LIFE OJ' OARlBALDI,
welcomed by sh_s>uta of joy and energetic fltruu. Garibaldi, whose gentle
face contluted with his martial garb, received their manifestations o£
aympatheiQc enthusium with admirable modesty.
Many ,m.tera have stated that Garibaldi, during hia stay in South
A.merioa, 1862 to 18M, commanded the Peruvian army, and gained
many Ticl;ories ; but facta are not so. He accepted the command of a
vessel bo1md for China, which wu offered him by his countryman, M.
Denegri, ,who wu established at .Lima. He completed hia crew, made
preparations for his departure, and finally set aa.il for China. In the
summer of 1864., Garibaldi returned to Genoa on board a small American
merchant vessel he commanded. The fearll'"with which he had formerly
inspired the Sardinian Government had now disappeared. Though
Mazzini had not abandoned his hostility, or hie eft'orta to excite the
pusions against the crown of Savoy, the new institutions had taken root,
and if the Constitution were not perfect, still many Italian patriots
accepted it provisionally, in hope of him bringing better days. To the
great satil1faction of the Constitutional party, and the despair of the
Radicals, after five years' absence, gave in hie adhesion to the
exiating forms of Government, exhorting the people to imitate him, and
consider :Piedmont the laope anll ezampla of Italy.
N othinf!r of a political nature marked the Guer!Jiero's life during the
two next years. Having accepted the command of a small steamer
plying between Nice and Marseilles, he passed them almost entirely at
sea. He performed the duties of his position with his acc11.1tomed
diligence 2md zeal, and strangers who did not know tho bronzed sailor
so busy on the quays among tho bales and merchandize, would have
found som.e difficulty in believing that it was the celebrated Garibaldi.
Thia toil procured the illustrious Nizzard some pecuniary solace, and he
employed the greater part of the money so laboriously earned in pur
chasing a 11mall estate in the ialand of Capraja, near Sardinia. A modern
Cincinnatus, he cultivated it with his own hands, while still going to
Genoa or Nice. He took an active part in the labours of the National
Society, up to the moment when the hour of deliverance appeared to
him to have struck.