Bradford reporter. (Towanda, Pa.) 1844-1884, December 16, 1858, Image 1

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L-jjf Morning, December 16, 1868.
?-ssage in the Career of el Empecinado
-the Empecinado. after escaping from
de Osina, rejoined his band, and
rt a red to the favorite skirmish ground
•j-ks of the Pnero, he found the state
• -. iu Old Castile becoming daily less fa
vr his operations. The French over
-nater part of the province, and visit
severe punishment any disobedience of
; so that the peasantry no longer
...,->t the guerillas as they had previ-
Many of the villages on the Du
; become ofrancesados, uot, it is true,
. ,ove, but through dread of the iuva
" j i hope of preserving themselves from
and oppression. However much the
n their hearts might wish with success
like the Empecinado, the guerillas
„t ,ifew and too feeble to afford protec
tee- who. by giving them assistance or
.. i, would incur the displeasure of the
The clergy were the only class that,
without exception, remained staunch to
. f Spanish independence, and their
. and refectories were ever open to those
k up arms in its defence.
-.rt deterred by this unfavorable aspect
'.•-.the Krapeeinadoresolved to carry on
s .; ii Old Castile, even though unaided
He established his bivouac in the
of Coca, and sent out spies towards
rra and Burgos, to get inlormation of
—, n- of which the capture might yield
ior and profit,
icon the second morning after the de
f the spies, and a few minutes before
sk. that a little camp was aroused by a
- n a sentry placed on the skirt of the
In an instant every man was on his
It was the Knipecinado's custom when
it in this manner to keep one half of his
• p felly armed and equipped, with their
■ •addled and bridled beside them ; and a
"•<> precaution it was in this instance.—
-y had the men time to untether and
: upon their horses, wheu the sentry gal
nto the camp.
Frances .' Los Frances* exclaimed
-*s'liless with speed.
of the Empecinado's first qualities was
■•■-•we of mind, which never deserted him
the most critical conditions. Instant
taing the moiety ot his men which was al
• :n the saddle, he left a detachment in
those who were hastily saddling and
; find with the remainder retired a little
j left of the open ground on which the bi
. ess established. Almost before he had
:ed this arrangement, the jingling of
1 clattering of horses' feet were heard,
squadron of French cavalry gallopped
the glade. The Empecinado gave the
•i charge, and as Fuentes at the head of
"s advanced to meet them, he himself
'. the in in flank. The French, nothav
• tuited mnch opposition from a foe
' - v had expected to find sleeping, were
what surprised at the fierce resistance
2ft. A hard fight took place, rendered
"i-.d by the darkness, or rather by a
rsy light, that was just beginning to ap
■ i gave a shadowy distinctness to sur
; objects. The Spaniards were inferior
to their opponents, ar.d it was be
-• tn go hard with them, when the re
" ' the guerillas, now arrued and mount
• _ to their assistance. On perceiving
--ion to their adversaries' forces, the
thought they hod been led into an am
. and retreating in tolerable order to
,• of the wood, at Inst fairly turned tail
• f or it. leaving several killed and wound
the ground, and were pursued for some
N by the guerillas, who, however, only
. i:: making one prisoner. This was a
.""■j ii the dress of a peasant, who, be
• j wounded was easily overtaken. On
aght before the Empecinado, the lat
'.h > small surprise, recognized a native
i to"nied Pedro Gutierrez, who was one
c. usuries he had sent out two days
■"•;• to git information concerning the
; • cheek and faltering voice, tht pri
-1 -1 the Empecinado's interrngato
' apj>e9rs that he been detected as a
French, who had given him his
'ween a halter and the lietraval of his
73fti nr 1 employers. With the fear of
'e his eyes he consented to turn a
-* -iience prevailed among the gn
li s narrative, and remained un
' a full minute after he had ronelod
r brow was as black as
- features assumed an expression
: :mb'uiig wretch well knew how to
: • -, sen,ires'*" said the culprit,
* „ "i imploring glance around
">pe wa- round my neck ; I have
er. and am his only support. Life
•• * t What could Ido ?**
re; *\l the Empecinado, in a deep
-"Hie like a man then, iustcad of
.• if a dog now !"
