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LIFE OF G.!BIBALDI.
march with rn day and night, exchange shots with the Austrians, and
write to your journal the bulletin of our deeds and your own."
Garibaldi baa a son, a soldier in hiB Guides, and who fights by his side
like a lion, This young man is twenty-two years of age.
Ano1;her writer, himself a soldier, also gives us a characteristic
deacription of Garibaldi, as he sa.w him at Como. He had seen him
before in 18·i8, dressed in the scarlet tunic, in the fashion of South
Ameri(:a, the real partizan leader : in 1859, he found him in a tight
generall'a uniform, and decently ahaved. But_he was the same man atill :
only one feeling occupied his mind -love for hia country! but one
motive guided his arm, the deliverance and grandeur of Italy. He was
an enthusiastio admirer of Victor Emanuel, like all who have ever been
presented to that monarch. He called him the best Italian in the world.
The iiJentleman from whom we quote, happened to mention that he had
recently l'isited Varesc, and Garibaldi's face turned purple with
indignation, aa he described tho horrora of which that unhappy town had
been the scene. On May 30th, at the moment when Garibaldi proceeded
&ll&ult on the fortress of LaYeno
an Austrian corps about 16,000 strong, commanded by Lieutenant Marahal
Urban, detached from Milan, marched on the town the patriots had juat
quitted. They arrived before Varese on May 31, and the few hundred
V Garibaldi left there hastily feU back. No resistance was
ol'ered the Imperialiats.
The town may contain about 9,000 souls. The richer classes had
eJiliirated to Switzerland at tho outbreak of the war, and only the poorer
remainctd behind. Urban stopped before the gatea, and aent the
following ultimatum to the municipality.
V are11e, as a punishment for the reception granted to the enemies
of the Imperial government, will pay a fine of three million livrea, on the
followi.Jng conditions : the first million within llD hour, the second an
hour af1ter the tint, tho third an hour after that. In case of refusal, tho
town would be bombarded and sacked by the troopa.
On h'Mrinr theac atrocious terma, all tho inhabitants who could, fled at
once, a11d only the aiok and wounded in the combat of the 24th were left
behind. The Auatrian gelUiral, during this time, took up a position on
tho and planted hit artillery. When his measrngrr rrturned, an
nouncing the impouibillty of payment, he became furious, and ordered
the firix1g to commence. The barbarians fired into the wwn 197 shells,
which levelled several houses, fired others, and killed the wounded
in their beds. Then, as the work of destruction appeared to him suffi
cient, Urban let his troops loose on V arese to plunder as they pleued.
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