MEXICO: Julia, Adios

For a town of 2,500 inhabitants, Temixco, 50 miles from the Mexican capital, has a high incidence of arrests—mainly because the citizens tend to be extra convivial on Saturday nights. Nobody in Temixco really objects to conviviality, not even the members of the town's watchful Committee of Ladies of Morality and Decency. What distressed them, they repeatedly told Mayor Fidel Caspeta, was the demoralizing sight of indiscreet citizens being hauled off to jail by cops on foot, in full view of their scandalized neighbors and kinfolk. Not even a fast-talking politico like the mayor could stall the ladies forever. At...

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