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MEXICAN SOLDIERS AND PEON SLAVES WHO
HAVE BEEN IN BONDAGE FOR CENTURIES
In the Foreground of the Picture Are" Mexican Boy-Refugees of thetpeor
Class. Many Such Lads as These Are oriVthe Firing Line in Mexico.
Mexico City, April 29 The
"peons" (laborers) comprise about
one-half of the population of Mexico.
They are employed to pick cotton,,
fruit and coffee by the rich land-owners
and receive about 10 or 12 "cen
tavos" (5 or 10 cents) a day.
These landlords often sell the
peons huts for $15 to $20 that takes
them the rest of their lives to pay for.
.They are little better than slaves. -It
is from this class that Mexico will re
cruit" soldiers to fightr thp United
States 'if we should go. to'war.
A family of "Eve or six peons, with
a cat or a dog or a parrot, liv.e m one
The room has a dirt floor, bare'
adobe walls, one or two windows with "
heavy wooden shutters, and a heavy
door. A charcoal brazier "for cook
ing, -reed mats, on ..-which to sit. and
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