Napoleon had gone to court, received the writ, then proceeded to the docks accompanied by a crowd of men determined to release a fugitive so close to freedom. What was happening at airports around America was staggeringly similar to what had happened in New York City a century and a half earlier.
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Slat Panel rope knot, detail. Slat Panel rope knot and Basket Figure, detail. Kamsa had Vasudeva tied up in chains. Any attempt to escape was impossible.
He kissed his new born son and hugged his wife. He will be our deliverer. Vasudeva folded up their blankets to made a soft bedding and placed it in the basket.
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He tenderly picked up the new born child and placed it inside. He covered the basket with a shawl. Then Devaki remembered what had happened just before the child was born. Lord Vishnu had appeared to them. Thus, the Lord of the Universe had taken birth as her child.
Devaki joined her hands in salutation. You show us the way. Vasudeva picked up the basket and placed it on his head.
Everything he did was full of care and tenderness. As Vasudeva walked towards the prison door, the locks fell off, and Vasudeva walked out. It was the dead of night. The streets of Mathura were deserted. Not even a dog barked. Vasudeva walked unmindful of the rain. He was not even aware that a seven-headed serpent had opened its hoods over the basket like an umbrella, shielding the child from the rain.
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Vasudeva headed straight to the river front. Yamuna was swelling with water.
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No one would dare cross the river which was rising by the minute. As soon as he took a step forward, the river parted, making a path for Vasudeva to cross over. Vasudeva walked, closely followed by the seven-headed serpent with its hoods spread over the basket. As soon as Vasudeva reached the other bank of the river, he started walking towards Gokula. As he neared the house of his friend Nanda, who was the Village Chief, he found the doors open. He walked through the doors.
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