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HISTORY OF CANADA.

 

kept firing as they advanced. The British reserved their fire until the enemy were nearly upon them. Then, at the word of command, from end to end of the line a crashing volley rang out ; then, another ; and then, " Charge !" As, with a cheer, the British troops swept forward, the French fled in wild confusion, staying not until safe within the city's walls or beyond the St.

Charles.

Death of the Generals. —The joy of the British over their speedy victory was dampened by the loss of their be-loved leader, struck down in the hour of victory while pressing forward at the head of his men. He lived but a few minutes after receiving the fatal shot ; long enough, how-ever, to know that the battle he had desired so long was won. Montcalm, too, had been

/mortally wounded, and died early next morning within the walls of the city he had so ably defended. To-day, in the ancient capital, a stately column, bearing the equally honored names of victor and vanquished, looks down from the cliff upon the busy river below. This is the inscription : "Valor gave a common death, history

a common fame, and posterity

a common monument.   -

De Levis.—But the city was not yet taken. De Vaudreuil, upon whom the com-

mand fell, had still an army much superior in numbers to the British forces on the Plains of Abraham. He proved, however, to be utterly unequal to the task which devolved upon him. Hur-

MONUDIENT TO WOLFE AND
MON TCALDI.

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