--The origin of General Turr
's mission to Caprera is the following, writes the Turin correspondent of a foreign journal: When the army of volunteers marched on Palermo
, the first movement was not fortunate, the Garibaldians having experienced a check at Parco.
They fell back on a hill in the forest called Di Briganti.
There the question was taken into consideration as to whether they should retire into the interior of the island towards Mont Gibel
, or whether a bold dash should be made on Palermo
This deliberation took place during the night, and Garibaldi
suddenly put an end to all doubt by pointing to a star in the north, and exclaiming, ‘"I see my star, it has never deceived me. Let us march on Palermo
."’ --Success crowned the undertaking.
His companions in arms afterwards remembered this circumstance of their expedition, and the survivors conceived the idea of symbolizing the fact by sending him a star in diamonds,