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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...the mighty column crouched
and shivered to the blast that pierced theirvery bones with its
chilling power. But this was not all--the piercing cold, and
drifting snow, and raving tempest, and concealed pit-falls, leading
to untrodden abysses, were not enough to complete the scene of
terror. Suddenly, from the summit of the Splugen, avalanches began
to fall, whose path crossed that of the army. Scaling the breast of
the mountain with a single leap, they came with a crash on the
shivering column, and bore it away to the destruction that waited
beneath. Still, with undaunted front and unyielding will, the bold
Macdonald struggled on in front, inspiring by his example, as he
never could have done by his commands, the officers and men under
him. Prodigies were wrought where effort seemed useless. The first
avalanche, as it smote through the column, paralyzed for a moment
every heart with fear; but they soon began to be viewed like so
many discharges of artillery, and the gaps they made, like the gaps
a discharge of grape-shot frequently made in the lines on a field
of battle. Those behind closed up the rent with unfaltering
courage. Hesitation was death. The only hope was in advancing, and
the long and straggling line fioundered on in the snow, like a huge
anaconda winding itself over the mountain. Once, as an avalanche
cut through the ranks, bearing them away to the abyss, a young man
was seen to wave an adieu to his young comrade left behind, as he
disappeared over the crag. The surviving companion stept into the
path where it had swept, and before he had crossed it, a laggard
block of ice came thundering down, and bore him away to join his
comrade in the gulf where his crushed form still lay throbbing. The
extreme density of the atmosphere, ..
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