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knees, but his fear of losing an army made all pleadings vain.
In fact, as I ascertained by the following cablegram which came into my hands, Napoleon's instructions for the French evacuation were in Mexico at the very time of this pathetic scene between him and Carlotta.
The despatch was in cipher when I received it, but was translated by the telegraph operator at my headquarters, who long before had mastered the key of the French cipher:
Paris, January 10, 1867. French Consul, New Orleans, La. To General Castelnau, at Mexico.
Received your despatch of the 9th December.
Do not compel the Emperor to abdicate, but do not delay the departure of the troops; bring back all those who will not remain there.
Most of the fleet has left.
This meant the immediate withdrawal of the French.
The rest of the story — which has necessarily been but an outline — is soon told.
Maximilian, though deserted, determined to hold out to the last, and with the aid of disloyal