° i I s back upon him. and ten min
y of the unfortunate spy was
- f ora the branches of a neighboring
-'..V - ueri 'ias marched off to seek an
'- r hirouvac.
-3js aft r this incident the other
1. an i after receiving their report.
- with his lieutenant, Mariano
Empecinadn 1 111 ' - tle
. :i iirection of the
fjnrr Ma
• •!; wind* through the
' ir: -i . escni tof fifty
" •':. i z about an hour
• • • - ">f curly spring -
" * 'i" t"2" ' v " r d*r
carta, each drawn by half-a-dozen mules, com
posed the whole of "the convoy; the. value of
which, however, might be deemed coneiderahle,
judging from the strength of the escort, and
the precautions observed by the officer in com
mand to avoid a surprise—precautions which
were not of much avail ; for, on reaching a
spot where the road winded considerably, and
was traversed by a broad ravine, the party was
suddenly charged on either flank by double
their number of guerillas. The dragoons made
a gallant resistance, but it was a short one,for
they had no room or time to form in any order,
and were far overmatched in the hand-to-hand
contest that ensued. With the very first who
fled was a gentleman in a civilian's garb, who
sprang out of one of the most elegant of the
two carriages, and mounting a fine Audulnsian
horses led by a groom, was off like wind, dis
regarding the shrieks of his travelling compa
nion, a female, two or three and twenty years
old, of great beauty, and very richly attired.
The crits and alarm of the lady thus deserted
were redoubled when, in an instant later, a gu
erilla of fierce aspect presented himself at the
carriage door.
"Have no fear, seuora," said the Empecina
do, "you are the hands of honorable men, and
no harm shall be done you." And having by
such like assurances succeeded in calming her
terrors, he obtained from her some information
as to the contents of the carts and carriages,
as well as regarding herself and her late com
The man who had abandoned her, and con
sulted his own safety by flying with the escort,
was her husband, Monsieur Barbot, jeweler and
diamond merchant to the late King Charles
the Fourth. Alarmed by the unsettled state
of things in Spain, he was hastening to take re
fuge in France, with his handsome wife and
his great wealth—of the latter of which no in
considerable portion was contained in the car
riage, in the shape of caskets of jewelry, dia
monds and other valuables.
Repairing to the neighboring mountain, the
guerillas proceeded to examine their booty,
which the Empecinado permitted them to di
vide among themselves, with the exception of
the carriage and the contents, including the la
dy, which he reserved for himself.
On the following day came 'Aters from the
French military governor of Aratidodol Duero,
and from Monsieur Barbot, who had taken re
fuge in that town, and offered a large sum as
ransom for his wife. To this application the
Empecinado did not vouchsafe any answer, but
marched off to his native village of Castrillo,
taking with him his jewels, carriage and lady.
The latter he established in the house at his
brother Manuel, recommending her to the care
of his sister-in-law, and commanded that she
shonld be treated with all possible respect, and
her wishes attended to on every point.
The Empecinado's exultation at the success
of his enterprise was great, but he little fore
saw all the danger and trouble that his rich
capture was hereafter to occasion him. He
had become evidently enaroonred of his fair
prisoner, and in order to have leisure to pay his
court to her, he sent off his partida oil a distant
expedition under the command of Fuentes, and
himself remained at Castiiilo, doir.g his utmost
to find favor in the eyes of the beautiful Mad
ame Barbot. He was then in the prime of
life, a remarkably handsome man, and notwith
standing that the French affected to treat him
as a brigand, his courage and patriotism were
admitted by the unprejudiced among all par
ties, and his bold and successful deeds had al
ready procured him a degree of renown that
was an additional recommendation of him to
the fair sex. It may not, therefore, not deem
ed very surprising that, after the first few days
of her captivity were passed, and she had be
come a little used to the novelty of her posi
tion, the lady began to consider the Empecin
ado with some degree of favor, and seemed not
altogether disposed to be disconsolate in her
widowhood. lie, on his part, spared no pains
to please her. His very nature seemed chang
ed by the violence of his new passion ; and so
great was the metamorphosis that his best
friends scarcely recognized him for the same
