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General Belmont proposes that they begin the “final act of this drama.” He tells them how he witnessed Paterno’s revolution against Igorroto in Nicaragua and how Paterno, with the arms and men, easily drove out the ruling government. This, Belmont tells them, is their chance to drive out the Republicans from Wellington.
So, I think they wanted to drive the Democrats, who had seen their power slip, out of Wellington.