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THE ROCK" ISIiAND ARGUS, MONDAY. MARCH 10, 1913.
Gen. Huerta of Mexico
la all the r,c years of his life the
moot dramatic moment that ever oc- '
curred to Vlctor'aa Huerta until the -Tuesday
when ae was suddenly made j
president pro tern of the republic of
Mexico rtme two years ago, when he
was hastily summoned ono morning to
the palace by his generalissimo, Por-1
flrio Diaz, says Richard Barry in the !
New York Times. I
He was reoeived in the hall of am- ;
Lassauors, a lor.g, narrow room used
for state receptions, and one of the
few p'ares In the paiac reached by
only one door, and thus free from in
terruption. He found the aged pres!- !
dent alone, as brief as ever In his
words, but with certain gentleness In !
Ms voice, w hich the commander of the '
army had not noticed before.
It was the day before Diaz left for'
Vera Cruz, whence he was to sail for
Europe, and he had summoned Huerta
to announce to him his decision to
cult. Mexico forever. His hand had be
come too 'ndrra for the ruling of the
most tempestuous people in the west
ern hmifpf T . and h nar reading,
without quailing, the handwriting on
D'az's pech to Huerta at that mo
ment, as repored to he present wrlt
r by a clot-e frend of th new presi
dent, wss as fo lows:
"I am taking the only step poss1
ble for the jesce of Mexico, and I have
on'y one regret, my frlnd that Is. 1
that a military man is not to take my
Xlare. od !one cttn tell what the
future, will brlr:? forth. As for you,
who have been always faithful, remem
ber this: Ycr.i sr a soldier; obey; do
Cot qvestloti j uthnrlt . Iur rlcroufiy
prosecute every order tha.. is given you
"You are rf Chs piil-pe' P.em m-b'-T
tha'. If tv. of ii:a;i'l" -pec do
"t't give good arswi-r for Uieir train
ias then, i;d-ic Is our nation faith
The tears came Into Huert-a'e eyes.
He prostrated himself and kissed the
band of the nation's exalted ruler,
who was about to pass forever from
the scene of his conquests. He said
nothing He made no remonstrance,
by word or look. He was at that mo
ment as he had been from childhood.
a soldier from hair to beels.
'cate In the hearts of his army. Diaz i
never had any delusions about the
secret of his hold on his people. He
' well knew It to be military, and he
never, except toward the very last.
was remiss In his cultivation of the
strength of his army.
One of hi chief military plans was
the establishment and maintenance of
the military school at Chapultepec.
It was the Mexican West Point, There
Dtas had assembled the best instruc-
The picture of the parting of these tors obtainable for the subjects re-
two gains more significance If we quired In the training of. a moaern
pause to consider what the men stood ' soldier.
for. Diaz, the half-Indtan adventurer, I Theoretically the students at Cha
had scrambled from obscurity and ' pultepec were chosen as are the stopover-
to a place in history which dents at West Point one from each of
ranks him as one of the handful of the congressional districts throughout
surpassingly great men of the 19th the republic and as a result or com
rentuT.v. Without education, without petltive examination. But like other
training, without observation of the ' things In Mexico practice and theory
ways of other nations, and with only ! went far from hand in hand. The Mex
th hard school of experience for his : leans have the best constitution and
guide, he had tempered his govern-1 the worst government In the world,
ment to the peculiar character of his Dial personally selected the stu
people and had welded them Into a '.dents for the Chapultepec school,
cohesive mass. Curioualy his preference was always
Huerta. by every right of heritage, ! for the aristocrat Nothing pleased
should have been of an opposite type, jhim more than to learn that the young
Of an excellent family, bearing In his j scion of some ancient house was de
veirs nnb Spanish blood, associated sirous of entering Chapultepec.
from childhood with the most cultur- Thus. 38 years ago, when Diaz was
ed circles of the republic, one might informed that the 18-year-old Vlctorl
have expected from him some slight ano. son of the Huertas of Chihuahua,
satisfaction at the downfall of one desired to become a soldier, he did
whom all his class had always consld- , not hesitate a moment, but signed lm
ered an interloper. mediately an order for his entrance to
Yet Huerta, the aristocrat, had al- the military academy, despite the fact
ways been a loyal follower of Diaz, 'bat the district from which he caaie
the plebeian. Huerta. the cultured, ' already had three representatives In
bad always been devoted to Diaz, the j Chapultepec.
unlettered. I Huerta served his four school years
Th" explanation lies !n the fact that : passably well. He was neither at tb
both were hern pnldiers and Huerta ' head nor the foot of his class. He
rccogni7ed in I.az the essence of that
rr'.rtf which he. all his li'e. had as
siduously cultivated an Instant obe
d'epre to ( rvi.-t jtuted authority.
In reminding Huerta that he was "of
Chapultepec." Diaz was appealing to
the best of the martial spirit which he
li.id been at lifelong pains to incul-
was graduated with honors, being
I about about the lUh in a class of near
' ly 100, and immediately went to Join
a regiment on the west coast.
