Excerpt from The Most Striking Events of a Twelvemonth's Campaign With Zumalacarregui, in Navarre and the Basque Provinces, Vol. 1 of 2
IT is now two years since the insurrection of the Basque Provinces commenced, and the remnant of an expiring faction, as it was termed, hunt... ed like a band of robbers amongst the mountains, repenting that it had ever embraced the cause of an outlawed Prince, has already swelled, as all sides admit, into an imposing party. The parti sans of Don Carlos were represented as only the blind and bigoted few, or an assemblage of those lawless characters who are wont (like the sea bird which takes advantage of a wreck or havock, to appear on a clouded horizon) to profit, for pur poses of plunder, or ambition, by the moment of incertitude which always follows the change of any ancient and established mode of government, marked and branded by public opinion, without friends or partisans. It was asserted that, aware how despe rate was the cause they had embraced, they were rather endeavouring to escape from punishment than struggling with any h0pe of success.
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