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CHAPTEE

1840-1805.

XIII.

REPUBLIC OF GUATEMALA

PRESIDENT RIVERA PAZ CARRERA S COURSE PRETENDED SEDITION DISSO LUTION OF THE ASSEMBLY A CONSEJO CONSTITUYENTE CREATED CARRKUA BECOMES PRESIDENT ATTEMPT AGAINST HIS LIFE REVOLT OF MONTERROSA CARRERA s DESPOTISM TlIE REPUBLIC ESTABLISHED RELATIONS WITH OTHER POWERS REVOLUTION OF THE MOUNTAIN CON STITUENT ASSEMBLY CONVENED CARRERA S FORCED RESIGNATION AND EXILE LIBKRALS TRIUMPHANT THEIR SQUABBLES AND DISINTEGRATION TlIK MODERADO PARTY REVOLUTION OF LOS ALTOS INTRIGUES OF THE SERVILES PRESIDENCIES OF MARTINEZ AND ESCOBAR CAUSES OF THEIR RESIGNATIONS PAREDES RECALL OF CARRERA DEEDS OF VEN GEANCE CARRERA AGAIN PRESIDENT PARTIAL RESTORATION OF PEACE.

CARRERA had become

so inflated

by

flattery that he

1 He tried Guatemala, and even all Central America. to shake off aristocratic control, and showed pugnaciousness toward the assembly and the administrator of the diocese. Obedience not being in every instance to his whims, he threatened, in August 1840, to given resign the command of the troops, which he held with 2 The aristocrats were the rank of lieutenant-general. much alarmed, and the assembly, in flattering terms,

actually believed himself able to govern upon instinct

He now appeared declined accepting the resignation. in the roles of financier, political economist, and enemy of the nobles, presuming to dictate a policy for the protection of manufactures, agriculture, and other

1 At this time, in 1840, he could neither read nor write, and used, for ap pending his signature, a stamp. Later he learned to sign his name. 2 He sent his resignation to the assembly, implying that it was conde scension on his part to lay it before that body, as he owed his position directly

to the votes of the people
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REIGN OF DESPOTISM.
Interests.

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His displeasure with the nobles was be 3 cause he believed them hostile to the masses. They managed to mollify him, and he then contented him
with issuing a long address, on the 9th of October, reiterating his anxiety for the general welfare, and remonstrating against the intrigues of his personal
self

enemies.

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reign of despotism was now established, which Liberal laws were continued upwards of thirty years. abrogated one after another, and retrogressive ones substituted, including a complete restoration to the clergy of the fueros they had been deprived of by the Can-era s enmity to liberal cortes of Spain in 1820. the assembly became more apparent from day to day. He showed it by word, and by the press. 5 He could not write a line, but others wrote for him, and printed 6 Jose Francisco articles appeared over his name. Barrundia had returned from his exile, and had been chosen a deputy, but he resigned on the llth of March, Indeed, 1842, giving powerful reasons for his course. Barrundia would have been out of place in a body mostly made up of ultramontane priests, self-styled
nobles,

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and

reactionists.

3 He was wrathful at the thought that they had tendered a dictatorship to He did not forget Ri Morazaii, anil enlisted the Quezaltecs against himself. vera Paz proclamations calling him a bandit and an antropofayo. He asked for the meaning of this last word, and on. being told it, ilew into a rage which threatened a repetition of the horrid scenes of Quezaltenango. Mont ufar, liesena Hixt., iii. 512. 4 He referred to Pavon, Batres, and Aycinena. It was evident that he then knew of Juan. Fermin Ayciiiena s bargain in Madrid which made him

He had brought it from Quezaltenango. 6 Several deputies, under one pretext or another, tried to resign, but only the clergyman Lorenzana was permitted to do so. Tempxky s Journey, 34150. man named Andrade slightly wounded Carrera in the evening of Aug. 8, He was murdered by the troops, and Carrera, with the assent of the 1841. govt, had the body quartered in the presence of hundreds of persons, and the The order for so doing was pieces placed on exhibition at the city gates. signed by Rivera Paz, and his minister Viteri, afterward bishop of Salvador. /(/., 541-8; Gnat., Gac. Ofic., no. 22, 86-7; Dunlops Cent. Am., 248; Nouv. Annales Voy., xcii. 375; lies Reg., Ixi. 177.

marques de Aycinena. 5 His press was called Imprenta del Ejercito.

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promised, he said, to remain in private life. His voice would be unheeded. Without freedom or influence, he could no longer do the coun try any good. Ningun pensamiento hay aceptable en la critica complicaciou de sus negocios, y en el movimiento retrdtrrado que se le ha dado. Montufar> Ulit.. iii. 528-9; Gac. de 8afa t Oct. 12, 1854.
7

He had

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so exhausted that the assembly
its clerks.

The treasury was had no means to pay
coffers

But the

ecclesiastical

had an abundance of money from the tithes tax, and Carrera s troops had to be paid, or he would This was made evident in Sep resent the neglect. tember 1844. Rivera Paz, the president, with the utmost difficulties, managed to procure money for the pay of the soldiers from day to day; but for some
reason unexplained, it did not reach them. Carrera found a way to secure his ends. He had a conference with some of his officers, and the result was that the battalion of regular troops revolted on the 20th, and sacked a number of shops, and the stalls in the market
place, getting an abundant supply and ruining several 8 traders. Carrera then gathered his soldiers in the

barracks, and in order to keep up appearances, the next day without much ado or any form of trial, had
six

men

shot.

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Kivera Paz, finding his position unbearable, resigned The assembly accepted his resignation, to take effect after his successor should be appointed, and Carrera was chosen, but declined the office. qualify. Venancio Lopez and Bernardino Lernus, appointed in the order named, followed his example. Kivera Paz had to remain as nominal head of the government, Carrera being the actual ruler, whose demands clashed with the fiery-tempered Viteri, minister of state. They had a serious quarrel, which culminated in the arrest by Carrera, on the 7th of December, 1841, of Rivera Paz, together with Viteri and his subordinates. 10
it.

