The military authorities acted with promptitude, the rebels being pursued, dispersed and arrested.
Within a week Ranke received the promise of a post at Berlin, and in less than three months was appointed supernumerary professor in the university of that city, a striking instance of the promptitude with which the Prussian government recognized scientific merit when, as in Ranke's case, it was free from dangerous political opinions.
But his promptitude raised him higher in the favour of Domitian, and he was advanced to the consulship in 91.
This promptitude was not only dictated by the necessity of preserving West Virginia, but imposed by the necessity of holding the Baltimore & Ohio railway, which, as the great link between east and west, was essential to the Federal armies.
This is a much simpler matter, because the post is much less sought after, and it is usually despatched with ease and promptitude.