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On the Verge of Revolt.


(Per R.M.B, Sonoma, at Auokland.) San Francisco, April 27 Despite the reports that have been systematically put m circulation, to the effect that the Republic of Guatemala ia m a peaceful condition, and that President Manuel Cabrera is secure on his throne, that country is declared, by passengers arriving yesterday on the steamer Costa Rica, to be on the verge of the greatest revolution ia the history of Central America, and that is a statement sufficientlyterrible to those persons familiar with the appalling outrages that have left their crimson stains upon the various Republics which form that part of the Continent. Even revolutions m the time of the Ezetas, m Salvador, will be surpassed m brutality and bloody intrigues by the civil war that seems certain to burst into flame m Guatemala, at one time the most progressive of the Central American nations. The men who arrived on the Costa Rica tell of startling conditions existing m all parts of Guatemala, and particularly m Guatemala city, the capital, where peace should be m evidence if there is any such thing m the country. In the great prison m Guatemala city, almost under the shadow of the President's house, and where that ruler cowers ia fear of his life, there are thousands of prisoners doing time, for no offence other than that they are not regarded as friendly to Cabrera, In this pitiable throng arĀ» many of tha country's best and richest citizens, under the hourly laah of brutal guards, as they are driven back aad forth, straining under loads of the water that is transferred from one big tank to another, only for the purpose of keeping the unhappy, and practically hopeless, prisoners at work. It is only the citizens of the Guatemala who are thus treated, and they have no resource, at least not now, but fearful is the revenge that will be taken by those who shall live to see the prospective revolution succeed. The men of Guatemala who sre suffeiing, and others who fear that they will be made to suffer if the present conditions are not soon mended, look with anxious eyes toward the border of Mexico, near the sea coast, where it is reported General Barrillos, once Guatemala's President, is recruiting a revolutionary army m and about the town of Tonala. It is a fact that Barrillos is there, and it is hardly le3S a fact that a body of men is gathering there for the purpose of overthrowing the Cabrera Government. Whatever the personal grievances of General Barrillos may be, he has the sympathy of the unorganised army of citi. Zens of Guatemala, who feel that they are on the brink of a political volcano, whose violent upheaval, terrible as it may be, oannot be long delayed. There is a rumour that Mexico is tacitly supporting Barrillos, but this is naturally denied by the Mexicans m towns near the Guatemala border.

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On the Verge of Revolt., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6572, 17 May 1905

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On the Verge of Revolt. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6572, 17 May 1905

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