CAVOUR AND GARIBALDI.
Lyttelton Times, Volume XIV, Issue 844, 12 December 1860, Page 3
CAVOUR AND GARIBALDI.
A letter from Turin, dated 17th.Sept., says :— "As I announced, the official Gazette of this evening publishes the Royal decree convoking Parliament for the 2nd of October. '
" The session will be a very short one; it is even probable that it will not exceed ten days. The policy of the Government, as it is actually represented by the Cavour Ministry, will be submitted to the Chambers in juxtaposition with the policy of Garibaldi and his partizans, and ,the representatives of the nation will be called upon to make a choice between the two.
"Should an imposing majority declare itself in favour ofthe policy ofthe present Cabinet, Count Cavour will, of course, remain at the head of affairs and I believe I am well informed when I say that the intention ofthe count is to act with unflinching energy in the accomplishment of the new duties which a vote of confidence of the Parliament will entail upon him.
"In case a doubtful or hesitating majority should support Count Cavour's policy, he will immediately resign his office to M. Ratazzi, who perhaps might obtain some concessions from Garibaldi, which under all circumstances, are quite indispensable to prevent the Italian movement entering a fatal path. "At the present moment, not the slightest concession can be expected from Garibaldi. M. Depretis has completely failed in his mission. He has been to Naples to induce Garibaldi to annex Sicily at once to Sardinia. The Dictator will not hear of annexation until the day when what he calls his programme shall have been carried out, which is nothing else than the promise to make Rome the capital of the Italian empire, and to conquer Venice. " Should he even consent to make some modification in his plans, it would never be —as is said by Garibaldi himself who has just written to the King in a letter brought to His Majesty by one of the general's aides-de-camp—except on the condition that MM. Cavour and Farini should leave the ministry. " This is the actual state of affairs. Form your own judgment as to how replete it is with danger." Another letter, also dated 17th December, says:— " Garibaldi continues to organize his Government in the sense of his own policy. I have already alluded to MM. Pallavicini, Trivulzio, and Bertahi. M. Cattaneo decidedly goes to Naples as Secretary- General of the Dictatorship. His acceptance is the more remarkable as he declined sitting in the Parliament of which he is a member, so as not to take the oath to the King. M. Cattaneo is the advocate of a federal republic. It is curious enough to see .him called for by the party which was.the first to hoist absolute unity as its motto.
" The claims of M. Cattaneo to Garibaldi's favor are a violent pamphlet against the cession of Nice, and a pronounced antipathy against Count Cavour.
"It is reported that the Annexationist Ministers of Naples will resign. M. Scialoja, and even M. Liborio Romano, are mentioned as likely to do so. It is curious that the principal members of the Government of Naples are Lombards. Lombardy is the province which has provided the greatest number of volunteers to Garibaldi. It is there that the element most hostile to Count Cavour is strongest. "Now that the kingdom of Naples has been conquered from Francis 11., it will be necessary to conquer it again from Garibaldi; but I fancy the political skill of Count Cavour will arrange everything. ' " The Dictator still asks for more volunteers, which proves his firm intention of continuing the war. His agents are not stopped, but difficulties are thrown in their way."