The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964

Frustrated Jvasioa:
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meeral Aerwardo Rqees from
Sa AvNtoxio in 1911
VIC NIEMEYER
ON THE MORNING OF OCTOBER 7, 1911, A CROWD OF FOUR
hundred to five hundred persons, including four dele-
gations from the Grand Lodge of Mexican Masons,
gathered at the Texas and New Orleans Station in San Antonio
to welcome a distinguished Mexican general arriving from New
Orleans. He was General Bernardo Reyes, retired General de
Division of the Mexican Army with forty-five years of service to
his credit. He was every inch a soldier. He was also former gov-
ernor for twenty-two years of the neighboring state of Nuevo
Le6n where he had gained a reputation unequaled in Mexico
for his honesty and administrative ability. In addition, he was a
man noted for his friendliness to Americans, his 33rd degree
mason, and his efforts in developing industry in Monterrey.
Why was this celebrated Mexican, long regarded as the only
person able to effect the necessary reforms that might have avoided
the Mexican Revolution, in San Antonio? Events of the previous
two years give the answer. Removed in 19o09 from his governor-
ship of Nuevo Le6n and sent on a military mission to Europe
because of his nationwide popularity which so alarmed dictator
Porfirio Diaz, he left the gate to the presidential palace open to
the man who dared to remain and defy don Porfirio-Francisco
Madero. Recalled too late in May, 1911, to save the tottering Diaz
regime and erroneously believing that he enjoyed the same pop-
ularity as in 1909, don Bernardo refused to co-operate with
Madero in the pacification of Mexico and allowed himself to be
drawn into a suicidal race for the presidency against Madero,
believing that he, and not the young upstart from Coahuila, was

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