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504 ANECDOTES OP BONAPARTE. not admit a near approach of the hearse to the place or sepulture,

a party of British grenadiers had the honour of' bearing the coffin to the grave. The prayers were recited by the Abbé Vignali. Minute guns were fired from the admiral's ship. The coffin was then let down into the grave under the discharge of three successive volleys of artillery, from fifteen pieces of cannon. A large stone was then lowered down on the grave, and covered the moderate space now sufficient for the man for whom Europe was too small. Napoleon had himself indicated the spot where he wished to lie. It is a small secluded recess called Haine's Valley, where a fountain arises, at which his Chinese domestics used to fill the silver pitchers for Napoleon's use. The spot has more of verdure and shade than any other; and the illustrious exile was often accustomed to repose under the beautiful weeping willows which overhung, the spring. But his mortal remains will no doubt ere long be transferred to that country, where he reaped such a harvest of glory, and where it was the dying hero's last wish his ashes “ may repose on the banks of the Seine, in the midst of the French people, whom he had loved so well !”

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