Atrocitties of the Neapolitan brigands.
--The details respecting the outrages committed by the Neapolitan
brigands increase rather than diminish in horror, as the following frightful outrages too clearly prove.--They are taken from a letter in the Nazione:
"I write to you full of grief and rage on account of new atrocities committed by the brigands.
At Viestri the brigands barbarously killed nine gentlemen of the Illiberal party, and similar atrocities were committed in other villages.
But that which they have done in the commune of San Paola, in the district of Molise, surpasses all imagination.
On the morning of the4th., the brigands, all dressed in the uniform of the old Bourbon
gendarmes, surprised the town, and, after having sacked the houses without exception, took the curate.
, (who had the reputation of being an honest priest and a good Liberal) his brother, the syndic of the village Signor Antonia Capra
, and having brought them out naked on the public square, they exposed them to the derision and insults of the vilest of the populace, who made common cause with the brigands, and after this spectacle had lasted several hours, murdered them with their bayonets.
They then took the wife of the sync and subjected her to the most horrid cruelties, and left her nearly dead.
Having learned that a certain Giuseppe Cavarano
, a respectable man, was trying to escape in order to alarm the neighboring villages, they arrested him, and having dressed him up as a woman, in the middle of the public square they set fire to his dress and burnt him alive.
Hearing of the approach of a detachment of troops from Barano, and of National Guards from the neighboring village, they betook themselves to a precipitate retreat.
After hearing of such cannibal atrocities, how is it possible to show generosity to these wretches or to their employers?
How can we expect the common people to allow the brigands to pass on with impunity when they see them conveyed by the police?
The Carabineers have the greatest difficulty to defend the brigands from the fury of the people, when they are taking them to prison.
They are, in consequence, obliged to bring them into Naples
in the night.
Some of the brigands were followed by their wives."
Shocking as are the atrocities of the Neapolitan
brigands, they scarcely surpass those of Lincoln
's hirelings in ‘"civilized America."’