"...It was Napoleon. He just finished his toilet for riding. He was in a blue uniform, opened over a white vest, coming down on the round belly, white tights, tight fat thighs, short legs, and bamforth". A little later in "War and peace"where you got the quote, Tolstoy writes that, when the Imperial legs trembled, Napoleon spoke: "Shake my left calf is the great sign". It is difficult to find out, calmed or increased tremor tight leggings. But for us it is important not so important to us fact: in a carefully tanned elk skin sported not only Dragoons or hussars, but the emperors.
Leggings long been in Vogue. This gave rise to a version that elk wasted on army uniform and thigh secular dandies. But sources say that the star Losino prosperity went on the sunset earlier in the middle ages. In Russia their skin for army jackets, Colleton, ceremonial and "daily" pants began to mow only in 1720. The military Board, which it was necessary to provide such ammunition 40 000 people, soon raised his hands up: more than 2500 elk skins a year to get failed. And now, more than a third Dragoons were outfitted in suits from goat skin and infantry regiments into cloth Moscow and overseas factories. It turns out that in those days the elk has become a rarity.
Peter, who said to put the army on European lines, banned the hunting of elk in St. Petersburg province. However, he ordered "to catch a their, if somebody wants to, living and hunting, to bring them into cities to the chief commandants and commanders. And they are those of the moose, taking with them, feed them, and in S.-Petersburg office to write, because those people who are caught in their replies shall be given of him, the sovereign, the state Treasury for any elk in five Rublev".
On fishing elks something nobody got rich. And by 1740 had to ban all hunting of elk in the whole of European Russia.
Here is the place to give the opinion E. Timofeeva, author of the monograph "the Moose" (ecology, distribution, economic importance). It shows that the traditional view that in the past all the beasts were many, not always true.