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RIOT AT A FUNERAL.

TERRIBLE SCENE IX ROME. On Thursday afternoon, April 2, in the most central part of Rome, there occurred a, serious conflict between the troops and the people as the i;csult of a funeral procession which was taking to the cemetery th 3 body of a workman who hud died in the course of his labours. A large number of workmen had gathered to follow the corpse to the grave, and desired that the cortege should pass through . some of the most frequented streets in order to add importance to the affair. The police, however, had ordered another route to be followed, but the workmen paid no heed to the injunction, and marched behind the hearse as far as the Piazza Gesu, where they found the way barred by troops. The processionists refused to stop. On the one hand a group of them seized the bridles of the hearse horses to turn them in the direction opposite to that which the police wished them to follow. ' On their side, the troops dedoublcd their efforts to prevent the crowd from advancing. The struggle became more and more lively. All the windows of the house overlooking the scene were full of curious spectators, and the shops were shut one by one. Suddenly there came through the crowd some carls loaded with bricks. The. workmen, already* excited, seized the bricks, and dodging beneath the' carts, began; throwing them at the police and soldiers. Some of the latter were injured, and the officers then allowed them to file. Numerous rifle and revolver shots were discharged at the excited crowd, and several of the workmen were wounded. One young man, with his forehead pierced by a bullet, lay weltering in his blood. Not far away was another with a bullet through his chest. Both were dead. Injured people lay everywhere, groaning. A young lady", who was looking out of a window, was struck by a rifle-ball. The dead and wounded were taken to a hospital, and one of the injured expired after undergoing an operation. Another is dvinj. . . The excitement which this terrible affair has caused in Rome is simply indescribable. It is believed that there will be a great uproar in Parliament over the tragedy.

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RIOT AT A FUNERAL., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 13757, 23 May 1908, Supplement

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RIOT AT A FUNERAL. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 13757, 23 May 1908, Supplement

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