Caracciolo

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Caracciolo - I was VisIts or the DkaO fn 31871 I At aapleA...
I was VisIts or the DkaO fn 31871 I At aapleA when au Italiad corvette, the Amirale Carac iolo, was launched f a CasUllamare. The vessel was christened. 'bf th Countess Teresi Caracciolo, the-daughter the-daughter the-daughter of th chie of the elder branch of the faracciola I was stayln j at Naples as the; guibsf; of the young lady's father, and I hea(-d hea(-d hea(-d fitdi him a very re. markibl story connecjtedwith the death of the ' u lfortunate officer if honor of i whoa memo 7 the vessel was ' named. Tb cjreumi stance i which led to tb execution of Prince Franc co Caracciolo in! 1799 ire well known; I shs 11 merely statel tfteref ore, that he was i ondemned by i 4 court-martial; court-martial; court-martial; composed composed of Sicilian officer.:, td be hanged at the v&rd-arm v&rd-arm v&rd-arm of the: flag-ship flag-ship flag-ship for bearing amis i gainst hie Uwful; sovereign. When the offlcla. communication of the finding and sentence sentence if the court was brought to the Prince; he wa i explaining the s names and uses of the varioi s parts of the rigging to some young Neopo litan noblemen who happened to b on board the ship. A glance a tb letter was sufficient sufficient to show him its I content. He showed no sigp. ot emotion, buti requested the officer who brought th dispatch to wait for a few minutes wbil be flnlshedU his explanations. This being don, he retired: tov bis cabin ; and after a vain attempt I to get the sentence) changed to a more honorable manner of death, h resigned himself to; bis fate, which he u ht with great fortitude. Bom davs after the event the sling, who had been for ai afternoon s cruise on la Sicilian ship of-wa of-wa of-wa 1 outside the bay, 5was returning to Xsple i in the evening, jj It was a moon fight night, and tha sea was perfectly calm. 'Tbera was, t ideed, so little wind (hat it was difficult to ste r the; vessel. Tbe Ktagii waa sitting in the ba Icony pf the stem' cabin', watching the sea, ' rheu suddenly ha became aware that sotr.et ling was following the ship. As the object object '' Lose 'yiearer it wss easy to distinguish that ii wa the body of a man-! man-! man-! in an upright att.t-j att.t-j att.t-j le, as if treading water; and very soon the K ng was able to recognise the features of A Imiral Caracciolo. f His eve f were open uid seemed to be Died on tb :King, and, except for its t ghastly pallor, tho fac i as unchanged. ; Thf explanation was simple. Alter being submerged for some days th b:idy had become io buoyant that tb weigh :s attached to th feet were not auffl-cientl; auffl-cientl; auffl-cientl; r heavy to keep it pnder water; but they retain td it in an upright: position, and it was drawi along by the carrnti created by th move i nent of th ship. It is easy to imagin the he rror of Ferdinand at .what b believed to be i m apparition from another world. When at length it was explained to him what bad happened, he gave orders that a boat should be lowered and tbat th corpse should b brought on board and; taken to Naples for Christian burial. But thasuperatitious Sicilians dared 'not obey the royal command, and tha ship, rawing tp its wake the upright body of th Admiral, sailed slowly, into tb Bay of Naples. Here a boat's crew was obtained from an Eiglisb roan-of-warj roan-of-warj roan-of-warj roan-of-warj roan-of-warj who took the Admirals Admirals body ashore, where it was deposited in his own palace, and at length received the last rites df the church. A'ot and Quart.:

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 03 Jun 1883, Sun,
  3. Page 3

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