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GARIBALDI MEETING IN HYDE-PARK. GREA T RIOT. Three o'clock on Sunday afternoon having been the time fixed by the Working Men's Garibaldian Fund Committee for holding an open-air dpmonstration in Hyde-park, to express sympathy with Garibaldi, and to adopt a protest &gainst the French occupation of Rome, at that hour about 20,000 people had assembled, principally consisting of well-dressed artisans, with a good sprinkling :1 of the middle and other classes. A mound of earth, capable of accommodating about 200 persons, situate midway between Grosveiior gate and the Marble-arch, had been fixed upon as the platform from whence the speeches were to be made. A few minutes after S the committee made their appearance on the graand; bmt j'ist before their arrival the mound had been taken pos- session of by a mob of Iris'hmen and roughs, evidently bent on mischief. Immediately surrounding the mound was a mob of at least 500 Irish labourers, who protested vehemently they would not allow the meeting to be addressed from that spot, accompanied by three- cheers for the Pope. This cry was responded to by the great bulk of the meeting, with three cheers for Gari- baldi. The committee determined not to be thwarted, and, backed up by a large portion of the crowd, suc- ceeded, after a severe struggle, in obtaining a footing on the mound, amidst great cheering and considerable con- fusion. Mr. Wade Murray was called on to preside, and amidst the greatest uproar called upon Mr. Brad- laugh to move the first resolution. Oa Mr. Sradlaugh coming forward a deprrate rush was made by the Irish party, many of whom were armed with bludgeons, and the chairman, the speaker, and several members of the committee were thrown violently off the mound. The Garibaidians hereupon again lushed forward, and after some hard fighting again succeeded in r-instating the chairman in his position. The scene sow became alarming, it being evident that the partisan's sf the Pope were determined to stick at nothing to prevent the meet- j ing being held. Mr. Bradlaugh again essayed to speak, j but the continual f trcggle between the contending parties 1 to obt m possession of the mound rendered it a hopeless task, and be concluded by moving a resolution in accord- 1 ance with the objects of the meeting. — Mr. Glegg-camfiJjorj»cai:d.±o.seciiiul the resolution, but he had not uttered two words before tha 'Irishmen, re-ir- forced'fey several hundreds of the most desperate-looking ruffi ins, again succeeded in clearing tlia mound of the Garibaldian party. A fearful riot now ensued, each party -e-ucceeuing in turn in gaining possession of the mound. During the struggle sticks, umbrellas, and stones were freely used, and several persons were severel-v injured. The crowd bad doubled in numbers by this time, feat although the partisans of 'Garibaldi out- numbered by thousands their opponents, \hey were implored by the committee to remain "gu.ret, and let.! the onus of these disgraceful proceedings rest upon the Irish party. Some ,&1 the more ardent spirits, however, disregarded this advice, and the struggle was again re- i sumed with increased violence. At last the Irishmen, by the free use of the bludgeons, obtained full possession of the mound,; but not content with this victory, they com- menced throwing stones indiscriminately amongst the crowd, seriously injupjaig several persons. At this time j there were about 500 ef the lowest class of ilrish labourers on or about the mound; when a stone, thrown from amongst; them by,a big ruffianly-looking man in a (flannel jacket, struck a soldier of the guards violently on the breast.' The soldier, without a moment's hesitation, rushe d up tne ? mound, and darting into the midst of the Irishmen, singled out the man who had thrown the stone, and by a well- directed blow, felled him to the ground amidst the tre- menliouscheering of the crowd below. The-eoldier, in his turn, was set upon by aSozen of the ruffians, and was being severely handled when several of his cosM-ades in the crowd, followed by about twenty civilians, dashed up the mound, and after a severe fighting -of about five minutes dre ve the Irish off the mound and pursued them some distance across the park. There they were met by a body of police, who had been sent for, and several of the ringleaders having been pointed out they were taken into custody, and conveyed to the station-house, the soldiers being borne back in triumph on the shoulders of the crowd to the top of the mound, which was now again in .possession of the Garibaldi party. The secretary of the committee now stood forward, and announced that owing to the disgrace- ful riot which had been created .by the Irish party, the meeting would be adjourned until Sunday next, when the committee would be prepared to meet any similar attempt. This announcement was received with loud cheers, amidst which the committee declared the meeting dissolved. The excitement amongst the crowd oc- casioned by the conduct of the Irishmen had 'become by this time considerably increased, and under the leader- ship of the soldiers a large force was being organised by the Garibaldians, with the object of inflicting sum- mary chastisement upon the Irishmen, and a tremendous onslaught was on the eve of taking place, wiiih in all probability would have ended in serious injury, if not loss of life, when fortunately the rain, which had been some time threatening, came down in a complete deluge, speedily damping the ardour of both parties, and causing them to make their way out of the park as speedily as possible to any shelter obtainable. A large body of police came upon the ground at this time, but the rain had done the work even more effectually and with much less trouble than they could have accomplished it. It is due to the com- mittee convening the meeting to say that they took no part in the riot beyond the necessary struggling to main- tain their ground at the commencement of the business, and that had it not been for the conduct of the Irishmen the whole of the proceedings would have passed off in a quiet and orderly manner. There were a great many foreign and Catholic gentlemen present who loudly protested against the conduct of their misguided co- religionists. Five Irishmen were charged before Mr. Tyrwhitt at Marlborough-street Police-court, on Monday, in con- nection with the above riot, and the charges being proved, were mulcted in fines varying from 10s. to £5, or imprisonment from fourteen days to two months. —♦>

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