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More Than Eighteen Hun
dred Miles of Border
ForUncle Sam toGuard.
Thirty Thousand Amer
icans In Mexico.
VERY day we learn something,
or at least we do if supplied
with the necessary mental ap
paratus. We now know where
Douglas, Ariz., and Agua Prieta, Mex
ico, are located. If the unpleasant
ness on the border continues we may
discover the whereabouts of other
places, such as Nogales, Naco, Oalexi
co, Mexicali, Eagle Pass and Ciudad
Porfirio Diaz. We already have a
vague and general notion of the spots
on the map occupied by El Paso and
Juarez. Nothing like a war to make
folks brighten up on their geography!
It is even possible that after a few
months or years we might learn to
pronounce the names of these Mexican
places, although the Russo-Japanese
."war gave us a large and congested
collection of consonants through which
our tongues never could find their
iway. The safest rule in pronouncing
'Mexican names is to remember that
they do not sound like they look. In
cold print they appear to be jawbreak
ers, but in the mouths of the natives
they roll off the tongue like honey.
We are simply bound to take an in
terest in this war whether we will or
not Whenever our attention flags
some of the insurgents or regulars, or
both together, playfully shoot up the
border and kill or wound a bunch of
American citizens. When peaceable
folk are plugged while measuring cali
co, laying down sewer pipe or count
ing money in a bank it is time to sit
up and take notice. Whatever our
opinion of Diaz, of Madero or of the
Mexican republic generally, we can
not have neighbors shooting into our
back yards, breaking our windows and
pushing lead into our anatomies when
we are not looking.
Uncle Sam is a patient individual,
but when somebody goes to firing at
him he is liable to resent it. Whistling
bullets are not diplomatic. An inter
national boundary may be an imagi
nary line, but it is not a healthful occu
pation to shoot it full of holes. Well,
if worse comes to worst, we can turn
the state of Texas loose, and it will
clean up the whole republic of Mexico.
Shooting Up the Border.
It seems that the insurrecto troops
at Agua Prieta shoveled out their
trenches as near the boundary as pos
sible, with the result that the United
States of America became a backstop
for all the regular bullets that did not
lodge in some insurgent Not only
were our scenery and landscape plug
ged like a sieve, but buildings and
store fronts were shot up and men
walking abroad with their families or
following their ordinary avocations
suddenly had to be taken to hospitals
to have Mexican bullets picked out of
them. Perhaps they could have ex
pected nothing better for having lo
cated so close to a Latin American re
public, but Mexico had got over the
fashion of spring revolutions so long
ago that they felt safe.
The boundary between the United
States and the republic to the south
is a trifle more than 1,800 miles long
and bounds two states and two near
states, all of which were amputated
from Mexico when General Scott, Tay
lor and some others took a holiday trip
down there in the forties. At that
time we managed to absorb something
like two-fifths of Mexico's territory.
What would become of the other three
fifths if there should be alike unpleas
antness now?
At "San Antone," where General
Carter and his American army are en
camped, still stand the ruins of the
Alamo. That is a reminder of another
insurrection for liberty when the
boundary line was farther north. The
thing most of us remember about that,
famous fight is the inscription, "Ther
mopylae had her messenger of defeat,
but the Alamo had none." Today the
United States troops are located at
Camp Davy Crockett, named for one
of the heroes of that day.
i Returning to the present boundary
line, it is almost as crooked through
out most of its length as is the river
that flows through San Antonio, of
which it is said that an eel broke his
back trying to swim it. The rivers
down that way are certainly some
wavy in their general contour. The
Rio Grande is not a very ambitious
stream in other ways, but it certainly
Goes go a long distance to get any
A Meandering Boundary.
The boundary line formed by the
Rio Grande between Texas and Mexi
co is something like 1,100 miles long,
counting the twists and plain and fan
cy curves. Among these are all the
curves known to mathematics and sev
eral that no mathematician ever
thought of. There are circles, ellipses,
arcs, parabolas, hyperbolas, spirals,
curlicues, bends, crooks, meanderings,
windings, doublings, kinks, weav
ings. gyrations and ordinary wiggles.
The man that laid out the course of
the Rio Grande river had a combina
tion of plain drunk, St. Vitus' dance
and locomotor ataxia.
Along this part of the boundary the
American Inhabitants are somewhat
(protected, however, by the fact tbit
the Mexicans have to slioot across tbe
Thirty American Noncom
batants Have Already
Been Killed In the War.
Rain of Bullets at Doug-
lasThe Maderos.
stream, and the average Mexican's
aim is so bad that he cannot hit any
thing at such a distance.,
West of Texas the boundary was
laid out by engineers and therefore
has some resemblance to a straight
line. It is here that the trouble has
occurred, there being no river or other
intervening obstacle in the way of
Mexican bullets. If a fight should
ever occur at Nogales it would be
worse than at Agua Prieta, for No
gales is on both sides of the line. The
boundary runs down the middle of one
of the main streets. All a criminal
has to do is to cross the street and
he cannot be taken except by extra
dition. A man returning late from a
banquet and gravitating to the middle
of the street for more leeway changes
his nationality on the average of sev
enteen times to the block. If the in
surgents and regulars should mix it
up in Nogales, Mexico, the people of
Nogales, Ariz., would either have to
flee to the cactus and sagebrush or
take a hand in the scrimmage. The
possible diplomatic complications are
such as to give our whole state de
partment a headache and make it
mentally crosseyed.
