MEXICO: Death at Aunty Jane

Repeal of Prohibition in the U. S., legalizing of horse racing in California and the sudden suppression of public gambling in Mexico have reduced the border town of Tijuana (literally "Aunty Jane") from an egregious haunt for U. S. tourists to a bedraggled ghost city of boarded-up saloons and flapping signs. Some excitement occurred two months ago when 400 unemployed barricaded themselves in the big Agua Caliente (literally "Hot Water") hotel and defied the garrison of 28 soldiers to oust them. Since then Aunty Jane has been tomb-quiet.

On Monday last week...

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