BEFORE he was killed by the thrust of a lance, Boves had done the greatest harm to the republican cause. Without his fury and his perfidy the Spaniards would assuredly have been beaten. When he seized Valencia, he pushed his treachery to the point of himself proposing very favourable terms for surrender. He had Mass said, and swore before the altar that he would observe the treaty. That night he gave a great ball to celebrate the peace which was at last imminent. All the nobility were invited and could do nothing else but go. At midnight the lights went out and all the dancers from the town were murdered. Boves sent Cajigal a letter to tell him of this pretty success: 'General, I believe that this will be enough to compensate for your reserves!
Cajigal, who had no self-respect, sent him a colonel's commission, which Boves sent back to him, saying: 'I have already made a tolerable lot of colonels myself!
Before he died, Boves declared: 'There is only one thing that annoys me, and that is to be replaced by Morales. The man disgusts me; he is too bloodthirsty. . . . I am sorry, too, that I have not managed to kill Bolivar. I believe that I should have struck him down even in a tabernacle. However, one cannot do everything!
If Boves had been killed three months earlier, the