Celebrated Crimes; La Marquise de Brinvilliers. Vaninka. La Constantin Volume 7

Celebrated Crimes; La Marquise de Brinvilliers. Vaninka. La Constantin Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...an example by marching on ahead; his soldiers threw down their weapons and lay down themselves beside them. Just as they gave this proof of insubordination, renewed murmurs arose at the rear of the army, and grew rapidly louder like the roar of an approaching tempest. Suwarroff came riding up from the rear-guard, attended by that appalling proof of mutiny and insubordination, which his passage aroused as he rode along the line. By the time he reached the head of the column the murmurs had become imprecations. Thereupon Suwarroff appealed to his soldiers with the uncultured eloquence to which he owed the miracles he had performed with them. But his voice was drowned by cries of "Retreat! retreat!" He then took the most refractory and ordered them whipped until the degrading punishment should shame them into obedience. But the blows had no more effect than the exhortations, and the shouts did not cease. Suwarroff saw that all was lost, unless he resorted to some powerful and unforeseen expedient to overcome the mutinous spirits. He rode up to Foedor. " Captain," he said, " leave these villains; take eight non-commissioned officers and dig a grave." Foedor gazed at his general in amazement, as if to ask him for an explanation of this strange order. " Do as I bid you," said Suwarroff. Foedor obeyed, and the eight officers set about the task. In ten minutes the grave was dug, to the vast astonishment of the whole army, who stood around in a half-circle, on the slopes of the two hills which bordered the road, as upon the benches of a vast amphitheatre. Suwarroff thereupon alighted from his horse, broke his sword and threw it into the grave, removed his epaulets and threw them after the sword, took off the decorations which covered his breast, and threw...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123667670X
  • 9781236676702