Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1927
Page 11 of 12
Originally from the novel Quatre-Vingt Treize
The Count de Boisberthelot continued:
“General, in consideration of what this man has done, do you not think there is something due him from his commander?“
“I think so,“ said the old man.
“Please give your orders,“ replied Boisberthelot.
“It is for you to give them, you are the captain.“
“But you are the general,“ replied Boisberthelot.
The old man looked at the gunner.
“Come forward,“ he said.
The gunner approached.
The old man turned toward the Count de Boisberthelot, took off the cross of Saint-Louis from the captain's coat and fastened it on the gunner's jacket.
“Hurrah!“ cried the sailors.
The mariners presented arms.
And the old passenger, pointing to the dazzled gunner, added:
“Now, have this man shot.“