MEXICO: Torera from Texas

Poised and slim in her sober, untinseled bullfighter's costume, blonde Patricia McCormick flashed her scarlet cape at the second of her two bulls. The first had been tame and lackluster. The crowd at the Juárez bull ring knew that if the first U.S. professional torera's debut was to be a success, this fight had better be good.

Dedicating the bull to her mother, the 22-year-old Texas girl took bold command. Four times she drew the bull's charges in neat pases naturales, once so narrowly that blood from his flank streaked her tight-fitting...

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