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              [newspaper clipping]
  In the new number of �The Century� the
Comte de Paris pays an eloquent tribute to the
memory of his friend and comrade, Philip
Kearny, the �one-armed General,� who, when
the Comte de Paris was first enrolled in the
Federal Army, in the autumn of 1861, com-
manded the third brigade of Franklin�s Division
�one of the finest, as well as one of the best
drilled, of the great army which was then being
formed along the shores of the Potomac.  Kearny
had served in Algeria in 1840, and was able to
speak of scenes which, to a member of the
Orleans family, were so full of pathetic asso-
ciations.  He had also served in the French
campaign in Italy, under General Baraguey
d�Hilliers, who, like him, had lost an arm on
the battlefield.  The Comte de Paris became
strongly attached to his new friend, but their
acquaintance was not destined to be of long
duration; less than a year after their first
meeting, Philip Kearny had fallen �on the field
of honour,� during a reconnaissance undertaken
with his habitual daring near the village of
Chantilly, Virginia.  Kearny is described as
�a typical soldier.�  His infirmity did not
prevent his mounting the most spirited horses,
which he controlled on the march with rare 
elegance, holding in his only hand his reins and
his naked sword.  One characteristic trait con-
cludes the sketch.  �A man so ardent, and
with so proud a temperament,� says his old
comrade, �must have held very decided
opinions, but he was so penetrated with the
sense of duty, which impels the soldier to keep 
himself free from political entanglements, that,
notwithstanding our frequent meetings, I never
knew to which party he belonged.�               
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