Journals Kept in France and Italy from 1848 to 1852: With a Sketch of the Revolution of 1848
by Nassau William Senior (9781115586818)

Journals Kept in France and Italy from 1848 to 1852: With a Sketch of the Revolution of 1848
 
Nassau William Senior
Release Date: 03 October 2009
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 318
Category: History
ISBN: 9781115586818
ISBN-10: 1115586815



Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: 1850.] Neapolitan Tribunals. 15 the central government asserts its independence. If we had given up Sicily we might next have had to give up Calabria.' Friday, Dec. 20.?M. Vanotti breakfasted with us, and afterwards took me to the tribunals. They are situated in the old part of Naples, in an enormous palace formerly occupied by the Anjou kings. We mounted to the first floor by a huge stone staircase, the sides of which, like every space in Naples where a man can get a standing without paying rent, were taken up by vendors of liqueurs, paper, cotton goods, earthenware, old books, old clothes; in short, all the sorts of things that would not pay the expense of a shop. We pushed our way into an enormous room, probably the Ball room of the palace, the walls covered with faded frescoes, on each side of which were little compartments railed off, in which the advocates, the attorneys, and the suitors were giving and receiving instructions, consulting and writing in the midst of sellers of sausages, chesnuts, and spirits, idle spectators, and beggars. Never was such a hubbub. Thence we got into a civil court, in which five judges sat in the presence of a couple of advocates and one or two auditors. We went on to the criminal court, much crowded, but chiefly by a low populace, who could not have understood what was going on, in which points of law connected with some of the late trials for sedition were being argued. We then passed through some dark passages to a larger court, in which an important trial has been going on for several weeks. Forty-two persons (principallymen of letters and lawyers, among whom is Poerio,1 a member of the Troja administration) are accused of conspiracy to murder the royal family and institute a republic. The prisoners were seated on benches raised t...

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