Years of possible bondage at a secret silver mine for the men of a village in old Mexico is thwarted from an unlikely source.   The outcome for the kidnappers is not what they’d expected, as the bravery and heroics of a little girl called Maria comes into play.

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When my mother was teaching school in a Mexican community between 1910-14, the civil war was raging, causing great upheaval. Poncho Villa’s rabble and other revolutionary armies had at one time or other encamped in the local plaza with their soldaderas (camp followers). For the young women of the community, shopping under those dangerous conditions was a terrifying experience. My mother’s description of the perilous events with fear still etched in her eyes came to mind when I wrote this short narrative.


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