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ITALY'S ASPIRATIONS.

At the inauguration of a monument at Milazzo, in Sicily, in commemoration of the victory won there on July 20, 1860, by the Garibaldiana over the Neapolitan Army, Signor Crispi made a speech on the expedition of tho Thousand to Sicily. " The remembrance of the past (said the ox-Premier), which we have co-operated in destroying, lays upon us certain duties. Was it worth while to make Italy if she is not to be equal to other nations ? We do nob want to dominate the world, but we have the right to wish that no one may reign over us. Italy has retired within her frontiers, abandoning to foreign Bhips the seas which surround her, uttering no word in the European Concert for fear of exciting mistrußt. An Italy which B huts her eyes through fear of light cannot he the Italy that Mazzini, Garibaldi, and Victor Emanuel dreamt of. I have been accused of plunging Italy into misery in order to make her great. The object of all my acts was to defend our rights. They are being interpreted as provocations; so that, according to a certain theory, we must always yield, so as not to excite indignation abroad! Italy haß no need of me to be great, since she is so by her own virtue. A battle in Africa, lost by the recklessness of a leader and not by the fault of a nation, should not suffice to stop our progress."

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ITALY'S ASPIRATIONS., Issue 10425, 21 September 1897

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ITALY'S ASPIRATIONS. Issue 10425, 21 September 1897

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