Despujol’s decree produced consternation among Rizal’s friendsand partisans, but they soon overcome it. On the same night thatdecree appeared in the Gazette, a secret meeting was held in anaccesoria (apartment) on Azcarraga street. The apartment wasmodest, and its tenant was a nearsighted old man, inoffensive andsickly in appearance. His name was DeodatoArellano and his onlycompanions were his wife and a nephew, a daring young man teemingwith vitality, named Gregorio del Pilar. Deodato was a brother-in-law of Marcelo del Pilar, editor of La Solidaridad, and the copies of thisfortnightly magazine came consigned in his name.At the meeting there were only seven persons in all, including thetenant of the place, but among the seven was the fiery AndresBonifacio. They spoke in a low voice as if they were afraid to be heardor surprised. Only one sentiment animated all, and in a short time themeeting was adjourned after they had arrived at a solemn accord: tofound th Katipunan, an association of the sons of the people topromote the sepreration of the country from Spain.The Filipino League did not live long although it was backed by thename of Rizal. Not being steeped in the intimate feelings of thefounder, those who had obligated themselves to it, believing it to be anew instrument to ask peaceably for reforms from the government,considered it to useless and of little efficacy and gradually separatedfrom it to join the Katipunan, whose program seemed to them moredetermined, more resolute, and more daring in its aims.A week later Rizal arrived at Dapitan and was delivered in personby an officer in transport to the commander of the post, Don RicardoCarnicero, Captain of the Infantry.