! The entire history of the new presi-
dent is that of a regular army officer
and with none of the deviations from
strict military duty which mar the
MEXICO'S IRON' HULER CARRIES OX WORK OF RECONSTRUCTION';
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Tuesday and Wednesday
March 11th and 12th
An invitation is cordially
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history of nearly every other officer In fives such stores of money and clothes
the country. ' and food and wine and tobacco as had
Orozco rose from the ranks. Blan- accumulated since the last visit,
quet is an adventurer, who was ap- "s not. here n the United
pointed to a military position because j States at the present day, when Back
that seemed the easiest way to pre-! er Is not yet 6ilent In his cell, Bhudder
ivent h's becoming a bandit. Zapata, jat tfae treachery and brutality of such
Is an out-and-out bandit, and Magon a;a compact. In principle It is no dif
revolutionarv socialist. i ferent when the parties are Mexican
Of all the men who have risen to handlta and officers of the regular
Mexican army man wnen tney are
the top in tha present upheaval in
Mexico. Felix Diaz and Huerta, alone,
are of the regular army, and possess
military records of which any soldier
'. misht be proud. Reyes, who complet
ed the trinity, was killed, and he was
over 70 years old anyway,
i Karly in his career Huerta gave the
I alert eye of Porfirio Diaz an opportu
nity to rake his measure and it was
I not to his disadvantage. He had ris-
n. through slow promotions, to the
irpnit o! lieutenant-colonel and was
i charge of
Manhattan policemen and gamblers.
Zegaza was not at all surprised to
have Huerta. accept his proposition
and to receive in return for the prom
ised information an assurance that a
share of whatever loot fell to the ban
dits should be left for the soldiers at I
an appointed place. In fact, had Huer
ta not accepted it. it is not likely that
he would have returned alive to Ma-
outspoken in his admiration for and his
loyalty to Porfirio Diaz.
While never relaxing his attention
to his duties as a soldier, and every
day fulfilling punctually the routine
necessary in the position he held,
Huerta, at the same time, has for 20
years been engaged in cattle raising
atd lead mining on his family estates,
and he has more than doubled a for
ti.ne which became his when he was
SO. It is said that he annually ships
over 3,000 head of cattle to Chicago'
In this way he has had constant,
business relations with American
houses, and those who have dealt with
him describe him as a high type of
Castillian business man, courteous in
his dealings, prompt in his deliveries
and punctilious in his accounts.
Because of his extreme loyalty to
-according to the
Ten days later Huerta sent word to ! niaz- which was k,lown and wide"
that he would he awav from ! '-v rommemea on, u, was quite gener-
Mexico ( . . .
tion is in pnKret.H in the city and the ;
republic of Mexico The iron rule of
Pnu iniotial Prt-sidi-iit Huerta and '
Generals lua. and HlHti'iuet is rrutthing !
where it does not hinooth over The ;
enforced qiii tni. of dictatorial rule. ',
whiih alone Mexico can 11 t i I i 'stuiid, is
rei'la ing tii.. tiitnuli of Hi- Maiiero re
gime and the hiiN'qilelit lt'M'l lt I'Mi I
In Mexico C " 1 1 . peace leit- The
bull fights are an lurpely attended as
ver There are no visible biRtis of
I'euth, howexer. xtill lurks fcnmi.v
lu the nhmlow t, mid ream n.cnieiiUjes
v here leuit expect d.
There still are shattered buildii'gf
end wreke sta'uen. evidence of tii
rd tit i!as w lien rebel touch federal
1ft, and national imbue aiswi'iid
einl in tbetnlet'i.i; ciintion:ide and
tiiriek of f h i i ; 1 1 I Th del ris has
1 r n i':rerl anil lui'.d i r.j;ss are be.
i'lg slowly fBtnred
There hm been. too. the prensonie
i:n'oed t;i?K f cle::r;nR frotn the
(tret!" 'be bod!' of the 'lead. F r
:!it il.-yj ftrr tbe trlunij'h of the
H'.:ort'n! the hr,rrible ork of coi
lectirg and burnlnc boles wont on
a staUon In Matanzas. far,the gratlon on thp following Thursday, i all-v supposed when Madero came into
from the capital. There Prompiy on Thursday the bandits i Pwer that Huerta would join the
cer in wTioru he had not implicit con- j
There was no ht;ria! lor these unnam
ed vicuna of civil strife T!; work
was 'iia' of 'he scavei'cer. rather than
: hat of tli- r.t:dertjk r. '.fex'io's Foul
y'iil is ;lio soi l .'. :h" saiax:1.
In the vari'v.rs Fta-. 'xcerriup So
nera ;:i the north, rbe'lin aca!n?t
the new repime is rapidly Fimrr.frinR
down to a politic submission. Rebel
leaders are perceiving that wisdom is
tin better part of vaior, and that ad
herence to the glayer of Madero prom
ises more ultima;? comfort than an
adobe wall glarinp in the fierce sun-
. feh'ne and firing squad of unfeeling
' federal rurales.
i Huerta was barely 3n when this In-
ci'ient occurred. One afternoon while
I be was riding, with an escort of but
j three men. through a mountain pass In
(the vicinity of his station, six or sev-
len masked men stepped from the road
side and covered his !!ttle party.
