“Good Catholic first, true caballero second, ell Don Mariano
“Yes, senor;” a mixed blood may be Mexican
first, Catholic afterwards; a Spanish gentleman will always put his religion first.
You know our saying: “ la religion es la creencia, la creencia pertenece al espiritu, y al espiritu nadie lo manda.”
Living like a big chief, in the fashion of his country, Don Mariano
has squandered not a little of his vast estate on what are called his pleasures.
He has a lust for building towns.
Besides his city of Vallejo
, he has built the port and city of Benecia
, named in honour of a lovely and neglected wife.
His ranches sink in piles, his sheep-runs melt into public squares; but more than all, his property slips away from him in courts of law. A stranger challenges his title, and a judge reviews his grant.
All Mexicans are fond of law, and Don Mariano
never goes into some court except to lose some part of his estate.
is a type, not only of the Lost Capital
, but the Retiring Race