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"at war the men from whom Diaz's
band of rurales were recruited, the
men who are" now often found fight
ing in the ranks of the "rebels"
these are different. An opinion of
how Mexicans can fight cannot be
based entirely upon the men in the
federal army, for these are, as a rule,
from the most worthless class of the
Indians and Half-Breeds.
Indians are not cowards, as a rule.
Half-breeds seldom are cowards.
They are cruel, bloodthirsty and do
not fight according to rules, but they
are not cowards.
According to our notions, sticking
faces a firing squad with much of the
stoicism of the Indian. He would do
the game to his enemy, so why should
his enemy have mery upon him?
Warfare in Mexico is guerrilla war
fare! Those who picture a conquest of
that country as a line of troops ad
vancing with colors flying and bands
playing; and whose idea of wounds is
a white handkerchief wrapped around
the brow with a strawberry mark in
the center, should see it as it really is.
Sagebrush, desert heat, dust, thirst
and an enemy that shoots from cover,
is the real picture. Old Indian fight
ers of the campaigns in Arizona and
The Cruel Mouth of the Mexican Fighter the Indian Mouth and Jaw of
Dictator Huerta. Do You See "Cowardice" Written Here?
a knife in a man's back constitutes
cowardice, but the Indian or half
breed figures, "Why take a chance if
your object is to kill a man ? " He will
fight openly if necessary, but if the
same result can be accomplished by
not exposing himself he inquires,
"Why take a chance?"
Most men fighting m the civil war
in Mexico know that defeat means
"no quarter." Yet they "fight. That
spells ferocity. Not cowardice. A
Mexican, with Indian blood, has not
progressed to the stage where he sees'
any difference in the method of kill
ing a man. The rules of warfare are
unknown to him. If the object is to
get nd of the enemy, he would as
soon stab him in the dark as stand'up
in the open and ghoot it out. But he
will do either. If he is captured he
! New Mexico could furnish an illus
tration with the romance left out.
GEN. SHERMAN ON WAR
"I confess, without shame, that I
am tired and sick of war. Its glory is
all moonshine. Even success the most
brilliant is over dead and mangled
bodies, the anguish and lamentations
of distant families appealing to me
for missing sons, husbands and
fathers. It is only those who have
not heard a shot nor heard the
shrieks and groans of the wounded
and lacerated that cry aloud for more
blood, more vengeance, mor,e desola
tion." Gen. Sherman.
In an'article tomorrow Editor Can
field will tell you the terrific cost of
U. S. invasion in Mexico. The facts-