Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription PROGRESS OF THE WAR. 51
insurrection were heard throughout the province--the city still
moving secretly�sending forth supplies and intelligence by
stealth, but unable to raise the standard of rebellion, while Za-
mano, the viceroy, doubtful of its loyalty, remained in posses-
sion of its strong places with an overawing force. Bolivar him-
self, under these circumstances, was unwilling that the patriots
should throw aside the mask. Throughout the province, how-
ever, the rising was general. They responded eagerly to the
call of the Liberator, and it was easy to foresee that their cause
must ultimately prevail. The people in conflict proved them-
selves equal to their rulers. The Spaniards had been neither
moderate when strong, nor were they prudent now when the
conflict found them weak. Still, the successes were various.
The Spaniards had a foothold from which it was not easy to ex-
pel them, and were in possession of resources, in arms and mate-
rial, derived from the mother-country, with which the republi-
cans found it no easy matter to contend. But they did contend,
and this, with the right upon their side, was the great guarantee
for success. What the Colombians wanted in the materials of
warfare, was more than supplied by their energy and patriotism;
and, however slow in attaining their desired object, it was yet
evident to all, except their enemies, that the issue was certainly
in their own hands.
For two years that the war had been carried on, the casual
observer could, perhaps, see but little change in the respective
relations of the combatants. The Spaniards still continued to
maintain their foothold wherever the risings of the patriots had
been premature or partial. But the resources of the former
were hourly undergoing diminution, and the great lessening of
the productions of the country, incident to its insurrectionary
condition, had subtracted largely from the temptations to the
further prosecution of the war. The hopes of the patriots natu-
rally rose with the depression of their enemies, and their in-
creasing numbers, and improving skill in the use of their weap-
ons, not a little contributed to their endurance and activity. But
for this history we must look to other volumes. The question
for us is confined to an individual. IIow, in all this time, had
La Pola redeemed her pledge to the Liberator �how had she
whom he had described as the guardian genius of Bogota,"