AN INTERVIEW WITH MEXICO'S AGED "IRON MAN"
(Editor's Note. William G.
, -Shepherd, European correspond
ent of The Day Book, was on the
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revolutions in Mexico,
By William G. Shepherd.
Paris, Oct. 23. I had to make
an appointment in advance to see
ex-President Porfirio Diaz, who
is living in this gay capital of the
French in retirement.
All sorts of people from all cor
ners of the world move about in
vParis even anarchists, even pistol-heeled
So I figure it that the "Iron
Man of Mexico" is -taking no
f wnatever may nappen m tne
Jand of the Aztecs, I am quite
i sure, now that I have interviewed
h him, that Senor Diaz has no hope
r of ever ruling there again or tak
V ing any part in its politics. He is
g 82 and although he looks strong
c "and hale as a healthy American of
f 70 would look, he is beginning, to j
t feel his years.
- Diaz feels that he did much for
' Mexico and his experience of the
I past two years has saddened him.
He does not mix at all in any so
ciety here. His closest and indeed
his only associate and confident is
his beautiful wife, Carmen, many
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I told tthe ex-president that I
had traveled on Madero's armed
train in the triumphal trip to
Mexico City and followed with
"How could Madero have pre
yented the growth of another
"It requires an iron hand," said
the old man, in his eyes snapping.
"In all revolutions crime and law
lessness will arise tcthe surface,
in all forms. It is necessary to
correct this at its first appearance,
as Soon as a revolution is ended,
with great severity and prompt
action. If it is not stopped, it
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Ex.-President Diaz of Mexico.
blossom? and fruitens into rebel
lion." Madero, I knew, had not made
any such effort.
Then Diaz told me of the fa
mous order which he gave imme
diately after his revolution
against Lerdoj 30 years ago.
"When I approached the capi
tal of Mexico with my army," he
said, "during the last days of
Lerdo's .government, rebellion be-
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