Books: El Patroncito

THE SILVER MAGNET—Grant Shepherd —Button ($3).

Batopilas, Mexico, lies on a narrow shelf of land in a narrow valley in western Chihuahua, 350 miles south of El Paso, 300 miles north of Mazatlán. There, in the summer of 1880, five-year-old Grant Shepherd arrived with his mother, four sisters, two brothers, various relatives, two nurses, a doctor, four dogs. His father was manager of the ancient silver mines whose 70 miles of workings honeycombed the hills. The family had come overland from Washington, D. C., by train, wagon and pack mule, to make their home...

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