man. He seemed totally to have forgotten
the career to which he had devoted himself,
and the hatred and war of extermination he
had vowed against the French. The restless
activity and spirit of enterprise which formed
snch distinguished traits in his character, were
completely lulled to sleep by the charms of
fair Barbot. Nor was the change in his exter
nal appearance less striking. Aware that thd
rude manuers and attire of a guerilla were not
likely to please the fastidious taste ot a town
bred dame, he hastened to discard them. His
rough, bushy beard and mustaches were care
fully trimmed and adjusted by the most ex;ert
barber in the neighborhood ; his sheep-skin
jacket, heavy boots, and jingling double-rowel
led spurs thrown aaide, aud iu their place he
assumed the national garb, so well adapted to
show off a handsome person, and which, al
though now almost disused throughout Spain,
far surpasses in elegance the prevailing costumes
of the nineteenth century ; a short light jacket
of black velvet, a waistcoat of the richest silk,
both profusely decorated with gold and fiiigrce
bnttons ; pnrp'e velvet breeches fastened at
the knees with bunches of ribbons ; silk stock
ings. and falling boots of chamois leather, by
the most expert maker iu Cordova ; a crimson
silk sash aronnd his waist, and around his neck
a silk handkerchief, of which the ends were
drawn through a magnificent jeweled ring. A
green velvet cap, ornamented with sables and
silver, and an ample cloak trimmed with silver
lace,the spoil of a commandant of French gend
armes. completed this picutresquc costume.
Thus attired, and mounted on a splendid
horse, the Empecinado escorted the object of
his new flame to a'l "he fcUs ai.d merry-mak
ings of the surroundit.g country. Not a r<>
tit rt. in the neighboring vi.ijges, afa .". or a
boll-fight in the valley of the Duero, but were
graced by the presence of Martin Die? and his
Dukinea, whose fine hor-e and gaii uit eouip
mcir. but more especially the oeantr oi then
dcr, inspire ! cihvei.-al adrtin.iUfw A* migi.t
be exported, mßny of •'•nte who had sn *'•"> 1*
Frsp • lari-j a•- - v : ne-dre*s<.r, became eav>
r- •_-' h'- Z" r i 'J' ", "■ I*l ot"' e, ."Q
him not were indignant at seeing him waste his
time in such degrading effeminacy, instead of
following up the cureergwhich he had so nobly
begun. There was much murmuring,therefore,
to which, however, he gave little heed ; and
several weeks had passed in the manner above
described, when an incident occurred to rouse
him from the sort of lethargy in which he was
A despatch reached him from the Captain-
General, I)on Gregorio llodrigo, requiring his
immediate presence at Cnidad llodrigo, there
to receive directions concerning the execution
of a service of the greatest importance, and
which was to be intrusted to him.
This order had its origin in circumstances of
which the Empecinado was totally ignorant.—
The jeweler Barbot, finding that neither large
offers nor threats of punishment had any effect
upon the Empecinado,who persisted iu keeping
his wife prisoner, made iuterest with the Duke
of Infantado, then general of one of the Span
ish armies, and besought him to exert his influ
ence in favor of the captive lady, and have her
restored to her friends. The Duke, who was a
very important personage at the Court of
Charles the Fourth, and a favcrite of Ferdi
nand the Seventh, at the beginning of his reisrn,
entertained a particular friendship for Barbot ;
and, if the throniqne scandalevce of Madrid
might be believed, a still more particular for
his wife. He immediately wrote to General
Cuesta, desiring that the lady might be sent
back to her husband without delay, as well as
all the jewels and other spoil that had been
seized by the Empecinado.
With much difficulty did the guerilla make
up his mind to abandon the inglorious position,
and to go to where duty called him. Strong
ly recommending his captive to his brother a id
sister in law, he set out for Cuidad llodrigo,
escorted by a sergeant and two men of Uis par
tida. They had not proceeded half a mile from
Castrillio, wheu, from a hedge bordering the
road, a shot was fired, nnd the bullet slightly
wounded the Empecinado's charger. Two of
the escort pushed their horses through the
hedge, and immediately returning, dragging
between a gray haired old man, seventy year*
of age, who clutched in his wrinkled fingers a
rusty carbine that had just been discharged.
" He is surely mad ?" exclaimed the Empeci
nado, gazing iu astouishmeut at theveuerubie
" Dime rigo ;do you know me? And why
do you seek my life?"
