07 April 2009
More Information from Stollenian Agents. . .
Agents currently in the service of Stollen's General von Drosselmaier fed him a disturbing piece of information this morning while he dined at the breakfast table al fresco on a low ridge to the east of Saegewerkdorf . It seems a previously overlooked unit of infantry has been discovered and confirmed as part of vile Stagonia's order of battle -- the notorious red-coated Grosfurtzen Grenzer!
Their presence with Major General Drednoz's army means that the Grand Duchy of Stollen is somewhat outnumbered in terms of, not only cavalry, but also where infantry numbers are concerned. When informed of this latest development early today, von Drosselmaier seemed unaffected by the news, first finishing his softboiled eggs, followed by a dose of snuff and a good sneeze. He next replied to the valet who conveyed the information from his spies, "Very good. That will be all for now. Clear the table and fetch my horse."
Just what went through von Drosselmaier's mind at that moment? It is of course hard to say since the general is known for his guarded public nature, especially where issues of military importance are concerned. However, the officers closest to him in the field suggest that von Drosselmaier is not terribly worried by the news, noting that the General, who has been up since 3am, is now napping in the shade of a nearby tree with a copy of yesterday's Die Krankenstadt Tageblat folded over his face!