On the sudden death of the latter, the populace chose Benedict V.
He demanded the formation of a national guard from the departments to defend the Convention against the populace of Paris.
Most of the inhabitants continued heathens until, according to the legend, Salsa, a Christian maiden, threw the head of their serpent idol into the sea, whereupon the enraged populace stoned her to death.
Towards the close of 1888 the emperor returned and was received by the populace with every demonstration of affection and esteem.
Rosas gradually concentrated all power in his own hands, and was hailed by the populace as a saviour of the state.