Rivera Paz did not escape insult; but not more than Carrera deemed him humble. The Gaceta, no. 173, mentioned that number. Others made it larger. The Indian chief Ricardo Catzum and others on their way to the place of exe cution, in loud tones declared that they had only obeyed their general s orders. 10 Carrera had threatened Viteri with la fuerza, and the latter answered that he had on his side la fuerza de la razon. Carrera understood this to mean cannons and muskets, and rushing out to the plaza came back soon alter with troops and artillery, surrounded the government house then oppo site the Santa Rosa church and furiously entered the buiMiug, demanding of Rivera Paz to show him his forces. Viteri then explained the meaning of fuerza de la razon. Montufar, licscila J/lst., iii. 53G-7. Squier, Travel*, ii. 443 describes something similar as done by Carrera to the assembly.
needful to keep
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SANGUINARY

POLITICS.
force,

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But
was

after explanations
restored.

he retired his

and calm

the refusal of Carre ra to accept the presidency resigned by Rivera Paz, December 14, 1841, the councillor Venancio Lopez was called upon 11 The lieutenant-general asked to assume the office. for a passport to leave Guatemala, his object being His plan only to obtain more honors and money. seems to have succeeded. 12 Lopez gave up the pres idency, and Rivera Paz for the third time, on the 14th
of

On

May, 1842, was appointed to fill it. The assembly adjourned on the 4th of November,

But 1843, to meet again on the 1st of April, 1844. Carrera had resolved to suppress it, and pretending an intended seditious movement at Pinula, he had the supposed rebels fired upon, and the criminal farce ended with a simulated capitulation at Guadalupe on the llth of March, 1844, by which the assembly was set aside, and a council of government was to take its
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place.

The assembly was convoked,

ratified its

own

dishonor, gave the government full power to regulate administrative affairs, and decreed its own dissolu 14 The decree convoking members for the new tion. 15 council was issued on the 2Gth of April, and it was formally installed on the 8th of December, having

members a number of liberals. Rivera Paz the presidency, 16 and Carrera was chosen his resigned successor, assuming on the llth of December an office that he had virtually controlled since the 13th of April, 1839. At the election of justices of the supreme 17 The consejo, or court, the nobles were defeated.

among

its

11 Lopez was a Nicaraguan educated in Guat., an honorable man and an ac complished jurist; but owing to bad health, personal habits, and other causes,

was

unfit for the executive office.

The assembly considered a bill granting him large tracts of land, The constitution to be framed was to be ratified by the first subsequent council of double the no. of representatives. The doc. had 12 articles. Guat. y
12

13

Inf. Pavon, 2-5; files Reg., Ixvi. 242.

U 0n the 14th

of

March, 1844. Guat., Kerop. Ley.,

i.

114-16.

Consejo constituyente it was first called; afterward it adopted the name of congreso constituyente. 10 Being appointed early in 1849 corregidor of Jutiapa; while on his way there he was murdered with others. 17 They had counted on Carrera s aid, and he failed them, for which they again at their secret conference;* reauplied to him the name antropo/iigo*

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congreso, as it had begun to call itself, became an ob ject of bitter enmity on the part of the aristocrats and

overthrow was also contem plated by them, pretending cooperation with the lib erals for its accomplishment. The plan fell through before maturity, owing to distrust between the leaders of the two parties. Carrera was informed of his the confession of a dying man, but never danger by
serviles;

and Carrera

s

18 penetrated to the sources of the plot. During Car rera s absence from the capital on furlough in Feb ruary 1845, Joaquin Duran occupying the executive chair, a revolt took place, headed by Monterrosa and an officer named Mendez, but not being seconded by the people, they entered into a capitulation with Duran to leave the city, on his solemnly pledging them that they would not be molested. They accordingly went out on the 5th as promised, and on the next day Sotero Carrera, A. Solares, and Vicente Cruz entered at the head of their respective forces. Carrera ar 10 rived afterward, and was received in triumph. At the expiration of his furlough Carrera reassumed the reigns of government. Joaquin Duran resigned the portfolio of treasury and war, being succeeded by

Brigadier Geronimo Paiz. The state was now virtually under the control of a triumvirate composed of Rafael and Sotero Carrera, and Paiz. 20 The subsequent res ignation of Minister Najera and appointment of Joso Antonio Azinitia inspired a little confidence. 21 The 18 A number of persons were blindly persecuted, particularly Brigadier
Monterrosa and his family. Barrundia, Rev. de
send
19

los

Partidos, in Montufar, lie-

JIi*t., iv.

662.

Duran s pledges went for nothing. Blood and extermination ended the drama of Feb. 1845. /(/., 663-9; Duiilop s Cent. Am., 244-7. The most despotic captain-generals of the colonial period, without excep
Bar ting the tyrant Bustamante, are not to be compared with these men. rundia, in trying to console the young men who bewailed the condition of the country, assured them that it was transitory, uii regimen salvaje en pleno La luz nos siglo XIX. 110 puede ser perpetuo en la America independieiite. viene por el Norte y por el Stir; solo el centro esta en tinieblas, y esa iioche
liigubre no puede ser eterna. Montufar, ReseFui lli*t., v. 9. 21 Azinitia was an enlightened man, and thirsted for no one s blood; but his influence, outside of the foreign department, was small, and men, unheard an 1 untried, were shot before his eyes, without his being able to prevent it. His friends claimed, however, that through him Guat. was spared many more
u;ts of barbarity.

CONSTITUTION AND CONGRESS

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constituent congress passed liberal laws, and issued a constitution on the 16th of September, 1845, that did not suit the aristocrats, and they made it an ob 22 The congress closed ject of ridicule and contempt. Carrera its session on the 21st of the same month. had obtained another leave of absence, and Brigadier

new

Vicente Cruz, the vice-president chosen by congress, assumed the executive office. 23 The aristocrats kept a strict watch on Cruz, and breathed more freely when Carrera with his ministers Paiz and Azmitia were The succeed again at the head of the government. on the 1st of February, 184G, rejected ing congress the constitution framed the previous year, and author ized the government to call another constituent con This was the result, not only of aristocratic gress. intrigue, but of violent threats on the part of Car rera and his minions against all attempting to sanction the act of the desorganizadores to undermine his
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power. Carrera and Paiz, aided by Sotero Carrera, correCitizens gidor of La Antigua, now ruled supreme.

had no protection unless they approved of every act. During the funeral services of Archbishop Casaus a plot was made to assassinate Carrera, which failed, and the conspirators were seized and tried. Those who had powerful friends were sent into exile the rest had
;

to perish in the

damp dungeons

of the fort.

