Italy's War for a Desert; Being Some Experiences of a War-Correspondent with the Italians in Tripoli

Italy's War for a Desert; Being Some Experiences of a War-Correspondent with the Italians in Tripoli

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...and two armed soldiers. The criers stopped every hundred yards or so and shouted out the proclamation at the top of their voices in some irregular kind of chant. "Chi non consegna subito tutte le armi e le munizioni alle autorita sera fusilato." (Whoever does not at once surrender to the authorities any arms and ammunition which he may have in his possession will be shot.) The natives were also told that they must be indoors before sunset, and must not appear on the street during the night on pain of being shot. Any one who did not halt when a sentinel said "Chi va la?" (Who goes there?) would be instantly fired on. All lights were to be extinguished. I sttofte-out, after supper, on the Marina, or seafront stTeet, and found the city like a cemetery. Not a native was in sight save a number of bootblacks, street-sweepers, beggars, and other homeless wanderers who slept inside some railings in front of the houses. Wrapped in their white garments and packed closely together, they looked like shrouded corpses awaiting burial. Whether asleep or not, they were certainly as still as dead men. They were afraid even to move. Patrols of soldiers and closs swung along the street every few minutes, - y old friend, the Censor, was accompanied by a soldier with a rifle. Two officers who passed me were accompanied by armed soldiers; and, in addition to that, they themselves had revolvers in their hands and had their fingers on the triggers. Every officer was accompanied at this time by an armed soldier, probably because a story had reached the Headquarters staff that an attempt would be made to suddenly assassinate all the Italian officers in the city. For the next few days no Italian, military or civil, passed a native in the bazaar or..."show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 182.88 x 241.3 x 12.7mm | 226.79g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236640837
  • 9781236640833