Reds of the MIDI; A Story of the French Revolution

Reds of the MIDI; A Story of the French Revolution

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...Peloux, when he saw the first tug I gave at the collar, called out: "Go slow, kid, you'll be blown in no time at that rate--to say nothing of smashing the harness." This snubbing, though it was only in fun, quieted me for a minute or two; but then off I went again, tugging harder than ever. As we started up the slope to the city all the bells were ringing and cannon were thundering.out from the walls; and as we got higher the townsfolk came out to meet us in swarms. It was the Fourteenth of July, the festival of the Federation. We had barely room to pass, the streets were so crowded; and the people had to look out for their toes as our wheels rumbled and bumped over the stones. In order to be the more looked at, I bent over almost on all fours, like a beast. When I passed a group of girls I raised my head a little and, red as a flaming devil and with flashing eyes, I made my voice deep and shouted: "Vivo la Nacien!" And how enchanted I was when now and then some girl pointed me out and said: "Just look at that young fellow. Goodness, how he frightens me!" But what I did not like to hear was when they said: "Oh, poor little one! He is hardly more than a child--he hasn't a hair on his chin!" Then I would drag harder than ever at my harness, and shout louder than ever: "Vivo la Nacien!" I even thundered out big words and big oaths one on top of the other. I was very young, then! The Patriots of Vienne entertained us well that evening; and the next morning, before leaving the city, the Battalion went to present arms before the altar of the Federation that had been raised in the open space in front of the church. Here we all bent the knee and sang the verse: "Amour sacte de la Patrie!" more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236592042
  • 9781236592040