We told him the reason for our mission.
He nodded approvingly and let him through the outposts.
In Bruck we walked through the gate, then Count Andrássy led a gallop. The legs of the horses scattered sparks on the pavement as if this soil were a blacksmith’s shop. The noise filled the city and all the windows opened and filled with curiosities. With a shawl-89-hussars were greeted. We galloped to the big square and an agreement was made before the confectioner.
We went in for breakfast. Andrássy sent a few bottles of brandy to the crew.
The mayor did not even wait to be visited at the town hall, some of them came with him to the confectioner. He was very courteous, welcomed friendly, and we set off to arrange the boarding. The castle itself was sufficient not only for headquarters, but even for other officers. Stable for 60 horses. We didn’t go any further. They still had to visit the camp room, and then they were invited to the inn for a very good lunch. The crew was also entertained.
When we headed back, many windows were carpeted and even flagged with some national flags. We asked how they got to these? they said: there is a lot in stock, because the population wants to make the long-awaited entry of the Hungarian army a little solemn.
The next day the whole army crossed the Lajta and marched through the Bruck to the camp.
There was no such thing as a stimulus of novelty, there was an interest in the unusual, but it was so certain that the people of Bruck welcomed our army with enthusiasm, and with whom we spoke, he shouted Jellasich and spoke with disgust about the serfs and other greedy pipes.
In the evening the whole camp was beaten; there was such a confusion that no one knew where we were going? would Jellasich be so close that they could be attacked even at night? this thought instilled a mood in everyone. The start has begun. Who writes down the amazement, the annoyance, when-90-we saw them being led back to Párndorf. The autumn rain beat all night.
We really got back to Párndorf, why? of course we little saints could never know. But we saw that he gave birth to displeasure, even discipline, in the camp; the Szeklers began to renounce obedience, and because all kinds of wisdom had leaked to them, they declared emphatically that they would no longer go beyond the borders of the country, because they were only obliged to protect the country and fight within the borders of the country. Some of them were fired, and then order and discipline were restored.
The urgent changes between Pest and Párndorf were mutually exclusive.
Accompanied by several hussars, several of us rode a long way to the spy. Three close-ups appeared in front of us who, seeing us, cut us off. Corporal Ivan ran after them. Of the close-ups, the right horse left the other, so that Ivan reached them all separately, taking them off their horses one by one, taking their weapons back like prisoners. Samu Bónis, watching the scene from a hill, was so delighted that he gave Ivan a hundred pengos. A few days later, Bónis walks around the camp and sees the crew grouping around the handcuffs, looking there. Ivan says intact then: Son! pay me some brandy too. Willingly. Bónis said in outrage: Don’t pay for it, he has enough money, he got a hundred forints from me the third day. A hussar looks halfway at Bónis and responds quite selfishly: Dejszen, sir, not even a penny of it, because Corporal Ivan the Great. This name was known to Corporal Ivan throughout the camp-91-this fearless hussar, before whom there was no danger, was no invincible enemy. He didn’t even look at the six important ones, he considered the rifle firing and a game. He was a Calvinist who says that the arrow of God can strike everywhere, but I am not even afraid of the arrow of God.
After the battle of Svechat, an officer traveled to Pest on some urgent mission; accompanied by Corporal Ivan. As they boarded a steamer in Bratislava, Ivan shook his head; he had never traveled on water. When the boiler began to rumble, the wheels pounding, and the ship swam into the middle of the Danube, Captain Ivan felt bad in the full sense of the word, and seeing people around the mills, he sighed, “My God, how can you trust your life on that vile tangle?” the fearless man, who had faced death so bravely so many times, who had seen the cannonballs fall around him to the brim, looked fearfully at the waves of the Danube.
At Párndorf, the camp was still bustling, and deliberations continued.
The good Viennese gave the signal, they dropped their flyers up from the tower of St. Stephen,… they also spoiled,… but we did not move. The Windischgrätz moved all the more, so much so that he took Vienna and united with Baron Jellasich.
Meanwhile, Lajos Kossuth arrived in Párndorf.
I get frustrated when I think back to the effect. The news entered the camp with lightning speed, and enthusiasm beat the skies. These three words: Here is Kossuth’s large volume of patriotic poetry, captivating rhetoric, and encouraging history. Petőfi’s poems were recited, the sayings of great people were quoted, and Rákóczy was second-92-They waved in memory of Ferencz. Movement and liveliness marched throughout the camp. At that moment, they would have even fought the army of hell.
There was a scene going on here that I couldn’t imagine. I did not see, very naturally, and only after paintings and descriptions I know the moment of the story when the enthusiastic Hungarian orders with a sword shouted: Our blood and our life for Maria Theresia! yet I can say for sure that this is only a faint shadow of the sublime, I might say sanctified image that Párndorf provided this time.
The hussar regiments set up, forming a rectangle; it was a solemn expression on their faces.
Lajos Kossuth steps into the middle of the rectangle in a dress with a white feather and a white hat with a white feather. It seemed to be read from the faces that those brave hearts were beating faster under the ledges. Kossuth spoke in the sound of a magic that conquered his hearts and touched his nerves.
He explained the duties of the officers from now on, what the Hungarian home and its government expected of them. Those who are averse to this, or reluctant to serve the Hungarian cause at all, can leave the Hungarian army safely and unharmed in twenty-four hours, not only, but also as a travel expense, the monthly salaries of those leaving leave immediately. Then he spoke to those who remained, he spoke to the very first soldiers of the world. I don’t know what dictionary you could have taken those inspiring words from? It is elusive, how and where could those captivating ideas come from? where does power and authority in terms come from? As if not from a human lip-93-these words would have sounded as if these ideas had not been conceived even in mortal minds, they were so shocking, touching, and sublime. It was a source of reverence as those trained soldiers rolled their elbows all over their sun-tanned faces. At last they were so captivated by this speech that they leaped from their horses, drew their swords, and fell to their knees, raising their swords high, shouting, ‘We swear to God, this arm and sword belongs to our homeland.’