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The New Zealand Evangelist



Mazzini—one of their own exiles—thus describes his native land. “In Italy nothing speaks. Silence is the common law. The people are silent by reason of terror, the masters are silent from policy. Conspiracies, strife, persecution, vengeance, all exist, but make no noise; they excite neither applause nor complaint; one might fancy the very steps of the scaffold were spread with velvet, so little noise do heads make when they fall.”