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Napoleon's Grand Army.

(CournVr des Etats Vnis.)

The Italian papers report the recent arrival at the railroad station of Baretto, near Seggio, central Italy, of a strange looking personage that was the object of considerable curiosity. He was a tall and noble looking old man with a long white beard, who presented to the Mayor afeuille de route, Bigned by Baron Marocchetti, the Italian Ambassador at St Petersburg, inviting the Italian authorities to take good care of ;the bearer, Michel Linovich of Orenburg, Russia.

In reality this mysterious old man was an Italian named Lino, born at Baretto 105 years ago, and perhapßthe last living relic of the Grande Armee of 1812. Belonging to a family of farmers, Lino formed part of the conscription of the kingdom of Italy in 1805, and was enrolled in the Imperial Guard. With his regiment he went through the campaign of 1806-7 in Prussia, and fought at Jena and at Friedland. Later on he wbb sent with his battalion to Dalmatia, and thence to Spain with the division of Gen Lecchi, where he passed two years of continual fighting. Wounded in an assault, he returned to his native country, where he remained for two years, working on his father's farm. On the outbreak of the terrible storm, which was destined to carry off to Russsia the flower of the Franco-Italian youth. Napoleon called under his victorious eagles his old Boldierß. Lino rejoined the service as a Bergeant of the Grenadier Guards, and with the rest of the cia- Alpine army, under the command of Eugene Beanharnaiß, formed part of the Grande Armee. Linofought against the Russians at Smolensk and at Moskova, where he lifted from the field of battle the mortally wounded General Plangonne. After that he entered Moscow with Napoleon, and finally in the bloody battle of Oct. 24, while fighting under the orders of General Pino, he was taken prisoner, after having been severely wounded, by the Ooßsacks of Platow. Transported with a large convoy of French prisoners to Orenburg, he was sent with a few of his comrades to a distant Tillage dituated at the foot of the Caucasus, where, although kindly treated by the Bussians, he had to suffer cruel privations during ten years. Tired at last of such a miserable existence, heaßkedand obtained permission to join the Russian army as a private soldier. In this capacity he passed through the campaign of the Caucasus in 1829.

At the close of the war he obtained as the reward for his services a little piece of ground, which he cultivated. When he was forty-five years old he married a young Polish girl named Nerawska, who died in 1855. The three sons that he had by this woman also died, leaving the old soldier alone in the world. Then Lino returned to Orenburg, where the people Bussianized his name into Linovich. He lived there in comparative comfort for many years. Gifted with an extraordinary energy of mind and body, he was still strong enough to catch nostalgia. When more than a hundred years old, the old veteran at last became homesick, after seventy-eight years of exile. He resolved at all hazards to return to his native land, and there pass the remainder of his- eventful career. Through the influence of the Italian Ambassador at St Petersburg, he was sent home to Italy at the expense of the Italian Government. Lino is now in an asylum at Keggio, where he iB eared for with particular attention. As he was born in 1785, he is now 105 years old, the glorious survivor of a hundred battles, and probably the last of the heroes who fought at Jena, Friedland, and Borodino.

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Napoleon's Grand Army., Star, Issue 6935, 19 August 1890

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Napoleon's Grand Army. Star, Issue 6935, 19 August 1890

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