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The French and Mexicans.

The Washington authorities would like to discredit the reported fall of Puebla, and one of their press dispatches announces that the natural defences of Puebla were so strong that ten thousand men could defend it against four times their number. That depends, we suppose, on who the men are. Ten thousand Mexicans could not hold Puebla against forty thousand Frenchmen. At least we may conclude so from the fact that it was taken without difficulty by the Americans, and the army of Gen. Scott was not superior in numbers or prowess to the army of France.

The United States look with great alarm upon the progress of the French arms in Mexico. We hope they have some grounds for their apprehensions. They say that the Mexicans are their "natural allies." They have a happy faculty of making allies of all inferior races. With mixed or black blood they readily assimilate. All that is base and degraded finds a natural fusion with Yankeedom — Success to the French! We hope between France and the Confederate States the "natural allies" will both be brought to their proper level.

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