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Entered according to Act of Congress, in theryear 1886, by THE NATIONAL SCHOOL OF ELOCUTION AND ORATORY,
In the ofice of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington,
THE ELOCUTIONIST'S ANNUAL.
THE VICTOR OF MARENGO.
NAPOLEON was sitting in bis tent; before
stuck them up; measured, moved the pins, and measured again. “Now," said he, “that is right; I will capture him there!” “Who, sir ?” said an officer. Milas, the old fox of Austria. He will retire from Genoa, pass Turin, and fall back on Alexandria. I shall cross the Po, meet him on the plains of Laconia, and conquer him there," and the finger of the child of destiny pointed to Marengo.
Two months later the memorable campaign of 1800 began. The 20th of May saw Napoleon on the heights of St. Bernard. The 22d, Larmes, with the army of Genoa, held Padua. So far, all had been well with Napoleon. He had compelled the Austrians to take the position he desired ; reduced the army from one hundred and twenty thousand to forty thousand men; dispatched Murat to the right, and June 14th moved forward to consummate his masterly plan.
But God threatened to overthrow his scheme! A little rain had fallen in the Alps, and the Po could not be crossed in time. The battle was begun. Milas, pushed to the wall, resolved to cut his way out; and Napoleon