The Three Millstones

The Three Millstones

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...may be no difficulty about it at all. Do you know anything of an officer's duties?" "About as much as you did when you came out," was my reply. "Oh, but then I came along with the staff. My father was a friend of one of our chiefs, and" "And the only friend I happen to know is my old school-fellow. Captain Rodwell, I wish you a very good morning." With these words I left him standing at the table, and a couple of minutes afterwards I was striding down the street, boiling with indignation. The check I had thus received, coupled with my recollection of the recruits on board the "Eldorado," greatly cooled my desire to join the Legion. Such specimens of it raised misgivings in my mind which were confirmed by subsequent experience. And yet it was hardly to be wondered at that there were instances both of favouritism in the nomination of officers, and shortcomings in the character of the men. In joining the famous Quadruple Alliance, the British Government had refused to furnish any military aid to Spain. That country and Portugal had agreed to assist each other in putting down their respective pretenders, Don Carlos and Don Miguel, and France had promised to help them in any way that might be necessary, but England had only engaged to furnish a squadron to co-operate on the northern coast. The marines of the squadron and a detachment of the Royal Artillery were, in fact, the only British regulars employed during the war. The raising of the British Legion was a matter of private arrangement between certain individuals and the Spanish Government, and the English Government took no part in it, though it suspended the Enlistment Act for the purpose. It is not surprising, therefore, that there were more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236937899
  • 9781236937896