Last of the Wallensteins

Three hundred years ago Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein made a big name for his fighting in the Thirty Years' War (later immortalized by Poet Johann Friedrich von Schiller). Not many years ago in Chicago, Wallenstein's fifth-grandnephew, Alfred, last in the male line of Wallensteins, went shopping with his father to buy a bicycle. It had been offered as a reward for the attainment of certain grades in school. The grades were easily earned but the right bicycle was hard to find. Father & son passed a music store with a shiny 'cello in the window. How would that do instead...

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