"Si si te connzes. Yon are the Empecinado
—the bloody Empecinado. Give me back my
Pedro, whom you murdered. Aydi me .' Ftd
rillo te hunmalado /"
And the old man's frame quivered with rage,
os he glared on the Empecinado with an ex
pression of unutterable hate.
One of the gurillas stepped forward—
"The old Gutierrez, the father of Pedro,
who was hung iu the Pinares dc Coca, for be
traying us to the French."
" Throw his carbine into yonder pool, and
leave the poor wretch," said Empecinado ; '* his
son deserved the death he met."
' He missed his aim to-day, but he may point
truer another time," said one of the men, half
drawing a pistol from his hoister.
" Harm him not!" said the Empecinado,
sternly, and the party rode on.
" Maldito seas f" screamed the old man,
casting himself in the dust of the road, in a
paroxysm of impotent fury " Maldito ! Mai
dito A '/ de me mi Pedrillo /"
And his cruses and lamentations continued
till the guerillas were out of hearing.
On arriving at Ciudad llodrigo, the Empeci
nado went immediately to General Cue.-tawhn
although he did not receive him unkindly, could
not but blame him greatly for the enormous
crime he had committed in carrying off a lady
who was distinguished by so mighty a person
age as the Duke of Infantado. He told him
it was absolutely necessary to devise some plan
bv which the Duke's anger might be appeased.
Murat had also sent a message to the central
junta, saying that if satisfaction were not given,
he would send troops to lay waste the whole
district of Penafiel, iu which Castrillo was
situated ; and it was probable that if he had
not done so already, it was because a large
portion of the inhabitants of that disinct were
believed to be well-affected to the French.—
Without exactly telling him what he must do,
the old general gave him a despatch for the
correcridor of Penafiel. aud desired him to pros
ent himself before that functionary, and cou
cert with him the measures to be taken
The Empecinado took his leave and was
quitting the governor's palace, when he over
took at the door an aroqadc , who was a coun
tryman of his, and whom he had left at Cnstrillo
when he set out from that place. The siarht
of this man was a rny of light to the Empecina
do who immediately suspected that his enemies
were intriguing against liira He proposed to
the lawyer that they should walk to the inn.
to which the latter consented. They had to
traverse a lonely place known by the name of
San Francisco's Meadow, and arriving there be
hind the shelter of some walls, the Empecinado
seized the advocate by the c >ll*r, and swore
lie would strangle him if he did not instantly
confess what business had brought him to
Ciudad Rodrigo, as weil as ail the plans or
plots against the Empecinado to wliich he
might be privy
The lawyer , who had known Iz from his
childhood, and was fully aware of his desperate
character and of his own peril, trembled for Ids
life, and besought him earnestly to ne no
violence, for that he was willing to tell all he
knew. Thereupon he nigh throttled the poor
avocado, and cocking npMni. as a - ,-rt of w -
insr to the oth®r to r-1! tl. truth, j e hira
J. wn bc>itie him and proceed w ;tu his t.arra
l'Vd -
The lawyer informed I'm o the z
orient- c-r corporation rf Castrillo and . •*• cf
all the tow.- and villages of the district, found' vs n grei' trouble on account os t >c
contov h- hio intercepted, and me 1 --- particu
larly of ibe lady whom he kept pn-cner, ar 1 >
whose friends, it appeared, were pefMriS of j
mu -'i influence w : th both eonUb ling parties,
fori that thr i-r ta and the French ha 1 alike (
*" • ftlill wbilli (lif l&Z
ter were about to send troops to put the whole
country to fire and sword, the former, as well
as the Spanish generals, had refused to afford
them any protection against the consequences
of her detention, nnd accused the nynnamiento
and the priests of encouraging the Erapecina
do to hold her in captivity. He himself had
been sent to Ciudad llodrigo to beg General
Cnestn'* advice, and the general had declared
himself unable to assist them to restore the
lady and treasure, if they did not wish the
French to lay waste to the country, and take
by force the bone of contention.
