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MEETING OF THE ITALIANS IN .LONDON. On Monday night an adjourned meeting of the Italians resident in London was held at Farringdon- hall, Snow-hill; Signor Semenza in the chair. There was a very good attendance of Italians, the hall being quite full. The Chairman said the object of their meeting was to give every Italian in London who, owing to the distance, was not able to be present on the field of battle, an opportunity of aiding, by subscriptions in money, the war of Italian liberation (hear, hear). It was the duty of all Italians to assist in this noble and sacred, object. The motion which he had to submit was, That it is a strict and most sacred duty of every Italian to contribute by every means in his power to the movement of the whole nation for the emancipation of Venice." This was the resolution which he had to submit for their approval, and he was sure it would receive the assent of all. The emancipation of Venetia was a necessity for Italy, and would be a benefit to Europe. It would be a benefit to Italy, because when the Italian nation was constituted in its unity it would banish obscurantism and despotism, and enable Italy to march in the van of civilisation and humanity (cheers). It would benefit Europe, because until Venetia was Italian there could be no solid peace in Europe, and the taxpayers of Europe would be compelled to support 4,000,000 of armed men, as was the case now. They wished to put an end once for all to this state of things. They had an Italian regular army of 460,000 men; 50,000 young men, red- shirted volunteers, had placed themselves under the command of Ga.ribaldi-(enthusiastio ebeers)-90 bat- talions of the National Guard had been mobilised (hear). They had 550,000 men now ready to fight-no mean army (cheers). They had another 100,000 vo- lunteers who had inscribed their names, and another 50,000 National Guards who could be mobilised— 700,000 in all (cheers). Then they had the Italian fleet which, though not equal te those of England and France, was still respectable, and able, he believed, to cope with the Austrians (cheers). They had no de- sire to involve Europe in war, but they wished to see Italy independent and united. Let Italians have courage; let all contribute as best they could to the sacred cause. With the first battle won they would have Venice, and after Venice would come Rome (cheers). Their watchword in the meantimb must be union, con- cord, duty (cheers). Signor Saffi, in seconding the resolution, addressed the meeting in eloquent and stirring language. It was not now a time for words, but for action. Those of them who could not take part in action could at least subscribe. It was impossible for them to live in real peace as long as Venetia was in tha hands of the stranger. Brigandage was encouraged in the south in the interest of the foreigner and the reactionist, but with the first battle gained brigandage would disappear. The Venetian question once resolved, there would no longer be any pretext for violating the peace of Europe. But with Venetia attached to Italy, Italy would put herself at the head of progress and civilisa- tion (hear, hear). Let all then unite in heart and soul, by words and deeds-let all fraternise in this sacred cause, and lay the foundations from which would arise a great nation worthy of its anoient renown (ap- plause) The resolution was put and carried unanimously. Signor Serena proposed a resolution respecting the distribution of the fund, and denied the position that the Austrians had any right to Venice. Venice was made over to Austria by the treaty of Campo Formio. The Italians were not bound by that act of Na. poleon I. Signor Padovani seconded the resolution, and recom- mended that no money should be paid except to per- sons properly authorised to receive it, for he knew that persons had bees collecting money in the name of the committee (hear, hear). Dr. Baggi next addressed the meeting, and handed in a cheque for £20, with a promise of £ 20 more when the first gan was fired (cheers). A very liberal subscription was then entered into. Amongst the subscribers was Signor Chiaves, of Great Windmill-street, who subscribed XIOO, to be thus dis- tributed :-X20 to the first soldier who took a standard from the enemy; X40 to the families of the two first j ¡ soldiets of the commune of Villanova, near Asti, who I might fall on the field of battle; and X40 to the first ten wounded soldiers, of the same commune, who might stand most in need of aid; besides the cost of an outfit to any soldier who distinguished himself by some heroic deed in fight. The meeting was a most enthusiastic one. t | ♦ — |

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