LIFB OJ' GABIBA.LDJ.
These bases clearly shewed that the Austrians believed Garibaldi com
pelled to have recourse to their pity, but a capitulation for himself was
far from his thoughts. The Guerillero'a sole intention, in accepting
the prop,ositions of the San Marino government, was to insure the retreat
of those who, profiting by his general orders, were not disposed to
follow him to Venice. The general at once assembled around him all
the offic.ers of the legions, and informed them of the Austrians' con
ditions. The majority refused them. "Let us persist," they exclaimed;
" let us open a passage by force if necessary ; let us go to Venice !••
This noble outburst of men who preferred death to humiliation, was a
compensation to the captain of liberty for many sufferings.