The historical attempt of Orsini to assassinate Napoleon in 1858 has just been again brought into prominence by the death of a man named Rossi, who, 30 years ago, was on the detective force of the Paris police. When Orsini's bomb exploded, Eossi rushed to the door of the Emperor's carriage to assist him in getting out; but the Emperor, taking him for one of the conspirators, dealt the detective " one" straight from the shoulder, which caught him fairly between the eyes and bowled him over like a ninepin. Of course the man was afterwards recompensed for the mistake, but to the day of his death, which occurred recently, he was proud of-the distinction (!) of having been knocked down by Napoleon 111. It is said that the only bar to his happiness was that he could not exhibit the original black eye.
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Mistaken Identity., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890
Mistaken Identity. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890
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