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THE FALL OF CASTRO.

* 1 d ~ s Whether, as his friends contend, Presij dent CastroAvas a patriot and a genius, r or, as his enemies allege, he was merely c an unscrupulous adventurer and an ign norant braggart combined in one. there c seems to be no doubt that his fall is 3 final and irretrievable. It is difficult to t say whether his visit to Europe was due, s us lie professed, to the need for medical y advice, ot to a consciomiesss that lie h had nearly reached the and of his tether i in his own country. The Venezuelans y arc a Un'bulent people, and though they c seem to have admired Castro's boastful i- ■stU-a'S-sevtiveness and to have feared his c wrath, they were certainly tired of the 3 corruption and tyranny of his regime, v Almost as soon as his tack was turned t his enemies were plotting to overi throw him, and he had hai-dly c reached Berlin when a revolution broke r out in Caracas, aud he was formally i- superseded. Castro appears to have a played the game of "bluff" as well as ) possible, spending his ill-gotten wealth s lavishly and fulminating- dire threats as z to ujjiat would happen to. the rebels on ,- his return. But no Government is ever i! long- secure in tho South American re--8 .publics, and Castro's rule lacked all the i- essontial features of permanence and i stability. Ho hnd no organised army on 1 which ho could depend, aud he has not s Qnoug-li control or influence over his t people to justify him in touting himself v among % t>om again. Hβ will, therefore, hardly, vmtun jo dis-rojitrd the wjnifijjl

of the nevr GovernMent that he must ■aop land itt Venezuela. And though lie was undoubtedly a, picturesque and imposing; personality, we can. hardly doubt that- iiis disappearance from the American, stage will perceptibly clear the air and improve tos general prospects of progress and peace. On several occasions Castro's obstinate folly and his colossal egoism, have brought the Powers to the verge of war; and as the Americans have resolved irrevocably to maintain thq Monroe doctrine, it is distinctly to their advantage to have got bo dangerous and unreliable a personage entirely off their hands.

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THE FALL OF CASTRO. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 75, 29 March 1909

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