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Lluvia de Oro—A Shower of Gold Awaiting Development in the Sierra Madre—Part II

Remains of the Tubares Mission, Mexico.About 8 a.m. we heard a lot of firing and shouts, and Colonel Carranza with a large force came charging down the hill. The Villistas fled, leaving their animals behind them. Not one of them was killed or captured.

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