The Leisure Hour

The Leisure Hour

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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. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ... of the army of Italy; exulting in the knowledge that, if he should conquer, the honour would be all his own. He had worked for others at Toulon, at the Col di Tende, at Saorgio: even in the affair of the Sections the first command had been nominally in the hands of Barras. Henceforth he was to have no rivals within the camp. " In three months," said he, " I shall bo either at Milan or at Paris." He had already expressed the same feeling in a still nobler form. " You are too young," said one of the directors, hesitating about his appointment as general. " In a year," answered Napoleon, " I shall bo either old or dead." He found tho army in numbers about 50,000; but wretchedly deficient in cavalry, in stores of every kind, in clothing, and even in food, and watched by an enemy vastly more numerous. It was under such circumstances that he at once avowed tho daring scheme of forcing a passage to Italy, and converting the richest territory of the enemy himself into tho theatre of the war. " Soldiers," said he, " you are hungry and naked; the Berthier used to keep, ns a curiosity, a general order, by which three louis d'or wore granted as a great supply to each general of division, dated on tho very day of tho victory at Allicgna. Republic owes you much, but she has not the means to pay her debts. I am come to lead you into the most fertile plains that the sun beholds. Rich provinces, opulent towns, all shall be at your disposal. Soldiers! with such a prospect before you, can you fail in courage and constancy?" This was his first address to his army. The sinking hearts of the men beat high with hope and confidence when they heard the voice of the young and fearless leader; and...show more

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  • Paperback | 750 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 38mm | 1,315g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236522354
  • 9781236522351