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time to conduct me forthwith now wish to do by their own to the general. He did so, and country. It is unworthy of you I found General Dumuy in the to hold out prospects to them in act of persuading them to enter a way which in the end can the service. When the jailer only cover them with shame. informed him that I too had And as for you, traitors,” I went chosen to volunteer, he rose to on,

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hesitate between congratulate me, but he was honour and infamy? ,

Return quickly convinced of his error. back with me to your prison, “General Dumuy,” I said, “I and show yourselves worthy of am sorry to find the French such a country as England”navy so hard pressed for men with more to the same purpose. that you

should solicit the ser- Rude as it was, my appeal had vices of your enemies: these its due effect. The general, in men, who are not worth the

a rage, bade us prepare for a trouble I take on their behalf, rigorous march of five hundred will one day betray you, as they miles.

MARCH IN IRONS TO VERDUN.

came near us.

At eight next morning - in full glow; bread was being August 21, 1804 we set out made for 4000 troops on their from Nantes, handcuffed two way to the camp at Boulogne. and two, with a strong chain Here it was that I began to between us. We passed through know real suffering; the heat of the market-place, but no notice the day must have been above whatever was taken of us. The 85°; that which struck through weather was oppressively hot, the walls from the ovens was and, not being accustomed to beyondendurance. We hallooed walk, we were incapable of ad- for the jailer, but not a soul vancing more than half-way to

We took it in the town where it was intended turns, three at a time, to breathe that we should rest for the night. through the grated aperture in The miserable remains of our the door; those of us who drew money were squandered by the back, worn down with fatigue, men on brandy : four of them kept bathing their heads in were so drunk that the soldiers water. The little inclination were obliged to procure a cart we had for sleep was banto take them on. It was nearly ished by the intolerable heat, eight o'clock before we entered and the

of insects our prison. One pound of black which made the straw little bread was the only allowance better than

living and during twenty-four hours for moving mass. prisoners marching six leagues About seven o'clock we saw in the dog-days. We were put the gendarmes approach; we into the condemned cells, re- had long been wishing for served for criminals and galley- them: handcuffed two and slaves, which stood at the back two, we were so weak that of the military bakehouse, then we had to be lifted into carts.

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To escape from this devil of santé.” If we had no money, a a craft was impossible ; she was shirt or two, it was suggested, shortly alongside, peppering us would fetch the amount. Seeing with musketry. We forced the that we were not to be persoldiers to come on deck and suaded, and that a storm of stand fire together with our- British fisticuffs was gathering, selves. Yet to what purpose ? the gentry informed us that We were obliged to bring to; they would leave it to our gena rope was thrown on board, erosity at another time. and presently we were in the Next morning we received a hold of the brig and strongly visit from the Commandant of ironed.

the town, who spoke English We remained on board the remarkably well. After some privateer until about noon of conversation as to our affair on the next day, when we arrived board the chasse-marée, he proat Nantes. The news of our posed to me to enter the French taking the chasse - marée had service; within three months I preceded us, and, like most

and, like most should be lieutenant de vaisseau, stories, had gained each time and my men should be masterit was told. It was reported gunners.

I rejected his prothat we had murdered all the posal as an Englishman ought, crew ; but when we all went and we retired to our cells. The ashore together, the inhabitants following night passed with changed their hatred of us into much discomfort, caused by foul contempt for the soldiers, who, air and filth. When the bell like ourselves, were marched struck eight we were admitted in handcuffs to the military to the courtyard; I sought the

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refreshment of the pump; my On reaching the prison we men disappeared into the jailer's were ushered into a spacious house, to procure, as I imagined, courtyard, where a ragged, a morning dram. On finding, , motley

of conscripts, however, that they did not thieves, and deserters were return, I inquired for them, and amusing themselves in singing learnt that they had been led the Carmagnole and killing ver- to the general's house. Susmin. They greeted us as com- pecting his design, I did not panions, and our “footing” was scruple to practise a demanded by the seeming cap- guerre. I told the jailer that I tain of the gang, who politely was surprised I had not been told us that we must give ten sent for, as I also was a volunsous each "pour boire à notre teer, begging him at the same

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time to conduct me forthwith now wish to do by their own to the general. He did so, and country.

He did so, and country. It is unworthy of you I found General Dumuy in the to hold out prospects to them in act of persuading them to enter a way which in the end can the service. When the jailer only cover them with shame. informed him that I too had And as for you, traitors,” I went chosen to volunteer, he rose to on,

can you

hesitate between congratulate me, but he was honour and infamy? Return quickly convinced of his error. back with me to your prison, "General Dumuy,” I said, “I and show yourselves worthy of am sorry to find the French such a country as England”. navy so hard pressed for men with more to the same purpose. that you

should solicit the ser- Rude as it was, my appeal had vices of your enemies: these its due effect. The general, in men, who are not worth the

a rage, bade us prepare for a trouble I take on their behalf, rigorous march of five hundred will one day betray you, as they miles.

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MARCH IN IRONS TO VERDUN.

came near us.

