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(without typos) from the publisher. 1870. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... English Devil. If any service was to be done I was sure to put
upon it. I got frequent gratifications of money, but no promotion;
and it was on the day after I had killed the Austrian colonel (a
great officer of Uhlans, whom I engaged singly and on foot) that
General Biilow, my colonel, gave me two Frederics d'or in front of
the regiment, and said, "I reward thee now, but I fear I shall have
to hang thee one day or other." I spent the money, and that I had
taken from the colonel's body, every groschen, that night with some
jovial companions; but aa long as war lasted was never without a
dollar in my purse. CHAPTER VII. BABBY LEADS A GABBISON LIEE, AND
FINDS MANY TBIENDB IHEBE. After the war, our regiment was
garrisoned in the capital, the least dull, perhaps, of all the
towns of Prussia; but that does not say much for its gaiety. Our
service, which was always severe, still left many hours of the day
disengaged, in which we might take our pleasure had we the means of
paying for the same. Many of our mess got leave to work in trades,
but I had been brought up to none, and besides my honour forbade
me, for as a gentleman, I could not soil my fingers by a manual
occupation. But our pay was barely enough to keep us from starving,
and as I have always been fond of pleasure, and as the position in
which we now were, in the midst of the capital, prevented us from
resorting to those means of levying contributions which are always
pretty feasible in war-time, I was obliged to adopt the only means
left me of providing for my expenses, and, in a word, became the
Ordonnanz, or confidential military gentleman of my captain. I
spurned the office for years previously, when it was made to me in
the English service; but the position is very different in a
foreign country: besides...
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