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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90
(1888-1889)

Central America,   pp. 77-171 PDF (40.3 MB)


Page 88


  88                        FOREIGN RELATIONS9.
  Salvador, the night of the 5th of September, reported in my No. 703, of
  the 13th of that month, was a part of the plan.
    After the failures referred to, the insurgent organizations have broken
  up and the forces have-dispersed ; it is believed that no more attempts
  will be made, as it is evident that the movement has met with no pop-
  ular respons;l or sympathy.
    The inclosures herewith contain the official and unofficial reports pub-
 lished by the Government and, I have no doubt, are trustworthy.
        I have, etc.,
                                                         HENRY C. HALL.
    fInclosure 1 in No. 729.-Translation.--SUpplement to "El Guatenalteco,"
28th October, 1887.J
                            Public tranquillity amsured.
   The public is already aware that a party of bandits, led by Mariano Pineda,
Jorge
 Zepeda, Jos6 Arzdi and Juiirez, have been scouting through different places
of the
 departments of Guatemala, Sanlta Rosa, and Jalapa, closely followed up by
the forces
 of the Government, meeting with no sympathy in any of the villages and hamlets
 through which they passed; but, on the contrary, finding that in those same
locali-
 ties the inhabitants were arming with the purpose of capturing them they
Were
 compelled fo disperse; some went-in the directi]on of Alzatate to reach
from thence
 the Soledad Mountain, others presented themselves to the chiefs of the Government
 forces sent in their pursuit.
   Among those who fled to the mountain were the above-mentioned four chiefs,
but
 the Indians of Alzatate pursued them closely and captured two; the others
were
 compelled to leave the neighborhood; the chiefs, considering themselves
lost and being
 destitute of all resources, decided to take refuge in the territory of Salvador;
with
 that object they fled in the direction of Jutiapa and, in passing Tasajera,
were cap-
 tured by the commandant, Pedro Cambara.
   Last night they were conducted toĆ½ headquarters at Jutiapa, where
they will be
 tried according to military laws.
 While the Government was giving its orders in regard to the foregoing a
dispatch
 came from the telegraph operator of Huehuetenangoreporting that the garrison
was
 attacked and that a lively firing against the military quarters was going
on. A few
 moments later he amplified his dispatch stating, that Colonel Don Vicente
Castahaeda,
 with forces of Chiantla, a neighboring town, was the attacking party ; an
hour and
 a half later the following telegram was received:
                                           "HUEHUETENANGO, October 27,1887.
 " To the President :
    At 7p. m. Don Vicente Castafieda invaded this place, was repulsed by
the twenty-
five men of the garrison, and retired after two hours firing ; we lost on
ourside, killed,
a lieutenant and two soldiers. The insurgents left a sublheutenant and three
sol-
diers, killed, and carried away others of their dead; they also left two
wounded
soldiers. We had three soldiers wounded,
  "It wxas impossible to estimate the number of the force. Mariano Castefleda,
a rela-
tive of the chief, and two officers named Castellanos accompanied him.
                                                      "FRANCISCO FUENTES."l
  Telegraphic orders were given immediately to the commanders of Quezaltenango,
San Marcos, and Quichd, to march with their forces of upwards of two thousand
een
to the aid of Huehuetenango; order was re-established there, as in Chiantla,
when
Castefleda with fifteen other persons were captured.
  Cisstefieda's treason has the double stain of having been false to his
military duties,
iniasmnuch as he was in the active service of a Government which had treated
him
wi li all kinds of Consideration, and of having reciprocated With base ingratitude
the
social importance and the promotions which General Barillas had given him.
  The affairs of Palencia and Htuehuetenango demonstrate once more that the
tow~ns
of the Republic will not now rise up as in former times at the voice of the
first ambi-
tions leader who would make them the instruments of his ignoble designs.
The
Government aplplauds the conduct of the several chiefs, the troops and inhabitants
of the Orient and Occident, who have contributed to the maintenance of public
order
and have severely punished those who attempted to subvert it.


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