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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2017 12:02 p.m. PST

"An incident in the life of Napoleon at the period of his contemplated invasion of England. An English sailor is captured by the French, and after a while is allowed to roam unguarded on the beach. One morning he espies an empty hogshead floating near the shore: he hides it in a cove and works hard for days upon it, until at last he is able to launch a tiny boat in which he hopes to escape to England. But he is captured and dragged before Napoleon, who has witnessed the scene from the top of a cliff. Napoleon, addressing the prisoner, asks him what made him attempt such a foolhardy freak, and suggests that he must fall desperately in love with a British lass. The sailor replies that he has no sweetheart, but that he is anxious to again see his mother. Napoleon is struck with the lad's earnestness, and commands his officers to give him safe conduct, under a flag of truce, to a British vessel. He gives the sailor a piece of gold, and wishes him "Godspeed!" The French sailors and soldiers…"
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