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Guatemala, in view of the political change resulting from the dissolution of the federal compact, decreed by her assembly, on the 14th of November, 1843, a
22 It consisted of 222 articles, and was drawn up at Quezaltenango; it came to nothing. Pineda de Mont., in Guat., Recop. Let/., i. S(J 23 Cruz had risen with Carrera, but had a mild disposition, and was liberalminded. He learned erelong that the people had nothing to expect from the aristocrats.

Barrundia left an account of all the proceedings. One man only, Jose Gandara, had the courage to back his convictions and vote for the constitu
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tion.
20

lop s Cent.

The plan hau been to shoot him as he came out Am., 248; Iris Expan., Dec. 12, 1840.

of the cathedral.

Dun-

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new coat

of arms for the state. On the 6th of April, the government was empowered to make in the 1857, coat of arms such changes as it might deem judicious, but preserving the inscription, Guatimalse Respublica

The change sub Dei Optimi Maximi protectione. law of was decreed on the 31st of May, 1858. 27 March 14, 1851, confirmed in that of May 31, 1858,

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establishes the national flag. The national independence of

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Guatemala was ere long recognized by foreign powers, with which she 29

The opened diplomatic relations and made treaties. formal recognition by Spain took, place in the treaty of May 29, 18G3, subsequently ratified by both gov ernments. Guatemala has endeavored to maintain relations with all. With the United States friendly have been quite cordial. During Carrera s rule they
government gave recognition to the imperial re 30 During the South gime of Maximilian in Mexico. American struggle between Chile on one side, and Peru and Bolivia on the other, Guatemala maintained herself neutral. She accepted in 1881 the invitation of the United States government to be represented
his
26 The arms to be those Cent. Am. used on the obverse side of her coin, but so arranged that the sun and volcanoes should be in the centre of a shield, with the inscription, Guatemala en Ceiitro America, 15 de Setiembre de 1821, having in the quiver an olive crown. 27 A shield divided transversely into two quarters; the upper one on an open field azure with vertical bars argent; and the lower with three volcanoes on a light sky-blue field. Over the shield was a sun, and on each side of it two flags with the national colors displayed, and the extremities gathered downward, and knotted on the poles. On the right side of the shield is an oak bough, and on the left, one of laurel. On a white waving ribbon is the legend in golden letters, Guatimalse Respublica sub D. 0. M. protectione. 28 The man-of-war flag has the coat of arms on the yellow stripe. The mercantile flag does not show the coat of arms. The flag consists of seven stripes; the uppermost and lowermost, or be it the 1st and 7th, blue; the 2d and 6th white; the 3d and 5th red; and the 4th, which is the centre one, yellow. Gnat., Recop. Ley., i. 55-8; Dublan and Lozano, Lctj. Alex., vi. 119New 20; Mcx., Col Ley. Ord., 1850-1; i. 388-9; Max., Ley., 1851, 307-9. national flag decreed Aug. 17, 1871. Guat., Recop. Leges, Gob. Democ., i. 9. 29 With France, March 8, 1848, and one for the settlement of French claims, Aug. 18, 1854; Costa R., March 10, 1848; G. Britain, Feb. 20, 1849; U. 8., March 20, 1849; Belgium, Apr. 1849; Mex., Nov. 1850; the pope, Oct. 7,

1852; Peru, 1857; and others in later times. It tried to avoid entanglements in Crodty x Events in Cat., MS., 103. the questions then pending between Spain and Peru. The time came, how iti 1875, when the was not afraid to make recognition of Cuba ever, govt then in the throes of revolution for independence from Spain as a nation.
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American congress to be held in Wash In that same but which did not take place. ington, to the maltreatment of a French citizen, year, owing a difficulty arose with France, but it was amicably settled, the French flag being saluted, and a pecuniary 31 compensation allowed by Guatemala.
the 8th of April the official journal gave to the public a decree appointing Pedro Molina, Alejandro Marure, and J. M. Urruela a committee to frame a 82 constitution for the new republic, a project of which

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they presented in due time; but, though conservative, 33 The self-styled the government would not adopt it. nobles were delighted with their republic, and made it appear in the official paper that the people in the departments were equally so. But a scarcity of breadattributed by many to the contrivances of monopolists, created disturbances in some districts, Certain taxes were tem alarming the government.
stuffs,

porarily removed, and other measures were adopted 34 to alleviate the distress. In May there was a revolutionary movement in 35 Sacatepequez. Robbery and murder became of fre

quent occurrence in several departments.
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The gov-

Full particulars on the foreign relations may be found in Guat., Rccop. Ley., i. 303-81, 423-30; Id., Gob. Dem., i. 209-19; Squiers Trav., ii. 451-2; Annals Brit. Lef^., 18G6, 333; Guat., Gac., Feb. 21, March 7, May 3, 1850; July 29, 1853; Jan. 27, Apr. 7, 1854; Comm. Pel. Flaggs Kept., i. 792; Dei-e cho Intern. Mex., 2,1 pt, 325-8; Mex., Mem. Rel., 1851, 10-11; Dublan and Lozano, Leg. Mex., v. 755-7; Nic. Corr. 1st., May 1, June 1, Aug. 1, 1849; Id., Gac. Ojic., Feb. 25, 1854; Aug. 4, 1806; Costa R., Gac,, Feb. 13, March 13, June 10, 1854; Salv., Gac., Jan. 13, 1854; Crosby s Events in CaL, MS., 90-5, 102-4; Rocha,, Cod. Nic., i. 141-5; Salv., Diario Ofic., Apr. 20, Sept. 9, 1875; Guat., Mem. Rcl, 1882, 26-7, and annex 8; La Estrella de Occid., Dee. 2, 1864. 32 Molina accepted this trust believing Minister Azmitia, with whom the committee would have to treat directly, was a liberal; but Azmitia was not such, nor would the aristocrats have permitted him to control the situation. 33 Molina accepted, under the pressure of circumstances, a number of clauses opposed to his own opinions, thinking that a conservative constitution would be better than an unbridled dictatorship. 31 Some of the measures being imprudently executed only increased the trouble. To make matters worse, the monopoly of aguardiente in the depart ments of Guat., Sacatepequez, Escuintla, and Amatitlan, was given to a single company, in consideration of money advances to the treasury. Carrera was supposed to share in the profits. 3a The Indians rose against the ladinos, who deprived them of their lands, and forced them to work at raising grain.

