(This is an entry from the journal entitled “Mexico Summer” written by Elizabeth Whipple Lancaster Carsey 80-years-ago)
Went to Tepoztlan but Ethlyn did not go.
The church is all there is to see and it has not been so many years since it was abandoned. The facade is beautiful, of cream colored stone beautifully carved a la Churrigueresque ? I believe – The towers are real works of art with all the carvings and battlemast looking spires around the towers. It has a immense altar covered with gold leaf and five or six smaller alters also gold-leafed. One chapel is built in the same shape at the room of Mary’s when the angel told her of the coming birth of Jesus – The convent by it (Jesuit) is immense too and many of the paintings (murals and oil canvases) still remain. If the place were cared for, cleaned and polished, it wold be a real museum. The friend of Mrs. Ruiz’s had two other guests, Carmelita (?) and Elena Gomez besides her sister whom they called Chata,herself (Emma Moctegnoma) and me. We got something to eat that looked like unrolled tacos (got canitas a piece of roast or better barbeque) spread with chili etc. Quite good. The ride back and forth is through pretty green fields with trees and mountains everywhere visible – Surely enjoyed it – Left about 10:30 and got back in time for dinner – In the afternoon I called Mrs. Ochos for the last time I am sure – She had heard nothing from Carsey and had given the letter for him, as I understand her, to the fellow who rented his room but his clothes are still there. I certainly can’t explain why he hasn’t written to her at least and why he hasn’t come for his things. It is really no business of mine where e is or what he has done but I’d like to know for my own personal satisfaction and I think he is treating Mrs. Ochoa terribly —
Here’s what else was happening 80-years-ago today: