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manners, or customs. I will also state here that Americans were never
half as much esteemed by Mexicans, as the English, and next the
Germans. Also that no foreigner could possess real estate in his own
name, if he had any it was under the guise of a Mexican, the only
exception being mines, that English capital bought, and marked with
machinery that the Mexicans did not know how to utilize. Again,
the Catholic religion being the established religion of Mexico, no
Protestant man could marry legally, unless he abjured his protestant
belief and joined the Catholic church.
One thing more, since American enterprise has built railroads in
Mexico, Mexico will per force, if even reluctantly, have to advance-
Mexican revolutions are at an end now, no ambitious would be gov-
ernor or general, can revolt now, for the general government can soon
send troops forward to quell any revolution. Mexico is now in a
manner by railroad under the protectorate of the American Union,
she dare not defy us, though the ignorant class look on us with jealousy
and fear, and in their hearts curse railroads and Americans.
On the 17th of October, 1841, after a few days rest given to the men
under General McLeod, and during that time 150 men being huddled
up in a room, only getting one loaf of light bread for a whole day's
ration, after as before stated, previously to that we had to live for
near two months on the poor ration of 11/ pounds of our poor beef
of worn down work oxen, and no bread or coffee, we were ill prepared
to resume a long march of about two thousand miles to the City of
Mexico. We left San Miguel while a guard of about two hundred
men, mounted upon horses, mules and asses, and miserably armed
with bows and arrows, lances, or worthless muskets, rode upon either
side of us, in single file as we trudged along on foot. The day on which
we started was warm and showery. About sundown, footsore and
completely exhausted after a march of thirty miles, [here I will state
that on the whole march through Mexico we started about sunrise,
marching till near sundown without a noon's rest or a dinner, or any
repast], we reached the old ruin of the Pecos, in former times a
mission and fortress, but now uninhabitable, and crumbling to decay.
Salezar39 drove us into an enclosure amid the ruins not fit even for
brutes, and without giving us a morsel of food. Towards the evening
of that first day's journey, I suffered terribly from colic pains, causing
me to bend and twist; it was probably caused by eating a very dry
hard biscuit given me by one of the guards which swelled in my
stomach; I fell in the rear, and a Mexican told me if I did not keep up
with the command I should be shot down. I thought he did that to
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