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ernment saw a serious revolution at hand, and made It tried, however, to show that efforts to meet it. was not disturbed. 36 All measures the public peace to check the revolution were unavailing, and the pol
icy of the rulers of Salvador made the condition of affairs more alarming to Carrera and his supporters.

Their

political

opponents now thought the overthrow

His counsellors of the tyrant was not far distant. him to call a constituent congress, and pro advised
visionally place the executive office in the hands of The de Vice-president Cruz, to which he acceded.
issued, and Cruz assumed the presidency on the 25th of January. 37 Niijera and Azmitia retired, which indicated a change

cree for

summoning the congress was

This greatly exercised the reactionists, of policy. and the ayuntamiento of Guatemala, on the 4th of February, urgently begged Carrera to resume his office, whereupon Cruz threw it up, and the former He organized a new cab took the chair at once. 38 the personnel of which was a challenge to the inet, whole liberal party, which thereby was roused to The first act of the government was to revoke action. All hope the decree calling the constituent assembly. of reform was now given up. The revolution went on, and notwithstanding occa sional reverses made much headway, Serapio Cruz, a brother of the vice-president, and an estimable man and experienced soldier, taking sides with the mountaineers. The government was sinking under the weight of its depravity; and yet in those moments of despair, it Molina was arrested struck a blow at its opponents. similar order was issued on the 10th of May.

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La tranquilidad continua inalterable. Guat., Gac. Ofic., Aug. 14, 1847. The archbishop was asked to instruct his priests to preach obedience to the authorities and laws; and with the view of winning the good- will of the Do minicans the govt restored them the large hacienda of Palencia, which had been theirs prior to 1829. The property had fallen into Carrera s hands by
donation from the government, and now, in order to restore
it

36

to the friars, it

was bought from him at
a?

Carrera Foreign relations, Jose Mariano Rodriguez; government, Luis Batres; treasury and war, Jose Najera.
38

price. s decrees of Jan. 12 and 22, 1848.

his

own

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against Barrundia, but he escaped the clutches of the sbirri, first giving the government his mind in the 39 Album, which publication was of course suppressed. Together with Molina were conveyed to the fort Jose Marino Vidaurre and the printer Luciano Luna. An order of the court of first instance, issued at the peti tion of Molina s wife, was treated with contempt by Palomo Yaldez, acting comandante of the depart ment, who merely said that Molina had been imprisoned upon a verbal order of the president. The prisoners were released after some time of suffering in the dun The Gaceta repeatedly contained geons of the fort. abusive remarks against the republicans of France. The French consul demanded a retraction, and not being heeded, struck his flag and discontinued rela 40 tions with the government. The position of the government was daily becoming more untenable, when it concluded to call a constit uent assembly, to begin its labors on the 15th of 41 scandalous occurrence took place a few August. before the installation of the assembly, when the days comandante, Palomo Valdez, violently arrested the deputy M. Pineda de Mont, who was released at the demand of that body, but the perpetrator of the act went unpunished. Carrera made known his intention to resign 42 on the installation of the assembly, and the insurgent chief Francisco Carrillo tendered his submission to that body. The liberals could not expect to elect any

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39 His last words on that occasion were Queda al piiblico el serapiterno duo de la Revista y Gaceta, que daran solos la ley y seran. la esclusiva ilustracion de Guatemala. MontuJ ar, Rescila Hist., v. 444; Salv., One., Oct. 12, 854. It must be borne in mind that those two organs were edited by Pavon and Milla for the express purpose of upholding the ideas of the middle ages. 40 This affair was later settled, the assembly passing resolutions highly complimentary to France and her people, embodying also a desire to see the French flag again waving over the French consulate. A copy of the resolu tions was transmitted to the consul. The flag waved again and was saluted with 21 guns. Montufar, Resena Hist., v. 577; Niks Ixxiv. 142-3, 41516; NIC., Gac. Gob. Suprem., Dec. 9, 1848; El Hcraldo, Jan. 15, 1849. 41 The members were to be at the capital on the 1st of the month. Decree
:

]

Re<j.,

of

May

24, 1848.

42 This was done by the advice of Batres, who told him the liberal party would soon commit suicide, and he might then return in triumph.

Gnat., Recop. Ley.,

i.

121-36.

HIST. CENT. AM., VOL.

III.

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candidate of their own, and the reactionists, though having a working majority in the assembly, from motives of policy abstained from presenting one of their party; but they finally fixed upon a political nonentity, who was known to be in accord with Nufio and the revolutionists of Chiquirnula, named Juan Antonio Martinez, 43 believing that though a liberal he would not be antagonistic to their interests. The O assembly was installed on the 15th of August with Pedro Molina presiding, when Carrera sent in three 4 documents, one of which was his resignation/ which
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was accepted, no attempt being made to detain him, it was the general desire that he should leave the 46 45 Martinez was appointed his successor. country. The new president kept Carrera s officers in their commands. 47 His appointment did not satisfy the 48 chiefs of the revolution, and through commissioners they made known their demands, dated August 27th, 49 in 18 articles. The government rejected them, bub
as
in a decree requiring their submission offered certain terms, which in their turn were not accepted, and the

war went

on.

