RIOTS broke out here and there.
At Caracas it was decreed that Venezuela should be separated from New Granada; that Bolivar was no longer at the head of the Government; that Paez should hold power as long as the uncertainty lasted.
Thus the Liberator's resignation was now not only unopposed; it was forced upon him.
Bolivar had refused the throne; so be it, it is what his friends had expected from him. Was he sincere when he accepted power only with reluctance?
Paez tried to govern without too much treachery to his benefactor, but also without displeasing his supporters. At a lucky moment he had bought all the paper money of his officers and men for next to nothing, and then sold it to them again after the victory. He was immensely rich and his sudden fortune had intoxicated him. He was for the partition of Colombia, but he wished to avoid abuses.
If the people had no longer the least respect for Bolivar, in a short time they would have no respect for himself. He tried to bring this too forgetful populace back to better feelings; he defended Bolivar, showed how straightforward and fine his conduct had always been, and promised to uphold his cause. Meanwhile, he advised Bolivar not to oppose the reforms which he himself suggested.
An English admiral, Sir Charles E. Fleming, inter-