Assassination of a South American General.
Mail news from Buenos Ayres reports an extraordinary tragedy which happened in that city in the latter part of June. A young man walking in the Calle Esmeralda at midday approached an old man and shouted to him : “I am the son of Commandant Casas, whom you killed ; now I am going to kill you.” He then fired two shots in rapid succession from a revolver, and his aged victim fell dead where he stood. The assassin made no attempt to escape, and was immediately arrested. He stated that his name was Jose Casas, and that ho had come from Monte Video for the express purpose of slaying this old man, who was none other than the notorious Ricardo Lopez Jordan, who about sixteen years ago ravaged the States of Entre Rios andCorrientesaud the countries bordering on Uruguay, massacring the inhabitants without mercy, and exacting from others enormous tribute, under the authority of his assumed dictatorship. The sanguinary Lopez Jordan, who called himself “ General,” because he commanded bands of troops who bad revolted against the National Government, captured a number of prisoners—amongst them the Commandant Casas, who was eventually executed by his orders. This was in 1873. The Commandant’s son, then a mere lad, waited, nursing feelings of revenge, until manhood should give him opportunity to give them effect. He has tried to procure the General’s punishment through the Government and through the Courts of Justice, but without success, for the amnesty which was proclaimed soon after Casas’s execution rendered the tyrant safe from the law. Baffled in these attempts, young Casas resolved to take the law into his own hands, went thither as recorded, and shot him in the street. Public opinion is almost entirely on Casas’s side, and it is more than probable he will be acquitted by the tribunal.
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Assassination of a South American General., Evening Star, Issue 8030, 5 October 1889, Supplement
Assassination of a South American General. Evening Star, Issue 8030, 5 October 1889, Supplement
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