Mexico as I Saw It

Mexico as I Saw It

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... his sacred barrier is passed all is clear sailing, and the most cordial welcome vouchsafed. Madame Diaz has no receiving day; but New Year's Day was a special occasion. The General had held his public receptions at the Municipal Palace in the morning. Hers were merely friendly visits. What a happy home life that must be, when the door is shut on off1cial business! 'Ii2_/._; ._cents-.' '3. 243 CHAPTER XV. (IUADALAJARA. THE new century had dawned. My travels into the further unknown were to begin. What experiences some of those travels proved! Guadalajara is perhaps one of the quaintest old towns in Mexico. It has its history, what town has not? Battles have been fought and blood has been shed in its valley, but to-day modern civilisation is struggling with ancient barbarism in this interesting land of grand contrasts. What a pretty name--Gua-da-la-ha-ra--rich and musical, as are so many native names. As the nomenclature of Mexico is poetical and melodious, so the people are artistic and romantic. All the charm of a southern clime is to be found; at one moment the scene might almost be in Italy, at the next the Spanish Pyrenees recur to mind, and then again dear dirty Tangier appears before us. The mules, the burros (donkeys) with their pack-loads, the blue cloudless sky, the dark skins of the Mexican Indians, the white cotton clothes and bright-coloured blankets--all these we have seen in other lands. Mexico recalls a hundred different scenes; even the domes of many of the churches with their gold tops and coloured tiles are reminiscent of far-away Russia. It is all very interesting, and strange combinations abound; barbed wire, electric light, telegraphs, sewing-machines, and a telephone may be found in a little village where th
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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236817044
  • 9781236817044