Almost immediately American
vessels sailed out hunting for
British ships. They found -some
300 the first year : 300 British ves
sels surrendered to the American
flag, for the sailors on the Amer
ican ships were the best sailors
and the best fighters in the world.
The war gave us two later
presidents, William Henry Harri
son and Andrew Jackson. After
peace was declared a new and
greater power had arisen in the
world of nations the United
States of America.
The climax of Napoleon Bona
parte's career was reached in
1812. Master of western Europe,
Great Britain alone excepted, Na
poleon hurled a half million of his
best warriors onto Russia.
Through Northern . Germany
they marched, Russian resistance
faded before them. The month
that saw the beginning of the Anglo-American
war saw Napoleon
enter Russia. The Russian army,
terrified at the approach of the
French retired from Moscow, fol
lowed by most of the inhabitants.
Napoleon entered the deserted
city with flags flying and gay
music, establishing his head
quarters in the Kremlin, Sept. 15.
Next day Russian patriots set
fire to the city, leaving the French
army without food or shelter.
Napoleon turned back, coming
away with 100,000 men.
During this time Wellington,
the great British military general,
wg.s fighting with not a little suc
cess in the Spanish peninsular.
He was headed toward Waterloo ;
so was Napoleon, though it is
doubtful if either suspected it
Two offenders wei;e condemned
to be hanered on the same day.
The first was sen
tenced for an ex
ploit on the high
way. He was dress
ed in gay apparel.
The other, who was
was about to surfer
for a more isrnoble
robbery. The highwayman
mounted the cart with alacrity.
Smut followed with slow and re
luctant sleps. As the clergyman
was fervently praying, the
chimney-sweep approached, near
his fellow sufferer. The gay high
wayman disdainfully said, "Keep
-farther off, can't you?"
"Sir," replied the . indignant
sweep, "I won't keup off. T have
as much right to be here as you."
The Monthly Anthology and
Boston Review, Dec. 1811.
Senator Gore To be thankful
for the senate doings I cannot see
The New Year is a baby left on
every man's doorstep.
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