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EXPULSION OF LADIES FROM ROME.

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EXPULSION OF LADIES FROM ROME. Last week we stated that three English ladies had been expelled from Rome. One of them turns out to be Miss Emily Cunliffe, aunt cf Sir Robert A. Cunnliffe, Bart, who had been staying at Rome for a length of time with her two companions. The correspondent of the Daily News, writing on the 30th ult., says:—Indignant sym- pathy has been excited in Rome by the unjustifiable treatment of three English ladies, single women, who are not relatives, but traveling together, and for the second time, I understand, spending the winter here. On Thurs- day last, between eleven and twelve at night, they were disturbed by a visit from three gendarmes and one police agent, who proceeded to a rigorous search of their lodgings, entering every room and inspecting every place where it was impossible any thing or person could be concealed, but not (as I am told) taking much notice of books or papers. On the Saturday the same sbirri, with the agent who had appeared before, came to ask for their passports, with a promise to return them in half an hour. After an interval a little longer, the passports were left with the servant at the door, each of those documents bearing an intimation, brief as possible, to quit Rome in twenty-four hours. Every accessible authority has been appealed to in vain. The ladies themselves went to the Governor of Rome, Mgr. Rundi, to ask the motive for this proceeding, and declare their resolve to obtain protection against such arbitrary interference. The prelate did not receive them in person, but merely sent word that the order would be enforced, failing to give any account of the cause that had provoked it. Mr Odo Russell and Mr Severn (our consul) have exerted themselves, and spoken both with the Governor and Cardinal Antonelli. The utmost concession at last obtained was a respite for another twenty-four hours. One of the ladies went with an English gentleman, an experienced and estimable person, who knows Rome well, to Cardinal Antonelli on Monday evening both were received with courtesy, but put off, finally, with evasive answers, his Eminence affecting at first to know nothing about the matter. It has since been ascertained that he himself signed the order, which Mgr. Rundi was bound to carry out; also, that the Pope, when appealed to, proved inexorable, assuming, it is said, such a tone as to justify the inference that he himself had been the originator of the proceedings. The period of forty-eight hours having expired yesterday morning, two of the ladies left for Naples. The other, the same who had the interview with the Cardinal, remains, according to the intention she intimated to Antonelli, being resolved to yield to nothing but constructive force. I am informed that, soon after the departurejof her companions, the sbirri came to inquire of the servants or landlady at her lodg- ings whether all three had left, and what was the reason that one lady still ventured to remain ? Otherwise, I under- stand the day passed, without further interference or espi- onage the latter agency, however, being of course possibly invisible. One rumour, among many circulated, that the ladies had been engaged in distributing unauthorized Italian Bibles, is, I am informed by those who know them, too remote from all probabilities, too foreign from their dispositions and wishes, to be worthy of refutation. No comment on such a proceeding is needed. A correspondent subsequently writes to the Globe "The names of the ladies so unceremoniously ordered to leave Rome at twenty-four hours' notice, without any reason being assigned for such an arbitrary proceeding on the part of his Holiness the Pope, are-Miss Emily Cunliffe, daughter of the late General Sir R. Cunliffe, and aunt of the present Sir R. Cunliffe, Bart. Miss Emily Greenstreet, daughter of the late General J. Greenstreet; and Miss Dawkins. The above ladies being quite inno- cent of any attempt at proselytizing or of disobeying any of the local regulations, the only glimmer of light which they can see to account for such an unprecedented occur- rence is in the fact that their lady's maid had become acquainted with an Italian of suspected Garibaldian proclivities The affair is creating much consternation amongst the English residents in the Eternal City." The two English ladies received an intimation, just as they were crossing the frontier, that they might return. A communication on the subject has now been made to Lord Clarendon. A correspondent says it is known that the order of expulsion proceeded direct from the Pope himself.

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