Colonel Nufio had made an arrangement with com missioners Duefias and Angulo of Salvador for the This organization of Los Altos as a separate state.
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44

A merchant or agent;
The other two were

his

he was sickly, and totally unfit for the position. message on gen. affairs, and his greeting to the

its installation. j\7e., Oac. Gob. Suprem,, Sept. 1(5, 1848; Salv., Gac. Ofic., Sept. 9, 1876; M.ontufar, Resena HIM., v. 470, 494-508. 45 His proscription was decreed on the 13th of Oct., 1848. Iteg. Cent. Ain., Jan. 29, 1850. He went to Chiapa, and the Mexican govt was requested not to let him cross the frontier. El Stylo, Jan. 10, 1851. 46 This was an unmerited slight to Vice-president Cruz, which he resented afterward. 47 His ministers were Manuel J. Dardon of the govt; Jose M. Vidaurre of

chamber on

treasury and war, and Luis Molina of foreign relations. 48 Francisco Carrillo, Serapio Cruz, Roberto Reyes, J. D. Nufio, and A.
"Perez.

49 The chief being the convocation of a new constituent assembly; the recognition of Los Altos as independent, efforts to restore the Central Am. republic, and meantime Guat., Salv., and Los Altos, to be under one govt; the revolutionary army to hold the capital and other important points; Rafael and Sotero Carrera and their agents to make good with their property all damages caused by them to private persons; objectionable persons to be ban ished, and the Brit, govt to be asked to recall Consul Chatfield.

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roused the aristocrats, and their spokesman, Andreu, made such broad statements in the chamber that the president accused him of falsehood, and closed the The affair widened the breach among discussion. Luis Molina now organized a third party, the liberals. that took the name of moderado, most of whose mem bers were from the liberal party and the latter was The aristocratic left an almost insignificant minority. 53 albeit divided in appearance, was really united. party,

Los ALTOS.

They were

disquieted, however, by the attitute of Salvador in upholding the independence of Los Altos, which had been organized as a state; 51 but did not despair of breaking up the friendship between the
liberals
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52 and the government of Salvador.

The

aris-

Their only division was in open and covert serviles. 51 A provisional govt was established at Quezaltenango on the 5th of Sept., 1848, consisting of a triumvirate; namely, Presbyter Fernando Antonio Davila, Rafael de la Torre, and Jose Velazco, with Manuel J. Fuentes as secretarygen. Id., 588-9; Guat., Gac., Sept. 22, 1848. 02 The nobles, aided by the clergy, surrounded the brothers Cruz, Molina undertook to dissuade Nufio, who was a very ignorant man.

and Luis

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work to have a motion made a liberal in the assembly for the confirmation of by Carre ra s decree of March 21, 1847, to create the re Such an act on the part of the public of Guatemala. liberals would alienate from them the support of the And yet Salvadorans, and reduce them to a nullity. Barrundia made the motion, 53 and it was received with a shout of applause, and passed on the 14th of Sep 54 This ratifi tember, with only two negative votes. cation was hailed with ringing of bells and salvos of
tocrats set themselves to
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artillery.

The revolutionists of TJOS Altos being defeated at San Andres, 55 were obliged to submit, but the situa tion of the government was made precarious by the defeat of Nufio by the brothers Cruz, who approached the capital. 56 Unable to negotiate peace, Martinez re signed the executive office, and Jose Bernardo Escobar succeeded him on the 28th of November. 57 The new president found all his plans antagonized by the aris
tocrats and riioderados, and the clergy especially mis 58 He might easily trusted him and his ministers. have dissolved the assembly, but the act would have

been repugnant to his principles. He concluded to but his resignation was not accepted. 59 Vicente retire, Cruz demanded the surrender of the capital, offering security for life and property, a few persons only ex53 The necessity of procuring money for the war, which could not be had except from partisans of the oligarchs, prompted it, as they made that act of ratification a sine qua non hefore loosening their purse-strings. ^Guat., Col. Ley., i. 77-9; Monlufar, Rcxena Hist., v. 584-5. Gandara and Pineda da Mont, the other liberals trying to persuade themselves that the separation would be only temporary. 5 Col M. Paredes. Gnat., Gac., Sept. 22, 1848; Id., Col Ley., 50-3; "By Gac. Gob. Suprem., Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 9, 1848; Montufar, Reseda Hixt.,
j\>.,

v.

000-8, 034-9.
00

The attempt to gain over Nufio to the side of the govt proving success he had been appointed coinandante general. On the other hand, Vicepresident Vicente Cruz, smarting under the slight put upon him by the selection of Martinez for pres., joined his brother Serapio in his armed contest
ful,

against the govt. Id.,
r>7

v. 555,

570-1, 588, 591.

Escobar was an orator, a true republican, and well disposed to deal fairly by all men, regardless of political affiliations. ^b His ministers were Revd Narciso Monterey, of govt; Basilio Porras, of relations; Mariano Galvez Irungaray, of treasury; and Manuel Jonama, an oLl retired officer of Morazan, of war. oy The two opposing parties had uot yet fixed upon his successor.

DEATH OF VICENTE CRUZ.
60

277

The negotiations for peace having failed, Escobar a second time sent in his resignation, and it was accepted, with marked disrespect on the part of the serviles and moderados. 61 Manuel Tejada was chosen president on the 30th of December, and de clined the honor. Mariano Paredes was then ap on the 1st of January, 1849, and took the pointed, oath which had been prepared by Paredes, but he soon
cepted.

perjured himself, following explicitly the advice of Luis Batres, and thus becoming a tool of the aristo 02 crats to bring back Carrera to power. Arrangements were made with the mountaineers, under which Brig adier Vicente Cruz, having recognized the govern 6 ment, entered Guatemala on the 9th of February. It was noticed, however, that Serapio Cruz and other chiefs remained outside. The men of Agustin Perez afterward committed several murders, and Vicente Cruz went against arid defeated them on the 20th of March, but while engaged in the pursuit was struck 64 by a bullet in the chest and fell dead. Carrera was known to be on the frontier, and Batres undertook to obtain the assent of the chiefs of the mountain for his return. Not all of them Cruz issuing a very sig assented, however, Serapio nificant manifesto. General Agustin Guzman, the
loyal liberal leader, well understood Batres aims, and having a force at Huehuetenango made a move on

