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THE EXECUTION OF VIDAURRI.

(From an American paper.) General Santiago Vidaurri, who was President of Maximilian's Board of Ministry and Secretary of the Treasury, was apprehended at 6 o'clock last Monday morning, in the house of an American gentleman by whom he had been secreted since the night of the 20th of June, through pity of his old age and kindness to AiueiLaus during the reign of terror of the monster Marqutz He was betrayed by a woman who was a former mistress, and became jealous on account of his having taken her daughter and discarded herself. It only varies fro ai the case of Menuez, who was betrayed by a public woman for the .pa*try sum of six doiiars, on account of their being an absence of a money consideration. The iamily by whom he was Deing hidden noticed that th,e police were closely scanning the house; and on < cSunday observed sentinels apparently posted at ail points of observation, aud so informed the General, who became greatly terrified at the danger. On Monday morning the inmates were startled at the sound of loud knockingsat the doors, and instantly divining its occasion, hastened to inform their guest. *They I then responded to the summons at the door, j opening winch* a party of soldiers entered I commanded by General Vasqucz, who ordered , the house to lie searched. Opening the door leaving into the room occupied by General j Vicauiri, he was discovered lying upon a lounge, calmly awaiting the approach of his ; captor . One of the party waiked up to him, anu louinianuea, in an insulting, brutish inau- | ntr, •' Vii-auni, get up !" lie obeyed, but to j receive a cruel blow from the butt of a heavy pistol, which sent him reeling upou the floor, it opes were brought lorwarci, and he was buu..d so tigh+iy as to cause blood to issue fVo.u h s hostiiis, and wring heartrending g.o,.ns floni the old man's lips. The soldiers tuiithiutu their brutal moik until a daughter of the gentleman who hau secreted him fell upon her kntes, anu with tears, begging the commanuing officer to comi)el his men to desist from jurtjitr torture of their prisoner. Agaiji and again'they bound him ; tighter, yet ; tighter, arewthe lopts, until even the officer's | heart was touched vwth pity, and he gave the orv.er to cease, which was met w.th a murmur from las man. liaif kicking and half ciraggi:.g hiiu into the street, he was hurried to the /jepuiaciotiy a large crowd of drunken Indians ana teperos following, shouting and ottering every specits or insult to his person. Arrivtd at tue general heau-quarter.s, he was told to prepare i'oc death, as he was to be shot within six hours, without even a trial or hearing. The brave old veteran received the announcement of bis anticipated doom with calmness and indifference, simply begging the privilege of once more embracing his boy. He was met - with the heartless reply that his request would not be granted, and that he could neither speak nor s.e any one but the officers and men detailtd as guard and executioners. General Sh.lighter, formerly of the Contlderate State* army, succeeded iv getting a respite for tour hours, with the permission to remain with the General until four p.m., the time set for the execution. When the coach containing the General arrived, Vidaurri stepped firmly .birth, dressed in black, ana with his eyes blinafolded. He was taken by the arm by one of the soldiers, and conducted to a seat within a few feet of the wall of the convent, his back to the guard and the people, and directed to kneel, 'i he spot chanced to be one not so thickly covered with tilth and excrement as other portious of that public privy, and he was ordered to rise, and led to another place a few feet away, where the old soldier again knelt; this time, where the disgusting brutality cf his murderers was fully gratined. The soldiers were drawn up behind him, the muzzles of their pieces within three teet of his back. The sergeant of the guard silently raised his sword, the muskets were levelled; another slight niovement of the officer's weapon, and the clang of six shots rang out over the still scene, and the form before them fell forward a life- , less, bidding mass. As if determined to add , stiil further indignity to the Wing who wag now stiffening in death, a soldier stepped forward, and placing his rifle to his head, blew it Ito an unsightly mass. The housetops were densely crowned,, while the streets were clicked for blocks .by the thousands who. had gathered to-, witness the slaughter. The body was permitted to remain as it fell, until after all the troops filed past and viewed the remains of the "old traitor," the band playing a polka, and many of the spectators laughinff and pily chatting. -7

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THE EXECUTION OF VIDAURRI., Wanganui Herald, Volume I, Issue 161, 6 December 1867

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THE EXECUTION OF VIDAURRI. Wanganui Herald, Volume I, Issue 161, 6 December 1867

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