Tall tale and high comedy for the memoirs of a Captain of the Hussare, recorded by the famous French playwright who knew him in the days before the first World War -- when they met on the Danubian island of St. Margaret. Exuberant, inexhaustible, a gifted gambler and a fabulous figure, here are scapegrace scandals as told by the Captain -- some which might have happened, many which never did. The Captain's robber baron forebear, his own strange nativity in a dining room, his projected suicide which ended in the accidental murder of another, his demise from the Army in an attempt to help a friend, his methods of avoiding sleep, and Mercedex, the little tart who led to his ruination. Hearty humor and innocent deviltry for exploits of a legendary nature, skilfully translated by Barrows Mussey. The market is a special one.