Their cabalistic watchword was “paisano” (fellow-countryman), their battle cry “Independence.”
They received the usual frank welcome of a paisano, and were told to dismount and unsaddle.
We got rid of our paisano with difficulty, and only under a promise to visit his chacra, somewhere in the vicinity, next morning.
Sick with expectancy of the news he feared, he rode up, dismounted, and dropped paisano's reins.
[1844+; fr Spanish, ''countryman'']