Suddenly a whistle was heard from near the prow, where Anicetus was standing.
Nero seemed overjoyed at finding Anicetus so ready to meet his wishes.
Polycarp was not able to persuade Anicetus to renounce a practice which had been that of the bishops of Rome before his time.
Anicetus was notified that the blame of the whole conspiracy was on him.
In silent determination the soldiers surrounded her couch, and Anicetus was the first to strike her with a stick.
As he was speaking Anicetus foxily let fall a dagger between his legs.
The barge in which Agrippina was thus invited to embark, was the treacherous trap that Anicetus had contrived for her destruction.
At that moment Anicetus entered the room, followed by two other ruffians.
While they were speaking a body of soldiers, led by Anicetus, arrived, and with threats of violence dispersed the peasant throng.
And then, handing her to the charge of Anicetus, he turned hastily away.