Chapter XXVIII THE PATH LEADS DOWNWARD

IN Bogotá the news of Bolívar's coming threw Santander into the same confusion that had gripped Páez under similar circumstances. The Liberator was bringing soldiers with him. He had landed at Cartagena; and there Mariano Montilla, his old comrade of the early (lays in Madrid, who had been unswervingly loyal to him since their first dissensions, had greeted him with open arms and turned over his troops for the march to the capital. Now Bolívar was coming up the Magdalena, the scene of his first triumphs, and the people were acclaiming him all along the way. Santander grew more and more apprehensive. He even considered resigning his position and heading an armed revolution; but Soublette managed to talk him out of it. The alarm spread among all the enemies of the Liberator. The editor of El Conductor fled the city, and many of the government officials followed his example.

On the tenth of September Bolívar entered Bogotá. He embraced Santander and laughed at his obvious discomfiture. On the same day he was sworn in as President and appeared before the Congress and delivered a lengthy address, explaining all his actions in Venezuela and Perú, defending the expediency of his methods with Páez.

It was the same old story. In the compelling presence of the Liberator all dissension vanished at once, differences were forgotten and the people united once more in his support. There was nothing of fear in that strange surrender. It was the result, in the common people, of a mass hero-worship; in the educated leaders, of their recog-

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface xi
  • I: Guapo 1
  • Chapter I PolvorÍn 3
  • Chapter III an Oath in Rome 19
  • Chapter IV the Powder Keg Explodes 35
  • Chapter V the Precursor 45
  • Chapter VI the Red Cap 51
  • Chapter VII "Even Nature Opposes" 58
  • Ii: Paladin 67
  • Chapter VIII "BlessÉ Au CŒur" 69
  • Chapter IX Glory is Born 81
  • Chapter X War to the Death 92
  • Chapter XI a Gilded Chariot 106
  • Interlude a Contradiction--Liberator and Dictator 109
  • Iii: Prophet in His Own Land 117
  • Chapter XII the Infernal Legion 119
  • Chapter XIII Hussars from Spain 134
  • Chapter XIV Jamaica Letter 144
  • Interlude HombrÍa 152
  • Iv: Path of Glory 163
  • Chapter XV the Centaur 165
  • Chapter XVI Red Coats in Guayana 180
  • Chapter XVII the BolÍvar Constitution 195
  • Chapter XVIII "Even to Cape Horn" 208
  • Chapter XIX BoyacÁ-New Granada Liberated 219
  • Chapter XX the Colombian Union 228
  • Chapter XXI Carabobo -- Venezuela Liberated 237
  • Chapter XXII the Path Leads Southward 249
  • Chapter XXIII Pichincha -- Quito Liberated 258
  • Chapter XXIV the Land of the Incas 274
  • Chapter XXV Ayacucho--PerÚ Liberated 287
  • Interlude an Amazon and Jeweled Wreaths 296
  • V: Laurels, Not a Crown 307
  • Chapter XXVI the Pinnacle 309
  • Chapter XXVII "Everything for Glory" 320
  • Chapter XXVIII the Path Leads Downward 332
  • Postlude the Path Ends 346
  • Chapter XXIX "The Great Gentleman of Colombia" 353
  • Author's Note 361
  • Acknowledgments 367
  • Bibliography 369
  • Index 379
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