They stopped to wait in the 'town hall' of the town. Invested signs of his power - stick with the silver knob, the mayor of this town took them quite incredulous. At night, he broke with the detachment consisted of about twenty-five people in a room occupied by Stephens and his people. He commanded a detachment officer Carrera supporter, which Stephens, talking about this adventure, called "gentleman in a shiny hat '. Subsequent events took a few noisy character; Augustine, Stephens servant, received a machete blow to the head, shouted: 'Shoot, sir, shoot!' Stephens presented in the light of torch your passport and stamp of General Cascara, deserted at the time of Napoleon's army, who enjoyed fame and influence in the country and whose support Stephens managed to enlist. With regard Kazervuda, he tried to explain the drunken soldiers foundations of international law, in particular the situation of the personal immunity of diplomats, however, in the soldier it made even less impression than the passport. On the one hand, the situation is somewhat reminiscent of a scene from 'Fra Diavolo', on the other - are taking more and more serious, as the Stephens were directed three musket muzzle. Decoupling was drawn advent of the second officer, clearly higher rank than the first, because it was even more brilliant hat. They were tested again passport. The officer is strictly prohibited violence, but warned the mayor that he was responsible for the prisoners head. As he spoke, Stephens managed to jot down a note to General Cascara. For greater effect, he sealed it pyatidesyatitsentovoy American coin. 'The eagle spread its wings, the stars shone with the light of a torch, and all came closer to see better the coin'.
Land Drainage: A Seminar in the EC Programme of Coordination of Research on Land Use and Rural Resources, Cambridge, UK, 27-31 July 1981
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