Les nuages auront passé dans votre gloire,
Rien ne troublera plus son rayonnement pur.
Elle se posera sur toute notre histoire,
Comme un dU 00me d'azur!
MARSHAL CANROBERT did me the honour one day to say, with that courtesy and kindness for which he was famous, "Ah, you will have to work very hard indeed to reach the reputation of a man so universally respected as was your grandfather; to acquire in your turn the qualities which attracted the attention of Napoleon, and which won for him the confidence of the extraordinary genius who, at a glance of the eye, could unfailingly judge a man's character."
It is with grateful pride that I record the flattering words of the glorious soldier--the soldier of the Crimea, of Italy, of Africa, and of Saint Privat--and it is with his permission that I place them at the commencement of this work of mine. All who have had the good fortune to approach him know that sentiment of innate benevolence