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The Fall of Maximilan's Empire.djvu

 

CONTENTS.


 
CHAPTER I.
Introductory and Retrospective
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In 1865 the Mexican Empire an accomplished fact—Sympathy in the United States—Proposed loan—Confidential instructions of Napoleon to General Forey—Decree of the Assembly of Notables—Crown offered to Prince Maximilian—France requests acknowledgment of proposed Empire by the United States—Reply of Mr. Seward—Joint resolutions in Congress—Maximilian lands in Mexico—Liberal party resists—President Johnson reiterates the Monroe doctrine—Proposed withdrawal of French forces—Mission of General Schofield to Paris—The United States steamer "Tacony "—Sails for Vera Cruz 1
CHAPTER II.
"Tacony " arrives at Vera Cruz—English sloop-of-war "Jason"—French corvette "Phlégéton"—Spanish gun-boat "Uloa"—Austrian Imperial yacht "Elizabeth"—Her mission—Marshal Bazaine—His message to President Johnson—His insults to Maximilian —Maximilian refuses to abdicate—Retires to Queretaro—Departure of French troops—Investment of Vera Cruz by Liberals—General Barranda visits the " Tacony "—Roe communicates with Camp Casa Mata—Helps American refugees—Fresh provisions—Relations with other men-of-war—Imperialist steamer "Tabasco"—Attempts to stop communication with shore—General Joe Shelby 13
CHAPTER III.
Fears for safety of Maximilian—Austria requests good offices of United States—Action of Mr. Seward—Letter from Commander Roe to President Juarez—Preliminaries for surrender of Vera Cruz—Bad faith of Imperial governor—Condition of affairs in
Vera Cruz —War tax contemplated—Action of Commander Roe—Tax not levied—Maximilian taken prisoner—Proposition of Captain Gröller—Governor Bureau a traitor—Offers to parley—Arrival of General Santa Ana—His turbulent career—His projects of revolution—Claims promises of assistance from United States—Commander Roe takes him on board the "Tacony"—Sends him out of the country—He lands at Sisal—Is arrested —Tried for treason—"Tacony" goes to Pensacola for provisions—Discussion of Commander Roe's action—Memorandum of Mr. Seward . 45
CHAPTER IV.
Queen Victoria and Emperor Napoleon request intercession of United States to save Maximilian's life—Offer of Emperor of Austria—Opinions of Mr. Romero—Causes of Maximilian's execution—Mexican press jealous of the United States—"Tacony " returns to her station —Vera Cruz still holding out—The Foreign Legion—News of Maximilian's execution—Commander Roe requests the Prince's body for Austrian captain—Negotiations for surrender of Vera Cruz{—}}"Tacony" and "Jason" move to inner harbor—Ordered to leave—Guns brought to bear on them from Castle of San Juan—Flight of Bureau—General Gomez surrenders the castle to Commander Roe—Consuls form provisional government—"Tabasco" disarmed—Foreign Legion embark—Liberal forces take possession of city—Salutes—Captain Aynesley—Commander Pritzbuer—Captain Gröller—Mrs. Juarez arrives in U. S. revenue steamer "Wilderness"—"Tacony" returns to the United States—Commander Roe detached—Commended by Navy Department—Thanked by the President—Concluding remarks 91