The Empecinado, suspecting that General
Cnesta had not used all due frankness with
him in this matter, handed to the lawyer the
letter that hail been given him for the corregi
dor of Penafiel, and compelled him, much
against his will ,to open and read it Its con
tents coincided with what the avogado had
told him : the general advising the corregidor
to use every means to compromise the matter
rather than wait till the French should do
themselves justice by the strong hand
Perceiving that, from various motives, every
body was against him in this matter, the Em
pecinado bethought himself how he should get
out of the scrape
"As an old friend and countryman, nnd
more especially as a lawyer." said .he to the
avogado, "you are the most fitting man to
give me advice in this difficulty. Tell me, then,
what I ought to do, iu order that our native
town, which is innocent in the matter, should
suffer no prejudice."
" You speak now like a sensible man," re
plied the other, "and as a friend will I advise
you. Let us imrcedintelj set off to Penafiel,
deliver the general's letter to the corregidor,
and take him with us to Castrillo. There, for
form's sake, an examination of your conduct in
the affair can take place. You shall give up
the jewels, the carriage, and the lady, and set
off immediately to joiu your partida."
"To the greater part of that I willingly
agree," said the Empecinado. The jewels are
buried in thp cellar, and the carriage is in the
stable. Take both when you list. But as to
the* lady, before I give her up, I will give up
my own soul. She is my property ; I took her
iu fair fight, and at the risk of ray life."
" You will think better of it before we get
to Castrillo," replied the lawyer
The Empecinado shook his head, but led the
way to the inn, where they took horse, aud the
next day reached Penafiel, whence they set
out the following moruiug for Custrillo, which
is a conple of leagues further, accompanied by
the corregidor, his secretary and two alguazils.
The Empecinado was induced to leave his es
cort at Penafiel, in order that the sort of pro
forma investigation which was to be gone
through might not appear to have taken place
under circumstances of intimidation The avo
gado started a couple of hours earlier than the
rest of the party, to have things in readiness,
so that the proceedings might be got through
as rapidly as possible.
It was about eight o'clock on a nmmer's
morning that th-. Empecinado and his compan
ions reached Castrillo. As they entered the
town, an oid meudicant, who was lying curfed
up like a dog In the sunshine under the porch
of a house, lifted his head at the noise of the
horses As his eyes rctod upon Diez, he made
a bound forward with an agiiityextraordinary
in one of his years, and fell almost nnder the
feet of the Empecinado's horse, mnkiug the
startled animal spring aside with a violence
and su ldenuess sufficient to unhorse many a
less practised rider than the one who bestrode
him. The Empecinado lifted his whip in anger
but the old man who had risen to bis feet,
showed no sign of fear, and as he stood in the
middle of the road, and immediately in the
path of the Empecinado, the latter recoguized
the wiid features aud long grey hair of old
" .Ma! hin seasT cried the old man, extend
ing his arms towards the guerilla. "Murderer!
the hour of vengeance is nigh I saw it in ray
dreams. My Pedrillo showed me his assassin
trampled under the feet of horses Assiao!
Voiga la hora dt tu musrtef
And the old man half crazed by his misfor
tunes, relapsed into an incoherent strain of lam
entations for his -on, and eurses upon liim ishotxi
lie cailed his murderer
The Empecinado, who, on recognizing old
Gutierrez, had lowered his riding-whip, and
listened unmoved to his curses and prediction?,
rode forward, explaining as he wenr, to tic as
tonished corregidor, the scene that had just oc
curred. A little further on he separated from
his companions, giving them rendezvous at ten
o'clock at the house of the ayuntamiento Pro
ceeding to his brother's dwelling, he paid a
visit to Madame Burbot, breakfasted with her
and then prepared to keep his appointment.—
He placed a brace of pistols and a poniard in
his belt, and taking a loaded trab-uro or blun
derbuss in his hand, wrapped himself in his
cloak so as to conceal his weapons repaired to
the town hall.
