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March 04, 2001

The article on Alamos, Mexico ('Pleasure of the Sierra Madra," Jan. 28), and the letters that followed ('Ardent About Alamos," Feb. 18) prompted me to send you this story, told down there when we used to go in the late '60s:

Apparently, decorating the church steeple was a problem for the founders, so the Spanish brides each donated a plate from the china sets they brought with them when Alamos was a thriving silver mining town.

During the Mexican Revolution, the soldiers used the dishes, embedded decoratively on the steeple, for target practice. When we were there, one could see many remnants of the plates-enough that you wondered about how good the aim of the soldiers was.

KAY S. WEBER Rancho Palos Verdes

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