THE REBEL POET
D'ANNUNZIO WILL HOLD FIUME WILL STAY TILL HE HAS ATTAINED HIS OBJECT A dispatch from Fiumo to the New York "livening Post," dated December 8, stated Gubrielo d'Annunzio to-day reiterates his intention of holding Finnic until mil that he and his legionaries hud sot out to accomplish shall have been realised. "Wo aro not going to leave Finnic until assured that the purpose for which we came here is attained," he said. "If we oome to an agreement with the Government" d'Annunzio continued, "I will not loavo nor will my legionaries, who hare sworn to follow me even to death, until I receive concrete guarantees of tho good faith of the Oovorpmont. The word of Premier Nitti will avail me nothing, for Nitti is here to-day, but may bo gone to-morrow. I then would have boen tricked if his successor should disavow Nitti's word I must, net the word of an emissary of tho King, such as the head of the army—[ must have tho word of honour of some permanently appointed general. General I&doglio (Chief of Staff to Goneral Diaz, the 1 Italian Commander-in-Chief), is the man who could givo mo 6ueh assurances. He is the man who is at tho hoad of the army, who is a roynl reprcs?ntativo who could stand by his word until our object is fulfilled. "I have organised my flight to Japan, but cannot leave until our Fiume i» part of us. My men have stations all along the routo I have chosen, and they have been received with meat enthusiasm by tho officials at theso points. They aro prepared for me with mechanics, airplnno plants, and other necessaries, but 1 am delayed by the call of Italian Fiume. , , "1 have studied my flight to Americn from Tokio. I am going to cross the Pacific, bridging the islands by wings. I Ions; to..see your western beauty looming up on my horizon op eastward I come. I lovo the people of America. Their idenls would win tho heart of a poet. 'The spark of protest against oppreosion has been kindled here by me nnd my legionaries. Wo will carry the torch and spread the flame throughout the world where oppression exists, whether it bo the gallant Emerald Isle, Belgium, or unhappy Egypt. I am not a militarist nor an imperialist. I am not a soldier by choice, but through a yearning to right wrong."
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