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tually. They were now about ten paces from the Piaggia gate. Whilst this altercation was going on, a common soldier of the artillery interfered, and called out to the hussar, 'Why don't you arrest them ? Com, mand us to arrest them !' Upon which the hussar gave the word to the guard at the gate, “Arrest-arrest them !' still continuing the same threatening gestures, and using language, if possible, more offensive and insulting
“ His Lordship, hearing the order given for their arrest, spurred on his horse, and one of the party did the same; and they succeeded in forcing their way through the soldiers, who flew to their musquets, and bayonets, whilst the gate was closed on the rest, together with the courier, who was foremost.
“ Mr. Trelawney now found his horse seized by the bridle by two soldiers, with their swords drawn, and himself furiously assaulted by the hussar, who made several cuts at him with his sabre, whilst the soldiers struck him about the thighs. He and his companions were all unarmed, and asked this madman the reason of his conduct; but his only reply was blows.
“ Mr. Shelley received a sabre-stroke on the head, which threw him off his horse. Captain Hay, endeavouring to parry a blow with a stick that he used as a whip, the edge of the weapon cut it in two, and he received a wound on his nose. The courier also suffered severely from several thrusts he received from the hussar and the rest of the soldiers. After all this, the hussar spurred on his horse, and took the road to the Lung' Arno.
“ When his Lordship reached his palace, he gave directions to his secretary to give immediate information to the police of what was going on; and, not seeing his companions come up, turned back towards the gate. On the way he met the hussar, who rode up to him, saying, 'Are you satisfied?' His Lordship, who knew nothing or hardly any thing of the affray that had taken place at the gate, answered, “No, I am not ! Tell me your name !'- Sergeant-Major Masi,' said he. One of his Lordship’s servants came up at the moment, and laid hold of the bridle of the Sergeant's horse. His Lordship commanded him to let it go ; when the Sergeant spurred his horse, and rushed through an immense crowd collected before the Lanfranchi palace, where, as was reported to them, he was wounded
and his chaco* found, but how or by whom they knew not, seeing that they were either in the rear or in their way home. They had further to depose that Captain Hay was confined to his house by reason of his wound; also that the courier had spit blood from the thrust he received in the breast, as might be proved by the evidence of the surgeons.”
There was also another deposition from a Mr. James Crawford. It stated that “ the dragoon would have drawn his sabre against Lord Byron, in the Lung' Arno, had it not been for the interposition of the servant ; and that Sergeant-Major Masi was knocked off his horse as he galloped past the Lanfranchi palace, Lord Byron and his servants being at a considerable distance therefrom at the time.”
* The cap worn by the hussars.
It appears that Sergeant-Major Masi was wounded with a pitchfork, and his life was for some time in danger ; but it was never known by whom the wound had been given. One of the Countess's servants, and two of Lord Byron's, were arrested and imprisoned. It was suspected by the police that, being Italians, and much attached to their master,* they had revenged his quarrel; but no proof was adduced to justify the suspicion.
* Lord Byron was the best of masters, and was perfectly adored by his servants. His kindness was extended even to their children. He liked them to have their families with them: and I remember one day, as we were entering the hall after our ride, meeting a little boy, of three or four years old, of the coachman's, whom he took up in his arms and presented with a ten-paul piece.