MEXICO: The Old Guard

Every morning, promptly at 5:30, a burst of gunfire rattles the Colonia Juarez section of Mexico City. Old Don Carlos Rincon Gallardo y Romero de Torreros, Grandee of Spain, Marquis of Guadalupe, Duke of Regla, holder of 15 knighthoods, member of the Royal Corps of Gentlemen of Nobility of Madrid, last commander of President Porfirio Diaz' rurales,* is still waging symbolical battle against the Revolution of 1910.

Propped up in his antique fourposter, with a monocle screwed in his eye, the duke blasts through the open bedroom window at a target on the...

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