MEXICO: No Fumar, No Beber

College boys frequently swear off smoking and drinking for indefinite periods, invent elaborate forfeits for backsliding. Generals of Armies, Presidents of Republics are seldom so ingenuous. Not so President of Mexico Emilio Fortes Gil and General Pedro J. Almada, Chief of Military Operations in the State of Puebla.

At a banquet tendered President Fortes Gil in Puebla City last August upon the conclusion of the last revolution, the Chief Executive, who has high plans for making Mexico temperate, scanned the liberal wine list, then suggested to General Almada that they both swear off...

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