to time rumours brought by parties of Cisalpine girls who like the orchids fled across the alps to escape the tyranny of Rome reached focus for years the news came that no great battle had been fought that Hannibal was still in the south of Italy defeating all the efforts of the Romans to dislodge him it was not until the thirtieth year after Hannibal had crossed the Alps that any considerable reinforcement was sent to aid the Carthaginian general then his brother has trouble having raised an army in Spain and southern Gaul crossed the Alps to join him but he was met as he marched south by the consuls Livius and nearer with an army greeter superior to his own and was crushed by them on the Rivermen Taurus the Spanish and Ligurian troops being annihilated and has Trouville himself killed for 4 years longer hannibal maintained his position in the south of italy no assistance whatsoever reached him from carthage but alone and unaided he carried on the unequal war with Rome until in 204 BC skippy Oh landed with a Roman force within a few miles of Carthage captured Utica defeated two Carthaginian armies with great slaughter and blockaded Carthage then the city recalled the general and the army whom they had served grossly neglected and betrayed Hannibal succeeded in safely embarking his army and in sailing to Carthage but so small was the remnant of the force which remained to him that when he attempted to give battle to skip you he was defeated and Carthage was forced to make peace on terms which left her for the future at the mercy of Rome she was to give up all her ships of war except ten and all her elephants to restore all Roman prisoners to engage in new war out of Africa and none in Africa except with the consent of Rome to restore to mass Anissa the Prince of Namibia who had joined Rome his kingdom to pay a contribution of two hundred talents a year for 50 years and to give a hundred hostages between the ages of 14 and 30 to be selected by a Roman general these terms left Carthage at the mercy of Rome when the latter confident in her power entered upon the third Punic War overthrow and the destruction of arrival were a comparatively easy task for her Hannibal lived 19 years after his return to Carthage for eight years he strove to rectify the administration to reform abuses and to raise and improve the state but his exposure of the gross abuses of the public service united against him the faction which had so long profited by them and in BC 196 the great patriot and general was driven into exile he then repaired to the court of Antiochus king of Syria who was at that time engaged in a war against room but that monarch would not follow the advice he gave him and was in consequence defeated at magnesia and was forced to sue for peace and accept the terms the rumors imposed one of which was that Hannibal should be delivered into their hands Hannibal being warned in time left Syria and went to birth Nia Macroom could not be easy so long as a great enemy lived and made a demand upon prowess King of Bothnia for his surrender he was about to comply with the request where Hannibal put an end to his life dying at the age of 64 no rumor of this event ever reached Malchus but he heard 15 years after he passed into Germany that Hannibal had at last retired from Italy and had been defeated at Zama and that Carthage had been obliged to submit to conditions which placed her at the mercy of Rome Malchus rejoiced more than ever at the choice he had made his sons were now growing up and he spared no efforts to instill in them a hatred and distrust of Rome to teach them the tactics of war and to fill their minds with noble and lofty thoughts nessus had followed the example of his lord and had married a Gaulish maiden and he was now a sub chief of the tribe malkov Santo tilled lived to a great age and the former never once regretted the choice he had made from afar he heard of the ever-growing power of Rome and warned his grandsons as he had warned his sons against him and begged them to impress upon their descendants in turn the counsels he had given them the injunction was observed and the time came when Arminius a direct descendant of Malchus then the leader of the chroot si assembled the German tribes and fell upon the legions of varus inflicting upon them a defeat as crushing and terrible as the Romans had ever suffered at the hands of Hannibal himself and checking for once and all the efforts of the Romans to subdue the free people of Germany the end end of chapter 22 recording by Ravi Shankar end of the young Carthaginian a story of the life and times of Hannibal by George Alfred Henty


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