The Archduke Albrecht's report to the Emperor of the Austrian
victory at Custozza is exceedingly candid and courteous in tone to the Italian army. " It is impossible not to admit," he says, at the conclusion of his report, " that the enemy fought with determina- tion and bravery. His earlier attacks especially were impetuous, and the officers set good examples to their men." No doubt to praise the valour of the troops whom you have beaten is an in- direct but delicate compliment to your own army; still, the tone of the Austrian despatch is remarkable throughout for the apparent sincerity of the tribute it pays to the Italian courage.