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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 11, 1912, Image 7

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"DIAZ'S IRON MAN" EXILE
FROM LAND HE RULED
While rebels are confiscating
his property, killing his cattle and
threatening his 3,000 peons with
death unless they join the rebel
army, Gen. Luis Terrazas, several
times governor of Chihuahua, po
litical confident and military ad
viser to fprmer President Diaz,
quietly sits day after day in his
room at the Hotel Virginia, Long
Beach, Cal., an exile from his
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Luis Terrazas.
country'and guarded by detec
tives. Gen. Terrazzas is reputed to be
the wealthiest man in Mexico,
and for fifty years was familiarly
known as "Diaz's Iron Man."
But a few yea'rs ago Diaz and
Terrazzas were the most power
ful and popular men in the south
ern republic. Today Diaz is an
exile in France, and Terazzas
may not return to the state where
he ruled with an iron hand for"
many years.
Gen. Terrazzas, a dozen mem
bers of his immediate family and
a retinue of servants "and attend
ants departed from the Terrazzas
mansion at Chihuahua a few days
after Gen. Pascual Orozco and
his rebel followers took the field
against Madero several ' weeks
ago.
The general seldom leaves his
room and only then when accom
panied by a special bodyguard.
His secretary is with him at all
hours of the day and night, acts
as his interpreter and attends to
the details of his vast business
and realty holdings.
"I would like to see my old
friend Diaz in the president's
chair," he said recently, "but I
know he will never return to his
native land until conditions are
more peaceful."
"What is your opinion of Ma
dero?" he was asked.
"He "begs you to excuse him
from answering that question,'"
replied his secretary. "He would
like to say something about Ma
dero, but thinks it bestiot at this
time."
"Is it true that you are the'
wealthiest man in Mexico?"
The interpreter put the ques
tion to the general who smiled
and chuckled.
"The general wishes to say that
before he left Chihuahua he was7a
very rich man with vast proper
ties, but he doesn't know whether''
he will find them there when he
goes back. The rebels are- quar
tered on his estate and have de-
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