DICTATOR DIAZ RULED MEXICO FOR 35 YEARS

By Bartee Haile.
 
Mexican rebels seized Matamoros, Brownsville's sister city, on Mar. 27, 1876, and Porifirio Diaz took a giant step toward the political prize that would be his personal property for 35 years. Sick and tired of the incessant chaos along the Rio Grande, Texans opened their wallets and private arsenals to the Diaz cause. If the ambitious general could bring law and order to the border, it was a bargain at twice the price.

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