He found the tribunal already installed, and
evcrytbiug .n readiness. Saluting the corregi
dor, he began pacing up and down without ta
king off his cloak Tne ccrretfidor urged him
repeatedly to Le seated, but he refused, and
continued his walk, replyiug to the questions
that were pnt to him, his answers to which
were duly written down. About a quarter of
an honr passed in this manner, when a noise of
feet and walking was beard in the r treet, and
The Fmpecinado, as he passed one of the win
dews that looked out upon the plaza, saw,
with no very comfortable feelings, t . a i tim
ber of armed peaMiiti ventvttting t: o toa
bait He De-ctired that he was betrayed,but
his . resei ce of rai:*i stoo l his friend, and with
i is usual prompt it i ie, 1 • in a moment decided
hew he should act Ww< nt alicwicg it to
appear that he had any so?: oior of what was
going ~n,h- wa'ked to the J arof tneaudicuce
chamber. a. d befoi- any <,e cot: interfere,
s!i it .io ked it. i n stepping up to the
cor-egidor, threw off an 1 present
• trul :i ■ at *!c: t; >- S ..cud
' Setter I'orregido:,' said le. " this ■ not
our . „.ct Lut a 0.-. e act ot treachery
Commend ymtnelT t ■ G 1. for jroa Ti about
" The corregidor was so dreadfully terrified
at these words, and at the menacing action of
the Empecinado, that he swooned away, and
fell down nnder the table—the ceerD'ann fled
into an adjoining chamber, and concealed him
self under a bed—while the algnazil*, trem
bling with fear, threw themselves upon their
knees and petitioned for mercy. The Empe
cinado, finding himself, with so little trouble,
master of the field of battle, took possession of
the papers that were lying np >n the table.and,
unlocking the door, proceeded to the principal
staircase, which he found occupied by the in
habitants of the town, armed with muskets and
fowling-pieces. Placing his blunderbuss under
his arm, with his hand upon the trigger,
" Make way!" cried he ; " the first who moves
a finger may reckon on the contents of my tra
buco." His menace and resolute character
produced the desired effect : a passage was
opened, and he left the house in triumph. On
reaching the street, however, he found a great
crowd of men, women ami even children, as
sembled, who occupied the plaza and oil the
adjacent streets, and received him with loud
cries of " Death to the Empecinado ! Munr-j
rl ladron y via I Christinno!'' The armed men
whom be left in the town-house fired several
shots at him trora the windows, but nobody
dared to lay hands upon him. as he marched
slowly acd steadily through the crowd, trabu
co in hand, and casting glances on either side
that made those on whom they fell shrink iu
voluutarily backwards.
On the low roof of one of the houses of the
plaza, that formed the angle of the Callc de la
Cruz, or street of the oid Gutierrez had
taken his station. With the fire of insanity in
his bloodshot eyes, and a trrin of exultation
upon his wasted features, he witnessed the per
secution of the Ernpecinado, and while hiscnr
drank in the yells and hooting" of the multi
tude, he added his sbrdl cracked voice to the
uproar. When the shots were fired from the
town-hall, he bounded nnd capered upon the
platform, clapped his meagre fingers together
in ecstasy ; but as the Em|>ceinadogot further
frooi the house, and the firing discontinued,an
expression of anxiety replaced the look of tri
umph that had lighted nn the old maniac's
face Diez still moved on unhurt, and was now
within a few paces of the house on which Gut
ierrez had perched himself. The oid man's
uneasiness increased. "Ta a cscapar!" mut
terred he to himself ; " they will let him escape
Oh, if I had a gun, my Pedrillo would soon be
The Empecinndo was passing under the
house A sudden thought struck Gutierrez,
i Stamping with hi feet, lie broke two or three
; of the tiles on which he was standing, and
I snatching up a large heavy fragment, he lean
, ed over the edge of the roof to get a full view
i of the Eropeciimdn, uho was at that mono?.*
i leaving the plaza, and entering the Ca!!e de la
' Crnz. In five seconds more li" would be out
l of sight. As it was, it was only by leaning
; very far forward that Gutierrez could see hira,
; walking calmly along, and keeping at hay the
: angry bat cowardly mob tlmt yciped at hi
! heels, like a parcel of village curs pursuing a
: blood-hoand, whose look alone prevented their
i too near approach
j Throwing his left arm around a chimney,
! the old man swung himself forward, and with
I all the force that he possessed, hurled the tile
:at the object of his hate The middle struck
the Euipccinado upon the temple, and Le fell,
stunned and bleeding to the ground.
