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ploylnent for the student of human nature. Jaca/lcs are built of
all adaptable and much unsuitable material; the skeleton walls
are a few stray stick pickets, driven crazily into the ground
and covered with old oil cans, wickey-ups of unsavory blankets
and the worn-out straw of some primeval thatching. At the
.. !,or, always open, kneel the women at the matat, a primitive
, ; + orn mill, used in the pounding out of tortillos, the Mexican
fhnlnny-cake ; on her knees in front of the natat the woman
SAN ANTONIO NATIONAL BANK. into marketable shape. Like her lazy husband, she has found
no new ways to shorten labor-wants none. The acequia ditch is well enough for a wash tub,
a great flat rock suffices for a scrubbing board, and, squatting oil a little plank thrown across the
ditch, the senora washes her coarse linen in the bright water, or, on those knees again, scrul)s
her reeking rags on her old-fashioned washboard.
The Mexican man one meets everywhere, and everywhere the same liquid eyes, the same
appreciation of the dolce far niente. Clinging to his ancient traditions, his inertia unshaken by
the skirinishing of his white neighbors, a tiny woman to pound his tortillos, a hideous pelon-
hairless dog-for kicking purposes, a sunny day, a great sombrero, and your Spanish-Aztec
finds life well worth living.
Coimnercially, too, he is apt to walk illis own ]lhamperllll d ways, olding to the old time
methods of livelihood, developed from the early resources of the country. IHis every adaptation
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Fisher, C. E. Queer, Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases, book, 1895; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143545/m1/32/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.