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their standard a banner-not of anarchy, but of defiance against
any government committed to enslave the many while gorging
The Red Flaggers are fighting for the first principle of repub
lican government the protection of the poor. Their pronunciento
of revolution declares their intention "to construct laws by means
of which the problems of land and living in Mexico will be solved."
In the south the Mexican states of Morales and Guerrera, the
irreconcilable Zapata is still carrying on with 10,000 peons the most
cruel of rebellions and unconquerable revolt confessedly designed
to wrest vast landed estates from great owners who acquired them
In northern Mexico OrozcoSalazar, De La Fuente.and Roque
Gomez command the Red Flag forces that seek to share the soil.
The rebel chief Orozco is a peon once amule driver; Salazar
a miner from the border, De La Fuente a man of the people educated
in the military school of Chapultepec Five thousand men of their
commands are spread through the border states, hardy peons, in
telligent and ambitious miners and farmers forced until now to
work for 15 to 20 cents a day.
Soldiers under the Red Flag wear no uniform save a crimson
ribbon on the arm. Often ragged, their feet in gunny sacks, few
are without a startlingly modern gun !
Mustered from the mine and the farm, they are FAR superior,
physically and intellectually, to the federal soldier forcibly recruited
from the town jafl and the convict camp.
Types of the two lie about Cuidad Juarez, battle-scarred village
of a three-day fight.
The Red Flagger rides an unshorn horse, fist on supple thigh;
keen faced and determined.
The federal slouches on the sunny side of the bull ring lazily
tossing cigaret butts at his jaded nag.
Both realize that the end of Madero brings the men of the old
thieving, grafting regime into the saddle. Bat the federal recruit
waits flaccidly to see what will happen while the Red Flag soldier,
fearing and hating the palace-plotter and traitor, Huerta, is all ready
to carry on the peasants' war in eight Mexican states.
Father (at table) Well, John
ny, how did you get along at
school today? Johnny Papa, my
physiology book says conversa
tion at meals should be of pleas
ant character. Let's talk about
I something else
The hunter had been mistaken
for a deer and shot. He roused
and beckoned to the head nurse.
"Understand," he said, "I don't
care so much about being killed,
but it's this being made game of
that hurts my feelings."