I " Viva!" screamed Gutierrez ; but a cry of
agony followed the shout of exaltation The
chimney by which th° old man snpported him
self was loose aud crnmhling, and totally unfit
' to bear his weight ns he hung on by it, and
leaucd forward to gloat over his vengeance, it
' tottered for a moment, and then fell with a
crash into the street. The height was not
great, but the pavement was sharp and
the old man pitched upon his head, and when
lifted up was already a corpse.
When the mob suw the Emperinado fall
they threw themselves upon him with as much
ferocity as they had previously shown coward
j ice, and beat and iil-treuted him in every po -
sible manner Not satisfied with that, they
I bound bim hand and foot, and pushed him
through a cellar window, throwing a r tcr him
1 stones, and everything they cculd find lyiti'/
i about the street At last, wearied by their
1 own brutality, they left him for deed, nrd lie
remained in that state till night-fall, when the
! corregidor and the ayanaauento proceeded to
j inspect his body, in order to certify his death,
and have him buried When he was brought
out of the cellar, however, they perceived h*
still breathed, and sent fcr a surgeon, and ai>o
for a priest to administer the last sacraments
They then carried him apori a ladder to the
posito, or public granary, a strong building,
where they considered he vroukl be in safety,
and put him to bed, bathed in blood, and cov
ered with wounds and bruises
The correg dor, fenring that the news of
riot and death of the Empecinadu would reach
I'ennfW, and thnt the escort which hud been
left there and the many pnrtizazs that
hau in thnt town would come over to C&strilio
to avenge hi death, persuaded one of rne cures
or pari>h priests of the latter place to go over
to Peooficl io all hate. and. counterfeiting
great alarm, to spread the report that the
French had entered Ccstrilio, seized tb F'-
per .ftOc, and carried him off to Arar.da. This
j was accord in glv done; and *hs Eu.peoin vioV
i esrort being mnde aware o r ?!
|F.en-h and the risk th y tan, liately
mout:ted their horses and marched to > .M
ia MO Fu •' tcaccompanied Lv upwar h fv*v
renng men, all parftzans of tb< K:. :
arranged, the corregidor bad th jew s * .*
were baried in the cellar of Manuel '
up, and having taken ion of •' - . i
j 'ustalicd Madame B .rl >t with a'! :
J- on in >ne f i!.- principal houses of th tx*
:! >rworceQ a report to Geurrai < r**a of
j that had occurred. The Ger •a! . en-
I aetft an escort to conduct the ladv an! : . - •
It' Cai-ii'l V. I: ,' . an 1 -r-Vrr-i -V n
(as th" Knipe in ado was a :a*e ' ** ri'v
Ihc cid t f :>r* rente ler j • •>*• jg *.
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Meanwhile, the E Jo's vjgi irons 'con
stitution triumph'*! over \\y: ''rj.'U 'J- 'JllM*" 1
receive'!, and he *-••> Vtvr.
that lor his safer custody thueorregidor thought
it necessary to have him hcaviW i• o-ie-i. Deem
ing it impossible !ic hhoul i eserj and tli- re
being no troops in the viiiagc, no sentry was
placed over him, so that at night Ins friends
were able to hold di-coirsc irith him through
the grating of one of the windows of the posi
to. I:i this maimer he contrived t> eewi a
message to his brother Manual, who, l aving
aUo get into trouble on account oi Mulame
Burbot s detention, had been compelled to take
refuge in the mountains of Biibuena, three
leagues from Casti 110. Manuel toak advan
tage of a dark night to steal into town in dis
guise, and to speak with the Eiupctinaho. He
informed him that the superior of the Ucnm
dine Monastery, in the Sierra de Ihilbceuii,
had 1 ceri advised that it was the intention of
the Lnipcciuado's enemies to deliver him over
to the French, in order that they might shoot
him. The Em|>ecinado replied that he strong
ly suspected there was sonic suc'i plot in ngita
tion, and desired his brother to seek out Mari
ano Fuentes, and order him to march his band
into the neighbor hood of Cii.-UriJlo, and that
on their arrival he would send them word what
to do.
