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  Here the war would flame to its focus, and here Lewis Littlepage had come.   lack >   Potemkin's Army of Ekaterinoslav, totaling, it was claimed, 40,000 regular troops and 6,000 irregulars of the Cossack Corps, had invested Islam's principal stronghold on the north shore of the Black  Sea, the fortress town of Oczakov, and was preparing to test the Turk by land and sea.     During a sojourn of slightly more than three months Chamberlain Littlepage sould see action on both elements.   As his second in command The Prince had Marshal Repnin, one-time Ambassador to Poland.   Repnin, who had a rather narrow face, longish nose, high forehead, and arching brows, looked like a quizzical Mephistopheles.   lack >   Some people thought he lack ed both ability and character, but most agreed that he was noble in appearance and, for a Russian, humane.     The Marshal came to know Littlepage quite well.   At General Headquarters the newcomer in turn got to know others.   lack >   There was the Neapolitan, Ribas, a capable conniver whose father had been a black smith but who had fawned his way up the ladder of Catherine's and Potemkin's favor till he was now a brigadier (and would one day be the daggerman designated to do in Czar Paul 1,, after traveling all the way to Naples to procure just the right stiletto).