DETERIORATION AND AN ILL-ADVISED INTERVIEW
WHILE TRYING TO set matters straight again, we halted two or three conspiracies uncovered at Camp Columbia. In one it was planned to advance upon the President's residence at night on Sunday, Dec. 27, four days before I, as fate had it, was to turn over the Government. The plotters knew that we were accustomed to dine with the principal chiefs and ministers and Congressmen between 10 and 11 o'clock. They would take us prisoners. That Sunday afternoon they met to consider what to do with us. The conspirators split into two camps; one wanted to ship us out of the country that same night and the other wanted to shoot us in order to forestall future influence by my Presidential authority.*
Since mid-November I had been fulfilling my Presidential duties under very precarious conditions. The unstable environment and constant secrecy brought to an end a responsible and democratic government and paved the way for a bloody tyranny.
In the afternoon of the 29th, the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Rodríguez Avila, told me that an X-4 had just informed him that Gen. Tabernilla Dolz, his son Carlos, Chief of the____________________