Chapter XXVI THE PINNACLE

HE had achieved now, surely, all the glory that any man could want; but still he was dissatisfied. This glory he enjoyed now, the acclaim that fell upon him with it, he regarded merely as a transitory thing, the result of his feats of arms alone and not of the noble purposes behind them which he was unable to make the people see. His great hunger was for a glory that would last through the centuries after he was dead, that would reach to the far corners of the earth; and the things that were happening now in the nations he had created gravely threatened the fulfillment of that dream.

In answer to the letter of Páez, he wrote a stern reply. " Colombia is not France," he said, "nor I, Napoleon. . . . The title of Liberator is superior to every other that human pride has conceived; it is unthinkable that I should degrade it."

From other sources, too, he learned of the chaotic conditions that existed in Venezuela. The old forces were at work, the jealousies among the officers, the clamoring of the people for a strong hand to guide them. Páez was strong but not strong enough. He thought only of his little "patrecita," his llano homeland. As President of the nation, treating with foreign diplomats, the old vaquero succumbed to the influences of "culture," became avaricious and grew rich from his misuse of public funds. From Soublette came word that conditions alarmed him, that Páez and Mariño were committing abominations. Under their rule, he said, nothing moved smoothly in ac-

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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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