MEXICO: Unmotivated Crime

Midnight noises awakened William E. Chapman, U. S. Consul at Puerto Mexico, in the State of Vera Cruz. Soon Consul Chapman, no coward, was tiptoeing downstairs with a dim lamp as his only guide.

The stairs creeked. Suddenly two burly peons confronted Mr. Chapman. One poked a gun at him. The other brandished a knife.

Thus threatened, Consul Chapman retreated step by step to his bedroom, the peons making no demands but simply prodding him on. There the man with the revolver suddenly fired at point blank range, sending a bullet into Mr....

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