New York Herald
September 21, 1852, page 2


The Trial and Conviction of the Publishers of the Voice of the People-Three Sentenced to be Garroted -Views of the Captain General relative to the Lone Star, &c.



HAVANA, September 14, 1852.

Trials and Sentences of the Publishers of the Voice of the People; Three to be Garroted-Total Loss of Spanish Steam Frigate Pizarro-The Mulatto Johnston, the Public Informer-The Ravages of the Cholera, &c., &c.

A court martial presided over by Brigadier Velasco, was yesterday held at the Real Carcel, and passed sentence on the prisoners Edwardo Facciolo, Juan Anastasio Romero, Antonio Bellido Luna, Florentino Toores, Juan Antonio Granados, Felix Maria Casard, Antonio Palmer, the lawyer Ramon Palma, Antonio Rubio, Ladislaz Urquizo, and Idelfonso Estrada y Zenea, denounced by the mulatto Johnston as authors, printers, and accomplices in the publication of the clandestine subversive paper La Voz del Pueblo. Sentence (of death, I understand,) was also passed on Juan Bellido Luna and Andres Ferrer, who have been fortunate enough to escape to the United States, but are invited to return here (as you will observe by the official proclamation) to have their sentences carried into effect. The first on the list, Edwardo Facciolo, a native of this island, will be garroted in the course of a day or two. Don Antonio Bellido Luna made an eloquent speech in his own defence, but so great was the concourse of the Catalans and Spaniards which crowded round the saloon of trial, that no respectable person could get within hearing distance of what was being said. It appears, however, that Mr. Luna was arrested because a copy of the Voz del Pueblo was found in his wardrobe, which was sufficient, in the opinion of his judges, to pronounce him guilty of treason to her Majesty the Queen of Spain! But as these decisions are somewhat curious, please receive them in the original Spanish, and you will then be better able to draw your own conclusions upon the sentences which were pronounced on some of those individuals, declared guilty upon evidence which it would appear almost impossible should have been received in any court of law against them. Those condemned to chains at Ceuta, according to Major Schlessinger's account of that penal settlement, had better have suffered the same fate as poor Facciolo.

Facciolo was condemned to death, and others to chains, at Ceuta, through the enpidity of the informer Johnston; and, considering the character for revenge generally attributed to the Spanish race, it is somewhat curious to observe with what impunity that man parades the city.