Mr. Tillman to Mr. Olney.
Quito, September 7, 1895. (Received Oct. 4.)
Sir: I had the honor in my dispatch No. 29,1 dated September 1, but which should have been dated August 31, to inform you of the flight of the minister of foreign relations and the abdication of the other cabinet officers, and that the municipal government was the only source of order and that a friend of Alfaro was civil and military chief.
Governor Alfaro entered the city on the 1st of this month with his army, and everything has been quiet. His course has been moderate and magnanimous. He yesterday notified General Savasti that he was at liberty to return to his own home, with the assurance that he should not be molested, but there is a disposition on the part of all parties, either from ignorance or prejudice, to attribute the act even of a half-drunken soldier to the Government in power. I hand you herewith a letter, copy of original and translation, from Louis F. Carbo, minister of foreign relations under Alfaro’s regime, addressed to me, and my reply to the same.
I have to-day made a personal call upon General Alfaro, and found him easy and affable, having the appearance of a man of decided character. He impresses me as a man who is moved by the highest motives. He took occasion to express to me his admiration for the real republican character of the United States Government. I informed him that I had from time to time informed my Government as to the progress of events in this country.
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