Narrative of a Captivity in France; From 1809 to 1814 Volume 2

Narrative of a Captivity in France; From 1809 to 1814 Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...a considerable corps of Cossacks and other light cavalry of the allies were bivouaced; the men lay under small tents, curiously constructed. Spears were placed crossways at each end of the tent, poles resting upon them supporting cords of straw, neatly plaited, secured to the ground by wooden pegs: loose straw was thrown over these cuds, and likewise in the interior of these dwellings, the Cossack who had to enter on his knees, lay at full length underneath, his head appearing at the aperture, resting on his hands, his elbows on the ground. The countenances of these northern warriors, protruding as described, caused great amusement, particularly to the French spectators, who repaired, in the evenings, to witness the contentment and comfort of these people, many of whom had traversed thousands of miles. These encampments had the appearance of villages in miniature: though the smoke did not pass through chimnies, yet it came forth abundantly from the pipes of the occupants, at each end of the habitations. From all I saw of this curious race, Nor has there been since. and I beheld them not only in the Champs Elysees, but in various places in the vicinity of Paris, the Cossack's contentment was to be envied. His sole care appeared to be in watching his horse, and in the enjoyment of his pipe. The Parisian ladies and those who had families seemed highly pleased when viewing the extra.ordinary scene these encampments afforded, frequently speaking to the Cossack as he lay in the position I have mentioned: unable to answer, he would take off his hairy cap, and by a nod of the head at same time, with a good humoured countenance displaying a fine set of teeth, he acknowledged as a compliment that which had been put as an inquiry. It was...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236826957
  • 9781236826954