Changing Jurisdictions.
Even in ordinary peace times the
boundary gives trouble enough to the
authorities. It is like a case in west
ern Pennsylvania. Cockfighting flour
ished there in an early day until the
state made it unlawful. Then the cock
fighters hied themselves to an island in
the Ohio river that was partly in Penn
sylvania, partly in West Virginia and
partly in Ohio. By shifting their
ground a few feet the lawbreakers
could thus get into three different ju-
[Map showing points on the Mexican border where hostilities have been in progress.
Brigadier General Joseph W. Duncan is commander of the border patrol which is
charged with the preservation of the neutrality laws. Francisco I. Madero, lead-
er of the insurgents, is one of the picturesque figures in the conflict. Governor
R. E. Sloan of Arizona recently petitioned President Taft to interfere to end the
risdictions. Two fairly ambitious game
cocks often fought it out in three
The insurgent and regular game
cocks in Mexico have not quite the
same opportunities for skipping from
jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but it is
safe to say that but for the presence
of Uncle Sam's troops they would be
fighting part of the time on American
soil. Their bullets break over as it is.
A bullet once started on its way, has
little regard for international laws. If
it had a proper appreciation of the
niceties of life it would turn aside on
approaching an American noncombat
ant and politely say: "Beg your par
don. I was looking for an insurgent!"
Along the border the two nationali
ties have not the highest mutual re
gard and refer to each other as''greas-
ers" and "gringoes." The Americans
lap over considerably on Mexican ter
ritory. Some of the towns ten or
twelve miles south of the border are
more American in character than Mex
ican. All over Mexico mines and in
dustries have been developed by our
capital. It is estimated that 30,000
of our citizens are now located in the
republic at our south, a fact referred
to by President Taft when he contem
plated intervention after the shooting
up of Douglas.
Laying I on P'ncle Sam.
A side light on the abandonment of
Agua Prieta by the insurgents was
furnished by their claim that the Unit
ed States government was responsible.
It seems that a consignment of ammu
nition intended for them was confiscafc
ed by our customs officials. This con
signment was not sent to the insur*
gents direct, but to Douglas merchants,
who in turn intended to sell to the rev-
olutionists. The claim made by the
insurrecto junta was that the custom
officials had no right to interfere with
a shipment so sent and cited In sup
port of their contention a decision pre
viously made by Secretary Root How
ever that may be, the fact remains
that the insurgents had all the best of
the fight until they ran out of ammu
The battle of Agua Prieta, which
was perhaps the fiercest thus far
fought in the war, brought two men
into international fame. One was
General Garcia, in command of the
insurgents, who afterward came to
Douglas and gave himself up. The
other was Lieutenant Colonel William
A. Shunk, U. S. A., who electrified the
nation by those dispatches signed
"Shunk, commanding."
President Diaz has promised in a
long complaint that he will not kill
any more Americans if he can help It
and if he can get the insurgents to
agree. He intimates, however, that
the Americans went out and got shot
on purpose. The trouble with this
modified optimism is that Diaz cannot
deliver the goods, as was shown by
the second revolutionary attack on
Agua Prieta and the massing of in
surrectos against Juarez, just across
the river from El Paso.
At this distance it appears that the
game is up for Diaz, and this is true
with an armistice or without one. The
revolutionists are determined that
"Don Porflrio" must go. They think
thirty years long enough for any man
to be president. They also object to
the manner in which he was elected
the last time, their complaint being
that he was not elected also to the
vast concessions he has given foreign
investors, to But why catalogue their
charges? They object to Diaz. That
is the main article of their creed.
The Madero Family.
Francisco I. Madero, the leader of
the revolution, is a young man and a
member of a proud and powerful fam
ily. For many years his grandfather,
Evarista, was governor of the state
of Coahuila and owned multiplied
thousands of acres of land, besides
factories and mines. The Madero fam
ily multiplied plenteously and boasted
that no member of it had ever broken
his word. Francisco has several
brothers who are with him in the rev-
olution and several more who are not
He was educated In the United States
and Europe and is nearly forty years
old. A few years ago he wrote a
book exposing the Diaz regime and
was landed in jail for his pains. When
he got out he ran for the presidency
and was jailed again, being kept in
durance vile until after the election.
He received a few votes, or at least
only a few were counted for him. He
then concluded that peaceable opposi
tion to Diaz was futile and started
a revolution which just now has in
volved nearly all the Mexican states
and is a much bigger affair than the
censored dispatches from the southern
republic indicate.
What the Outcome?
What will the end be? There is talk
of peace, but in the language of P.
Henry, "there is no peace." Liman
tour was going to reform everything
and end the disturbance, but he has
been on the job some weeks now and
the insurrection has been growing all
that time. A bunch of optimists on
both sides of the border were sure
peace would follow the resignation of
the old cabinet but the old cabinet is
now almost forgotten, and the
deristas are still on the warpath.
Will the United States become in
volved? It is estimated that thirty
Americans have lost their lives in the
war outside of those who have taken
part as combatants. With 1,800 miles
of border, millions of Mexican invest
ments and 30,000 Americans living on
Mexican soil, we are rather intimately
interested. There is the tale of the
man who attempted to settle a row
between husband and wife. Uncle
Sam is too old and wise to appear In
that role.
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