Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 85 of 163
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PRESIDENT JUAREZ' GOVERNMENT AT CIUDAD
JUAREZ, NEAR EL PASO-I865-66.
For more than a year, in 1865 and I866, the village of
Paso del Norte (now Ciudad Juarez), opposite El Paso,
was the actual capital of the Mexican Republic. Benito
Juarez, the patriot President, with his Cabinet and a little
remnant of his army, had been driven from his capital
by the French troops and the Mexican adherents of
Maximilian, and were making a last stand on this frontier,
the French troops having possession of the city of
Chihuahua, only two hundred and twenty-five miles to
The writer happened at that time to occupy the most
important United States office on the frontier. He
spoke Juarez's own language well, and Juarez knew
that he sympathized as deeply with the republican cause
in Mexico as the M\exican President sympathized with
the cause of the Republic of the United States. Our
Government had at that time no minister near the Juarez
Government. I visited the President very often. Was it
strange if we held many conversations, in which each
confided to the other his hopes and fears, as to the success
or failure of the two simultaneous efforts then being
made to destroy thf cvo greatest Republics in the
world-our own countries? In January, I866, I informed
President Juarez that I contemplated a journey
to Washington City, and before I started he confided
to me a letter to the Mexican Minister, Seior Romero,
and also one to his wife, who, with her two daughters,
were then at Romero's house in Washington, refugees
from their own country.
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Mills, William W. Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills., book, 1901; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1/85/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .