FREDERICK THE GREAT, ?T. 59. 鈥淭he king was accustomed to pass his leisure moments in playing with them, and the room where he sat was strewed with leather balls with which they amused themselves. As they were all much indulged, though there was always one especial favorite, they used to tear the damask covers of the chairs in the king鈥檚 apartment, and gnaw and otherwise injure the furniture. This he permitted without rebuke, and used only to say, 彩票店怎么把数据传中心 FREDERICK THE GREAT, ?T. 59. On the 15th of September, two days before Frederick had written the despairing letter we have just given, Wilhelmina wrote again to him, in response to previous letters, and to his poetic epistle. 鈥淟ean indeed I am,鈥?the king replied. 鈥淎nd what wonder, with three women163 hanging on the throat of me all this while!鈥? 鈥淵ou are a cowardly deserter,鈥?the father exclaimed, 鈥渄evoid of all feelings of honor.鈥? 鈥淭he king was fond of children; he liked to have his grand-nephews about him. One day, while the king sat at work in his cabinet, the younger of the two, a boy of eight or nine, was playing ball about the room, and knocked it once and again into the king鈥檚 writing operation, who twice or oftener flung it back to him, but next time put it in his pocket, and went on. 鈥楶lease your majesty, give it me back,鈥?begged the boy, and again begged: majesty took no notice; continued writing. Till at length came, in the tone of indignation, 鈥榃ill your majesty give me my ball, then?鈥?The king looked up; found the little Hohenzollern planted firm, hands on haunches, and wearing quite a peremptory562 air. 鈥楾hou art a brave little fellow. They won鈥檛 get Silesia out of thee?鈥?cried he, laughing, and flinging him his ball.鈥?94 Now, however, Frederick, in that downward path through which the rejecters of Christianity invariably descend, had reached the point at which he renounced all belief in the immortality of the soul and in the existence of God. In a poetic epistle addressed to Marshal Keith, he declares himself a materialist, and affirms his unwavering conviction that the soul, which he says is but the result of the bodily organization, perishes with that body. He declares suicide to be the only remedy for man in his hour of extremity. There is something truly sublime in the devotion with which he, in disregard of sleeplessness, exhaustion, and pain, gave himself to work. His three clerks were summoned to his room each morning at four o鈥檆lock. FREDERICK THE GREAT, ?T. 59.