E'ght davs elapsed, and the Etnpecinads
was now completely cured of his wounds, so
that he was in much apprehension ie-.t lio
should be sent off to Cuid id Ilodrigo before
the Arrival of Eaentes. On the eighth night
however, his bro her came to the window and
informed him that the partida was in the
neighborhood, and only waited his orders to
march upon Castrilio, rescue him, and revenge
the treatment he had received Tnis the Etn
pecinado strongly enjoined them not to do, but
desired his brother lo coine to his prison door
at two o'clock the next morning with n led
hors\ and that he had the mean- to stt him
self at liberty. .Manuel l)icz did as he was
ordered, wondering, however, in what manner
the Empemnado intended to get out of the
posito, which wi s a solidly constructed cd lice
with n mas ive doer and grated windows, lint
the next night, when the guerrilla heard the
horses approaching his prison, lie seized the
door by an iron bar that traversed it on the
inner side, and, exerting Ins prodigious strength
tore it off the hingts as though it had been of
pasteboard. Uis ftot being fastened together
by a chain, lie was complied to sit sideways
upon the -addle ; but so elated wa, he to liud
himself once more at liberty, that he poshed
his horse into a gallop, and with u;s letters
clanking as he went, dashed through the streets
cf CasTillo, t<> the asioniduncnt and coaster
nation of the inhabitants, who knew not w K nt
devii's dance was going on iu their usually qoiet
At O'mo?. \ vi'lnge a quarter of a league
from C<'oi:.ilo, tin tug.iivt.-3 hailed,aud roust - 1
a smith, who knocked cd the Eir.pecinutio a
irons. After a short rest at (he house of an
approved friend, they remounted their horse*,
and a little after daybreak reached * lie plate
where iiitn*'3 had taken up L.s icvoiiae. Tne
Empecinado was received with great rejoicing,
and iinmedi-ati !y rei una-d the command, lie
passed a review of his baud, and found it con
sisted of two hundred and twenty m ;u, aii well
mounted and armed
urcat was t-.e alarm of the inhabitant* of
Castrillo when they found the p:.- >u broke*
opeu and the prisoner gone. utei their terror
was increased a hundred fold, when a few
hours later news was brought that tre E f>p
rinado wa<= march 1 :;? tn.viirds t >wn at head of
a largo hod v of cavalry. S uueconcealed them
selves in collars and ?U'".< !k" hiding place?,
others iHt the town and Hod to the neighbor
ing woods ; but the majority, despairing of es
cape by human means Irotii the ttrrii le anger
of the Ernp cinado, shut tuems.ives tipintheir
houses, closed the doo:-r.. ; ij w nO- ".vsand nra r
ed to the \ iigin fur from the im
pending evil. Nvvr had there IKTII S'TU in
Castriiiio such u counting cf rosar -• <i"_i boat
ing of breasts, such gen uIE x ion 5 an i mumbling
of are- and paters, a* upon that morning.
At noon ti.e E iipy.-iuado entered the to.*a
at the heuu oi h.s baud, Iruinpr ;>sounding,and
the men Hung pistols end car!lines into
the air, in s gn ■>i joy at having recovered tbe.r
leader, Foiiibng uo Utc pnrii- ain iho taar
ket place, the Bmperiwafo sent for the correar
idor and other authorities, who presented them
selves before him pale and tiembl ujr, aiuifui.y
bclieiirg they lad not fivt m.antes to live.
' Fear nothing . nid she Empecinado ©!►-
serving their terror, "i'.is certain that I burn
met fool treatment at venr lands • and ir i< iv
not hard< r to bear coming from my ova coun
trymen a% i townsfolk J>ut yon have been
misled, and will oce day repent to ir cowi ici (
I have forgotten your iu usage, and on'v ra
tnember the poverty of n v natim town, and
the misery in which this war na > plunged m&ay
of its inhabitant*
So living be iknivered to tie a* ide and
the parish priest s r. uiimlred ounces of goiu for
the relief of the poor and suipor:of ihr 'iosiiital
ai d ten rucro to s>*r.t in a or
hull-bait and f-stirai for the whole town. Cut
ting short their thanks and citruses, ho ie-t
Castrillo and marched to viiiagc cf Sarnt wacre he quarter', ih' rra n, and acrom
•ir.ed h; V„r;ai;o F mutes, wm *" j ira
visit to n neighl'or ■"i • * 'ihF<
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