MEXICO: Where Once a Furrow Was

No one can be sure exactly how many men, women and children have been shot, stabbed or beaten to death since the villages of San Simón (pop. 900) and El Guarda (pop. 600) declared war on each other, but the death toll is greater than the present population of either village. So deep-rooted has been the hatred between the two communities (64 miles northwest of Mexico City) that they continued their private war even while the Revolution raged around them.

The war started in 1891, when San Simón purchased 350 acres of government land that El Guarda was squatting on....

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