The Press: Conquest of Mexico

No U.S. private citizen, least of all a newspaper publisher, has ever before been decorated twice by the Mexican Government. First to make the grade is the Laredo (Texas) Times's Publisher William Prescott Allen, a collateral descendant of the historian William Prescott (The Conquest of Mexico). Fortnight ago he got the Order of the Aztec Eagle (Sixth Class),† plus a medal never before awarded to a civilian, Mexican or otherwise: the Military Order of Merit (Second Class).

Publisher Allen had worked hard for his decorations. More of a Western Hemisphere propagandist than a newspaperman, he has been friends with Mexican Presidents—left,...

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