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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
Mier. It was an opportune time, as a big fiesta (a
fair or feast) was going on there and the presence of
strangers was expected. Mier was 15 miles from
Roma. The features of the fair were bull fighting
and gambling. The Mexican women would walk up
to a gambling table, place large sums of money on a
card, and win or lose, and you would not hear a word
from them. Everything was perfect order in the
gambling place. The women smoked cigarettes and
yet they appeared to be perfect ladies. I though it
was the most wonderful thing that I had ever seen,
that gambling could be tolerated to an apparent
point of decency. We learned another feature in
their realm of society; when a girl or woman, nurses
a child of doubtful parentage, it is not considered a
disgrace, but a misfortune. I have often thought of
that, that they could wear the mantle of charity with
more comfort than our own people. Their ideals are
as widely apart from ours as the poles, consequently
I don't think we can ever assimilate in one idea of
government. Altogether, the fair was unique and
interesting. Ostensibly, we were there attending the
feast, but our wicked eyes were on other matters as
well. We surveyed the soldiery, and their equipments.
Also we were watching for criminals, whose description
we had. We took time to view the historic old
spot of Mier, where the Santa Fe prisoners drew white
and black beans, in their lottery for life. There stands
out, the most noble thing in American history, where
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