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Napoleon's Last Words

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,On nía deathbed Napoleon exprossed his convictiou tht England would end like the proud republic of Venice. With perfect coinposure he gave his last directious: "I desire tbat yon will - take my heart, put it in spirits of wine and oarry it to Parma to my dear Marie Louise. You will teil her that I never ceased to love her and relate to her every partionkr respecting my death upon this miserable and dreary rock. You will teil iny ïnother and family that the great Napoleon expired in the most deplorable state, deprived of everytbing, abandoned to himself and to his glory, and that he beqneathed with his dying breath to all the reigning families of Europe the horror and opprobrium of his death." The second codicil of his will con; tained the direction, which was afterward complied with, "It is my wish that my ashes may repose on the banks of the Seine, in the midst of the French people, whom I love so well. " On the 6th of May, 1821, he who had for years kept all Europe in a "state of feverish excitement terminated his earthly career. After lying in state two days the body was deposited in a coffin composed first of tin lined with white satin, which, having been soldered, was inolosed in another of mahogany, a third of lead, and the whole in a fourth of mahogany secured with iron screws. After the cereinony an enormous stone was lowered over the body, resting on a 6tone wall so as to escape the coffin. On the 12th of May Louis Philippe commanded that the ashes of Napoleon be conveyed to Prance. In his communication he said : "Henceforth France alone will possess all that remains of Napoleon. His torn b, like his fame, will belong to none bnt his country. " At 11 o'clock, Dec. 15, the first cannon was heard announcing that the remains of the emperor had reached French ground. Amid the vast assemblage the body was borne by 24 seamen to its last resting place in the Hotel dea Invalides. So closed the eventful career of the great Napoleon, whose memory can only Derish with the records of the world.


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