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The National Music of America. 113
were hurrying on, the scum was rising. In a short time the mob of sans-culottes found the patriotic hymn too conservative for their fury, and the " Carmagnole " and " £a Ira " became the popular music. But the " Mar­seillaise" still stood as the chosen song of the men who loved Liberty without commit­ting crimes in her name. These men were, however, proscribed and hunted down, and Oct. 30, 1793, twenty-two of the Girondins (as the moderates were called) were tried for their "treason," among them that Brissot de Warville who had spoken so well of the music of Boston.
Those were the days of short delibera­tions ; the entire band was quickly sen­tenced to death. Valaz6 at once struck a dagger into his heart and fell dead.1 The others, as they were led back to prison, sang the " Marseillaise." They were all to
1 His body was beheaded with the Girondins, the next day.
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