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Title: El puchero; or, A mixed dish from Mexico, embracing General Scott's campaign, with sketches of military life, in field and camp, of the character of the country, manners and ways of the people, etc
Year: 1850 (1850s)
Authors: McSherry, Richard, 1817-1885 Conrad, David Holmes
Subjects: Mexican War, 1846-1848
Publisher: Philadelphia, Lippincott, Grambo & co.
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation

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fired on themselves, and one of them severelywounded. The Mexicans escaped.—Upon our departure, the follow-ing morning, the General set a trap for the lurking warriors who keptso faithfully on our trail. A company of dragoons was concealed,with orders to wait, after the brigade had gone, long enough forthese fellows to come up. Sure enough, when the rear-guard wasjust far enough off to descry the dust of a party of horse, it wasseen; then there was a chase, a sort of steeple-chase, where nonehad ever been before ; but it would not do—they knew their groundand their fastnesses, and having detected from a distance that somelittle arrangements had been made for their benefit, they took totheir heels in time to make a safe retieat. We marched through the outskirts of Jalapa, a picturesque, old-fashioned Spanish town, embowered in the midst of scenery of sur-passing magnificence. There is a beauty in the rugged mountainsof the background that one can appreciate to the full when he has

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A MIXED DISH FROM MEXICO. 45 but recently left the wearisome flats of the tierras calicntes. Natureis clothed in a new aspect; the very air, lately so dense and sufib-cating, is now pure, sharp, and bracing, and reminds you that youare coming into the tierras templadas, the favourite region of per-petual spring. Hundreds of people stood upon the wayside as wepassed the town, to have a near view of los Yanquces, the barbariansfrom the North, and as it was on Sunday, the Jalcq)erios weredecked in their best apparel, making themselves an array muchmore showy than that of the army. Fruits and flowers appear tobe highly cultivated about the town; and many trees, embraced,stem and branches, by flowering creepers, were beautiful in the ex-treme. I thought that garrisoning Jalapa would have been much betterthan going farther to fare worse ; but we are predestined to moveonward; the Commander-in-chief is no doubt anxiously awaiting hisreinforcements, and we marched on to encamp some three mile

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