Foreign News: Bumstead v. Bandits

Courteous, Catholic, reasonably sober, slightly bloodthirsty are Mexican bandits, according to U. S. Mining Engineer E. J. Bumstead, captured by Mexican bandits Aug. 25, released for ransom Sept. 15.

Said ransomed Mr. Bumstead, safe at home last week: "My captors . . . control the State of Nayarit. They are orderly and have their lay Catholic exercises morning and evening. They did not molest me in the slightest degree during the whole time I was a prisoner.

"Their salute is 'Viva Cristo al Rey'—'Live, Christ the King,' which is answered by 'Santa Maria Guadalupe'—Mexico's patron saint. They drill daily and strict discipline is...

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