SPAIN: Butcher Acquitted

General Don Valerian Weylery Nicolau, Marquis of Teneriffe and Duke of Rubi, was acquitted last week by a court-martial in Madrid of the charge (TIME, July 5), that he fomented a plot last summer to seize the Government. Citizens of the U. S. know that "Butcher" Weyler, 88, has not yet lived down the odium of his bloodthirsty governorship of Cuba (1896-97) — a direct and major cause of the Spanish-American War. From blood, oppression, graft, he wrung a fortune now one of the largest in Spain.


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