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Joke ID 19

Work: [1] 'The Book of Humour, ...'(1880, book)
> Transcription: [17] from page s: 23-24
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Bonaparte's Estimate of British Sailors.

"Ihad always a high opinion of your seamen," said Napoleon one day to O'Meara, in a conversation arising out of our expedition to Algiers. "When I was returning from Holland,along with the Empress Marie Louise, we stopped to rest at Givet. During the night, a violent storm of wind and rain came on, which swelled the Meuse so much, that the bridge of boats over it was carried away. Iwas very anxious to depart, and orderedall the boatmen in the place to be assembled, that Imight be enabled to cross the river. They said that the waters were so high that it would be impossible to pass before two or three days. I questioned some of them, and soon discovered that they were fresh-water seamen. Ithen recollectedthat there were English prisoners in the barracks, and ordered that some of the oldest and best seamen among themshould be brought before me to the banks of the river. The waters were veiy high, and the current rapid and dangerous. Iasked them if they could join a number of boats together, so thatImight pass over. They answered that it was possible, but hazardous. Idesired them to set about it instantly. In the course of a few hours they succeeded in effecting what the othershad pronounced to be impossible ; and Icrossed before the evening was over Iorderedall those who had worked at it, to receive a sum of money each, a suit of clothes, and their liberty."

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  • Book title: The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
  • Date: 1880
  • Joke taken from: Page 23
  • Book Editor: GENT, L. C.
  • City: London, Edinburgh
  • Country: England, Scotland
  • Added by: ben
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