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he adoption of the Catholic religion by permitting the natives to retain some of their heathen customs, and the mitate is one of them. "In the War for Independence the picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe was borne on the banners of the insurgents, and their rallying cry was 'Guadalupe.' The priest Hidalgo, who originated the insurrection, was so identified with the shrine and its use during the war that his name was incorporated with it and given to the town which surrounds the church. After the independence of the country was secured it was decreed that December 12th should be kept as a national holiday, and consequently the date is political as well as religious. The treaty of peace between the United States and Mexico was signed here on February 2, 1848, and is consequently known in history as the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo." This is the church to which the Emperor Maximilian walked with bare feet from the city, three miles away. He established a title and decoration of the Order of Guadalu

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pe, and during his brief reign it was conferred upon distinguished and other persons who had rendered, or might render, services to the empire or its ruler. The mention of the devotional act of Maximilian in walking barefooted to the church of Guadalupe reminded one of the youths of an [Pg 261] account he had read not long before of the way in which many of the pilgrims to the shrine were accustomed to inflict self-torture in days gone by. They lashed themselv