LISTS of suspects were drawn up every day. The regular executioners no longer sufficed. Such atrocities were committed that the Spaniards in Monteverde's suite themselves were sickened; but rebels were being punished and it was necessary to disgust a whole nation with revolution, once and for all.
Bolivar took refuge in Caracas, in the house of a very important personage, the Marquis of Casa-León; there he met once more a Spanish officer called Don Francisco Iturbe, whom he had known well in Madrid and who had influence with the Commander-in- Chief. Iturbe offered him a passport. The part that Bolivar had played in Miranda's arrest might serve as an excuse, and Monteverde would have been glad to make it known publicly that the most prominent gentleman in Venezuela had helped in the pacification of the country. Bolivar refused to lend himself to this deception. If he had arrested Miranda, it was solely because he had believed him to be a traitor to his country and in the pay of the King of Spain. Iturbe let him talk, treated him as incorrigible, and procured him a safe-conduct to Curaçao.
Bolivar embarked with José Felix Rivas on a Spanish schooner which was to put in at that island. He was ashamed of it, but he did not relinquish his