By Eileen Welsome
Pulitzer Prize winner Welsome's gripping, panoramic tale finds a vicious shock assault at the usa and America's hunt for the culprit, Pancho Villa.
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The ponies and mules suffered, too. White worms bored into their withers and their backs were covered with sores that oozed and spread each evening when the blankets were removed. The little animals did not cling to life and often died with a quick sigh, collapsing under their riders along the frigid mountain passes or in the alkali dust of the desert. While their bodies were still warm, they were butchered and their meat strapped onto the saddles. Picking their way down the slope, the soldiers leaned back on their mounts to lessen the strain on the front legs of the ponies.
He set up his provisional headquarters at Hacienda de Bustillos, west of Chihuahua City, and summoned Villa to a meeting. Villa was deeply impressed by Madero and maintained affection and loyalty toward him for the rest of his life. “I thought to myself, ‘Here is one rich man who fights for the people. He is a little fellow, but he has a great soul. If all the rich and powerful in Mexico were like him, there would be no struggle and no suffering, for all of us would be doing our duty. ’” On April 7, 1911, Madero and his boisterous army of insurrectos began marching toward Ciudad Juárez—a railway hub, port of entry, and conduit for contraband flowing to and from the United States.
2 A Diverting Brute VICTORIANO HUERTA often studied the newspaper photos of President Wilson while nursing a brandy at one of Mexico City’s bustling cafés. With his gray hair, colorless skin, and long coat flapping over his knees, the American president seemed to personify wintry El Norte. Huerta had dubbed Wilson the “Puritan of the North,” a nickname that captured the physical appearance of the newly inaugurated president, as well as something of his zealous character and religious background.