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ASPECT 01 -ROME. The following is an extract from a private letter, written after a visit to Rome, by one who knows that city well:— '•Now I can give you my opinion of the state of Rome, and the impression it made on me. I should never have believed, if I had not seen it, that there were so very few people left. Through imprisoning and exiling no one seems left but a quantity of French soldiers, some priests, and quite the lower class of people but of the middle classes, once so numerous in Rome, you don't find any remains—they seem no longer to exist. The day before I started I had a long conversation with an English gentleman residing in Rome, and he told me that every day the Papal Government becomes more tyrannical, and that they are constantly imprisoning people on the slightest pretence, or on no pretence at all, and that the number of people in prison ia immense. He told me tuo that it is quite true that they drill, and when instructed they pack off and send by the railroad to Ceprano, men who join the brigands. The railroad to Naples was finished long ago, but sooner than open it the Government pays a large sum daily to the company who made it. If English families wish to go to Naples, by the railroad, the Government sends them, but gratis; and all this sooner than put themselves in communication with the C Regno d'ltalia.' At Marino (a rural district in the neighbourhood of Rome), there were stationed the Papal Zouaves. It seems they do not keep them. in Rome for fear they should come into collision with the French soldiers. These Zouaves are mostly French legitimists, Germans, Swiss, and Neopolitans. They are well paid, well fed, and well-dressed, and are entirely useless. They are commanded by a half-brother of. the Duke of Bordeaux. This gentleman has married a sister of the Duchess Salviati, nee Fitzjames. There are handsome men of the northern races amongst these Zouaves, and in the adjust- ment of their dress there is a greater display of the throat than is met with amongst the French Zouaves. The Pope has. besides a very few dirty dragoons at Castel Gandolfo. The gendarmes are ugly fellows, and very dirty and untidy; almost all displaying the Castelfidardo medal, which is singular looking enough. The King of Naples was living at Albano, in a very small house. He is an ugly, mean-looking fellow; we often saw him, and it is singular enough no one bows to him, not even the poorest contadino. ♦

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