Chapter 96 [The Eureka Stockade, by Raffaello Carboni, 1855]

[Editor: This is a chapter from The Eureka Stockade by Raffaello Carboni. A glossary has been provided to explain various words and phrases that may be unfamiliar to modern readers.]


Est modus in rebus: sunt certi denique fines, quos ultrae,

Citraque nequit consistere rectum.

Have I anything more to say? Oh! yes, mate; a string of the realities of the things of this world.

Some one who had been spouting, stumping, and blathering — known as moral-force “starring” — in urbe et argo, for the benefit of the state prisoners, had for myself personally not humanity enough to attend to a simple request. He could afford to ride “on coachey,” I had to tramp my way to Ballaarat. I wished him to call at my tent on the Eureka, and see that my stretcher was ready for my weary limbs.

Full stop. My right hand shakes like a reed in a storm; my eyes swell from a flood of tears. I can control the bitterness of my heart, and say, “So far shalt thou go;” but I cannot control its ebb and flow: just now is springtide.

If I must again name a noble-hearted German, Carl Wiesenhavern, of the Prince Albert Hotel, who was my good Samaritan, I must also annex the following three documents, because my friends in Rome and Turin may take my wrongs too much to heart!

Raffaello Carboni. The Eureka Stockade: The Consequence of Some Pirates Wanting on Quarter-Deck a Rebellion, Public Library of South Australia, Adelaide, 1962 [facsimile of the 1855 edition], page 121

Editor’s notes:
Est modus in rebus: sunt certi denique fines, quos ultrae. Citraque nequit consistere rectum. = (Latin) “There’s a mean in every thing; and there are certain limits fixed, beyond or short of which virtue cannot subsist”, or “There is a mean in all things; and, moreover, certain limits on either side of which right cannot be found”; from “Satires”, Book 1 (section 1.1, lines 106-107), by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus, 65 BC – 8 BC)

urbe et argo = (Latin) “city and Argos” [presumably a classical reference, but one that has not been located, so it is unclear what Carboni is referring to here, although Argos is a city in Greece, as well as being a region (Argolis) in Greece, and a constellation in the southern hemisphere located between Canis Major and the Southern Cross, named after the hundred-eyed monster Argos (Argus) of Greek mythology; also, Argo was the name of the ship, designed by Argos (Argus), which carried Jason and the Argonauts of Greek legend]

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