!lG J.llE OF GARIBALDI.
position-for nearly two days, we were unable to see even the tip of hia
nose. This devil of a man exercises such influence that I saw him in an
action send citizens under fire, whom he gave the muskets of his wounded
soldiers, and they behaved most courageously. Ever between the two
linea of sharpshooters, it is a miracle that he has not yet been wounded ;
the believe him bullet proof. I should never end if I tried to
describe all the heroism of Garibaldi's small army, its fabulous marchea,
its surprises and combats. At Laveno, for instance, the Italians tore
muskets from the hands of t.he Austrians through the embrasures. On
opening the campaign Garibaldi much wanted some guns ; but, unable
to procure them from the War Minislry, he took four from: the Austrians.
For a long time Garibaldi has given up the use of artillery, he only
fights with the bayonet; the caunon remain with the baggage, and he
would. gladly exchange them for the Minic rifles he is so anxioWIIy
expecting. One of Garibaldi's best shots is an Englishman of about
fifty years of age, who, armed with an excellent Lancaster rifle and a
telescope, appears to chll.!le the Tyrolese. This eccentric person was
ked the otJ!.er day if he had joined the Volunteers to establish Italian
ind e p•enden c e, or simply for the pleasure of the chase. 'I am very
much attached to the independence of Italy,' he coolly replied, 'but I
am also fond of shooting.' "
The, Emperor Napoleon, however, had by this time had enough of
war: he had summoned Kossuth from London, to show the Austrians to
what lengths he was prepnred to go, nnd Frnnt>is wisely
tl;e proffered armistice. When this was being signed, Gnribaldi had
arri ve d at Tcrano with 5,000 men, and waa about to seize the Lago di
Gard", and cut off the communication between the Tyrol and Verona.
Severn! sharp actions had already taken place round Bormio, and the
enemy had been driven back on the Stelvio pass.
During the armistice, Garibaldi remained with his head quarters at
Como . The following graphic account of a visit paid him during that
pt>rio,l, we borrow from the daily papers, and insert it because it gives a
further confirmation of Garibaldi's real appearance and disposition, about
which so many shocking calumnies have been so Redulously spread.
" !Jil. the course of a tour in Switzerland with an Australian fellow
colon i st and squatter, our wives, and a young lady friend,
we ancended Mont St. Gothard, with the intention of crossing by the
Furh pass to Interlachen. We found it impracticable; and, rather
than turn back, determined to go to Como, of which place we heard from
the c()nductor of the diligence that Garibaldi had taken poeseaaion, andu . 1zedbyGooglc