LIFE OF GARIBALDI.
under him, but Garibaldi picks his men. So great is the prestige of his
ardor that at Brescia, 4,000 young men are enrolled to march to meet
him and join h1m as soon as he makes his appearance. What is true of
Brescin, is equally true of other towns. Possessed himself of absolute
integrity and perfect loyalty, Garibaldi does not allow of any infraction
of the discipline he has established among his men. His severity is ex
cessive ; thus while at Savigliano, organising his Corps d' armee, there was
the greate!t difficulty in preventing him shooting a Romagnese Volunteer
who had stolen a ring of the value of half-a-crown.
"I was introduced in my turn. I experienced some emotion in passing
the threshold of a room in which was a man whose adventurous intre
pidity had gained such a brilliant renown. At Paris, he is endowed
with legendary proportions, and regarded as a species of Schamyl. Every
one dresses him after his own fashion ; and of all the costumes I have
seen, t here are few which have not a relationship to a Calabrian brigand.
A felt hat and ferocious countenance imbedded in a mass of dishevelled
hair, a blouse, and large waistbelt adorned with a dozen cavalry pistols, a
naked sabre in his hand; such is the personage of the legend. He may
have appeared in this condition ten years ago, under t he walls of Rome,
but times have changed and Garibaldi with them. The man is small.
delicat e, and nervous, but his small grey eye flashes like polished steel. His
hair is cut quite short, and though he wears his beard, it is exactly like
hundreds we may see every day in Paris, were it not that it is beginninii
to turn slightly grey.
"I know not if he is cruel, but he has a very kind voice. He is so far
civilized, that he wears eye-glasses, owing to his short sight. He appears
to be about forty, but in reality is fifty-three. H e is dressed like all the
Sardin ia n generals, in a blue tunic, with silver lace on the collar aud
c uffs . When I entered, h e made me sit down by his side, and began by
offe ring me his hand. Then, he addressed some very polite remarks to
me in the best French I have heard since crossing the Alps. I thanked
him for granting me an interview, when he had so many more important
to attend to, and also told him of the idea people who had not
seen him formed of him. He gave the ghost of a smile, and seemed to
c are very little what was thought about him.
"If you would like to follow my column," he said, "I will give you
the means;" o.nd he drew up a safe-conduct, to which he put his
signature, and the seal of his staff. "With that," he added, "you can
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