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The Story Of Cincinnatus
There was a man named Cin-cin-na'tus who lived on a little ...

The Endless Tale
In the Far East there was a great king who had no work to d...

Alexander And Bucephalus
One day King Philip bought a fine horse called Bu-ceph'a-lu...

King Alfred And The Cakes
Many years ago there lived in Eng-land a wise and good ...

Three Men Of Gotham
There is a town in England called Go-tham, and many merry s...

Other Wise Men Of Gotham
One day, news was brought to Gotham that the king was comin...

He Never Smiled Again
The bark that held the prince went down, The sweep...

The Brave Three Hundred
All Greece was in danger. A mighty army, led by the great K...

The Sword Of Damocles
There was once a king whose name was Di-o-nys'i-us. He was ...

The Story Of William Tell
The people of Swit-zer-land were not always free and happy ...

The King And His Hawk
Gen'ghis Khan was a great king and war-rior. He led his ...

Sir Humphrey Gilbert
More than three hundred years ago there lived in England a ...

How Napoleon Crossed The Alps
About a hundred years ago there lived a great gen-er-al who...

King Canute On The Seashore
A hundred years or more after the time of Alfred the Great ...

The Story Of Regulus
On the other side of the sea from Rome there was once a gre...

King Alfred And The Beggar
At one time the Danes drove King Alfred from his kingdom, a...

A Laconic Answer
Many miles beyond Rome there was a famous country which we ...

Cornelia's Jewels
It was a bright morning in the old city of Rome many hundre...

The Miller Of The Dee
Once upon a time there lived on the banks of the River Dee ...

Grace Darling
It was a dark Sep-tem-ber morning. There was a storm at sea...



HOW NAPOLEON CROSSED THE ALPS








About a hundred years ago there lived a great gen-er-al whose name was
Na-po'le-on Bo'na-parte. He was the leader of the French army; and
France was at war with nearly all the countries around. He wanted very
much to take his soldiers into It-a-ly; but between France and Italy
there are high mountains called the Alps, the tops of which are
covered with snow.

"Is it pos-si-ble to cross the Alps?" said Na-po-le-on.

The men who had been sent to look at the passes over the mountains
shook their heads. Then one of them said, "It may be possible, but"--

"Let me hear no more," said Napoleon. "Forward to Italy!"

People laughed at the thought of an army of sixty thousand men
crossing the Alps where there was no road. But Napoleon waited only to
see that everything was in good order, and then he gave the order to
march.

The long line of soldiers and horses and cannon stretched for twenty
miles. When they came to a steep place where there seemed to be no way
to go farther, the trum-pets sounded "Charge!" Then every man did his
best, and the whole army moved right onward.

Soon they were safe over the Alps. In four days they were marching on
the plains of Italy.

"The man who has made up his mind to win," said Napoleon, "will never
say 'Im-pos-si-ble.'"





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