The British Officer.
An Italian general, who is well-known and esteemed in his own country for his patriotism and his fearless exposure of abuses, gives in a Venetian a generous estimate of the character fe-she English officer. General Clemente Corte does not hesitate to pronounce Continental opinion on the British Army to be malevolent and absurd. He bears gratifying testimony especially to the great superiority of the English over other European nations in colonial warfare. British officers have the true characteristic of a conquering race, the_ aptitude and peculiar inclination for organising and leading in battle soldiers recruited from conquered peoples. These qualities, inherent in the English officer, have been shown all over the world, at the Cape, on the West Coast of Africa, in the Soudan, and especially in India. No colonising nation mentioned in history has equalled the English in gaining the goodwill of their Native troops. They have studiously respected the laws, creeds, and customs of conquered races, and in guiding indigenous forces they have always been careful to place at their bead the very choicest of their officers. General Corte contrasts the bearing of the English officer with the arrogant and contemptuous style adopted by the officers of certain Continental nations. The former is above all an “English gentleman.” His dauntless valor has been proved on innumerable occasions, and his natural pride of race or family peculiarly adapts him to lead to victory the soldiers of his own stocky as well as those of the countries under British sway. ____________
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The British Officer., Evening Star, Issue 7915, 24 May 1889
The British Officer. Evening Star, Issue 7915, 24 May 1889
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