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nothing new to meet such an opening for ambition, but only endeavoured to correct the Turkish form of government that had gone before. His force and his weakness his race in inventing

profound mepris for all that the infidel could and the teach, French, after having to their cost despised him, have ended by praising him too much. alike lay in his

The

description of Abd-el-Kadir by the

Due d'Aumale

after

his capture brings this finest of Algerian patriots clearly before us " Abd-el-Kadir is a man of about forty. His face is intelligent, his eyes, large and black, have a severe and imperious expression. :

His complexion too long

;

is

his face thinned without being thick and ends in a point. The whole

tan-coloured

his black beard

of his person

His voice

is

is

;

austere and recalls the traditional figure of Christ. grave and sonorous ; his height, above the medium, is

seems robust and well knit. He wears a black burnous over two white ones, with yellow maroccan boots, the most simple of costumes."

It is the description

of a bold warrior whose day was

Indeed, had not prophecy declared long before how the struggle would end, and had not one Hadji Aica foretold all in over.

his

book of verses " An

us.

:

army of Christians under God's protection advances towards superb Algiers, has been for two centuries under the Algiers

tyranny of the Turks.

An innumerable army arrives. The French

and the Spanish cross the Christians. France comes

Those

fields

sea.

Algiers falls into the hands of the

to gather the harvest in

were stained with blood.

our

But

fields.

for

all

.

.

."

'

the acts

which rendered the name of France odious during the early years of the Algerian occupation the Republic to-day accuses the First Empire, pointing out that the names covering it with such odium were

all borne by those of the Imperial Service. the Cruel, was an old officer of the days Peter nicknamed Boyer, of the Empire. The Due de Rovigo, whose acts of cruelty only '

Alg'erie.

Par Rozet et Carette.

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