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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, May 01, 1903, Image 2

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X 3 Mexico and the Mexicans. -
F you wish to enter at once the land of beauty,
faith, passion, purity, sun and storm, cactus and
rose, laughter and tears, go to Mexico," is the
advise of a recent writer. Here one finds the
oldest civilization and the newest side by side;
here awful montains tower aloft, snow-capped
and desolate, gleaming, in the noonday sun; here
all is luxuriant splendor and tropical fragrance.
It is a new world a wonder-world lying along
side of us and, to the great majority of Ameri
cans, little known. Its language, its people, its customs,
differ from ours. Its very religion is different from that pro
fessed by the majority of the American people. Mexico is a
Catholic country, and has so been since Christianity was first
introduced there yet how many American Catholics acknowl
edge a kinship with their elevem million brethren across the
A great deal lies in understanding the people of any coun
try, their customs and habits of thought. We of the United
States have allowed ourselves to get into the Protestant hab
it of holding up our hands in holy horror contemplating the
Mexican practice of bull-fighting. Pious Protestant preach
ers have journeyed down into Mexico, intent upon converting
the country by looking upon it, and deluged the weekly press
with long articles in execration of the national pastime. At
the same time if they could really get down into the Mexican
heart they would find it beating with an abhorrence of our
national evil the prize-ring. That two intelligent American
citizens can find nothing more glorious to do than beat each
other black and blue of a Sunday evening, appears to them
ridiculous. "Why do your American men fight each other

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