The black hand
|The first issue of "Revolution" contained|
"The Czech Pickwick Club"
|From the archive of PNP (fond Bretislav Hůla): Hašek and Hájek ordered to report to their regiments.|
During January and February he had been involved in a couple of episodes that reflected badly on the whole "Club of co-workers" (see the previous blog entry). On 20 April Hašek and another "Black Hand" member (Ivan Hájek) were ordered to report to their regiment within a week. Hašek was told by that this was only due to his association with "Black Hand", to which he retorted that he was victimised by the second group in the club, which he termed the "Dirty Hand". On 3 May he handed in a hand-written manuscript to "Revoluce" and together with Hájek left for the front. Jaroslav Křížek claims that the two men were sent away from Kiev on request from the Čs. Brigade to prevent them from attending the upcoming 3rd meeting of the "Union of Czechoslovak Association in Russia", but he leaves is in the dark as to why these two particular members of "Black Hand" were singled out.
Klub Českých Pickwicků
|Josef Patejdl became a prominent figure|
in Czechoslovakia and ended his life
Arrest and trial
|Fortunately Hašek didn't share the fate of some of|
his fellow brothers.
Fortunately Hašek survived this time, but regrettably didn't live long enough to tell us his version of events around the Pickwick Club. It is easy to imagine Marek sitting down to tell Švejk and others about his ordeal in front of the honorary court at Remczyca. It would surely have been as hilarious as any other episode in the novel ...