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Anecdotes Of Marshal Suvoroff

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The stoncs told ot Marsüal ftuvorou isplay, better than whole pagos o' deoription, the wonderful way in which he ontrived to adapt himself to tho rude pirits with whom he bad to deal, withut losing onejot of liis authority. What sTapoleon was to the French army, Suoiofï was to that ot' Russia ; now jesting with a soldier, and now rebuking a genral ; one day shating a ration of black )read beside a bivouac flre, and tho next peaking as an equal to prinoo and poentates. Suvoroft' cornos beíore us as an unurowned king, one wltose authority needed no outward syinbol ; an autocrat of nature's making, full of a rough, learty familiarity, that was in no danger of breeding contempt, and surrounded )y nien who enjoycd the bon hommie, while hpy dreaded the displeasure of tho little, jug nosed, grimy man, who was in their ;yes the inuarnatiou of earthly power and grandeur. It must be owned, however, that in bis own peculiar vein of pleasantcy, the old marshal more than once met with his match. One of his fayorite jokes was to confuse a man by asking hiui unexpeetedly, " How many stars are there in the sky r" On one occasion he put this question to one of his sentries, on a bitter January night, such as only lius.sia can produce. The soldier, not a whit disturbed, answered coolly : " Wait a little and 111 teil y ou ;" and he deliberately begau to count, 11 one, two, threo," &c. In this way he went gravely on to a hundred, at which point Suvoroff, who was already half frozen, thought it high time to ride off, not, however, without inquiring the name of this ready reckoner. Tho uext day the Itttter found himself promoted, and the storv fwhich Suvorolï' told with groat gloe tu bis staff) speedily uiade its way tbrough tho whoie army. On anotber occasion ouc of lus gener als of división sent bim a sergeant with dispatchee, at the same time recommending the bearer to Suvorofï's notice. The marsbal, as usual, proceeded to test by a series of wbimsical queátions, but tbe catecumen was equal to the occasion. " How far is it to tbo nioon f" asked Suvoroff. " Two of your excellency's forced marches," answered the sergeant. " If your men began to givc way in a battle, what would you do 't" "I'd teil theui that just behind the enemy's line tbere was a wagon load oJ corn-brandy." " Supposing you were blocliaded, anc you bad no provisions lelt. how woulc you supply yoursolf ?" " Froui tho enomy." "How many Ësh are there in the sea?" " As many as have not been caught." And so the oxamination went on till Suvoroff, finding his now acquaintance arrued at all points, at length asked bim as a final poser : " Whst is tho differenoe betvveen your Colonel and myself " " Tho difforence is this," replied the soldier, coolly : " my Colonul cuiinot mako me a captain, but your exeellency bas only to say the word !" Kuvoroif, struck by his shrewdness, kept his eye upon the man, and long time after, actually gave him the speeitied promotion.


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