Chapter 8: brigands.
, as in Greece
, brigands are the privateers of public wrongs, or what the peasants call their public wrongs.
A brigand is a malcontent, who waits his chance to rise in a more threatening shape.
and San Jose
, the Free Towns
peopled by disbanded soldiers, squaws, and camp followers, are two great nests of rogues and thieves, gamblers and cut-throats.
From these Free Towns
, a line of brigand chiefs have drawn their scouts and helps.
A mixed blood hates the agents of all rule and order.
Years ago his teeth were clenched against the Spanish
friars; at present his knife is whetted against the American
Much of his passion is political, and the conflict in the jungle and on the mountain side is one of race with race.
High reputations have been made by these