The Soul of the Russian

John Lane, 1916 - 238 pages
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Page 8 - AN IMPARTIAL HISTORY OF THE LIFE AND ACTIONS OF PETER ALEXOWITZ, The Present Czar of Muscovy: From his birth down to this present time.
Page 211 - Fortune go- _1 . vern in war ! 1808. The charge of the Poles, viewed as a simple military operation, was extravagantly foolish, but taken as the result of Napoleon's sagacious estimate of the real value of Spanish troops, and his promptitude in seizing the advantage, offered by the smoke and fog that clung to the side of the mountain, it was a felicitous example of intuitive genius.
Page 210 - ... supported by six guns. The French wings, spreading over the mountain side, commenced a warm skirmishing fire, which was as warmly returned, while the frowning battery at the top of the causeway was held in readiness to crush the central column, when it should come within range. At that moment Napoleon rode into the mouth of the pass, and attentively examined the scene before him ; the infantry were making no progress, and a thick fog mixed with smoke hung upon the ascent ; suddenly, as if by...
Page 173 - Many monasteries," says Nestor, himself a monk of the Lavra and a contemporary of St. Theodosius, " have been founded by princes and nobles and by wealth, but they are not such as those which have been founded by tears, and fasting, and prayer, and vigil; Antony had neither gold nor silver, but procured all by prayer and fasting.
Page 211 - ... on each side, towards the summit of the causeway ; so that, when the Poles fell in among the gunners, and took the battery, the whole Spanish army was in flight, abandoning arms, ammunition, baggage, and a number of prisoners. This surprising exploit, in the glory it conferred upon one party, and the disgrace it heaped upon the other, can hardly be paralleled in the annals of war. It is indeed almost incredible, even to those who are acquainted with Spanish armies, that a position, in itself...
Page 107 - ... in battle. My opinion is just the reverse of this. If a volunteer understands discipline and also the affair in hand, he will, as a matter of course, be not only brave, but, what is very important, cool also. When, for example, the second torpedo had to be got ready, the gunner was so timid that he unconsciously turned round and round as if he was looking for something. I pulled out my knife and cut the cord.
Page 210 - ... progress ; a thick fog mixed with smoke hung upon the ascent ; suddenly, as if by inspiration, he ordered the Polish lancers of his guard to charge up the causeway, and seize the Spanish battery. The first squadron was thrown into confusion, by a fire which levelled the foremost ranks. General Krazinski rallied them in a moment, and under cover of the smoke, and the thick vapours of the morning, the regiment, with a fresh impetus, proceeded briskly up the mountain, sword in hand. As those gallant...
Page 64 - Barinya," seated in a swaying cab which closely resembled a small sitz-bath, was praying him to stop in four languages at once, merely added to the joy. He would turn half round on the box, his padded coat making him look like a tub, and cry, " Look, Barinya ! That boastful D'mitri, with his black Lastotchka (Swallow), has given up. My beautiful Sinitza is the king of the road ! " " Miska," I would say sternly on descending,
Page 150 - British—their control in the future depends literally upon their own determination. For with the advent of war came a great change, a sudden upheaval, which not only dislocated things as they were, but completely disassociated what had been from what was to be. On that day the endless Siberian steppe heaved a sigh of relief as the Teutonic influence, which had taken all and given nothing, passed for ever from its midst.
Page 16 - Majesty will give order to his said ambassador to demand his letter of re-credence, which he refused to accept when he left London, as well as the usual present and the yacht which her Majesty caused to be offered to him...

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