Part 9, Note 69

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Colorado Citizen, December 9, 1880, August 25, 1881, January 19, 1882, May 17, 1883). By the summer of 1883, Benjamin Marshall Baker, the editor of the Colorado Citizen, had begun to take notice of the frequent accidents. On June 28, 1883, he editorialized, "Mexican authorities are a little more particular in inquiring into accidental death by being run over by a train than are our people. It is an accident of such frequent occurrence in the United States that little attention is paid to it. A coroner holds the inquest, the railroad officers are mentioned as blameless, and there the matter ends. Recently, in Mexico, one Sanchez, in endeavoring to steal a ride from Bustamenta, was ground by the train into a lifeless, mangled mass in the regular American style; whereupon Mexican officials and lazaroni waxed exceedingly wroth, and would have lynched the innocent and unfortunate conductor of the train had he not laid over a trip, and sent a substitute. The substitute was held for a time as a hostage for the supposed murdering conductor. . . Lately, however, better counsels prevailed, and the examination into the facts of the case, we learn, are progressing quietly and dispassionately. Meantime, however, while we are filling Mexico with our 'advanced civilization' ideas, mechanism, etc., would it not be a good idea to learn from them as to care for their dead from accidents?"