Quezaltenango, defeating a large party of Indians, on
Arrivillagas, Vidaurre, Dardon, Barrundia, and Mar held responsible for the blood already spilled. large number of official docs, connected with the last two administra tion are given in Moutufar, Resefia Hist., v. 593-601, 611, 622-44, 695-715. 62 In forming his cabinet he slighted Luis Molina and his party. His ministers were Jose Mariano Rodriguez, Raymundo Arroyo, Jose M. Urruela, and Manuel Tejada. Arroyo was succeeded in Aug. by Pedro N. Arriaga, and Cerezo became min. of war. 63 The principal clauses were: the revolutionary forces to be incorporated with the army of the republic; Vicente Cerna to become general-in-chief of the army; elections of deputies to be made in unrepresented districts; dam ages caused private parties by the army to be paid by the government. 64 The aristocrats made a great display of regret at his death, but it was In eliminating him from the revo well known that they did not love him. lution, they had in view to weaken the latter, but still wanted it to continue as a means for Carrera s return.
60

The Molinas and

tinez,
61

who were

A

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the way, at San Bartolome. This move further cornplicated affairs, and Batres resolved to get rid of him 65 There were constant skirmishes on by subterfuge. the frontier, Carrera having under him a considerable number of Indians. 66 He finally reached Quezaltenango, and the assembly empowered the government
to institute measures for an active campaign. 67 On the 13th of April, just ten years after the occupation of
his second entry had been an Paredes swore to defend the city against 6S which oath he never intended to keep. Carrera, Major Victor Zavala, corregidor and comandante of Suchitepequez, made common cause with Carrera. Paredes, by the advice of Luis Batres and against the wishes of the liberal and moderado leaders, opened negotiations with Carrera, which resulted in the sub mission of the latter and his forces at Quezaltenango,

Guatemala by Carrera,

nounced.

6!)

whereupon it was decreed that all hostilities against him were to cease; the order forbidding his return was revoked, his rank of lieutenant-general was re stored, and finally he was given the command-in-chief of the army. The compact between the oligarchy and
Paredes made him believe the govt really intended to oppose Carrera. also pledged the govt to protect Los Altos, and provide for the advance ment of education and commerce in that region. Under such pledges Guz man placed himself and his Quezaltecs at the service of the govt ami pro ceeded to the capital. JHontufar, Itenefui Jlixt., v. 709-71.
65

He

Jan. 24th he wrote the govt from Ayuto that he was on his march to the capital, not to avenge, he said, the insults heaped upon him by Martinez The administration, or rake up by-gones, but to restore peace and justice. assembly, before which his letter was laid, adopted no resolution. 67 To raise a foreign loan of one million dollars; to procure troops from other friendly states; and if necessary to remove the capital. After granting such power the assembly adjourned, leaving in the city a comisioii perma(ili

nente.
68 His govt said that aid afforded to Carrera was treason under the decree of Oct. 13, 1848. Ministers Arroyo and Tejada in a manifesto assured the people of the government s best efforts to defeat his projects. Nic., Gac., March 17, 1849. It is astonishing that an ignorant man like Paredes could so easily hoodwink Luis Molina and the rest. They soon opened their eyes to see the falseness of the man they had elevated from the command of a bat talion to the chief magistracy, and who was on the point of consummating his Guzman saw through his plan, and escaped out of the city with a treachery. number of his Quezaltec officers and men, and succeeded in reaching Salva dor. He first joined the mountaineers, and aided them to take Jutiapa, but on seeing the outrages of Leon Raymundo, he left them in disgust. C9 Zavala was connected by blood and marriage with supporters of Car

rera

111

the aristocratic clique.

THE WAR OF
70

1850.

279

He assumed the com barbarism was consummated. mand on the 8th of August, and on that date and the 18th he issued proclamations conveying his purpose of restoring peace and order, and assuring the people 71 But the work of that he was free from hatred. vengeance soon began. Efforts were made to convene the assembly with the object in view of arresting the liberal deputies who voted for Carrera s proscription 2 in 1848, but many of them had fled, and only those remaining were confined in the fort by Carrera s order without remonstrance on the part of the president.
Such of It is also said that some persons were shot. the prisoners as did not crave Carrera s pardon were 73 forced to leave the country. The difference in the principles underlying the policy of the rulers of Guatemala and Salvador, and the bit
between them, brought about a 1850, in which Salvador, Honduras, arid the democrats of Nicaragua were allied against Guatoo O * mala. President Vasconcelos invaded Guatemala, 7
ter animosity existing

war

in

70

The

first

two decrees were

of

June 4th and

5th.

the 3d of Aug. Nic., Corr. 1st., July 1, Sept. 1. 1849; Monttifar, fiesena 1/ist., v. 779-80, 784-5. 71 He had come disposed to do his duty, he said. The ayuntamiento of duat. on the 10th of Aug. gave a banquet in honor of Carrera. The corregidor presided, having on his right Paredes, and on the left Carrera. Guat.,
the chief
Gac.,
72

command was on

His appointment to

Aug.

23, 1849.

to the govt before Carrera entered the city, and its representations remaining unheeded; it again on the 27th of July called the attention of the minister of government de manding requisite protection for the representatives. See Andres Dardon s letter ia Monttifar, Hexena Hint., v. 811-12. 7:5 Barrundia had gone to Salv. Luis Molina was now defeated, and had to go away. He wished to visit San. Salvador, but could not face Vasconce los, and went to Ahuachapan. Ex-president Escobar, who, as president of the assembly, signed the proscription act of Oct. 13, 1848, died in exile, poor and miserable; the two subscribing secretaries were Manuel Irungaray, whom Carrera caused to be shot some time afterward, and Lorenzo Montufar, the author and statesman. 71 Vasconcelos, president of Salv., Dec. 4, 1850, announced to his people that forces of Gautemala were about to invade the department of Sonsoiiate, M ith the view of inciting the inhabitants to rebel against their government. Again, Jan. 10, 1851, he sets forth the motives actuating the oligarchs, who had Carrera for their tool, and British Consul Chattield for their ally, which were to destroy Central American liberties, and to domineer over the other sections. Cent. Am. Pamph., vi. nos. 2 and 3. 75 The objective point was the city of Guat., which the allies felt sure of capturing, to judge from the context of a letter from Duena.3 to Vasconcelos of Jan. 20, 1851. Cent. Am. Pamph., iv. 110. 17

