Most Viewed

George Iii. On Punctuality
A Beggar's Wedding
A Gamekeeper's Daughter
A Child On Board
Navy Chaplains
Marie Antoinette
Dreaming
The Deaf And Dumb Mother
A Christmas Pudding Extraordinary
The Slave Trade


Least Viewed

Sheridan
Erskine
Spare Moments
The Wounded Sailor
Quartering
Gallant Daughter
Van Dyke
Countess De St. Belmont
The Sailor And The Actress
Johnson And Lord Elibank




Italian Peasant

Anecdotes Home




A great inundation having taken place in the north of
Italy, owing to an excessive fall of snow in the Alps, followed by a speedy
thaw, the river Adige carried off a bridge near Verona, all except the
middle part, on which was the house of the toll-gatherer, who thus, with
his whole family, remained imprisoned by the waves, and in momentary danger
of destruction. They were discovered from the bank, stretching forth their
hands, screaming, and imploring succour, while fragments of the only
remaining arch were continually dropping into the water. In this extreme
danger, a nobleman who was present, a Count of Pulverino, held out a purse
of a hundred sequins, as a reward to any adventurer who would take a boat
and deliver this unhappy family. But the danger of being borne down by the
rapidity of the current, or of being dashed against a fragment of the
bridge, was so great, that no one in the vast number of spectators had
courage enough to attempt the exploit. A peasant passing along enquired
what was going on, and was informed of the circumstances. Immediately
jumping into a boat, he, by strength of oars, gained the middle of the
river, brought his boat under the pile, and the whole family safely
descended by means of a rope. By a still more strenuous effort, and great
strength of arm, he brought the boat and family to shore. "Brave fellow!"
exclaimed the count, handing the purse to him, "here is your recompense."
"I shall never expose my life for money," answered the peasant; "my labour
is a sufficient livelihood for myself, my wife, and children. Give the
purse to this poor family, who have lost their all."

This incident has been admirably worked up in a German ballad by Buerger
(see the "Song of the Brave Man," in "Popular Ballads.")





Next: Countess de St. Belmont

Previous: A Dieppe Pilot



Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
ADD TO EBOOK


Viewed 2726





Random Anecdotes

Equality In Danger
The Stocks
Kean
A Benevolent Judge
Treated So Cavalierly
Dictionaries
An Uncarpeted House
Elucidation Of Facts In Court
A Tedious Preacher
The Kennedies
Garrick And Rich
Dunning
Frederick The Great
A Choice
Charles Lamb
Filial Affection
In July, 1849
Estimate Of Greatness
Edinburgh
A Gamekeeper's Daughter
Curran
Johnson And Lord Elibank
Quartering
Hanging Judge
The Price Of Bread