MEXICO: Reformed Noodle

Prominent in the affairs of many a western U.S. State during the late 19th Century and early 20th were former bad men who had renounced their evil ways and reformed. To many a Westerner, the swashbuckling hold-up man who confined his depredations mainly to big banks and railroads was at least half hero. South of the Rio Grande the distinction between bandits and "liberators" has run even thinner. Last week, noted Mexican Bandit Enrique Rodríguez, nicknamed El Tallarin ("The Noodle"), surrendered to Governor Elpidio Perdomama of Morelos. Taken before military authorities at Mexico City, "The Noodle" explained that the...

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