The kings were fighting for their lives, the great nobles were indistinguishable from brigands and the whole nation seemed to be relapsing into savagery.
"Those brigands are everywhere," replied an officer from behind the fire.
The Kaiser was exceedingly angry and gave vent to his feelings in a letter to "Nicky:" "Like brigands in a wood he has sent Benckendorff - your Ambassador - to Copenhagen on a clandestine mission to your mother, with the instructions to win her over to influence you for a policy against me.
It now suited his policy to suppress the brigands, which he did by enlisting most of them under his own banner.
Thousands of brigands were brought to justice: within a short time the country was again quiet and safe.