I fell upon it by chance one day as I was passing above the palace on patrol
Until the following spring Norman of Torn continued to occupy himself with occasional pillages against the royalists of the surrounding counties, and his patrols
so covered the public highways that it became a matter of grievous import to the King's party, for no one was safe in the district who even so much as sympathized with the King's cause, and many were the dead foreheads that bore the grim mark of the Devil of Torn.
Now and then during the night horses had galloped at a smart pace over the Buytenhof, the heavy tramp of the patrols
had resounded from the pavement, and the slow matches of the arquebuses, flaring in the east wind, had thrown up at intervals a sudden glare as far as to the panes of his window.
But there were many police and watchmen in evidence, and now and again automobile patrols
of the Mercenaries slipped swiftly past.
He drove in a patrol
wagon with half a dozen of them watching him; keeping as far away as possible, however, on account of the fertilizer.
The streets at last became quiet, and the patrol
, the officers of which, in their splendid costumes, and surrounded by their suites, Passepartout thought seemed like ambassadors, succeeded the bustling crowd.
He found himself face to face with a sergeant commanding a watch- patrol
The preventive service afloat was really the one for us to reckon with, and it was material for our success and safety to know the exact position of the patrol
craft in the neighbourhood.
bailiffs, aldermen, burgomasters; burgomasters, aldermen, bailiffs--all stiff, affectedly grave, formal, dressed out in velvet and damask, hooded with caps of black velvet, with great tufts of Cyprus gold thread; good Flemish heads, after all, severe and worthy faces, of the family which Rembrandt makes to stand out so strong and grave from the black background of his "Night Patrol
"; personages all of whom bore, written on their brows, that Maximilian of Austria had done well in "trusting implicitly," as the manifest ran, "in their sense, valor, experience, loyalty, and good wisdom.
Evidently they, too, had been so much surprised by the unprecedented action of the stranger that they had not even challenged; but that they had no thought to let the thing go unnoticed was quickly evidenced by the skirring of motors upon the landing-stage and the quick shooting airward of a long-lined patrol
Later she had been warned from this road by word that a strong British patrol
had come down the west bank of the Pangani, effected a crossing south of her, and was even then marching on the railway at Tonda.
It was the only available place where he might seek to hide from the approaching company, and while he had passed several sentries unquestioned he could scarce hope to escape scrutiny and questioning from a patrol
, as he naturally assumed this body of men to be.