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When, a few months ago, the Turks crumpled up helplessly before the fierce onslaught of their hereditary foes, there must have been some among them well enough acquainted with the history of their country to wish for at least one hour of the brilliant Frenchman who, almost two centuries earlier, came to place his sword at their disposal and ended his life as a Pasha of three tails in Constantinople. His strange career was then the talk of an amazed and fascinated Europe; now, there will probably be few of those who chance upon these pages to whom it will be familiar. And yet his adventures merit recital. Unheroic in many ways as was the eighteenth century, the" Age of Reason," yet in its chronicles one comes continually upon the stories of adventurers as picturesque as any medieval knight who rode out to the slaying of giants, robbers, and Saracens.