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September 18, 1912.
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L'THAMPTON AND DISTRICT PICTORIAL.

A MEXICAN BULL-FIGHT,
(By WILL MURRAY).
Last week I gave some recollections of a holiday jaunt to Mexico, and this week I pn*-•pox to recall my impremuon* of my first bullfight witnessed in the bull-ring of Mexico City. Auything in the nature of a detailed account of this thrilling exhibition is, of course, difficult to commit to paper afUr Uiis lap&» These darts when fixed in the quivering shoulders of the bull have the effect of still
MADDENING THE ALREADY INFURIATED BEAST;
and give the animal a peculiar and distinctive appearance. Usually three sot* of two bandilln* are fixed in the animal's should en* before Uie bugle sounds, and the .Matador enters the ring armed with the -spada, or sword of death. Uy this time tlie bull is usually greatly fatigued, ami tliough mad witli rage and pain, he easily falls a victim to the Matador, who, I if skilful, can with one thrust of his Toledo blade dexterously pierce the heart, and lay the ' noble imported beast of Andalusia in the dust. | 'Hie carcase, and tiie oa.rca.ses of tlie dead ' horses, are then removed from tlie ring by gaily caparisoned teams of mules kept ready harnessed for the purpcee. Tlie arena is swept, the blood cmered up, and bull number two immediately makes his appearance, when the same performance is repeated. Variations of soft*, of course, follow. Some bulls are much gamer and fight better than others, disabling more houses, and sometiim-s men; others show the white feiither or superior intelligence, whichever one may elect to term it, and jumps the barrier leading back to Uie etablea from which they I lave just emerged. This partition is about seven feet high, and 1 saw a wounded bull? suffering greatly from Ions of blood, jump it six consecutive times. I regard bull lighting u*
A \ Kin KXCITING Sl'ECTACLK,
jnd ii) the hands of. the skilful us a perfectly permissible spen, provided the horses are altogether eliminated 'from the ring. This one particular feature, as I have Wore remarked, is disgusting in the extreme, utterly revolting, and quite unnecessary. The almost universal condemnation of the bull-tight is. 1 take it, due to this one factor alone. The first of my Uiree pictures represent* Ma/zantini, one of the nlost famous i»i Mexican bandelir««J, placing » the banderillas in tlie dioulders of the Wl. a feat which requires net only quickne** of foot but a good deal of nerve and skill, and is attended with not a little danger. The second picture depicts a typical bull fi^ht scene, with the bull being goaded to inadno** by one of tlie bande-"lie*, the Indies of two liofsee that liave been rniilered "kw de coin bat" bring *c*n on Uie right of the ring; while the .third phut!graph shoe* the rud of tl^ Hght. ahen the carcase

Placing the Banderlllas.

An Equine Victim.
of the vanquished bull is dragged out of tb#. ring by tlu* gaily caparisoned mules.
One of the n**t interesting places wo visited ■"') in Mexico City was Uio Mumeum, a fine build- » ing well stocke*!' w ith curios, relic*, and natural history specimens, the Astec collection of pottery, idols, and stonework bring especially good. , Hie Axtec (blwxlar, a wonderful piece of carr- ri ing with a long history, is pos*ibly one of the 9 Museum's most valuable possessions, and the ^ sacrificial stone on which it is known that y ;
m 60.000 rhX)M,E WERE PUT TO D^TH
ia the only one of it* kind in existence, or thai probably ever has existwl upon which so much j human sacrifice ha* lieen known to take place. The saddle, some of the robe*, the state car- i riages, and the funiiUiro of the late unfortunate j ex Emperor Maximilian are also here to be i seen, also some very fin* pictures of the ex- ' Emperor ami |n* modi totefiUed consort, Isabella.
I was a good deal struck by the absence of bin! life in Mexico, Uie two most common varieties to be J^miid |>eing Uie tordo or crow, A and Uie Turkey butsnid, a small species of condor. Ikdh th«ee biids am to be found wherever th«x> are liuiikui habitations, and in Vera Crux ivqu-ciolly Uie Iwuuard* are the public scavengers, clearing the stnxit* of offal, and consuming all Uie carri«wi. In and around tha meat market Uiese birds are so distended with food that they can hardly lly, and it would be a |**iecUy easy matter to knock Uiem down wiUi A stick a* you walk around xiVl amongst the various stalls At tha season of tha yssTy^ when I was Uu»re U«*rm were but few moe-quitos, but later on, I believe, they are very
The End of the Fight.
The railway journey from Vera Crux to Mexico City is on the whole of but little inters*. There is, however, one section of the oqpntry! traversed, near Orisiba, which is exceedingly IhsiuUfill, and should not he missed. The line rises about 6,000 feet in twelve or fourteen miles, crossing gaping diaams and roaring cascades almost every few yards. I am told that., the cost of construction ci this section of tha line was 176.000 golden dollars per mile. The management of Uie line, liowever, leaves much to be desired, and Uie journey on the whole is uncomfortable. The night *«Tice from Mexico . City is a flood deal better, and a comfortahis berth in a roilman can be secured on the . extra payment of eight dollars, Juovided you have some* influential friends in the city to "tell the tale" for you. We availed oursetaee of this method of returning to Vera Crui. where ye joined the steamer Xefiada l»ound for I'rogreso, Havana, and New Y«*k. Tlie trip U> tlw p*uln of l'rogreao in the JucataA Peninsula proved uneventful. Some of the pasaengera went "II shcre, I sit as thrf* waA Ijttle to be seen i we elected to speiwl Uie day on Ixsud
SHARK FISHING.
| I'nfortunately, owing to uiuwwWde tackle, u «ns | were caught, Imt Uie great iisli wrtc around U*r hip. swimming on the surfacs of the w^ter, the whole day U-ng, and eagerly devoured the meat, leave* of bead, etc., thrown to them by the passengers. 1 he shatk*. l*o*M%er, were very 'Ay of Uw hook, which was of necessity large, ind had Uiree feet of chain attached Many r.mall.-r fish wtre caught .during the day with % Uw ordinary sea line.
f The spar* at my disposal forbids a detailed \ account of our itinerary. We visited New V. ik ai d Buffalo. Chicago, whore I met llaokfiismidt, when he wa* pr, (wring for lua ni*winter wiUi Cotuli, and Uie Niagaia Falls, nd on the homeward trip touched at Uie A/ores. N':»plr.«. (ieiaia. and (iibrahar. and . after a brief stay in l'aris arrived back in LoihIoii just thre.' months to the day afWr leaving «.ld Kngland.

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