something statuesque in the appearance of his head, with its broad fore­
head, i1;s regular features, and the long floating locks, mingling with the
beard, 1vhich is golden-hued like them. The profound expression of his
eyes-pensive, and yet piercing, completes the character of a person,
who at <l)nce inspires a feeling of respect and confidence."

Before we continue the narrative of his exploits, let us look at Gari­
baldi among his comrades in anna. An Italian volunteer draws the
picture for us

"Figure to yourselves anheterogeneous assembly ofall sorts of people­
lads of from twelve to fourteen years ; old soldiers attracted by the
renown of the celebrated captain of Monte Video; some stimulated by
a noble ambition ; others desirous of finding impunity and license in the
confusion of war, but yet restrained by the inflexible severity of their
chief, in whose eyes courage and boldness were the only recommenda­
tion, while the most uncurbed pusions were bridled beneath his iron
will. The general and his staff mounted on American saddletJ, are dressed
in scarlet blouses, and hats of every possible shape. Without any
distinctive mark or pretence to military ornaments, they seem to pride
themselves on their contempt of the rules laid down for regular troops.
Followed by their orderlies, the majority of whom came from America,
they rw1h in every direction-at one moment dispersing, then usembling
again-ever active, ever rapid, ever indefatigable. When the troops halt
to bivouac, the officers, the general himself, dismount, and pay all proper
attention to the wants of their horses. When these operations are oom­
pleted, they open their saddles, which are made to unroll and form a
species of tent, and thns complete their personal arrangements. Ifunable
to procure provi.eions in the adjacent villages, three or four colonels and
majors leap on theirhorses, and, armed with their long lassos, gallop across
country in search of sheep and oxen, Garibaldi, during this interval, if
the bivouac is far from any danger, rests etretched at full length under
his ten1;; if, on the contrary, the enemy be at hand, ha remains con­
stantly on horseback, giving his orders and visiting the advanC81i posta.
Often, (lisgui.eed u a peasant, he risks his safety in making a recoq•
noissancle, but more frequently, stationed on an eminence commanding
the euiirons, he spends hours in examining the country with the help of
a teleiiCil)pe. When the general's bugle gives the signal to prepare for
departure, the lu101 aerve to capture the horses which have been turned
loose to pasture. The order of march is always arranged on the previoua
day, and the corps starts without ever knowing where it will arrive the
next dl1y. Owing to this patriarchal simplicity, which is, perhaps, car­

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