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CIVIL WAR SABER

"From the length of your face I deduce it was slapped by some young lady whose good opinion you were endeavoring to win, but which you lost instead," Dr. Haledjian said.
"Quite right, as usual,: muttered Cyril Makin, the captisizing Cassanova. "This time I even went out and get a prop-a saber- to lend my story authenticity."
"You've heard of General R. Horatio Abercrombie? The old walrus fought for the Union during the Civil War. His great-great-granddaughter, Matilda, is secretary of the Civil War Round Table. She won't give you a tumble unless your great-great-grandfather fought in the great American conflict too.
"Unfortunately," went on Cyril, "both of my great-great-granparents were London chimney sweeps. They never fought anything but soot. So to impress Matilda, I invented an ancestor, Lieutenant George Makin, 79th New York Highlanders.
"I told Matilda that at the first battle of the Bull Run, when the commanding officer was killed, Liutenant Makin took over the regiment and save it from annihilation. Again, at the second battle of Bull Run, the year following, he rallied the troops despite the loss og one hundred and five men.
"The month after First Bull Run, the men and his company presented George with the saber. Here I showed Matilda the saber I'd purchased at customer's shop and had described :
"To Lt. G.Makin, for gallantry at First Bull Run, July 21, 1861, from the men of his company, in appreciation.
"I was pretty feeling cocky when I gave her the blade--"
"And then she promptly gave you the gate, " said Haledjian. "I hardly blame her!"

So, what was Cyril's mistake so he got slapped?

Souce : Two minutes more Mysteries-Donald J. Sobol

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