Adventures in Mexico

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Outing Publishing Company, 1915 - Mexico - 292 pages
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Page 33 - La Villa Rica de la ^Vera Cruz ("The Rich City of the True Cross").
Page 280 - The last are the most numerous, and are abundant in the sierras in the neighborhood of Chihuahua. The carnero cimarron — the big-horn or Rocky Mountain sheep — is also common on the Cordillera. Elk, black-tailed deer, cola-prieta (a large species of the fallow deer), the common red deer of America, and antelope, abound on all the plains and sierras. Of smaller game...
Page 275 - Mexican valor and humanity ! The unfinished convent of San Francisco, commenced by the Jesuits prior to their expulsion from the country, is also a conspicuous mass of masonry and bad taste. It is celebrated as having been the place of confinement of the patriot Hidalgo, the Mexican Hampden, who was executed in a yard behind the building in 1811. A monument to his memory has been erected in the Plaza de Armas, a pyramid of stone, with an inscription eulogistic of that one honest Mexican.
Page 81 - Mexico" must be careful what they are about, and keep their eyes skinned, as they say in Missouri. Here there are no detective police from which to select a guide for the back slums — no Sergeant Shackel to initiate one into the mysteries of St. Giles's and the Seven Dials. One must depend upon his own nerve and bowie-knife, his presence of mind and Colt's revolver: but, armed even with all these precautions, it is a dangerous experiment, and much better to be left alone. Provided, however, that...
Page 13 - ... I cannot remember to have observed one single commendable trait in the character of the Mexican ; always excepting from this sweeping clause the women of the country, who, for kindness of heart and many sterling qualities, are an ornament to their sex, and to any nation. " If the Mexican possesses one single virtue, as I hope he does...
Page 69 - The distant view of the city, with its white buildings and numerous churches, its regular streets and shaded paseos, greatly augments the beauty of the scene, over which floats a solemn, delightful tranquillity. On entering the town, one is struck with the regularity of the streets, the chaste architecture of the buildings, the miserable appearance of the population, the downcast look of the men, the absence of ostentatious display of wealth, and the prevalence of filth which everywhere meet the...
Page 287 - Their dress was original and uniform (in rags). One had on a dirty broad-brimmed straw hat, another a handkerchief tied round his head. One had a portion of a jacket, another was in his shirtsleeves, with overalls, open to the winds, reaching a little below the knees. All were bootless and unspurred. One had a rusty sword and lance, another a gun without a hammer, the third a bow and arrows. Although the nights were piercingly cold, they had but one wretched, tattered sarape of the commonest kind...
Page 283 - horned frog" of the prairies of America. The characteristic shrub on the plains of Chihuahua is the mezquit — a species of acacia, which grows to the height of ten or twelve feet. The seeds, contained in a small pod, resemble those of the laburnum, and are used by the Apaches to make a kind of bread or cake, which is sweet and pleasant to the taste. The wood is exceedingly hard and heavy.
Page 89 - ... work with them, for at the first blow the tendons of the right arm of one of them were severed, and his weapon fell to the ground ; and as his antagonist was about to plunge his knife into the body of his disarmed foe, the bystanders rushed in and prevented it, at the same moment that the patrulla (the patrol) entered the corral with bayonets drawn, and sauve-qui-peut was the word ; a visit to the Acordada being the certain penalty of being concerned in a brawl where knives have been used, if...
Page 201 - I stopped and had a long chat with Armijo, who, a mountain of fat, rolled out of his American 'dearborn' and inquired the price of cotton goods in Durango, he having some seven wagon-loads with him, and also what they said in Mexico of the doings in Santa F6, alluding to its capture by the Americans without any resistance.

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