Excerpt from The Franco-German War: A Full and Graphic History of the Great War Between Prussia and France, Together With Numerous Thrilling and Interesting Anecdotes, Sketches of the Lives of the Celebrated Statesmen and Generals on Both Sides
The outcry at first seemed to b... e confined to the ministerial organs of Paris; but as these became peaceable in their tone, the more independent organs grew warlike, and Napoleon having, as he supposed, stimulated public Opinion to back him, stood prepared to plunge into the contest.
The Emperor of the French had 'no fur ther excuse for war, unless, indeed, that Prussia had bee biting her thumb at him; but if the French people believe, with capu let's servant, that biting of thumbs is a disgrace to them if they bear it, this, no doubt, proves to them a sufficient ex cuse.
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