The comision permanente had represented the danger

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at the head of an allied force of Salvadorans, Hondurans, and Nicaraguans, but seems to have met with a signal defeat at the hands of an inferior force under

Carrera, near Arada, in Chiquimula, on the 2d of February, which compelled a precipitate retreat into Salvadoran territory. 76 Carrera then inarched across the line and established his headquarters in Santa

Ana. This move demanded vigorous measures on the part of Salvador for self-defence. 77 Carrera wrote the government of Salvador Febru
ary 22d, that, understanding it wished to make peace, but hesitated to propose it because of the presence of Guatemalan troops in Salvador, he would recross the 8 Yet the war contin line, starting on the next day.
ued, until a definitive treaty of peace between Guate mala and Salvador was concluded at Guatemala on the 17th of August, 1853, and ratified by Guatemala on the 14th of September. 79

The civil stiife raging in Guatemala led to differ ences with Honduras, whose government was accused of Recriminations favoring the rebels of the mountain. and border raids ensued, which culminated in a three years war between the two countries, Guatemala aid ing Guardiola and other enemies of Cabanas, the presi76 Carrera s report from the field contained the following incredible result: a loss on the part of the confederates of 528 killed, 200 prisoners, 1,000 mus kets, and 9,000 rounds of ammunition; while his casualties were only 20 killed and 42 wounded. That was probably one of his characteristic false hoods. The Salvadoran minister called it desgracia sensible aunque pequena. But Cerrera was promoted to be captain -general, and a memorial medal was

struck in honor of his victory. Frwli, Die Staaten, 98; Astaburuar/a, Cent. Am., 80-1; Salv., Man. Sec. Gen., 1821-5. 77 Feb. Gth, martial law was proclaimed; 13th, all men capable of bearing arms were called into service; those failing to obey, or aiding the invaders, were declared traitors; 22d, the assembly decreed a forced loan of 820,000 monthly during the continuance of the war. Nic., Cor. 1st., March 13, 1851;

Am. Pa/nph., iv. no. 1(5. return, however, if peaceful overtures were not made at once. Gnat., Boletin de Not.icins, March 1, 1851. 79 The commissioners were Manuel F. Pavoii for Guatemala, and Francisco Zaldivar for Salvador. It was a treaty of amity and commerce, calling also for extradition of army deserters and common criminals upon formal demand for them. Political refugees were to be made to live at a considerable dis tance from the frontier. Neither contracting party had to pay any pecuniary Omit., Recop. Ley., i. 431-3; Costa R. Gaccta, Sept. 10, 1853; indemnity. Jan. 30, 1854; Guat., Gaceta, Aug. 5, 1853.
Salv. Decreto, in Cent.
78

He would

t

REORGANIZATION OF GOVERNMENT.

281

dent of Honduras, in their attempts to overthrow the 80 At last a treaty was concluded at Guatemala on the 13th of February, 1856, which the govern 81 ment of Guatemala ratified on the 5th of April.
latter.

The

victorious aristocrats

now saw

their opportu

nity to reorganize the government under a system more in accordance with their ideas; that is to say, investing the executive with power to crush revolu
tion.

Paredes summoned the constituent assembly which had been called by Carrera s decree of May 24, 1848, and it was installed on the IGth of August, This body on the 19th of October adopted a 1851. new constitution under the title of Acta Constitutiva 82 de la liepublica de Guatemala, containing 18 articles.

80 Efforts were made by the sister states to avert a war, and even after it broke out Salvador continued her efforts. Preliminaries of peace had been agreed upon, and negotiations entered into at Cojutepeque by the two belliger ents, Salvador acting as mediator at the conferences; but this effort also failed because the commissioner at the last moment presented an ultimatum which neither Salvador nor Honduras deemed just. Hond., Gaceta Ofic., Oct. 30, Nov. 15, 30, Dec. 15, 1852; Id., Bolelin Ofic., Oct. 13, Nov. 11, Dec. 5, 1853; Perez, Mem. Hist. Rev. NIC., 18; Guat. Gaceta, July 8 to Nov. 11, 1853, passim; Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Sept. 22, 1854; Mic., Gaceta, Aug. 20, 1853; Feb.

28, 1854; Costti fi., Gaceta, Dec. 12, 1853; Jan. 7, 18, Feb. 24,

March

4,

1854;

EL Rol, Oct. 13, 1854; Feb. 21, March 7, 1855; Prelimin. de Paz, in Cent. Am. Pamph., i. no. 20; iv. no. 41. It seems from Guatemalan sources that the Hondurans invaded Guat., and were defeated at Atulapa July 12, 1853. Gnat., Boletin de JPfoticias, Aug. 5, 1853. 61 The commissioners being Pedro de Aycinena, min. of foreign affairs of This treaty bound the contracting Guat., and Florencio Castillo for Hond. parties to surrender deserters from either army, and common criminals, when were to be kept away from the frontier. No claimed. Political refugees pecuniary indemnity was stipulated. Guat., fiecop. Ley., i. 433-6; Guat., Gaecta,

Feb. 16, 1856.

for four years by a gen the house of representatives, the archbishop, He justices of the supreme court, and the members of the council of state. might be reflected. Before being placed in possession of the executive office, he was to be sworn by the archbishop who presided, for the occasion, over the house of representatives. The executive was clothed with almost abso lute powers, being authorized, among other things, to issue, in accord with the council of state, decrees having the force of law, to raise loans, declare war, make peace, ratify treaties, etc. In the event of his death or permanent disability, the executive duties devolved temporarily on the ministers in their order of seniority; and in default of them, on the members of the council; until the house of representatives, to be forthwith summoned, could meet and make a choice in general assembly. During temporary absences of the presi The council of dent, the government devolved on the council of ministers. state was formed of the cabinet ministers, eight members chosen by the con They held office for gress, and such others as the executive i.ii^ht appoint. this