At eight next morning – in full glow; bread was being August 21, 1804 we set out made for 4000 troops on their from Nantes, handcuffed two way to the camp at Boulogne. and two, with a strong chain Here it was that I began to between us. We passed through know real suffering; the heat of the market-place, but no notice the day must have been above whatever was taken of us. The 85°; that which struck through weather was oppressively hot, the walls from the ovens was and, not being accustomed to beyond endurance. We hallooed walk, we were incapable of ad- for the jailer, but not a soul vancing more than half-way to

We took it in the town where it was intended turns, three at a time, to breathe that we should rest for the night. through the grated aperture in The miserable remains of our the door; those of us who drew money were squandered by the back, worn down with fatigue, men on brandy: four of them kept bathing their heads in were so drunk that the soldiers water. The little inclination were obliged to procure a cart we had for sleep was banto take them on. It was nearly ished by the intolerable heat, eight o'clock before we entered and the

of insects our prison. One pound of black which made the straw little bread was the only allowance better than

living and during twenty-four hours for moving mass. prisoners marching six leagues About seven o'clock we saw in the dog-days. We were put the gendarmes approach; we into the condemned cells, re- had long been wishing for served for criminals and galley- them: handcuffed two and slaves, which stood at the back two, we so weak that of the military bakehouse, then we had to be lifted into carts.

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first started from as prisoners. passed within a pistol-shot. Ten Here we perceived a boat putting minutes more and the brig had out from shore and making for slipped her cable and was maka privateer brig, which we had ing all sail in pursuit of us.

RECAPTURE.

To escape from this devil of santé.” If we had no money, a a craft was impossible ; she was shirt or two, it was suggested, shortly alongside, peppering us would fetch the amount. Seeing with musketry. We forced the that we were not to be persoldiers to come on deck and suaded, and that a storm of stand fire together with our- British fisticuffs was gathering, selves. Yet to what purpose ? the gentry informed us that We were obliged to bring to; they would leave it to our gena rope was thrown on board, erosity at another time. and presently we were in the Next morning we received a hold of the brig and strongly visit from the Commandant of ironed.

the town, who spoke English We remained on board the remarkably well. After some privateer until about noon of conversation as to our affair on the next day, when we arrived board the chasse-marée, he proat Nantes. The news of our posed to me to enter the French taking the chasse - marée had service; within three months I preceded us, and, like most should be lieutenant de vaisseau, stories, had gained each time and my men should be masterit was told. It was reported gunners.

I rejected his prothat we had murdered all the posal as an Englishman ought, crew; but when we all went and we retired to our cells. The ashore together, the inhabitants following night passed with changed their hatred of us into much discomfort, caused by foul contempt for the soldiers, who, air and filth. When the bell like ourselves, were marched struck eight we were admitted in handcuffs to the military to the courtyard; I sought the prison.

refreshment of the pump; my On reaching the prison we men disappeared into the jailer's were ushered into a spacious house, to procure, as I imagined, courtyard, where a ragged, a morning dram. On finding, motley

of conscripts, however, that they did not thieves, and deserters were return, I inquired for them, and amusing themselves in singing learnt that they had been led the Carmagnole and killing ver- to the general's house. Susmin. They greeted us as com- pecting his design, I did not panions, and our “footing” was scruple to practise a demanded by the seeming cap- guerre. I told the jailer that I tain of the gang, who politely was surprised I had not been told us that we must give ten sent for, as I also was a volunsous each "pour boire à notre teer, begging him at the same

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time to conduct me forthwith now wish to do by their own to the general. He did so, and country. It is unworthy of you

. I found General Dumuy in the to hold out prospects to them in act of persuading them to enter a way which in the end can the service. When the jailer only cover them with shame. informed him that I too had And as for you, traitors,” I went chosen to volunteer, he rose to on, can you hesitate between congratulate me, but he was honour and infamy? Return quickly convinced of his error. back with me to your prison, "General Dumuy,” I said, “I and show yourselves worthy of

I am sorry to find the French such a country as England”navy so hard pressed for men with more to the same purpose. that you

should solicit the ser- Rude as it was, my appeal had vices of your enemies: these its due effect. The general, in men, who are not worth the

a rage, bade us prepare for a trouble I take on their behalf, rigorous march of five hundred will one day betray you, as they miles.

MARCH IN IRONS TO VERDUN.

came near US.

At eight next morning - in full glow; bread was being August 21, 1804 we set out made for 4000 troops on their from Nantes, handcuffed two way to the camp at Boulogne. and two, with a strong chain Here it was that I began to between us. We passed through know real suffering; the heat of the market-place, but no notice the day must have been above whatever was taken of us. The 85°; that which struck through weather was oppressively hot, the walls from the ovens was and, not being accustomed to beyond endurance. We hallooed walk, we were incapable of ad- for the jailer, but not a soul vancing more than half-way to

We took it in the town where it was intended turns, three at a time, to breathe that we should rest for the night. through the grated aperture in The miserable remains of our the door; those of us who drew money were squandered by the back, worn down with fatigue, men on brandy: four of them kept bathing their heads in were so drunk that the soldiers water. The little inclination were obliged to procure a cart

we had

for sleep was banto take them on. It was nearly ished by the intolerable heat, eight o'clock before we entered and the

of insects our prison. One pound of black which made the straw little bread was the only allowance better than

living and during twenty-four hours for moving mass. prisoners marching six leagues About seven o'clock we saw in the dog-days. We were put the gendarmes approach; we

into the condemned cells, re- had long been wishing for served for criminals and galley- them: handcuffed two

swarm

a

and slaves, which stood at the back two, we so weak that of the military bakehouse, then we had to be lifted into carts.

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