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What must be the thoughts and feelings of a Commander-in-Chief as he surveys the scene of destruction after a battle ? On him rests a terrible responsibility ; first, to the nation whose cause has been entrusted to him, and secondly, to the soldiers of his army, whose lives are in his hands. In this fine picture, the artist has realised the tragic significance of such a scene. The lonely figure of the Commander-in-Chief standing a little apart from his Staff is silhouetted against a sunset sky reddened by
the flames of burning villages. His attitude suggests the burden of care that rests upon his shoulders ; it almost reveals what is passing in his mind. What has been the result of the-battle ? How far has it furthered the object in view ? What proportion do the losses bear to the gains ? Above all, what is the next thing to be done ? Fortunate is that Commander-in-Chief who is fighting for the right.
IROM rI R PAINTIN(; BY A. C. MICHAEL. (OPYRIOHTRI) IN IfIR LYNIT.h STATES ANI) (ANAIIA.