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nd with the heavy armed African veterans of the great Carthaginian General, or the Roman cavalry, with the Numidian horsemen. But he saw that Hannibal was two thousand miles from home; that the Romans had command of the sea; that no reinforcements could reach him that his Gallic auxiliaries would be conquered or desert him; and that his army left to it self., must gradually waste away and be destroyed. This was wisdom — this was genuine prudence. But if Carthage had been conterminous with Apulia — if it had possessed a population three times as large as all the dependencies of Rome put together — if the Carthaginian Senate had been pouring in troops to Hannibal at the rate of thirty five thousand per week — would it have been wisdom still to have acted on the defensive? to have waited until he had made Capua so strong that it would have been madness to attack? Men who reason in this way seem to as to overlook altogether the influence of circumstances in directing the conduct of l
irst engagement with the Romans was upon the flat lands of the T and it was a cavalry combat. His second was on the banks of the Trebbla, where the country was low, and in some places marshy. His third was upon the flat land around Lake Thrasymans, a lake shut in by high and woody hills, but having an extensive campaign immediately around its margin. The great battle of Can was fought on the low grounds of the Aufidus, almost in sight of the Adriatic, in the midst of the great plains of Apulia. In this battle his cavalry played a more conspicuous and important part than in any other. He had but 50,000 men in all, while the two Roman armies opposed to him numbered 86,000. But he had an advantage, which, in the opinion of Polybius, more than counter balanced any which the consuls could derive from their numerical superiority. He had 10,000 of the best cavalry in the world; they had but 6,000, and the battle was to be fought in a level plain, where there were no woods of thickets
he did to keep off the dreaded enemy. In a week they understood each other, and Messina was as quiet as New Orleans under Butler. Six weeks later the Perfect died, and all Messina mourned for Lorenzo Valerio as a kind and provident father. I mention this as one proof of the benefits resulting from the frank conduct of the Italian Government. But to return to the route which the cholera pursued in reaching Naples. It traveled from Ancona through a series of villages scattered across Apulia and through the mountain range behind Naples, and fell upon a village called San Teduccio, on the 1st of October.--This village is situated a few miles from Naples, and in spite of all precautions the disease stole into the city. We are informed that some cart loads of rags, gathered from the sick rooms of Ancona, transported the disease across the Appenines into San Teduccio. Naples is, you know as famous for the rags trade as Oil City is for petroleum, and probably owes her present affli
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