No. 542.
General Sickles to Mr. Fish.


This afternoon General Pavia convened a number of generals and citizens, and after consultation Marshal Serrano was designated to form a provisional government. He named General Zavala minister of war. It is expected other ministers will be announced to-night. Martial law is proclaimed. About ten thousand troops occupy the capital. The republican militia has been disarmed to-day. The last act of the Cortes was to dismiss General Pavia from command and order him tried by court-martial for rebellion. The minister of war of the late government was in the act of reading the decree when the troops under General Pavia took possession of the chamber.