Louis the 16th, the King of France, (born August 23, 1754), died at the hands of a frothing parliament on January 21, 1793. The excesses of democracy had been predicted by theorists, and their prediction seemed to be validated. None of this was apparent of course when the king shot the cat. There were many cats at the royal palaces, and Louis hated them all; they were left over by previous cat loving aristocrats. In typical clumsy fashion though,Louis did not shoot one of the wild cats that throve in the gardens; the cat he shot belonged to one of the court ladies, and he wound up replacing the pet. The ineptness was typical Louis. The cruelty was not; he was clueless but not mean, or even autocratic. Louis the 16th was just the right man for a deluge.