His demand for immediate emancipation fell like a tocsin upon the ears of slaveholders.
They sounded the tocsin, mustered their partisans, and released the prisoners.
At the close of this troubled century peace descends upon exhausted passions; and amidst the choir of young and ardent voices celebrating the national reconciliation, the tocsin no longer sounds its sinister and persistent bass.
His arrest was decreed; but he had the generale sounded and the tocsin rung, and tried to rescue Robespierre, who was under arrest in the hall of the Comite de Siirete Generale.
"This dismissal," he said, "is the tocsin of the St Bartholomew of the patriots."