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one would have thought to behold a Spanish soldier of the time of Charles V.

After the presentations, which were conducted with a formality that seemed strangely at variance with the surrounding scenes and circumstances, he announced that he had come to offer up the town to the body of consuls, whom he requested to form a provisional government, and turning to Captain Roe, said that to him would he surrender the castle of San Juan de Uloa. The Empire was at an end, the Emperor had been murdered, and the governor of the city had fled; he would never yield to the Liberal forces, but would surrender his charge to the American flag. The only stipulation was that he and such other of his officers as would be in danger at the hands of the Republican authorities, should be allowed to leave in safety.

The American commander expressed his thanks and appreciation of the confidence reposed in him, and agreed to accept the charge of the castle. He would not hoist the United States flag over it, but in due time, as soon as order could be restored, would turn it over to the people of Mexico. The general was also assured that the steamer "Tabasco," then lying in the stream, would be placed at his disposal to go where he wished, accompanied by such officers as he should select. With thanks and stately courtesy he withdrew and embarked immediately.