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"What would you get out of it?
Mexico get out of it?
In short, would it pay?
What would the common people of
First, it should be remembered that there is an intense hatred on the
"mrt of most Mexicans against Americans. If we call them "greasers," they
all us "gringoes" a corruption of the first two words of a song the
American soldiers sang in 1846 when they'invaded Mexico "Green Grows
,ne Grass." '
Next, Mexicans are mostly Indians. There are 16,000,000 people in
Mexico and only 3,000,000 are white. They are -closer to the aboriginal
strain than the original inhabitants of any other country conquered by
white men. No Indians fought with greater bravery against their con
luerors than did the Aztecs against Cortez. No Indians fought with more
stubbornness against antagonists of their own color tfian other Mexican
tribes fought against the Aztecs.
And no soldiers of modern times fought more bravely than did Mexican
The Cruel Eyes or the Mexican-Indian Fighter the Eyes, of Dictator
Huerta. Do They Look Like the Eyes of a Coward to You?
to'diers of 1846-8 against the United
States troops. We have the word of
Gen. Grant, the greatest fighter this
country ever produced, for that!
A slight knowledge of history
might indicate that a small handful of
Spaniards, under Cortez, walked
through Mexico slaughtering Mexi
cans like sheep, with little or no re
cistance. As a matter of fact the an
cient Mexicans from whom most of
the present-day inhabitants are de
scendants frequently were spoken
of by Cof tez and the chronicler of his
campaigns, Bernal Diaz, as the fierc
est warriors of the day. They inflict
ed great losses upon the Spaniards,
and on one occasion drove them from
the country with a massacre of nearly
all their forces. The Spaniards won
with arms and armor, and, above all,
with other Mexican allies!
The war of 1846-8 was won by the
United States by military tactics
certainly stood up as bravely as any
soldiers ever did.
With these facts of history, it is
quite evident that ten Mexicans,
equally as well-armed,' as well
equipped, as well fed and as well of
ficered as other troops, cannot be
whipped by one soldier of any other
The fact that he is neither well
armed or equipped is where the Mex
ican loses. But this does not prove
Mexican peons mightbe dividedinto
two classes the peons of the town
and the peons of the country. The
observations of many persons who
denounce the Mexican as spineless
cowards are based UDon the neons nf
the cities, whose most noticeable
cnaractenstics are generally drunk
enness and eamblincr. But the hardier
classes of the hills and the country.
-vhich have lived for years practicaJi-4