Naturally they threw i:p their hands.
The highwaymen proved to be mem-1
' hers nf the band of Flores Zegaza.1
jthe bandl who V.ppt the community'
Ion the feather edpe it was his habit
. to descend 01 the towns alone the
jeoTst and tevy t.M when-er bttnger ,
I or caprice impelled him to do so. Huer-j
ta scon stood in front of Zegiza's hut. i
an adobe dwelling, much dilapidated.!
j rur up the mountain.
There Zegnza ina'le 'he proposition
which was not at all unusual in Mexico
then, and which is in fart, quite the
;vrene today. He proposed that Huer
tn shruld ker him informed as to
tbe days when the military force would
be niarch'ip in a direction opposite
frcm he town. On such days Ze
gaza would make It a point to call with
his followers, and collect from the na-
1"",r", ' " ' voi'o-i.. 111 i Promptly on Thursday
Pio, s couiu easuy De natcnea ana uiaz , rode into ,nft town confident ther(,
was Icath to leave in charge any offl-1 .,H n o,; f,
the sporadic popguns of the over-fright-
:ened storekeepers. As thy turned in-
:to the main street, discharging their
' revolvers to frighten everyone away, j
a squad of Huerta's soldiers c losed in j
I on their rear, and another squad ap-
peareil in their frunt.
' Huerta had double-crossed the;
' A number of Zegaza's men were
revolutionists. Some even believed
that he would go into exile with his
On the contrary, Huerta became Ma
dero's most effective weapon in his
efforts to quell the various insurrec
tions which have broken out repeat
ledly during the last two years. Doubt-
less he was remembering the parting
)al). 'words of his old master given him
1 1 bat spring morning in the hall of the
Mexico lne otnpr nana, iiueria, w no nau
' bitterly fought Madero back to the
about to say Hoyle
Huerta required that Tasmraln be
advanced to the presidency, while he
himself was appointed to the portfo
lio of foreign affairs. Then, after M
minutes, he accepted the congressional
appointment, to the presidency. And
all of this was quite In accordance with
the constitution, and Is no very great
violence to Diaz's parting injunction;
at least, it is not a great departure for
Whether Hirerta can accomplish
more in the presidency than he could,
first under Iiaz and then under Ma
dero, remains to be seen. He will
have no larger a military force and no
more loyal an army than he iihd then.
Cnder both presidents he was the com
mander In chief of the Mexican regular
army. To those who object that be
has no experience as a statesman. It
may well be replied that the chief vir
tues required of a Mexican president,
at the present time ,are military vir
tues. It was rumored months ago that
Huerla was planning just the very
coup d'etat which arrived recently,
apparently without his direct effort.
It was said that on the lfith of last
September, the day of rhe celebration
of Mexican independence from Spain,
lie would attack the garrison at, Juarez
and make himself president.
When Madero faced him with this
rumor, Huerta was exceedinglv scorn
ful. "I am no Orozco," was his reply, and
evidently he meant it.
Yet the moment arrived when even
the most obedient of Roldiers found It
necessary to rise above the career for
which the republic had been training,
him through a generation.
killed in the street Tho remainder urozco, w no naa Deen Mauero s cuiei
with the bandit chief himself, surren- staff in the revolution which swept,
riered A week later Zeeaza was shot I him ' the presidency, turned against
i., iho ..i.orti r.f tho attuehori ' him when he w as most needed, and is
to the station The report of the nf-! still in revolt In the north of Sonora.
fair that went to Ihe Citv of
said that he "had attempted to
cape." it was the venerable Mexican j very gates of the City of Mexico, once.
! excuse, a cloak to cover anv crime, i Maaero nan neen amy consiiiuien
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! Such a man as Huerta had shown J "Remember that you are a soldier; 1(j 0ffer(Hi frpp of COKt to any wo.
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treachery and disloyalty.
"One whose honor rooted In dls-
O! nonor sioou; wnose ibuo, uniairnrui,
jkept is falsely true."
it was some time arter tnis mat
Huerta was called to the City of Mex
:o and offered his choice of positions
under the war department. Some
A. aver this opportunity was the reward
jjr . he gleaned from his disposal of Ze
jgaza: others declare that Huerta was
j chosen naturally, because of his tia-
Oi tive equipment, for his next post.
! This was that of the chief of the
O: geographical survey of the republic.
At any rate, it is certain that Huerta
i has often declared to his friends that
V this peaceful work was more to his
liking than any other in which he
For nearly ten years Huerta. who
i began the work as a lleutenant-colo-nel,
and emerged from it as a briga-
i riler.penoral wfrtit nn and down hark
!and forth across the republic, mak-
j ing complete surveys, which should
exist, for all time, as the basis of the
i government's hydrographic charts,
j The larger part of the time he spent
i in his very pleasant home in the City
of Mexico or on his estates in Chlhua-
O j hua, associating with the most cultured
': people in the country, a favorite at
Oi the palace ,and quite content to let
' political affairs take care of themselves.
O! It is not noted by any of his friends
that he ever expressed any more than
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