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Hilarious Excerpt About US Mexican Border

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2011

This piece is from here. It is one of the funniest books I ever read about a man going to ancient Mexico… well not really funny, but very well written. You can get it for free on Amazon.
Tramping Through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras-new (Harry Alverson Franck)

You are really in Mexico before you get there. Laredo is a purely–though not pure–Mexican town with a slight American tinge. Scores of dull-skinned men wander listlessly about trying to sell sticks of candy and the like from boards carried on their heads. There are not a dozen shops where the clerks speak even good pidgin English, most signs are in Spanish, the lists of voters on the walls are chiefly of Iberian origin, the very county officers from sheriff down–or up–are names the average American could not pronounce, and the saunterer in the streets may pass hours without hearing a word of English. Even the post-office employees speak Spanish by preference and I could not do the simplest business without resorting to that tongue. I am fond of Spanish, but I do not relish being forced to use it in my own country.

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