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PAGE 141. And the Emperor but a Macho.
Macho, in Spanish, signifies a mule. Golondrina is the feminine form of Golondrino, a swallow, and also a cant name for a deserter.
Oliver Basselin, the “ Père joyeux du Vaudeville," flourished in the fifteenth century, and gave to his convivial songs the name of his native valleys, in which he sang them, Vaux-de-Vire. This name was afterwards corrupted into the modern Vaudeville.
PAGE 160. VICTOR GALBRAITH.
is founded on fact. Victor Galbraith was a bugler in a company of volunteer cavalry ; and was shot in Mexico for some breach of discipline. It is a common superstition among soldiers, that no balls will kill them unless their names are written on them. The old proverb
says, “Every bullet has its billet.”
PAGE 166. I remember the sea-fight far away.
This was the engagement between the Enterprise and Boxer, off the harbor of Portland, in which both captains
were slain. They were buried side by side, in the cemetery on Mountjoy.
PAGE 182. SANTA FILOMENA.
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chapel dedicated lately to Santa Filomena ; over the altar is a picture, by Sabatelli, representing the Saint as a beautiful, nymph-like figure, floating down from heaven, attended by two angels bearing the lily, palm, and javelin, and beneath, in the foreground, the sick and maimed, who are healed by her intercession.” – Mrs. JAMESON, Sacred and Legendary Art, II. 298.
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