Under

law the president was to be chosen
of

eral

assembly composed

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REPUBLIC OF GUATEMALA.
election of representa

Another decree regulated the
tives of the
83

church and other corporations in the

national congress. The constituent assembly having by the 18th ar ticle of the acta reserved to itself the right of choosing the president for the constitutional term from January 1, 1852, to January 1, 1856, chose the only possible 84 candidate, Rafael Carrera, who on the appointed day His reputation for assumed the executive office. courage, respect for the church, and other circum stances secured a firm support to his administration. On the 21st of October, 1854, Carrera was proclaimed by a general junta of superior authorities president 85 for life, and the house of representatives on the 29th of January, 1855, passed an act exempting the presi dent from all responsibility for the acts of his gov 86 This ernment, and devolving it on his ministers.
four years and might be reflected. The following functionaries might also be called by the executive to take part in the deliberations and vote, namely: the archbishops, bishops sojourning in the capital, regente of the supreme court, president of the ecclesiastical chapter, rector of the university, prior of the consulado, president of the sociedad econdmica, and comandante general. The house of representatives consisted of 55 deputies elected for four years. The cabinet ministers had seats in the house, which was to open its session Nov. 25th, and close it Jan. 31st. The administration of justice was in trusted to a supreme and lower courts. The former consisted of a regente, six justices, and one fiscal or attorney-general, all chosen by the congress for four years, one half being renewed every two years, but all might be reflected.
Gwit., liccop. Ley., i, 79-87; Astaburuaya, Cent. Am., 181-2; El Sitjlo, June 18, 1852; Squier s Cent. Am., 483. 83 Those of the judiciary, consulado, university, and sociedad econdmica. Gnat., Recop. Ley., i. 140-50. Salv., Gaceta, Oct. 31, 1851. K) This was the result of public meetings held in the departments by the priests, at which it was made to appear that it garrisons, officials, and parish pi was the will of the people that Carrera should be president for life, with the privilege of selecting his successor, and that other amendments should be made to the acta constitutiva, as permitted by its 15th art. It is understood that at the meeting of officials in the capital there was but one dissentient vote to the proposition. He had in a manifesto of June 22d expressed a weak objection to the proposed change, but it was evidently a preconcerted plan of the aristocrats and the military element. Gnat., Gaceta, May 12 to Sept. 15, 1854, passim; Guat., fiecop. Lei/., i. 87-90; Costa R., Gaceta, July 1-29, 1854; Id., Boletin Ofic., July 27, 1854; March 17, 1855; Carrera, Manifesto, in Cent. Am. Par/ip/i,., v. no. 21; Squiers Cent. Am., 514. Carrera before this re ceived honors from foreign governments; he was a knight grand cross of the papal order of St Gregory the Great; the same of the Mexican order of Uuad-

alupe;
Ley.,
fc

and knight commander
90.

of the Belgian order of Leopold.
still

Gnat., Itecop.

i.

This amendment conferred

larger powers on the president, and

CARRERA REX.

283

change was a near approach to the monarchical system, for which Carrera was supposed to have a decided 87 penchant. Notwithstanding the strong power thus in his hands, a revolt at Quezaltenango the placed next year almost overthrew him, requiring the use of all his forces to defeat it, at the expense of much dis It was only aster and a large number of executions. efforts that he succeeded after so many years by great
,

of warfare,

in

quieting

the revolted mountaineers.

This was accomplished only after peace had been His strong supporters, Man signed with Honduras. uel Francisco Pavon and Luis Batres, died, the former in 1855, and the latter in 18G2. 88 From this time, peace being finally restored, with only occasional and partial disturbances, the regime established with Carrera at its head was generally The republic took an active part in acquiesced in. the campaign against William Walker and his fili The services rendered by its busters in Nicaragua. forces will appear in the description of the operations
of that campaign in a separate chapter.

The year 1863 was inaugurated with another bloody war with Salvador, the details and consequences of which will be treated elsewhere. It is sufficient to say here that Guatemalan arms were successful, and Carrera s power became still more consolidated, and its supremacy was felt over the rest of Central Amer
ica.

He

ruled the country uninterruptedly

till

his

made the term of the representatives, and of the councillors chosen by them, seven years instead of four. 8 As he had no knowledge of the science of government, the direct man agement of public affairs was left to those supposed to possess it. Carrera did not govern; he merely represented the unity of government. Sin embargo tie bii voluntad The reform i] prevalecia en todo. Astahurumja, Cent. Am., 82. in regard to the presidential tenure was personal, and exclusively in favor of Carrera. Thus at his death the constitutional provision was restored, the minister of relations, Pedro de Aycinena, assuming the reins, and at once summoning the legislative body, which was de facto and de jure a return to constitutional order. Pineda de Mont,, Nota, in Gnat., Recap. Ley., i. 87. KS The govt decreed that their portraits should be placed in the hall of the council of state. Pavon s widow, Victoria Zehadua, got a pension of $900 a year. Guat., Recop, Ley., ii. (538-9; iii. 35 L

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REPUBLIC OF GUATEMALA.

death early in April 18G5.
military, and Carrera died

The highest

honors,

civic,
89

ecclesiastic, were paid to his remains. in the full conviction that he had been

the instrument of providence in saving society and good order in Guatemala. He had been so assured by his supporters, and had come to believe it, in the face of the fact that he had been guilty of heinous crimes and was notoriously immoral. 90 So die those who pass hence from the murderer s gallows under the banner of the cross, and with priestly consolation.
The government, whose temporary chief was Pedro de Aycineiia, as senior cabinet minister, decreed April 4ch that the funeral should take place on the 17th at 9 A. M., the remains to be interred in the cathedral church.
Uunt., Jtccop. Ley., iii. 351-2; A ic., Gaccta, Apr. 29, May G-20, 1805. 9J It has been asserted that even his ministers trembled for their lives when Carrera was in his cups. Though they knew he would commit outrages, they often induced him to visit the departments, in order to have a little
}>eace

*9

themselves.

SALVADOR.