MEXICO: Mountain Metropolis

The men of Monterrey, Mexico's industrial capital and third city (pop. 250,000), are like few other Mexicans. They are grave, busy, in a hurry. They wear felt hats instead of sombreros, and take short siestas. An ordinary Mexican, if he wins in a lottery, buys a car and goes on a spree. The man from Monterrey starts a new business. Throughout Mexico, the sign for stinginess, hitting the elbow of one arm with the fist of the other, is used almost automatically in referring to Monterrey.

The regiomontanos (literally, those of the mountain...

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