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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 rnlMMaii i four SL Jill u 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- hMl -- " - "-"""