The News from Paraguay - Chapter 14: San Fernando Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 14: San Fernando Summary

The residents of Asuncion panic when over fifty Brazilian steamers sail up the river towards the city. Charles Washburn and Frederick Masterman watch the Brazilians' progress from the roof of the American Legation. The streets below empty, and both men hope the city will soon fall. Only a small fort with a single cannon defends the city. Still, after a few badly aimed shots, the Brazilians retreat. Washburn is appalled that such a golden opportunity is lost.

Franco's army stops and establishes a new headquarters at San Fernando. It is on a high hill, surrounded by marshes. Women are fighting for his army now, and several work at loading artillery shells. Ella and the children evacuate, first by boat and then overland to San Fernando. The children argue most of the journey, since they were forced to leave their toys behind.

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