Extraordinary scene in Florence.
--It appeared that the afternoon when the wires flashed the news that Italy
had lost her greatest statesmen on the morning of that day, at Florence
, the heads of the grand ducal and clerical parties resolved publicly and solemnly to show forth their delight.
In the execution of a common purpose, ex-ministers and old court chamberlains, reverend canone and discarded police agents, Austrian
spies and jesuitical intriguers, met in the sacristy of the cathedral in the afternoon, and, preceded by their servants in State liveries, and wearing on their breasts the stars and crosses of the Austrian and Lorraine rulers, followed, holding lighted torches in their hands, the procession of the Octave of the Corpus Domini
about to describe the usual circuit in the cathedral squares.
The people are indignant, and in the square they dashed in among the triumphant procession, and sent the members scampering in all directions.
More than one of the Austrian and clerical party appears to have been soundly kicked and cuffed before he could regain his carriage.
succeeded with difficulty in getting into his carriage under protection of the gendarmes, and drove off amid the shouts of ‘"Away with you!
away with you!
No archbishops!"’ The inferior clergy, who had taken refuge in the cathedral, stood a chance of being roughly handled; but a voice from amidst the crowed exclaimed that the mob would respect the church which the priests dishonored; and to these words the terrified fugitives appeared to have owed their safety.
Prince Corsiul took refuge in the Naldina Palace
, of which every pane of glass, from the top to the bottom, was at once smashed.