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A BRUTAL SCENE. A letter from Martorell (Catalonia), of August 11, gives the following account of the capture and slaughter by Narvaez'a Sbirri of tha famous partisan chief, known as Roy de las Baraquetas "I have already told you that Narvaez's amnesty was but a respite, or rather a snare, to throw the Liberals off their guard. Fusillades go on; and, worse still, people are massacred, and the helpless and wounded run through and through with bayonets, just aa in the palmy days from 1851 to 1854. For such purcosas recourse is had to the services of the civil guards, and especially those famous Mozos dela Escua- dra, whose savage exploits were recounted in January last, when they fired point blank upøn the elegant crowd of gromenaders under the arcades of the Place Royale of Barcelona. Don Vincent Marti (commonly called Roy de las Baraquetas) is one of the richest and most esteemed landed proprietors of Martorell. He was at one time an ardent partisan of Prim, in whose last pronunciamento he took part; but in January last he ouarrelled with Prim, because the latter would not transfer the theatre of his operations to Catalonia. Ever since ha has lived quietly on his property. He rallied to O' Donnell, suad was considered so much a man of order that since May last he dined almost daily with the Captain-General Cotonor. But he refused, in spite of threats and entreaties, to pronounce for Nar- vaez, and therefore, although he did no hostile act, it was resolved to take hii life. On August 11 an armed force surrounded ais house and made him a prisoner, one of the Mozos telling him that he would be taken to Barcelona, where his affair would be settled." Marti knew what this meant, as did his brother and his friends. If they must die, they said it was better to die with arms in their hands than to serve awtargots for trembling recruits to shoot at. They collected to- gether to the number of thirty, and armed with blun- derbusses proceeded to the railway station with the intention of rescuing the prisoner. Finding the wait- ing room full of people they fired at the ceiling, and brought down a ehoIVer of dust and plaster. At the same moment M, Marti's brother, a man of herculean strength, knocked down both the guards, who were holding the prisoner on either side. A combat ensued. M. Marti was run through the belly by a bayonet, t, and his bowels gushed out. One of his party with the blow of a gunstock knocked down the Mozo who had inflicted the wound; and two of the band laying hold of M. Marti the whole party made off with him into the field hoping to find a hiding place. Tea Mozos, recovering from the surprise caused by the dost shower in the railway-station, pursued the fugitives and came up with them in an olive garden. H. Marti's party, protected by trunks of old trees, forced the Mozos to retreat, and, after an hour's march, they found a spot where they thought M. Marti might be concaaled. But he feeling himself dvinp told them to leave him and save themselves. Three' hours later tha Mozos, guided by blood marks on the ground, came to the spot where the unfortunate M. Marti was lying alone. Ah, they said, "this time you shall not ceca-pe us." Instead of putting a ball through the head of the dying man, they recalled him to a sense of life by pricks with the bayonet's point, and stabbed him all over in so many places that you could not have lain a crown piece upon any unwounded part of his body. The indignation in the country is so great that the caotain-gc-neral felt it necessary to come to Martorell in pere,n with an entire regiment. The band, headed by the deceased's brother, swells every day, and a good many of the Mozos, who are fighting with them, have been killed. It ia certain that M. Marti was mur. dored in cold blood, for he was lying helpless and alone, with a death-wound which he had received three hours before he was hacked to death.


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