LIFE OF GARIBALD
Birth of Garibaldi-His Education-Garibaldi's Rescue of his Comrades-Acces
sion of Charles Albert-Garibaldi enter11 the Merchant Service-His Visit to
Rome-Service with the Bey of Tunis-Departure for South America.
JosEPH GARIBALDI, the hero on whom the future hopes of Italy are now
fixed, was bom. at Nice, on July 4th, 1807, his family having resided in
that port for a considerable period, where some of them are still living.
They have principally devoted to the maritime for
which young Joseph also displayed a decided liking, and he spent his
earliest years among sailors and fishermen.
Franklin telln us in his "Memoirs" that the liberty his mother allowed
him from an ea:rly age gained him a precocious knowledge of mankind,
and that he O'wed to it, in a great measure, his after success in life.
Garibaldi derived from the same source that physical energy and moral
force which ahrays have distinguished him in such an eminent degree.
But he is also indebted to it for his love of independence, his invincible
thirst for daring adventures, and his intense adm,iration for the ocean-a
true image of liberty. Another feeling equally warm in him, and which
explains many actions of his life, is his propensity to take the part of the
weak against the strong, whenever justice, as is generally the case, is on
the side of the former. This passion for equity-the attribute of chosen
minds-Garibaldi has felt from his earliest years. His mathematical
professor, M. Arena, still resident at Nice, ia fond of discoursing of the
qualities of his old pupil.