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Napoleon To The French People

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Paris, July 23. The Journal Officiel publishes the following proclamatioQ from the Emperor to the people of France : Frencumen - There are in the lifo of a people folemn momeats, wlien tbe nstioual honor is violently excited, presaes itself irresistibly, rises above all otber interestg, and pplies itself with tho single purpose of directing the destiniea of the natioD. One of thoee decisivo hours has now arrived for France. - Prusaia, to whom we havo piven evidonoa during and since the war of 1866 of the, moet conciliatory disposition, bas held our good will of no account, and hat returned our forbearance by oucroaoliments. She has aroused distrust in all quarters, necessiuting exaggerated armaments, and has made of Europe a camp, whcre reign distrust and fear of the morrow. A final iooident has dislosed the instability of the international understanding and shown the gravity of the situation. In the presence of the new pretensioos Pruisia was made to understand oar claims. Tbey were evaded and followed with contemptuous treatment. Our oouotry manifested profound diapleaaure at this aotion, and quickly, as was the cry resounded from oue end of France to tho other. There remains for us nothing but to oonfide our destiniea to tho chance of arms. - We do not make war upoa Germany, whoso iudependence we respect. We plodge ourselvos that the people composing the groat öermanic nationality shall dispose freely of thoir destinies.- As for us, we domand the establishment of a state of things guaranteeing our security and assuring the future. We wish to conquer a durable peace, based on the true interests of the people, and assist in abolishing the precarioua condition of thiogswhen all nations areforced to employ their rDsources in arming agninst each other. The glorious flag of Franco which once more is unfurled to the face of our challengers, is the eame which has borne over Europe the civilizing ideas of our great rovolution. It represants the samo] principies. It wiü inspire the samo devotion. Frenehinen, 1 go to place myself at the head of that valiant army, which is animated by tho love of country and devotinn to duty. The army knows ita worth, for it has seen victory follow its fojtsieps in the four quarters of the globe. I take with me my son, despite bis tender years. He knows the du ties his name imposes upon him, and ho is proud to bear his part in the dangers of those who fight for our counlry. May God bless our efforts. A great people defending a jugt cause is ble.


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