BOLIVIA: 20th Century Riot

In the camp at the Siglo Veinte (20th Century) tin mine, 12,000 feet high in the Bolivian Andes, Mrs. Elena O'Connor was preparing lunch. Her husband Tom, a Pasadena, Calif, engineer employed at the Patiño-owned mine, was visiting another U.S. engineer next door. Through her window Mrs. O'Connor saw 15 Indian miners rush to the neighbor's house and kick in the door. Minutes later the Indians came out dragging the two Americans, whose faces were blotched with blood.

Elena O'Connor ran to her husband, clung to him so desperately that she was...

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