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This volume was published in 1909.PREFATORY NOTE.The stirring scenes and events as chronicled inthese pages were but the outcome of the border con-tiguity of the Latin and Anglo-Saxon races, and thestruggle of each for supremacy. No unnaturalMoreThis volume was published in 1909.PREFATORY NOTE.The stirring scenes and events as chronicled inthese pages were but the outcome of the border con-tiguity of the Latin and Anglo-Saxon races, and thestruggle of each for supremacy. No unnatural con-ditions existed, but Latin ownership and occupancyof the coveted territory for several centuries, madetheir aggression to them a matter of just and right-eous enterprise. The Anglo-Saxon, a newly consti-tuted power, claimed the right to overthrow the Latinand take possession of his territory, and thus, movedon the bitter feud and contention. What is knownin Texas as the Mier Expedition is only one of themany bitter episodes forming a successful issue in thepossession of Texas.In the preparation of the romantic and picturesquelife of John C. C. Hill, a boy of thirteen years of age,he having been an integral part of the Mier Expedition,it has become necessary to recount the mishaps andmisfortunes of the more tragic parts of this Expedi-tion. In doing so, the author has had no desirewhatever to arouse a feeling of bitterness or antago-nisms upon the part of either the Mexicans or theTexans, for her sympathies have been deeply enlistedupon each side of the question. The wrongs andmistakes, if any, as carried forward by both sidesat the time, have passed far down upon the recedingpages of history, and not one person lives todaywho participated in this affair. Each opposing ele-ment did what it felt was right at the time - succeed-ing generations will judge fairly and justly the mer-its of both sides.With Christmas of 1910, will be recorded the 68thanniversary of the siege of Mier, and in this auspic-ious year is being celebrated the great centennial ofMexican Independence. Border complications haveceased to exist and a firm and lasting friendship haslong since been established not only between Mexicoand the United States, but Texas, the old time enemyand erstwhile colonial dependency of that grand com-monwealth, is now a good friend whose citizens, inlarge numbers, take up their residence successfully inthat country. Such unexpected possibilities couldonly have been achieved by that great hero, patriotand Statesman, General President Porfirio Diaz, towhom has been given the power to redeem and savehis country and representatives from the whole worldhave been invited to come within his broad domainand assist in celebrating one of the most remarkableand perfect successes in nation-building, known tomodern man. In the brief space of thirty-two yearshas all this been achieved, and General Diaz has ac-complished, in brief space mentioned, what it wouldhave required 100 years in any other country.The Author of this story who has recorded thescenes and events nearly three quarters of a centurypast, begs to extend her heartiest felicitations to Gen-eral Diaz and his brave and patriotic people in thewonderful advancement made.Respectfully,THE AUTHOR.............................................................................................The Mier Expedition was a failed raid by a Texian militia on the Mexican border settlement of Ciudad Mier on December 26, 1842.