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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 Excerpt: ...nation. Let Spain be free, or let her become an immense desert, a vast grave-yard, where the heaped-up bones of Frenchmen and of Spaniards shall proclaim to future ages our glory and their shame. But so dreadful a fate cannot be reserved for Spain; sooner or later victory must be the reward of courage and constancy. "Spaniards! the Junta does not disguise from you the dangers that threaten your country; it proclaims them to you, confident that you will prove yourselves worthy of that holy cause which is ours. That sword which has been drawn from its scabbard by the eternal hatred we have sworn to an execrable tyrant, shall no more be sheathed. Never again shall the standard of independence and liberty be furled. Hasten to enrol yourselves beneath its colours, all ye who cannot endure an infamous yoke, who cannot make a league with iniquity, and we shall triumph in the end over all the artifices and all the power of an inhuman despot!" Such language was too much in accordance with the feeling of the nation not to be well received. The news of the defeat at Ocana, however, now be-'ginning to become known, lessened the effect of the proclamation. The Goverment-Junta, after vain efforts to disguise the disaster, was, at length, obliged to speak out. In a further proclamation, dated the 20th of December it admitted the whole extent of the defeat, and stated to the nation the measures it proposed taking to escape the impending dangers. All the silver vessels of the churches, with the exception of those that were indispensable for daily worship, were to be taken to the Seville Mint, a loan of six millions of piastres was to be opened in Spain, and one of forty millions in America. A hundred thousand men were to be raised to recruit the forces; a hundred ...
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