§ 644. The attempt on the Emperor by Orsini

19th century:
§644. The attempt on the Emperor by Orsini (1858.1.14): V-8.

Shall be released the live, mortal fire hidden,
Inside the globes horrible dread.
By night a city thrown into powder by a band,
The city on fire, the favourable enemy.

(Sera laissé le feu vif, mort caché,
Dedans les globes horrible espouventable
De nuict à classe cité en pouldre lasché,
La cité à feu, l’ennemy favorable.)

Keys to the reading:
Le feu vif, mort caché, dedans les globes: = Le feu vif, mortel caché dedans les globes (the live, mortal fire hidden inside the globes);

Espouventable: = espouvantable;

Shall be released the live, mortal fire hidden, Inside the globes horrible dread = The live, mortal fire hidden inside the globes shall be released horrible dread, as in “ What Orsini living had failed to bring about, he accomplished dead ”.

A city: Paris;

Classe: = a band, a group of persons;

Powder: = gunpowder.

Lasché: = laschée, because of the necessity of rhyming with caché, which is to modify le feu.

Shall be released the live, mortal fire hidden inside the globes horrible dread. By night a city thrown into powder by a band, the city on fire: « The Legislature, elected in June 1857, convened in November only for credentials and extended until January 18th, 1858, had not yet met when occurred the accident that seems to have changed the direction of the policy of Napoleon III. On January 14th, at half past eight in the evening, when the Emperor arrived by car at the Opera (then located in Montpensier Street), three bombs were thrown by hand next to his car and he was not attained, but in the packed crowd over 150 people were injured, eight died. It was the first attack by a chemical explosive, produced an impression of horror and exasperation.» (Seignobos, 1921a, p.275)

« The evening of the 14th of January, 1858, at the moment of the arrival of the emperor and empress at the opera, three explosions were heard. The police arrested four Italians, three of them were but instruments; the fourth, Orsini, was remarquable. His father had perished in 1831 in the insurrection against the pope in which Napoleon III and his elder brother had taken part. The son since his childhood had taken part in all the national Italian conspiracies. A profound impression was made on the audience when Jules Favre, by permission of the emperor, read aloud a letter addressed to the latter by Orsini. The criminal did not ask mercy for himself; he asked freedom for his unhappy country. He did not go so far as to demand that the blood of Frenchmen should be shed for the Italians, but only that France should interdict the support of Austria by Germany. Orsini and his accomplices were condemned to death on the 26th of February. Orsini was executed on the 14th of March, with one of his accomplices.» (HH, XIII, p.132-133).

The favourable enemy: « That war between Sardinia and Austria was merely a question of time became apparent to everyone toward the end of the fifties. Fortunately for Sardinia, Austria's position was an isolated one owing to the enmity which her attitude during the Crimean War had won for her from Russia, and her inborn jealousy and distrust of Prussia. It was not long before Russian men-of-war were to be seen in the Mediterranean, and Napoleon's efforts on behalf of France were no less successful. The cautious emperor Napoleon might not have been so ready to champion the weaker side had it not been for the attempt on his life made by Orsini. The emperor had once held close relations with the Italian patriots, had even been a member of an Italian secret society, and now, regarded by his former associates as a traitor to their cause, he was condemned by them to death. In February a letter written by Orsini was made public in which he adjured the emperor to restore to Italy the independence; to free it forever from the Austrian yoke. “ Without Italian independence, ” the letter closed, “ the peace of Europe, even your majesty's own safety is but an empty dream. Free my unhappy fatherland and the blessings of twenty-five million people will follow you into the next world. ” On the 13th of March Orsini and Fieri perished on the scaffold, the two remaining accomplices having been deported to America. The courage with which Orsini met death, and the love of country he manifested up to his last breath aroused universal sympathy. What Orsini living had failed to bring about, he accomplished dead. While the murderous attempt was made the pretext for robbing France of all freedom by means of the security law of the 28th of January, Napoleon in conjunction with Cavour — who with artful smoothness calmed his imperial associate's anger toward Italy, the hotbed of conspiracies — proceeded to carry out the wishes of Orsini. Several weeks later Cavour held a secret conference with Napoleon at which plans regarding Italy were perfected. “ Italy to be free as far as Adria; the whole of upper Italy to be united in a kingdom, France to be enlarged by the annexation of Savoy,” these were the terms agreed upon in the interview.» (HH, IX, p.603)

M. Dufresne (1995, p.82-83) proposed an interpretation of this quatrain which should be historically attested by the bombardment of the RAF [Royal Air Force] upon the city of Dresden on the night of February 13th, 1945. But, his is accompanied with an anachronism concerning the historical progress of fabrication of bombs.

The key word is “the globes”, which mean of course a spherical shape of bombs.

Now, the history of the development of bombs is resumed as follows: « A bomb is in general what is used in releasing from a plane. It is nearly streamlined in its outline and has wings on the tail in order that it is smoothly carried beneath the plane and falls steadily after release. The origin of bombs is said to be traced in the invention in the 19th century by a Russian chemist N. I. Kibal’chich with a view to assassination. In 1858, Felice Orsini of Italy became notorious when he projected the grenades he privately produced against the French Emperor Napoleon III. Modern bombs are first used in the Italiano-Turkish war (1911-1912), when Italy released from her planes in the beginning global bombs and afterwards ordinary cannonballs with wings. In the World War I, there appeared bombers and they made big bombs to be carried by planes.» (HDHJ, XI, p.1011)

Then, “the globes” should mean an old or primordial type of bombs, which are evidently out of date and of no use in the World War II.

And, in fact, the bomb confiscated after the crime in the hideout of one of the accomplices, apparently just semblable to those used by the accused, « consists in a hollow cylinder cast integral and brittle, composed of the two parts united by means of a pitch of screw wrought in the interior walls. It is 9.5 cm in height, 7.3 cm in diameter. The inside capacity is of 120 ml. Out of it has been extracted a little yellowish, fine, crystalline and heavy substance, which has proved to be pure mercury fulminate with no mixture. The extracted quantity of the substance forming the charge of the projectile was 130 g, occupying 84 ml, namely more than two thirds of the inside capacity.» « Each machine consisted in a sort of matallic pear, hollow, with very thick interior walls, a litte elongated. And they say that the bomb was disguised in a piece of taffeta.» (Torné-Chavigny, 1860, p.46-47)

Therefore, this quatrain cannot be referred to the event of the 20th century, but to that of the times when the bombs were on their openig stage of development.

As to the case of Orsini, cf. §633(VIII-43), §634(IV-65), §645(V-9), §646(V-10).
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