Chapter 17:Misfortunes in Madrid
August 1890- Rizal arrived in Madrid to seek justice for his family and the Calamba tenants. He sought the help of the Filipino colony, the Asociacion Hispano-Filipina, and the liberal Spanish newspapers (La Justicia, El Globo, La Republica, El Resumen, etc.)
-M. H. del Pilar acted as his lawyer
and Dr. Dominador Gomez (secretary of Asociacion Hispano-Filipina)
Sepetmber 6, 1890- Rizal received a terrible news, he received a copy of the ejectment order by the Dominicans against Francisco Rizal and other Calamba tenants sent by hos brother-in-law Silvestre Ubaldo. From his sister Saturnina, he learned the deportation of Paciano (Rizal), Antonio (Lopez), Silvestre (ubaldo), Teong (mateo Elejorde), and Dandoy (Dr. Rizal's relative)
-he also learned that their parents had been forcibly ejected from their house.
August 19, 1990- Jose Ma. Panganiban died in Barcelona, after a lingering illness. He was a very talented co-worker of Rizal in the Propaganda Movement. With a sorrowing heart, Rizal took up his pen and wrote a great eulogy to Panganiban.
End of August 1890- Rizal attended a social reunion of the Filipinos in Madrid. In this reunion, Antonio was also there, he became more loquacious and became drunk. At that time, Luna was bitter because of his frustrated love with Nellie Boustead. He's blaming Rizal to what happened to his failure, although Rizal already explained it that it was nothing. Luna said unsavory words to Nellie which made Rizal angry and challenged Luna.
On another occasion- Rizal challenged Wenceslao E. Retana, a talented Spanish scholar, was then a press agent of the friars in Spain. He used to attack the Filipinos, including Rizal. One day he wrote an article asserting that the family and friends of Rizal had not paid their rents so that they were ejected from their lands in Calamba Rizal stirred in action when he read this, he sent seconds to Retena with his challenge to duel, only Retana's...
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