Charles VIII on his way to Naples, taking advantage of being allowed to pass through Florence, entered the city at the head of his troops, and with lance in hand, claimed to have acquired sovereignty. When the proclamation was read, Pietro Capponi, the ruling prince snatched and tore the paper, saying to the astonished king--"You may order your trumpets and we will ring our bells."--This produced the desired effect. Charles thought that Capponi would not have dared to make use of such language without being sure of his power, and after a treaty favorable to Florence, the king passed on to Naples. [P. 5.]
Catalogue of the First Exhibition of Paintings, Statuary and other Works of Art, by the Rhode Island Art Association, at Westminster Hall, Providence, September, 1854. Single Admission 25 cts.; Tickets for the Current Week 50 cts.; Season Tickets, $1. Providence: Knowles, Anthony & Co., Printers. 1854.