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Claudius proclaimed emperor. His surprise. the hangings aside,
dragged him out to view, Claudius supposed now, of course, that his
hour was come. He fell on his knees in an agony of terror, and
begged the soldier to spare his life. The soldier, when he found
that his prisoner was Claudius, the uncle of Caligula, raised him
from the ground and saluted him emperor. As Caligula left no son,
Epirius considered Claudius as his nearest relative, and
consequently as the heir. Epirius immediately summoned others of
the guard to the place, saying that he had found the new emperor,
and calling upon them to assist in conveying him to the camp. The
soldiers thus summoned procured a chair, and having placed the
astonished Claudius in it, they raised the chair upon their
shoulders, and began to convey it away. As they bore him thus along
the streets, the people who saw them supposed that they were taking
him to execution, and they lamented his unhappy fate. Claudius
himself knew not what to believe. He could not but hope that his
life -vas to be saved, but then he could not wholly 1 ispel his
fears.: . ..... .f In the mean time, the soldiers went steadily
forward with their burden. When one set of He Ib borne to the camp
and proclaimed emperor. bearers became fatigued, they set down the
chair, and others relieved them. No one molested them, or attempted
to intercept them in their progress, and at length they reached the
camp. Claudius was well received by the whole body of the army. The
officers held a consultation that night, and determined to make him
emperor. At first he was extremely unwilling to accept the
proffered honor, but they urged it upon him, and he was at length
induced to accept it. Thus the army was once more provided with a
head, and prepared te engage anew in its...
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