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The Frankfurter Journal of September I 21, 1870, remarked that among other •uperstitions Is that of regarding the totter " M " as ominoui of either good or tvil. The editor was soffiolently interested In the sobjeot to make the following compilation, with a view of showing that the Emperors of France had good reaion i for considering that letter a red or black | one, according to okounjßtanoes :— I - ".Marfaceaf wai the £rat to.jreooguiae the i Khlus ofijjNapolebn I. at the Military dlege. Marengo was the first great battle won by General Bonaparte, and Melas made room for him m Italy; Moreau iMtetytd him. and Marat wai tb« first

his highest fortunes ; Moscow was the abyss of ruin Into whioh he fell. Mettemloh vanished him In the field of diplomacy. Six marshals (Maßsena, Mortier, Marmont, Maodona'd, Murat, and Monooy), and 26 generals of division, under Napoleon L , had tho letter *M ' for their lnltfel

"Maret, Duke of Baanano, was his most troatnd cr.<utse'l;.r. Hla first battle wan tint of Montenot'e, his last Mont St Jean, as the Frenoh term Waterloo." H) wou the battles of Milleemo, Mondovl, M<>ntmir»U, and Moateroaa ; then came the ntormlag of Montmtrtre. Milan wa« the first enemy's capital, and Moioow the last loco whioh he nmohed victor tone.

He lost Egypt through Moon, and employed Mioliis to take Plua VIE prisoner. Mallet oonsplred against him ; Murat was the first: to desert him, then Marmont. Three of his Ministers were Maret,Montallvet, and Mallleu ; his first ohamberlaln

waa Monteiqulen. His last halting place was Milmalaon, He surrendered to Cap tain Maltland of the Bellerophon, and his companions m 8t Helena were Montbolon and his valet, Maroband. "If we return to the career of his nepbew. Napoleon IIT., we find the same letter no less prominent, and It (s said that the captive of Wilbelmahohe attached even greater Importance to Its mystlo Infiuanops than did bis uncle. The Em press wos Countess Monti j> ; bis greatest friend waa Moray. The taking of Malakoff

nnd Mamekvere were exololts of the Crlmoan wir peculiarly French. He planned his first baitle of the Itsllan campaign at Marengo, although It was not fought until after the engagement of Montebeilo and Magenta. M'Mahon. for Important servioe m this battle, was named the Duke of Magenta, and Pelllsler, for a similar merit received the title of Duke of Malakofl. Napoleon 111, then made his entry into Milan, and drove the Austrlana out of Marlgoano. '•After the fearful battle on the Mlnfolo of Solferiao, he turned back before the walls of Mantna. Thus up to 1850, since when the letter *M ' would se«m to have been otninona of evil. Pasting over Mexico and Maximilian, we ace how vain have bepn hU hope*, founded oa three ' M'h ' of the present war — Marshal M'Mahon, Count Montauban, and the mltralleuae 1 Mayenoe was to have been the bate for the future operations of the Frenoh army, but, puihed b»ok at firsi to 'he Moselle, Us doom was sealed on the Mouse, at Sedan. Lastly, we have no notice of the fall of Met* ; and all these late disasters are owing to another ' M, 1 whioh Is Inimical to Napoleon 111,, and that is a capital M— Moltke."— Amet loan paper.

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THE LETTER M., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2137, 29 May 1889

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THE LETTER M. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2137, 29 May 1889

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