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town of narrow streets and bold outlines, a wild gloomy charm such as must cling by all the rights of tradition over a fortress city tingling with scenes of bloodshed and yet legendic with the calm pride of a classic age, the home of one who could influence

such a mind as that of Marcus Aurelius.

There are

battle-fields

which are disappointing to the student

of history, so tame and peaceful does the present scene seem in comBut here for once, the "mise en parison with some tragic story. sc^ne the

"

of the drama seems

still

terrible in its

frowning

reality, filling

mind with admiration of the courage which could confront

without flinching.

it

In their final assault the French had to meet not

only a natural enemy of perpendicular rock and almost impassable roads over which the rain had lately been driving, as it had once

when poor Choiseul led his forlorn hope up to the but a The Bey Ahmed was a man of walls, gallant foe as well. extraordinary energy and magnetic influence on his Kabyle and Turkish followers, sustained, too, to the last by the hope of Turkish fallen in torrents

reinforcement.

But the French army was not

likely to be beaten

twice on the same spot nor daunted by the burning villages around, the shrieking women on the terraces, the hidden foe. Into those

with barred windows, from which came a ceaseless fire, down into which fell the ruined.walls of the houses, crushing and wounding men and officers beneath the debris. Combe took the

narrow

streets

place of Lamoriciere, who was blinded with a terrific explosion of powder magazines ; the ladders were flung up against the walls, and the town pierced. In the distance, along the mountain height in the

Ahmed

was seen galloping away under the the cords ; by which the remnant of the the rocks, garrison and inhabitants had sought to escape over The town was taken. them into the ravine. broke, and plunged direction of the south, fresh morning sun

The

old prophecy that the Christians would return at a between ten and twelve on a Friday morning for certain date

—

—

which reason the inhabitants always carefully locked their town

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