Garibaldi: His Boyhood and Youth

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A.S. Barnes & Burr, 1860 - 49 pages
 

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Page 18 - Of his mother, the great soldier wrote in later years, "She was a model for mothers. Her tender affection for me has, perhaps, been excessive; but do I not owe to her love, to her angel-like character, the little good that belongs to mine? Often, amidst the most arduous scenes of my tumultuous life, when I have passed unharmed through the breakers of the ocean or the hailstorms of battle, she has seemed present with me. I have, in fancy, seen her on her knees before the Most High — my dear mother!...
Page 20 - Monaco, when we were pursued and overtaken by a " corsair," commanded by good father. We were captured without bloodshed, and taken back to our homes, exceedingly mortified by the failure of our enterprise, and disgusted with an Abbe who had betrayed our flight. Two of my companions on that occasion were Cesare Tanoli and Raffaele Deandreis. When I recur to the principles which were inculcated at school, and the motives used to encourage us to study, I am now able to understand their unsoundncss...
Page 18 - ... little, and made but a poor return for the kind exertions of my parents for my education. A very simple accident made a deep impression on my memory. One day, when a very little boy, I caught a grasshopper, took it into the house, and, in handling it, broke its leg. Reflecting on the injury I had dono to the harmless insect, I was so much affected with grief, that I retired to my chamber, mourned over the poor little creature, weeping bitterly for several hours.
Page 18 - She was a model for mothers. Her tender affection for me has, perhaps, been excessive ; but do I not owe to her love, to her angel-like character, the little good that belongs to mine? Often, amidst the most arduous scenes of my tumultuous life, when GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI.
Page 26 - ... Giuseppe, 1807-1882. Italian statesman. The speedy consequence of my entire devotion to the cause of Italy was that on the 5th of February, 1834, I was passing out of the gate of Linterna, of Genoa, at seven o'clock in the evening, in the disguise of a peasant — a prescript. At that time my public life commenced; and, a few days after, I saw my name for the first time in a newspaper, but it was a sentence of death. — GARIBALDI, "Autobiography.
Page 53 - ... anxiety, whether Garibaldi was alive. When I was informed of this, I rejoiced at it more than at the victory itself. Yes ! Beautiful daughter of America ! (for she was a native of the Province of Rio Grande,) I was proud and happy to enjoy your friendship, though the destined bride of another. Fate reserved for me another Brazilian female — to me the only one in the world whom I now lament, and for whom I shall weep all my days. She knew me when I was in misfortune ; and her interest in me,...
Page 22 - ... country, she would reap the advantage and the glory. My second voyage was made to Rome, in a vessel of my father's. Rome, once the capital of the world, now the capital of a sect ! The Rome which I had painted in my imagination, no longer existed. The future Rome, rising to regenerate the nation, has now long been a dominant idea in my mind, and inspired me with hope and energy. Thoughts, springing from the past, in short, have had a prevailing influence on me during my life. Rome, which I had...
Page 28 - ... to aid a people in the south, oppressed by a proud and powerful enemy. The garope is a kind of Brazilian fish, of an exquisite flavor ; and boats employed in taking it are called garoperas. My feelings, at that epoch of my life, were very peculiar. I was enlisted in a new and hazardous enterprize, and, for the first time, turned a helm for the ocean with a warlike flag flying over my head — the flag of a republic — the Republic of Rio Grande. I was at the head of a resolute band, but it was...
Page 39 - I devoured in less than half a night, going almost the whole way on the gallop. When day broke, we were at an estancia, within about half a mile of the town. My guide then told me to wait in the bushes where we were, while he went to inquire the news at the house. I complied, and he left me. I dismounted and tied my horse to a tree with the bridle, and waited a long time. At length, not seeing him return, I walked to the edge of the bushes, and looked about in search of him, when I heard behind me...
Page 29 - ... on shore at the first convenient landing-place, with all their own personal property. A Brazilian, a passenger in the sumaca, took the first opportunity, after coming on board, to offer me a '"casket containing three valuable diamonds, in a supplicating manner, as if afraid for his life ; but I refused to receive it, and gave peremptory orders that none of the effects of the crew or passengers should be taken from them, under any pretext whatever. And this course I pursued on all subsequent occasions,...

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