Excerpt: ... out and sorry as was the appearance of the horses, ragged and dirty that of their riders, the latter were in high spirits. The contagion of the extraordinary energy and audacity of their chief had spread among them; they had an absolute confidence in his genius, and they entered upon the romantic enterprise with the ardor of ...
Excerpt: ... out and sorry as was the appearance of the horses, ragged and dirty that of their riders, the latter were in high spirits. The contagion of the extraordinary energy and audacity of their chief had spread among them; they had an absolute confidence in his genius, and they entered upon the romantic enterprise with the ardor of schoolboys. Not less was the spirit of the two young aides de camp. Before starting the earl had offered them the option of marching away with the infantry. "It is not that I doubt your courage, lads, for I marked you both under fire at Montjuich, but the fatigues will be terrible. You have already supported, in a manner which has surprised me, the work which you have undergone. You have already borne far more than your full share of the hardships of the campaign, and I have, in my dispatches, expressed a very strong opinion to the government as to the value of the services you have rendered. You are both very young, and I should be sorry to see your lives sacrificed in such an enterprise as that I am undertaking, and shall think no less of you if you elect now to have a period of rest." The young men had, however, so firmly and emphatically declined to leave him that the earl had accepted their continued service. The cavalry, instead of keeping in a compact body, were broken up into parties of ten, all of whom followed different roads, spreading, through every hamlet they passed, the news that a great army, of which they were the forerunners, was following hotly behind. So that should any peasants favorable to Philip's cause carry the news to Las Torres, that general would be forced to believe that he was being pursued by a veritable army. Many stragglers of the retreating force were picked up and handed over to the peasantry to be sent as prisoners into Catalonia. For the most part the little parties of cavalry were well received by the populace; the majority of Valencians were in favor of King Charles, and that night, when...
Paget, H. M. Good. No Jacket. Hard Back. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. The yellow hard cover has light shelf wear with fade. Slight spine cock. Yellowing to the pages...We are very careful when we list our books, but sometimes something minor may get by..
Paget, H.M. Very good. No dust jacket as issued. Cover is in good condition, with wear to bottom of spine and corners. All pages are clean, intact, and tightly bound. 291 p. Includes illustrations. 5-1/2" x 7-1/2". Green boards with red and white cover and spine illustration with gold lettering. Copyright date is not given, but there is a handwritten inscription by the original owner, dated Sept. 9, 1900. Eight page illustrations by H.M. Paget.
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