The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 214
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Mexico's new man of destiny. After realizing that the campaign
was going against him and that neither he nor his partisans could
cope with Madero and his strong machine, Reyes withdrew from
the race and headed for San Antonio, the mecca of Mexican
revolutionaries. To don Bernardo there was only one alternative
Disguised as an invalid and supported on the arms of two
friends, the sixty-one-year-old general fled Vera Cruz on Septem-
ber 28, 1911, aboard the Monterrey bound for New Orleans.
While Reyes was at sea, Madero was elected in an orderly and
free election on October 1 by an overwhelming number of votes.
Reyes, having retired from the army early in September, was now
free to do what his code of honor would not allow him to do as
a militarist on inactive duty. He determined to strike before the
new administration took over. Here begins a new and turbulent
chapter in United States-Mexican border relations.
Alighting in San Antonio from the train to cries of viva Reyes,
don Bernardo made a brief speech denouncing Madero as a
tyrant and calling his revolution a farce and an insult to the
people of Mexico. A reporter described don Bernardo as follows:
While he was talking to newspaper men General Reyes paced
to and fro in a small room, the pent up emotions giving frequent
emphasis to some salient points. The general looks anything but
an old man ... the passing years have bleached a flowing beard,
and while his hair is sprinkled with gray it still tells of the youth,
fire and ambitions left in that wiry little man. His step is just as
spritely as a man in the prime of middle age, and his eyes flashed
indignation as he recited some of the horrors of the revolution and
the conditions that exist in Mexico today.
He was as gracious and polite as the Bernardo Reyes of a score
of years ago and his handshake of greeting was just as hearty. . . It
was when he spoke of patriotism and a man's duty to his country
that he became dramatic.'
After an enthusiastic welcome, General Reyes was driven to the
home of a friend, Miguel Quiroga, 817 San Pedro Avenue, where
the general resided while in the city.
Don Bernardo quickly made himself at home in friendly San
Antonio. Mayor Bryan Callaghan officially extended him the city's
1San Antonio Express, October 8, 1911.
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