Now that I’m nearing the end of Six Months in Mexico, and Nellie is in less of a touristy mode and more in her investigative journalism mode, this book has become much more interesting to me. I especially like the chapter about the Press in Mexico at that time (mid to late 1880s).
The Mexicans understand thoroughly how the papers are run, and they consequently have not the slightest respect in the world for them. One can travel for miles, or by the day, and never see a man with a newspaper. They possess such a disgust for newspapers that they will not even use one of them as a subterfuge to hide behind in a street car when some woman with a dozen bundles, three children and two baskets is looking for a seat.
One of the newsiest, if not the newsiest, is El Tiempo (the Times), which is squelched about every fortnight, as it is anti-governmental.
Nellie would be out of luck if she decided to work in Mexico as there were no reporters.
Very few have telegraphic communication with the outside world, and none whatever with their own country. They mostly clip and translate items from their exchanges, heading them “Special telegrams,” etc., when in reality they are from eight to ten days old. El Monitor Republicano steals from its exchanges first and the other papers copy from it. Not a single paper has a reporter.
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My Teaser Tuesdays book for this week is a travel one.
Six Months in Mexico
by Nellie Bly
(Elizabeth Jane Cochran)
The prompter’s box is fixed in front of the stage, and his voice is not only heard continually above that of the actors, but his candle and hands are always visible, and he often takes time to peep out and take a survey of the audience; but the Mexicans do not notice him any more than the footlights. A bell, which sounds as heavy as a church bell, rings and the curtain falls.
Six Months in Mexico can be read at A Celebration of Women Writers where you can also find Around the World in Seventy-two Days and Ten Days in a Mad-House.
Six Months in Mexico is a travel book. I am finding it interesting enough but prefer the other two. Around the World in Seventy-two Days provides the excitement of the race in addition to visits to many lands instead of just one. Ten Days in a Mad-House is the story of Nellie’s ordeal undercover in an asylum.
Nellie Bly Online is a good resource for facts about her. Copies of many of her articles are available there.
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