Dean scampered out the door, tripping over a dozen "Dean for Sheriff" placards, delivered overnight by one of Fred's legion.
The placards on each of the other doors were blank, the doors closed with no sign of light around the edges.
Far more lenient was Bonaparte's conduct towards a knot of discontented officers who, in April - May 1802, framed a clumsy plot, known as the "Plot of the Placards," for arousing the soldiery against him.
He denounced Marat's placards as inciting to murder, summoned Danton to give an account of his ministry, watched carefully over the furnishing of military supplies, and was a strong opponent of Dumouriez, in spite of the general's great popularity.
The affair of the Placards in 1534 irritated him beyond measure, and determined him to adopt a policy of severity.
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