At the beginning of 1917 Felipe Ángeles and José María Maytorena were in New York, where they had ended up persecuted by the forces of Venustiano Carranza. Maytorena and Ángeles were about to return to Mexican territory to join Francisco Villa’s army, but last-minute difficulties among the exiled group in New York prevented the trip. In mid-February of that year, Maytorena left for Los Angeles, California, where his mother was sick. He was still in this city when, on February 26, he received a letter from General Angeles, where he informed him of the work of the revolutionaries in the North American city. Also in it, a certain pessimism can be seen in Angeles. “As you know, our political friends have that philosophy a little beyond what is sensible, and from there it comes that Don Leopoldo (Hurtado) affirms that the desired dissimulation already exists, and there are those who believe that another desideratum can also be counted on. . However, you can never tell them they have bad judgment, because eventually, when time proves their claims false, they tell you with disconcerting aplomb that they never believed those claims; but that they did them only to raise the very low spirits of their interlocutors, or because in politics one should not tell the truth”.