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MEXICAN YEAR BOOK
The Standard Authority on Mexico
ROBERT GLASS CLELAND, Ph. D.
MEXICAN YEAR BOOK PUBLISHING CO.
The Mexican Year Book is issued to meet the demand for unbiased and systematized information concerning Mexico. The book has furthermore been written expressly for the American public, and has no connection, official or unofficial, with the Mexican government. This is in contradistinction to former Mexican Year Books, which were compiled primarily for English use and claimed some measure of official patronage. These ceased publication in 1914.
In dealing with Mexican figures absolute accuracy is an ideal to be striven for, but one never likely to be attained. Of recent years, moreover, the difficulty of obtaining reliable data has been greatly increased by the confusion into which the recent revolutionary disturbances have thrown so many of the sources upon which one is dependent for official information and statistics. In this dilemma, the files of the Doheny Foundation, now at Occidental College, have proved to be of the greatest benefit.
Much of the credit for the merits of the volume is to be given to those scholarly contributors whose names appear on another page. In large part they have made the book possible, and the editor offers them his unfeigned gratitude. It is also advisable to add that the unsigned articles appearing in the Year Book, with the exception of the Foreword to the Constitution of 1917, were written by the editor.
There are certain inconsistencies of a minor nature in the mechanical makeup of the volume which the critical reader will easily discover for himself. Among the most marked of these is the variable use of the accent in the spelling of Spanish names. For such departures from uniformity the editor acknowledges sole responsibility.
A word of deep regret remains to be recorded. When the publication of the Year Book was first proposed, the Honorable Franklin K. Lane-a man whose long career in public office closed without a stain, and whose intimate acquaintance with Mexico and Mexican conditions made him universally recognized as an authority upon that country-agreed to write an introduction to the volume. Death came before the article was finished.
It was the belief of Mr. Lane, shared by many others, that the interests of Mexico and of the United States would both alike be served if the American people knew more about Mexico and better appreciated its problems and possibilities. The Mexican Year Book is dedicated to the fulfillment of this object.
ROBERT G. CLELAND.
Los Angeles, California,